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Deer antlers may hold health secrets

Deer antlers may hold health secrets

Each spring the woods are littered with antlers as deer shed their old racks to make way for new sets, and these "sheds" may reveal hidden health problems in the bucks that drop them.

To learn more about these lucky finds, many people bring shed antlers to the Mississippi State University Deer Lab, which specializes in deer biology and antler formation.

Steve Demarais, a wildlife biologist in the MSU Forest and Wildlife Res...


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

Wildlife event will include Wood Magic

Wildlife event will include Wood Magic

South Mississippi students will learn details about daily wood use when they visit the Mississippi State University Wood Magic Science Fair on March 31.

MSU Wood Magic will be an attraction at the Crosby Arboretumís Wildlife Day, a one-day event that draws 200 to 300 participants annually.

Students from kindergarten to the eighth grade will learn all about the significance of wood in their lives. Teachers will receive resou...

3/24/2016

MSU Bass Fishing Club ranked No. 1 in Cabela's School of the Year race

MSU Bass Fishing Club ranked No. 1 in Cabela's School of the Year race

Mississippi State's Bass Fishing Club currently is ranked No. 1 nationally in the race for Cabela's School of the Year title.

Under the leadership of president Jeff Roman Clayton IV, a junior forestry/wildlife management major from Theodore, Alabama, the team has a commanding 20-point lead in The Association of Collegiate Anglers-sponsored competition. It is followed by teams from the University of Alabama and Bethel University.

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3/22/2016

MDA head touts Mississippi as economic leader

MDA head touts Mississippi as economic leader

Mississippi is winning.

That's how Glenn McCullough, executive director for the Mississippi Development Authority, characterized the state's recent economic development strides in a keynote address for the sixth annual Manufacturing Summit, which Mississippi State University's Franklin Furniture Institute hosted Wednesday [March 16].

Touting Mississippi's top 10 national ranking in manufacturing, specifically its footprint ...

3/16/2016

BioBlitz dates set for Jackson, Tupelo

BioBlitz dates set for Jackson, Tupelo

Teachers, students and community members are invited to learn about biological diversity and take part in naturalist activities at BioBlitz events in Jackson and Tupelo.

Participants will partner with biologists to track down and identify as many local trees, plants, insects, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds as possible. Individuals can help scientists by recording species they see on the free app, iNaturalist.

The M...


Landowners can diversify income from natural resources

Landowners can diversify income from natural resources

A May 4 workshop in Lexington, Mississippi, will help landowners, farmers and timber producers branch out and earn extra income from natural resources on their property.

"Landowners and farmers can seek new and innovative ways to earn extra money," said Daryl Jones, Mississippi State University Extension Service professor and Natural Resource Enterprises coordinator. "These workshops are designed for landowners interested in learning a...


MSU researcher helps evaluate protected areas system in Costa Rica

MSU researcher helps evaluate protected areas system in Costa Rica

At twenty-six percent, Costa Rica has one of the largest percentages of land designated for ecological protection in the world. This protected areas system is one of the most extensive in Latin America, and is globally considered a management success.

However, the effectiveness of this system for representing Costa Rica's biodiversity and protecting species has not been thoroughly investigated.

Jerry Belant, professor and rese...


McCullough to headline annual manufacturing summit

McCullough to headline annual manufacturing summit

The Mississippi Development Authority's executive director will be featured speaker March 16 for the sixth annual Manufacturing Summit at Mississippi State.

Glenn McCullough Jr. was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant last year to head the state's lead agency for economic and community development. An agricultural economics graduate of the university, he is a Tupelo native and former mayor of Northeast Mississippi's largest city.

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2/26/2016

Four summer conservation camps offer learning, fun

Four summer conservation camps offer learning, fun

Mississippi State University will host four conservation camps in June to promote interest in careers and activities in the outdoors.

The camps are offered by the MSU Extension Service and the MSU College of Forest Resources' Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Conservation Camp: Natural Sciences Edition will be June 5-8 and is open to rising ninth-graders through 2016 graduates. This camp features hands-on a...


