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MSU, MFA create forest resources student development fund in honor of former dean

MSU, MFA create forest resources student development fund in honor of former dean

Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources is partnering with the Mississippi Forestry Association to create the George M. Hopper CFR/MFA Student Development Endowment Fund in honor of the retired dean.

The Mississippi Forestry Foundation is a nonprofit organization started by the MFA, which aims to promote and execute programs in the state to advance forestry and natural resources. The organization recently presented a check fo...

9/15/2022

Wildlife faculty member at MSU soars in avian conservation

Wildlife faculty member at MSU soars in avian conservation

A Mississippi State faculty member in the College of Forest Resources is being recognized by a premier ornithology organization for excellence in landbird conservation.

Kristine Evans, assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, is one of three avian conservationists recognized in the Western Hemisphere with the prestigious Partners in Flight leadership award. Partners in Flight is a network of more th...

5/4/2022

USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources, Environment visits MSU for 2022 Carlton Owen Lecture

USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources, Environment visits MSU for 2022 Carlton Owen Lecture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment—a Mississippi native and the first African American to hold this federal office—is this year's guest for Mississippi State's Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Under Secretary Homer Wilkes will lead the Friday, April 29, public program titled "Climate Smart Agriculture and Conservation" at 10 a.m. in Tully Auditorium in Thompson Hall.

4/14/2022

Bullard joins CFR/FWRC as associate dean and director

Bullard joins CFR/FWRC as associate dean and director

Steve Bullard is Mississippi State's new associate dean of the College of Forest Resources and associate director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center.

Beginning March 1, Bullard—a two-time CFR alumnus and longtime professor—steps out of retirement for this role.

"Dr. Bullard is well respected among our stakeholders, and we are fortunate to have him rejoin our faculty and fill this vital position in our college a...

3/2/2022

MSU celebrates Arbor Day with annual tree planting

MSU celebrates Arbor Day with annual tree planting

Mississippi State faculty, staff and students commemorated Arbor Day today [Feb. 11], along with the Partnership Middle School, by planting about 45 loblolly pine seedlings at the school on the MSU campus.

Taking part in the Arbor Day ceremony and tree planting were undergraduate and graduate members of MSU's student chapter of the Society of American Foresters, Waldorf Scholarship recipients and middle school students. The trees eve...

2/11/2022

MSU faculty honored as natural resource leaders

MSU faculty honored as natural resource leaders

Mississippi State faculty in the College of Forest Resources and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center are being recognized for excellence in teaching, research and service.

Awardees recently joined administrators, department heads, advisory board members, faculty and staff at the annual CFR/FWRC Recognition Ceremony and Advisory Board Lunch.

Wes Burger, CFR dean and FWRC director, discussed how awardees are training to...

12/10/2021

Burger named dean and director for MSU's College of Forest Resources and Forest and Wildlife Research Center

Burger named dean and director for MSU's College of Forest Resources and Forest and Wildlife Research Center

A longtime Mississippi State faculty member and administrator is the new dean of the university's College of Forest Resources and director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning.

Loren W. "Wes" Burger, a W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology in MSU's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, is the permanent dean and...

11/17/2021

MANRRS week honors MSU chapter's 20-year anniversary

MANRRS week honors MSU chapter's 20-year anniversary

The Mississippi State student chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, or MANRRS, will commemorate two decades of empowering minorities with a weeklong campus celebration Oct. 18-22.

While the MSU chapter was founded in the fall semester of 2001, the national organization dates back to 1985 and helps minorities excel in the fields of agriculture, natural resources and related sciences by providi...

10/15/2021

Live, in-wood forestry equipment show set for Sept. 17-18

Live, in-wood forestry equipment show set for Sept. 17-18

Machinery and equipment that drive the South's timber industry is being demonstrated this weekend at the Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show.

The event is Friday [Sept. 17], 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday [Sept. 18], 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mississippi State's John W. Starr Memorial Forest off Highway 25, south of Starkville. Show partners include the university's College of Forest Resources and Extension Service, the Mississippi Forestry ...

9/13/2021

MSU launches online natural resources degree programs

MSU launches online natural resources degree programs

Two departments in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources are adding new online master's degrees, making online degree options now available in all three departments.

Students can now earn master's degrees in sustainable bioproducts or wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture conservation education. These new offerings are in addition to the current forestry master's in the MSU Center for Distance Education which has been graduat...

8/9/2021

Mississippi State abuzz as a Bee Campus USA

Mississippi State abuzz as a Bee Campus USA

The current buzz around Mississippi State's campus is its new affiliation as a Bee Campus USA, a designation of the Xerces Society.

