What in the Woods is Going On?


To post events of interest to the regional forestry community, please email us 'Submit News' with the word "Calendar" in the subject line. Events attracting loggers, foresters, forest landowners, forest products manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and sales agents are welcome.


Seeking nominations for annual Excellence in Wood Design Award

Texas Forestry Association is seeking nominations for its annual Excellence in Wood Design Award. First presented in 1967, the Excellence in Wood Design Award has become a symbol of outstanding achievement in project designs using wood and wood products in Texas.
Nominations are open to projects in Texas that have been completed within the last five years that aesthetically utilize wood and/or use wood products structurally.
Awards are given in the following categories: Institutional, Commercial, Residential and Special Projects (such as wooden deck or entertainment area).
For a project application, visit the Texas Forestry Association website at www.texasforestry.org, call (936) 632-TREE or email
A brief physical description of the building or project, a description of the forest products used in construction, and digital photos of the project must accompany the project application.
Texas Forestry Association will
accept applications through July 15, 2014, and the awards will be presented at TFA's 100th Annual Meeting celebration on October 21-23, 2014 in Lufkin.

Louisiana Forestry Association 67th annual Meeting

Forestry's future, see where it's growing. August 26-28, 2014. Sam's Town Hotel & Casino Shereveport, LA.
For more information 318-443-2558 or email
jtompkins@laforestry.com or www.laforestry.com

"Who Will Own the Forest? 10". Portland OR
Forest Economic Advisors (FEA) will once again host an event in conjunction with "Who Will Own the Forest? 10". This one-day event,
September 16th, will feature industry-leading economists from Forest Economic Advisors addressing a wide range of hot-button topics as well as a variety of outside experts offering their views on the most important issues facing stakeholders in the industry.
Discussion topics are:
- Trade, Transportation, and the Taper: Three Key Trends that Will Determine the Shape of the Recovery in Wood Products Markets
- The Economy is Mending, So Why is the Housing Sector Still Sputtering?
- Will the Fed Kill Off the Recovery When It Takes Its Foot Off the Gas Pedal?
- Domestic or export log markets - which will have the greatest impact on near-term log prices?
- Global Lumber Demand Growth Has Slowed.Is the Super-Cycle in Jeopardy?
- Is the ELP Industry Going Global?
- Wood Panel Producers Respond to a Slow Demand Recovery
- Will the EPA's Proposed Carbon Emission Standards Boost the Prospects for the Wood Biomass Sector? World Forestry Center, Portland OR

Forestry BMP Workshop

Forestry BMP Workshop to be held on September 19th! Trailblazer Resource, Conservation, and Development and partners will be conducting a Forestry Best Management Practice (BMP) Landuser workshop at the Claiborne Parish Library in Homer, La on Friday, September 19, 2014. At noon, participants will travel to an outdoor location to do a field tour for the second half of the workshop. Registration begins at 8:00 am.
Attendees who complete this workshop will receive 6 Continuing Logger Education Hours! This workshop is FREE to attend and a meal will be provided. Please PRE-REGISTER BY September 15th call or email Olivia Ward at Trailblazer, 318-255-3554 or
olivia@trailblazer.org to get signed-up!

Acadiana Cattle Producers fall field day

The Acadiana Cattle Producers fall field day will be held Oct. 2 at the Cecil McCrory Exhibit Building in Abbeville from 5:30- 9 p.m. A meal will be served.
Topics will include weed control, strategies for increasing a herd, heifer nutrition considerations and heifer selection.
The McCrory building is located at 1105 W. Port St., Abbeville.
If you have a disability which requires special assistance in this program, contact Andrew Granger at 337-898-4335.

Field day

Oct. 9, Landscape Horticulture Field Day at the Hammond Research Station, Hammond.

