Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
April 24-27 Prescribed Fire for Wildlife Workshop (link), Everglades Youth Conservation Camp, 12100 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33412. Provided by the FL Wildlife Society. This training will provide land managers and wildlife stewards with basic information on wildlife habitat management opportunities associated with prescribed fires in Florida. Basic Registration is $175 and full registration with all meals and lodging is $375. Registration deadline is April 12, 2018. Register online at link above. For additional information about this class please contact Jim Schortemeyer at (239) 455-5847 or Schortfire@aol.com
May 2-3 45th Annual SAF / SFRC Spring Symposium:"Get Proactive in the Age of Disturbance" (pdf link), Austin Cary Forest Campus near Gainesville, FL. Sponsored by the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation and Florida Division Society of American Foresters, this year’s Symposium will explore the range of disturbances that are affecting forest health and management, and some of the proactive steps we can take to address these growing challenges. Agenda topics will include: an update on breeding efforts to improve disease resistance, proactive management for extreme drought, spatial analysis strategies, current and future insect challenges, and more. This event has been approved for a total of 8.0 Category 1 SAF Continuing Forestry Education Credits. Special registration rate of $150 for current SAF members and certified Tree Farmers and Forest Stewardship landowners. See flier linked above for more details. Register online now at https://45-saf-sfrc-spring-symposium.eventbrite.com/
May 7-10 42nd Annual Aquatic Weed Control Short Course (link), Fort Lauderdale Coral Springs Marriott, Coral Springs, FL. Register at the early rate of $250 and save $50!  Early rate ends Feb. 26.  See link above for details and registration, or contact kimmer72@ufl.edu, (352)-294-3576.
May 9-11 2018 Florida Beef Cattle Shortcourse (link), Straughn Extension Professional Development Center, 2142 Shealy Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611. See link above for details and registration.
May 17 Klausner Saw Mill Tour, Suwannee County (link), meet at Suwannee River State Park. 2 sessions: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. Tour one of the most technologically advanced saw mills in the region and learn about the process of producing lumber from the raw material coming from your woodlands. Free, lunch included. sponsored by the Florida Tree Farm Program, American Forest Foundation (AFF); and provided in partnership with the Florida Forest Service (FFS) and the University of Florida, IFAS. The tour is limited to 15 people per session so register quickly for either the morning or afternoon session if you are interested. Call the UF/IFAS Suwannee County Extension office, (386) 362-2771, to register.       
May 23-24 Wildlife and Invasive Species Education (WISE) Workshop (link), UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension, Bushnell, FL. WISE is a continuing education event for Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists and others interested in these topics. Registration is $40.00 for both days or $25.00 for one day, lunch included. See link above for registration.
June 7 2018 Silviculture BMPs & Forestry Wildlife BMPs Workshop (link), 10 am to 3 pm ET, Florida Forest Service Office, 5353 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville. This is a free workshop designed to 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
June 11-13 Trees Florida 2018 Conference and Trade Show (link), Sanibel Harbour Resort, Fort Myers, FL. Provided by Florida Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. Approved for SAF CFEs. See link above for details.
June 12 S-131 Firefighter Type 1 Training (link), 9 am to 5 pm, Doyle Conner Bldg, Gainesville, FL. Provided by Natural Areas Training Academy. $75. See link above for details and registration. Register by May 15.
June 13-14 S-215 Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface (link), 9 am to 5 pm, Doyle Conner Bldg, Gainesville, FL. Provided by Natural Areas Training Academy. $100. See link above for details and registration. Register by May 15.
July 17 2018 Silviculture BMPs & Forestry Wildlife BMPs Workshop (link), 10 am to 3 pm ET, Suwannee River Water Mgt District Office, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak . This is a free workshop designed to 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
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.
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 is a free workshop designed to 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

