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					Sustainable Forestry                                                            Mission Statement
                                                                               MFA’s Mission is to serve as the         MISSISSIPPI FORESTRY
        racticing sustainable forestry
        meets the needs of the present
        without compromising the
                                                                               “Voice of Forestry” in Mississippi
                                                                               by conducting public affairs,
  ability of future generations to meet                                        communication, and education
  their own needs. Sustainable                                                 programs that will foster better
  Forestry integrates the reforesta-
  tion, managing, growing, nurturing
                                                                               understanding and appreciation of                      More than:
  and harvesting of trees for useful                                           conservation, development and use                  4,000,000 private & industrial
  products with the conservation of        MFA members practice                of forest land and resources.                        acres certified through the
  soil, air, and water quality along        Sustainable Forestry                                                               Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI®)
  with biological diversity, wildlife          in Mississippi                  Mississippi Forestry Association,
  and aquatic habitat, recreation and         by growing and                                                                  4,000 Mississippi SFI Certified Tree
                                                                               organized in 1938, is a not-for-profit
                                             nurturing forests                                                                  Farmers promoting sustainable
       The Sustainable Forestry                                                organization representing a broad
                                                    for                                                                        forestry, wildlife, clean water, and
  Initiative® Program in Mississippi is                                        range of members such as                             recreation on their lands
  administered by the Mississippi          clean water and air                 timberland owners, professional
  Forestry Association. MFA pro-                                               foresters, logging contractors,
                                           conservation of soil                                                               7,500 MFA and County Forestry
  motes and coordinates continuing
                                                                               forest products manufacturers,                 Association members caring for
  education for loggers and landown-       healthy and abundant                                                                   our forests since 1938
  ers, research, public outreach and       wildlife and fish habitat           wood fiber suppliers, state and
  communications projects, and spe-                                            federal agencies, and suppliers of
                                           outdoor recreational                                                           10% of Mississippi’s workforce and
  cial events.                                                                 products and services that serve
                                           opportunities                                                                  2,000 SFI-trained timber harvesters
                                                                               Mississippi’s forestry community.                 working in forestry
                                           natural wood products

                                          Protecting Water Quality
                SUSTAINABLE                      how are we doing?

                FORESTRY                   Call 1-888-564-9011
                                            with any site-specific concerns

                                          Environment & Recycling/SFI
                                                                              MISSISSIPPI FORESTRY ASSOCIATION
                                                                                                                          The Voice of
                                                                                  620 N. State Street, Suite 201

                                                                                Jackson, Mississippi 39202-3398
                                                                                      Phone: 601-354-4936
                                                                                       Fax: 601-354-4937
                                                                                                        MFA sponsors         Benefits of MFA                                                            Mississippi Forestry
          MISSISSIPPI                                                                                   numerous worth-
                                                                                                        while projects and
                                                                                                                             Membership                                                                 Foundation

           FORESTRY                                                                                     programs-some are
                                                                                                        one-time projects
                                                                                                        and others have a
                                                                                                                             ❖ Quarterly magazine Tree
                                                                                                                               Talk features news and
                                                                                                                               information of interest to
                                                                                                                                                                                                             The purpose of the Mississippi
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Forestry Foundation, Inc. is to
                                                                                                                                                                                                        promote and carry on educational,

          ASSOCIATION                                                                                   rich tradition.
                                                                                                                               Mississippi’s forestry
                                                                                                                             ❖ Eight issues of the Voice of Forestry newsletter
                                                                                                                                                                                                        literary, scientific, and charitable
                                                                                                                                                                                                        programs to better conserve, devel-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        op, and protect the forest and relat-
                                                               MFA is Proud to Sponsor                                         are available by regular mail or e-mail
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ed natural resources of Mississippi
                                                                                                                                                                                                        for the best interest of this and suc-

