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Friday, June 16, 2006

MS State Extension Service

2/9 Excerpt From Article
ELLISVILLE - The foliage thickens.
Horticulture and forestry students at Jones County Junior College are cultivating more than 1,500 hardwood seedlings for eventual replanting on campus, in Ellisville, Laurel and beyond, thanks to a recent grant worth more than $43,600 from the Mississippi Forestry Commission.
"They'll be planted on public property where trees were damaged or destroyed" by Hurricane Katrina, said Jim Walley, JCJC vice president for external funding.
"It won't be as many as the storm blew down," Ellisville Mayor Tim Waldrup added. "But it will be a good start."

Article Update From MS Business http://msbusiness.com/article.cfm?ID=3534
Tree recovery campaign in full gear
August 18, 2006
MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Launched last year by the National Audubon Society and The National Arbor Day Foundation, the Katrina Tree Recovery Campaign has distributed more than 25,000 free trees to residents of coastal Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana, and thousands more are on the way. As the prime fall planting season approaches, the Arbor Day Foundation will deliver at least 18,000 additional trees for a second tree giveaway program.
The campaign, which was created in the wake of the devastation caused by Katrina, is designed to help with the region's tree recovery efforts. To date, donations from members of the Arbor Day Foundation and other citizens spanning 43 states have contributed to the campaign, to help families rebuild their lives and the tree canopy of their communities after Katrina.
"We are thrilled to be a part of this campaign to help families rebuild their community forests and bring back the many benefits of trees in their yards, neighborhoods and towns," said Arbor Day Foundation president John Rosenow. "Through their contributions, supporters throughout America can make it possible for people along the Gulf Coast to plant native trees, restoring the beauty, habitat and conservation benefits they provide."
To contribute to the Katrina Tree Recovery Campaign, send contributions to The National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, or contribute online at http"//www.arborday.org/Katrina/.
http://msucares.com/disaster/index.html - GREAT links for information for timber, farmer and private citizen. Go!

Contact: Glenn Hughes, Extension Forestry
Mississippi State University Extension Service
Purvis, MS
(601) 794-0671 (ph)
(601) 270-8729 (cell)
Released 6 June 2006

Katrina Forest Restoration Programs Planned

Hurricane Katrina damaged an estimated $888 million worth of timber in Mississippi in one day. Almost 80% of this loss occurred in a 10-county area from Hattiesburg to the Gulf Coast. Private, non-industrial forest landowners sustained most of this loss.

A series of upcoming workshops in south Mississippi will help landowners decide how to move forward in this post-Katrina environment. This is particularly important because the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that we are in a 15-25 year period of more frequent and intense hurricane activity.

The first set of workshops will focus on “Reforestation in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.” Each one-day workshop will consist of indoor presentations and field visits after lunch. Topics addressed at each workshop will include 1) managing storm damaged forests, 2) managing invasive species, 3) pros and cons of various pine species, 4) pine site preparation options, 5) hardwood regeneration options, and 6) cost-share assistance available to landowners.

Dates and locations are: June 20, Perkinston; June 21, Kiln, June 22, Gautier; June 27, McComb; June 28, Purvis; and June 29, Waynesboro. Cost for each workshop is $10, and includes materials, refreshments, and lunch. Pre-registration is required. Registration is at 8:30, and the program runs from 8:45 to 3:00 p.m.

The second set of workshops will focus on “Longleaf Pine Management for Landowners.” These one-day workshops will focus on replanting and restoring longleaf pine. Topics will include 1) overview of longleaf pine, 2) the economics of longleaf pine, 3) using fire in longleaf, 4) longleaf regeneration, 4) managing longleaf, and 5) cost-share assistance available to landowners.

Dates and locations are: June 30, Columbia; and July 11, Leakesville. Cost for this workshop is $20 and includes materials, refreshments, and lunch. Registration is at 8:30, and the program runs from 8:45 to 3:00 p.m.

Each workshops has cost-share assistance that will help landowners restore and replant. This cost-share will reimburse landowners for some of the expenses they incur. Full details of the cost-share will be presented at the workshops, and can include developing a management plan, site preparation, seedling purchase, and planting costs. In some cases, cost-share assistance can be used in conjunction with other cost-share assistance, potentially reimbursing landowners for up to 100% of the replanting costs.

For further information, contact the Mississippi State University Extension Service at 601-794-0671, or send an email to ghughes@ext.msstate.edu.

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