SWLAFA Board Meeting – April 22, 2015
Attendees: Keith Hawkins, David Meaux, George Crain, George Giltner, Jeff Peterson, and Harvey Kieffer.
David Meaux stepped up to President to conduct the meeting in the absence of Dick Meaux who was still recovering from health issues.
Two members of the board are retiring from their positions, Dick Meaux, President, and George Crain, Treasurer. George Crain received a Burl Pin from David Meaux for his many years of service to the Forestry Associations that he has served with.
Treasurer’s report: The present total was $3967.50. Future checks were approved for 2 teachers to attend the annual Forestry Teachers Tour at a cost of $800. Jackie Cantrell and Debbie Callaway of Pinewood Elementary will represent our forestry association. Also a $500 contribution to the Beauregard LSU AgCenter was approved.
A critique of the 2015 meeting, and planning for next year’s agenda were discussed. The War Memorial Civic Center was selected as the site for the 2016 Annual meeting. A topic discussed was invasive weed control. Keith suggested having a weed scientist as a main speaker. A second topic was forest invasive insects like the emerald ash borer.
Forest stumpage prices were discussed along with all the variables that have to be considered in pricing. Keith provided a website as a global guide, www.lsuagcenter.com/en/environment/forestry/extension/prices/index.htm.
The next SWLAFA Board Meeting will be August 5 at the War Memorial Civic Center, in the Gun Room, at 0900. David Meaux will review the election of officers based on By-Laws. David will also report on the tax exemption legal work of the organization that he has been engaged with.