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Tate Property

City: Waveland
County:
Hancock
Total acreage: 1.5 acres
Conservation method:
Donation
Date acquired: 08/12/2004

The site provides valuable habitat for a wide variety of native plants and animals indigenous to freshwater marsh and mixed forested wetlands within Mississippi’s Coastal Zone. These wetlands not only provide wildlife habitat, but also buffer against storms, attenuate floodwaters, control erosion, and protect water quality by acting as filters of a wide range of pollutants. This property serves as an important filtration area for stormwater runoff for the surrounding neighborhood. The property drains into a roadside drainage ditch measuring approximately 5 feet in width.

Vegetation near the drainage ditch is characteristic of freshwater marsh, and includes American black elderberry (Sambucus canadensis), common buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), curly dock (Rumex crispus), arrowhead (Sagittaria sp.), bulltongue arrowhead (Sagittaria lancifolia), and black willow (Salix nigra). Northeast of the ditch, the property transitions into mixed forested wetlands. Plant species present include slash pine (Pinus elliottii), live oak (Quercus virginiana), water oak (Quercus nigra), sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana), and wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera).