Bottomland Hardwoods Learning Exchange

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 12:30 to Friday, November 9, 2018 - 17:00

Register by October 31!

Meeting location: College of Coastal Georgia's Stembler Theatre, 1 College Drive, Brunswick, GA. Park in parking area B, first come first served.

Please share the event flyer!

Tentative agenda is available now.

Approved for 14.5 SAF CFE credits!

Note: Lodging is on your own. Hotel blocks are reserved at the Holiday Inn Brunswick 1-95: 138 Glynco Pkwy, Brunswick, GA, 31525 for $129/night. Reserve by October 6! Other lodging options are listed below. 

Dinner on November 7 is on us - a low country boil at Blackwater Grill on St Simons Island. Details below and in the agenda. Pease plan to cover other food on your own.

Southeastern bottomland hardwood forests provision critically important, and highly valued, ecosystem services including biodiversity, flood protection, carbon storage, recreation, and clean/clear water. Land conversion, ditching, heavy bedding/furrowing, development, fragmentation, and narrowly‐focused forest management threaten their ability to sustain flows of such integral ecosystem services long‐term. Responsible forest management of bottomland forests can be done in ways that maintain or enhance their ecological integrity and stability, while simultaneously generating income and supplying wood products.   

In the Atlantic Coastal Plain (ACP), clearcut harvests are commonly used to regenerate stands due to the autoecology of desired species, the flooding regime of the coastal plain, and limited availability of harvesting equipment that is economically feasible to operate in wet forest stands. In the lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV), intermediate treatments (e.g. thinning) and selection system silviculture (e.g. group selection) are more common and economically attractive than in the ACP. This is partially due to differences in the silvics of tree species, increased value on forest structure and wildlife, and the availability of different harvesting equipment.

This field-based learning exchange will bring together experts from the ACP and MAV to compare these two geographies based on social, ecological, and economic factors. An emphasis will be placed on the connection between forestry and hydrology, and how responsible forest management can play an integral role in conserving the whole system on a watershed-level. Through this event we hope to improve the management and conservation of bottomland forests and illustrate opportunities to meet diverse social values.

Summary agenda (updated Sept 25):

Wednesday November 7, 2018

12:30pm: Registration begins

1:00pm: Welcome, Guild activities in the Southeast, and agenda overview- Nick Biemiller (Southeast Regional Coordinator- Forest Stewards Guild)

1:15pm: Ecological forestry and bottomland hardwoods across the South- Amanda Mahaffey (Northeast Director- Forest Stewards Guild)

2:00 pm: Panel Session I, Bottomland hardwoods and hydrology/water issues- moderated by Amanda Mahaffey

3:30pm: Brief break

3:45pm: Panel Session II: Forest management, ecology, and silviculture- moderated by Nick Biemiller 

5:15pm: Indoor sessions adjourned.

6:30pm: Dinner and networking social on us, at Blackwater Grill, 260 Redfern Village, Saint Simons Island, GA, 31522

Forestry: Thursday November 8, 2018

8:00am: Meet at Holiday Inn Brunswick I-95 and head to field sites (see agenda for tentative locations)

9:00am - 11:30am: Visit field sites (see agenda for tentative locations)

11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch in the field. Please bring your own. Accessible bathrooms will be available. 

12:30 - 4:00pm: Visit field sites (see agenda for tentative locations)

5:00pm: Return to Holiday Inn Brunswick 1-95.

Hydrology: Friday November 9, 2018

8:00am: Meet at Holiday Inn Brunswick I-95 and head to field sites (see agenda for tentative locations)

8:30am - 12:30pm: Visit field sites (see agenda for tentative locations)

12:30pm - 1:15pm: Lunch in Nahunta on your own. Several delis and “fast food” options available. 

1:30 - 5:00pm: Visit field sites (see agenda for tentative locations)

5:30pm: Return to Holiday Inn Brunswick 1-95. 

Lodging options:

1. By October 6: rooms are held at the Holiday Inn Brunswick I-95 (Exit 38) at a discounted rate of $129/night (138 Glynco Pkwy, Brunswick, GA 31525). To reserve, call and let them know you’re with the “FSG” event.

2. Various discount hotels are available north of downtown Brunswick off I-95 near Dock Junction, GA. 

3. Private campgrounds: Jekyll Island Campground (1197 Riverview Dr, Jekyll Island, GA 31527) or Darien Inland Harbor Campground (13566 GA-251, Darien, GA 31305). Note 35 - 45 minute drive time. Space is limited, call immediately.

4. Rustic camping is also available at the Altamaha Wildlife Management Area. Space is limited, call immediately.

Thank you to Enviva, the College of Coastal Georgia, and International Paper for their generous event sponsorships! To join them in sponsoring this learning exchange, please contact Nick Biemiller at or 828-772-7992 today, and thank you!