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Cropping method holds potential for cattle, trees

It is common in Mississippi to see cattle grazing in pastures surrounded by trees, but researchers at Mississippi State University are looking into the feasibility of bringing it all into one field.

The goal of silvopasture systems is to use space and the growing season more effectively by combining trees or shrubs with forage and live...

7/16/2009

Ducks Unlimited Honors Mississippi Heroes Of Conservation

Ducks Unlimited will recognize eight Mississippians for their individual conservation commitments in Jackson, Miss., August 1.

The Heroes of Conservation evening, including; dinner, honors presentation, conservation program presentations and an auction, will be held at the Hilton of Jackson.

Event honorees include:

  • B...


    Artificial reefs may help restore red snapper stocks

    The red snapper has proven to be an economically and culturally important fish species, but their numbers are declining throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic.

    To help address this problem, Mississippi State University scientists, in collaboration with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, are examining how artificial...


    Grassy habitats improve fisheries

    Many anglers have long lived by the motto "grass equals bass," and for a bass fisherman, there is nothing more thrilling than pulling a spinner-bait along a weed edge and getting a strike.

    This simple motto is being investigated by researchers who say that the right type of vegetation in lakes and reservoirs can improve fishi...


    Climate change legislation workshop set for July

    Carbon trading has been around for about a decade, but with the increasing global concern regarding climate change, it is receiving even more attention.

    Forest landowners have the potential to generate additional income by using their forest for carbon sequestration, a method providing long-term storage of carbon dioxide.

    A J...

    6/18/2009

    Workshops teach how to manage land for deer

    Each year some 300,000 Mississippi hunters take to the woods in search of white-tailed deer. Before opening day, landowners and hunters spend hours preparing their properties and equipment for the hunting season.

    A workshop sponsored by Mississippi State University’s Extension Service and Forest and Wildlife Research Center, and ...


    Interconnections = stability for state, national forest industry

    As links in a chain provide support and stability, so can "business clusters" for the forest products industry, according to a new report by Mississippi State's Forest and Wildlife Research Center.

    A cluster is a group of businesses and institutions in close proximity whose products or services are interconnected through valu...

    6/11/2009

    MSU graduate students sweep state bioproducts competition

    Three Mississippi State graduate students are top winners in the visual display category of the eighth annual Southern BioProducts and Renewable Energy Conference.

    Ambarish Acharya received first place for his research on supply chain designs for cellulosic ethanol in Mississippi. A doctoral student in industrial and systems engineeri...

    6/9/2009

    New MSU book prescribes habitat management in unlikely places

    A new book by two Mississippi State faculty members is examining more than a half-century of research on wildlife habitat enhancement techniques used for areas often given little or no consideration.

    "Wildlife Habitat Management for Special Use Areas" by wildlife biology professor emeritus Dale H. Arner and wildlife and fishe...


    Coast replant efforts hope for quick impact

    It took less than 24 hours for Hurricane Katrina to destroy nearly 1.3 million trees in South Mississippi landscapes, and those trying to replant are hoping to restore the tree-filled skyline as quickly as possible.

    The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain and the Sun Herald joined forces in February 2006 to create the Replant So...

    5/21/2009

    Mesocosm bridges study gap between lake and laboratory

    Aquatic researchers at Mississippi State University study the natural mechanisms at work in lake ecosystems so they can find better ways to manage habitats, but large bodies of water do not always make good laboratories.

    Different lakes can have different sets of variables and environmental conditions that influence an outdoor study. S...


    Invasive plant control may affect lake health

    Some scientists researching invasive water plants look at the direct effects of these plants and others assess different control methods.

    Mississippi State University graduate student Erica Schlickeisen wanted to know about the indirect and sometimes unanticipated effects invasive plants have on water quality and microbial activity.


    Workshop explores wild hog problems

    Wild hogs make pigs of themselves when rooting through crops and young forests, leaving behind a wide swath of damage and economic loss.

    Producers and wildlife managers who deal with this problem can get help by attending a wild hog workshop sponsored by the Mississippi State University Extension Service; the Mississippi Department of ...


    Furniture forum to showcase resources

    Mississippi State&rsquos Franklin Furniture Institute is inviting state furniture manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, and others to campus May 14 to learn more about numerous university resources and services available to them.

    Taking place 8:00-4:30 p.m. at the Franklin Center, the program will include representatives from the colleges...

    4/28/2009

    MSU forest resource major wins in regional competition

    A doctoral student in Mississippi State’s College of Forest Resources is a top research winner in recent regional competition.

    Stephen L. Webb finished in second place at the 32nd Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting for his presentation "Movement patterns of white-tailed deer related to moon phase and weather." He is spe...


