Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
August 1-2 2014 Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference (link), Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, FL. See link for details and registration.
August 11-15 Natural Areas Training Academy: S130/190 Basic Wildland Firefighter Training, Waccasassa Forestry Center, Gainesville FL & Ordway-Swisher Biological Station, Melrose FL. Tuition: $125 - General Registration; $100 - Student Registration. Registration closes July 25. Details and registration at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-basic-wildland-firefighter-training-s130190-tickets-11331772637?ct=t%28S130_190_20144_16_2014%29
August 13-30 FL Master Naturalist Program – Environmental Interpretation Special Topic Course, Palm Beach County, Details and Registration at http://www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu/
August 14
Forest Certification: Forests, Labels, Mills & More (pdf link)
, 9 am to 3 pm, UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension Office, 543350 U. S. Hwy 1, Callahan, FL 32011. Get the latest on the certification programs available in this region and how they can benefit landowners and forest management. Foresters, this is Approved for 3.5 Cat 1 SAF CFEs. Details and registration at
http://fcp-workshopcallahan.eventbrite.com
August 22 Florida Pomegranate Association Field Day: Pomegranates after 4 Years, 10:30 am to 3 pm, McTeer Farms, Inc., 3901 Hatchineha Road, Haines City, FL 33844. Learn about 40 varieities and how to care for them. $20, lunch inluded. Details and registration at
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pomegranates-after-4-years-tickets-12125508723
August 25-29 Sixth International Symposium on GIS/Spatial Analyses in Fishery and Aquatic Sciences, Tampa, FL. Co-sponsored by the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program. Registration/Abstract deadline June 30. For more info go to: http://www.esl.co.jp/Sympo/6th/final_announcement.pdf
August 26-28
Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting: "Communication is Key" (link)
, Sawgrass Marriott, Ponte Vedre Beach, FL. Foresters, SAF CFEs approved. See link for details.
September 4
Forest Stewardship / Heartland CISMA Workshop: Invasive Exotic Species and Management (link to flier)
, 9:00 am to 3 pm ET, UF/IFAS Okeechobee County Extension Office, 458 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee, FL  34972. 3 DOACS Pesticide applicator CEUs approved in FOR, NWM, PVT, ROW. 4 Cat 1 SAF CFEs approved.  $15 fee if registered by August 25. $20 fee after August 25.  Please register on-line at
http://fsp-workshop090414.eventbrite.com/
September 11 Certified Pile Burner Course (pdf link), 8 am to 5 pm, ET, UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension Office, 7620 SR 471, Suite 2, Bushnell, FL 33513. See link for more details and registration. For questions contact DarLinda Duteau, dduteau@ufl.edu, (352) 569-6865.
September 24 Keeping Your Land Productive through Conservation Easements Workshop, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm ET. UF Austin Cary Forest Learning Center, Gainesville, FL. Sponsored by FL SAF Suwannee Chapter, Florida Forest Stewardship Program, Conservation Trust of Florida. $15 fee.  SAF CFEs pending. Contact Lyndall Brezina, (352) 375-1473,  Lyndall@columbiatimber.com
October 3-5 Florida Local Food Summit (link), East End Market, Orlando, FL. 3 day event loaded with educational and networking opportunities for our state’s farmers, foodpreneurs, consumers and policy makers. See link for details
October 23 Forest Stewardship / North Central FL CISMA Workshop: Invasive Exotic Species and Management, 9 am to 3 pm ET, UF Austin Cary Forest Learning Center. 2 DOACS Pesticide applicator CEUs approved in FOR, NWM, PVT, ROW; 1 Core. 3 Cat 1, 1 Cat 2 SAF CFEs approved..  $15 fee, lunch included.  Please register on-line at
http://fsp-workshop102314.eventbrite.com
October 30
Forest Stewardship Tree / Plant ID Field Day (pdf link)
, 9 am to 3 pm ET, Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Details and registration at
https://fsp-workshop103014.eventbrite.com/

