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Page 4A The Woodville Republican, Thursday, March 22, 2018 by Beth Baker MSU Ex~nsion Service the surface and into the soil -- helps to prevent localized The Far Corner Ft. Adams & Lake Mary by Rhonda Quirk The floodwater from the flooding and replenishes Mississippi River should This time of year seems groundwater. Improved in- to be a never-ending battle filtration also can lead to start receding this week. with Mother Nature. As the potential increases in water However, it is still causing chaos for us. Power is still rain pours down, water lev- held in soil. This benefit not out and Fort Adams Baptist els in ditches, creeks, rivers only enhances water avail- Church held last Sunday's and storm drains rise rap- ability for plants, but also idly, increasing flood risk in reduces runoff that canservice at the home of Mrs. Betty Jo Ford due to water urban and rural areas, carry away nutrients and in the parking lot. I look for- City planners all over erode soil. the world spend countless Leaving crop residue ward to things going back to CAUTION.; BE ON ALERT FOR concentr~:tion of deer on the Mahan- hours and economic re- and/or incorporating living normal. DEER CROSSING ROADS MORE nah Wildlife Management Area. Also, Last week, Mrs. Janie sources developing plans plants year-round can slow Patrick McCann gave a very FREQUENTLY DUE TO FLOODING be wary of deer returning to their and adopting policies to water flow and improve in- motivating talk to The Fort -- The Mississippi Department of home rm~ges as water recedes. For reduce flood risk. The same filtration. Leaving residue Adams Women s Club. Mrs. Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks urg-more information regarding wildlife planning and investment is and adding living coverMcCann recalled her child- es all motorists to be on alert forin Mississippi, visit our website at warranted for private land- helps to improve organic owners and agricultural matter levels in the soil, hood memories of a "Wood- deer crossing roads and highways www.mdw.fp.com or call the depart- producers to prevent flood- which minimizes soil crust- ville" that was once so inno- ing and protect land inter- ing or sealing. It also can cent that it could have been more frequently as they seek highermerit at 601-432-2400. Follow them Mayberry. Now, we all know ground due to widespread flooding on Facebook at www.facebook.com] estsAnandadequateaSSets, drainage imprOVecapacity, soil water-holding that isn't true anymore. We primarily in the waters of the west- mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter. system is the most common While proactive land have drugs, crime and hon- ern Mississippi Delta near Missis- com/MDWFPonline. ~ Photo Submit- estly, folks are afraid to go planned response to reduce management may seem like out after dark. How did this sippi Hwy 1. Shown above are a ted flood risks on farmed land. an unnecessary financial happen and what can we do Such a system involves burden, protecting and in- maintaining watercourses, vesting in natural resourCeSalmost always saves money about it? ' -- ~"" " "State rch Tracks improving drainage and I believe before we can MIS~IS$1r~oI overcome this problem we 1 i removing sediment that ac- in the long run. Manage- m'sL need to understand cumulates overtime. Main-mentandconservationhelpthat we are not alone. In Turkey Habi tat Us ; And Movement taining adequate drainage ensure adequate drainage, fact, our entire nation is in also requires clearing de- reduce flood risk and pre- crisis. We have become a bris from channels, culverts vent minor erosion issues desensitized nation, and by and trash screens. Continu- from becoming major con- Turkey season opened onnow has become more frag- wild turkey,abundance," that I mean we have grown March 15, and hunters took mented, with urban devel- Almond said. 'Additionally, al maintenance of a drain- cerns, used things and they no lon- to the field in search of the opment and changes in use. hardwood forest cover in age system can become Eroding landscapesger offend us. I know there elusive gobbler. Most likely, The landscape also includes the landscape increases wild tiresome, but it is a critical means land loss and canare many things happening they will find less of the pop- variations across the state, turkey populations." component to well-drained put livestock at risk for in- in our society today that ular game species than in "Understanding how tur-"We found that turkey and managed landscapes, jury. Be aware of U.S. De- would very much offend my previous years due to chang- keys respond to different numbers peak where the re In-ditch and downstream partment of Agriculturenow deceased great-grand- ing landscapes, landscapes, and how they is about one-third of the lahd conservation practices can programs that address on- parents. Now, deep down it For this mason, Missis-differentiate their patterns type in hardwood forest. help control water to protect going erosion battles. Some may offend us but we tend landscapes. Water control programs provide financial to keep q~et about it. There sippi State University scien- are important in land man- While this research is still tists and student research- agement,"Wang said."These ongoing, knowing the