Mississippi Preserves

Charles M. Deaton Nature Preserve

Named for one of the founders of the Mississippi Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the 3,300 acre Charles M. Deaton Nature Preserve is one of the finest natural areas remaining in Mississippi.

The preserve protects the headwaters of the Pascagoula River, where the Leaf and Chickasawhay Rivers converge, and is part of a 47,000-acre swath of public lands surrounding the Pascagoula River, the largest (by volume) unimpeded river in the contiguous United States.

  • Bald cypress and water tupelo
  • Prickly pear cactus
  • Cardinal flower
  • Indian pink
  • Lizard’s tail

The following groups have worked together to understand and protect the site's rare and interdependent communities of plants and animals:

  • Conservancy staff and volunteers
  • Local landowners
  • Researchers from Mississippi State University, University of Southern Mississippi and Louisiana State University 
  • Mississippi Department of Transportation

For more information on the Charles M. Deaton Nature Preserve, please contact Becky Stowe, Director of Forest Programs.

The Nature Conservancy
South Mississippi Conservation Program
10910 Highway 57, Suite C
Vancleave, MS  39565
(228) 591-1116