Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
February 23 Forest Stewardship Tour at South Prong Plantation, property of Doug Moore, Baker County, FL (pdf link), morning tour at 9:00 am or afternoon tour at 11:30 am ET, South Prong Plantation in Baker County. Join us to learn about integrating high quality wildlife habitat management with timber production, and network with other landowners and the forestry and natural resource professionals that can assist you. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Contact the UF/IFAS County Extension Baker County at (904) 259-3520, and pay at the event with cash or check payable to University of Florida.
February 23 State of the GTM Research Reserve, (link), Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. See link above for details and registration. Feel free to reach out with any questions (Kaitlyn.dietz@floridadep.gov, (904) 823-2291.
March 3 North Florida Land Trust Wild Working Lands Tour (link), 8 am to 12 pm ET, Wetland Preserve, Palatka, FL. Provided by NFLT. Join North Florida Land Trust and landowners Ben and Louann Williams for a morning tour of Wetland Preserve, one of NFLT’s Osceola to Ocala (O2O) Corridor conservation projects and a working forest in Putnam County. The Williams family will share their experience balancing timber production, land conservation, and wildlife enhancement on their 3,700 acres in the O2O Corridor. The tour will highlight ways in which North Florida Land Trust can help landowners with responsible stewardship and long-term conservation in northeast Florida. Registration is $10 and includes lunch. Attendance is limited and no refunds. Contact Emily Dunn, edunn@northfloridalandtrust.org with questions. Registration is at https://904tix.com/events/wild-working-lands-tour.
March 9 2018 Florida Forest Stewardship Landowner Short Course (link), 8:30 am to 3:00 pm ET, Austin Cary Forest, near Gainesville, FL. Join us for a new workshop format featuring 5 concurrent topic sessions including forest health, timber marketing and forest certification, wildlife management, tree identification, and prescribed fire. Choose 2 topics (1 morning, 1 afternoon) to customize your day. $10 fee includes lunch and materials. Register online at https://fsp-shortcourse030918.eventbrite.com/, or contact Chris Demers, cdemers@ufl.edu, (352) 846-2375.
March 21 Invasive Species and Control Workshop (pdf link), 9am to 3 pm ET, UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension Auditorium, 5339 County Rd 579, Seffner, FL 33584. Provided by Suncoast Invasive Species Management Area and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. FDACS pesticide applicator CEUs and SAF CFEs will be pending approval. Cost is $10 per person, lunch and materials included. Register on-line at https://fsp-workshop032118.eventbrite.com/ or call Sharon Stinson, (863) 534-7074.
March 31 2018 Family Day at the Dairy Farm (FB link), 9:00 am – 2:00pm ET, University of Florida Dairy Unit near Gainesville. This is an Open House for the general public to come visit a working dairy farm. Visit 18 stations with educational information, staffed by professors, graduate students and volunteers. Free admission, rain or shine, Presented by University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, with support from Florida Dairy Farmers.
April 4-6 Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Meeting (link), Melbourne, FL. The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council invites all natural resource professionals, invasive plant researchers, students, and others interested in this topic to the 2018 FLEPPC Annual Conference April 4–6 at the Crowne Plaza Oceanfront in Melbourne. This year’s theme: Winds of Change: Adaptive Management Under Changing Conditions. See link above for details and registration.
April 6 Cover Crop Tour Helps Florida Ag Producers Build Soil Health, 10 am -1 pm at NRCS Brooksville Plant Material Center, 14119 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL. 34601. Farmers, ranchers and researchers invited.  Free tour showcases cover crop species in west central Florida to improve soil health. Learn evaluation results for different cover crop seed sources and planting recommendations. Hosted by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Contact Janet Grabowski at 352-796-9600, ext. 3831
April 11-13 Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting (link), at the Plantation, 9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429. The conference theme is Managing Florida’s Coastal Resources. See link above for details and registration.
April 24-27 Prescribed Fire for Wildlife Workshop (link), Everglades Youth Conservation Camp, 12100 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33412. Provided by the FL Wildlife Society. This training will provide land managers and wildlife stewards with basic information on wildlife habitat management opportunities associated with prescribed fires in Florida.Basic Registration is $175 and full registration with all meals and lodging is $375. Registration deadline is April 12, 2018. Register online at linke above. For additional information about this class please contact Jim Schortemeyer at (239) 455-5847 or Schortfire@aol.com
May 2-3 45th Spring Symposium, Austin Cary Forest Campus near Gainesville, FL. Provided by UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation and Florida Division Society of American Foresters. Mark your calendar! Details to come. SAF CFEs to be provided.
May 7-10 42nd Annual Aquatic Weed Control Short Course (link), Fort Lauderdale Coral Springs Marriott, Coral Springs, FL. Register at the early rate of $250 and save $50!  Early rate ends Feb. 26.  See link above for details and registration, or contact kimmer72@ufl.edu, (352)-294-3576.

