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Food plot preparation: fire is not the answer. - September 15, 2019
Fire is one of the most destructive forces on the planet. Wildfires are unplanned fires that burn in forests and other wildlands. - September 06, 2019
Effective May 16, Jason Scott has joined the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) as the new Director of Information and Outreach. “Jason’s 10 years of experience in public relations make him a strong addition to the Mississippi Forestry Commission’s communication efforts,”... - May 23, 2019
Arbor Day in Mississippi is Friday, February 8, 2019. The following week is Tree Planting Week, designated by Governor Phil Bryant's Arbor Day/ Tree Planting Week Proclamation. As a public resource, the Mississippi Forestry Commission reached out to their natural resource partners to compile a statewide... - January 26, 2019
The Mississippi Forestry Commission’s Board of Commissioners announced the appointment of Russell Bozeman to serve as Mississippi’s 13th State Forester, effective December 15, 2018. - December 16, 2018
Wildfires occur year-round in Mississippi. The Mississippi Forestry Commission responded to and suppressed 2,318 wildfires that burned 33,574 acres in Fiscal Year 2017. As dry cold fronts begin to move through Mississippi this fall, it is important to be aware of the potential for increased wildfire... - October 14, 2018
In September 2017, the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) completed the first step of the Help Stop the Pop program, asking the public to report sightings of Chinese tallow (popcorn) trees. At this time, the MFC is taking applications from municipalities statewide to assist with popcorn tree control, the second step of our Help Stop the Pop program. To apply, visit: www.mfc.ms.gov/popcorn-tree-control-program - September 28, 2018
The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) completes Forest Health flights twice annually to monitor forest health issues, such as the southern pine beetle. The interactive map includes data from the most recent flights as well as data provided by the U.S. Forest Service. Verification of this data from... - May 26, 2018
This weekend, the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) deployed two bulldozer strike teams to Texas, and one Wildland Firefighting Task Force Leader to Oklahoma. - April 18, 2018
The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) has a new wildfire reporting phone number for the public to call in Mississippi: 1-833-MFC-FIRE (1-833-632-3473). Previously, numbers were broken down by geographic areas of the state. The new wildfire reporting number will allow the public to quickly report... - April 11, 2018
The Mississippi Forestry Commission’s (MFC) public service announcement video, Stop Wildfires at the Starting Line, won a silver ADDY at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Jackson awards in the category of Public Service Television Commercial. The award-winning public service announcement was produced by the Jackson-based video production and advertising firm Mad Genius and received grant funding from the U.S. Forest Service. - April 01, 2018
The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) is deploying one Wildland Firefighting strike team with two bulldozers to Texas, where they will assist state and federal partners with wildfire suppression efforts. Five MFC Wildland Firefighters traveled overnight arriving in Merkel, Texas on Tuesday, March... - March 21, 2018
The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) is deploying a bulldozer strike team and two division supervisors to Oklahoma to assist state and federal partners with wildfire suppression efforts. Eight MFC Wildland Firefighters traveled overnight to Shawnee, Oklahoma the morning of Friday, March 16, 2018. “We... - March 17, 2018
Stop Wildfires at the Starting Line: Tori Bowie, Olympic Gold Medalist, World’s Fastest Woman, featured in the Mississippi Forestry Commission’s (MFC) public service announcement video, view here: http://bit.ly/StopWildfiresStartingLine. Produced by the Jackson-based video production and advertising firm Mad Genius, the series received grant funding made available by the U.S. Forest Service. - February 18, 2018
MS Forestry Commission Employee Serves on Hurricane Harvey Incident Management Team. On Monday, August 28, 2017, Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) employee Bill Kitchings (MFC Outreach Officer, Region 2) deployed to Texas as a member of the 2017 Southern Area Blue Team, a National Type-1 All-Hazard Incident Management Team. The Incident Management Team will assist state and federal partners with Hurricane Harvey disaster relief. - August 31, 2017
242 suspected southern pine beetle spots were identified on privately owned forestland during those flights. The southern pine beetle outbreak has been fueled by two summers of drought followed by two winters of unusually high temperatures. The southern pine beetle is said to be the most destructive forest insect in the South. - August 13, 2017
March is Wildfire Prevention Month in Mississippi as stated by Governor Phil Bryant’s proclamation. Historically, March has one of the highest wildfire occurrence rates of the year due to the weather transition from winter to spring, dry vegetation, and windy conditions. Since January 1, 2017,... - March 04, 2017
In Mississippi, 76 out of 82 counties remain under burn bans. The Governor's partial state level ban and all individual county bans remain in effect through the weekend. The dry cold front coming in today will make conditions favorable for an increase in the frequency and severity of ‪wildfire activity. ‬‬‬‬‬To see a complete list of burn bans in Mississippi, visit: www.mfc.ms.gov/burn-bans - November 06, 2016
One wildfire-related fatality has been reported in Montgomery County, Miss. The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) would like to express their deepest condolences to those affected by the tragic incident. This incident brings to light the importance of adhering to all burn bans statewide. In Mississippi, 69 out of 82 counties remain under burn bans. The Governor's partial state level burn ban, which offers no exemptions, and all individual county burn bans remain in effect through the weekend - November 05, 2016
At the request of the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC), Governor Phil Bryant has issued a partial state level burn ban. The partial state level burn ban is effective immediately for the following fifty-two (52) counties, and has no exemptions. Visit www.mfc.ms.gov/burn-bans for an up-to-date list. - October 14, 2016
As the weather transitions from summer to fall, dry vegetation and lower humidity have the potential to increase wildfire activity statewide. Since June 1, 2016 the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) has responded to and suppressed 259 ‪wildfires that burned 2,363 acres in the state of Mississippi. - October 01, 2016
The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) and Plan-It Geo recently launched a new online tool for communities across the state to prepare and plan for potential Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) management. To access the EAB Preparedness Cost Calculator tool, visit: https://pg-cloud.com/Mississippi/ The Emerald... - September 23, 2016
The fall session of the Mississippi Forestry Commission’s Prescribed Burning Short Course will be held October 4-6, 2016 in Hattiesburg. The Prescribed Burning Short Course is open to the public and designed for anyone wishing to become a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager in Mississippi. Upon completion... - September 18, 2016
The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) would like to remind everyone celebrating Independence Day this weekend to exercise caution using outdoor grills, campfires, and fireworks. Charlie Morgan, State Forester, emphasized the far-reaching consequences of wildfire: “Wildfires can start with just a spark, and spread quickly to endanger forestland, personal property, and lives.” - July 01, 2016
The MFC partners with Treecycler to help extend the reach of reforestation activities on school trust lands. Treecycler allows users to donate money toward tree-planting projects by redeeming codes found on product packaging, in the mail, or online. The codes can be redeemed for the MFC’s project, “Planting Trees for Our Children” by visiting: http://bit.ly/TreecyclerMFC - April 29, 2016
American Tree Farm System 75th Anniversary Resolution - April 09, 2016
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