The LSU AgCenter will hold a forestry forum Feb. 23 at the evacuation shelter adjacent to the LSU-Alexandria campus.

The program will begin with registration at 8 a.m., and the last presentation will be at 2:30 p.m. A lunch will be included.

Topics will include updates on biofuels plants in Madison and Rapides parishes, a report on the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry firefighting program, oil and gas activity in central Louisiana, the West-Central Louisiana Ecosystem Partnership, water issues in the Red River Watershed, wild pigs, and other issues affecting Louisiana forestry.

Pre-registration is $25 before Feb. 17 and $40 after that date. Checks can be mailed to Robbie Hutchins, LSU AgCenter assistant area forestry agent, 300 Grady Britt Drive, Alexandria, LA, 71302.

For more information, contact Hutchins at (318) 767-3968 or e-mail