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Avoid outdoor fires in drought conditions

The summer’s drought has made lawns, woods and grassy areas into fire starters, creating ideal conditions for wildfires across Mississippi.

On Oct. 6, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour issued a statewide ban on all outdoor burning in response to "extremely dry conditions and fire danger." The ban will remain until the cond...

10/14/2010

Mississippi tree farmer benefits from Forestry Extension

When Julian Watson decided to turn his erodible farmland into a tree farm, he had no idea that 24 years later he would be so widely recognized for his efforts.

Watson’s grandparents purchased the land in 1872. When Watson inherited it, he focused on trying to prevent erosion. The 1,100-acre parcel was washing away at a rate of 3...

7/15/2010

MSU forestry professor, administrator receives high honor

The head of Mississippi State’s forestry department is a new Fellow of the Society of American Foresters.

Andrew W. Ezell is being honored by the organization for contributions to the professional organization and the nation’s forest industry.

An expert in hardwood management and growth, Ezell has served the land-...

6/28/2010

Demand, supplies help drive timber prices up

After three years of depressed timber markets, prices are increasing because of strong demand for forest products and low inventories of logs following the year’s wettest months.

David Jones, assistant forest products professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the first half of 2010 showed a marked in...

6/4/2010

Forest Landowners award MSU Extension professor

A forest management specialist at Mississippi State University has been named Extension Forester of the Year by the Forest Landowners Association.

Stephen Dicke, Extension professor in MSU’s College of Forest Resources, will receive the honor at the organization’s annual meeting in Stevenson, Wash.

A certified arbor...

5/27/2010

Controlled fire is good for wildlife, forestry

Natural and manmade fires are important forest management tools, and problems can develop when fire is eliminated.

"Native Americans used fire as a natural and essential process to burn underbrush and promote growth of understory vegetation in timberlands," said Wes Burger, a professor in Mississippi State University’s ...

5/20/2010

Landowners must act quickly to salvage timber

Mississippi State University forestry specialists are advising landowners with timber damaged by the April 24 tornadoes to assess and remove injured trees promptly.

More than 62,000 acres of forestland in 10 Mississippi counties sustained damage from the tornadoes. A statewide assessment provided by the Mississippi Forestry Commission ...

5/4/2010

Timber owners may claim tornado losses

Some Mississippi forest landowners with timber destroyed by the April 24 tornado may be eligible to claim a casualty loss.

Debbie Gaddis, Mississippi State University Extension Service forestry professor, said the tornado destroyed many privately owned forestlands in the state. Those owners who can claim a casualty loss will receive a ...

4/30/2010

Workshop to promote, educate about forestry

Citizens interested in learning more about community and urban forestry have the opportunity to do so at a free workshop May 6.

Trees in Our Community: A Northwest Mississippi Community Forestry Workshop also provides training for the Urban Forest Master certificate. Sponsored by the Mississippi Urban Forestry Council, the workshop wil...

4/29/2010

MSU forest resources announces online degree program

Mississippi State now offers an online graduate degree program in forestry to help working professionals and others expand their education.

This spring, the university’s College of Forest Resources began providing a master’s of science degree program through distance learning capabilities of the campus’ Division of Ac...

3/31/2010

MSU targets forestry’s most destructive pest

A new program at Mississippi State University is looking at new ways to stop a pest that kills an estimated 12 million cubic feet of the state’s pine forest annually.

Research efforts usually focus on early-detection methods and control mechanisms for the southern pine beetle. But MSU experts believe preventive measures will bett...

3/11/2010

Small, introduced beetle is threatening state trees

A beetle that made its presence known in Mississippi this summer is threatening the extinction of redbay trees in the state and could harm the future of traditional Cajun cuisine.

The beetle is the redbay ambrosia beetle, a dark brown insect about half the size of an uncooked grain of rice. It spreads the pathogen that causes Laurel wi...

12/10/2009

Christmas tree recycling develops into new habit

Consumers of a decade ago had few disposal options for real Christmas trees, but today they can be recycled into other natural products.

"Once a tree has been harvested and the Christmas season is over, the trunk and branches can be used as mulch for gardens, parks or in animal stalls," said Michael May, who owns Lazy Acres C...

12/10/2009

Veteran professor named head of MSU forestry

A 24-year-veteran faculty member is the new head of the Mississippi State University’s forestry department.

Andrew Ezell will assume his new duties Dec. 1, leading the only 4-year forestry degree program in the state.

"Dr. Ezell has a wealth of experience in research, Extension and teaching," said George Hoppe...

11/24/2009

Small logging firm receives big honor

Two brothers in the logging business for more than 11 years have proven that high production and multiple crews in the woods are not a prerequisite for standing out among one’s peers.

