Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

To sign up for weekly email updates, which include the latest calendar of events, news and a link to the quarterly Florida Land Steward newsletter, send an email to cdemers@ufl.edu.

If you know of an event or news brief that should be included on this page please send an email with the name of the event, date, location, and contact phone or email to cdemers@ufl.edu.

Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
January 23, 2020 Longleaf Pine Forest Restoration and Management Workshop (pdf link), Marion County. Provided by the UF/IFAS Florida Land Steward Program and Florida Forest Service. Join us to learn about longleaf pine forest habitat restoration and management, associated enterprises, and available technical and cost-share assistance. $15.00 per person includes lunch and materials. Register online at
https://fls-workshop012320.eventbrite.com.
January 28 Herbicide Use for Natural Areas (link), 9 am to 4 pm, Osceola County Extenstion Service Building, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744. Provided by Osceola Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. Topics include reading a herbicide label, safety, treatment recommendations, mixing math, decontamination, calibration and integrating herbicide use, restoration and success criteria in to your invasive plant management plans. See link above for details and registration.
February 11-13 Wildlife and Invasive Species Education (WISE) Workshop (link), UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension, 7620 SR 471, Bushnell, FL 33513.Topics include Living with Panthers, The Florida Back Bear, Invasive Plants. Goliath Grouper, Gopher Tortoises, Horseshoe crabs
Pollinators, Dealing with Nuisance Wildlife, Venomous Snakes, Invasive Fish, and Landscaping for Wildlife. Registration is $45.00 per person for both days, includes lunch, snacks, drinks, and educational materials. Single day registration is $25.00 per person, See link above for details and registration. This event fills up fast, so register soon.

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
December 18 Learn How to Write a Prescribed Burn Prescription, Washington County, 8:30 am - 12 pm CT, UF/IFAS Washington County Extension Service, East Wing conference room accessed from the east parking lot, 1424 Jackson Ave, Chipley, FL 32428. FWC, Florida Forest Service, and Tall Timbers Research Station staff, in cooperation with UF/IFAS Extension and USDA-NRCS, are providing this opportunity to guide private landowners through the process of writing a Burn Prescription for a designated location using current conditions. Landowners will write a burn prescription and will be provided links to information useful to assist them in filling out a Florida Forest Service burn prescription form. Contact: UF/IFAS Washington County Extension at 850-638-6265.
January 22, 2020 Learn & Burn Workshop, Washington County, 8:00 am - 4 pm CT, 2706 Roche Rd, Chipley, FL 32428 (Southeast of Vernon, FL). FWC, Florida Forest Service, and Tall Timbers Research Station staff, in cooperation with USDA-NRCS, the NWTF and Farm Credit, are providing this opportunity for private landowners to walk through the planning and burn prescription process for the burn that will be conducted that day. Landowners will be assigned a mentor for the burn as they experience everything from writing the prescription to completing the burn on the property. Cotton jeans / pants, long-sleeved cotton shirt, safety glasses, all leather hiking / work boots with heavy soles (Vibram, leather etc.), and leather gloves are required to participate in the burn. Due to the need for good weather conditions to conduct the burn alternative dates 23rd through 25th may be used for this event. Participants will be notified of any changes due to weather. A signed release form will also be required to participate in the burn. Farm Credit will be providing lunch free of charge, but you must pre-register by January 10, 2020. Contact: Don Buchanan by email  Don.buchanan@myfwc or call 850-381-3522.
January 30 Bobwhites in Pine Savanna Workshop, Jackson County (link), 9:00 am to 2:00 pm CT, University of Florida IFAS Jackson County Extension office, 2741 Penn Avenue, Suite 3, Marianna, FL 32448. The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) and partners including Quail Forever, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, University of Florida Extension, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will host a Tri-State Bobwhite Symposium for professional land managers and landowners. Topics to be covered include: Bobwhite Biology and Ecology, Forestry in a Bobwhite Context, Northern Bobwhite & Prescribed Fire, Using Native Warm Season Grasses for Cattle and Bobwhites, and Landscape Scale Planning for Bobwhites. Preregistration by January 23 is required online at the link above or by contacting jmcguire@quailforever.org
February 18 Learn & Burn Workshop, Okaloosa County, 8:00 am - 4 pm CT, Gum Creek Lodge located at 5741 Gum Creek Lodge Rd, Baker, FL 32531. FWC, Florida Forest Service, and Tall Timbers Research Station staff, in cooperation with USDA-NRCS, the NWTF and Farm Credit, are providing an opportunity for private landowners to walk through the planning and burn prescription process for the burn that will be conducted that day. Landowners will be assigned a mentor for the burn as they experience everything from writing the prescription to completing the burn on the property. Cotton jeans / pants, long-sleeved cotton shirt, safety glasses, all leather hiking/work boots with heavy soles (Vibram, leather etc.), and leather gloves are required to participate in the burn. Due to the need for good weather conditions to conduct the burn alternative dates 19th through 22th may be used for this event. Participants will be notified of any changes due to weather. A signed release form will also be required to participate in the burn. Farm Credit will be providing lunch free of charge, but you must pre-register by February 07, 2020. Contact: Don Buchanan by email  Don.buchanan@myfwc or call 850-381-3522.
February 23-25 Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting: Recovering From the Storm: Where We Have Been, and Where We Are Going (link). Edgewater Resort, Panama City Beach, FL. While Hurricane Michael impacts and recovery topics will be on the agenda, the meeting will provide information to help us through future catastrophic forest losses, including floods, fire, and insect and disease outbreaks. See link above for details and registration.
February 25 Northwest Florida Ecotourism Summit (link), 8 am CT, 4750 Collegiate Dr, Panama City, FL, 32405. Florida State University and Panama City are teaming up with the Explore Northwest Florida organization to host this event. It will bring together industry leaders, educators, students, potential new businesses, and eco-friendly enthusiasts to enhance our ecotourism communities in the Florida Panhandle. See link above for details and registration.

 

WEBINARS / REGIONAL EVENTS
March 10-11, 2020 Forest Economic Contributions Summit (link), New Orleans, LA. This summit will connect forestry economic contribution analysts, economic development specialists, and advocates to learn from each other. Improve the understanding, usage and communication of forestry economic contribution data to promote forestry and the forest products industry. See link above for details, registration, related reports, and economic news. Contact Leslie Boby, Southern Region Forestry Extension, lboby@sref.info if you have any questions.
On Demand Forestry Webinar: Emerald Ash Borer Update (link), pre-recorded, available on-demand.
Upcoming Southern Fire Exchange Webinars (link)


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 3rd Qtr 2019

 

News Briefs


CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

LATEST FLORIDA LAND STEWARD UPDATE BLOG POST

2020 FLORIDA LAND STEWARD WALL CALENDARS ARE HERE!
Tis the season! Get your 2020 Florida Land Steward wall calendar. 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

THANKS LANDOWNERS AND PARTNERS FOR A GREAT YEAR OF FOREST STEWARDSHIP ACTIVITIES!

2019 Forest Stewardship Program Highlights Video (YouTube)

Program note: in 2020 the name of the Florida Forest Stewardship Program will merge with Florida Land Steward and be called Florida Land Steward Program. We'll still provide the same kinds of educational and networking services and activities to landowners and partners.

HURRICANE RECOVERY UPDATE: $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 in the next several weeks.

More on this from FDACS

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

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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