    Conservation biologist to lead 2009 MSU Carlton lecture

    The University of Maine’s Libra Professor of Conservation Biology will be featured Tuesday [April 14] as part of the university’s ongoing Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

    Malcolm L. Hunter Jr. is recognized internationally for his primary research on forest ecosystems and the maintenance of their biological diversity. To beg...

    4/8/2009

    Student wildlife researcher named 12th Goldwater Scholar at MSU

    A senior wildlife and fisheries major at Mississippi State is a new national Barry M. Goldwater Scholar.

    Mitchell D. "Mitch" Weegman of Winona, Minn., is among nearly 280 university students being honored this year with the official U.S. tribute to the late former Arizona Republican senator and prominent American statesman.


    Butterflies benefit from agricultural buffers

    Scientists at Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center are researching ways in which farmers, through the use of conservation buffers, can help keep butterfly habitats safe and healthy.

    Floating across the air effortlessly, butterflies flutter from flower to flower, providing scientists with a glimpse of...


    Continuing ed classes for logging industry

    Logging professionals throughout Mississippi have opportunities to take required core classes or earn continuing education credits and maintain their expertise.

    To earn "trained" status, loggers must complete core classes in four educational areas. These classes cover the sustainable forestry initiative, logging and transport...

    3/26/2009

    College of Forest Resources sets summer camp dates

    Those with a love for the outdoors have five conservation camps to take advantage of this summer offered through the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources.

    The camps are educational and intergenerational and are geared for anyone interested in the outdoors. They will be...


    Mapping habitats helps tortoise species

    Intensive commercial forestry and urban development are threatening natural habitats and have put the gopher tortoise on the federally threatened species list for Alabama, Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana.

    "The gopher tortoise lives in natural longleaf pine forests of the coastal plains," said Jeanne Jones, wildlife an...

    3/12/2009

    MSU alum adds Pike Co. property to Bulldog Forest Program

    A Mississippi State alumnus now residing in coastal Texas is making a very personal gift to the university: South Mississippi farmland that has been in his family since 1900.

    Wayne O'Quin of Galveston owns the approximately 127-acre Pike County farm located five miles east of Osyka. The property is becoming part of MSU's Bulldo...

    3/5/2009

    Senior MSU forest resources faculty member honored, promoted

    Richard M. Kaminski is being named holder of the James C. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources.

    Kaminski, a 25-year faculty veteran at the university, also is being promoted to associate college dean. He is a professor of wildlife and a nationally recognize...

    3/3/2009

    Furniture export resource office established at MSU

    Mississippi State's Franklin Furniture Institute is joining with state and federal agencies to form the Export Resource Service.

    Established recently to increase the overseas sale of Mississippi furniture products, ERS is a collaboration among the university, Mississippi Development Authority's International Trade Office and U.S. Depa...

    2/23/2009

    MSU offers youth hunt in Noxubee

    Several wildlife groups will assist in an event for future hunters on Feb. 14 in an effort to lay the foundation for safe and responsible hunting.

    Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources is offering a squirrel hunt for young people at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, located southeast of Starkville.

    The ...


    MSU College of Forest Resources announces new leadership

    The Mississippi State forestry's department head is being promoted to a new administrative role in the university's College of Forest Resources.

    James P. "Jim" Shepard now is associate director of research for the Forest and Wildlife Research Center and Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute.

    Shepard, an MSU alumnus, jo...

    1/26/2009

    MSU student forestry group maintains high ranking

    Mississippi State continues as the home of a top Society of American Foresters student chapter.

    The 47-member university organization recently placed first nationally in the 2007-08 Web site competition and third place overall among outstanding campus chapters.

    The group has been atop the overall chapter rankings for the pa...

    1/20/2009

    Workshop to educate on bobwhite habitat in state

    A Feb. 11-13 workshop hosted by the Mississippi State University Extension Service will help restore the whistle of the bobwhite to properties throughout the Southeast.

    Designed for landowners, the intensive workshop includes detailed information on bobwhite biology and management. The on-campus workshop in Tully Auditorium at MSU's T...


    MSU wildlife biologist receives top honor of world body

    Jeanne C. Jones of Mississippi State is a new Fellow of The Wildlife Society.

    An associate professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, she is being honored by the Bethesda, Md.-based organization for "distinguished and exceptional service" to the profession.

    "Dr. Jones is known for her work on reclaim...


    Pulpwood prices salvage 2008 timber crop value

    The continuing decline in housing construction was supposed to decrease the value of Mississippi's timber harvest for the third consecutive year, but an increase in pulpwood demand kept that from happening.

    Although the final value of the 2008 timber crop will not be available until February 2009, a preliminary December estimate indic...

    12/18/2008

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