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Master Naturalist program to offer classes on habitats, wildlife

Mississippi Master Naturalist Program courses will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays from April 22 to June 3 at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. Class enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required.

The course fee is $75, which includes program costs, supplies, co...


MSU forest resources announces online degree program

Mississippi State now offers an online graduate degree program in forestry to help working professionals and others expand their education.

This spring, the university’s College of Forest Resources began providing a master’s of science degree program through distance learning capabilities of the campus’ Division of Ac...


Well-known MSU aquaculture specialists honored by national peers

Longtime Mississippi State faculty members Louis R. D’Abramo of Starkville and James A. "Jim" Steeby of Inverness are being honored by the U.S. Aquaculture Society.

D’Abramo is dean of the university’s Graduate School, associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of wildlife, fisheries and aqu...


Wild pigs make tracks all over Mississippi

Wild pigs are digging up trouble across the state and causing major crop damage, so Mississippi State University and federal experts are helping landowners and farmers eradicate the troublesome beasts.

Wild pigs are a highly adaptable species that is not native to North America. They are seen throughout the country, causing vast agricu...


Workshops offer training in natural resource enterprises

Two one-day workshops will provide the tools for farmers and landowners to start and manage a natural resource enterprise.

Fee fishing, fee hunting, agritourism, and wildlife watching are examples of enterprises based on the natural resources commonly found on Mississippi’s private lands.

An April 13 event will be held ...


New formulas preserve cash, environment

Each year, replacing deteriorated wood in U.S. homes costs billions of dollars, but research at Mississippi State University is helping protect homeowners’ wallets and the environment.

"Since 1988, scientists in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center have been studying the development of totally organic biocides," said...


MSU targets forestry’s most destructive pest

A new program at Mississippi State University is looking at new ways to stop a pest that kills an estimated 12 million cubic feet of the state’s pine forest annually.

Research efforts usually focus on early-detection methods and control mechanisms for the southern pine beetle. But MSU experts believe preventive measures will bett...


Outdoor summer camps provide fun, learning

Those with a love for the outdoors can take advantage of four conservation camps this summer offered through Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources.

Three of the camps are inter-generational and geared for anyone interested in the outdoors. Designed for students 10 years or older, the camps are useful for thos...


New training helps furniture manufacturers

Many furniture manufacturers have indicated their desire for formal manager education and training within their organizations, and Mississippi State University has responded to this need by designing specialized training.

In the furniture industry, first-line supervisors are responsible for managing workers and coordinating all of the ...


Wood pellet production has potential for state

Mississippi’s forest industry is poised to take advantage of an old technology that turns sawmill residues into environmentally friendly energy sources for heat and electricity.

Wood pellets are made of the waste products of lumber production, and they can be burned for heat in homes and used to produce energy for industry. The k...


MSU offers squirrel hunt event for youth

Several wildlife groups will assist in a Feb. 13 youth event in an effort to lay the foundation for safe and responsible hunting.

Mississippi State University&rsquop;s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture in the College of Forest Resources is offering a squirrel hunt for young people. The hunt will take place at the Noxub...


Youth quail hunts offer education, fun

Young hunters will learn about quail hunting and conservation at two upcoming day-long events in Clarke and Clay counties.

Quail Forever is organizing the Feb. 27 and March 6 events with help from the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, and the 2009 Youth Particip...


Decline in housing market hits forestry industry hard

The overall value of Mississippi’s 2009 timber harvest failed to reach $1 billion for the first time in 16 years, but unlike other crops, extreme weather was not the reason.

The estimated 2009 harvest value for timber is $817 million, down a steep 24 percent from 2008’s value of $1.08 billion. Blame one of the worst years ever ...


MSU researchers announce Web-based duck migration forecast

As global warming and climate change debates continue to "heat up" worldwide, researchers at Mississippi State are examining how weather influences duck migration patterns.

"In the past few years, we have observed that ducks are not migrating to southern latitudes in abundance, or are doing so generally only in the prese...


Small, introduced beetle is threatening state trees

A beetle that made its presence known in Mississippi this summer is threatening the extinction of redbay trees in the state and could harm the future of traditional Cajun cuisine.

The beetle is the redbay ambrosia beetle, a dark brown insect about half the size of an uncooked grain of rice. It spreads the pathogen that causes Laurel wi...


Christmas tree recycling develops into new habit

Consumers of a decade ago had few disposal options for real Christmas trees, but today they can be recycled into other natural products.

