OUT TO LUNCH finds Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel combining her hard news journalist skills and food background: conducting business over lunch. Baton Rouge has long had a storied history of politics being conducted over meals, now the Capital Region has an equivalent culinary home for business: Mansur’s. Each week Stephanie holds court over lunch at Mansur’s and invites members of the Baton Rouge business community to join her. You can also hear the show on WRKF 89.3FM.
Nearly 50% of Louisiana’s land mass is covered by forest. That's a whopping 14 million acres of tress. And these tress aren't just sitting there beautifying the countryside, they're hard at work. The forestry industry in Louisiana is the state’s second-largest employer.
And there's a huge private sector in the world of woods as well.
Warren Peters has built a career around tending to Louisiana’s forest lands. His 20 year old company, Peters Forest Resources, provides all phases of forest management, from reforestation to harvest supervision. The company also does large inventories, mappings, financial analysis, appraisals, ecological studies and provides brokerage services. If you’re a city dweller you might not think much about this, but it’s big business based right here in the center of Baton Rouge.
While Louisiana is rich in forest lands, it is also resplendent with semi-tropical trees, plants, flowers and fruits.
Jeb Barber spends his days taming and cultivating this natural beauty and bringing it to homes and businesses. His seven year old company, Makaira Landscape, is a design, build and maintenance company that specializes in cutting-edge landscape design and residential swimming pools. If you think there's a lot of swimming pools in Baton Rouge, you're right. Jeb claims we have the highest per capita pool ratio in the nation.
Stephanie, Warren adn Jeb tackles the great (and not always so great) outdoors on this inside look at business Baton Rouge style.