55th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards Luncheon – Congratulations Winners!

Apr 20 • Amanda Jones

We want to thank everyone who joined us for the 55th Conservation Achievement Awards Luncheon last week. We especially want to thank Dr. Mark Keenum (President, Mississippi State University) for being our Keynote Speaker for the event. Congratulations to all winners!

Congratulations to our winners:
Conservationist of the Year – Mississippi State University College of Forest Resources
Wildlife Conservationist of the Year – Becky Rosamond
Fisheries Conservationist of the Year – Keith Meals
Forest Conservationist of the Year – Becky Stowe
Youth Conservationist of the Year – Hallie Westbrook
Conservation Educator of the Year – Bronson Strickland
Conservation Officer of the Year – Marc McClesky
Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor of the Year – Lanette Crocker
Elected Official of the Year – Representative Scott Bounds
Conservation Partner of the Year – Mississippi Environment Focus Group
Catch-A-Dream Volunteer of the Year – Chris and Rosie Terry
MWF Scholarship Recipient – Teresa Hill

Pearl River Named to America’s Most Endangered Rivers List

Apr 10 • Amanda Jones

Source: Gulf Restoration Network
By: Andrew Whitehurst

On April 7th the Pearl River in Louisiana and Mississippi was named to American Rivers’ list of the ten Most Endangered Rivers in the United States because of plans to create another dam and lake on the river in Jackson, Mississippi.  A two-county drainage District has submitted a feasibility study and Environmental Impact Statement for the lake project to the Vicksburg Corps of Engineers District. The lake is the District’s preferred alternative for flood control. Because of the threat that comes from this project and because the Corps’ approval or disapproval will happen in 2015, Gulf Restoration Network and the Jackson Audubon Chapter nominated the river to the Most Endangered Rivers list with the support of the Mississippi Wildlife Federation.

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2015 State of Our Coast Registration

Mar 30 • Amanda Jones

Registration: NOW OPEN for 2015 State of Our Coast

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will be hosting the first regional meeting to discuss the State of Our Coast on May 12 and 13, 2015, at the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

There will be a complimentary Welcome Reception that will take place at the Biloxi Visitor Center on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. The Welcome Reception is open to all registered attendees and guests. Enjoy this great opportunity for informal networking and relaxation with colleagues and friends.

The State of Our Coast will be held Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Golden Nugget Casino.This meeting is a chance to bring together state, federal, local government, along with academia, non-profit organization and corporate business by offering network, collaborative information and leveraging opportunities to effectively address issues of concern.

The goal for the 2015 State of Our Coast is to learn how Mississippi and its partners are progressing into the future, through restoration initiatives using regional collaboration and sound science. The meeting will focus on restoration and resilience planning emphasizing those activities and opportunities across the region including Mississippi’s three coastal counties. Also, those attending will get a report on the Governor’s Oyster Council recommendations that will be released in June, as well as the upcoming Red Snapper season which kicks off in June. Invited speakers include, but are not limited to: Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Gary Rikard, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Executive Director, Justin Ehrenwerth, RESTORE Council Executive Director; Chuck Wilson, Chief Science Officer of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and Laura Bowie, Gulf of Mexico Alliance Executive Director.

Registration is now open and the agenda is being finalized. Please visit our website www.dmr.ms.gov to see an overview of the meeting. If you know of someone that might be interested in learning more about the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources please forward them the registration link.

The event will be held at the Golden Nugget Casino and Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi . A block of rooms have been reserved for this event. Room rate is $69.00 plus taxes.The  Golden Nugget Casino and Hotel is located at 151 Beach Blvd. in Biloxi, MS 39530.

Reservation can be made either by calling 1.800.777.7568 or online atwww.goldennugget.com/Biloxi

Should you have any questions or concerns, please email Kristen Holley at kristen.holley@dmr.ms.gov or Daphne Viverette at daphne.viverette@dmr.ms.gov or by calling (228) 523-4025.

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