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Timber Tales Newsletter
The 1st Quarter Timber Tales Newsletter is now available for download HERE, on the newly redesigned LSU Agcenter.com website
It contains timely information about forestry and wildlife management for forest landowners.
Topics for the Third Quarter of 2016 include:
- 4th Quarter 2016 Lousian Timber Market Report
- What's in a Price (part 3)
- Cows in pastures with newly planted seedlings
- Presecribed Burning Workshop scheduled at Hodges Gardens
- Events, Thoughts, and Tidbits
- Upcoming Forestry Forums are:
- Cenla Forestry Forum – TBD, Alexandria area,
contact Robbie Hutchins, email@example.com
I hope you enjoy this edition of Timber Tales and find this information useful.
Previous newsletters for 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, are also available from the LSU AgCenter's site. For more information, contact:
- Ricky Kilpatrick
- Area Forestry Agent
- Bossier Parish Chairman
- P O Box 370
- Benton, LA 71006
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LA Black Bear Removed from Endangered Species List
The bear recovery happened in part through moving some surviving bears around to improve the dwindling genetic stock. But the key to the project was allowing big patches of contiguous farm and timber land to return to a natural state along the lower Mississippi and Atchafalaya Basin – to, in effect, rebuild the bear's natural range.
According to US Fish and Wildlife field coordinator Debbie Fuller (MS Wildlife 1977), it took everyone from timber companies to biologists, state wildlife managers to bee keepers, to help the bears recover after the population dwindled to three small breeding groups in 1992. Today, there are at least 750 animals, and Louisianans are having to reacquaint themselves with the soft-eyed bears.
“A lot of people didn’t grow up with a lot of bears, so they’re going through all kinds of changes as they get used to seeing them and living around them again,” says Ms. Fuller.The full story is available here.
Researchers study extent of feral hog damage in Louisiana: Background
BATON ROUGE, La. (8/15/2014) – LSU AgCenter researchers are in the process of conducting two surveys of landowners in Louisiana in an effort to put a dollar figure on the amount of damage being done by feral hogs.
LSU AgCenter forestry economist Shaun Tanger will send the first questionnaire by email in the next few days, with a second, longer hard copy survey coming in regular mail shortly thereafter.
Tanger said as the damage caused by feral hogs continues to increase in Louisiana, there needs to be some way to quantify the harm done.
“We know that damage from these animals is on the rise, but we are just not able to detail an amount,” Tanger said. “We have reports of damage from farmers and some other landowners, but we want to get a better picture of the problem.”
Tanger said he is using contact lists from commodity groups and organizations like Farm Bureau, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and LSU AgCenter county agents.
At present, Tanger said the problem continues to be mainly in rural areas, but as hog numbers increase, they will inevitably move into urban areas causing damage to lawns and golf courses and possible collisions on roads.
“The pigs are known to cause problems with agricultural crops because they can be used for wallows, for forage and for protection,” Tanger said.
The animals cause damage to agricultural crops with tubers that they can root up, but they will damage above-ground crops such as wheat, sorghum, corn, rice, vegetables and fruits as well, he said.
The purpose of the two surveys is related to timing. “I need to get some information in hand pretty quick, and the one-page emailed survey will provide that,” he said. “But the paper survey will be about six pages, so it is designed to capture more detailed information.”
The questions on the first survey will ask demographic-type questions like—what parish do you live in, how much land you own, what crops you produce, what are the damages you’ve sustained and what have you done to prevent damage?
“The second survey will be more robust, asking questions like what are your perceptions of the damage caused by wild hogs, who should be responsible for disseminating information and which agencies, state and federal, would provide financial assistance, if any,” Tanger said. “So it will be a much more thorough investigation.”
Tanger said the second survey will be co-authored by LSU AgCenter forest products professor Richard Vlosky and Michael Kaller, LSU AgCenter wildlife and fisheries specialist.
Tanger said Texas and Georgia are two states that have done studies like this to get estimates of the amount of damage being done by feral hogs.
“I believe Texas reported a damage estimate from feral hogs about five or six years ago to be in the $50 million range,” Tanger said. “With those type numbers, I know there is a southeastern-wide push coming down from the federal government to collaboratively figure this thing out.”
A major problem with feral hogs is their ability to reproduce at an alarming rate.
“The females begin reproducing at around 10 months of age and can have up to two litters of four to eight piglets each per year,” Tanger said.
It is estimated that feral swine in the United States cause more than $1.5 billion in damages and control costs each year, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In addition to destroying crops, feral swine also cause erosion to river banks. They are also “efficient predators and, when given the opportunity, prey upon young livestock and other small animals, such as ground-nesting birds.”
Estimates from the USDA show wild hogs in at least 35 states, with the largest populations in California, Florida, Oklahoma and Texas.
Tanger said the results of his study will not only tell how widespread the damage from these animals is but could also help in bringing the problem to the attention of government officials in ways that may affect policy.
Trees and Trails: Forest Stewardship
Luke Laborde, RNR PhD Student, discusses the "Trees and Trails" exhibit at the Burden Center. Luke is a student of Dr. Frank Rohwer. He has recently been elected as a board memeber for The Burden Center. Located on Essen Lane, here in Baton Rouge, The Burden Center is an oasis for garden and nature lovers. Situated on a 440-acre tract, the station is home to a wide array of horticultural projects on turfgrass, vegetable and fruit crops, and ornamentals. These plants are evaluated for their performance under south Louisiana conditions.
It is also home to the "Trees and Trails" program. Trees and Trails are approximately 5 miles of wandering paths through the woodlands of Burden Center located at Essen Lane at I-10 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Open to the public, 8:30am-5:00pm, the trails offer educational opportunities as well as a serene way to explore nature and enjoy the outdoors. School classes, hikers, bird watchers, scout troops are all welcome, as well as individuals and families.
The Trees & Trails project is in keeping with The Burden Foundation’s understanding of the importance of good stewardship of nature and her natural resources. The LSU AgCenter supports this project by maintaining the trails and reforestation of the woodlands.
Rebuilding after Hurricane Isaac?
What You Need to Know About Wood and Pest Management--
[September 2012] Large areas of land along the Gulf of Mexico have been flooded and destroyed by recent hurricanes. Many homes and other buildings are no longer habitable or will be demolished. Some of these structures will be rebuilt. With this rebuilding comes an opportunity to reduce the impact of a wide array of insects, wood decay and rot. The most serious pest in this area is the Formosan subterranean termite, now considered the most destructive insect in the Gulf South resulting in millions of dollars in losses caused by: treatments; repairs; defaults on loans; and collapse, demolition and rebuilding of structures. Your new home can be safeguarded by using preservative-treated wood and following an integrated pest management program at the time of construction.
- Why choose wood?
- Why choose preserved Wood?
- Preservative-treated wood types
- Formosan subtrranean termites
- Integrated Pest Managemnt:
- Architelctural design
- Pretreatment of soil
Cocahoe Minnow Production Manual
The Cocahoe Minnow Production Manual is now available. It covers topics ranging from different types of production systems and spawning methods, to basic biology, feeding practices, and preliminary economics.
Dr. Julie Anderson and Dr. Christopher Green are co-authors of the Manual.
For further information, or to obtain a copy, contact Dr. Anderson (JAnderson@ AgCenter.lsu.edu).
Drought and Urban Trees
Dr. Hallie Dozier was recently interviewed by WWL-TV (New Orleans) about the impact of the current drought on Urban Trees. The interview can be viewed on the WWL-TV website. Dr. Dozier gives excellent advice on why it's important to consider watering your trees, in addition to your yard and garden. There is additional good advice about tree care during a drought.