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HARDWOOD LOG, LUMBER AND TREE GRADING WORKSHOP
Professors, students, and workshop attendees operate our sawmill at the Hardwood Log, Lumber and Tree Grading Workshop. The course assists those involved in the hardwood lumber industry (mill owners, sawyers, edge operators, inspectors, sales and office personnel), those involved in timber management (forestry technicians, foresters, refuge managers, and private landowners, and other interested persons (attorneys, loggers, etc). This workshop presents a working knowledge of the NHLA hardwood lumber grading rules and the USDA Forest Service log grading system and its relationship to lumber grades and production utilization. Attendees learn to recognize external defect indicators and their importance in hardwood logs, the basics of grading hardwood lumber, and the application of log grading to standing timber.
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P. O. Box 10138, Ruston, LA 71272.
Measuring Levee Elevation Heights in North Louisiana
Principal Investagator: Wesley Palmer
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) is seeking precise measurements of the existing levee heights in North Louisiana. Through this research, Louisiana Tech University will capture these measurements using survey grade GPS technology. The resulting output will provide LaDOTD with accurate elevation information to aid in their flood control decisions.
OBJECTIVES OF RESEARCH
· >To measure the elevation and centerline coordinates of the top of federal and local levees.>
· >To ensure that the resulting GPS measurement data is within a precision interval of ± 3/10ths of a foot vertically and 1/10th of a foot horizontally. The vertical datum used will be NAVD88 and the horizontal datum will be NAD83. >
This project will cover ~700 miles of levee in North Louisiana along the Red, the Ouachita and the Black rivers. The extent of the three levee sections is defined on the attached map. The locations of the proposed levees to be surveyed are based on a shapefile dataset provided by LaDOTD. Levees will be measured on both sides of the river where present. Levees that are not defined by this shapefile but are obvious earthen levees within the study area along the rivers described above will be measured and included in the final report.
Alumni and Friends – WELCOME!
The School of Forestry has a long and proud tradition of producing leaders in the natural resources fields of forestry, wildlife habitat management, and geographic information science. The faculty and staff of the School are more committed than ever to continuing that tradition. We hope that you find our site helpful to keep up with activities here at the School.
As a member of the School of Forestry family, we also hope you feel that the success in your personal and professional life is partly due to the time you spent at Louisiana Tech and the education you received from the School. Our goal is to help our current and future students reach that same level of success. One of the ways to make that happen is to have a strong and supportive alumni base. With your cooperation and participation in School activities and through your generous contributions, we will be able to continue our success in producing well-trained professionals and future leaders.
With ever declining state budget support it is difficult to continue many of our programs at the level we desire. You, as an alumnus, are more important than ever in maintaining our legacy of leadership. If you desire to support the programs of the School of Forestry, you are encouraged do so. Gifts to the School are used for scholarships, student travel to professional meetings, supporting student recruitment efforts, faculty travel to disseminate knowledge, and other activities that support the mission of the School.
If you are able to make a donation to the School of Forestry, please visit the Division of University Advancement web page at the “Donations” link below. Under “Gift Information” put the amount of your donation in the box marked “Other” and in the box next to “other designation” put “School of Forestry General Use”.
If you would like to update your contact information with the Alumni Association, please go to the Division of University Advancement’s web page at the link below and click on the login tab at the top of the page.
FEATURED ALUMNUS 2015-2016
LA Tech School of Forestry, 2002
Following his introduction to the forestry discipline in 1995 as a student of the National FFA Organization at Weston High School in Jonesboro, LA, Rodney Hatch quickly set his sights on a career in the forest industry. Rodney's childhood vision was to graduate from Louisiana Tech University, and his FFA advisor guided him to attend the school in pursuit of a forestry degree, supplemented with an education in business. Rodney followed that advice and graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and in 2004 with a Master of Business Administration. While a student at Louisiana Tech, Rodney served as an Alpha Zeta and Louisiana Forestry Association member, Xi Sigma Pi officer, Louisiana Tech Forestry Club president, Louisiana Tech Society of American Foresters Student Chapter president, and Student Government Association graduate senator. Rodney was also selected as the recipient of the 2001-2002 Outstanding Student Award by the Society of American Foresters and was chosen as the 2002 Louisiana Tech School of Forestry Featured Student.
