Gov. Tate Reeves has announced that the Mississippi Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund is accepting grant applications and Ricky D. Flynt will lead the effort.
“From our rivers and forests to our fields and shores, Mississippi is truly blessed with an abundance of natural beauty,” Reeves said. “We have a duty to preserve our country and ensure our children have similar opportunities to enjoy it. This trust fund and Mr. Flynt will both play key roles in Mississippi’s critical conservation efforts.”
The fund was created to facilitate investment in outdoor recreation and conservation projects throughout Mississippi. Funding may be used for a variety of charitable purposes, including improving recreation areas and trails, restoring public water and lands, expanding conservation education, improving privately owned farmland and forests, and protecting Mississippi’s wealth of wetlands, Forests, grasslands and other unique habitats.
Effective February 1, Ricky D. Flynt has also been appointed Project Manager Supervisor. Flynt has worked for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks in a variety of roles since 1993, including area manager for the Mahannah and Twin Oaks Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), associate wildlife biologist for the Black Prairie and Hell Creek WMAs, and was most recently Served as Alligator Program Coordinator for 19 years.
He was previously named Wildlife Conservationist of the Year by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation in 2008, currently serves as the Mississippi representative to the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and has since served as Chair of the 2016 Mississippi Beaver and Wild Hog Control Advisory Board a number of certifications and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry/Wildlife Management from Mississippi State University.
In April 2022, Governor Reeves signed the Mississippi Outdoor Stewardship Act into effect, creating the Mississippi Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund. Additional legislation added $10 million to the fund. The Fund’s Board of Trustees oversees the disbursement of funds.
Outdoor recreation in Mississippi generates over $8 billion in revenue each year and helps support more than 79,000 jobs.
Applications for the scholarship program can be submitted here.