CFR News Forestry Stories


MSU's Granger receives national PKP service award

MSU's Granger receives national PKP service award

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State faculty member is being recognized by the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society for his exceptional dedication to service.

Joshua Granger, assistant professor in the College of Forest Resources, is the national selection for the Phi Kappa Phi Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award for 2024-2026. The honor is given to a member who represents the society'...

6/4/2024

National Alliance of Forest Owners executive presents 2024 Carlton Owen Lecture

National Alliance of Forest Owners executive presents 2024 Carlton Owen Lecture

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The chief strategy officer for the National Alliance of Forest Owners presents the 2024 Carlton Owen Lecture, an annual event presented by Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources held in anticipation of Earth Week.

Kate Gatto will lead the April 16 public program "It's Not Easy Being Green: Forestry as a Bipartisan Solution" at 2 p.m. in Tully Auditorium, Thompson Hall.

"Forestry is one of the un...

4/15/2024

Pest Prediction

Pest Prediction

Invasive, like the emerald ash borer and the redbay ambrosia beetle, wreak havoc on native ecosystems, kill hundreds of millions of trees, and cost hundreds of millions of dollars per year in lost revenue, management costs, and loss of ecosystem services in North America. A FWRC scientist sees these insects as a cautionary tale as she seeks to rewrite the story. Dr. Ashley Schulz, assistant forestry professor, is part of a team working to pred...

7/14/2023

Mississippi State forestry students honored for leadership, academics

Mississippi State forestry students honored for leadership, academics

The Department of Forestry at Mississippi State, part of the College of Forest Resources (CFR), recently held its annual Student Awards Ceremony, recognizing exceptional undergraduate and graduate students for their academic excellence. The department is part of the only nationally accredited program in the state for educating future leaders in natural resources, a field providing nearly 70,000 jobs and contributing $13.12 billion to Mississip...

6/23/2023

Seeing the Forest For the Trees

Seeing the Forest For the Trees

MISSISSIPPI HAS 19.2 MILLION ACRES of forestland, which accounts for 62% of the state's total land area. Nonindustrial private forest landowners own nearly three-quarters of all the forestland in Mississippi, about 70%. Like government and industry owned land, private forestland provides fresh water, habitats for fish and wildlife, recreational opportunities, and wood products. However, frequent resale activity for immediate profit can potenti...

6/13/2023

NASA, MSU's Yang study natural resources satellite data to address water insecurity

NASA, MSU's Yang study natural resources satellite data to address water insecurity

The federal agency in charge of the nation’s space program is receiving assistance from a Mississippi State assistant forestry professor in addressing water security by monitoring, understanding and managing natural resources through satellite data.

Yun Yang, also an MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center scientist, is part of a national consortium of more than 30 members and partners contributing to the NASA Acres project. Th...

5/31/2023

Growing toward success

Growing toward success

From Kerrville, Texas, Lucas Evanko, lived in many places before the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University became his home-away-from-home.

As a nontraditional undergraduate student, Evanko returned to school to earn his associate and bachelor's degrees, while considering pursuing a master's, after working close to ten years since enrolled as a student.

"I had no intention of attending a four-year program,...

5/15/2023

MSU leads cooperative effort to create CWD video series

MSU leads cooperative effort to create CWD video series

Mississippi State scientists have teamed with state and federal agencies and other universities to shed light on chronic wasting disease, a complicated infection that has spread through U.S. and Canadian deer populations for 60 years, through a series of animated videos.

CWD is a highly contagious and incurable illness affecting deer of all ages and states of health. First discovered in Colorado, it has spread to 30 states and four ...

2/20/2023

MSU celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting at Child Development Center

MSU celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting at Child Development Center

Preschool children got their hands dirty planting trees and learning about the environment and conservation at Mississippi State's Arbor Day celebration today [Feb. 10] at the MSU Child Development and Family Studies Center.

Led by MSU faculty, staff and students, the Arbor Day celebration emphasizes the importance of trees to improve soil, air and water quality; provide habitat for wildlife; and absorb carbon dioxide.

Miss...

2/10/2023

Collaboration by MSU associate dean, professor produce second-edition, seminal forest resource economics textbook

Collaboration by MSU associate dean, professor produce second-edition, seminal forest resource economics textbook

A Mississippi State administrator and a faculty member in the College of Forest Resources are celebrating the January release of a co-authored, newly revised second edition of a recognized and well-utilized forest economics textbook.

MSU authors Steven Bullard and Stephen C. Grado partnered with Mississippi Development Authority’s Marcus Measells and Clemson University’s Thomas Straka to update and modernize W. David Kle...

