Message From the State Forester
The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) has been a leader in the protection, management, and sustainability of Mississippi’s forestland since 1926. The MFC is a public service agency responsible for all facets of forest protection, management, and information for the state of Mississippi. The MFC provides expertise, information, and support to keep Mississippi’s 19.8 million acres of forestland healthy, productive, and profitable. The MFC protects Mississippi’s forestland from wildfire, sustainably manages approximately 485,000 acres of forested non-federal public land, and delivers quality forest management services and assistance to both rural and urban private landowners.
Forests make important, positive contributions to the quality of life for Mississippians by providing almost 70,000 jobs, a wealth of forest products, improved water quality, livestock forage areas, open spaces, abundant wildlife habitat, recreational experiences, and economic benefits. In Mississippi, the forestry and forest products industry has a $12.79 billion economic impact.
We are proud of our service to the public and our protection of the state’s valuable forest resources. The MFC looks forward to the continued privilege of caring for Mississippi’s trees, forests, and natural resources. Professional Foresters know that our precious natural resources – water, soil, wildlife, air, and timber – can be utilized and renewed with careful management. Sustainable management of our natural resources ensures their abundance for future generations.
In addition, the MFC is proud to have achieved American Tree Farm certification on Mississippi’s School Trust (16th Section) Lands which provide approximately $19 million (on average) annually to support public education. This is the first large-scale certification of non-federal public forestland in the nation.
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 that the citizens of Mississippi receive the best assistance and service possible.
I would also like to thank our state leaders, commissioners, staff, partners, and citizens for their continued support and assistance in making 2017 a productive year.
Please feel free to contact our office anytime, we look forward to serving you.
The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) is charged with promoting sound forest management practices, which help maintain the integrity of the environment and provide for our state’s future natural resource needs.
The MFC offers a variety of forest management programs and services to assist private landowners. The MFC also provides forest management assistance on School Trust forestland in Mississippi.
The Forest Management Department provides private forest landowners with limited on-the-ground services, technical assistance, cost-share assistance, and advice to increase timber production and provide for the sustainable management of forest resources.
FY19 Forest Management Accomplishments
|Private Land Activities|
|*Total Forest Management Plans||1,714|
|Acres under Management Plans||133,397|
|Prescribed Burning (Acres)||22,308|
|Public Land Activities|
|Timber Sale Receipts||$13,183,596|
|Number of Sales||217|
|Boundary Line Maintenance (Miles)||390|
|Firebreak Maintenance (Miles)||615|
|Prescribed Burning (Acres)||16,518|
|Private & Public Land Total (Acres)||38,826|
|Forest Resource Development Program|
|Acres Regenerated or Improved||21,101|
|Invasive Plant Control Program for Cogongrass Suppression|
|Cogongrass Applications from Landowners||105|
|Total Infested Spots Treated||815|
|Total Infested Acres Treated||452|
*Certified Stewardship & other Forest Management plans
- In FY17, the Forest Resource Development Program distributed $2.09 million to private forest landowners, and 21,101 acres were regenerated or improved.
- The combined revenue from timber sales on Mississippi School Trust Land and other public lands totaled $13.18 million.
- In FY17, MFC's cogongrass program assisted 105 landowners and treated 815 cogongrass spots over 450 acres.
- MFC managed four state forests: Three Rivers, Kurtz, Camden, and Jamie L. Whitten.
MFC Wildland Firefighters work long hours in demanding and dangerous conditions to protect lives, homes, and forestland. The MFC suppresses, monitors, and detects wildfire activity occurring day and night on approximately 19.8 million acres of forestland statewide.
FY17 Wildfires by Cause
- MFC Wildland Firefighters responded to and suppressed 2,318 wildfires that burned 33,574 acres and damaged or destroyed 33 structures.
- 4,441 structures were threatened by wildfire activity and saved by MFC.
- The average wildfire size was 14 acres.
- $10.5 million in wildland firefighting vehicles & equipment were issued to Mississippi Volunteer Fire Departments through MFC's FEPP/ FFP programs.
- The MFC awarded 43 grants with a total value of $184,500 to Volunteer Fire Departments.
The MFC distributes relevant information to the public regarding all MFC program areas. The Forest Information Department supports MFC program areas by disseminating information, providing educational presentations, and offering public relations support. This Department oversees media relations, internal and external information distribution, agency publications, and management of the MFC’s online presence.
The Forest Information Department utilizes mass media (radio, television, newspaper, web, print) and social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) to reach the public.
In FY17, Governor Phil Bryant issued a Partial State Level Burn Ban that lasted from October 11 – December 2, 2016. During that time, information distribution efforts centered predominately on wildfire prevention, burn bans, and media coverage of wildfire activity statewide.
|MFC Outreach Programs|
|Adult & Youth Programs||234|
- $105,283 was distributed to state and local governments, non-profit groups, and educational institutions through the Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grant Program.