East Baton Rouge Parish
The Bayou Manchac Mitigation Bank site, located in Iberville Parish, has 350.1 acres protected in perpetuity by conservation servitude and services the Lake Maurepas and Lake Pontchartrain drainage basins encompassing USGS hydrologic unit codes 08070202, 08070203, 08070204, 08070205 and 080902. The project area is bordered to the west and south by livestock pastures, the northeast by an expansive bottomland hardwood of over 6,000 acres collectively referred to as the Spanish Lake Sub-basin.
The Spanish Lake Sub-basin has an extensive history. Fragile ecosystems surrounding waterways have been noted from the days of early settlers in 1699 through to the present day. In her book on the subject, Winding Though Time, Mary Ann Sternberg writes “Bayou Manchac runs through the landscape just as it did when it was one of the integral forces that formed Louisiana. But now it is a place of history, utility and beauty, most often overlooked, misunderstood or threatened.” Sternberg also notes “in the best of all possible worlds, history is always referenced, conversation and development evolve together and a man-made vision of place is tempered by realities of nature.”
This project will serve portions of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston, East Feliciana and St. Helena Parishes.
Bank: Bayou Manchac Mitigation Bank
Location: Iberville, Louisiana
USGS HUC: 08070202
Project Size: 350 acres