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Healthy Forest Reserve Program

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

The Healthy Forest Reserve Program in Mississippi focuses on preserving habitat and population recovery activities where federally listed threatened or endangered species are known to live.

The three species in Mississippi 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. Gopher Tortoise in Mississippi


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. 

The program is offered in 14 counties including Covington, Jones, Wayne, Marion, Lamar, Forrest, Perry, Greene, Pearl River, Stone, George, Hancock, Harrison and Jackson. 

Also in the area is a National Forest that has the only known red-cockaded woodpecker colony in the southern part of the state.

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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