There has been concern over the lack of consistent cold weather as we continue shipping seedlings for planting across the south. Our customers have been planting seedlings since early October. Based on our experience and the fact that we only ship container seedlings, we have advised them to continue to plant. In addition, we continue to advise our customers to plant as container seedlings are NOT the same as bareroot seedlings where dormancy is desirable before lifting and shipping. Container seedlings are frequently shipped when they are not in full dormancy.
Bareroot seedlings are often put into refrigerated storage for several days to accommodate lifting and shipping. When there has been very little cold weather, storage of bareroot seedlings in coolers for an extended time is not advised. It has long been known that planting container seedlings in the fall gives them significant growth advantage and ability to tolerate dry spring conditions. 100 percent of the root system of quality container seedlings are shipped to the field.
Research shows that the weight of the root system accounts for 60 percent of container seedlings but only 19 percent or less for bareroot seedlings. We have shipped several million seedlings in October and November to customers who are taking advantage of the good field moisture this fall across the south. These seedlings will be fine as they will condition themselves when cooler temperatures do occur. They should have significant root growth as ground temperatures have stayed above 50 degrees in most areas of the south.
We do advise customers to not plant immediately (2 days or less) ahead of a severe freeze where temperatures go from 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit to temperatures in the mid-twenties or below overnight. This is advisable even with seedlings that have had some colder conditioning, but this is definitely advisable now since we have hardly had any cold conditioning to date this year. If you have any questions as what to do with planting, please give one of our professionals a call, and we can give you advice for your particular situations.]]>
Presentations from Tuesday, October 27th:
Presentations from Wednesday, October 28th:
Shifts in farming practices, along with the loss of farmland and young forest habitat are the primary causes of the decline. In order to save this native species we must restore large tracts of quality habitat and reintroduce the birds. New Jersey Audubon is leading a unique partnership to restore Northern Bobwhite quail to New Jersey!
We couldn’t be prouder that Bob Williams is using IFCO seedlings in this wonderful initiative.]]>
12.5 Hours Credit for the two day conference with 4.5 hours credits for the field tour
Also: The Continuing Loggers Credits have been approved for:
13.0 hours credit for the two day conference with 4.5 hours credits for the field tour
If you know anyone that would benefit from this conference and field tour, please encourage them to register early at the following web site:
We looking forward to seeing you there.]]>
Canadian companies’ share of lumber production in 8 southeastern states has grown to 25% from just 3% a decade ago according to Forest Economic Advisors LLC.
Canadian firms’ options for growth at home are more limited. British Columbia was hard hit by a mountain pine beetle infestation that began in the late 1990’s and whose devastating impact lingers. A 2013 report from the British Columbia government estimates that about half of the province’s pine volume would be dead by 2017, at which point the infestation was expected to taper off.
Georgia alone boasts around 22 million acres of privately owned timberland that can be exploited commercially. A few years of unimpeded growth due to housing crisis can make a big difference in the area, where trees mature at a pace of about 25 to 30 years, compared with 80 to 100 years for trees in British Columbia.
For more about this article please visit the following link:
This article refers to timber prices, the rise in demand and how it is helping to fuel the economy in Florida.]]>
There is more wood being harvested currently than I have observed in years. That is good news for our industry, profession, and landowners.
This means there are more opportunities to look at in the next round of investment as foresters and landowners look at reforesting their lands. I was part of a tour in the last month that looked at some of our clients lands and saw the old silviculture and genetics that was worth $1,800 per acre of revenue in a rotation and stands on similar properties that is expected to be worth over $4,000 per acre in a rotation by the use of great silviculture and new genetics. That is what I call an opportunity for investment!
If you have not looked at your forest management program lately, it may be time to seriously see what is possible on your property.
A great opportunity will be this fall at the Forest inSight Conference at the Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta, GA on Oct. 27-29, 2015. The speakers will talk about the new opportunities and we will see it in action on the field tour.
Planning ahead is key to making this conference and for making your forest more productive.
Please click on the following links for more information and to register.
Forest-Insight-Conf 2015 Valdosta -Superior Pines field tour
If you have any questions, please call for visit: http://www.forestlandowners.com/events
International Forest Co.
For more information please contact the NFWF Longleaf Stewardship Fund .
Feb. 12, 2015 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Over the past 100 years, Texas A&M Forest Service has accomplished many feats, including establishing itself as a premiere entity in both forestry and all-hazard response.
