|In late 2004, the Governor of Louisiana commissioned a 12-member Science Working Group on Coastal Wetland Forest Conservation and Use. The group completed its work in a year and submitted a report with recommendations.
Jim L. Chambers, Professor in the LSU AgCenter’s School of Renewable Natural Resources, was appointed chair of this group. Members included four other faculty from the school: Richard F. Keim, Assistant Professor; Melinda S. Hughes, Senior Research Associate; and Craig A. Miller and J. Andrew Nyman, both Assistant Professors. Other members were William H. Conner, Professor, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, Clemson University, Georgetown, S.C.; John W. Day Jr., Professor, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, LSU, Baton Rouge, La.; Stephen P. Faulkner, Ecologist, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, La.; Emile S. Gardiner, Research Forester, Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research, USDA Forest Service, Stoneville, Miss.; Sammy L. King, Unit Leader, USGS Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Baton Rouge, La.; Kenneth W. McLeod, Associate Professor, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, University of Georgia, Aiken, S.C.; and Gary P. Shaffer, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, La.
(This article appeared in the spring 2006 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)