Rodney's professional career began in 2004 with RoyOMartin in Alexandria, LA, where he is currently the property manager. His current role focuses on acquisition of timberland properties, commercial real estate management, residential real estate development, and property tax administration. Additionally, as a long-time member of the RoyOMartin news staff, Rodney has written several articles that have been seen by readers across the U.S., as well as internationally. Rodney's introduction to the organization placed him in a position as a geographical information science specialist, where he learned a great deal about the forestry functions of information technology. Upon graduating in 2008 from RoyOMartin University, an internal leadership development program, he held roles in the organization's plywood manufacturing facility (Chopin, LA) and forestry field office (Oakdale, LA). His passion for continued learning led him to eventually earn his real estate license. RoyOMartin's ownership of nearly 600,000 acres of timberland has provided Rodney the joy and opportunity to put to use his forestry skills learned at Louisiana Tech University.
Inspired by RoyOMartin's community involvement, Rodney has been active with several local charitable organizations. He served as a board member of the American Red Cross Central Louisiana Chapter and Quality Deer Management Association Central Louisiana Branch, completed Leadership Central Louisiana and Cenla Boardbuilders, and helped lead fundraising campaigns for the United Way of Central Louisiana. Rodney regularly shares his expertise with schoolchildren through speaking opportunities, forestry awareness events, the annual Earth Day celebration at the Alexandria Zoological Park, and WoodWorks, an industry-based high school curriculum begun by RoyOMartin.
Proud to be a Louisiana Tech forester, Rodney recognizes the value of the education and leadership training he received as a college student. Rodney explains, "A vital part of the state's forest industry, Louisiana Tech University School of Forestry serves as a cohesive force and common element among foresters. The quality of the education received there is evidenced by the success of its graduates, both inside and outside the state." Rodney's adoration of the school has been sustained by his attending its annual awards banquet and serving on its advisory board.
Rodney's fondness of Louisiana Tech continued beyond his college career and was enhanced by his marriage to Louisiana Tech accounting graduate Amy Mabou Hatch of Deville, LA. Calling Deville home, they enjoy attending Louisiana Tech football games and visiting the campus each year.
FEATURED ALUMNUS 2014-2015
Mike Staten is the Wildlife Manager for Anderson-Tully Company, a hardwood lumber company that owns and/or manages hardwood forests along the Mississippi, Arkansas, and White Rivers from just north of Natchez, Mississippi to just south of Cape Gerardo, Missouri. The company sawmill is located in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Raised in a forestry family in Springhill, Louisiana, Mike announced to his father at an early age that he wanted to be a wildlife biologist. Knowing his son, Mike's father immediately asked "So you can hunt and fish?" A positive response resulted in advice from his dad that he should consider being a dentist so he could make plenty of money and be able to take time off. A negative response to that resulted in even more advice and that was to go to Louisiana Tech for a major in forestry and minor in wildlife management, since wildlife jobs were scarce. As a forester with a wildlife background, the possibilities of a wildlife job might increase. It worked out exactly that way.
Mike graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry with a Wildlife option. He was accepted into graduate school and earned a Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University in 1977. As if predestined, Mike's first job was a forester for International Paper Company in Chatom, Alabama. After seven years working as a forester, in 1984 Mike transferred to Nacogdoches, Texas as a wildlife biologist. Mike was lured to the fertile hardwood bottomlands of the Mississippi River delta in 1986, taking a wildlife position with Anderson-Tully Company, residing in Lake Village, Arkansas.
The primary role of wildlife manager is managing people and clubs that lease company property for hunting and fishing. Endangered species, species of concern, wetlands, sustainable certification, public relations, and research of deer, bear, and forest birds also require his time. Mike hosts a group of LA Tech Summer Camp students near Vicksburg each year to share his experience about timber, wildlife, and recreational uses of the forest.
