THE VOICE OF F O R E S T RY ONLINE MISSISSIPPI FORESTRY ASSOCIATION April 2007 Governor Barbour Signs Reforestation Tax Credit Bill Mississippi Forestry In this issue: Association is very pleased to Reforestation Tax Credit announce that Governor Barbour approved and signed RMS Buys Mississippi Timberland the Reforestation Tax Credit Youth Turkey Hunt Bill into law on Monday, Marshall CFA March 26, 2007. House Bill 1628 was passed during the Tree Farm Workshop Calendar 2007 Regular Legislative MFA Memos Session. MFA Calendar The Mississippi Reforestation Tax Credit was created by the Mississippi Legislature in 1999. This 2007 legislation raises a forest landowner’s lifetime income tax credit limit from the current allowed MFA Officers amount of $10,000 to $75,000. In addition, a landowner may claim a tax credit of up to $10,000 in any single year with an unlimited carry-forward provision. Art Waymire, President Harold Gordon, 1st Vice President MFA proposed this increase in the reforestation tax credit, and lobbied extensively for its successful passage. MFA wishes to thank Ellen Dabbs, 2nd Vice President Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, MFA County Forestry Stephen Dicke, Treasurer Associations and other key partners from the forestry community Robby C. Toombs, Past President who joined with us in lobbying for successful passage of this bill. MFA Executive Vice President Bruce C. Alt said, “There is no single MFA Memos federal or state program that can address all of the recovery and renewal needs of Mississippi’s forestry community—private The Spring 2007 Tree Talk will be a landowners, professional timber harvesters and foresters, and the special membership directory and forest products manufacturing industry. MFA’s goal continues to be member resource issue. You’ll want to to support a wide variety of programs that will encourage forest keep this issue on your desk or in your landowners to reforest their devastated lands promptly. It is vehicle. Watch your mailbox in early essential for landowners to remain forest stewards, committed to May. sustainable stewardship and producing the wide variety of environmental benefits and natural wood products we all depend on For the latest Mississippi forestry news, every day.” MFA calendar and contacts and MFA and Gov. Barbour plan to conduct a ceremonial bill signing at a educational opportunities, visit MFA’s later date. MFA members will have access to the MFA news release website at www.msforestry.net and pictures to send to their local papers. Save the date: The spring issue of Tree Talk, MFA’s quarterly magazine, will include Forestry—The New Energy Frontier an article by Dr. Deborah Gaddis explaining the details of this Louisiana and Mississippi SAF \ historic legislation In addition MFA the Mississippi Forestry Save the date: The spring issue of Tree Talk, MFA’s quarterly magazine, will include Forestry—The New Energy Frontier an article by Dr. Deborah Gaddis explaining the details of this Louisiana and Mississippi SAF \ historic legislation. In addition, MFA, the Mississippi Forestry 2007 Joint Annual Meeting Commission, and the MSU Extension Service will conduct forest April 17-19 2007 landowner workshops in 2007 to help those forest landowners who Natchez, Mississippi wish to take advantage of this reforestation tax credit. Plans for Contact Jeff Rogers at these educational opportunities are in process and will be made 601.587.1112 or public when details are finalized. email@example.com Resource Management Service buys Mississippi timberland In early November, Resource Management Service, LLC (RMS), representing their client Red Mountain Timberlands, closed on the acquisition of over 300,000 acres of timberland formerly owned by International Paper Company in central Mississippi. To manage this property, RMS has opened offices in Carthage, Flowood, and Brookhaven. The focus of RMS’s management on behalf of their client will be to maximize longterm value as good stewards of the resource. As such, RMS will continue to manage for timber growth, market timber, and derive value from other avenues such as wildlife, recreation, and opportunistic land sales. In all of these activities RMS will manage to the standards of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Additionally, RMS is an active member of Mississippi Forestry Association and an active member of the State Implementation Committee for SFI®. The Most Fabulous Turkey Hunt Ever By Don Bal es, Extension Forestry A sso c iate, M ississip p i S tate University I’ve just returned from the most fabulous turkey hunt I have ever been on. Twenty-one kids and three guides went after a turkey this morning (March 13, 2007). The hunt was part of our effort to expose kids to an authentic turkey hunt. As part of our Mississippi State University Extension Forestry Spring Break Youth Camp at Tara Wildlife, we decided to attempt the impossible. We would take all of the kids who really wanted to go. Of 51 kids in the camp, 21 of them got themselves up and met us in the lodge at 5:00 AM. The night prior to the hunt, a lottery system was used to determine which kid would get to be the actual hunter with the gun in hand. We did not all get into a blind over a food plot or any type of prearranged method. We just went out on a lis- ten and pursue-type hunt. We heard birds early, but in the distance (at least the younger ears were hearing them). I heard them when we got within a half a mile. After walking about three fourths of a mile, we carefully approached the gobblers and made the final plan. The hunter, guide and camera man set up on the gobbling birds in a grassy road and I got the other 20 kids hidden about 60 yards up the road. As luck would have it, the two gobblers approached the hunters from a slough bed about 50 yards off the road and were heading as if they would walk past the hunter and into the laps of the 21 of us who were set up be- hind the gunner. The birds gobbled about 80 yards away from those of us who were just up the road, and I was so proud of those 20 kids. They sat still and quietly watched the drama unfold. The head guide made a timely move and repositioned his hunter, 14-year-old Kyle Craig of Scott County, and was so proud of those 20 kids. They sat still and quietly watched the drama unfold. The head guide made a timely move and repositioned his hunter, 14-year-old Kyle Craig of Scott County, and prepared him for the approach of the two gobblers. A skillful call at just the right time pulled the birds into shotgun range for the kill, but just out of sight of the entourage up the road. At the report of the shotgun, all 20 kids ran to the downed turkey, screaming loudly as they ran. I will never forget the sight of all of those kids gathered around the successful hunter and guide in the Missis- sippi Delta hardwoods. The hunt was captured on home video and we hope to polish it up enough to make something out of it. Does anybody know what is the record for the most people ever taken on a successful turkey hunt with 21 kids ages 9-16? And they said it could not be done! I think we just created some turkey hunting junkies. Marshall CFA hosts large crowd at quarterly meeting Marshall County Forestry Association held their quarterly meeting March 29 with 95 people in attendance. Local Arbor Day Poster Con- test winners were recognized, along with bank representatives who were presented with plaques for their generous sponsorship of the Catch-A-Dream program and the silent auction held in December. MCFA sponsors the local contest and awards prizes to winners from each of the city and county schools in Marshall County. Winning posters are then sent to the State Arbor Day Poster Contest spon- sored by Mississippi Forestry Commission. Land Bank of Mississippi Buck Hobbs, president of the Marshall CFA (MCFA) presented the program, “Land Financing, Land Appraisals and Land presented awards to the 2007 local Arbor Day Poster Contest winners. Sales.” Tree Farm Workshop Schedule Mississippi State University, in cooperation with MFA, the Mississippi Forestry Commission and other forestry community partners, will present Tree Farm workshops across the state. For details, contact Glenn Hughes, firstname.lastname@example.org, (601) 794-0671; John Kushla, email@example.com, (662) 566-2201 or Tim Traugott, firstname.lastname@example.org, (662) 226-6000 Date Location Time Contact April 12 Clay County Extension Office-West Point 6:30 John Kushla April 23 Itawamba Co-Peppertown Steak House-Fulton 6:00 John Kushla April 26 Tippah Co Fairgrounds- Ripley 6:30 John Kushla May 3 Pontotoc Co Extension Office-Pontotoc 6:30 John Kushla May 17 Noxubee Co. Extension Office-Macon 6:30 John Kushla May 24 Prentiss Co. Agri-Center-Booneville 6:30 John Kushla June 7 Monroe Co. Extension Office-Aberdeen 6:00 John Kushla June 21 Marshall Co Extension Office-Holly Springs 6:30 Tim Traugott July 16 Yalobusha Co. Multi-purpose Bld., Coffeeville TBA Tim Traugott September 11 Carroll Co. Extension Office- Carrollton TBA Tim Traugott October 4 Oktibbeha Co Extension Office Starkville 4:00 John Kushla July 16 Yalobusha Co. Multi-purpose Bld., Coffeeville TBA Tim Traugott September 11 Carroll Co. Extension Office- Carrollton TBA Tim Traugott October 4 Oktibbeha Co. Extension Office-Starkville 4:00 John Kushla October 22 Attala Co. Extension Office- Kosciusko TBA Tim Traugott TBA Grenada Co. Extension Office-Grenada TBA Tim Traugott TBA Montgomery Co. Extension Office-Winona TBA Tim Traugott TBA Webster Co. Extension Office-Eupora TBA Tim Traugott Forestry and Harvesting Calendar of Events Louisiana-Mississippi SAF Joint Meeting April 17-19 www.cfr.msstate.edu/mssaf/meeting.html Natchez MFA Logger of the Year nomination deadline April 25 Contact Tom Monaghan, MFA program coordi- nator, at email@example.com or 662.325.1785 Southwestern SAF April 12-14 Contact JJ.Smith@nau.edu or 982.423.8069 Fire and Ecosystem Restoration 6th Annual Bioproducts and Renewable Energy April 16-19 www.msbiomass.org or 601.960.3659 Conference, Golden Moon Casino Choctaw MSU Division of Continuing Education week- June 4-8 Contact firstname.lastname@example.org http:// long Prescribed Burn Workshop www.cfr.msstate.edu/forestry/index.htm Pearl 2007 Teacher’s Conservation Workshops June 3-8/June 17- www.msforestry.net Ellisville and Booneville 22 2007 MFA Annual Meeting October 24-26 www.msforesty.net Natchez Questions or comments? E-mail us at email@example.com or call MFA at 601.354.4936.
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