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University » Public Lands » Bogue Chitto NWR
Bogue Chitto NWR

national-wildlife-refuge-logoAcreage: 37,600
Parish: St. Tammany
Habitat: Bottomland Hardwood & Swampland
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Bogue Chitto NWR is a bottomland hardwood forest consisting of a number of sloughs and bayous. The production of valuable wildlife foods is dependent on the varying degrees of inundation during the growing season. A variety of woody plant species occur in these periodically flooded areas, and all exhibit some degree of survival in soils which are inadequately drained and aerated. Commonly recognized habitats include the bald cypress and water tupelo communities associated with longer periods of flooding to the live oak and loblolly pine communities on the higher ground.

Bald eagle, ringed-sawback turtle, gopher tortoise, inflated heel-splitter mussel, Gulf sturgeon; the swallow-tailed kite is a species of special concern on Bogue Chitto NWR. Other wildlife species on the refuge include deer, turkey, neo-tropical birds, rabbit, raccoon, a variety of snakes, mink, skunks, wading birds, waterfowl.

Bogue Chitto is unique in that the Refuge boundary extends through two states, Mississippi and Louisiana. Bogue Chitto means “Large Stream” as described by the Choctaw Indians.

Management’s goals on the refuge are the preservation and enhancement of habitat, endangered species management, environmental education, and compatible wildlife-oriented recreation

Hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, hiking, camping, birding, photography and canoeing are opportunities available on the Bogue Chitto NWR.

The facilities and trails at Bogue Chitto received moderate damage from Hurricane Katrina. This damage has been repaired. Many trees were blow down or damaged at Bogue Chitto so we will be planting more than 30,000 trees at Bogue Chitto in 2006 and 2007.

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