The university joins 122 campus affiliates across 44 states recognized for benefiting pollinators. The MSU Bee Campus committee, consisting of faculty and staff in the College of Forest Resources and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, led the effort. Wes Burger, interim dean of the College of Forest R...

6/22/2021

MSU faculty and staff honored for excellence in natural resources

MSU faculty and staff honored for excellence in natural resources

Mississippi State faculty and staff in the College of Forest Resources and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center have received recent honors for teaching, research and outreach.

Wes Burger, CFR interim dean and FWRC interim director, spoke at an annual awards ceremony at the conclusion of the spring semester about how honorees continue to lead despite a challenging year.

"We are a small college but very productive," Burger ...

5/19/2021

MSU's DAFVM announces interim administrative restructuring

MSU's DAFVM announces interim administrative restructuring

Mississippi State University Provost and Executive Vice President David R. Shaw and interim MSU Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine (DAFVM) Vice President Reuben Moore jointly announced plans today [May 13] for the interim restructuring of DAFVM's administration.

At the direction of MSU President Mark E. Keenum, Shaw—the university's chief academic officer—said the new administrative structure "refl...

5/13/2020

MSU's College of Forest Resources recognizes excellence in faculty, staff

MSU's College of Forest Resources recognizes excellence in faculty, staff

Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources recently recognized outstanding achievements of faculty and staff during an annual awards ceremony.

George Hopper, dean of the College of Forest Resources and director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, praised this year's honorees for their commitment to advancing natural resource utilization and conservation, and further positioning MSU as a national leader in the field.

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12/13/2019

Renowned wildlife geneticist to present Carlton N. Owen seminar at MSU next week

Renowned wildlife geneticist to present Carlton N. Owen seminar at MSU next week

A conservation and landscape genetics pioneer is this year's guest for Mississippi State's 2019 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Lisette P. Waits will lead the Friday [Nov. 22] public program titled "Genetic monitoring of wildlife for conservation and management—examples from rabbits and large carnivores." Her presentation begins at 10 a.m. in Thompson Hall's Tully Auditorium.

Waits is a distinguished professor and hea...

11/14/2019

MSU students celebrate Arbor Day with tree planting

MSU students celebrate Arbor Day with tree planting

Arbor Day is a time to celebrate the remarkable, renewable resource of trees, a source for clean air and water, habitat for wildlife, shade to lower energy costs, and storm water control.

Mississippi State University celebrated Arbor Day Friday [Feb. 8] with an afternoon ceremony and tree planting on Hail State Boulevard.

"Mississippi State has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA since 2013. The 140-year-old land-grant ins...

2/8/2019

MSU's College of Forest Resources honors faculty, staff at annual awards ceremony

MSU's College of Forest Resources honors faculty, staff at annual awards ceremony

Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center recently honored several faculty and staff during an annual awards ceremony.

At the campus event recognizing faculty and staff in the areas of teaching, research and service achievements, George Hopper praised the honorees for their dedication to advancing the field of natural resources. Hopper is both dean of the college and FWRC director.

11/26/2018

Fire expert presents annual Carlton N. Owen lecture

Fire expert presents annual Carlton N. Owen lecture

An expert in fire and forest ecology is this year's guest for Mississippi State's 2018 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Jeff Kane will lead the Wednesday [Nov. 28] public program. His presentation, titled "Ecological insights of litter flammability traits in southeastern U.S. tree species," begins at 3 p.m. in Thompson Hall's Tully Auditorium.

His research focus is on management and restoration of fire prone ecosystems, expl...

11/26/2018

Longest-running forestry equipment show in the woods set for Sept. 21-22

Longest-running forestry equipment show in the woods set for Sept. 21-22

The newest timber harvesting and production equipment will be booming at the biennial Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show in Starkville on September 21-22.

The show, which is the longest-running, live, in-woods demonstration of forestry equipment in the nation, is in its 34th year. The family-friendly event features continuing education opportunities for foresters and loggers. Landowners also can benefit from workshops held during the...

9/10/2018

Obituary for Warren Slater Thompson

Obituary for Warren Slater Thompson

Warren Slater Thompson of Starkville passed away peacefully at OCH Regional Medical Center on March 26, 2018. He was 88 years of age.

Warren was born August 19, 1929 in Utica, MS to Collis Kitchens Thompson and John Edwin Thompson. He completed his BS and MS degrees at Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University), and his PhD at the University of North Carolina. He was a veteran of the US Army, and had a storied career in academ...

3/26/2018

U.S. Forest Service chief, alumnus to lead MSU 2018 Carlton N. Owen lecture

U.S. Forest Service chief, alumnus to lead MSU 2018 Carlton N. Owen lecture

Mississippi State alumnus and newly appointed U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke is the featured guest for the university's 2018 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series on Friday [Feb. 2].

