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MSU historical equipment restored by local company

A 66-year-old piece of forestry equipment on display at Mississippi State University is being restored by the company that built it.

The Logger's Dream is a 1948 log loader manufactured by Louisville, Mississippi-based Taylor Machine Works. The equipment has been on display at the biennial Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show at the unive...


MSU joins task force to address water quality

Mississippi State University and 11 other land-grant universities recently joined a national effort to improve water quality in one of the nation's most significant watersheds.

The Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Task Force partnered with nongovernmental agencies for the first time when it invited university scientists and E...


MSU experts help shape path ahead

Two Mississippi State University administrators are helping shape natural resources education and policy in a recently released national report.

Rubin Shmulsky, head of Sustainable Bioproducts, and Bruce Leopold, executive director of the Center for Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts were part of a team of 35 scientists who authored &q...


Miss. Forestry Foundation funds scholarships at MSU

The Mississippi Forestry Foundation is investing in the lives of students at Mississippi State University.

The foundation, a nonprofit division of the Mississippi Forestry Association, created two endowed scholarships in the College of Forest Resources through the "Infinite Impact: The Mississippi State University Campaign."



Students invited to hone job skills, meet others

Graduate students across the Southeast studying natural resources sciences can share research and meet potential employers at an upcoming workshop.

The fourth annual Southeastern Natural Resources Graduate Student Symposium is set for March 5-7 at the Mississippi State University College of Forest Resources.

"We believe ...


MSU forest resources professorships awarded

Three Mississippi State University faculty in the College of Forest Resources and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center were named distinguished professors for exceptional teaching, service and research accomplishments.

Forestry Extension professor Stephen Dicke was named the George L. Switzer Extension Professor of Forestry. Dicke, ...


MSU forest resources honors top faculty

Mississippi State University faculty in the College of Forest Resources and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center were recently recognized for exceptional teaching, service and research accomplishments.

The following were honored during a ceremony at the college's annual advisory banquet.

Extension/Outreach—James Hend...


MSU forest serves as a research and teaching site

Scientists at Mississippi State University are transforming a piece of property in Oktibbeha County into a unique habitat for conducting research and teaching best land management practices.

In this forest, wildlife habitat and timber production are intertwined. Deer, turkey, quail and an array of grassland songbirds fill the land whil...


MSU administrator elected to regional post

The director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station is the new chair-elect of the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors.

George M. Hopper was voted chair-elect for 2013-14 at the organization's fall meeting. He will assume the responsibilities of chair in 2014-15.

As chair-...


Retired wildlife biologist to lead 2013 Carlton N. Owen Lecture

The immediate past-president of The Wildlife Society is this year's guest for Mississippi State's 2013 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Wini Kessler will lead the Monday [Nov. 4] public program. Her presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Tully Auditorium of the university's Thompson Hall.

Founded in 1937, the society is a non...


Kennedy gift to benefit MSU wetland theater, grow endowed chair

A gift of real estate in Carroll County serves as a lead contribution for Mississippi State University's Carsie Clark and Diane Worthington Young Wetland Education Theater and increases a previously established endowment for the James C. Kennedy Chair in Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation.

James C. Kennedy, chairman of Atlanta-based C...


Vilsack praises MSU's agricultural research contributions

Mississippi State University officials toured U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack around campus Wednesday in a rare opportunity to brief a sitting Cabinet member on significant federally funded research projects.

Vilsack spent a whirlwind afternoon with MSU researchers and students, learning about ongoing research and answering q...


MSU ranks in the top 10 for ag sciences research

Mississippi State University's commitment to its land-grant mission and to the state's $7.5 billion agriculture and forestry industry resulted in a top spot in a recently released National Science Foundation report.

The National Science Foundation's Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2011 ranked MSU ninth ...


MSU appoints new forest resources associate dean

A veteran Mississippi State University faculty member is the new associate dean in the College of Forest Resources.

Ian Munn, a forest resource economist and professor, will lead the university's natural resources program. MSU is the only university in the state that offers a bachelor's degree in forestry and a bachelor's degree and wi...


Duck habitat research earns students awards

Three Mississippi State University graduate students earned recognition for presentations on bottomland hardwoods at a recent meeting in the Delta.

The Bulldogs competed at the 60th Annual Southern Hardwood Forest Research Group Meeting held Feb. 21 in Stoneville with students from several universities around the region, including the ...


