Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

To sign up for biweekly email updates, which include the latest calendar of events, news and a link to the Florida Land Steward newsletter, send an email to cdemers@ufl.edu.

If you know of an event or news brief that should be included on this page please send an email with the name of the event, date, location, and contact phone or email to cdemers@ufl.edu.

Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
May 21 USDA Florida State Technical Committee Meeting, 10 am-12:30 pm, FDACS 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: Nina Bhattacharyya, 352-338-9554. 
May 23 Spring 2019 Hops Field Day (link), 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, 14625 CR 672, Wimauma, FL 33598. We will demonstrate the newly expanded hop yard (2.2 acres – the largest in Florida!), and our presentations will cover everything about growing hops. One pesticide CEU will also be provided. $20 fee includes program and lunch. See link above for details and registration. For more information, contact Shinsuke Agehara, (813) 419-6583 or sagehara@ufl.edu. Follow us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/pg/GCREC.Hops/
May 29-30 4th Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium (link), Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South in Kissimmee, FL. This event brings together dairy farmers, veterinarians, consultants, universities, and the dairy community to discuss best recommended practices with focus on animal well-being, management, husbandry, animal-people interaction, health, and productivity. See link above for details and registration
May 30 Invasive Species and Control Workshop (pdf link). 9:00 am to 3:00 pm EDT, Suwannee River Water Management District Office, 9225 County Road 49, Live Oak, FL 32060. Provided by North Central Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. Learn the latest integrated strategies to control some of the most troublesome invasive species in this region, earn continuing education credits, and connect to assistance and partnerships. A total of 5.0 FDACS CEUs approved: 482/487 CORE, Ag Tree Pest Ctrl, Ag Animal Pest Ctrl, Prvt Appl, Ltd Wildlife Trap, ROW, Nat Area WC, Forest Pest Ctrl. SAF CFEs pending approval. $15 fee covers lunch and materials. Register on-line at
https://fsp-workshop053019.eventbrite.com/. For more information contact Chris Demers, (352) 846-2375, cdemers@ufl.edu
June 1-3 Burn and Learn Workshop: Hands-on Training for Private Landowners (link), 8 am - 4 pm each day, Forever Florida, 4755 N. Kenansville Road, St. Cloud, FL. Provided by Wildland Restoration International and The Nature Conservancy. Increase your skills and confidence by burning together each day (weather permitting). Safe and effective techniques will be demonstrated by seasoned instructors, followed by discussions on connecting with other landowners, funding assistance, planning assistance and mentoring, necessary tools and equipment, laws that protect and guide safe burning, how to become a certified burner, and more. $12 fee per day includes lunch. Register on-line at link above or call (781) 361-9711. Questions can be directed to Ryan Kennelly, ryan.kennelly@wildlandrestoration.org, (352) 373-0550
June 5 2019 Landowner Assistance Expo (link), 9 am to 3 pm, UF/IFAS Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center Auditorium, 4509 George Boulevard
Sebring, FL 33875. Landowners are invited to participate in conversations related to technical assistance, cost-share opportunities, conservation easements, and the financial implications of each program. Outreach representatives will be on hand to provide brief overviews of local, State, Federal, and non-governmental programs and receive feedback from attendees. Free, lunch provided. Register at link above. For more information contact Chad Allison, (863) 534-7130 ext. 106 or callison@cfrpc.org
June 27 Smutgrass Management Using the Weed Wiper & Haylage Management - Field Day (link), 9 am to 3:30 pm, UF/IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center, 3401 Experiment Station Rd, Ona, FL 33865. Free. See link above for details and registration. Call (863) 735-1314 for more information.
July 16 UF/IFAS 2019 Grape Field Day (link), 9:30 AM – 3:30 pm, Frank Stronach Conference Center. UF Plant Science Research and Education Unit, 2556 West Highway 318, Citra, FL 32113. See link above for details and registration. For more information contact Juanita Popenoe, jpopenoe@ufl.edu or (352) 516-6486.
October 29 Grass/sedge Identification Workshop, Wekiwa Springs State Park, 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, FL 32712. Provided by the Central Florida, East Central Florida and Osceola CISMAs and the Florida Forest Stewardship Program. This will be an all-day training with a classroom and field portion and a hands-on ID session. We will have guest lecturers in the morning and instructors for the ID portion that are experts in this field and the training will be for all levels of expertise. Native and invasive species will be discussed. Free workshop. Various categories of CEUs pending approval. Mark your calendar.

