Cypress was contracted to assess and monitor the presence and extent of invasive plant species across 26 estuarine preserve and restoration sites in the Mississippi Coastal Preserves Program in July 2015.

The Coastal Preserves Program comprises  multiple sites across the entire Coastal Zone of Mississippi with habitats including barrier islands, intertidal marsh, intermediate marsh, high marsh, bayous, swamps, beach and dune systems, bottomland hardwood forests, pine savannas, and pine plantations.

From the contract signing to receipt of final project deliverables by MDMR, the Year 1 monitoring was executed in 45% of the time allotted in the project’s RFP. A total of 1,797 vegetation plots were characterized across the 26 sites.