Leaving big influence on southern forests

The lack of markets for southern pine forest products facing foresters today, frequently called a “wall of wood,” is a problem that has been encountered before. More than 50 years ago, foresters were aggressively reforesting the South following the harvest of the virgin forests during the early 20th century. Millions of acres of cutover land were then becoming productive due to application of natural and artificial reforestation practices. These restored forests were young and needed forest management practices that required appropriate markets for forest products. The problem then is somewhat different from the one now. Then, markets were needed for trees that were much smaller than those t

Second quarter Stumpage Speak released

Find out the price report for stumpage in Louisiana during the second quarter of 2018 by Dr. Shaun Tanger. Questions? Email him at stanger@agcenter.lsu.edu 2Q STUMPAGE SPEAK

New cypress tree added to state champion list

Another cypress tree has joined the ranks of champion trees in Louisiana. Other changes to this year’s Champion Tree list are the addition of a co-champ — a Blackgum in Caddo Parish — and two state champion trees reported as deceased. The cypress tree does not unseat the Baldcypress champion at Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge. The new state champion is a Montezuma Cypress that’s located on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus. “The reason I thought of trying to get it on the champion tree listing is that it was next to a cooling tower where they cut down a Cherrybark Oak. I thought the cypress tree was going to be cut down, too,” said Jim Foret, who teaches plant science at UL

Parish by parish look and forestry's economic contribution

Forestry is the No. 1 agricultural product in Louisiana, worth an estimated $11 billion to the state's economy. How much is the forest products industry in your parish? Dr. Shaun Tanger, forest economist for the LSU AgCenter, knows and now he's created a snapshot of the value of forestry to each parish. Want to find out more? Click on the link below to learn the economic contribution of forestry to your parish. If you have a question for Dr. Tanger, you can email him at stanger@agcenter.lsu.edu PARISH BY PARISH ARTICLE

Southern University leads in urban forestry in U.S.

Urban and forests might not seem to go together, but just like good forestry practices make sure rural forests are healthy, urban forestry does the same for trees and landscapes planted in cities large and small. Students in Louisiana who want to stay close to home have only one place to go if they want to major in urban forestry: Southern University and A&M College. Urban Forestry is a relatively new field of study for Southern; it began only about 25 years ago, considerably more recent given the university was founded 138 years ago. Yet this program has already expanded, becoming only one of two urban forestry programs in the country to include bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. “Right

Second quarter Timber Tales released

LSU AgCenter forester Ricky Kilpatrick this week released his latest edition of Timber Tales, a quarterly newsletter about forestry and wildlife in North Louisiana. Click the link below to read the newsletter. If you have questions, you can contact Ricky by email at RKilpatrick@agcenter.lsu.edu 2Q TIMBER TALES

Livingston man accused of timber theft

Livingston man is charged with timber theft in connection with an incident two years ago, according to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry. Derma Brent O'Neal, 39, was arrested June 28 by LDAF enforcement agents and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on unrelated criminal charges, according to LDAF. Enforcement agents received a complaint in May from a property owner in Holden. According to LDAF, O'Neal entered into an agreement with the landowner to harvest about 3.5 acres of hardwood and pine timber. Harvesting began in July 2016 and when logging was completed the landowner was not compensated for the timber, which was valued at about $3,000. O’Neal is charged

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