Mississippi Preserves

Herman Murrah Preserve

A vital connection between the Charles M. Deaton Nature Preserve and the Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area, this site helps protect an important river corridor used by animals such as the following:

  • Black bear
  • Great egret
  • Anhinga
  • American alligator
  • Otter
  • Wild Turkey
  • Yellow-blotched map turtle (found only in the Pascagoula basin)

An abundance of plant species is supported by the removal of non-native species such as cogongrass and Chinese tallow, which can grow quickly and out-compete native species. Native plants include:

  • Bald cypress
  • Water tupelo
  • Wild clematic
  • Palmetto
  • Mayhaw
  • Swamp chestnut oak
  • Cypress
  • Crabapple
  • Cherrybark oak
  • Willow oak
  • Persimmon
  • Sugarberry

Thanks to our partners who have helped protect the area's plant and communities:

  • Coastal Impact Assistance Program
  • Conservancy staff and volunteers
  • Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
  • Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks
  • North American Wetlands Conservation Council

For more information on the Herman Murrah 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


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