Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Upcoming Habitat Management Activities on Wildlife Management Areas
JACKSON - As the days get longer and winter draws to a close, months of habitat management planning are about to be put into action across Mississippi. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) biologists and Wildlife Management Area (WMA) managers across the state have been preparing to take habitat management plans from paper to the field. When habitat management is mentioned, most hunters often think of food plots and wonder what they should plant. However, food plots make up a very small percentage of the overall landscape. Due to past implementation of habitat management techniques across Mississippi's WMAs, food resources, nesting cover, brood-rearing cover, and escape cover are plentiful across the state.
A large majority of habitat management on state-owned WMAs takes place between late winter and early spring. Late winter is the ideal time to conduct dormant season prescribed burns in pine stands, as well as on old fields being maintained in early successional habitat. After spring green up, WMA managers and biologists will begin conducting growing season burns to control undesirable woody species. Along with prescribed burns, spring time is the perfect time for herbicide treatments to control non-desirable invasive species such as tall fescue, Johnsongrass, and encroaching woody vegetation.
One goal of the MDWFP is to make WMAs an excellent example of proper habitat management and provide for a quality user experience. If you are out on a WMA and see MDWFP personnel spraying herbicide, burning, cruising timber, or implementing any other management practice, please remember that they are improving wildlife habitat which will ultimately enhance WMA user enjoyment.
For more information regarding wildlife management areas in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/wma or call us at (601) 432-2199.
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