Florida Land Steward Calendar and News
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Ongoing Initiatives and Programs
ONGOING INITIATIVES AND PROGRAMS
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. This service may be suspended due to current health crisis.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (850) 926-6534
Tall Timbers Research Station is 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, email@example.com, (850) 381-8707. Also see their web page for more details: Private Lands Prescribed Fire Project - Tall Timbers
Alachua Conservation Trust has a prescribed fire specialist available to assist private landowners with burn planning, include that associated with NRCS contacts, in Alachua, Putnam, Marion, Levy, Bradford, Clay and portions of Flagler, Volusia, Lake, Sumter, and Citrus Counties. Contact Barry Coulliette at firstname.lastname@example.org, 904-838-8591. Barry is also the Coordinator for the North Florida Prescribed Burn Association.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA FIRE UNIVERSITY PODCAST
The UF Disturbance Ecology and Ecological Restoration (DEER) Lab has launched a podcast named Fire University in a podcast network called Natural Resources University. The network features four science-based podcasts with leading scientists in each topic area. Topics include Deer University focused on white-tailed deer biology and management, Habitat University focused on the science of wildlife habitat management, Pond University focused on delivering the latest science about managing fishing ponds and aquatic ecosystems, and Fire University which delivers the latest research and science on fire ecology and related wildlife and forest management.
The Natural Resources University (NRU) podcasts are available at: https://naturalresourcesuniversity.libsyn.com/
The Fire University Podcasts are available at: https://fireuniversity.libsyn.com/
These podcasts are all available on all the major podcast platforms and people can follow them @UFDEERLab and @NRUniversity where additional content related to natural resource management is posted. For more information contact Dr. Marcus Lashley, (352) 846-0870, email@example.com
EDUCATIONAL AND PLANNING SERVICES TO WOMEN LANDOWNERS
Land and Ladies is the first forestry consulting business to focus on women landowners in the Southeast. Based in Georgia, and In partnership with Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources/UGA, Georgia Forestry Commission, and others, the company offers opportunities for women to be engaged directly in the management of their land. Check out their website for details and upcoming classes: https://www.landandladies.com/
HURRICANE PREPARATION AND RECOVERY GUIDES FOR FLORIDA AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS AND LANDOWNERS
The USDA Southeast Climate Hub with other USDA agencies and university Extension experts, have developed a set of guides for Florida agricultural producers. The guides are each tailored to a specific agricultural commodity and designed to help produces prepare for and recover from hurricane events.
The guides are available on the USDA Southeast Climate Hub Website. Of interest to forest landowners is the Pine Forest Landowners Guide.
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 Florida Landscape Web Map Tool and how to use it.
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?
FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE HOSTING SIMPLE SMOKE SCREENING TOOL ONLINE
An user friendly smoke plotting tool is now available on the Florida Forest's Fire Tools and Downloads webpage.
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?
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:
- Report chipmunk sightings here: https://public.myfwc.com/hsc/chipmunk/getlatlong.aspx
- Report panther sightings here: https://public.myfwc.com/hsc/PantherSightings/getlatlong.aspx
- Report mink sightings here: https://public.myfwc.com/hsc/mink/getlatlong.aspx
- Report black bear sightings here: https://public.myfwc.com/fwri/blackbear/getlatlong.aspx
- Report southern hognose snake (Heterodon simus), short-tailed snake (Lampropeltis extenuata), and Florida pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus) here:
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.
CONSIDER A GIFT IN SUPPORT OF THE UF/IFAS FLORIDA LAND STEWARD PROGRAM
The mission of the UF/IFAS Florida Land Steward Program is to help and encourage private landowners to actively manage their land resources for long-term environmental, economic, and social benefits. This program is largely supported by partners and donors. If this program has made a difference in your land stewardship efforts please consider a gift. Support the UF/IFAS Florida Land Steward Program here. Thanks!
Upcoming Events and Webinars
East Florida Events
EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south) October 27 Timber & Prescribed Fire Landowner Tour, Levy County
8:00 am to 3:00 pm ET. Provided by Alachua Conservation Trust and North Florida Prescribed Burn Association. Learn about herbicide work & longleaf pine establishment as well as a second stop to discuss plant response to management & lessons learned. Free, lunch included. Contact Barry Coulliette for details and to register, Barry@AlachuaConservationTrust.org, (904) 838-8591. Register by October 22.
October 28 Florida Land Steward Tour at Blackbeard’s Ranch, Manatee County, FL
9:00 am to 2:00 pm ET, Blackbeard’s Ranch near Myakka City, FL. Mr. Jim Strickland, managing partner of Blackbeard’s Ranch, is the 2021 Florida Land Steward of the Year. Blackbeard’s Ranch relies on agricultural production and is committed to long term sustainability in ranch operations, and good stewardship of the natural resources on the property. Join us for a tour. See link above for details and registration.
