Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
May 29 Timber Sale Basics Workshop (pdf link), 9:00 am – 12:15 pm Eastern Daylight Time, Madison County Extension Office, 184 College Loop, Madison, Florida 32340. Provided by Florida Forest Service.To register, contact Justin Kania, Madison County Forester, Florida Forest Service, (850) 973-5115, or at Justin.Kania@freshfromflorida.com
May 30 Introductory Bee Keeping Class, 4 week course, North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers, FL. $200 fee. For more Information contact Celeste Fournier at (239) 284-4078 or celeste@swfbees.com. UF/IFAS calendar: lee.ifas.ufl.edu
June 2, 9, 11, 16, 23, 30 Annie's Project: Risk Management Education for Farm and Ranch Women, 4:30 to 7:30 pm, Alachua or Marion County Extension Offices. $50 fee due May 22. See link for details. To register & for more information call: UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County at 352-955-2402 or UF/IFAS Extension Marion County at 352-671-8400.
June 16-18 Conference on Laurel Wilt Disease and Natural Ecosystems: Impacts, Mitigation and the Future (link), Coral Springs Marriott, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd. Coral Springs, FL. A timely opportunity to learn the most recent state of knowledge regarding laurel wilt, its biology, impacts in native ecosystems and efforts to mitigate for its devastating effects. Foresters, SAF CFEs pending approval. See link above for details. For a brief introduction to laurel wilt, see this video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x7vgFWLHkY
June 17, 27
July 1, 8, 15, 22
Annie's Project: Risk Management Education for Farm and Ranch Women, The six-week course is offered from 5:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays beginning June 17 at the Extension office, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, and costs $50 per participant. A light meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. For more information or to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annies-project-for-todays-farm-women-tickets-16701527719?ref=ecal or call 941-861-9900.
August 6 Certified Pile Burner Course, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, West Central Florida Agriculture Center (Sumter County Fairgrounds) Bushnell, FL. $50 fee includes lunch and materials. Contact DarLinda Duteau at  (352) 569-6865 or dduteau@ufl.edu for more information.
August 20 Forest Stewardship / Lake County CISMA Workshop: Invasive Exotic Species and Management (pdf link), 9 am to 3 pm ET, UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Auditorium, 1951 Woodlea Rd, Tavares, FL 32778. Provided by Florida Forest Stewardship Program and Lake County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. FDACS Pesticide CEUs and SAF CFEs pending. $15 fee includes lunch and materials. Register on-line at https://fsp-workshop082015.eventbrite.com/. You can also reserve a space by contacting Lake County Extension (352) 343-4101 ext. 2.

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
May 29 Gulf Coast Small Farms Spring Field Day, 9 am to 12 pm. UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center, 4253 Experiment Rd, Jay, FL 32565. Free registration at http://spring-field-day.eventbrite.com/
June 2 Longleaf Pine Restoration and Management Workshop (pdf link), 8:30 am to 3:30 pm ET, St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, Visitor and Environmental Education Center, 1255 Lighthouse Road, St. Marks, FL 32355. Provided by Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance and Florida Forest Stewardship Program, with support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Southern Company. $5 fee, lunch included. To register contact Wakulla County Extension at (850) 926-3931.
June 6 Perennial Peanut Field Day, 9:30 am CT, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, Marianna, FL. $10 fee. See link above for information.
June 6 FAMU Spring Agri-Showcase, FAMU Farm in Quincy, FL. Provided by FAMU Cooperative Extension Program. For information contact Angela Jakes, (850) 875-8552.
June 11 On-Farm Workshop at Coldwater Gardens (link), 10 am to 3 pm, Coldwater Gardens, Milton, FL. Provided by Florida Organic Growers. Will include topics on increasing farm diversity, mushroom cultivation, season extension with high tunnels, and the programs that can help you build your own farm. $10 fee includes lunch. See link above for info and registration.

 

WEBINARS, ONLINE TRAINING
May 27 Webinar: Introduction to Agroforestry Systems (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.
May 28 Webinar: Planning in the Face of Change, an Urban Forestry Webinar Series: Tree Management (link). 2 pm ET, See link for details.
June 9 Webinar: Improving Soil Health in Orchards, Vineyards, and Groves (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.
June 17 Webinar: Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Biodiversity (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.
August 3-14
August 18-21
S130/190 Basic Wildland Firefighter Training, Presented in a hybrid format, online and in person in Gainesville and Ordway Swisher Biological Station. See link above for details and registration.


