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Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report

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Message from the State Forester

The Mississippi Forestry Commission has been a leader in forest protection, management and sustainability of our state’s forests for over 85 years. Year after year we provide expertise, information and support to keep Mississippi’s 19.8 million acres of forestland healthy, productive and profitable.

We are proud of our service to the public and our protection of the state’s valuable forest resources. Committed to delivering quality services and assistance to both rural and urban landowners, the Forestry Commission looks forward to the continued privilege of caring for Mississippi’s trees, forests and natural resources.

Additionally, we are very proud to have achieved American Tree Farm certification on Mississippi’s School Trust Lands (16th Section Lands) that provide over $20,000,000 annually to support public education.

We appreciate our partners who provide support, collaboration and implementation of many of our programs and services. We work hard to maintain and develop our relationships with natural resource agencies, organizations and individuals. These relationships ensure the citizens of Mississippi receive the best assistance and service possible.

I would also like to thank our state leaders, commission, staff, partners and citizens for their continued support and assistance in making 2014 a success.

Please contact our office at any time. We look forward to serving you.

Forest Management

The Forest Management Department provides private forest landowners with limited on-the-ground services, technical assistance, cost-share assistance, advice to increase timber production and provide for the sustainable management of forest resources.

FY14 Statewide Accomplishments

Private Land Activities
Landowners Assisted 9,560
Total Forest Management Plans 1,588
Acres under Management Plans 118,941
Prescribed Burning (Acres) 8,190


Public Land Activities
Timber Sale Receipts $23,187,894*
Number of Sales 265
Acres Regenerated 9,009
Boundary Line Maintenance (Miles) 383
Firebreak Maintenance (Miles) 655
Prescribed Burning (Acres) 6,754


Prescribed Burning – Private & Public Land
Total (Acres) 14,944


Forest Resource Development Program
Acres Regenerated or Improved 22,814


Invasive Plant Control Program for Cogongrass Suppression
Cogongrass Applications from Landowners 325
Landowners Inspected 325
Total Infested Spots Treated 3,068
Total Infested Acres Treated 575.93


Quick Facts

  • The forest industry in Mississippi is a $10.38 billion industry and represents over 63,000 jobs.
  • On average, more than $2 million is distributed each year to private forest landowners in Mississippi through the Forest Resource Development Program, which provides cost sharing for tree planting and forest improvements.
  • In FY14, the revenue from timber sales on non-federal public lands, including School Trust Lands, totaled $23.19 million.

Forest Protection

The MFC suppresses, monitors, and detects wildfire activity occurring day and night on approximately 19.8 million forested acres statewide.

FY14 Wildfires by Cause

Cause # Wildfires # Acres Burned
Lightning 14 1,015
Campfire 3 7
Smoking 17 190
Debris Burning 828 7,788
Incendiary 850 14,457
Equipment Use 36 397
Railroad 2 30
Children 22 162
Miscellaneous 156 1,824
Re-ignition 0 0
Total 1,928 25,870

Quick Facts

  • MFC suppressed 1,928 wildfires, which burned 25,870 acres.
  • The average wildfire size was 13.4 acres.
  • 26 homes were destroyed, 17 homes were damaged, and 2,030 homes were threatened by wildfire.
  • Mississippi Forestry Commission awarded 54 grants totaling $191,894 to volunteer fire departments.
  • MFC issued 82 vehicles and 69 pieces of other equipment with an estimated value of $9.1 million.

Forest Information

The Forest Information and Public Outreach Division supports all MFC program areas by providing information, promotional activities and publicity. The division utilizes mass media outlets (e.g., radio, television and print) and social media outlets (e.g., Facebook and YouTube) to release forestry and agency information to the public at large. Multiple delivery methods are used in order to reach the public in the most effective manner.

MFC Outreach Program
Adult and Youth Programs 320
Participants 41,051*

*Data does not include participants from the MS State Fair, MS Wildlife Extravaganza, or the MS Garden and Patio Show.

Quick Facts

  • MFC’s Urban/Community Forestry Program provided 7 financial assistance grants totaling $131,743 to state and local governments, non profit groups and educational institutions.
  • 41 Mississippi cities and towns certified as Tree City USA.