Little Rock Hosts International Silviculture Workshop

 Jim Guldin (arm raised) explains aspects of shortleaf pine silviculture on the Ouachita National Forest to post-workshop tour participants. Photo by Don Bragg.
Jim Guldin (arm raised) explains aspects of shortleaf pine silviculture on the Ouachita National Forest to post-workshop tour participants. Photo by Don Bragg.

On May 31st, over 50 researchers from the United States, China, Germany, Slovenia, Chile, Germany, Poland, Finland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Canada, Belgium, and the United Kingdom descended upon Little Rock, Arkansas to discuss forestry management techniques from around the world at the 10th International Workshop on Uneven-aged Silviculture.

Jim Guldin, project leader for both of the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) southern pine research units served as program chair for the workshop, which was sponsored by the Uneven-aged Silviculture Working Group of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, with local support by the Arkansas Forestry Association and the University of Arkansas’s Clinton School of Public Service.

During the formal workshop more than 40 research papers and posters were presented. A trip by foresters to Arkansas would not be complete without a tour of the Crossett Experimental Forest, which includes the uneven-aged Good and Poor Farm Forestry Forty demonstration stands.

Geraint Richards, the head forester for the estate of Britain’s’ Prince Charles, said to the reporter for the Arkansas Gazette who accompanied the group on the tour that “it is important for forestry scientists from across the globe to work together. I’ve learned that a lot of issues we face as foresters, although we work in different climates with different species and different needs, are the same. These forests in Arkansas are full of ideas we can apply in the U.K. and to forests everywhere.”

At the conclusion of workshop many of the attendees stayed on for a multi-day tour. Guldin and SRS research forester Don Bragg led an informal tour of silvicultural practices from the hardwoods of the Pioneer Forest in the Missouri Ozarks to shortleaf pine management on the Ouachita National Forest in western Arkansas and longleaf pine on the Kisatchie National Forest in central Louisiana, finishing with a tour of the Drax Biomass wood pellet facility in northern Louisiana.

For more information, email Jim Guldin at jguldin@fs.fed.us.

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