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Page 8 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, January 1, 2015 T 2014 Forest Product Notice Of The Availability Of Value Holds No. 2 Spot An Environmental Assessment by Bonnie Coblentz Mby Nathan Gregory MSU Ag Communications A production bump has helped forestry maintain its status as Mississippi's sec- ond largest agricultural com- modity. James Henderson, associ- ate forestry professor with the Mississippi State Uni- versity Extension Service, estimated the state's 2014 harvest value was $1.28 bil- lion, which represents a 13.8 percent increase from the $1.13 billion in production reported in 2013. Since 2009, the least pro- ductive year since the reces- sion started, the state's forest harvest value has increased 48 percent. The latest estimate is pre- liminary, Henderson said. More complete data will re- veal the official.value in Feb- ruary. Nationwide demand for housing has driven up pro- duction for the past three years, a trend Henderson said he expects to continue. "Expectations are for a nearly 20 percent increase in total U.S. housing starts in 2015. This will be led by sin- gle-family starts, which have not done as well as multifam- fly starts over the past sev- eral years," Henderson said. "Multifamily starts over the past few years have benefited from greater rental demand; however, more potential first- time homebuyers are moving into the market. "The U.S. economy con- tinues to strengthen as evi- denced by U.S. gross domes- tic product growth, which is expected to be 3 percent or better during 2015," he said. "Along with that, unemploy- ment fell below 6 percent in 2014 and is expected to be 5.3 percent by the end of 2015." Henderson said demand for oak and mixed hardwood sawtimber in 2014 was one of the bright spots of the year. Oak sawtimber stumpage prices were up 17.1 percent over 2013, averaging about $433 per thousand board feet as of the third quarter. Mixed hardwood sawtimber figures were up 10.8 percent, averaging $320 per thousand board feet. Pine sawtimber prices dipped 1.6 percent from 2013, averaging $189 per thousand board feet at the end of the year. Henderson said those fig- ures are calculated using the Doyle log scale, which is the standard by which hardwood logs are bought and sold. "Demand for quality hardwood lumber and hard- wood mats was strong during 2014," he said. %Iardwood mat demand has soared with the increased off and gas drilling in the U.S. Increas- ing improvement in the U.S. housing starts are also help- ing to increase demand for pine sawtimber. We are set to end 2014 with U.S. hous- ing starts at 1 million units, compared to the 2009 level of about 554,000 units." Pulpwood stumpage pric- es, however, were down from 2013, according to estimates. Pine pulpwood prices fell 9.2 percent, averaging about $22 per cord as of the third quar- ter. Hardwood pulpwood prices dipped 4.1 percent to about $31 per cord. Henderson said the clo- sure of International Paper's Courtland, Alabama, mill in The USDA, Rural Utili- ties Service has received an application for financial assistance from Old River Water Association, Inc. As required by the National Environment Policy Act, the Rural Uities Service has prepared an Environmental Assessment that evaluated the potential environmental effects and consequences of the proposed project. This notice announces the avail- ability of the Environmental Assessment for public review and comment. The proposed project of installing approximately 74,000 linear feet of 8" and 6" PVC waterlines to serve the western portion of the water system, approximately 65,000 linear feet of 6" and 4" waterlines to upgrade smaller lines to meet Health Department pressure re- quirement and a 400 GPM water Treatment Plant to treat water from water well #4. The alternatives consid- March has impacted mar- kets in northern Mississippi. Lack of pulpwood demand and less competition caused prices to fall. "The stnmpage price for pine pulpwood in north Mis- sissippi fell 32 percent from the third quarter of 2013 to 2014, while the drop in the southern half of the state for the same period was only 5 percent," Henderson said. "Pulpwood markets in the southern half of the state benefit from greater competi- tion." David Jones, Extension forest products specialist and associate professor in the MSU Department of Sus- ered to the proposal include: replacing the waterline that served the west side of the system with two waterlines. Inspection of the proposed route of these lines revealed poor road conditions and the alternative was deeded not feasible. CoPies of the Environ- mental Assessment are available for review at the Rural Development Sub-Of- fice located at 110 Northgate Road, Suite-B, Natchez, MS 39120. For further information, please contact Robert G. Harris, Area Director Rural Development, at (601) 833- 9321 Ext. 5. Any person in- terested in commenting on this proposed project should submit comments to the ad- dress above by January 30, 2015. A general location map of the proposal can be reviewed at Rural Development's office at the address listed above. 