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

Scholarship established in memory of late MSU professor, spouse

Scholarship established in memory of late MSU professor, spouse

A new scholarship in the Mississippi State University College of Forest Resources has been established by the family of MSU alumni Carroll and Gwen Perkins in memory of the lives and careers of the late couple.

A native of Leesville, Louisiana, Carroll Perkins earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Louisiana State University and led a successful career that included periods with International Paper Company as a wildlife...

12/16/2015

MSU, Shandong Agricultural University in China sign MOA

MSU, Shandong Agricultural University in China sign MOA

Mississippi State University and Shandong Agricultural University signed a Memorandum of Agreement today [Dec. 1] to offer a dual degree program in forestry.

The agreement will allow both institutions to enhance the educational experiences of students.

Participants will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from MSU's College of Forest Resources and a Bachelor of Agriculture degree from SDAU. Students at the C...

12/1/2015

MSU forestry student group maintains high national ranking

MSU forestry student group maintains high national ranking

The Society of American Foresters again is recognizing its Mississippi State student chapter as one of the nation's best.

The land-grant university group recently took second place in SAF's 2015 outstanding student chapter competition. This latest award represents the 17th consecutive year in which the MSU group has placed among the top three finalists.

Founded in 1909, the Bethesda, Maryland-based non-profit organization i...

11/3/2015

Staff Member Honored as Hometown Hero

Staff Member Honored as Hometown Hero

FWRC staff member, Lisa McReynolds (pictured with her award), along with Carol Moss Read and Ruth de la Cruz were awarded the "Hometown Hero" award on September 29, 2015 presented by Barbara Coats, FIC, of the Modern Woodmen of America chapter of Starkville, Mississippi.

To qualify as a recipient of this award, a member of the chapter or community nominates someone to show appreciation for their work in the community. The chapte...

10/29/2015

MSU researchers test lumber quality, strength

MSU researchers test lumber quality, strength

When he walks into a hardware store and starts looking at lumber, he could be your average do-it-yourselfer, ready to start a project.

But Dan Seale, a sustainable bioproducts professor in the Mississippi State University Forest and Wildlife Research Center, is no ordinary weekend warrior building a little something for the house.

Seale is on a cross-country mission, looking for lumber from the Southern pine region cut from dozen...

10/28/2015

MSU Alumni Association announces 2015 fellows

MSU Alumni Association announces 2015 fellows

Residents of the Magnolia State, as well as Georgia and Ohio, make up Mississippi State 2015 class of Alumni Fellows.

Representing each of the university's academic colleges, the nine individuals honored for distinguished service and achievements in their professional careers return to campus Thursday [Oct. 22] to spend three days with students, faculty and staff members.

Established more than a quarter-century ago, the MSU...

10/21/2015

Campus inaugurates tree trail at Friday event

Campus inaugurates tree trail at Friday event

As part of the 2015 National NeighborWoods® Month observation, Mississippi State is establishing a Campus Tree Trail to help showcase its vast campus landscaping efforts.

During a 3:30 p.m. Friday [Oct. 23] program open to all at the Junction's far west end, university officials formally will announce the new tree identification trail, including a virtual trail to be published on the MSU website. The location is the site of the M...

10/20/2015

Shmulsky furthers timber research to fuel discovery

Shmulsky furthers timber research to fuel discovery

Dr. Rubin Shmulsky greatly enjoys his job leading the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University. Every day he has an opportunity to appreciate the role of trees as one of nature's greatest gifts, and to wisely utilize that gift for societal benefits.

Professor Shmulsky and his colleagues are taking timber research to a new level and positively impacting the world's ...

10/9/2015

Deer app shares MSU expertise with hunters

Deer app shares MSU expertise with hunters

Hunters can go into the woods armed with the knowledge of Mississippi State University deer experts, thanks to a newly updated MSU phone app called "Deer Hunt."

Developed by the MSU Deer Lab and MSU Extension Service, Deer Hunt enables hunters and wildlife managers to use mobile technology to easily collect critical deer observation information.

It allows hunting club members to record observations and harvest data to share wi...


MSU research facility changes to meet needs

MSU research facility changes to meet needs

Mississippi State University's Coastal Plain Branch Experiment Station is completing a transformation from the state's premier dairy research facility to a site that focuses on land management.

