Calvin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology, both from Mississippi State University. He is a graduate of Tuscaloosa High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Professional interests include working with private landowners, federal and state agencies and private conservation organizations to restore, enhance and manage wildlife and fisheries habitat, especially restoring and managing waterfowl/wetland habitat in the Mississippi Delta.
Personal interests include hunting, fishing, riding cutting horses and spending time actively managing hunting/investment properties in Mississippi and Montana.
I am one of those fortunate people that knew exactly what I wanted to do for a career very early in life. When I was 8 years old, I met a wildlife biologist named Ray Redmond that worked for Gulf States Paper Company in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After being around him for a few years, I knew that I was going to be a forester and/or wildlife biologist and help landowners manage the natural resources on their property.
While at Mississippi State University, my major professor was Dr. Harry Jacobson and I worked closely with the deer genetic research project. The title of my master’s thesis was Production and Deer Utilization and Preference of Agricultural Food Plantings and Native Vegetation on Marion County Wildlife Management Area, Mississippi.
I began working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 1986 and began my professional career as a refuge manager on several National Wildlife Refuges in Mississippi and Georgia. In 1990, I was among the first private lands biologists to be selected by the USFWS to implement their Partners for Fish and Wildlife program. This was one of the first voluntary private lands habitat conservation programs for private landowners in the nation. This program provided technical assistance and financial incentives to private landowners that wanted to actively manage their property for wildlife. I primarily worked in Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana, but often consulted with wildlife biologists throughout the country.
I organized and served as the chairman of the Mississippi Partners for Fish and Wildlife program. This was a diverse group composed of 23 different federal and state agencies, non-governmental conservation organizations and private companies that came together to create a state specific habitat conservation program to work with landowners to protect, restore and enhance wildlife habitat on private lands in Mississippi. I often jokingly stated that working with 23 different groups of people was like herding cats, but the results were well worth the effort.
I worked closely with USDA to implement all of their conservations programs, including but not limited to the Wetland Reserve Program, Conservation Reserve Program, Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program and the Environmental Quality Incentive Program. I was involved in developing program criteria and implementing the programs at the local level. A solid understanding of all conservation programs and how they could be used to benefit wildlife habitat and the landowner was essential.
I am an on the ground forester and wildlife biologist that enjoys meeting and working with people on a one on one basis. I have worked and managed property in every habitat type in Mississippi. Management practices that I have been heavily involved with include, but are not limited to, planting bottomland hardwoods, planning and constructing waterfowl impoundments, enhancing waterfowl habitat, providing recommendations for food plots, providing technical advice for forest management, planting longleaf pine, prescribed burning, thinning timber stands, managing agricultural lands and providing harvest and management recommendations.
I am heavily involved in developing site specific management plans and developing and enhancing habitat for a diversity of species of wildlife, including white-tailed deer, turkey, quail, dove and waterfowl. Because of almost 30 years in the natural resource profession, I have developed many close and personal relationships with private landowners, businessmen, natural resource professionals and people from all walks of life. These associates provide a wealth of information and expertise.
It is highly advantageous and beneficial to potential buyers and sellers to utilize this resource, especially when looking for recreational, timberland or agricultural land.
Also, because I have personally owned, developed, managed and sold recreational, timber and agricultural land, I have a unique prospective of what buyers and sellers are facing. I have the experience to work with sellers looking to dispose of their property or with buyers trying to find that special piece of real estate.
The right balance of technical expertise, the ability to communicate and work with a wide array of individuals and a strong desire to help people find the unique property that satisfies their objectives is what distinguishes me from other realtors.
Whether you are looking to buy or sell a recreational, hunting, forested or agricultural tract of land and/or commercial property, please give me a call or send an email!