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Longest-running forestry equipment show in the woods set for Sept. 21-22

Longest-running forestry equipment show in the woods set for Sept. 21-22

The newest timber harvesting and production equipment will be booming at the biennial Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show in Starkville on September 21-22.

The show, which is the longest-running, live, in-woods demonstration of forestry equipment in the nation, is in its 34th year. The family-friendly event features continuing education...

9/10/2018

Our People: Ethan Woodyard

Our People: Ethan Woodyard

For wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture senior Ethan Woodyard, the best part about his major and research opportunities in the College of Forest Resources is doing hands-on work.

"We're out in the field all of the time, and I really like that about the major," said Woodyard, who now has had two first-author manuscripts published on his...


As nation celebrates independence, MSU students, employees prepare for Middle East deployment with Mississippi Army National Guard

As nation celebrates independence, MSU students, employees prepare for Middle East deployment with Mississippi Army National Guard

A year ago, Keanna Rush was preparing to enroll at Mississippi State University after taking time off from school to go through basic training and join the Mississippi Army National Guard and its 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT). Shortly before the 2017 fall semester began, Rush learned her education would once again be placed on hold as...


These Fish Keep Forests Alive—And Fishing Threatens Them

These Fish Keep Forests Alive—And Fishing Threatens Them

If the forests of South America are the world's lungs, their rivers and wetlands must be its veins and arteries. This is the most diverse continent when it comes to plant life, and it's thanks in part to the fish swimming through its waterways.

Freshwater fishes consume about 600 neotropical plant species. The largest of fruit-eating fish ...


MSU takes all at Southeastern Deer Study Group competition

MSU takes all at Southeastern Deer Study Group competition

Faculty and students in Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources took top honors at the recent 41st annual meeting of the Southeastern Deer Study Group, marking the first time in the conference's four-decade history that one school has swept the competition.

MSU graduate students in MSU's Department of Wildlife, Fishe...


Obituary for Warren Slater Thompson

Obituary for Warren Slater Thompson

Warren Slater Thompson of Starkville passed away peacefully at OCH Regional Medical Center on March 26, 2018. He was 88 years of age.

Warren was born August 19, 1929 in Utica, MS to Collis Kitchens Thompson and John Edwin Thompson. He completed his BS and MS degrees at Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University), and his PhD at t...

3/26/2018

MSU research tracks turkey movement, habitat use

MSU research tracks turkey movement, habitat use

Turkey season opens on March 15, and hunters will take to the field in search of the elusive gobbler. Most likely, they will find less of the popular game species than in previous years due to changing landscapes.

For this reason, Mississippi State University scientists and student researchers in the College of Forest Resources, in co...


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 beca...

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...

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 Hors...

2/12/2018

New MSU study evaluates wetland restoration efforts along Gulf of Mexico

New MSU study evaluates wetland restoration efforts along Gulf of Mexico

A new Mississippi State research project will study a wetland restoration approach along the Gulf of Mexico, and findings will help improve future environmental restoration efforts.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the organization's Gulf Research Program recently announced that the MSU project is among...


Seale named James R. Moreton Fellow in Sustainable Bioproducts at MSU

Seale named James R. Moreton Fellow in Sustainable Bioproducts at MSU

Longtime faculty member Dan Seale is the inaugural James R. Moreton Endowed Fellow in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University.

The James R. Moreton Fellow in Sustainable Bioproducts was established through a gift from James Reginald Moreton, a 1956 mechanical engineering alumnus. After a career in banking as fou...

2/2/2018

U.S. Forest Service chief, alumnus to lead MSU 2018 Carlton N. Owen lecture

U.S. Forest Service chief, alumnus to lead MSU 2018 Carlton N. Owen lecture

Mississippi State alumnus and newly appointed U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke is the featured guest for the university's 2018 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series on Friday [Feb. 2].

Tooke's presentation, "The Challenges Facing the Nation's Forests and the USDA Forest Service," begins at 1:15 p.m. in Thompson Hall's Tully Auditorium on ...

1/24/2018

No longer stumped: mineral stumps provide white-tailed deer nutrition

No longer stumped: mineral stumps provide white-tailed deer nutrition

It has long been a mystery why white-tailed deer devour the sprouts from recently cut tree stumps. A Mississippi State assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture has figured out why&emdash;and developed a simple, cost-effective management technique to help support white-tailed deer during seasons of poor forage....


MSU professor named St. John Family Endowed Professor

MSU professor named St. John Family Endowed Professor

A longtime Mississippi State faculty member has been named the St. John Family Endowed Professor of Wildlife Management in the College of Forest Resources.

Bronson Strickland, a wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture extension professor, has led a wide-ranging educational program in applied wildlife science since his arrival at MSU in 200...


Siberian rewilding expert to speak Dec. 8 at MSU

Siberian rewilding expert to speak Dec. 8 at MSU

A renowned Siberian scientist will present his work on rewilding large herbivores in Siberia during a lecture at Mississippi State Dec. 8.

