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


“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.


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



# 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

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