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2014

Forestry Students Attend National Convention

Students attend SAF 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.

Memorial Boat Christening

Christening of the RV Eric Fabre

In June of last year, one of our students, Eric Fabre, an NREM senior from Slidell, LA was killed in a tragic traffic accident. Many of you knew Eric from class, as a fellow student, and as a friend. As a way to remember him, an Airboat used by both by Dr. Nyman's and Dr. Megan LaPeyre's lab groups, and others who worked closely with Eric, was christened "RV Eric Fabre".

The LSU Revielle has more photos of the touching memorial and christening in the Tuesday, 20 January 2015 issue. Thanks to the LSU College of Agriculture for the photo.

Congratulations to our
Fall 2014 Graduates!

December 2014 Graduates of the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources

A few more images are available on our Photo Gallery page.

RNR Student Awarded Forest Landowner Foundation Scholarship

Marcus RutherfordCongratulations to Marcus Rutherford (MS student of Dr. Jim Chambers) who was awarded a scholarship given by the Forest Landowner Foundation. Marcus, along with a student from Louisiana Tech and another from Mississippi State University, were fortunate enough to each receive a scholarship. The scholarships were presented as part of the National Conference of the Forest Landowners Foundation held at the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans on Friday, June 6, 2014.

The Forest Landowner Foundation was established to assist landowners in caring for their forests by providing them with information and education to help the general public appreciate the extensive ecological benefits of forestry and to educate the public about the benefits of forests and forest products.

Congratulations to Our Spring 2014 Graduates!




Images are available on our Photo Gallery page.

Students Represent the Future of
Agriculture in D.C.

AgDay in DCBATON ROUGE, La. – Two LSU College of Agriculture students were among the nearly 100 college students from across the country who celebrated National Ag Day (March 25) with agriculture and political leaders in Washington, D.C.

Kasie Dugas, a senior majoring in forestry and wetland’s science from Broussard, and Brittany Doise, also a senior and majoring in ag business from Elton, represented the LSU Collegiate 4-H chapter on the trip. The event was hosted by Farm Credit, and students in attendance represented FFA, 4-H and AFA.

The two say they were chosen by LSU AgCenter 4-H youth development program leader Mark Tassin because they were former 4-H members and currently members of Les Voyageurs, which is the recruiting arm of the LSU College of Agriculture.

“This was an opportunity for us to meet with our congressional delegation and to show them that we are interested in agriculture and that we take the future of agriculture seriously,” Dugas said.

Congratulations to Xi Sigma Pi Initiates

Spring 2014 Xi Sigma Pi Initiates

On March 28, 2014, four undergraduates were initiated (left to right): Raymond Andrews, Anna Claire Ferchaud, Emily Sloane, and Christian Rossi. On April 2nd, Dr. Emile Gardiner, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, presented the Annual Xi Sigma Pie Apple Pie seminar; the title of his presentation was Outlook for forests in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Other photos from initiation and the Annual Xi Sigma Pie Apple Pie seminar are available on our Gallery page.

Kasie Dugas was the 2014 winner of the $1000 Xi Sigma Pi Scholarship Award. She represented LSU to compete against applicants from seven other universities in the West Central region. Congratulations, Kasie! LSU has been doing very well in receiving this prestigious award, winning six times in the last twelve years. Recent winners are: 2002: Benjamin Hogue; 2004: Angela Secott; 2006: Matthew Reed; 2009: Ian Stone; 2010: Lauren Smith; 2014: Kasie Dugas;

Xi Sigma Pi, forestry honor society, was founded at the University of Washington on November 24, 1908. The objectives of Xi Sigma Pi are to secure and maintain a high standard of scholarship in forestry education, to work for the improvement of the forestry profession, and to promote a fraternal spirit among those engaged in activities related to the forest. Currently, Xi Sigma Pi has expanded its objectives to include honoring the academic achievements of students in fisheries, environmental, and wildlife sciences.

Students Spend Spring Break
Restoring Wetlands

Nyman's Class does Service LearningFor the sixth consecutive spring break, Andy Nyman, professor of wetland wildlife management (LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources) and his service-learning students spent Spring Break differently from those students flooding the beaches of Florida. (Photo courtesy of Paul Babineaux)

Nyman’s team traveled to the Pass A Loutre Wildlife Management Area at the mouth of the Mississippi River to conduct wetland restoration projects.

Nyman began going on this Spring Break trip in 2009, when he and eight University students headed down the Mississippi River to plant Black Mangroves in hopes of holding nutrients in the vegetation that is abandoning, or backing up, along the bottom of the river.

Nyman explained this abandoning is affecting the amount of land and marsh in Louisiana and the course that the Mississippi River will flow into the Gulf of Mexico. Nyman, who grew up in New Orleans, said the Black Mangroves have been missing from the area since Hurricane Katrina, and because of the missing trees the water has become increasingly saltier, causing more and more vegetation to die each year.

Forestry Students Are More Consistent
at 2014 Conclave

2014 Forestry Conclave at Virginia Tech

Maggie Whitsell (l.) and Kasie Dugas (r.) sawed an 8-inch cant in 7.65 seconds in the Jill and Jill crosscut event at the 57th annual southern forestry schools conclave. Steadying the cant while cheering are (l. to r.) Hayden Carter, Jared Riddle, David Bernasconi, Christian Rossi, Ben Guarisco, James Donovan, Virginia Spencer, and Gabriella Vasquez.

Twelve LSU Forestry students competed in the 57th annual southern forestry schools conclave hosted by Virginian Tech University on March 13-15, 2014. Attending were Maggie Whitsell, Jared Riddle, Kasie Dugas, Corinne Tanner, Gabriella Vazquez, Hayden Carter, James Donovan, Christian Rossi, Emily Butzman, David Bernasconi, Ben Guarisco, and Virginia Spencer. They were accompanied by faculty advisor Dr. Neils de Hoop.

The students have been practicing since September and had hoped to score better than they did, but took satisfaction in the fact that they improved from last year. One big difference this year is that LSU scored roughly middle-of-the-pack in all the events – no first place awards, but also no failures. Thus, if we can maintain our skill levels in all events and get really skilled in some, we can continue to improve.

There were some bragging rights earned: Hayden Carter earned 3rd place in Compass and Pacing, and Kasie Dugas and Maggie Whitsell placed 5th (of 15 schools) in the very competitive women’s crosscut saw competition with a time of 7.65 seconds. The competition continues to get stronger in Conclave. For example, in pole felling Jared Riddle landed his pole within a foot of his stake, but this only earned him 6th place, and James Donovan shaved 8 seconds off his personal best in bow saw when he cut his cant in 20 seconds, but that only earned him 9th place.

The most important part of the Conclave was the much-anticipated crawfish boil hosted by LSU Thursday night. The Virginia Tech students ensured that we got the best cabin in exchange for the crawfish boil. Upon arrival, we hadn’t even gotten out of our vehicles yet when students and faculty were asking, “Did you bring the crawfish boil?” The hospitality that LSU students bring along is really appreciated. And, oh yes, we appreciate the students from Clemson helping with the cleanup the next morning.

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