Wildlife Resources in Coastal Region

 Wildlife and Habitat Management

   
Articles on Wildlife and Habitat Management
Mitigation and Conservation Banking
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To many landowners a threatened or endangered (T&E) species on their property is anathema because it can herald all kinds of state and federal limitations on use of their property.& ...

Surprisingly Diverse Mississippi
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Whether you are a resident of Mississippi, or have never visited, the state is surprisingly diverse. The Mississippi Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy, or CWCS, recognizes 4 distinct ecoregions, which are large areas that generally share similar climate, geography, and species communities.&n ...

Fish and Wildlife Management A Handbook for Mississippi Landowners
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A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO ENCOURAGING FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION, LAND MANAGEMENT, AND MAXIMUM ENJOYMENT OF RESOURCES Featuring over five hundred illustrations and forty tables, this book is a collection of in-depth discussions by a tremendous range of experts on topics related to wildlife and fisheries management in Mississippi.

pdf Safe Harbor: Helping Landowners Help Endangered Species
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This handbook describes safe harbor agreements and the way in which they work. It aims to help you decide if a safe harbor agreement makes sense for your land.& ...

pdf Decontamination Documentation for Cavers
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The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) strongly recommends, first and foremost, compliance with all cave closures, advisories, and regulations in all Federal, State,Tribal, and private lands.

NRCS Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative and NFWF Recovered Oil Fund

In response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which is fouling beaches, marshes and mudflats all along the northern Gulf coast, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has created the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative.& ...

Tara Wildlife Doing Business as a Sustainable Recreation Destination
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Renowned for its hunting, Tara Wildlife also offers birding, hiking and a well-equipped conference and recreation facility.

pdf 2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation
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The 2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation was prepared as an introduction for fish and wildlife conservation providers – the on-the-ground biologists and conservation partners who help deliver Farm Bill conservation programs to landowners.

Outdoor Activities in Mississippi
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The cradle of the blues and known for its southern charm, Civil War history, and verdant countryside, Mississippi offers outdoor recreation for all tastes.& ...

NRCS Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative

In November of 2009, Secretary Vilsack announced a commitment of $320 million over the next four years for a Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative to address water quality, wildlife habitat and natural resource conservation concerns in the Basin.& ...

Fire Management and Longleaf Pine in Mississippi
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According to the Mississippi Prescribed Fire Council, periodic fire played an important ecological role in shaping southern forests and grasslands. L ...

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, or LCCs, are self-directed partnerships that link science with conservation actions to address climate change and other stressors within and across landscapes.

pdf A win-win for wildlife & agriculture
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Strategically targeting agricultural conservation practices toward specific wildlife habitat and population objectives produces substantial benefits for focal species.& ...

pdf NBCI’s Bobwhite Almanac, State of the Bobwhite 2012
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This 2nd edition of the NBCI’s annual “State of the Bobwhite” report provides the most comprehensive assessment ever compiled on the current state of bobwhite conservation in the US.

pdf State Of The Bobwhite: Grassland Conservation At A Crossroads
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This first annual “State of the Bobwhite” report by the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) and the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) provides a snapshot of the population, hunting, and conservation status of the northern bobwhite, Colinus virginianus.

pdf The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative: A range-wide plan for recovering bobwhites
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The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) is the unified range-wide strategy of 25 state wildlife agencies, with numerous conservation group and research institution partners, to achieve widespread restoration of native grassland habitats and huntable populations of wild quail.

pdf A Guide to Successful Wildlife Food Plots: Blending Science with Common Sense
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This publication provides technical guidance and practical information for wildlife management beyond planting and managing food plots.  ...

pdf Working Lands For Wildlife
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Through Working Lands for Wildlife —a voluntary, incentive-based effort—the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and its conservation partners will provide landowners with technical and financial assistance to: Restore populations of declining wildlife species.

pdf Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Gag Management Measures
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NMFS implements management measures described in a framework action to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP), as prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council).

pdf Conservation Reserve Program - CP33–Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds - Bird Monitoring and Evaluation Plan 2006–2011 Final Report
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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers a suite of Farm Bill conservation programs and practices that provide incentives to enhance environmental quality on privately-owned agricultural lands.

