Florida Land Steward Calendar and News
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|EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)|
|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 9||Certified Pile Burner Course (link to pdf), 8 am to 5 pm, ET, Waccasassa Forestry Center, 5353 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609. See link for more details and registration. For questions contact Barton Wilder at email@example.com or (352) 955-2402.|
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
|October 24||Central FL CISMA Grass ID Workshop, 10 am to 4 pm, University of Central Florida Orlando Campus.Get an overview of grasses and their look-a-likes, an introduction to grass structures used in identification, & grass taxonomy basics. Breakout field trip sessions in the afternoon will give some hands-on experience to exercise your identification skills for both exotic and native grasses! Free. Register here. For more information contact Sherry Williams,
Seminole County Natural Lands Program, (407) 349-0551, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 30||First Coast CISMA Invasive Grasses and Aquatics Workshop for Land Managers, 10 am to 2 pm, UF/IFAS Duval County Extension Office, 1010 N McDuff Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32254. $10 fee covers coffee and snacks, BYO lunch.
Register Here. For more informatin contact Tina Gordon, email@example.com
Forest Stewardship Tour at Cumberland Plantation and Riverview Farms, Madison County (pdf link), 9 am - 2 pm ET. Join us to learn about natural longleaf pine regeneration, uneven-age timber management, wildlife habitat enhancement, Silviculture Best Management Practices and more. Register online at:
|WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)|
|September 30||Bear Creek Tree ID Hike and Min-Course, 8:30 am Bear Creek Educational Forest and Arboretum,
8125 Pat Thomas Pkwy,
Quincy, FL 32351. $12 fee includes admission, materials, lunch. Details and registration at
|October 3||UF/IFAS NFREC Beef / Forage Day (link), 8:30 am to 2:30 pm CT, UF/IFAS North FL REC Beef Research Unit, 1 mile east of Greenwood, FL on Hwy 162. Perennial grasses, fertilization options, hay quality, supplements, controlling invasive pests, calving season economics, bulll selection and more. $10 fee, lunch included. See link for details.|
|October 4||Art & Garden Fall Family Festival (link), 9 am to 2 pm ET, UF/IFAS North FL Research and Education Center, 155 Research Rd, Quincy, FL 32351. Plant sale, door prizes, 4-H bbq, crafts, music, jewlery, trolley tours, gardening talks, and more. Free and open to the public! See link for details.|
Longleaf Pine Forest Restoration and Management Workshop, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm EST at 10394 NW Longleaf Dr, Bristol, FL. Presented by Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance and Florida's Forest Stewardship Program. Tour a restored longleaf pine forest and learn about management and financial incentives to private landowners. Reserve a space by calling the UF/IFAS Calhoun County Extension office, (850) 674-8323. Fee of $5 includes lunch, materials and guided tour.