October 28 Timber & Prescribed Fire Landowner Tour, Putnam County
8:00 am to 3:00 pm ET. Provided by Alachua Conservation Trust and North Florida Prescribed Burn Association. View longleaf pine plantings in tight spacing & see how fire has woken up the native seed bed. Second property will feature burning with potential smoke management issues. Free, lunch included. Contact Barry Coulliette for details and to register, Barry@AlachuaConservationTrust.org, (904) 838-8591. Register by October 22.
October 29 Timber & Prescribed Fire Landowner Tour, Volusia County
8:00 am to 3:00 pm ET. Provided by Alachua Conservation Trust and North Florida Prescribed Burn Association. Discuss returning fire in burn units for the fourth time & increased ease of burning over time. View three different property burns with common property lines to discuss the differences. Free, lunch included. Contact Barry Coulliette for details and to register, Barry@AlachuaConservationTrust.org, (904) 838-8591. Register by October 22.
WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west) November 9 2021 High Tunnel Workshop
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM ET, FAMU Research and Extension Center, 4259 Bainbridge Hwy., Quincy, FL. This workshop is for those interested in growing fruits and vegetables in high tunnels. High tunnels are protective crop structures used to enhance the growth, yield, and quality of selective horticultural crops, extend the growing season, and for overwintering tender perennials. $15 fee. See link above for details and registration.
TBD Florida Land Steward Tour at Jenkins Millview Trace, Escambia County, FL
Jenkins Millview Trace, Pensacola, FL. Mr. Robert Jenkins, owner and manager of Jenkins Millview Trace, is the 2020 Florida Land Steward of the Year. Mr. Jenkins is looking forward to hosting a tour. Details will be posted in future email updates when a date is confirmed.
October 26 Forestry & Natural Resources Webinar: Managing Bottomland Hardwoods
1:00 pm ET. Bottomland Hardwood forests are critically important to conserving ecosystem biodiversity in the Southeast. They provide nature-based solutions for maintaining water quality as well as buffering us from natural disasters that increasingly threaten local communities with inland flooding. Can we successfully consider active habitat restoration and conservation while balancing the economic equation that family forest owners, consulting foresters, and small timber markets require? See link above to register.
November 4 Florida Forests Week (Forester's Forecast) Webinar
12:00-2:00 pm CT (1:00 am to 3:00 pm ET). Please join us for a short webinar discussing Forestry updates and forecasts for the upcoming planting season and the coming year. Lumber prices went through a drastic change in 2021 and Dr. Jarek Nowak wants to explain why! Participants will also be given a range of information including new cost-shares available through FDACS, a meteorologist’s planting season forecast, Mill/Nursery updates, and an opportunity to ask questions regarding anything forestry to our panelists. SAF CFEs pending approval. See link above to register.
November 18 Florida Land Steward Webinar: Gopher Tortoise Recipient Sites - Conservation and Financial Benefits
2:00 to 3:30 pm ET. Provided by the UF/IFAS Florida Land Steward Program and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Join us to learn about opportunities to generate additional revenue from your land while benefiting a threatened, keystone species. Private landowners’ contributions are essential to the conservation of this important ecosystem engineer. See link above for details and registration.
December 1 Best Management Practices for Forestry in Florida Webinar
8:30 am to 4:00 pm ET. Provided by Florida Forest Service. This is a free technical training to educate forestry professionals, landowners, and land managers about Florida’s Silviculture Best Management Practices (BMPs) for water quality, and the Forestry Wildlife Best Management Practices for State Imperiled Species (WBMPs). Approved for 5.5 Cat. 1 SAF CFEs. See link above for details and registration.
On-Demand Webinars On Demand Hurricane Preparation & Recovery Webinar: Recovering from the Storm
Provided by the UF/IFAS Florida Land Steward Program with support from Florida Forest Service, Farm Credit Associations of Florida, and other partners. We discuss key assistance contacts and strategies to minimize losses within a week and a month after a hurricane. See link above to view.
On-Demand Hurricane Preparation & Recovery Webinar (recording): Prepare for the Storm
Provided by the UF/IFAS Florida Land Steward Program with support from National Wildlife Federation, Florida Forest Service, Farm Credit Associations of Florida, and other partners. Hurricane season is upon us. Recorded June 3, 2021. Take some important precautions to prepare your property for the next storm that could impact your area. See link above to view.
On-Demand Hurricane Preparation & Recovery Webinar (recording): Building a Resilient Operation
Provided by the UF/IFAS Florida Land Steward Program with support from National Wildlife Federation, Florida Forest Service, Farm Credit Associations of Florida and other partners. Recorded on April 15, 2021. We discuss a range of considerations and systems that landowners can put in place to increase their resilience to hurricanes. See link above to view.
Florida Land Steward News Updates
Forest Carbon: A Potential Source of Income for Forest Owners, Part 1
By Natalia Medina-Irizarry and Dr. Michael Andreu
Currently, landowners generate income from their forests by participating in markets that have long existed in the U.S. These include solid wood products, pulpwood, biomass, pine straw, and other...
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