Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Prescribed Burning Program Accepting Applications
Jackson - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and
Parks is continuing its partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and
Parks, Wildlife Mississippi, the National Wild Turkey Federation,
Mississippi Forestry Commission and others to provide cost-share
for prescribed burning on private lands. Since its inception in
2011, the "Fire on the Forty" program has provided cost-share
funding for prescribed burning on more than 35,000 acres in North
and South Mississippi.
Prescribed fire is a very important tool for forest and wildlife
management, but many private landowners are reluctant to use it
because of cost and liability concerns. As part of the "Fire
on the Forty" initiative, the partnership will reimburse burning
projects in selected focal counties up to 50 percent of costs for
implementing and performing a prescribed burn. These focal
counties include Monroe, Lowndes, Noxubee, and Prentiss in North
Mississippi and Amite, Pike, Walthall, Jefferson Davis, Covington,
Marion, Lamar, Pearl River, and Forest in South Mississippi. Unique
to this funding cycle, young longleaf pine forest, within the
historic range of longleaf pine are eligible for funding through
additional grants. For more information or to view a map of focal
areas visit www.mdwfp.com/fireontheforty.
Landowners must submit an application for entry into the program
prior to October 15, 2015 to be considered for this year's
funding. All applications will be competitively ranked based
on potential habitat benefits for wildlife. Funding for the "Fire
on the Forty" initiative is provided by the U.S, Fish and Wildlife
Service, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Mississippi
Forestry Commission, and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
For more information regarding the "Fire on the Forty" program,
including project application forms, visit www.mdwfp.com/fireontheforty,
contact John Gruchy at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or call us at (601) 432-2199.
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