"Once a tree has been harvested and the Christmas season is over, the trunk and branches can be used as mulch for gardens, parks or in animal stalls," said Michael May, who owns Lazy Acres C...


Veteran professor named head of MSU forestry

A 24-year-veteran faculty member is the new head of the Mississippi State University’s forestry department.

Andrew Ezell will assume his new duties Dec. 1, leading the only 4-year forestry degree program in the state.

"Dr. Ezell has a wealth of experience in research, Extension and teaching," said George Hoppe...


Protecting young bucks increases herd potential

Mississippi State University research has found that protecting young bucks improves herd health and creates a better hunting experience.

The university’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture has been conducting deer research for more than 40 years with the goal of improving deer populations throughout the Southeast....


MSU grad students bring home honors in competitions

Graduate students in Mississippi State’s College of Forest Resources are being honored by regional and national organizations for presentations and visual displays.

Andrew Little of Aspers, Pa., recently received the Outstanding Presentation Award of the Oklahoma Chapter of The Wildlife Society. A master’s degree student in...


Small logging firm receives big honor

Two brothers in the logging business for more than 11 years have proven that high production and multiple crews in the woods are not a prerequisite for standing out among one’s peers.

The Mississippi Forestry Association recently named Terry and Jim Ed Owen of Wiggins as the group’s "Outstanding Logger of the Year&qu...


MSU professor again honored for practical waterfowl research

A nationally recognized Mississippi State wildlife biologist and university administrator is receiving another major honor from The Wildlife Society.

Richard M. Kaminski, associate dean of the College of Forest Resources, is the international organization’s latest selection for the Caesar Kleberg Award for Excellence in Applied W...


Resource workshop explores outdoor business ventures

People wanting to learn how to develop forest habitats, wildlife areas, streams, lakes and other natural settings into income generators can attend an outdoor recreational business workshop Nov. 10 at Legion State Park in Louisville.

The one-day workshop will give attendees information to start and manage a natural resource enterprise....


MSU dean in South America as part of U.S. forestry delegation

The dean of Mississippi State’s College of Forest Resources is among 12 U.S. delegates to the 13th World Forestry Congress in Argentina.

George M. Hopper is representing American universities and academia on the State Department-organized delegation.

Taking place through Sunday [Oct. 25] in Buenos Aires, the meeting is ...


Project to preserve rare Mississippi ecosystem

A 350-acre area of deep ravines and bluff ridges in Webster County is being preserved to protect its plant and animal diversity that resembles that of the Appalachian Mountains.

The Appalachian Mountains stretch from Alabama to Canada with foothills in northeastern Mississippi. Some 100 miles from these foothills is an area in central ...


Wildlife festival offers educational family fun

Live snakes, alligators and turtles are just a few of the Mississippi wildlife that will be on display at the Oct. 17 wildlife festival at the Coastal Plains Experiment Station in Newton.

The 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. event will include bird dog and falconry demonstrations, and tours of wildlife management areas at the experiment station.


Research shows gobbler activity varies by area

Turkey hunting is a popular sport throughout Mississippi, and the sound of a gobbler responding to a call is unrivaled for the more than 30,000 hunters who spend mid-March to May in search of the elusive bird.

While the season is set in spring for the entire state, many hunters have expressed concerns over the time frame as it relates ...


MSU department name change reflects impact of aquaculture

Mississippi State’s wildlife and fisheries department is changing its name to reflect the state aquaculture industry’s importance and the university’s role in its continuing development.

During its September meeting, the state College Board approved the change to the department of wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture, ...


MSU student forestry group now 'tops' for a decade

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

The 46-member body recently placed first in the SAF Student Chapter Web site competition and now ranks third overall in the outstanding student chapter category.

The group ...


NSF funds MSU-led research training with ASU, JSU, Tougaloo

A recent National Science Foundation grant of nearly $452,000 to Mississippi State is supporting a collaborative student research and mentoring program with three other Mississippi institutions.

Led by Erdogan Memili, an assistant professor of animal functional genomics in the university’s animal and dairy science department, the...


Fourth-graders to visit Wood Magic fair

About 4,000 fourth-graders and their teachers from across the state will be at Mississippi State University in late October for the annual Wood Magic Science Fair.

The goal of the Oct. 19-23 fair is to introduce students to the benefits of forestry, forest products and wildlife to the state. The Wood Magic Science Fair is sponsored by ...


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