Forest inSight Conference to Focus on Innovations in Forest Management

International Forest Company (IFCO), Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Services, Inc. (DDFSI) and the Forest Landowners Association (FLA) will be hosting the second annual Forest inSight Conference at the Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta, Ga., on Oct. 27-29. To access the full schedule of events, registration and sponsorship information visit www.forestinsightconf.com.

The Conference seeks to connect forest resource owners and stakeholders with leading-edge updates on the sustainability, productivity and profitability of the forest management sector in the southeast. Speakers at the conference include the top experts in their respective fields. The venue and schedule is designed to maximize networking, technology transfer and communication between researchers, service providers and forest landowners.

“It is imperative that the forestry community continually communicate new technology and forest management systems to all sectors of the industry,” Wayne Bell, COO of IFCO said. “Our main goal with this conference is to educate forest landowners and management professionals on important topics that will help ensure the sustainability of forestlands and the benefits they provide for generations to come.”

Headlining speakers include Dr. Harold Burkhart, Virginia Tech University; Dr. Tim Martin, University of Florida; Dr. Steve McKeand, NC State University; Dr. Phil Dougherty, Center of Forest Research and Applied Management, DDFSI; Dr. Tom Gower, NC State University; Dr. Bronson Bullock, University of Georgia; and Scott Jones, FLA. Topics will include forest market trends, intensive management and technology, carbon and sustainability, impacts of a potential changing climate, forest stand modeling, tree improvement and forest health.

Educational sessions, meals and networking opportunities including an evening reception for attendees will be provided in addition to a trade show where attendees can connect with professionals from all sectors of the forest industry. On the last day, each attendee will also have an opportunity to participate in a field tour of advanced pine plantation management on Superior Pines Forestland in Fargo, GA.

“From an organizer’s perspective, last year’s conference reviews were outstanding, consistently noting that strong, cutting-edge information was presented in a clear manner from dynamic experts,” said Derek Dougherty, President of Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Services, Inc.

Cost registration is $100 per attendee for the conference only, $120 for the conference and field tour and $50 for the field tour only. A total of 13.5 continuing education credits are pending approval for the conference and 4.5 credits are pending for the field tour. To access the full schedule of events, registration and sponsorship information visit www.forestinsightconf.com. For more information, contact Sabra Rockwell at srockwell@progressiveforestry.com or 706-795-0055.

Attendees may also make hotel accommodations at Hampton Inn & Suites Valdosta Conference Center. by calling 1-229-241-1234 or by going online before Monday, October 5, 2015. Ask for the Forest inSight Conference rate of $79 per night plus tax.

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