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Longleaf Pine Ecology Workshop to be held

Longleaf Pine Ecology Workshop to be held

Story by Jeanna Childers, NRCS State Forester

A longleaf pine ecology workshop will be held Dec. 2 at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

The workshop is tailored for consultants, landowners, Texas Forest Service (TFS), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employees or anyone who works with non-industrial private forest landowners. This is an excellent time to meet professionals that will share their knowledge of the longleaf pine ecosystem and the wildlife habitat it supports. This opportunity brings together working partners for better collaboration in restoring longleaf to its historical range.

The targeted counties for longleaf restoration in Texas are Angelina, Cherokee, Hardin, Jasper, Liberty, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity and Tyler.

Guest speakers and topics will include Ike McWhorter, USDA Forest Service fire ecologist planner, who will speak on �Longleaf Pine Ecosystem (Fire, Soils, Understory, Topography).� George Weick, USDA Forest Service silviculturist will address �Longleaf Pine Ecology.�

Discussing �Wildlife of the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem� will be Cliff Shackelford, ornithologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, who will speak on �Endemic and Migratory Birds. � Rusty Wood, forest stewardship biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will speak on �Game Species (Turkey, Quail and Deer).� Ricky Maxey, diversity biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will address �Threatened, Endangered, and Sensitive Species.� Jeffrey Reid, USDA Fish and Wildlife biologist will present �Longleaf Wildlife Summary.�

Terry Clason, NRCS Louisiana State Forester, will present �Longleaf Ecosystem Restoration in Louisiana by Regeneration, Stand Maintenance or Overstory Conversion.� Other speakers and topics will include Dave Haywood who is a research forester with the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station at Pineville, La. He will speak on �The Use of Herbicides and Fires in Young Longleaf Pine Plantations.� Susana Sung is a research plant physiologist with the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station at Pineville, LA and will present �Is Root System Architecture Critical to the Success of Longleaf Pine Seedling Field Establishment and Performance?�

The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry & Agriculture, 419 E. College Street, Bldg 22, Room 117 at Stephen F. Austin State University. Parking will be at the stadium and passes will need to be obtained on campus at the Conference Room prior to 10 a.m. and placed on the vehicle.

Lunch will be on your own from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. CEUs will be offered at the workshop.

This free event is hosted by NRCS and the TFS. For more information contact Nancy Posvar with NRCS at (254) 742-9880 or email Jeanna Childers.