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$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

MSU forestry graduate brings home national award

MSU forestry graduate brings home national award

A national organization is honoring a recent Mississippi State forestry graduate as an exemplary student leader.

The Society of American Foresters has named Samantha "Sam" Seamon of Prattville, Alabama, the winner of this year's Student Leadership Award. The honor is given for embodying leadership and positive growth within both the forestry industry and the organization.

The spring summa cum laude graduate is continuing he...

10/21/2020

MSU Extension associate honored as new fellow of national forestry society

MSU Extension associate honored as new fellow of national forestry society

A prominent national forestry organization is recognizing a Mississippi State Extension Service staff member with a prestigious honor.

Senior Extension Associate Marcus Measells is one of only 17 honorees nationwide recently named a fellow of the Society of American Foresters. One of the organization's highest accolades, fellows are honored for their extensive and long-standing dedication to the advancement of the forestry industry at ...

10/14/2020

Bulldog Roots Run Deep

Bulldog Roots Run Deep

At thirteen, selling drinks up and down the stands of Davis Wade Stadium, a seed was planted in Jonathan Stoll. Now, years later, Stoll has returned to Mississippi State to reap the harvest as forest supervisor.

Stoll, a 2013 forestry graduate from the outskirts of Starkville, was hired to the position in July of 2019, after having worked as a consulting forester in Louisiana before returning to Mississippi to work for a timber company...

9/18/2020

How much carbon do U.S. forests capture?

How much carbon do U.S. forests capture?

Roughly one third of the land area of the United States is made up of forested land. That's estimated at over 800 million acres of forests. Trees remove CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. This carbon is stored in the roots and trunk, making forests a globally important carbon storage system. A single tree can sequester about 88 pounds of carbon per year; so just how much carbon does the entire U.S. capture? A scientist ...

8/24/2020

MSU named Tree Campus USA for seventh consecutive year

MSU named Tree Campus USA for seventh consecutive year

On World Environment Day [June 5], Mississippi State is being recognized for the seventh consecutive year as a Tree Campus USA, an Arbor Day Foundation distinction.

MSU currently is the only university in the Magnolia State with this honor that recognizes commitment to the value and maintenance of trees.

The distinction requires that MSU have a campus tree advisory committee, plan for tree maintenance, allotted maintenance ...

6/5/2020

MSU celebrates Arbor Day with annual campus tree planting

MSU celebrates Arbor Day with annual campus tree planting

Mississippi State faculty, staff and students commemorated Arbor Day on Friday [Feb. 7] by planting trees along Hail State Boulevard.

The eighth annual event took place a week prior to Mississippi's Arbor Day observance, which occurs the second Friday in February. Nationally, Arbor Day is in April, but southern states celebrate earlier to ensure a better survival rate for newly planted trees.

Seedlings planted include loblo...

2/10/2020

MSU forestry students again garner national accolade

MSU forestry students again garner national accolade

Mississippi State's student chapter of the Society of American Foresters again is claiming a top honor in the national Outstanding Student Chapter competition, a feat accomplished by the organization for more than two decades.

This year, the MSU organization is being recognized as the first-place chapter with officers of the 26-member group recently traveling to Louisville, Kentucky, to accept the honor at the annual SAF convention.<...

11/18/2019

Hardwoods Ablaze: FWRC research finds prescribed fire is good for upland oaks

Hardwoods Ablaze: FWRC research finds prescribed fire is good for upland oaks

When we think of wildfires, images of acres of upland forests ablaze out West may come to mind, however, fires happen each year at home in Mississippi. In 2017, there were 2,318 wildfires which threatened 4,441 structures and burned 33,574 acres across the Magnolia State. But prescribed fires, which are intentionally set under relatively controlled conditions to achieve specific forest management objectives, also burned another 38,826 acres.

10/9/2019

Best of Both Worlds

Best of Both Worlds

Forestry is a $12.79 billion industry in Mississippi. Approximately 125,000 Mississippians own and manage more than 19.7 million acres of forestland across the state. Fishing, hunting, and wildlife watching also contribute to the economy of the Magnolia State, boasting a $2.7 billion annual economic impact for Mississippi, with hunting alone contributing $1.14 billion. That's why Forest and Wildlife Research Center researchers sought to learn ...

9/10/2019

Grebner named MSU forestry department head

Grebner named MSU forestry department head

A 21-year Mississippi State veteran is the new head of the university's Department of Forestry.

Donald L. Grebner, George L. Switzer Professor of Forestry, begins his role on July 1 in the department that operates within the College of Forest Resources. A forest economist with a research focus in natural resources and forest management, Grebner is a certified forester in the Society of American Foresters and a registered forester in ...

6/14/2019

Arbor Day Foundation honors MSU's conservation spirit with Tree Campus USA designation

Arbor Day Foundation honors MSU's conservation spirit with Tree Campus USA designation

For the sixth consecutive year, Mississippi State University is being recognized for its sustained commitment to environmental stewardship with the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA designation.

To achieve this distinction, MSU met five core standards for an effective campus forest management plan, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for a campu...

5/22/2019

MSU professor named James R. Moreton Fellow in Forestry

MSU professor named James R. Moreton Fellow in Forestry

A forestry professor has earned a prestigious fellowship in Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources.

