In April, Governor Reeves of Mississippi, signed into law a bill that creates an Outdoor Stewardship Fund for the state. The bill which was championed by the Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation and Ducks Unlimited and supported by the Southeast Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers uses an existing sales tax to fund a program that:
- Helps finance land projects related to clean water, wildlife habitat, and cultural sites.
- The money could be used for R3 projects that promote hunting, boating, fishing, archery, and other outdoor activities.
- Money could also be used for restoration and improvements to existing areas that fall under the guidelines of the bill.
- Money within the fund cannot be used for projects outside of the scope of the legislation, nor can it be rolled over into the general fund if there is any left over at the end of the fiscal year.
The Southeast Chapter was excited to follow Ducks Unlimited’s lead with sign on letters, and letters to the Governors office, and believes the MSOSF will be an incredible asset for Mississippians and outdoorsmen across the region.