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There are more than 148,000 woodland owners in Louisiana. Many are unaware of the benefits of forestry as it concerns them. As the designated public agency in the field of forestry, it is the Office of Forestry’s role to provide assistance to forest land owners.
The objective of our woodland assistance program is to improved forest practices on small timber tracts and farm woodlots throughout the state. This is generally done through personal, individual contacts. Agency contacts and public media are used to the fullest extent. The forester’s time is spent in the field furnishing forest owners with information about their timberland and giving them advice and action plans. Included are recommendations in regard to both present and future courses of action, timber sale contracts, cutting inspections, insect and disease problems, federal and state cost-share programs, tax consequences, and planning for regeneration prior to harvest. Follow-ups are often necessary to ensure that proper forest practices are carried out.
On a state level, annual surveys are conducted for seedling survival and timber and pulpwood production. A quarterly timber products market report is prepared using information collected by the Louisiana Department of Revenue. Volume figures obtained for this report are also used to determine severance tax values.
Please feel free to contact any of our offices if you have any questions regarding your timberland.
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