Release Date: 10/04/2007

Louisiana outdoor enthusiasts now have more public land on which to pursue their interests.  Randy Myers, land acquisition manager with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries   announced the addition of more than 8,000 acres to Joyce Wildlife Management Area at the Oct. 4 meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

Joyce WMA is now composed of 24,293 contiguous acres of mixed coastal forest and coastal wetland east of Interstate 55 between Ponchatoula and Manchac, thanks to the addition of 7,274 acres from Octavia Partners and 1,040 acres from The Conservation Fund.

This area is part of the important Lake Pontchartrain basin, and features bald cypress/tupelo swamps inhabited by white-tailed deer, ibis, herons and egrets among myriad other wildlife and fish species.  In addition to hunting and fishing opportunities, Joyce WMA features a swamp walk located near I-55 at the northwest corner of the property.

For more information, contact Randy Myers at rmyers@wlf.louisiana.gov  or 225/765-2361.