Florida Land Steward Calendar and News
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|EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)|
|October 23-28||International Tropical Botany & Pine Rockland Conference (link), Miami, FL. See link for full itinerary and lodging details. Florida International University, International Center for Tropical Botany, Hainan University, The Nature Conservancy, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami Dade County. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Everglades National Park, Tropical Audubon Society, The Kampong, USDA Agricultural Research Station at Chapman Field, Montgomery Botanical Center, The Institute for Regional Conservation. Includes 2 days of scientific presentations and 3 days of field tours. General questions can directed to firstname.lastname@example.org|
|October 26||Forest Stewardship / Tree Farm Tour: Bear Bay Timber Company - Forest Management at the Landscape Level, Clay County (link), 9 am to 2 pm at Bear Bay Timber Company, off Sharron Road in Clay County. Cost is $10 per person, lunch and materials included. Register online at https://fsp-tour102616.eventbrite.com/. You can also reserve a space by contacting UF/IFAS Clay County Extension at (904) 284-6355 or email@example.com|
|October 27||Certified Pile Burner Class, Bradford County (link), 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, West Central Florida Agriculture Education Center, 7620 SR 471, Bushnell, FL 32091. Provided by Florida Forest Service and UF/IFAS Bradford County Extension. $50 fee covers program and lunch. See link above for details and registration or call the Extension office at (904) 966-6299.|
|October 27||Certified Pile Burner Class, Sumter County (link), 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Sumter County Extension Office, 2266 North Temple Avenue, Starke, FL 32091. Provided by Florida Forest Service and UF/IFAS Bradford County Extension. $50 fee covers program and lunch. See link above for details and registration or call DarLinda Duteau at firstname.lastname@example.org, (352) 569-6862.|
|November 1-2||Treasure Coast Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference (link), Ft. Pierce, FL. See link above for more information or contact Jose Perez at email@example.com, (352) 294-1692.|
|November 2||Forest Stewardship / Tree Farm Tour at the Jahreis Forest Property, Lake County (link), 9 am to 2 pm at the Jahreis property located about 5 miles south of Mascotte in Lake County, FL. Cost is $10 per person, lunch and materials included. Register on-line at
http://fsp-tour110216.eventbrite.com/. You can also reserve a space by contacting UF/IFAS Lake County Extension at (352) 343-4101 x.0
|November 2||Florida AgExpo (link), UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research And Education Center. Growing fruits and/or vegetables? Don't miss Florida's premier event for you. See link above for details.|
|November 15||Florida State Technical Advisory Committee Meeting of the USDA NRCS, Producers and Partners, 10 am - 12:30 pm, Doyle Conner Bldg., 1911 SW 34th ST, Gainesville, FL. Public, ag producers, natural resource interest groups invited. Hosted by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Contact: Jeff Woods, 352-338-9515.|
|December 5-7||Weather & Climate Decision Tools for Farmers, Ranchers & Land Managers (link), University of Florida Campus, Gainesville, FL. This conference is designed to give producers and land managers a competitive edge in increasing productivity and reducing risks associated with climate variability and change. Please contact Caroline Staub (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carolyn Cox (email@example.com) with any questions.|
|February 10, 2017||Small Scale Mushroom Production (link), UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, Live Oak, FL. See link above for details and registration or contact Dilcia Toro at firstname.lastname@example.org or (386) 362-1725 ext.102|
|Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business (link),UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, Live Oak, FL. See link above for details and registration or contact Dilcia Toro at email@example.com or (386) 362-1725 ext.102|
|WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)|
|October 25||SW Georgia Longleaf Pine Forest Restoration & Management Workshop and Field Tour (link), 8:30 am to 3:30 pm ET, USDA/NRCS/UGA Extension Office, 101 Ag Lane, Bainbridge GA 39817. Join us to learn how you can rebuild the legendary longleaf pine forest for your family. You'll see a series of presentations on longleaf and wildlife management and meet with local forestry and wildlife professionals. Register online at http://swgeorgialongleaf.eventbrite.com/. See link for details or contact David Godwin with the Southern Fire Exchange at (850) 893‐4153 ext. 261.|
|October 25-28||Prescribed Fire for Wildlife (link), Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, FL. Provided by the Florida Wildlife Society, Tall Timbers, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Details to be posted at link above or contact Jim Schortemeyer, firstname.lastname@example.org, (239) 455-5847.|
|WEBINARS, REGIONAL EVENTS|
|October 25||Natural Resources Webinar: Restoring Native Plant Communities: Soil and Hydrology Suited Planning Tools (link), 2 pm ET, see link for details and to join.|
|October 25-26||Forest inSight Conference East (link), Oconee Civic Center, Watkinsville, GA. The conference will present and demonstrate how genetic and silviculture decisions can optimize production efficiency and profits. See link above for details and registration.
