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|EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)|
|June 2||Forestry Planners Technical Service Provider (TSP) Training Workshop (link), 8:45 am to 4:00 pm, Foresters, 5.5 Cat 1 CFEs approved. To register contact Harriet Fleming, (904) 209-0430 ext. 0, Hfleming@sjcfl.us|
|June 15||Timber Sale Basics and Market Trends Workshop (link) 10:00 am to 3:00 pm ET, Columbia County UF/IFAS Extension Office, 971 W. Duval St., Suite 170, Lake City, FL 32055. Provided by Florida Forest Service. Contact Stan Shepard at (386) 243-6236 or Stanley.Shepard@FreshFromFlorida.com to pre-register.|
|July 15||Summer Cover Crop Field Day, 10 am - 1 pm ET. NRCS Brooksville Plant Material Center, 14119 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL. 34601. Learn about cover crops in Florida and effects on soil health. Provided by USDA NRCS. Contact Janet Grabowski at (352) 796-9600, ext. 101.
|October 4-6||Private Lands Partners Day: The Northern Everglades - The Land, Water and People (link), Chateau Elan Hotel and Conference Center, Sebring, FL. Hosted by The Partners for Conservation, this event brings together landowners and partners from across the nation to interact with conservation
agency leadership from
across the country, share
stories of partnership, and visit ranches
that are models for successful
public-private partnerships. See link above for more information.
|WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)|
|May 31, June 7||Panhandle Pond Management Workshop Series (link), 6:00 pm CT, UF/IFAS Washington County Extension Office, Chipley, FL.This two part series, offered by UF/IFAS Extension, is designed to help pond owners/managers become more successful in reaching their goals. There is a $10 registration fee per session. To register, see link below or call the Washington County Extension Office (850) 638-6180.|
|June 2||Longleaf Pine Forest Restoration & Management Workshop (link), FULL - REGISTRATION ENDED. 8:30 am to 3:30 pm ET, Greenwood Plantation, Thomasville, GA. Provided by Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance and Greenwood Plantation.|
|June 9, July 21, August 25, September 15||Principles of Pasture Productivity Workshop Series (link), 6:30 pm CT, UF/IFAS Calhoun County Extension Office, Blountstown, FL. Provided by UF/IFAS, this series will help livestock producers gain a better understanding of pasture productivity. There is a $25 registration fee for the entire series or $10 per session. Light refreshments and printed program materials will be provided. See link above for details and registration or contact Calhoun County Extension Office at (850) 674-8323.|
|June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13||Principles of Pasture Productivity Workshop Series (link), 6:30 pm CT, UF/IFAS Washington County Extension Office, Chipley, FL. Provided by UF/IFAS, this series will help livestock producers gain a better understanding of pasture productivity. There is a $25 registration fee for the entire series or $10 per session. Light refreshments and printed program materials will be provided. See link above for details and registration or contact Washington County Extension Office at (850) 638-6180.|
|September 15||Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop (link), 9 am to 3 pm ET, Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Training Center, 108 Island Drive Eastpoint, FL 32328. Provided by Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. $10 fee covers materials and lunch. FDACS Pesticide applicator CEUs and SAF CFEs pending approval. Please register on-line at http://www.gulfalliancetraining.org/detail.aspx?Id=118 or you can reserve a space by contacting Anita Grove at the Reserve at (850) 670-7708, Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us|
|September 27||Forest Stewardship Workshop: Use Prescribed Fire Safely and Effectively, 8:30 am to 3 pm CT, Blackwater State Forest Bear Lake Pavilion, Munson, FL. This program will provide an overview of the uses of fire in natural resource management and the proper planning necessary for a successful prescribed burn. A burn demonstration will be planned and executed if conditions allow. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. More details to be posted soon.|
|October 25-28||Prescribed Fire for Wildlife (link), Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, FL. Provided by the Florida Wildlife Society, Tall Timbers, and Florida Fish and Wildlfie Conservation Commission. Details to be posted at link above or contact Jim Schortemeyer, email@example.com, (239) 455-5847.|
|June 7||Webinar: Weed Management in Organic Cropping Systems (link), 3 pm ET, See link for details.|
|June 14||Webinar: Managing Soil Quality in Forests (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.|
|June 23, July 28, Aug 25, Sep 22, Oct 27, Nov 17, Dec 15||Your Legacy, Your Land Monthly Webinar Series (link), provided by American Forest Foundation. See link for details.|
Timber Price Update
COGONGRASS TREATMENT COST-SHARE PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Applications for the program will be accepted through July 29, 2016.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has announced that the Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program. Applications for the program will be accepted through July 29, 2016.
