Bottomland Hardwood Learning Exchange
November 6 @ 12:00 pm - November 7 @ 5:00 pm
Agenda coming on September 20 (p.m.)
November 6: 11:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. with optional social and provided dinner from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
November 7 Field Tour: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Meet day 1 at: the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Headquarters: 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
More details coming soon regarding lodging and food.
In November 2018, the Guild brought together experts from the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV) and the Atlantic Coastal Plain (ACP) in Brunswick, GA to learn about the differences in forest management between these two geographies based on social, ecologic, and economic factors. This event welcomed over thirty individuals and led to broad connections and impact throughout the South. Learn more through our final report and story map.
Southeastern bottomland hardwood forests provision critically important, and highly valued, ecosystem services including biodiversity, flood protection, carbon storage, recreation, and clean/clear water. Land conversion, ditching, heavy bedding/furrowing, development, fragmentation, and narrowly‐focused forest management threaten their ability to sustain flows of such integral ecosystem services long‐term. Responsible forest management of bottomland forests can be done in ways that maintain or enhance their ecological integrity and stability, while simultaneously generating income and supplying wood products.
Join our 2nd Bottomland Hardwood Learning Exchange in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, The Nature Conservancy, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. This field-based learning exchange will leverage our previous efforts by bringing together forest landowners and resource professionals from across the South to understand wildlife forestry practices in the LMAV. An emphasis will be placed on how robust forest product markets, low-impact harvesting equipment, and selection system silviculture can play an integral role in meeting wildlife habitat improvement goals for forest interior birds. We will also focus on connecting family forest landowners to resources available to better steward their woodland. Through this event we hope to improve the management and conservation of bottomland forests across the South and illustrate opportunities to meet diverse social values.
The event will include a ½-day indoor session of presentations and discussions, followed by a full 1-day field tour to state and private lands.