New Forestry BMP Workshops are being planned !
September 24- Jimmie Davis State Park in Jackson Parish AND October 11 – Claiborne Electric building in Homer
When forestry operations are carried out without paying attention to protecting our soil, water resources, and wildlife a variety of problems can result. The main nonpoint source pollutant from forestry is sediment. Others include excessive nutrients (mainly nitrogen and phosphorus), forest chemicals (herbicides, insecticides and fungicides), and organic debris. Other negative impacts include disruption of natural drainage and increased irregularity of streamflows, and increased water temperatures. The presence and severity of these problems depend on site characteristics, weather conditions during the operations, and the forestry practices employed. We can’t control the weather, but we can try to use the best practices that we have available for managing the land and its resources.
Registration: 8:30 am
Begin at: 9:00 am
I. Welcome & Introductions
II. Introductory comments
III. Historic BMP’s & Statistics
IV. Forest Erosion & Water Quality Concerns (forest roads, landing zones, skid trails, & SMZ’s)
V. Wildlife Considerations in SMZ’s
VII. Wildlife Considerations (Logsets & Haul Roads)
VIII. Erosion Concerns on Forest Haul Roads & Skid Trails—Financial assistance available through EQIP
IX. Louisiana Master Logger Program & Looking Forward
X. Question & Answer Session
XI. Collect Evaluations
XII. Concluding Comments (12:00 pm)
- Special thanks to these:
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality
Entergy of Louisiana
Dugdemona Soil and Water Conservation District
National Wildlife Turkey Federation
Louisiana Forestry Association
Louisiana Office of Forestry
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Louisiana Tech School of Forestry
The vision of Trailblazer is that every person deserves to live in a healthy and vital community where families are valued, youth are celebrated, education is a priority, the environment is clean, jobs are plentiful, and leadership is not only visionary, but shared.
Our mission is to demonstrate regional leadership, secure resources, and deliver programs and services that build strong, vibrant communities where conservation and development are in balance with the needs of the people.
Trailblazer R C & D continues to serve eight Louisiana parishes: Bienville, Bossier, Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln, Union, Webster, and Winn. Trailblazer RC&D is a non-profit organization, tax exempt (501c3) according to the Internal Revenue Service. Donations, loans, grants, special events, and other fund-raising activities are essential to meet our goals.
The Trailblazer R C & D area was first organized in October 1966 as the Bossier-Webster R C & D project. In February 1969, it was expanded to include Bienville and Claiborne parishes and was renamed the Trailblazer-4 R C & D area. In December 1974, Lincoln parish was approved for inclusion into the area, and the name was shortened to Trailblazer. In April 1983, Union parish was added as the sixth parish. The Trailblazer area was expanded again to include Jackson and Winn parishes in August 1989.
In February 1988, key community leaders participated in a Problem Identification Workshop. The participants were asked to identify major problems and issues that should be addressed by Trailblazer. The Council adopted improving rural fire protection and increasing employment opportunities as priority objectives.
Needs are continually being recognized or brought to the attention of the Board of Directors by other community leaders. As these needs are identified, projects are considered for approval based on four criteria:
- Firmly established objectives
- Interest and involvement of the Board
- Interest and support of other groups
- Funding and staffing demands.
Trailblazer will continue to serve the same eight parishes, now operating as a community service nonprofit organization.
Our Current Projects
Entrepreneurial Training Program
At the current time, Trailblazer is focusing on helping community members who would like to learn how to start a new business. We have a fully-funded program that allows us to provide Entrepreneurial Training (ENT) workshops to community members free of charge! In these ENT workshops, participants learn how to create a business plan, how to get ready to apply for a business loan, how to fill out the necessary tax and licensing paperwork, and a great deal more.
Water Quality Program
Trailblazer is also currently offering an important service to our communities with our Water Quality program. Olivia Ward, Trailblazer’s staff biologist, serves as both educator and community planning consultant, speaking often to local groups about water quality issues, and also offering water quality analysis and improvement planning.
Twenty-five years of service
- As much as 10 tons of paper collected each month
- Over 3,500 dry hydrants installed, insurance rates lowered, and homes and lives protected.
- Still very active, recently donating airboat to help fight Lake Bistineau's Giant Salvinia
- Rural homeowners offered wildfire prevention recommendations
- Various projects increased awareness of the declining aquifer.
- Teaching others to develop quality projects and seek funding for them