Welcome to the Southern Institute of Forest Genetics (RWU-4160)

Dana Nelson
Project Leader/Research Geneticist
23332 Success Road
Saucier, MS 39574-9344
Phone 228.832.2747
Fax: 228.832.0130

The Southern Institute of Forest Genetics was established July 1, 1954 on the Harrison Experimental Forest, located 25 miles north of Gulfport, MS. The Experimental Forest covers 4,111 acres that typify about 31 millions acres of land with similar soils and topography in the South. The Institute is housed in some buildings that date back to the mid-1930's, constructed by the CWA, WPA, and CCC; four new laboratories for molecular genetic analyses on southern pines were recently added to the site.

Southern Institute of Forest Genetics (SIFG). Research at the SIFG focuses on developing procedures to improve the health, productivity and genetic diversity of southern forests through better understanding of the genetics, ecology and evolutionary relationships in forest ecosystems.  Full Research Work Unit Description