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Course Descriptions

At this time we offer the following courses. Please keep checking back as we continue to expand the courses offered. All courses offer CFEs!


Workshop Courses

Longleaf 101

The Longleaf 101 course is an intensive 3-4 day, depending upon location, in-depth classroom and field instruction in “all things longleaf”. The topics are diverse and cover such things as:

  • The cultural and natural history of longleaf pine;
  • The use and effect of fire in longleaf ecosystems;
  • Artificial regeneration, including site selection, seedling quality, site preparation, planting, and release techniques;
  • Natural regeneration systems;
  • Stand management considerations;
  • Longleaf growth and yield and stand dynamics;
  • Wildlife management including T&E species considerations;
  • Cost-share opportunities;
  • Native understory restoration;
  • Diseases and insect identification;
  • Economics and products; and
  • Available resources and materials.

Field exercises include an entire day examining long term studies at the Escambia Experimental Forest (if held at the Solon Dixon Center in AL), regeneration assessments in naturally regenerated stands, cone counts in preparation for natural regeneration, pole classification, shelterwood regeneration systems, uneven and even-aged management systems, artificial regeneration, gopher tortoise and red-cockaded woodpecker management, understory vegetation ID and management with an emphasis on wildlife and aesthetic values, prescribed fire effects on young and mature longleaf forests, effects of management on growth and pole production, and stand conversion.

Click Here to see a sample agenda of a Longleaf 101 course held at the Dixon Center.

Click Here to see a sample agenda of Longleaf 101 course held off the Dixon Center.


Understory Restoration 201

The purpose of this course is to provide continuing education about the diverse longleaf understory, with an emphasis on native warm season grasses, composites and legumes. Main topics included in the curriculum are plant identification, native plant wildlife usage, seed production operations, understory restoration techniques, and management methods. This 2-day workshop will consist of both classroom lectures and hands-on field exercises. Plant identification manuals and equipment will be provided for attendees. Note: graduates of the Longleaf 101 course have first opportunity to enroll in this course when offered; afterwards it will be opened to the general public. We also invite you to join our native understory discussion on Facebook!

Click Here to see a sample agenda of the Understory 201 course.


Herbicides & Longleaf 201

The Herbicides & Longleaf 201 course will help you select herbicides for ecological restoration:  rates, timing, active ingredients, and application methods that target weed species while minimizing impact to desired species and families.  Additional topics include:  calibration, equipment, safety, invasive species control, surfactants and adjuvants, minimizing damage to longleaf pine, and case studies.  This 2-day course will consist of both classroom lectures and hands-on field exercises.

Click HERE to see a sample agenda for the Herbicides & Longleaf 201 course


Online Courses

Economics and Products

Landowners and land managers often ask about the economic case for longleaf pine. The concern is rooted in the historic difficulty in successfully regenerating longleaf and perceived slow growth compared to other southern pine species. This self-directed course looks at the risk aversion of longleaf, the other products that longleaf provides and cost share opportunities. It also examines several investment analysis assumptions.  One hour of SAF credit has been assigned.

For foresters and natural resource professionals looking to take the course for credit (cost is $5.00), please use this site: NOTE:  in order to print a certificate of completion, you MUST input your license number when you create a user account.

For landowners and the general public, the course is accessible at:


Webinar Courses

Previous Webinars

Large Flower Partridge Pea in Longleaf Pine Plantings: The Plant, The Issues, The Answers

Large flower partridge pea - Chamaecrista fasciculata aka Cassia fasciculata, is a native- annual legume that occurs across the native range of longleaf pine. It has been widely utilized in food plots as a quail food. Partridge pea cultivars were included in many native herbaceous seed mixes that were broadcast or drilled into young longleaf pine plantations across the southeast. Subsequently, many longleaf pine plantings failed as a direct result of over-competitive partridge pea dominating these planted fields.

In this webinar, we will examine how partridge pea grows, reproduces, and spreads. We will also examine potential means of controlling partridge pea with both mechanical and herbicide treatments. We will look into how: partridge pea kills young longleaf seedlings, which cultivars are most risky to utilize, and we will present several alternative species that should be considered as logical and desirable native legumes that could be substituted in native seed mixes to replace large flower partridge pea.

Two webinars on this topic were held, one on September 6, 2011 and the other on November 8, 2011.  These webinars have been recorded and archived so that you may view them at any time.  Click here to view the archived webinar originally held on September 6, 2011 or click here to view the archived webinar originally held on November 8, 2011.


Longleaf Container Grown Seedlings: What’s Good? What’s Bad? What to Look for in Your Seedling Shipment.

During the 2011-2012 planting season somewhere between 80 and 100-million longleaf pine seedlings will be planted across the Southeastern, US. Approximately 90% of these seedlings will be grown in containers and shipped as plug or containerized seedlings. Most of these shipped seedlings will be acceptable or “target” grade seedlings. However, grades or categories of longleaf that one may find at varying percentages in a shipment include: weeds in plug, hybrids, floppies, doubles, dry plugs, previously frozen plugs, unacceptable root orientation, diseased plugs, dead seedlings, alternate pine species, and other grades or categories of container-grown longleaf. This webinar will help the participant to identify these various categories or grades and to recognize the costs or benefits of planting these seedlings.

