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Hunters: Avoid tagged deer near Lowndes County

When hunters in Lowndes and surrounding counties see deer with colored ear tags this fall, researchers at Mississippi State University hope they will allow the research subjects to roam.

Scientists at MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center are studying antler size and growth rates for 77 tagged whitetail bucks in the wild. Res...

10/1/2012

In-woods equipment show set for Oct. 5-6

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

The event is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the John W. Starr Memorial Forest off of Highway 25 near Starkville. It is sponsored by Mississippi State University’s College o...

10/1/2012

MSU research reels in success for fisheries

Mississippi has some of the best fisheries in the nation, and Mississippi State University researchers are working to keep the threatened species in them from disappearing.

Peter Allen, assistant professor of aquatic sciences, conducts research on the fisheries that provide food and fun for Mississippians. He works at MSU’s South...

8/30/2012

MSU forestry software inventories resources

Seeing the forest and the trees is a lot easier with software developed by scientists at Mississippi State University.

Researchers at MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center have created the Mississippi Forest Monitoring and Information System, a forest inventory and information system that combines satellite remote sensing data and ...

8/23/2012

Ponds give Mississippians more than entertainment

Mississippi’s 160,237 ponds offer more than mere recreation—they benefit the state’s economy and environment.

Most people envision ponds as small bodies of water that offer a peaceful view and recreational fishing opportunities, said Glynda Clardy, state wildlife biologist at U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural R...

8/2/2012

MSU student named marine policy fellow

A Mississippi State University doctoral candidate has been selected for a prestigious national fellowship focused on federal marine policies.

Clifford P. Hutt of Starkville is one of 53 scholars selected for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. He will spend a year in a legislative or executive office in Washington, D.C. to lea...

7/19/2012

Agritourism gains popularity in state

Hunting and fishing have always been popular in Mississippi, but landowners are now adding wildlife watching, horseback riding and other agricultural entertainment businesses, such as pumpkin patches and bed and breakfasts, to the mix.

Daryl Jones, an associate Extension professor in Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wild...

7/5/2012

Smart landscaping reduces wildfire risk

Mississippians can see footage of the West’s wildfires nearly every day, but many could be surprised to learn that their own state averages more than 600 wildfires a year. With urban sprawl infringing on the state’s forests, the fire risk is growing.

"Wildfires don’t get much attention here because we aren’...

6/28/2012

Fight feral hogs with online info

Wild pigs may be a boon to hunters, but to many of the nation’s landowners, they are a nuisance, an economic and environmental liability, and a disease hazard.

Farmers and landowners can arm themselves with information from a new website dedicated to providing research-based, useful solutions for feral hogs that damage their crop...

6/28/2012

MSU alumnus wins conservation award

A Mississippi State University alumnus’s dedication to sharing his passion for the outdoors has resulted in a national honor.

Jay Stokes, a 2007 graduate of MSU’s College of Forest Resources, was honored as a Field and Stream magazine Hero of Conservation. The honor recognizes individuals who conduct extremely effective hun...

6/21/2012

Forest landowners honor MSU Extension specialist

A forest and wildlife management specialist at Mississippi State University has been named the national Extension Forester of the Year by the Forest Landowners Association.

Don Bales of Purvis, a senior Extension associate in MSU’s College of Forest Resources and certified wildlife biologist, received the honor at the organizatio...

6/8/2012

Wildlife habitats easy to achieve in city

City dwellers do not have to move to the country to enjoy colorful birds, butterflies and other wild animals if they build a backyard wildlife habitat.

"The No. 1 reason people consider a backyard wildlife habitat is for the enjoyment they get from watching wildlife," said Ty Jones, Madison County director with Mississippi St...

6/7/2012

In memory of Robert "Bob" Parker

The College of Forest Resources is saddened by the passing of retired forestry professor Robert Parker. Dr. Parker passed Monday, May 28. Please keep Dr. Parker's family in your thoughts and prayers. The obituary is below.

Mr. Robert Clark "Bob" Parker, 69, died Monday, May 28, 2012 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville.

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5/31/2012

Mortensen Forest designated for MSU teaching and conservation

A 352-acre tract of Forrest County timberland is now part of Mississippi State’s Bulldog Forest program and the state’s only Army Compatible Use Buffer-designated property.

Known as the Davis and Ann Mortensen Forest, the area is located in proximity to Camp Shelby, and is a joint project between Mississippi State Universit...

5/29/2012

MSU program seeks demonstration sites

Some skeptics think agricultural production and natural resource conservation are incompatible, but a Mississippi State University scientist is committed to proving them wrong, one farm at a time.

Robbie Kroger, assistant professor of aquatic sciences in the MSU Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, is the co-founder and spoke...

