A Success Story: How We Are Connecting Over 450,000 Acres of Protected Lands

"Mississippi should be proud; this is a true conservation legacy." -Alex Littlejohn, associate state director

The Nature Conservancy recently announced the acquisition of 2,100 acres along the Leaf and Pascagoula Rivers in the George and Greene County region of the Pascagoula River Basin, connection over 450,000 contiguous acres between the De Soto National Forest and the Pascagoula Wildlife Management Area, marking the largest tract of contiguous protected lands in Mississippi.

A Collaborative Effort

Working closely with partners, including the private landowners the Mississippi Forestry Commission, The Nature Conservancy's goal is to preserve the land to benefit the people, forests, wildlife, and waters of the Pascagoula River Basin.  After making the purchase, The Nature Conservancy will work with the MFC to establish a new state forest with this acquisition. 

"This is an incredible achievement and we're humbled by the opportunity to continue to deepen our conservation roots in this area," said Alex Littlejohn, Associate State Director of The Nature Conservancy of Mississippi.  "We've been committed to conserving and restoring land along the Pascagoula for over 40 years, having helped directly conserve over 70,000 acres along the river alone. To now have the ability to connect over 450,000 acres of conserved lands with this acquisition is exciting to say the least.  Some of my greatest childhood memories growing up in Mississippi were spending time with my father in a duck blind, a deer stand, or fishing in the river.  It's great to know that our conservation efforts will help ensure that people from this area and across the southeast have an opportunity to continue enjoying the many fish and wildlife resources and benefits the river provides.  Mississippi should be proud; this is a true conservation legacy." 

 Inspiration for Future Forest Conservation

"We are pleased to protect this working forest through MFC's Forest Legacy program and look forward to working with TNC as stewards of this key parcel in the Pascagoula River watershed.  This is a true demonstration of a successful conservation partnership between our state, non-profits, and private landowners," said Charlie Morgan, State Forester.  "I hope it inspires other collaborations with our agency for forest conservation." 

If you would like to support our land conservation project along the Pascagoula River or support other land conservation efforts, make a donation today.


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