Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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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 cdemers@ufl.edu.

Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
April 24
Forest Stewardship Tour at Simons Tree Farm, property of Bob and Erika Simons (link to pdf flier), Alachua County. Longleaf pine forest restoration, conservation easement on Santa Fe River. Free, walking tour, lunch included. This tour is full.
April 24-25 Ag Module 2014, Southwest FL Water Management District: Innovation in the Water Space (link), Crystal Springs Preserve, 1601 Crystal Springs Preserve Rd., Crystal Springs, FL. Two-day forum on agriculture and water quality and quantity innovations.  See link for details and registration.
April 25 Aquaculture Workshop, 9:30 am to 4 pm, Forest Capital Hall
203 Forest Park Drive, Perry FL 32348. Cost is $25 per person, includes lunch. REGISTRATION FORMS can be found at http://taylor.ifas.ufl.edu/. Email gwallat@ufl.edu for more information.
April 28
North Florida Timber Disease and Pest Workshop
, 10 am to 12 pm ET, UF/IFAS Madison County Extension Office, 184 College Loop, Madison, FL 32340. Presented by Jeff Eikwort, Florida Forest Service. For more information or to register contact Justin Kania, (850) 973-5115, justin.kania@freshfromflorida.com
April 28 -
May 1
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 (link), Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, Safety Harbor, FL. Details and registration at link above.
May 3-31 FL Master Naturalist Program – Uplands Module, Pine Jog Environmental Center and Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Palm Beach County, Details and Registration at http://www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu/
May 5-8 Ignition Planning & Prescribed Fire Techniques for Wildlife (link), at the Cecil Commerce Center, 13561 Lake Newman Street, Jacksonville, FL. Details and registration at link above.
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 -
June 10
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, janet.grabowski@fl.usda.gov.
May 15-18 Florida Native Plant Society's 34th Annual Conference, Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, FL. Details at http://fnps.org/conference
May 16 Forest Stewardship Mill Tour: Gainesville Renewable Energy Center (link), meet at 1:30 pm, Alachua County . We have a unique opportunity to tour the GREC facility to learn more about the operations and fuel sourcing.  However, attendance is very limited – only twelve (12) are allowed on the tour. Preference will be given to private forest landowners.  To register, contact Chris Demers at cdemers@ufl.edu, (352) 846-2375.
May 29 Rural Energy Workshop, 6 - 8 pm, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, 2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville, FL. Come learn about solar power and other sustainable energy sources for your farm and home. Topics include solar power systems for agriculture and residential use as well as the economics of solar power. FREE, supper included. Pre-register at 352-337-6209 (voice mail) by May 27th. For more information call 352-955-2402.
June 8-10 Trees Florida 2014 Conference (link), Innsbrook Resort and Golf Club, Palm Harbor, FL. Presented by Florida Chapter International Society of Arboriculture. CFEs approved for the event. See link for details and registration.
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/
September 4 Forest Stewardship / Heartland CISMA Workshop: Invasive Exotic Species and Management, 8:30 am to 3 pm ET, UF/IFAS Okeechobee County Extension Office, 458 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee, FL  34972. Pesticide applicator CEUs and SAF CFEs pending. More details to come.

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
April 24 Tomatoes at Twilight Field Day, 4 to 6 pm CT, West Florida Research and Education Center, 4253 Experiment Road, Hwy 182, Jay FL 32565. $10 fee. Register at http://twilight-tomatoes.eventbrite.com
April 26 Green Living Expo 2014 (link), 9 am to 2 pm, Crawfordville Hudson Park & TCC Wakulla Center. Activities include a Green Flea Market, bike rally & safety check, presentations on sustainable activities, and food vendors.
May 12-16 Tall Timbers GIS Workshop: Applied Geospatial Solutions in Natural Resources (link), Tall Timbers Research Station. See link for details.
May 14
Longleaf Pine Forest Restoration & Management Workshop (link to pdf flier)
, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm CT, Turkey Pond Ranch, Washington County. Presented by Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance and Forest Stewardship Program. $10 includes lunch and materials. Details to come. Register at https://fsp-workshop051414.eventbrite.com
or call Washington County Extension at (850) 638-6180
June 23-26 Tall Timbers GIS Workshop: Python Scripting and GIS Programming (link). Tall Timbers Research Station. See link for details.

 

WEBINARS
April 24 Webinar: Biomass Harvesting Sustainability Webinar Series: Biomass harvesting guidelines implementation: challenges and opportunities, including inventory techniques, 12 pm ET.  See link for details.
April 24,
May 8
USDA Forest Service Rocky Mtn Research Station's Invasive Plants Webinar Series (link), see link for details.
April 30 Webinar: Preparing a Seeding Plan for Conservation Practices (link), 2 pm ET.  See link for details.
April 30 Webinar: Short Rotation Woody Crops for Phytoremediation Applications (link), 2 pm ET.  See link for details.
May 7 Webinar: Forest Certification for Forest Owners in the Eastern U.S., 1 pm ET.  See link for details.
May 13 Webinar: Biomass Market Access Standards (BMAS) (link), 2 pm ET.  See link for details.
May 13 Webinar: Using RUSLE2 to Evaluate Soil Health Planning Principles (link), 2 pm ET.  See link for details.
May 21 Development of an Acid Scrubber for Removal of Ammonia from Mechanically Ventilated Broiler Houses (link), 1 pm ET.  See link for details.


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 4th Qtr 2013

News Briefs

CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

A PRIMER ON WOOD-BORING BEETLES AND FUNGI
As wood-boring beetles and fungi are increasingly impacting forests and industries in the U.S., the demand for research on these organisms is also increasing. Dr. Jiri Hulcr, the UF/IFAS Forest Entomologist, was invited on to present his lab’s research on ambrosia beetles and fungi at four Universities across the eastern U.S. On this three-week “tour,” he was hosted by entomology departments at Auburn University, University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. A snapshot from one stop at this can be seen on YouTube: a recorded presentation and questions session at the University of Tennessee Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. This is an excellent primer on the biology and ecology of ambrosia beetles and why we need to be concerned about their expanding populations.

FWC SEEKS INPUT ON DEER MANAGEMENT IN NORTH AND CENTRAL FL
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission seeks input and invites the public to a series of meetings in April on deer management in north and central Florida, to discuss establishing deer management units, greater antler regulations, bag limits and antlerless deer days in hunting zones B and C. Click for details.

All meetings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the following locations and dates:

  • Lake City – Monday, April 21, at the Holiday Inn Lake City, 213 SW Commerce Drive.
  • DeLand – Wednesday, April 23, at First Baptist Church of DeLand, 725 N. Woodland Blvd.
  • Vero Beach – Thursday, April 24, at Bethel Creek House, 4405 Hwy. A1A.

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.    

2013 TIMBER TAX TIPS AVAILABLE
The deadline for filing taxes is coming up on April 15. The 2013 Tax Tips for Forest Landowners 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:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheFLTC

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/.

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

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
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/winter-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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