Landowners wishing to take their wildlife management to another level can learn more about how prescribed burning can help achieve their goals by taking advantage of a new Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks program, the agency announced recently.

The MDWFP "Fire on the Forty" campaign is campaign is designed to assist landowners through cost-share opportunities for prescribed burning and to promote the appropriate use of fire on private lands in important areas.

This new program is administered by the MDWFP and the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Although prescribed fire is a very important tool for forest and wildlife management, many private landowners are reluctant to use fire due to cost and liability concerns associated with burning.

As part of the "Fire on the Forty" initiative, the MPFW will reimburse funded projects in selected focal counties up to 50 percent of costs for implementing and conducting prescribed fire.

Focal counties include Monroe, Prentiss, and Noxubee in north Mississippi and Amite, Pike, Pearl River and Lamar in south Mississippi.

Landowners must submit an application for entry into the program. All applications will be competitively ranked based on potential habitat benefits and will be selected for funding by the MPFW. 

All prescribed burning must be conducted by a certified prescribed burn manager, a certification completed through the Mississippi Forestry Commission.

For more information about the "Fire on the Forty" program, email John Gruchy or call him at 601.432.2199.