Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
September 19 Florida Forest Stewardship Tour at RFM Farms, Property of Bob and Frances McGranahan, Suwannee County (pdf link), 9 am to 2 pm ET, RFM Farms, Suwannee County. FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED
September 24 Certified Pile Burn Course, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, UF/IFAS West Central Agricultural Center, 7620 SR 471 Bushnell, FL 33513. This course will allow a landowner to burn piles legally, safely and efficiently. When the weather is dry, certified pile burners will receive priority for authorization to burn.  In addition, certified pile burners can burn up to two hours longer per day and get multiple authorizations. The cost of the class is $50 and includes lunch, materials and exam.  Please register early; this class usually is to capacity by mid-August. All attendees must pre-register by September 24, 2019 in order to reserve your spot.  To register call DarLinda Duteau of the UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County Office at 352-569-6865.
September 24 First Coast Invasive Working Group Meeting; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Atlantic Recreational Center Auditorium, 2500 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, FL 32084. The meeting topics will include Russian thistle and lethal bronzing, a destructive palm disease now in Florida. Please email Kaitlyn.Dietz@FloridaDEP.gov if you plan on attending.
September 30-October 2 Public Land Acquisition & Management Partnership 2019 Conference (link), World Golf Village Resort, 500 S Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, FL. Hosted by Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection. 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, engineers, planners, attorneys, surveyors, appraisers, architects, public officials, non-profit groups, consultants, and others interested in conservation land planning are invited to attend. Pre- and post- conference field trips available. See link above for details and registration.
October 3 North Central FL Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area General Meeting; 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, O'Leno State Park. The meeting will include a presentation of a new herbicide application method (Incision Point Application) and committee breakout sessions. Bring a brown-bag lunch. Please RSVP to northcentral@floridainvasives.org
October 10 Forest Stewardship Field Day: Forest Plant Identification 2019 (pdf link), 9:00 am – 3:00 pm ET, Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641. Join us to learn some strategies to help you identify trees, shrubs and herbaceous species. We will cover some basic skills and put them to work in the woods, identifying a sample of sandhill, flatwoods and swamp species in the field. Cost is $15 per person, lunch and materials included. Register online at https://fsp-workshop101019.eventbrite.com/.
October 25 Marketing Your Timber Workshop (pdf link), 6:00 pm ET, UF/IFAS Clay County Agricultural Center, 2463 SR 16 West, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. Provided by Florida Forest Service. In recognition of Working Forests Week, Senior Forester James Tootle will share important tips on conducting timber sales. These tips include the types and methods of timber sales and what impacts the value of your timber. James has 18 years of experience as a timber buyer in the private sector and can provide expert advice to landowners who are considering a timber sale. Interested landowners should RSVP to james.tootle@fdacs.gov by October 23rd. For more information call James Tootle at (904) 845-7238
October 29 Grass / Sedge Identification Workshop (link), FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED. Provided by the Central Florida, East Central Florida and Osceola CISMAs and the Florida Forest Stewardship Program.
November 21 2019 Florida Ag Expo (link), UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. Join us for a day of networking, education and a chance to see first hand all of the great work being done at the GCREC.
November 21-22 2019 Organic Food and Farming Summit: Sowing the Gap (link), Renaissance Hotel at SeaWorld, Orlando, FL. Presented by Florida Organic Growers. See link above for details and registration.
December 6 Get Your Farm Finances on Track for 2020 Workshop, 9 am to 4 pm ET, UF/IFAS Madison County Extension Office, 184 College Loop, Madison, FL. Provided by Farm Credit of Northwest Florida. Topics include balance sheets, income statements, technology and record keeping, crop and livestock insurance, marketing, and employee management. Free. Register today by contacting Rachel Watts at (850) 718-5582 or Rwatts@farmcredit-fl.com