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 1st Qtr 2015

News Briefs

CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD PARTNERSHIP RECEIVES USDA TWO-CHEIF AWARD
Started in 2012 to better coordinate outreach and land management planning efforts for Florida’s private landowners, the Florida Land Steward Partnership recently received the USDA Joint Forestry Team’s Two-Chief Award. Receiving the award are Chris Demers and Michael Andreu, University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation; Anthony Grossman, Florida Forest Service; Joe Prenger, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and Michael Bush, Natural Resources Conservation Service Florida State Office. This coalition created a first-of-its-kind, one-stop private forest landowner center to enhance natural resource management capabilities. The center utilizes multiple communication tools to deliver information and technical assistance to landowners, including a website, email listserv, Facebook page, and blog, to distribute land stewardship information and publicize upcoming events. Outreach programs organized and coordinated by Florida Land Steward partners are attended by diverse audiences. The partners also created multi-agency teams to develop whole-property management plans and provide technical assistance to landowners. The Partnership's resources serve as a timely, centralized source of information on forestry, agriculture, and natural resource management. Outreach efforts allow attendees to receive information and services in a unified package, which helps prevent duplication of effort, contradictory messages, or missed opportunities. Partners' outreach efforts resulted in over 54,000 website hits in 2014, email updates sent to over 1,700 landowners and professionals, and over 7,000 calendars distributed annually.

The USDA Joint Forestry Team is a national partnership of the USDA Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the National Association of State Foresters representing state forestry agency executives, and the National Association of Conservation Districts. The Team’s purpose is to make recommendations that result in coordinated interagency delivery of forestry and conservation assistance for working forests, farms, and ranches. More info at http://jointforestryteam.org

IT'S BUG WEEK AT UF, MAY 18-23
The Good. The Bad. The Bugly: http://bugs.ufl.edu/

APPLY FOR RURAL AND FAMILY LANDS PROTECTION PROGRAM BY MAY 30
The goal of the Florida Forest Service's Rural and Family Land's Protection Program is to ensure lands will be maintained in agricultural use while providing for the protection of natural resources through agricultural conservation easements. The program seeks to protect valuable agricultural lands, create conservation easements that ensure sustainable agricultural practices, prevent conversion to non-agricultural land uses in the rural base of Florida, and help to protect natural resources in conjunction with these agricultural operations. For more information about the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, see:
http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/For-Landowners/Programs/Rural-and-Family-Lands-Protection-Program

USDA CONSERVATION COMPLIANCE FORMS DUE JUNE 1
Agricultural producers must complete a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification Form AD-1026 and turn it into a Farm Service Agency office by June 1 to be eligible for federal crop insurance subsidies. Learn more on the FSA website.

CONSERVATION ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FROM USDA GULF OF MEXICO INITIATIVE
Apply by June 19
Farmers and ranchers in the Escambia River, Blackwater River and Middle Suwannee River watersheds can apply for financial assistance until June 19 to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Gulf of Mexico Initiative for fiscal year 2015. Parts of Suwannee, Madison and Lafayette counties are included in the Middle Suwannee River watershed, and five new focus areas have been added to where landowners can apply for financial assistance. Parts of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties are included in the Escambia and Blackwater river watersheds, where eight new focus areas have been added to where producers can apply for assistance.

Landowners can view maps to see if their property lies within one of the designated areas.  Financial assistance is available through Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Practices include: Installing grade-control structures to stabilize eroding gullies; implementing precision agriculture to reduce chemical application overlap and protect sensitive environmental areas; adopting residue and tillage management, cover crops and conservation crop rotations to reduce sheet and rill erosion and improve soil organic matter, which results in cleaner runoff and improved water quality; planting grass and trees to stabilize eroding areas; installing cross-fences and watering facilities to facilitate grazing distribution; controlling cattle access to streams to improve water quality and stream bank stability; planting and managing native plant species to improve wildlife habitat and assist with restoration of a multitude of declining species; promoting energy conservation by eliminating the need for annual mechanical removal of sediment from split ditches; implementing grazing management; installing heavy-use area protection pads

For more information about signing up for the initiative, contact your local NRCS office. 

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/.

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?


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.    

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

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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