WGSTE 2017 Speakers

Dr. Micael Blazier - Louisian State University AgCenter

Dr. Michael Blazier is a professor and serves as the forestry research project leader and extension specialist for the LSU AgCenter's Hill Farm Research Station and School of Renewable Natural Resources.  Dr. Blazier holds degrees in Forestry and Forest Eco-physiology and a Ph.D. in Forest Nutrition from Oklahoma State University.  His research focuses on soil, physiological, and economic issues of pine and hardwood plantation and agroforest management from planting to harvest.

Mr. Jon Lunsford - Crop Production Services, Timberland Division

Mr. Lunsford is a native of Nacogdoches, TX and has worked in the forestry profession for over seventeen years.  Jon earned his B.S. in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University.  For the past 11 years, he has been with CPS Timberland covering Texas and Louisiana.  Through his role at CPS Timberland, Jon helps forest landowners with silviculture recommendations and pesticide advice. Jon is active in the forestry profession and has served on various boards and leadership positions with the Texas Forestry Association and the Society of American Foresters.

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Mr Robby Keen - Area Manager, Red River Specialties

Mr. Keen is a 1988 graduate from Louisiana Tech with a degree in Agricultural Business.  His responsibilities includes all aspects of forest herbicide operations and sales for North Louisiana and northeast Texas.  With almost 30 years in the industry, he has been responsible for the prescription and applicationof hericides on over a million acres of forestland.

Dr. Eric Taylor - Taxas A&M Forest Service

Dr. Taylor received a B.S. in Forestry and a M.S. in Forest Biometrics from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Ph.D. in Forestry at Texas A&M University.  Eric Taylor serves jointly as Silviculturist for Texas A&M Forest Service and Extension Specialist for Forestry for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.  His interests lie in pine and hardwood silvicultural systems. Dr. Taylor is a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters and has received numerous awards for his outreach and education effort. Dr. Taylor is a forest landowner and life-time member of the Texas Forestry Association.


Dr. Shaun Tanger - Louisiana State University

Dr. Tanger is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Renewable Resources Extension Program with Louisiana State University AgCenter.  His extension focus provides assistance to forest landowners with forest management at the stand level  His goal is to synthesize his work and other applied projects to provide extension education to through publications and presentations throughout Louisiana.  Dr. Tanger has a particular interest in developing short and long term evaluation techniques to determine effectiveness of extension programming.  This coupled with periodic needs assessment helps to determine future program activities.  Dr. Tanger’s research focuses on applied forestry projects (Price Analysis, Taxation, and stand level forest management).

Dr. Kyle Cunningham - University of Arkansas

Dr. Cunningham received a BS and MS from Mississippi State University in Forest Management and a PhD from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Applied Science, with an emphasis on hardwood ecophysiology. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Forestry with the Arkansas Forest Resources Center, where he has worked in research and Extension forestry for 14 years.

Dr. Rick Williams - State Forester, Natural Resourses Conservation Service

Dr. Williams is the State Forester for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Louisiana where he provides technical information regarding forestry in an integrated way that services the needs of NRCS line officers, field staff, landowners, and conservation partners.  Rick has also worked in forestry extension/education and as a forester for private industry.  His career has taken him through several southern states including Arkansas, Florida and Texas. He has a Master’s Degree in Forestry from the University of Missouri and a PhD in Forest Economics and Management from Texas A&M University.  He is active with the Louisiana Forestry Association and the Society of American Foresters.