Technical Assistance and
The MDWFP provides wildlife management advice to landowners in
Mississippi. The Private Lands Habitat Program and the Small Game
Program provide technical assistance to private landowners
interested in small game and other wildlife management.
Small Game Program:
Private Lands Habitat Program:
Visit the Private Lands Habitat
Program webpage for more information about the PLHP
and to find a biologist for your region.
Technical Assistance contacts may also be obtained by calling
the MDWFP Jackson Office at (601) 432-2199, Monday - Friday, 8 am -
Some of the primary programs available to assist private
landowners with the costs of habitat management are listed below.
Contact a wildlife biologist to assist you in selecting programs
and practices that accomplish your wildlife management objectives.
In many cases, with proper planning, multiple wildlife objectives
and benefits can be acheived with multiple programs or
Reserve Program - Administered by the USDA - Farm
Service Agency. Row-crop (and in some cases pasture) agricultural
land may be eligible for enrollment in CRP. CRP provides soil
rental, cost-share, and incentive payments.
Habitat Incentive Program (and other programs) -
Administered by the USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Eligible land for wildlife habitat enhancement under WHIP include
agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest land, and Indian
land. WHIP may provide cost-share payments for certain wildlife
Mississippi Partners for Fish and
Wildlife Program - Administered by the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service. A partnership of many agencies, organizations,
and companies working together to conserve fish and wildlife
habitat on private lands in Mississippi. Funding is available to
assist private landowners with some of the costs of upland,
prairie, wetland and bottomland hardwood, and longleaf pine habitat
enhancement or restoration. Contact an MDWFP wildlife biologist
about project opportunities.
Initiative - Administered by the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service. A partnership of multiple agencies and
organizations support the restoration and management of longleaf
pine forests by providing technical guidance to private landowners
in South Mississippi.
Fire on the Forty
Initiative - Administered by the Mississippi
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and the Foundation for
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, made possible through
funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish
and Wildlife Program. Landowners may be reimbursed on funded
projects in selected focal counties for 50% of costs for
implementing and conducting prescribed fire up to a maximum of
$12.50 per acre. Visit the webpage for focal counties.