Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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Events

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EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
Postponed
(new date TBA)
2020 Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society Spring Conference (link), Hilton Embassy Suites in Jacksonville Baymeadows, 9300 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256. The Meeting will include a symposium, Chapter business meeting, networking socials, student interaction activities, keynote speakers, technical sessions, poster session, banquet dinner, awards ceremony, and several field trips. See link above for details and registration.
Rescheduled to
September 26-27
Central Florida Sportsman’s Expo (link), Tom Varn Park, 301 Darby Rd., Brooksville, FL 34601. FWC Landowner Assistance Program biologists will be exhibiting and available to answer landowners’ questions. $5 Entry Fee, children under 12 Free. See link for details.
Cancelled 2020 International Wild Pig Conference (link), Omni Hotel, Jacksonville, FL. Join professionals from all over the world to discuss and share management approaches, new technologies, and research ideas. It is also an excellent opportunity to showcase methods, new tools, businesses, and organizations to the many wild pig industry professionals. See link above for details and registration.
May 1
(Tentative)
Florida Land Steward Tour at Property of Jake English, Pasco County, FL, 9 am to 2 pm, property of Jake English near Land O Lakes, FL. Join us to learn about longleaf pine forest management, enhancing wildlife habitat, tree planting, Best Management Practices for protecting water quality and wildlife, Tree Farm certification, preparing for the next hurricane, and the challenges of land management in the wildland-urban interface. This is also a great opportunity to network with other landowners and meet the forestry and natural resource professionals that can assist you. Details to be posted.
Rescheduled to
October 27-30 (tentative)
Aquatic Weed Control Short Course (link), Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel, 11775 Heron Bay Boulevard, Coral Springs, FL 33076. Provided by UF/IFAS Extension. 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! The Short Course is designed to benefit both new and experienced applicators alike. See link above for details and registration. For more information contact Dr. Lyn Gettys, 954-577-6331, lgettys@ufl.edu
Cancelled Agricultural Best Management Practices Summit (link), UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research & Education Center, 2725 South Binion Road, Apopka, FL 32703. Provided by the UF/IFAS Center for Land Use Efficiency. Join us for updates on agricultural BMP research and extension projects. Participants will also hear from a grower panel and agency panel and have time for discussion. $65 for both days, $35 for single day. See link above for details and registration.
June 18 USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Technical Meeting (link), (rescheduled from March 24, information in link above to be updated soon), 9 am -12 pm, Florida Farm Bureau, 5700 S.W. 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608. The meeting is open to the public and will give an overview of the 2018 Farm Bill programs and conservation easements. NRCS will solicit recommendations for establishing technical guidelines, program criteria and priorities for conservation in Florida. Individuals who need additional information or require special accommodations or materials in an alternative format or language contact Nina Bhattacharyya, 352-338-9554.  

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
May 15 Florida Land Steward Tour at Jenkins Millview Trace, Escambia County, FL (link), 8:30 am to 2:00 pm CT, Jenkins Millview Trace, Pensacola, FL. Mr. Robert Jenkins, owner and manager of Jenkins Millview Trace, is the 2020 Land Steward of the Year. Join us for a tour to learn about longleaf pine forest restoration and management, enhancing wildlife habitat, tree planting, and the challenges of land management in the wildland-urban interface. This is also a great opportunity to network with other landowners and meet the forestry and natural resource professionals that can assist you. $15 includes lunch and materials. See link above for details. Register online at https://fls-tour051520.eventbrite.com. As of this post, this event is still scheduled to take place. We will post any changes here and in Florida Land Steward email updates.

 

WEBINARS / REGIONAL EVENTS
March 25 Forestry & Natural Resources Webinar: Soil Management for Community Trees (link), 10:00 am ET. See link above for details and to join the webinar.
April 14 Forestry & Natural Resource Webinar: Biochar Production Technologies (link), 11:00 am ET. See link above for details and to join the webinar.
April 14 Forestry & Natural Resource Webinar: Non-timber forest products in the United States: access, production, markets, and market values (link), 1:00 pm ET. See link above for details and to join the webinar.
Upcoming Southern Fire Exchange Webinars (link)


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Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 4th Qtr 2019

 

News Briefs


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LATEST FLORIDA LAND STEWARD UPDATE BLOG POST


A NOTE ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND SCHEDULED EVENTS
Considering the current health crisis, most events scheduled in March-April 2020 have been cancelled or rescheduled. Current University of Florida policy states that No in-person gatherings of individuals in the name of UF/IFAS Florida Agriculture, Natural Resources and Sea Grant Extension will take place through April 30, 2020. This extends to all volunteer meetings, workshops, demos, camps, conferences, retreats, etc. We will closely monitor the situation and make decisions about meetings scheduled after that time according to current policy.

Please stay safe and avoid all large gatherings according to local, regional, and national guidance. For the latest on the situation follow recommendations from trusted sources for up-to-date information on how to keep your family, friends and yourself in good health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's web site has the latest information and tips for preventing spread and staying healthy: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

TAX TIPS FOR FOREST LANDOWNERS FOR THE 2019 TAX YEAR
It's that time of year. The Federal income tax laws contain forestry-specific provisions that are important for those managing and conserving timber. This publication provides forest owners, foresters, loggers, and timber businesses a guide to the applicable Federal income tax laws, including the latest tax law changes, for filing 2019 tax returns. The information is not intended to render legal or accounting advice and is current as of September 30, 2019. Access the 2019 timber tax tips and more related information at https://www.timbertax.org/

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD TOUR AT JENKINS MILLVIEW TRACE, ESCAMBIA COUNTY, MAY 15, 2020
This event is still a go as of this post but we will monitor the situation closely and make decisions about cancelling or rescheduling according to the guidelines of UF and partners. We will post the latest about this on stewardship calendar and in Florida Land Steward email updates.

Mr. Robert Jenkins, owner and manager of Jenkins Millview Trace, is the 2020 Land Steward of the Year. He has made great strides and continues working hard to restore his family’s Escambia County property to a productive longleaf pine forest maintained with periodic prescribed fire. Join us for a tour to learn about longleaf pine forest restoration and management, enhancing wildlife habitat, tree planting, and the challenges of land management in the wildland-urban interface. This is also a great opportunity to network with other landowners and meet the forestry and natural resource professionals that can assist you. This event is still a go as of today and we will continue to post updates on the status here and in email updates. Register online now at https://fls-tour051520.eventbrite.com

2020 AG LAND CONSERVATION EASEMENT SIGNUP UNTIL APRIL 6
Applications to fund agricultural easements in Florida are now being accepted until April 6 (deadline extended). USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance to conserve working lands and wetlands through two programs: Agricultural Land Easements and Wetland Reserve Easements. Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis, funding selections are typically made once a year. Agricultural landowners and Indian tribes can apply for a Wetland Reserve Easement to restore wetlands, protect wildlife habitat and recharge groundwater on their property. Eligible landowners can enroll in a permanent or 30-year easement. NRCS provides financial assistance to conservation partners to purchase an Agricultural Land Easement that protects the agricultural use of cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forestland.

Contact Crenel Francis at 352-338-9508 for questions and submissions.

HURRICANE RECOVERY: EMERGENCY FOREST RESTORATION PROGRAM DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 30
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Florida Farm Service Agency State Committee authorized an extension to the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) late filing period. This will allow timber producers impacted by Hurricane Michael to apply for assistance under EFRP if the application is received by the new deadline of April 30, 2020. Find your USDA Service Center here.

USDA ANNOUNCES SIGNUP FOR CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
The application deadline for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is June 1, 2020. Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service helps agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for expanding conservation activities while maintaining agricultural production on their land. CSP also encourages adoption of new technologies and management techniques.

Changes in the 2018 Farm Bill authorizes NRCS to accept new CSP enrollments from now until 2023, and it makes some improvements to the program. These updates include: NRCS now enrolls eligible, high-ranking applications based on dollars rather than acres; For fiscal 2020, NRCS in Florida can spend up to $7 million in the program, which covers part of the cost for producers implementing new conservation activities and maintaining their existing activities; Higher payment rates are now available for certain conservation activities, including cover crops and resource conserving crop rotations; The annual payment limitation of $40,000 no longer applies.

While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the deadline to ensure their applications are considered for 2020 funding. For additional information about CSP, contact your local USDA service center.  

CAMP KIDS IN THE WOODS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA'S AUSTIN CARY FOREST
Is your 10-14 year old child looking for fun adventure this summer? Consider Camp Kids in the Woods! Campers will conduct various field explorations led by local scientists from forestry, wildlife, and water resources. Highlights include activities in fishing, wildlife handling, tree identification, fire ecology, exploring local ecosystems, a trip to a spring, camping out one night at the Austin Cary Forest, building wildlife nesting boxes, and participating in games and scavenger hunts. After a week of fun in the forest, campers gain a better understanding and deeper appreciation of their natural world and what is required to be a good steward of the environment. Camp Kids in the Woods summer program is a collaborative effort between the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation and the USDA Forest Service.

Dates: Session 1: June 1-5; Session 2: June 8-12; Session 3: June 22-26 
Ages: 10-14 year olds
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Free extended hours available to help fit your schedule.
Location: Austin Cary Forest, 10625 NE Waldo Rd, Gainesville, FL 32609. Shuttle service that picks up and drops off at Westside Park available for a small fee.
Cost: $275/Session. If you sign up for two sessions, we offer a 10% discount. We also have partial scholarships available, please contact Molly Disabb for more information.
For more information visit: www.campkidsinthewoods.org  and to register visit: http://reg.conferences.dce.ufl.edu/Basic/1400075863
To contact the Camp Director Molly Disabb, email kidsinthewoods@ifas.ufl.edu or call 352-378-2451. ​
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2020 FLORIDA LAND STEWARD WALL CALENDARS
Still a few left - grab one quick! The annual Florida Land Steward calendar features beautiful photography, habitat management tips, landowner and management highlights, resource contacts and more. These make a great gift and have become a regular part of homes and offices across Florida. First come, first serve to Florida Forest Stewards, Tree Farmers, and other interested landowners. Request your calendar by sending an email to cdemers@ufl.edu with your mailing address.

YOU CAN HELP us to report impacts and continue this wall calendar project
. If you have received and used the calendar in recent years, we would like to know how it has been helpful. This will also help us to justify this project in coming years. Please help us by filling out this quick 2-minute questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6HKR82F

FUNDING AVAILABLE TO COVER CONSULTANT FOREST STEWARDSHIP MANAGEMENT PLAN PREPARATION
The Florida Forest Service has received funding to help cover the costs for private natural resource consultants to write Forest Stewardship plans covering hurricane resiliency and/or longleaf pine management. Eligible Stewardship plans must include information and recommendations related to: forest resilience and recovery following hurricanes, forest and landowner preparedness for hurricanes, and/or resources available to assist private forest landowners following hurricanes and/or longleaf pine establishment, restoration, improvement, and management for landowners with longleaf stands or those who want to establish longleaf pine on appropriate sites.

Compensation rates and additional information are provided in the Forest Stewardship Program Consultant Plan Preparation Agreement available at: https://forms.freshfromflorida.com/11268.pdf. This form also serves as the application for reimbursement. All applications that meet requirements as described above will be considered in the order in which they are received. Please contact Jennifer Tucker-Jenks at Jennifer.Tucker-Jenks@FreshFromFlorida.com or your county forester for more information. Find your county forester at https://www.freshfromflorida.com/CountyForester

PRESCRIBED BURN ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FROM ATTACK-ONE FIRE MANAGEMENT SERVICES, TALL TIMBERS RESEARCH STATION, AND ALACHUA CONSERVATION TRUST
These organizations are available to meet onsite with landowners to discuss their goals and assist with prescribed burn prescription and implementation.

Attack-One Fire Management Services is grant-funded to assist landowners with current NRCS contracts with prescribed fire planning and implementation throughout Florida and Georgia. We can also assist landowners who have former NRCS contracts with prescribed fire consultation, planning and implementation with active Gopher Tortoise habitat present. For more information email Kevin Carter, kevin@attack-one.com or John McGuire, jmcguire@attack-one.com or call (850) 926-6534

Tall Timbers Research Station is now funded by a Longleaf Legacy Landscape project to provide fire consultation, planning, and implementation to private landowners in the Florida Panhandle from Pensacola to Lake City and in west Georgia as far north as the Chattahoochee Fall Line (Columbus, GA). Contact Jeremiah Cates, jcates@talltimbers.org, (850) 381-8707

Alachua Conservation Trust has a prescribed fire specialist available to assist private landowners with burn planning in Alachua, Putnam, Marion, Levy, Bradford, Clay and portions of Flagler, Volusia, Lake, Sumter, and Citrus Counties. Contact Barry Coulliette at act.barryc@gmail.com

$380 MILLION IN BLOCK GRANTS FOR TIMBER RECOVERY APPROVED
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $380.7 million in federal block grant funding for Florida farmers devastated by Hurricane Michael, including direct relief for timber producers. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will administer the USDA block grants alongside the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

The funds will compensate timber producers for lost value of their crops damaged by Hurricane Michael, helping them clear downed trees and replant. About $10 million of the funding will also help agricultural producers repair and replace irrigation infrastructure damage from Hurricane Michael. The application process for timber producers to receive the grant funding will be finalized soon. More on this from FDACS

 

-ONGOING INITIATIVES AND PROGRAMS-

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.

SOMETHING BUGGING YOUR TREES? - CHECK OUT THE FOREST HEALTH 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/

GOT AN INVASIVE SPECIES PROBLEM?
Go to floridainvasives.org for information, assistance and partnership opportunities.

FAMILY FORESTS BOOK AVAILABLE AT THE UF/IFAS BOOKSTORE
Get your copy of Family Forests – Portraits of Private Land Stewardship in Florida by Chris Demers, UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation. This full-color publication puts a face on private forest stewardship in our great state, and provides ample references and resources that can assist with land management efforts. 

Now available at the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore online at:
http://ifasbooks.ifas.ufl.edu/p-1433-family-forests.aspx

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

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?

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

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.


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Florida Forest Service

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Southern Region Extension Forestry

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