Wildlife habitat enhancements funded

Published 4:34 pm Tuesday, May 5, 2009

More than $717,000 in federal stimulus funds will help improvement waterfowl habits in two National Wildlife Refuges in the Vicksburg area.

The funds are part of $2.5 million allocated to Mississippi by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

At the Theodore Roosevelt NWR Complex, officials say $500,000 will be used to rehab levees, improve water control structures and add wells to the benefit migratory birds that pass through refuge land on the Mississippi Flyway.

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Two new refuge office buildings will be built with $200,000 in Yazoo County for the Panther Swamp NWR and Yazoo NWR — two of seven regional refuges that make up the Theodore Roosevelt NWR Complex. It the largest refuge complex in Mississippi.