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2015 Prescribed Burn Workshop in SW Louisiana


2015 Prescribed Burn Workshop in SW Louisiana

Keith Hawkins, Area Extension Forester

The LSU AgCenter in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry had a prescribed burn workshop to enable attendees to become “Certified Burn Managers”. Dr. Niels de Hoop, LSU Forestry Professor, was the lead instructor. Mark Davis and Darrell Eaves, both of the LDAF, also provided instruction.

2015 PB field exercise

Attendees cutting a firebreak during a field exercise.

Topics will include: fuels, burning techniques, proper tools, optimal weather conditions, smoke management, liability management, planning, fire behavior and more.

The successful graduates of this workshop are:

  1. Anderson, Becky
  2. Anderson, Harold
  3. Battaglia, Charles,
  4. Breland, Bradley
  5. Cooke, Dan
  6. Doffitt, Chris
  7. Fitzsimmons, Robert
  8. Garrett, Cody
  9. Gutierrez, Mariamar
  10. Holten, Ben
  11. Koepp, Russell
  12. Lawson, RaHarold
  13. LeJeune, Aubrey
  14. Parker, Kenneth
  15. Perkins, Robert Shane
  16. Reynolds, Matthew
  17. Richmond, Cecilia
  18. Rose, Gardner
  19. Shirley, Charleston
  20. Smith Vivian
  21. Sonnier, Cliff
  22. Tate, Jon

Congratulations to all students.

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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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Brief Photo Essay on Prescribed Burn Workshop



Brief Photo Essay On Prescribed Burn Workshop

Jimmy Earl Cooley, Master Gardener, and Keith Hawkins, SW Area Extension Forester


Dr. Niels d Hoop, LSU AgCenter, was the lead instructor of this year’s workshop.


This field exercise included a test burn.


After the test burn, the class evaluated to site and decided to burn a small area.


The field exercise included the mop-up of the burn site.


Graduates and Instructors of the 2014 Prescribed Burn Workshop in SW Louisiana.

The graduates of this year’s Prescribed Burn Workshop include, in alphabetic order:

  • Stewart Bailey
  • “Doc” Calcote
  • Joe Chaney
  • Steve Coleman
  • Douglas Dowden
  • Ashton Dupre
  • George Giltner
  • Bret Hardisty
  • Ronny Jones
  • James Love
  • Bryce Mae
  • Wendell Marcantel
  • David Meaux
  • Dick Meaux
  • Gaston Messer
  • Luke Parlier
  • Jonathon Perkins
  • Wayne Pleasant
  • Todd Strother
  • Clint Travis
  • James Turner

Instructors were Mark Davis, District Forester, LDAF, Darrell Eaves, Firefighter, LDAF, Dr. Niels de Hoop, Forestry Professor, LSU AgCenter, and Keith Hawkins, SW Area Extension Forester LSU AgCenter. Mr. Jimmy Earl Cooley was event photographer.



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Lousiana Wildflowers Comments, Skip Cryer, LA Master Gardener


  Wildflowers generally thrive in disturbed soil and do not get happy with fertilizer.  So plowing an area and leaving it alone allows the native seed that lie dormant to germinate and grow.  It is true that most wildflowers are more tempermental than domestic seed.  You just about have to have a burn schedule for the plants to thrive.  That is their genetic history.  Mowing at the right time helps but the thatch can build up and smother the plants you want to thrive.  There is a strong tie between moisture content, shade, and variety.  All of this is also tied to quail survival.  The natural eco system is complex and does not lend itself to monoculture to mimic Mother Nature.  Wildflowers are generally prairie plants.


Wildflowers in Louisiana West Gulf Coast, image by The Nature Conservancy.

I had managed my fields into a thick blue stem grass and wildflower mass.  Then I planted pine trees and the burn liability changed dramatically.  Now I mow only and between the shade of the pine trees, straw, and the mowing my beautiful yellow fields now are dwindling away in areas.

When someone tells you that long leaf and wildflowers go together it is true but the natural pine/flower savannas did not have the shade problem of modern tree planting and the areas burned clean periodically.  Fire generates germination in both native flowers and long leaf pine and is paramount in releasing the plants.


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