Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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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)
April 10-12 2019 Spring Meeting of the Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society (link), Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront. This meeting is an excellent opportunity for students and professionals engaged in wildlife research or habitat management in Florida to present recent results, talk about ongoing projects, discuss collaborations, and share ideas. See link above for details and registration.
April 16-17 Longleaf Academy: Herbicides & Longleaf 201 (link), 8:30 am - 5:00 pm each day, Lake City Holiday Inn, 213 SW Commerce Blvd, Lake City, FL 32025. Presented by the Longleaf Alliance. This will focus on the herbicide choices available for the site preparation, ecological restoration, and management of longleaf pine systems. $150 includes registration fee, materials, and lunch both days. Approved for 8.5 Cat. 1 SAF CFEs. See link above for details and registration. For more information call (334) 427-1029.
April 30 - May 1 46th SAF / SFRC Spring Symposium: "Family Forests: Sustaining a Legacy" (link), University of Florida Roland T. Stern Learning Center at Austin Cary Forest Campus near Gainesville, FL. Provided by UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation and Florida Division Society of American Foresters. Forest landowners, foresters, and natural resource professionals are encouraged to attend! Topics will include landowner associations, forest product markets, new landscape planning approaches, forest certification, economics, hurricane recovery, genetically improved southern pines, wildlife habitat provisions, intergenerational land transfer, and more! $125 for landowners, $150 for current SAF members, $175 regular registration.This event is approved for 7.5 Cat. 1 and 2.0 Cat. 2 SAF CFEs. See link above for details. Register at https://46-saf-sfrc-spring-symposium.eventbrite.com
May 6-9 Annual Aquatic Weed Control Short Course (link), Coral Springs Marriott, Coral Springs, FL. Early rate ends Feb. 25. Earn 20+ CEUs.  See link above for details and registration, or contact mstage@ufl.edu, (352) 294-3578
May 7-8 Learn & Burn Prescription Writing Workshop, Putnam County (link), 8 am - 5pm, Rodeheaver Boys Ranch, 380 Boys Ranch Rd, Palatka, FL 32177. Provided by North Florida Prescribed Burn Association and Alachua Conservation Trust. Participants will develop a legal Burn Prescription that focuses on specific goals and objectives, for different reasons a landowner might have for managing their property. Topics include range management, ground cover restoration, timber
management, wildlife management. Limited to 50 participants. Contact Barry Coulliette to Register, (904) 838-8591, act.barryc@gmail.com
May 8-10 68th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course (link), Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center, 2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville, Florida 32611. This is Florida’s premier educational event for serious beef cattle producers in the Southeast. Gain some new knowledge about the beef cattle industry’s future direction, additional management decision making skills, and new information about specific production and management practices that impact your beef cattle enterprise. See link above for details and registration.
May 16-17 Florida Native Plant Society's 39th Annual Conference: "Transitions" (link), The Plantation at Crystal River, 9301 West Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429. The  "Transitions" theme is pertinent to the Nature Coast region of Florida in a number of ways: sea level rise and migrations of ecosystems due to climate change, and it is the transition zone between north and south Florida. The region also has a large diversity of plant communities and the transitions between uplands and wetlands are common, dramatic and highly visible. Many of the field trips and sessions focus on land management, including sessions on groundcover restoration, red-cockaded woodpecker habitat, and working with local land trusts. See link above for details and registration.

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
March 29-30 Panhandle Beekeepers Workshop & Trade Show (link), 8:00 am – 4:00 pm CDT, UF/IFAS Washington Co. Ag Center, 1424 Jackson Ave., Chipley, FL. This year’s event will feature hands-on open hive experiences, presentations on the latest in research-based beekeeping management practices, interaction with expert beekeepers, vendors with beekeeping equipment, hive products, and honey tasting. See link above for details and registration.
March 30 Holmes County Spring Cattlemen’s Field Day and Social (link), 3:00 to 5:30 pm, social at 6:00 pm CT, Williams Farm near Poplar Springs. See link above for details. Contact Kalyn Waters, UF/IFAS Extension Holmes County at (407) 619-9862.
March 30 Small Landowner Stewardship Group with JIm Stevenson (link), 9 am to 3 pm, Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy.This is an informal group providing this service to those who wish to restore and manage their land to a healthy natural condition. Land management experts will be present to talk with us about such topics as prescribed fire, control of invasive plants, erosion control, and more. See FB event link above or contact Jim A. Stevenson, Naturalist & small landowner Florida_springs@comcast.net
April 30 Alternative Crop Enterprise Workshop, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm ET, FAMU Research and Extension Center, 4259 Bainbridge Highway, Quincy, FL 32351. Topics include organic production,opportunities for producing a biofuel crop, low-cost high tunnel production of strawberries, alternative fruit production, alternative enterprise farm the economics, and pest management strategies. Registration is $15.  For more information, contact Alejandro Bolques, Ph.D., at (850) 875-8559 or at alejandro.bolques@famu.edu.

