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

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Controlled Burning and Herbicide Application at Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area

JACKSON - Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located in Panola County, four miles west of Sardis. Controlled burning and selective herbicides are used annually to help maintain the WMA's 3,900 acres of quality grassland and woodland habitat, which are home to abundant wildlife.   

Approximately 600 acres have been control-burned at Charles Ray Nix WMA since January 1, 2014, and 190 acres were treated during June 2014 with selective herbicides.  Burning and selective herbicides were used to reduce invasive vegetation and release native bunch grasses, legumes, and blackberry.  Controlled burning and herbicide application were also implemented in such a way that minimized damage to standing timber.  This has resulted in establishment of a desirable plant community across much of Charles Ray Nix WMA that provides abundant food and cover for quail, rabbit, turkey, deer, and a host of non-game wildlife.    

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

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