Portion of Cat Island Acquisition
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
The Conservation Foundation
MOEX Supplemental Environmental Projects
A portion of Cat Island was acquired by the State of Mississippi in 2013. Cat Island is a well-known natural area used for low impact recreational activities -- swimming, sunbathing, camping, hiking and fishing. Except for the subdivision, which now contains only a couple of houses, the remainder of the island is in a relatively pristine state with a mixture of pine/oak maritime forest, estuarine marsh, sand dunes and beaches. It contains unique, threatened and disappearing habitat types and is home to a number of rare, threatened, endangered species of plants and animals. This acquisition is a significant addition to the Coastal Preserve System and insures that the island remains in a natural condition providing enhanced public access to coastal resources for recreational purposes.