Technical Assistance and Planning
The MDWFP provides wildlife
management advice to landowners in Mississippi. The Private Lands
Habitat Program and the Small Game Program provide technical
assistance to private landowners interested in small game and other
Small Game Program:
Private Lands Habitat Program:
Visit the Private Lands Habitat
Program webpage for more information about the PLHP
and to find a biologist for your region.
Technical Assistance contacts may also
be obtained by calling the MDWFP Jackson Office at (601) 432-2199,
Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm.
Some of the primary programs available
to assist private landowners with the costs of habitat management
are listed below. Contact a wildlife biologist to assist you in
selecting programs and practices that accomplish your wildlife
management objectives. In many cases, with proper planning,
multiple wildlife objectives and benefits can be acheived with
multiple programs or practices.
Reserve Program - Administered by the USDA - Farm
Service Agency. Row-crop (and in some cases pasture) agricultural
land may be eligible for enrollment in CRP. CRP provides soil
rental, cost-share, and incentive payments.
Habitat Incentive Program (and other programs) -
Administered by the USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Eligible land for wildlife habitat enhancement under WHIP include
agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest land, and Indian
land. WHIP may provide cost-share payments for certain wildlife
Mississippi Partners for Fish and Wildlife
Program - Administered by the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service. A partnership of many agencies, organizations,
and companies working together to conserve fish and wildlife
habitat on private lands in Mississippi. Funding is available to
assist private landowners with some of the costs of upland,
prairie, wetland and bottomland hardwood, and longleaf pine habitat
enhancement or restoration. Contact an MDWFP wildlife biologist
about project opportunities.
Initiative - Administered through a partnership
of multiple agencies and organizations to support the
restoration and management of longleaf pine forests by providing
technical guidance to private landowners in South Mississippi.
Fire on the Forty
Initiative - Administered by the Mississippi
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and the Foundation for
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, made possible through
funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish
and Wildlife Program. Landowners may be reimbursed on 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. Visit the webpage for focal counties.