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
October 3 Forest Stewardship Tour at Property of Billy and Marcia Booth, Gadsden County, Details and registration to be posted soon. Contact Chris Demers, (352) 846-2375, cdemers@ufl.edu for details.

 

WEBINARS / REGIONAL EVENTS
May 28 Forestry and Natural Resources Webinar: Managing Oak Forests for Northerrn Bobwhite Quail (link), 2:00 pm ET. See link above for details and to join.
May 28 Conservation Webinar: Re-Carbonizing Row Crop Ag Lands: Evidence-based management strategies to increase soil carbon and promote financial resilience for farmers (link), 2:00 pm ET. See link above for details and to join.
May 29 Forest Health Webinar: The shiny-capped Ganoderma species of the United States (link), 1:00 pm ET. This is a wood decay fungi that can rot the roots and/or lower trunk of many tree species. See link above for details and to join.
May 29 Conservation Webinar: Conservation Innovation Grants - On-farm Trials States (link), 3:00 pm ET. See link above for details and to join.
June 4 Conservation Webinar: Conservation Innovation Grants Program - Water Management (link), 1:00 pm ET. See link above for details and to join.
July 16-17 2019 Southern Cover Crop Conference (link), Auburn Hotel and Conference Center, 241 S College St, Auburn, AL 36830. This conference brings researchers, Extension personnel, farmers, and ag industry specialists together to discover the latest information related to cover crops in the South. See link above for details and registration
Upcoming Southern Fire Exchange Webinars (link)


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 1st Qtr 2019

 

News Briefs


CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

LATEST FLORIDA LAND STEWARD UPDATE BLOG POST

SPRING-SUMMER ISSUE OF QUARTERLY FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER NOW ONLINE
In this issue: Here Comes Cogongrass: Hurricane Micahael Clears the way for a Terrible Weed; Prescribed Burn Assistance Available from Wildland Restoration International, Attack-One Fire Management Services, Tall Timbers Research Station, and Alachua Conservation Trust; Cost of Forestry Practices Survey; Sign up for the Longleaf Pine Landowner Incentive Program; Funding Available to Cover Consultant Forest Stewardship Plan Preparation; Thank You 2019 Florida Forest Stewardship Program Sponsors; Dave Conser named Nominee for Forest Stewardship Forester Award of U.S. Forest Service Southern Region; Timber Price Update; Certified Forest Stewards and Tree Farmers

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

SIGN UP OPENING SOON FOR THE LONGLEAF PINE LANDOWNER INCENTIVE PROGRAM
The Florida Forest Service is providing the Longleaf Pine Private Landowner Incentive Program for 2019 in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. This program aims to enhance longleaf pine ecosystems in Florida by helping private landowners to establish, restore, and maintain longleaf pine forests through technical guidance and incentive payments. The program offers incentive payments for longleaf pine seedling establishment, timber stand improvement, prescribed burning, native plant understory establishment, mechanical underbrush treatments, and invasive exotic plant treatment.

Information for the 2019 application period will be available soon on the Florida Forest Service’s Longleaf Pine Private Landowner Incentive Program website at https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/For-Landowners/Programs/Longleaf-Pine-Private-Landowner-Incentive-Program. Visit the website to learn more about available practices, program requirements, and payment rates. Contact Jen Tucker-Jenks at Jennifer.Tucker-Jenks@FreshFromFlorida.com or your Florida Forest Service county forester for more information. Find your county forester at https://www.freshfromflorida.com/CountyForester.

FUNDING AVAILABLE TO COVER CONSULTANT FOREST STEWARDSHIP MANAGEMENT PLAN PREPARATION
The Florida Forest Service has received funding to help cover the costs for private natural resource consultants to write Forest Stewardship plans covering hurricane resiliency and/or longleaf pine management. Eligible Stewardship plans must include information and recommendations related to: forest resilience and recovery following hurricanes, forest and landowner preparedness for hurricanes, and/or resources available to assist private forest landowners following hurricanes and/or longleaf pine establishment, restoration, improvement, and management for landowners with longleaf stands or those who want to establish longleaf pine on appropriate sites.

