Posts Tagged ‘conservation’

Study: Black bears likely to live another 100 years

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A new study of the animals that inspired teddy bears finds that Louisiana black bears are likely to survive another century as long as conditions remain stable. The report released yesterday by the U.S. Geological Survey could lead to the bears’ removal from the list of threatened animals, said Maria Davidson, head […] [...]

NRCS accepting applications from ag producers for EQUIP

JACKSON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to help producers improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations and achieve other environmental benefits. NRCS has directed millions of dollars in financial assistance for Fiscal Year 2015 […] [...]

Fish and Wildlife pushing for threatened status for black pinesnake

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a snake found only in longleaf pine forests of southern Mississippi and Alabama should be listed as threatened. It’s asking for public comment about its proposal to list black pinesnakes as threatened. Black pinesnakes are burrowing constrictors colored dark brown to black. Their small heads […] [...]

Judge rules for Fish and Wildlife Service in frog habitat case

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials were within the law when they declared thousands of acres in Louisiana and Mississippi as “critical habitat” for the endangered dusky gopher frog. The case involved 1,544 acres in St. Tammany Parish and 5,000 acres in Mississippi named as critical habitat […] [...]

Bench trial to begin today over land for dusky gopher frog

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge is hearing arguments on the claim that federal wildlife officials made an illegal land grab by listing 1,500 acres of private land in Louisiana as critical habitat for an endangered burrowing frog. U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman scheduled a bench trial today for the challenge to the U.S. […] [...]

Application process begins for federal conservation initiative

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Upper Black Creek Watershed Initiative through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The NRCS and the United States Forest Service (USFS) are partnering to improve the health and resiliency of the forest ecosystems where public and […] [...]

Landowner swaps land with Fish and Wildlife Service

CHARLESTON — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has reached an agreement with landowner James Kennedy to exchange a 306-acre parcel of its land in Tallahatchie County for a tract of York Woods, Kennedy’s conservation-easement property. USFWS is acquiring land that appraises at a higher amount than the 306-acre parcel and will use it […] [...]

Commission to continue support of Canadian waterfowl program

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) Commission has elected to continue its involvement in the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ state grants program. Contributions to the program support habitat conservation for waterfowl in Canada. MDWFP will contribute $100,000 through Ducks Unlimited to conserve waterfowl breeding ground habitat in Saskatchewan. […] [...]

Louisiana firm chosen to manage DMR conservation program

BILOXI — A Louisiana firm has been awarded a $1.2 million, three-year contract to manage a coastal conservation program headquartered at the Mississippi Department of Resources. The Sun Herald reports CSRS, a Baton Rouge-based firm headed by architects and engineers, will manage the final stages of the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, the subject of a […] [...]

Researchers touting ‘RISER’ system to Delta farmers

STONEVILLE — Mississippi State University experts have a new program to help Delta producers irrigate row crops more efficiently and economically. MSU Extension Service irrigation specialist Jason Krutz is leading a multi-faceted approach to water conservation, dubbed Row-crop Irrigation Science and Extension Research, or RISER. The researchers are working with producers to help reduce irrigation […] [...]

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