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
February 24 Family Heirs Property in Florida: "Cloudy Titles" 2018 Workshop Series - Session 1 (link), 9 am to 11 am ET, FAMU CEP Teleconference Center, 2010 Pinder Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32307. Presented by Florida A&M University. What is Heirs' Property? Who owns Heirs' Property? Details and registration at link above or contact Sandra Thomson, Ed.D. at (850) 599-3546, sandra.thompson@famu.edu
February 24 Magnificent Magnolias, 9:30 am to 1 pm ET, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Road, Quincy, FL 32351. Learn about magnolias around the world, the best ones for our area, and their role in our Southeastern forests. $10 ($5 members of Gardening Friends of Big Bend) includes lunch and presentations. Register by calling (850) 875-7105 or email friends@ifas.ufl.edu.
February 27 Feral Swine Workshop, 11 am to 1 pm ET, UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Office, 84 Cedar Ave, Crawfordville, FL 32327. Provided by Florida A&M University. Workshop is open to all landowners, producers, hunters, and trappers of wild hogs; other animal industry and government officials are also welcome.Please RSVP by calling (850) 599-3546.
March 7 Opportunities in Agritourism in North Florida (link), 8 am to 4 pm ET, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Road, Quincy, FL 32351. Explore case studies and resources to guide you in starting an ecotourism enterprise. See link above for details and registration or call NFREC at (850) 875-7101.
March 14 Silvopasture Tour at George Owens Farm, 2017 Florida Land Steward of the Year, Washington County, 9 am to 3 pm CT, meet at the UF/IFAS Washington County Extension Office, 1424 Jackson Avenue, Chipley, FL 32428. Mark your calendar and take this opportunity to see and learn about the economic and environmental benefits of the silvopasture system - combining timber and livestock forage production on the same acres. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register online at https://fsp-tour031418.eventbrite.com .or reserve a space by contacting UF/IFAS Washington Extension at (850) 638-6180, and pay at the event with cash or check payable to University of Florida.
March 15 Forage Legume Conference (link), UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office, Marianna, FL. The Southeast’s premier legume conference, featuring world-renowned experts in legume research and field management. Speakers from across the region will be represented at the conference, with both classroom and field demonstrations presented. $10 fee, lunch included. See link above for details.
March 19-22 Central Panhandle Pesticide Training Series (link), 7:45 am to 12:00 pm CT, UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office, Marianna, FL. The 2018 Central Panhandle Pesticide Training Series offers a combination of CEUs and exams for several restricted use pesticide license categories. These include core, right-of-way, aquatic, natural areas, private, and row crop. Sessions will be followed by exams for those interested in CEUs. Registration is $10/person for each daily session, coffee and snacks will be provided, but lunch is not included. See link above for more information or contact Sabrina Farr at the Jackson County Extension Office (850) 482-9620.
