Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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If you know of an event or news brief that should be included on this page please send an email with the name of the event, date, location, and contact phone or email to cdemers@ufl.edu.

Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
September 9 - October 3
Master Naturalist Course, Mon pm, Wed pm, Sat field trips, UF/IFAS Clay County Extension. Learn about our unique local ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of freshwater systems in northeast Florida. Details and registration at http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/fs15-09.htm,
(352) 392-1837.
October 7, 14 Planning and Management of Wildlife Habitat in Urban and Suburban Backyards and Open Spaces, 7-9 pm, UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33584. Details and registration at: http://uflbackyardhabitat.eventbrite.com
October 18-24 WORKING FORESTS AWARENESS WEEK - Want to participate in outreach in your community? See Florida Forestry Association's ideas
October 22 Forest Stewardship Tour at Sparkleberry Farm, Property of Bill Black and Denise Matthews, Alachua County (pdf link), 9:00 am to 2 pm ET. Topics will include longleaf pine regeneration and management, groundcover restoration, wildlife habitat management, how to combat invasive exotic species, Silviculture Best Management Practices, available assistance and more.  $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register on-line at  https://fsp-tour102215.eventbrite.com/ or reserve a space by contacting Chris Demers, (352) 846-2375, cdemers@ufl.edu
October 29 Forest Stewardship Field Day: Tree / Plant Identification (pdf link), 9 am to 3 pm, Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register on-line at https://fsp-workshop102915.eventbrite.com/ or contact Chris Demers, cdemers@ufl.edu, (352) 846-2375.
November 6 Mid-Florida Small Farms Conference, At the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, Apopka Can link to here:http://smallfarms.ifas.ufl.edu/firstcoast_conference.html
November 17 Forest Stewardship / Everglades CISMA Workshop: Invasive Exotic Species and Management (link), 9 am to 3 pm ET, UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center, 3200 East Palm Beach Road, Belle Glade, FL 33430-4702 . Provided by Florida Forest Stewardship Program and Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. FDACS Pesticide CEU approved: 1 Stds/Core, 3 Prvt App, 3 Ag Row Crop, 3 Nat Area Weeds, 3 ROW, 1 Ltd Wildlife Trapper. $10 fee includes lunch and materials. Registration at http://fsp-workshop111715.eventbrite.com/ or contact Palm Beach County Extension Office at (561) 233-1759.
December 3 Forest Stewardship Tour at Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve in Yankeetown, FL (pdf link), 9:00 am to 2 pm ET, Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown, FL 34498 . Join us for this unique tour of a municipal Forest Stewardship property managed to provide a place for citizens to appreciate the beauty of Florida’s Nature Coast wetlands. With streams, lakes, salt marshes, pine and hardwood forests, the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is a unique piece of old Florida. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register on-line at https://fsp-tour1203215.eventbrite.com/ or reserve a space by contacting Chris Demers, (352) 846-2375, cdemers@ufl.edu

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
September 24 Forest Stewardship / Six Rivers CISMA Workshop: Cogongrass Identficiation and Control (pdf link), 9 am to 2:30 pm CT, UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office, 732 N. 9th St, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433. FDACS Pesticide CEUs approved: 1 Stds/Core, 3 Prvt App, 3 Forestry, 3 Ag Row Crop, 3 Ag Tree Crop, 3 Nat Area Weeds, 3 ROW. SAF CFEs approved: 4 Cat 1. $15 fee includes lunch and materials. Register on-line at https://fsp-workshop092415.eventbrite.com/. You can also reserve a space by contacting Walton County Extension (850) 892-8172 or haneyc@ufl.edu.
October 15 Forest Stewardship / Aplachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance Workshop: Integrate Wildlife and Forestry (link), 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Dixie Plantation, 1583 Livingston Rd, Greenville, FL 32331. Supported by a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant. $5 fee. Register online at http://fsp-workshop101515.eventbrite.com /or call Jefferson County Extension at (850) 342-0187.
October 18-24 WORKING FORESTS AWARENESS WEEK - Want to participate in outreach in your community? See Florida Forestry Association's ideas
October 23 Tour of Alter-Bevis Tree Farm, 2015 Outstanding Florida Tree Farm (pdf link), Jackson County, FL. 9 AM to 2 PM C.S.T., following the tour we'll travel to Bascom Town Hall for the Awards presentation at 11:45 am. Lunch will be provided at noon. Join us for this special event and opportunity to discuss forestry practices and mingle with other landowners and resource professionals. Attendance will be limited so reserve your space soon: contact the UF/IFAS Jackson County Cooperative Extension Service at (850) 482-9620. R.S.V.P. BY Friday, October 16th @ Noon.

