Two habitat improvement projects have recently been completed at one of Mississippi’s most-popular wildlife management areas, Copiah County WMA near Hazlehurst.

This week, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks announced completion of a 10-acre managed wildlife opening, in a joint partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation and the NWTF’s Greater Jackson Chapter.

In October, the MDWFP thinned approximately 200 acres of timber, a harvest the agency said will improve forest health and wildlife habitat. Opening the forest canopy allows sunlight to reach the ground, which when added to soil disturbance, promotes growth of desirable vegetation that provides food and cover for many wildlife species.

Although most of this work was partly funded by the NWTF to enhance the wild turkey population, the wildlife agency said many species, including deer, will benefit from the projects.

The 10-acre site will be a permanent opening, providing critical brood-rearing habitat for turkey. A food plot is also provided.