Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fannye Cook Natural Area

The Fannye Cook Natural Area is slated to open in the Spring of 2017.  Wednesday, Wildlife Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Transportation held a dedication ceremony at the site. It looks like a large portion of that area along the Pearl River between Spillway and Lakeland Drive.

From the Wildlife Mississippi Facebook page:

Wildlife Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration unveiled plans today for Mississippi’s largest urban natural area. The 2,700-acre site along the Pearl River in Flowood was named for Fannye Cook, a pioneer conservationist and scientist in Mississippi. She was the driving force behind the creation of the Mississippi Game and Fish Commission (now called the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks) and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

"We greatly appreciate the confidence that the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration have placed in Wildlife Mississippi to not only be the stewards of this wonderful property but to provide outdoor recreation opportunities to generations of Mississippians to come," said George Walker III, president of Wildlife Mississippi. "And it is especially fitting that this area be named after Ms. Fannye Cook, the pioneer of wildlife conservation in Mississippi.”

“We believe that the best way to honor Fannye Cook is by following her example,” said Libby Hartfield, Wildlife Mississippi’s Fannye Cook Natural Area Coordinator. “She believed that Mississippians needed access to natural habitats and the wildlife they support so they would come to respect and cherish nature’s gifts that we all inherit. This property has the incredible advantage of being accessible to more than 800,000 people within an hour’s drive.”

MSNewsNow story (including video).

Want to know more about Ms. Fannye Cook, click here.

2 comments:

RezGigi said...

This sounds like a really terrific idea! The Pearl River is an untapped resource for the Jackson metro area! I only hope we can enjoy AND protect this area, keeping it pristine and free from liter and abuse.

Jandyersn said...

Nice post