Fla. Parishes Forestry Forum set Feb. 18

The Florida Parishes Forestry Forum will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the University Center on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, 800 W. University Ave., Room 133. "This year's theme is 'The New Normal' as we learn how to navigate in markets that are presently challenging our industry," according to a news release from the LSU AgCenter Extension Service. "We will be discussing topics that will address forestland investment and risk, ways to increase timber sales, how to use land management and cost-share programs so they can truly be an asset in your pocket and much more." The cost of the event is $25. You can sign up for the event online through Eventbrite by

Southwest La. Forestry Forum set Feb. 29

The Southwest Louisiana Forestry Association will hold its annual meeting and Forestry Forum from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 at the War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West Seventh Street in DeRidder. Sign in begins at 8 a.m. and the program begins at 8:30 a.m. The agenda includes an update from the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry, the Prescribed Burn Association, Drones in Forestry and Forest Insects. For more information, contact Keith Hawkins, Southwest Extension Forester for the LSU AgCenter Extension Service at 337-463-7006 or by email at khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Ark-La-Tex Forestry Forum set March 10

Subjects planned to be covered include Current Issues for Ark-La-Tex Forest Landowners; Silviculture Updates; Timber Bids; Birds and Management; and Forest Operations. This is an excellent forestry meeting that includes a great lunch and fellowship with others interested in forestry, according to the LSU AgCenter. The cost is $25 if you register by March 3. It will cost $30 at the door. The fee includes lunch. For more information, contact Valerie West at the LSU AgCenter Extension office in Benton, 318-965-2326. To download a registration form, click here.

CenLa Forestry Forum set Feb. 19

The 2020 CenLa Forestry Forum will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the LSU AgCenter Evacuation Shelter, 8125 U.S. Highway 71 in Alexandria. Early registration ends Friday, Feb. 14, which is $25. Late registration fee is $40. For an agenda and more information, download the flier by clicking here. For more information, contact Extension Forester Robbie Hutchins at rhutchins@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Southwest La. Forestry Forum set Feb. 29

The Southwest Louisiana Forestry Association will hold its annual meeting and Forestry Forum from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 at the War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West Seventh Street in DeRidder. Sign in begins at 8 a.m. and the program begins at 8:30 a.m. The agenda includes an update from the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry, the Prescribed Burn Association, Drones in Forestry and Forest Insects. For more information, contact Keith Hawkins, Southwest Extension Forester for the LSU AgCenter Extension Service at 337-463-7006 or by email at khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Come get your free tree Thursday!

Get ready to get your free tree at the annual Louisiana Forestry Association Arbor Day Tree Giveaway on Thursday, Jan. 16 ... that's right it's on Thursday this year. The annual event held in conjunction with Arbor Day held during the third week of January for Louisiana will have available American Elm, Black Oak, Water Oak and Silky Dogwood trees from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 in the drive-through parking lot at the Louisiana Forestry Association office, 2316 South McArthur Drive. “A good way to look at planting hope for the future in the New Year is planting a tree,” said. C.A. “Buck” Vandersteen, executive director of the Louisiana Forestry Association. “And this is the best time o

Details in works for timber harvest permit

Louisiana loggers can now haul a little more weight on state roadways thanks to a new timber harvest permit, but some details are still being worked out. Tammy Anderson, transportation permits manager with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, said loggers have two options: the regular harvest permit and the new timber harvest permit. Under the harvest permit, the $10 per truck permit loggers have used for many years, the gross vehicle weight of fully loaded log trucks is up to 86,600 pounds on state roadways. They are permitted to use interstate highways, as long as they adhere to the federal weight limit of 83,400 pounds. Under the new timber harvest permit, which is

Drax hires new VP for US operations

Drax Biomass in January announced the hiring of Matt White as its new senior vice president to oversee the company’s biomass operations in the United States. White is stationed in the company’s headquarters in Monroe. “This is an exciting time to join Drax Biomass as the business seeks to grow its wood pellet output to 5 million tons per year while maintaining a focus on safety and operational excellence,” White said in a prepared statement. “Drax has an impressive commitment to support the communities in which it operates by promoting sustainable forestry and investing in local development, so I am looking forward to the opportunities ahead.” Drax Biomass is a subsidiary of Drax Group plc,

Sign up for LFA Legislative Report

The Louisiana Legislature can affect your forestland, logging and manufacturing facility every time it goes into session. This year the Regular Session begins March 9. You can stay informed about legislative decisions by receiving the Louisiana Forestry Legislative Report. It is a service to members of the Louisiana Forestry Association. If you aren’t signed up to receive the Legislative Report, you can do so by clicking here. In past sessions, the Legislature tried to make your private property accessible for public use. That bill failed because people were informed and spoke out in opposition. Last legislative session, efforts to increase the weight on log trucks and tie forestry more clos

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