STARKVILLE — A new book by two Mississippi State University (MSU) faculty members is examining more than a half-century of research on wildlife habitat enhancement techniques used for areas often given little or no consideration.
“Wildlife Habitat Management for Special Use Areas” by wildlife biology professor emeritus Dale H. Arner and wildlife and fisheries professor Jeanne Jones deals with such areas as utility lines and other rights-of-way, surface mines and disposal areas, abandoned orchards, farmland, beaver-impounded water and impoverished forest lands.
The 163-page book is available through the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and the university’s department of wildlife and fisheries.
Though written primarily for landowners and natural resource managers, the book’s goal is to equip all interested readers with the knowledge required to confront the challenges of wildlife habitat management under special conditions.
“It is important that we develop habitat in these underutilized areas because the land base available to wildlife constantly is shrinking,” Jones said.
Arner noted that “our recommendations are based on field trials covering a span of nearly five decades, with many technicians and researchers involved in data collection.”