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Animals fleeing floods cause people problems

Flooding from the Mississippi and other rivers is disrupting even the wildlife as it brings activities to nearly a standstill in many areas of the Delta.

The river flooding is already displacing wildlife, moving them to higher and drier areas, where they sometimes cause problems as they interact with humans. Deer, raccoons, opossums, s...

5/19/2011

Flooding can stress and damage trees

The overflowing Mississippi River is threatening the Delta’s trees, but with the proper care and maintenance, many can and will recover.

The Delta’s forests are exclusively bottomland hardwood, and the trees range from tolerant to very intolerant to flooding. For example, baldcypresses generally fare better than white oaks ...

5/19/2011

Spring pond work yields summer fishing fun

Landowners with ponds have a checklist of spring maintenance chores that will result in quality fishing, swimming or boating experiences, and a newly updated Mississippi State University publication can help.

Spring is a great time to get a jump on aquatic vegetation control, said Tom Holman, fisheries biologist with the Mississippi De...

5/18/2011

Biloxi hosting world conference in June on tree improvement

A major international venue for presenting and discussing new research developments in tree genetics and biotechnology will be held June 13-16 in Biloxi.

The 2011 Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference is being organized by Mississippi State University’s forestry department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fore...

5/10/2011

State timber losses estimated at $8.4M

Tornadoes that swept through Mississippi and much of the southeast April 27 caused an estimated $8.4 million of timber losses.

The Mississippi Forestry Commission compiled the estimate April 30 based on aerial surveys conducted after the storms. Russell Bozeman, director of forest protection and forest information with the commission...

5/5/2011

Girls discover outdoor careers at MSU event

Eleven young women visited Mississippi State University to learn how to turn their passion for wildlife into rewarding jobs at the first Conservation Careers Discovery Day.

The young women went to the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge to get hands-on experience in GPS technology, orienteering and conservation of endangered species. Memb...

4/14/2011

Four summer camps provide learning, fun

Students interested in the diverse world of natural resources, science and conservation can take advantage of four camps offered this summer by Mississippi State University.

The Natural Resources Summer Camp will be held June 5-9 at MSU. The $190 fee covers lodging, meals and all activities. Campers will spend time on campus, at Dorman...

3/24/2011

Preservatives help wood weather southern climates

The climate of Mississippi and the Gulf South region presents challenges for wood preservation, making water repellents and the environment top considerations.

David Jones, assistant Extension professor in Mississippi State University’s forest products department, said wood treatments can lengthen the performance of timber by dec...

3/17/2011

MSU announces Discovery Day for girls

The College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University is holding the first-ever all-girls Discovery Day on campus to introduce female high school students to careers in wildlife and fisheries.

Discovery Day will take place on April 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free for 24 students in the ninth through 11th grades. Partic...

2/28/2011

Furniture summit to be held at MSU

A March 8-9 summit will provide those in the furniture manufacturing business with the tools needed to succeed.

Furniture and bedding sales rose nearly three percent from 2009 to 2010, and manufacturing has expanded for the past 18 consecutive months. It is becoming increasingly important for industry members to learn how to keep up wi...

2/24/2011

MSU professor awarded high honor

Bruce D. Leopold, Ph. D., of Mississippi State University, was honored with the prestigious Henry S. Mosby Award at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s 35th annual National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn.

The Mosby Award is named for Henry S. Mosby, Ph. D., whose research during the mid-1900s set the standard for ...

2/22/2011

Biofuel facilities use state timber

Five new facilities that can transform wood into fuel will soon be built in Mississippi.

The facilities will further increase timber’s already-important role in the state’s economy. Mississippi’s forests cover nearly 20 million acres and generate more than $1 billion worth of timber each year. The forestry and forest ...

2/10/2011

MSU studies alternative grasses for airport safety

It has been two years since U.S. Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing in the Hudson River when a flock of Canada geese struck the engines just minutes after the plane took off.

Bird and airplane collisions cannot be completely avoided because the two share the same flying space. But scientists at Mississippi State University a...

2/3/2011

Youth offered chance to go squirrel hunting

Youth through age 15 have the opportunity to learn how to squirrel hunt during a special event Feb. 5 at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.

Extension Service personnel in Mississippi State University’s Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department are offering the hunting opportunity to a limited number of youth. To participa...

1/27/2011

Forest harvest value rebounds from 2009

The estimate for this year’s forestry year-end harvest value is better than last year’s dismal showing, and if the forecasted improvement in the overall economy is accurate, this trend could continue for the next few years.

