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Partnerships

Resource Mgment-Reforestation-512x219The Theodore Roosevelt Complex works regularly with several different partners. A list of partners and descriptions of their work can be found below. This list is ever changing and evolving as we forge new partnerships to accomplish conservation goals.

The Yazoo County Wildlife Association and MS Lower Delta Partnership are two partners of Panther Swamp NWR that support the Refuge in efforts to provide good quality outdoor activities that encourage individuals to get outside and enjoy nature. 

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP)

A provision of the 1997 Refuge Act and subsequent agency policy is that the Service shall ensure timely and effective cooperation and collaboration with other federal agencies and state fish and wildlife agencies during the course of acquiring and managing refuges. This cooperation is essential in providing the foundation for the protection and sustainability of fish and wildlife throughout the United States. 

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is a state-partnering agency with the Service, charged with enforcement responsibilities for migratory birds and endangered species, as well as with managing the state’s natural resources. The State of Mississippi owns or manages 828,408 acres for wildlife, recreation, and fisheries, including 42 wildlife management areas (WMAs) and 29 state parks encompassing 823,297 acres, and 21 lakes totaling 5,111 acres.

The MDWFP coordinates the state’s wildlife conservation program and provides public recreation opportunities, including an extensive hunting and fishing program, on several WMAs and parks located near the Complex. The MDWFP’s participation and contribution throughout this comprehensive conservation planning process has been invaluable. This agency continues to work with the Service to provide ongoing opportunities for open dialogue with the public on fish and wildlife issues in Mississippi. Not only has the MDWFP participated in biological reviews, public meetings, and field reviews during this process, but also the MDWFP is an active partner in annual hunt coordination planning and in various wildlife and habitat surveys. A key part of the comprehensive conservation planning process is the integration of common mission objectives between the Service and the MDWFP, where appropriate.

Wildlife Mississippi

Wildlife Mississippi has been dedicated to conserving Mississippi's lands, waters, and natural heritage for almost 15 years.  WM achieves this through Habitat Conservation, Conservation Policy, Conservation Education, and Outdoor Recreation.  

Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited is the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. DU got its start in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America’s drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows. Determined not to sit idly by as the continent’s waterfowl dwindled beyond recovery, a small group of sportsmen joined together to form an organization that became known as Ducks Unlimited. Its mission is habitat conservation. Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Established in 1972, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is a relatively new Agency, but much of the important work that falls under its mission today has been the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for more than 100 years. In fact, for most of the 20th century, the early animal and plant health bureaus within USDA operated independently of one another. The creation of APHIS consolidated these functions. In the years since, the Agency has continued to expand its mission in order protect and preserve American agriculture.

Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture (LMVJV)

The Lower MS Valley Joint Venture is a self-directed, non-regulatory private, state, and federal conservation partnership that exists for the purpose of sustaining bird populations and their habitats within the Lower Mississippi Valley and West Gulf Coastal Plain regions through implementing and communicating the goals and objectives of relevant national and international bird conservation plans. The Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture functions as the forum in which the private, state, and federal conservation community develops a shared vision of bird conservation for the Lower Mississippi Valley and West Gulf Coastal Plain regions; cooperates in its implementation; and collaborates in its refinement. Our partnership focuses on the protection, restoration, and management of birds in the Lower Mississippi Valley and West Gulf Coastal Plain regions and their habitats. 

Last Updated: Jul 28, 2016
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