20th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference

March 12-14, 2019

 
 


March 14, 2019 Field Tour Information

Two, concurrent, full-day field trips are planned for the final day of the conference, March 14, 2019.  The field tours will explore the effects of a range of silvicultural systems at the stand and landscape levels. Below are the current details for both tours:

  1. Advanced registration and a $75 registration fee are required to attend either field tour. Choose a field tour when completing the conference registration form.

  2. Each trip is expected to have an approximate minimum of 30 and maximum of 50 enrollments. If minimum enrollment is not met by January 31, 2019, the trip will be cancelled and registrants notified.

  3. The field trips will depart and return to Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino, Shreveport, LA. Trip times are expected to be from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, however, tour return times are approximate and may vary based on traffic and weather conditions.

  4. Field trip registration fee covers breakfast, transportation, snacks, drinks (soft drinks & Water), and lunch.

  5. Participation in field trips may involve exposure to wet, muddy, or cold conditions, please plan accordingly.

  6. This information is subject to change.


Field Tour I:  Forest Industry Operational Tour - March 14, 2019

Location: Various sites in Bienville and Red River parishes

Leader:  Conner Fristoe (Weyerhaeuser), Mickey Rachal (RoyOMartin), and David Wilkinson (Hancock Forest Management)

Operational Silviculture Tour – This tour will be hosted by several large industrial forestland owners and will demonstrate the silvicultural operations being employed in the western Gulf region.  A major focus of the tour will be the operational loblolly pine plantation management being practiced.  Discussions will include genetic selection and deployment, site preparation techniques, vegetation and nutrient management, and thinning regimes.  Tour organizers are planning stops that include active thinning and final harvest operations (weather and crew location dependent), mid-rotation management operations, and longleaf pine plantation establishment and management. Includes breakfast, lunch and transportation.

Schedule: 

  1. 8:00 am: Leave Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino


  2. Stop 1 – Clearcut Operations – Active harvesting operations on Hancock Forest Management lands (weather dependent)


  1. Stop 2 – Stand Establishment - One and three year old loblolly plantations on Hancock Forest Management holdings

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  3. Stop 3 – Mid-Rotation Operations – Methods of controlling yaupon (Ilex vomitoria) in Weyerhaeuser pine plantations


  4. Lunch (Box lunch on buss while traveling to stop 4)


  5. Stop 4 – Thinning Decisions – Unthinned 2009 plantation and a 2003 thinned plantation on Hancock Forest Management lands

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  7. Stop 5 – Longleaf Plantations – Two and fourteen year old stands on RoyOMartin lands


  8. 5:00 pm (Estimated) Return to Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino


  9. All registrants for this field trip will be contacted via email prior to the meeting to determine their lunch preference (sandwich or similar alternative)



Field Tour II:  Silvicultural Research Tour - March 14, 2019

Location: Hill Farm Research Station and various industrial sites in northern Louisiana

Leader:  Mike A. Blazier, Associate Professor, Forestry, LSU Ag Center Hill Farm Research Station


Tour the LSU AgCenter Hill Farm Research Station.  This tour will examine several facets of intensive silviculture in the western Gulf region.  Tour stops will highlight Genotype studies of loblolly pine, longleaf pine, and hybrid sweetgum, Thinning and genotype influences of loblolly pine under severe drought. New site preparation herbicide alternatives for loblolly pine, Shortleaf pine establishment practices, and Stand dynamics and soil microbial functioning of loblolly pine, hardwood, and loblolly pine-hardwood mixtures.  Includes breakfast, lunch and transportation.

Schedule: 

  1. 8:00 am:  Leave Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino

  2. Stop 1:  Thinning Integrated with Genotype Exclusion of Rainfall (TIGER) study of loblolly pine

  3. Stop 2:  Short-rotation hybrid sweetgum genotype, site preparation, and coppicing studies

  4. Stop 3:  Longleaf pine genotype study

  5. Lunch - Hill Farm Research Station conference room

  6. Stop 4:  Cross-region loblolly pine genotype study

  7. Stop 5:  Loblolly pine, sweetgum, and southern red oak stand composition and density study

  8. Stop 6:  Loblolly pine chemical site preparation study: Oust, Velpar, Arsenal, and Esplenade tank mixtures

  9.    5:00 pm (Estimated) Return to Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino

  10. All registrants for this field trip will be contacted via email prior to the meeting to determine their lunch preference (sandwich or similar alternative)


 

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