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Storm-surviving trees still face challenges

Tree losses in South Mississippi from Hurricane Katrina are still rising 11 months and counting after the devastating storm made landfall.

Glenn Hughes, Mississippi State University Extension Service forestry specialist in Lamar County, said the extent of the damage is still being assessed and more trees continue dying from affects of ...

7/27/2006

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 39-member university organization recently placed first in the 2005-06 SAF Student Chapter Web site competition and tied for first overall as the outstanding student chapter.

The grou...

7/27/2006

MSU professor named fellow of international body

H. Michael Barnes 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, he is being honored by the professional organization for his work in wood preservation and durability, wood treatment, and treatment effects on wood properties.

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7/26/2006

Natural resources businesses provide income opportunities

Landowners searching for ways to increase their income may need to look no further than their backyard. That is what Wade Henson did.

Henson developed a successful fee-hunting business on his family's farm near Kilmichael. He started Cypress Lodge Outfitters on a shoestring budget in 1994, offering just a few hunts a year.

"N...

7/19/2006

MSU professor to head leading professional fisheries society

A nationally recognized professor in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources is in line to become president of the American Fisheries Society.

Don Jackson of the university's wildlife and fisheries department recently was elected as the organization's second vice president. He becomes the top officer of the 10,000-member organ...

6/30/2006

Forest landowners award MSU professor

A forestry timber tax specialist at Mississippi State University was named Extension Forester of the Year by the Forest Landowner Association.

Debbie Gaddis, associate Extension professor in the College of Forest Resources, received the honor at the recent annual meeting of the organization in San Antonio, Texas.

A native of Mi...

6/9/2006

Forestry movers, shakers to star at forestry equipment show

Machines and technology that keep the South's forest industry booming will be on display June 2 and 3 at the 2006 Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show.

The biannual demonstration of new timber harvest and production equipment takes place seven miles south of Starkville on state Highway 25. The site adjoins an entrance road to Mississippi ...

5/22/2006

New MSU study: bird habitats clearly in our 'fields' of vision

Privately owned Southeastern forests and farmlands that produce food and fiber products for growing global markets also can provide essential habitats for grassland birds and hundreds of other wildlife species.

Numerous factors, including farm consolidation, single-crop production, wetland loss, and intensive forest management, have c...

5/5/2006

Former MSU professor to lead 2006 Carlton Owen lecture

A retired Mississippi State biology professor who now teaches in Florida will be featured April 24 as part of the university's ongoing Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Jerome A. "Jerry" Jackson's 1:30 p.m. public presentation in the Tully Auditorium of Thompson Hall will be followed by a reception in the same location. An ornithologist...

4/13/2006

New MSU herbarium reflects knowledge, efforts of its creator

Alexis Londo is a mother of two, doctoral-degree candidate and research associate at Mississippi State University. But, wait, there's more--much more.

In 2003, Londo was asked to teach dendrology--the identification of trees--in the College of Forest Resources after the course instructor went on an academic sabbatical. In addition to t...

4/10/2006

MSU researchers begin Sardis Reservoir angler survey

According to a 2001 federal survey, more than $210 million is spent each year on fishing-related activities in Mississippi by some 586,000 anglers.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report also found that nearly 12 percent of this cash stream comes from non-state residents crossing the borders to reach Mississippi's 14,000 miles of s...

3/30/2006

Ducks Unlimited Honors MSU Professor Rick Kaminski

Ducks Unlimited honored Mississippi State University Professor Rick Kaminski at the 71st North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, in Columbus, Ohio, by awarding him its Wetland Conservation Achievement Award. Because of his life-long commitment to wetlands and waterfowl, Dr. Rick Kaminski distinguished himself as the research pr...

3/27/2006

MSU study reveals wild side of famous military park

Thousands of annual visitors to the Vicksburg National Military Park walk and drive through the riverside scene of a pivotal Civil War battle. Most remain, however, within the well-manicured areas that surround most monuments, artillery emplacements and other key points of the great struggle.

Few probably ever appreciate the 1,800-acre...

3/13/2006

MSU combines water expertise

Water is essential for life and the enhancement of both water quantity and quality has become issues of major public concern.

Addressing water-related issues is the mission of the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute at Mississippi State University. Formerly a part of MSU's GeoResources Institute, the WRRI relocated to the un...