Research and Education to Advance Conservation and Habitat (REACH)
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REACH is a collaboration between Mississippi State University's Extension Service, MAFES, and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center. Through the program experts share their scientifiically researched best agricultural practices with producers and landowners.

pdf Under Cover: Wildlife of Shrublands and Young Forest
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The term “early successional habitat” describes the shrubs, trees, and other plants that grow back on the land after older vegetation has been removed or cut back.

pdf Bobwhite Quail Biology and Management
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This is a 7-page fact sheet that covers life history, food requirements, habitat and forest management to benefit Bobwhite.

pdf Lightning-Season Burning: Friend or Foe of Breeding Birds?
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pdf Waterbirds on Working Lands in Mississippi
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pdf Restoration, Management, and Monitoring of Forest Resources in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley: Recommendations for Enhancing Wildlife Habitat
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The conservation objective in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley is to provide forested habitat capable of supporting sustainable populations of all forest dependent wildlife species.

pdf Updated 2013 Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Recreational Season Length Estimates
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In February 2013, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council requested the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) promulgate an emergency rule for the 2013 recreational red snapper season.

pdf Benefits of Prescribed Burning
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Fire has shaped Louisiana’s landscape for thousands of years. Native Americans set fires to reduce “rough” vegetation, improve hunting areas and create space for crops.

Reasons for Prescribed Fire in Forest Management

A summary of all the benefits of prescribed fire in southern forests.

pdf Conservation buffers: wildlife benefits in Southeastern agricultural systems
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Conservation buffers such as filter strips, riparian buffers, grassed waterways, and field borders are especially applicable to southeastern landscapes and have multiple environmental benefits while serving to significantly improve wildlife habitats.

pdf Bobwhite and Upland Songbird Response to CCRP Practice CP33, Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds
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Summary Findings The Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds practice (CP33) is the first Federal conservation practice to target species-specific population recovery goals of a national wildlife conservation initiative (the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative).

pdf Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture Operational Plan
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For a landscape supporting healthy native bird populations across the LMVJV

pdf A Burning Issue: Prescribed Fire and Fire-adapted Habitats of the East Gulf Coastal Plain
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East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture (EGCPJV) prescribed fire communications strategy.  Developed with input from more than 45 prescribed fire/resource management experts throughout the East Gulf Coastal Plain, as well as guidance from the EGCPJV staff and board, the Strategy focuses on achieving three overarching policy, outreach and education goals that address current impediments to the use of prescribed fire.& ...

pdf Density and diversity of overwintering birds in managed field borders in Mississippi.
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ABSTRACT.—Grassland bird populations are sharply declining in North America. Changes in agricultural practices during the past 50 years have been suggested as one of the major causes of this decline.

pdf Breeding Bird Response to Field Border Presence and Width
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Extensive implementation of field borders of greater width, may contribute substantially to grassland bird conservation strategies in agricultural landscapes.

pdf Riparian Area Assessment Guide for Streamside Landowners
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This 26-page booklet introduces the Stream-A-Syst system to help landowners assess and manage their streams.  It contains a worksheet, action plan with recommended steps and sources of information to address various issues, and a visual (photographic) assessment guide.

pdf Winter Avian Community and Sparrow Response to Field Border Width
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Field borders benefit wintering farmland birds,with greater positive effects associated with wider borders.

pdf Riparian Buffers: Functions and Value
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Defines riparian buffers and discusses various benefits, including property value, wildlife habitat, timber, and recreational/aesthetic/spiritual values.

pdf Riparian buffers: Types and establishment methods
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Discusses grass, 3-zone, 2-zone, wildlife, urban and naturalized buffers and recommendations for how to choose, establish and cost-share.

pdf Managing Wild Pigs, a Technical Guide
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This 40-page document provides detailed information on the biology of wild pigs, how to recognize their presence, the type of damage they can cause to agriculture and natural areas and a wide range of management techniques, including hunting.

pdf Best Management Practices for Waterbirds on Agricultural Land
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Defines and discusses management of nutrients, pests, tillage, harvest, and edge/buffers to benefit waterbirds.  Also provides crop-specific BMPs for corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and rice.

pdf Toxicities of Agricultural Pesticides to Selected Aquatic Organisms
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Lists toxicities of many different chemicals and how to reduce the risk of pesticide drift. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.t ...

pdf The Role of Farm Policy in Achieving Large-Scale Conservation: Bobwhite and Buffers
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The conservation provisions of the Farm Bill can produce more consistent positive wildlife habitat benefits when policy (program statutes, rules, practices, and practice standards) is developed in the context of explicit goals identified as part of large-scale conservation initiatives.

pdf Managing working lands for northern bobwhite: the USDA NRCS Bobwhite Restoration Project
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pdf Best Management Practices for Fayetteville Shale Natural Gas Activities

This 30-page document developed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with numerous state and federal agencies, provides a comprehensive overview of recommended voluntary practices for energy companies during exploration, drilling and reclamation activities.& ...

