L.D.W.F. ADDS 8,314 ACRES TO JOYCE WMA
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.