1/01/2w tainable Bioproducts, said he expects timber production to keep increasing because the market has room for im- provement and supply is be- ginning to stagnate in other areas of the country. "Companies from Canada and the Pacific Northwest are purchasing sawmills in Mississippi, primarily be- cause their wood supply has gotten a little lighter." Jones said. "They're seeing oppor- tunities to come down here, purchase sawmills and run them." Jones said he also ex- pects the energy market to improve, but this trend have more of a local and re- gional impact than a state- wide one. "It's going to be more to- ward solid fuels like wood pellets and less toward the liquid fuels," he said. WHO IS THIS? -- One of our read- ers sent us this photo which shows a young lady sitting side-saddle on a black horse, and is wondering if any of our subscribers can identify who she is. The building in the back- ground is the old Jewish Synagogue which was located at the corner of Bank and Natchez Streets in Wood- ville. This building was later moved to Main Street near where the Mc- Graw Accounting building is now located. The structure was used as a movie theater and later burned some time after the move. If anyone has an idea who this individual is, please call The Woodville Republican at 601-888-4293, or email Editor Andy Lewis at wrepublican@bellsouth.net. m Submitted Photo This has been an excit- ing year in The Far Corner. After many years of neglect, folks are finally realizing the importance of the Lake Mary Road and the Jack- son Point Road. There is still much to be done but I feel like we are heading in the right direction. Con- gressman Greg Harper and State Representative An- gela Cockerham visited our area this year. Hopefully, they will find funding to aid in the continuous pro- cess of rebuilding our roads. However, I will continue to advocate for decent road conditions for the entire community. It is important to me that all roads in our community are navigable and safe. Much to the duck hunt- ers delight, old man winter has finally shown up. The rain and colder tempera- tures will entice the ducks to move into our swampy areas. Great for the duck hunters, however, extensive rainfall could damage the recent attempts to patch Lake Mary and Jackson Point roads. Both roads are navigable after the heavy rainfall this past weekend. (Watch out for potholes and washboards!) At least we aren't expecting any major rises from the Mississippi River, but if folks north of us experience heavy rains, that, too, could change. Sometimes living out here on the river isn't as peace- ful and serene as folks tend to think. I love the sunrises and sunsets, but the un- certainty of the river, rains and conditions of our roads can cause one to worry quite a bit. I have grown accus- tomed to being able to drive to Woodville and not having to boat across Lake Mary. I know at some point that will change, either because of the rising riv stages or road conditions. Time is running out on the fund- ing left from the spillway project to be used on Jack-' son Point Road. Even if we receive the aggregate before the deadline, the winter rains will dictate when it can be spread. Tax time is just around the corner and here we go again. I get aggravated ev- ery year because of the vast taxes collected from The Far Corner. Yet, we are left at the mercy of left over grant funding and relying on donations from private individuals. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate both! It is just mind boggling to me that we have to do this! I do feel like we have made some progress and are getting noticed for the economical impact that taxpayers here contributel to the county budget as a whole. I want to thank Administrator Bruce Lewis, Marlin Reid and Su- pervisors Bill Bankston and Wil Seal for their sincere efforts to help us this past year with mud bogs, the Lake Mary Road blowing out and Sessions Slough caving in, just to name a few. I would also like to thank everyone who donat- ed labor, equipment, diesel or materials and helped us through these trying times. I am hoping things will continue to progress in 2015. I can guarantee you, I will contin.e, to strive to make Lake Mary and Fort Adams bountiful once again. I have many plans for promoting The Far Cor- ner in the up coming year and generating some fund- ing for road projects in the process. As I bid goodbye to another year,. I look for- ward to another :ear here in The Far Corner. Happy New Year! Notice Of Nondiscriminatory Policy As To Students The Wilkinson County Christian Academy school admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin or sex to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin or sex in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS K-12 Donna Loomis, WCCA Headmaster P. O. Box 977 Hwy. 61 South, Woodville, MS 39669 601-888-4313 EYE SPECIALISTS OF LOUISIANA IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL HOURS BEGINNING JANUARY 2015 FOR JAMES J. 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