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Workshop to focus on forest management, wildlife

ALEXANDRIA, La. — The LSU AgCenter and others are sponsoring a July 21-22 workshop that is designed to help forest landowners get the most from managing their lands while keeping thriving wildlife populations.

Sponsored by the AgCenter, the Louisiana Forestry Association and the Louisiana Society of American Foresters, the two-day workshop is dubbed “Integrating Wildlife and Intensive Forest Management. It will be held at the Louisiana Convention Center in Alexandria.

“The trend in forest management in the Southeast for the past two decades has been toward more intensive management of Southern pines,” said LSU AgCenter forestry professor Charles Shilling. “Although landowners want the investment returns that come with intensive forest management, many of them are reluctant to manage in a way that reduces wildlife numbers or quality.

“This workshop will focus on how to get the most returns from intensive management of the forest and still have abundant, healthy wildlife populations,” said Shilling.

The short course is designed for forest consultants, wildlife biologists, forest managers, landowners and other forestry professionals with an interest in pine plantation management.

It will feature professors Bruce E. Borders and Carl V. Miller from the University of Georgia’s Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources. It will cover such topics as why intensively managing pine stands is important, basics of wildlife management, herbicide use in forest management, managing wildlife food plots and much more.

The $225 registration fee includes participation in the course, as well as some meals and breaks. For more details or to register, contact Shilling at 225-578-4192 or e-mail: [email protected].

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