The state of Louisiana is blessed with abundant natural resources. Commerce stemming from the state's timber assets is second only to state's petroleum and natural gas industry. Abundant water, a sub-tropic climate, and high-quality soils form the foundation of the state's ability to generate both excellent pine and hardwood stands. Over the past three-quarters of a century, it has been the Office of Forestry which has led the way in providing landowner assistance and protection to these assets. The Office of Forestry has assessed our past, present, and future as well as specific strategies for success. Our Forest Action Plan will designate the state's regions that demonstrate the greatest concern or opportunity and portray how the Office has analyzed the threats at hand and allocated our resources to best serve the citizens and landowners of Louisiana.
Conserving working forests for the sustained high level of production of wood fiber
Protection and management of our valuable forestlands is necessary for future generations
Enhancing recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat, watershed protection, and the air quality value of our forestlands
Combating Cogongrass: A vigorous invasive species, cogongrass has aggressively begun to overrun the South. This section will discuss the vectors that have promoted its spread, the threats that it presents, and the steps that Louisiana Forestry is taking to discourage its march across the state.
Longleaf Pine Regeneration: With a conducive climate and suitable soils, longleaf pine, native to Louisiana, is making a comeback in some parts of the state. This section will discuss longleaf pine, the challenges in promoting this pine variety, and where and why longleaf develops best.
Wildfire & Protection: Wildfire is a prevalent risk to Louisiana's forests. This section will discuss the history of wildfire protection by the Office of Forestry, how the office of has evolved to confront the risks for battling wildfire, and what regions of the state annually display the highest risk of fire.