This presentation is designed to assist: forest landowners, tree planters, foresters, consultants, and other interested parties who may be purchasing and planting container-grown longleaf pine seedlings. During the webinar we will demonstrate the many characteristics of longleaf pine seedlings and the various grades or categories of container-grown longleaf that are shipped on a regular basis. We will also examine the data from survival and growth studies that have been installed across the Southeast, with the express purpose of demonstrating how various categories or grades of seedlings perform in survival and growth when compared to target grade seedlings.

This webinar was originally held on October 14, 2011 and has been archived.  To view this archived webinar, click here.


Native Alternative for Food Plots in the Longleaf Ecosystem

Most of the Southeast’s primary game species (deer, turkey, quail) at one time thrived in natural longleaf pine ecosystems characterized by frequent fire and a diverse native herbaceous and shrub layer.  As fire was excluded and longleaf forests were converted to lob or slash plantations, native herbs and shrubs declined.  Many landowners became accustomed to planting food plots with species that were promoted by nurseries and biologists.  Many of these food plot species were exotic Asian plants that are now identified as highly invasive weeds.   This webinar will identify native alternatives that are commercially available and preferred by game species.  Furthermore, many native herbs and shrubs are rarely invasive, more attractive on the landscape, and potential food sources for human foragers! 
This webinar was originally held on July 13, 2012 and has been archived.  To view this archived webinar, click HERE.


Online Mapping and Spatial Resources for the Private Forest Landowner

There is growing interest among private landowners to diversify the benefits from their property through multiple use management.  However, small-scale private landowners often have limited information regarding how to plan for management of these benefits.  A map is one of the most important tools a rural or urban forest landowner needs for planning and management especially when planning for multiple uses.  A project was started in 2011 to compile outreach information and examples of online mapping and spatial resources that can be used by landowners and forest land managers, such as consulting foresters and wildlife biologists, to help them maximize benefits of planning and evaluation of multiple use management on small-scale forests with limited or no capital outlay.  The information is organized in a booklet tutorial with examples of online spatial resources to help landowners and conservation professionals make maps and utilize aerial photography, topographic layers, soils information, data collected with GPS units, and even visual simulations for an area of interest (timber stand, agriculture field, pasture, etc.). The booklet is designed for beginners and provides keywords, homepage links, tutorial information, examples, and screenshots for online programs like the USDA/NRCS Web Soil Survey, Google Earth, Alabama Historic Aerial Photo Archive, USDA/NRCS Geospatial Data Gateway, and USDA National Agroforestry Center CanVIS. This webinar will focus on the booklet and provide an overview of the programs and example products. 
This webinar was originally held July 20, 2012 and has been archived.  To view this archived webinar, click HERE.


The Basics of Longleaf Understory Establishment & Enhancement

There are many questions about the process of establishing or enhancing the understory component of the longleaf pine ecosystem.  Some of these questions include, but are not limited to:  what plant species should be used, should seed or plugs be used, what site prep techniques should be used, and what restoration strategies should be used?  This webinar will address these questions as well as other pertinent understory restoration issues.
This webinar was originally held July 27, 2012 and has been archived.  To view this archived webinar, click HERE.


Site Prep / Artificial Regeneration of Longleaf Pine

Tremendous strides have been taken in the success and consistency of longleaf establishment strategies.  This webinar will examine:  site preparation techniques and tradeoffs the landowner or manager should consider, in terms of intensity and early survival and growth of longleaf seedlings.  Some scenarios require intensive site preparation for any hope of success.  Other situations call for minimalist techniques to preserve native groundcover or to reduce carrying cost over the length of the rotation. 
This webinar was originally held August 3, 2012 and has been archived.  To view this archived webinar, click HERE.

Ecologically Responsible Longleaf Pinestraw Production

The harvesting and marketing of pinestraw has become extremely lucrative across much of the southeast.  Longleaf is regarding as the king of all North American pines in regards to the quality of its pinestraw.  Some longleaf plantations are commercially viable as early as seven years post planting.  Tragically, most landowners are under the impression that they must remove all native ground cover to harvest pinestraw.  This webinar will examine the ecological costs and the economic benefits of raking pinestraw with various techniques.  Learn how some landowners and land managers have been able to keep their native groundcover while raking in excess of $100.00 an acre annually. 
This webinar was originally held August 10, 2012 and has been archived.  To view this archived webinar, click HERE.

Native Alternative for Food Plots in the Longleaf Ecosystem Part 2

This will be an expansion of the previous webinar on this topic held on July 13, 2012.

This webinar was originally held August 17, 2012 and has been archived.  To view this archived webinar, click HERE.

This will be an expansion of the previous webinar on this topic held on July 13, 2012.

This webinar was originally held August 17, 2012 and has been archived.  To view this archived webinar, click HERE.

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