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

Monday, April 22, 2013

Wildlife Habitat Projects Continue on Copiah County WMA

JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) personnel have been conducting prescribed burns on selected areas of Copiah County Wildlife Management Area (WMA) since early February.  The seasonal, controlled use of fire is an essential practice to enhance and maintain habitat for numerous game and non-game species of wildlife.  Prescribed burning reduces competition from undesirable woody plant species, reduces the potential of wildfire, reduces the disease risk for some tree species, and promotes the growth of desirable herbaceous vegetation favored by many wildlife species.

A selective timber harvest is scheduled for the summer of 2013 on Copiah County WMA.  Three timber stands on the WMA have been selected to be thinned. MDWFP personnel conduct timber inventory cruises and prioritize areas that need thinning. Timber thinning not only improves forest health but improves wildlife habitat as well by opening the forest canopy and allowing sunlight to penetrate to the ground.  Sunlight along with soil disturbance promotes the growth of desirable vegetation that provides food and cover for many wildlife species.

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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