Fleming Plantation - Jean Lafitte National Historical Park
Located in a flagship unit of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, the Fleming Plantation was one of the region's largest and most productive sugar plantations in the 19th century. Today, TPL is helping, these 3,600 acres of magnificent bayous, bottomland hardwood, become part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, where visitors can enjoy several recreational opportunities in a historic swampland environment that is a very short drive of New Orleans.
Conserving the Fleming Plantation will preserve an important historic and ecological site and would lead to the restoration of critical coastal marshland. Acquiring this property will help protect the Louisiana coast and add marsh habitat that would reduce potential damage from hurricane storm surges.
TPL is hoping to secure an initial appropriation of $2,000,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund in FY 2011 towards the phased acquisition of this historic plantation so it can be included into the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park, permanently protecting this large environmentally and historically important property.
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