Gopher tortoise hatchling
Your support helps us build a better Mississippi from the ground up! From safe havens for endangered species such as gopher tortoises, gopher frogs and Louisiana quillwort to healthy forest ecosystems benefiting from prescribed fires, the Conservancy and our partners work toward resilient environments that support plants, animals and people across the state.
One hundred years ago, the Weeks Act was signed into law, creating over 20 million acres of forests, including here in Mississippi. In 2011, The Nature Conservancy’s Mississippi Chapter was honored for efforts to protect water through land acquisition.
With fewer than 100 adults in the wild, dusky gopher frogs rely on your support for survival. Their pond habitats are managed to maximize conditions for their survival (such as removing invasive species, clearing underbrush, using prescribed fire and re-introducing native plants). In addition, a head-starting program allows eggs to mature into young frogs who are returned to the wild with a greater chance of survival.
Partnerships have been a critical component of the Conservancy’s success. On Camp Shelby, Conservancy scientists aid in the monitoring and management of species such as the black pinesnake, Camp Shelby burrowing crayfish and gopher tortoise.
Sharing information through professional journals and events such as the annual Endangered Species Day helps distribute our messages and successes to others.
Long-term success is dependent upon long-term support by individuals, businesses and foundations. Support comes from donations (including in-kind), conservation easements, mitigation banking, communicating with landowners and land managers about best management practices, and working with policy makers.