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Young Hunters Enjoy Mississippi Wetlands and Waterfowl Camp

The fifth annual Mississippi Youth Wetlands and Waterfowl Camp was held earlier this year at Gumbo Flats Lodge. Organized by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), this four-day camp provides a select group of boys and girls the opportunity to learn about wetlands ecology, hunting ethics, conservation, and waterfowl biology and identification.

Mississippi Hunters Have New Opportunity at Indianola WMA

The first of three phases of restoration work on the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' (MDWFP) newest wildlife management area (WMA) has been completed.

Mississippi Reaches $1 Million State Grant Milestone

Last fall, Ducks Unlimited presented the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks Commission (MDWFP) with an award recognizing $1 million in state grant contributions made by the commission to DU for waterfowl habitat enhancement on the Canadian prairies.

Partnerships Achieve Results in Mississippi

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.

Mississippi Increases Funding for Canadian Habitat Work

Dr. Curtis Hopkins, director of operations at DU's Southern Regional Office, and DU regional biologist Tim Willis attended a meeting held by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) Commission in Jackson.

Habitat Enhanced on Mississippi Wildlife Management Areas

Ducks Unlimited recently completed the first phase of a project to enhance waterfowl habitat on Howard Miller Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Issaquena County, Mississippi.

Mississippi: O'Keefe Wildlife Management Area Wetlands Enhancement Project

O'Keefe Wildlife Management Area sits in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley along the Tallahatchie River, an area of regional significance for waterfowl winging their way along the Mississippi Flyway.

DU Works to Fund Future Mississippi Conservation Efforts

Ducks Unlimited regional biologist Tim Willis recently met with members of the Mississippi Conservation Funding Coalition in Jackson to discuss options for creating a dedicated source of state funding for Mississippi conservation.

DU making a difference in the Mississippi Delta

Known as the birthplace of the blues, the inspiration for myriad works of literature and a duck-hunting history as rich as its soil, the Mississippi Delta provides critical habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl.

Cypress Bayou - Delta National Forest

To enhance 18-acre scrub/shrub impoundment on Delta National Forest installation of a new water control structure and construction of a new levee. The new water control structure is comprised of a 30-inch pipe, 63 feet in length with a full round riser.

Delta National Forest - Greentree #8, Wetlands Enhancement Project

To enhance 490-acre greentree impoundment on Delta National Forest through replacement of one water control structure. The new water control structure is made from 30-inch pipe, 119 feet in length with a screw gate to control the flow of water.

Delta National Forest - Fordice Tract Wetlands Enhancement Project

To enhance 140-acres greentree impoundment on Delta National Forest through replacement of 10 water control structures. The new water control structures are made from 24-inch pipes that ranged from 40 to 65 feet in length.

Malmaison WMA Wetlands Enhancement Project

To replace failing infrastructure and improve habitat management capabilities of the area. The improvements at Malmaison WMA began with the renovation of levees, removal of existing pipes and installation of new water control structures.

McCann Bayou- Beaver Pond Wetland

To improve habitat management capabilities and enhance habitat for waterfowl and other wetland dependent species on Delta National Forest through installation of 2 pipes equipped with full round risers. The project work consisted of removing 3 existing pipes under a Forest Service road and replacing them with the 2 new pipes.

Delta National Forest - Rookery Lake Enhancement

To enhance 85 acres of flooded cypress/buttonbush slough and inclusive moist-soil wetlands on Delta National Forest. The project required the installation of one cast-in-place concrete stoplog structure, refurbishment of water distribution ditches, and removal of woody vegetation from within the forested wetland.

Mahannah WMA

Mahannah WMA is depicted in the following photo.

Mahannah WMA - Phase II Habitat Project

To enhance 425 acres of important waterfowl habitat on Mahannah WMA through installation of water control structures and construction of external levees. Wetland engineers from the DU Southern Regional Office surveyed, designed and developed six impoundments with 13 associated water control structures.

Mississippi Conservation Projects

Ducks Unlimited habitat conservation projects in Mississippi. These projects benefit waterfowl, other wildlife and people. View sample projects, project map and more.

