Southern pine beetle found west of Mississippi River

Significant numbers of southern pine beetles (SPB) in the Feliciana parishes captured in spring traps set by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry were expected, but capturing the invasive insects in seven parishes west of the Mississippi River was a surprise. Although surprising, LDAF Forest Health Program Director Brent Cutrer said it isn’t time to sound an alarm. He said traps are set in pine dominant parishes for six weeks. This year a new pheromone was used, which might be the reason more SPB were captured. “It’s more potent of a chemical,” Cutrer said. Officials expected high SPB numbers in East and West Feliciana parishes because of the infestation the Homochitto

SAF presidential award goes to Templin

Alexandria Consulting Forester and Society of American Foresters Fellow Steve Templin recently received the professional organization's Presidential Award for Outstanding Field Forester. The Louisiana Chapter of SAF board of directors met Dec. 13 in Alexandria, during which Templin, president of Templin Forestry Inc., received the award. Pictured below are Mike Murphrey, SAF district representative, from left, Dr. Shaun Tanger, vice chairman (who will be chairman in 2019), Templin and Louisiana Forestry Association Executive Director Buck Vandersteen.

Kountz tree farm's diversity is a winner

A summer walk through Bryant Kountz’s tree farm in the community of Reeves near Kinder offers some unexpected delights. Sure, you’ll see healthy stands of mature pines, with hardwoods growing in shady bottomlands, well-maintained roads and water features. But you’ll also see tracts of young longleaf pines standing like stiff sentinels, their green-needled pompom heads waving in the breeze. Close by, colorful wildflowers are attended by butterflies and other insects. Though you probably won’t spy them, deer may be silently eyeing you from the shadows of nearby trees. If you’re exceptionally lucky, you might unknowingly walk up on a mother turkey warming a late-season clutch of eggs, a

3 arrested for theft of cypress logs in Franklin Parish

Three men are charged with stealing almost $9,000 worth of cypress logs in Franklin Parish, according to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. LDAF and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries joined in an investigation that led to the Nov. 30 arrests of Michael Shane Harris, 42, of Wisner, Ronnie Bert Mason, 48, and Daniel Neal Chapman, 39, both of Jonesville. Complaints were received by LDAF agents on Oct. 14 that cypress logs were being taken from private land in Turkey Creek Lake without consent of the Franklin Parish landowners. Agents allege Harris, Mason and Chapman cut and removed the cypress trees that were lying in the waterway from several private lan

Log truck stolen from the Bossier City area

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) enforcement agents hope someone can help in in locating a log truck and trailer that was stolen in the Bossier City area recently, Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said. LDAF enforcement agents said a 2016 Peterbilt truck with a 2016 Viking log trailer was stolen around 9 p.m. Nov. 15 from a truck stop at the intersection of I-220 and I -20 in Bossier City. The truck is orange in color with Louisiana License Plate No. J0146962. The trailer is black with LA Vin # 1V9PD422XGN062222. The truck and trailer is owned by MTS TRUCKING. “If you witnessed suspicious activity around on Nov. 15 or have seen this truck and trailer, please conta

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