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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

Workshop teaches new uses for catfish ponds

Owners of retired catfish ponds and current catfish pond owners looking to reduce their pond acreage can benefit from a June 16 workshop that explores ways to develop former aquaculture ponds into natural resource enterprises.

Developing Catfish Ponds into Natural Resource Enterprises is being offered in Stoneville through the Mississi...

5/20/2010

Kevin Hunt, Jan Odom receive top MSU, national advising honors

Mississippi State faculty and staff members are being honored for their hard work and dedication in ensuring the successful educational development of university students.

Kevin M. Hunt and Janet S. "Jan" Odom are 2010 winners of recognitions given by the National Academic Advising Association. He is receiving an Outstanding ...

5/14/2010

Learn outdoor sports at two summer camps

Young people and adults have two opportunities this summer to try a variety of high-interest outdoor sports through wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture camps offered by Mississippi State University.

The week-long, residential camps are intergenerational, open to those ages 10 and older. Camps will be held May 30–June 3 and June 2...

5/6/2010

Bug camp to offer fun for all ages

Mississippi State University’s Basic Insect and Plant Ecology camp will provide fun and learning for all ages June 13–17.

Better known as Bug Camp, it is the oldest residential entomology camp in the world. Two MSU departments sponsor the camp: the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Department of Ento...

5/6/2010

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

Work of MSU deer biologist honored by international society

Stephen Demarais of Mississippi State is a new Fellow of The Wildlife Society.

A professor in the university’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center, he is being honored by the professional organization for his work on white-tailed deer biology and management.

"Dr. Demarais is a nationally recognized deer biologist w...

4/30/2010

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 organizes special May business strategy training in Tupelo

A Tupelo conference next month is designed to help manufacturers and other businesses better compete in a changing global business environment.

Taking place May 18 at the BancorpSouth Convention Center, the event is sponsored by Mississippi State’s Franklin Furniture Institute and College of Business’ Technology Resource In...

4/15/2010

Dick Molpus to lead Carlton Owen lecture next week at MSU

A Neshoba County native and former three-term Mississippi secretary of state will be featured Tuesday [April 20] at Mississippi State’s 2010 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Dick Molpus, president of the Molpus Woodlands Group, is the speaker at this year’s public event. To begin at 2 p.m. in the Tully Auditorium of Thompson...

4/14/2010

MSU student adviser Rachel Singleton to hold regional post

An award-winning Mississippi State staff member is a newly elected regional leader of a national academic advising organization.

Rachel L. Singleton of Starkville recently was selected by her peers as chair of the Southeast Region, National Academic Advising Association. She has served as academic coordinator for the university’s...

4/13/2010

Master Naturalist program to offer classes on habitats, wildlife

Mississippi Master Naturalist Program courses will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays from April 22 to June 3 at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. Class enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required.

The course fee is $75, which includes program costs, supplies, co...

4/1/2010

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

Well-known MSU aquaculture specialists honored by national peers

Longtime Mississippi State faculty members Louis R. D’Abramo of Starkville and James A. "Jim" Steeby of Inverness are being honored by the U.S. Aquaculture Society.

D’Abramo is dean of the university’s Graduate School, associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of wildlife, fisheries and aqu...

3/26/2010

Workshops offer training in natural resource enterprises

Two one-day workshops will provide the tools for farmers and landowners to start and manage a natural resource enterprise.

Fee fishing, fee hunting, agritourism, and wildlife watching are examples of enterprises based on the natural resources commonly found on Mississippi’s private lands.

An April 13 event will be held ...

3/25/2010

Wild pigs make tracks all over Mississippi

Wild pigs are digging up trouble across the state and causing major crop damage, so Mississippi State University and federal experts are helping landowners and farmers eradicate the troublesome beasts.

Wild pigs are a highly adaptable species that is not native to North America. They are seen throughout the country, causing vast agricu...

3/25/2010

New formulas preserve cash, environment

Each year, replacing deteriorated wood in U.S. homes costs billions of dollars, but research at Mississippi State University is helping protect homeowners’ wallets and the environment.

"Since 1988, scientists in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center have been studying the development of totally organic biocides," said...

3/18/2010

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

Outdoor summer camps provide fun, learning

Those with a love for the outdoors can take advantage of four conservation camps this summer offered through Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources.

Three of the camps are inter-generational and geared for anyone interested in the outdoors. Designed for students 10 years or older, the camps are useful for thos...

2/18/2010

New training helps furniture manufacturers

Many furniture manufacturers have indicated their desire for formal manager education and training within their organizations, and Mississippi State University has responded to this need by designing specialized training.

In the furniture industry, first-line supervisors are responsible for managing workers and coordinating all of the ...

2/18/2010

Wood pellet production has potential for state

Mississippi’s forest industry is poised to take advantage of an old technology that turns sawmill residues into environmentally friendly energy sources for heat and electricity.

Wood pellets are made of the waste products of lumber production, and they can be burned for heat in homes and used to produce energy for industry. The k...

2/11/2010

MSU offers squirrel hunt event for youth

Several wildlife groups will assist in a Feb. 13 youth event in an effort to lay the foundation for safe and responsible hunting.

Mississippi State University&rsquop;s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture in the College of Forest Resources is offering a squirrel hunt for young people. The hunt will take place at the Noxub...

1/21/2010

Youth quail hunts offer education, fun

Young hunters will learn about quail hunting and conservation at two upcoming day-long events in Clarke and Clay counties.

Quail Forever is organizing the Feb. 27 and March 6 events with help from the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, and the 2009 Youth Particip...

1/21/2010

Decline in housing market hits forestry industry hard

The overall value of Mississippi’s 2009 timber harvest failed to reach $1 billion for the first time in 16 years, but unlike other crops, extreme weather was not the reason.

The estimated 2009 harvest value for timber is $817 million, down a steep 24 percent from 2008’s value of $1.08 billion. Blame one of the worst years ever ...

12/17/2009

MSU researchers announce Web-based duck migration forecast

As global warming and climate change debates continue to "heat up" worldwide, researchers at Mississippi State are examining how weather influences duck migration patterns.

"In the past few years, we have observed that ducks are not migrating to southern latitudes in abundance, or are doing so generally only in the prese...

12/11/2009

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

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