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
April 21 Spring Field Day and Cattlemen’s Social (link), 3:00 to 7:00 pm CT, Williams’ Farm hay barn near Poplar Springs High School, Holmes County. Presented by Holmes County Cattlemen’s Association and UF/IFAS Extension Holmes County. See link above for details. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Kalyn Waters at (850) 547-1108. 
April 24 Spring Tree ID Workshop, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, Bear Creek Education Forest near Tallahassee. Pre-register by contacting Bear Creek Educational Forest, 850- 681-5892. Leave your name, e-mail address, and phone number on the machine if no one answers. You can also email tom.gilpin@freshfromflorida.com. Registration deadline is Friday, April 20.
April 26 Managing Invasive Plants for Longleaf and Wildlife (link), 8:30 am to 3:00 pm CT, 1956 Russell Road, Baker, FL. Rescheduled from March 19. Provided by the Longleaf Alliance, Six Rivers Invasive Species Management Area and other partners. Topics will include invasive plants id, cost share programs/resources, and demonstration of techniques and equipment. Mark your calendar. See Longleaf Alliance link above for details,
April 28 Family Heirs Property in Florida: "Cloudy Titles" 2018 Workshop Series - Session 3 (link), 9 am to 11 am ET, FAMU CEP Teleconference Center, 2010 Pinder Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32307. Presented by Florida A&M University. What are the action steps families can take to clear the title to their Family Heirs' Property? See link above for details and registration. For more information, contact Sandra Thomson, Ed.D. at (850) 599-3546, sandra.thompson@famu.edu
May 26 Family Heirs Property in Florida: "Cloudy Titles" 2018 Workshop Series - Session 4 (link), 9 am to 11 am ET, FAMU CEP Teleconference Center, 2010 Pinder Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32307. Presented by Florida A&M University. What action steps help families resolve family conflict about Family Heirs' Property? For more information, contact Sandra Thomson, Ed.D. at (850) 599-3546, sandra.thompson@famu.edu
August 28 Family Heirs Property in Florida: "Cloudy Titles" 2018 Workshop Series - Session 5 (link), 9 am to 11 am ET, FAMU CEP Teleconference Center, 2010 Pinder Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32307. Presented by Florida A&M University. What is the impact of clear title property and Family Heirs' property on economic wealth building and intergenerational transfer of wealth in the United States? For more information, contact Sandra Thomson, Ed.D. at (850) 599-3546, sandra.thompson@famu.edu

 

WEBINARS
April 23 Science & Technology Webinar: Fire, Smoke, and Air Quality (link), 3 pm ET, see link for details and to join.
April 24 Forestry Webinar: Storm-resilient Urban Forests: The Role of Species Selection & Maintenance Pruning (link), 1 pm ET. See link for details and to join.
May 1 Forestry Webinar: Strong Roots, New Growth: Resolving Legal Challenges for Family-owned Forest and Farmland (link), 11 am ET. See link for details and to join.
May 10 Southern Fire Exchange Webinar: Air Quality 101 for Foresters and Prescribed Burners (link), 1:00-2:30 pm ET. See link for details and registration.
May 22 Science & Technology Webinar: Bumble Bee Ecology and Conservation (link), 1 pm ET, see link for details and to join.
May 23 Forestry Webinar: Storm-resilient Urban Forests: Response Resilience, Are You Prepared to Respond (link), 1 pm ET. See link for details and to join.


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 4th Qtr 2017

News Briefs


CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD EMAIL UPDATE 4/13/18 (PDF)

USDA FOREST SERVICE, ESRI, MARS, MCDONALD’S, STAPLES AND OTHERS TO PARTNER WITH THE AMERICAN FOREST FOUNDATION AND GREENBLUE ON NEW FOREST SUSTAINABILITY TOOL
From the American Forest Foundation and GreenBlue
The American Forest Foundation (AFF) and GreenBlue announced the collaboration of a diverse set of partners that will support the development of a new forest sustainability tool that complements forest certification. The digital mapping tool, called Forests in Focus, will assess the sustainability of family-owned forests at the landscape-level, or across a wood supply region, in the United States.

The USDA Forest Service Research and Development division, and the Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (Esri) will assist in the construction of Forests in Focus and populate it with authoritative data. Mars, McDonald’s, Staples and several other companies that source wood fiber from the U.S. will provide input in the tool’s development and, once complete, use the tool to inform their sustainability strategies.

“We have found that collaboration with a diverse array of partners, such as AFF, GreenBlue, the Forest Service and Esri, has provided us a deeper understanding into our supply chain and the importance of family-owned forests,” said Rachel Goldstein, Global Sustainability Director at Mars. “Collaboration and innovative technology solutions are essential for companies such as ours to better understand how we can support the sustainability of forests.”