|October 10 - December 12||Florida Master Naturalist Upland Habitats Course (link), presented by UF/IFAS Leon County Extension. See link for details. Registration ends October 6.|
|October 24-25||UF/IFAS North Florida Research & Education Center Vegetable Crops Management Class, UF/IFAS North FL Research and Education Center, 155 Research Rd, Quincy, FL 32351. $70 fee includes materials and lunch. Register 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.|
|October 31||Leon County Tree ID Lab, 9 am to 12 pm, UF/IFAS Leon County Extension. Free without CEUs and $10 for professionals seeking ISA or FDACS pesticide CEUs. Contact Genice Harris at 606-5200 for CEU specifics. Registration required at http://leonextensiontreeid2014.eventbrite.com/|
|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.|
|November 14||The Woodward Family Tree Farm Tour, 2014 Florida Tree Farmers of the Year, Gadsden County, 9:00 am to approximately 1:00 pm, Eastern Time. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP no later than Friday, October 31, to Phil at the Florida Forestry Association (850) 222-5646 or Phil@ForestFla.org. Directions will be provided when you register.|
|November 15||FAMU Cooperative Extension Program Fall Farm Fest 2014 Agri-Showcase, 8 am to 3 pm, FAMU Research & Extension Center,
Quincy, Florida 32352 . 2K Rattler Farm Run/Walk starts at 8:30 am. Vet-Tech Open House * Farm Tours* Educational Demonstrations & Exhibits * Rattler 2K Farm Run/Walk* Animals * Crops * Kid's Zone *
Health & Wellness* Entertainment for All Ages. For more information, contact Cooperative Extension at (850) 599-3546
|WEBINARS, ONLINE TRAINING, OTHER EVENTS|
|October 7||Webinar: Organic Farming and Soil Health (link), 3:00 pm ET, See link for details.|
|October 9, 29, November 10, December 12||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.|
|October 15||Webinar: Tracking forest and landscape change from space using the ForWarn system (link), 1 pm ET, See link for details.|
|October 16||Webinar: Priority amphibian and reptile conservation areas (PARCAS): Creative uses for conservation (link), 10:30 am ET, See link for details.|
|October 16||Bioenergy Webinar: An introduction to OpenLife Cycle Analysis and the USDA LCA Commons (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.|
|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 29||Webinar: Planning and Design of Stream Crossings (link), 2:00 pm ET, 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 Georgia, 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
COGONGRASS TREATMENT COST-SHARE PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Applications accepted through Feb. 27, 2015 to remove invasive plant
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program.
“Invasive cogongrass spreads quickly and aggressively and can cause long-term problems if left untreated,” said State Forester Jim Karels. “In addition to reducing the productivity and value of forests and rangelands, it can greatly increase the risk and severity of wildfire.”
Cogongrass is an invasive, non-native grass, which occurs in Florida and several other southeastern states. Cogongrass infestations negatively affect tree regeneration, growth and survival, as well as wildlife habitat, native plant diversity, forage quality and property values. They also increase the risk of wildfires and alter fire behavior.
The Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program is offered for non-industrial private lands in all Florida counties. It provides reimbursement of 50 percent of the cost to treat Cogongrass infestations for two consecutive years.
Applicants who wish to conduct treatments in 2014 may apply from Sept. 22, 2014 through Oct. 3, 2014. Applicants who wish to conduct treatments in 2015 may apply from Oct. 6, 2014 through Feb. 27, 2015.
To learn more about this program and obtain an application form, contact a local Florida Forest Service office or visit http://www.FloridaForestService.com. All qualifying applications will be evaluated and ranked for approval. This program is supported through a grant from the U.S. Forest Service.
For more information about cogongrass and management see http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wg202
For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit http://www.FreshFromFlorida.com.
ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM HELPS FARMERS, RANCHERS CONSERVE NATURAL RESOURCES
Application deadline for Environmental Quality Incentive Program Nov. 21
Florida farmers and ranchers can apply until Nov. 21 for financial assistance in fiscal year 2015 through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to improve soil, water, air, plants, animals and related resources.
Through EQIP, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) develops contracts with agricultural producers to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, private non-industrial forestland and other farm or ranch lands. The application process for conservation programs is continuous, but funding selections are typically made once a year.
Begin by visiting your local NRCS field office and requesting help developing a conservation plan. Our experts provide this free service to help you use your natural resources more efficiently. To learn about technical and financial assistance available from NRCS, go to Getting Started with NRCS.
CATHY HARDIN, 2014 FLORIDA OUTSTANDING TREE FARM INSPECTOR
Cathy Hardin (Escambia County Forester, Florida Forest Service) has been selected as the 2014 Florida Tree Farm Inspector of the Year. If asked about the favorite part of work as a forester, Cathy will tell you it all stems from helping forest landowners meet their personal goals. Sometimes the goal is attaining Tree Farm certification; other times it is simply learning more about their “bit of heaven." Whatever the goal, Cathy gets much satisfaction from helping a landowner get there! Cathy will be recognized during the November 14 tour of the Woodward Family Tree Farm in Gadsden County.
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