Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
October 19 2018 Florida Outstanding Florida Tree Farm of the Year Tour and Awards Ceremony at Doug and Teresa Moore's South Prong Plantation, Baker County (link), 9:00 am for the morning tour, lunch, and awards ceremony; 11:30 am for lunch, awards ceremony, and afternoon tour. Meet at Doug and Teresa Moore’s South Prong Plantation in Baker County, FL. Free, lunch included. This event is free but pre-registration is required. Reserve a space for the morning or afternoon tour by calling Whitney at the Florida Forestry Association, (850) 222-5646. Please register by October 9. See link above for more details.
October 19 Beef Quality Assurance Certification Field Day (link), 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Lykes Ranch, 15287 CR 721, Okeechobee, FL 34974. Presented by UF/IFAS Extension. To register, Call (863) 402-6540. See link above for details and registration.
October 20 Fall Pond Workshop (pdf link), 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic & Invasive Plants, 7922 NW 71 Street, Gainesville, FL 32653. Topics include fish pond construction and mgmt, fish health, water quality testing, aquatic weed management, and selecting desirable pond plants. Register online at https://tinyurl.com/ybojhyu5, or call Alachua County Extension Office at (352) 955-2402. Registration is $20.00 if before Oct. 17th @ 5:00 pm (includes lunch and learning materials) $30.00 if late.
October 20 Counting on the Corridor Bioblitz (link). 8 am to 2 pm at 3 locations along the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Learn from expert naturalists and participate in collecting data that can be useful in protecting the plants and animals that make up our unique ecosystems. Locations include St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Wakulla County, Alexander Springs Recreation Area in Lake County, and Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park in Okeechobee County. See link above for details and registration.
October 25 Working Forests Week Tour at Cary State Forest (pdf link), 10 am, Cary State Forest, 7465 Pavilion Road, Bryceville, FL 32009. Provided by Florida Forest Service. Join us on a tour of Florida’s second oldest state forest, Cary State Forest and learn about important topics such as Florida Silvicultural BMP’s, timber harvesting, reforestation, the American Tree Farm System. and how everyone benefits from “working forests”. Lunch after the tour sponsored by WestRock, at the newly renovated Cary Pavilion. Open to all landowners and anyone interested in learning more about forestry and the benefits working forests provide to the environment, our community and our State. To ensure lunch and tour transportation is available, you must RSVP to Sam Negaran by Oct 22, James.Negaran@freshfromflorida.com or 904-266-8365.
October 30 - November 4 2018 Pine Rockland Working Group Conference: Expanding the Footprint (link), Fairchild Botanical Garden, Miami, FL; and other locations in the region. Scientists, educators, land managers, policy makers, naturalists, students, concerned citizens, and anyone else involved in planning, conservation, restoration, tourism, or interpretation of the pine rockland ecosystem. Free registration. Full details, schedule and registration at the Conference web site linked above.
October 31 North Central Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) Organizational Meeting (pdf link), 10am-noon, O’Leno State Park – Main Hall, 410 SE O’Leno Park Rd., High Springs, FL. Join us to get involved in revitalizing this CISMA. We are especially hoping to hear from folks from outside of Alachua County! Please share this opportunity with interested and involved friends, landowners, and colleagues. Please contact the CISMA co-chairs, for more information: Andi Christman (352)262-5157, achristman@alachuacounty.us; John Herbert: (352)359-0299, jrherbert1863@yahoo.com
November 1-2 Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society 2018 Fall Meeting, Wetland Plant ID Workshop on Day 1 (link), Gold Head Branch State Park and Jennings State Forest, Keystone Heights, FL. The first day will feature a Wetland Plant ID Workshop, Strategic Planning on day 2. See link above for details and registration.
November 5 Southwest Florida Small Farmers Networking Meeting at Oakes Demo Farm in Naples, FL (link), 8:30 am to 2:00 pm, Oakes Demo Farm, Deer Run Lane, Naples, FL 34120. The SWFL Small Farmers Network is a resource-network focused on diversified and sustainable farming systems. This event is open to established and beginning farmers from Hillsborough County south to Collier County. Connect with growers and food entrepreneurs in the region. Topics include food safety, direct marketing strategies, regulation and policy issues, aquaculture, diversified farming systems, and more!  Pot-luck lunch, so please bring something to share! See link above for details. Contact Jessica Ryals, UF/IFAS Extension Collier County, Sustainable Food Systems Agent at (239) 252-4800 or jessicaryals@ufl.edu
November 7 2018 Florida Ag Expo (link), UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Wimauma, FL. The 2018 Florida Ag Expo brings growers, researchers, & other Florida ag professionals together for a rigorous exchange of new ideas, market information, & the latest trends in varieties. This year will focus on precision agriculture, data management, & labor-saving automation tools to increase farm efficiency. See link above for details. Free lunch for those registering by October 26.
November 15 Building Agricultural Resilience to Hurricanes: Before, During, and After (link), UF/IFAS Straughn Professional Development Center, 2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville, Florida 32608. The USDA Southeast Climate Hub and University of Florida are hosting this workshop to help develop adaptation plans for reducing future agricultural losses. See link above for details and registration. For more information, contact Carolyn Cox,
Coordinator, Florida Climate Institute, (352) 392-1864 ext. 255, crcox@ufl.edu
*November 16 Forest Stewardship Field Day: Forest Plant Identification 2018 (pdf link), 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641. Rescheduled from October 11. Join us to learn some strategies to help you identify trees, shrubs and herbaceous species. We will cover some basic skills and put them to work in the woods, identifying a sample of sandhill, flatwoods and swamp species in the field. You will also learn about how some of these plants are used by wildlife and/or the role they play within the larger plant community and habitat. Cost is $10 per person, lunch and materials included. Please register in advance on-line at https://fsp-workshop101118.eventbrite.com/.
January 26, 2019 Flatwoods Fire and Nature Festival (link), 10 am to 3 pm, Austin Cary Forest near Gainesville, FL. Join us for a celebration of Florida's forests and the role of fire in maintaining and enhancing their beauty, diversity, and habitat value. Fun for the whole family. Activities include educational exhibits and activities, live animals, prescribed burn  demonstrations, a visit from Burner Bob the bobwhite quail, food vendors, live music, and more! See the event Facebook page linked above for information and to express interest.
February 23, 2019 Florida Scrub-Jay Festival (link), 10 am to 3:30 pm, Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge. Childrens crafts and games, nature exhibits, live animals, watercolor exhibit, live music, presentations, and guided nature walks. See link above for details or contact the Visitor Center at (321) 861-0669.