Establishing Native Warm Season Grasses For Upland Wildlife
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In recent years, there has been increased interest in establishing native warm season grasses (NWSG) and forbs as wildlife habitat. Commonly known as prairie or prairie grass, native grasslands and savannas, a forest/grassland complex with less than 50% tree coverage, historically dominated the landscape across much of the United States.

pdf Longleaf Pine Regeneration
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Provides instructions for artificial regeneration, site prep, seedings and planting to re-establish longleaf pine.  The guidelines conclude, “Longleaf pine has many desirable characteristics for landowners who have multiple-use forest management objectives.

pdf A Field Guide to Southeast Bird Monitoring Protocols and Programs
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A review of bird census techniques opens with the statement that ‘birds are counted for a wide variety of reasons by a bewildering range of methods’.

pdf Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians And Reptiles of the Southeastern United States
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The Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles series (hereafter Guidelines) is intended to provide private landowners, state and federal land agencies, and other interested stakeholders with regional information on the habitat associations and requirements of amphibians and reptiles, possible threats to these habitats, and recommendations for managing lands in ways compatible with or beneficial to amphibians and reptiles.

pdf Mississippi’s Conservation Reserve Program. CP33-Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds
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Mississippi Bird Monitoring and Evaluation Plan Final Report, 2006–2010

pdf National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative Unified Strategy to Restore Wild Quail
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Northern Bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) were once common, even abundant, on farms, rangelands and forests across more than 30 states. Bobwhites have declined an average of 3% per year since 1966, and have virtually disappeared from some northern states.

pdf 12 Wildlife Habitat Tips for Small Acreages
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This brief University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture publication includes tips for developing a management plan and actual practices for habitat management.

pdf Costs of Small Scale Catfish Production
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Cost estimates developed for 6 2-acre levee ponds, including production facilities, site selection and pond construction, feed storage, water supply, equipment, and production practices.

pdf Deep-Sea Benthic Footprint of the Deepwater Horizon Blowout
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pdf Wildlife Tourism and the Gulf Coast Economy
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Wildlife tourism contributes substantially to the Gulf Coast economy.  Wildlife tourism is defined as (1) guide and outfitter businesses directly serving wildlife watchers, recreational fishers and hunters, and (2) lodging and dining establishments where these clients sleep and eat.

pdf A LANDOWNER'S GUIDE FOR WILD PIG MANAGEMENT: PRACTICAL METHODS FOR WILD PIG CONTROL
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Summarizes biology of wild pigs, history of introduction and range of occurence within the U.S., and ecological and economic impacts, with suggestions for management strategies.

pdf Methyl Mercury in Sportfish - Information for Fish Consumers

Methylmercury is a form of mercury that is found in most freshwater and saltwater fish. In some lakes, rivers, and coastal waters in California, methylmercury has been found in some types of fish at concentrations that may be harmful to human health.

pdf A Degraded Gulf of Mexico: Wildlife and Wetlands Two Years Into the Gulf Oil Disaster
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Report summarizes current status of coastal wetlands and six wildlife species in the Gulf two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Why are Invasive Species Bad for Mississippi?
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Only a very small subset of species introduced to an area where they are not native will become invasive.  But when the invasion begins, it can be costly.

