As Mississippi looks to conserve and improve its outdoors through the creation of an outdoor stewardship trust fund, Governor Tate Reeves has named his four appointments to the seven-member board in charge of providing the relative grants to do just that.
Dason Colin Maloney of Tupelo (First Congressional District), Van K. Ray of Yazoo City (Second Congressional District), Drew Thomas St. John II of Madison (Third Congressional District), and David Edward Holman of Bay St. Louis (Fourth Congressional District) round out the seven appointments to the legislatively-created Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund.
“The Lord blessed Mississippi with an abundance of natural beauty. One of my top priorities will always be to conserve our parks, wetlands, and trails for future generations to enjoy and appreciate,” Reeves said. “I am confident that these individuals will help to do exactly that by effectively representing the state and steering the responsible investment of these funds toward impactful conservation efforts.”
Maloney, Ray, St. John, and Holman join Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann’s selections of Denny Terrell of Kosciusko (1st Supreme Court District), Joe Cloyd of Ocean Springs (2nd Supreme Court District), and Mat Lipscomb of DeSoto County (3rd Supreme Court District).
The board will be responsible for providing grants to counties, municipalities, state agencies, and nongovernmental entities related to outdoor stewardship and conservation. Funding will derive from an appropriation with a cap of $20 million, excluding federal funds, with no minimum amount that must be allocated by legislators.
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