The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) maintains an active Public Outreach Program designed to heighten the public's awareness of our mission, services, and the importance of forest resources.
Local outreach activities such as: civic club presentations, forestry field days, and visits to school groups are carried out across the state to reach individuals at the community level. The Public Outreach program utilizes mass media outlets to broadcast public service announcements and general forestry information to the public. Public Outreach Officers can provide customized presentations and exhibit displays for schools, community organizations, and events based on the following topics:
- Wildfire Prevention
- Forest Health
- Forest Stewardship
- General MFC Information
- Best Management Practices
- Underserved Landowner Outreach
- Urban and Community Forestry
- Smokey Bear Appearances
Click here to contact the Public Outreach Officer for your area.
Mississippi Project Learning Tree (PLT)
The Mississippi Forestry Commission is the main sponsor of the MS PLT program.
PLT is an Environmental Education Program that trains teachers to bring the environment into the classroom.
For more information on PLT, visit the following:
The Mississippi Forestry Commission helps provide environmental education to high school students through the State Envirothon program.
High School teams complete in environmental subject areas of forestry, wildlife, aquatics, soils, and other topics.
For more information on the Canon Envirothon, visit these websites:
Natural Resource Summer Camp
The Mississippi Forestry Commission and the Mississippi State University College of Forest Resources partner to provide high school students the opportunity to learn about careers in natural resources. This week-long camp is held on the campus of MSU in June of each year. Students learn from and get one-on-one instruction from many natural resources professionals. Students learn about forestry, urban forestry, GIS & GPS, fire management, wildlife & fisheries management, forest products and more. There are classroom activities, field trips, lab exercises, hands-on activities, and more.
The Mississippi Forestry Commission is actively involved with bringing environmental education to the public. Classroom visits and landowner field days are some of our outreach activities.
Arbor Day and Earth Day
The Mississippi Forestry Commission plays an active role in Mississippi's Arbor Day each February (the second Friday in February) with events from the State Capitol to the classroom. Tree planting ceremonies occur statewide. We are also happy to assist our partners, local Natural Resources Conservation Service and MS Soil and Water Conservation District offices, with tree giveaways and sales throughout Mississippi. Earth Day events also occur statewide on April 22nd.