LFA in New Orleans August 27-29 for 66th convention

The Louisiana Forestry Association returns to New Orleans for the first time since Hurricane Katrina blew away its annual meeting in 2005. A makeup for that convention was held later in Marksville.

For its 66th annual event, the LFA convenes on August 27-30 at the recently renovated Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel at 739 Canal Street, at the corner of Bourbon street near the French Quarter. Convention theme is "Meet Us at the Corner."

Opening day, August 27 is mostly devoted to social events, including a golf tournament sponsored by Crosby Land & Resources, Whitney National Bank, and Louisiana Timber Partners, and a clay shoot at Covey Rise in Husser. Convention registration begins at 2 p.m. in the second floor foyer. Main evening event is the President's Social, beginning at 6 p.m.

The general session opens at 9 a.m. in the St. Charles ballroom, with a group of speakers discussing current issues in forestry.

Jonathan Martin, chairman and CEO of Martin Companies LLC, parent of Roy O. Martin Lumber Co. and Martin Timber Co., lead off with the topic "Making a 90-Year Family Business Successful." Martin is a graduate of LSU with a BS in Industrial Engineering, and directed the design and construction of four of the plants and expansion projects for the Martin companies in Louisiana.

Brendan Towney, macroeconomist with Economic Advisors LLC of Massachusetts, will talk on the topic, "The Best Economic News in Six Years." The company specializes in North American wood products analysis, interpreting and forecasting the North american and international economic landscape.

Seth Gardner, executive director of U.S Industrial Pellet Association, will discuss the topic The Pellet Industry is Feeding Europe. He is also co-managing partner of Hirschler Fleisher's Renewable Energy Group, and represents the U.S. based pellet industry for the USIPA.

Other events on Wednesday include the LFA Board of Directors meeting, Louisiana Logging Council seminar, Association of Consulting Foresters meeting, and Project Learning Tree silent auction.

The Timbermen's Breakfast highlights Thursday events. Keynote speaker for that event is Dominik Knoll, CEO of the World Trade Center of New Orleans, who will address U.S. trade issues.

• Jonathan Martin

• Brendan Lowney

• Seth Ginther

LFA Convention Speaners