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Environmental Program

The MDWFP Environmental Program strives to protect, conserve, enhance and restore native fish and wildlife populations and their habitats through consultation on environmental projects and permit reviews. The MDWFP has a representative that serves on the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Permit Board. The MDWFP Environmental Program comments on construction and development activities which may negatively affect the state's native species and their habitats to minimize any harmful impacts.

A critical aspect of this program is the maintenance of the Natural Heritage Program database which documents the presence of state and federally endangered, threatened species and also those species of special concern. Mississippi had one of the first such databases in the United States. Federal laws require that projects using Federal funds subject such projects to an environmental review using the information contained in the Natural Heritage Program database.

To make a data request to the Natural Heritage Program click on the following link:
Natural Heritage Program Request

The MDWFP Environmental Program is also concerned with the effects nonnative invasive species may have on the state's native fish and wildlife resources and habitats necessary for healthy plant and animal populations. Land use patterns and the use of the state's water resources are also areas of concern - particularly land use conversions and instream flow.

The MDWFP Environmental Program consults with other state agencies on fish kills and fish consumption advisories and the wise utilization of the state's Public Trust resources.

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