6/4/2019 7:54:47 AM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) joins family and fellow Mississippians in mourning the passing of former U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.
Senator Cochran spent his 45-year career championing the conservation of our valuable forests, wetlands, and coastal resources. He was a true public servant that worked with both political parties to advance legislation that benefited all citizens. During his tenure, he led the powerful Senate Agriculture and Appropriations committees and was instrumental in passing multiple farm bills. He also led efforts to author and enact conservation programs such as Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP). Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, he co-authored the RESTORE Act to aid Gulf Coast states in restoring fish and wildlife habitat and local economies.
Each of these programs is responsible for conserving millions of acres of valuable fish and wildlife habitat in not only Mississippi, but across the nation. MDWFP’s mission has been greatly advanced because of his commitment to natural resource conservation. Senator Cochran left an indelible mark on Mississippi’s natural resources and outdoor heritage, and we are forever indebted to his stalwart leadership.