National Heritage Area

On December 8th, 2004, President George W. Bush signed into law P.L. 108-447, designating Mississippi's six coastal counties as The Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area. This designation identifies that the Mississippi Gulf coastal region has significant natural and cultural resources that contribute to the fabric of our national history and identity.

The Crosby Arboretum embodies the mission of the Heritage Area, as it is itself a celebration of our region's unique landscapes, history, people, and traditions. The Crosby Arboretum was one of the first and still one of the only arboreta that functions as a celebration of local native flora by preserving, enhancing, and even re-creating regional ecosystems. The Arboretum draws visitors from around the nation to South Mississippi and hosts a variety of educational programs and community events for kids and adults. Located adjacent to the I-59 Mississippi State Welcome Center, The Crosby Arboretum is positioned as a "gateway" into the Heritage Area.

For additional information about the Heritage Area, contact the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources - Coastal Resource Management Bureau.