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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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IP cleared to build landfill by supervisors

REDWOOD — International Paper can build an 18-acre landfill on its property on Mississippi Highway 3 in Redwood after Warren County officials amended local solid waste rules. The decision by county supervisors came this week after the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality said there was no provision in the county’s solid waste plan for a landfill at IP. John Adams, ...

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Molpus Woodlands buys timberland in two states

JACKSON — The Molpus Woodlands Group, LLC, on behalf of an unnamed client, has successfully purchased approximately 26,500 acres of timberland located in Georgia and Virginia. The timberland, located in Liberty and Long Counties in Georgia, and Greensville, Sussex and Southhampton Counties in Virginia, consists mainly of southern pine timberland. Molpus currently manages approximately 22,000 acres in Georgia and Virginia. ...

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Report: Sawtimber prices to be up and down

Forisk Consulting of Athens, Ga., forecasts sawtimber prices for the U.S. South weakening 2.7 percent in 2012 and then strengthening 2.9 percent into 2013. Key factors include weak expectations for housing starts and low utilization rates at sawmills. While sawtimber prices can increase temporarily from artificial shortages related to weather and logging capacity, long-term strengthening of sawtimber prices requires sawmill ...

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Without a safety net: Results of timber insurance study surprising, troubling

While landowners find timber insurance attractive, what they are willing to pay for it is significantly less than the going rate, and most choose to go uninsured and risk the losses even after Hurricane Katrina and last April’s destructive storms. That was the finding of a recent timber insurance study conducted by the Mississippi State University Forest and Wildlife Research ...

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Weyerhaeuser plans expansion, improvements of plants

LOWNDES COUNTY — Weyerhaeuser Co. is planning expansions at both of its Lowndes County production facilities over the next two years. Company spokeswoman Mary Hudson told the Commercial Dispatch that Weyerhaeuser plans to modernize equipment to reduce operating costs as well as improve product quality and environmental performance, reducing water consumption by 15 percent. Weyerhaeuser employs 430 people and produces ...

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Decimated logging industry clings to hope of housing rebound

Since the mid-1990s, Mississippi’s logging industry has been sawed to a fraction of what it was. Perhaps no better illustration of that comes in the latest employment figures for the industry included in a report by the Mississippi Institute for Forest Inventory. In 1996, the industry employed 125,000 people, according to the report. By 2008, that number had dropped to ...

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Forest Service commits to help with post-flood recovery

WEST MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will be among the federal agencies ready to help address flood cleanup and recovery needs in Mississippi. That is the word Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says he has received from the agency. Cochran addressed the historic flooding situation in Mississippi during a Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing last Thursday regarding the FY2012 ...

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Impacted owners eligible for forest restoration funding

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Landowners impacted by recent tornadoes may be eligible to receive financial assistance for reforestation efforts through the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP). The purpose of the EFRP is to make payments available to owners of non-industrial private forest (NIPF) land who are approved for program participation and carry out measures to restore land that is damaged by ...

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