Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
August 15 Lake Soil and Water Conservation District Working Group (link), 1:30 - 3:00 pm, UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center, Training Room B, 1951 Woodlea Rd, Tavares, FL 32778. Ag producers and stakeholders make natural resource recommendations to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Contact: Patty Fletcher, 352-253-1646.
August 22 Florida Tree Farm Tour: Managing Pine Forests for Multiple Goals, Putnam and Flagler Counties (link), 9:00 am to 12:00 pm ET, Crescent Lake Hunt Club and Seminole Landing Properties in Putnam and Flagler Counties, 843 East Highway 100, San Mateo, FL. Join us to explore the possibilities that pine forest management has to offer, learn about sustainable forestry and wildlife habitat management, and connect with the local and statewide professionals and resources that are available to assist in your land management. Free, lunch provided. Provided by Florida Tree Farm and Forest Stewardship Programs. Reserve a space by contacting Greg Dunn, Greg.Dunn@FreshFromFlorida.com, (904) 209-0430 or Conrad Wysocki, Conrad.Wysocki@FreshFromFlorida.com, (386) 329-3717 . Space will be limited so register soon.
August 28-30 Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting 2018 (link), Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, FL. See link above for details and registration or call (850) 222-5646.
September 17 Water Birds in Highlands County (link), 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, UF/IFAS Highlands County Extension Office, 4509 West George Boulevard, Sebring, FL 33875. Presented by UF/IFAS Highlands County Extension and the Range Cattle REC. $10 fee. See link above for details and regsitration.
September 18 2018 Silviculture BMPs & Forestry Wildlife BMPs Workshop (link), 10 am to 3 pm ET, Southwest FL Water Mgt District Office, 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville. This free workshop, provided by Florida Forest Service, will educate forest land managers about Silviculture BMPs for Water Quality and the Forestry Wildlife BMPs for State Imperiled Species. Participants will receive 4 hours of SAF CAT-1 CFE’s. Lunch on your own. To register contact Robin Holland, (352) 732-1781, Robin.Holland@freshfromflorida.com
September 20 Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop, Okeechobee County (pdf link), 9:00 am to 3:00 pm ET, UF/IFAS Okeechobee County Extension Office,, 458 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Provided by Heartland Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. Join us to get the latest information on controlling some of the most troublesome invasive exotic plants in this region. 5.0 FDACS CEUs approved: (3.0) Nat. Area Weed Mgmt., Pvt. App, or ROW; (2.0) 487 or 482 Core. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register on-line at
https://fsp-workshop092018.eventbrite.com/. You can also reserve a space by contacting Okeechobee County Extension, (863) 763-6469, and pay at the event with cash or check payable to University of Florida.
September 20 Winter Beef Forage Supplementation Seminar (link), 3:00 to 6:00 pm, UF/IFAS Highlands County Extension Office, 4509 West George Boulevard, Sebring, FL 33875. Presented by UF/IFAS South Florida Beef Forage Program. Free, dinner included. See link above for details and registration.
September 28 Landowner Cooperative Associations - Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Madison County (pdf link), 8:30 am to 4:00 pm ET, UF/IFAS Madison County Extension Office, 184 NW College Loop, Madison, FL 32340. Learn about landowner cooperative associations and the benefits of working with neighbors. Topics include cooperating to manage timber and wildlife, deer management, and the history and certification process of the American Tree Farm System. An afternoon tour of a local tree nursery will follow lunch. Free, lunch included. More details to be posted soon. Contact Madison County Extension (850) 973- 4138 by September 21 to register.
September 29 Project Learning Tree: Connecting Forests With People (link), 8:30 am –3:00 pm ET, Austin Cary Forest, 10625 NE Waldo Rd, Gainesville FL 32609. This training is for anyone interested in learning hands-on approaches to teach youth(and adults) about trees, forests, and the environment. Landowners, outreach coordinators, community volunteers, scout and camp leaders, undergraduate and graduate students and educators, anyone working with youth or wanting to are welcome. See link above for details and registration. For more information contact Elise Cassie, ecassie@ufl.edu
October 1-3 Public Land Acquisition & Management (PLAM) Partnership Conference (link). Hyatt Regency, Sarasota, FL. Provided by Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Atlantic University, this statewide conference focuses on public land acquisition and management issues in Florida. Local, regional, state, federal, non-profit, and private land managers; land acquisition specialists and agents; water managers; and others interested in conservation land planning are invited to attend. See link above for details.
October 19 Beef Quality Assurance Certification Field Day (link), 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Lykes Ranch, 15287 CR 721, Okeechobee, FL 34974. Presented by UF/IFAS Extension. To register, Call (863) 402-6540. See link above for details and registration.

