Posts Tagged ‘forestry’

Alternative fuel refinery kicks into production

COLUMBUS — Alternative fuel firm KiOR says it started production in October in Columbus, and plans to make its first commercial shipments before November’s end. CEO Fred Cannon told analysts on a conference call the technology is working “and producing a high-quality oil. I am extremely pleased with the performance of our technology at Columbus.” […] [...]

Railroad outlines sustainability efforts in new report

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern Corp. has issued its fifth-annual corporate sustainability report, documenting progress on the railroad’s efforts to reduce its business impacts on the environment. The 2012 report can be found on Norfolk Southern’s environmental website, www.nssustainability.com. It highlights advances made in the five years since the company launched a sustainability program with […] [...]

Beetle-prevention program earns national recognition

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State University Extension Service recently gained national recognition for a program designed to protect the state’s timberlands from an insect pest. The Mississippi Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program received the 2012 Family Forests Education Award at the Society of American Foresters’ national convention, held in Spokane, Wash. The honor is given […] [...]

MSU researchers create new forest inventory system

STARKVILLE — Researchers at Mississippi State University’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 ground surveys. It is the first time forest-related satellite data and ground measurements have been combined on such a large scale […] [...]

Molpus Woodlands, Boston firm purchase nearly 2M acres in four states

JACKSON — The Hancock Timber Resource Group of Boston and Jackson-based Molpus Woodlands Group have purchased the 1.88 million acre timberland portfolio of Forest Capital Partners, the companies report. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Hancock Timber is acquiring 376,000 acres in Louisiana, 573,000 acres in Oregon, 138,000 acres in Idaho and 264,000 acres […] [...]

Solid prices, beetles prompting timber owners to harvest

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Landowners debating the timing for their next timber sale should send trees to the market sooner, rather than later. James Henderson, assistant forestry professor with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said increases in housing starts are contributing to gradual timber price improvements, but better reasons to harvest could be related to insects […] [...]

Foresters warn landowners of spread of Southern pine beetles

SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — Southern pine beetle populations are on the rise in southwest Mississippi, and foresters are warning of a potential outbreak and urging landowners to be on the lookout for the tree-killing pests. The Mississippi Forestry Commission says populations of the borer beetles that attack and kill live trees are increasing in the area […] [...]

Timber Products expanding its operations in Corinth

CORINTH — Timber Products Company, manufacturer of various wood products, is expanding operations at its hardwood plywood facility in Corinth by adding a clear ultraviolet plywood finishing process at the plant. The project represents a company investment of $350,000 and will create up to four new jobs and help retain the company’s 50 current employees, […] [...]

Court upholds firing of forester who opposed state logging plan

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has upheld the firing of a Franklin County forester who opposed a logging plan pushed by the state. The decision overturned a 2010 order by Franklin County judge who found the Mississippi Forestry Commission’s firing of Stephen Oglesby was wrong. According to court records, Oglesby was at […] [...]

Timberland near Camp Shelby added to MSU’s Bulldog Forest

FORREST COUNTY — A 352-acre tract of Forrest County timberland is now part of Mississippi State University’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 MSU, MSU Foundation, […] [...]

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