Grand Isle woodland habitat permanently protected
Thu, May 07 2009 at 1:53 PM
By The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce the January 6, 2006 purchase and permanent protection of 18-acres of woodland habitat on the barrier island of Grand Isle.
Only ten percent of the original wooded habitat is left on Grand Isle. This 18-acre parcel is the largest remaining stand of live oak-hackberry forest on any barrier island on the Gulf. The rarity of this chenier forest makes it globally unique and critically imperiled. Such forests need protection as unique ecosystems. With the purchase of this property, The Nature Conservancy will double the amount of woodland habitat permanently protected through our work on Grand Isle.
Due to the effect of the Hurricanes, the deadline for purchase has been extended through June 2007.
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