“Cogongrass is one of the most aggressive weeds in Florida and is capable of rapidly choking out and displacing our native plant species,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “Through the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program, landowners can help stop the spread of this harmful pest in Florida.”
Cogongrass is an invasive, non-native grass that occurs in Florida and several other southeastern states. Cogongrass infestations negatively affect tree regeneration, growth and survival, as well as wildlife habitat, native plant diversity, forage quality and property values. They also increase the risk of wildfires and alter fire behavior.
“Left untreated, invasive cogongrass can spread quickly, causing long-term problems,” said State Forester Jim Karels. “In addition to reducing the productivity and value of forests and rangelands, it can greatly increase the risk and severity of wildfire.”
The Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program, which is supported through a grant from the USDA Forest Service, is offered for non-industrial private lands in all Florida counties. It provides reimbursement of 50 percent of the cost to treat cogongrass infestations with herbicide for two consecutive years.
To obtain an application form or to learn more about program requirements, contact a local Florida Forest Service county forester or visit the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program webpage. All qualifying applications will be evaluated and ranked for approval.
2016 FLORIDA SOUTHERN PINE BEETLE FORECAST
By Chris Pearce, Florida Forest Service
A pheromone trap survey was conducted in March 2016 as part of an ongoing program to monitor the populations of Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) and its associated predators. The purpose is to provide an early-season prediction of the potential level of SPB activity in select Florida counties, and identify areas which may be at increased risk for an outbreak. The results of the 2016 survey indicate that SPB populations are low at all but one trap location and suggest that the risk of widespread SPB infestations in the surveyed counties is low. See full report here.
SOMETHING BUGGING YOUR TREES?
Do you have pests or a disease in your trees? Leaves or needles wilting, and you don’t know why? Sawdust falling out of your trees, and you don’t know how to save them? There is help: ask your question at the free Forest Health Diagnostic Forum: http://sfrc.ufl.edu/treehealth/forum/.
FOREST STEWARDSHIP VIDEOS - VIEW AND SHARE!
All the latest videos are on the Florida Forest Stewardship Program home page:
GOT AN INVASIVE SPECIES PROBLEM?
Go to floridainvasives.org for information, assistance and partnership opportunities.
LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON A PARTICULAR TOPIC?
Check the vast array of extension publications available through UF/IFAS on the EDIS publication site: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ Wow, there’s a publication about that?
FWC REQUESTS REPORTS OF WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS:
Report chipmunk sightings here: https://public.myfwc.com/hsc/chipmunk/getlatlong.aspx
Report panther sightings here: https://public.myfwc.com/hsc/PantherSightings/getlatlong.aspx
Report mink sightings here: https://public.myfwc.com/hsc/mink/getlatlong.aspx
Report black bear sightings here: https://public.myfwc.com/fwri/blackbear/getlatlong.aspx
Report southern hognose snake (Heterodon simus), short-tailed snake (Lampropeltis extenuata), and Florida pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus) here:
UF/IFAS SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION EXTENSION PROGRAMS
FORESTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCES WEBINARS
For a calendar of upcoming webinars in a variety of land management topics see:
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA CONTINUING FORESTRY EDUCATION CLASSES
See http://conted.warnell.uga.edu/ for the latest offerings.
ALABAMA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION FORESTRY WEBINARS
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