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Louisiana-Mississippi MAV Conservation Delivery Network

 

The Louisiana-Mississippi Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) CDN was formally initiated in June 2012 with its first full membership meeting held in Vicksburg, MS. The LA-MS MAV CDN is somewhat unique in that it was the first effort by the LMVJV partnership to establish a bi-state CDN (see map). Similar to the establishment of the Arkansas MAV CDN, state wildlife agencies in LA and MS—the LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries and MS Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks—accepted responsibility for initiating its creation and supported that decision by appointing the CDN Chair and Vice-Chair respectively, from within each agency's staff. In addition, LMVJV partner organizations, including the LA and MS USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Conservation Fund, Ducks Unlimited, Black Bear Conservation Coalition, Audubon, Delta Wildlife, Wildlife Mississippi, LA Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry, and the MS Forestry Commission agreed to support the establishment of the new Network.

 

The new CDN began with 80 participants. Today the Network has well over 150 participants. Similar to its sister CDN in Arkansas, the Network has participated in or supported numerous conservation priorities in its region. Its bi-annual meetings have become an important source for the diverse array of participants to effectively network, share information on priority activities, collaborate and learn about relevant research, and focus on-the-ground conservation opportunities and actions. The following LMVJV partner organizations and other conservation partners in the region participate in the Network:

  • Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries

  • Mississippi Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks

  • LA USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

  • MS USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

  • The Nature Conservancy

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Ducks Unlimited

  • U.S. Forest Service

  • National Wild Turkey Federation

  • Quail Forever

  • LA Farm Service Agency

  • LA Cooperative Extension Service

  • Audubon

  • Trust for Tomorrow

  • Delta Wildlife

  • Wildlife Mississippi

  • MS Dept. of Agriculture and Commerce

  • LA Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry

  • Farm Bureau

  • MS Forestry Commission

The information provided on this page represents some of the key steps taken thus far by the LA-MS CDN to organize and initiate core planning toward identifying, targeting, and accomplishing priority conservation actions on the ground.

CDN Establishment and Governance:

Louisiana-Mississippi MAV CDN Operating Guidelines 2012

Louisiana-Mississippi MAV CDN Geographic Area Map

 

Developing an Approach to Landscape Level Delivery Planning:

The following documents describe and/or represent the delivery planning process used by the LA-MS MAV CDN to define a strategy for identifying and addressing delivery priorities in the Network area. The documents and associated data represent the CDN's originally developed (2013) version of its Delivery Planning Tool. A revision to the Tool is near completion and will be released in Fall 2019 following final review and approval by the CDN’s Steering Committee.

Louisiana-Mississippi MAV CDN - Developing an Approach to Prioritization Conservation Actions

Map of Louisiana-Mississippi MAV CDN Prioritization Tool

LA-MS MAV CDN - Prioritization Tool Document Highlighting Focus Areas

 
Map of LA-MS MAV CDN Prioritization Tool

Map of LA-MS MAV CDN Prioritization Tool

Strategic Conservation Delivery Project Planning

Following the development of its landscape level delivery prioritization tool, as a key next step, the CDN turned its focus to identifying and organizing priority project needs and opportunities within the region. The most current version of the CDN’s project list can be obtained by contacting the MAV Partnership Coordinator (below).

Steve Brock, Partnership Coordinator – MAV

Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture

193 Business Park Drive, Ste E

Ridgeland, MS 39157-6026

601-529-4235

steve_c_brock@fws.gov