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2017 Events Calendar



EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
October 15-18 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Conference (link), St. Johns County Convention Center at Renaissance World Golf Village, St. Augustine, FL. There will be 20 concurrent sessions to choose from in four different tracks covering general horticulture, gardening, diagnostics and Florida-Friendly Landscaping. See link above for details and registration.
October 18-19 Grass Identification Workshop, Florida Chapter of The Wildlife of The Wildlife Society (link), UF/IFAS Range Cattle REC, 3401 Experiment Station, Ona, FL 33865. This 2-day workshop will be taught by Brent Sellers and Greg Hendricks, and will include indoor and outdoor classroom exercises in identification and management of native and invasive grasses in Central Florida. Registration is $35.00 for FLTWS members, $15.00 for students, and $60.00 for non-members. Class size is limited so please register soon. The deadline for registration is October 11, 2017, but late registration may be allowed if slots are still available at a cost of $70.00.
October 19 Forest Stewardship Field Day: Forest Plant Identificaation (link), 9:00 am to 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. See link above for details. $10 fee includes lunch and materials. Register on-line at https://fsp-workshop101917.eventbrite.com/. You can also reserve a space by contacting Chris Demers, cdemers@ufl.edu, (352) 846-2375.
October 20 2017 Florida Tree Farm of the Year Tour at Osceola Pines, property of John and Allison Nash, Levy County (link), 9 am ET, adjourn after lunch. THIS EVENT IS FULL AND REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
October 25 Certified Pile Burner Course (link), 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, UF/IFAS Madison County Extension Office, 184 NW College Loop, Madison, FL 32340. This course allows landowners and producers 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. $50 fee includes lunch and materials. Contact Dan Fenneman, dfenneman@ufl.edu, 850-973-4138
October 26 2017 Cool Season Forage Workshop (link), 6-9 pm, UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agriculture Education Center, 8202 County Road 417, Live Oak, FL, 32060. Tickets are $15 for early registation and $25 at the door. See link above for details and registration. For questions call Jane Griffin (386) 362-2771.
October 26 Allison Acres - Exceptional Organic Blueberries (link), 9 am to 1 pm, Allison Acres, 4336 NE Hwy 159, Pinetta, FL 32350. Provided by Florida Organic Growers. Details and registration linked above.
October 28 J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area Bioblitz (link), 8:00 am to 1:00 pm ET. J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, Everglades Youth Conservation Center, 12100 Seminole Pratt Whitney Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33412. Bioblitz = trying to find as many plant and animal species as possible in a given amount of time. You will go out into the field with experts to locate and identify species in a variety of habitats. See link above for details and registration.
November 6-7 Fruit Crop Management Short Course (link), UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center, 700 Experiment Station Road, Lake Alfred, FL 33850. The Course will cover crop management topics such as flowering, dormancy, irrigation, nutrition, fruit set, and more. Speakers are experts from Florida and across the nation. See link above for details.
November 15 Florida Tree Farm Tour: Managing Pine Forests for Multiple Goals, Pinkoson Property, Alachua County (link), 9:30 am to 1 pm. This tour will feature premier longleaf pine forest habitat with a rich groundcover, demonstrations of management activities to improve pine forests, and discussions about wildlife habitat enhancement, sources of assistance and forest certification. Join us to explore the possibilities upland pine forest management has to offer, learn about sustainable forest and wildlife habitat management, and connect with the local and statewide professionals and resources that are available to assist in your land management. See link above for details. Reserve a space by contacting Dave Conser, Dave.Conser@FreshFromFlorida.com, (352) 395-4927.
November 28 -
December 2
FireVision 20/20: A 20 Year Reflection and Look into the Future: 7th International Fire Ecology & Management Congress (link), Buena Vista Palace Resort, Orlando, FL. This event will offer an exciting blend of learning opportunities for fire managers, natural resource professionals, policy and administrative leaders, and the academic and research community. Presentations will feature the latest in research results and applications. See link above for details and registration.


WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
October 17 Longleaf Pine Forest Management Workshop (pdf link), 10 am to 2 pm ET, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Rd., Quincy, FL 32351. Topics will include longleaf pine establishment and management techniques to improve forest health and wildlife habitat. Lunch included. Free but pre-registration required. Contact David Findley (850) 681-5896, David.Findley@freshfromflorida.com  for more details and registration.  
October 19 Working Forests Workshop (pdf link), 9:30 am – 2:00 pm CT, UF/IFAS Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center, 2741 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 3, Marianna, FL 32448. In conjunction with the National Working Forests Awareness Week, the Florida Forest Service Chipola District will host a workshop for Tree Farmers, forest landowners, and forestry and natural resource professionals. The workshop will focus on forestry related programs. The program will include a visit one or more forest product mills in the area. Details and registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/working-forests-work-workshop-forest-product-mill-tours-tickets-38584170292 or contact Hannah Bowers, (850) 625-6621, Hannah.Bowers@FreshFromFlorida.com
October 19 Duff Fire Science and Management Workshop (link), 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, FSU Marine Lab. St. Teresa, FL. Join us to bridge the gap between science and management when it comes to issues related to duff fires in southeastern upland ecosystems. Presentations will include the latest science and management information related to pine mortality associated with fires in sites with heavy duff loads. See link for details and registration.
October 20 Tree Farm Workshop: Forestry 101 (pdf link), 8:30 am to 1:30 pm CT, Pace Community Center, 5976 Chumuckla Highway, Pace, FL 32571. Lunch will be provided. Contact Cathy Hardin, (850) 587-5237, Cathy.Hardin@FreshFromFlorida.com for details and registration.


October 17 National Ecosystem Services Partnership Webinar: Ecosystem Services and National Forest Policy (link), 1:30 - 2:45 pm ET, see link for registration.
October 18 Wildlife Wednesday Webinar: This-or-That? Florida’s Birds (link), 12:15 to 1 pm ET, see link for details and registration.
October 31 Science & Technology Webinar: Restoring Native Plant Communities: Soil and Hydrology Suited Planning Tools (link), 2 pm ET, see link for details and to join.
November 15 Wildlife Wednesday Webinar: This-or-That? Florida’s Wildlife (link), 12:15 to 1 pm ET, see link for details and registration.
November 15 Natural Resource Webinar: Development of Focal Point Seed Zones for the Present and Future (link), 11 am ET, see link for details and to join.



Last updated 10/16/17