Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Monday, July 23, 2012
The MDWFP Celebrates 80 Years of Conservation: 1932-2012
JACKSON - This year the Mississippi Department of Wildlife,
Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is celebrating 80 years of conserving
natural resources across the state. The MDWFP is about hunting,
fishing, conservation, and education. We are also about
protecting the traditions, rites of passage, weekend getaways, and
campfire moments that make living in and visiting Mississippi such
a rich experience.
"Our eighty year success story in conservation is the result
of the continued support of sportsmen and women who purchase
privilege licenses annually. With their help, we have witnessed one
of the most remarkable conservation restoration efforts in this
country," said MDWFP Executive Director, Dr. Sam Polles.
In 1932, the Mississippi legislature created the Mississippi
Game and Fish Commission. Since then, the agency has been
the state's premiere conservation organization and is now known as
the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.
The present day MDWFP is a result of legislative action in
1989 to merge the Department of Wildlife Conservation (formally
known as the MS Game and Fish Commission) and the Mississippi Parks
During the last eight decades, the MDWFP has purchased public
lands for outdoor recreation, restored deer and turkey populations,
stocked millions of fish, conducted research and surveys,
established and enforced regulations, taught hunter, boater, and
conservation education courses, provided emergency response during
natural disasters, and more.
Approximately 90 percent of our budget comes from
user-generated funds. Primary funding sources include hunting and
fishing license sales, permit and registration fees, and federal
grants from excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment. Hunters
and anglers have always provided the primary funding for
conservation activities which ultimately benefit all
The agency's mission is to conserve and enhance Mississippi's
wildlife, fisheries, and parks, provide quality outdoor recreation,
and engage the public in natural resource conservation.
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