Nikita Zimov, a Russian scientist and director of Pleistocene Park, a 14,000-acre nature reserve in the Siberian Arctic, will present a seminar titled "Rewilding megafauna in the Siberian Arctic to ...

12/1/2017

Thomasson Lumber CEO to give 2017 MSU Carlton N. Owen lecture

Thomasson Lumber CEO to give 2017 MSU Carlton N. Owen lecture

The chief executive officer of Philadelphia-based Thomasson Lumber is this year's guest for Mississippi State's 2017 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Pat Thomasson will lead the Tuesday [Oct. 17] public program. Her presentation, titled "Assets in the Wood Industry: Planting for the Future," begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Franklin Center, ...

10/11/2017

National Geographic features MSU faculty research

National Geographic features MSU faculty research

Ecological research by faculty members in Mississippi State University's Forest and Wildlife Research Center and Department of Biological Sciences is featured in a recent article by National Geographic.

Titled "How a 3-Ton Mess of Dead Pigs Transformed This Landscape," the article discusses a mass mortality experiment led by Marcus Las...


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 ...

9/12/2017

MSU Wood Magic to participate in Mississippi Science Fest

MSU Wood Magic to participate in Mississippi Science Fest

Mississippi State University's Wood Magic Science Fair will be in Jackson to participate in the second annual Mississippi Science Fest later this month.

MSU Wood Magic will be an attraction at the Sept. 23 STEM-themed festival, focused on delivering a hands-on experience for children and families that sparks curiosity in various STEM-r...

9/7/2017

Our People: Bridget Carr

Our People: Bridget Carr

Starkville native Bridget Carr has been a member of the MSU family for 25 years. In 1992, she joined the custodian service team, now a part of facilities management.

Six years later, she became a forest support specialist for the College of Forest Resources. Carr manages the day-to-day upkeep of the 11-building forest products complex ...

8/28/2017

MSU alumnus named Forest Service chief

MSU alumnus named Forest Service chief

A 1983 Mississippi State University forestry alumnus is the new chief of the U.S. Forest Service.

Tony Tooke will lead the national agency responsible for the management and protection of 154 national forests throughout the nation.

A Detroit, Alabama, native, Tooke's career with the U.S. Forest Service began at age 18 and co...

8/22/2017

Wes Burger of MSU honored again for quail science leadership

Wes Burger of MSU honored again for quail science leadership

A much-honored Mississippi State faculty member is receiving yet another recognition for significant contributions to quail science.

Loren W. "Wes" Burger is among three selections for a 2017 National Quail Symposium Award of Excellence, a career tribute from the Tennessee-based National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative and Bobwhite Tec...


MSU's reorganized Franklin Furniture Institute continues to support industry, contribute research and drive innovation

MSU's reorganized Franklin Furniture Institute continues to support industry, contribute research and drive innovation

Mississippi State University's Franklin Furniture Institute is reaffirming its strong commitment to the state's furniture manufacturing industry by continuing to provide testing and research while broadening its focus to enhance innovation and technology.

MSU vice president for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine...

7/14/2017

Governor touts importance of state's forest products

Governor touts importance of state's forest products

Forest products are part of the DNA of Mississippi.

That is how Gov. Phil Bryant welcomed participants Monday [June 26] to the 71st International Convention of the Forest Products Society, hosted by Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources and Forest and Wildlife Research Center.

Bryant, whose grandfather once h...

6/26/2017

MSU to train furniture industry supervisors through grant

MSU to train furniture industry supervisors through grant

A new $44,900 grant from the Furniture Foundation will facilitate training of front-line furniture supervisors by Mississippi State University personnel.

Four supervisory management training programs will be offered by the university's Franklin Furniture Institute at manufacturing locations throughout the state between August and July ...

5/4/2017

Alumni couple extends student and faculty support at MSU

Alumni couple extends student and faculty support at MSU

Mississippi State University alumni Drew and Kathy St. John of Madison are contributing two new gifts to their alma mater, creating an endowed professorship in the College of Forest Resources and furthering support for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Department of Landscape Architecture.

The St. John Family Endowed Professors...


Conservation camps offer educational fun

Conservation camps offer educational fun

The conclusion of the school year does not mean learning must end, too.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the MSU College of Forest Resources are offering three summer youth camps in June. These Conservation Camps are designed to engage and excite young people in natural science and nature-based outdoor recreation....


MSU summit looks to the future of manufacturing

MSU summit looks to the future of manufacturing

Mississippi State University's 7th Annual Manufacturing Summit showcased ways teamwork can help keep Mississippi and the U.S. competitive in the manufacturing industry in the 21st century.

3/22/2017

MSU hosts Southeastern Wildlife Conclave

MSU hosts Southeastern Wildlife Conclave

Mississippi State served as the 2017 host recently for the Southeastern Wildlife Conclave, which annually provides college students with valuable hands-on training in wildlife management and conservation.

Activities included a range of team field competitions, quiz bowl, art and photography contests, guest speakers and opportunities fo...


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