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State Spotlight Mississippi PAGE 3 Filled with history music and natural beauty Mississippi features something for everyone. From incredible hunting and fishing to discovering the birthplace of the blues to finding the perfect patch of recreational property to invest in visitors and residents alike enjoy what Mississippi has to offer. Rich in cultural heritage the state celebrates its musical legacy by designating the Mississippi Blues Trail and the Mississippi Country Music Trail to help explore the depth of the regions influence in modern music. History comes alive along The Natchez Trace Parkway which runs 444 miles from Natchez to Nashville. The road was traveled by traders missionaries early settlers and Indians. In addition Civil War battlefields and historical sites can be found along the Trace. Beachcombers enjoy the worlds longest man-made beach stretching from along the Gulf Coast from Biloxi to Henderson Point. In fact outdoor adventure - including hunting fishing trail riding and hiking - may be the true hallmark of the state. Mark Bice Senior Real Estate and Acquisitions Manager for Potlatch Corp. said Mississippi has some of the best hunting and fishing as well as other outdoor recreational activities in the U.S. Avid anglers appreciate the plentiful fishing opportunities. From freshwater fishing in lakes and streams to saltwater fishing off the Gulf Coast Mississippi offers plenty of places to cast your line. With more 1000 square miles of public hunting lands in 53 wildlife management areas and nine national wildlife refuges the state offers bountiful hunting enjoyment too. Along with public lands there are private lands and skilled commercial outfitters eager to facilitate hunting excursions. White-tailed deer waterfowl and eastern wild turkeys abound in Mississippi a fact Bice appreciates. My son and I enjoy hunting he said. Its a family thing. Bice also enjoys exploring the forest and wooded acreage and hes been actively traversing the area north of Jackson actively looking at Potlatchs land holding in that area. Nearly 60 of Mississippi is covered by forests and the state has more tree farms than any other state. Currently Potlatch has 38 parcels listed for immediate sale in nine counties totaling nearly 4000 acres. The parcels range in size from 20 acres to 400 acres and include all kinds of land types. A lot of the property is in close proximity to the Ross Barnett Reservoir and along the Big Black River tributary running north of Jackson Bice noted. The 33000-acre Reservoir and the 17000 acres surrounding the lake offer a multitude of recreational prospects. Whether you want to hunt fish invest or just explore there is no shortage of opportunities. Were pleased with the opportunities in Mississippi Bice said. There are some exciting parcels available. White-tailed deer waterfowl and eastern turkeys abound in Mississippi... The Sunken Trace. National Park Service photo A view of the Ross Barnett Reservoir north of Jackson Mississippi Image by Marc Muench. National Park Service photo