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
September 16-19 2019 Big Bend Pesticide Training Series (link), Registration at 8:45 am each morning, Jefferson County Extension Office, 2729 W. Washington Hwy, Monticello, FL. This training is for pesticide applicators needing continuing education units (CEUs) or for those needing a restricted use pesticide (RUP) license. The cost to attend is $10 per session. See link above for details and registration. For more information contact Danielle Sprague at (850) 342-0187.
October 2-3 Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference, 8 AM to 5 PM CT, Emerald Coast Convention Center, 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548. This event will provide a great networking space and share practical farming knowledge that can help farmers across the region. The conference sessions will focus on four main tracks, Marketing/Business, Fruit & Nut, Alternative Enterprises, and Vegetable Production. Register online at: https://panhandlefv2019.eventbrite.com
October 3 Florida Forest Stewardship Tour at Crooked Creek Preserve, Property of Billy and Marcia Boothe, Gadsden County (pdf link), 9 am to 2 pm ET. Note all times Eastern. Topics will include longleaf pine forest restoration, promoting pollinators, sources of assistance, hurricane recovery, and more. $15/person, lunch and materials included. See link above for details. Register online at https://fsp-tour100319.eventbrite.com
October 24 Blackwater River State Forest Tour (pdf link), 8:15 am to 12:45 pm CT, Bear Lake Pavilion off Bear Lake Road, Milton, FL. Provided by Florida Forest Service and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. In recognition of Working Forests Week, join us for a tour on Blackwater River State Forest to see a demonstration of a sawmill and gristmill, and learn about genetically improved pines, timber stand improvement, selling timber, and providing habitat for cavity nesters like the red-cockaded woodpecker. This event is free, lunch included, but pre-registration is required. Reserve a space by contacting Ashlee White at Ashlee.White@fdacs.gov or (850) 626-3028. See link above for details and directions.
October 25 Florida Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year Tour and Awards Ceremony at Russell Brothers Farm, Escambia County (link). 9 am to 2 pm CT. Provided by the Florida Tree Farm Program. Congratulations to John and Keith Russell for their outstanding forest stewardship. Join us to see the property, learn about longleaf pine forest management, enhancing wildlife habitat, controlling invasive species, BMPs, and more. Lunch included. No cost but pre-registration is required. Call the Florida Forestry Association at (850) 222-5646 to reserve a space. Please register by October 18.
December 5 Get Your Farm Finances on Track for 2020 Workshop, 9 am to 4 pm CT, UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office, 2741 Penn Ave. #3, Marianna, FL. Provided by Farm Credit of Northwest Florida. Topics include balance sheets, income statements, technology and record keeping, crop and livestock insurance, marketing, and employee management. Free. Register today by contacting Rachel Watts at (850) 718-5582 or Rwatts@farmcredit-fl.com

 

WEBINARS / REGIONAL EVENTS
September 26 Conservation Webinar: Conservation Innovation Grants Program - Water Management (link), 1 pm ET. See link for details and to join the webinar.
October 9 Forest Health Webinar: Oak Decline in the United States (link), 1 pm ET. See link for details and to join the webinar.
December 9-10 12th Southern Forestry and Natural Resource Management GIS Conference (link), Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, Athens, GA. Topics include spatial analysis, UAVs, forest inventory, mapping, modeling, remote sensing, GPS, forest health, geospatial technologies, and LiDAR. See link above for details and registration
Upcoming Southern Fire Exchange Webinars (link)


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 2nd Qtr 2019

 

News Briefs


CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

LATEST FLORIDA LAND STEWARD UPDATE BLOG POST

A LEGACY OF EXCELLENCE: RUSSELL BROTHERS FARM
2019 FLORIDA OUTSTANDING TREE FARMERS OF THE YEAR

Russell Brothers Farm of Escambia County has received the distinction of the 2019 Florida Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. This annual award recognizes private landowners that have done a remarkable job of sustainably managing forests on their property. Russell Brothers Farm exemplifies a legacy of family forest managed not only for wood that may one day be harvested, but for water conservation, wildlife habitat and primarily to create a sense of place in honor of the Russell Family.

Join us for a tour of Russell Brothers Farm on October 25, 2019 (link to announcement). This event is free but pre-registration is required. Call the Florida Forestry Association,
(850) 222-5646 to reserve a space. The registration deadline is October 18.

Learn more about the landowners and property here:
https://flsteward.blogspot.com/2019/09/a-legacy-of-excellence-russell-brothers.html

USDA NRCS FORESTLAND CONSERVATION EASEMENT SIGNUP ANNOUNCED FOR COUNTIES IN THE OCALA TO OSCEOLA (O2O) CORRIDOR
Application Deadline is October 15
, 2019
Landowners with forested lands in Columbia, Baker, Union, Bradford, Clay, Putnam, Marion, and Lake counties can apply for conservation easements with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) by Oct. 15.

Conservation easements in these counties are within the Ocala to Osceola Conservation Corridor (O2O), 1.6-million acres of public and private lands that connect the Ocala and Osceola National Forests. Easements will protect these connector lands from development and provide habitat for Florida black bears and imperiled species like the red-cockaded woodpecker, indigo snake and gopher tortoise.

NRCS awarded the O2O $3.56 million in 2018 through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, where a wide variety of partners apply to work on landscape-scale projects selected on a competitive basis. The North Florida Land Trust is the lead partner.

Landowners can learn more at two workshops that will cover the benefits and funding opportunities for conservation easements. Representatives from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, North Florida Land Trust and other conservation agencies will be available to answer questions and help with the application process.

Interested landowners should attend one of the scheduled USDA NRCS workshops to get more information: August 29 in Lake City or September 5 in Palatka. Details are in the events calendar.

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 funded to assist landowners in Suwanee, Lafayette, Taylor, Madison Counties, and west across the Panhandle, and throughout the state of Georgia. Attack-One can also assist landowners with current or former NRCS contracts if active gopher tortoise habitat is present. Contact Kevin Carter, kevin@attack-one.com, (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

FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE REQUIREMENTS FOR OPEN BURNING IN HURRICANE MICHAEL IMPACTED AREAS
Due to the massive amounts of tree debris on the ground throughout the area affected by Hurricane Michael, the FDACS Florida Forest Service has new requirements for open burning in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Liberty and Washington Counties. The Florida Forest Service created two geographical zones, primary and secondary, to identify hurricane-impacted areas with specific open burning requirements. Burning within the heavy impact zone will require pile burner certification. Details on the zones and requirements here.

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


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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