Posts Tagged ‘wildlife’

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 […] [...]

Biologists alarmed as deadly bat disease fungus identified in state

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The fungus that causes a deadly bat disease has been found for the first time in Mississippi, though the disease itself hasn’t been found. State conservation biologist Kathy Shelton says the fungus was in samples collected during the winter from both hibernating bats and their roosts. The disease, called white-nose syndrome, has […] [...]

EPA task force recruits MSU to battle farmland runoff into river

STARKVILLE — A task force established by the Environmental Protection Agency to curtail farmland pollution that flows into the Mississippi River has reached an agreement with 12 universities, including one in Mississippi. The EPA says states already collaborate with universities on local water quality research and agricultural programs but to date there hasn’t been a […] [...]

Five crawfish species to be dropped from endangered list

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Five crawfish species found in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi are still common and have been dropped from a petition asking for them to be listed as endangered, but a sixth needs protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said yesterday. Scientists recommended listing the slenderclaw crawfish, once found in northeastern Alabama and […] [...]

Entergy gives $500K grant to The Nature Conservancy

NEW ORLEANS — Environmental innovators in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas are implementing solutions for the management of the mid-South’s natural and environmental resources through a $500,000 grant from Entergy Corporation to The Nature Conservancy. With support from Entergy’s Environmental Initiatives Fund and other grant programs, the projects are engineered to make a positive difference […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Gulf gas well spewing; no injuries, pollution reported

GULF OF MEXICO — Crews lost control of a natural gas well being drilled off the Louisiana coast yesterday, but officials said no injuries or pollution have been reported and efforts are underway to stop the flow of gas. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says most crew members were evacuated from the rig, […] [...]

Environmental group goes to court over sewage discharges

HATTIESBURG — The Gulf Restoration Network has asked a federal judge to hold the City of Hattiesburg liable under the Clean Water Act for releasing improperly treated sewage into the Leaf and Bouie rivers. The Hattiesburg American reports that the motion was filed in federal court Jan. 7, two days before the city entered into […] [...]

Officials want court to toss case involving alligators and ExxonMobil

WILKINSON COUNTY — State wildlife officials want the Mississippi Supreme Court to throw out a dispute between a Wilkinson County couple and ExxonMobil Corp. over an alleged alligator infestation. In a friend-of-the-court brief, the wildlife agency argues “because wild alligators are the property of the state, and not subject to private ownership, private landowners have […] [...]

Hunters urged to help fight wild hog population

PONTOTOC —  Most deer hunters will not encounter wild hogs, but if they do, wildlife biologists want them to be prepared. At a recent wild hog seminar in Pontotoc, wildlife biologists emphasized the trouble these disease-carrying pests can cause human and wildlife populations. Speakers addressed the environmental impacts, the threats to fawns and ground-nesting birds, […] [...]

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