      he Mississippi Forestry Association is a statewide       Tree Farm Program is very active as Mississippi is
      membership organization representing private                                                                                                                                                      ceeding generations.
                                                               the #1 Tree Farm state in the United States, with more        ❖ Weekly e-mail bulletin of legislative activities
      landowners, professional foresters, logging con-         than 4,000 Certified Tree Farms.                                during the Mississippi Legislative Session
tractors, forest industry and businesses, and federal and
state agency personnel who manage Mississippi’s abun-          Teachers Conservation Workshops are held annual-              ❖ An annual Membership Directory that provides a
dant and beautiful forest land. MFA is a not-for-profit        ly providing educators with in-depth instruction on             handy reference of Mississippi’s forestry commu-     Government Affairs
association organized in 1938 that today serves thou-          Mississippi’s forests and forest products, plus classroom       nity, including government agencies and              Accomplishments for Mississippi’s
sands of members of Mississippi’s forestry community,          tools and resources. Each workshop also offers CEU and          suppliers of products and services.
including sixty-four county forestry associ-                   university-approved credit hours.                                                                                    Forestry Community
ation affiliates. Forestry is a vital part of                                                                                         ❖ Landowner and Hunt Club
Mississippi’s economy, pumping 14 billion                      Project Learning Tree is an award-winning                                Liability Insurance                              • Mississippi was the first state in the nation to
dollars into the economy of the state and                       environmental education curriculum for                                                                              pass a reforestation tax credit, helping landowners
                                                                                                                                      ❖ Discounts and special offers                with expenses associated with the stewardship of
employing more than 140,000 each year.                          schoolchildren co-sponsored by MFA,                                     from MFA’s Associate members                forested land and encouraging them to replant after
MFA seeks to unify members of this thriv-                       Mississippi Forestry Commission, and the
ing forestry community-doing together                             USDA Forest Service.                                                                                              harvest. Our forests provide recreational opportuni-
                                                                                                                                      ❖ MFA’s Annual Meeting brings
what no one person or organization could do                                                                                                                                         ties, encourage tourism, and create environmental
                                                                                                                                        the forestry community togeth-
alone. MFA members are forestry advocates,                           Sustainable Forestry Initiative®                                                                               benefits ranging from excellent water quality to
                                                                                                                                        er for information sharing, professional
proclaiming our sustainable forestry messages to                    Program encourages landowners to                                                                                cleaner air to improved wildlife habitat.
                                                                                                                                        development, awards of exemplary per-
state legislators and government officials, regulatory               manage Mississippi’s forests to meet                               formance, exhibits, fun, and networking          • The Forest Resource Development Program, a
agencies, members of Congress, schoolchildren, and the               the needs of the present without com-                                                                          state cost-share tree planting incentive program for
general public.                                                      promising the ability of future genera-                          ❖ Active representation at the Mississippi    private landowners.
     Members of MFA are invited to be active and                     tions to meet their own needs.                                     State Capitol during legislative sessions
involved in their association by serving on committees                                                                                  and a year-round liaison to Congress            • Future forestry economic development efforts
that guide our programs and activities. MFA’s commit-          County Forestry Associations are sixty-                                  and state and federal agencies              were greatly enhanced by establishing the Mississippi
tees include: Annual Meeting, County Forestry                  four chapters strong representing 72 coun-                                                                           Land, Water, and Timber Resources Fund.
Association, Communications, Environmental Affairs             ties. These grassroots organizations provide forestry         ❖ The Mississippi Forestry Foundation sponsors             • Passed the Forestry Economic Development
and Wildlife, Government Affairs, Membership, Silent           education locally through field days, short courses, and        special projects such as a forestry exhibit at the   and Strategic Planning Act of 2002, which created
Auction, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Teachers             regular meetings where information and technical                Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, an            the Mississippi Institute for Forest Inventory.
Conservation Workshop, Timber Harvesting and Safety,           knowledge is shared among members of the forestry                 authoritative Mississippi forest history book,
Tree Farm, MSU Forestry Liaison, and Youth Forestry.           community. Chapters also offer forestry scholarships               and a pictorial forest history. The Foundation         • Passed a conservation easement tax credit for
                                                               and forestry educational opportunities for                         also promotes statewide forest fire protection    landowners who participate in the Mississippi Natural
                                                               local schools. Contact the MSU Extension                          through a reward program for the arrest and        Heritage Program or whose land is located along
                                                               Service in each county for membership                            conviction of timberland arsonists.                 streams nominated to the Mississippi Scenic Streams
                                                               information.                                                                                                         Stewardship Program.

                                                               Public Outreach and
                                                               Education programs foster a bet-
                                                               ter understanding and appreciation of conservation,
                                                               development, and use of forest land and resources. MFA
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Join MFA Today!
                                                               serves as the “Voice of Forestry” in Mississippi.

                                                            PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY IN THE MAGNOLIA STATE