Mississippi landowners Ken Martin, president and CEO of Cato-based logging company Mar-Cal Inc., and Vickie Roberts Ratliff, a fourth-generation timberland owner from Winona, are two of nine forestry professionals featured in the Southern Group of State Foresters’ (SGSF) new regional series of videos, People of Forestry, designed to increase awareness of southern forests and the many professional opportunities the forest industry provides.
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. Some of his job titles on federal detail have included Crew Boss, Heavy Equipment Boss, Engine Boss, and Strike Team Leader Trainee.
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.
UPDATED December 2017:
To monitor forest health issues, such as the southern pine beetle, the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) completes aerial monitoring flights statewide each year in the spring and fall. Due to increased activity noted during the spring flight, additional flights were carried out to gather further information on private and publicly owned forestland in 15 counties that comprise and border Mississippi's National Forests.
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.