2/3/2023

Tree canopies provide more than shade for homeowners

Tree canopies provide more than shade for homeowners

Mississippi State forest economists find that tree canopies provide "a little green" for big city and small-town residents alike.

Professors Donald Grebner and Stephen Grado in the MSU Department of Forestry have found the global trend of tree canopies increasing home prices in urban areas also holds true in smaller communities. The team—which includes Eric Bridges, a doctoral student and former city forester for Lakeland, Tennesse...

11/14/2022

Break the Bottleneck: From forest floor to mill door, FWRC researchers keep wood moving

Break the Bottleneck: From forest floor to mill door, FWRC researchers keep wood moving

When the I-40 bridge closure severed a main transportation artery through Memphis in May 2021, the Arkansas Trucking Association estimated a daily loss of $2.4 million for the state's trucking industry. While Mississippi bridges aren't making national headlines, they do cause headaches for the logging industry. Approximately 226 of Mississippi's bridges are closed because of structural decline. Many more have reduced weight limits. FWRC resea...

9/8/2022

MSU forestry students accepted into national diversity scholarship program

MSU forestry students accepted into national diversity scholarship program

Two Mississippi State graduate students have been accepted into the Society of American Foresters Diversity Scholar Program.

Damilola Taiwo and Segun Adeyemo, both forestry graduate students in MSU's College of Forest Resources, have been accepted into the competitive program operated by the national organization that advances sustainable forest management, oversees accreditation of forestry programs and certifies professional forest...

8/5/2022

Carbon Sink

Carbon Sink

Nearly two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions are from carbon dioxide according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the U.S., that number jumps to 80 percent. Trees store or sequester carbon, which reduces the amount that is released in the atmosphere. According to the U.S. Forest Service, America's forests sequester 866 million tons of carbon a year, which is roughly 16% of the U.S. annual emissions. As one o...

7/12/2022

Mississippi State's Phi Kappa Phi receives national Service Project Award

Mississippi State's Phi Kappa Phi receives national Service Project Award

Mississippi State's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is being recognized with the organization's national Service Project Award for fall 2021 work in building a garden of native woody and herbaceous plants around Thompson Hall.

The annual Fall Service Project is a national event hosted by the PKP Council of Students in which each chapter addresses specific needs in its respective community.

MSU's chapter of PKP is the Division I aw...

4/12/2022

Man of the people, Man of the State

Man of the people, Man of the State

Despite honoring his roots and settling down in the small central Mississippi town of De Kalb, Orlando Ellerby's job can take him from Pascagoula to Southaven any given day, and that's why he loves it.

Ellerby, a 2002 forestry graduate, serves three important roles with the Mississippi Forestry Commission, two of which hold statewide responsibilities. The common thread among all of them, however, is that they allow Ellerby the opportun...

2/16/2022

MSU Society of American Foresters again awarded Outstanding Student Chapter

MSU Society of American Foresters again awarded Outstanding Student Chapter

For the fourth consecutive year, Mississippi State's chapter of the Society of American Foresters is being recognized as the top student group in the nation.

The Society of American Foresters is a national professional organization that evaluates student chapter excellence based on partnership with natural resource organizations, public relations outreach, community involvement and service to the organization, its members and their u...

2/15/2022

Protecting  a canopy as old as the nation

Protecting a canopy as old as the nation

A study abroad got Rachel Habig-Myers thinking about urban forestry.

The Russellville, Alabama native and MSU forestry grad was part of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, which brought her to Rottenburg-am-Necker, Germany to study forestry for a year.

"The scale of properties, and the biomes in our urban landscape around the Washington D.C. area are similar to my experience in Germany, where they've actively maintained thei...

2/2/2022

MSU professor wins USDA grant to examine economic questions surrounding conservation easements

MSU professor wins USDA grant to examine economic questions surrounding conservation easements

Understanding how land use limitations imposed by conservation easements impact landowners and the public is the topic of new research by a Mississippi State professor in the College of Forest Resources.

George L. Switzer Professor of Forestry Changyou "Edwin" Sun is receiving a $600,000 grant award from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, the USDA's leading competitive grants program for agricultural science.

Sun...

11/18/2021

Forestry Fair Trade

Forestry Fair Trade

Thanks to the ever-increasing availability of information through technological connectivity, the globalization of industry was all but guaranteed. Still, as countries advance their political and economic power at varying speeds, some nations become particularly vulnerable to malicious international trade practices such as dumping and subsidies. To counteract these unfair practices, oftentimes, temporary trade barriers, otherwise known as TTBs...

