Dates: November 1-3, 2015
Location: Cocodrie, LA at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)
What will the future of Forestry and Wood Products Extension look like and what does it require of us today? This is the question that will be dissected, analyzed, and hopefully answered at this 1.5 day meeting of the minds. Extension Agents and Specialists will discuss how to best serve the needs of Extension clientele, given all of the challenges that the field of Extension faces- now, and into the future. Please note that this will be a very interactive and productive meeting that will require you to put on your thinking caps and participate in multiple brainstorming sessions with your colleagues. The discussions at this meeting will culminate in a working document that can and will inform Extension Leaders across the country to reiterate the value and usefulness of Extension at both local and national levels. Creating a platform in which solutions and success stories can be discussed will help to build a network that can meet semi-regularly and work together for problem-solving and mitigating future challenges.
Agenda Presentations Participants List
This gathering will be held at LUMCON: Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. LUMCON provides coastal laboratory facilities to Louisiana universities, and conducts in-house research and educational programs in the marine sciences. (A forestry extension meeting at a marine center?! What gives?! Think of it this way: Sometimes it’s nice for us to think outside the trunk…) For more information about LUMCON, see their website.
Sharing Table and Posters:
Please bring materials for your regional programs and events! We will set up tables for each region to promote their new and traditional programming. You can also feel free to bring posters from recent activities or research to hang in the halls at LUMCON.
Fun stuff to do:
Fish! There will be water all around us during our visit to LUMCON. See the LA Department of Wildlife and Fish Website for information about fishing licenses. There is good (catch and release) night fishing off the dock at LUMCON, and they will even have a few poles for those who are interested in doing so. Fishing licenses are REQUIRED and this policy is strictly enforced. There may also be some opportunities to paddle around the bayou in some of LUMCON’s kayaks (weather dependent)!
Lodging at LUMCON is dormitory-style, and you will likely have one or more roommates. During registration, you will have the opportunity to indicate a preferred roommate. If you would prefer not to stay at LUMCON, please be aware that you will incur that expense out of pocket. Tradewinds Marina and Lodging is close by but they mostly have dormitory-style shared lodging as well. There are also hotels located in Huoma (approximately 40 miles from Cocodrie).
Thank you to the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture for their generous support of this effort. Their contributions have allowed us to keep the registration fee very low to encourage participation from anyone and everyone in the Extension field. Cost of registration will cover dormitory-style lodging (please specify roommate choice during registration), all meals during the meeting, and all conference materials.
Update: Travel stipend recipients have been notified of approval.
We will be providing a limited shuttle service to and from the venue from airports in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Please indicate your travel schedule on the registration page and we will accommodate as many people as possible.
Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made 7 days in advance of any scheduled event to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Forestry and Wood Products Extension Conference Presentations:
- LUMCON Introduction
Jennifer “Murt” Conover, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
- The Future of Private Forestland Management
Jim Finley, The Pennsylvania State University
- Urban Forestry Today and Tomorrow
Dudley Hartel, USDA Forest Service
- The Forest Products Forecast
Scott Leavengood, Oregon State University
- Critical Issues on Public Lands
Kim Rodrigues, University of California Cooperative Extension
- The Future of Extension Forestry & Wood Products Programs at the Regional and National Level
Scott Reed, Oregon State University