Landowners interested in protecting their pine trees and maximizing tree growth can attend one of three workshops being offered by Texas Forest Service.
The workshop will address issues in pine stand thinning. The process is designed to provide space for crop trees to rapidly mature and maximize growth while increasing protection from pests and fire. The workshop will help landowners learn how and when to thin pine stands.
The pine thinning workshop will provide tips for protecting pines from the destructive southern pine beetle and capturing available federal cost shares for first thinning. How to cope with damage caused by Hurricane Ike also will be discussed. Tree pests or weather damage can create unique and unfamiliar issues for landowners.
This workshop will be offered at three locations:
Dec. 6 (Saturday) in Nacogdoches at the Arthur Temple School of Forestry and Agriculture, Room 117, Stephen F. Austin University
Dec. 10 (Wednesday) in Woodville at the Tyler County Extension Office, 201 Willow Street
Dec. 13 (Saturday) in Kellyville at the Community Center, 4 miles west of Jefferson on Hwy 49.
The workshop will be broken into two segments - classroom instruction and a field trip. The classroom session lasts from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Speakers include Texas Forest Service foresters and entomologists, as well as private consulting foresters with knowledge of pine management in East Texas. An optional field trip at 2 p.m. will allow participants to see unthinned and recently thinned pine stands. The trip concludes at 4 p.m.
Registration is $10 a person and includes lunch and refreshments. To pre-register, contact Mike Murphrey by phone at (936) 639-8170 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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