Portion of Cat Island Acquisition

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
State of Mississippi

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

State of Mississippi

Funding Program

MOEX Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs)

Project Location: Mississippi

Funding Source: MOEX
Controlling Document: Consent Decree Between The United States and MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC
Year Awarded: 2013

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Land Acquisition / Protection Habitat Restoration and Enhancement

Targeted Resources

Beaches / Dunes Shorelines

Project Description

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.

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions


Project ID: 262
Project Name: Portion of Cat Island Acquisition
SourceUID: 262
Latitude: 30.22722156
Longitude: -89.08865404
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Mississippi
County: Harrison
Project Category: Environmental
Project Action: Land Acquisition / Protection
Additional Project Action(s): Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Beaches / Dunes
Targeted Resource(s): Shorelines
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2013
Implementing Organization: State of Mississippi
Implementing Organization Type: State
Point of Contact – Name: Gerald McWhorter
Point of Contact – Phone: GMcWhorter@sos.state.ms.us
Point of Contact – Email: 601-359-6560
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: None
Link: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Education-Publications/Documents/Downloads/CatIslandPamphlet.pdf
Project Comments: None
Acres Acquired: 117
Close Year: 2013
Close Month: 7
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: Fee
Landowner: State of Mississippi
Landowner Type: State
Purpose: Environmental System
Public Access: Unknown
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 8000005
DWH Funder: State of Mississippi
DWH Funder Type: State
DWH Funding Program: MOEX Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs)
DWH Dollar Amount : 4987330
DWH Source: MOEX
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: Consent Decree Between The United States and MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC
Award Year: 2013
Award Month: 0
Total Amount Leveraged: 3012675