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
August 25
(note date change)
Family Heirs Property in Florida: "Cloudy Titles" 2018 Workshop Series - Session 5, ask the expert session which will be held at the Grape Harvest festival.  Registration is not required for the session, but there is a fee to enter the festival.  Here is the link for the festival:  http://www.famunews.com/grape-harvest-festival/. For more information, contact Sandra Thomson, Ed.D. at (850) 599-3546, sandra.thompson@famu.edu

 

WEBINARS / SIMULCAST EVENTS
August 16 Climate Science Webinar: Finding a Needle in a Haystack: Local Climate Information to Keep Producers Happy (link), 3 pm ET. See link for details and to join.
August 29 Forestry Webinar: Increasing Adoption of Residential Wood Energy: Past, Present, & Future (link), 2 pm ET. See link for details and to join.
September 26 Forestry Webinar: What's Bugging Your Trees? Insect and Fungal Pests in Southeastern Urban Landscapes (link),1 pm ET. See link for details and to join.


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 2nd Qtr 2018

 

News Briefs


CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD EMAIL UPDATE 8/3/18 (PDF)

CONGRATULATIONS DOUG AND TERESA MOORE: 2018 FLORIDA OUTSTANDING TREE FARMERS OF YEAR
South Prong Plantation is located at the headwaters of the South Prong of the St. Mary’s River in Baker County. Doug Moore, South Prong owner and manager, purchased this timberland in 2002 because it was close to their farm in Duval County, and most of all, because the property was diverse. South Prong Plantation encompasses over 2,400 acres of pine flatwoods, cypress swamps and hydric hammock that is home to a wide variety of wildlife. While Doug and Teresa'’s primary objective is managing for high-quality wildlife habitat, the plantation also produces timber and is a great example of integrating timber and wildlife habitat management, and prescribed fire is an important tool here. We will tour the property and recognize the Moore family on October 19. Stay tuned to updates for details.

More about Doug and Teresa Moore, and South Prong Plantation here

SAW PALMETTO ADDED TO FDACS COMMERCIALLY EXPLOITED PLANT LISTING
The saw palmetto has been added to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' (DACS) commercially exploited plant list, which results in new requirements for the harvesting of saw palmetto berries. These new requirements took effect July 17, 2018. 

Learn about the new harvesting requirements here.

2017-2018 ORGANIC CERTIFICATION COST SHARE PROGRAM
Florida Organic Growers (FOG), in cooperation with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Organic Certification Cost Share Program. Certified organic operators in Florida can now apply for reimbursement of up to 75 percent of certification costs from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, for a maximum of $750 per scope of certification. The deadline to apply is October 31st.

Please visit the FOG Cost Share webpage to learn more about the program, and how you can apply: http://www.foginfo.org/our-programs/cost-share/

If you have any questions regarding the program, please call Rylee Daddio at 352-231-7116

FAMILY HEIRS PROPERTY IN FLORIDA: "CLOUDY TITLES" PROGRAM FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY CONCLUDES
The Family Heirs Property Program Workshop Series focused on what can happen to property that has been granted to either children or relatives of the original owners through heirship or by a will, and how families can clear the title of their family heirs property. The course concludes on August 25 at the FAMU Grape Harvest festival. Registration is not required for the session, but there is a fee to enter the festival.  Here is the link for the festival:  http://www.famunews.com/grape-harvest-festival/. For more information, contact Sandra Thomson, Ed.D. at (850) 599-3546, sandra.thompson@famu.edu

AIR POTATO PATROL CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT
The Air Potato Patrol 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.

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD PARTNERS WEB MAP TOOL
Use this web tool to identify resources at a local watershed scale. The map is at this link: http://viewer.apps.pflcc.databasin.org/v1/index.html. More about this effort and how to use the tool here.

INTERACTIVE MAP SHOWS ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE FOREST INDUSTRY AND FOREST-BASED RECREATION IN FLORIDA IN 2016
This UF/IFAS study analyzed the economic contributions of the forest industry and forest-based recreation activities to the state of Florida in 2016.

View the Interactive Map of Florida Forest Industry Impacts here.

FLORIDA TREE FARM PROGRAM PREPARING FOR 2019 AUDIT
The Florida Tree Farm Program is preparing for a 2019 audit. The purpose of the audit is to verify that certified Tree Farms are compliant with the 2015-2020 Standards of Sustainability. The Program has been audited twice since 2010 without any issues. A relatively small sample of Tree Farms will be selected for the audit. The audit team will visit selected Tree Farms to review the landowners' management plans and conduct a brief interview. The inspector of the property and a Florida Tree Farm representative will accompany the auditor. We will begin the audit process in January 2019. Selected sample Tree Farm landowners will receive a phone call in early January 2019.

The Florida Tree Farm Program wants to make sure this audit goes well so it is extremely important for ALL certified Tree Farms in the state to have a current written management plan. Current means updated in the last 5 years. Contact your Florida Forest Service County Forester, consultant, or your Tree Farm District Representative if you need an update to your management plan, or if you have not been inspected since 2014

Find your County Forester here.

Find your Tree Farm District Representative here.

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

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

Florida Forest Service

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Southern Region Extension Forestry

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