The preliminary estimate for forestry’s overall harvest value is $1.078 billion, which is compa...

12/16/2010

MSU wood technology offers new possibilities

Mississippi State University scientists have found a new way to turn wood into highly absorbent charcoal and automobile parts.

While wood has been used to manufacture charcoal since the early 1600s, the new technique can create charcoal and other carbon-based products with a higher absorption capacity. Charcoal has been used widely to ...

11/23/2010

Major gift establishes wetland education theater at MSU

A major bequest from a West Point native and longtime conservationist will establish a demonstration wetland, outdoor classroom, and associated upland prairie in the heart of Mississippi State’s Starkville campus.

"The bequest from Carsie Clark Young Sr. provides resources for developing a site expected to become one of the ...

11/19/2010

Franklin Institute offers manufacturing workshop

A Nov. 16 workshop will teach manufacturers how to serve their customers better.

Mississippi State University’s Value Stream Mapping workshop is a one-day course that will teach manufacturers how to make their work flow more efficiently and eliminate unnecessary steps by mapping their work processes.

The 9 a.m. to 4 p.m...

11/4/2010

Christmas tree crop shapes up to be good

With less than a month to go, Mississippi’s Christmas tree growers are counting down the days to what may shape up as a great year.

The trees mature enough for sale have good color and have filled out nicely, despite periods of dry weather statewide and too much rain in some areas of the state. Most species of Christmas trees gr...

10/29/2010

Youth quail hunt offers education, fun

Young hunters will learn about quail hunting and conservation at an upcoming daylong event in Lowndes County.

Quail Forever is organizing the Nov. 13 event with help from the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Applications for the limited openings are due by N...

10/26/2010

Hunting and fishing boost economy, improves habitat

Darren Miller was 13 when he experienced the heart-thumping, adrenaline-flowing excitement of his first squirrel hunt.

"For me, hunting provides a natural connection to the outdoors that is often lost in our everyday lives," Miller said. "I get great personal satisfaction from every aspect of the hunt—preparing for...

10/21/2010

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 28-member university organization recently placed first in the 2009-10 SAF Student Chapter web site competition and placed third overall as the outstanding student chapter, competing among ...

10/20/2010

‘Magic’' will attract thousands of fourth-graders to MSU

Weighty woods, trained termites and oak bubbling bazookas will be among the many highlights at Mississippi State University’s Wood Magic Science Fair.

The Oct. 18-22 event will introduce students to the benefits of forestry, forest products and wildlife. The Wood Magic Science Fair is sponsored by MSU’s Department of Forest...

10/14/2010

Avoid outdoor fires in drought conditions

The summer’s drought has made lawns, woods and grassy areas into fire starters, creating ideal conditions for wildfires across Mississippi.

On Oct. 6, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour issued a statewide ban on all outdoor burning in response to "extremely dry conditions and fire danger." The ban will remain until the cond...

10/14/2010

Conservation benefits farmers and wildlife

A U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation practice designed to increase the population of northern bobwhite and other grassland birds appears to be working in Mississippi and elsewhere.

CP33 Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds are native grass buffers along row crop field margins that provide food and shelter for birds. Agricultural p...

10/7/2010

MSU student group honored for service

Mississippi State University’s student chapter of the Forest Products Society was recognized by the international organization as one of the top three groups in the nation.

The Forest Products Society is an international non-profit educational association founded to provide a common forum for all segments of the industry.

...

9/24/2010

MSU research leads to antler scoring software

A Mississippi State University research project to convert trail camera photographs into management tools has led to new software that could improve the deer population "picture."

Wildlife biologists take age and antler measurements from harvested deer because the physical collection of data is relatively easy. Until recently...

9/9/2010

Nation’s oldest logging show set for Sept. 17-18

The Sept. 17-18 Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show will showcase the newest technology and machinery being used to advance the South’s timber industry.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days on the John W. Starr Memorial Forest off of Highway 25 near Starkville. It is sponsored by Mississippi State University’s...

9/2/2010

Wood properties workshop to provide training to industry

A one-day workshop offered by Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute will provide training on the properties of wood.

The Wood Properties and Frame Design workshop will take place from from 8:30 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. September 14 in the university’s Franklin Furniture Center

The workshop cos...

8/26/2010

MSU's Franklin Furniture Institute helps local companies

Two Mississippi furniture manufacturers may have cheaper electrical bills with the help of Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute.

Debbie Miller, institute export coordinator and assistant, has worked with Tupelo’s Lane Furniture Company and Ecru’s American Furniture Company in obtaining grant fun...

8/23/2010

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