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CPTC Forestry Students Visit International Forest Company

March 8, 2016 06:01 PM

Easton Rowell (Ware), Stephen Lemley (Charlton), Jarrett Tucker (Atkinson), CPTC Instructor Tommy Peagler and Kneadum Wheeler (Ware)CPTC Instructor Tommy Peagler and a group of forestry students toured the International Forest Company (IFCO) in Moultrie, Georgia, Thursday, February 18, to learn more about container seedlings produced to replant forests. CPTC forestry students, all of whom were not able to participate in the industry visit, are currently studying silviculture, which is the branch of forestry that deals with the development and care of forests.

IFCO is the largest grower of container seedlings (sometimes referred to as tubelings) in the Southeastern United States.  The company grows longleaf, loblolly, slash, shortleaf and Virginia pine container seedlings, as well as wiregrass. Students were hosted by IFCO Sales Manager Chris Johnston, who has more than twenty years of experience in the forestry industry and is a member of the Georgia Forestry Association and the Society of American Foresters.  As students toured the facility, they learned how seedlings are grown, tested for product quality, and prepared and packaged for shipment.

Students also learned about IFCO’s grafting process, which allows company officials to select favored genetics.  As part of the learning process, students compared the genetics of a container seedling against the more common bare root seedling.  According to Johnston, IFCO partners with Auburn University and North Carolina State University to analyze the different genetics.

There are currently 15 students in the CPTC forestry program. Those visiting IFCO were Easton Rowell, Stephen Lemley, Jarrett Tucker, and Kneadum Wheeler. In photo above (left to right):  Easton Rowell (Ware), Stephen Lemley (Charlton), Jarrett Tucker (Atkinson), CPTC Instructor Tommy Peagler and Kneadum Wheeler (Ware).

For more information about the CPTC Forest Technology program, contact Tommy Peagler at tpeagler@coastalpines.edu or (912) 284-2569. Coastal Pines Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. Visit www.coastalpines.edu.

 

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