March 29 Managing Invasive Plants for Longleaf and Wildlife, 1956 Russell Rd., Baker, FL Provided by Six Rivers Invasive Species Management Area. Topics will include invasive plants id, cost share programs/resources, and demonstration of techniques and equipment. There will also be a field trip to adjacent Blackwater properties to learn about their recent invasives management efforts. Lunch will be provided and preregistration will be handled through the Longleaf Alliance at https://www.longleafalliance.org/
March 31 Family Heirs Property in Florida: "Cloudy Titles" 2018 Workshop Series - Session 2 (link), 9 am to 11 am ET, FAMU CEP Teleconference Center, 2010 Pinder Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32307. Presented by Florida A&M University. What are the economic or financial harms caused by Family Heirs' Property? For more information, contact Sandra Thomson, Ed.D. at (850) 599-3546, sandra.thompson@famu.edu
April 19 2018 Citrus Health Forum, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm ET, North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Road Quincy, FL.
$5 fee includes access to the lectures, coffee break, lunch and the tour of the citrus grove. Register by April 18 by email or phone or on site the day of the event. Contact Alexis Mote, motea@ufl.edu, (850) 875-7105, For more information, contact Xavier Martini, xmartini@ufl.edu, (850)-875-7160.
April 28 Family Heirs Property in Florida: "Cloudy Titles" 2018 Workshop Series - Session 3 (link), 9 am to 11 am ET, FAMU CEP Teleconference Center, 2010 Pinder Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32307. Presented by Florida A&M University. What are the action steps families can take to clear the title to their Family Heirs' Property? For more information, contact Sandra Thomson, Ed.D. at (850) 599-3546, sandra.thompson@famu.edu
May 26 Family Heirs Property in Florida: "Cloudy Titles" 2018 Workshop Series - Session 4 (link), 9 am to 11 am ET, FAMU CEP Teleconference Center, 2010 Pinder Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32307. Presented by Florida A&M University. What action steps help families resolve family conflict about Family Heirs' Property? For more information, contact Sandra Thomson, Ed.D. at (850) 599-3546, sandra.thompson@famu.edu
August 28 Family Heirs Property in Florida: "Cloudy Titles" 2018 Workshop Series - Session 5 (link), 9 am to 11 am ET, FAMU CEP Teleconference Center, 2010 Pinder Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32307. Presented by Florida A&M University. What is the impact of clear title property and Family Heirs' property on economic wealth building and intergenerational transfer of wealth in the United States? For more information, contact Sandra Thomson, Ed.D. at (850) 599-3546, sandra.thompson@famu.edu

