Species Conservation

MMNS has initiated a program in south Mississippi to address conservation and monitoring needs identified in Mississippi's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS).  Mississippi's CWCS is a blueprint aimed at conserving wild species and their habitats. 

Contact Species Conservation Manager

Current and Future Work 

  • Coordination of Mississippi Amphibian Monitoring Program
  • Longleaf restoration on Mars Wildlife Management Area 

fire is an essential component of the longleaf pine ecosystem


  • Coordination of efforts to restore yellow blotched map turtle nesting sandbars on Pascagoula river
  • Participation in monitoring efforts for swallow tail kite, plovers, gopher frog, gopher tortoise
  • Participation on Mississippi Prescribed Fire Council
  • Coordination with state and federal agencies on issues relating to species of greatest conservation need and their habitats
  • Development of recovery plans for the following individual species of greatest conservation need and their habitats:
    • Dry longleaf pine forests/mesic longleaf pine savannahs/forests
      • Mississippi gopher frog
      • Red cockaded woodpecker
      • Northern bobwhite
      • Black pine snake
      • Gopher tortoise
    • Bottomland hardwood forests
      • Swallow tail kite
      • Swainson's warbler
      • Black bear/Louisiana black bear
      • Rafinesque's big eared bat
      • Ivory billed woodpecker
    • Pascagoula drainage
      • Bald eagle
      • Swallow tail kite
      • Migrant songbirds
      • Yellow blotched and Pascagoula map turtle

view of lower pascagoula river


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