2014 Forest Stewardship Program, Small Farms,
Extension & Other Natural
Resource Events and News
If you know of an event or news brief that should be included on this page please send an email with the name of the event, date, location, and contact phone or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)|
|March 11 -
|Growing for Profit Series, UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, Live Oak, FL. Details at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-for-profit-series-entire-series-registration-10211640291|
Forest Stewardship Tour at Rocky Creek Timber, property of Jim and Mary Helmers (link), Levy County. Timber management, prescribed fire, longleaf pine regeneration, pond management. Details and registration online: http://fsp-tour031314.eventbrite.com/
|March 13-14||Urban Forestry Institute: Conflict Resolution: Trees Versus Infrastructure (link), Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL. See link above for details and registration.|
|March 15||Family Day at the UF-IFAS Dairy Farm, 9 am to 2 pm, 13515 NW CR 237, Alachua (Hague), FL 32615 . For details see: http://dairy.ifas.ufl.edu/familydayatthedairyfarm/index.shtml|
2014 Winter Forage Food Plot Field Day, 5:30 pm, Bradford High School FFA Farm, Starke, FL.Contact the Bradford County Office at (904) 966-6224 to register. Registration deadline March 21, 2014.
|March 24||Management of Forages for Hay Production and Grazing (link), 10 am to 2 pm. Allison Farms, 3731 SW Salem Rd, Lake City, FL. Free, lunch included. Please RSVP by Friday, March 21, Call (386) 752-5384 or email@example.com|
Florida Forest Service Landowner Workshop: Habitat Management & Enhancement for Ground Nesting Birds, 9:00-11:30 AM ET at Columbia County Extension Office, 971 W Duval St., Ste. 170, Lake City, FL 32055. This workshop is free but pre-registration is required. To Register contact Stan Shepard, Stanley.Shepard@FreshFromFlorida.com, (386) 758-5713 by April 1, 2014.
Forest Stewardship Tour at Simons Tree Farm, property of Bob and Erika Simons, Alachua County. Longleaf pine forest restoration, conservation easement on Santa Fe River. Free, walking tour, lunch included. Details and registration online: http://fsp-tour042414.eventbrite.com/
|April 28 -
|Florida Wildlife Society and Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council Spring Conference: Breaking Bad in FL - Gaining Ground on Invasive Plants and Wildlife in the 21st Century, Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, Safety Harbor, FL. Details and registration at: http://www.fltws.org/2014springconference/|
|May 5-8||Ignition Planning & Prescribed Fire Techniques for Wildlife, at the Cecil Commerce Center, 13561 Lake Newman Street, Jacksonville, FL. A full agenda and registration info is available on the chapter website: http://fltws.org/|
|May 5-8||2014 Aquatic Weed Short Course to be held May 5-8, 2014 at the Ft. Lauderdale Coral Springs Marriott Coral Springs, FL. Earn 20+ Florida Pesticide Applicator CEUs, Details and registration at http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/aw/
|May 6 -
|FL Master Naturalist Program – Freshwater Wetlands, Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Details and Registration at http://www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu/|
|May 7-9||Florida Beef Cattle Short Course: "Manage Your Enterprise, Manage Your Herd" (link), Alto and Patricia Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center, Gainesville, FL. See link for details.|
|May 8||Aquatic Ecosystems Restoration Mini-Course (link), Fort Lauderdale Coral Sprins Marriot. $60 before April 25. See link for details.|
|May 9||Earth Day Festival, 10 am - 2 pm at USDA Brooksville Plant Materials Center, 14119 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34601. Great opportunity to exhibit - exhibitor deadline is April 15.For more information contact Janet Grabowski, 352-796-9600, firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|August 1-2||2014 Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference (link),
Osceola Heritage Park * Kissimmee, FL. See link for details and registration.
|WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)|
|March 10-11||Southeast Regional Mosquito Control Workshop (link), 4750 Collegiate Drive; Panama City, FL 32405. Hosted by Public Health Entomology Services at Florida State University; 10 FL Public Health Pesticide Applicator CEUs anticipated; See link above or Contact: Dr. John Smith, (850) 319-9475.|
|May 12-16||Tall Timbers GIS Workshop: Applied Geospatial Solutions in Natural Resources (link), Tall Timbers Research Station. See link for details.|
|June 23-26||Tall Timbers GIS Workshop: Python Scripting and GIS Programming (link). Tall Timbers Research Station. See link for details.|
|March - May||USDA Forest Service Rocky Mtn Research Station presents an
Invasive Plants Webinar Series (link), see link for dates and details.
|March 11||Webinar: Soil Health and Production Benefits of Mob Grazing (link) , 2 pm ET. See link for details.|
|March 26||Webinar: Wetland Restoration Hydrology and Design Overview (link), 2 pm ET. See link for details.|
|March 28||Webinar: Cover Crops: Why grow a crop you don't sell? (link), 11 am ET. See link for details.|
|April 1||Webinar: The status and potential future of biomass harvesting guidelines (link) , 12 - 1 pm ET. See link for details.|
|April 3||Webinar: The Clean Water Act and Silviculture Operations, 10:00 to 11:30 am ET, provided by Clemson University, $20 fee. Register at https://www.regonline.com/epaforestry|
Timber Price Update
Listen to the Southeast AgNet interview about the upcoming Forest Stewardship Tour on 3/13.
Jim Helmers, owner and operator of Rocky Creek Timber, invites landowners interested in converting their land to longleaf pine to attend the upcoming Longleaf Pine Restoration Tour next week. There is still room to register: http://fsp-tour031314.eventbrite.com/
INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK
Last week was National Invasive Species Awareness Week but every week is in Florida! Non-native plants, animals and pathogens can harm humans and the environment and impact our nation's economy. The cost of damage done by invasive plants alone is in the billions of dollars per year.
