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Prescribed Burning Workshop: Hands-on Experience

Photo of prescribed burning exercise Fire plays an important ecological role in managing forest land. To better understand the science behind prescribed burns, a burn certification course was taught at the Louisiana Ecological Forestry Center in Sabine Parish.

The Prescribed Burner Certification Workshop was held June 2 to 4. Instruction was led by personnel from the AgCenter, LDAF and LDWF. The informational video [LINK] is narrated by RNR faculty member, Dr. Neils DeHoop.

Storm Prep and Recovery Guidelines for Crawfish & Finfish Producers

Aquaculture sites throughout the Gulf and South Atlantic regions are particularly vulnerable to storm related impacts, both in terms of physical damage and loss of livestock. Staff from the USDA Southeast Climate Hub enlisted Dr. Greg Lutz to collaborate with colleagues from Texas A&M and the University of Georgia to develop storm preparation and recovery guidelines for finfish aquaculture producers, including catfish farmers, baitfish producers and tropical fish operations throughout the region. When Lutz and Texas A&M's Dr. Todd Sink proposed a similar effort for crawfish producers, the idea was welcomed by USDA officials - a sign that Louisiana's $250 million crawfish industry is becoming more widely appreciated throughout the region.

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USDA link: Crawfish Producers Guide – Dr. Greg Lutz] | [Permalink]

Hurricane Preparation and Recovery –
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Trends and Developments in Extension Education

Dr. Greg Lutz, and Extension Trends

Research-based information: An increasingly scarce resource at the global producer level. Dr. Greg Lutz, Professor for the LSU Agricultural Center ( and Professor, LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources) shares some insight on the current status of research-based information as an increasingly scarce resource at the global producer level. CLICK IMAGE TO OPEN PDF

Timber Tales Newsletter

The 2nd 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 Second Quarter of 2018 include:
  • First Quarter 2018 Louisiana Timber Market Rep
  • Should I Wait or Should I Cut?
  • Deer Feeding Ban Rescinded Following CWD Sampling in Northeast Louisiana
  • Louisiana 4-H Announces State Contest Winners
  • 4-Hers Compete in the State Forestry Contest at 4-H University
  • Caddo Parish Farmers Win Prestigious Award
  • Thirty-three Years of Tales!!
  • Events, Thoughts, and Tidbits

I hope you enjoy this edition of Timber Tales and find this information useful.

Previous newsletters for 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, are also available from the LSU AgCenter's site. For more information, contact:

Ricky Kilpatrick

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. – 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.

Trees and Trails: Forest Stewardship

Luke Laborde, RNR PhD Student  and Burden Center Board Member 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.

The Lousisiana Forest Products Development Center, part of the LSU AgCenter, has made available a brochure with information you will need in rebuilidng after the storm. Topics include:

  • Why choose wood?
  • Why choose preserved Wood?
  • Preservative-treated wood types
  • Formosan subtrranean termites
  • Integrated Pest Managemnt:
    • Architelctural design
    • Landscaping
    • Restoration
    • Construction
    • Pretreatment of soil

The brochure is available for download HERE. It is AgCenter Publication No. 2938. Additional information can be obtained by clicking on "Termites" on the LSU AgCenter website (www.LSUAgCenter.com)

Cocahoe Minnow Production Manual

Cocahoe Minnow Production ManualThe 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.

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