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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

MDWFP Partners to Manage Wetland Habitat on Private Lands

JACKSON - Mississippi Partners for Fish and Wildlife (MPFW), a partnership of state and federal agencies, conservation organizations and private companies, is working to improve wetland habitat on privately-owned land for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife.  MPFW is seeking to enroll new private land wetland projects, and the application period will end May 1, 2014.

Assistance to private landowners can be in the form of cost-share payments for approved habitat management practices or providing materials such as water control structures to enhance wetland management infrastructure.  After enrollment, biologists will work with landowners to develop a cooperative habitat management plan to benefit waterfowl and other wetland wildlife.  In exchange, landowners agree to manage and flood wetland habitat annually for 10 to 15 years.

With about two-thirds of our nation's land in private ownership, landowners are important stewards of essential fish and wildlife habitat.  "Mississippi's landowners are very interested in managing waterfowl habitat, but sometimes lack the most effective tools or the sufficient finances to best achieve their objectives.  This unique partnership will be an effective way for landowners to leverage their funds with MPFW technical and financial assistance to improve wetland habitat on private lands," said Houston Havens, Waterfowl Program Leader for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

Private landowners interested in learning more about wetland management assistance through MPFW may contact Houston Havens at (662) 299-0273 or houstonh@mdwfp.state.ms.us; or James Callicutt at (601) 432-2079 or jamesca@mdwfp.state.ms.us.

For more information regarding waterfowl in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/waterfowl or call us at (601) 432-2199. 

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