 

WEBINARS / LIVE STREAM / REGIONAL EVENTS
April 2 Forestry Webinar: Timber Tax Filing for the 2018 Tax Year (link), 1:00 pm ET. See link above for details and to join.
April 2 Conservation Webinar: Benefits of Intercropping in Organic Systems (link), 3:00 pm ET. See link above for details and to join.
April 9 Conservation Webinar: Aligning Soil and Human Health (link), 2:00 pm ET. See link above for details and to join.
April 24 Forestry and Natural Resources Webinar: Invasive bamboo management in the southeastern U.S. (link), 1:00 pm ET. See link above for details and to join.
July 16-17 2019 Southern Cover Crop Conference (link), Auburn Hotel and Conference Center, 241 S College St, Auburn, AL 36830. This conference brings researchers, Extension personnel, farmers, and ag industry specialists together to discover the latest information related to cover crops in the South. See link above for details and registration
Upcoming Southern Fire Exchange Webinars (link)
Upcoming Invasive Plant Council Webinars (link)


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 4th Qtr 2018

 

News Briefs


CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

LATEST FLORIDA LAND STEWARD UPDATE BLOG POST

PRESCRIBED BURN ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FROM WILDLAND RESTORATION INTERNATIONAL, ATTACK-ONE FIRE MANAGEMENT SERVICES, TALL TIMBERS RESEARCH STATION, AND ALACHUA CONSERVATION TRUST
Wildland Restoration International (WRI) and Attack-One Fire Management Services are providing prescribed burn assistance to landowners participating in USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) cost share programs. These organization has been awarded funding from the Endowment for Forestry and Communities to help landowners implement prescribed burning practices funded by the NRCS. Representatives from these organizations are available to meet onsite with landowners to discuss their goals and assist with prescribed burn prescription and implementation.

WRI is funded to assist landowners in all counties east and south of Hamilton, Columbia, Gilchrist, and Dixie, extending down through the whole peninsula, excluding Monroe and Miami-Dade counties. Landowners in these counties, with a NRCS contract that includes prescribed burning, are encouraged to contact Ryan Kennelly, WRI Fire Program Coordinator, ryan.kennelly@wildlandrestoration.org, (352) 373-0550

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 Matt Snider, msnider@talltimbers.org, (912) 704-5732.

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

INCOME TAX DEDUCTION ON TIMBER AND LANDSCAPE TREE LOSS FROM CASUALTY AND TIMBER TAX TIPS FOR THE 2018 TAX YEAR
Timber or landscape trees destroyed by a hurricane, tornado, fire or other disaster are "casualty losses" that may allow the property owners to take a deduction on their federal income tax returns. See https://timbertax.org/ for guidance on this as well as the annual timber tax tips for 2018 filing from USDA Forest Service tax specialist Linda Wang.

ENDANGERED SPECIES TAX DEDUCTION CONTINUED FROM 2008 FARM BILL
This provides a deduction for conservation expenses that is capped at 25% of the gross income from farming. Conservation expenses can only be deducted by those in the business of farming for profit. Further, conservation practices must be consistent with an approved Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conservation plan or a soil conservation plan from a comparable state agency.  To qualify for this deduction, there must be endangered/threatened species in the area and the conservation actions must be approved in the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recovery plan.  USFWS does not quantity the tax deduction; that is determined at the discretion of the landowner and ultimately the IRS. Direct all Farm Bill-related inquiries to the USDA Office of Communication at press@oc.usda.gov

WINTER-SPRING ISSUE OF THE QUARTERLY FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE
This issue's features: Congratulations Ben and Louann Williams: Florida Land Stewards of 2019, Landowner Enrollment in Florida's Wildlife Best Management Practices Continues to Grow, ACF Consultant Corner: A Consultant Looks at Michael through the Eyes of a Landowner, Timber Price Update, Certified Forest Stewards and Tree Farmers, Events Calendar

Access the current and back issues of the Quarterly Florida Land Steward newsletter.

FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE ANNOUNCES NEW 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.

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.

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

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


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Florida Forest Service

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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