Explore outdoor business ideas in upcoming workshop


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Posted: 9/12/2008


Wildlife watching, fee fishing, fee hunting and horse trail riding as outdoor recreational businesses will be discussed at a Sept. 30 workshop at Richardson's Tree Farm in Brookhaven.

The one-day workshop based on Mississippi's natural resources is for farmers, landowners and resource managers. It will provide attendees with the resources to start and manage a natural resource enterprise.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., workshop participants will hear presentations about business management, marketing businesses, types of outdoor recreational enterprises, landowner cost-share programs and liability issues.

In the afternoon, participants will be taken into the field to learn about wildlife habitat management techniques and outdoor recreational enterprises, such as fee fishing and hunting.

Homer and Lynn Richardson will discuss wildlife habitat management, fee fishing, wildlife watching, cost-share programs and stream conservation. Their Lincoln County tree farm features a hay operation, pine and hardwood forests managed for wildlife and timber production, farm ponds and a historic home.

This workshop is part of a series by the Natural Resource Enterprises Program at Mississippi State University. This program is a partnership with MSU's Extension Service, MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

MSU's Extension Service, MAFES and the FWRC cooperatively created and implemented the Natural Resource Enterprises Program to assist private landowners in developing alternative or supplemental methods of income on their land.

The $25 registration fee for the workshop includes a reference notebook, lunch, breaks, presentations by resource professionals and a field tour with agency personnel. Early registration is recommended due to space limitations.

For more information about the workshop or to register, visit http://www.wildlifeworkshop.msstate.edu or call (662) 325-3133.

Wildlife and Fisheries