Mandatory Louisiana BMP class set Oct. 9

Master Loggers needing mandatory Louisiana BMP class to receive Master Logger certification for 2019 can sign up for a class Oct. 9 in Winnfield. Registration is required. Click on link below for more information. Louisiana BMPs (PDF)

Reform the Guest Worker program

The Forest Resources Association (FRA) is advocating to reform the guest worker program because we consider it an essential element of a stable and predictable workforce — now and in the future. FRA is a part of the H-2B coalition to reinstate the returning worker exemption and get immediate H-2B visa cap relief. The forest products industry relies heavily on seasonal foreign guest workers to sustain forests and manage vegetation. This work is usually seasonal and, because tree-planting crews are itinerant, without a connection to a community, domestic workers are typically not interested in these jobs. The H-2B guest worker program has helped fill a gap in the domestic workforce for a t

Bastrop man accused of arson

A Bastrop man is accused of several arson fires in Morehouse Parish, according to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. The Morehouse Parish Sheirff's Office on Aug. 3 arrested John Philbert Bowers, of Sulphur Springs Road in Bastrop, on four counts of arson, according to LDAF. Seven wildfires in Morehouse Parish near the Arkansas state line were set between July 20 and Aug. 3 and burned more than 27 acres of timber. LDAF said in a press release that at least three of the fires were suspected to have been set July 22. “Arson is a serious crime that can quickly get out of control," said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain. "While property is damaged or lost, it can also threaten

Mill restart looks to Louisiana for pine

Vicksburg Forest Products began production of southern yellow pine lumber at its recently converted mill and hopes to increase production to about 100 million board feet per year, according to reports. VFP purchased the old Anderson-Tully hardwood mill in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in May and converted it from processing mostly hardwood to pine. According to the Vicksburg Forest Products, the mill is now purchasing pine logs up to 44 inches in diameter. According to a press release, the company will purchase plantation and natural pine logs from the region, including from Central Louisiana. “Vicksburg Forest Products will manufacture southern yellow pine lumber and will be a large production mi

Prescribed Fire Council to meet

The annual meeting of the Louisiana Prescribed Fire Council will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the DeWitt Livestock Facility (Dean Lee Research Station/LSUA) in Alexandria. The meeting will teach safe and effective use of controlled fire for land management, according to a press release from the LSU AgCenter. On the agenda will be Kurt Kotteman of Kotteman Tree & Timber Services who will discuss how to hire a prescribed burn contractor. Louis Lamberty, vice president of Drone Amplified, will give a presentation on Ignis, technology that makes fire management safer and more affordable for landowners, public wild lands, as well as federal and state agencies, according to

Memorial scholarship named for Muslow

A Louisiana Forestry Foundation scholarship has been established for Stephen Muslow by his family and friends, especially longtime family friend Hanna Gamble. It will be named the Stephen Muslow Memorial Scholarship and will be awarded to a student majoring in forestry at a university in Louisiana. “I wanted to start a scholarship with the Louisiana Forestry Foundation in Steve Muslow’s name because he loved the forestry industry and education,” said Gamble, who manages St. Lucia Tree Farm in DeSoto Parish. “Steve’s hard work and dedication to the LFA helped make it the powerful and successful community it is today.” Muslow, a consulting forester who founded Muslow Forestry Inc. in Shrevepor

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