Archive for February, 2015

Making $$ from Timber


Making $$ from Timber

Keith Hawkins, Area Extension Forester

             A few summers ago, a forest landowner called me to look at a bark beetle infestation. The good news was that the “bug” spot was inactive and was not spreading. It has some dead trees, and dark green trees close by. If it had been a “hot” bug spot, there would have been dead brown trees, then yellow trees, then light green trees, and then dark green trees.  The gradual change in needle colors would indicate that the bark beetles would be spreading.

While I was visiting with the landowner, he shared with me that he received an unsolicited offer to buy his timber. Fortunately, he declined the offer, and if he had accepted the offer, I suspect that he would have lost a lot of money.

During years of service forestry, I have learned that unsolicited bids to buy timber tend to be low, about 10 to 25 cents on the dollar. Most landowners do not sell enough timber to know how to realize the best price for their timber.  How does a landowner protect his interest in this kind of transaction?

A timber sale is a type of real estate transaction and requires professional assistance. The best professional for this job is a consulting forester who is paid a percentage of the gross receipts, usually about ten percent. A study in Georgia found that landowners, who use a consultant, on average, earn 60% more than landowners who do not.

A consulting forester will take an inventory of the volume of your timber and the kinds of products such as pulpwood or sawtimber. The consultant will obtain competitive bids from timber buyers for the best price. A consulting forester may be able to oversee the timber harvest to enforce the sale contract. Normally, a consultant offers many timber and land management services in addition to selling timber. For example, a forester will assist with reforestation of cutover land.

Your local LDAF office has a listing of consulting foresters serving the state of Louisiana.

SUMMARY: If you own timberland, DO NOT accept any unsolicited offers to buy your timber because the offer will likely be much lower than the actual market value. DO use a consulting forester to inventory your timber stand and to administer your sale contract. A listing of consulting foresters is available from the Louisiana Department of Forestry. Your nearest Extension forester will also have access to a listing of consulting foresters. If you have questions, you can contact Keith Hawkins at 337-463-7006 or at

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2015 SW LA Forestry Association Annual Meeting & AgCenter Forestry Forum


2015 SW LA Forestry Association Annual Meeting & AgCenter Forestry Forum

Saturday March 14, 2015 

8:00 am to 1:30 pm

   Exhibition Hall Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds

506 West Drive, DeRidder, LA 70634

8:00 am      Sign In and Registration

8:30 am      Welcome – Dick Meaux & Keith Hawkins

                       Invocation —

                       Pledge of Allegiance – Shorty Crain

8:45 am      USDA NRCS Update – Corby Moore

 9:15 am      LDAF Update — TBA

 10:00 am    Break

 10:15 am    Feral Hog Control Update – Glen Gentry 

 11:00 am    Business Climate for Forestry in Louisiana — Shaun Tanger

 11:15 am    How the LA Forest Products Development Center Helps Forest Landowners – Todd Shupe

11:30 am    Issues Affecting Forestry in     Louisiana – C. A. “Buck” Vandersteen

12:00 pm   Questions and Evaluations and Door prizes

12:15 am    Lunch – provided


Mr. Dick Meaux – President – SW LA Forestry Association

Mr. George “Shorty” Crain – Treasurer – SW LA Forestry Association

Dr. Shaun Tanger – Forest Economist – LSU AgCenter   

Dr. Todd Shupe – Professor – Louisiana                    Forest Products Development Center.                

Dr. Glen Gentry – Assistant Professor – LSU AgCenter

Mr. Corby Moore – District Conservationist – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

 Mr. Buck Vandersteen – Executive Director –

Louisiana Forestry Association

For more information, contact Keith Hawkins, SW Extension Forester, at 337-463-7006, .

Registration Form

The registration fee is $25 per family. A family is a husband and wife and dependents. Deadline to register is Monday, March 9.

 Detach and mail form to:

Keith Hawkins, LSU AgCenter

PO Box 609

DeRidder, LA 70634

 Make checks payable to: SW LA Forestry Association.








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It is the policy of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability.

 If you have a disability which requires special assistance in this program contact Keith Hawkins at (337) 463-7006 at least 3 days prior to this event.

 Directions to Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds in DeRidder, LA:

 From Lake Charles:

  • North on Highway 171.
  • West on West Drive.
  • Exhibition Hall on north side of the street.


  • From Alexandria:
  • West on Highway 28
  • South on Highway 171.
  • West on West Drive.
  • Exhibition Hall on north side of the street.

Upcoming Events

 Beauregard Parish Private Pesticide Applicator RECERTIFICATION Training. Mon. Mar. 30th, 1 pm & 7 pm, War Mem. Civic Center, DeRidder, LA

International Forest Company Tour. Sat., Mar. 28, 9 AM until 12 noon, 23194 Hwy 111, Evans, LA

FERAL HOG MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP, Sat. Apr. 11th, 9 AM – 12 Noon, War Mem. Civic Center

Prescribed Burning Workshop. Thur. (8 AM – 4:30 PM), Fri. (8 AM – 4:30 PM), Sat. (8 AM – 12 Noon), May 7, 8 & 9, War Mem. Civic Center.

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Beauregard Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens Closing


 Beauregard Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens Closing

by Ms. Emily Shirley, President, Beauregard Parish Master Gardeners

I almost started this paragraph with “On a sad note…” but I corrected myself – it is not on a sad note, it is on a note of appreciation and thankfulness. There was so much that was accomplished, good times, sharing, and lots of learning that too place in the Demo Gardens.  Last month the Beauregard Master Gardeners made the decision to close the Demonstration Gardens that have been in existence for approximately five years.  This was a wonderful and successful project and now we are ready to move on to other projects.