18th Annual Field Day

The USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory and the Louisiana State Beekeepers Association will hold the 18th Annual Field Day in Baton Rouge on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The event will be held at the laboratory, located at 1157 Ben Hur Rd., near the intersection of Nicholson Drive (Hwy 30) and Brightside Dr., which is about two miles south of the LSU football stadium.
Gates will open at 9:30 a.m.; activities are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
A nonrefundable pre-registration fee of $30.00 is required for attendees 12 years of age and above. Children eleven and under, must stay with their parents at all times.
Pre-registration ends October 1, 2014. Guests may register on-line at labeekeepers.org and pay through PayPal or credit card or mail registration form located on the labeekeepers.org web site and your check payable to the Louisiana Beekeepers Association to: David Ferguson, P.O. Box 716, Brusly, LA 70719. Registgrtion after October 1, 2014, will be $35.00 per person.
The registration fee covers expenses including coffee, pastries and a great-catered lunch that includes Bar B Q Chicken Leg Quarters, Smoked Sausage, Dirty Rice, Bar B Q Beans, and Garden Salad with choice of 4 Dressings, Fresh Baked Honey Wheat Rolls, Honey Bee Cake and Coke Products.
The Field Day will include courses for beginners and more experienced beekeepers as well as workshops for those interested in a variety of topics. The beginning beekeeper course will begin with how to get started for those who do not yet own bees, then will progress to how to manage a few colonies. Topics will include equipment needs for the beginner, nectar producing plants, maintenance of colonies, pests, safety and etiquette in beekeeping, and hands on training in an active colony.
The intermediate beekeeping course was a hit last year and will be offered again with a variety of topics focused on the beekeeper with a moderate amount of experience that is now ready to take it to the next level. Topics will include anticipating equipment needs throughout a season, pest management, honey processing, and swarm catching. There will be a variety of focused workshops for those not attending the courses (typically the more advanced beekeepers), i.e., queen rearing, instrumental insemination, small hive beetle control, good honey plants and artificial nutrition sources. These workshops will represent both the USDA-ARS Bee Lab's research and beekeeper experiences. At the end of the day, the intermediate and advanced groups will come together over active colonies. Here they will have the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics and ask laboratory personnel and experienced beekeepers questions while gaining some hands-on experience in an open hive.
For additional information please contact Dr. Lanie Bourgeois (225-767-9299), Sandra Hineman (225-767-9280) or Joe Sanroma (318-346-2805).

Southern Region Master Gardener ConferenceBaton Rouge

More than 500 gardeners from throughout the southeast are expected in Baton Rouge for the Southern Region Master Gardener Conference Oct. 21-24.
Gardening enthusiasts have been invited to hear speakers on a wide range of topics focused on plants, according to Donna Montgomery, publicity chair for the event.
"The East Baton Rouge Master Gardener Association is hosting this conference, which will be based at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at College Drive and I-10," Montgomery said. "The theme for this year's conference is Sharing Our Southern Roots."
Because anyone interested in gardening may register for the conference, Montgomery is encouraging attendees to invite a spouse or a friend.
A Southern garden marketplace will be open throughout the conference for participants to see and buy new and established plant products from associated businesses.
"There will be product displays from horticulture vendors and participants will tour many local landmarks and well-known sights of interest," she said.
Tours will include guided excursions to Imahara's Botanical Garden and Afton Villa Gardens, Rosedown Plantation and The Myrtles, Houmas House Plantation, Burden Museum and Gardens, Hammond Research Station, a Cajun night at White Oak Plantation featuring Cajun food and music, a tour of Manchac Swamp and lunch at Frenier Landing.
Keynote speakers at the conference will include:
- Marcelle Bienvenu, researcher and consultant on Creole and Acadian cooking and author of "Who's Your Mama? Are You Catholic? and Can You Make a Roux?," talking about her personal culinary journey.
- Mary Palmer Dargan will speak on healing the earth one garden at a time; Norman Winter focusing on the color presentation in your garden each season.
- Joe Lamp'l giving the "dirt" on healthy soil.
- Douglas Tallamy explaining how to bring nature home.
Also on the agenda are 24 breakout sessions where presenters will give information on a wide range of topics from hummingbirds, butterflies and natural habitats to choosing the right plants and your cooking style, Montgomery said.
"Conference registration can be done only online at the conference website," Montgomery said. "
Early registration is open now and ends on July 15."
More information about speakers and their topics, tours and registration is available at the conference website


Home Bookshelf Subscribe Read want ads
Forest Facts Services Local Events Place a want ad