Bottomland Hardwoods Learning Exchange

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 12:30 to Friday, November 9, 2018 - 17:00

Register by October 31!

Meeting location: Brunswick, Georgia.

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Tentative agenda is available now.

Note: food and lodging recommendations are coming soon. Please plan to cover these necessities on your own. We will provide updates as we have them.

Southeastern bottomland hardwood forests provision critically important, and highly valued, ecosystem services including biodiversity, flood protection, carbon storage, recreation, and clean/clear water. Land conversion, ditching, heavy bedding/furrowing, development, fragmentation, and narrowly‐focused forest management threaten their ability to sustain flows of such integral ecosystem services long‐term. Responsible forest management of bottomland forests can be done in ways that maintain or enhance their ecological integrity and stability, while simultaneously generating income and supplying wood products.   

In the Atlantic Coastal Plain (ACP), clearcut harvests are commonly used to regenerate stands due to the autoecology of desired species, the flooding regime of the coastal plain, and limited availability of harvesting equipment that is economically feasible to operate in wet forest stands. In the lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV), intermediate treatments (e.g. thinning) and selection system silviculture (e.g. group selection) are more common and economically attractive than in the ACP. This is partially due to differences in the silvics of tree species, increased value on forest structure and wildlife, and the availability of different harvesting equipment.

This field-based learning exchange will bring together experts from the ACP and MAV to compare these two geographies based on social, ecological, and economic factors. An emphasis will be placed on the connection between forestry and hydrology, and how responsible forest management can play an integral role in conserving the whole system on a watershed-level. Through this event we hope to improve the management and conservation of bottomland forests and illustrate opportunities to meet diverse social values.

Summary agenda (final coming soon):

Wednesday November 7, 2018

12:30pm: Registration begins

1:00pm: Welcome to the event, Guild activities across the Southeast, and agenda overview- Nick Biemiller (Southeast Regional Coordinator- Forest Stewards Guild)

1:15pm: Ecological forestry and bottomland hardwoods across the South- Amanda Mahaffey (Northeast Director- Forest Stewards Guild)

Panel Session I, Bottomland hardwoods and hydrology/water issues- moderated by Amanda Mahaffey

3:30pm: Brief break

Panel Session II: Forest management, ecology, and silviculture- moderated by Nick Biemiller 

5:15pm: Indoor sessions adjourned.

6:30pm: Dinner and networking social (location to be determined)

Forestry: Thursday November 8, 2018

8:00am: Meet and head to field sites (location to be determined)

9:00am - 5:00pm: Visit field sites (sites to be determined)

5:00pm: Return to meeting place

Hydrology: Friday November 9, 2018

8:00am: Meet and head to field sites (location to be determined)

9:00am - 4:00pm: Visit field sites (sites to be determined)

5:00pm: Return, final remarks, event adjourned 

We welcome event sponsors for this important experience. If you are interested in sponsoring this learning exchange, please contact Nick Biemiller at nick@forestguild.org or 828-772-7992 today, and thank you!