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Housing starts lift sawtimber prices

Housing starts lift sawtimber prices

An increase in housing starts in 2015 strengthened Mississippi's timber industry, and stronger demand for sawtimber products used in construction are helping give the industry a boost this year.

James Henderson, an associate professor of forestry with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said timber ended the year with a total estimated harvest value of almost $1.67 billion.

"The markets for sawtimber have sh...

7/5/2016

MSU forestry professor honored for 'love of learning'

MSU forestry professor honored for 'love of learning'

The nation's oldest and most selective honor society is recognizing a 21-year Mississippi State faculty veteran for dedication to the education profession and the society.

Stephen C. Grado is among 80 selected this year for Phi Kappa Phi's Love of Learning award. A $500 check accompanied the tribute.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, PKP currently has more than 300 university and college chapters throughout North ...

6/15/2016

MSU researchers study Russian wildfires, impact on climate change

MSU researchers study Russian wildfires, impact on climate change

The forests of Siberia may be half a world away, but carbon released by wildfires raging there have the potential to alter Earth's atmosphere and lead to additional global climate change.

Exactly how much carbon is being released is the focus of a National Science Foundation-funded investigation by Mississippi State University assistant forestry professor Heather Alexander and graduate student Homero Pena. They are part of a scientif...

6/8/2016

March highlights forest fire prevention efforts

March highlights forest fire prevention efforts

Many people are conditioned to think that any fire in the forest is a bad thing, but controlled burns prevent wildfires from being a problem in the woods.

Humans are the primary cause of forest fires in Mississippi. In 2015, there were about 1,800 wildfires in the state; lightning caused only eight of them. These fires affected an average area of 13 acres, for a total of about 23,000 acres burned. February and March face the highest ...

3/28/2016

Prescribed burn workshop set for Feb. 19 in Raymond

Prescribed burn workshop set for Feb. 19 in Raymond

Landowners can learn about the use of prescribed fire to manage their property during a Feb. 19 workshop near Raymond.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the Mississippi Prescribed Fire Council are partnering to offer the event to introduce landowners to the benefits of prescribed burning and how to safely do it.

Topics of the workshop include...

1/4/2016

MSU, Shandong Agricultural University in China sign MOA

MSU, Shandong Agricultural University in China sign MOA

Mississippi State University and Shandong Agricultural University signed a Memorandum of Agreement today [Dec. 1] to offer a dual degree program in forestry.

The agreement will allow both institutions to enhance the educational experiences of students.

Participants will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from MSU's College of Forest Resources and a Bachelor of Agriculture degree from SDAU. Students at the C...

12/1/2015

MSU forestry student group maintains high national ranking

MSU forestry student group maintains high national ranking

The Society of American Foresters again is recognizing its Mississippi State student chapter as one of the nation's best.

The land-grant university group recently took second place in SAF's 2015 outstanding student chapter competition. This latest award represents the 17th consecutive year in which the MSU group has placed among the top three finalists.

Founded in 1909, the Bethesda, Maryland-based non-profit organization i...

11/3/2015

Campus inaugurates tree trail at Friday event

Campus inaugurates tree trail at Friday event

As part of the 2015 National NeighborWoods® Month observation, Mississippi State is establishing a Campus Tree Trail to help showcase its vast campus landscaping efforts.

During a 3:30 p.m. Friday [Oct. 23] program open to all at the Junction's far west end, university officials formally will announce the new tree identification trail, including a virtual trail to be published on the MSU website. The location is the site of the M...

10/20/2015

Forestry industry rebounds in Katrina's aftermath

Forestry industry rebounds in Katrina's aftermath

As bleak as the outlook seemed for Mississippi's forestry industry in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the state's second largest agricultural commodity is slowly recovering.

"If you drive down the road today, you can still see timber stands that don't look like they should," said Stephen Dicke, a forestry professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service in the College of Forest Resources. "There was a tremendous amoun...

8/27/2015

Timber prices hover around 2014 levels

Timber prices hover around 2014 levels

Mississippi's timber industry is holding steady this year from 2014 as both the U.S. housing market and the demand for lumber continue to improve gradually.

State average stumpage prices for hardwood sawtimber declined sharply in the second fiscal quarter of 2015 from the first quarter, while pine sawtimber prices increased. Hardwood sawtimber is down compared to a year ago, while pine sawtimber is slightly higher.

Prices a...

8/21/2015

MSU forestry work shows the value of good seedlings

MSU forestry work shows the value of good seedlings

A forest geneticist at Mississippi State University is encouraging landowners to invest in better seedlings, and he's giving them free trees so they can see for themselves that the results are worth the much higher initial cost.

Randy Rousseau, an MSU Extension and research professor in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, developed the Land Owner Tree Improvement Cooperative, which he now administers. In 2014, he provided informatio...

4/15/2015

MSU hosts 58th Annual Southern Forestry Conclave March 12-14

A time-honored friendly competition among 15 southern forestry schools will take place when Mississippi State University's Forestry Club hosts the 58th Annual Southern Forestry Conclave next week.

The March 12-14 event is free and open to the public at the university's John W. Starr Memorial Forest. Featuring different student competit...

3/6/2015

MSU celebrates Tree Campus USA designation with Arbor Day observance

Mississippi State officials, along with members of the university's student chapter of the Society of American Foresters and the Campus Tree Advisory Committee, gathered today [Feb. 13] in the Junction to celebrate the land-grant institution's Tree Campus USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation.

