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Ozier scholarship established

A recent contribution by the Mississippi Forestry Association is facilitating the establishment of the Ozier Endowed Scholarship. The gift to the College of Forest Resources helps establish a scholarship in memory of Ann Ozier and in honor of Dr. Terry Ozier of Brandon. Longtime friends to the CFR, the Oziers are being recongnized for their commitment to forestry in Mississippi. Dr. Ozier, a veterinarian, first became interested in tree farming for the long-term investment aspects it provides. In 1958-59, the Oziers bought their first tract of land - 1,800 acres of crop land and unproductive forest land in Rankin County. The husband and wife partners immediately set out pine trees, planting most of the seedlings by hand. They also applied herbicide to their forest, conducted prescribed burns on the property and calculated forest inventories. Some 30 years after starting their tree farm, the Oziers were named the Mississippi OutstandingTree Farmers of the Year and then went on to be named the Nation's Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. The CFR is proud to be associated with tree farmers such as the Oziers and honors them for their commitment to forestry.



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