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Department name-change reflects new movement in forestry

A department at Mississippi State University is changes its name as it changes with the times. MSU says its Department of Forest Products is now the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts. Department head Rubin Shmulsky said over the last few decades, the forestry industry has evolved to include both wood and other bioproducts, including agricultural residues, natural fibers and adhesives. He ...

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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 million corporate investment and is ...

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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 officials say the state needs ...

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William Taylor supervising state’s national forests

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 and Texas. Taylor holds a ...

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William Taylor supervising state's national forests

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 and Texas. Taylor holds a ...

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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 money,'” said Grennell, who is ...

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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 Circle Bio Energy Inc. announced ...

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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 their carbon emissions. The name ...

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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 now and its importance in ...

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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 busy; some need more work. ...

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