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Wildlife habitat enhancements funded

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.

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.