HANCOCK COUNTY — The state of Mississippi has acquired 2,483 acres of marshland located at the mouth of the Pearl River in Hancock County, according to a release from Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.
“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 Hosemann. “Our agency has been trying to purchase this property for almost 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 miles at the junction with the Mississippi Sound.
The total purchase price of the Baldwin property is $1,167,868.38.
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.