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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2013
 
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State of Mississippi makes Significant Land Acquisition in Hancock County

Hancock Co., Miss.-Further guaranteeing the preservation of Mississippi's natural resources, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced the acquisition of 2483 acres of pristine marsh land located at the mouth of the Pearl River in Hancock County.

"For the second time this year, we were able to acquire heritage properties for the Tidelands Preserve on behalf of the State of Mississippi.  The Baldwin property was acquired with federal funding and private donations-no State dollars were used to purchase this property," says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.  "Our Agency has been trying to purchase this property for almost fifteen (15) years because of its high conservation value."

Formerly owned by the Baldwin family, the newly acquired land is located in southwest Hancock County fronting the Pearl River for two (2) miles at the junction with the Mississippi Sound.

"This property located in southwest Hancock County is a key acquisition for the state of Mississippi and its residents," said Jamie Miller, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.  "This pristine marsh is in the Coastal Preserves and provides critical nursery habitat for gulf seafood and acts as a buffer from storms.  By owning it, we will be better able to manage and enhance those functions."

The total purchase price of the Baldwin Property is $1,167,868.38.  Funding available for the purchase is as follows:

  *   Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP federal grant)              
 $554,758.38
  *   Nature Conservancy (dedicated to coastal preserve lands)            
  $613,110.00

The former owners of the Baldwin property also donated an additional five-acre parcel valued at $310,000 to the acquisition.

The "Baldwin" property fills a gap between properties already owned by the State and will be managed by the State of Mississippi as part of the Mississippi Coastal Preserve System.


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