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
The following duties fall under the program:
- serve on the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
- comment on construction and development activities which may
affect the state's native species and their habitats to minimize
any harmful impacts.
- examine the potential effects invasive species may have on the
state's native fish and wildlife resources and habitats necessary
for healthy plant and animal populations.
- identify land use patterns and the use of the state's water
resources, particularly land use conversions and instream
- consult with other state agencies on fish kills and fish
consumption advisories and the wise utilization of the state's
Public Trust resources.
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.