National Wildlife Refuge System

New Refuge Proposed in Mississippi

A proposed refuge in Mississippi would protect the threatened ringed map turtle.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a new national wildlife refuge along the Pearl River in the Jackson, MS, metropolitan area.  An open house to discuss the proposal is scheduled for Thursday, October 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Flowood Public Library in Flowood, MS.

Cypress swamps are one of the ecosystems included in the proposed refuge boundary.
Credit: David Felder/USFWS

The purpose of the proposed refuge would be to protect freshwater shrub wetlands, including bottomland hardwoods and cypress swamps, protect migratory birds, and contribute to the recovery of two threatened species – the ringed map turtle and gulf sturgeon. 

Mike Rich, manager of the Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex says, “All of complex is located within the Mississippi Delta.  The proposed refuge would provide habitat outside the delta and in a very urban setting. The opportunity to partner and provide high quality recreation is very exciting.”

Rich says he would expect the proposed refuge to offer a wide range of recreational opportunities. “The numerous trails in the area as well as the proximity of the Mississippi Natural Science Museum offer fabulous wildlife education and interpretation experiences.  The river/bottomland habitat will provide many opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography.”

 

More information about the proposed refuge here.

Last updated: September 30, 2013