October 24-25, 2017 | Wilmington, NC

Registration deadline is October 17

Innovations in the science of forest management.

2

days

7

speakers

4

field trip locations

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Earn Continuing Education Credits

That's right foresters and loggers, attending the Forest inSight Conference can earn you up to 9.5 CFE credits toward your continuing education requirements!

Speakers

Dr. Michael Clutter

Vice President, Director of U.S. Investments And Operations
Forest Investment Associates

Dr. Fred Cubbage

Professor
NC State University, Department of Forestry and Environmental

Derek Dougherty

CEO
Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Inc.

Dr. Phil Dougherty

Director of the Center for Forestry Research and Applied Management
Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Inc.

Jerry Hansen

Regional Resource Analyst
Resource Management Service, LLC, Wilmington, NC

Scott Jones

CEO
Forest Landowners Association

Dr. Michael Kane

Professor
Quantitative Silviculture, UGA Warnell School of Forestry, Athens, GA

Organizers

Schedule

  • Check in at the Conference Room

  • Meeting Opening and Welcome

    Wayne Bell, COO, International Forest Company, Moultrie, GA
  • Future Pine Timber Supply, Demand And Pricing Trends: Predicted Trends And What Would Have To Happen For Stumpage Pricing To Increase To Pre-recession Levels In The Next Five Years?

    Dr. Fred Cubbage, Professor, NC State University, Department of Forestry and Environmental, Raleigh, NC
  • Market Opportunity, Tax Reform And Other Initiatives At Work Under The Trump Administration Tenure That Have Major Potential To Alter Forest Investor Returns

    Scott Jones, CEO, Forest Landowners Association, Smyrna, GA
  • Morning Break

  • Forest Business Risk Management for 2018

    Dr. Michael Clutter, Vice President, Director of U.S. Investments And Operations, Forest Investment Associates, Atlanta, GA
  • Group Questions/Discussion With Morning Speakers

    Moderator - Wayne Bell, COO, International Forest Company, Moultrie, GA
  • Lunch

  • Using Loblolly Genotypes To Manage Realized Gain Risk

    Dr. Phil Dougherty, Director of the Center for Forestry Research and Applied Management, Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Inc., Athens, GA
  • Density Management (Establishment & Thinning) For Managing Risk In Our Southern Pine Plantations

    Dr. Michael Kane, Professor, Quantitative Silviculture, UGA Warnell School of Forestry, Athens, GA
  • Afternoon Break

  • Using Genotype Specific Modeling In Addition To Regional Risk Probabilities To Rank Genotypes And Deployment Systems For Minimizing Stand Level Risk

    Derek Dougherty, CEO, Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Inc., Athens, GA
  • Group Questions/Discussion With Afternoon Speakers

    Moderator - Jerry Hansen, Regional Resource Analyst, Resource Management Service, LLC, Wilmington, NC
  • Survey Completion and Silent Auction

  • Wrap Up and Adjourn

  • Check in at Holiday Inn Wilmington Transportation Loading

  • Depart Holiday Inn for Field Tours

  • Arrive at Field Tour Stop #1

  • Depart for Stop #2

  • Arrive at Field Tour Stop #2

  • Depart for Stop #3 (Lunch en route)

  • Arrive at Field Tour Stop #3

  • Depart for Stop #4

  • Arrive at Field Tour Stop #4

  • Depart Stop #4

  • Arrive Back at Holiday Inn

Field Tour Stop #1

Chemical And Mechanical Site Preparation Regimes On Coastal North Carolina Soils That Assure A High Trajectory Stand At The RMS Riegelwood Operating Area

A good portion of the realized gain potential for improved genotypes depends on mechanical and herbicide regimes that eliminate long term competitors, keeps weed intensity low for 1.5 years and does not stunt or inhibit the growth of newly planted seedling. The bedding sequence and best herbicide regimes for attaining high trajectory stand that RMS, leading herbicide vendors and Dr. Phil Dougherty have developed will be discussed at this stop. Planning the treatments is just as important as making the correct prescription. Making sure the areas to be treated, or not treated, are (1) clearly specified, the correct actual acreage to be treated on each stand are given to the contractor, (2) a solid prescription is written out base on the vegetation present on the site, its stage of development and the soil-site conditions on each stand is provided, (3) the application time window that is acceptable is spelled out, (4) safety, social and environmental are identified if present, and (4) the expected product that the contractor is to return to you in a defined time period after completion of the application are clear (herbicides used-brand-% active, rates, volumes, time and condition of application, flight line maps, etc.).

Mechanical site preparation required for soils in the NC Coastal area will be discussed based on soil drainage classes and other site factors. How the genetics available can influence site preparation cost and downstream opportunities will be explored. What defines a good quality mechanical treatment for each drainage class and how to check it will also be discussed.

Field Tour Stop #2

View And Discuss Loblolly Pine Ideotypes And Their Role In Obtaining Maximum Gain And Minimizing Risk

Speaker: Dr. Phil Dougherty, Director of the Center for Forestry Research and Applied Management, Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Inc., Athens, GA

How genotypes with different crown ideotypes have responded to ice and wind events that have been experienced in the last five years will be discussed. How crown ideotype differences can be used in different deployment schemes to minimize risk and contribute to increased realized-gain will also be discussed. Each major geographical area has its unique set of biotic and abiotic risk factors. The inherent properties of each genotype and how they are deployed and intermediate stand management options have a great influence on the probability of have a high value stand at the end of the rotation.

Field Tour Stop #3

View And Discuss Important Genotype x Density Interaction And Deployment Option Impacts On Production, Stem Quality And Stand Value That Has Been Observed On The Hofmann Forest

Speakers: Dr. Trevor Walker, NC State University, Raleigh, NC; Dr. Phil Dougherty, Director of the Center for Forestry Research and Applied Management, Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Inc., Athens, GA

The Hofmann Forest Genetics x Density study is now going through its 12th growing season. Large differences in growth potential, stem quality and sawtimber potential have been observed. How production and stem quality traits have been impacted by initial seedlings per acre planted and the selected genetics will be discussed. Differences in projected stand value and return on investment for stands originating from selections or crosses derived from the different levels of tree improvement will be evaluated and discussed. The risk of deploying the wrong genetics onto a high-resource soil will also be discussed.

Field Tour Stop #4

Genotype Impacts On Deployment And Subsequent Thinning Options That Minimize Risk And Maximize Returns Will Be Viewed And Discussed At The RMS Riegelwood Operating Area

Operational stands of diverse genotypes that are nearing thinning age will be visited. Thinning options that maximize yield, stand value and minimize risk will be evaluated and presented. The genetic selection that is purchased for deployment has a great impact on the spatial arrangement that it can and should be deployed in. The choice in tpa planted and their spatial arrangement impacts how, when and to what intensity the stand should be thinned to. The market environment that stands are located in will define the desired size of the final stem product to be produced. Thinning timing and intensity can have a significant impact on the amount of timber volume that ends up in the timber dimension class that provides the best monetary reward.

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The Team

Wayne Bell

Wayne Bell

Co-Founder
Derek Dougherty

Derek Dougherty

Co-Founder
Scott Jones

Scott Jones

Forest Landowners Liaison
Taylor Griffith

Taylor Griffith

Branding Guy
Phil Goodwin

Phil Goodwin

Art Guy