Florida Land Steward Calendar and News
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|EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)|
|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
|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/|
Forest Certification: Forests, Labels, Mills & More (pdf link), 9 am to 3 pm, UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension Office, 543350 U. S. Hwy 1, Callahan, FL 32011. Get the latest on the certification programs available in this region and how they can benefit landowners and forest management. Details and registration at http://fcp-workshopcallahan.eventbrite.com
|August 22||Florida Pomegranate Association Field Day: Pomegranates after 4 Years, 10:30 am to 3 pm, McTeer Farms, Inc., 3901 Hatchineha Road, Haines City, FL 33844. Learn about 40 varieities and how to care for them. $20, lunch inluded. Details and registration at
|August 25-29||Sixth International Symposium on GIS/Spatial Analyses in Fishery and Aquatic Sciences, Tampa, FL. Co-sponsored by the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program. Registration/Abstract deadline June 30. For more info go to: http://www.esl.co.jp/Sympo/6th/final_announcement.pdf|
Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting: "Communication is Key" (link), Sawgrass Marriott, Ponte Vedre Beach, FL. Foresters, SAF CFEs approved. See link for details.
Forest Stewardship / Heartland CISMA Workshop: Invasive Exotic Species and Management (link to flier), 9:00 am to 3 pm ET, UF/IFAS Okeechobee County Extension Office, 458 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee, FL 34972. 3 DOACS Pesticide applicator CEUs approved in FOR, NWM, PVT, ROW. 4 Cat 1 SAF CFEs approved. $15 fee if registered by August 25. $20 fee after August 25. Please register on-line at
|September 24||Keeping Your Land Productive through Conservation Easements Workshop, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm ET. UF Austin Cary Forest Learning Center, Gainesville, FL. Sponsored by Conservation Trust of Florida, FL SAF Suwannee Chapter, UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation. $15 fee. Contact Lyndall Brezina, (352) 375-1473, Lyndall@columbiatimber.com|
|October 3-5||Florida Local Food Summit (link), East End Market, Orlando, FL. 3 day event loaded with educational and networking opportunities for our state’s farmers, foodpreneurs, consumers and policy makers. See link for details|
|October 23||Forest Stewardship / North Central FL CISMA Workshop: Invasive Exotic Species and Management, 9 am to 3 pm ET, UF Austin Cary Forest Learning Center. Pesticide applicator CEUs and SAF CFEs pending. $15 fee, lunch included. Please register on-line at
Forest Stewardship Tree / Plant ID Field Day (pdf link), 9 am to 3 pm ET, Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Details and registration at
|WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)|
|August 22||UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center Extension Farm Field Day, 8 am - 12 pm CT. See http://wfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/ or call (850) 983-7134 for details.|
|August 23||Florida A&M University's Grape Harvest Festival 2014, 8 am to 4 pm, FAMU Center for Viticulture, 6505 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32317.|
Forest Stewardship Mill Tour: Green Circle Bio Energy (link to flier), 9:30 am to 2 pm CT, Green Circle Bio Energy, 2500 Green Circle Pkwy, Cottondale, Florida 32431. Tour will be followed by lunch and energy wood presentation by Dr. Pat Minogue at the UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office. 2.5 Cat 1 SAF CFEs approved. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Details and registration at:
|October 25-26||7th Annual New Leaf Market Co-op Farm Tour (link). Tickets will be $35 and limited to 25 guests. Tickets available soon. See link to details.|
|WEBINARS, ONLINE TRAINING, OTHER EVENTS|
|July 30||Webinar: Specifications for Construction Contracts (link) , 2 pm ET. See link for details.|
|July 30||Webinar: Evaluation of Manure Management Systems (link), 2 pm ET. See link for details.|
|August 5||Webinar: Weed Management in Organic Pasture (link), 3 pm ET. See link for details.|
|August 12||Webinar: Managing for Soil Health on an Organic Farm - A Farmer's Perspective (link), 2 pm ET. See link for details.|
|August 5 - 26
|Master Wildlifer 2014: Landscape Considerations (link), Internet Broadcast Tuesday evenings 6:30 - 8 pm ET. Presented by Clemson University. Foresters, 6 Cat 1 CFEs approved. $125 fee. See link above for details and registration. For questions, contact Susan Guynn at firstname.lastname@example.org, (864) 656-0606|
|August 8 - October 8||Natural Areas Training Academy: Managing for Diversity Across Florida's
Unique Landscapes, presented in a hybrid on-line and in-person format, this workshop builds understanding of management and restoration approaches for conserving biodiversity.
Registration is $225.
Details and registration at:
|Sept 22- October 24||Natural Areas Training Academy: Collaborating to Manage Ecosystems, presented in a hybrid on-line and in-person format, this workshop builds an appreciation of how to manage natural areas as part of a larger ecosystem, in coordination with neighboring landowners. Registration is $275.
Details and registration at:
|10th Biennial Longleaf Conference, 9th Eastern Native Grass Symposium, and National Prescribed Fire Council Meeting (link), Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water St., Mobile, AL. See link for details.|
|October 28-29||2014 SouthEastern Regional Forest Resource Owner and Manager Conference: Advancing Timber, Wildlife, and Ecological Benefits in the Forests of Georiga, Florida, and Alabama. Rainwater Conference Center, 1 Meeting Place, Valdosta, GA 31601. See link to brochure above for details. Online registration here.|
Timber Price Update
ADAMS RANCH RECEIVES AUDUBON FLORIDA'S SUSTAINABLE RANCHER AWARD
A Ft. Pierce-based family farm operation that has maintained outstanding wildlife habitats and wetlands for decades is the recipient of a new statewide honor from Audubon Florida. The organization presented the Adams Ranch with its 2014 Sustainable Rancher award at the Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s Convention in June.
The ranch has previously earned much recognition for superior natural resource management, including the Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Landowner of the Year Award. Adams family members are leading advocates for the use of conservation easements as tools for preserving farms and ranches in Florida.
Under the leadership of Bud Adams Sr., the ranch has developed into a one of the top cow-calf producers in the nation. It is also a stellar example of the successful conservation of land and water resources achieved by farm owners throughout the state. They practice conservation as part of their daily lives and work.
“Bud Adams and his family were protecting wetlands and wildlife long before any regulations or government programs came about,” said Charles Lee, Audubon Florida’s director of advocacy. “They have done it because they truly believe in conservation.”
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 email@example.com.
GOT AN INVASIVE SPECIES PROBLEM?
Go to floridainvasives.org for information, assistance and partnership opportunities.
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/.
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?
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
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:
FWC WILDLIFE LEGACY INITIATIVE NEWSLETTER
See the latest news at: http://myfwc.com/conservation/special-initiatives/fwli/news/spring-2014/
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
Your contribution will help support Forest Stewardship Program outreach events across Florida. More information