Wildlife and Habitat Management Organizations & Professionals
There are 88 resources serving Coastal Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Wildlife and Habitat Management Organizations & Professionals serving Coastal Region
Biologists / Ecologists
American Forest Management
- Charlotte, NC
Bob Griffin
Mississippi Land Company - Mayhew, MS
Daniel C. Sumerall
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Vicksburg District - Biologist - Vicksburg, MS
Deer Management Assistance Program
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks - Jackson, MS
Eco-Asset Solutions & Innovations LLC
William Coleman - Co-Founder & CEO - Redwood City, CA
Florida Association of Native Nurseries
Cammie Donaldson - Executive Director - Melbourne , FL
FTN Associates, Ltd.
- Little Rock, AR
Greg Simons
Wildlife Consultants, Inc. - Wildlife Biologist - San Angelo, TX
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System
Barb Kirkpatrick - Executive Director - College Station, TX
Kyle Carrington
Forester / Wildlife Biologist - Bird & Crawford Forestry - Center, TX
Lower Mississippi River Fisheries Coordination Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Vicksburg, MS
Mike Goff
Wildlife Technical Services - Executive Vice President/Managing Partner - Vicksburg , MS
Mississippi Land Company
- Hattiesburg, MS
Mississippi Private Lands Habitat Program
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks - Jackson, MS
Ruben Cantu
Wildlife Consultants, Inc. - Certified Wildlife Biologist, Certified Professional Rangeland Management - San Angelo, TX
Ryan Basinger
Westervelt Wildlife Services - Wildlife Consulting Manager, Certified Wildlife Biologist®, Hunting Lease Manager - Demopolis, AL
Steven Gruchy
Wildlife Mississippi - Natural Resource Economist - Stoneville, MS
The Land Group
Dan Prevost - Biologist - Forester - Leland, MS
The Nature Conservancy, Mississippi Chapter Office
Keith Ouchley - State Director - Madison, MS
Thomas Resources Wildlife & Land Enhancement, Inc.
Rans Thomas - Owner - Athens, GA
Timothy J. Carley
Mississippi Land Company - Hattiesburg, MS
Trey Watson
Forester / Wildlife Biologist - Bird & Crawford Forestry - Center, TX
Unique Places LLC
Jeff Fisher - CEO - Durham, NC
Westervelt Ecological Services
John Wigginton - Regional Manager, Southeast Region - Auburn, AL
Fire Services / Prescribed Burning
Brad Campbell
Southern Resource Service, Inc. - President - Starkville, MS
Chloeta
- Jay, OK
Complete Land and Timber Management, Inc
- Columbia, MS
Dennis J. Dauterive
Mississippi Forestry Commission - Fire Chief - Pearl, MS
F&W Forestry Services
- Albany, GA
Fire on the Forty
Scott Edwards - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks - Mississippi State, MS
GoodFires
Southern Group of State Foresters - Garner, NC
Jason Raines
Operations Manager/Forester - Acorn Forestry - Lufkin, TX
Jeff Windham, R.F.
Complete Land and Timber Management, Inc. - Columbia, MS
John B. Mitchell, Sr., ACF
Mitchell Forestry & Wildlife Services, Inc. - President - Corinth, MS
Justin Penick
Founder, President, & CEO - Acorn Forestry - Lufkin, TX
Leslie Blackwell
Mississippi Forestry Commission - Area Forester - Philadelphia, MS
Matthew N. Walters
Walters Forestry Services/Mississippi Land Company - Mayhew, MS
Michael Daughdrill
Timberland Management Services, Inc. - Owner and Manager - Centreville, MS
Mississippi Firewise Program
Mississippi Forestry Commission - Carthage, MS
Mississippi Land Company
- Hattiesburg, MS
Robert Ekes, RF
F&W Forestry Services - Regional Manager - Mississippi - Corinth, MS
Scott Miles
Mississippi Forestry Commission - Chief Fire Investigator Southeast & Southwest Districts - Wiggins, MS
Shortleaf Pine Initiative