Tooke's presentation, "The Challenges Facing the Nation's Forests and the USDA Forest Service," begins at 1:15 p.m. in Thompson Hall's Tully Auditorium on the MSU campus. A reception will follow.

A 1983 Mississippi State University forestry alum...

1/24/2018

Siberian rewilding expert to speak Dec. 8 at MSU

Siberian rewilding expert to speak Dec. 8 at MSU

A renowned Siberian scientist will present his work on rewilding large herbivores in Siberia during a lecture at Mississippi State Dec. 8.

Nikita Zimov, a Russian scientist and director of Pleistocene Park, a 14,000-acre nature reserve in the Siberian Arctic, will present a seminar titled "Rewilding megafauna in the Siberian Arctic to mitigate climate change." Open to all, his presentation begins at 2 p.m. in Tully Auditorium at Thom...

12/1/2017

Thomasson Lumber CEO to give 2017 MSU Carlton N. Owen lecture

Thomasson Lumber CEO to give 2017 MSU Carlton N. Owen lecture

The chief executive officer of Philadelphia-based Thomasson Lumber is this year's guest for Mississippi State's 2017 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Pat Thomasson will lead the Tuesday [Oct. 17] public program. Her presentation, titled "Assets in the Wood Industry: Planting for the Future," begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Franklin Center, Room 115.

Early in her career she held positions with Arthur Andersen in New Orleans and t...

10/11/2017

Our People: Bridget Carr

Our People: Bridget Carr

Starkville native Bridget Carr has been a member of the MSU family for 25 years. In 1992, she joined the custodian service team, now a part of facilities management.

Six years later, she became a forest support specialist for the College of Forest Resources. Carr manages the day-to-day upkeep of the 11-building forest products complex near the corner of Blackjack Road and Locksley Way.

While Carr's career at MSU requires ha...

8/28/2017

MSU alumnus named Forest Service chief

MSU alumnus named Forest Service chief

A 1983 Mississippi State University forestry alumnus is the new chief of the U.S. Forest Service.

Tony Tooke will lead the national agency responsible for the management and protection of 154 national forests throughout the nation.

A Detroit, Alabama, native, Tooke's career with the U.S. Forest Service began at age 18 and continued through his collegiate days. He most recently served as regional forester for the Southern R...

8/22/2017

Mossy Oak Scholarship drives success through passion

Mossy Oak Scholarship drives success through passion

In 1986, just three years after graduating from the Mississippi State University College of Business, Toxey Haas returned to his home in West Point and founded Haas Outdoors Inc., parent company of Mossy Oak brands. Utilizing his education to fuel his passion for the outdoors, Haas revolutionized the modern hunting industry. Today, Haas is helping more students pursue their ambitions through a newly endowed scholarship in the MSU College of Fo...

7/27/2016

MSU spearheads effort to protect local watershed

MSU spearheads effort to protect local watershed

More than 20 campus units and 30 faculty and staff members at Mississippi State University are teaming up with state and federal agencies and local stakeholders to restore the water quality of a creek that flows through campus and is the focal point of the Catalpa Creek watershed.

MSU's Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute (MWRRI), Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, and Extension Service are spearhea...

5/17/2016

MSU Bass Fishing Club ranked No. 1 in Cabela's School of the Year race

MSU Bass Fishing Club ranked No. 1 in Cabela's School of the Year race

Mississippi State's Bass Fishing Club currently is ranked No. 1 nationally in the race for Cabela's School of the Year title.

Under the leadership of president Jeff Roman Clayton IV, a junior forestry/wildlife management major from Theodore, Alabama, the team has a commanding 20-point lead in The Association of Collegiate Anglers-sponsored competition. It is followed by teams from the University of Alabama and Bethel University.

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3/22/2016

Scholarship established in memory of late MSU professor, spouse

Scholarship established in memory of late MSU professor, spouse

A new scholarship in the Mississippi State University College of Forest Resources has been established by the family of MSU alumni Carroll and Gwen Perkins in memory of the lives and careers of the late couple.

A native of Leesville, Louisiana, Carroll Perkins earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Louisiana State University and led a successful career that included periods with International Paper Company as a wildlife...

12/16/2015

Staff Member Honored as Hometown Hero

Staff Member Honored as Hometown Hero

FWRC staff member, Lisa McReynolds (pictured with her award), along with Carol Moss Read and Ruth de la Cruz were awarded the "Hometown Hero" award on September 29, 2015 presented by Barbara Coats, FIC, of the Modern Woodmen of America chapter of Starkville, Mississippi.

To qualify as a recipient of this award, a member of the chapter or community nominates someone to show appreciation for their work in the community. The chapte...

10/29/2015

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