Call for Abstracts - Bottomland Hardwood Management: Traditional Management Compared to LMAV Joint Venture Desired Forest Conditions

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Bottomland Hardwood Management: Traditional Management Compared to LMAV Joint Venture Desired Forest Conditions January 15-16, 2013 Mississippi State University Delta Research & Extension Conference Center, Stoneville, MS

Bottomland Hardwood Management: Traditional Management Compared to LMAV Joint Venture Desired Forest Conditions
January 15-16, 2013
Mississippi State University
Delta Research & Extension Conference Center, Stoneville, MS

Bottomland hardwood ecosystems are profoundly important ecologically, economically, and socially. Bottomland hardwood systems have been managed within public lands, using a variety of protocols, for quite some time. Private non-industrial landowners are greatly interested in effective management of their bottomland hardwood resources, for timber and wildlife values. There have been numerous tools developed to manage bottomland hardwood systems for a diversity of products, and one technique, titled Desired Forest Conditions, has recently received regional attention. Regrettably, there exists much concern about the goals and outputs of traditional versus the DFC management systems.

Mississippi State University, in conjunction with Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks and Delta Wildlife, will host a symposium for natural resources professionals and scientists exploring the use of LMAV Joint Venture Desired Forest Conditions and Traditional Management tools for Bottomland Hardwood Management. The meeting will be held January 15-16, 2013 at the Delta Research and Extension Conference Center in Stoneville, MS.  The goal of this symposium is to assemble scientists and managers of bottomland hardwood systems and ascertain the current state of knowledge on this topic. Additionally, research knowledge gaps will be identified and future research needs will be determined to ensure that landowners have sufficient knowledge to make decisions regarding which management actions are appropriate for their land resources. Topics to be discussed include:

(1) Even-aged hardwood management for commercial production
(2) Lower Mississippi Joint Venture Desired Forest Conditions as a management tool
(3) Economics of hardwood management
(4) Hardwood growth and yield
(5) Wildlife outputs from forest management
(6) Wildlife habitat characteristics.
 
We invite natural resources professionals, faculty and students to submit abstracts for consideration in the technical program.   Abstracts must be submitted electronically (MS Word) by December 10, 2013.  Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words and adhere to formatting guidelines in the attached document.  
 
Abstract Formatting and Submission Guidelines
 
Submit electronic, 1 page, single document (MS Word) abstracts by December 10, 2012, to Laura Andrews (landrews@cfr.msstate.edu). Submission e-mail should be titled “Bottomland Hardwood Symposium Submission”. Please designate the contact author with an asterisk (*) after the name and the presenting author with a pound symbol (#) after the name. You will receive electronic (e-mail) confirmation of receipt of your submission within two (2) business days. If you do not receive such confirmation, please contact Laura Andrews (662-325-6694).
 
Abstracts will be reviewed by an editorial panel and selected abstracts will be provided to participants. Speakers will give a 20-minute verbal presentation (15 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for questions) at Delta R&E Conference Center in Stoneville, MS. An itinerary of presentations will be developed and you will be notified of the specific date/time assigned for your presentation.
 
Abstracts must fit onto one (1) page and follow formatting guidelines below. Submissions that do not meet formatting standards and/or exceed word limit will be returned to submitters for revision. All revisions must be completed and resubmitted prior to December 12, 2012.
 
Formatting Guidelines:
  • Boldface, 14 point font title, with title-case capitalization
  • Italicize author names in 12 point font
  • List senior author first
  • Designate the contact author with an asterisk (*) after the name
  • Designate the presenting author with a pound symbol (#) after the name
  • Use a single footnote for authors with the same address
  • 0.5 inch margins
  • 3 columns, 2.37” wide with 0.2” spacing between
  • 10 point, Times/New Roman font
  • Single space
  • Double space between paragraphs
  • No bold, no underlines in body of abstract
  • Italicize only genus and species names
  • 300 word limit on body of abstract
 
For questions or assistance, contact Laura Andrews (662-325-6694landrews@cfr.msstate.edu). 
 
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