Opinion: Next big market for U.S. wood products?

The recent warming of diplomatic relations with Cuba has created a buzz about the potential for export sales to this market. Pre-embargo Cuba was a thriving market for U.S. agriculture exporters — it was the largest export market for Louisiana’s rice industry and a top destination for the state’s wood product exports. The island nation remains highly dependent on imports of food and fiber. Here in Louisiana, we could see significant gains should restrictions be fully removed and the country becomes a true market economy. We’re able to offer a wide variety of high-quality wood products at competitive prices, in smaller shipments, and with fast delivery times. In principal, Cuba is a natural m

No place like home at Twin Oaks

Sabine Parish is heavily wooded in west-central Louisiana, a favorite place of loggers and foresters for its pine stands and some hardwood bottom land that provides much to the forest products industry. Tucked in the piney woods in the northern part of that parish is a 60-acre tract with a winding spring-fed creek and miles of emerald, moss-covered trails that look as though they belong in the land of Oz rather than Louisiana. The place is called Twin Oaks, a name that comes from two large white oak trees that once stood atop a hill near the trailhead. “I love it out here,” said R. Valmore Byles, owner of the construction company R.V. Byles Enterprises. Now retired, he and his wife, Mary, li

Vandertsteen inducted into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction

Louisiana Forestry Association Executive Director Charles A. “Buck” Vandersteen is one of three 2017 inductees into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction. The HOD is produced by the Louisiana Radio Network in cooperation with the LSU AgCenter, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation. Vandersteen joins a field of 12 men in the past four years recognized to “have made an extraordinary contribution to agri-business in the state of Louisiana.” Vandersteen, who has been executive director for the LFA since 1982, said he is “appreciative and humbled” to be included among 2017 inductees, adding it wasn’t his efforts alone to achieve the

Louisiana Logger - April 2017

Tech grad joins the logging industry; Learn new things at LLC chapter meetings; Drax offers to purchase distressed facilities; New Master Loggers complete Feb. classes. Click here to view the complete magazine on-line

Two newcomers to champion tree listing

The Louisiana Directory of Champions, managed by the Louisiana Forestry Association, added two new champion trees this year. Point Coupee Parish is home to the new sugarberry champion tree, dethroning the sugarberry tree in Morehouse Parish that broke onto the champion list in 2016. The new champion sugarberry is 72 feet tall. Its circumference is 18 feet, 8 inches and its average limb spread is 101 feet. The new sugarberry champion is owned by Zel and Al Ewing of Batchelor. The second new champion is a persimmon tree in Madison Parish. It measures 106 feet in height, has a circumference of 7 feet, 1 inch and a spread of 50 feet. This new champion persimmon tree dethroned co-champions from A

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