The state agency was established in 1915 by the 34th Texas Legislature under the Texas A&M College—making TFS the first state forestry agency in the nation to be part of a land grant institution. A fact not lost on former TFS director (1980-1996) Bruce Miles.
“Texas A&M Forest Service has always been a leader nationwide among state forestry agencies,” Miles said. “A big part of this comes from being part of the state’s land grant institution system where our department heads shared information, technology and research results.”
For the past century the people of TFS have been answering the call to service by monitoring the forests to improve health and productivity; working with communities to plant, care for and conserve the trees where people live, work and play; and by informing and educating landowners on sustainable land management practices.
“The employees of this agency are so vital in continuing to accomplish the goals and dreams that were put in place. TFS has become the most highly respected national leader in forestry,” said former director (1996-2008) James Hull. “However, there has never been a time in our one hundred year history that the agency was not striving to do the best it could to meet the needs of forestry.”
With a duty to protect, TFS is mandated by the state as the lead agency in wildfire suppression and through predictive services, prevention programs and response models have revolutionized the way states prevent, prepare for and protect against wildfire.
TFS leads incident management teams during state disasters and has led responses to such incidents as the Space Shuttle Columbia recovery, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike, and the 2011 wildfire season.
Having led the agency through the historic drought and wildfire season in 2011, current state forester and director Tom Boggus has seen the dedicated service and innovative spirit of TFS employees through the good times and bad.
“What an honor to represent the people of this agency as the director, especially during our centennial celebration year,” Director Tom Boggus said. “Words like ‘first agency in the nation’ and ‘a national model’ have been used repeatedly over the last century to describe TFS and they still ring clear and true as we begin our next century of service.”
TFS is one of four agencies under The Texas A&M University System that is also part of Texas A&M AgriLife—a cornerstone of one of the state’s premier institutions of higher education.
“Texas A&M AgriLife brings today’s best teaching, research, extension and service to Texans. For 100 years, Texas A&M Forest Service has embodied service as it protects against wildfires, provides forestry education, and leads the way in sustainability and conservation” William A. Dugas, acting vice chancellor and dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences said. “We are proud to have them as part of the AgriLife family!”
With no signs of slowing down, this year marks the first century of service for TFS. The agency will have celebrations across the state to recognize this centennial milestone.
The centennial celebration kicked off at the annual Texas A&M AgriLife Conference the first week of January and continues in February as the agency is recognized during the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents meeting, and by the Texas Legislature.
TFS has partnered with the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation to host an exhibit, History in the Making: Texas A&M Forest Service, highlighting the agency’s past 100 years. The exhibit is open March 16–November 8 in College Station.
The agency will also host several events throughout the state, including 100 tree giveaways, a commemorative tree presentation to each county in Texas and has published a new edition of the 1970 book Famous Trees of Texas: Texas A&M Forest Service Centennial Edition.
For a list of centennial events, visit TFScenturyofservice.tamu.edu. The website provides visitors access to historical agency images and documents, and allows visitors to listen to, view and explore historic films and audio files.
Texas A&M Forest Service Communications
Jessica Jackson, Communications Specialist
Give yourself the best opportunity to maximize growth and yield with IFCO seedlings.
We believe that doing business with an open hand and sharing information builds trust between the forest industry and the landowners who grow it.
IFCO participates in over six research and genetic cooperatives and is committed to bringing what was once only available to the elite to every landowner.
IFCO specializes in cross zone hybrid testing and orchard improvement to ensure that the highest quality seedlings are delivered to our landownders.
IFCO hand-packages each seedling and ships directly from our fields to the landowner.
CLIMATE – Planting Containerized Seedlings in Warm Weather There has been concern over the lack of consistent cold weather as we continue shipping seedlings for planting across the south. Our customers have been planting seedlings since early October. Based on our experience and the fact that we only ship container seedlings, we have advised them […]
January 4, 2016 by Content Team
We want to thank everyone who came out to the 2015 Forest inSight Conference for making it a smashing success! A lot of you have asked about making the presentations available, so we’ve added them to our site. They will also be made available at www.forestinsightconf.com, so be sure to check back periodically. Presentations from […]
December 3, 2015 by Content Team
Northern Bobwhite populations declined by 82% between 1966 and 2010, one of the most dramatic declines in the U.S. In New Jersey the species is believed to be functionally extinct with the possibility of some birds still existing in southwestern NJ. Shifts in farming practices, along with the loss of farmland and young forest habitat […]
December 1, 2015 by Content Team