Centuries Old Cypress Landmarked on Bayou Barbary, Livingston Parish
On Christmas Eve, 2016, the Louisiana Purchase Cypress Legacy landmarked with Plaque 47 a beautiful old cypress near Pete's Landing on Bayou Barbary in Livingston Parish. Although we have not yet cored the tree to determine its apporximate age, the circumference of this tree (photo below) indicates this cypress is was almost certainly "Alive in 1803" as the Plaque states, based on past borings of similarly sized trees.
Location of this tree is seen in the map above
Bayou Barbary, a tributary of the Amite River contains many old growth cypress worthy of preservation.
We'll have updates on the age of the landmarked tree shown above and of other trees on Bayou Barbary (such as the one seen in the photo below) in a future posting.
If you know of any cypress in Louisiana that you may think were "Alive in 1803" and qualify as a Louisiana Purchase Legacy tree please let us know at LaPurchaseCypresslegacy@gmail.com In the upcoming year we hope to continue our quest to find the largest/oldest cypress in each Parish and add it to our registry.
To those who contacted us regarding landmarking old growth cypress on their property --or have given us leads on where to find the big ones-- many thanks. We hope 2017 will bring us more appreciation and stewardship of Louisiana's unheralded natural treasures-- our old growth cypress.