Outdoor Briefs August 3, 2012

By Staff and wire reports

Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation event Saturday in Tupelo
TUPELO – The Tombigbee Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold a banquet and fundraiser at the Summit Conference Center on Saturday night Aug. 4.
Doors to the event will open at 5 p.m. for a social hour which will include drawings, raffles, games and a silent auction.
Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by a live auction.
The foundation emphasizes protection and enhancement of critical elk habitat in states with free ranging elk herds, but a portion of the funds raised in non-elk states are kept at home to benefit local activities.
Call Forrest Barber at 662-365-7831 or Hamp Smith at 662-790-4124 for more information and reservations.

Burning program now accepting applications
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is continuing its partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide cost-share for prescribed burning on private lands.
As part of the “Fire on the Forty” initiative, the partnership will reimburse burning projects in selected focal counties up to 50 percent of costs for a prescribed burn.
These counties include Prentiss, Monroe, Lowndes, Noxubee, Amite, Pike, Walthall, Marion, Lamar, and Pearl River. To enroll, landowners must submit an application for entry into the program before Oct. 31 to be considered for this year’s funding.
For more about the “Fire on the Forty” program, including project application forms, visit www.mdwfp.com/fireontheforty, contact John Gruchy via email at johng@mdwfp.state.ms.us, or call 601-432-2199.
For more information regarding wildlife in Mississippi, www.mdwfp.com or call us at 601-432-2199.