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MSU researchers focus on impact of state bird-watching revenue

More than 71 million Americans actively participate in bird watching, spending some $45 million annually on the sport.

Unfortunately, Mississippi seems to be flying under the bird-watching radar. According to researchers at Mississippi State's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, the Magnolia State ranks 45th in income realized from t...

11/20/2007

MSU research helps bass make big economic splash

Research by scientists at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station is reaping benefits for Nature's Catch, the largest pond-based producer of hybrid striped bass in the United States.

For more than 11 years, MSU researchers Lou D'Abramo and Terry Hanson have worked with managers of the Clarksdale-based aquaculture ...

11/15/2007

MSU lab studies wood protection

Wood products contribute $4.3 million to the Mississippi economy, but weather, insects and other destructive elements destroy one-tenth of the forest products produced each year.

Wood preservatives are used to protect against losses, but there are environmental issues and toxicity problems associated with these products.

An ...

10/19/2007

MSU waterfowl, wetland ecologist named international fellow

Richard M. Kaminski of Mississippi State is a new Fellow of The Wildlife Society.

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

"Dr. Kaminski is known internationally for his rese...

10/9/2007

Donald Jackson of MSU honored for gulf fisheries research

An internationally recognized Mississippi State fisheries biologist is receiving a major honor for his post-Katrina work from a national professional society.

Donald C. Jackson, a 21-year teaching and research veteran of the university, was presented with the American Fisheries Society's 2007 Distinguished Service Award at the organiz...

9/26/2007

Alumnus, business leader to deliver 2007 Owen lecture at MSU

A Mississippi State alumnus and North Carolina-based timber executive will be featured Sept. 20 at the university's 2007 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Chris Zinkhan, co-founder, managing director and chief investment officer of Forestland Group LLC, is a nationally recognized authority on timberland investment. His public presentati...

9/17/2007

Katrina still impacts state's forest industry

Part of the damage after Hurricane Katrina roared ashore across the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, was 5 million acres of broken timber.

The U.S. Forest Service estimated that the volume of damaged wood across the Southeast was enough to build 800,000 single-family homes.

Researchers at Mississippi State University are measur...

8/31/2007

Landowner workshop explores income options

A one-day workshop for farmers, landowners and resource managers will provide the tools to start and manage a natural resource enterprise.

The Sept. 18 event will begin at 8 a.m. It will be held on privately owned property south of Brandon, just off of Highway 18 in Rankin County.

Workshop participants will hear presenta...

8/30/2007

MSU graduate, doctoral candidate named STAR Fellow

A doctoral candidate in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources is receiving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's STAR Fellowship.

Joshua P. Adams of Ruston, La., is among 65 graduate students--and the first from the university--named to the prestigious Science to Achieve Results Fellows Program. His award begins with th...

8/27/2007

MSU student forestry group again tops among peers

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

The 40-member body recently placed first in the SAF Student Chapter Web site competition and now ranks second overall in the outstanding student chapter category.

The group has...

8/14/2007

MSU administrator to head leading wildlife society

A nationally recognized administrator in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources is on track to become president of The Wildlife Society.

Bruce Leopold, head of the university's wildlife and fisheries department, recently was elected as TWS vice president. In 2009, he moves to the top administrative office of the 10,000-membe...

8/13/2007

Cogongrass marches across Mississippi

Cogongrass has spread across the southern United States since arriving as packing material in crates shipped from Asia to Mobile, Ala., in 1912.

Cogongrass is not native to Mississippi, but the Asian import is spreading rapidly through the state, choking out native vegetation and causing problems for livestock and wildlife. The invas...

7/27/2007

Demonstrations will show dove field management

Knowledge of how to plant and manage a legal dove field in Mississippi can put hunters ahead of the game as mourning dove season approaches.

Two Dove Field Demonstrations and Wildlife Field Days will be held in August. The first will be at Mississippi State University's Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Experiment Station on Aug. 11 and the sec...

7/26/2007

Studying bugs can help students learn

Entomologists and wildlife and fisheries faculty at Mississippi State University think you can learn a lot from insects, so they are interested in developing a curriculum for K-12 education that uses the creepy-crawlies to teach a variety of subjects.

For about 15 years, Mississippi State University's Department of Entomology and Plant...

7/19/2007

MSU developing sensor for lumber mill emissions

Drying lumber in kilns produces numerous air pollutants, but equipment for real-time measurement of the emissions is not currently available.

A team of researchers at Mississippi State University, however, is developing a new state-of-the-art sensor that monitors air pollution emitted while wood is drying. The MSU scientists are impro...

7/6/2007

MSU wood scientist receives top honor of world body

A Mississippi State professor is a new Fellow of the Society of Wood Science and Technology.