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
October 20 Counting on the Corridor Bioblitz (link). 8 am to 2 pm at 3 locations along the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Learn from expert naturalists and participate in collecting data that can be useful in protecting the plants and animals that make up our unique ecosystems. Locations include St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Wakulla County, Alexander Springs Recreation Area in Lake County, and Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park in Okeechobee County. See link above for details and registration.
October 25 Tree Farm Tour at Price Farms, Santa Rosa County (pdf link), 8:30 am to 1:15 pm CT, at Price Farms in Pace, FL. Tour topics include thinning, prescribed burning, gopher tortoises, cogongrass treatment, cost-share programs, pine beetles, roads/erosion, creek crossing and BMPs, and food plots.  Following the tour, representatives will have information on display and lunch will be provided. Contact Ashlee White, (850) 626-3028, Ashlee.White@FreshFromFlorida.com for details.
November 1 Growing Hops in the Panhandle (link), 8:30 am to 5:00 pm CT, UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension, 3098 Airport Rd, Crestview, FL 32539. Provided by UF/IFAS Extension. Topics/Activies include Best Management Practices, artificial lighting for hops production, production systems, connecting with local brewers, local hops farm tour. $25. See link above for details and registration.
November 2 Forestry Field Day, Geneva State Forest in Alabama (pdf link), 8:30 am to 2:00 pm CT, Geneva State Forest, Forest Lake Rd, Kinston, AL 36453. Provided by Alabama Cooperative Extension Service and other partners. Continuing Education Credits Available: AL CFE: Cat1-CF and Cat 2 = 3 / AL PLM: 3.5. Lunch provided, registration required. Call (334) 684-2484. See link above for details.
November 2 Aquaponics in the Panhandle (link), 8:30 am to 3:00 pm CT, UF/IFAS Walton County Extension, 732 N. 9th Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433. Provided by UF/IFAS Extension. Learn the latest in aquaponic research and technology. A small scale, fully operational, hobby-scale system will be available for viewing. $25. See link above for details and registration.
November 8 Tree Identification Workshop (link), 9 am to 2 pm ET, Bear Creek Educational Forest, 8125 Pat Thomas Parkway, Gadsden CR 267, Quincy, FL 32351. Provided by Florida Forest Service, UF/IFAS Extension, and other partners. Free. See link above for details and registration. Questions can be directed at Tom Gilpin, Senior Forester, BCEF at (850) 681-5892 or tom.gilpin@freshfromflorida.com.
November 13-14 Florida Panhandle Forests and Drinking Water Tour and Workshop (link), Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, Eastpoint, FL. Provided by the Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water. The tour on Nov. 13 (1 to 4 pm) explore the connection between healthy forests and clean water and emphasize benefits of managed forest lands for drinking water and other benefits. The workshop Nov. 14th (8:00 am to 3:30 pm) will emphasize the relationships, organizational infrastructure, and funding necessary to bring about watershed stewardship and protection to benefit forests, drinking water and other co-benefits in the Florida Panhandle. See link above for details and registration. $50 fee. For more information contact Kitty Weisman, Coordinator, Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water, (360) 481-2544 or Kitty.Weisman@icloud.com

