James F. Copeland

The conservation objectives of the MNAS are as follows:

1) Remove trees where needed for the training mission, particularly for airfield safety, such as clear zones, glide slopes, runway visibility, radar, radio and navigation signal areas.

2) Conserve, restore and/or maintain ecosystem integrity and native biological diversity. This involves changing from even-aged to uneven-aged silviculture to limit habitat fragmentation through the utilization of group and single-tree selection rather than clearcuts, restoring longleaf pine using planting in gaps and fire to control competing trees, protecting riparian corridors, forested wetlands and habitat for sensitive species and retaining older hardwoods (50 years of age) and cavity trees.

3) Manage for multiple uses of forest resources on a sustained-yield basis (i.e., military needs, outdoor recreation, timber, watershed, wildlife and fish).

4) Minimize erosion by exceeding the minimum standards contained in the Mississippi Best Management Practices for forestry.

5) Protect cultural resources from damage by forest operations.

6) Inventory the pine and pine-hardwood stands for species composition, volume and other inventory data.

7) Identify areas (a total of 100 300 acres) for hardwood stand conservation as ecological reserve areas to allow natural uneven-aged stand development and provide large forest stands for deep forest-dwelling birds.

Contact James F. Copeland

Naval Air Station - Meridian
Community Planning & Liaison Officer
255 Rosenbaum Ave
Meridian, Mississippi  39309
Phone: 601-679-3896


Service Area

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  • Lauderdale County, Mississippi

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