imp0Y- structures like low-grade incentives to implementare lots of reasons" we keep ers in the College of Forest factors help us know if we tance of varied habitat typ~s weirs can aid in slowing stream buffer zones or oth- accepting things, even if Resources, in collaboratiOn need one management strut- and the need to have at least water flows to reduce the er conservation practices, we know they are morally with biologists in the Mis- egy for the entire state or 29 percent hardwood forests energy in drainage water Such practices and pro-wrong. Ohh well, the U.S. sissippi Department of Wild- adaptive management plans in turkey habitat is helpful from eroding channel bot- grams help protect land re- Supreme Court made thislife, Fisheries and Parks, are for different regions."to managers as they create toms and banks. Pipes with sources and slow the flow of or that legal so that s just tracking turkeys to better For the study, scientists management plans," Wang in-field slots -- or risers runoff, intercept sediment the way it is or on a local understand how they useand biologists are trapping said. with boards -- also enable and increase infiltration, level we feel like that's the landscapes across the state, turkeys, equipping themThe research also has landowners to slow and con- For more information way things have been for so Guiming Wang, a profes-with a backpack-type GPS found that turl~eys gen~r- trol water movement, about Water conservation, long that we can do nothing sor in the MSU Forest and radio tracker and then track- ally stay within about a 10- There are several ma- contact Beth Baker withto change it Wildlife Research Center's ing their movements, mile radius during a year. A jor benefits to managing the Research and Educa-Now, back to Mrs. Janie s Department of Wildlife,The scientists want to de- study using nine microsat~l- land to be more resilient to tion to Advance Conserva- speech. What can we do to Fisheries and Aquaculture, termine not only how they life DNA markers showed heavy rains and less prone tion and Habitat program change our situation? Pray! wants to determine specific move through the landscape, the maximum dispersal dis- to flooding. Improving wa- at MSU at 662-325-7491 or People, our county has so habitat requirements of tur- but also what types of habi- tance of gobblers was about ter infiltration -- the rate beth.bakerCCmsstate.edu. at which water gets through many problems. Financial- keys throughout different tat they select and how long 35 miles. ly, we are broke. Crime and state regions to help land they stay in certain areas. Wild turkey hunting gen- drugs are prevalent. Many managers meetthegobblers' This data will help deter- erates an estimated $56 people are jobless. Many of needs, mine management implica- million in direct economic MSU Extension Launches oor roads and bridges are "In the early 1900s, tur- tions. impact to the state, based on condemned. Our problems, keys were nearly extinct in MSU College of Forestresearch conducted by natu- New Online ,r,g'"-an"n- Modules along with our nation's the state. In the 1950s, ef- Resources graduate student ral resource economists in problems, are too big for forts were made to restore Conner Almond uses an the Forest and Wildlife Re- man alone to handle. I be- turkey: population'sI tlir0Ugh :antenna to find individual search Center. Ensuring ad- Two highly anticipated ment of Agriculture andlieve man alone is the root reintroduction," the study's birds and then a radio re- equate habitat for this game online training modules are Commerce Bureau of of all our problems. I believe lead investigator said. "This ceiver to identify the bird's bird also ensures resources now available for those who Plant Industry, developed that with God all things effort was successful, and exact location. When close, for future generations. plan to purchase or apply these new online training are possible and it is very populations exploded i in he downloads the data from The Forest and Wildlife dicamba and similar herbi- courses related to herbi- evident in our nation what the late 1980s. Today, the the radio tracker to deter- Research Center at Mis- cides, cides labeled for use with happens without Him. wild turkeys' return to Mis- mine the bird's movement sissippi State conducts re- The Mississippi State dicamba-tolerant cottonI am a firm believer insissippi and much of the every 15 to 30 minutes,search to expand conser- University Extension Ser- and soybeans in response "the people" have a voice Southeastern United States To date, some 50 birds cation, development at/d vice, in cooperation with to label changes from the in our government, but we is considered one of wildlife have been radio-collared usage of the forest, forest the MississippiDepart-Environmental Protection also must make informedconservations greatest suc- for the study in four of the products, wildlife and fish- decisions about our choices, cess stories, state's five turkey manage- eries resources. The center We need leaders on all lev- "However, during the ment regions, serves as the research arm els of our government who 1990s, turkey populations be- The scientists found that for the Mississippi Depart- Natchez ~-'--oa~vuge & Parts In ,u,o~ policies that are in gan to decline. That is why we while hardwood forests