Release Date: 05/09/2006

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Forest Stewardship Program recently conducted two landowner field days focusing on longleaf pine management.

Each field day session provided technical assistance to private landowners, consultants and resource professionals interested in restoring and managing longleaf pine forests in Louisiana. 

The first field day was held on April 27 in Tangipahoa Parish and 55 people attended.  The morning session was spent at a private property owned by Mark Jenkins.  Field stops included a five-year-old longleaf plantation, a 12-year-old longleaf plantation and a successful pine straw bailing operation.  Topics included the historical significance of longleaf pine, how to successfully establish longleaf pine and some of the advantages and economics associated with managing longleaf pine in the form of high quality products and pine straw bailing. 

Sandy Hollow WMA hosted the afternoon session.  After a brief introduction to the management objectives and history of Sandy Hollow WMA, the participants loaded up for a hay-ride tour.  At the first stop, a natural longleaf stand burned two weeks prior, participants discussed the tools used to manage longleaf stands, primarily prescribed burning.  The group then visited an older, uneven-aged longleaf stand to discuss wildlife habitat for game and non-game species.  Species discussed included: quail, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, red-cockaded woodpeckers, gopher tortoises, brown-headed nuthatches, Henslow's sparrows, and Louisiana pine snakes.  The last stop on the tour was at a patch of cogon grass where participants talked about the problems with cogon grass and other invasive species associated with all land management.  The field day concluded with presentations on state and federal cost-share programs available for financial assistance to restore longleaf pine.

The second field day had 29 participants and was held on April 29 in Beauregard Parish at Cavett Brown's Stewardship Forest just west of Longville.  Participants examined the same topics covered the previous field day in a classroom setting in a lodge located on the property.  In the afternoon, participants visited newly planted longleaf pine forests and older plantations.

Representatives from the Longleaf Alliance, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Louisiana Forestry Association, Louisiana State University AgCenter, Beauregard Forestry Association and American Forest Foundation were all an integral part of the planning and implementation of the field day programs.

For more information, contact Cody Cedotal at 225-765-2354 or ccedotal@wlf.louisiana.gov