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
U.S. Forest Service
National Wild Turkey Federation
LA Farm Service Agency
LA Cooperative Extension Service
Trust for Tomorrow
MS Dept. of Agriculture and Commerce
LA Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry
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:
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.
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