Four-State Forestry on the Grow Conference

Fri, April 26, 2013

Ouachita Mountains RC&D, Inc.  joins the Magnolia Timberland Conference  in hosting the Four-State Forestry Conference on April 26th & 27th, 2013 with expanded venue at the new spacious Hilton Texarkana Convention Center in Texarkana, Texas. Topics include international, national and local concurrent sessions with notables like Dennis Neilson with DANA, Rotorua, New Zealand, world renowned for expertise and publications in international timberland markets and investments, Ian Turpin with LBJ Family Wealth Advisors, Austin, Texas, specialized in asset transfers between generations,  Dr. Phil Dougherty with Progressive Forestry, proven research in seedling genetics, Dr. Matt Pelkki with University of Arkansas at Monticello, intensive research on financial return in plantation forestry,  Dr. Jim Guldin with United States Forest Service, Hot Springs, Arkansas, long term research in southern natural pine silviculture, and Dr. Linda Wang with United States Forest Service, specialized in forestry taxation (refer to brochure for more notable presenters).

Featured local landowner presenters are Dr. David Rankin, President of Southern Arkansas University, Toni, wife, and children Curt, John and Beth Anne, sharing their expanding forestry investment in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas and intensive pine plantation practices with family ownership spanning 100 years. Featured also in pre-conference timberland tour on April 25th are Jim and Joyce May with several thousand contiguous acres along the Little Missouri River in loblolly plantations, planted hardwood and natural hardwood. Jim also intensively manages for recreational hunting with year round food plots and extensive privately maintained roads….and last but not least is banquet presenter Discovery Channel’s very own American Logger Eldon Pelletier.

New this year is a special session “Using Google Earth in Land Management” with Teddy Reynolds and Colleen Morphew which includes how to use Google Earth with land, timber, recreation, hunting leases, roads and all real estate management including how to integrate with a smart phone. This presentation received rave reviews when presented for first time earlier this year at the Timberland Investment World Summit in New York City, NY.

Preferred conference lodging is at the new Hilton Garden adjoining the new Texarkana Convention Center. Conference rates are $99 per night, reservations should be made directly at  the Hilton Garden (903) 792-1065 (request conference rate).

Register online at Questions, contact Brandi Hernandez, Conference Director, Ouachita Mountains Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D), at (918) 423-2479 or email

Maximizing timberland investments and having fun go hand in hand and to ensure live music, Succotash a native Oklahoma band with musical influences from Nickel Creek to Alison Krauss and the Union Station is scheduled along with how to “square dance”, excellent dinning and interactive social times with cash bar throughout conference….so bring your dancin’ shoes and see you at the Hilton in Texarkana.

A special thanks to sponsors who make this possible: Tree: Ouachita Mountains RC&D Council (host), Reynolds Forestry Consulting & Real Estate, Weyerhaeuser, Oklahoma State University, Domtar, West Fraser Timber Co, Ltd, and Choctaw Nation. Branch: Huber, Kingwood, Texarkana Chamber of Commerce, International Paper Company, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, and International Forest Company. Leaf: US Forest Service, Arkansas Forestry Association, Oklahoma Forestry Services, NRCS, Louisiana Land Bank, ArborGen, Oklahoma Forestry Association, Herron Industries, Landmark, Southern Loggers Cooperative, Lone Star Ag Credit, ATPA and Forest Stewardship….if you would like to sponsor contact Brandi Hernandez at (918) 423-2479.