White-tailed deer are very valuable forest species, but must be managed to keep the population within the ability of the habitat to support them in good condition as well as protect the hardwood regeneration. Recreational users of company lands manage the deer herd as prescribed by the biologists and keep detailed records. Each February, Mike and his assistant Stan Priest collect the data and jawbones pulled by the clubs, determine age by wear of the teeth, enter the data, and report back to the clubs a summary of information with recommendations for buck and doe harvests the following season. Deer are managed under a Quality Deer Management Program emphasizing older age bucks.
Mike was the Vice-Chairman of the Black Bear Conservation Committee created to help restore the Louisiana black bear to its natural range. He is a Board Member of the Arkansas Forestry Association and chairs the Wildlife Committee. Mike is a Certified Wildlife Biologist through the Wildlife Society and a Certified Forester through the Society of American Foresters. He is a Registered Forester in the States of Arkansas and Alabama.
Mike is married to the former Connie Tyler, a 1979 Tech graduate. They have one son, Tyler, who is a Pharmacist.
Mike says "Louisiana Tech prepared me with the knowledge I needed to compete at Mississippi State and in all future endeavors. The practical aspect of land management that Tech fostered was invaluable. I am honored to be chosen as the 2014-15 Featured Alumnus for the School of Forestry".
FEATURED ALUMNUS 2013-2014
Don is currently the Inventory Manager for Weyerhaeuser’s North Louisiana Timberlands. His office is located at Dodson, Louisiana. He manages Weyerhaeuser’s Geographic Information System (GIS) known as RMS (Resource Management System). The North Louisiana Region manages about 750,000 acres of timberland in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas. Don’s responsibilities include all areas of Weyerhaeuser’s land ownership. This includes land records, timber inventory, harvest projections, reporting, database management, map production and updates.He provides data for management requests and decisions. He also provides mapping and database assistance to all foresters. He is a member of Weyerhaeuser’s Southern Information Functional Team (SIFT) and helps support other functional teams with technical advice.
Don is a 1977 graduate of Louisiana Tech’s School of Forestry with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry with the Wildlife option.
Don began his forestry career at Woodard-Walker Lumber Company in Taylor, Louisiana. There he was a Management Forester responsible for all land management activities on about 50,000 acres of company timberlands; including budgeting, harvest scheduling, contracting, supervision, site preparation, regeneration, wildlife management and logging. He also assisted with management of approximately 6,000 acres of private ownership.Woodard-Walker was purchased by Willamette Industries in February of 1980.
Don stayed at Taylor as a District Forester for Willamette Industries. He was again responsible for all land management activities for the approximately 70,000 acres of the Taylor Forestry District. In 1984 he supervised the installation and began operation of a 35 acre loblolly pine seed orchard south of Taylor. He represented Willamette Industries with the Western Gulf Tree Improvement Program.
In late 1988, Don was promoted to Technical Forester and transferred from the Taylor District to Willamette’s Southern Regional office in Ruston, Louisiana. He managed and then replaced the existing Comarc timberlands information system acquired in the Continental Can Company timberlands acquisition in 1986. With contracted assistance from ESRI, he developed and implemented a custom GIS system for Willamette’s Southern Region’s timberlands stand classification and inventory in Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas. Following other acquisitions, the TIMS (Timberland Information Management System) grew to also include timberlands in North and South Carolina and Tennessee. Don represented Willamette with the VPI Loblolly Pine Growth and Yield Cooperative. The Southern Region grew to over 700,000 acres with the Cavenham purchase in 1996. He was responsible for processing and tracking of all easements.
He also researched, recommended and purchased computer hardware and software. He supported computer usage for forestry district offices, hardware and software applications, both desktop and field computers applications.
In August, 2000, Don was promoted to GIS Manager at Willamette. He continued development and maintenance of the TIMS GIS system for Southern, Eastern, and Tennessee Regions. There were 1,000,000+ acres in the system at this time. Don converted and programmed a Growth and Yield program to provide annual inventory for the multi-region timberlands. He was also involved in the development of Willamette’s Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) through serving on the team developing SFI policy. Weyerhaeuser purchased Willamette Industries in 2002.
