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Board of Directors

The Longleaf Trace is governed by the Pearl & Leaf Rivers Rails to Trails Recreational District Board of Directors as provided for by the Mississippi State Legislature, Section 55-25-1 et. seq, Mississippi code of 1972 as annotated, which created authority for rails to trails recreational districts. The “District” is governed by a Board of Directors, one each from each of its seven entities, which includes the Counties of Forrest, Jefferson Davis, and Lamar, and the municipalities of Bassfield, Hattiesburg, Prentiss, and Sumrall. The stated mission of the “District” is to create economic benefits while providing multiple recreational opportunities and an improved quality of life for its citizens and the State of Mississippi.


The Pearl & Leaf Rivers Rails-to-Trails Recreational District is principally funded by a one-fourth (¼) mill tax on all properties of its member political subdivisions.  Additional funding through grants from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks and Federal Transportation Alternative Program, donations, adoptions, sponsorships, bike rentals, and the sale of logo items.

Forrest County

Steve Stringer

Petal, MS  39465

Town of Sumrall

Lyn Ingram

P.O. Box 128

Sumrall, MS  39482

Town of Prentiss

Charles Dumas, Vice President

P.O. Box 1344

Prentiss, MS  39474

Ph. (601) 792-5196  |  Fax (601) 792-5190


City of Hattiesburg

Ginger Lowrey, Treasurer

P.O. Box 1898

Hattiesburg, MS 39403

Ph. (601) 545-4599 | Fax (601) 545-1962 


Jefferson Davis County

Macon Holliman

P.O. Box 1137

Prentiss, MS 39474 ​

Fax (601) 792-2894

Town of Bassfield

Angie Ladner, Secretary

P.O. Box 134

Bassfield, MS  39421

Ph. (601) 943-5003

Lamar County

Dale Lucus, President

Ph. (601) 264-9869 | Fax (601) 794-1049


Board Attorney

Carey Varnado

525 Main Building

Post Office Drawer, 1975

Hattiesburg, MS 39403

Ph. (601) 544-1234 | Fax (601) 544-1280


Administrative Staff

Executive Director

Mary Scruggs

P.O. Box 15187

Hattiesburg, MS  39404

Ph. (601) 450-5247  


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