MS Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks

Infrastructure Improvements and Invasive Species Control Underway at Pascagoula River WMA

Monday, 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 non-game animals. 

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