Thursday, November 1, 2012

Polk County Landowner Meeting

On Saturday, October 27, Texas A&M Forest Service personnel helped to put on a meeting in Livingston, Texas for landowners in Polk County.  The meeting was sponsored by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Texas Forestry Association.  60 landowners showed up to increase their knowledge of sound forest management and issues surrounding modern forestry.

The topics and speakers included
  • The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
    • Steve Mayo, MeadWestvaco
  • East Texas Land Sales and Acquisitions
    • Wes Kilpatrick, Walsh Land Brokers
  • Legislative Update
    • Ron Hufford, Texas Forestry Association
  • Woodville Renewable Power Project
    • Ryan Thomas, East Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. 
  • Multiple Use Forestry
    • Gary Burns, Burns Forestry
  • Lonleaf Pine: Past, Present, and Future
    • Jared Goodman, Texas A&M Forest Service
  • BMPs: What You Should Know as a Forest Landowner
    • Todd Thomas, Texas A&M Forest Service
Not only was it a good learning experience for forest landowners, it was an opportunity for many of them to become acquainted with one another as well as for the Polk County Landowner Association to boost their membership.  Landowner associations play in an integral role in landowner education, ensuring that the members are aware of current issues and sound forest management.  

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