FRA 2020 Southcentral Region Spring Meeting

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 8:00 am - Thursday, March 12, 2020 9:00 pm

2020 Southcentral Region Spring Meeting

Registration for the FRA 2020 Southcentral Region Spring Meeting, March 10 - 12 in Alexandria, LA is now open.

Please CLICK HERE to register, and see information about this year’s agenda and venue.

Bentley

AGENDA

Tuesday, March 10
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Optional tour of RoyOMartin plywood facility (1695 LA Hwy 490, Chopin, LA 71477)

  • Plan to arrive at 1:50 PM, park in the public lot, and proceed to the scale house for a prompt 2:00 PM tour start. Please bring your own PPE if possible, but the mill will have PPE available. (Note: No group transportation will be provided. This is an optional tour that you can attend on your way to Alexandria.) Directions.

RoyOMartin

Located off Interstate 49 (Exit 113) near the halfway point between Alexandria and Natchitoches, Louisiana, RoyOMartin’s Chopin mill manufactures plywood, timber, and boards. This massive, state-of-the-art plant was completed in 1996 and has undergone a number of expansions to become one of the largest single-site plywood producers in North America. Complementing the “Martco” plywood plant is ROM’s timbers mill, which was added in 2014.

4:00pm – 6:00pm
Registration (Self-serve check-in; please pick up your meeting folder and name badge at the FRA registration table in the lobby of The Hotel Bentley.)

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Welcome Reception & Dinner

  • At The Hotel Bentley

Wednesday, March 11

6:30am – 8:00am
Breakfast is on your own at the hotel - included in room cost for FRA Meeting overnight guests.

7:30am – 8:00am
Registration (Self-serve check-in; please pick up your meeting folder and name badge at the FRA registration table in the lobby of The Hotel Bentley.)

8:00am – 12:00pm
Tour of Drax Biomass pellet plant (LaSalle Bioenergy) & Hunt Forest Products (LaSalle Lumber) facility in Urania, LA

  • Bus leaves from hotel promptly at 8:00am. Please bring your own PPE, including hardhat, eye & hearing protection, safety-toed shoes/boots, and hi-viz vest.)

LaSalle BioEnergy is a wood energy facility operated by Drax Biomass that produces wood pellets for export to Europe. Next door to LaSalle BioEnergy is LaSalle Lumber. LaSalle Lumber is a joint venture between Hunt Forest Products and Tolko Industries. This new sawmill will produce approximately 200 MMBF of pine lumber annually and supplies wood residues from its lumber operations to LaSalle BioEnergy. Both state-of-the-art facilities provide a welcome market for timber from forestland owners in central and northern Louisiana.

LaSalle BioEnergy

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch Buffet (At the hotel: Included in full meeting registration cost.)

1:00pm – 4:30pm
FRA General Session, Moderator: David Cupp, Southcentral Region Chairman

  • Brief FRA National Update – Deb Hawkinson, FRA President, Washington, DC
  • Louisiana Forestry & Wood Supply Chain Issues – Buck Vandersteen, Louisiana Forestry Association, Alexandria, LA
  • RoyOMartin Companies Overview – Cade Young, RoyOMartin Companies, Alexandria, LA
  • Southern Loggers Cooperative Accomplishments & Update – Todd Martin, Southern Loggers Co-Op, Pineville, LS
  • Logging Generalist or Logging Specialist? – Kenneth Morgan, Midstream Timber Solutions, Mansfield, LA
  • Improving Trucking Profitability Through Better Fleet Management – Rick Quagliaroli, Swamp Fox Agency, Moncks Corner, SC

4:50pm – 9:00pm
Reception & Awards Dinner – Tour of Southern Forest Heritage Museum and Southcentral Region Awards Dinner in Longleaf, LA. Bus leaves from hotel promptly at 4:50 PM.

SCR Award Presentations:

  • Technical Writing Award
  • Outstanding Logger Award – Sponsored by STIHL

Thursday, March 12

6:30am – 8:00am
Breakfast is on your own at the hotel - included in room cost for FRA Meeting overnight guests.

8:00am – 11:00am
Southcentral Region Policy Committee Meeting (Open to any who are interested.)

MEETING VENUE

The venue for this year’s meeting is The Hotel Bentley, located at 200 Desoto Street, Alexandria, LA 71301. For reservations please call 318-442-2226 and reference the Forest Resources Association (FRA) group and rate. The room rate is $99.00 for a king or two double beds.

REGISTRATION OPTIONS

FRA/LFA Members: All Events, All Three Days $195
Non Member: All Events, All Three Days $295

FRA/LFA Members: Wednesday (March 11) Events Only $145
Non Member: Wednesday (March 11) Events Only $235

Spouse Registration: March 10 Reception/Dinner $35

Spouse Registration: March 11 Reception & Awards Dinner and Southern Forest Heritage Museum admission & roundtrip transportation $50

Thank you as always for your support and membership with FRA, and we look forward to seeing you in Alexandria.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

To learn more about becoming an FRA 2020 Southcentral Region Spring Meeting sponsor, please email David West at [email protected] or Rick Meyer at [email protected].

You can also sign up for a sponsorship opportunity when registering.

REGISTER NOW!

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