Since the Mississippi Fish and Wildlife Foundation was established in the Winter of 1997, your organization has been recognized as a state and national leader in fish and wildlife conservation. Many of you benefit directly from quality habitat for fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing or just sitting back and enjoying the natural beauty of our great state.
In the past few months, Wildlife Mississippi has grown to 2,000 members and has been the driving force behind many projects benefiting conservationists like you.
In the past seven years we have worked with private landowners to protect over 32,000 acres of habitat. We have placed over 1,000 wood duck and 800 bluebird boxes, promoted quail management, signed agreements for waterfowl management on over 10,000 acres, planted 4.2 million bottomland hardwood trees on 14,000 acres, restored over 1,000 acres of longleaf pine, restored approximately 2,500 acres of wetlands, provided 20 physically challenged shooting houses on public lands, provided low-cost seed to enhance over 75,000 acres with food plots, started a decoy deer program with 62 decoys to curtail the poaching of deer and assisted in the writing of essential, federal conservation policy. And all of this activity has been conducted from three small, but functional offices in the Delta, Northeast Mississippi and South Mississippi.
As a member of Wildlife Mississippi you are part of this team that is working not only for your own enjoyment, but for the pleasure of future generations. If we don't do it, who will?
On February 25-27 we will host our sixth spring Mississippi Fish and Wildlife Expo at the Canton/Madison County Multipurpose Complex. The 3-day Expo will feature approximately 125 exhibitors selling hunting and fishing gear, wildlife art and books, outdoor apparel, trucks, conservation exhibits, ladies gifts, game calls, guided trips, children's exhibits and much more. We are also very fortunate to have some top quality seminars. Last year's Expo was a great success and we are expecting more than 10,000 people to attend this upcoming year.
I'm excited about our programs as well as our progress. Please continue to
be the good stewards that you are. Our children and grandchildren will have
a better world because of all of our work.
Jeff Clark, M.D.