Don is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the Louisiana Forestry Association. He was the coordinator for the Lincoln Parish Forestry Awareness Week; 1996 - 2002. This was a group project by North LA Group, SAF. Don served on the Louisiana Tech Forestry Alumni Association, Board of Directors; 1990 – 1992 and as President, Louisiana Tech Forestry Alumni Association, 1993. He received the “Bull Award”, from the North Louisiana Group, Society of American Foresters in 2000.
Don is married to the former Melinda Morgan of Minden, Louisiana. They have two daughters, Molly and Meagan. Both the girls are now married and living in Montgomery, Alabama and Lexington, South Carolina respectively. Molly has given Don two beautiful granddaughters, Audrey and Anna.
Don and Melinda reside in Ruston, Louisiana. They are members of First Baptist Church. Don especially loves to travel and spend time with their growing family.
“I would like to thank Louisiana Tech Forestry for the honor of being named their 2013-2014 Featured Alumnus for the School of Forestry. I’ve always appreciated the preparation the School of Forestry provided for my career.”
FEATURED ALUMNUS 2012-2013
J. Mickey Rachal
Louisiana Tech University School of Forestry 1980-1984
Mr. J. Mickey Rachal is the Vice-President of Land and Timber for Roy O. Martin Lumber Company in Alexandria, La. Mr. Rachal joined the Martin Companies in August 2004 following 20 years of experience in the forest products industry throughout the south central U.S. Mr. Rachal’s current responsibilities include the management of Martin’s 575,000 acres of timberland, the acquisition of strategic land and timber resources and the supply of raw materials to Martin’s plywood, OSB and pole manufacturing facilities in Louisiana.
Mickey graduated summa cum laude in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry. Upon graduating from Louisiana Tech, Mickey attended Oklahoma State University where he earned a Master of Science degree in Forest Management in 1986. He spent 3 years as a research associate at Mississippi State University before joining Scott Paper Company in Mobile, Al. in 1989. At the time, Scott Paper still employed company logging, site prep and land management operations which proved to be excellent training for a young forester. He worked his way through various management positions and returned to his native central Louisiana in 1999 to join Plum Creek Timber as their Timberland Superintendent in Winnfield. Mr. Rachal was later offered the opportunity to take his career in a different direction and joined Molpus Timberlands Management, a timberland investment management organization where he served as the Managing Director for LA/TX managing over 300,000 acres of client owned property prior to his joining the Martin Companies in his current role.
Mickey states, “Any success I have had in my career is built on the solid foundation I received at La. Tech. The education and training offered in the School of Forestry is challenging, practical and comprehensive. Graduates of this program are highly competitive and well prepared for success in their future endeavors. The quality of the curriculum and professors in the School of Forestry enabled me to build a successful career in the forest products industry.”
Since returning to Louisiana, Mr. Rachal has been an active member of the Louisiana Forestry Association, serving as chairman of the Forest Resources and Research Committee, chairman of the Forest Water and Wetlands Committee, member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Treasurer and second Vice-President. He is also a member of the Texas Forestry Association and the Society of American Foresters.
Mickey and Linda, his wife of 30 years, have three children: Michael, a business graduate who has started his own non-profit organization to help people with disabilities; Laurie, a special education teacher; and Daniel, currently a student in pre-med at Louisiana Tech. The Rachal family lives in Alexandria, La. and enjoys boating, water skiing, duck hunting and outdoor cooking.
Featured Alumnus 2011-2012
Mary Stevens Clapp, ACF, RF, CF—El Dorado, AR
Mary Stevens Clapp is a 1977 graduate of the School of Forestry at Louisiana Tech with a BS in Forestry-Business. She is currently the President of Stevens Forestry Service, Inc. (SFSI), a forestry consulting firm in Arkansas, where she has worked since 1989. She is responsible for supervision of other consulting foresters, their staff and several thousand acres of clients' timber property across Arkansas and Louisiana. As president, Mary manages SFSI's offices in Arkansas and Louisiana in addition to managing her family-owned timberland. She has also worked as a Timber Management Forester with Crown Zellerbach Corporation, and as a Fourth Forest Coordinator with the Louisiana Forestry Association.
