In recent years, Ducks Unlimited has worked closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS); Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP); USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; and private landowners to conserve wetlands across the Magnolia State. Recent DU projects in Mississippi include the enhancement of 544 acres on Twin Oaks Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and more than 1,000 acres on Howard Miller WMA. These projects will provide improved habitat for wintering waterfowl and better public hunting opportunities for waterfowlers.
DU is also working with the MDWFP to develop conservation plans for the recently acquired Indianola WMA in Sunflower County. Beginning in early 2013, DU and the MDWFP will enhance approximately 131 acres on the West Complex of this new WMA, which will be managed for waterfowl and offer new public hunting opportunities for waterfowlers. Funding for this restoration work was secured through a State Wildlife Incentive Grant by the MDWFP.
In addition, through its partnership with the USFWS, DU has enhanced 380 acres on Morgan Brake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and will enhance 460 acres on Panther Swamp NWR later this year. Over the winter, DU will reforest 400 acres at Hillside NWR as part of its third Teddy Roosevelt NWR North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant.