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EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
August 29 USDA NRCS Conservation Easement Workshop, Lake City, 6 pm ET, UF/IFAS Columbia County Extension Center, 971 W Duval Street, Lake City, FL. Workshop covers the benefits, funding opportunities, and application process for conservation easements. For landowners with forested lands in Columbia, Baker, Union, Bradford, Clay, Putnam, Marion, and Lake counties, who are eligible to apply for conservation easements with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The application deadline for easements is Oct. 15. For more information contact Crenel Francis, (352) 338-9508.
September 5 USDA NRCS Conservation Easement Workshop, Palatka, 6 pm ET, UF/IFAS Putnam County Extension Center, 111 Yelvington Road Suite 1, East Palatka, FL.. Workshop covers the benefits, funding opportunities, and application process for conservation easements. For landowners with forested lands in Columbia, Baker, Union, Bradford, Clay, Putnam, Marion, and Lake counties, who are eligible to apply for conservation easements with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The application deadline for easements is Oct. 15. For more information contact Crenel Francis, (352) 338-9508.
September 10 Fall Meeting of the Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society: Upland Plant Community Workshop (link), 9:30 am - 4 pm, University of Central Florida, Orlando. Learn about the upland plant communities of central Florida, typical wildlife species in these communities, tree identification and ecology, land management techniques, and responses to fire. See link above for details and registration.
September 17 Pond Management Workshop (link), 9:30 am to 2:30 pm ET, Three Covies Preserve, 11450 Branan Field Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32222. Provided by UF/IFAS Duval County Extension. Whether you are managing for fish or simply because you enjoy having your pond, this program will help you control weeds, select fish species, plan how to build your pond, understand water chemistry, and more. Family- and kid-friendly. $20 per person, kids under 10 free. See link above for details and registration.
September 19 Florida Forest Stewardship Tour at RFM Farms, Property of Bob and Frances McGranahan, Suwannee County (pdf link), 9 am to 2 pm ET, RFM Farms, Suwannee County. Topics will include slash and longleaf pine management, pine straw, forest health, invasive species, wildlife management, assistance, resources, and hurricane preparedness and recovery. $15/person. See link above for details and directions. Register online at https://fsp-tour091919.eventbrite.com/.
September 24 Certified Pile Burn Course, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, UF/IFAS West Central Agricultural Center, 7620 SR 471 Bushnell, FL 33513. This course will allow a landowner 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. The cost of the class is $50 and includes lunch, materials and exam.  Please register early; this class usually is to capacity by mid-August. All attendees must pre-register by September 24, 2019 in order to reserve your spot.  To register call DarLinda Duteau of the UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County Office at 352-569-6865.
September 30-October 2 Public Land Acquisition & Management Partnership 2019 Conference (link), World Golf Village Resort, 500 S Legacy Trail,St. Augustine, FL. Hosted by Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection. This statewide conference focuses on public land acquisition and management issues in Florida. Local, regional, state, federal, non-profit and private land managers; land acquisition specialists and agents; water managers, engineers, planners, attorneys, surveyors, appraisers, architects, public officials, non-profit groups, consultants, and others interested in conservation land planning are invited to attend. See link above for details and registration.
October 10 Forest Stewardship Field Day: Forest Plant Identification 2019 (pdf link), 9:00 am – 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. Cost is $15 per person, lunch and materials included. Register online at https://fsp-workshop101019.eventbrite.com/.
October 29 Grass / Sedge Identification Workshop (link), FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED. Provided by the Central Florida, East Central Florida and Osceola CISMAs and the Florida Forest Stewardship Program.
November 21 2019 Florida Ag Expo (link), UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. Join us for a day of networking, education and a chance to see first hand all of the great work being done at the GCREC.
November 21-22 2019 Organic Food and Farming Summit: Sowing the Gap (link), Renaissance Hotel at SeaWorld, Orlando, FL. Presented by Florida Organic Growers. See link above for details and registration.

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
August 20-22 2019 Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show: Forest Strong (link), Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Miramar Beach, FL. See link above for details and registration.
August 21 UF/IFAS Panhandle Outdoors Live: 2019 Springs Tour (link), 9:00 am to 3:00 pm CDT. The UF/IFAS Northwest Extension District Panhandle Outdoors LIVE team invites you to travel to three local springs: Vortex, Ponce de Leon, and Morrison Springs. The goal of the day is to learn about spring characteristics, history, biodiversity and management issues. These popular springs in the western Panhandle are managed by three different entities – the private sector, local government and a state agency. See link above for details and registration. For more information contact: Laura Tiu, lgtiu@ufl.edu, (850) 612-6197
August 22 2019 UF/IFAS West Florida Research & Education Center Farm Field Day (link), 8:00 am to 1 pm CT. 4253 Experiment Road, Hwy 182, Jay, FL 32565. Topics include row crops, weed control, cover crops, and more. See link above for details. Register by contacting Robin Vickers, rvickers@ufl.edu (850) 983-7134 or (850) 393-7334.
August 27-28 Florida Forests & Drinking Water Partnership Workshop (link), Apalachicola and Eastpoint, FL. Join us to learn about and engage in the connection between forest management and drinking water quantity and quality. The event starts with a field tour of Tate's Hell State Forest led by the Florida Forest Service, and a boat tour of the Apalachicola Estuary by the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve on Tuesday afternoon August 27th. The all day workshop begins the morning of Wednesday August 28th at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature Center in Eastpoint, FL. Foresters, this is approved for a total of 5.5 Cat. 1 CFEs. See link above for details and registration. Registration required by August 16.
September 16-19 2019 Big Bend Pesticide Training Series (link), Registration at 8:45 am each morning, Jefferson County Extension Office, 2729 W. Washington Hwy, Monticello, FL. This training is for pesticide applicators needing continuing education units (CEUs) or for those needing a restricted use pesticide (RUP) license. The cost to attend is $10 per session. See link above for details and registration. For more information contact Danielle Sprague at (850) 342-0187.
October 3 Florida Forest Stewardship Tour at Crooked Creek Preserve, Property of Billy and Marcia Boothe, Gadsden County (pdf link), 9 am to 2 pm ET. Note all times Eastern. Topics will include longleaf pine forest restoration, promoting pollinators, sources of assistance, hurricane recovery, and more. $15/person. See link above for details and directions. Register online at https://fsp-tour100319.eventbrite.com.
October 25 Florida Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year Tour and Awards Ceremony at Russell Brothers Farm, Escambia County (link). 9 am to 2 pm CT. Provided by the Florida Tree Farm Program. Congratulations to John and Keith Russell for their outstanding forest stewardship. Join us to see the property, learn about longleaf pine forest management, enhancing wildlife habitat, controlling invasive species, BMPs, and more. Lunch included. No cost but pre-registration is required. Call the Florida Forestry Association at (850) 222-5646 to reserve a space. Please register by October 18.

 

WEBINARS / REGIONAL EVENTS
September 4 Forest Health Webinar: A New Pest: The Spotted Lanternfly (link), 1 pm ET. See link for details and to join the webinar.
September 26 Conservation Webinar: Conservation Innovation Grants Program - Water Management (link), 1 pm ET. See link for details and to join the webinar.
December 9-10 12th Southern Forestry and Natural Resource Management GIS Conference (link), Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, Athens, GA. Topics include spatial analysis, UAVs, forest inventory, mapping, modeling, remote sensing, GPS, forest health, geospatial technologies, and LiDAR. See link above for details and registration
Upcoming Southern Fire Exchange Webinars (link)

 

 

 

Last updated 8/20/19