2014 Crossett Forestry Field Day, May 16-17

Features youth program and landowners’ workshop

Landowners will find out about the benefits of shortleaf forests of natural origin at the Crossett Forestry Field Days May 16-17. Photo by Chris Evans, courtesy of Bugwood.org.

Held at the Crossett Experimental Forest near Crossett, Arkansas, the 2014 field day will provide a full program for foresters, conservationists, land owners, and policy makers on the broad range of ecosystem services provided by loblolly and shortleaf pine forests of natural origin.

Included in the general program on May 16 are experts in forest economics, silviculture, forest products, soil productivity, carbon and wildlife conservation markets, and sustainable practices. The Forester’s Workshop held on Friday afternoon will be more technically focused, and attendees can earn up to 4.0 CFE credits for the session.  Presenters from the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station include Jim Guldin, Andy Scott, and Don Bragg.

Friday morning, May 16, will feature a youth program sponsored by the Forest Service, Arkansas Forest Resources Center of the University of Arkansas (UA), UA-Monticello School of Forest Resources, UA Cooperative Extension, and the Arkansas Forestry Commission. (The youth program was filled and registration closed on May 7.)

Research scientists, professional foresters, and wildlife biologists will be on hand to help students learn some of the “hows” and “whys” of forest ecosystem science.  The program will include instruction on how to measure a tree, how trees are processed for consumer goods, the roles forests play in providing healthy wildlife habitat and water and air quality, and how forest fire fighting is coordinated and managed.

On Saturday morning, May 17, a Landowner’s Workshop on many of the same topics as the general session (forest production, biomass and bioenergy, ecosystem services and management options, carbon contracts) will be presented to landowners and other persons interested in the forests of southeastern Arkansas. The Landowner’s Workshop will be geared toward helping non-professionals develop a better understanding of the multiple opportunities and options available for the management of their pine-dominated forests.

Find  out more about the Crossett Forestry Field Day events.

For more information, email Don Bragg at dbragg@fs.fed.us.

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