To support its focused conservation goals, Wildlife Mississippi is
concentrating its staff and fiscal resources on seven major initiatives.
Fisheries Management and Water Quality
There are almost 1 million anglers in the Magnolia State. To maintain
quality recreational fishing opportunities, we work on conserving, restoring
and enhancing fisheries habitat, fish populations and water quality.
Bird and Wetland Habitat
Since seventy-five percent of America's remaining wetlands are on private
lands, it is clear that both coastal and freshwater wetlands conservation
cannot be limited to public holdings. Realizing that most
migratory birds use wetlands, we work on habitat conservation, restoration
and enhancement activities. We will also develop quality nesting, migration
and wintering habitat for migratory birds, such as waterfowl, shorebirds,
raptors, swallows, orioles, hummingbirds, warblers.
This is the Foundation's broadest initiative. Because the majority of
Mississippi's wildlife habitat are on private lands, we will focus on
developing innovative approaches to helping the private landowner in
conserving, restoring, and enhancing habitat,
including backyard wildlife habitat, and the fish, wildlife and plants
that depend on those habitats.
and Declining Species
We work to improve the threatened and endangered fish, wildlife and
plant resources of Mississippi before they reach a status of endangered
or threatened, thus making it unnecessary to list a species. Working
with private landowners and enabling them to conserve endangered species
their property is the kind of
proactive strategy that heads off regulatory crises, while providing
opportunities for both recreation and economic development.
We focus on educating citizens about the conservation of fish, wildlife
and plants through comprehensive programs targeted at our urban population
well as the thousands of landowners who are interested in implementing
more conservation practices on their land.
Recreation and Parks
Safe, family-oriented outdoor recreational opportunities are important
in enriching the lives of Mississippians, as well as promoting tourism.
To ensure that quality outdoor recreation exists, we work to provide
access to Mississippi's fish, wildlife and other outdoor resources.
of this activity are new boat ramps, or wildlife management areas and
improving our parks.
Wildlife Mississippi works with major conservation agencies to pinpoint
and target strategies. We
provide decision makers with policy recommendations that address the
most pressing issues while working with agency personnel to affect internal
policy and budgetary reforms. We highlight innovative programs and new
ideas that will make conservation more effective, efficient and responsive
to its constituencies. Wildlife
Mississippi helps shape public policy that promotes on-the-ground action
to conserve not only Mississippi's, but our nation's valuable natural
by Michael Kelly