Project bolsters Louisiana’s forest landowner sustainable efforts

Farm-based income from timber harvests constitutes the greatest input to Louisiana’sagriculture sector, and there are an estimated 140,000 private,non-industrial forest landownersin the state. A wide-ranging project by the LSU AgCenter resulted in workshops with both broad and narrow focus, and many other forestry information activities.Theworkshops for landowners and natural resource professionals were held in all regions of Louisiana to assist all clientele (both owners and managers) in better managing forest-based resources to be sustained both environmentally and economically through technological innovationsand technical improvements. Management information was delivered that allows and encourages adoption of practices relevant to their forest propertiesto meet short-, medium-, and long-term goals/objectives.In addition to these yearlybroad-topic workshops, events with narrow focus were also held: two prescribed burning workshops, two pesticide recertification training events, one tree pruning workshop, one parish forestry economy landowner meeting, two nature-watching programsand one Master Logging certification event.Additional group events consisted of 28 workshops, three forestry field days, one teacher’s tour, four forestry awareness days, two Society of American Forester regional chapter meetings hosted at LSU AgCenter research stations, four multi-week forestry and wildlife exhibits at fairs, and six 4-H and FFAevents.Approximately 25,000 direct contacts were made by the LSU AgCenter forestry and wildlife Extension team in this reporting period.Post-evaluations of the forestry and wildlife workshops indicated the average increase in knowledge about forest product market trends, tax issues important for forest landowners, state and federal policy changes that affect forestry and wildlife management, invasive species, forest pests, silviculture,wildlife managementand cost-share programs was 47%, with an average of 25% of attendees valuing the information received as being greater than $1,000.Link to full statement on website: