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                   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.
                                                                                   jlrogers@gapac.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,
ghughes@ext.msstate.edu, (601) 794-0671; John Kushla, jdkushla@ext.msstate.edu, (662) 566-2201 or
Tim Traugott, timt@ext.msstate.edu, (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 tomm@msforestry.net 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 jshepard@cfr.msstate.edu 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 abox@msforestry.net or call MFA at 601.354.4936.

								
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