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Students use new tools to learn timber framing craft

Mississippi State University forestry students are combining the modern technology of computer laptops and flash drives with traditional saws, mallets and squares to learn the time-honored craft of timber framing.

Students who took the "Wood in Design and Engineering" course offered this spring experienced a hands-on laboratory in thi...

9/25/2008

MSU forestry, forest products programs reaccredited

The Society of American Foresters is reaccrediting Mississippi State's academic program in forestry through 2017.

The university major includes five bachelor-degree options: environmental conservation, forest management, forest products, urban forestry, and wildlife management.

SAF is recognized by the Council on Post-secon...

8/15/2008

Nation's economy works against timber industry

The mortgage crisis and high fuel costs are working against timber markets in 2008.

James Henderson, assistant forestry professor with Mississippi State University's Extension Service, said prices for pine pulpwood were increasing early in the year, but higher fuel costs are pressing midyear prices downward, and pine sawtimber prices h...

7/18/2008

Hunting leases help fund K-12 education

The 600,000 acres of 16th section land located in 67 Mississippi counties generate more than $45 million each year and supplement a budget of more than $2 billion for K-12 education.

Mississippi map Sixteenth section land is public acreage set aside when the state was first surveyed to help fund education and other programs. The 15 cou...

6/9/2008

Pulpwood offers hope despite timber market

Overall demand for wood products is down, but one segment of the industry is experiencing stronger demand.

Pulpwood prices are expected to reach, and possibly exceed, $10 a ton during the first half of 2008, which is almost double their level last summer, said Mississippi State University Extension Service forestry economist James Hend...

3/28/2008

MSU prof, valuation expert named international forestry fellow

Ian A. Munn of Mississippi State is a new fellow of the Society of American Foresters.

A professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, he is being honored by the international organization for contributions to the society and forestry profession.

"Dr. Munn is considered an expert on forest resource econ...

1/18/2008

MSU researchers focus on impact of state bird-watching revenue

More than 71 million Americans actively participate in bird watching, spending some $45 million annually on the sport.

Unfortunately, Mississippi seems to be flying under the bird-watching radar. According to researchers at Mississippi State's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, the Magnolia State ranks 45th in income realized from t...

11/20/2007

MSU graduate, doctoral candidate named STAR Fellow

A doctoral candidate in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources is receiving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's STAR Fellowship.

Joshua P. Adams of Ruston, La., is among 65 graduate students--and the first from the university--named to the prestigious Science to Achieve Results Fellows Program. His award begins with th...

8/27/2007

MSU student forestry group again tops among peers

Mississippi State University's student chapter of the Society of American Foresters continues among the top organizations of its kind in the nation.

The 40-member body recently placed first in the SAF Student Chapter Web site competition and now ranks second overall in the outstanding student chapter category.

The group has...

8/14/2007

Cogongrass marches across Mississippi

Cogongrass has spread across the southern United States since arriving as packing material in crates shipped from Asia to Mobile, Ala., in 1912.

Cogongrass is not native to Mississippi, but the Asian import is spreading rapidly through the state, choking out native vegetation and causing problems for livestock and wildlife. The invas...

7/27/2007

Protect Mississippi from wildfire threats

Mississippi may not be far behind the Georgia and Florida wildfires if people are not careful during hot, dry conditions.

Charles Burkhardt manages Mississippi State University's timberlands located throughout the state.

"We are concerned about the potential for wildfires in Mississippi. It's happened before,” Burkhardt said....

6/8/2007

Midrotation pine management benefits landowners, wildlife

When it comes to competition, athletic fields are not the only arenas in Mississippi. The state's 3 million acres of plantation pine are sites of fierce competition for available sunlight and nutrients.

Undesirable hardwoods in the understory of the plantations compete with pines and wildlife, said MSU forestry professor Andy Ezell.

5/22/2007

Forest landowners honor MSU Extension forester

A Mississippi State University Extension forestry specialist is the Forest Landowners Association's Extension Forester of the Year.

The organization, which is comprised of forest landowners in 17 southern states, selected MSU Extension professor Timothy Traugott for the 2007 honor.

During 22 years as an MSU Extension forest...

5/14/2007

MSU forestry students honored for research at professional meeting

A current and a former graduate student in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources are top winners in a recent regional conference.

Forestry majors Michael R. Guttery of Leoma, Tenn., and David W. "Dave" Wilkinson of Dayton, Wash., were among students from 15 universities competing during the recent 14th Biennial Southern Silvi...

3/13/2007

Veteran MSU professor named fellow of international body

Stephen C. Grado of Mississippi State is a new fellow of the Society of American Foresters.

A professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, he is being honored by the professional organization for his outstanding contributions to the society and the forestry profession.

"Dr. Grado is considered a nation...