Mary is the immediate Past President and current Executive Board Member of the Forest Landowners Association (FLA). The Stevens family has been a member of the FLA since 1954. For over 15 years Mary has been personally active with FLA and has served in several capacities: President, Executive Committee Member, South Central Regional Vice-President, Insurance Committee Chairman, Finance Committee Member, Government Affairs Committee Member, Silent Auction Coordinator, Forest Landowner Foundation Board of Trustees President, and one of several FLA representatives for the Healthy Forest Restoration Act and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL); an environmental and water pollution issue. She is also active with forest landowners in their Federal Government Relations Program. Mary also maintains membership and leadership in several other professional forestry organizations: Association of Consulting Foresters of America (ACF), Past Chairman of the Arkansas Chapter of ACF; Licensed Registered Forester in Arkansas, Certified Forester with and member of the Society of American Foresters, Board Member of the Arkansas Forestry Association and Past Chairman of the Landowner Committee and Arkansas Tree Farm Committee, Louisiana Forestry Association, Past President of the Forest Landowners Education Foundation, Member of the Forest Landowners Tax Council, Past Board member of El Dorado Main Street and Past Board member of the South Arkansas Art Center.
Mary is married to W. Desmond Clapp. They have two sons; Chris Leach, a graduate of Louisiana Tech and Eric Clapp, who is in his third year of Forestry School at Louisiana Tech. She is the daughter of Irwin E. and Harriet Stevens. Her father started Stevens Forestry Service in 1950.
Featured Alumnus 2010-2011
E. Scott Poole
Mr. Scott Poole is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Roy O. Martin Lumber Company in Alexandria, LA. Mr. Poole joined the Martin Companies in December of 1986. Much of Scott’s career has been centered in forestry management as well as land and timber acquisitions that support all manufacturing operations at Martin. The Martin Companies now own or control nearly 600,000 acres of forest land within the State of Louisiana and currently operate five wood manufacturing facilities across the South. Mr. Poole’s current responsibilities include the management of all timber and manufacturing operations within the organization.
In 1986, Scott graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Louisiana Tech University. Later, he attended graduate school at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, attaining his Masters of Business Administration degree. Scott has also attended numerous professional development programs including executive educational programs in sales and incentive strategies at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.
Scott is married to the former Heather Spillers of Vidalia, LA. Heather is currently an Assistant Commissioner with the Louisiana Board of Regents in Baton Rouge. They are the proud parents of four wonderful children, Emma, Isaac, Cameron and Matthew. Scott is a career long member of the Louisiana Forestry Association, having served as its Treasurer. Mr. Poole currently represents the forest landowners of our State as a Louisiana Forestry Commissioner. Scott has also enjoyed membership in the Society of American Foresters, United Way of Central Louisiana as well as the St. Landry Parish Economic Development Board. Mr. Poole was recently honored to be selected as a guest lecturer for the Louisiana Tech-Lloyd Blackwell Lecture Series and named as a “Tech Triumph”.
Scott and Heather enjoy spending time with their children as well as golfing, fishing and hunting in the Sportsman’s Paradise. Scott, Heather and family call Pineville, LA home.
FEATURED ALUMNUS 2009-2010
Mervin G. Parker
Corporate Forestry Manager
Hunt Forest Products, Inc.
A Native of Winn Parish, Louisiana he graduated from Sikes High School in 1965 and Louisiana Tech University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry.
Mervin has forty years of experience in timber procurement, timberland management, and timber harvesting. He began his forestry career with Continental Can Company at its Savannah, Georgia District. During his fifteen year tenure with Continental, he held various positions in wood procurement, land management and was the District Woodlands Manager, Hodge District when he left to join Joe Burns of Burns Forest Products as a partner in a forest products dealer company.
After nine years with Burns Forest Products, Mervin joined Hunt Forest Products, Inc. of Ruston, Louisiana. He has been the Corporate Forestry Manager at Hunt for the past 16 years responsible for timberlands and raw material purchasing.
