Florida Land Steward Calendar and News
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|EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)|
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
Farm Bill Meeting, Public meeting for local farmers and ranchers explains Farm Bill financial assistance programs, Sept. 5, 8:30 a.m.-12 noon, at UF/IFAS Seminole County Extension Office,250 West County Home Road, Sanford, FL 32773. Contact is Dave Millard, 321-633-1702 ext.241.
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, email@example.com, (352) 569-6865.|
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. You CAN produce and harvest timber and agricultural crops with a conservation easement. Join us to learn the benefits of conservation easements and other tools to keep land in agriculture, forestry and/or conservation. Sponsored by FL Society of American Foresters Suwannee Chapter, Florida Forest Stewardship Program, Conservation Trust of Florida. $15 fee. See link for details. Foresters, 4 Cat 1 SAF CFEs approved!. To reserve a space, 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|
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, CEUs pending. More details to come.|
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
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 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:
|September 18||Deer Nutrition & Management Seminar. 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm CT, UF/IFAS Washington County Agricultural Center, 1424 Jackson Ave, Chipley FL. The seminar will address topics relating to food plots and perennial food sources as well as deer herd management techniques. Anyone interested in better managing the deer and deer habitat on their property is encouraged to attend. This seminar is presented by UF/IFAS Extension, in cooperation with FWC. Free to the public. Please RSVP to ensure that adequate materials are available. Contact the Washington County Extension Office at (850) 638-6180.|
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 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|
|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.|
|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 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
CATTLE OPERATIONS: MAKE THE MOST OF HIGH CATTLE PRICES
Cattle have been selling for record high prices this summer. Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Director, has a great article about why the prices are so high and how producers can make the most of these excellent prices in this Growing Alabama agriculture outreach piece: http://growingalabama.com/features/2014/08/how-make-most-high-cattle-prices/
GROWING FOR PROFIT SERIES BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER
This Fast Track series focuses on the business of farming and will feature a wide variety of topics. The goal of this series is to provide agricultural producers of all sizes, industries and stages of growth the tools to succeed at the business of farming. More details here: http://www.floridasmallfarms.org/
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 email@example.com.
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