Florida Land Steward Calendar and News
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|EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)|
|August 6||Certified Pile Burner Course, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, West Central Florida Agriculture Center (Sumter County Fairgrounds) Bushnell, FL. $50 fee includes lunch and materials. Contact DarLinda Duteau at (352) 569-6865 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.|
|August 14-15||First Coast Specialty Crop Conference, At the University of North Florida, Student Union, Jacksonville. More info and register here http://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-coast-specialty-crop-conference-tickets-17189284613|
|August 20||Forest Stewardship / Lake County CISMA Workshop: Invasive Exotic Species and Management (pdf link), 9 am to 3 pm ET, UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Auditorium, 1951 Woodlea Rd, Tavares, FL 32778. Provided by Florida Forest Stewardship Program and Lake County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. FDACS Pesticide CEUs approved: 1 Standards/Core, 2 Prvt App, 2 Forestry, 2 Nat Area Weeds, 1 Limited Wildlife Trapper. SAF CFEs approved: 3.5 Cat 1, .5 Cat 2. $15 fee includes lunch and materials. Register on-line at https://fsp-workshop082015.eventbrite.com/. You can also reserve a space by contacting Lake County Extension (352) 343-4101 ext. 2.|
|August 27||Invasive Plant ID Workshop, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, 8202 CR 417, Live Oak, FL 32060. Sponsored by Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) and North Central Florida CISMA through a Kathy Craddock Burks Education Grant. Free. Details and registration here|
|August 28||Invasive Plant ID Workshop, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, UF/IFAS Taylor County Extension Office, 203 Forest Park Dr, Perry, FL 32348. Sponsored by Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) and North Central Florida CISMA through a Kathy Craddock Burks Education Grant. Free. Details and registration here|
|October 22||Forest Stewardship Tour at Sparkleberry Farm, Property of Bill Black and Denise Matthews, Alachua County (pdf link), 9:00 am to 2 pm ET. longleaf pine regeneration and management, groundcover restoration, wildlife habitat management, how to combat invasive exotic species, Silviculture Best Management Practices, available assistance and more. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register on-line at https://fsp-tour102215.eventbrite.com/ or reserve a space by contacting Chris Demers, (352) 846-2375, email@example.com|
|October 29||Forest Stewardship Field Day: Tree / Plant Identification (pdf link), 9 am to 3 pm, Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register on-line at https://fsp-workshop102915.eventbrite.com/ or contact Chris Demers, firstname.lastname@example.org, (352) 846-2375.|
|November 6||Mid-Florida Small Farms Conference, At the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, Apopka Can link to here:http://smallfarms.ifas.ufl.edu/firstcoast_conference.html|
|November 17||Forest Stewardship / Everglades CISMA Workshop: Invasive Exotic Species and Management (link), 9 am to 3 pm ET, UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center, 3200 East Palm Beach Road, Belle Glade, FL 33430-4702 . Provided by Florida Forest Stewardship Program and Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. FDACS Pesticide CEUs SAF CFEs pending. $10 fee includes lunch and materials. Registration at http://fsp-workshop111715.eventbrite.com/ or contact Palm Beach County Extension Office at (561) 233-1759.|
|WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)|
|August 29||FAMU Grape Harvest Festival, FAMU Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research, 6505 Mahan Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32317. Grape wine samples, pick your own grapes, 5K run, live entertainment and more. For more information contact 850-599-3546 or email@example.com|
|September 24||Forest Stewardship / Six Rivers CISMA Workshop: Cogongrass Identficiation and Control (pdf link), 9 am to 2:30 pm CT, UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office, 732 N. 9th St, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433. FDACS Pesticide CEUs and SAF CFEs pending. $15 fee includes lunch and materials. Register on-line at https://fsp-workshop092415.eventbrite.com/. You can also reserve a space by contacting Walton County Extension (850) 892-8172 or firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|October 15||Forest Stewardship / Aplachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance Workshop: Integrate Wildlife and Forestry (link), 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Dixie Plantation, 1583 Livingston Rd, Greenville, FL 32331. Supported by a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant. $5 fee. Register online at http://fsp-workshop101515.eventbrite.com /or call Jefferson County Extension at (850) 342-0187.|
|WEBINARS, ONLINE, POLYCOM TRAINING|
|July 28||Webinar: Silviculture for Non-foresters: Managing a Forest for Multiple Objectives (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.|
|July 29||Webinar: Technologies for Addressing Phosphorus Associated with Livestock Operations (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.|
|July 30||Webinar: Tracking Progress through Collaborative Monitoring (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.|
|August 4||Webinar: Opportunities for Conservation in Organic Livestock Systems (link), 3 pm ET, See link for details.|
|S130/190 Basic Wildland Firefighter Training (link), Presented in a hybrid format, online and in person in Gainesville and Ordway Swisher Biological Station. See link above for details and registration.|
|August 27||Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Soil (link), 1 pm ET, See link for details.|
|September 14 - October 22||Natural Areas Training Academy: Collaborating to Manage Ecosystems (link), Presented in a hybrid format (a combination of online and in-person training), this workshop builds an appreciation of how to manage natural areas as part of a larger ecosystem, in coordination with neighboring land owners. See link above for details and registration. For more info email email@example.com or call (850) 875-7153.|
Timber Price Update
USDA SEEKS PARTNERS TO PROTECT AND RESTORE WETLANDS IN FLORIDA
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announces the availability of $17.5 million in financial and technical assistance nationwide to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands. Funding will be provided through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP), a special enrollment option under the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program’s Wetland Reserve Easement component, created through the 2014 Farm Bill. WREP was formerly known as the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program. Under WREP, states, local units of governments, non-governmental organizations and American Indian tribes collaborate with USDA through multi-year cooperative and partnership agreements. Partners are required to contribute a funding match for financial or technical assistance. These partners work directly with eligible landowners interested in enrolling their agricultural land into conservation wetland easements.
Wetland reserve easements allow landowners to successfully enhance and protect habitat for wildlife on their lands, reduce impacts from flooding, recharge groundwater and provide outdoor recreational and educational opportunities. The voluntary nature of NRCS' easement programs allows effective integration of wetland restoration on working landscapes, providing benefits to farmers and ranchers who enroll in the program, as well as benefits to the local and rural communities where the wetlands exist.
Proposals must be submitted to NRCS state office in Gainesville by July 31, 2015. Contact information can be found on Florida NRCS website. Visit NRCS’s ACEP webpage to learn more about wetland conservation options.
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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