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Man showing fish to group
November 22, 2022 - Filed Under: Fisheries, Fish Management

BILOXI, Miss. -- The Southeast has some of the most commercially and recreationally valuable fisheries in the United States. However, anglers’ observations of fish populations don’t always match the results of official stock assessments for important reef fishes.

A pine stand has small branches laying on the ground near trees.
November 11, 2022 - Filed Under: Forestry, Forest Pests

A variety of pests threaten Mississippi forests, presenting a challenge to landowners who lack experience in managing land or even knowing what problems to look for. Brady Self, a forestry specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said that good first step is to simply do a walkthrough and look for things out of place.

A man on a tractor drives through Christmas trees.
November 8, 2022 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Farming, Agri-tourism, Christmas Trees

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Larry Haley is expecting a busy year at his Christmas tree farm in Saucier. Haley said he sells about 500 trees per year. That may sound like a lot, but they go fast. Families who want to be sure to get the perfect tree should visit their local tree farm as early as possible.

Bats on a tree limb
Bats may look spooky to some, but they perform critical tasks in the environment that help humans, including pollinating plants, distributing seeds, and controlling insect pests.
October 25, 2022 - Filed Under: Insects, Natural Resources, Wildlife, Urban and Backyard Wildlife

Bats have long been associated with Halloween, and this has fostered many myths about them. They may look spooky to some, but they perform critical tasks in the environment that help humans. The 1,400 species that are spread across six different continents serve an important purpose in our ecosystem. They pollinate plants, distribute seeds, and control insect pests, including mosquitoes. Fifteen different species of these small mammals live in Mississippi.

Japanese Maple Tree
Leaves are your best clue in identifying a tree. (Photo from Canva)
October 14, 2022 - Filed Under: Trees, Forestry

Being able to identify trees is an impressive skill to have. Some trees, like the magnolia tree, are easily recognizable. Others, not so much. Identifying a tree is like solving a mystery. There are several different puzzle pieces to put together before you know for sure what kind of tree it is. 

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A man wearing dress clothes stands in front of a blue wall and smiles with his hands clasped in front of his body.
Natural Resources, Fisheries, Marine Resources
Volume 8 Number 3

On the surface, the Mississippi Aquarium may seem like just a fun destination where people can learn about and get an up-close look at aquatic life and other wildlife. But the purpose of the aquarium is much more profound.

A man stands in a wooden shed holding parts to a soil sensor system.
Agriculture, Crops, Irrigation, Remote Sensing Technology, Soils, Soil Health, Soil Testing, Healthy Soils and Water, Healthy Water Practices, Water
Volume 8 Number 2

Brian Andrus irrigated exactly zero times on his Sunflower County farm in 2021. He didn’t even turn on his well.

 

An older man squats next to a brown and white cow lying on the ground.
Agriculture, Livestock, Natural Resources, Forestry
Volume 8 Number 2

The benefits of prescribed burns on Jim Currie’s longleaf pine land in Hancock County were short-lived. He needed something extra to keep the understory vegetation from growing back so quickly.

A man wearing a bright yellow button-up shirt leans against a large truck and rests one hand in his blue jean pocket.
Trees, Natural Resources, Forestry, Forestry Impacts, Timber Prices, Timber Harvest
Volume 8 Number 1

Annual forestry show gathers industry, highlights best logging practices

Year after year, the Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show attracts thousands of visitors. Canceled in 2020, as most large gatherings were because of the COVID pandemic, the show opened in 2021 with about 3,500 former and new attendees ready to discover the latest forestry equipment, safety guidelines, and timber-harvesting methods.

A man wearing a yellow hard hat and holding a chain saw stands in front of a trailer holding harvested timber.
Natural Resources, Forestry, Timber Harvest
Volume 7 Number 3

Training a priority for third-generation logger

Logging can be a dangerous profession, but Brian Smith makes safety a priority.

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