The goal of the LSU AgCenter's Extension Forestry Program is to develop and deliver effective programs and activities that are responsive to the forest and natural resource needs of landowners, professionals, industry and citizens of the state. These programs and activities include Forestry Forums, forestry and wildlife field days, landowner visits, workshops, parish forestry associations, 4-H forestry, Project Learning Tree, and home visits on shade trees.
There are five area extension foresters and a statewide extension wildlife/forestry specialist. The area foresters are assigned specific parishes for their work areas, so all parishes do not have an area forester. These extension professionals work with the county agents located in their areas. Visit the Contacts section of the Extension Forestry's website to find an extension forester in your parish. Check out their webpage here.
The 2013 Southeast Research Station Field Day will be held at the station located at 41217 Bethel Road in Franklinton, La on Friday, April 5, 2013 beginning at 8:30 am with registration, program beginning at 9:00 am and concluding after lunch with equipment displays and exhibits through 2:00 pm. The theme is "Livestock Feeds and Forages for Today and the Future." There will be outdoor presentations as well an inside program. To watch a short video describing the research ongoing at the Southeast Research Station, click here.
For field day information contact Mike McCormick, Resident Coordinator, Southeast Research Station (41217 Bethel Rd, Franklinton, LA) at 985-839-2322 or email@example.com.
Walking is a Great Stress-ReducerBy Monica LaBorde
by Monica LaBordeChallenges are a little like rain showers on a summer day. They make life interesting. They support our life. Of course big storms may frighten us and increase our stress. In life, some days run smooth and then there are days that challenge us. Navigating life’s journey can be difficult. When you start to feel overwhelmed, remember that your personal wellbeing can improve by “walking it out”.
Experts say that happiness can be achieved by including exercise in your life. Walking can be the answer you are looking for. It will serve as a time out for a stressful day and a happiness booster. Exercise is one of the cheapest, quickest, and most successful activities we can undertake to increase our level of happiness. Walking does not require a gym membership or any fancy equipment.
Experts recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day. If you are just beginning an exercise program, check with your doctor. Start small with stretching to increase flexibility. Walk at a comfortable pace in 10 minute sessions. This will help clear your head of stress and improve circulation. Anything we can do to increase our activity levels, no matter how small will be good for our bodies and our spirit.
Walking alone or with a friend can be very beneficial to your personal well being. It can turn a negative day into a positive day. Consider incorporating walking into you daily routine. Remember to stretch before walking and cool down after. In our lifetime there will be plenty of challenges. Don’t let them get control your life. “Walk it out” and remember that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade and go for a walk to clear you head.
Resource used: Arkansas Cooperatives Extension Service.
The historic flood stages that are approaching Louisiana along the cresting Mississippi River is having a big impact on both the wildlife and wildlife habitat in Louisiana. “Just as human residents are forced to seek higher ground to escape rising flood waters, animals must do the same,” according to Don Reed, LSU AgCenter wildlife specialist.
Animal populations that inhabit the Mississippi River basin are accustomed to annual spring floods and such events are part of their life cycle. Areas of higher ground are sought out every year when waters rise and inundate lower areas, Reed said.
“The record river levels that the Mississippi is experiencing this year however will quickly surround many of these higher areas and animals that in a normal high water year would be safe, quickly find their safety areas going under water,” Reed explained, adding. “In these situations, wildlife must often swim long distances to reach higher ground outside the flood plain.”
This high ground is usually along the levees just outside of the flooded area. Some animals that are unable to escape will die due to drowning but the vast majority will find their way to dry ground. Full story, click here.
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Industry professionals and elected officials learned about the work at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station at an appreciation event on April 14. “We wanted to let the people know what the LSU AgCenter is doing in their community,” said Regina Bracy, resident coordinator of the station. “This is a very small part of it.”
Some who have benefitted from the work at the station gave testimonials about how valuable the research at the station is to Louisiana. “I served on the advisory committee here when they were first deciding what to do with this experiment station,” said Pat Newman, general manager of Folsom Nursery in St. Tammany Parish. She compared the gardens at the station with the famous Calloway Gardens in Georgia.
“This garden is in its infancy now, but the research here really helps the green industry in Louisiana show what the possibilities are,” Newman said. “It also helps the homeowner come and envision what they can do in their own landscape.” The idea for the garden actually began in 2003 when landscape horticulture research at the station was proposed, according to Bracy. For full article, click here.
The LSU AgCenter has been the cooperating agency that manages federal payments to pest control operators that treat buildings in the French Quarter for termites. French Quarter property owners recently were informed that federal payments for termite treatments by private pest control operators for individual properties would be stopped effective April 15. Any contracts with pest control operators after April 15 will be the responsibility of the property owners.
“It’s unfortunate the program is ending,” said LSU AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson. “Since 1998 the AgCenter has been an active partner in the effort to suppress Formosan subterranean termites in New Orleans.” Full story, click here.