OKeefe WMA - Wetlands Restoration Project

To restore and enhance 1,535 acres of critical waterfowl habitat on OKeefe WMA through installation of several water control structures, construction of terrace levees, and installation of diesel pumps and water distribution system. This project provides valuable foraging habitat to migrating and wintering waterfowl along the Tallahatchie River.

Dahomey NWR - Moist Soil Restoration

To restore 124 acres of moist-soil habitat on Dahomey NWR through installation of 5 water control structures and construction of 10,000 linear feet of perimeter and internal cross-levees. Two water wells are located adjacent to the site and can be used to flood the area if precipitation is inadequate.

Mahannah WMA - Wetlands Enhancement Project

To enhance 772 acres of important waterfowl habitat on Mahannah WMA through installation of water control structures and construction of external levees. This project provides valuable foraging habitat to migrating and wintering waterfowl near the Yazoo River.

Delta National Forest

Here is a depiction of the Delta National Forest sign.

Panther Swamp NWR - Forested Wetlands Restoration

To restore 200 acres of forested wetlands habitat on Panther Swamp NWR through installation of two water control structures and renovation of interior levees. Previously, beaver activity had prevented managers from removing water during spring and summer months, thus killing bottomland hardwood trees.

Coldwater River NWR - Catfish Ponds Enhancement

To enhance approximately 253 acres of moist-soil habitat on Coldwater River NWR through levee refurbishment and installation of water control structures. The project involves reworking the existing levees on 14 old catfish ponds and installing a new water control structure in each unit. DU completed the initial engineering survey / design of wetland units and provided management oversight for project construction.

Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

This page is about the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge.

Noxubee NWR - GTR #4 Enhancement

To enhance 500 acres of green-tree reservoir on Noxubee NWR through installation of two 60-inch diameter pipes with flashboard risers. GTR #4 was abandoned during the late 1970s due to drainage problems and uncontrolled beaver populations. This impoundment contains a mature stand of bottomland hardwoods including Nuttall, willow, water, and cherrybark oaks.

Noxubee NWR - Moist-soil Restoration

To enhance 450 acres of moist-soil habitat on Noxubee NWR through installation of a water control structure and extension of perimeter levee. GTR #3 was constructed in the late 1960s, but the majority of its timber died as a result of beaver activity in the early 1970s. The impoundment has been managed for moist-soil seed production since that time, but water levels have been difficult to manage due to an inadequate water control structure.

Upper Sardis WMA - Bagley Bottoms Waterfowl Area

To enhance 200 acres of moist-soil habitat and flooded agricultural fields on Upper Sardis WMA through installation of 4 water control structures and construction perimeter levee. Bagley Bottoms was acquired by the U.S. Forest Service in 1991 and is currently being managed in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Wildcat Brake WMA - Moist-soil Restoration

To enhance 200 acres of moist-soil habitat on Wildcat Brake WMA through installation of five water control structures and construction of small perimeter levees. This WMA consists of 1,800 acres of wildlife habitat and provides excellent opportunities for deer hunting, duck hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

Springdale WMA - Wetlands Restoration Project

To enhance 600 acres of wetlands habitat on Springdale WMA through installation of three water control structures and construction of small perimeter levees. The water level in Enid Lake is typically drawn-down during fall months in preparation for flood control.

Delta National Forest - Long Bayou Enhancement

To enhance 2,000 acres of flooded sloughs and adjacent bottomland hardwoods on Delta National Forest through installation of 5 water control structures. The Long Bayou Project involves the improvement of existing water control structures and the modification of drainage patterns that have been affected by beaver activity.

Delta National Forest - Stringer Lakes Restoration

To enhance 500 acres of flooded cypress/buttonbush sloughs and adjacent bottomland hardwoods on Delta National Forest through installation of 1 weir structure and construction of small levee. Although cypress sloughs hold permanent water, this project will provide more management capabilities for the area.

Delta National Forest - Dummy Line Restoration

To enhance 500 acres of flooded cypress/buttonbush sloughs and adjacent bottomland hardwoods on Delta National Forest through installation of 1 weir structure and construction of small levee. Although cypress sloughs hold permanent water, this project will provide more a manageable water source for the area.
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