Florida Land Steward Calendar and News
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|EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)|
|May 2-5||2016 Aquatic Weed Control Short Course (link), Coral Springs, FL. Join us for the largest and most inclusive training for Florida Pesticide Licensing and CEUs. Become a more qualified professional, engage with your industry, and network with your peers! See link above for details and registration.|
|May 4-6||65th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course (link), UF/IFAS Straughn Professional Development Center, Gainesville, FL 32611. See link above for details and registration.|
|May 13||Aquatic Invasives Workshop (link), 8:30 am to 2:30 pm ET, UF/IFAS Orange County Extension Office, Orlando, FL. Presented by the Central Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA), East Central Florida CISMA and the Florida Forest Stewardship Program. FDACS Pesticide CEUs approved for Aquatic Pest Control (4), Natural Areas Weed Mgmt (3), and Private Applicator Ag Pest Control (3). Register online here. You can also reserve a space by contacting Lizette Reyes at Orange County Extension (407) 254-9218.|
|May 17||Commercial Citrus for North Florida (link) , 8:30 am to 2:00 pm ET, UF/IFAS Taylor County Extension Office, Perry, FL. See link above for details and registration.|
|May 18-19||44th Annual Spring Symposium: Advances in Southern Pine Silviculture (link), UF Austin Cary Forest Learning Center. Sponsored by UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation and Florida Society of American Foresters. Register online
|May 19-22||Florida Native Plant Society Annual Conference (link), Daytona Beach Resort and Conference Center, Daytona Beach, FL. See link above for details.|
|May 24-26||Urban Forestry Institute: “Green Infrastructure and the Urban Forest”, Patel College of Global Sustainability, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620. See link for details and registration.|
|June 15||Timber Sale Basics and Market Trends Workshop (link) 10:00 am to 3:00 pm ET, Columbia County
UF/IFAS Extension Office, 971 W. Duval St., Suite 170, Lake City, FL
32055. Provided by Florida Forest Service. Contact Stan Shepard at (386) 243-6236 or Stanley.Shepard@FreshFromFlorida.com to
|WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)|
|May 20||Workshop: Does Money Grow on Your Trees?, 8:45 am to 2:00 pm CT, Molino Community Center, 6450 Highway 95-A North, Molino, FL 32577. Provided by Florida Forest Service. Free, lunch included. For more information or to RSVP, contact Cathy Hardin, Escambia County Forester, (850) 587-5237 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|May 23-26||Pine Savannah Management Workshop (link), Tall Timber Research Station, Tallahassee, FL. Provided by Tall Timbers Research Station. Topics include feasibility, restoration and management options and techniques. Registration $800, inludes all meals and materials, group rates available. For registration, group rates and lodging options contact Ms. Kaye Gainey, (850) 893-4153 ext. 222; Kaye@ttrs.org. See link above for agenda.|
|June 2||Longleaf Pine Forest Restoration & Management Workshop, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm ET, Greenwood Plantation, Thomasville, GA. Provided by Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance and Greenwood Plantation. $5 fee. More details and online registration to be posted soon. For more information or to register by phone contact David Godwin at Southern Fire Exchange, (850) 893-4153 ext. 261.|
|September 15||Invasive Exotic Species Workshop, Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Training Center, 108 Island Drive Eastpoint, FL 32328. Provided by Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance and Florida Forest Stewardship program. $10 fee covers materials and lunch. FDACS Pesticide applicator CEUs and SAF CFEs pending approval. More details and online registration to be posted. Contact Anita Grove at the training center at (850) 670-7708, Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us for info or to sign up.|
|October 25-28||Prescribed Fire for Wildlife (link), Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, FL. Provided by the Florida Wildlife Society, Tall Timbers, and Florida Fish and Wildlfie Conservation Commission. See link above for details.|
|May 5||Webinar: Strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of Sea Level Rise and Salt Water Intrusion on Cropland (link), 11 am ET, See link for details.|
|May 10||Webinar: Integrating Warm Season Annuals into Cool Season Perennial Grazing Systems (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.|
|May 17||Webinar: Alternative Strategies for Grazing Annual Crops (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.|
|May 25||Webinar: Newest Research on the Value of Habitat for Pest Management (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.|
|May 26, June 23, July 28, Aug 25, Sep 22, Oct 27, Nov 17, Dec 15||Your Legacy, Your Land Monthly Webinar Series, provided by American Forest Foundation. See link for details.|
|May 26||Webinar: Introducing the NRCS National Organic Farming Handbook (link), 3 pm ET, See link for details.|
Timber Price Update
COGONGRASS TREATMENT COST-SHARE PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Applications for the program will be accepted through July 29, 2016.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has announced that the Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program. Applications for the program will be accepted through July 29, 2016.
“Cogongrass is one of the most aggressive weeds in Florida and is capable of rapidly choking out and displacing our native plant species,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “Through the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program, landowners can help stop the spread of this harmful pest in Florida.”
Cogongrass is an invasive, non-native grass that 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.
“Left untreated, invasive cogongrass can spread quickly, causing long-term problems,” 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.”
The Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program, which is supported through a grant from the USDA Forest Service, is offered for non-industrial private lands in all Florida counties. It provides reimbursement of 50 percent of the cost to treat cogongrass infestations with herbicide for two consecutive years.
To obtain an application form or to learn more about program requirements, contact a local Florida Forest Service county forester or visit the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program webpage. All qualifying applications will be evaluated and ranked for approval.
2016 FLORIDA SOUTHERN PINE BEETLE FORECAST
By Chris Pearce, Florida Forest Service
A pheromone trap survey was conducted in March 2016 as part of an ongoing program to monitor the populations of Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) and its associated predators. The purpose is to provide an early-season prediction of the potential level of SPB activity in select Florida counties, and identify areas which may be at increased risk for an outbreak. The results of the 2016 survey indicate that SPB populations are low at all but one trap location and suggest that the risk of widespread SPB infestations in the surveyed counties is low. See full report here.
SIGN UP FOR USDA NRCS AGRICULTURAL LAND CONSERVATION EASEMENTS
Application Deadline is May 11
Applications are being accepted until May 11 for Agricultural Land Easement applications from Indian tribes, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial assistance to partners for purchasing agricultural land easements that protect the agricultural use of cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forestland. Applications are available online. Contact Nina Bhattacharyya, 352-338-9554 for questions and submissions.
STATE LOOKING FOR FARMERS, RANCHERS, FORESTERS WANTING TO PERMANENTLY PRESERVE WORKING AGRICULTURAL LANDS
Application Deadline is May 16
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will invest $35 million toward the protection and preservation of working agricultural lands in Florida and invites agricultural land owners to apply to the conservation program. The Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, which is administered by the department, partners with Florida's agricultural landowners to develop perpetual conservation easements that protect important natural resources while allowing landowners to maintain ownership and use of the land. The program is accepting applications through May 16, 2016.
The Rural and Family Lands Protection Program focuses on maintaining the agricultural land base in Florida and recognizes that a thriving rural economy with a strong agricultural base and viable rural communities is essential to Florida's future. Since the program's inception, more than 14,500 acres of Florida ranches and farms threatened by development have been approved for conservation. These lands will be forever protected from conversion to other uses such as residential and commercial development.
To learn more about the program and to obtain application form, please visit the program page at FreshFromFlorida.com.
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/.
FOREST STEWARDSHIP VIDEOS - VIEW AND SHARE!
All the latest videos are on the Florida Forest Stewardship Program home page:
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:
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:
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