SREF's Dr. Dave Coyle Talks Forest Health in GA & OK

SREF's Dr. Dave Coyle Talks Forest Health in GA & OK

Ever a man on the move, SREF Forest Health Invasive Species and Outreach and Education Program Coordinator Dr. Dave Coyle spent May 2018 traveling to workshops in Dublin, GA and Broken Bow, OK to spread his knowledge of forest health and invasive species management.

Dave Coyle Lecturing in Dublin, GA

Dr. Dave Coyle lecturing in Dublin, GA.

Dr. Dave Coyle recently spent some time on the road, sharing his knowledge of forest health and management throughout the Southeast and spreading the word about Southern Regional Extension Forestry's Forest Health and Invasive Species Outreach and Education Program (FHIS).

On Wednesday May 23, Dr. David Coyle spoke about pine timber management and forest health at a "Managing Your Land for Profit" workshop sponsored and hosted by Fort Valley State University Extension in Dublin, Georgia. This workshop was attended by 40 local landowners. Other speakers included personnel from the USDA and Georgia Heirs Property Law Center ( Dr. Puneet Dwividi of the University of Georgia and his graduate student, Noah Goyke, also attended and surveyed the crowd regarding their thoughts on land management. Attendees were given many resources to help them with future land management activities.

Rebekah Banks (OK Forestry Services) talking about regeneration weevils.
Rebekah Banks (OK Forestry Services) talking about
regeneration weevils.

Before the Dublin workshop, Dr. Dave Coyle traveled to Beavers Bend State Park near Broken Bow, OK to conduct a two-day forest health and invasive species workshop for Oklahoma Forestry Services, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Texas A&M Forest Service, and Arkansas Forestry Commission personnel. The Oklahoma For Service hosted this event, which was attended by 25 people from three states. The workshop included classroom instruction on common native forest insects and fungi, as well as on invasive insects, fungi, and plants impacting forests in the southeastern U.S.

A field trip to a local invasive plant management area allowed participants to openly discuss various strategies for invasive plant management. Anonymous reviews from the workshops' attendees were glowing, with one participant describing the workshop as the "best seminar I've ever been to" and another writing, "Need to make this mandatory for every states' staff foresters."



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