Longleaf: Seed, Seedling, & Native Species Conference
August 25th-27th, 2009
UGA Tifton Conference Center
The Longleaf Alliance,
Auburn Univ. Center for Longleaf Pine Ecosystems,
Whitfield Farms and Nursery, and
the Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida Forestry Commissions
Who is the Audience:
First and foremost, nurserymen that grow longleaf pine seedlings. Also: seed companies, nurseries that grow native species, producers of native herbaceous species seed, botanists, and consumers of longleaf and native species materials.
Structure of the Conference:
This will be a 3-day conference. 1st day in classroom. 2nd day for field trip to International Forest Company - a longleaf container nursery and Lolly Creek - a property that grows and produces native plant species. 3rd day will be morning session in classroom. A program will be coming shortly.
Native Herbaceous Species Session:
Potential topics include: Growing wiregrass and other warm season grasses in plugs: Germination and other tests to determine quality of seed. Provenance, distance to move seed from origin; Seed Company Perspectives Growing and selling bareroot legumes and native shrubs that are good alternatives to invasive Asian exotics.
“Big Picture” Longleaf Seedling and Seed Production Session:
Potential topics include: The future of longleaf and The Longleaf Alliance, from Co-Director and/or new Executive Director of the LLA; Historical Production, state by state, private vs. state, container and bareroot. Trends going forward-Path going forward: Perspective from agencies that will be funneling large amounts of funds into longleaf restoration including: NRCS, USDA- FS State & Private, FWS Partners Program. National Wild Turkey Federation. Longleaf Orchard and Seed Production Resources: Regional mapping project.
Longleaf Seedling Production Technical Session:
Sub-session on root morphology: Copper treatment and root development. Copper treatment with other species and on other continents. Slit-side containers, Long-term costs of planting plugs that contain: weeds, doubles, and hybrids. Dr. Ed Barnard on fusiform rust resistance testing with Asheville, NC seed lab and consequences of chicken houses in the pine forests. Hydrogen Peroxide trt/ Alternatives to Benylate- Possibly NC Div. of Forestry.
Field Trip Stations:
The following stations will be at Lolly Creek:
Native Seed Production Establishment
Understory Restoration: Plugging and Seeding
On-going Seed Production Efforts
Native Herbaceous Species and Quail
The following stations will be at International Forest Company:
Soil Components, Tray Filling, and Seeding
Seed Sources and Stratification
Cellfor - clonal seedlings
For More Information:
Call Mark J. Hainds at: 334-427-1029.
Available through the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center online at: http://www.ugatiftonconference.org/ Select "Events" and then select "Longleaf Alliance".
Informational flyer and mail in/fax registration form also available from the website. All registration must be done online, by mail or by fax. No phone registrations will be accepted.
For Registration Information:
UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center,
P.O. Box 1209, 15 RDC Road
Tifton, Georgia 31793
If you would like to exhibit at this conference, go to the registration website and begin filling out the registration form. You will be given the option of choosing type of registration, and you would then choose "Exhibitor". The normal registration fee is $150.00 The Exhibitor's fee through the site is an additional $200.00 for a total of $350.00, which includes registration for one person.
We have reserved blocks of rooms through three hotels at the rate of $85 per day plus tax. We have the rooms booked from August 24 through 27. The three hotels are: Hampton Inn, Country Inns & Suites, and Comfort Inn. When people call in to register, they are to mention "Longleaf Nursery Conference". All of these provide free breakfasts.
Hampton Inn (229-382-8800)
Country Inns & Suites (229-382-8100)
Comfort Inn (229-382-8250)
Also, we have several expenses for the event in which we are seeking financial assistance. I don't know what you can or can't do along these lines, but I'll throw these out there for people to look at. (See here.)