Infrastructure Improvements and Invasive Species Control Underway at Pascagoula River WMAMonday, July 25, 2016
This summer, major infrastructure improvements have taken place
on Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in
George and Jackson counties. Improvements have included widening of
roads and trails, applying aggregate to roads, bridge repairs,
culvert installations, and rerouting roads damaged by riverbank
erosion. Infrastructure maintenance is a year-round job for WMA
personnel as the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and
Parks (MDWFP) strives to provide adequate access for both public
activities and management tasks.
Control of invasive plant species aids in improving wildlife
habitat and is a high priority for WMA personnel. Cogongrass and
Chinese tallow tree are invasive species that occur throughout the
Pascagoula River WMA and provide little to no benefit for wildlife.
These plants compete with native plant species, spread
aggressively, and are difficult to control. MDWFP personnel have
been applying herbicide to reclaim infested sites. Eradication of
these invasive plants will allow regeneration of native vegetation
which provides higher quality food and cover for both game and
For more information regarding wildlife management areas in
Mississippi, visit our website atwww.mdwfp.com/wma or call
us at (601) 432-2199. Follow us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/mdwfp or
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