Collectively, individual and family-owned land accounts for more than one-third of all forests across the United States, more forest land than the federal government manages on behalf of the public. These lands are owned by more than 21 million individual owners, in small tracts that average ten to 20 acres in size. According to the Forest Service, these lands collectively supply more than 50 percent of the wood harvested and flowing into supply chains in the U.S.

In order to provide a comprehensive view of family forestland, Forests in Focus will aggregate data from multiple sources, including from the Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis Program (FIA), which includes status and trends in forest area and location; in the species, size, and health of trees; in total tree growth, mortality, and removals by harvest; and more.

Forests in Focus is the result of a multi-year partnership led by AFF and GreenBlue’s Forest Products Working Group, a stakeholder group of more than 15 member companies including Staples Inc., Mars, McDonald’s, Havi, Sappi North America, Catalyst, Domtar Corporation, Georgia Pacific, Evergreen, International Paper and others. These stakeholders have prioritized the sustainability and health of U.S. forests, by collaborating with conservation organizations, federal agencies and more to identify and invest in new solutions for family-owned land.

More at: https://www.forestfoundation.org/partnership-building-forest-sustainability

REGISTER NOW FOR THE 45TH ANNUAL SAF / SFRC SPRING SYMPOSIUM: "GET PROACTIVE IN THE AGE OF DISTURBANCE",
Sponsored by the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation and Florida Division Society of American Foresters, this year’s Symposium will explore the range of disturbances that are affecting forest health and management, and some of the proactive steps we can take to address these growing challenges. Agenda topics include: an update on breeding efforts to improve disease resistance, proactive management for extreme drought, the role of prescribed fire, spatial analysis strategies, current and future insect challenges, and more. This event has been approved for a total of 8.0 Category 1 SAF Continuing Forestry Education Credits. A special registration rate of $150 for current SAF members and certified Tree Farmers and Forest Stewardship landowners. Check out the full agenda here. Register online now at https://45-saf-sfrc-spring-symposium.eventbrite.com/

Would your business like to be a sponsor or exhibitor? Contact Kari Hurst, Spring Symposium Sponsor / Exhibitor Chair, at KariH@nrpsforesters.com

NEW UF/IFAS EXTENSION PUBLICATION ON BIOLOGY AND CONTROL OF COGONGRASS IN SOUTHERN FORESTS NOW AVAILABLE
Among the most problematic invasive plants in the region and the world, cogongrass is a warn season, perennial grass that has spread and become naturalized in 10 states. Controlling the spread of cogongrass has become a priority for many private landowners and land managmenent agencies across the U.S. This new publication by Pat Minogue, Brent Brodbeck, and James Miller reviews the plant's introduction, modes of dispersal, and the latest integrated approaches that have been successful in controlling it in southern forests. The publication is available for viewing and pdf download at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fr411.

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD PARTNERS INTRODUCE NEW WEB MAP TOOL
We in the Florida Land Steward Partnership continuously strive to provide better outreach and information on programs that can help landowners achieve their goals while improving the many environmental benefits they provide to society. To that end, the Partnership, in conjunction with the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative (PFLCC), have launched a web-based map that allows landowners to identify specific programs available at the local level. The PFLCC website provides access to natural resource information, including an on-line, web tool that can be used 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.

FLORIDA NRCS OFFERS SIGN-UP FOR TRI-STATE CONSERVATION PROJECT
Funding is for producers in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla and Washington Counties.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications from agricultural producers until April 30 for a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project that that enhances climate resiliency.   

The Climate Resiliency for Alabama, Florida, and Georgia project in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint and Ochlockonee River Basins is led by the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District. The project area covers more than 15 million acres in eastern Alabama, western Georgia and the Florida panhandle.

NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to eligible farmers and landowners toward conservation practices that improve natural resources in 11 Florida counties through the Environmental Quality Improvement Program (EQIP).

Producers in the following counties are encouraged to apply: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla and Washington.

Producers interested in more information about applying can contact their local USDA service center or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted. 

FAMILY HEIRS PROPERTY IN FLORIDA: "CLOUDY TITLES" PROGRAM ANNOUNCED BY FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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 on April 28, May 26, and 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


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Florida Forest Service

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