This year we ask you to consider supporting Friends of Chakchiuma Swamp on #GivingTuesday.
PayPal and Facebook have teamed up to support non-profit work this #Giving Tuesday by MATCHING ALL DONATIONS given today. This year’s #GivingTuesday kicks off the giving season by inspiring people to take an active role in supporting the kind of world we want to live in.
Friends of Chakchiuma Swamp are a group of citizen volunteers who believe conservation is about the relationship between a community and its wild places through their guardianship of Lee Tartt Nature Preserve.
Lee Tartt Nature Preserve is a special place in the heart of downtown Grenada. In this 300 acre swamp experience oxbow lakes, a bottomland forest, open meadows and the Yalobusha River on foot or in a kayak year round. Open everyday. Always free.
Since January, we have provided over 400 hours of nature time to over 1,000 participants. Our mission is conservation but our purpose is inspiring people to spend time in nature connecting to wildlife in Grenada County and learning about healthy ecosystems and the critical roles they play in our community and beyond.
Every dollar donated helps up continue this great work!
And today it’s impact is doubled!!
Join #GivingLeeTarttNaturePreserveand support our goals for 2019
- Remove invasive plants: cogon grass, water hyacinth & chinese privet
- Work with Native Habitats ecological design team to develop master plan
- Organize enrichment classes for all ages to inspire and educate
- Collect seeds and grow native plant for habitat restoration
- Acquire equipment for conservation work: tractor, chainsaw, weed eater
- Share Forest Friends Program with individuals and corporations
On #GivingTuesdayNovember 27th, Facebook & PayPal will match your donation with their own, up to $250K!!!
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, your donation may be tax deductible. The work toward fulfilling our mission is made possible through the generous donations of our community members and businesses.
Thanks for your consideration of supporting our citizen conservation efforts. Follow the story – let’s make #GivingLeeTarttNaturePreserve grow!!!
Everything is connected.
2018 Year in Review
February – Air, Soil and Water Conservationist of the Year (2017), Mississippi Wildlife Federation
May – Overall Excellence Award, Mississippi Municipal League in partnership with the City of Grenada
September – Grenada City Council recognition for dedication to community
November – Arboretum Status, Mississippi Urban Forestry Council
May – New name! Chakchiuma Swamp Natural Area becomes Lee Tartt Nature Preserve, named for a local fallen Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Special Agent
July – Recognized as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization
Served over 1,000 participants at Lee Tartt Nature Preserve through programming such as:
- Monthly NATURE WALKS: guided hikes, kayak tours, and bird watching events
- Outdoor Classroom Programs for: Audubon naturalists, high schools around Mississippi, Mississippi State University School of Landscape Architecture, Holmes Community College Forestry Department and homeschool programs
- Community educational and research programs, in partnership withUS Fish & Wildlife Service, Mississippi Bat Working Group and Delta State University
- private tours for individuals as well as groups such as Grenada Garden Club Jr Buds, and Girl Scouts Troop #30303,
- Annual Grenada Downtown Jubilee SWAMP TOURS
- Community based conservation volunteer events
On the horizon 2019
- Collaboration with Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in development of Land Use Management Plan
- Landscape Architecture & Ecological Design firm, Native Habitats Inc, continued work on Master Plan for the preserve
- Goals – grants for trails / conservation issues / masterplan, classes for all ages (creativity, conservation, ecology), community nature walks, teaching space / hdqtrs, tractor, land management plan
- New signs, maps, gates and fences for LTNP boundaries and trail heads