Environment: Saving the Pascagoula

Whenever he can, Herman Murrah, 41, a wiry Mississippi conservation officer, climbs into his four-wheel-drive truck and follows the raised sand road that runs westward from the small community of Buzzard's Roost into the Pascagoula Tract, a 32,000-acre expanse of hardwood forest and bottom land straddling a 35-mile stretch of Mississippi's Pascagoula River. There he enjoys basking in the primeval beauty of one of the state's last unspoiled areas. White-tailed deer, black bears and game birds abound in the forested region, fish thrive in its sandy-shored oxbow lakes, and the river runs clean....

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