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LSU AgCenter schedules 10 field days
The LSU AgCenter has scheduled 10 field days at off-campus research stations during 2013, according to John Russin, vice chancellor and director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station.
Dates and locations are as follows:
* March 9, Spring Acadiana Beef Cattle Producers Field Day at the Iberia Research Station, Jeanerette.
* April 5, Southeast Research Station Field Day, Franklinton.
* April 17, Wheat Field Day at the Macon Ridge Research Station, Winnsboro.
* May 3, Pecan Research and Extension Station Field Day, Shreveport.
* June 15, Garden Fest at the Botanic Gardens at Burden, Baton Rouge.
* June 19, Northeast Research Station Field Day, St. Joseph.
* June 26, Rice Research Station Field Day, Crowley.
* July 17, Sugar Research Station Field Day, St. Gabriel.
* July 18, Dean Lee Research and Extension Center Field Day, Alexandria.
* Oct. 10, Hammond Research Station Field Day, Hammond.
Details on times and topics covered will be available closer to the dates.
May 4, Houma\ The TARC Garden and Market
Festival in Houma will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
the TARC-Houma Airbase. The event will feature speakers;
educational displays; plant, lawn and garden vendors;
live entertainment; concessions and the Ask the Experts
booth with LSU horticulture specialists.
Admission is $3 at the gate, and children under five enter free. More information about the spring garden and market festival is available from Barton Joffrion at 985-873-6495.
Four-State Forestry Conference
Ouachita Mountains RC&D
joins the Magnolia Timberland Conference in hosting the
Four-State Forestry Conference on April 26 and 27 with expanded venue at the new
Hilton Texarkana Convention Center in Texarkana, Texas.
Topics include international, national and local concurrent sessions.
Presenters include Dennis Neilson with DANA, Rotorua, New Zealand, world renowned for expertise and publications in international timberland markets and investments, Ian Turpin with LBJ Family Wealth Advisors, Austin, Texas, specialized in asset transfers between generations, Dr. Phil Dougherty with Progressive Forestry, proven research in seedling genetics, Dr. Matt Pelkki with University of Arkansas at Monticello, intensive research on financial return in plantation forestry, Dr. Jim Guldin with United States Forest Service, Hot Springs, Arkansas, long term research in southern natural pine silviculture, and Dr. Linda Wang with United States Forest Service, specialized in forestry taxation.
Featured local landowner presenters are Dr. David Rankin, President of Southern Arkansas University, Toni, wife, and children Curt, John and Beth Anne, sharing their expanding forestry investment in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas and intensive pine plantation practices with family ownership spanning 100 years. Featured also in pre-conference timberland tour on April 25th are Jim and Joyce May with several thousand contiguous acres along the Little Missouri River in loblolly plantations, planted hardwood and natura hardwood. Jim also intensively manages for recreational hunting with year round food plots and extensive privately maintained roads, and banquet presenter Discovery Channel's very own American Logger Eldon Pelletier.
New this year is special session "Using Google Earth in Land Management" with Teddy Reynolds and Colleen Morphew which includes how to use Google Earth with land, timber, recreation, hunting leases, roads and all real estate management including how to integrate with a smart phone.
Conference lodging is at the new Hilton Garden adjoining the new Texarkana Convention Center. Reservations should be made directly at the Hilton Garden (903) 792-1065 (request conference rate).
For information, contact Ouachita Mountains Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D), at (918) 423-2479 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
A tour of three area
gardens will be held in Ruston Saturday, April 27, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.,
sponsored by The Ruston Garden Club.
Residential gardens will be featured, including the 2005 Southern Living Idea Home. Vendors with handcrafted garden art and accessories and a plant sale hosted by the North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners will be added attractions. Cost is $10 for all three gardens.
Tickets will be available at each garden the day of the tour. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Ruston Lincoln Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2111 North Trenton; Twin Oaks Nursery 630 East Georgia Street; and Townsend House Gifts, 410 North Bonner Street. For more information, call (318) 243-5644 or email email@example.com
Tree Farm Tour
W. D. McAdams Co., whose partners are D'Anne Crews and her daughters, Kay and Kelly, in partnership with the Texas Forestry Association, will host a field tour on their Tree Farm in Walker County on Saturday, April 27, 2013.
The 1,200-acre Tree Farm is located on Hwy 75 and FM 2989 north of Huntsville. It was acquired by W. D. McAdams, Mrs. Crews' father, in the early 1940's. The land consists of mixed native pine and hardwood trees, as well as young plantations making it a continual working Tree Farm. It has been under a written forest management plan since 1973. The primary objectives for the land are timber production, asset appreciation and enhancement through sound conservation practices.
Each year, landowners, natural resource managers and conservationists gather at the year's Outstanding Tree Farm to celebrate forest stewardship, take part in educational workshops and recognize individuals for promoting and practicing good forestry.
This year's event will include a woods tour where speakers will address the following management techniques: Fire and drought recovery, site prep, and replanting with cost-shares, prescribed burning, and timber economics.
The keynote speaker during lunch will be Mac Woodward, Mayor and Director of the Sam Houston Museum in Huntsville.
Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the event will end after lunch. Transportation to the Tree Farm will be provided. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing suitable for outdoors. The address is 2905 Highway 75 North, Huntsville, Texas.
The field day and lunch are FREE, but we do ask that you RSVP by contacting Texas Forestry Association at (936) 632-TREE or by leaving your name, address, telephone nnumber and the number of people attending on voicemail at 1-866-TXTREES, or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Continuing education opportunities for loggers and foresters will be offered for this event.
Summer Arts Camp
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council's
annual Summer Arts Camp is scheduled for Jackson Parish July 15-19.
This five day camp will be held at United Methodist
Church, 402 Fourth Street in Jonesboro, from 9 a.m. to
noon. The interactive, multidisciplinary camp explores
2D, 3D and Drama, and is for students entering 2nd-7th
grades. Tuition for the week is $60 when registering and
paying before May 1; $65 after May 1.
Camp fee includes supplies and snacks. Space is limited, so parents are urged to register child early.
NCLAC has been offering Summer Arts Camps in the region for 16 years. Those interested may register by phone at 255-1450, or by downloading a registration form at nclac.wordpress.com, or nclarts.org. Forms and checks should be mailed to NCLAC, PO Box 911 Ruston, LA 71273. NCLAC is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Louisiana Natural Resources Symposium
The Louisiana State
University School of Renewable Natural Resources will
host the 4th Louisiana Natural Resources Symposium on August 1-2, 2013 at the Lod Cook Conference Center
on the LSU Campus.
The theme of 2013 symposium will be impacts of human and natural disasters on forested and wetland ecosystems and wildlife. The symposium is the premiere natural resources outreach event of the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources. The 2013 symposium will feature presentations from leading international experts covering contemporary issues related to controlled burns and wildfires, hurricanes, and forest management impacts on wildlife populations and species diversity.
Speakers will also address the impacts of Hurricane Isaac on Louisiana wildlife, fires on natural ecosystems, the role of fire in longleaf pine regeneration, the relationship between hurricanes and fires in coastal forests, socio-economic risk of wildfire damage, and other topics. The target audience includes land managers, foresters, land owners, academicians, and those interested in this important issue. A comprehensive and professional color proceedings will be available to all registrants. Please visit www.rnr.lsu.edu/lnrs for more information and to register.