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The visionary leadership, fundraising, and dedicated effort led by the Mississippi Forestry Foundation with the support of MFA, its Communications Committee, and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science’s staff, led to the opening of the the Towering Treasures exhibit at the museum in 2004. Towering Treasures, acting as an extension of the natural forest outside the Museum at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, allows visitors to discover that forest trees and ecosystems are shared habitats that support an interconnected biological community. Guests can explore the different parts of a tree and other elements of the surrounding forest ecosystem while learning about the biological and economical value of trees.
Updates have been made to the sawmill exhibit at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum. Through the support of the Communications Committee, the museum staff has made changes to the exhibit that will allow the sawmill to run more frequently for museum visitors. Funding was provided for permanent signage that will explain the processes of the mill and highlight the importance of forestry in Mississippi. Funding was also provided to construct an observation deck where visitors can view the sawmill.