Agriculture Secretary Vilsack has announced a disaster assistance program (EFRP) Emergency Forest Restoration Program to assists producers and communities in 12 states due to recent ice storms.
It has been estimated that in South Carolina alone approximately 25,000-35,000 acres of forest land has been severely damaged by ice in February 2014.
If you have forest land damaged by the ice storms, please contact your local FSA office for more information. A specific sign-up period will be announced in the near future. The FSA has established a web page with more information about the program, eligibility and how to sign up:
As with any disaster-remember to keep good records, dates, photographs and any other information that could help in documenting issues. This will certainly assist any agency in approving your claim.
“Be Smart Before You Start”
We are promoting the concept of “Be Smart Before You Start”. This is encouraging landowners to become knowledgeable about all of their options before starting a new forest.
Recently, the Southeastern Society of American Forester’s (a part of the National Society of American Forester’s professional organizations) held a conference in Panama City, Florida around the theme of “Twelve Tons per Acre per Year”. This was addressing if growing twelve tons per acre per year of timber is possible, what is necessary to make it happen and is it economically feasible. The answer to all of these questions was “yes” but it depends on a lot of factors which all addressed in our decision pyramid.
As addressed in Dr. Phil Dougherty’s presentation, being competent to implement what you know is critical to achieving twelve tons per acre per year at whatever your desired results may be. I would encourage anyone trying to each an objective that they use the advice and guidance of a qualified and competent forestry professional. One of the purposes of the meeting in Panama City was to inform professionals of the options available. As in any profession, procedures must keep up with technology and science available to know all the options. Please choose foresters, contractors, and nurseries carefully before you undertake your forestry investment.
From this meeting, it is clear that there are many choices available to landowners that were not available just a few years ago due to the change in dynamics in the forest industry and science. It is not a single plan of one process fits all.
Dr. Mike Clutter with the University of Georgia who is a noted authority in economics noted that returns on a great silvicultural which includes things like site preparation, nutrition management, tree spacing, competition control, planting stock type, and genetics play significant roles in your rate of return on your investments. Dr. Clutter noted that from 15% to 22% return on investment was possible on silvicultural done right.
As you prepare your plans for the future, I encourage you to consider all your options. If you have some tree planting in your plans, ordering seedlings by spring or earlier will insure you that you have the best choice of genetics available.
If you have more questions about these ideas, feel free to call our staff and discuss options.
R. Wayne Bell, Chief Operating Officer
Freeze Damage to Seedlings:
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INTERNATIONAL FOREST COMPANY PURCHASES EVANS
SEED ORCHARD COMPLEX NEAR DERIDDER, LOUISIANA
- Nation’s Largest Producer Of Container Tree Seedlings Significantly Expands Capacity
- New Facility Will Expand Company’s Production Capacity To 68 Million Trees Annually
(Moultrie, Georgia)—International Forest Company (IFCO), the largest producer of container tree seedlings in the U.S., has purchased the Evans Seed Orchard Complex near DeRidder, Louisiana.
The facility was purchased from the Hancock Natural Resource Group. The approximately 411 acre property includes enough loblolly and slash seed orchards to produce more than 30 million seedlings annually for the western gulf geographic area. IFCO is a member of the Western Gulf Tree Improvement Cooperative which is based out of Texas A&M University.
IFCO, based in Moultrie, Georgia, made the acquisition on behalf of its sister company, International Forest Genetics and Seed Company (IFG&S). IFG&S was formed in 2013 to focus on bringing the latest genetic improvements for forest trees to landowners throughout the Southern U.S.
The acquisition will add to the company’s existing capacity, including a facility under management in Kinston, AL with the Alabama Forestry Commission, an agreement with the Georgia Forestry Commission on their Hawkinsville seed orchard, and a new orchard facility under construction in Moultrie, GA.
IFG&S started control mass pollinating seed in the spring of 2013 and collecting open pollinated seed at the new facility.
In addition to producing exceptional pine seed, IFCO will immediately start the construction of facilities to grow more than 8 million container seedlings for new and existing customers in the western gulf region. This will add capacity to the existing 60 million container seedling production facility that currently produces loblolly, slash, longleaf, shortleaf, and Virginia pine in Moultrie.
The existing staff, Jim Tule and Glenn Herr, will remain in place and additional personnel will be added to meet the production requirements. Mr. Tule and Mr. Herr have extensive experience in the tree genetics and tree seedling business.
With this addition, IFG&S can now supply the top rated pine genetics for customers throughout the South from Texas to Virginia. This fits well with the IFCO strategy of marketing known forest genetics to landowners through its “Be Smart Before You Start” marketing emphasis.
“IFCO is not just trying to be a grower of seedlings but a producer of a total product that includes genetics, seedlings and insight of how to use the genetics to give the best field results for landowners, ” said Wayne Bell, Chief Operating Officer. IFCO is a member of the Texas Forestry Association, Louisiana Forestry Association, and the Arkansas Forestry Association as well as 5 other research cooperatives and several state and national forestry associations.
If you have questions about the new facility and doing business with IFCO, please contact Wayne Bell or Chris Johnston at the Moultrie, Georgia office at 800-633-4506 or visit our website www.interforestry.com. R Wayne Bell
Evans Seed Orchard
Contact: Jim Tule/409-382-7063
23194 Hwy. 111, DeRidder, LA 70634
International Forest Company is dedicated to “Helping People Grow Trees” and as our staff attends meetings and learn new information concerning the forest industry we want to share with you.
International Forest Co. 800-633-4506