There are so many of you to thank and recognize for the work that you did, as well as the time, money, and energy you spent to make this project so successful, I can’t begin to name everyone.  We have money in our account at this time because you so willing to spend your own personal money to pay for things in the gardens. I want you to know that that has not gone unnoticed.  There are a few that spent a considerable amount of time and personal money and I do want to publically acknowledge them.

George and Merlyn Giltner spent so much in terms of money and time that I cannot begin to list all the things they did or all the things they paid for.  There were times when it was so hot and some days when it was so wet and ugly, but you could pass by the gardens and you would see George and Merlyn out there working.  On those hot days when things needed to be watered every day, we could always know that things were being taken care of because George and Merlyn would be there to water things.

The same goes for John Markham.  I even joked one time that I really thought John was living the potting shed in the Demo Gardens and had not informed any of us.  He was there almost every day working and taking care of things.  Not only did John oversee the installation of the irrigation system, I never worried about the system in the winter time because I knew John would take care of it.  The same for the raised beds.  John was always around to plant, fertilize, water and harvest the vegetables.  John and Dale Vincent raised some beautiful corn that we were able to sell at the Farmer’s Market and made money for future projects.

Jimmy Cooley installed an awesome Muscadine orchard and showed us all how it is done and what materials to use.  It was a wonderful teaching project and we so appreciate all the time, money and energy that went into that project.

Chris Krygowski came along just as we were all talking about a Children’s Garden.  She not only volunteered to help with this project, she agreed to head up this project and made it into something the rest of only dreamed of.  We all have commented on the energy Chris seemed to always have and the number of hours she spent making that area into what it is.

Dana Whittington took over an area of the garden that was difficult to garden for a number of reasons, but she certainly showed us that it can be done — if you have a difficult area you can always garden in containers.  In addition to the onions, garlic in the ground, she demonstrated how to grow purple potatoes and carrots in containers.  I harvested some of her onions and carrots for a wonderful soup one day last year.  Fresh from the ground is always good!

Allen Wells demonstrated how to grow vertically with his “Arbor Garden”.  His use of cow-pen panels is a unique way to have things growing overhead while other plants in-ground below.

And who can forget John Hendrix’s okra – we thought he had some type “Jack-And-The-Beanstalk” type okra out there.  And he harvested okra right into the fall.

Shirley Corda spent a considerable amount of time helping us get our Five-Year-Plan on paper to be presented to the Fair Board.

Keith Hawkins has been our MG Coordinator from the beginning and we appreciate what he has done for this program.  And to ALL the others not mentioned above, THANK YOU for all your contributions of time, money and sweat equity.  A job well done!

Ms. Emily Shirley is a Master Gardener in Beauregard Parish. She also publishes the BEAUREGARD MASTER GARDENER NEWSLETTER.

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Winter Bee Journal by Jimmy Earl Cooley


Winter Bee Journal by Jimmy Earl Cooley


I inspected my three beehives today and did not get stung!  It was near 62 degrees at 3:30pm, sunny, with no wind. Opened primarily to add food and cursory inspection.

My three hives are Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Apiary Registration Permit XX-XXX, effective October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015.

The hives names are Hebert, Shirley, and Carollyn; with Hebert and Carollyn born from splitting the Shirley last spring.  The Shirley hive was my strongest hive back then so I took several frames (honey, brood, queen cells) and divvied frames between two new brood boxes named Hebert and Carollyn.  Later added a second brood box with empty frames to each of three hives.



Two brood boxes with inner cover and top cover.  Later added a second brood box with empty frames to each of three hives.  Located 200 yards from Shirley and Hebert.

The hive was not very active, only a few bees entering and leaving the small entrance hole.  Put puff of smoke in entrance hole and under the raised top cover, waited 5 minutes and removed top and inner cover.  Observed a small number of small hive beetles but bees were calm and did not bother me. There were very few in upper box but could hear lots of activity in lower box.  Did not remove frames from upper box or inspect the lower box.  Filled the frame feeder with H2O/C12H22O11 mixture and placed a 6”X4”X1/4” piece of Bee Bread and covered hive.


Two brood boxes with inner cover and top cover later added a second brood box with empty frames to each of three hives. Smoked, open top and inner cover for inspection and placing sugar water and bee bread.  Saw approximately a dozen medium size red wood roaches running away and killed several.  No hive beetles seen.  There were bees in upper and lower boxes.  Did not remove frames in upper box or inspect lower box.  Bees were actively trying to get back in box through entrance hole.


Two brood boxes with inner cover and top cover. Later added a second brood box with empty frames to each of three hives. Smoked, removed top and inner cover for inspection and adding sugar water and bee bread.  Saw no roaches or beetles.  Lots of bees in this hive, upper and lower boxes.  Many tried to sting me through veil and suit.  Shirley and Hebert are in wooded opening facing my pond.  Hives are approximately 50 ft apart.

General Comments

All hives were clean but damp as we have had lots of rain the last week.  There were not as many bees as I expected.  Shirley had most and aggressive, suspect this is the original hive, with original queen that remained in the box at time of split and Carollyn and Hebert had to make a new queen.    It has been mid November since I last looked at the hives.  I harvested only three frames of honey this year for my use in August 2014.

Mr. Jimmy is a Master Gardener who started beekeeping a few years.


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