Friday, March 31, 2017
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
MDWFP Welcomes New Wildlife Executive Staff Officer
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and
Parks (MDWFP) has named Russ Walsh as the next Wildlife Executive
Staff Officer, the agency announced Friday. Walsh previously was a
biologist for Partners for Fish and Wildlife with the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service. Before that, he was a biologist with the MDWFP
for almost six years.
"We are pleased to have Russ Walsh back in the agency and are
confident that his technical and leadership abilities will continue
to advance the Wildlife Bureau," said Executive Director Dr. Sam
As the senior wildlife official for the MDWFP, Walsh will be
involved in formulating and directing a comprehensive statewide
program to conserve and manage the wildlife resources of
"The MDWFP has the largest conservation footprint in the state,"
Walsh said. "I have a strong dedication to the department and
thoroughly support its mission. I look forward to working with a
great organization to advance conservation efforts."
Walsh, a native of Amite County, initially served with the MDWFP
as a district biologist in South Mississippi and coordinated the
Landowner Incentive Program. In 2007, he assisted with
establishing the Private Lands Habitat Program and served as a
private lands biologist until he was hired by the U.S. Fish and
"I'm humbled and honored for the opportunity to serve as
Wildlife Executive Staff Officer. The bureau handles a
diverse array of tasks and challenges daily," Walsh said. "It's a
privilege to be a part a dedicated team that strives to have
positive impact for natural resources."
Walsh received a bachelor's degree in forestry and wildlife
management from Mississippi State Univesrity and a master's degree
in forest resources from Oklahoma State University.
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