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MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center announces administrative changes

The Forest and Wildlife Research Center at Mississippi State University has announced administrative changes designed to better position the center for the future.

George Hopper, director of the center, announced Monday the transfer of Liam Leightley, head of forest products, to the Office of the Dean and Director.

"Liam has a we...

10/18/2006

New book by MSU professor takes readers on outdoor adventures

A collection of short stories and conservational essays by a veteran Mississippi State fisheries biologist and nationally recognized conservationist now is on bookshelves.

"Tracks" reflects on the 20-year professional career--spent largely outdoors--of university professor Donald C. Jackson. The 279-page collection is published by Univ...

10/17/2006

Recognized wildlife veterinarian to lead MSU program

The executive director of an international organization specializing in wildlife capture and handling will speak Oct. 26 at Mississippi State.

Dr. Mark Johnson of Global Wildlife Resources Inc. will lead an hourlong public program beginning at 11 a.m. in the Tulley Auditorium of Thompson Hall. A reception follows in the lobby.

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10/16/2006

Research finds promising use for sweetgum lumber

Sweetgum trees are a common sight in forests across the South, but their usefulness in the lumber industry has been limited.

"The sweetgum tree is a species that is underused,” said Rubin Shmulsky, forest products associate professor in Mississippi State University's Forest and Wildlife Research Center. "Sweetgum lumber is prone to war...

10/13/2006

MSU student honored for waterfowl study presentation

A College of Forest Resources doctoral student at Mississippi State University is receiving national recognition for his research presentation on waterfowl populations in the Magnolia State.

Aaron T. Pearse of Oberlin, Kan., received a top award for an oral report given at the recent Fourth North American Duck Symposium in Bismarck, N....

10/10/2006

MSU forestry announces stakeholder meetings

The slogan on specialty license plates ‘First in Forestry' is more than words to MSU's department of forestry. This tradition of excellence has been practiced in the department for over 50 years.

The department educates future natural resource professionals; provides learning opportunities for landowners, foresters, and loggers; and c...

9/28/2006

MSU scientists hunting statistics about state hunters

An analysis of 25 years of a Mississippi hunters survey reveals both a decline in the number of licensed hunters and a noticeable shift in species sought.

Mississippi licensed big game hunters have decreased from 211,063 in 1980 to 180,765 in 2005, or 14 percent. Small game hunters have decreased from 255,932 to 185,478, or 27 percent...

9/20/2006

Foresters advise keeping a close watch on beetles

Take high temperatures, drought and forest fires, add the woody debris caused by Hurricane Katrina and the result is the recipe for South Mississippi's worst bark beetle outbreak in more than a decade.

"Pine trees are severely stressed due to the hurricane and the drought that followed,” said Glenn Hughes, Mississippi State University...

8/25/2006

MSU researchers advise not to waste 'waste rice'

Millions of ducks and geese depend on waste rice -- grain that escapes combines during harvest -- as a rich source of energy while wintering in major rice-growing states such as Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas.

Rice producers do not intentionally waste rice, but combines are unable to collect all the ri...

8/10/2006

MSU scientists discover key flowering gene in trees

Mississippi State University researchers are announcing their identification of the gene that controls the first-time and annual flowering of trees.

The breakthrough in pinpointing what is known as "FT2" could have significant environmental and economic implications. The findings recently were published in the international jou...

8/1/2006

Storm-surviving trees still face challenges

Tree losses in South Mississippi from Hurricane Katrina are still rising 11 months and counting after the devastating storm made landfall.

Glenn Hughes, Mississippi State University Extension Service forestry specialist in Lamar County, said the extent of the damage is still being assessed and more trees continue dying from affects of ...

7/27/2006

MSU student forestry group maintains high ranking

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

The 39-member university organization recently placed first in the 2005-06 SAF Student Chapter Web site competition and tied for first overall as the outstanding student chapter.

The grou...

7/27/2006

MSU professor named fellow of international body

H. Michael Barnes of Mississippi State is a new Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science.

A professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, he is being honored by the professional organization for his work in wood preservation and durability, wood treatment, and treatment effects on wood properties.

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7/26/2006

Natural resources businesses provide income opportunities

Landowners searching for ways to increase their income may need to look no further than their backyard. That is what Wade Henson did.

Henson developed a successful fee-hunting business on his family's farm near Kilmichael. He started Cypress Lodge Outfitters on a shoestring budget in 1994, offering just a few hunts a year.

"N...

7/19/2006

MSU professor to head leading professional fisheries society

A nationally recognized professor in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources is in line to become president of the American Fisheries Society.

Don Jackson of the university's wildlife and fisheries department recently was elected as the organization's second vice president. He becomes the top officer of the 10,000-member organ...

6/30/2006

Forest landowners award MSU professor

A forestry timber tax specialist at Mississippi State University was named Extension Forester of the Year by the Forest Landowner Association.

