The MDWFP Environmental Program strives to protect, conserve,
enhance, and restore native fish and wildlife populations and their
habitats through consultation on environmental projects and permit
The following duties fall under the program:
- serve on the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
- comment on construction and development activities which may
affect the state's native species and their habitats to minimize
any harmful impacts.
- detect, monitor and control invasive species to minimize their
impact on the state's native fish and wildlife resources and
habitats necessary for healthy native plant and animal
- report environmentally dangerous, harmful or illegal practices
to the appropriate permitting and enforcement agencies.
- assist other agencies and organizations in establishing an
instream flow standard that conserves viable stream fish
populations and stream habitats.
- consult with other state agencies on fish kills and fish
consumption advisories and the wise utilization of the state's
Public Trust resources.
A critical aspect of this program is the maintenance of the Natural
Heritage Program database, which documents the presence of
state and federally endangered or threatened species and also those
species of special concern. Mississippi had one of the first such
databases in the United States. Federal laws require that projects
using Federal funds subjects such projects to an environmental
review using the information contained in the Natural Heritage
To make a data request to the Natural Heritage Program click on
the following link:
Natural Heritage Program Request