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Habitat Stewards Program in Coastal Mississippi.

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Habitat Stewards Program in Coastal Mississippi. The two-year pilot project in Mississippi is a natural outgrowth of NWF’s initial response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Small groups of volunteers will serve as local “friends” groups on specific tracts of conservation land along the Mississippi coast.  Volunteer habitat stewards will be trained and supported as they conduct various services:  clearing and monitoring trail conditions, cleaning up litter and assuring safe conditions for visitors, observing wildlife and documenting human use of public lands, treating and monitoring invasive species.  Thus, volunteer habitat stewards will enhance wildlife habitat and help improve people’s connection with important conservation areas and nature. Kicking off the program, local conservation partners in coastal Mississippi include:

  • Mississippi Coastal Preserve Program (MS Department of Marine Resources)
  • Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR and Grand Bay NWR
  • Land Trust for Mississippi Coastal Plain
National Wildlife Federation Eliza Russell, Director of Education Programs National Wildlife Federation 11100 Wildlife Center Drive Reston, VA 20190-5362 www.nwf.org 703-438-6439 [email protected] Mississippi Wildlife Federation Cathy Shropshire, Executive Director 517 Cobblestone Court, Suite 2 Madison, MS  39110 601-605-1790 [email protected] Local contact in coastal Mississippi: Project coordinators – Cynthia Ramseur or Leah Bray Natural Capital Development (NCD) 1004 Government Street Ocean Springs, MS  39564 228.875.1032 [email protected]]]]]> ]]>

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