"I am so proud that we are a tree ca...

2/13/2015

Meet Spencer Beasley, ambassador and forester in training

Meet Spencer Beasley, ambassador and forester in training

Spencer Beasley is a senior forestry major with a concentration in environmental conservation. A resident of Decatur, Alabama, Beasley chose MSU because of its small university feel and nationally recognized forestry program. Beasley heard about MSU during his junior year of high school through his neighbor who was a student at State. After attending a football game in Davis Wade Stadium, taking a tour of the University and meeting with someon...

2/3/2015

MSU Extension Forestry wins a national award

Longtime outreach efforts by the Mississippi State University Extension Service's forestry department received significant attention when it won a national award.

MSU Extension Forestry won the 2014 Family Forests Education Award presented by the National Woodland Owners Association and the National Association of University Forest Res...

10/16/2014

BioBlitz helps inventory ecosystem, teach public

More than 130 students, teachers and community members combed the grounds of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson on Sept. 13 during the state's first BioBlitz.

"We were looking for a fun, interactive way to educate the public about Mississippi's natural resources," said Jason Gordon, assistant Extension profe...

9/15/2014

MSU participates in bioenergy field tour

Using fast-growing woody crops as a source of energy and fuel may be the key to energy independence in the United States.

The latest Southeastern biofuels research and production methods will be on display for landowners, industry professionals and community leaders during a month-long series of field days in September sponsored by the...

9/5/2014

BioBlitz date set for Natchez Trace Parkway

A hands-on event designed to promote an interest in the natural world will be held on Oct. 4 at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center near Tupelo.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is partnering with the Natchez Trace Parkway to host Mississippi BioBlitz, a 13-hour event that teams scientists, students, teachers and...

9/4/2014

MSU student honored for forest fire research

A Mississippi State University undergraduate student and research scholar has won the Harold Weaver Undergraduate Student Excellence Award for his research on the flammability of hardwood forests.

Senior forestry major Zach Senneff of Caledonia, received the honor from the Association of Fire Ecology at the Large Wildland Fires Confere...

7/8/2014

2014 outlook is mixed for timber industry

Markets for Mississippi's sawtimber and pulpwood are bouncing back from the economic recession, but the industry is not improving across the board.

"Slowly but surely, markets for sawtimber are beginning to grow again after the sharp declines seen after the collapse of the U.S. housing market and the ensuing recession," said ...

4/11/2014

MSU scientists develop forestry software program

Mississippi State University scientists have created a new software program to help foresters and landowners manage hardwood timber.

Emily Schultz and Tom Matney, forestry professors in the MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center, developed the software and user's guide based on 33 years of research.

The free software provide...

4/8/2014

MSU earns national stewardship recognition

Mississippi State University and its leaders earned national recognition recently for promoting and maintaining healthy trees and inspiring faculty, staff, students and community members to conserve.

The Arbor Day Foundation named the university a Tree Campus USA. The program honors campuses that implement proper urban forestry managem...

3/21/2014

Woodland certification offered to landowners

Mississippi farmers and landowners have three opportunities to learn the costs and benefits of implementing sustainable woodland management practices during a Lunch and Learn program available through the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Steps Toward Woodland Certification is a Mississippi State University Extension Serv...

2/13/2014

MSU celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting

Arbor Day, celebrated for more than 135 years as a special time set aside for tree planting, will be observed Feb. 14 at Mississippi State.

Nationally, the air quality-enhancement celebration takes place on the last Friday in April. Southern states observe Arbor Day, however, in January and February when tree planting in the region is ...

2/6/2014

Forestry journal features Extension Service series

The cover of the most recent issue of the Journal of Forestry highlights a Mississippi State University Extension Service publication series available to anyone interested in the forestry industry.

The national journal is published bimonthly by the Society of American Foresters. Published since 1902, it is the most widely circulated sc...

1/23/2014

Buy Christmas trees early to get best options

Thanks to impressive live Christmas tree sales last year, customers seeking the best Christmas trees may need to buy early this year.

Stephen Dicke, Mississippi State University Extension Service professor, said Christmas tree farms experienced a 15 percent increase in sales in 2012 and expect an additional 7 percent increase in this y...

11/8/2013

MSU forestry professor named a society fellow

A Mississippi State University forestry professor was recently named a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters.

Emily Schultz was honored by the professional forestry organization for her contributions to the society and the forestry profession. Schultz is a professor in the MSU College of Forest Resources and Forest and Wildlife R...

11/4/2013

Trees need site prep for replanting success

Landowners interested in maximizing the value of their investment need to plan for proper site preparation when replanting trees after harvesting timber.

John Kushla, a forestry specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, said this preparation involves manipulating t...

9/25/2013

MSU forestry professor named society fellow

A Mississippi State University forestry professor was recently honored by the Society of American Foresters.

The professional forestry organization named Donald Grebner a fellow for his contributions to the society and the forestry profession.

Grebner is a professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center. His...

7/11/2013

Timber markets provide barometers for economy

Evidence of a healthy national economy may be found in the strength of the timber industry.

Forestry is a billion-dollar industry in Mississippi and the state's second-largest agricultural commodity. A depressed national economy in recent years had negative impacts on housing construction and furniture manufacturing, which hurt the for...

5/24/2013

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