State Forester Charlie Morgan announced that effective October 1, 2017, Randy Giachelli will be the new Fire Chief for the Mississippi Forestry Commission. Mr. Giachelli began his career with the agency as a Forestry Technician and moved up through the ranks to Assistant Regional Forester, Region 3. Mr. Giachelli has served on multiple federal detail deployments as a single-resource.
The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) and Plan-It Geo recently launched a new online tool for communities and individuals to report sightings of the Chinese Tallow, also known as the “Popcorn” tree.
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. Mr. Kitchings will work with the team, which includes several other Mississippians, to fill the role of Supply Unit Leader.
On Sunday, August 20, 2017, the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) deployed a twenty-person Type-2 Initial Attack (IA) crew to assist state and federal partners with wildfire suppression efforts in Montana.
Hazardous Trees Near Your Home - Severe Weather Tips
Jackson, Miss. – The Mississippi Forestry Commission recommends having trees near your home inspected regularly for safety. After severe weather events, it is even more important to have a Certified Arborist assess these trees for damage.
EUPORA, Miss. - Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) employee, John David Morelan is a hometown hero. Last Thursday, April 6, 2017, Mr. Morelan was assisting in a search party effort for a person who had been missing since the previous Sunday, April 2, 2017. Mr. Morelan was off work, taking a few hours of personal time, but his firefighting instincts kicked in when he saw smoke from a wildfire, “I saw some smoke and had to call it in,” said Mr. Morelan. “We followed the smoke and found the missing person nearby.” Mr.
The Mississippi Forestry Commission recommends having trees around your home inspected regularly for safety. After severe weather events, it is even more important to have a Certified Arborist assess the trees around your home for damage. For more information about hazardous tree assessments for homeowners, visit: http://bit.ly/HomeownerTrees
Arbor Day in Mississippi is Friday, February 10, 2017. February 10-17, 2017 is also Tree Planting Week in Mississippi as designated by Governor Phil Bryant's Arbor Day/ Tree Planting Week Proclamation.