DeSoto National Forest

DeSoto National Forest

Address:654 W Frontage Rd
Wiggins, MS 39577

Phone:601-928-4422
Fax:601-928-5143
Web: www.fs.fed.us/r8/mississippi/desoto
Size: 378,538 acres.
Location:Southeastern Mississippi. Accessible by US 49 and 98; MS 67, 15, 57, 26, 29, 13, 63, and 42. Nearby cities/towns include Biloxi, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, and Laurel.
Facilities:25 campgrounds, cabins, dispersed camping, picnic sites, trails (230 miles), scenic drive, fishing pier, group camp.
Activities:Camping, hunting, fishing, boating, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, ORV riding.
Special Features:Mississippi's only nationally designated scenic river, Black Creek, famous for its wide sandbars and relaxed floating pace; two wilderness areas, Black Creek and Leaf; Ashe Forest Tree Nursery, southern region's only tree nursery, built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

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Established in 1917 in an effort to support troop mobilization during World War I, Camp Shelby has since grown to include 134,000 acres in the DeSoto National Forest that represent a mix of state, Department of Defense, and U.
For example, the conservation actions taken for the Camp Shelby burrowing crayfish (Fallicambarus gordoni), a Mississippi endemic, through proactive conservation efforts by the Mississippi Army National Guard, the DeSoto National Forest, and the State wildlife agency resulted in removal from the candidate list in 2005.
Second, I examined the flowering responses of replicate populations of Pityopsis graminifolia to late-thunderstorm-season fires at the edge of oak-dominated communities in Holly Springs National Forest (HSNF) in north Mississippi (in the interior hilly coastal plain) and to early-thunderstorm-season fires in longleaf pine savannas in Desoto National Forest in southeast Mississippi (in the flat outer coastal plain).
To infer the peak lightning-fire seasons in north and south Mississippi under conditions of natural fire conductivity and fuel loads, I analyzed seasonal patterns of lightning and precipitation near Holly Springs National Forest and Desoto National Forest (specifically, Abbeville and Biloxi, Mississippi, respectively).
Today, only about 100 adult frogs remain, all located at one site in the DeSoto National Forest in Harrison County, Mississippi.
Enhanced habitat for the threatened gopher tortoise was a key goal of this planting of 22,000 longleaf in DeSoto National Forest.
Cross-country cooperation between the Club's Mississippi and Colorado chapters helped turn back a hostile takeover of more than 100,000 acres of Mississippi's DeSoto National Forest by that state's National Guard, which wanted the site for tank maneuvers.
Bienville National Forest, Bienville Wildlife Management Area, Copiah County Wildlife Management Area, Homochitto National Forest, Caston Creek Wildlife Management Area, Leaf River Wildlife Management Area, and Desoto National Forest all possess world-class habitats and fantastic hunting opportunities.
The single breeding pond used by the frogs is located at the edge of Mississippi's DeSoto National Forest, just 656 feet (200 meters) from a proposed 4,600-acre (1,860 hectare) residential development.
Technically, this tract isn't a separate forest at all but is rather a ranger district of the DeSoto National Forest.
Today, the 380,000acre DeSoto National Forest is a beautiful example of how a yellow pine forest should look, smell, and sound.
Cimprich, Conservation Biologist with the Nature Conservancy, had led and compiled butterfly counts in the Desoto National Forest and in Stone and Forrest Counties for a decade, and was usually able to tell, at a glance, the name of that nondescript little butterfly fluttering in the bottom of someone's net.