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New MSU book prescribes habitat management in unlikely places

A new book by two Mississippi State faculty members is examining more than a half-century of research on wildlife habitat enhancement techniques used for areas often given little or no consideration.

"Wildlife Habitat Management for Special Use Areas" by wildlife biology professor emeritus Dale H. Arner and wildlife and fishe...

6/5/2009

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

Mesocosm bridges study gap between lake and laboratory

Aquatic researchers at Mississippi State University study the natural mechanisms at work in lake ecosystems so they can find better ways to manage habitats, but large bodies of water do not always make good laboratories.

Different lakes can have different sets of variables and environmental conditions that influence an outdoor study. S...

5/8/2009

Invasive plant control may affect lake health

Some scientists researching invasive water plants look at the direct effects of these plants and others assess different control methods.

Mississippi State University graduate student Erica Schlickeisen wanted to know about the indirect and sometimes unanticipated effects invasive plants have on water quality and microbial activity.

5/8/2009

Workshop explores wild hog problems

Wild hogs make pigs of themselves when rooting through crops and young forests, leaving behind a wide swath of damage and economic loss.

Producers and wildlife managers who deal with this problem can get help by attending a wild hog workshop sponsored by the Mississippi State University Extension Service; the Mississippi Department of ...

4/30/2009

Furniture forum to showcase resources

Mississippi State&rsquos Franklin Furniture Institute is inviting state furniture manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, and others to campus May 14 to learn more about numerous university resources and services available to them.

Taking place 8:00-4:30 p.m. at the Franklin Center, the program will include representatives from the colleges...

4/28/2009

MSU forest resource major wins in regional competition

A doctoral student in Mississippi State’s College of Forest Resources is a top research winner in recent regional competition.

Stephen L. Webb finished in second place at the 32nd Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting for his presentation "Movement patterns of white-tailed deer related to moon phase and weather." He is spe...

4/23/2009

Conservation biologist to lead 2009 MSU Carlton lecture

The University of Maine’s Libra Professor of Conservation Biology will be featured Tuesday [April 14] as part of the university’s ongoing Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Malcolm L. Hunter Jr. is recognized internationally for his primary research on forest ecosystems and the maintenance of their biological diversity. To beg...

4/8/2009

Student wildlife researcher named 12th Goldwater Scholar at MSU

A senior wildlife and fisheries major at Mississippi State is a new national Barry M. Goldwater Scholar.

Mitchell D. "Mitch" Weegman of Winona, Minn., is among nearly 280 university students being honored this year with the official U.S. tribute to the late former Arizona Republican senator and prominent American statesman.

4/6/2009

Butterflies benefit from agricultural buffers

Scientists at Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center are researching ways in which farmers, through the use of conservation buffers, can help keep butterfly habitats safe and healthy.

Floating across the air effortlessly, butterflies flutter from flower to flower, providing scientists with a glimpse of...

3/26/2009

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

College of Forest Resources sets summer camp dates

Those with a love for the outdoors have five conservation camps to take advantage of this summer offered through the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources.

The camps are educational and intergenerational and are geared for anyone interested in the outdoors. They will be...

3/12/2009

MSU alum adds Pike Co. property to Bulldog Forest Program

A Mississippi State alumnus now residing in coastal Texas is making a very personal gift to the university: South Mississippi farmland that has been in his family since 1900.

Wayne O'Quin of Galveston owns the approximately 127-acre Pike County farm located five miles east of Osyka. The property is becoming part of MSU's Bulldo...

3/5/2009

Senior MSU forest resources faculty member honored, promoted

Richard M. Kaminski is being named holder of the James C. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources.

Kaminski, a 25-year faculty veteran at the university, also is being promoted to associate college dean. He is a professor of wildlife and a nationally recognize...

3/3/2009

Furniture export resource office established at MSU

Mississippi State's Franklin Furniture Institute is joining with state and federal agencies to form the Export Resource Service.

Established recently to increase the overseas sale of Mississippi furniture products, ERS is a collaboration among the university, Mississippi Development Authority's International Trade Office and U.S. Depa...

2/23/2009

MSU offers youth hunt in Noxubee

Several wildlife groups will assist in an event for future hunters on Feb. 14 in an effort to lay the foundation for safe and responsible hunting.

Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources is offering a squirrel hunt for young people at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, located southeast of Starkville.

The ...

1/29/2009

MSU College of Forest Resources announces new leadership

The Mississippi State forestry's department head is being promoted to a new administrative role in the university's College of Forest Resources.

James P. "Jim" Shepard now is associate director of research for the Forest and Wildlife Research Center and Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute.

Shepard, an MSU alumnus, jo...

1/26/2009

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

Workshop to educate on bobwhite habitat in state

A Feb. 11-13 workshop hosted by the Mississippi State University Extension Service will help restore the whistle of the bobwhite to properties throughout the Southeast.

Designed for landowners, the intensive workshop includes detailed information on bobwhite biology and management. The on-campus workshop in Tully Auditorium at MSU's T...

1/8/2009

MSU wildlife biologist receives top honor of world body

Jeanne C. Jones of Mississippi State is a new Fellow of The Wildlife Society.

An associate professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, she is being honored by the Bethesda, Md.-based organization for "distinguished and exceptional service" to the profession.

"Dr. Jones is known for her work on reclaim...

12/19/2008

Pulpwood prices salvage 2008 timber crop value

The continuing decline in housing construction was supposed to decrease the value of Mississippi's timber harvest for the third consecutive year, but an increase in pulpwood demand kept that from happening.

Although the final value of the 2008 timber crop will not be available until February 2009, a preliminary December estimate indic...

12/18/2008

Efforts by MSU forest resource graduate students recognized

A graduate student team in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources is being honored by an international scientific and educational association.

The Wildlife Society recently presented the university group with its 2008 Special Recognition Service Award for the inaugural Natural Resources Graduate Student Symposium it organized...

12/12/2008

Shmulsky accepted for the national Food Systems Leadership Institute

Rubin Shmulsky was accepted for the Fall 2008 Food Systems Leadership Institute, a top-tier leadership development program for academia, industry, and government. The FSLI enhances personal and professional development by emphasizing leadership competencies, skills for organizational change, and a broad, interdisciplinary perspective of food ...

12/1/2008

MSU offers furniture resource service, Thursday trade seminar

A new service at Mississippi State is assisting state furniture manufacturers and wood producers in exporting to foreign markets.

In 2007, domestic furniture and related product exports totaling $3.9 billion went primarily to Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Mississippi's share of the market was approximately 3 per...

11/18/2008

MSU faculty, grad students receive Wildlife Society honors

Three faculty members and two graduate students in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources are being honored by The Wildlife Society, Mississippi Chapter.

Competing among a field of 13, wildlife and fisheries doctoral candidate Dawn H. Manning of Starkville recently received the best student visual display award. Under the dire...

10/17/2008

Good news, boys and girls. 'Wood Magic' returning to MSU!

An event that once attracted thousands of elementary school students to the Mississippi State campus returns next week after a seven-year absence.

What now will be the university's eighth annual Wood Magic Science Fair takes place Monday-Friday [Oct. 20-24] at the R.T. Clapp Forest Products Laboratory on Blackjack Road. More than 3,000...

10/16/2008

Scientists discover bacteria aiding Southern pine beetles

Researchers may have found the secret to controlling a tiny insect that robs Mississippi landowners of an estimated 12 million cubic feet of pine forest each year.

Though only an eighth of an inch long, the Southern pine beetle is a big pest and difficult to contain.

Scientists at Mississippi State University's Forest and Wildli...

10/6/2008

MSU announces first waterfowl, wetlands endowed chair

MSU announces first waterfowl, wetlands endowed chair

Waterfowl- and wetlands-related teaching, research and service are being greatly enhanced at Mississippi State through a significant gift from the chairman and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises Inc.

James C. Kennedy recently established an endowed professorship in the university's College of Forest Resources to focus specific...

9/29/2008

Students use new tools to learn timber framing craft

Mississippi State University forestry students are combining the modern technology of computer laptops and flash drives with traditional saws, mallets and squares to learn the time-honored craft of timber framing.

Students who took the "Wood in Design and Engineering" course offered this spring experienced a hands-on laboratory in thi...

9/25/2008

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