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At the center of everything at Bird Forestry

Posted on: June 14th, 2019

If it goes through Bird Forestry, it crosses Micah Youngblood’s desk. The Center office administrative assistant for the forestry operation of Advanced Ecology, Ltd. is celebrating five years with the company this year. “The best part of my job,” Micah said, “Is that I learn something new every day. That, and the people I work […]

Forest Service Waives Day-use Fees for National ‘Get Outdoors Day’

Posted on: June 7th, 2019

Looking for a place to go this weekend? How about getting outdoors to enjoy the beauty of nature via the USDA Forest Service recreation sites at no charge? The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas is waiving fees at day-use recreation sites Saturday, June 8, for “National Get Outdoors Day” to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. The […]

Forestry Associations do far more than many realize

Posted on: May 31st, 2019

What does your state forestry association do for you as a forestland owner? Texas Forestry Association (TFA), Louisiana Forestry Association (LFA), Arkansas Forestry Association (AFA) and Oklahoma Forestry Association (OFA) do far more than many landowners realize. Beyond simply promoting forestry within each state and the region, they also: • Develop public appreciation of the […]

Honoring our lost defenders of freedom

Posted on: May 24th, 2019

For every American citizen, Memorial Day is of great significance. Originally known as Decoration Day, it’s the day we honor those to whom we owe our freedom. The last Monday of May has been celebrated as Memorial Day since 1868 and is dedicated to the remembrance of service men and women who lost their lives […]

JoAnn Hill: cancer survivor and dragon boat athlete

Posted on: May 17th, 2019

When JoAnn Hill isn’t managing environmental impact solutions or forestland resources at MSUSA, you will likely find her working in the young adult cancer survivor community where she is a member of the Pink Phurree (all-female cancer survivor team) dragon boat racing team. Dragon boat athletes are all cancer survivors, many of them breast cancer […]

Shreveport administrative assistant celebrating 20 years

Posted on: May 10th, 2019

“I love my job at Bird Forestry,” was Carole Cunningham’s unsolicited statement as we were gathering information for her feature this week. Carole is the administrative assistant in the Bird Forestry Shreveport office. She will be celebrating 20 years in the forestry profession this October. Prior to that, she was a pediatric medical office manager […]

He was a biologist, mentor, champion, arbitrator, and advisor

Posted on: May 3rd, 2019

Former Advanced Ecology employee and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) retiree, Carl Frentress, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019. A native of Henderson County, Texas, Carl grew up in a family with farming traditions. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Korea where he told of witnessing a North Korean MIG […]

Best Management Practices Report Card

Posted on: April 26th, 2019

The Texas Forestry Service (TFS) monitors 150 randomly selected forest properties in East Texas to check compliance for Best Management Practices (BMPs). The information gathered in the program that has been conducted every three years for the past 30 years provides the state with data used to document compliance and prevent the Environmental Protection Agency […]

Wishing for you a joyous and blessed Easter

Posted on: April 19th, 2019

Best wishes to you and yours for this Easter holiday season of Springtime renewal and hope. May the beauty of the season warm your heart and bring peace and joy to your family. Easter is also a time to rejoice and be thankful, and we are truly thankful for each and every one of you — […]

East Texas region: “wood basket” of the nation

Posted on: April 12th, 2019

New building codes for the use of mass wood products continue to spell good news for Southern Pine forestland owners. According to Houston Chronicle writer, R.A. Schuetz, the revised building codes have the potential to transform both foresting communities and cityscapes. “We are very excited about it,” Schuetz’s story quotes Texas Forestry Association President Rob Hughes. […]