What We Do

We work in several different program areas in order to protect and restore healthy populations of fish and wildlife and their environments on which they depend.

Programs Provided by Ecological Services

Federal Permits and Project Consultation

To Protect the overall public interest, including the natural environment, Congress has mandated that certain public and private development activities require formal authorization and approval by the Federal Government or state agencies with delegated regulatory authority.

Endangered Species

This program area involves the listing and recovery of threatened and endangered species in Mississippi and throughout the South. Biologists work to gather the best available scientific and commercial data available for each listed species and for reviewing possible candidate species.

Partners for Fish and Wildlife

The Partners Program is a voluntary habitat conservation program in which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service restores, improves, and protects fish and wildlife habitat on lands in private ownership. In Mississippi, the Partners Program works with interested private landowners to restore longleaf pine forests, bottomland hardwood forests and wetland hydrology.

Environmental Contaminants

The Environmental Contaminants program responds to oil spills, consults on projects involving the Clean Water Act, provides technical assistance to our fish and wildlife refuges and works with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. A contaminants study was completed on Matthews Brake National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi.


Outreach is simply defined as communication. We provide outreach in many forms from answering an email request for information, to designing fact sheets and brochures, to giving presentations, leading teacher workshops, writing news releases or conducting a public hearing for a listed species. To learn more about our outreach efforts visit the Public Affairs and Media link, the Special Events and Partnerships link, and the Environmental Education link.

Our Services