2002 Annual Meeting
New This Year - Golf, Tennis and Sporting Clays will be on Tuesday
Afternoon. Meet at the activity site!
Tree Farm Inspector Training
Now that the Tree Farm program is providing certification for landowners, all inspectors are
required to complete additional training. MFA’s Tree Farm Committee is offering a Tree Farm
Inspector training session on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. New inspectors must be
graduate foresters or forestry technicians. Call Ken Cline (662-627-3558) or Howard Stogner
(601-833-8563) for details. This free MFA training program will award 6 hours of CFE credit.
Spouses Breakfast and Program
“Cooking with Mexican Herbs” will be the topic for Wednesday morning when Marina Presley of
the Mississippi State University Extension Service shares some of her favorite recipes. Marina is a
Bilingual Nutrition Educator for the Extension Service and an experienced caterer. Join other
spouses for the 9:00 a.m. breakfast and interesting program (including sampling) by Marina.
Tuesday from 2:00 to 5:00 join Dennis Miller for a fun afternoon of round-robin doubles play.
Men and women of all skill levels are encouraged to play. Refreshments and prizes!!! Play will be
at the Ridgeland Tennis Center just a few miles from the Hilton. You must preregister so that we
can reserve the courts. Meet Dennis at the courts located in Ridgeland at Hwy. 51 and McClelland
Meet at the Canton Country Club at 11:30 a.m. where MFA golfers on Tuesday (please note the
change from the traditional Wednesday) will play. Located just off Highway 16, the Country Club
consists of 163 acres including a 20-acre lake. The course is a par 72, 18-hole. Charlie Donald
and Jim Dykes have planned the championship outing, which includes a traditional hamburger
buffet. MFA golfers will be invited to help support the Mississippi Log-A-Load for Kids Program
through the purchase of mulligans. Please wear traditional golf attire with collared shirts, and
wear only soft spikes. (Take Canton Exit 119, off I-55, go through downtown Canton toward
Carthage. The Country Club is on the right-5 miles from the Interstate.) You MUST be
preregistered. If lost call the Country Club at 601-859-6359.
Meet Jimmy Mordica at 1:00 p.m. for the sporting clay event which is back by popular demand
at the Kearney Park Sporting Clays course. This private facility is located near Flora. For
planning purposes you must preregister for this event. Bring your own shotgun - shot shells
will be provided. Snacks, soft drinks, and water will also be provided. Kearney Park is northeast
of Flora off Highway 49 or Highway 22. Contact MFA if you need a map.
What to wear?
Dress for daytime programs is business casual. The President’s Reception and Banquet on
Wednesday night are a little more formal: coat and tie for men and dressier attire for women are
appropriate. For the sporting events, traditional attire is requested.
Growing each year, the proceeds from the Silent Auction help fund Teacher Conservation
Workshops, Tree Farm, and Project Learning Tree. Silent Auction items this year will include a
“biggie”, Mississippi State-made cheese, prints, books, camping equipment, handmade wood
crafts, and many items manufactured in Mississippi. Auction items will be accepted through
Tuesday, October 22. MFA thanks Mike Wiseman, this year’s Silent Auction Chair for leading the
Silent Auction Committee.
The Changing World of Forestry
Wednesday Morning General Session
Rick R. Holley is the President and CEO of Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., the position he has held since
January of 1994. Upon graduating from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in
Accounting and Business Administration, he spent 9 years with General Electric Company. In 1983, he joined
Burlington Northern, Inc. as Assistant Vice President-Corporate Audit. In 1985, he was promoted to Vice
President and Chief Financial Officer of Plum Creek Timber Company, then an operating company of
Steven Bullard is the Interim Head of the Department of Forest Products at Mississippi State University, as well
as the Director of the Institute of Furniture Manufacturing and Management in the Forest and Wildlife
Research Center at MSU. Dr. Bullard holds a Ph.D. in forest economics and management from Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University. He holds a Master of Science degree in forest economics and
management and a Bachelor of Science Degree in forestry from MSU.
Bert Bock is the principal scientist in the Biomass and Renewable Technologies Division with Tennessee
Valley Authority. Dr. Bock works in research and development with biomass energy technologies in
Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Bock, who received a Ph.D in soil science from the University of Nebraska,
will shed light on the role of forestry in biomass energy.
