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

Monday, April 21, 2014

Prairie Restoration Efforts on Black Prairie WMA (1)

JACKSON - Black Prairie Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 5,200-acre area located in Lowndes County within the Black Belt Prairie soil region.  Over the past few years, habitat management practices have been focused on restoring native prairie habitats on Black Prairie WMA.  These habitat management practices will not only help in restoring native habitats, but will improve wildlife habitat on the area for an array of game and non-game species.  

 

Managers have initiated a prescribed burning regime on the WMA and hope to increase the acreage burned each year.  Along with prescribed fire, herbicide treatments have begun to control non-desirable, invasive species such as tall fescue, Johnsongrass, and encroaching woody vegetation.  

 

Last year the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) was approved to receive funds through a State Wildlife Grant with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to aid in restoring prairie habitat on the WMA. MDWFP is currently entering the second year of this grant.  The grant has provided funds for purchasing herbicides to control non-desirable plant species as well as mechanical treatments, such as drum chopping cedar and ash thickets, to restore early successional habitats. Over the next year, MDWFP will continue these restoration efforts to benefit wildlife as well as WMA users. 

 

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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