Pine Management in Conservation Landscapes

Pine Management in Conservation Landscapes
September 10-12, 2013

Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Newton, GA & Greenwood Plantation, Thomasville, GA

About the Course
There is increasing interest among landowners in practicing a holistic-based system of forestry where all the resources of the forest are considered in a style of management that doesn’t emphasize one over the other, while managing for ecological integrity and resource sustainability. Such a system has been practiced for more than 75 years on plantations in the Red Hills of southwest Georgia and northwest Florida. The Stoddard-Neel System (SNS) is a method of uneven-age forest management that was developed on the region’s world-famous quail plantations by Herbert Stoddard and Leon Neel. It is a philosophy of resource management that manages the system as a whole, using natural processes such as fire and mimicking the patterns of natural disturbance that shaped the native longleaf pine forests. Come join us as we tour the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Robert Woodruff’s famed Ichauway Plantation where we will view ongoing research on the resource management of longleaf pine ecosystems. We will also visit Greenwood Plantation in Thomasville, GA, where the SNS has been practiced for more than 75 years. Guided by Jones Center staff and area plantation managers, we will learn firsthand how the Stoddard-Neel System was developed to accommodate sustainable timber management, bobwhite quail management in a conservation landscape and the integration of nongame & game wildlife, timber, recreation and aesthetics in the land management of the Red Hills’ unique landscape.

Who Should Attend
This course will benefit foresters, wildlife biologists, landowners and plantation managers interested in improving their skills in integrating timber wildlife, recreation and aesthetics on the lands they own and manage.

Registration Information

The program will take place at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center in Newton, GA and at the Greenwood Plantation in Thomasville, GA.
Directions to the Jones Center can be found at:

Continuing Education Credit
7.0 hours Continuing Forestry Education Credit (CFE) – Category 1 CF

About the Instructors
Dr. Steven B.  Jack – Conservation Ecologist, Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center
Mr. Kevin McIntyre – Education Coordinator, Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center

Lodging Information
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Jamison Inn, 1470 Remington Ave, Thomasville, GA, phone 229-227-9500. Rate is $69.00 + tax. Mention the Clemson Land Management Group when making reservations. Please reserve rooms by August 20. Other Thomasville, GA area lodging:

Days Inn 229-226-6025
Hampton Inn 229-227-0040
Holiday Inn Express 888-897-0084
Quality Inn & Suites 229-225-2134
Western Motel 229-228-0800

Tuesday, September 10
5:00—6:00 PM    Arrivals
6:00 PM        Social
6:30 PM        Supper

Wednesday, September 11
7:30 AM        Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM        Facilities Tour
8:30 AM        Jones Center Field Tour

  • Longleaf ecology, natural disturbance as a silvicultural model
  • Slash pine conversion
  • Demonstration Forest, economics, carbon study
  • Hardwood removal and restoration
  • Longleaf plantings/groundcover restoration
  • Managing bobwhite quail in a conservation landscape
  • Prescribed Fire

Noon            Lunch
1:00 PM        Finish Jones Center Field Tour (topics above)
3:30 PM        Depart for Thomasville
5:00 PM        Check in @ Jamison Inn Thomasville
6:00 PM        Dinner

Thursday, September 12
8:00 AM        Breakfast
9:00—11:30  Greenwood Plantation Tour

  • History of Greenwood management
  • Seepage slope, rare plants, using prescribed fire in upland/wetland ecotones.
  • Old growth longleaf pine structure
  • Old growth conservation values

Noon            Lunch, departures

Additional Information
For additional information, please contact Bob Franklin at or call him at 843-549-2595 Ext. 121.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation of registration must be made 7 days in advance to obtain a full refund. Refunds after that date will be subject to a $50 service charge. Refunds will not be given 3 days prior to the workshop. If cancellation becomes necessary, substitution in lieu of cancellation is recommended. For cancellation please call 864-656-0606. Should Clemson University cancel this course for any reason, a full refund of registration will be made. Clemson University will not be responsible for any other costs the registrant may incur. For refunds paid by check, the registrant must provide a social security number or Federal Tax ID, if paid on company funds.

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