Recognizing the threatened status of high-quality longleaf pine flatwoods savannahs in Louisiana and the many unique native species the habitat supports, the Department acquired this 796 acres in 1992. The WMA is located in St. Tammany Parish about 7 miles northwest of Covington, and is accessible from Lake Ramsey Road west of LA HWY. 25. In recent years the Nature Conservancy has purchased additional lands along the Lake Ramsey and Horse Branch Roads that have enlarged the area now under conservation management.
The area is frequently burned to perpetuate the wide variety of ground cover plant species that occurs in a longleaf pine savannah. At least 18 rare plant species have been identified on the site which makes it one of the most significant savannahs remaining in eastern Louisiana. This unique open longleaf savannah has evolved historically only through the regular occurrence of fire. Prescribed fires will be critical in the continued future maintenance of his rare habitat.
In addition to the longleaf pine savannah, the area supports other valuable natural plant communities including: bayhead forest, small river floodplains forest, and an upland sandy stream (Tchefuncte River).
While a primary objective of the area is to conserve the unique habitats and native species, many consumptive and non-consumptive uses are permissible such as hiking, hunting (archery, small game, and waterfowl only), photography, fishing, trapping, wildlife viewing, research, and education. The area is walk-in-only. A Nature Trail is located on the south end of the WMA that originates on Nature Conservancy land. This trail is a favorite of bird watchers and school classes.
Additional information can be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division:
WMA Biologist Supervisor
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
East Gulf Coastal Plain Ecoregion
Fax: (985) 543- 4787