Dr. Sam Polles, Ph. D.
(2020, May-June issue of Mississippi Outdoors)
I would like to take this opportunity to let you know what the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has been doing during this time of sheltering-in-place as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. The MDWFP continues to perform our mission of natural resource conservation, outdoor recreation, and law enforcement, due to the efforts of our extremely capable employees. The MDWFP Management Information Systems (MIS) staff have enabled our employees to perform essential job tasks from home. Our Law Enforcement Bureau has been instrumental in enforcing the various shelter-in-place Executive Orders as well as performing vital search and rescue operations during the recent tornadoes and
severe storms. I thank each and every employee for their dedication to this agency and their continued efforts to serve our great state. Please rest assured that the public servants who comprise this agency are continuing to perform above and beyond the call of duty. We would also like to thank you, the people of Mississippi, for using this time to get outside and enjoy our abundant natural resources. It appears that turkey hunting has become a very popular method of “social distancing.” More people are taking walks and enjoying trails than ever before. Indeed, hunting/fishing license sales have enjoyed a small increase, which we attribute to the increase in individual use of our great outdoors. Your license purchases are the main component of financial support for the MDWFP, and we thank you for your support. As we continue to face this unprecedented pandemic during the days, weeks and months ahead, we at the MDWFP encourage you to keep enjoying the outdoors – of course while practicing safe social distancing and taking other protective measures to ensure your safety and the safety of your fellow Mississippians.
Thank you again for your support of the MDWFP and for your commitment to natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation.
Sam Polles, Ph. D.
MDWFP Executive Director