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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Winter Water for Wildlife Project Now Accepting Applications

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), Wildlife Mississippi, and other partners are pleased to announce the Winter Water for Wildlife project.  This project will assist private landowners in the Mississippi Delta by offering incentive payments to flood crop fields and manage wetland areas to provide habitat for migrating water birds.  This includes existing Wetlands Reserve Program areas.  

The goal of the Winter Water for Wildlife project is to raise awareness among Delta landowners about the importance of winter water in flooded agricultural areas and conservation program lands to provide habitat for priority wildlife species.  

The three project focal areas are Bolivar - lands north of Hwy 82, east of Hwy 1, south of Hwy 32, west of Hwy 61; Sunflower - lands north of Hwy 82, east of Hwy 3, and west of Hwy 49E; and Tunica - lands in Tunica County, east of Hwy 61. Landowners in the Sunflower focal area will not be required to pump ground water to flood fields to participate in the program, but will receive a lower incentive rate.

Landowners must submit an application before June 1, 2014, for project consideration, and all applications will be competitively ranked based on potential habitat benefits. For more information, contact Brian Ballinger with Wildlife Mississippi at (662)686-3375, ext. 107, or bballinger@wildlifemiss.org; or John Gruchy with MDWFP at johng@mdwfp.state.ms.us. To learn more about the Winter Water for Wildlife project, visit www.mdwfp.com/winterwater

For more information regarding wildlife management, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at 601-432-2199. 

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