Posts Tagged ‘timber’

MSU researchers develop timber-management software

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University scientists have created a new software program to help foresters and landowners manage hardwood timber. Emily Schultz and Tom Matney, forestry professors in the MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center, developed the software and user’s guide based on 33 years of research. The free software provides expected yields and future […] [...]

Coast man pleads guilty to 16th Section timber theft

SAUCIER — Following an investigation by the Secretary of State’s Office, the Department of Agriculture and the Mississippi Forestry Commission, 54-year-old Harold Edwin Simmons of Saucier has pled guilty to three counts of felony timber theft. Simmons was accused of stealing approximately $250,000 worth of timber harvested from three separate 16th Section land sites in […] [...]

Molpus Woodlands buys New York timberland

JACKSON — The Molpus Woodlands Group, LLC, a timberland investment management organization, on behalf of a client has purchased approximately 130,659 acres in New York for approximately $57,500,000. Located in St. Lawrence, Clinton, Franklin and Lewis counties in the north-central part of upstate New York, the property is almost entirely within the boundaries of New […] [...]

County taking bids to clear timber off old IP site

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors is advertising for bids for the removal of timber from the 470-acre site of the old International Paper plant. Board vice president Mike Lazarus tells the Natchez Democrat that the property’s previous owners, Rentech, were already logging the land when Adams County bought it in August. “The […] [...]

Lumber company expanding, adding new workers

BALDWYN — Maple Land and Timber has announced the company is expanding its operation located near Baldwyn. The plant, which operates as American Land and Timber, will produce lumber for export to overseas markets. The expansion includes the addition of a new sawmill and the construction of a 20,000-square-foot facility. The project represents a $1.95 […] [...]

Kitchens Brothers selling shuttered sawmills

UTICA — Equity Partners CRB and Heritage Global Partners have been retained to sell three hardwood sawmills on behalf of Kitchens Brothers Manufacturing Company. Equity Partners is seeking bids for each mill in its entirety through late October, with any remaining assets to be offered at auction in November by Heritage. Family owned and operated […] [...]

County adds 240-acre, interstate-fronting tract

MCCOMB — Pike County economic developers have upped their portfolio for possible development by taking a three-year option to buy 240 acres fronting Interstate 55. The Enterprise-Journal reported the economic development district paid Griffin Timber LLC $30,000 for control of the property into 2016. Griffin Timber is owned by businessman Ed Griffin. The land runs […] [...]

Paper plant will have converting and manufacturing capabilities

NATCHEZ — Von Drehle Corporation officials say the Natchez plant will be the company’s only “all-under-one-roof” facility. The Natchez Democrat reports company engineer Tanya Richardson told a local civic club this week that the operation would have pulp converting and paper manufacturing capabilities, the company’s only plant to have both. Von Drehle, which provides paper […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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