Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
May 23-25 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.
May 24 University of Florida/IFAS Gulf Coast Research & Education Center Alternative Crops Field Day featuring the GCREC Hops Yard and Hops Research (link), 9 am to 1 pm, UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC), 14625 CR 672, Wimauma, FL 33598. Field tour of the hops yard.  Research presentations on cultural practices, pests and disease. Registration is $10 and includes lunch. See link above for more details and registration.
June 2 North Florida / South Georgia Cold Tolerant Citrus Production Workshop (link), 8:30 am - 1:00 pm ET, UF/IFAS Taylor County Extension Office, 203 Forest Park Drive, Perry, FL 32348. $25 fee includes lunch. See link for details. For information contact Clay Olson, (850) 838-3508, cbolson@ufl.edu or Dan Fenneman, (850) 973-4138 dfenneman@ufl.edu
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 15 Forest Landowner Workshop, Dixie County, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm ET, Community Center, 9335 NE Hwy 349, Old Town, FL 32680. Topics will include forest health, cost-share assistance, and forest certification. To register or for information contact Jared Beauchamp, Jared.Beauchamp@freshfromflorida.com, (386) 294-2326 or (850) 661-2014.
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
September 20 Invasive Species and Control Workshop, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm ET, UF/IFAS Okeechobee County Extension Office,, 458 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Provided by Heartland Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. Details to come, mark your calendar.

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
May 24 Your Forestry Questions Answered: A Workshop and Field Tour for Landowners (link), 8:30 am to 3:00 pm CT, E.O. Wilson Biophelia Center, 4956 State Highway 20 East, Freeport, FL 32439. Provided by Florida Wildlife Federation & National Wildlife Federation. Join us for a landowner a morning workshop and afternoon field tour of the Nokuse Plantation to learn about increasing the value and enjoyment of your woodlands. Free, lunch included. See link above for details and registration.
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
June 9 2018 FAMU Farm Fest, 10 am – 3 pm ET, FAMU Research and Extension Center, located at 4259 Bainbridge Hwy in Quincy, FL. FAMU Farm Fest promotes public awareness of the full scope of the “land-grant concept” in education which embraces teaching, research and extension at FAMU. Come enjoy workshops, hands-on demos, garden and farm tours, spouts kid zone and more.  The registration fee $5.00 per person for adults (18 and over); free for kids 17 and under and seniors 65 and over. Call for group rates. For additional information contact FAMU Cooperative Extension Program, 850-599-3546, extension@famu.edu
June 22 The Benefits of Biomass Markets on Local Restoration Efforts for Public and Private Landowners, 10:00 am t- 4:00 pm CST, Jackson County Extension Office, 2741 Penn Ave, Marianna, FL 32448. Enviva invites landowners and managers to a workshop focusing on the benefits of whole tree in-woods micro-chipping for habitat restoration. They will share experiences and discuss how they can expand operations to promote habitat restoration on both public and private lands. Ideally we would like expand existing public restoration efforts to adjoining private lands to help increase landscape level restoration. This workshop will include case studies of existing projects, roundtable discussions on expanding restoration efforts, and an optional field visit to a completed micro-chip harvest. RSVP to Jessica McGlyn at jess.mcglyn@gmail.com
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
May 31 Forestry Webinar: Understory Herbicides for Bobwhites and other Wildlife (link), 2 pm ET. See link for details and to join.
June 5 Science & Technology Webinar: An Assessment of Organic Farming on Soil Physical and Chemical Properties (link), 3 pm ET, see link for details and to join.
June 12 Science & Technology Webinar: Wildlife Benefits from Cover Crops on Working Lands (link), 2 pm ET, see link for details and to join.
June 13 Science & Technology Webinar: Environmental Markets 101 (link), 2 pm ET, see link for details and to join.


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 1st Qtr 2018

 

News Briefs


CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD EMAIL UPDATE 5/24/18 (PDF)

INTERACTIVE MAP SHOWS ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE FOREST INDUSTRY AND FOREST-BASED RECREATION IN FLORIDA IN 2016
This UF/IFAS study analyzed the economic contributions of the forest industry and forest-based recreation activities to the state of Florida in 2016.

View the Interactive Map of Florida Forest Industry Impacts here.

FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO HELP LANDOWNERS COMBAT SOUTHERN PINE BEETLE
Apply by June 29, 2018
To help combat the invasive Southern Pine Beetle, the Florida Forest Service is accepting applications for the 2018 Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program from non-industrial, private forest landowners through June 29, 2018.  The program is limited to 44 northern Florida counties, the known range of the southern pine beetle.

The Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program, supported through a grant by the United States Forest Service, provides incentive payments for landowners who conduct a first pulpwood thinning and offers partial cost reimbursement for activities, such as prescribed burning, mechanical underbrush treatments, and the planting of longleaf or slash pine rather than the loblolly pine, the beetle’s preferred species. Qualified landowners can apply for up to two different practices per year, and funding requests may not exceed $10,000. All qualifying applications received during the submission period will be evaluated and ranked for approval.

To obtain an application or to learn more about the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program, visit FreshFromFlorida.com/SouthernPineBeetle/Prevention.

FLORIDA’S STATE WILDLIFE ACTION PLAN AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW
The Wildlife Action Plan is a comprehensive plan for conserving the state's wildlife and vital natural areas for future generations. It outlines Florida’s native Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), essential habitat types needed to support those species, and identifies a series of priority actions to help conserve SGCN. This is the second revision of the Action Plan since development in 2005 and, once approved, will be implemented through 2025, the next scheduled revision date.

The Action Plan will be available for public review until June 10th, 2018. For any questions regarding the State Wildlife Action Plan, contact Florida’s State Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator, Allie McCue at Allie.McCue@MyFWC.com.

The draft is available to download to your computer or device by using the link below.

Download Draft 2018 Action Plan
All comments, questions, and edits must be submitted online using the link below.
Link for Action Plan Review Form

CAMP KIDS IN THE WOODS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA'S AUSTIN CARY FOREST
Is your middle school child looking for something to do outside this summer?  Consider Camp Kids in the Woods! Campers will conduct field explorations with scientists from forestry, wildlife, water resources, and entomology, and will take a journey to a local spring. Additionally, campers will go fishing, camp out one night at the Austin Cary Forest, participate in a service learning project, and engage in interactive games and scavenger hunts. Camp Kids in the Woods summer program is a collaborative effort between the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation and the USDA Forest Service.

When: Session 1: June 18-22, 2018; Session 2: July 16-20, 2018

Ages: Rising 7th graders to rising 9th graders

Hours: 8:30 am -4:30 pm ET. Early drop-offs and late pickups available to help fit your schedule.

Location: Austin Cary Forest, 10625 NE Waldo Rd, Gainesville, FL 32609

For more information and to register visit: http://sfrc.ufl.edu/outreach/camp-kids-in-the-woods/

AIR POTATO PATROL CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT
The Air Potato Patrol Citizen Science project is looking for volunteers at https://airpotatobeetle.com/. This collaborative project between University of Florida IFAS Extension and Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services seeks to educate residents on how to identify and better control air potato vines, and to gather data important to current research and air potato leaf beetle tracking.

The website contains educational videos and a blog to educate the participants and keep them updated. Volunteers will be asked to complete surveys to evaluate the level of air potato infestation and the presence of the air potato beetles in their test plots. For more information please visit the website or contact William Lester, UF/IFAS Extension, at wlester@ufl.edu.

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD PARTNERS NEW 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.

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.

FAMILY HEIRS PROPERTY IN FLORIDA: "CLOUDY TITLES" PROGRAM FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY CONTINUES
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 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


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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