Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
October 29 Silviculture Best Management Practices Workshop, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, Waccasassa Forestry Center, 5353 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL. Foresters, 4 hours Cat 1 CFEs approved. Space is limited so register soon. Preregister by contacting Robin Holland, 352-732-1273, Robin.Holland@freshfromflorida.com. Registration deadline is October 23. See flier linked above for details.
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/
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, tina.m.gordon@dep.state.fl.us
October 31
Forest Stewardship Tour at Cumberland Plantation and Riverview Farms, Madison County (pdf link)
, This tour is FULL

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
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 (850) 606-5200 for CEU specifics. Registration required at http://leonextensiontreeid2014.eventbrite.com/
November 5 The Southern Fire Exchange Presents a Field Tour: Restoration Projects in the Apalachicola National Forest, 9:00am - 3:00pm ET, Tallahassee, FL. Topics will include prescribed fire, bobwhite quail, gopher tortoises, striped newts, hardwood management, timber harvesting, herbicide, longleaf pine forest restoration, wetland restoration. Registration is limited to the first 25 participants! Register online: 
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/field-tour-restoration-projects-in-the-apalachicola-national-forest-registration-13960196323 Please direct all questions to: David Godwin, Southern Fire Exchange, drg2814@ufl.edu
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 29, November 10, December 12 Non-timber Forest Products Fall 2014 Webinar Series (link). This webinar series highlights the diverse world of non-timber forest 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 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.
November 19 Webinar: Effective Use of Electric Fencing to Improve Grazing Management and Enhance Soil Health (link), 2:00 pm ET, See link for details.
January 27-February 17, 2015 2015 Master Tree Farmer will be conducted every Tuesday evening beginning on Januray 27, 2015 continuing through February 17. The program will start at 7:00pm and end at 8:30pm. This year the program will be delivered via the internet which means you will have the option to watch it at home.  Details at http://www.mastertreefarmer.net/treefarm2015.html


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 2nd Qtr 2014

News Briefs

CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

TAX TIPS FOR FOREST LANDOWNERS FOR THE 2014 TAX YEAR
Tax laws on timber transactions are very specialized but important to timber owners in terms of the ongoing cost of owning and managing timber, forest stewardship and compliance to the tax law. This bulletin reviews the major federal income tax laws to help forest owners in filing their 2014 income tax returns. The information presented here is current as of September 30, 2014:
2014 TAX TIPS (pdf)

WILDLIFE BMPs ADOPTED
A new set of Best Management Practices (BMPs) related to the protection of 16 species of Florida wildlife was officially adopted this week by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). The adoption of the wildlife BMPs for forestry represents the culmination of a multi-year effort directed primarily at proactively protecting a certain group of "imperiled" species so as to strengthen the case that any potential federal listing is not warranted.    

The BMP implementing rules of DACS are found in Chapter 5I-8, Florida Administrative Code. A link to the new wildlife BMP manual on the Florida Forest Service website will be provided when it is available.          

NEW FOREST STEWARDSHIP VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE - CHECK EM OUT AND SHARE!

GOT YOUR GREENBELT?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG6GXmtVGm0

INVASIVE SPECIES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8wrMX5PW3Q

CONGRATULATIONS WOODWARD FAMILY: FLORIDA'S 2014 OUTSTANDING TREE FARMER OF THE YEAR, TOUR ON NOVEMBER 14
The Woodward Family's forest property has been in the family 100 years this year. A certified Tree Farm, the property is over 1,400 acres of pine and hardwood stands with a multiple use objective.  Wildlife, recreation and timber are primary objectives on the property, and have been guided by a written forest management plan for over 30 years.  A tour of the Woodward Family Tree Farm will take place on November 14, 2014. Reserve a space by contacting to Phil at Florida Forestry Association, (850) 222-5646 or Phil@ForestFla.org. Registration for this tour ends Friday, October 31.

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. 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 phil@forestfla.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
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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