|October 26||Forest Health Webinar: Oak Wilt (link), 1 pm ET, see link for details and to join.|
|October 26||Natural Resources Webinar: Buying Seed: Not a Leap of Faith (ink), 2 pm ET, see link for details and to join.|
|October 27, November 17, December 15||Your Legacy, Your Land Monthly Webinar Series (link), provided by American Forest Foundation. See link for details.|
|November 1-4||11th Biennial Longleaf Conference - Growing a Legacy: A Working Forest for the Long Run, Savannah Marriott Riverfront Hotel, Savannah, GA. For details about the conference and to register go to www.ncsu-feop.org/LLA/.|
|November 8||Natural Resources Webinar: Cover Crop in Vegetable Systems (ink), 2 pm ET, see link for details and to join.|
|November 16||Science/Technology Webinar: Grazing Management to Promote Small Ruminant Health (link), 2 pm ET, see link for details and to join.|
|November 16||Wildlife Wednesday Webinar (link), 12:15 - 1:00 pm ET, provided by Pinellas and Polk UF/IFAS Extension. See link above for details and registration.|
|November 17||Forest Health Webinar: Heterobasidion (Annosum, Fomes) Root Disease (link), 1 pm ET, see link for details and to join.|
Timber Price Update
2016 COOL SEASON FORAGE RECOMMENDATIONS
For those of you planting winter grazing, cover crops or wild life food plots here are the latest cool season forage recommendations from Dr. Ann Blount a the NFREC-Marianna. These forages are the ones with sufficient data to recommend at this time: 2016 Cool Season Forages
Ann has been providing seed for on farm demonstration for livestock use and wildlife food plots. Let your UF/IFAS county extension agent know if you would like to do a demonstration.
CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE IN DEER - FWC REQUESTS SAMPLES FROM HARVESTS
By Larry Perrin, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
The FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) requests your assistance with increased monitoring for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD is a fatal disease of white-tailed deer, and other ungulates (elk, moose, mule deer). It is not contagious to humans. CWD was originally discovered in Colorado in 1980 and now occurs in 24 other states; the closest to FL being TX and AR to the west and VA and WV to the north. Early detection is critical as this disease is extremely difficult to control, thus continuous monitoring is important.
FWC has been conducting CWD monitoring since 2001 with many of our samples coming from public wildlife management areas. We would now like to focus on obtaining samples from other public and private lands. It would be most beneficial if you would report any sick, injured, or dead deer (typically road-killed deer) to our CWD "hotline" at 866-293-9282. FWC will then make every effort to collect the necessary brain tissue and lymph nodes from these animals.
Also, if you, or any of your acquaintances, are deer hunters we would like to obtain samples from these animals as well. For hunter-killed bucks, the antlers and/or cape can be removed as normal without affecting the desired samples. If you are likely to harvest several deer (bucks or does) over the hunting season deer heads can be stored for 2 to 3 weeks if refrigerated and for an extended period if frozen.
The storage of heads from the same tract of land is beneficial as we can schedule a pickup that will be much more efficient than picking up individual deer heads. Again, you can call our hotline no. (866-293-9282) to arrange for pickups. If you harvest deer from more than one area specific location information is needed for each deer since if a sample tests positive for CWD it will be essential that its location be known so that appropriate measures can be taken.
Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
SIGN UP FOR WETLAND RESERVE EASEMENTS
Application deadline is November 15
Agricultural landowners and Indian tribes can apply for a Wetland Reserve Easement until Nov. 15 for fiscal year 2017 funding. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance for landowners to purchase and restore wetlands, protect wildlife habitat and recharge groundwater on their property. Eligible landowners can enroll in a permanent or 30-year easement. Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis, funding selections are typically made once a year. Applications are available online. Contact Roney Gutierrez, 352-338-9502 for questions and submissions.
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:
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:
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.aspx
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:
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
SUPPORT FLORIDA'S FOREST STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
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