Tunica Hills State Preservation Area Receives $2.6 Million Federal Grant for Development

Tunica Hills State Preservation Area Receives $2.6 Million Federal Grant for Development


Governor John Bel Edwards, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, and West Feliciana Parish President Kenny Havard proudly announced the approval of a $2.6 million federal Economic Development Authority grant for the Tunica Hills State Preservation Area. This significant investment will fund the design and construction of a transformative project set to enhance the natural beauty and recreational offerings of the Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area.

The Tunica Hills State Preservation Area project is poised to become a regional treasure, boasting a spectacular overlook of the majestic Mississippi River. This panoramic vista will provide visitors with an unparalleled view of one of America’s most iconic waterways, creating a destination for nature enthusiasts, tourists, and locals alike.

Miles of new recreational trails will also be developed, offering outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to explore and immerse themselves in the diverse landscapes and ecosystems that define Tunica Hills. From hikers to birdwatchers, the expanded trail network will cater to a wide range of recreational interests, further solidifying Tunica Hills as a premier destination for outdoor activities.

Governor John Bel Edwards expressed the significance of the project, stating, “The Mississippi River is not just our past, but our present and future. It is one of the biggest economic drivers for our state, and this project will allow visitors and locals alike to take in its natural beauty.”

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the importance of preserving and showcasing Louisiana’s natural treasures. “This grant is also going to give us long term funding for the area to continue to maintain it for years to come.”

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne emphasized the collaborative effort involved in securing the grant as well as the importance of the project saying, “This part of Louisiana hasn’t been as accessible to visitors, but this project will help provide more access for people to take in this beautiful area.”

West Feliciana Parish President Kenny Havard expressed gratitude for the federal support, stating, “We live and die by tourism in our parish, and this project is going to help bring more people to West Feliciana Parish.”

The Tunica Hills State Preservation Area project plans are going through final review before an official timeline can be announced. Once approval is granted, the expected timeframe will be shared with the public.

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