Holly Campbell - Southern Regional Extension Forestry - Athens, GA
Southeast Prescribed Fire Update
North Carolina State University Extension Forestry - Raleigh, NC
Southern Fire Exchange
Kevin Robertson - Fire Ecology Research Scientist - Tallahassee, FL
Unique Places LLC
Jeff Fisher - CEO - Durham, NC
Riparian and Wetlands Specialists
Ducks Unlimited
Dale James - Manager of Conservaiton Planning and Land Protection Coordinator - Ridgeland, MS
FTN Associates, Ltd.
- Little Rock, AR
James Ballard
Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commision - Sport Fish Restoration Administrative Program Coordinator - Ocean Springs, MS
Jason Theriot
The Earth Partners - Brodhead, WI
Lower Mississippi River Fisheries Coordination Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Vicksburg, MS
Marstel-Day, LLC
- Fredericksburg, VA
Society for Range Management
Jess Peterson - Executive Vice President - Littleton, CO
Wildlife / Habitat Specialists
10 Point Wildlife Management
AR
American Forest Management
- Charlotte, NC
Bob Griffin
Mississippi Land Company - Mayhew, MS
C. Jared Quillen
Mississippi State University - Wildlife Extension Assistant - Mississippi State, MS
Deer Management Assistance Program
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks - Jackson, MS
Delta Wildlife
Trey Cooke - Executive Director - Stoneville, MS
Forestry/Wildlife Integration, LLC
Mark W. Thomas - President/Owner - Hoover, AL
Greg Simons
Wildlife Consultants, Inc. - Wildlife Biologist - San Angelo, TX
Gulf Coast Joint Venture
Barry Wilson, USFWS - GCJV Coordinator - Lafayette, LA
James Dillon McInnis
McInnis Natural Resource Consulting - Owner - Leakesville, MS
Jason D. Burke
Soterra, LLC. - Forestry and Wildlife Consultant - Pine Grove, LA
Jason Raines
Operations Manager/Forester - Acorn Forestry - Lufkin, TX
Jay B. Mitchell
Mitchell Forestry and Wildlife Services, Inc. - Vice-President - Corinth, MS
Jaysen Hogue
Mercy Tree Forestry & Wildlife Services - President/CEO - New Albany, MS
Justin Penick
Founder, President, & CEO - Acorn Forestry - Lufkin, TX
Lannie B. Philley, AFM
Delta Land & Farm Mgmt Co, LLC - Appraiser, Manager - Mer Rouge, LA
Matthew N. Walters
Walters Forestry Services/Mississippi Land Company - Mayhew, MS
Mississippi Land Company
- Hattiesburg, MS
Mississippi Prescribed Fire Council
Russ Walsh - Chair - Hattiesburg, MS
Mitchell Forestry & Wildlife Services, Inc.
- Corinth, MS
Reynolds Forestry Consulting & Real Estate, PLLC
Teddy Reynolds, B.S.F., R.F., S.R. - Magnolia, AR
Richmond Nell Consulting
Richie Nell - Land Investments and Management - Saraland, AL
Ruben Cantu
Wildlife Consultants, Inc. - Certified Wildlife Biologist, Certified Professional Rangeland Management - San Angelo, TX
Ryan Cantrell
Forester/Wildlife Biologist - Acorn Forestry - Lufkin, TX
Sam Franklin
Delta Wildlife - Certified Wildlife Biologist - Stoneville, MS
Society for Range Management
Jess Peterson - Executive Vice President - Littleton, CO
Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
Bill Sutton, Jessica Homyack - Co-Chairs - Clemson, SC
Southern Forestry Consultants, Inc.
- Bainbridge, GA
Steven Gruchy
Wildlife Mississippi - Natural Resource Economist - Stoneville, MS
The Nature Conservancy, Mississippi Chapter Office
Keith Ouchley - State Director - Madison, MS
Thomas Resources Wildlife & Land Enhancement, Inc.
Rans Thomas - Owner - Athens, GA
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Ecological Services Field Office
- Jackson, MS
Unique Places LLC
Jeff Fisher - CEO - Durham, NC
W. H. Bill Tomlinson
Sustainable Resource Managers, LLC - Vicksburg, MS
wildpiginfo
Bill Hamrick - Extension Associate III - Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture - Mississippi State, MS

