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Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report

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Message from the State Forester

The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) has been a leader in the protection, management and sustainability of the state’s forests for more than 90 years. The MFC provides expertise, information and support to keep Mississippi’s approximately 19.2 million acres of forestland healthy, productive and profitable.

Forests make important, positive contributions to the quality of life for Mississippians by providing almost 62,000 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 every year.

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.

2020 was an interesting year. With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the U.S. in March, the way we conducted business shifted dramatically. While many businesses and industries shut down due to the pandemic, the MFC continued to serve the people of Mississippi. Our Lead Team put procedures in place that allowed us to continue to provide vital forest protection and forest management
services. Like every other business and government agency, we had our own set of challenges to contend with, but I am proud of how our agency responded and continued to move forward.

I want to give a special word of thanks to the MFC’s 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 partnerships ensure the citizens of Mississippi receive the best assistance and service possible.

I would also like to thank our state leaders, commissioners, staff and citizens
for their continued support and assistance in making 2020 a productive year.

The MFC is 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.

Please feel free to contact our office anytime. We look forward to continuing to serve Mississippians.

Forest Management

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.

FY20 Forest Management Accomplishments

Private Land Activities
Landowners Assisted 7,216
*Total Forest Management Plans 383
Acres under Management Plans 108,476
Prescribed Burning (Acres) 8,950.75


Public Land Activities
Timber Sale Receipts $10,440,587
Number of Sales 204
Acres Regenerated 4,214
Boundary Line Maintenance (Miles) 403
Firebreak Maintenance (Miles) 1,562
Prescribed Burning (Acres) 6,174


Prescribed Burning
Private & Public Land Total (Acres) 15,124.75


Forest Resource Development Program
Acres Regenerated or Improved 82,815
Funds Distributed $1,931,920


Invasive Plant Control Program for Cogongrass Suppression
Landowners Inspected 30
Total Infested Spots Treated 487
Total Infested Acres Treated 377

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Forest Protection

MFC Wildland Firefighters work long hours in demanding and dangerous conditions to protect lives, homes, and natural resources. The MFC suppresses, monitors, and detects wildfire activity occurring day and night on approximately 19.2 million acres of forestland statewide.

FY20 Wildfires by Cause

Cause Wildfires Acres Burned
Debris Burning 279 3,622
Incendiary 253 10,182
Miscellaneous 225 7,139
Equipment Use 24 135
Undetermined 1 35
Lightning 1 10
Smoking 10 30
Campfire 3 60
Children 2 113
Total 798 21,326

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Forest Information

During FY20, the Public Outreach Division of the Forest Information Department continued to provide public information, outreach programs and area communication support for the MFC.

Two topic-specific outreach programs were housed within the Public Outreach Division in FY20, the Firewise Program and the Underserved Landowner Outreach Program.

MFC Outreach Programs
Adult & Youth Programs 115
Participants 32,168*^

*Data does not include participants from the MS State Fair or the MS Garden and Patio Show.
^Due to COVID-19, no outreach events were conducted from March 2020 – June 2020.

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