Todd F. Shupe | 6/28/2005 2:50:14 AM
A natural resources symposium targeted toward land managers, foresters, land owners, researchers and anyone interested in the management and conservation of Louisiana’s natural resources will be held July 18-20 in Baton Rouge.
Sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and a host of public and private companies and organizations, the program will feature a broad array of natural resource policy, management and utilization issues that are critically important in the southeastern United States, according to LSU AgCenter officials.
"For many years we hosted the premiere forestry education event in the South," said Dr. Todd Shupe, one of the conference organizers. "It was then known as the LSU Forestry Symposium."
Shupe, a member of the faculty in the LSU AgCenter’s School of Renewable Natural Resources, said a recent resurgence of interest in renewing the symposium led to its revival.
"The new symposium has a new title that is more contemporary and reflects the integration of all the natural resource disciplines," Shupe said.
The program will feature presentations from leading international experts on such cutting edge issues such as the effectiveness of best management practices and water-related issues, forest certification, estimating inventories of forest carbon, biomass utilization opportunities, new conservation programs and forest aesthetics.
The symposium is cosponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service Southern Research Station, the LSU AgCenter School of Renewable Natural Resources, Boise Cascade LLC, Louisiana Society of American Foresters, National Wetlands Research Center, Louisiana Forestry Association, The Nature Conservancy, Natchitoches Parish Forest Landowners Association, Southern Regional Extension Foresters and Mockler Beverage Budweiser.
Shupe said the program qualifies for 11 hours of Continuing Logger Education from the Louisiana Logging Council and for seven hours of category 1 and two-and-a-half hours of category 2 continuing forestry education credit from the Society of American Foresters.
The symposium, which will be held at the Lod Cook Conference Center and Hotel on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, will begin with a reception on the afternoon of July 18 and conclude early in the afternoon on July 20.
Registration fees, which are $125 for general participants and $30 for students, cover proceedings, a reception, continental breakfasts, breaks and lunch. More information is available from Shupe at (225) 578-6432 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Mike Dunn at (225) 578-0344 or email@example.com.
In addition, representatives of companies, governmental agencies or other entities who would like to have a display booth at the meeting may contact Shupe to make financial and logistical arrangements.