Posts Tagged ‘wood’

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

by MBJ Staff Published: March 22,2012

Tags: biomass, council, energy, feedstock, forestry, forests, fuel, management, renewable energy, state agency, technology, trees, wood

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 […] [...]

Koppers Holding closing plant; nearly 50 left jobless

by Associated Press Published: February 20,2012

Tags: Closing, facility, forestry, jobs, layoffs, manufacturer, manufacturing, plant, trees, unemployment, wood, workers

GRENADA — Koppers Holdings Inc., which produces carbon compounds and wood treatment products, says it will close a facility in Grenada because of low levels of profitability that show no signs of future improvement. Pittsburgh-based Koppers said in a news release that the wood treating plant in Grenada, which employed about 46 people, shut down […] [...]

Former Georgia-Pacific plant destroyed in blaze; no injuries reported

by Associated Press Published: February 10,2012

Tags: blaze, disaster, fire, forestry, lumber, manufacturing, plant, timber, trees, wood

GLOSTER — A fire has destroyed the former Georgia-Pacific paper mill in Gloster. The Natchez Democrat reports fire units from several counties and Louisiana responded to the fire. Amite County fire coordinator Sam Walsh says the plant was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. There were no injuries because workers had already left. The mill […] [...]

EPA starts cleanup of former Davis Timber site

by Associated Press Published: January 3,2012

Tags: cleanup, environment, federal government, foresters, forestry, lumber, manufacturing, timber, trees, wood

LAMAR COUNTY — The Environmental Protection Agency has started the cleanup of the Davis Timber Superfund site in Lamar County and the length of the project and cost could turn out to be less than expected. The Hattiesburg American reports EPA official Scott Martin from Atlanta has told supervisors that a November survey of the […] [...]

Commission appeals ruling in wrongful firing case

by Associated Press Published: January 3,2012

Tags: courts, employment, firing, forestry, forests, lumber, state government, timber, trees, wood

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 […] [...]

River restocked with fish following accident at mill

by MBJ Staff Published: December 15,2011

Tags: environment, fish, forests, lumber, manufacturing, mills, pollution, state government, timber, trees, wildlife, wood

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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