October 25-26, 2016 | Watkinsville, GA

Innovations in the science of forest management.

Registration deadline on October 16th

2

days

7

speakers

3

field trip locations

Earn Continuing Education Credits

That's right foresters and loggers, attending the Forest inSight Conference will earn you credits toward your continuing education requirements!

Speakers

Dr. Jeff Wright

Keynote Speaker

Amanda Lang

Partner and Senior Consultant
Forisk Consulting

Dr. Shawn Baker

Director of Forest Operations Research
Forisk Consulting

Scott Jones

CEO
FOREST LANDOWNERS ASSOCIATION

Dr. Rachel Cook

Co-Director
FOREST PRODUCTIVITY COOPERATIVE

Dr. Joe Dahlen

Assistant Professor of Wood Quality
WARNELL SCHOOL OF FORESTRY

Dr. Michael "Mike" Kane

Professor, Quantitative Silviculture
WARNELL SCHOOL OF FORESTRY

Dr. Bronson Bullock

Associate Professor
WARNELL SCHOOL OF FORESTRY

Dr. Phil Dougherty

Director of the Center of Forestry Research and Applied Management
DOUGHERTY & DOUGHERTY FORESTRY

Dr. Gary Peter

Forest Genomics and Cell Biology
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Dr. Randy Wynne

Professor of Forestry and Remote Sensing
VIRGINIA TECH

Organizers

Schedule

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • What Are We Up Against?

    Dr. Jeff Wright, Keynote Speaker
  • Demand for SE Timber Today and Tomorrow

    Amanda Lang and Dr. Shawn Baker, Forisk Consulting
  • Networking Break

  • Policy Impacts on Timber Production Efficiency

    Scott Jones, Forest Landowners Association
  • Networking Break

  • Keeping Silviculture in Step with Step-changes in Productivity

    Dr. Rachel Cook, Forest Productivity Cooperative
  • Box Lunches and Afternoon Field Tour

  • Partner's Reception

  • Check-in for Morning Field Tour

  • Lunch Buffet at the Civic Center

  • Vectors Affecting Wood Quality

    Dr. Joe Dahlen, Assistant Professor of Wood Quality
  • Genetic Impacts on Stem Quality and Wood Properties

    Dr. Gary Peter, Forest Genomics and Cell Biology
  • Technology That Is Making Us More Efficient

    Dr. Randy Wynne, Professor of Forestry and Remote Sensing
  • Survey and Closing Remarks

Tour #1

Operational strategies for creating sawtimber and pole products in the Piedmont and Upper Coastal Plain of the SE US. Participants will visit sites of low-to- moderate density varietal and control- mass-pollinated loblolly pine plantings that are demonstrating high growth trajectories through ages 3 to 11 years. Between row spacings on these sites vary from 12’ to 18’. The operational stands of these high end genetics are some of the oldest and most intensively managed in the region and give early insight into the potential operational value impact for pine growers. Participants will enjoy visiting with tour guides Derek Dougherty and Dr. Shawn Baker and discussing the operational implications and efficiencies of these combinations of different genotypes and management systems.

Tour #2

The impacts of planting density, thinning, fertilization, and competition control on loblolly pine productivity, product yield, and wood quality. Participants will visit a study that evaluates plantation performance through age 18 with different planting-thinning treatments in combination with distinct levels of fertilization and competition control. Key tour topics will include management options for product yield, quality and economic return. Participants will also visit a landmark study, now 29 years old, examining the role of competing vegetation and fertilization, alone and in combination, in non-thinned and thinned plantations on pine productivity and value. Tour participants will enjoy interacting with tour leaders Dr. Mike Kane and Dr. Joe Dahlen.

Tour #3

Genetic and silvicultural influences on sawtimber quality and yield. Participants will view operational loblolly plantings that have been through 13 full growing seasons. The genetics used for planting include elite open-pollinated families and control-mass- pollinated crosses, from both Piedmont and Coastal Sources. The trees are planted on row spacings of 10’ to 20’ apart, and at densities of 180 to 450 trees per acres. Exhibited operational growth ranges from base-age 25 year site indices of 74’ to 95’ so tour participants will see great growth and be able to evaluate how different spacing of different types of pine trees impact sawtimber quality and yield and subsequent landowner returns.

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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