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The Natural Shift: Longleaf Conversion Over Time

April 3 @ 8:30 am - April 5 @ 4:00 pm

Ready to move your forest back to its true nature? Converting to longleaf pine is a natural decision that takes planning and intention.

Many existing forest stands in eastern North Carolina are located in prime longleaf pine habitats. Natural fire exclusion, old field succession, and market forces have all contributed to the dominance of intensively managed, or naturally regenerated, stands of loblolly pine in the region. This workshop will cover methods and best practices when converting to longleaf while maintaining a pine overstory. Content is designed for natural Resource professionals and extremely knowledgeable landowners. Participants should be capable of climbing in and out of 15-passenger vans.

Workshop Locations and Dates

April 3, 2018 (Tu) 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  Moore County Center, Carthage, NC.
April 5, 2018 (Th) 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Brunswick County Center, Bolivia, NC.

Registration and Payment

Seating is limited for these workshops so advanced registration and payment are required. Please see the two registration types and fees for these workshops. Use this REGISTRATION LINK to register for the specific workshop date/location and make a payment by major credit card. Deadline to register is before April 1, 2018 or until seating is full. There is no guarantee that seating will be available for walk-ins.

  • Landowners and managers: $20 fee for forest landowners which includes educational handouts, refreshments, lunch and tour transportation (no continuing education credits).
  • CFE Seekers: $50 fee for natural resource professionals wishing to receive 5.0 hours of CFE from Society of American Foresters. Fee includes educational handouts, refreshments, lunch, and tour transportation.
  • Groups: Employers or landowner organizations wishing to register more than one person with a single payment, can call the office to make those arrangements by phone at 919-515-9563 (credit card payment or invoice).

Online registration is processed using the NC State University’s REPORTER system. It functions like most online shopping sites where you select what you wish to purchase and add it to a “shopping cart”. The system accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover.  An email confirmation with payment receipt is sent to you after you make the purchase.

A paper registration form with payment by check through US Mail is available using Mailing Registration Form. The form must be postmarked by March 28, 2018.

If you would rather register for this workshop over the phone, please have your credit card handy and call 919-515-9563 between the hours of 8AM and 4PM Monday-Friday.  NEVER leave credit card information on voice mail or answering machines! We will call you back if we are unable to answer at the time you call.

Continuing Education Credits

Both workshops offer 5.0 contact hours of CFE in Category 1-CF.  A CFE roster will require your signature and SAF/NCRF numbers. Personalized certificates are emailed 10 days after the training.

Tentative Agenda for Each Workshop

Speakers at each workshop will include state and local organizations devoted to sustaining the longleaf woodland in the Sandhills.

0830 – 0900         Registration

0900 – 0905        Welcome and Announcements

0905 – 0930         Slow conversion: Transitioning from loblolly to longleaf over time. Sarah Crate, NC Forest Service

0930 – 1020         Slow conversion: Transitioning from loblolly to longleaf over time. Ryan Mitchell, The Longleaf Alliance

1020 – 1030         Break

1030 – 1115         Mixed Pine/Hardwood stand with remnant longleaf. Bill Pickens, NCFS

1115 – 1200        Burning Longleaf: Situations where extra care is warranted. Ryan Mitchel, The Longleaf Alliance

1200 – 1215       Financial Incentives, NRCS representative

12:15 – 1300      Lunch (provided)

1315 – 1600         Visit field sites and discussion. Van transportation is provided, personal vehicles are limited to 4-wheel drive vehicles.

  • Stop #1 –  Potential Conversion site
  • Stop #2 – Conversion stand example

1630                 Wrap up and return to Extension Center parking lot

These workshops have been developed through a collaboration among the following resources agencies and organizations: N.C. Forest Service, The Longleaf Alliance, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and NC State University Cooperative Extension Forestry. Logistical support is provided by ProNR at NC State University Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources.


April 3 @ 8:30 am
April 5 @ 4:00 pm


Kelley D. McCarter
Colby Lambert