Why the Preserves Matter
|The Aquatic and Buffer Preserves manage the conservation, protection, and restoration of important ecosystems and landscapes in order to protect significant surface water, coastal, recreational, fish and wildlife resources.
|Provides protection for native species habitat and archaeological and historical sites as well as opportunities for natural resources-based recreation.
|Located in one of the most ecologically and significant nature areas in the Southeastern United States.
|Located in one of the six Hot Spots in the world. Known for ecological diversity.
|Protects an intact natural coastal landscape with one of the highest concentrations of rare plants in Southeast, including globally imperiled species such as Chapman's rhododendron, Telephus spurge and Pinewoods aster.
|Provides an essential buffer for St. Joseph Bay that helps protect the Bay's water quality, natural productivity and critical habitats.
|Includes Money Bayou - an unusual tidal creek that flows directly into the Gulf of Mexico instead of an intervening bay or sound.
|Contains 20 known archaeological and historic sites dating from prehistoric times to the 20th century.
|Has one of the most stable and clearly defined dunes/swale systems formed by sand dunes created by ancient changes in sea level - of such topographic features found anywhere.
|Contains rare/endangered species: reptiles, birds, mammals and plants.
|Designated as an EPA Gulf of Mexico Ecological Management site.