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Welcome to The Moist-soil Manager, an informative section of Wildlife Mississippi's website designed to assist Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) landowners and managers in the stewardship of their wildlife habitat resources.

The section is a partnership between the Wildlife Mississippi. the Mississippi River Trust (MRT) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) involving the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP). This program, which emphasizes the restoration and protection of habitat for migratory birds and other wetland-dependent wildlife on WRP tracts, was initiated as a pilot effort in Nebraska and Minnesota in 2004. In 2005, WREP was expanded to include seven states and in 2006 was made available nationwide.

Through WREP, Wildlife Mississippi and the MRT are currently working with landowners in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. With over 1,500 tracts totaling nearly 590,000 acres of essential wetland wildlife habitat in the Mississippi Flyway, these three states rank #1, #2 and #3 respectively for acres enrolled in the WRP nationwide.

As stated by the NRCS, “The goal of the WRP is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program.” The WREP does not alter this basic premise, but takes it a step further, adding avenues for restoration, enhancement and protection of existing WRP tracts.

Wildlife Mississippi and the MRT can offer several tools to WRP landowners looking to better manage their wildlife habitat resources. Examples include both financial (cost-share) and technical assistance, and outreach programs such as electronic updates and workshops on various management topics conducted at selected demonstration areas. Additionally, Wildlife Mississippi and the MRT can provide guidance to landowners who would like to see their properties protected for the future, through the use of conservation easements.

So please, take a few minutes to view this area of our website. We hope that you will find the information useful, and we certainly encourage you to contact us if you have comments and suggestions as to how we may better assist you in your management efforts.


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