are ment of Wildlife, Fisheries line with the written word need to study how differing their preferred space, tur- and Parks. Mississippi's of God. We need to stop de- landscapes might impact tar- keys use a variety of habitats forest and forest products bW used will pending on our government key movement," Wang added, in their home ranges, includ- industries are a $12.79-bil- to take, care of us and de- He explained that land ing open fields for brooding, lion-dollar industry. Find out USED AUTO & TRUCK PARTS pond on God. dense shrubbery for nesting more about the Forest and I know there is power and large adjoining patches Wildlife Research Center at ~y ],[~r~] Pay H~r~! inprayer. How else do you ST. JUDE FUND RAISER ofland, www.fwrc.msstate.edu. ' think Loch Leven got a IN MEMORY OF "Diverse landscapes with MSU is Mississippi's leact- motor grader to maintain JOSHUA SMALLWOOD different forest covers in ing university, available on- USED AUTOS Jackson Point Road? By the close proximity enhanceline at www.msstate.edu. : grace of God. Remember the 601-442-3626 or Toll Free 1-800-759-0631 mud bog that is now lime stone. That was also an an- Consider New Trees To Improve swered prayer. People, we must pray for our elected Feed Sources For Your Deer officials, our county and our nation. Now is the time for a by BillHamrick that can be used to supplement great revival right here in MSU Extension Service their diets. The fruit can be a Wilkinson County! very effective na~al attrac- Deer season is over, and pre- taut. scribed fire, timber manage- Hunters oRen stay close to ment, planting food plots and so, mast trees in the archei,y Agency. other habitat improvements season when those trees arid One course will be similar come later in the year, but one shrubs commonly shed their to a module offered last year activity thafs perfect for Febru- fruit. S'm~ilarly, in October for individuals purchasing ary and early March is plant- through December, firear~n restricted-use pesticides, ing trees, hunters seek out white o~k The second course covers Broadleafplants provide the or swamp chestnut oak treas, the label requirements for found, at/on of a deer's diet.Mast which are dropping acorns thot applicator training. The on- foods, items such as acorns and attract deer. : line modules are available persimmons that accumulate Mast foods are high in ca~'- at http://auxintraining.com, on the forest floor, are more bohydrates and provide wild- supplemental. From a manage- life with a source of energy to For those without computer The Wilkinson County ment perspective, focus on sup- carry out daffy activities. In ~e or Internet access, please School District will :h ~ve plyingbroadleafplants, butyou fall, animals seek out acorns contact your local Exten, its Annual St. Jude Dress can certainly supplement that and some soit fruits as they sion office. Down Day on Wednesday, forage with hard and sofL mast. store energy in the form of fat March 28, 2018, at leach Late winter through early t carry them thr ugh the win- school. Asking each andspring is the best time of year ter. Acorns are low in protein and every student to par- to plant trees and shrubs. The but high in carbohydrates a~ ticipate and donate to a trees are dormant, and typical- fat-- much like ice cream to~ I'~hLIIlqP worthy cause to supportly the sofl is very moist. When human. I./UI I I St. Jude Children Research spring rolls around, newly Some sites are not suited for Hospital in Memphis~ TN. planted trees will awaken in all species of mast-producing The Donation Fund will their new home on your hunt- trees. Consult an expert to fig- be in memory of the late ing property, ure out what grows best in ?a Joshua "Josh" Smallwood, Oaks and other hardwoods particular area. You will need Help keep a former Wilkinson County are an important food source to be familiar with how wet tl4e School District student. He for deer and other wildlife ape- site is and how much sunlight Wilkinson was a patient at St, Jude cies, but remember that they the seedlings will get. from April 2006 to August are more of a long-term invest- Don't plant the trees too County 2008. Joshua is the 'son of ment, as it will take up to 10 closely together. Envision holy school board member John- years-- and often much longer much space the tree will need dean! ny Smallwood. : -- before you will see any sig- 10 years later, when it's fulIy nificant acorn production, grown. Most experts recom- ttervill Many wildlife managers mend planting trees 35 fe~t Ne e Lumber Co, and hunters plant trees that apart so each one can capture" produce soit mast like persim- plenty of soft moisture and sun- WANTS TO BUY mons, pears and crabapples, light to maximize growth and HARDWOOD LOG The beauty of these species is fruit production. In the woods or delivered to mill they are fairly easy to establish If you are like me, and ~- and grow quickly. From a hunt- ready missing deer season, i i=i ers ve, DISCOUNT GUN SAFE -~ ~ can l-soo-~s-4s?7 an appreciable fruit crop in five sites to plant some trees. In~ 2636 01d Brandon Road Pearl, MS 39208 ~ INBUSINESS SINCE 19 52 to seven years. AL~o, deer and few years, you will be able (601t 939-8233 Come see us a~out available models and rebate det~s other wildlife relish sort mast enjoy the fruits of your effort~;