Southeast Regional Meeting: Innovative Silviculture in Piedmont Hardwood Forests

Event Date: 
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 08:30 to Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 13:15

Forest Stewards Guild Southeast Regional Meeting - Innovative Silviculture in Piedmont Hardwood Forests
September 15-16, 2017
Durham, North Carolina

Register today for the Forest Stewards Guild's 2017 Southeast Regional Meeting! This gathering will be held in the Piedmont of North Carolina near Durham and will include tours of the Duke Forest at Duke University, the Cherokee Boy Scout Reservation managed by Guild member Dave Halley, and the North Carolina Umstead Research Station. This meeting is open to Forest Stewards Guild members, colleagues, partners, and other professionals and students in forest stewardship.

In the southern Piedmont, even-aged loblolly pine management remains the dominant form of silviculture implemented by foresters, landowners, and natural resource professionals. While loblolly pine management is an integral part of regional economies and provides many other ecosystem services, hardwood management on appropriate sites in the region offers an opportunity to manage for species diversity, structural complexity, and resilience. This event will bring together longtime Guild members and partners in the region to discuss the complexities of managing for hardwood forests.

The event will include a happy-hour meet-and-greet social on the evening of Thursday, September 14th followed by indoor sessions and field tours on Friday and Saturday, September 15-16.

Meeting Agenda

Thursday, September 14

7:00pm: Happy-hour meet-and-greet social in downtown Durham (Ponysaurus Brewing Company)

Friday, September 15

8:30am: Registration, coffee, and breakfast (New Hope Improvement Center in Durham, NC)

9:00am: Welcome to Southeast Region Forest Stewards Guild Meeting - Fred Clark and Nick Biemiller

9:15am: Welcome and orientation to the Duke Forest and the southern Piedmont - Sara Childs and Jenna Schreiber (Duke Forest)

9:30am: Engaging family forest landowners in ecological forestry - Andrew Goldberg (Rainforest Alliance)

9:45am: Past land-use history and ecological successional of Piedmont hardwood - Bruce White (GFR Forestry Consultants, PLLC)

10:15am: Everyone grabs lunch and we head out into the field

10:30am: Oak shelterwood and group selection sites - Duke Forest

11:30am: Modified Femelschlag harvest - Duke Forest

12:30pm: Break for lunch in the field

1:00pm: Drive to Cherokee Boy Scout Reservation

1:45pm: Visits to a few different irregular oak shelterwoods - Dave Halley

4:00pm: Drive back to the New Hope Improvement Center

6:30pm: Southern BBQ and bonfire in the Duke Forest (beer provided!) - Gate F

Saturday, September 16

8:30am: Tailgate coffee and breakfast at the Duke Forest Maintenance Shed

9:00am: Drive to the Umstead Research Station - David Schnake

9:45am: Tour of shortleaf pine plantation

10:45am: Tour of shortleaf pine underplanting study in hardwood overstory

11:45am: Tour of oak-hickory-shortleaf woodland restoration project

12:30pm: Visit to active femelschlag harvest (contingent upon timing and operators)

1:15pm: Final remarks, goodbyes, and meeting adjourned! Registration & Information Registration and Meals

Registration rates:

  • $75
  • $30 for currently enrolled students

Registration includes:

  • Friday full-day + Saturday half-day meeting program
  • Friday meals: breakfast with fruit salad, donuts, bagels and Counter Culture coffee, catered sandwiches from Nosh for lunch, and a BBQ dinner from the classic Allen and Sons restaurant, snacks and water provided throughout the day
  • Saturday meals: Similar breakfast as Friday, snacks and water provided in the morning, lunch will be on your own following the meeting


Lodging is on your own. A hotel room block is available at a group rate of $109 with CAMBRiA Hotel and Suites, located immediately adjacent to Duke University and a short ride to our meeting site and downtown Durham. A shuttle service is also available through the hotel. Please follow the link below to book your room at CAMBRiA as soon as possible: This group rate is available for reservations made by August 31, but is subject to room availibility.

Contact Nick Biemiller at with event agenda questions or concerns or Deb Saeger at (608) 333-0551 or with registration or payment questions.