Florida Land Steward Calendar and News
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|EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)|
|August 19||Tour at Suwannee County Family Farm, 5 pm. Learn what local Florida farmers are doing to adapt to the changes in climate and conserve natural resources while still making a living. If you want to attend the dinner at 5 pm, please RSVP at Suwanee County Extension Office, (386) 362-2771. Tour will begin after dinner. For more information contact Joel Love, (386) 688-3730 or email@example.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 10||Silviculture Best Management Practices Workshop, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm ET, UF/IFAS Clay County Extension Office, 2463 State Road 16 West Green Cove Springs, FL. 4 SAF CAT-1 CFEs approved. No fee, lunch included. Call or Email Robin Holland at (352) 732-1273, Robin.Holland@FreshFromFlorida.com. Registration deadline is September 4th.|
|September 11||Certified Pile Burner Course (pdf link), 8 am to 5 pm, ET, UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension Office, 7620 SR 471, Suite 2, Bushnell, FL 33513. See link for more details and registration. For questions contact DarLinda Duteau, firstname.lastname@example.org, (352) 569-6865.|
|September 24||Keeping Your Land Productive through Conservation Easements Workshop (link to pdf flier), 9:30 am to 3:00 pm ET. UF Austin Cary Forest Learning Center, Gainesville, FL. Sponsored by FL Society of American Foresters Suwannee Chapter, Florida Forest Stewardship Program, Conservation Trust of Florida. $15 fee. See link for details. SAF CFEs pending. Contact Lyndall Brezina, (352) 375-1473, Lyndall@columbiatimber.com|
|September 29-30||Southwest FL CISMA / Forest Stewardship Workshop: Invasive Exotic Grass Identification, UF/IFAS Southwest FL Research and Education Center, 2685 SR 29 North Immokalee, FL 34142. Learn to identify invasive exotic grasses and to distinguish them from important natives that they can be confused with. More details to come. Contact Erin Myers, (239) 353-8442 ext. 232, Erin_Myers@fws.gov|
|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. 2 DOACS Pesticide applicator CEUs approved in FOR, NWM, PVT, ROW; 1 Core. 3 Cat 1, 1 Cat 2 SAF CFEs approved.. $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
|October 31||Forest Stewardship Tour at Cumberland Plantation and Riverview Farms, Madison County, 9 am - 2 pm ET. Details to be posted. Contact Chris for more information, email@example.com, (352) 846-2375.|
|WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)|
|August 22||UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center Extension Farm Field Day (link to flier), 8:30 am - 12 pm CT. 4253 Experiment Rd, Hwy 182, Jay, FL 32565. Catered lunch included, 1-hr afternoon session for CCA and Core CEU credits. Register online at http://wfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/ or call Robin Vickers at (850) 983-7134 or (850) 393-7334, or Libbie Johnson at (850) 475-5230 x109.|
|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.|
|September 12||Certified Pile Burner Course (link to pdf), 8 am to 5 pm, CT, UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office, 3098 Airport Road, Crestview, FL 32539. See link for more details and registration. For questions contact Jennifer Bearden at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 689-5850.|
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.|
|November 5-6||2014 Gulf Coast Agritourism & Ecotourism Business Development Conference (link), Adventures Unlimited, 8974 Tomahawk Landing Rd, Milton, FL 32570.. The conference will be an exciting blend of informational sessions, hands on activities, and an opportunity to explore local Agritourism and Ecotourism businesses. The conference will provide important information for new business startups as well as long established companies in Agritourism and Ecotourism. See link above for details.|
|WEBINARS, ONLINE TRAINING, OTHER EVENTS|
|August 18||Webinar: Clean, Drain, and Dry! Building Consensus to Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species via Recreational Boats, 2-4 pm ET. See link for details and registration.|
|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 email@example.com, (864) 656-0606|
|August 19||Webinar: Conservation Compliance for Specialty Crop Producers (link), 2 pm ET. See link for details.|
|Non-timber Forest Products Fall 2014 Webinar Series (link). This webinar series highlights the remarkable and diverse world of non-timber forest products, ranging from an overview of the abundance and diversity of NTFPs to forest farming practices focused on particular marketable products. This program is a national partnership effort between the American Forest Foundation and the Cooperative Extension Service. Foresters, SAF CFEs are approved for the sessions. Details and registration at Tree Farm calendar link above.|
|August 27||Webinar: Solar-powered Water Systems for Grazing Operations (link), 2 pm ET. See link for details.|
|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
NON-TIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS FALL 2014 WEBINAR SERIES
Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) refers to products other than timber that are harvested from woodlands. NTFPs include plants, parts of plants, fungi, moss, lichen, herbs, vines, shrubs, parts of trees, and other biological material that are either personally used or sold for their commercial value. We eat NTFPs and use them for medicine. We also use them to make decorations and create specialty products. Not only are many NTFPs marketable, they also are critical for healthy woodland ecosystems. Sustainable harvesting and cultivation of NTFPs through forest farming practices can complement overall stewardship of working forests. This webinar series highlights the remarkable and diverse world of non-timber forest products, ranging from an overview of the abundance and diversity of NTFPs to forest farming practices focused on particular marketable products. Details and registration on the Tree Farm national calendar:
WHOLE FARM INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT VIRTUAL FIELD DAY
If you are interested in learning how to manage pests using integrated pest management (IPM) strategies on a whole farm or whole landscape level, a team of University of Florida IFAS Extension faculty has developed a series of video modules just for you. These modules were developed at the UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center near Live Oak, FL where the 300 acre farm has been transformed into a Living IPM Laboratory putting into real life practices these IPM strategies. The farm is now implementing several innovative IPM strategies to manage pests and has reduced pesticide use by more than 50%. When you watch these short video modules, you will learn how to implement strategies such as using trap crops and insect monitoring traps; creating plant habitat for beneficial insects; using birds, bats and owls as pest predators; enhancing the landscape for native pollinators; and scouting to best target management strategies.
The direct link to the IPM Whole Farm Modules is http://vfd.ifas.ufl.edu/whole-farm-ipm.shtml.
This ongoing project is supported with funding from University of Florida IFAS, USDA NIFA Extension IPM Program, Southern Region IPM Center, and Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) Program, and the Suwannee Conservation District.
More video modules are now available on the UF IFAS Virtual Field Day web site at: http://vfd.ifas.ufl.edu.
FALL 2014 SFE / LANDFIRE WEBINAR SERIES
This fall the Southern Fire Exchange has partnered with LANDFIRE to present a three part webinar series on LANDFIRE data applications in the South. Register for the first free webinar "LANDFIRE 101" on September 4th from 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET. Webinar participants will learn the basics of LANDFIRE data use and access with examples from the southeastern U.S. LANDFIRE 101 participants are eligible for 1-hour SAF CFE credit. Additional information can be found on the LANDFIRE Webinar Series page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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