Bottomland and Swamp Hardwood Forest Symposium

Bottomland and Swamp Forests Symposium

October 31 @ 8:00 am - November 2 @ 5:00 pm

Full information:

Symposium Description

This symposium is the outcome of 3 years of research by key members of the N.C. Forest Service, NCSU Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, and the USDA Forest Service.  It is recommended for anyone with either ecological or economic interest in bottomland hardwood and swamp forest silviculture. Attendees will hear from researchers and practitioners from throughout the Southeastern US who have the latest data and experience in these lowland forest types. Their research considerations included overall assessment of the existing forest types in the region, best management practices for harvesting and water quality, and the potential for restoration efforts for natural and human influenced sites.

Exhibitors and poster presenters will round out the overall symposium content during planned networking breaks, meals and receptions planned for October 31st and November 1st. A comprehensive field tour is planned for November 2nd which will cover major types of bottomland forest systems.

Tentative Agenda

1:00 – 1:30: Symposium General Overview and Introduction
1:30 – 2:30: The View From Other States: Fla, Ga, La Panel
2:30 – 2:45: The Current Situation in NC
2:45 – 3:15: Refreshment and Exhibits Break
3:15 – 4:15: History of Bottomland Hardwood Research in the South
4:14 – 5:00: Water Quality/Regulatory Issues Affecting Wetlands
5:00 – 6:00: Poster Reception with Refreshments
6:00: Dinner on your Own

7:30 – 8:00: Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15: Introduction and Overview of November 1 Agenda
8:15 – 8:45: FIA Data/Extent of the Resource
8:45 – 9:30: Ecology of Bottomland/Swamp Hardwoods
9:30 – 9:45: Refreshment and Exhibits Break
9:45 – 10:45: Long Term Study in the Tensaw Delta
10:45 – 11:15: Bottomland/Swamp Restoration and Artificial Regeneration
11:15 – 12:00: NC survey Results/Chowan Swamp Site Detail
12:00 – 1:30: Luncheon with Guest Speaker
1:30 – 2:00: Best Practices
2:00 – 3:30: Stakeholder Panel (conservation, industry and NIPF)
3:30 – 4:00: Refreshment and Exhibits Break
4:00 – 4:45: The Ecological and Economic Values of Bottomland/Swamp Hardwoods
4:45 – 5:00: Wrap Up/Adjourn
5:30 – 6:30: Farewell Networking Social at Nearby Restaurant

7:30: AM Vans/buses depart from Hilton Riverfront Hotel
Participants will be divided into groups by vehicle and will visit 2 stops before lunch (provided).  After lunch each group will visit 2 more stops. Below is a list of stop/topics that will be covered during the tour.

  • Red River Swamp
  • Black River Swamp
  • Colly Swamp – Artificial Regeneration
  • Mixed Bottomland Hardwood with Silvicultural Alternatives

5:00 PM Arrive back at Hilton Riverfront Hotel

Location and Lodging

The symposium takes place at the Hilton Riverside Wilmington Hotel, 301 North Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401. Special discounted guest rooms are available in limited quantities for the nights of October 31 and November 1, 2017 (single or double occupancy). The Bottomland group rate is $139/nt.+tax. State and Federal government employees possessing an employer ID will qualify for the rate of $67.30/night+tax (while supplies last). Hotel reservations by phone or online reservation link will be posted on this website in the near future.

Symposium Participation

Advanced registration is required. Professional and student rates are available with early registration discounts in effect until September 30, 2017. Those interested in attending as poster presenters should first submit an abstract for consideration before registering to attend. The registration fees, abstract submission form, and online registration form will be posted here in the near future.

This 1.5-day conference and extensive field tour are sponsored by the North Carolina Forest Service.