In memory of Bill Stuart

The College of Forest Resources is saddened by the passing of forestry professor Bill Stuart. Dr. Stuart passed Tuesday, March 5. Please keep Dr. Stuart's family in your thoughts and prayers. The obituary is below.

Dr. William Berton Stuart, 72, died at Northeast Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi in the early morning...


Regions Bank announces support for MSU division faculty awards

Regions Bank announced Thursday [Feb. 7] a multi-year $50,000 contribution to support major faculty awards in Mississippi State's Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.

Over five years, Regions will provide $10,000 annually for The Regions Bank-DAFVM Superior Faculty Awards, a new program to recognize high-caliber f...


In-woods equipment show set for Oct. 5-6

The Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show will showcase the newest technology and machinery being used to advance the South’s timber industry.

The event is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the John W. Starr Memorial Forest off of Highway 25 near Starkville. It is sponsored by Mississippi State University’s College o...


In memory of Robert "Bob" Parker

The College of Forest Resources is saddened by the passing of retired forestry professor Robert Parker. Dr. Parker passed Monday, May 28. Please keep Dr. Parker's family in your thoughts and prayers. The obituary is below.

Mr. Robert Clark "Bob" Parker, 69, died Monday, May 28, 2012 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville.



Mortensen Forest designated for MSU teaching and conservation

A 352-acre tract of Forrest County timberland is now part of Mississippi State’s Bulldog Forest program and the state’s only Army Compatible Use Buffer-designated property.

Known as the Davis and Ann Mortensen Forest, the area is located in proximity to Camp Shelby, and is a joint project between Mississippi State Universit...


National leadership group selects two MSU scientists

Two Mississippi State University scientists have been selected for a national leadership training program.

MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center professors Robert Kroger and David Jones will be in the Leadership for the 21st Century, or Lead21, class of 2012-2013.

Lead21’s purpose is to develop leaders within land-gra...


Registration open for outdoor summer camps

Youth interested in outdoor fun and hands-on learning experiences can register for two different summer camps focused on natural resources.

High school students curious about careers in natural resources are invited to attend Mississippi State University’s Natural Resources Summer Camp June 10 to 14. Any high school student enter...


Former USDA Undersecretary to leads Carlton Owen lecture

A former senior administrator with the U.S. Department of Agriculture is this year’s guest for Mississippi State’s 2012 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Mark E. Rey, undersecretary for natural resources and environment from 2001-09, will lead the March 28 public program. His presentation begins at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of ...


MSU names Burger as new associate director

Loren "Wes" Burger Jr. has been named associate director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center at Mississippi State University effective Dec. 16.

As associate director, Burger will manage all sponsored programs in MAFES and FWRC and work on other related pr...


Wildlife Society leader opens Carlton Owen lecture series

The president of The Wildlife Society will be the featured speaker Thursday [Sept. 22] at Mississippi State’s 2011 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Tom Ryder is wildlife management coordinator for the Wyoming Department of Game and Fish. His public presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Tully Auditorium of Thompson Hall.



Hopper selected for expanded MSU ag and forestry leadership role

The dean of Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources and director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center will take on an expanded leadership role.

Effective Aug. 19 and pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, George M. Hopper will also serve as the dean of t...


Four summer camps provide learning, fun

Students interested in the diverse world of natural resources, science and conservation can take advantage of four camps offered this summer by Mississippi State University.

The Natural Resources Summer Camp will be held June 5-9 at MSU. The $190 fee covers lodging, meals and all activities. Campers will spend time on campus, at Dorman...


MSU announces Discovery Day for girls

The College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University is holding the first-ever all-girls Discovery Day on campus to introduce female high school students to careers in wildlife and fisheries.

Discovery Day will take place on April 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free for 24 students in the ninth through 11th grades. Partic...


Furniture summit to be held at MSU

A March 8-9 summit will provide those in the furniture manufacturing business with the tools needed to succeed.

Furniture and bedding sales rose nearly three percent from 2009 to 2010, and manufacturing has expanded for the past 18 consecutive months. It is becoming increasingly important for industry members to learn how to keep up wi...


Major gift establishes wetland education theater at MSU

A major bequest from a West Point native and longtime conservationist will establish a demonstration wetland, outdoor classroom, and associated upland prairie in the heart of Mississippi State’s Starkville campus.

"The bequest from Carsie Clark Young Sr. provides resources for developing a site expected to become one of the ...


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