Pine Management

Longleaf Pine in Mississippi

There Could Be a "Pot of Gold" on Your Land

Thinning Young Pine Plantations

Thinning of young pine plantations is the single most important management activity a forest landowner can do to his plantation. The goal of thinning is not to maximize current income from low value pulpwood, but rather to prepare it for producing higher value sawlogs in the future. Thinning must be done at the proper time and in the proper way in order to maximize both future value and health of the plantation. Below are some links from Mississippi State University and N.C. State University concerning pine thinning. If you have more questions, feel free to contact Dr. Andy Londo, Extension Silviculture Specialist.

Are My Pine Trees Ready to Thin?

Prescribed Burning

When Will a Prescribed Burn Help My Pine Stand?

Prescribed Burning in Southern Pine Forests: Fire Ecology, Techniques, and Uses for Wildlife Management


Forest fertilization is a relatively easy way for landowners to boost productivity of their forestland. However, not all land needs to be fertilized. Determining if you need to fertilize, when and how much to use are important questions which need to be answered before fertilizing your forestland.

Growth and Yield

Pine Timber Volume-To-Weight Conversions

Timber Stand Improvement

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Filed Under: Natural Resources, Forestry, Forest Management, Forest Pests July 9, 2024

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Forest landowners who incurred damage from last year’s drought now have more information about the federal cost shares for restoration assistance approved in April. The Emergency Forest Restoration Program, or EFRP, is open to landowners in all 82 counties with private, nonindustrial property in rural areas who have lost pine trees related to pine bark beetle infestations that stemmed from last year’s drought.

A close-up photo of a pine tree’s damaged bark
Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Disaster Relief, Forestry, Forest Management April 19, 2024

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Forest landowners in Mississippi can now join the state’s farm owners who suffered production loss due to last year’s drought in applying for federal emergency loans.

A piece of pine tree bark with Ips beetle grooves.
Filed Under: Natural Resources, Forestry, Forest Management, Forest Pests, Urban and Community Forestry February 5, 2024

RAYMOND, Miss. -- As drought takes its toll on Mississippi’s trees, foresters encourage landowners and homeowners to be on the lookout for pine bark beetles as spring arrives.

Success Stories

A man wearing a cowboy hat and pink polo looking out over a field and a man in a maroon shirt and sunglasses behind him.
Volume 9 Number 3

Gaddis & McLaurin might sound more like the name of a law firm than a general store, but the name is synonymous with all manner of dry goods in the Hinds County community of Bolton and has been since the 1870s.

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Volume 9 Number 1

In an industry where every piece of equipment can seriously hurt the operators and crew, one Mississippi logging company has not recorded an accident during more than 40 years of operation, from Brandon to Gulfport.

A man wearing a bright orange construction vest and hard hat stands in front of a logging machine.
Volume 6 Number 1

Drew Sullivan admits his first timber tract would not have fetched an appraiser’s attention, but he usually drove back home from a lumber yard in Kemper County each week with around $150 in his pocket— not bad for a 15-year-old Mississippi boy growing up in the mid-90s.

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