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AN ASSESSMENT OF THE RISK MAPPING SYSTEM FOR THE USE OF MANAGING LOBLOLLY PINE DECLINE SITES WITHIN RED COCKADED WOODPECKER HABITAT A Thesis Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of the Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science In The Department of Plant Pathology Crop Physiology By Roger Dale Menard Bachelor of General Studies Northwestern State University 1995 August 2007 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I gratefully acknowledge the invaluable input provided by my first advisor Dr John P Jones retired He gave me the chance and initial encouragement to begin my program I am indebted to Dr Gordon Holcomb for taking Dr Jones place for his guidance encouragement and sincere support in the final days I would like to thank Dr Marc A Cohn for the wise advice on matters of science and integrity I also would like to thank him for the many reality checks that made me aware of potential shortcomings in my research efforts To Dr Lori G Eckhardt a very special thanks for she guided me as a major professor mentored my work with excellence provided a sounding board for my thoughts and ideas and most of all focused my efforts where I needed them Also thanks for all the assistance provided to me on all the insect and root collection trips and having someone to talk with on the long trips to and from Georgia Again I would like to thank all the members of my advisory committee Drs Gordon Holcomb Lori G Eckhardt and Marc A Cohn for the professional performance of their committee responsibilities I would also like to thank other faculty members in the Department of Plant Pathology Crop Physiology who helped me in many aspects during my graduate program Thank you to all the lab workers Erica Gray Keisha Collins Tomas Rush Casey Guidry and Josh Danzey for your discussion and assistance for the many days of field work collecting samples and the long hours in the lab processing the samples Thanks to my



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