Lt. Governor Speaks to Policy Class
Dr. Luke Laborde (right) introduces Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne (left) to the RNR 2039/2071-- Introduction to Natural Resources Policy class
Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne visited with over 50 students and faculty from RNR 2039 & 2071, Introduction to Natural Resources Policy. The class recently completed a segment on state government, reviewing the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Lt. Gov. Dardenne discussed the state budget process and forecast shortfall, and the role of the Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism in oversight of the Louisiana Seafood Marketing and Promotion Board and tourism. Lt. Gov. Dardenne emphasized the importance of Louisiana's unique outdoor heritage, advertised under the banner, "Pick your passion!" Louisiana residents and tourists spend over $2.2 billion annually participating in hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation in the state
Louisiana SAF Awards Outstanding Student
The Louisiana Society of American Foresters award for Outstanding LSU Student was presented to Hayden Carter at the 4-State SAF meeting in Texarkana, January 2015. Hayden is a junior in forestry at LSU and President of the Society of American Foresters Student Chapter at LSU. He currently works as an intern for Weyerhaeuser Company out of their southern Mississippi region and has plans of eventually owning his own business in the land and timber industry. Shown presenting the award are Dr. Rutherford (Director, RNR, right) and Dr. de Hoop (faculty advisor to the SAF Chapter, left).
Forestry Students Attend National Convention
The Society of American Foresters held its annual National Convention in October 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and four students from the LSU Chapter were able to attend, thanks to funding from the School of RNR, the Louisiana SAF, Donovan & Lawler law firm and the FWF Alumni Association. Attending were Hayden Carter (President), Christian Rossi (Vice President), James Donovan (Treasurer) and Jared Riddle (who graduated two months later). Before actually attending the meeting, the group took a day to see some forest management-related sites.
First stop was a tour of SilencerCo, LLC, in suburban West Valley City. SilencerCo has emerged in recent years to be the leading manufacturer of firearms noise suppressors. Suppressors are particularly important in feral hog control, and hogs are emerging as a major threat to forest regeneration in many parts of the country and the world (on August 1, 2014, Governor Jindal signed House Bill 186, legalizing the use of suppressors for basically all hunting in Louisiana). The group conversed with the legal staff at SilencerCo and then saw how their latest product, a 12 ga shotgun silencer, is manufactured on CNC milling machines.
After lunch in the ski resort town of Park City, the group visited some aspen stands (in full color), spruce stands and a riparian site in the mountains. The weather was perfect. Elk and mule deer sign was abundant, but the only animals observed were an angry red squirrel and some trout. The next day, the students attended a formal SAF tour that included aspen management at Bear Lake in northern Utah, while Drs. de Hoop and Dean attended different tours, and Dr. Rutherford met with the other forestry school deans.
The International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO) also had their 2014 World Congress at the Salt Palace Convention Center at the same time, as did the Canadian Institute of Forestry. Delegates from any one meeting could attend any session. Thus, the group was able to meet foresters and see posters and exhibits from across the globe.
The next National Convention of the SAF will occur right here in Louisiana, November 3-7, 2015, at the Baton Rouge River Center downtown. The students are looking forward to it and stand ready to assist.
-- Quick News --
- Follow Dr. Stouffer on sabbatical as a Fulbright Scholar in Tanzania: via his Flickr Feed
- 4th Quarter 2014 Timber Tales is now available. The details and a link to the newsletter are available on our Extensions page.
- Arborist Workshops 2015: The early 2015 schedule for Arborist Workshops and other learning opportunities has been updated, and registrations are open. For more information, see our Workshops page.
- The Student Chapter of Society of American Foresters (SAF) has a new way to keep you informed, share their news and events, and keep in touch: They now have a Facebook page. LIKE their page, and keep up with all the latest! Support your local (student) Foresters!
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