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Title:  Pitch Pine - Its Economic and Ecological Importance

Summary: We will show and discuss the management of pitch pine and pitch-loblolly hybrids in the context of ecological forest management in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.  We will look at a variety of harvest and regeneration methods and pitch pines importance to several globally threatened forest ecosystems! We will also discuss some of the present commercial uses of pitch pine wood fiber and some potential future uses.  Lastly, we will show the great natural range of pitch pine tree quality in terms of both ecological and timber values.

Presenter: Bob Williams, Vice President of Forestry Operations, Land Dimensions Engineering, Glassboro, New Jersey

Bob Williams is a graduate of Rutgers University. He spent 12 years as a forester in the states of Washington and Alaska. Bob is presently a consulting forester in New Jersey, assisting landowners on 160,000 acres of private forest lands.  He is a member of the Pinelands National Reserve Forest Advisory Committee, the New Jersey Audobon Society Conservation and Research Committee, and is the Vice Chair of the New Jersey Division of the Society of American Foresters. Bob is a Registered Professional Forester and a Certified Forester.