Compensation rates and additional information are provided in the Forest Stewardship Program Consultant Plan Preparation Agreement available at: https://forms.freshfromflorida.com/11268.pdf. This form also serves as the application for reimbursement. All applications that meet requirements as described above will be considered in the order in which they are received. Please contact Jennifer Tucker-Jenks at Jennifer.Tucker-Jenks@FreshFromFlorida.com or your county forester for more information. Find your county forester at https://www.freshfromflorida.com/CountyForester

USDA SEEKS PROJECT PROPOSALS TO PROTECT AND RESTORE CRITICAL WETLANDS
The USDA is making available up to $40 million nationally in technical and financial assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands. Restored wetlands improve water quality downstream and improve wildlife habitat, while also providing flood prevention and recreational benefits to communities.

Proposals should be emailed to NRCS at SM.NRCS.WRE@wdc.usda.gov by June 14, 2019.

About the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership
Funding will be provided through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP), part of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), a Farm Bill conservation program. Through WREP, states, local units of governments, non-governmental organizations and American Indian tribes collaborate with NRCS through cooperative and partnership agreements. These partners work with tribal and private landowners who voluntarily enroll eligible land into easements to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on their properties.

The voluntary nature of NRCS' easement programs enables effective integration of wetland restoration on working landscapes, providing benefits to farmers and ranchers who enroll in the program, as well as benefits to the communities where the wetlands exist. Easements enable landowners to adopt a variety of conservation practices that improve the function and condition of wetlands. For information about WREP in Florida, contact Roney Gutierrez , (352) 338-9502

PRESCRIBED BURN ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FROM WILDLAND RESTORATION INTERNATIONAL, ATTACK-ONE FIRE MANAGEMENT SERVICES, TALL TIMBERS RESEARCH STATION, AND ALACHUA CONSERVATION TRUST
Wildland Restoration International (WRI) and Attack-One Fire Management Services are providing prescribed burn assistance to landowners participating in USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) cost share programs. These organization has been awarded funding from the Endowment for Forestry and Communities to help landowners implement prescribed burning practices funded by the NRCS. Representatives from these organizations are available to meet onsite with landowners to discuss their goals and assist with prescribed burn prescription and implementation.

WRI is funded to assist landowners in all counties east and south of Hamilton, Columbia, Gilchrist, and Dixie, extending down through the whole peninsula, excluding Monroe and Miami-Dade counties. Landowners in these counties, with a NRCS contract that includes prescribed burning, are encouraged to contact Ryan Kennelly, WRI Fire Program Coordinator, ryan.kennelly@wildlandrestoration.org, (352) 373-0550

Attack-One Fire Management Services is funded to assist landowners in Suwanee, Lafayette, Taylor, Madison Counties, and west across the Panhandle, and throughout the state of Georgia. Attack-One can also assist landowners with current or former NRCS contracts if active gopher tortoise habitat is present. Contact Kevin Carter, kevin@attack-one.com, (850) 926-6534

Tall Timbers Research Station is now funded by a Longleaf Legacy Landscape project to provide fire consultation, planning, and implementation to private landowners in the Florida Panhandle from Pensacola to Lake City and in west Georgia as far north as the Chattahoochee Fall Line (Columbus, GA). Contact Matt Snider, msnider@talltimbers.org, (912) 704-5732.

Alachua Conservation Trust has a prescribed fire specialist available to assist private landowners with burn planning in Alachua, Putnam, Marion, Levy, Bradford, Clay and portions of Flagler, Volusia, Lake, Sumter, and Citrus Counties. Contact Barry Coulliette at act.barryc@gmail.com

FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE REQUIREMENTS FOR OPEN BURNING IN HURRICANE MICHAEL IMPACTED AREAS
Due to the massive amounts of tree debris on the ground throughout the area affected by Hurricane Michael, the FDACS Florida Forest Service has new requirements for open burning in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Liberty and Washington Counties. The Florida Forest Service created two geographical zones, primary and secondary, to identify hurricane-impacted areas with specific open burning requirements. Burning within the heavy impact zone will require pile burner certification. Details on the zones and requirements here.

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.

FAMILY FORESTS BOOK AVAILABLE AT THE UF/IFAS BOOKSTORE
Get your copy of Family Forests – Portraits of Private Land Stewardship in Florida by Chris Demers, UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation. This full-color publication puts a face on private forest stewardship in our great state, and provides ample references and resources that can assist with land management efforts. 

Now available at the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore online at:
http://ifasbooks.ifas.ufl.edu/p-1433-family-forests.aspx

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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