 

WEBINARS
February 27 Science & Technology Webinar: Grazing and Nutrient Management (link), 2 pm ET, see link for details and to join.
March 1 Forestry Webinar: Native Vegetation Investments Pay Conservation Dividends (link), 2 pm ET. See link for details and to join.
March 1 Climate Science Webinar: Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change: A Scientist-Manager National Network (link), 3 pm ET, see link for details and to join.
March 2 Forestry Webinar: Timber Tax Filing for the 2017 Tax Year (link), 1 pm ET. See link for details and to join.
March 5 Forestry Webinar: Sustainable Wood Products Tools for Extension Professionals (link), 2 pm ET. See link for details and to join.
March 13 Science & Technology Webinar: Managing Cover Crops and No-till to Reduce Pest Problems (link), 2 pm ET, see link for details and to join.
March 28 Forestry Webinar: Planning and Timing are Critical for Saving your Urban Ash Forest from EAB (link), 1 pm ET. See link for details and to join.
March 29 Climate Science Webinar: Drought & Climate Galleries (link), 2 pm ET, see link for details and to join.


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 4th Qtr 2017

News Briefs


CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD EMAIL UPDATE 2/16/18 (PDF)

FAMILY HEIRS PROPERTY IN FLORIDA: "CLOUDY TITLES" PROGRAM ANNOUNCED BY FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
In awareness of the continual massive loss of property by African Americans in rural communities due to complicated legal hurdles, FAMU Cooperative Extension Program office has created the Family Heir Property Program Workshop Series. The platform is designed to show what happens to property that has been granted to either children or relatives of the original owners through heirship or by a will. Register here for Session 1 on February 24 on the topic of Heirs Property.

WINTER 2018 ISSUE OF FLORIDA'S WILDLIFE LEGACY INITIATIVE NEWSLETTER
In this issue: A Case for Collaborative Conservation, Exciting Staff Changes at Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative, A Major Evolution: Florida’s New Wildlife Action Plan Nears Completion, Are Spider Crabs the Solution to Macroalgae Problems on Coral Reefs?, Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Introduced in Congress, Restoration of Florida’s Yellow River: How Planning Ahead Pays Off,

Access the current issue of the Florida Wildlife Legacy Initiative Newsletter, Winter 2018.

JOIN US FOR THE 2018 FLORIDA FOREST STEWARDSHIP LANDOWNER SHORT COURSE, MARCH 9, 2018 AT THE AUSTIN CARY FOREST CAMPUS
This new event format will feature 5 concurrent topic sessions including forest health, timber marketing and forest certification, wildlife management, tree identification, and prescribed fire. Choose 2 topics (1 morning, 1 afternoon) to customize your day. $10 fee includes lunch and materials.

Register online at https://fsp-shortcourse030918.eventbrite.com/, or contact Chris Demers, cdemers@ufl.edu, (352) 846-2375.

TIMBER TAX FILING FOR THE 2017 TAX YEAR WEBINAR, MARCH 2, 1 PM ET
A sweeping overhaul of the Tax Code passed by Congress in December 2017 triggered many questions about timber taxes. How do the new changes play out in filing timber related transactions? Also, special new rules relating to the 2017 Hurricanes provided tax relief on personal property losses including landscape tree losses. To help private forest landowners, foresters, loggers and timber businesses with their 2017 tax return filings and planning for the new tax law changes in 2018, a one-hour free webinar, presented by Dr. LInda Wang on March 2, will explain the income tax reporting rules as well as the major new law changes affecting timber transactions: Timber Tax Filing for the 2017 Tax Year

Linda's Timber Tax bulletin and other related information is available at https://timbertax.org/

CONGRATULATIONS GEORGE AND PAT OWENS, 2017 FLORIDA LAND STEWARDS OF THE YEAR
George Owens is a fourth-generation farmer in Washington County, Florida. Growing up in the farming business and involved in the 4-H Program and Future Farmers of America, he carries on the agricultural legacy of his family and land. George C. Owens Farm has become one of the most renowned silvopasture operations in the Southeastern United States. Silvopasture combines timber and livestock forage production on the same acres. The trees are managed for high-value saw logs and at the same time provide shade, shelter, and forage for livestock, reducing stress and increasing forage production. This is an intentional, integrated and intensively managed system designed to optimize timber, forage and livestock production from the same acreage, at the same time.

Florida Land Steward Partners strive to assist landowners in achieving their forest, wildlife and agricultural goals for their properties. George C. Owens Farm demonstrates that environmental and economic sustainability walk hand in hand in good stewardship. Join us for a tour of the property on March 14, 2018: https://fsp-tour031418.eventbrite.com

ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE TO FOREST LANDOWNERS AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS THROUGH THE CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
Applications must be received by March 2, 2018 to be considered for this funding.
Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps private landowners build their business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of their entire operation. NRCS plans to enroll up to 10 million acres in CSP in 2018.

While applications for CSP are accepted year round, applications must be received by March 2, 2018 to be considered for this funding period. Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips and pollinator habitat--all while maintaining active agriculture production on their land. CSP also encourages the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and new management techniques such as precision agriculture applications, on-site carbon storage and planting for high carbon sequestration rate, and new soil amendments to improve water quality. Some of the benefits of CSP include: improved cattle gains per acre; increased crop yields; decreased inputs; wildlife population improvements; and better resilience to weather extremes.