Invasive weeds can produce skin irritation, trigger allergies and poison pets and livestock. They can clog waterways, kill native trees, and shade out crops, ornamentals and prized native flora. They are found in every imaginable habitat, including oceans, lakes, streams, wetlands, croplands, rangelands, natural areas, parks, forests, urban environments, yards and gardens.
Eight Ways You Can Help
- Learn about invasive species. Visit the Florida Invasive Species Partnership web site to learn about our invasive species challenges, partnership efforts to address them and how you can get involved: http://www.floridainvasives.org/
- Clean hiking boots, waders, boats and trailers, off-road vehicles and other gear to stop invasive species from hitching a ride to a new location.
- Avoid dumping aquariums or live bait into waterways.
- Use forage, hay, mulch and soil that are certified as "weed free."
- Plant only non-invasive plants in your garden, and remove any known invaders.
- Report new or expanded invasive species outbreaks on EDDMAPS: http://www.eddmaps.org/florida/
- Volunteer to help remove invasive species from public lands and natural areas.
- Ask your political representatives at the state, local and national level to support invasive species control efforts.
SITES NEEDED FOR UF COGONGRASS RESEARCH STUDY
Speaking of invasive species, Dr. Luke Flory, UF-IFAS Agronomy Dept, is looking at the effects of cogongrass invasion and soil moisture availability on longleaf pine seedling recruitment. He's looking for sites on private lands that would be suitable for his research. Here's what he's looking for:
- At least 10 sites total that span the broadest possible range of soil moisture availability from upland sand hills to flatwoods.
- All sites need to be invaded by cogongrass – the invasion doesn't have to be contiguous but that would be best. The total area invaded needs to be about 1/4 to 1/3 acre.
- The less management over the last 2-3 years the better – and no planned management for the next few years at least. Okay if the surrounding area is managed, just not our plots.
- Longleaf overstory if possible.
- Within 2 hours travel time of Gainesville.
If you have a site that fits the criteria, contact Dr. Flory at (352) 294-1581, email@example.com
FWC TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS IN CENTRAL FL FOR INPUT ON MANAGING BEARS
This month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold seven public meetings to discuss conservation and management of black bears in central Florida and how people can get involved.
Under the FWC’s Florida Black Bear Management Plan approved in 2012, seven bear management units (BMUs) will be established throughout the state.
The BMU approach will allow the FWC to manage bears based on the characteristics of bears, people and habitat in different parts of Florida. The first steps are being taken to create the Central BMU to manage bears in central Florida, which includes the state’s largest bear subpopulation in the Ocala National Forest and surrounding areas.
The meetings will offer the public a chance to provide input on local bear issues and allow interested individuals to sign up to be active members of the Central Bear Stakeholder Group. The meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the following locations:
- March 11 - Ocala, Howard Middle School Cafetorium, 1655 NW 10th St.
- March 18 - DeLand, City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave.
- March 19 - Fort McCoy, Whiteacre Memorial VFW Post 1020, 23498 NE Highway 314.
- March 20 - Palatka, Ravine Gardens State Park, 1600 Twigg St.
- March 25 - Gainesville, City Hall, 200 E. University Ave.
UF-IFAS SMALL FARMS ACADEMY
The goal of the Small Farms Academy is to train small farmers by providing unique, hands-on classes, workshops, and field days on specific topics in order to sustain existing small farms and increase the number of new small farms. All events here:
PINEMAP VIDEO RELEASED
The Pine Integrated Network (PINEMAP) project integrates research, extension, and education to enable private landowners to manage forests to increase carbon sequestration; increase efficiency of nitrogen and other fertilizer inputs; and adapt forest management approaches to increase forest resilience and sustainability. Watch this six minute PINEMAP video focused on forest health management strategies, produced by Shelby Krantz, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLnxKfFIDJ4
More about PINEMAP at: http://www.pinemap.org/
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF THE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE
In 2014, UF/IFAS Extension celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state national network of educators who extend university-based knowledge to the people. In Florida, Extension allows us all to benefit from the research and education of our land-grant universities, the University of Florida and Florida A&M University. More info at: http://ifas.ufl.edu/smith-lever100.shtml
2013 TIMBER TAX TIPS AVAILABLE
Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2013 Tax Year is now available. This annual bulletin provides federal income tax reporting tips to assist forest landowners and their advisors in filing their 2013 income tax returns: http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/programs/loa/tax.shtml
FORESTRY TAXATION VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE
The Forest Landowners Tax Council (The FLTC) has produced a couple educational programs about forestry related taxation. The latest is entitled “Taxation of Forestry Income.” These videos can be found at TheFLTC YouTube Channel:
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/.
PUBLIC INVITED TO REVIEW FWC IMPERILED SPECIES ACTION PLANS
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites your feedback on the Imperiled Species Management Plan, which will be the blueprint for conserving 60 species on Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species list. Be a part the process. See http://www.myfwc.com/Imperiled to learn more and participate.
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
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.as
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:
EASTERN DIAMONDBACK RATTLESNAKES
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service was recently petitioned to list the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, historically found in the lower Coastal Plain from North Carolina to Louisiana, as a threatened or endangered species. As the Service reviews the status of the eastern diamondback, the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) is soliciting information about observations of the snake to improve understanding of its distribution and habitat associations. If you encounter an eastern diamondback rattlesnake, we would greatly appreciate your completing a short online survey here:
For more information, please contact Dr. Ben Wigley at 864-656-0840 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FWC WILDLIFE LEGACY INITIATIVE NEWSLETTER
See the latest news at: http://myfwc.com/conservation/special-initiatives/fwli/news/winter-2014/
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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