3/13/2006

Wade siblings honor late Starkville brother with scholarship

A new endowed scholarship established at Mississippi State is a memorial by his sisters to former Starkville businessman Clyde Patrick "Pat" Wade.

Mary Martha Morgan and Carol Lynn Crouse of Starkville, and Betty Hilton of Huntsville, Texas, created the endowment for students in the university's College of Forest Resources.

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3/2/2006

Landowners explore income opportunities

Mississippi and Arkansas landowners interested in earning additional revenue from their land can take part in a March 2 workshop focusing on natural resource enterprises.

A variety of enterprises can be developed from natural resources including fee hunting and fishing, agritourism, wildlife watching, trail riding and heritage tourism....

2/16/2006

New MSU report analyzes state rules for prescribed forest burns

With spring approaching, prescribed fires will be used extensively to reduce wildfire risks across Mississippi.

While there are clear benefits associated with the controlled burns, a Mississippi State researcher said potential risks from the process have resulted in revised state liability laws.

Benefits of prescribed fires...

2/14/2006

MSU helping balance Mother Nature, military readiness

When the petite blonde researcher from Mississippi State speaks, even heavy artillery and tank commanders listen.

Since 1987, Jeanne Jones has been helping the military with techniques that create harmony between military training and natural resources conservation. While erosion control was the initial focus on more than 280,000 acre...

2/7/2006

Agroforestry specialist to present MSU seminar

A forest service specialist will present a seminar Wednesday [Jan. 11] on opportunities in agroforestry.

Greg Ruark, program manager for the USDA National Agroforestry Center will speak at 2:00 in Tully Auditorium of Thompson Hall.

Ruark received a B.S. in forestry and an M.S in forest soils from the University of Massachuset...

1/9/2006

MSU doctoral student Dan O'Keefe selected for national award

A College of Forest Resources doctoral student at Mississippi State is among four honored recently by professionals attending the 2005 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Michigan.

Daniel M. "Dan" O'Keefe of Shepherd, Mich., who is completing a terminal degree in wildlife and fisheries at the land-grant university, received the fi...

12/16/2005

MSU dean elected to lead national association

George M. Hopper has been voted president-elect of the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs.

Hopper, the dean of Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources and director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, will serve as president of the association for a two-year term beginning January 2007....

12/14/2005

Brazilian scholars expand fisheries knowledge at MSU

Far from their home 4,600 miles to the south, two husband/wife Brazilian research teams are studying fisheries and aquatic ecosystems in Mississippi.

During the just concluded fall semester, aquatic ecologists Sidinei Thomaz and Rosemara Fugi of Maringa State University have been the guests of Mississippi State wildlife and fisheries ...

12/12/2005

MSU natural resource economist tapped for national study

A Mississippi State forestry professor is among four recently chosen by independent forest certifiers to implement a test assessment of the U.S. Forest Service's sustainable forestry practices.

Steve Grado and his professional colleagues will be making the first independent appraisal of USFS lands since their establishment in 1897. In...

12/5/2005

MSU Berryman Seminar to focus on human-wildlife conflicts

A key administrator with the federal Wildlife Service will be the featured speaker Nov. 29 for the 2005 Berryman Institute Seminar at Mississippi State University.

Rich Chipman, New York state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture agency, will lead an hourlong public program beginning at 10:30 a.m. in 208A Thompson Hall.

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11/15/2005

MSU '06 workshops to offer natural resources enterprise lessons

Bird watching is a national phenomenon, one the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has called the fastest growing recreational activity in America.

The federal agency is reporting that some 50 million citizens identify themselves as bird watchers. Add to this multi-billion dollar activity those who also hunt and fish, and landowners--espe...

10/27/2005

MSU researchers offer another 'solution' for stopping mold growth

As Gulf Coast homeowners engage in the post-Katrina rebuilding process, a team of Mississippi State wood protection specialists is urging them to "think beyond bleach and water."

While that tried-and-true combination has its place, university scientists also are recommending a borate supplement with mold-controlling agents prior to han...

10/26/2005

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

Pike Co. native to focus on private giving to MSU forestry programs

A Mississippi State alumnus and fund-raising veteran now is concentrating his efforts exclusively for the university's College of Forest Resources.

Jeff Little is the college's new development director. Most recently, he has served as assistant development director for both the colleges of Forest Resources and Veterinary Medicine.

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

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