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Publication 1864, Extension Service of Mississippi State University, cooperating with U.S. Department of Agriculture. Published in furtherance of Acts of Congress, May 8 and June 30, 1914.


To sustain waterfowl populations at levels of the 1970s, as prescribed by the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (1986), private landowners must continue to provide habitat for wetland wildlife. Private landowners oversee the majority of wetlands remaining in the United States, so their cooperation is essential to any major conservation effort to restore and sustain waterfowl populations in the Mississippi Flyway. Many groups have worked together since the 1980s to develop waterfowl habitat on private lands.Much progress has been made, and this publication helps guide continuing efforts. This publication is for private landowners in the Lower Mississippi Flyway who want to improve their lands for waterfowl. It is a reference landowners can use for information about particular aspects of waterfowl management. For example, the publication answers questions such as these:
• How does managing my land benefit waterfowl?
• Who is available to help me manage my land for waterfowl?
• How do I manage soil, water, and plants to improve my land as waterfowl habitat?