Forest Action Plan
Sustaining essential private forest lands
Forests dominate much of Mississippi, covering 65% of the landscape. Almost 80% of the forests are in the private, nonindustrial ownership. Private forest lands are essential to sustaining both the forest products industry and a healthy environment. The Mississippi Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy (Forest Action Plan) addresses eight key issues identified by stakeholders as areas of natural resource concern: Forest Sustainability, Resource Markets, Land Ownership Policies, Forest Health, Stewardship Education, Wildfire Fuel Reduction, Climate Change, and Wildlife.
Our Forest Action Plan includes a broad set of recommended strategies that were developed to respond to these key issues. These long-term strategies incorporate existing statewide forest and resource management plans and create the basis for future program, agency, and partner coordination.
Best Management Practices
Mississippi’s best management practices (BMPs) program is non-regulatory. The agency responsible for BMPs policy development is the Mississippi Forestry Commission.
Click here to view the most recent BMPs recommendations on the state forestry agency website.