Posts Tagged ‘forests’

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 […] [...]

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, […] [...]

USDA, partners award $20M-plus for habitat restoration along river

WEST MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and its partners report they will invest nearly $32 million this year in financial and technical assistance for five water quality and wetlands improvement projects in seven Mississippi River Basin states. When fully implemented, the projects will prevent sediment and nutrients […] [...]

Longleaf pine reforestation could have $300M economic impact

SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — A long-term, federal initiative aimed at more than doubling the size of longleaf pine forests in the Southeast could have an estimated $300 million economic impact in the Mississippi Pine Belt. In February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that 20 restoration projects had been programmed for 2012, including a $2.7 million […] [...]

County to spend $5.1 million for levee at KiOR site

ADAMS COUNTY — Adams County will spend $5.1 million to put up a levee at the industrial site where a biofuels company intends to locate. Biofuels company KiOR said Monday it would locate its second Mississippi production facility in Natchez, a move that will create 300 jobs. The facility will be built on a 120-acre […] [...]

MTA program managing biomass/renewable energy council

RIDGELAND — The Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council (MBREC) is now under the management of the Strategic Biomass Solutions (SBS), a program of the Mississippi Technology Alliance. MBREC will be housed alongside SBS in Ridgeland. “MBREC is on the move to bigger and better things,” said John Mabry Jr., president of MBREC. “We recognize […] [...]

Government, nonprofit helping landowners restore trees ravaged by Katrina

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The federal government and a nonprofit organization are working to help private landowners restore stands of oaks, cypress and other hardwoods ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina killed or severely damaged about 320 million trees in less than 24 hours when it swept through Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama in August 2005, according […] [...]

Commission appeals ruling in wrongful firing case

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Mississippi Forestry Commission has appealed a judge’s ruling that it wrongly fired a Franklin County forester who opposed logging plan pushed by the state. The state Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the case on Jan. 18. A Franklin County judge ruled for Stephen Oglesby in 2010. According to […] [...]

Forestry’s value up despite lack of home construction

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Timber industry observers say low national home construction levels and relatively dry weather resulted in a slightly lower year-end value for Mississippi forest products. However, at an estimated $1.04 billion, the year-end value of the forest products fell less than 1 percent from last year. James Henderson, assistant Extension Service professor of […] [...]

River restocked with fish following accident at mill

PEARL RIVER — Staff from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has released approximately 3,000 “harvestable-size” channel catfish into the Pearl River. These larger fish will provide an immediate fishing resource to a depleted population, are less susceptible to predation than fingerlings, and will […] [...]

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