Forestry workshop on alternatives to pine plantations on August 31

by Debbie Roos

Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a forestry workshop entitled Dialing Down Intensity in Woodland Management: a Case for Restoration and Resilience as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series on Monday, August 31, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. Workshop presenters include NC State University Forestry Specialists Dr. Robert Bardon and Dr.. Mark Megalos.

Logging truckWhy am I always told it is best to manage for pine? Why can’t I grow hardwoods? These are just a couple of questions asked by many landowners when it comes to woodland management. Come hear Dr. Bardon and Dr. Megalos speak about ways to reduce the intensity of woodland management on your property in order to improve diversity within your forest. Dr. Bardon will review what types of sites are best for growing hardwood trees, basic tree management, and species selection. Dr. Megalos will review the case for more extensive (less intensive) forestry across the landscape in order to promote hardwoods.

There is no cost to attend the workshop but a RSVP is required. To RSVP, send an email and put “forestry” in the subject line.

For more information contact Debbie Roos at 919-542-8202 or .

Speaker Bios:

Robert E. Bardon, PhD: Professor and Associate Dean, NC State University, College of Natural Resources
Over the past 19 years Dr. Bardon has been providing educational programs on behalf of Extension Forestry at NC State University in family forestry, woodlot management, timber marketing, and urban and community forestry.  Dr. Bardon has over 20 years of experience as a professional forester.  He is a North Carolina registered forester and a certified forester with the Society of American Foresters.

Mark A. Megalos, PhD: Extension Associate Professor, NC State University, College of Natural Resources
Dr. Megalos’ responsibilities cover forest management, reforestation, carbon offsets, taxation, conservation opportunities and climate adaptation strategies on forested lands. Dr. Megalos has 34 years experience as a professional forester. His Southeastern work includes extension specialist, Forest Stewardship and Forest Legacy coordinator, outreach associate and area agent for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service.

Save the Date for our next Forestry Workshop.September 14, 2015: Working Lands Conservation Options from 1:00-5:00 pm in Silk Hope. Details will be released soon.