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
August 14 2014 Peanut Field Day, 8:00 AM (CDT), UF/IFAS Marianna North Florida Research and Education Center, 3925 HWY 71, Marianna, FL  32446-8091. Topics to be addressed include disease control, new varieties, crop management, and weed control. CEUs will be available at registration. CEU’s will be offered for Core, Private Applicator, Ag/Row Crop, and R&D. See link for details.
August 22 UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center Extension Farm Field Day, NOTE DATE CHANGE TO 8/22. 8 am - 12 pm CT. See http://wfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/ or call (850) 983-7134 for details.
August 23 Florida A&M University's Grape Harvest Festival 2014, 8 am to 4 pm, FAMU Center for Viticulture, 6505 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32317.
Sept 18
Forest Stewardship Mill Tour: Green Circle Bio Energy (link to flier)
, 9:30 am to 2 pm CT, Green Circle Bio Energy, 2500 Green Circle Pkwy, Cottondale, Florida 32431. Tour will be followed by lunch and energy wood presentation by Dr. Pat Minogue at the UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office. 2.5 Cat 1 SAF CFEs approved. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Details and registration at:
http://fsp-tour091814.eventbrite.com/
October 25-26 7th Annual New Leaf Market Co-op Farm Tour (link). Tickets will be $35 and limited to 25 guests. Tickets available soon. See link to details.

 

WEBINARS, ONLINE TRAINING, OTHER EVENTS
July 30 Webinar: Specifications for Construction Contracts (link) , 2 pm ET.  See link for details.
July 30 Webinar: Evaluation of Manure Management Systems (link), 2 pm ET.  See link for details.
August 5 Webinar: Weed Management in Organic Pasture (link), 3 pm ET.  See link for details.
August 12 Webinar: Managing for Soil Health on an Organic Farm - A Farmer's Perspective (link), 2 pm ET.  See link for details.
August 5 - 26
(Tuesday evenings)
Master Wildlifer 2014: Landscape Considerations (link), Internet Broadcast Tuesday evenings 6:30 - 8 pm ET. Presented by Clemson University. Foresters, 6 Cat 1 CFEs approved. $125 fee. See link above for details and registration. For questions, contact Susan Guynn at sguynn@clemson.edu, (864) 656-0606
August 8 - October 8 Natural Areas Training Academy: Managing for Diversity Across Florida's Unique Landscapes, presented in a hybrid on-line and in-person format, this workshop builds understanding of management and restoration approaches for conserving biodiversity. Registration is $225. Details and registration at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/managing-for-diversity-across-floridas-unique-landscapes-tickets-11791995175?ct=t%28MFD_20146_11_2014%29
Sept 22- October 24 Natural Areas Training Academy: Collaborating to Manage Ecosystems, presented in a hybrid on-line and in-person format, this workshop builds an appreciation of how to manage natural areas as part of a larger ecosystem, in coordination with neighboring landowners. Registration is $275. Details and registration at:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/collaborating-to-manage-ecosystems-tickets-11791846731?aff=eorg
October
21-24
10th Biennial Longleaf Conference, 9th Eastern Native Grass Symposium, and National Prescribed Fire Council Meeting (link), Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water St., Mobile, AL. See link for details.
October 28-29 2014 SouthEastern Regional Forest Resource Owner and Manager Conference: Advancing Timber, Wildlife, and Ecological Benefits in the Forests of Georiga, Florida, and Alabama. Rainwater Conference Center, 1 Meeting Place, Valdosta, GA 31601. See link to brochure above for details. Online registration here.


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 2nd Qtr 2014

News Briefs

CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE INVITES CITIZENS TO PROVIDE INPUT ON FOREST LEGACY PROGRAM
Chipley's Foster Folly News reports the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Forest Service is updating portions of the state’s Forest Action Plan related to the USDA Forest Legacy Program and is inviting citizens and stakeholders to get involved. The Florida Forest Service’s participation in the Forest Legacy Program compliments its Rural and Family Lands Protection Program by helping to protect and conserve important forest areas through voluntary conservation easements and fee simple purchases.

“The protection and conservation of forests in Florida is vital,” said Jim Karels, State Forester. “Florida’s forests provide countless benefits including forest products, job opportunities, recreational opportunities, and the protection of water quality and wildlife habitat.”

Currently, the Florida Forest Service is partnering with Florida State University’s Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) to update and identify priority forestlands that qualify as Forest Legacy areas eligible for federal funding from the Forest Legacy Program.