Producers interested in CSP are recommended to contact their local USDA service center or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted. 

NEW PARTNERSHIP FOR CERTIFICATION AND HABITAT RESTORATION
The American Forest Foundation (AFF) and Enviva LP have announced a multi-year partnership to help private forest landowners across the Florida panhandle certify that their forests are sustainably managed and to restore longleaf pine forests to improve wildlife habitat. 

The partnership, which will also include The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and other partners, will focus its efforts across 16 counties in the Florida panhandle, with a special focus in the area surrounding Cottondale, FL.. More information here:
https://www.forestfoundation.org/aff-enviva-tnc-partnership-announcement

2018 FLORIDA LAND STEWARD CALENDARS AVAILABLE
The annual Florida Land Steward wall calendar features beautiful photography, habitat management tips, landowner and management highlights, resource contacts and more. First come, first serve to Florida Forest Stewards, Tree Farmers, other interested landowners. Request yours by sending an email to Chris Demers, cdemers@ufl.edu, with your mailing address. We'll have them available at events this winter and spring as well.

REPORT QUAIL AND OTHER WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS
To help restore the state’s northern bobwhite quail populations, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking private landowners to report sightings of bobwhite quail on their land. Report northern bobwhite quail sightings at MyFWC.com/QuailSighting

The FWC also seeks reports of these species:

NEED A LOAN TO FUND CONSERVATION PROJECTS? CHECK OUT THE USDA FARM SERVICE AGENCY'S GUARANTEED CONSERVATION LOAN PROGRAM
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) guarantees loans to promote conservation practices on farms and ranches that help protect natural resources. The goal of FSA’s Conservation Loan (CL) program is to provide access to credit for farmers who need and want to implement conservation measures on their land, but do not have the “up front” funds available to implement these practices. For more information see this Conservation Loan Program Fact Sheet. Also see this table summarizing FSA farm loan opportunities.

The Conservation Contract Program is a program for eligible landowners that protects important natural resources and other sensitive areas while providing a debt management tool. A conservation contract is available to people with Farm Service Agency (FSA) direct loans secured by real estate. These individuals may qualify for a reduction of their FSA indebtedness in exchange for a conservation contract with a term of 50, 30 or 10 years. The conservation contract is a voluntary legal agreement that restricts the type and amount of development that may take place on portions of the landowner’s property. Contracts may be established on marginal cropland and other environmentally sensitive lands for conservation, recreation and wildlife purposes. For more information see this Conservation Contract Program Fact Sheet.

The FSA provides several types of farm loans. For more information on these opportunities, see the Florida FSA Website or contact your local FSA office to speak with a local representative

AIR POTATO PATROL CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT
A new on-line Citizen Science project is looking for volunteers at https://airpotatobeetle.com/. This collaborative project between University of Florida IFAS Extension and Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services seeks to educate residents on how to identify and better control air potato vines, and to gather data important to current research and air potato leaf beetle tracking. The website contains educational videos and a blog to educate the participants and keep them updated. Volunteers will be asked to complete surveys to evaluate the level of air potato infestation and the presence of the air potato beetles in their test plots. For more information please visit the website or contact William Lester, UF/IFAS Extension, at wlester@ufl.edu.

SOMETHING BUGGING YOUR TREES? - CHECK OUT THE NEW DIAGNOSTICS FORUM
Hosted by a group of forest and tree health specialists with Southeastern universities and agencies, we are here to help identify pests and diseases in your forest or your backyard, and to recommend a solution, if appropriate. Join the group and report your tree health issue!

Visit the new Forest Health Diagnostic forum on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SouthernTreeHealthDiagnostics/

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

SOUTHERN REGION EXTENSION FORESTRY
See http://sref.info/ for the latest news, tools and offerings.

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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