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Small, introduced beetle is threatening state trees

A beetle that made its presence known in Mississippi this summer is threatening the extinction of redbay trees in the state and could harm the future of traditional Cajun cuisine.

The beetle is the redbay ambrosia beetle, a dark brown insect about half the size of an uncooked grain of rice. It spreads the pathogen that causes Laurel wi...

12/10/2009

Christmas tree recycling develops into new habit

Consumers of a decade ago had few disposal options for real Christmas trees, but today they can be recycled into other natural products.

"Once a tree has been harvested and the Christmas season is over, the trunk and branches can be used as mulch for gardens, parks or in animal stalls," said Michael May, who owns Lazy Acres C...

12/10/2009

Veteran professor named head of MSU forestry

A 24-year-veteran faculty member is the new head of the Mississippi State University’s forestry department.

Andrew Ezell will assume his new duties Dec. 1, leading the only 4-year forestry degree program in the state.

"Dr. Ezell has a wealth of experience in research, Extension and teaching," said George Hoppe...

11/24/2009

Small logging firm receives big honor

Two brothers in the logging business for more than 11 years have proven that high production and multiple crews in the woods are not a prerequisite for standing out among one’s peers.

The Mississippi Forestry Association recently named Terry and Jim Ed Owen of Wiggins as the group’s "Outstanding Logger of the Year&qu...

10/29/2009

MSU student forestry group now 'tops' for a decade

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

The 46-member body recently placed first in the SAF Student Chapter Web site competition and now ranks third overall in the outstanding student chapter category.

The group ...

9/30/2009

NSF funds MSU-led research training with ASU, JSU, Tougaloo

A recent National Science Foundation grant of nearly $452,000 to Mississippi State is supporting a collaborative student research and mentoring program with three other Mississippi institutions.

Led by Erdogan Memili, an assistant professor of animal functional genomics in the university’s animal and dairy science department, the...

9/25/2009

Forestry Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina devastated Mississippi’s forests, causing an estimated $888 million in timber damage. About 80% of this loss occurred in a 10-county area from Hattiesburg to the coast.

An upcoming event will help landowners, foresters, and others learn how to cope with the next big hurricane. "Hurricane Katrina: Impacts ...

9/14/2009

Timber markets offer hope, caution

Mississippi’s timber owners are keeping a close watch on the national housing market with hopes that the worst economic times are behind them.

"Recovery in the U.S. housing market is key to Mississippi’s sawtimber markets, and it appears that the beginnings of a recovery are emerging," said James Henderson, forest...

9/11/2009

State’s forestry industry continues to thrive

Although the economy is sluggish throughout the country, a new study shows Mississippi’s forestry industry is staying strong.

Forestry production ranks second in the state, behind poultry, generating $1.08 billion in revenue in 2008 and providing $17.37 billion to the state’s bottom line. A recent Mississippi State Univers...

9/10/2009

U.S. forest managers embrace ’green living‘

What can be "greener" than Mississippi forests? Find the answer when Mississippi forests and their products are managed with all of the environment’s best interests in mind.

Glenn Hughes, Extension forestry professor at Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources, said a growing number of wood produ...

8/28/2009

New MSU-NSF effort seeks to better understand tree reproduction

A Mississippi State forestry faculty member is receiving $500,000 from the National Science Foundation to gain a better understanding of how trees initiate sexual reproduction.

Assistant professor Cetin Yuceer of the university’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center is being honored with a 2009 NSF Early Career Development Award. ...

8/27/2009

Carbon credits for trees can offer extra income

Mississippians with timberland in production are looking at carbon as a new source of income, and they are learning to manage their land for the most profit while participating in efforts to lower greenhouse gas levels.

Carbon dioxide, or CO2, often called simply carbon, is one of several chemical compounds known today as gr...

7/30/2009

Cropping method holds potential for cattle, trees

It is common in Mississippi to see cattle grazing in pastures surrounded by trees, but researchers at Mississippi State University are looking into the feasibility of bringing it all into one field.

The goal of silvopasture systems is to use space and the growing season more effectively by combining trees or shrubs with forage and live...

7/16/2009

Climate change legislation workshop set for July

Carbon trading has been around for about a decade, but with the increasing global concern regarding climate change, it is receiving even more attention.

