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SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA FORESTRY ASSOCIATION

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SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA FORESTRY ASSOCIATION

                                      By Dick Meaux, President

A number of years ago, some forward looking individuals decided that it was time for landowners in Beauregard Parish to get together and meet to discuss items of mutual interest – the result was the founding of the Beauregard Landowners Association.  As time progressed the focus of the association narrowed to issues primarily involving forestry and the name was changed to the Beauregard Forestry Landowners Association to reflect more accurately what the organization was about.   The evolution continued and a couple years ago it was decided to broaden the membership to include the parishes of Allen, Calcasieu, Jeff Davis and Vernon, changing the name to the Southwest Louisiana Forestry Association (SWLAFA).

Those of you receiving this blog already know this and are familiar with what we do.  You also realize that our group is made up primarily of forestry landowners both private and industrial.  Certainly there are professionals such as foresters, buyers and loggers and the like who are members, but our primary membership is made up of tree farmers both large and small.  It is with that in mind that this article is written because there are a lot of people out in the five parishes that are involved in growing, managing and selling timber that could benefit from what SWLAFA has to offer and yet they do not know that we exist and that we can help them enhance their forestry operation.

With the foregoing in mind, this is a plea for you who already enjoy membership in our group to pass the word to friends and neighbors who are interested in forestry and tree farming that there is an organization that can provide them not only with information and assistance but with the opportunity for them to meet with others who share their interests.  They should know that we have an informative annual meeting, field trips and workshops of many types that cover a wide range of topics.

At the last annual meeting we had a presentation from the Executive Director of the Louisiana Forestry Association covering the activities of the Legislature, then in session, that affect Forestry.  An attorney who specializes in mineral leasing gave timely advice on that topic, one which is of interest to many as there is much activity in the local oil patch just now.  The District Conservationist discussed longleaf programs as well as other areas of NRCS support that could benefit forestry land owners.  How to register your land as a movie site was presented and the difficulties of selling small tracts of timber were brought up.  Timber from small tracts of less that 40-70 acres is sometimes difficult to market since it is not cost-effective for a logger to move equipment for such a relatively small harvest.  The hope to develop a system wherein small landowners could get together on a sale in a certain area that would concentrate their timber assets and thus make harvesting more attractive due to the larger amount of acreage.  This effort is currently underway.

Field trip options are being considered, but the last annual meeting site was a just such a trip in itself in that it was held the historic Southern Forest Heritage Museum at Longleaf, Louisiana between Forest Hill and Glenmora.  This could not have been a more perfect setting for an in depth presentation of items pertaining to forestry.  The opportunity to enjoy a great bar-be-que luncheon and then tour of the historic buildings and facilities rounded out a very informative day.

Recent workshops involved hunting leases, prescribed burning and landowner legacy and succession.   The later topic is unique in that it attempts to help a landowners pass on the fruits of their efforts to the next generation and not see their land lost to an unmanageable estate where a tangle of different interests result in the land becoming unproductive and unmanageable.  One future workshop already planned will address thinning of a stand and thus be a help to those who choose to manage their own timber.

The price of membership for one person and one spouse is only twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per year.  The benefits, such as the ones discussed above, are obvious, but in addition at the annual meeting there is lunch for all and the fee for most workshops are waived for members of our group.  Now it is up to you, current members, to put out the call and be a good friend and neighbor by encouraging other forestry landowners to join.  They will not only benefit from what we have to offer, but they will thank you as well.

Thank you and think good forestry management.

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“Whitetail Deer Food Plots” will be Featured at SW LA Forestry Association Annual Meeting

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“Whitetail Deer Food Plots” will be Featured at

SW LA Forestry Association Annual Meeting

 Again, it is that time of the year when forest landowners are invited to attend the Southwest Louisiana Forestry Forum. Dr. Don Reed, Wildlife Biologist, will instruct deer hunters and landowners about the most productive methods of installing food plots for whitetail deer.

Also, the Southwest Louisiana Forestry Association (SWLAFA) Annual Meeting will occur jointly with the Forum. This Meeting will be on Saturday, March 9th, 8 AM until 12 noon, at the Exhibition Hall, Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds, DeRidder, LA. The cost for this event is $25 per household which includes a husband, wife, and dependent children. Lunch is also included in this fee as well as a year’s membership. A registration form is included towards the back of this newsletter.

Another important benefit to being a member of the SWLAFA is free admission to most workshops coming up later this spring. A story in the newsletter will describe other programming that the Board of the SWLAFA had requested from the LSU AgCenter.

This event will deliver useful forestry topics such as: the state of Louisiana forestry, and USDA forestry programs. Here is a summary of the topics on our agenda:

STATE OF LOUISIANA FORESTRY: Mr. Buck Vandersteen, Executive Director of the Louisiana Forestry Association (LFA), will make a presentation about the state of Louisiana Forestry. Buck is also very knowledgeable about upcoming forestry issues which our State and National Legislators will confront.

