Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
July 21 North Florida Prescribed Burn Association Meeting, 8:00 am to noon ET, Alachua Conservation Trust's Prairie Creek Lodge. The meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m and end at noon. This is an opportunity for the General Membership and other interested individuals, entities, and agencies for a update on the NFPBA's progress and to learn about more fire weather and the upcoming Flatwoods Fire and Nature Festival in January 2019. Please RSVP to pangaea505@gmail.com by July 19th, 2018.
July 26 2018 Livestock & Forages Field Day (link), 8:00 am ET, Santa Fe River Ranch 29220 NW 122 St, Alachua, FL 32615 Registration $20 by July 19th or $50 at the gate. See link above for details and registration. For more information contact: Jane Griffin, (386) 362-2771 or l jane.griffin@ufl.edu
July 27-28 Florida Organic Growers’ Organic Food & Farming Summit (link), Hilton UF Conference Center in Gainesville, FL. Registration opens in May. See link above for more information.
August 3 Air Potato IPM Field Day (link), 9 am - noon ET, Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville, FL 34601. Provided by UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County. Join us for esearch updates on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) control methods of the invasive air potato vine and the effectiveness of the air potato beetle. See link above for details and registration. If you have any questions please contact William Lester at (352) 754-4433 ext. 5 or at wlester@ufl.edu.
August 22 Florida Tree Farm Tour: Managing Pine Forests for Multiple Goals, Putnam and Flagler Counties (link), 9:00 am to 12:00 pm ET, Crescent Lake Hunt Club and Seminole Landing Properties in Putnam and Flagler Counties, 843 East Highway 100, San Mateo, FL. Join us to explore the possibilities that pine forest management has to offer, learn about sustainable forestry and wildlife habitat management, and connect with the local and statewide professionals and resources that are available to assist in your land management. Free, lunch provided. Provided by Florida Tree Farm and Forest Stewardship Programs. Reserve a space by contacting Greg Dunn, Greg.Dunn@FreshFromFlorida.com, (904) 209-0430 or Conrad Wysocki, Conrad.Wysocki@FreshFromFlorida.com, (386) 329-3717 . Space will be limited so register soon.
August 28-30 Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting 2018 (link), Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, FL. See link above for details and registration or call (850) 222-5646.
September 18 2018 Silviculture BMPs & Forestry Wildlife BMPs Workshop (link), 10 am to 3 pm ET, Southwest FL Water Mgt District Office, 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville. This free workshop, provided by Florida Forest Service, will educate forest land managers about Silviculture BMPs for Water Quality and the Forestry Wildlife BMPs for State Imperiled Species. Participants will receive 4 hours of SAF CAT-1 CFE’s. Lunch on your own. To register contact Robin Holland, (352) 732-1781, Robin.Holland@freshfromflorida.com
September 20 Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop, Okeechobee County (pdf link), 9:00 am to 3:00 pm ET, UF/IFAS Okeechobee County Extension Office,, 458 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Provided by Heartland Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. Join us to get the latest information on controlling some of the most troublesome invasive exotic plants in this region. 5.0 FDACS CEUs approved: (3.0) Nat. Area Weed Mgmt., Pvt. App, or ROW; (2.0) 487 or 482 Core. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register on-line at
https://fsp-workshop092018.eventbrite.com/. You can also reserve a space by contacting Okeechobee County Extension, (863) 763-6469, and pay at the event with cash or check payable to University of Florida.
September 28 Landowner Cooperative Associations - Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Madison County (pdf link), 8:30 am to 4:00 pm ET, UF/IFAS Madison County Extension Office, 184 NW College Loop, Madison, FL 32340. Learn about landowner cooperative associations and the benefits of working with neighbors. Topics include cooperating to manage timber and wildlife, deer management, and the history and certification process of the American Tree Farm System. An afternoon tour of a local tree nursery will follow lunch. Free, lunch included. More details to be posted soon. Contact Madison County Extension (850) 973- 4138 by September 21 to register.
September 29 Project Learning Tree: Connecting Forests With People (link), 8:30 am –3:00 pm ET, Austin Cary Forest, 10625 NE Waldo Rd, Gainesville FL 32609. This training is for anyone interested in learning hands-on approaches to teach youth(and adults) about trees, forests, and the environment. Landowners, outreach coordinators, community volunteers, scout and camp leaders, undergraduate and graduate students and educators, anyone working with youth or wanting to are welcome. See link above for details and registration. For more information contact Elise Cassie, ecassie@ufl.edu