8/3/2021

MSU creates precision tool to improve forest management

MSU creates precision tool to improve forest management

An assistant research professor in Mississippi State's Department of Forestry is leading a collaborative team in creating a precision tool to help increase profits for timber producers and wood-mill consumers.

Bruno da Silva, also a scientist in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, is studying timber supply modeling as part of a $100,000 grant awarded by International Paper, one of the world's leading producers of fiber-...

7/21/2021

Ash's Fight for Life: Preparing for Emerald Ash Borer's Invasion

Ash's Fight for Life: Preparing for Emerald Ash Borer's Invasion

Trees are all around us, giving off oxygen, storing carbon, and giving life and shelter to wildlife. But what would a world without trees look like? Species like the American chestnut and elm have nearly disappeared due to the introduction of invasive pests and fungus. Ash species find themselves in a similar position with the emerald ash borer. That's why researchers are finding ways to aid in control of the insect and plan for long-term rest...

7/2/2021

MSU student receives scholarship from consulting foresters' association

MSU student receives scholarship from consulting foresters' association

Mississippi State's long-time partnership with a national consulting foresters group has funded a student's path toward a forestry degree.

Jared Mathis, a junior forestry major from Brookhaven, was this year's recipient of an annual scholarship awarded by the Mississippi Chapter of the Association of Consulting Foresters, or ACF.

The transfer student earned an associate degree from Copiah-Lincoln Community College, where he made ...

6/14/2021

MSU student forestry organization again honored as leading national chapter

MSU student forestry organization again honored as leading national chapter

For the third year in a row, Mississippi State's student chapter of the Society of American Foresters is the top chapter in the nation.

The Outstanding Student Chapter award honors the best three SAF student chapters, as well as their faculty advisor. MSU has been recognized in first-place nine times in the last 25 years and has placed in the top three consecutively for more than two decades.

Adam Lindsey of Purvis, a seni...

3/1/2021

MSU celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting on Drill Field

MSU celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting on Drill Field

Mississippi State faculty, staff and students celebrated Arbor Day today [Feb. 12] by planting trees on the MSU Drill Field.

Nationally celebrated in April, Mississippi's Arbor Day observance occurs on the second Friday in February, similar to other southern states that adjust the holiday in the warmer climate to ensure better survival of newly planted trees.

According to the MSU Extension Service, forestry and forest produ...

2/12/2021

Can trees aid in nutrient management in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley?

Can trees aid in nutrient management in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley?

A first-generation forester from Myanmar is trying to help improve water quality in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley.

The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley, or LMAV, consists of 25 million acres spanning seven states. This floodplain is responsible for draining 40 percent of the contingent United States. The LMAV is home to forested and wetland habitat critical to native and migrating wildlife and birds. The area is also home t...

2/8/2021

The changing tide of trade

The changing tide of trade

As the global forest products industry shifts over time, how can stakeholders better understand emerging trends? A scientist in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center has made it his life's work assessing the international trade of forest products and communicating vital insight to the industry's stakeholders.

Dr. Changyou Sun has studied the forest products industry for more than 20 years. In that span of time, globalization has shif...

2/1/2021

Growing old forests

Growing old forests

Plantation pine trees cover over 37 million acres in the Southeastern U.S. These timber resources provide wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, recreation, and other environmental benefts. Importantly, for landowners, these resources provide revenue.

Conventional rotation or optimal harvest age in loblolly pine plantations is typically 30 to 33 years. Other species such as longleaf pine have much longer optimal rotation ages. However, ...

1/15/2021

$2.5 million DOE grant to help MSU researchers measure benefits of growing trees for biofuel

$2.5 million DOE grant to help MSU researchers measure benefits of growing trees for biofuel

A $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will benefit Mississippi State researchers in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center studying the economic and ecological benefits of growing trees for biofuel production.

The DOE funding will help MSU scientists study how to produce better, hardier hybrid poplars and eastern cottonwoods harvested for biomass energy. The team also will quantify the ecosystem servic...

11/19/2020

Our People: Changyou

Our People: Changyou "Edwin" Sun

For Changyou "Edwin" Sun, a passion for forest economics grew out of his desire to help the community as a whole.

Sun grew up in a small village in China's Hunan Province, surrounded by mountains and forests where his parents still own some forestland.

"I grew up in a community where forestry was crucial," Sun said. "The most exciting aspect of my job is that natural resources are valuable assets to society as a whole, so w...

11/2/2020

Displaying 1 - 30 of 214 Stories