"When dairies began to close in the early 2000s as a result of the economic landscape, we took a look at what clients in the area could benefit from," said Adam Rohnke, a wildlife biologist with the MSU Extension Service. "We knew the best opt...


MSU scientists boost recreational fishing industry

MSU scientists boost recreational fishing industry

Nature offers a narrow and unpredictable window for breeding fish, and Mississippi State University scientists are studying ways to help hatcheries stock the state's lakes.

What if conditions could be controlled within hatcheries so the intense seasonal workload could be dispersed over time? This ability would be especially beneficial for the popular black, white, and hybrid triploid Magnolia crappie.

In collaboration wit...


Forestry industry rebounds in Katrina's aftermath

Forestry industry rebounds in Katrina's aftermath

As bleak as the outlook seemed for Mississippi's forestry industry in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the state's second largest agricultural commodity is slowly recovering.

"If you drive down the road today, you can still see timber stands that don't look like they should," said Stephen Dicke, a forestry professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service in the College of Forest Resources. "There was a tremendous amoun...

8/27/2015

Timber prices hover around 2014 levels

Timber prices hover around 2014 levels

Mississippi's timber industry is holding steady this year from 2014 as both the U.S. housing market and the demand for lumber continue to improve gradually.

State average stumpage prices for hardwood sawtimber declined sharply in the second fiscal quarter of 2015 from the first quarter, while pine sawtimber prices increased. Hardwood sawtimber is down compared to a year ago, while pine sawtimber is slightly higher.

Prices a...

8/21/2015

Invasive Asian carp pose double threat

Invasive Asian carp pose double threat

Many Mississippians are aware of the damage wild hogs do to the land in the region, but they may not know the Mississippi River and surrounding waters are facing a serious threat from another invasive species—the Asian carp.

"The ecological and economic impacts of the Asian carp invasion are vast," said Bruce Leopold, former executive director of the Mississippi State University Center for Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts (CR...


Deer management workshops planned for August

Deer management workshops planned for August

Mississippi State University is offering two deer management workshops in August to hunters and professionals working with white-tailed deer populations.

The first workshop will be held at the Mississippi Natural Science Museum in Jackson on Aug. 15. The second workshop will be held at Thompson Hall on the MSU campus in Starkville on Aug. 22.

A $50 registration fee for each workshop includes lunch and class materials. Regis...


Acclaimed wildlife scientist to lead MSU department

Acclaimed wildlife scientist to lead MSU department

Andrew J. Kouba, director of conservation and research at the Memphis Zoo, is the new head of the Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Kouba has served the Memphis Zoo as director of conservation since 2001. He has secured more than $3 million in competitive grants for zoo projects including work with amphibians, large carnivores, giant pandas, forest ecology and reintroductions for endanger...

6/22/2015

Natural resources workshop set for June 4 in Greenville

Natural resources workshop set for June 4 in Greenville

Landowners and hunting clubs eager to earn extra income while improving land management for wildlife are invited to attend a Natural Resource Enterprises Business Workshop on June 4 in Greenville.

"Landowners and farmers can seek new and innovative ways to earn extra money," said Daryl Jones, director of the Natural Resource Enterprises program at Mississippi State University. "These workshops are designed for landowners interested i...


MSU evaluates migratory bird habitat initiative

MSU evaluates migratory bird habitat initiative

Preliminary results of a Mississippi State University wildlife study show that a federal program to protect birds after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has had widespread ecological, environmental, and economic benefits in the Southeast.

Researchers in the MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center released a study evaluating the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative, or MBHI. The program was created by the United States Department of Agr...


Weyerhaeuser VP to give 2015 Carlton N. Owen lecture

Weyerhaeuser VP to give 2015 Carlton N. Owen lecture

The senior vice president of wood products at Weyerhaeuser Company is this year's guest for Mississippi State's 2015 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Adrian M. Blocker will lead the Tuesday [April 21] public program. His presentation begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Tully Auditorium of the university's Thompson Hall.

Blocker joined Weyerhaeuser in 2013 as vice president of the lumber division. Prior to his employment for the Fortu...

4/17/2015

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