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MSU-developed land conservation tool recognized by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

MSU-developed land conservation tool recognized by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. - A Mississippi State University-developed tool is helping land conservation leaders make informed and effective investments in the Gulf Coast region. Now, the team behind the software is being recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The web-based software uses 26 data sets to help stakeholders determine the best areas along the Gulf Coast for land conservation, based on the environmental and socioeconomic b...


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

MSU natural resource students honored for leadership, academics

MSU natural resource students honored for leadership, academics

The Department of Sustainable Bioproducts at Mississippi State University, as a part of the College of Forest Resources (CFR), recently honored its remarkable students during the annual spring Student Awards Ceremony. The department is the sole nationally accredited educational program in the state aimed at cultivating future leaders in the field of natural resources.

CFR graduates enjoy a high employment rate across the U.S. and Mis...


MSU wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture students honored for leadership, academics

MSU wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture students honored for leadership, academics

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University, under the College of Forest Resources (CFR), recently recognized its exceptional students at the annual spring Student Awards Ceremony. This department is unique in the state, focusing on educating and cultivating future leaders in wildlife and fisheries management.

Graduates from the department go on to vital roles in private companies, nonprofit or...


MSU working to close opportunity gap in state's natural resource sector

MSU working to close opportunity gap in state's natural resource sector

Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources (CFR) is launching a new diversity initiative aimed at breaking down barriers for women and minorities to pursue careers in natural resources. Despite the significant economic impact of the forestry industry and related fields in Mississippi, these groups are significantly underrepresented in the sector.

“There are tremendous career opportunities in natural resour...

6/21/2023

Repelling Water

Repelling Water

NATIVE OF SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA, MADELINE (MADDIE) GNANN has always felt at home in the outdoors. Throughout her childhood, Gnann spent her summers near Little Rock, Arkansas at Ferncliff, an overnight camp that incorporates conservation and sustainable living into everyday activities. These summers helped shape her worldview and eventually drew her to major in sustainable bioproducts at Mississippi State University. “I haven’t alw...


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

MSU department head awarded with Seven Seals Award

MSU department head awarded with Seven Seals Award

The leader of Mississippi State’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture is being honored with the national Seven Seals Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Department Head Andrew Kouba, a Dale Arner Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and director for MSU’s Center for Human-Wildlife Conflicts, has been selected for his “meritorious leadership and initiative in support of the me...


UN Environment Programme picks renowned MSU ecologist for global advisory group

UN Environment Programme picks renowned MSU ecologist for global advisory group

A renowned freshwater ecologist and Mississippi State scientist is lending her expertise to a historic international report, respected as the world’s most comprehensive account of environmental crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

Sandra Correa, assistant professor and researcher in MSU’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, has been invited by the U.N. Environment Programme for members...


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

Thinking Big for Birds

Thinking Big for Birds

OVER 62% OF MISSISSIPPI'S LAND BASE is forested giving the Magnolia State a $13.8 billion dollar forestry and forest products enterprise. While green covers the map, the residents that enjoy the forested landscape are why Forest and Wildlife Research Center scientists are part of the Tombigbee Forest Bird Partnership (TFBP), an effort aimed at celebrating and enhancing avian conservation in the Southeast's working forests. Emily Jo "EJ" Willia...


Forestry Forensics: Using AI to Identify Wood

Forestry Forensics: Using AI to Identify Wood

Many wood items we import from abroad are incorrectly declared on customs forms. Sometimes it's an honest mistake, but other times, items made from illegally cut timber—commonly from tropical regions like the Congo and the Amazon—are deliberately mislabeled and enter the U.S. and other countries in violation of law. Accurate wood identification plays a critical role in maintaining sustainable wood product value chains and adhering ...

5/22/2023

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 scientists, partners awarded grant for amphibian collections care and management

MSU scientists, partners awarded grant for amphibian collections care and management

Polar bears. Giant pandas. Mountain gorillas. In the last several decades, these endangered animals have attracted attention-deservedly so-but what about the smaller, less conspicuous amphibians that are on the brink of extinction? Mississippi State researchers are focused on saving them, too.

Scientists in the MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station are leading a conso...


Timberland investment group founder seeks to increase diversity in natural resources

Timberland investment group founder seeks to increase diversity in natural resources

Positions such as forestry financial analyst, geographical information specialist, environmental manager, wood products mill manager and forest economist may be unfamiliar to female, minority or first-generation college students when considering a college major.

Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources aims to change that with help from Dick Molpus, former secretary of state and longtime advocate for an educated wor...

5/3/2023

MSU partners with state agency to examine turkey hunter experience

MSU partners with state agency to examine turkey hunter experience

For hunters in Mississippi, the call of a wild turkey heralds the official start of spring as much as the emerging daffodils and unmistakable coating of pollen.

