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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Monday, October 21, 2013

Longleaf Pine Restoration Program Now Accepting Applications

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks are pleased to announce a new program to provide cost-share to private landowners interested in restoring longleaf pine forests in south Mississippi. The Longleaf Pine Restoration Program offers 50 percent cost-share for planting longleaf pine in Covington, Lamar, Marion, and Pearl River counties. 

Today, less than 250,000 acres of longleaf pine forest remain that once covered more than 2 million acres in 36 southern Mississippi counties. Many species of wildlife, such as the gopher tortoise, black pinesnake, and bobwhite quail, have suffered serious declines as a result of this loss of habitat. The MDWFP and its partners are committed to helping private landowners restore longleaf pine forests and improve wildlife populations that depend on this critical habitat. 

This new program was recently announced at a public meeting hosted by the Lamar/Forest County Forestry Association with special guest speaker Rhett Johnson, founder of the Longleaf Alliance. "Much of the land in the South is in private ownership. A big initiative like restoring longleaf can only be successful if it is adopted readily by private landowners," said Johnson. 

Landowners must submit an application to be considered for this new cost-share program. All applications will be competitively ranked based on potential habitat benefits and will be selected for funding by the MDWFP. To download an application, visit www.mdwfp.com/longleaf.

For more information regarding the Longleaf Pine Restoration Program, please contact Tamara Campbell at tamarac@mdwfp.state.ms.us or call us at 601-432-2199. 

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