The Natural Shift: Longleaf Conversion Workshops

— Written By Kelley McCarter

Ready to move your forest back to its true nature? Converting to longleaf pine is a natural decision that takes planning and intention.

Many existing forest stands in eastern North Carolina are located in prime longleaf pine habitats. Natural fire exclusion, old field succession, and market forces have all contributed to the dominance of intensively managed, or naturally regenerated, stands of loblolly pine in the region. This workshop will cover methods and best practices when converting to longleaf while maintaining a pine overstory. Content is designed for natural Resource professionals and extremely knowledgeable landowners. Participants should be capable of climbing in and out of 15-passenger vans.

Workshop Locations and Dates

April 3, 2018 (Tu) 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Moore County Center, Carthage, NC.
April 5, 2018 (Th) 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Brunswick County Center, Bolivia, NC.

Registration and Payment

Seating is limited for these workshops so advanced registration and payment are required. Please see the two registration types and fees for these workshops. Use this REGISTRATION LINK to register for the specific workshop date/location and make a payment by major credit card. Deadline to register is before April 1, 2018 or until seating is full. There is no guarantee that seating will be available for walk-ins.

  • Landowners and managers: $20 fee for forest landowners which includes educational handouts, refreshments, lunch and tour transportation (no continuing education credits).
  • CFE Seekers: $50 fee for natural resource professionals wishing to receive 5.0 hours of CFE from Society of American Foresters. Fee includes educational handouts, refreshments, lunch, and tour transportation.
  • Groups: Employers or landowner organizations wishing to register more than one person with a single payment, can call the office to make those arrangements by phone at 919-515-9563 (credit card payment or invoice).

These workshops have been developed through a collaboration among the following resources agencies and organizations: N.C. Forest Service, The Longleaf Alliance, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and NC State University Cooperative Extension Forestry. Logistical support is provided by ProNR at NC State University Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources.