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 office of the Louisiana Nature Conservancy. Money Hill is surrounded by more than 3,500 acres of preserves and is home to unusual species of flora and fauna. It is a quiet, thoughtfully planned neighborhood of relaxed elegance and natural beauty. Our environmental commitment has created a buffer against future development around Money Hill, and placed it in an oasis of beauty and ecological wealth for the 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.
Money Hill is a Louisiana nature preservation site. It is rare that a developer makes the commitment to the environment that Money Hill has made. The developer and the community have won numerous awards related to exceptional commitment to the environment since 1996.
The small boxes strategically placed along the golf course are birding boxes. 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 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.
This preserve is open to public visitation. At this preserve, you can walk along an informative boardwalk that runs through portions of the preserve and view pine-dominated wetland communities, including longleaf pine savanna, longleaf flatwoods, bayhead swamp, and slash pine-pond cypress woodland. You can also see a wide variety of fascinating plants, including carnivorous pitcher plants.