 Wildlife Best Management Practices

   
Articles on Wildlife Best Management Practices
Fish and Wildlife Management A Handbook for Mississippi Landowners
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A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO ENCOURAGING FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION, LAND MANAGEMENT, AND MAXIMUM ENJOYMENT OF RESOURCES Featuring over five hundred illustrations and forty tables, this book is a collection of in-depth discussions by a tremendous range of experts on topics related to wildlife and fisheries management in Mississippi.

pdf Decontamination Documentation for Cavers
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The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) strongly recommends, first and foremost, compliance with all cave closures, advisories, and regulations in all Federal, State,Tribal, and private lands.

NRCS Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative and NFWF Recovered Oil Fund

In response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which is fouling beaches, marshes and mudflats all along the northern Gulf coast, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has created the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative.& ...

NRCS Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative

In November of 2009, Secretary Vilsack announced a commitment of $320 million over the next four years for a Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative to address water quality, wildlife habitat and natural resource conservation concerns in the Basin.& ...

Fire Management and Longleaf Pine in Mississippi
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According to the Mississippi Prescribed Fire Council, periodic fire played an important ecological role in shaping southern forests and grasslands. L ...

pdf The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative: A range-wide plan for recovering bobwhites
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The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) is the unified range-wide strategy of 25 state wildlife agencies, with numerous conservation group and research institution partners, to achieve widespread restoration of native grassland habitats and huntable populations of wild quail.

pdf A Guide to Successful Wildlife Food Plots: Blending Science with Common Sense
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This publication provides technical guidance and practical information for wildlife management beyond planting and managing food plots.  ...

pdf Working Lands For Wildlife
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Through Working Lands for Wildlife —a voluntary, incentive-based effort—the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and its conservation partners will provide landowners with technical and financial assistance to: Restore populations of declining wildlife species.

pdf SeaStates 2013: How Well Does Your State Protect Your Coastal Waters?
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Here, using publicly available information, the Marine Conservation Institute and Mission Blue present the first scientifically rigorous quantitative account of no-take marine reserves in the waters of US coastal states and territories.

CP 33 Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds

CP-33 Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds is available under the United States Department of Agriculture Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP).

pdf Lightning-Season Burning: Friend or Foe of Breeding Birds?
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pdf Waterbirds on Working Lands in Mississippi
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pdf Restoration, Management, and Monitoring of Forest Resources in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley: Recommendations for Enhancing Wildlife Habitat
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The conservation objective in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley is to provide forested habitat capable of supporting sustainable populations of all forest dependent wildlife species.

pdf Updated 2013 Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Recreational Season Length Estimates
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In February 2013, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council requested the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) promulgate an emergency rule for the 2013 recreational red snapper season.

pdf Benefits of Prescribed Burning
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Fire has shaped Louisiana’s landscape for thousands of years. Native Americans set fires to reduce “rough” vegetation, improve hunting areas and create space for crops.

Reasons for Prescribed Fire in Forest Management

A summary of all the benefits of prescribed fire in southern forests.

pdf Conservation buffers: wildlife benefits in Southeastern agricultural systems
By:

Conservation buffers such as filter strips, riparian buffers, grassed waterways, and field borders are especially applicable to southeastern landscapes and have multiple environmental benefits while serving to significantly improve wildlife habitats.

pdf Bobwhite and Upland Songbird Response to CCRP Practice CP33, Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds
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Summary Findings The Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds practice (CP33) is the first Federal conservation practice to target species-specific population recovery goals of a national wildlife conservation initiative (the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative).

pdf Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture Operational Plan
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For a landscape supporting healthy native bird populations across the LMVJV

pdf A Burning Issue: Prescribed Fire and Fire-adapted Habitats of the East Gulf Coastal Plain
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East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture (EGCPJV) prescribed fire communications strategy.  Developed with input from more than 45 prescribed fire/resource management experts throughout the East Gulf Coastal Plain, as well as guidance from the EGCPJV staff and board, the Strategy focuses on achieving three overarching policy, outreach and education goals that address current impediments to the use of prescribed fire.& ...

pdf Density and diversity of overwintering birds in managed field borders in Mississippi.
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ABSTRACT.—Grassland bird populations are sharply declining in North America. Changes in agricultural practices during the past 50 years have been suggested as one of the major causes of this decline.

pdf Riparian Area Assessment Guide for Streamside Landowners
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This 26-page booklet introduces the Stream-A-Syst system to help landowners assess and manage their streams.  It contains a worksheet, action plan with recommended steps and sources of information to address various issues, and a visual (photographic) assessment guide.

pdf Winter Avian Community and Sparrow Response to Field Border Width
By:

Field borders benefit wintering farmland birds,with greater positive effects associated with wider borders.

pdf Riparian Buffers: Functions and Value
By:

Defines riparian buffers and discusses various benefits, including property value, wildlife habitat, timber, and recreational/aesthetic/spiritual values.

pdf Riparian buffers: Types and establishment methods
By:

