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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, Army and the Mississippi chapter ...

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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 effort in the DeSoto National ...

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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 to The United States Department ...

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

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 closed in 2002, leaving 300 ...

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EPA starts cleanup of former Davis Timber site

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 site revealed a much lower-than-expected ...

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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 court records, Oglesby was at ...

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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 forestry at Mississippi State University, ...

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Feds investigating mill following Pearl River fish-kill

PEARL RIVER — Temple-Inland Inc. faces a federal criminal investigation over an August spill that killed thousands of fish in the Pearl River south of its Bogalusa, La., paper mill. A Mississippi official said environmental regulators from Mississippi and Louisiana have spoken repeatedly to federal investigators about the August incident, which left 500,000 dead fish and shellfish in a 45-mile ...

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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 be spawning this spring and ...

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Georgia Pacific closing sawmill due to lack of construction

MARION COUNTY — Georgia Pacific is closing down its Marion County sawmill, effectively putting 65 people out of work. Georgia Pacific spokeswoman Melody Ruse tells WDAM-TV employees of the sawmill, located just north of Columbia, were informed of the closure Monday. Ruse says dwindling housing starts nationwide is the reason for the closure. She says in 2010, there were 581,000 ...

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