Fire on the Forty
Although prescribed fire is a very important tool for forest and wildlife management, many private landowners are reluctant to use fire due to cost and liability concerns associated with burning. As part of the "Fire on the Forty" initiative, landowners may be reimbursed for funded projects in selected focal counties for 50% of costs for implementing and conducting prescribed fire up to a maximum of $12.50 per acre. Focal counties for the 2014/2015 funding cyle include Prentiss, Monroe, Lowndes, and Noxubee in north Mississippi, and Amite, Pike, Walthall, Marion, Covington, Jefferson Davis, Forest, Lamar, and Pearl River in south Mississippi. In 2014, the partners aquired addittional funding to provide cost-share for burning longleaf pine forests on tracts anywhere within the historic range of longleaf. For a map of focal counties and longleaf focal region click here.
Landowners must submit an application for entry into the
program. All applications will be
competitively ranked based on potential habitat benefits and will be selected for funding by the Mississippi Partners for Fish and Wildlife.
To download an application for funding within a focal county click here.
To download an application for funding for burning
longleaf pine forests click here.
The "Fire on the Forty" initiative was made possible through funding from multiple sources including the US Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, and the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The program is administered by a committee of resource professionals from the MDWFP, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Mississippi State University, Wildlife Mississippi, Mississippi Forestry Commission, National Wild Turkey Federation, and the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.
Fire on the Forty article published in The Wildlife Professional - click here