Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
July 23 Silviculture Best Management Practices Workshop (pdf link), 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, UF/IFAS Columbia County Extension Office, 971 West Duval Street, Lake City, FL. Presented by Florida Forest Service. Pre-registration required! Call or Email Robin Holland at 352-732-1273, Robin.Holland@FreshFromFlorida.com. Registration deadline is July 18th. Foresters, 4 hours SAF CAT-1 CFEs approved!
August 1-2 2014 Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference (link), Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, FL. See link for details and registration.
August 11-15 Natural Areas Training Academy: S130/190 Basic Wildland Firefighter Training, Waccasassa Forestry Center, Gainesville FL & Ordway-Swisher Biological Station, Melrose FL. Tuition: $125 - General Registration; $100 - Student Registration. Registration closes July 25. Details and registration at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-basic-wildland-firefighter-training-s130190-tickets-11331772637?ct=t%28S130_190_20144_16_2014%29
August 13-30 FL Master Naturalist Program – Environmental Interpretation Special Topic Course, Palm Beach County, Details and Registration at http://www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu/
August 14
Forest Certification: Forests, Labels, Mills & More (pdf link)
, 9 am to 3 pm, UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension Office, 543350 U. S. Hwy 1, Callahan, FL 32011. Get the latest on the certification programs available in this region and how they can benefit landowners and forest management. Details and registration at http://fcp-workshopcallahan.eventbrite.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
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pomegranates-after-4-years-tickets-12125508723
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
August 26-28
Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting: "Communication is Key" (link)
, Sawgrass Marriott, Ponte Vedre Beach, FL. Foresters, SAF CFEs approved. See link for details.
September 4
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
http://fsp-workshop090414.eventbrite.com/
September 24 Keeping Your Land Productive through Conservation Easements Workshop, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm ET. UF Austin Cary Forest Learning Center, Gainesville, FL. Sponsored by Conservation Trust of Florida, FL SAF Suwannee Chapter, UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation. $15 fee.  Contact Lyndall Brezina, (352) 375-1473,  Lyndall@columbiatimber.com
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. Pesticide applicator CEUs and SAF CFEs pending.  $15 fee, lunch included.  Please register on-line at
http://fsp-workshop102314.eventbrite.com
October 30
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
https://fsp-workshop103014.eventbrite.com/

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
August 21 UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center Extension Farm Field Day, 8 am - 12 pm CT. See http://wfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/ or call (850) 983-7134 for details.
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.
Sept 18
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:
http://fsp-tour091814.eventbrite.com/

 

WEBINARS, ONLINE TRAINING, OTHER EVENTS
July 30 Webinar: Specifications for Construction Contracts (link) , 2 pm ET.  See link for details.
July 30 Webinar: Evaluation of Manure Management Systems (link), 2 pm ET.  See link for details.
August 5 Webinar: Weed Management in Organic Pasture (link), 3 pm ET.  See link for details.
August 12 Webinar: Managing for Soil Health on an Organic Farm - A Farmer's Perspective (link), 2 pm ET.  See link for details.
August 5 - 26
(Tuesday evenings)
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 sguynn@clemson.edu, (864) 656-0606
August 8 - October 8 Natural Areas Training Academy: Managing for Diversity Across Florida's Unique Landscapes, presented in a hybrid on-line and in-person format, this workshop builds understanding of management and restoration approaches for conserving biodiversity. Registration is $225. Details and registration at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/managing-for-diversity-across-floridas-unique-landscapes-tickets-11791995175?ct=t%28MFD_20146_11_2014%29
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:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/collaborating-to-manage-ecosystems-tickets-11791846731?aff=eorg
October
21-24
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


Timber Price Update, 2nd Qtr 2014

News Briefs

CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

CONSERVATION TAX INCENTIVES PASS THE HOUSE 
Last week the House passed the charities package, H.R. 4719 “America Gives More Act of 2014 ”. This bill includes the Conservation Easement Incentive (HR 2807), which  would reinstate expired tax incentives that help to make conservation easements economically feasible for more landowners and make them permanent: 
•        Raising the maximum deduction a donor can take for donating a conservation easement from 30% of their adjusted gross income (AGI) in any year to 50%;
•        Allowing qualified forest owners, farmers, and ranchers to deduction up to 100% of their AGI; and
•        Increasing the number of years over which a donor can take deductions from 6 to 16 years.
 
These enhanced tax incentives allow forest owners to take an income tax deduction that’s much closer to the full value of their conservation easement donation. 

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 phil@forestfla.org.    

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/.

PUBLIC INVITED TO REVIEW FWC IMPERILED SPECIES ACTION PLANS
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites your feedback on the Imperiled Species Management Plan, which will be the blueprint for conserving 60 species on Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species list. Be a part the process. See http://www.myfwc.com/Imperiled  to learn more and participate.

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
E-mail: LNWATINE@UFL.EDU
Office: 352-846-0575

FWC REQUESTS REPORTS OF WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS:

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
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

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA CONTINUING FORESTRY EDUCATION CLASSES
See http://conted.warnell.uga.edu/ for the latest offerings.

ALABAMA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION FORESTRY WEBINARS
See http://www.aces.edu/natural-resources/forestry/

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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