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

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Prescribed Burning Underway in North WMA Region

JACKSON - Smoke has been rising from Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in north Mississippi to benefit wildlife.  Since early February, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks WMA managers have implemented prescribed burns across designated areas on Charles Ray Nix, Hell Creek, Divide Section, and Canal Section WMAs.  In addition, prescribed burning has been conducted by the U.S. Forest Service on Chickasaw and Upper Sardis WMAs. The seasonal managed use of fire is essential to enhance and maintain habitat for numerous game and non-game wildlife species.  Prescribed burning during late winter and early spring maintains natural vegetation in a state that provides food and cover for wildlife.  These "cool season" burns also minimize damage to timber.  Prescribed burning will also take place on selected WMAs during late summer and early fall.  These hotter "growing season" burns help control undesirable hardwood growth in old fields, reduce thick vegetation that limits habitat quality, and reduce hazardous fuel conditions for wild fires.

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