 

WEBINARS, ONLINE, POLYCOM TRAINING
September 9 Urban Forestry Webinar: Managing Termites in Trees (link), 1 pm ET, See link for details and registration.
September 22 Webinar: Land Application Methods of Animal Manures and Potential Environmental Impacts (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.
September 23 Webinar: Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Water Quality (link), 3 pm ET, See link for details.
September 30 Sothern Fire Exchange Webinar: Integrated Management for the Control of Chinese Tallow (link), 1-2 pm ET, See link for details and registration
September 30 Webinar: Irrigation Water Management Plan - An Overview (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.
September 14 - October 22 Natural Areas Training Academy: Collaborating to Manage Ecosystems (link), Presented in a hybrid format (a combination of online and in-person training), this workshop builds an appreciation of how to manage natural areas as part of a larger ecosystem, in coordination with neighboring land owners. See link above for details and registration. For more info email  nata@ifas.ufl.edu or call (850) 875-7153.
October 6 Webinar: Climate Change and Organic Agriculture (link), 3 pm ET, See link for details.


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 2nd Qtr 2015

News Briefs


CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

CONGRATULATIONS JOHN AND ELIZABETH ALTER: 2015 FLORIDA OUTSTANDING TREE FARMERS!
Tree Farmers, forest landowners, and forestry and natural resource professionals are invited to join us in our congratulatory awards presentation of Florida’s 2015 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the year and forestry tour of John and Elizabeth Alter’s Alter-Bevis Tree Farm. This tour is in association with Florida’s Forest Awareness Week (October 19-23, 2015). Meet and greet and refreshments will be provided near the property entrance at 9:00 am CT.  Introductions and tour will begin at 9:30 am.  After the tour we will travel to the Bascom Town Hall for the Alter’s Award presentation at 11:45 am.  Lunch will be provided at noon. Join us for this opportunity to discuss forestry practices and mingle with landowners and forestry professionals. 

This event is free but pre-registration is required. Please contact the UF/IFAS Jackson County Cooperative Extension Service at (850) 482-9620. RSVP BY noon on Friday, October 16th.     

THE FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE SETS NATIONAL PRESCRIBED FIRE RECORD
By Chelsea Ealum, Florida Forest Service
The Florida Forest Service has announced that more than 246,000 acres of Florida state forests were treated with prescribed fire last year, the highest number ever reported by any state forestry agency in the country. The Florida Forest Service administers the top prescribed fire program in the nation. Prescribed fire is a safe way to apply a natural process, ensure ecosystem health and reduce wildfire risk. "Fortunately, there were many days last year that exhibited conditions favorable for prescribed fire. Conditions can change quickly and drastically in Florida, so the Florida Forest Service has made it a priority to take advantage of favorable conditions whenever they are present,” said Jim Karels, Florida State Forester and President of the National Association of State Foreters.
 
Prescribed fire is an important land management tool used to protect Florida’s homes, structures and valuable natural resources by reducing the buildup of flammable plant materials. The reduction of this hazardous buildup results in increased wildfire safety for surrounding areas.
 
- See more at:
http://www.stateforesters.org/news-events/blog/florida-forest-service-sets-national-prescribed-fire-record#sthash.rDFTnDgI.dpuf

COST SHARE HELPS FLORIDA FARMERS, RANCHERS CONERVE NATURAL RESOURCES
Application deadline for financial assistance Dec. 18
Florida farmers and ranchers can apply until Dec. 18, 2015, for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs for fiscal year 2016 funding. Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis for all programs, funding selections are typically made once a year. 

Through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), landowners may receive financial and technical assistance to improve soil, water, air, plants, animals and related resources. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, private non-industrial forestland and other farm or ranch lands.

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to conserve agricultural lands and wetlands. Agricultural Land Easements help farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture. Eligible partners are Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs. Wetland Reserve Easements offer technical and financial assistance directly to private landowners and Indian tribes to restore, protect and enhance wetlands through the purchase of a wetland easement.

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.

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:
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

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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