New Refuge Proposed in Mississippi
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.
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.
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.