Professor Robert Grala has been named the Department of Forestry's first James R. Moreton Endowed Fellow. Professor Dan Seale earned the inaugural accolade in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts last year.

The James R. Moreton Fellow in Forestry was established in 2012 through a gift from James Regin...

12/11/2018

Seamon selected first RMS forestry scholar at MSU

Seamon selected first RMS forestry scholar at MSU

Resource Management Service LLC, one of the world's leading managers of forest investments for institutional investors, is promoting both the forestry profession and the South's forestry industry through the creation of the RMS Forestry Scholarship at Mississippi State. Samantha Seamon, a junior forestry major from Prattville, Alabama, is the inaugural recipient of the $10,000 RMS award.

"Forestry is an important profession, one that...

11/12/2018

MSU forestry students lead as outstanding chapter 20 years running

MSU forestry students lead as outstanding chapter 20 years running

The student chapter of the Society of American Foresters at Mississippi State University is first once again in the annual SAF Outstanding Student Chapter national competition for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Robert K. Grala, a forestry professor in College of Forest Resources, who has been the chapter's faculty advisor for more than a decade, said the 20-year legacy of placing first, second or third in the competition demonstrates t...

11/6/2018

MSU senior earns competitive arboriculture, urban forestry scholarship

MSU senior earns competitive arboriculture, urban forestry scholarship

A senior forestry major in MSU's College of Forest Resources has received a competitive scholarship from an international nonprofit focused on advancing research and education in arboriculture and urban forestry.

Katrina Henn is one of three recipients of the $5,000 Robert Felix Memorial Scholarship, supporting college students studying arboriculture and urban forestry with the intention of entering the profession. The scholarship wa...

9/21/2018

Keeping fuel loads low reduces wildfires

Keeping fuel loads low reduces wildfires

March is a good time for landowners to take steps to prevent wildfires, not only because it is Wildfire Prevention Month, but also because more fires occur this month.

Heather Alexander, an assistant professor in the Mississippi State University Forest and Wildlife Research Center, said March sees more wildfires than summer months because it is a time of transition between winter and spring.

"At this time of year, winds are...

3/2/2018

MSU plants 400 trees in Arbor Day celebration

MSU plants 400 trees in Arbor Day celebration

Mississippi State faculty, staff and students planted 400 trees today [Feb. 21] in observance of Arbor Day.

Students from the MSU Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, Waldorf Endowed Scholarship recipients and campus facilities management personnel participated in the tree planting.

Trees native to bottomland hardwood forests were planted in an area along Hail State Boulevard. Northern red oak, yellow popla...

2/21/2018

MSU students, faculty plan Feb. 21 Arbor Day observance

MSU students, faculty plan Feb. 21 Arbor Day observance

Mississippi State will celebrate Arbor Day with a Feb. 21 planting ceremony and program focused on the many benefits trees provide.

Open to all, the annual observance has been coordinated since 2012 by the university's Tree Campus USA Advisory Committee.

This year's event begins at 10:30 a.m. just east of the Mississippi Horse Park; specifically, near the southernmost bridge on Hail State Boulevard and close to the Poor Hou...

2/12/2018

Choose native trees for storm resistance

Choose native trees for storm resistance

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are devastating reminders that storms take a terrible toll on landscapes and proof that some trees hold up better than others.

Mississippi landscapes must withstand flooding, hot summers, seasonal drought, ice storms, winters that can dip to single digits, a humid and subtropical climate, and high winds from hurricanes and tornadoes.

John Kushla, a forestry professor with the Mississippi State Uni...

9/12/2017

MSU celebrates Tree Campus USA designation with annual Arbor Day tree planting

MSU celebrates Tree Campus USA designation with annual Arbor Day tree planting

Mississippi State faculty, students, staff and local community members observed MSU's annual Arbor Day Celebration Friday [Feb. 10] with a program and tree-planting ceremony.

George Hopper, dean of the College of Forest Resources, said the event symbolized the university's commitment to serve as an environmental steward.

"Mississippi forests cover nearly 20 million acres. Trees improve the quality of life for our citizens a...

2/10/2017

MSU names new head for coastal center

MSU names new head for coastal center

James E. Henderson has been selected head of the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center.

When Henderson assumes his new role on Feb. 1, he will oversee the daily operations of the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station in the southeastern region.

"Dr. James Henderson will be an asset to the southeast region," said Gary Jackson, director of the MSU Extension ...

1/27/2017

MSU forestry student group again places first nationally

MSU forestry student group again places first nationally

Student members of the Society of American Foresters at Mississippi State again are tops among their U.S. peers.

As in 2011, the university SAF chapter has been awarded first-place honors.

Also, the 30-plus member group is included for the 18th consecutive year among the top three of nearly 40 student chapters located from Virginia to California and Maine to Arizona.

The first-place honor is based on accomplishmen...

11/14/2016

Longest-running, live, in-wood equipment show set for Aug. 26-27

Longest-running, live, in-wood equipment show set for Aug. 26-27

The newest technology and machinery used to advance the South's timber industry will be demonstrated August 26-27 at the Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Held at the John W. Starr Memorial Forest off Highway 25 south of Starkville, the show is sponsored by Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources, Hatton-Brown Publishers Inc., the...

8/5/2016

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

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