With a three-decade trend of declining turkey populations in some regions of the state, an accurate assessment of turkey population is critical to proper management of the birds’ habitats, seasonal hunting regulations and hunt success. State agencies rely h...


Lecture's namesake presents 2023 Carlton Owen Lecture

Lecture's namesake presents 2023 Carlton Owen Lecture

Carlton Owen, former Alumnus of the Year and Alumni Fellow for Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources, presents the 2023 Carlton Owen Lecture next Thursday, April 20. This is the first time for the lecture's namesake to serve as presenter.

Owen will discuss "Life Lessons from the Environmental Edge," at 2 p.m. in Thompson Hall's Tully Auditorium. The event is part of MSU's Earth Week celebration.

Wes Burger, CFR dean...

4/12/2023

MSU faculty selected for national land-grant leadership program

MSU faculty selected for national land-grant leadership program

Three Mississippi State faculty are representing the university in LEAD21, a national program that develops leaders in the fields of agricultural, environmental and human sciences at land-grant institutions.

Beth Baker, associate extension professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture; Jay McCurdy, associate professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences; and Florencia Meyer, associate professor in the De...


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

MSU recognizes exemplary faculty, staff in natural resources

MSU recognizes exemplary faculty, staff in natural resources

Mississippi State faculty and staff in the College of Forest Resources and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center are being honored for excellence in teaching, research and outreach.

"Our greatest asset is our people—faculty and staff who work to train future conservationists, conduct research to enhance and conserve our natural resources and then transfer that knowledge to landowners," Wes Burger, CFR dean and FWRC director, sa...

1/11/2023

Steve Demarais of MSU Deer Lab wins NDA Lifetime Achievement Award

Steve Demarais of MSU Deer Lab wins NDA Lifetime Achievement Award

The National Deer Association is pleased to announce Dr. Steve Demarais from Mississippi State University's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture as the 2022 Joe Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award winner. This award is presented to a person who has dedicated their life and/or career to wildlife management in general, and deer management in particular. The recipient must also have made a significant impact in deer management, deer ...


MSU avian conservation efforts soar with Tombigbee Forest Bird Partnership

MSU avian conservation efforts soar with Tombigbee Forest Bird Partnership

While the U.S. and Canada have lost approximately a quarter of bird life—or 2.9 billion breeding adult birds—since 1970, Mississippi State researchers are finding ways to improve working forests for avian conservation.

Two-thirds of Mississippi, or approximately 19.2 million acres, is forestland. The state's working forests support a $13.8 billion forestry and forest products industry. A new partnership, the Tombigbee Forest ...


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

MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center to lead management of vital coastal forestland

MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center to lead management of vital coastal forestland

A partnership with multiple conservation agencies is positioning Mississippi State University's Forest and Wildlife Research Center to manage and positively impact coastal forestland for teaching, research and conservation of this vital ecosystem.

The 14,000 acres of bottomland hardwood and upland forests—part of the Coastal Headwaters Protection Initiative—are in Harrison County along the Wolf River, which distributes in...

11/11/2022

MSU doctoral student tackles feral swine across the Southeast as USFWS Directorate Fellow

MSU doctoral student tackles feral swine across the Southeast as USFWS Directorate Fellow

A Mississippi State College of Forest Resources graduate student has taken advantage of a recent opportunity to study feral swine as a fellow for a leading conservation agency, and his work has focused on developing a prioritization tool for feral swine control across the Southeast's 108 national wildlife refuges.

Tyler Evans, a wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture doctoral student, was selected as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dir...


MSU graduate student honored with Phi Kappa Phi national Love of Learning Award

MSU graduate student honored with Phi Kappa Phi national Love of Learning Award

A Mississippi State doctoral student in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture is being honored with an award from the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society.

Rebecca Bracken, who soon will defend her dissertation, is one of 200 Phi Kappa Phi members nationally to receive its annual Love of Learning Award, a $500 post-baccalaureate professional development grant. Bracken was first inducted into P...


Our People: Nathan Cowley

Our People: Nathan Cowley

Freshmen entering their first year of college may sometimes feel like a deer caught in headlights. That wasn't the case for Nathan Cowley, who enrolled at Mississippi State with a laser-sharp focus.

Cowley, a rising sophomore wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture major, has always set his sights on ambitious personal and career goals. When deciding on a career path, he knew he wanted to foster his passion for hunting and fishing. When ...


Our People: Molly and Mattie Graham

Our People: Molly and Mattie Graham

Born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, in an ardent Auburn University family, twins Molly and Mattie Graham believed they were destined to be fourth-generation Tiger fans. However, one trip to Mississippi State University was all it took for them to trade their stripes for cowbells.

Growing up with no background or familial influences in forestry, wildlife or animal care, Molly and Mattie found themselves dreaming of becoming veterin...

9/30/2022

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