About St. Tammany Parish > Ecology & Conservation
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By Daná LaFonta
The ecology of St. Tammany Parish is a diverse and complex structure creating a sensitive bio network that must be protected. Much like the rain forests of South America, the forests, wildlife, marshes, and wetlands are interdependent for survival and preservation of the natural balance.
Hardwood forests transition into marshes and swamps. The beauty of the natural surroundings attracts many species of flora and fauna, which thrive in our climate. Farm animals, deer, armadillos, fur bearers, alligators, and birds of many species call St. Tammany home. The aquatic life found in the lake, rivers and bayous is numerous and of an incredible variety.
St. Tammany Parish Government has many programs in place to protect and preserve a healthy ecology. Erosion and wetland loss is a major problem due to wave action from Lake Pontchartrain. Project Christmas tree helps to rebuild eroded areas by the use of discarded trees.
The St. Tammany Department of Environmental Services monitors and regulates water quality, pollution control, growth management and planning, and the provision of sewage disposal and water services.
The Keep St. Tammany Clean litter abatement program and Operation Clean Rivers removes litter and illegally dumped materials from parish roads and waterways.
St. Tammany is incredibly beautiful. Through conservation, litter abatement, and environmental awareness programs, we work to preserve and protect the ecology of St. Tammany Parish.