The Mississippi Forestry Association recently named Terry and Jim Ed Owen of Wiggins as the group’s "Outstanding Logger of the Year&qu...

10/29/2009

MSU student forestry group now 'tops' for a decade

Mississippi State University’s student chapter of the Society of American Foresters continues among the top organizations of its kind in the nation.

The 46-member body recently placed first in the SAF Student Chapter Web site competition and now ranks third overall in the outstanding student chapter category.

The group ...

9/30/2009

NSF funds MSU-led research training with ASU, JSU, Tougaloo

A recent National Science Foundation grant of nearly $452,000 to Mississippi State is supporting a collaborative student research and mentoring program with three other Mississippi institutions.

Led by Erdogan Memili, an assistant professor of animal functional genomics in the university’s animal and dairy science department, the...

9/25/2009

Forestry Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina devastated Mississippi’s forests, causing an estimated $888 million in timber damage. About 80% of this loss occurred in a 10-county area from Hattiesburg to the coast.

An upcoming event will help landowners, foresters, and others learn how to cope with the next big hurricane. "Hurricane Katrina: Impacts ...

9/14/2009

Timber markets offer hope, caution

Mississippi’s timber owners are keeping a close watch on the national housing market with hopes that the worst economic times are behind them.

"Recovery in the U.S. housing market is key to Mississippi’s sawtimber markets, and it appears that the beginnings of a recovery are emerging," said James Henderson, forest...

9/11/2009

State’s forestry industry continues to thrive

Although the economy is sluggish throughout the country, a new study shows Mississippi’s forestry industry is staying strong.

Forestry production ranks second in the state, behind poultry, generating $1.08 billion in revenue in 2008 and providing $17.37 billion to the state’s bottom line. A recent Mississippi State Univers...

9/10/2009

U.S. forest managers embrace ’green living‘

What can be "greener" than Mississippi forests? Find the answer when Mississippi forests and their products are managed with all of the environment’s best interests in mind.

Glenn Hughes, Extension forestry professor at Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources, said a growing number of wood produ...

8/28/2009

New MSU-NSF effort seeks to better understand tree reproduction

A Mississippi State forestry faculty member is receiving $500,000 from the National Science Foundation to gain a better understanding of how trees initiate sexual reproduction.

Assistant professor Cetin Yuceer of the university’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center is being honored with a 2009 NSF Early Career Development Award. ...

8/27/2009

Carbon credits for trees can offer extra income

Mississippians with timberland in production are looking at carbon as a new source of income, and they are learning to manage their land for the most profit while participating in efforts to lower greenhouse gas levels.

Carbon dioxide, or CO2, often called simply carbon, is one of several chemical compounds known today as gr...

7/30/2009

Cropping method holds potential for cattle, trees

It is common in Mississippi to see cattle grazing in pastures surrounded by trees, but researchers at Mississippi State University are looking into the feasibility of bringing it all into one field.

The goal of silvopasture systems is to use space and the growing season more effectively by combining trees or shrubs with forage and live...

7/16/2009

Climate change legislation workshop set for July

Carbon trading has been around for about a decade, but with the increasing global concern regarding climate change, it is receiving even more attention.

Forest landowners have the potential to generate additional income by using their forest for carbon sequestration, a method providing long-term storage of carbon dioxide.

A J...

6/18/2009

Interconnections = stability for state, national forest industry

As links in a chain provide support and stability, so can "business clusters" for the forest products industry, according to a new report by Mississippi State's Forest and Wildlife Research Center.

A cluster is a group of businesses and institutions in close proximity whose products or services are interconnected through valu...

6/11/2009

Coast replant efforts hope for quick impact

It took less than 24 hours for Hurricane Katrina to destroy nearly 1.3 million trees in South Mississippi landscapes, and those trying to replant are hoping to restore the tree-filled skyline as quickly as possible.

The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain and the Sun Herald joined forces in February 2006 to create the Replant So...

5/21/2009

Continuing ed classes for logging industry

Logging professionals throughout Mississippi have opportunities to take required core classes or earn continuing education credits and maintain their expertise.

To earn "trained" status, loggers must complete core classes in four educational areas. These classes cover the sustainable forestry initiative, logging and transport...

3/26/2009

Mapping habitats helps tortoise species

Intensive commercial forestry and urban development are threatening natural habitats and have put the gopher tortoise on the federally threatened species list for Alabama, Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana.

"The gopher tortoise lives in natural longleaf pine forests of the coastal plains," said Jeanne Jones, wildlife an...

3/12/2009

MSU student forestry group maintains high ranking

Mississippi State continues as the home of a top Society of American Foresters student chapter.

The 47-member university organization recently placed first nationally in the 2007-08 Web site competition and third place overall among outstanding campus chapters.

The group has been atop the overall chapter rankings for the pa...

1/20/2009

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