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

Friday, May 23, 2014

Tornado Damage on John Bell Williams WMA

JACKSON - On April 28, 2014, tornadoes impacted many areas across Mississippi.  Several recreational areas in northeast Mississippi managed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) received extensive damage to infrastructure and forests.  One of those areas was John Bell Williams Wildlife Management Area (WMA).  Located in Prentiss County, John Bell Williams WMA is a 2,930-acre WMA consisting of bottomland and upland hardwood forests owned by the Tombigbee Water Management District.  The MDWFP cooperatively manages this area for wildlife and outdoor recreation, and the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) assists with all forest management activities.

MDWFP personnel worked on John Bell Williams WMA the day after tornado touchdown to clear WMA roads and assess damage.  The MFC estimated that approximately 500 acres of forest were impacted by the storm, including much of the greentree reservoir.  The MFC is currently working with the Tombigbee Water Management District to plan salvage of affected timber.  Timber salvage is expected to begin soon. 

The WMA headquarters sustained structural and water damage.  Repairs to the headquarters will take place as soon as possible.  Management operations, particularly for the greentree reservoir, may be affected for some time.  The MDWFP is asking users of the WMA to be patient while measures are taken to repair damages to the area.   

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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