Forest landowners have the potential to generate additional income by using their forest for carbon sequestration, a method providing long-term storage of carbon dioxide.

A J...

6/18/2009

Interconnections = stability for state, national forest industry

As links in a chain provide support and stability, so can "business clusters" for the forest products industry, according to a new report by Mississippi State's Forest and Wildlife Research Center.

A cluster is a group of businesses and institutions in close proximity whose products or services are interconnected through valu...

6/11/2009

Coast replant efforts hope for quick impact

It took less than 24 hours for Hurricane Katrina to destroy nearly 1.3 million trees in South Mississippi landscapes, and those trying to replant are hoping to restore the tree-filled skyline as quickly as possible.

The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain and the Sun Herald joined forces in February 2006 to create the Replant So...

5/21/2009

Continuing ed classes for logging industry

Logging professionals throughout Mississippi have opportunities to take required core classes or earn continuing education credits and maintain their expertise.

To earn "trained" status, loggers must complete core classes in four educational areas. These classes cover the sustainable forestry initiative, logging and transport...

3/26/2009

Mapping habitats helps tortoise species

Intensive commercial forestry and urban development are threatening natural habitats and have put the gopher tortoise on the federally threatened species list for Alabama, Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana.

"The gopher tortoise lives in natural longleaf pine forests of the coastal plains," said Jeanne Jones, wildlife an...

3/12/2009

MSU student forestry group maintains high ranking

Mississippi State continues as the home of a top Society of American Foresters student chapter.

The 47-member university organization recently placed first nationally in the 2007-08 Web site competition and third place overall among outstanding campus chapters.

The group has been atop the overall chapter rankings for the pa...

1/20/2009

Pulpwood prices salvage 2008 timber crop value

The continuing decline in housing construction was supposed to decrease the value of Mississippi's timber harvest for the third consecutive year, but an increase in pulpwood demand kept that from happening.

Although the final value of the 2008 timber crop will not be available until February 2009, a preliminary December estimate indic...

12/18/2008

Scientists discover bacteria aiding Southern pine beetles

Researchers may have found the secret to controlling a tiny insect that robs Mississippi landowners of an estimated 12 million cubic feet of pine forest each year.

Though only an eighth of an inch long, the Southern pine beetle is a big pest and difficult to contain.

Scientists at Mississippi State University's Forest and Wildli...

10/6/2008

Students use new tools to learn timber framing craft

Mississippi State University forestry students are combining the modern technology of computer laptops and flash drives with traditional saws, mallets and squares to learn the time-honored craft of timber framing.

Students who took the "Wood in Design and Engineering" course offered this spring experienced a hands-on laboratory in thi...

9/25/2008

MSU forestry, forest products programs reaccredited

The Society of American Foresters is reaccrediting Mississippi State's academic program in forestry through 2017.

The university major includes five bachelor-degree options: environmental conservation, forest management, forest products, urban forestry, and wildlife management.

SAF is recognized by the Council on Post-secon...

8/15/2008

Nation's economy works against timber industry

The mortgage crisis and high fuel costs are working against timber markets in 2008.

James Henderson, assistant forestry professor with Mississippi State University's Extension Service, said prices for pine pulpwood were increasing early in the year, but higher fuel costs are pressing midyear prices downward, and pine sawtimber prices h...

7/18/2008

Hunting leases help fund K-12 education

The 600,000 acres of 16th section land located in 67 Mississippi counties generate more than $45 million each year and supplement a budget of more than $2 billion for K-12 education.

Mississippi map Sixteenth section land is public acreage set aside when the state was first surveyed to help fund education and other programs. The 15 cou...

6/9/2008

Pulpwood offers hope despite timber market

Overall demand for wood products is down, but one segment of the industry is experiencing stronger demand.

Pulpwood prices are expected to reach, and possibly exceed, $10 a ton during the first half of 2008, which is almost double their level last summer, said Mississippi State University Extension Service forestry economist James Hend...

3/28/2008

MSU prof, valuation expert named international forestry fellow

Ian A. Munn of Mississippi State is a new fellow of the Society of American Foresters.

A professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, he is being honored by the international organization for contributions to the society and forestry profession.

"Dr. Munn is considered an expert on forest resource econ...

1/18/2008

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 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

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