Posts Tagged ‘forestry’

Business community has questions about proposed highway tax

JACKSON — Business groups still aren’t ready to raise Mississippi’s taxes to repair and build highways and bridges. In August, Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, proposed a $700 million menu of taxes and asked other members of a study committee examining road needs to offer their own alternative revenue and spending plans. Highway […] [...]

William Taylor supervising state’s national forests

by Published: August 30,2013

Tags: Clemson University, forestry, William "Eddie" Taylor Jr.

William “Eddie” Taylor Jr. has been appointed deputy forest supervisor for national forests in Mississippi. Since 2004, Taylor, a wildlife biologist, has served as ranger on the Sabine District and later on the combined Angelina/Sabine District on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas. Since 2011 he has served as acting forest supervisor in Alabama […] [...]

Community learns hard lessons from IP mill closure

NATCHEZ — Darryl Grennell can remember growing up in Natchez and smelling an odd odor in the air coming from the International Paper mill. What smelled funky to Grennell was a welcomed aroma for others. “I would ask the older people what that odor was and they would say to me, ‘That’s the smell of […] [...]

County takes out USDA loan to buy lans for wood pellet plant

LUCEDALE — George County supervisors have signed off on $1.3 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture loans to pay for land where a new wood pellet plant will go. The Mississippi Press reports that the USDA rural development loans will be used to purchase the property that will expand the George County Industrial Park. Green […] [...]

Another wood pellet operation coming to Pine Belt region

LUCEDALE — A second wood pellet mill is locating in George County. Officials say the new mill will handle 500,000 tons of pellets per year. The Mississippi Press reports the Port of Pascagoula leaders signed a document Thursday to provide for shipping of the wood pellets to European utilities, which use the pellets to reduce […] [...]

Agency official briefs foresters on economic development

Skip Skaggs, director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s Existing Industry and Business Division, promised a positive message last week just before he spoke to a group of local foresters. And, he delivered — eventually. But, while Skaggs’ presentation was essentially a broad overview of economic development efforts in the state and the role forestry plays […] [...]

Homebuilders, foresters optimistic about 2013

While there is still a long way to go to full recovery, two Mississippi industries – homebuilding and forestry – are expecting another bounce-back year in 2013. “There certainly is no housing boom going on,” said Marty Milstead, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Mississippi. “Some of our members are very, very […] [...]

Read June 7 issue of MBJ

>>BRIDGES Report: State bridges not old just neglected - by Ted Carter Also in this week’s paper: >>REAL ESTATE David Landrum talks about the past, present and future of Town of Livingston in Flora- by Stephen McDill >>AUTOMOTIVE GreenTech sues government watchdog for libel- by Clay Chandler >>FORESTRY Agency praises the economic benefits of land and trees- by Wally Northway >> ROSS REILY Aunt […] [...]

Foresters expecting another year of healthy recovery

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Evidence of a healthy national economy may be found in the strength of the timber industry. Forestry is a billion-dollar industry in Mississippi and the state’s second-largest agricultural commodity. A depressed national economy in recent years had negative impacts on housing construction and furniture manufacturing, which hurt the forestry sector, but industry […] [...]

Port lets dredging contract, clearing way for wood pellets

PASCAGOULA — Port of Pascagoula commissioners have approved a $1.5-million dredging project to prepare a Bayou Casotte berth for a specialized wood pellet exporting facility. The board awarded the $1.47 million contract to C. F. Bean, LLC for the dredging, testing, transporting and disposing of about 45,000 cubic yards of silts around Terminals E and […] [...]

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