St. Tammany


Lycopodiella cernua var. cernua

Class: 
Ferns and Fern Allies
Family: 
Lycopodiaceae
Scientific Name: 

Lycopodiella cernua var. cernua

Common Name: 
Staghorn Clubmoss
GRANK: 
G5T5
SRANK: 
S2

Trichomanes petersii

Trichomanes petersii
Trichomanes petersii
Trichomanes petersii
Trichomanes petersii
Trichomanes petersii
Trichomanes petersii
Trichomanes petersii
Trichomanes petersii
Class: 
Ferns and Fern Allies
Family: 
Hymenophyllaceae
Scientific Name: 

Trichomanes petersii

Common Name: 
Dwarf Filmy-fern
GRANK: 
G4G5
SRANK: 
S2

Isoetes louisianensis

Isoetes louisianensis
Isoetes louisianensis
Isoetes louisianensis
Isoetes louisianensis
Class: 
Ferns and Fern Allies
Family: 
Isoetaceae
Scientific Name: 

Isoetes louisianensis

Common Name: 
Louisiana Quillwort
GRANK: 
G2
SRANK: 
S2
Federal Status: 
E

Deparia acrostichoides

Class: 
Ferns and Fern Allies
Family: 
Dryopteridaceae
Scientific Name: 

Deparia acrostichoides

Common Name: 
Silvery Glade Fern
GRANK: 
G5
SRANK: 
S2

Pearl River WMA

Acreage

35,619

Contact

bbreland@wlf.la.gov; 985-543-4777; 42371 Phyllis Ann Dr, Hammond, LA 70403

Parish

St. Tammany

Owner/manager

LDWF

Description

Pearl River WMA has flat terrain with poor drainage and is subject to annual flooding. The forest cover varies from an all age hardwood stand in the northern 45 percent, to cypress tupelo in the middle 35 percent, and intermediate marsh in the southern 20 percent. The mixed hardwoods are made up of water, nuttall, cow, obtusa, overcup, and live oak; bitter pecan; hickory; beech; magnolia; sweetgum; and elm. The overstory varies from moderately open to closed.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Available game species include white-tailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, waterfowl, snipe, and woodcock. There are youth deer and squirrel seasons as well as youth and general turkey lottery hunts. Trapping is available for furbearers, including beaver, nutria, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, coyote, and bobcat. See regulations for details.

Shooting range: There is a shooting range on Pearl River WMA that is available for public use at specified times. Click here or call 985-643-3938 for details.

Fishing and boating: There are numerous streams and bayous on Pearl River WMA available for fishing, crawfishing, canoeing, and boating. There are also several ponds on the northern end of the WMA along I-59. See regulations for details.

Camping: Camping is available at Crawford Landing.

Other: hiking, photography, birding

Directions

Pearl River WMA is located about 6 miles east of Slidell and about 1 mile east of the town of Pearl River. You can access the WMA by vehicle from Old Hwy 11 and by boat. There are several boat ramps along U.S. Hwy 90 and concrete ramps at Davis and Crawford Landings, all of which have ample parking. There is also a commercial ramp at Old Indian Village.

When the river gauge at the town of Pearl River reaches 16.5 feet, Old Hwy 11 and all hunting, except waterfowl, are closed. Click here to monitor water levels.

Lake Ramsey Savannah WMA

Acreage

796

Contact

bbreland@wlf.la.gov; 985-543-4777; 42371 Phyllis Ann Dr, Hammond, LA 70403

Parish

St. Tammany

Owner/manager

LDWF

Description

Recognizing the threatened status of high-quality longleaf pine flatwoods savannahs in Louisiana and the many unique native species the habitat supports, LDWF acquired the Lake Ramsey Savannah property in 1992. In recent years, the Nature Conservancy has purchased additional lands along Lake Ramsey and Horse Branch Roads, enlarging the area under conservation management.

Prescribed fire is critical in the maintenance of his rare habitat. LDWF frequently burns the area to perpetuate the wide variety of ground cover plant species that occurs in the longleaf pine savannah. At least 18 rare plant species have been identified on this WMA, making it one of the most significant savannahs remaining in eastern Louisiana. This unique open longleaf savannah has evolved historically due to the regular use of prescribed fire.

In addition to the longleaf pine savannah, Lake Ramsey Savannah WMA supports other valuable natural plant communities including bayhead forest, small river floodplains forest, and an upland sandy stream (Tchefuncte River).

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Deer (archery only), small game, and waterfowl are available. See regulations for details.

Fishing and boating: See regulations for details.

Hiking: There is a nature trail on the south end of the WMA. It is a favorite of birders and students.

Other: photography, birding, wildlife viewing, research, education

Directions

Lake Ramsey WMA is located about 7 miles northwest of Covington and is accessible from Lake Ramsey Road west of LA Hwy 25. The area is walk-in-only.

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