 

REGIONAL EVENTS / WEBINARS
October 23 Science & Technology Webinar: Role of Agroforestry in Supporting Pollinators (link), 2 pm ET. See link for details and to join.
October 23-26 12th Biennial Longleaf Conference: Looking Back, Taking Stock, Making Progress (link), Holiday Inn Alexandria-Downtown, Alexandria, Louisiana. See link above for details.
October 25 Forestry Webinar: Leaf Spots, Scorches, & Wilts Affecting Southeastern U.S. Deciduous Trees (link),1 pm ET. See link for details and to join.
November 7-9 Bottomland Hardwoods Learning Exchange (link), College of Coastal Georgia's Stembler Theatre, 1 College Drive, Brunswick, GA. Park in parking area B. This event will bring together experts from the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley to compare these geographies based on social, ecological, and economic factors. An emphasis will be placed on the connection between forestry and hydrology, and how responsible forest management can play a role in conserving the whole system on a watershed-level. Through this event we hope to improve the management and conservation of bottomland forests and illustrate opportunities to meet diverse social values. See link above for details and registration. Questions can be directed to Nick Biemiller, (828) 772-7992.
November 14 Science & Technology Webinar: Ephemeral Gully Erosion: What is it and how do we treat it? (link), 2 pm ET. See link for details and to join.


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 2nd Qtr 2018

 

News Briefs


CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD EMAIL UPDATE 10/18/18 (PDF)

POST-STORM RECOVERY
If you are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael we are with you during this difficult time and working on getting every bit of information on available assistance to you in a timely manner.

FOREST, CROP, AND LIVESTOCK LOSSES
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers many safety-net programs to help producers recover from eligible losses, including the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, Emergency Forest Restoration Program and the Tree Assistance Program. The FSA Emergency Conservation Program provides funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters. Producers located in counties that receive a primary or contiguous disaster designation are eligible for low-interest emergency loans to help them recover from production and physical losses. Compensation also is available to producers who purchased coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, which protects non-insurable crops against natural disasters that result in lower yields, crop losses or prevented planting. USDA encourages farmers and ranchers to contact their local FSA office to learn what documents can help the local office expedite assistance, such as farm records, receipts and pictures of damages or losses.

Find your USDA Service Center contacts at: https://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app

Producers with coverage through the federal crop insurance program administered by the Risk Management Agency should contact their crop insurance agent. Those who purchased crop insurance will be paid for covered losses. Producers should report crop damage within 72 hours of damage discovery and follow up in writing within 15 days.