In an effort to secure broad support for the Forest Legacy Program in Florida and to seek further input from citizens and stakeholders on potential criteria and focus areas, the Florida Forest Service and FNAI will hold three Public Participation Workshops around the state. Below are the Forest Legacy workshop details:

  • KISSIMMEE, FL
    Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm (EST): Osceola County Extension Office, Osceola Heritage Park, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee FL 34744
  • TALLAHASSEE, FL
    Thursday, August 7, 2014, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm (EST): Eyster Auditorium, 3125 Conner Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32311
  • GAINESVILLE, FL
    Thursday, August 12, 2014, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (EST): 1911 Southwest 34 Street, Gainesville, FL 32608

Landowner participation in the program, including the sale of lands and interests in lands, is entirely voluntary. More information about the Forest Legacy Program here, or call the Forest Legacy Program Coordinator at (850) 681-5816.

The Florida Forest Service manages more than one million acres of public forest land while protecting 26 million acres of homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire. For more information about sustainable forestry practices and forest conservation efforts in Florida, visit www.FloridaForestService.com.

JULY / AUGUST ISSUE OF FIRE LINES NOW AVAILABLE
Fire Lines
is a joint newsletter for the Southern Fire Exchange and the Southeastern Section of the Association for Fire Ecology. This newsletter is published bimonthly to briefly summarize recent fire-related publications, projects, activities, and news. Current and back issues here.

TO CERTIFY OR NOT: FLORIDA TREE FARM PROGRAM NEEDS TO DECIDE
Something that sets the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) apart from all other private land stewardship programs is forest certification.  ATFS Tree Farms are currently third party certified as sustainable (or “green”) and products can be sold as such at market.  Florida, along with the other states are now being presented with a choice to make: to either stay in or opt out of ATFS Certification status depending on the importance we see in it.  The Florida Tree Farm Committee will be required to make a formal declaration by December 31, 2015 of whether or not we want to continue as a state program of “third party certified” Tree Farms.  The alternative is to revert to a “recognition” program that no longer has a “certification” status.  As Tree Farmers, The Florida Tree Farm Committee would like your opinion of whether Florida should remain in a “certified” Tree Farm program, or drop the requirement for third party certification.  Please reply with any comments you may have on this to Phil Gornicki, State Tree Farm Coordinator at 850-222-5646 or phil@forestfla.org.    

GOT AN INVASIVE SPECIES PROBLEM?
Go to floridainvasives.org for information, assistance and partnership opportunities.

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/.

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?

HELP STILL NEEDED - COYOTES VS BOBCATS: WHAT ARE THEY EATING?
The University of Florida is conducting a study of coyote dietary habits in Florida and needs YOU to donate your catch! We are especially interested in how coyotes are affecting white-tailed deer, turkeys, bobwhite quail, livestock, and pets! YOUR help is needed to obtain legally acquired coyote carcasses, with or without pelts. We will also accept coyote stomachs and intestines if you cannot store the whole carcass. Carcasses or stomachs and intestines should be frozen in a suitable bag or container, and include the name of contributor, animal weight/sex, date harvested/obtained, and location harvested/obtained. Arrangements can be made to get carcasses from you at the University or combine your animals with others in your area for a pickup. We have obtained a permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for this project, and will keep information provided by you for this project anonymous to the extent possible by law. We greatly appreciate your help with this valuable study!

Lauren N. Watine & Bill Giuliano
E-mail: LNWATINE@UFL.EDU
Office: 352-846-0575

FWC REQUESTS REPORTS OF WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS:

FWC WILDLIFE LEGACY INITIATIVE NEWSLETTER
See the latest news at: http://myfwc.com/conservation/special-initiatives/fwli/news/spring-2014/

UF/IFAS SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION EXTENSION PROGRAMS
See http://sfrc.ufl.edu/extension

FORESTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCES WEBINARS
For a calendar of upcoming webinars in a variety of land management topics see:
http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinar-calendar/month#.T-zLkBhgZys.blogger

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA CONTINUING FORESTRY EDUCATION CLASSES
See http://conted.warnell.uga.edu/ for the latest offerings.

ALABAMA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION FORESTRY WEBINARS
See http://www.aces.edu/natural-resources/forestry/

SUPPORT FLORIDA'S FOREST STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
Your contribution will help support Forest Stewardship Program outreach events across Florida. More information


Other Events Listings

Additional UF/IFAS Extension Events

UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation Events

Florida Forest Service

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Southern Region Extension Forestry

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