Debbie Gaddis, associate Extension professor in the College of Forest Resources, received the honor at the recent annual meeting of the organization in San Antonio, Texas.

A native of Mi...

6/9/2006

Forestry movers, shakers to star at forestry equipment show

Machines and technology that keep the South's forest industry booming will be on display June 2 and 3 at the 2006 Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show.

The biannual demonstration of new timber harvest and production equipment takes place seven miles south of Starkville on state Highway 25. The site adjoins an entrance road to Mississippi ...

5/22/2006

New MSU study: bird habitats clearly in our 'fields' of vision

Privately owned Southeastern forests and farmlands that produce food and fiber products for growing global markets also can provide essential habitats for grassland birds and hundreds of other wildlife species.

Numerous factors, including farm consolidation, single-crop production, wetland loss, and intensive forest management, have c...

5/5/2006

Former MSU professor to lead 2006 Carlton Owen lecture

A retired Mississippi State biology professor who now teaches in Florida will be featured April 24 as part of the university's ongoing Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Jerome A. "Jerry" Jackson's 1:30 p.m. public presentation in the Tully Auditorium of Thompson Hall will be followed by a reception in the same location. An ornithologist...

4/13/2006

New MSU herbarium reflects knowledge, efforts of its creator

Alexis Londo is a mother of two, doctoral-degree candidate and research associate at Mississippi State University. But, wait, there's more--much more.

In 2003, Londo was asked to teach dendrology--the identification of trees--in the College of Forest Resources after the course instructor went on an academic sabbatical. In addition to t...

4/10/2006

MSU researchers begin Sardis Reservoir angler survey

According to a 2001 federal survey, more than $210 million is spent each year on fishing-related activities in Mississippi by some 586,000 anglers.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report also found that nearly 12 percent of this cash stream comes from non-state residents crossing the borders to reach Mississippi's 14,000 miles of s...

3/30/2006

Ducks Unlimited Honors MSU Professor Rick Kaminski

Ducks Unlimited honored Mississippi State University Professor Rick Kaminski at the 71st North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, in Columbus, Ohio, by awarding him its Wetland Conservation Achievement Award. Because of his life-long commitment to wetlands and waterfowl, Dr. Rick Kaminski distinguished himself as the research pr...

3/27/2006

MSU combines water expertise

Water is essential for life and the enhancement of both water quantity and quality has become issues of major public concern.

Addressing water-related issues is the mission of the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute at Mississippi State University. Formerly a part of MSU's GeoResources Institute, the WRRI relocated to the un...

3/13/2006

MSU study reveals wild side of famous military park

Thousands of annual visitors to the Vicksburg National Military Park walk and drive through the riverside scene of a pivotal Civil War battle. Most remain, however, within the well-manicured areas that surround most monuments, artillery emplacements and other key points of the great struggle.

Few probably ever appreciate the 1,800-acre...

3/13/2006

Wade siblings honor late Starkville brother with scholarship

A new endowed scholarship established at Mississippi State is a memorial by his sisters to former Starkville businessman Clyde Patrick "Pat" Wade.

Mary Martha Morgan and Carol Lynn Crouse of Starkville, and Betty Hilton of Huntsville, Texas, created the endowment for students in the university's College of Forest Resources.

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3/2/2006

Landowners explore income opportunities

Mississippi and Arkansas landowners interested in earning additional revenue from their land can take part in a March 2 workshop focusing on natural resource enterprises.

A variety of enterprises can be developed from natural resources including fee hunting and fishing, agritourism, wildlife watching, trail riding and heritage tourism....

2/16/2006

New MSU report analyzes state rules for prescribed forest burns

With spring approaching, prescribed fires will be used extensively to reduce wildfire risks across Mississippi.

While there are clear benefits associated with the controlled burns, a Mississippi State researcher said potential risks from the process have resulted in revised state liability laws.

Benefits of prescribed fires...

2/14/2006

MSU helping balance Mother Nature, military readiness

When the petite blonde researcher from Mississippi State speaks, even heavy artillery and tank commanders listen.

Since 1987, Jeanne Jones has been helping the military with techniques that create harmony between military training and natural resources conservation. While erosion control was the initial focus on more than 280,000 acre...

2/7/2006

Agroforestry specialist to present MSU seminar

A forest service specialist will present a seminar Wednesday [Jan. 11] on opportunities in agroforestry.

Greg Ruark, program manager for the USDA National Agroforestry Center will speak at 2:00 in Tully Auditorium of Thompson Hall.

Ruark received a B.S. in forestry and an M.S in forest soils from the University of Massachuset...

1/9/2006

MSU doctoral student Dan O'Keefe selected for national award

A College of Forest Resources doctoral student at Mississippi State is among four honored recently by professionals attending the 2005 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Michigan.

Daniel M. "Dan" O'Keefe of Shepherd, Mich., who is completing a terminal degree in wildlife and fisheries at the land-grant university, received the fi...

12/16/2005

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