Nature

The Nature conservancy

The grounds at Money Hill are not only the setting of an award-winning golf course and lifestyle community, but they are also home to the St. Tammany Parish office of the Louisiana Nature Conservancy. Money Hill is surrounded by more than 3,500 acres of nature preserves and is home to unique species of flora and fauna. Our environmental commitment has created a buffer against future development around Money Hill, and has placed it in an oasis of beauty and ecological wealth. Our core objective is to provide a sustainable future that is valued by all forward-thinking residents of the Northshore.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of natural habitats worldwide. It is more than 50 years old and has been active in Louisiana since 1987. In the intervening years, TNC has helped protect more than 300,000 acres in the state. Of those acres, 28,000 are on the Northshore where TNC owns and manages five nature preserves. The 996-acre Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve is located west of Money Hill and is open to the public during daylight hours. It can be accessed from LA Highway 435. Visitors park at the front gate and hike on a scenic boardwalk and self-guided nature trail. Get to know more about The Nature Conservancy at www.nature.org or by calling (985) 809-1414.

Wildlife

Money Hill is a designated Louisiana nature preservation site. It is our commitment to the environment, our members and the people of Louisiana to carry forward our natural legacy. In recognition of our efforts, the developer and the community have won numerous awards related to our exceptional environmental commitment since 1996.

Birding boxes are small, elevated wooden boxes placed strategically around the golf course fairways and throughout the community. Fledglings hatched in these boxes are a wildlife resource to the Northshore. Bluebirds, wood ducks and more have been studied by national groups and are lovingly maintained by residents, with the guidance of local environmentalists.

abita creek flatwoods preserve

Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve is located approximately one mile west of Money Hill. The preserve supports a significant tract of intact pine flatwood wetlands in southeast Louisiana. It supports high quality examples of longleaf pine flatwood savanna, slash pine – pond cypress woodlands and bayhead swamps. Nearly thirty rare plants have been identified in the area, including four species that are only protected here in Louisiana.

The preserve is open for public visitation. Visitors can walk along an information-rich boardwalk that runs through portions of the preserve to view the pine-dominated wetland communities. A wide variety of fascinating plants, including carnivorous pitcher plants,  and rare wildlife can be observed in their natural environments.
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