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
August 25
(note date change)
Family Heirs Property in Florida: "Cloudy Titles" 2018 Workshop Series - Session 5, ask the expert session which will be held at the Grape Harvest festival.  Registration is not required for the session, but there is a fee to enter the festival.  Here is the link for the festival:  http://www.famunews.com/grape-harvest-festival/. For more information, contact Sandra Thomson, Ed.D. at (850) 599-3546, sandra.thompson@famu.edu

 

WEBINARS / SIMULCAST EVENTS
July 24 Forestry Webinar: Transitioning from Gray to Green Infrastructure Using Urban Forestry (link), 1 pm ET. See link for details and to join.
July 25 Forestry Webinar: Maintaining Quail and Grassland Bird Habitat in the Agricultural Landscape: CP33 - Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds (link), 1 pm ET. See link for details and to join.
July 25 CEU Roundup (link), 8:30 am to 4:00 pm ET, simulcast statewide from the University of Florida. The FL Turf Grass Association has teamed up with UF/IFAS to present this year's CEU Round-Up, a full day of education that will be simulcast to locations around Florida from the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. The Round-Up has been designed to award up to 6 CEUs to attendees in some of the most difficult to attain subject areas, including aquatic weed control, natural areas, and right-of-way, among others. See link above for details and registration.
August 7 Science & Technology Webinar: Benefits of Agroforestry in Transitioning and Organic Systems (link), 3 pm ET. See link for details and to join.
August 29 Forestry Webinar: Increasing Adoption of Residential Wood Energy: Past, Present, & Future (link), 2 pm ET. See link for details and to join.


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 1st Qtr 2018

 

News Briefs


CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD EMAIL UPDATE 7/20/18 (PDF)

SUMMER-FALL ISSUE OF QUARTERLY FLORIDA LAND STEWARD
Hot off the presses: Sighting in the Northern Bobwhite Quail on Florida's Private Lands, Bamboo Beware: Green Gold or False Promises, Consultant Corner: Picking the Right Pine, Florida Tree Farm Program Preparing for 2019 Audit, Timber Price Update, Certified Forest Stewards and Tree Farmers, Events Calendar.

Access the current and back issues of the quarterly Florida Land Steward Newsletter here.

CONGRATULATIONS SOUTHERN REGIONAL OUTSTANDING TREE FARMERS OF THE YEAR, JON AND CAROL GOULD OF FLORIDA
The Goulds own four Tree Farm properties, totaling 655 acres in the panhandle of Florida. A big focus of their work has been on restoring and growing native longleaf pine – an important tree species for at-risk wildlife. They are proud to have gopher tortoise burrows across much of the property, and in the past few years have seen the reappearance of the bobwhite quail on their land. Read more about the Goulds and other Regional Nominees.

Cast your vote for the National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year on the American Tree Farm System's Facebook page: https://poll.fbapp.io/2018otfy/jRGRO7jc

2017-2018 ORGANIC CERTIFICATION COST SHARE PROGRAM
Florida Organic Growers (FOG), in cooperation with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Organic Certification Cost Share Program. Certified organic operators in Florida can now apply for reimbursement of up to 75 percent of certification costs from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, for a maximum of $750 per scope of certification. The deadline to apply is October 31st.

Please visit the FOG Cost Share webpage to learn more about the program, and how you can apply: http://www.foginfo.org/our-programs/cost-share/

If you have any questions regarding the program, please call Rylee Daddio at 352-231-7116

INTERACTIVE MAP SHOWS ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE FOREST INDUSTRY AND FOREST-BASED RECREATION IN FLORIDA IN 2016
This UF/IFAS study analyzed the economic contributions of the forest industry and forest-based recreation activities to the state of Florida in 2016.

View the Interactive Map of Florida Forest Industry Impacts here.

AIR POTATO PATROL CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT
The Air Potato Patrol Citizen Science project is looking for volunteers at https://airpotatobeetle.com/. This collaborative project between University of Florida IFAS Extension and Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services seeks to educate residents on how to identify and better control air potato vines, and to gather data important to current research and air potato leaf beetle tracking.

The website contains educational videos and a blog to educate the participants and keep them updated. Volunteers will be asked to complete surveys to evaluate the level of air potato infestation and the presence of the air potato beetles in their test plots. For more information please visit the website or contact William Lester, UF/IFAS Extension, at wlester@ufl.edu.

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD PARTNERS WEB MAP TOOL
Use this web tool to identify resources at a local watershed scale. The map is at this link: http://viewer.apps.pflcc.databasin.org/v1/index.html. More about this effort and how to use the tool here.

FLORIDA TREE FARM PROGRAM PREPARING FOR 2019 AUDIT
The Florida Tree Farm Program is preparing for a 2019 audit. The purpose of the audit is to verify that certified Tree Farms are compliant with the 2015-2020 Standards of Sustainability. The Program has been audited twice since 2010 without any issues. A relatively small sample of Tree Farms will be selected for the audit. The audit team will visit selected Tree Farms to review the landowners' management plans and conduct a brief interview. The inspector of the property and a Florida Tree Farm representative will accompany the auditor. We will begin the audit process in January 2019. Selected sample Tree Farm landowners will receive a phone call in early January 2019.

The Florida Tree Farm Program wants to make sure this audit goes well so it is extremely important for ALL certified Tree Farms in the state to have a current written management plan. Current means updated in the last 5 years. Contact your Florida Forest Service County Forester, consultant, or your Tree Farm District Representative if you need an update to your management plan, or if you have not been inspected since 2014

Find your County Forester here.

Find your Tree Farm District Representative here.

FAMILY HEIRS PROPERTY IN FLORIDA: "CLOUDY TITLES" PROGRAM FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY CONTINUES
In awareness of the continual loss of property by African Americans in rural communities due to complicated legal hurdles, FAMU Cooperative Extension Program office has created the Family Heirs Property Program Workshop Series. The series is designed to show what happens to property that has been granted to either children or relatives of the original owners through heirship or by a will, and how families can clear the title of their family heirs property. The course continues August 28. Register here for the next Session.

REPORT QUAIL AND OTHER WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS
To help restore the state’s northern bobwhite quail populations, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking private landowners to report sightings of bobwhite quail on their land. Report northern bobwhite quail sightings at MyFWC.com/QuailSighting

The FWC also seeks reports of these species:

NEED A LOAN TO FUND CONSERVATION PROJECTS? CHECK OUT THE USDA FARM SERVICE AGENCY'S GUARANTEED CONSERVATION LOAN PROGRAM
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) guarantees loans to promote conservation practices on farms and ranches that help protect natural resources. The goal of FSA’s Conservation Loan (CL) program is to provide access to credit for farmers who need and want to implement conservation measures on their land, but do not have the “up front” funds available to implement these practices. For more information see this Conservation Loan Program Fact Sheet. Also see this table summarizing FSA farm loan opportunities.

The Conservation Contract Program is a program for eligible landowners that protects important natural resources and other sensitive areas while providing a debt management tool. A conservation contract is available to people with Farm Service Agency (FSA) direct loans secured by real estate. These individuals may qualify for a reduction of their FSA indebtedness in exchange for a conservation contract with a term of 50, 30 or 10 years. The conservation contract is a voluntary legal agreement that restricts the type and amount of development that may take place on portions of the landowner’s property. Contracts may be established on marginal cropland and other environmentally sensitive lands for conservation, recreation and wildlife purposes. For more information see this Conservation Contract Program Fact Sheet.

The FSA provides several types of farm loans. For more information on these opportunities, see the Florida FSA Website or contact your local FSA office to speak with a local representative

SOMETHING BUGGING YOUR TREES? - CHECK OUT THE NEW DIAGNOSTICS FORUM
Hosted by a group of forest and tree health specialists with Southeastern universities and agencies, we are here to help identify pests and diseases in your forest or your backyard, and to recommend a solution, if appropriate. Join the group and report your tree health issue!

Visit the new Forest Health Diagnostic forum on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SouthernTreeHealthDiagnostics/

FOREST STEWARDSHIP VIDEOS - VIEW AND SHARE!
All the latest videos are on the Florida Forest Stewardship Program home page:
http://sfrc.ufl.edu/forest_stewardship

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:

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

SOUTHERN REGION EXTENSION FORESTRY
See http://sref.info/ for the latest news, tools and offerings.

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

Florida Forest Service

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Southern Region Extension Forestry

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