Wednesday Afternoon Technical Sessions - Concurrent Sessions
Field Tour - Depart from the front of the Hilton at 1:45 p.m. Must have pre-registered for tour.
Join representatives of Charles Donald Timber Company and Valmet for an informative trip to a timber
harvesting site to observe a cut-to-length harvesting system.
Robin Jolley is the President and CEO of American Forest Management. Many MFA members will know Mr.
Jolley, as he is a former resident of Waynesboro and Columbus, Mississippi, but now is based in Charlotte,
North Carolina. Mr. Jolley has many years of experience in timber management and will bring an update on the
latest trends and methods.
An author of the Southern Forest Resources Assessment, John Greis will share his wealth of knowledge that was
gained in preparing this informative publication. Mr. Greis is employed by the US Forest Service in Atlanta.
Many have read parts of this report, but you will now have the opportunity to hear from the person who
compiled this most important information.
This year all who are registered for the annual meeting are invited to the County Forestry Association luncheon
at 12 Noon on Wednesday. Former governor William Winter will be the featured speaker. Governor Winter is
a long-time MFA member and Tree Farmer. A major event in the history of Mississippi forestry occurred in
1983 when then Governor Winter convened the Pathways for Forestry Symposium, inviting participants to
explore possibilities for the next 20 years of forestry in Mississippi. This plan included the formation of CFAs.
Today, there are 64 chapters representing 71 of Mississippi’s 82 counties. CFA Awards and Tree Farm
Inspector Awards will also be announced at the luncheon.
The 2002 Logger of the Year and Tree Farmer of the Year and the winner of the 2002 Outstanding Youth
Forestry Achievement Award will be honored during the Awards Banquet. The Meritorious Service to Forestry
Award- always kept a secret- will also be announced. Special this year will be the recognition of Tree Farmers
who have been in the program 50 years.
This year the 2002 Annual Meeting will conclude following the Membership Meeting.
Mississippians for Economic Progress will address tort reform as it relates to forestry.
Don’t miss this meeting, not only for the content of the meeting, but also for a chance at a
you-must-be present to win vacation package at the Pearl River Resort, the site of the
2003 Annual Meeting.
MFA's 65th Annual Meeting
The Changing World
October 22-24, 2002
Tuesday, October 22
10 a.m. to 4 p.m Tree Farm Inspector Training
11:30 a.m. Golf and Lunch at Canton Country Club
1:00 p.m. Sporting Clays at Kearney Park Course
2:00 p.m. Tennis at Ridgeland Tennis Center
3 to 5:30 p.m. Annual Meeting Registration
6:15 p.m. Bus will Depart from front of Hotel for Reception
(Please indicate on registration form if you will need transportation.)
6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception and Announcement- Mississippi Museum of
Wednesday, October 23
7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Complimentary Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
7:30 a.m. Registration and Silent Auction Opens
9:00 a.m. Ladies breakfast and program
Marina Presley - Mississippi State University Extension Service
“Cooking with Mexican Herbs”
9:00 a.m. General Session
The Changing World of Forestry
President and Chief Executive Officer
Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc.
“Changes in the Forest Industry”
Bert Bock, Ph.D
TVA Biomass and Renewable Technologies Division
“Outlook for Bioenergy as an Alternative Use for Wood”
Steven Bullard, Ph.D.
Department of Forest Products, Mississippi State University
“Engineered Forest Products and their Potential Impacts”
Wednesday, October 24, continued
12:00 Noon County Forestry Association Officers/Directors Luncheon
(All meeting registrants are cordially invited to attend.)
The Honorable William Winter, former Governor of Mississippi
1:45 p.m Leave for Timber Harvesting Site Visit. Sponsored by Charles Donald Timber Company
and Valmet. (Bus Leaves from front of Hotel) Limited, must preregister.
