Forest health linked to birds

Forests are for the birds. Really, they are. And having forests of varying ages is even better to attract a broader variety of bird species, says Emily Jo Williams, vice president of the American Bird Conservancy, and that comes from managed forests. “Those managed forests play that critical role to provide that diversity (bird species need),” Williams said. In May, Williams guided a group of forest industry folks including foresters, scientists and landowners to discover how birds are indicators of healthy forests. That, however isn’t the only reason. “Birds are the best way to connect people with nature,” Williams said. “Birds are easy to find; they’re everywhere.” Birding — people who tra

Direct seeding short-lived solution

Longleaf pine forests of Louisiana and East Texas were particularly devastated during the “golden age of lumbering” in the early 20th century as companies used steam-powered logging equipment, which provided a challenge to foresters: How to return millions of acres of cutover pine into forests. When the Alexandria Research Center of the U.S. Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station was established after World War II, almost 5 million acres of forestland in the two-state area were in the need of reforestation. The Research Center’s assignment was to develop technology to return this cutover land to plush forests that once blanketed the area. It was estimated that if this treeless lo

Indian Creek wins LTA award

Indian Creek Recreation Area received a Louey award from the Louisiana Travel Association, according to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. The Louey Award is one of 19 the LTA gives out to honor and showcase people and organizations for their contributions to the tourism industry in Louisiana, according to the LDAF press release. Indian Creek Recreation Area was billed the top Campground/RV Park of the Year. The awards were given at LTA's annual meeting in Charenton. “We have worked very hard to make Indian Creek a destination for Louisiana residents and visitors from all over,” said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain. “The pristine and tranquil grounds offe

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