RMS seeking forestry manager

Resource Management Service LLC (RMS) is seeking a forestry manager for central Arkansas. The job includes managing the silviculture activities for 250,000 acres of pine plantation and natural forest acres in southern Arkansas. To find out more about the job, you can download the a job summary and duties document, as well as the qualifications sought for the position. Or send an email to RMS Human Resources division hr@resourcemgt.com

Webinar to focus on timber damage

The Louisiana Forestry Association is presenting a free webinar at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 about tax information for landowners following the damages of Hurricane Laura. The presenter of the webinar is Paul Spillers, a tax attorney and estate specialist who also is an LFA past president. Spillers is often featured at LSU AgCenter Forestry Forums across the state about tax issues for timberland. Some of the things Spillers will talk about include: •Casualty Loss, what is it and how is it defined in the tax law? •Timber Tax Basis, why is knowing this important? •Single Identifiable property, what is that? •Deductible Casualty Loss, how is this calculated? Foresters can earn 1 Cat 1 CFE cred

Landscape losers, wind-firm winners

DERIDDER — Many in Louisiana will remember Aug. 27, 2020, as a day of infamy because Laura made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane. AHA experienced the power outage at approximately 1 a.m. and then the eye of Laura at about 5 a.m. When it was safe to go out, residents saw how the landscape was devastated. With regards to trees (mostly) in DeRidder, here are the landscape losers & wind-firm winners from hurricane Laura. WINNER: ‘Natchez’ crape myrtle. These crape myrtle trees had an eastern exposure to the heavy winds from Laura and are still standing. These trees also have no obvious branch damage from the force of hurricane winds. Apparently, these trees are winners due to their wind-firmne

Prescribed burn workshop set

A three-day prescribed burn workshop is being held Wednesday, Oct. 7 through Friday, Oct. 9 at the Hammond Research Station in Hammond and put on by the LSU AgCenter. The class is designed for anyone seeking to become a Louisiana Certified Prescribed Burner. The workshop will teach you how to conduct prescribed burns legally and safely in your timberlands, according to the press release from the LSU AgCenter. Registration is $100. Included will be needed materials, refreshments and meals, along with any supplies that might be needed. The first two days' topics will cover fuels, fire behavior, fire weather, fire ecology, burning technique, smoke management, fire lane establishment, burn plann

Stumpage Speaks, Fall 2020

Here's the latest Stumpage Speaks' Timber Tales for Fall 2020 as produced by the LSU AgCenter Extension Service. To find out more about the AgCenter, visit the website www.LSUAgCenter.com or for forestry go to www.lsuagcenter.com/topics/environment/forestry. To download the latest Timber Tales Fall 2020, click here.

Burn ban lifted

Sept. 17 UPDATE: Louisiana State Fire Marshal H. Butch Browning has lifted the burn ban for Allen, Beauregard, Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, LaSalle, Lincoln, Natchitoches Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, Union, Vernon and Winn parishes. The ban, however, continues for Calcasieu and Cameron parishes. "To assist in preventing potential fire-related dangers during this state of emergency and to assist local first responders by reducing unnecessary fire calls that will be challenged to answer due to a lack of infrastructure, resources and personnel due to the effects of and response to Hurricane Laura, the State Fire Marshal hereby orders a continued ceas

Laura's $1.1B economic blow to forest industry

The powerful winds of Hurricane Laura dealt a huge economic blow to forest products industry in the state as it damaged or destroyed more than 757,000 acres of timberland, taking out 30 million tons of pine and 9 million tons of hardwood, more than all mills in Louisiana would use in a normal year. Hurricane Laura struck south of Lake Charles as a Category 4 storm and remained a hurricane as it crossed the Louisiana-Arkansas border. It was the strongest storm to hit the state in more than a century and a half. The destruction left in its path was enormous. According to a report from the LSU AgCenter, the damage acreage totaled 757,538. That’s an area almost twice the size of Lake Pontchartra

Indian Creek rec area to reopen

Indian Creek Recreation Area is set to reopen Thursday, Sept. 17, according to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. The popular recreation area was closed Aug. 26 in preparation for Hurricane Laura, which ravaged parts of the state including Indian Creek. “We are eager to see our visitors again. Indian Creek Recreation Area sustained a significant amount of tree damage and our staff has been working tirelessly to get the area cleaned up,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain. Indian Creek Recreation Area, located in Woodworth, offers primitive camping, RV sites with water and electricity, beaches, fishing in Indian Creek Lake and a children’s playground.

Think safety when salvaging timber

Homes being lost from a major storm is very tragic, without a doubt. Our prayers go out to those recovering from Hurricane Laura. Damage from the storm extends to crops as well, including trees, the No. 1 agricultural crop in Louisiana. And that means loggers will ply their important trade in salvaging what timber that can be salvaged. Logging is a working environment where safety is paramount, and they will be the first ones to acknowledge that. In the wake of Hurricane Laura, however, the Forest Resources Association (FRA) is reminding logging contractors of its importance as recovery beings and salvaging timber begins. FRA President Deb Hawkinson is sending out a link to a video the organ

Video of webinar available

With all the chaos of a storm, some of the people who registered for last week's webinar, "Is Louisiana's Forest Economy Ready to Grow," were unable to attend. Good news! We've made a video recording of the webinar available online. Dr. Brooks Mendell, founder, president and CEO of Forisk Consulting, presented an hour-long webinar on Aug. 26, which included a question and answer portion. The webinar was well-attended, especially considering that much of Louisiana was in the crosshairs of Hurricane Laura at the time. But we wanted to make this important webinar available online so those who registered but were unable to attend could watch what they missed, and those who might have not registe

Forest Recovery Task Force formed

The Louisiana Forestry Association in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, industry members, loggers, universities, state and federal elected officials and landowners held the first meeting of the Forest Recovery Task Force to assess the impact of Hurricane Laura on families, employees, mills and forestry resources. Families and employees, for the most part, are safe. Several mills were without power, though some had already fully operational and others were getting back up. Several of the issues will be addressed in the coming weeks, including: • Aerial reconnaissance of the state to determine the extent of timber damage. • Determining ec

Strain: Hire only licensed arborists

Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain is reminding victims of Hurricane Laura who need trees removed from their properties to hire only professional, licensed arborists to perform the work. Residents with non-commercial trees can to the the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry website to find a list of arborists available in their area. "Anyone doing tree work in Louisiana is required to obtain a license through the LDAF," Strain said. "Hiring only licensed-professional arborists protects you, the homeowner, since licensed arborists are not only trained to properly execute tree work, but they must also maintain liability insurance. I also urge you to get a w

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