Mervin is a board member of the Louisiana Forestry Association and served as President of the Association in 1993 and 1994; member of the Society of American Foresters since 1969 and past chairman of the North Louisiana Group of Foresters; member and past board member of the Forest Landowners Association; and member of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.
Mervin and his wife Freida live in Ruston, Louisiana and they are members of Grace United Methodist Church. Mervin enjoys gardening, travel, college sports, work and playing on his Red Apple Farm in Sikes, Louisiana.
VICE-PRESIDENT OF TEMPLIN FORESTRY, INC.
LFA LIFETIME MEMBER
Elmer R. Ewing
Elmer R. Ewing, longtime member of the Louisiana Forestry Association and founder of Southern Timber Company, is the newest LFA Lifetime Member. Ewing ran the wood dealer operation from 1957 through the mid 1980's. He was a 1950 graduate forester from Louisiana Tech University who worked for six years for the Colfax Lumber and Creosoting Company before forming his own business. He worked closely with Pineville Kraft and International Paper. A native of Manifest, LA., Ewing said he first learned about forestry from the workers at the Louisiana Central Logging Company camp near his farm. After high school he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps using his knowledge of the woods to help a forester map tracts. This lead to his career choice at Louisiana Tech. Ewing and his wife, Eula, live at Cotile Lake near Alexandria where they own a small tree farm. They have three children and five grandchildren.
Featured Alumnus 2005-2006
Dr. Chris Dicus
At Louisiana Tech, Chris served as president of the Delta Chi fraternity and Association of Southern Forestry Clubs and was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society. It was in his sophomore year, during one of Dr. Ray Newbold's field labs, that Chris made a goal of "getting a Ph.D. and studying fire in the mountains". Of interest, his wife MeLisa stated, while they were dating, that she would much rather live on the beach. When Chris was hired at Cal Poly, it was the only University in the entire nation where both desires could be met.
To realize his goals, after graduation from Louisiana Tech, Chris entered Utah State University, where he served as a Senator in the Utah State University Graduate Student Senate and earned a M.S. degree in Forestry (emphasizing fire ecology) in 1995. He earned his Ph.D. in Forestry (emphasizing silviculture) in 2000 at Louisiana State University under the direction of Dr. Thomas J. Dean. At LSU, he was a Gilbert Research Fellow, president of the Xi Sigma Pi Forestry Honor Society, and served a 1-year post-doctoral appointment affiliated with the U.S. Forest Service's Long Term Soil Productivity Project.
Chris now serves as the Coordinator for the Wildland Fire & Fuels concentration of the Forestry major at Cal Poly, where he teaches six classes on various aspects of wildland fire management. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fire Ecology (international) and the San Luis Obispo County FireSafe Council and is also the current President of the Los Padres Chapter of the Society of American Foresters. His research focuses on fire in the wildland-urban interface, how various forestry practices affect fuels and potential fire behavior, and forest regulation. He has authored or co-authored numerous manuscripts, including the first Fire Management Laboratory Manual ever published in the United States. He also, at times, is called on by government agencies to serve as a fire behavior specialist during wildfires.
Chris's hobbies include family and church activities, hiking and backpacking, and writing and playing music (he sings and plays harmonica in his church worship band). Unfortunately, Chris has been somewhat tainted living in California, as he now loves both eating sushi and surfing the big waves he can see from his home. Further, his students at Cal Poly have remarked that he is the only person they have ever met who uses both the words "dude" and "ya'll" in the same sentence.
ArcGIS Server - Campus Map
ArcGIS Server is an internet mapping software package created by ESRI. This program allows us to create online versions of desktop GIS maps. With ArcGIS Server we can also publish data and other GIS resources over the web for other GIS users to incorporate into their workflow. We will be adding ArcGIS Server webmapping applications under our “Online Maps” section of this website. When using a webmap be sure to notice the toolbar in the upper portion of the map. The toolbar allows the user to pan, zoom, measure, identify by clicking, and display an overview map of the area.