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EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
January 18 Arbor Day Event at Drexel Farms, Pasco County, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Drexel Farms, 5832 Drexel Rd, Land O’Lakes, FL. Florida Forest Service County Forester, Mona Neville, will be giving out 100 potted, one-gallon shade trees to the first one hundred people. Free food and drinks will be provided. Presentations will be given by Florida Forest Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Nature Coast Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area.
January 23 Longleaf Pine Forest Restoration and Management Workshop (pdf link), 8:30 to 3:30 pm, Silver Springs State Park, Paradise Ballroom, 5656 Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40), Silver Springs, FL 34488. 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. Now approved for 5.0 Cat. 1 SAF CFE credits. Register online at https://fls-workshop012320.eventbrite.com. Filling up, register now.
January 28 Herbicide Use for Natural Areas (link), 9:00 am to 4:00 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 5 Certified Pile Burners Course, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, 2685 State Road 29 North, Immokalee, FL 34142. This training will show you how to burn piles legally, safely and efficiently. Most importantly, it could save a life. If you burn piles regularly, don’t put off this training. When the weather is dry, certified pile burners will receive priority for authorization to burn. Also, certified pile burners are allowed to burn up to two hours longer per day and get multiple day authorizations. The number of trainings offered and attendance at each training is limited so don't wait. Cost is $50. For information and registration materials contact Dr. Mongi Zekri, maz@ufl.edu or 239‐595‐5494.
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.
February 25 Winter 2020 Madison County Landowner Cooperative Group Meeting, 10 am to 12 pm ET. UF/IFAS Madison County Extension Office, 184 NW College Loop, Madison, FL 32340. The focus of this meeting will be on invasive species and herbicides. We will identify common invasive species in the Madison County area; Introduce FL Exotic Pest Plant Council, Florida Invasive Species Partnership, and other resources for invasive species information; explain treatment methods that are least harmful to native vegetation; and discuss some basics of herbicide application and safety. For more information and to RSVP please contact Megan Ellis, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Megan.Ellis@MyFWC.com
February 27 5th Annual Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference (link), 9:00 am to 4:30 pm ET, UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center, 700 Experiment Station Road, Lake Alfred, FL 33850. Join us to examine critical policy issues facing Florida agribusiness leaders and explore valuable economic insight helpful for making informed business and policy decisions. Sessions include Managing Florida's Natural Resources; State, Federal and International Agaricultural Policy; and Industrial Hemp and Medical Marijuana. $50 fee. See link above for details and registration.
March 24-27 Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) 2020 Conference: Measuring Success in Invasive Plant Management (link), The Shores Resort & Spa, 2637 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118. Attend for valuable information exchange and networking opportunities. CEUs will be offered in several categories and the agenda will highlight success stories from the field. See link above for details and registration. FREE long-sleeved tshirt to those who register prior to March 1 (one per registration).

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
January 22 Learn & Burn Workshop, Washington County, 8:00 am - 4:00 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 23 Prescribed Fire Workshop (link), 8:00 am to 2:00 pm ET, Birdsong Nature Center, 2106 North Meridian Road, Thomasville, GA 31792. Provided by Golden Triangle RC&D in Georgia. See link above for details and registration or contact Golden Triangle RC&D at (229) 723-3841, jandrews@goldentrianglercd.org. Registration deadline is Jan. 20.
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 4 Keeping Your Agritourism Farm Fresh III (link), 8:00 am CT, UF/IFAS Washington County Agricultural Center located at 1424 W Jackson Avenue in Chipley. Provided by UF/IFAS and the tourism development councils of Holmes,Jackson and Washington Counties, this workshop is a continuation of a series committed to helping farmers introduce tourism on their farms. Registration fee is $20 and includes coffee and lunch. See link above for details and registration. For additional information contact Christy Andreasen with the Jackson County TDC at (850) 482-8061 or Heather Lopez with the Washington County TDC at (850) 638-6013.
February 18 Learn & Burn Workshop, Okaloosa County, 8:00 am - 4:00 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. Foresters, this is approved for a total of 8.0 Cat 1 CFEs. See link above for details and registration. Discounted early member registration price ends January 25.
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.
February 26 Forest Health Updates - Training (link), 8:00 am to 3:30 pm CT, West Florida Research and Education Center 5988 U.S. 90 Milton, FL 32583. Provided by UF/IFAS in collaboration with ProForest, Florida Forest Service, Clemson University, Alabama Extension, and the University of Illinois. Topics include proactive invasive plant management and new technology, hurricanes and bark and ambrosia beetles, forest management post-disturbance, invasive insect and fungi ID and management and single tree management after the storm. There is travel assistance available for attendees. Lunch is included in the $20 registration fee. There are CEUs available for SAF and ISA. Pesticide applicator CEUs are pending. Register now online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/forest-health-updates-tickets-86734710855. Registration can also be paid by check - contact tobing@ufl.edu for more information.   

 

WEBINARS / REGIONAL EVENTS
January 29 Forestry and Natural Resources Webinar: Ecosystem Management in Towns and Cities (link), 10 am ET, see link above for details and to join the webinar.
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)

 

 

Last updated 1/17/20