2015 Louisiana Natural Resources Symposium
Registration is open for the 2015 Louisiana Natural Resources Symposium The Symposium is scheduled for August 21, 2015 at the LSU AgCenter’s Camp Grant Walker facility near Pollock, La in central Louisiana. The theme of this year’s LNRS is Maximizing Value of Tree Farms.
The symposium will feature papers from leading academic experts and local industry personnel covering important economic issues regarding how forest landowners can take advantage of the emerging bio-based fuel industry. The primary topic to be addressed is how can a landowner obtain maximum value for an existing or future tree farm.
The target audience includes forest landowners, land managers, foresters, and those interested in this important emerging issue. The organizing committee is Todd Shupe, Niels deHoop, Robbie Hutchins, Mike Blazier, Rich Vlosky, and Tom Dean.
A diverse group of speakers from industry and academia will be featured. Short rotation/production forestry topics to be addressed include economics, weed control, insects and diseases of short rotation stands, tree spacing, genetically improved seedlings, benefits of a consulting forester, alternative tree species, biomass/procurement needs from industry, and state financial assistance.
This program qualifies for 6 hours of Continuing Logger Education from the Louisiana Logging Council and for 6 hours of Category 1 continuing forestry education from the Society of American Foresters. For further information contact Todd Shupe or Niels deHoop at (225)578-4131. Vendor booths are also available. Registration cost is $50 before August 1 and $100 afterwards.
For more info, please visit http://www.rnr.lsu.edu/lnrs2015/
Download the registration form: (PDF)
Zambian Scientists Visit
and Train with RNR Faculty
In July 2015, seven Zambian scientists representing the International Crane Foundation, Zambian Wildlife Authority, Bird Life Zambia, and the World Wildlife Fund, visited RNR for 12 days of intensive training in wetlands and waterbird ecology. Four of the seven scientists are lone ecologists on remote refuges in Zambia and work with a variety of wildlife including crocodiles, hippos, lions, antelope, and the wattled and black crowned crane.
Drs. Sammy King, Luke Labourde, and Andy Nyman provided several lectures to the group and led field trips to Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge, Rockefeller Refuge, Lacassine Pool, the coastal prairie, and Pass a’ Loutre Wildlife Management Area. The Nature Conservancy led a field trip into the Atchafalaya Basin as well.
The scientists developed a greater understanding of wetland systems and also recognized the contrast between our highly modified wetland systems and their mostly pristine wetlands.They also visited with the Gulf Coast Joint Venture and developed a better understanding of broad-scale wetland monitoring. Dr. Brett Collier spoke to them about telemetry and its potential use in monitoring and research of large mammal populations. It was a great experience not only for the Zambians, but the RNR faculty learned a tremendous amount from our Zambian colleagues and were inspired by their passion for wetland and wildlife resources.
Can We Talk About Trees, Please?
Training Opportunity Announced
An ANR and Horticultudre Agent Training Oppoortunity is scheduled for January, 2016. This course will help non-tree specialist LSU AgCenter ANR and Horticulture agents master technical information so they may help their clients understand and maintain healthy landscape trees.
We will review some basic concepts and then build towards more complex subject matter. The residential nature of the course will greatly enhance interaction and learning among course participants and will allow more interaction time with instructors. Course participants will receive excellent reference materials, including The Building Blocks of Arboriculture educational combo from the International Society of Arboriculture.
Materials also include the ISA Arborist Certification Study Guide, 3rd Edition 2010, Tree Risk Assessment Manual, and several other references.
Registration information and the course schedule can be downloaded here: (PDF).
For more information and to register, contact: Dr. Hallie Dozier, firstname.lastname@example.org, 225-578-7219.
Faculty Participates in Formal Defense
Dr. Qinglin Wu served as the opponent for a Ph.D. thesis defense in School of Energy Systems, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland for Ms Marina Nikolaeva (middle in the picture) on June 12, 2015. Ms Nikolaeva's major professor is Prof. Timo Karki (left in the picture). Her dissertation is on fire-retardant treated wood plastic composites. Very formal affair!!
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-- Quick News --
- Spring 2015 issue of "Research Matters" has been posted to the site. It is available on the "Research Matters" page.
- 2nd Quarter 2015 Timber Tales is now available. The details and a link to the newsletter are available on our Extensions page.
- RNR students participated in the 58th Southern Forestry Conclave hosted by Mississippi State University. The Team from RNR did well and the photos are posted on our Gallery page! Congratulations on a job well done!
- 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!
- Follow Dr. Stouffer on sabbatical as a Fulbright Scholar in Tanzania: via his Flickr Feed
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