All stumpage markets are local

As many of you undoubtedly know, a devastating blow was struck to pulpwood markets in southeast Louisiana in January. Georgia-Pacific’s (GP) Port Hudson mill announced it will eliminate 630,000 tons of uncoated freesheet (UFS) paper capacity and completely exit that market. Although this has ramifications for global markets, the old adage is that stumpage markets are local, and the impact will harm landowners, loggers and even other mills in the area for years to come. More specifically, this crushes the hardwood pulpwood market in the area as the only other hardwood roundwood consumers to be found are Gloster (very small demand), Arcadia-Simsboro (very little demand and too far away), Mansf

Feral swine eradication grants available

Have a feral hog problem? Few do not, but for landowners in 10 Louisiana parishes, there could be help through a federal grant to be part of a feral swine eradication and control pilot project through NRCS and APHIS. Louisiana is one of 10 states that will participate in a feral swine eradication and control pilot project through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). "Feral swine alter ecosystems, cause physical damage, spread disease, and compete with native wildlife for important resources. They are also known to carry 30 diseases and 37 parasites some of which are transmissible to domestic animals, wildlife, and humans,"

From La. to Ariz.: A sawmill town moves

In the early 20th century, when lumbering was at its prime in the South, lumbermen bought old-growth longleaf pine forests for as little as $1.25 per acre and built sawmills in isolated areas near their forest land. To support the operation of these mills, towns would be built for workers and their families to live. When their forests were cut, the owners essentially had two options: buy more timberland or close the mill. Guidelines for reforesting the land had not been developed and it was viewed as unrealistic at the time. This was the problem faced by the Cady Lumber Co. at McNary in 1924. Although the owners wanted to buy more timberland, none that was close to the mill was available. Cl

Log trucking big challenge for industry

Louisiana is a great wood basket. Many forest landowners have lots of trees at different stages of growth, loggers can harvest them efficiently and mills are ready to process the wood, turning the fiber into all kinds of products people use every day. Getting the logs to the mills, however, is getting to be more of a challenge. Over the past several years, loggers have had dynamics change that make it more difficult to get the wood to the mills. The cost of insurance is increasing. Also, the average age of log truck drivers is rising and there are fewer younger drivers to replace them. Those issues are causes for concern. A presentation put together by David Cupp, who heads the Insurance Tas

Red mulberry in Lafayette new state champ

Nine new entries joined the Louisiana Champion Tree listing in 2019, including a red mulberry a young couple discovered on the grounds of a historic home in Lafayette Parish. Michael and Tatiania Barney bought a home in Ossun — a rural community between Carencro and Scott in northern Lafayette Parish — that was built in the 1890s. “It’s (the tree) got to be over 50 years old,” Michael Barney said. The Barneys purchased the home two years ago. “Unfortunately it’s the only nice tree in the yard. If that tree hadn’t been there, I can’t say for sure, but it didn’t hurt” in making the decision to buy the home,” said Barney, a musician who plays bagpipes for Farouche, a group he describes as Cajun

Endangered species has no habitat in La.

Merriam-Webster defines habitat as “the place or environment where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives and grows.” But what if a place is no longer an environment that is hospitable to a particular animal? Such is the case of the dusky gopher frog, an endangered species that recently was the center of a federal lawsuit that threatened the development of more than 1,500 acres in Southeast Louisiana. In November, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of landowners in Louisiana who challenged the designation of pine forests in St. Tammany Parish as critical habitat for the frog protected under the Endangered Species Act. The high court ruling describes the dusky gopher fro

Forestry 101 for landowners set

Landowners wanting to know more about how to make their forest land "healthier, more profitable and sustainable" are invited to a Forestry 101 workshop for landowners this month. The free workshop is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 19 at the Lincoln Parish Public Safety Complex, 161 Road Camp Road, Ruston. The LSU AgCenter, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Trailblazer RC&D will put on the event sponsored by Allstate Land and Timber, Burnham Construction, Canfor Southern Pine, ENABLE Midstream Partners, Lincoln Parish Police Jury, Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU AgCenter, Mudd & Holland Consulting Foresters LLC, NRCS, Origin Bank and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (S

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