This 2016 edition of the Mississippi Trees book was written in conjunction with the Mississippi Forestry Commission and the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University. Forests and forestry provide many benefits to all Mississippians, including clean water, air, wildlife, and timber production. Forests cover approximately 64% of the state, and timber ranks second only to poultry in terms of agricultural income in Mississippi. The ability to identify these trees is paramount for those who work in the forest products industry. For those who enjoy the woods for recreation or aesthetic purposes, being able to identify the trees can make the experience even more enjoyable. It is our hope that this book will be beneficial to both professional and recreational users alike.
The Mississippi Trees app is an adaptation of our popular Mississippi Trees identification handbook. Mississippi Trees is not intended as a textbook on dendrology or tree identification. It was prepared for the citizens of Mississippi as an aid for identification of the common trees occurring in Mississippi, and to give useful information about each tree species. The Mississippi Trees app is free of charge to the public. It was made possible by a grant from the USDA Forest Service and developed by U.S. Next.
Common tree identification is a necessity for those who work in forestry and related fields. The forestry and forest products industry has a $12.79 billion economic impact on the state of Mississippi. It is our desire that the Mississippi Trees app will be beneficial to both forestry professionals and recreational users. This app provides a convenient alternative to the printed Mississippi Trees handbook and allows people to reference the materials in the handbook from their mobile devices at any time.