2022 Joint Annual Meeting: Southern and Northeastern Forest Nursery Associations

Start Date: July 18, 2022
Location: Charleston, SC

Monday, July 18, 2022

1-5 pm: Southern Forest Nursery Management Coop meeting (members only)

6-8 pm:  Evening Social (Open to all attendees) sponsored by IFCO Seedlings


Tuesday, July 19, 2022

7:00       Breakfast (provided)

8:00       Welcome Speech from state of South CarolinaScott Phillips, South Carolina State Forester

8:30       NIR Detection – Effects of Lifting Season Warm InterruptionsAlex Hoffman, Weyerhaeuser/Univ. of ID Graduate Studies

9:30        Break

10:00   An Overview of the USDA Forest Service’s Disease Resistance Screening CenterKatie McKeever, USDA Forest Service

10:30     Recent estimates of white oak (Q. alba) nursery production – Dana Nelson, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service

11:00     White Oak Seedling Production Panel: James Shelton, Arkansas Forestry Commission; Joanna Phillips, Kentucky Division of Forestry; Gina Sowders, Tennessee Division of Forestry

Noon     Lunch (provided)

1:00        ArborGen/South Carolina Forestry Commission Taylor Nursery Partnership – Tim Adams, South Carolina Forestry Commission and Andrew Baum, ArborGen

2:00        Automated pine seedling inventory using machine vision and machine learningDr. Yin Bao and Tom Stokes, Auburn University

2:45        Break

3:15      Tips for utilizing new eastern seed zones in the southern US –  Carrie Pike, USDA Forest Service

3:45        USFS National Seed Laboratory: Program Update – Vic Vankus, USDA Forest Service and Tia Tyler

4:00        Planting MachineChrister Larsson and David Crouch

4:30       Shortleaf Pine Initiative updates Mike Black, Shortleaf Pine Initiative

5:00     Dinner on your own

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Sponsored by:

7:00      Breakfast (provided)

8-noon: Workshop:  Pine Tree Nursery Pest Management Strategic Plan

The Pest Management Strategic Plan (PMSP) workshop will provide the opportunity for collaboration to identify current and emerging pests (i.e., insects, pathogens, weeds, nematodes, mites, and wildlife), controls (i.e., physical, biological, and chemical) and efficacy of controls, worker activities, production practices, timelines, and priorities (i.e., research, regulatory, and extension) for pine tree production.

The finalized 2022 Pine Tree Nursery Pest Management Strategic Plan document will be written from the information obtained at the workshop and published in the National IPM Database as a resource for EPA registration of pesticides, government and other agency allocation of funds for scientist research endeavors, and other activities related to solving pest management issues.

Noon-1 pm: Lunch (provided)

1 – 4:30: Workshop continues

5:00 – 10:00: Round-trip Courtesy Shuttle to Downtown Charleston; Dinner on your own

Thursday, July 21, 2022

7:00      Breakfast (provided)

8:00       Overview of USFS R8 Reforestation Program Earl Jackson, USDA Forest Service

8:30        Policy and Funding Opportunities for Reforestation and Nursery Support – Tim Foley, Southern Group of State Foresters

9:00        Discussion on planting non-dormant seedlings Jeremy Hardee, Andrews Nursery, Florida Dept. of Agriculture

9:30       Break

10:00     Discussion on Pesticide rules and Re-registration of Chemicals – Scott Enebak, Auburn University

10:30    Discussion on Nursery/Orchard Needs – Lindsay Colegrove, USDA Forest Service

11:00     SFNA business meeting (revise bylaws; confirm membership)

Noon     Adjourn (lunch on your own)

Role of State Nurseries in the White Oak Genetics and Tree Improvement ProgramLaura DeWald

PortCo Packaging, Inc.
Scandinavian Forestry Equipment
Bodenhamer Farms & Nursery
And a huge THANK YOU to IFCO for sponsoring our Social on Monday evening!!


About the Conference
All conference events will take place at the Embassy Suites Charleston Airport, 5055 International Blvd, North Charleston, SC. Only an in-person option is available for this conference.