2:00 – 5:00p.m. Technical Session Concurrent
Southern Forest Resources Assessment – John Greis, USDA Forest Service, Atlanta
Impacts of Managing your Pine Plantation - Robin Jolley, American Forest Management
6:00 p.m. President’s Reception
6:30 p.m. President’s Banquet, Presiding: MFA President Larry Jarrett
Logger of the Year
Tree Farmer of the Year
Recognition of 50-year Tree Farmers
Outstanding Youth Forestry
Thursday, October 24
7:00 a.m MSU College of Forest Resources Alumni Breakfast
7:30 a.m. Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Exhibits, and Silent Auction Open
8:00 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting
9:30 a.m Membership Meeting, Presiding: MFA President Larry Jarrett
Tort Reform - How is Forestry Affected? Mississippians for Economic Progress
Awards and Recognitions
Election of Directors
Adjourn Annual Meeting
The Hilton Jackson is conveniently located on Interstate 55 (Exit 103) and County Line Road in the center
of Jackson’s fastest growing business and shopping area. The overnight rooms are elegantly appointed and
feature coffee maker, hair dryer, full size ironing board and iron, two telephone lines with voice mail and
The hotel has a casual restaurant and there are many other restaurants located in the area. An exercise
room with state of the art fitness equipment is also located inside the hotel.
Hotel Registration –MFA’s Annual Meeting Room Block expires Tuesday, October 8.
You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations. Please call the hotel direct at: (888) 263-0524.
Be sure to request the special Mississippi Forestry Association room block and convention rate. The annual
meeting rate is $99 per night for reservations made on or before the cutoff date of October 8.
Reservation requests after Tuesday, October 8, can only be confirmed on a space-available basis. Group
rates will still apply if rooms are available.
Room Guarantee Policy: you must include first night’s deposit or credit card number to confirm your
Deposit is refundable if reservation is canceled 48 hours prior to arrival. Failure to cancel
reservation will result in one night’s penalty charge.
Thirty-one exhibitors will fill the exhibit space for this year’s meeting. Expo Exhibitors include new
companies, as well as some of Mississippi’s oldest forestry-related businesses. A continental breakfast with
the exhibitors on Wednesday and Thursday mornings will give meeting participants time to visit with each
exhibitor. The Expo will remain open throughout the meeting.
Meeting Registration Form
Early Discount Registration Deadline-September 23, 2002
Meeting registrations after October 15 must be made on-site at the Hilton Jackson. MFA will accept faxed registrations
only for those paying by credit card - all other forms of payment should be mailed with this registration form. Members and
non-members are encouraged to take advantage of the early registration discount offered until September 23. The
standard fee will be in effect for all registrations received from September 24-October 15.
Please print name exactly as you want it on your name tag.
Name_____________________________________ Spouse’s name if attending___________________________
9 Sign me up for Tree Farm Inspector Training (no cost)
9 Sign me up for the Wednesday timber harvesting field
MEETING REGISTRATION PACKAGES List number of packages desired in each category:
Before 9/23 After 9/23 Before 9/23 After 9/23
Early Discount Standard Early Discount Standard
MFA Member MFA Member Non-Member
Complete “His and Hers” registration to all meetings,
banquet, luncheon, and receptions. ___@ $165 ___@ $185 ___@$225 ___@$250
Spouses breakfast is complimentary,
but please pre-register ________ will attend spouses breakfast
Complimentary transportation will be provided to
welcome reception at Museum of Natural Science
Tuesday evening, please indicate if needed _____Yes, need transportation ______No, will provide own
Complete “individual” registration to meetings, banquet, ___@ $125 ___@ $150 ___@$185 ___@$210
luncheon, and receptions.
Golf Tournament (Including fees, cart, refreshments, ____@ $60 ___@ $70 ___@$110 ___@$120
Your handicap or average score __________(required) Soft spikes required. Traditional golf attire only, collared shirts
All golfers must preregister - No walk ons!
Tennis Tournament (Including fees and refreshments) ___@ $10 ___@ $15 ___@$25 ___@$30
Sporting Clays (Including fees and refreshments) ___@ $45 ___@ $55 ___@$75 ___ @$85
You must preregister for tennis and sporting clays
TOTAL = ___________
Payment Method (circle one)
Check enclosed made payable to Mississippi Forestry Association
Master Card Visa American Express Discover_______________________________________________________
Card Number Expiration Date
Billing Address for Credit Card
Cardholder Name (Please Print) Signature
Include your check or credit card information Note: Meeting attendees who do not preregister
and send to: by October 15 will be assessed a $25 late fee.
Mississippi Forestry Association
620 N. State St., Suite 201 Refunds will be made if MFA is notified of
Jackson, MS 39202-3398 cancellations by October 15.
Phone: 601/354-4936 Fax: 601/354-4937