ASSESSING HURRICANE DAMAGED TIMBER
The storm has no doubt taken its toll on timber stands across the Florida Panhandle. In addition to timber value and infrastructure losses, many forest landowners are also concerned about other potential problems, such as bark beetles and wildfire, which could become issues in coming months. For more on assessing damaged or destroyed timber stands, available assistance, and tax implications, see http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fr154

See the UF/IFAS Disaster Preparation & Recovery site for guides to post-disaster water and food safety, preparing insurance claims, repairs, landscape cleanup, and more: http://disaster.ifas.ufl.edu/

#hurricane #recovery #agriculture #forest #timber

ASSISTANCE HELPS FARMERS, RANCHERS CONSERVE NATURAL RESOURCES
Application deadline for financial assistance Nov. 2
Florida farmers, ranchers and forest owners can apply until Nov. 2 for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for fiscal year 2019 funding. The application deadline applies to the following EQIP-funded initiatives:

Begin by visiting your local NRCS field office and requesting help developing a conservation plan. To learn about technical and financial assistance available from NRCS, go to Getting Started with NRCS.

WORKING FORESTS WEEK APPROACHES: OCTOBER 21-27, 2018
MAY THE FOREST BE WITH YOU!

In recognition of the importance of working forests to the state, the week of October 21-27, 2018, is being celebrated across Florida as “Working Forests Week.” The week recognizes the importance of Florida’s forests and forest-related industries to our state’s environment and economy. Join in the many opportunities to provide outreach to your audience of choice. Find materials and activities for people of all ages at the Florida Forestry Association's Working Forest Week web page: http://floridaforest.org/programs/working-forests-week/

CONGRATULATIONS DOUG AND TERESA MOORE: 2018 FLORIDA OUTSTANDING TREE FARMERS OF YEAR
Join us for the perfect Working Forests Week kick-off:
2018 Florida Outstanding Florida Tree Farm of the Year Tour and Awards Ceremony (link), 9:00 am for the morning tour, lunch, and awards ceremony; 11:30 am for lunch, awards ceremony, and afternoon tour. Meet at Doug and Teresa Moore’s South Prong Plantation in Baker County, FL. Free, lunch included. This event is free but pre-registration is required. Reserve a space for the morning or afternoon tour by calling Whitney at the Florida Forestry Association, (850) 222-5646. Please register by October 9. See link above for more details.

More about Doug and Teresa Moore, and South Prong Plantation here

NEW FAMILY FORESTS BOOK NOW AVAILABLE AT THE UF/IFAS BOOKSTORE
Hot off the presses: 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

PRESCRIBED BURN ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FROM WILDLAND RESTORATION INTERNATIONAL
Assistance available to landowners in the counties of Levy, Alachua, Putnam, Marion, Flagler, Volusia, Lake, Sumter, Hernando, Polk, Osceola, Manatee, Hardee, and Highlands. 

Wildland Restoration International (WRI) is excited to announce prescribed burn assistance to landowners participating in USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) cost share programs. The organization has been awarded funding from the Endowment for Forestry and Communities to help landowners implement prescribed burning practices funded by the NRCS. WRI representatives are available to meet onsite with landowners to discuss their goals and assist with prescribed burn prescription and implementation.

WRI is also interested in providing educational workshops for landowners interested in learning more about prescribed burning topics. They also want to encourage the formation of landowner associations or cooperatives to help landowners work together to facilitate the safe and effective use of prescribed fire on their lands.

WRI is funded to assist landowners in the counties of Levy, Alachua, Putnam, Marion, Flagler, Volusia, Lake, Sumter, Hernando, Polk, Osceola, Manatee, Hardee, and Highlands. Landowners in these counties, with a NRCS contract that includes prescribed burning, are encouraged to contact WRI to learn more about these services:

Ryan Kennelly, Fire Program Coordinator
Phone: (352) 373-0550
Email: ryan.kennelly@wildlandrestoration.org

SAW PALMETTO ADDED TO FDACS COMMERCIALLY EXPLOITED PLANT LISTING
The saw palmetto has been added to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' (DACS) commercially exploited plant list, which results in new requirements for the harvesting of saw palmetto berries. These new requirements took effect July 17, 2018. 

Learn about the new harvesting requirements here.

2017-2018 ORGANIC CERTIFICATION COST SHARE PROGRAM
Florida Organic Growers (FOG), in cooperation with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Organic Certification Cost Share Program. Certified organic operators in Florida can now apply for reimbursement of up to 75 percent of certification costs from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, for a maximum of $750 per scope of certification. The deadline to apply is October 31st.

Please visit the FOG Cost Share webpage to learn more about the program, and how you can apply: http://www.foginfo.org/our-programs/cost-share/

If you have any questions regarding the program, please call Rylee Daddio at 352-231-7116

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 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.

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 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.

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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