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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

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

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