12/20/2006

MSU forestry announces stakeholder meetings

The slogan on specialty license plates ‘First in Forestry' is more than words to MSU's department of forestry. This tradition of excellence has been practiced in the department for over 50 years.

The department educates future natural resource professionals; provides learning opportunities for landowners, foresters, and loggers; and c...

9/28/2006

Foresters advise keeping a close watch on beetles

Take high temperatures, drought and forest fires, add the woody debris caused by Hurricane Katrina and the result is the recipe for South Mississippi's worst bark beetle outbreak in more than a decade.

"Pine trees are severely stressed due to the hurricane and the drought that followed,” said Glenn Hughes, Mississippi State University...

8/25/2006

MSU scientists discover key flowering gene in trees

Mississippi State University researchers are announcing their identification of the gene that controls the first-time and annual flowering of trees.

The breakthrough in pinpointing what is known as "FT2" could have significant environmental and economic implications. The findings recently were published in the international jou...

8/1/2006

Storm-surviving trees still face challenges

Tree losses in South Mississippi from Hurricane Katrina are still rising 11 months and counting after the devastating storm made landfall.

Glenn Hughes, Mississippi State University Extension Service forestry specialist in Lamar County, said the extent of the damage is still being assessed and more trees continue dying from affects of ...

7/27/2006

MSU student forestry group maintains high ranking

Mississippi State's student chapter of the Society of American Foresters continues among the top organizations of its kind in the nation.

The 39-member university organization recently placed first in the 2005-06 SAF Student Chapter Web site competition and tied for first overall as the outstanding student chapter.

The grou...

7/27/2006

Forest landowners award MSU professor

A forestry timber tax specialist at Mississippi State University was named Extension Forester of the Year by the Forest Landowner Association.

Debbie Gaddis, associate Extension professor in the College of Forest Resources, received the honor at the recent annual meeting of the organization in San Antonio, Texas.

A native of Mi...

6/9/2006

New MSU herbarium reflects knowledge, efforts of its creator

Alexis Londo is a mother of two, doctoral-degree candidate and research associate at Mississippi State University. But, wait, there's more--much more.

In 2003, Londo was asked to teach dendrology--the identification of trees--in the College of Forest Resources after the course instructor went on an academic sabbatical. In addition to t...

4/10/2006

New MSU report analyzes state rules for prescribed forest burns

With spring approaching, prescribed fires will be used extensively to reduce wildfire risks across Mississippi.

While there are clear benefits associated with the controlled burns, a Mississippi State researcher said potential risks from the process have resulted in revised state liability laws.

Benefits of prescribed fires...

2/14/2006

Agroforestry specialist to present MSU seminar

A forest service specialist will present a seminar Wednesday [Jan. 11] on opportunities in agroforestry.

Greg Ruark, program manager for the USDA National Agroforestry Center will speak at 2:00 in Tully Auditorium of Thompson Hall.

Ruark received a B.S. in forestry and an M.S in forest soils from the University of Massachuset...

1/9/2006

MSU natural resource economist tapped for national study

A Mississippi State forestry professor is among four recently chosen by independent forest certifiers to implement a test assessment of the U.S. Forest Service's sustainable forestry practices.

Steve Grado and his professional colleagues will be making the first independent appraisal of USFS lands since their establishment in 1897. In...

12/5/2005

New NSF grant supports MSU tree-flowering research, outreach

A major federal grant recently designated for Mississippi State will enable university researchers to examine the regulation of genes associated with the flowering process in poplar trees.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the $1.75 million award includes faculty collaborators in the departments of biochemistry and molecular ...

10/18/2005

MSU providing Web help for Katrina-ruined timber operations

Landowners, loggers and forest products companies now may quickly locate each other through a newly opened Web site devoted to hurricane forestry salvage operations.

Developed at Mississippi State University, www.wssg.cfr.msstate.edu enables landowners to find or request loggers, while also providing loggers the opportunity to announc...

10/4/2005

MSU student forestry group again tops among peers

Mississippi State's student chapter of the Society of American Foresters continues among the top organizations of its kind in the nation.

The 39-member university organization recently placed first in the 2005 SAF Student Chapter Web site competition and now is ranked second overall in the outstanding student chapter rankings.

...

9/22/2005

Hard-hit timber industry turns toward salvage

With up to three year's worth of harvest timber destroyed or damaged, the odds of salvaging much volume or value are slim, and the clock is ticking.

Bob Daniels, forestry specialist with Mississippi State University's Extension Service, said preliminary estimates indicate Hurricane Katrina damaged $1.3 billion worth of timber on 1.2 mi...

9/16/2005

Survey shows Mississippi cities and towns thinking greener

A recent Mississippi State survey finds that civic leaders around the state support the establishment of urban and community forestry projects to enhance their communities.

Urban forestry specifically focuses on the management of trees and forests in urban settings to foster social, environmental and economic benefits.

The u...

7/16/2005

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