Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
September 20 Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop, Okeechobee County (pdf link), 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. Join us to get the latest information on controlling some of the most troublesome invasive exotic plants in this region. 5.0 FDACS CEUs approved: (3.0) Nat. Area Weed Mgmt., Pvt. App, or ROW; (2.0) 487 or 482 Core. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register on-line at
https://fsp-workshop092018.eventbrite.com/. You can also reserve a space by contacting Okeechobee County Extension, (863) 763-6469, and pay at the event with cash or check payable to University of Florida.
September 20 Winter Beef Forage Supplementation Seminar (link), 3:00 to 6:00 pm, UF/IFAS Highlands County Extension Office, 4509 West George Boulevard, Sebring, FL 33875. Presented by UF/IFAS South Florida Beef Forage Program. Free, dinner included. See link above for details and registration.
September 28 Landowner Cooperative Associations - Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Madison County (pdf link), 8:30 am to 2:00 pm ET, UF/IFAS Madison County Extension Office, 184 NW College Loop, Madison, FL 32340. Learn about landowner cooperative associations and the benefits of working with neighbors. Topics include cooperating to manage timber and wildlife, deer management, and the history and certification process of the American Tree Farm System. Free, lunch included. Contact Madison County Extension (850) 973- 4138 by September 21 to register.
September 29 Project Learning Tree: Connecting Forests With People (link), 8:30 am –3:00 pm ET, Austin Cary Forest, 10625 NE Waldo Rd, Gainesville FL 32609. This training is for anyone interested in learning hands-on approaches to teach youth(and adults) about trees, forests, and the environment. Landowners, outreach coordinators, community volunteers, scout and camp leaders, undergraduate and graduate students and educators, anyone working with youth or wanting to are welcome. Join the fun and enhance your community outreach with fun, informative activities for both youth and adults. See link above for details and registration. For more information contact Elise Cassie, ecassie@ufl.edu
October 1-3 Public Land Acquisition & Management (PLAM) Partnership Conference (link). Hyatt Regency, Sarasota, FL. Provided by Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Atlantic University, this statewide conference focuses on public land acquisition and management issues in Florida. Local, regional, state, federal, non-profit, and private land managers; land acquisition specialists and agents; water managers; and others interested in conservation land planning are invited to attend. See link above for details.
October 11 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. 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/.
October 12-13 2018 University of Florida Bee College (link), University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab, 1881 Natural Area Drive, on UF Gainesville campus. This event offers training for beekeepers of all experience levels, as well as for gardeners, naturalists, county agents, and anyone interested in bees. See link above for details and registration.
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 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.
November 1-2 Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society 2018 Fall Meeting (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 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

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
September 17-20 Big Bend Pesticide Training Series- CEUs & Exams (link), UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Road, Quincy, FL 32351. This series offers a wide variety of pesticide CEUs, including some categories that are harder to find such as natural areas and aquatics. If you are interested in obtaining a new license or are still in need of CEUs for renewal, don’t miss out on this opportunity! Registration is $10/session. The different sessions serve as a review for the exam or can be used to obtain CEUs. Details and registration at link above. For more information, contact the Gadsden County Extension Office, (850) 875-725.
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.

 

REGIONAL EVENTS / WEBINARS
September 26 Forestry Webinar: What's Bugging Your Trees? Insect and Fungal Pests in Southeastern Urban Landscapes (link),1 pm ET. See link for details and to join.
October 23 Science & Technology Webinar: Role of Agroforestry in Supporting Pollinators (lnk),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.


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 9/14/18 (PDF)

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 online:  http://ifasbooks.ifas.ufl.edu/p-1433-family-forests.aspx

SUMMER 2018 EDITION OF FLORIDA'S WILDLIFE LEGACY NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE
In this issue: Conservation Tribalism, Introducing Florida's Wildlife Legacy Initiative's new Implementation Goals, Anna Deyle joins the team as a Wildlife Legacy Biologist, It takes a village to revise a State Wildlife Action Plan, Florida's State Wildlife Grants - New projects announced!, Freshwater goal to restore aquatic wildlife and habitat - Mission accomplished!, Crossing the finish line - Highlights from several completed State Wildlife Grant projects

See this issue at: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/20cb887

JULY / AUGUST EDITION OF SOUTHERN FIRE EXCHANGE FIRE LINES NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE
In this issue: Human ignitions are responsible for the majority of large wildfires in the East and West, SFE releases two new factsheets, Forest landowners get experience in prescribed fire, Get certified as a Wildland Fire Professional by AFE, Learn about new fire science publications relevant to the South

Current and back issues of Fire Lines available at:
http://southernfireexchange.org/SFE_Publications/Newsletter.html

ENHANCE YOUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH WITH PROJECT LEARNING TREE TRAINING
Are you interested in community outreach? Project Learning Tree (PLT) and forest landowners are working together to educate Floridians about healthy forests and sustainable forestry practices. Attend the PLT: Connecting Forests With People training at Austin Cary Forest in Gainesville Saturday, September 29, 2018.  Join the fun and enhance your existing community outreach and learn how to provide fun, informative activities for both youth and adults. Let PLT help you educate those in your community about working forests!

PLT is a program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. This workshop is funded in part from an ee360 grant, support from the University of Florida IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation and with a donation from the Florida Tree Farm Program.

CONGRATULATIONS DOUG AND TERESA MOORE: 2018 FLORIDA OUTSTANDING TREE FARMERS OF YEAR
South Prong Plantation is located at the headwaters of the South Prong of the St. Mary’s River in Baker County. Doug Moore, South Prong owner and manager, purchased this timberland in 2002 because it was close to their farm in Duval County, and most of all, because the property was diverse. South Prong Plantation encompasses over 2,400 acres of pine flatwoods, cypress swamps and hydric hammock that is home to a wide variety of wildlife. While Doug and Teresa'’s primary objective is managing for high-quality wildlife habitat, the plantation also produces timber and is a great example of integrating timber and wildlife habitat management, and prescribed fire is an important tool here.

Join us for the 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

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. WRI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help manage wildland fire for the benefit of people and wildlife.  With three offices throughout the Florida peninsula, WRI has been assisting local landowners, public agencies, and other organizations with prescribed burning for several years. 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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