The LFA provides an insurance program for landowners and hunt clubs, and these comprehensive general liability policies offer a $1 million dollar policy per occurrence with a $2 million aggregate with no deductible. Both the landowner and the hunt club will receive a certificate of insurance.  As always, Buck welcomes questions from attendees about forestry, landowner insurance and related topics.

FOOD PLOTS FOR WHITETAIL DEER: Dr. Don Reed, AgCenter’s Wildlife Biologist, wrote Food Plot Plantings for White-tailed Deer in Louisiana, a publication to assist hunters and landowners in producing forage suitable for our native deer. Dr. Reed will describe the optimal methods for raising food plots.

Also, Dr. Reed will be available to answer question regarding other aspects of wildlife Management.

ASSISTANCE FOR FOREST LANDOWNERS: Mr. Corby Moore, our local Conservationist with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will share the latest information about programs to help forest landowners. Some of those programs help with longleaf pine reforestation,  hardwood tree planting, and other practices can help with controlling invasive exotic plants. Some programs allow for landowners to improve their wildlife habitat. The USDA provides financial resources to enable good forest and wildlife management.

SOUTHERN PINE BEETLE (SPB) UPDATE & NON-NATIVE FOREST INSECTS AND THEIR POTENTIAL INFESTATION: Where is the SPB? What are they doing? Will their number explode soon? Dr. Tim Showalter will talk about what SPB is doing and what the future will hold regarding this important pest of southern yellow pine trees. Dr. Showalter will also apprise forest landowners of other forest pests which may cause economic problems for Beauregard Parish and other timber locations in Louisiana.

UPDATE: EUCALYPTUS FORESTRY IN SW LOUISIANA: SW Louisiana, especially around Merryville, LA, is home to several thousand acres of eucalyptus which will provide wood fiber for paper manufacturing. Dr. Mike Blazier, an AgCenter Forestry Professor, has conducted herbicide trials on eucalyptus plantations in Beauregard Parish and can describe the current status of this fairly new type of forestry.

SW LA Forestry Forum REGISTRATION

FEE:  $25 per household (husband, wife & dependent children); Late fee: $5 additional

NAME(s):

Email:

# Attending: _____________________      $ Amount Enclosed: ______________

Make checks payable to:    “SW LA Forestry Association”.

Proceeds go to Beauregard 4-H Foundation & to AgCenter adult education.

Mail payment & this form by March 6, 2013 to: Keith Hawkins, LSU AgCenter, POB 609, DeRidder, LA 70634

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 337-463-7006 or khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu

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Master Gardener Journal: Planting Seeds at Greenhouse

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Planting seeds at Greenhouse, Jan 31, 2012

By Jimmy Earl Cooley, Beauregard Parish Master Gardener

      Its time to start plants in greenhouse from seeds.  See how I do it using jiffy pots, Burpee seeds, and plastic flats that hold the jiffy pots.

starting seedlings

Starting seeds for seedlings suitable for transplanting.

Diagram and notes (shown below) to show me what is planted where.  I have a florescent light above the flats that can be raised or lowered  It has five small diameter bulbs, but not growing bulbs, that I put down very close to plants.

Notes to help with seedling ID

Notes to help find the correct seedlings.

I have not found out how to grow the plants with strong short stems and good foliage, like the ones from Bonnie Plants.  The potting soil is one with a mixture of Osmacote, that I got from a dealer in Oberlin.  Insert seed in top of wet jiffy pot, press in down, and sprinkle spagnum peat moss on top of jiffy pots, spray tops with water to saturate the moss and cover with plastic transparent top.  Thought you may like to see, if not just delete and send to outer space.
Much Obliged
JEC

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Richard Hebert Examining “Hebert” Bee Hive at Jimmy Earl Cooley’s Place

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Richard Hebert Examining “Hebert” Bee Hive at Jimmy Earl Cooley’s Place

January 24, 2013

Richard Hebert checking Mr. Jimmy’s Beehive

Richard Hebert came by and opened the Hebert Hive for an inspection and found the hive to be in good condition. Lots of bees, honey, brood, capped and uncapped eggs, with no Varroa mites and very few hive beetles.

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Happy Frame of Bees!!

He found the queen bee and marked her back with a yellow dot so it will
be easy to find her when we replace her with a new queen in April.  I have ordered two queen bees from R Weaver, in Texas, one to replace the queen in the Hebert Hive and one to start the Shirley hive.  One bee will be the “All
American” variety and the other will be the “Buckfast” variety.  Richard has ordered 17 queens also, 8 of one variety and 8 of another.  The bees will
come clipped and marked.

Richard concluded that the overall condition of the hive was excellent and ready for the upcoming spring nectar flow.  We noted that there were bees coming in the hive with yellow pollen in pollen pouches, very noticeable.  Unfortunately, once Richard found the queen bee and was marking her, I forgot to take a photo of that operation.  Sorry, will try to remember to take photos of queens when we replace with the new one.

 Best Regards,

Jimmy Earl 

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