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Today is September 16, 2021

Editorial

Looking in our own backyard

By Michael Callahan

Michael Callahan
Michael Callahan,
Executive Vice President/CEO
EPAs of Mississippi

Mississippi is the state we call home, the state we take pride in and the state we love.

Most of us know about the state’s landmarks and attractions because, in many cases, we’ve been around them all our lives.

But this month, we visited a special place in our state that you may not know existed.

Right outside of Belzoni in the Mississippi Delta — the “Catfish Capital of the World” — sits a true wonder of the ages.

Sky Lake Wildlife Management Area is the definition of a hidden gem.

The more than 4,000-acre wildlife habitat is the home of giant cypress trees. The trees are some of the oldest on the planet. The trees are massive in width at the base with some towering over the habitat for more than 1,000 years.

The main area is owned and operated by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks with a portion owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The habitat is home to exotic birds, turtles, waterfowl and alligators. Guest can visit the area by walking a 1,700-foot boardwalk or by traveling via kayak or canoe.

Travel websites have routinely included Sky Lake as one of the top 10 places to visit in Mississippi. Some of those websites call the trees the “Living Dinosaurs of Mississippi” because of their age.

Sky Lake is a good reminder that sometimes, we have to stop and look at what’s in our own backyard.

We hope you enjoy the story and the amazing photos.

 

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On another note, April was Thank a Lineman month.

We always love to take space in the magazine to salute our heroes in hardhats for braving dangerous conditions to restore our power in a safe, efficient and timely manner.

We received a short note this month from reader Ray Blanchard thanking our cooperative linemen for their service.

“In an age when we too often applaud celebrity and fame over hard work and sacrifice, you stand with all other members of your group that are there to assist us. You are true heroes of our time.”

I couldn’t have said it any better myself Ray.

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