The Louisiana-Mississippi CDN was formally initiated in June 2012 with its first full membership meeting held in Vicksburg, MS. The CDN is somewhat unique in that it is the first attempt by the LMVJV partnership to establish a bi-state CDN (see map below). Similar to the establishment of the AR MAV CDN, the state wildlife agencies in LA & MS (i.e., LA Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries and MS Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks) accepted responsibility for initiating its creation and supported that decision by appointing the CDN Chair and Vice-Chair respectively, from within each agency's staff. In addition, LMVJV partner organizations and other conservation partners in the region agreed to support the establishment of the new Network including the LA & MS USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, The Conservation Fund, Ducks Unlimited, Black Bear Conservation Coalition, Audubon, Delta Wildlife, Wildlife Mississippi, LA Dept of Ag & Forestry, and the MS Forestry Commission. The information provided on this page represents some of the key steps taken thus far by the LA-MS CDN to organize and initiate core planning toward identifying, targeting, and accomplishing priority conservation actions on the ground.
CDN Establishment and Governance:
Developing an Approach to Landscape Level Delivery Planning:
Strategic Conservation Delivery Project Planning
Following the development of its landscape level delivery prioritization tool, as a logical next step, the CDN turned its focus on identifying known project needs and opportunities on-the-ground. The following document represents a planning approach the CDN Steering Committee provided to the broader membership to stimulate the identification of such projects.
List of LA-MS CDN Delivery Project Needs/Opportunities (May 2015 draft)