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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.

4/6/2009

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...

3/26/2009

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

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

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...

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 ...

1/29/2009

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...

1/8/2009

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...

12/19/2008

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

Efforts by MSU forest resource graduate students recognized

A graduate student team in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources is being honored by an international scientific and educational association.

The Wildlife Society recently presented the university group with its 2008 Special Recognition Service Award for the inaugural Natural Resources Graduate Student Symposium it organized...

12/12/2008

Shmulsky accepted for the national Food Systems Leadership Institute

Rubin Shmulsky was accepted for the Fall 2008 Food Systems Leadership Institute, a top-tier leadership development program for academia, industry, and government. The FSLI enhances personal and professional development by emphasizing leadership competencies, skills for organizational change, and a broad, interdisciplinary perspective of food ...

12/1/2008

MSU offers furniture resource service, Thursday trade seminar

A new service at Mississippi State is assisting state furniture manufacturers and wood producers in exporting to foreign markets.

In 2007, domestic furniture and related product exports totaling $3.9 billion went primarily to Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Mississippi's share of the market was approximately 3 per...

11/18/2008

MSU faculty, grad students receive Wildlife Society honors

Three faculty members and two graduate students in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources are being honored by The Wildlife Society, Mississippi Chapter.

Competing among a field of 13, wildlife and fisheries doctoral candidate Dawn H. Manning of Starkville recently received the best student visual display award. Under the dire...

10/17/2008

Good news, boys and girls. 'Wood Magic' returning to MSU!

An event that once attracted thousands of elementary school students to the Mississippi State campus returns next week after a seven-year absence.

What now will be the university's eighth annual Wood Magic Science Fair takes place Monday-Friday [Oct. 20-24] at the R.T. Clapp Forest Products Laboratory on Blackjack Road. More than 3,000...

10/16/2008

Scientists discover bacteria aiding Southern pine beetles

Researchers may have found the secret to controlling a tiny insect that robs Mississippi landowners of an estimated 12 million cubic feet of pine forest each year.

Though only an eighth of an inch long, the Southern pine beetle is a big pest and difficult to contain.

Scientists at Mississippi State University's Forest and Wildli...

10/6/2008

MSU announces first waterfowl, wetlands endowed chair

MSU announces first waterfowl, wetlands endowed chair

Waterfowl- and wetlands-related teaching, research and service are being greatly enhanced at Mississippi State through a significant gift from the chairman and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises Inc.

James C. Kennedy recently established an endowed professorship in the university's College of Forest Resources to focus specific...

9/29/2008

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

Singleton honored with national student advising honors

Having been honored on campus earlier this year, Mississippi State professional Rachel Singleton will now travel to the Windy City to be recognized at the highest level for helping students successfully complete their university course work.

Receiving the National Academic Advising Association's 2008 Outstanding Advising Awards, Single...

9/24/2008

Two new avenues for giving announced for MSU donors

The Mississippi State University Foundation now has two new ways to support the institution, both dealing with real estate and timberland.

Assets of real property may be given for charitable purposes through either the Bulldog Properties or Bulldog Forest programs. Both offers benefits to donors, including the designation of support t...

9/19/2008

Explore outdoor business ideas in upcoming workshop

Wildlife watching, fee fishing, fee hunting and horse trail riding as outdoor recreational businesses will be discussed at a Sept. 30 workshop at Richardson's Tree Farm in Brookhaven.

The one-day workshop based on Mississippi's natural resources is for farmers, landowners and resource managers. It will provide attendees with the resour...

9/12/2008

D'Abramo selected to head MSU graduate school

A veteran faculty member, aquaculture researcher and chairman of Mississippi State's distinguished professor group is the university's new graduate school dean.

Louis R. "Lou" D'Abramo also will serve as associate vice president for academic affairs at the land-grant institution. A wildlife and fisheries professor, he has held the rank...

9/5/2008

Soil quality impacts size of deer antlers

Mississippi State University researchers are investigating the connection between soil fertility and antler size as deer hunters prepare for their annual quest for the elusive trophy buck.

As fall approaches, masses of hunters begin to dust off bows, construct tree stands and sight in rifles. Deer season opens Oct. 15 for most of the ...

9/5/2008

MSU professor receives international wood science honor

Terry L. Amburgey of Mississippi State is a new Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science.

A professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, Amburgey is being honored by the professional organization for outstanding contributions to the field.

He currently leads an interdisciplinary research tea...

8/18/2008

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

MSU focuses on the lost art of grabbling

Mississippi State University is preparing for a research project to understand what motivates fishing enthusiasts to risk personal injury reaching into a dark, underwater hole to grab a fish instead of using the traditional hook-and-line method.

Grabbling, or noodling, is a form of angling often referred to as a lost art. The tradition...

8/14/2008

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