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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.

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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

Organizations Partner to Promote Economic Development, Fight Climate Change

Over the next few days, more than 100 acres of land along the Mississippi River outside Greenville and Cleveland will be transformed in the fight against climate change. This week, personnel from the Carbon Fund, Entergy, and Mississippi State University's Forest and Wildlife Research Center will plant over 33,000 hardwood trees in a partnership...

4/11/2005

MSU alumnus now leading MSU forestry department

A Mississippi State alumnus who most recently was sustainable forestry program manager for a nonprofit research institute is the new head of the university's forestry department.

After 15 years with the North Carolina-based National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, James P. Shepard returned to his alma mater this week to lead t...

3/14/2005

MSU student forestry group sweeps national competition

For the sixth year, Mississippi State's student chapter of the Society of American Foresters is ranked among the top in the nation.

The 41-member university organization recently earned a first place as the 2003-04 overall outstanding student chapter, as well as placing first in the 2003-04 SAF Student Chapter Web site competition.

8/30/2004

MSU survey: Most regional forest landowners underserved

A new Mississippi State study finds that nearly 75 percent of Mid-South forest landowners fail to take advantage of available educational and professional resources.

A recent survey by the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center focused on individuals owning 10 or more acres of forestland in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, ...

7/19/2004

Auburn, MSU finish 1-2 in collegiate lumberjacking competition

Auburn University lumberjack Randy Jarzyniecki will advance to the national collegiate lumberjacking championship this summer after winning a regional qualifying event hosted by Mississippi State.

Mississippi State's Jeremy Copley, a 28-year-old senior wildlife and fisheries major from Williamson, W. Va., finished in second place.

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3/29/2004

Collegian lumberjacks compete March 25-27 in MSU-hosted event

An estimated 300 student lumberjacks from 14 universities will gather near the Mississippi State campus late next week to test their skills in a variety of logging events, including one qualifying competition that could lead to a national collegiate championship.

The 47th Association of Southern Forestry Clubs' Conclave at MSU's John W...

3/29/2004

MSU study analyzes economic impact of marine resources

A new Mississippi State study confirms that commercial sport fishing is both good recreation and very good business—more than $35 million in good business, to be exact.

A recent research project by the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center focused both on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the state as a whole. Forestry graduate...

10/28/2003

MSU research helps analyze, minimize Southern forest fire risks

A recently completed multi-state study at Mississippi State will help forest managers better predict fire risks and patterns in the South.

The analysis by the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center covered more than 100 million acres in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and eastern Oklahoma and Texas. The...

10/1/2003

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 50-member university chapter recently placed first in the 2003 SAF Student Chapter Web site competition and now is ranked third overall in the outstanding student chapter rankings.

Th...

9/3/2003

Two MSU studies focus on needs, benefits of urban forestry

In two separate but related projects, Mississippi State is working to help small state and regional municipalities strengthen their urban forestry plans and programs.

Simultaneous efforts of the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, each will focus on the relatively new area of forestry that emphasizes uses and benefits of ...

6/23/2003

MSU continues study of fee-based wildlife recreation attitudes

Following up on an earlier two-year research effort, a new Mississippi State study is examining landowner attitudes and perceptions of fee-based wildlife recreation on private lands.

Hunting and fishing on non-industrial, private lands are among outdoor activities for which enthusiasts often will pay a fee. In a 1996-98 Forest and Wild...

5/23/2003

New equation adds up to better weight estimates for standing timber

A Mississippi State forestry professor is providing a better way to predict the "delivered” weight of standing Southern pines.

Associate professor Robert C. Parker and other scientists at the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center have developed a mathematical formula that gives forest resource managers the ability to accura...

3/7/2003

Student forestry group at MSU maintaining high standards

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

The 80-member university chapter finished second in the 2001-02 SAF Outstanding Student Chapter Awards competition. The honor recognizes a chapter's leadership and participation in professional and...

9/5/2002

MSU study: Color forest industry economic impact very green

A recently completed Mississippi State report shows just how much of the state's economy rests in the shade of its vast forestlands.

While it's well known that forestry is important to the state, most residents may not appreciate that "the more than 18 million acres of forestland in Mississippi means trees cover two-thirds of the state'...

6/30/2002

Project explores forest products industry needs

Mississippi State's Forest and Wildlife Research Center is beginning an assessment of both company and individual employee needs in the state's forest products industry.

Commissioned recently by the Mississippi Development Authority, the five-month project will employ a cluster analysis to identify ways to enhance the competitive advant...

6/26/2002

MSU helping space center with natural resource management

There's much more to Hancock County's John C. Stennis Space Center than high-tech laboratories and giant rocket engine test stands. The latest in space-age technology exists along with virtually every species of wildlife represented in South Mississippi.

The almost 16,000 acres—about 25 square miles—that encompass the National A...

5/20/2002

Mississippi State studies investment perceptions of stocks versus trees

When it comes to investments, most Mississippi landowners feel more secure with their money in wood chips rather than blue chips.

A recent survey by Mississippi State University's Forest and Wildlife Research Center and Social Science Research Center asked landowners about their acceptable rates of return for stocks, bonds and other fin...

3/11/2002

MSU survey helps answer some forest industry questions

A majority of Mississippians have generally positive attitudes toward forestry and would like additional information about the forestry community.

Those are among findings from a statewide survey of public perceptions of the state's $11.9 billion forest industry. The yearlong effort recently was completed by Mississippi State Univers...

9/28/2001

Poultry litter examined as fertilizer for forests

Traditionally, poultry litter has been spread as a fertilizer on pastures located in the 34 poultry-producing counties in Mississippi.

But a combination of long-term land application of poultry litter and decreases in pastureland has made this valuable byproduct too much of a good thing. The nutrient storage capacity of the soil in th...

9/24/2001

MSU builds timber info file on area counties, looks statewide

A pilot project at Mississippi State to help professionals generate precise county-level timber resource information could attract new forest-related industries and enhance existing businesses if applied statewide.

A computer program developed by the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center uses inventory data to develop count...

9/24/2001

MSU forestry student group again tops among peers

Mississippi State University's student chapter of the Society of American Foresters is again the top group of its kind in the nation.

The 80-member university organization finished first in the 2000-01 SAF Outstanding Student Chapter Awards competition. The achievement recognizes professional and service activities at the local, stat...

7/30/2001

MSU web-based software provides new tools for forestry valuations

New web-based software developed at Mississippi State University makes estimation of timber and timberland investment values easier.

FORVAL-Online, a forestry investment tool for forest valuation and investment analysis developed at MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, is available on the Internet at

7/17/2001

Do you reforest? Why not? New MSU study provides answers

Mississippi's more than 18 million acres of forestland annually contribute about $1.25 billion in timber sales to the state's economy.

Despite this, concerns about the future of the major natural resource are being raised because significant numbers of landowners do not reforest their harvested timberlands. The decline comes despite th...

5/31/2001

MSU senior named national Mo Udall Fellow

A Mississippi State forest resources management major is among some 80 university and college students receiving national scholarships that memorialize a leading environmentalist.

Senior Amanda L. Grau of Marion, Ky., is a 2001 Morris K. Udall Foundation Fellow. The $5,000 fellowship will support her further study of the environment a...

5/13/2001

Urban forestry growing new MSU academic option

A new area of specialization for Mississippi State students is addressing a need for professionals who can manage trees in towns and cities.

University majors in the College of Forest Resources' urban forestry option learn to take care of trees along city streets and in municipal parks, private woodlots and utility right-of-ways. Pote...

4/3/2001

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