Discusses grass, 3-zone, 2-zone, wildlife, urban and naturalized buffers and recommendations for how to choose, establish and cost-share.

pdf Managing Wild Pigs, a Technical Guide
By:

This 40-page document provides detailed information on the biology of wild pigs, how to recognize their presence, the type of damage they can cause to agriculture and natural areas and a wide range of management techniques, including hunting.

pdf Best Management Practices for Waterbirds on Agricultural Land
By:

Defines and discusses management of nutrients, pests, tillage, harvest, and edge/buffers to benefit waterbirds.  Also provides crop-specific BMPs for corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and rice.

pdf Toxicities of Agricultural Pesticides to Selected Aquatic Organisms
By:

Lists toxicities of many different chemicals and how to reduce the risk of pesticide drift. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.t ...

pdf The Role of Farm Policy in Achieving Large-Scale Conservation: Bobwhite and Buffers
By:

The conservation provisions of the Farm Bill can produce more consistent positive wildlife habitat benefits when policy (program statutes, rules, practices, and practice standards) is developed in the context of explicit goals identified as part of large-scale conservation initiatives.

pdf Managing working lands for northern bobwhite: the USDA NRCS Bobwhite Restoration Project
By:

pdf Best Management Practices for Fayetteville Shale Natural Gas Activities

This 30-page document developed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with numerous state and federal agencies, provides a comprehensive overview of recommended voluntary practices for energy companies during exploration, drilling and reclamation activities.& ...

Establishing Native Warm Season Grasses For Upland Wildlife
By:

In recent years, there has been increased interest in establishing native warm season grasses (NWSG) and forbs as wildlife habitat. Commonly known as prairie or prairie grass, native grasslands and savannas, a forest/grassland complex with less than 50% tree coverage, historically dominated the landscape across much of the United States.

pdf Strategies for Managing the Effects of Climate Change on Wildlife and Ecosystems

From The Heinz Center, this 2008 lengthy publication is targeted to land managers who practice adaptive management.

pdf Longleaf Pine Regeneration
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Provides instructions for artificial regeneration, site prep, seedings and planting to re-establish longleaf pine.  The guidelines conclude, “Longleaf pine has many desirable characteristics for landowners who have multiple-use forest management objectives.

pdf Prescribed Fire Associations
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A Prescribed Fire Association is a group of landowners and other concerned citizens that form a partnership to conduct prescribed burns. Prescribed burning is the key land management tool used to restore and maintain native plant communities to their former diversity and productivity for livestock production and wildlife habitat.

pdf A Field Guide to Southeast Bird Monitoring Protocols and Programs
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A review of bird census techniques opens with the statement that ‘birds are counted for a wide variety of reasons by a bewildering range of methods’.

pdf Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians And Reptiles of the Southeastern United States
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The Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles series (hereafter Guidelines) is intended to provide private landowners, state and federal land agencies, and other interested stakeholders with regional information on the habitat associations and requirements of amphibians and reptiles, possible threats to these habitats, and recommendations for managing lands in ways compatible with or beneficial to amphibians and reptiles.

pdf Mississippi’s Conservation Reserve Program. CP33-Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds
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Mississippi Bird Monitoring and Evaluation Plan Final Report, 2006–2010

pdf National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative Unified Strategy to Restore Wild Quail
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Northern Bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) were once common, even abundant, on farms, rangelands and forests across more than 30 states. Bobwhites have declined an average of 3% per year since 1966, and have virtually disappeared from some northern states.

pdf 12 Wildlife Habitat Tips for Small Acreages
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This brief University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture publication includes tips for developing a management plan and actual practices for habitat management.

pdf Ecosystem services provided by bats
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Review of the available literature on the ecological and economic impact of ecosystem services provided by  bats.

pdf Costs of Small Scale Catfish Production
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Cost estimates developed for 6 2-acre levee ponds, including production facilities, site selection and pond construction, feed storage, water supply, equipment, and production practices.

pdf Deep-Sea Benthic Footprint of the Deepwater Horizon Blowout
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pdf Wildlife Tourism and the Gulf Coast Economy
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Wildlife tourism contributes substantially to the Gulf Coast economy.  Wildlife tourism is defined as (1) guide and outfitter businesses directly serving wildlife watchers, recreational fishers and hunters, and (2) lodging and dining establishments where these clients sleep and eat.

