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Grafe

City:
County:
Jackson
Total acreage: 76.6 acres
Conservation method:
Purchase
Date acquired: 2009-06-00

Home to the Louisiana black bear this 76.6 acre parcel of valuable wetlands will be conserved in its natural state. A portion of Black Creek runs through the northeast portion of the property located south of Highway 613 and east of Highway 63 about 5 miles north of I-10. Since Hurricane Katrina this area along with others north of the interstate have been subjected to enormous development pressure as residents near the coast move further inland. Housing and associated developments increase the area of impermeable surfaces that lead to increased levels of runoff laden with petroleum residues and heavy metals that need to be absorbed and treated by the remaining wetlands. These developments also result in increased use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides to maintain lawns and ornamental landscapes. Nitrogen and phosphorus runoff generated by these practices is a major non-point source of pollution to our streams and rivers that run directly into the Gulf of Mexico. Conserving this large area of wetlands will help to lessen the impact of this urban expansion.