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Healthy Forest Reserve Program

Bear Paw Longleaf Pine, Photo courtesy of Randy Browning, US Fish & Wildlife Service

The HFRP will be offered in Mississippi.  The federally listed threatened or endangered species targeted for habitat and population recovery activities are the gopher frog, gopher tortoise and black pine snake.  Most colonies of the gopher tortoise occur east of the Pearl River and south of Jasper and Clark Counties.  A few small colonies have recently been discovered in Marion and Walthall Counties on the west side of the Pearl River.  The ranges of both the gopher frog and black pine snake are much more limited in total area, but are encompassed within the gopher tortoise range.  These ranges are also located in the southern most section of Mississippi's significantly declining Longleaf Pine Ecosystem.  Therefore, the program will be offered in 14 counties including Covington, Jones, Wayne, Marion, Lamar, Forrest, Perry, Greene, Pearl River, Stone, George, Hancock, Harrison and Jackson.  The proposed area has a high percentage of private lands.  Also in the area is a National Forest that has the only known red-cockaded woodpecker colony in the southern part of the state.

For more information, please click on link below.

National HFRP website

The following documents require Acrobat Reader

MS HFRP Counties (PDF; 434KB)
MS HFRP Fact Sheet (PDF; 146KB)
HFRP Questions and Answers (PDF; 465KB)
HFRP Easement Deed (PDF; 65KB)

State Contact:

Ronald McCain, Natural Resource Specialist
Phone:601-965-4139 ext. 154
Email: Ronald McCain

If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Yolanda Jackson at 601-965-4139 ext. 166.