H. Michael Barnes of the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center recently received the honor by the professional organization for his work in wood preservation and durability, wood treatment and treatment effects on wood properties. <...

7/3/2007

Mississippi wadeable streams ignored too long

Mississippi streams do not offer the fly-fishing opportunities found in the West, but the state's wadeable streams provide good sport fishing of spotted and largemouth bass, longear sunfish and bluegill sunfish.

These streams are not the sport fishermen magnets that streams are in the highland region of the United States, so many wadea...

6/25/2007

Protect Mississippi from wildfire threats

Mississippi may not be far behind the Georgia and Florida wildfires if people are not careful during hot, dry conditions.

Charles Burkhardt manages Mississippi State University's timberlands located throughout the state.

"We are concerned about the potential for wildfires in Mississippi. It's happened before, Burkhardt said....

6/8/2007

Midrotation pine management benefits landowners, wildlife

When it comes to competition, athletic fields are not the only arenas in Mississippi. The state's 3 million acres of plantation pine are sites of fierce competition for available sunlight and nutrients.

Undesirable hardwoods in the understory of the plantations compete with pines and wildlife, said MSU forestry professor Andy Ezell.

5/22/2007

MSU scientists study wild hog management

Feral hogs have perhaps the worst reputation of any wild game animal in the nation, and Mississippi State University researchers hope to gain the upper hand by studying their habitat and populations.

While hunters enjoy pursuing these elusive and dangerous animals, most landowners view wild hogs as nuisances because of their extremel...

5/17/2007

Forest landowners honor MSU Extension forester

A Mississippi State University Extension forestry specialist is the Forest Landowners Association's Extension Forester of the Year.

The organization, which is comprised of forest landowners in 17 southern states, selected MSU Extension professor Timothy Traugott for the 2007 honor.

During 22 years as an MSU Extension forest...

5/14/2007

Wildlife, fisheries camp offers fun for all ages

Camping often brings people closer to nature, but Mississippi State University is also offering the opportunity to learn about wildlife, fisheries and the great outdoors to parents, teachers and children as young as 10.

Two camps will be offered this summer: June 3-7 and July 8-12. The cost for each camp is $225 per person and includes...

5/4/2007

MSU professor named fellow of international organization

Tor P. Schultz of Mississippi State is a new Fellow of the American Chemical Society's Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division.

A professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center he is being honored by the professional organization for his dedication, leadership and longstanding service to the division.

...

4/11/2007

MSU announces latest research award selections

A senior Mississippi State aquaculture scientist is receiving the university's 2007 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award.

Louis R. D'Abramo, a wildlife and fisheries professor, was honored Tuesday night during the university's annual spring research awards banquet. He was among 23 whose achievements were praised at the Hunter Henry...

3/29/2007

State wildlife group honors MSU faculty member, student

Mississippi State associate extension professor Debbie Gaddis and university senior Amber D. Breland of Maben are receiving top awards of the state's oldest conservation organization.

Gaddis, a timber taxation specialist, is the Mississippi Wildlife Federation's Forest Conservationist of the Year. Breland, a senior wildlife science ma...

3/24/2007

Lou D'Abramo of MSU honored for shellfish industry contributions

A senior Mississippi State aquaculture scientist is receiving a major honor from an international professional society.

Louis R. D'Abramo was presented with a meritorious award recognizing outstanding leadership and dedicated service to the National Shellfisheries Association, which recently held its annual meeting in San Antonio, Texa...

3/21/2007

MSU forestry students honored for research at professional meeting

A current and a former graduate student in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources are top winners in a recent regional conference.

Forestry majors Michael R. Guttery of Leoma, Tenn., and David W. "Dave" Wilkinson of Dayton, Wash., were among students from 15 universities competing during the recent 14th Biennial Southern Silvi...

3/13/2007

MSU graduate students sweep research competitions

Four wildlife and fisheries science graduate students in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources are top winners in recent regional research competitions.

Heather J. Theel of Aurora, Ill., Nathaniel C. "Nate" Hodgins of Sioux City, Iowa, and Amy B. Spencer of Columbus, Ohio, were among seven competing at the annual meeting and ...

2/26/2007

Water conference promises to be an exciting, informative event

Mississippi's annual Water Resources Research Conference is set for April 24-25 at the Hilton Hotel in Jackson

Eight sessions will cover topics including Delta groundwater, modeling, invasive plant species, agriculture, sedimentation, wastewater and water treatment, surface water quality, flooding, and water supply.

During the ...

2/22/2007

Survey reveals nature of Mississippi hunters

It is a cold January morning, the sun is just breaking through the trees, birds are chirping, and Marvell Howard sits in his favorite tree stand; about 500 yards away, his teenage son occupies his own tree stand.

Both father and son hope to get a shot at elusive white-tailed deer near their Oktibbeha County home.

Howard's ...

2/15/2007

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