The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a 5,000-acre refuge for Jackson. The proposed area is bounded by the Ross Barnett Reservoir to the north and Lakeland Drive to the south. Features would include 2,712 acres of adjoining property the Mississippi Department of Transportation now owns.
The U.S. FWS is touting the refuge's "wildlife-dependent recreation, such as hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking, biking, and wildlife photography and observation; protection of migratory birds and the Pearl River bottomland hardwood riparian ecosystem as well as the cultural and historical resources within the property; and opportunities for environmental education and interpretive programs highlighting the area’s important natural resources."
The agency has scheduled an open house for Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Flowood Public library, located at 103 Winners Circle. Written comments also can be emailed to ProposedMSRefugeLPP@fws.gov, mailed to Mike Rich, Refuge Manager Theodore Roosevelt Refuge Complex, 12595 MS Hwy. 149, Yazoo City, MS, 39194, or faxed to: (601) 836-3009.