5/22/2012

Field day makes ecology lesson fun

Spending the day fishing, searching pond water for insects, and hiking nature trails might not be a traditional middle school field trip, but organizers of the first Youth Fishing Day hope the May 11 event sparked an appreciation for the outdoors in participating sixth graders.

"The urban complex has spread into our rural areas, and ...

5/17/2012

National leadership group selects two MSU scientists

Two Mississippi State University scientists have been selected for a national leadership training program.

MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center professors Robert Kroger and David Jones will be in the Leadership for the 21st Century, or Lead21, class of 2012-2013.

Lead21’s purpose is to develop leaders within land-gra...

5/17/2012

BBC team films catfish, toads in a visit to MSU

Catfish and toads drew two British Broadcasting Corporation film crews and host to spend three days with Mississippi State University experts.

The crew was shooting an upcoming BBC documentary called Wonders of Life with host Brian Cox. It will follow Cox’s successful Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe, viewed by...

5/17/2012

Outdoor Channel uses MSU’s BuckScore tool

Mississippi State University’s BuckScore software is now the official scoring system for the Outdoor Channel.

BuckScore is a software package that uses digital images to estimate the age and antler score of white-tailed deer. Developed by scientists in the university’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center and Extension Servi...

5/10/2012

Registration open for outdoor summer camps

Youth interested in outdoor fun and hands-on learning experiences can register for two different summer camps focused on natural resources.

High school students curious about careers in natural resources are invited to attend Mississippi State University’s Natural Resources Summer Camp June 10 to 14. Any high school student enter...

4/26/2012

Workshops address deer management

Mississippi State University is planning four workshops throughout the state to help participants learn how to better manage their land for white-tailed deer.

The workshops are in two-day sets, and participants can register for one or both days. Workshops will be held June 1 in Vicksburg at Hinds Community College and June 2 at the Mah...

4/26/2012

Natural resource workshop explores outdoor businesses

Farmers, landowners and resource managers will find the newest tools to establish and manage a natural resource enterprise at a one-day workshop in Yazoo County.

The May 2 event will begin at 8 a.m. at Field Quest Farms in Benton. The morning presentations include revenue potential, liability and legal concerns, and marketing an outdoo...

4/16/2012

Golf pro, forestry leader collaborate to benefit MSU golf course

When the head of Mississippi State’s Institute of Golf needed the right trees to improve playability and course safety, he had only to travel a short distance to the university’s College of Forest Resources.

Tony Luczak, a Professional Golfers Association member who has directed the golf institute for four years, said he kn...

4/2/2012

Furniture summit addresses industry challenges

Nothing brings competitors together like the threat of even bigger competition.

Among the crowd of different furniture manufacturing representatives at Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute on Wednesday, that seemed to be the sentiment. About 75 people from furniture companies, suppliers and industry trade o...

3/22/2012

Former USDA Undersecretary to leads Carlton Owen lecture

A former senior administrator with the U.S. Department of Agriculture is this year’s guest for Mississippi State’s 2012 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Mark E. Rey, undersecretary for natural resources and environment from 2001-09, will lead the March 28 public program. His presentation begins at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of ...

3/20/2012

MSU’s kenaf research developed into products

A fibrous plant researched at Mississippi State University may end up at the Olympics in the form of a specialty gun stock.

"We’re exploring how to make a commercial product out of an agricultural byproduct and kenaf, a quick-growing plant," said Dan Seale, forest products professor in MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Re...

3/8/2012

Place trees to reduce storm damage risks

A storm-resistant landscape design and consistent tree health monitoring can save cities and property owners time and money.

"Well-designed landscapes are easier to maintain and reduce the risk of damage from a fallen tree or limb," said John Kushla, a Mississippi State University Extension Service forestry specialist and ass...

3/8/2012

Forestry workshop helps Scouts get badges

More than 200 Boy Scouts in the Andrew Jackson Council met at Hood Boy Scout Camp in Hazlehurst Feb. 11 for a workshop to help them earn their forestry merit badge.

Instructors from the Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi Forestry Commission, Mississippi Forestry Association and Weyerhaeuser Company taught the s...

2/16/2012

Webinar shows how to capitalize on wildlife

The Mississippi State University Extension Service will offer an online webinar series from Feb. 16 through March 22 for landowners and those interested in wildlife and fisheries enterprises.

Six sessions will be held on consecutive Thursdays at 11:30 CST for registered participants in five states: Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Ala...

2/10/2012

Alternative energy found in timber

Producing and using alternative energy is more important now than ever before, and scientists at Mississippi State University are focusing on timber as a possible source for energy.

"Whether you buy into the idea of climate change or not, we are all interested in protecting the environment," said Randy Rousseau, a forestry res...

2/9/2012

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