pdf A LANDOWNER'S GUIDE FOR WILD PIG MANAGEMENT: PRACTICAL METHODS FOR WILD PIG CONTROL
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Summarizes biology of wild pigs, history of introduction and range of occurence within the U.S., and ecological and economic impacts, with suggestions for management strategies.

pdf Methyl Mercury in Sportfish - Information for Fish Consumers

Methylmercury is a form of mercury that is found in most freshwater and saltwater fish. In some lakes, rivers, and coastal waters in California, methylmercury has been found in some types of fish at concentrations that may be harmful to human health.

pdf A Degraded Gulf of Mexico: Wildlife and Wetlands Two Years Into the Gulf Oil Disaster
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Report summarizes current status of coastal wetlands and six wildlife species in the Gulf two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

pdf Habitat Management Guideslines for Amphibians and Reptiles of the Midwestern US

The Habitat Management Guideslines for Amphibians and Reptiles series (hereafter Guidelines) is intended to provide private landowners, state and federal land agencies, and other wwformation and specific management guidelines presented are based on best available science, peer-reviewed expert opinion, and published literature.

pdf Economic Implications of Growing Native Warm-Season Grasses for Forage in the Mid-South

As many Tennessee producers are aware, cool-season grasses, such as tall fescue and orchardgrass, suffer from poor forage production during the summer months.

pdf NRCS Gulf of Mexico Initiative
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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, in cooperation with our conservation partners, proposes the establishment of a landscape-based, coordinated effort to improve ecosystem health in the Gulf of Mexico and its associated watersheds.

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Wildlife and Habitat Management News Items
Small Pests, Big Problems: The Global Spread of Bark Beetles - Yale Environment 360
9/21/2017 6:57:47 AM
Yale Environment 360 Small Pests, Big Problems: The Global Spread of Bark Beetles Yale Environment 360 Pine beetles also have killed trees across roughly 65,000 square miles of forest in British Columbia, and in the southeastern U.S., they have caused millions of dollars of damage to the timber industry in states such as Alabama and Mississippi . The ...

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Act extends to ... - Mississippi News Now
9/19/2017 4:05:11 PM
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Act extends to ... Mississippi News Now The pearl darter, a rare fish found only in the Pascagoula River system in Mississippi, is slowly becoming an endangered species due to poor water quality. and more »

New report shows 101.6 million Americans participated in wildlife activities - Spencer Daily Reporter
9/17/2017 8:50:35 PM
Washington Post New report shows 101.6 million Americans participated in wildlife activities Spencer Daily Reporter Many folks east of the Mississippi River rely on friends with large acreages or pay high rates for hunting and fishing clubs. This makes access to wildlife refuges and other public lands more ... “Hunters and anglers form the foundation of wildlife ... George W. Bush: Executive Order 13443—Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and ... - The American Presidency Project The American Presidency Project Interior recommends shrinking some national monument areas, won't eliminate any CNN all 67 news articles »

New 5-Year Report Shows 101.6 Million Americans Participated in Hunting, Fishing & Wildlife Activities - Sierra Sun Times
9/9/2017 8:02:30 AM
Sierra Sun Times New 5-Year Report Shows 101.6 Million Americans Participated in Hunting, Fishing & Wildlife Activities Sierra Sun Times Many folks east of the Mississippi River rely on friends with large acreages or pay high rates for hunting and fishing clubs. This makes access to wildlife refuges and other public lands more ... “Hunters and anglers form the foundation of wildlife ... and more »

Free Home Horticulture Show Oct 13-14 in Crystal Springs ... - U.S. News & World Report
9/4/2017 9:17:07 AM
Free Home Horticulture Show Oct 13-14 in Crystal Springs ... U.S. News & World Report CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State University Extension Service says the largest home horticulture show in the Southeast will be held Oct. and more »

Wildlife Conservation Strategy News Items
After Long Wait, 3 Endangered Species Win Federal Protection - Courthouse News Service
9/19/2017 6:31:07 PM
Courthouse News Service After Long Wait, 3 Endangered Species Win Federal Protection Courthouse News Service It “has been identified as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in both the Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan and the Mississippi Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy ,” the agency noted. It faces huge threats due to land development ... and more »