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2018 Events Calendar



EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
October 25 Working Forests Week Tour at Cary State Forest (pdf link), 10 am, Cary State Forest, 7465 Pavilion Road, Bryceville, FL 32009. Provided by Florida Forest Service. Join us on a tour of Florida’s second oldest state forest, Cary State Forest and learn about important topics such as Florida Silvicultural BMP’s, timber harvesting, reforestation, the American Tree Farm System. and how everyone benefits from “working forests”. Lunch after the tour sponsored by WestRock, at the newly renovated Cary Pavilion. Open to all landowners and anyone interested in learning more about forestry and the benefits working forests provide to the environment, our community and our State. To ensure lunch and tour transportation is available, you must RSVP to Sam Negaran by Oct 22, James.Negaran@freshfromflorida.com or 904-266-8365.
October 30 -
November 4
2018 Pine Rockland Working Group Conference: Expanding the Footprint (link), Fairchild Botanical Garden, Miami, FL; and other locations in the region. Scientists, educators, land managers, policy makers, naturalists, students, concerned citizens, and anyone else involved in planning, conservation, restoration, tourism, or interpretation of the pine rockland ecosystem. Free registration. Full details, schedule and registration at the Conference web site linked above.
October 31 North Central Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) Organizational Meeting (pdf link), 10am-noon, O’Leno State Park – Main Hall, 410 SE O’Leno Park Rd., High Springs, FL. Join us to get involved in revitalizing this CISMA. We are especially hoping to hear from folks from outside of Alachua County! Please share this opportunity with interested and involved friends, landowners, and colleagues. Please contact the CISMA co-chairs, for more information: Andi Christman (352)262-5157, achristman@alachuacounty.us; John Herbert: (352)359-0299, jrherbert1863@yahoo.com
November 1-2 Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society 2018 Fall Meeting, Wetland Plant ID Workshop on Day 1 (link), Gold Head Branch State Park and Jennings State Forest, Keystone Heights, FL. The first day will feature a Wetland Plant ID Workshop, Strategic Planning on day 2. See link above for details and registration.
November 5 Southwest Florida Small Farmers Networking Meeting at Oakes Demo Farm in Naples, FL (link), 8:30 am to 2:00 pm, Oakes Demo Farm, Deer Run Lane, Naples, FL 34120. The SWFL Small Farmers Network is a resource-network focused on diversified and sustainable farming systems. This event is open to established and beginning farmers from Hillsborough County south to Collier County. Connect with growers and food entrepreneurs in the region. Topics include food safety, direct marketing strategies, regulation and policy issues, aquaculture, diversified farming systems, and more!  Pot-luck lunch, so please bring something to share! See link above for details. Contact Jessica Ryals, UF/IFAS Extension Collier County, Sustainable Food Systems Agent at (239) 252-4800 or jessicaryals@ufl.edu
November 6 Pesticide Applicator School & Examinations, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, UF/IFAS North Florida Research Education Center, Suwannee Valley, 8202 CR 417, Live Oak, FL. $55 fee for lunch and materials ($10 for CEUs only). 3 Core and 4 Private Applicator and Ag Row Crop CEUs. Register by October 31. Call (386) 362-2771.
November 7 2018 Florida Ag Expo (link), UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Wimauma, FL. The 2018 Florida Ag Expo brings growers, researchers, & other Florida ag professionals together for a rigorous exchange of new ideas, market information, & the latest trends in varieties. This year will focus on precision agriculture, data management, & labor-saving automation tools to increase farm efficiency. See link above for details. Free lunch for those registering by October 26.
November 15 Building Agricultural Resilience to Hurricanes: Before, During, and After (link), UF/IFAS Straughn Professional Development Center, 2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville, Florida 32608. The USDA Southeast Climate Hub and University of Florida are hosting this workshop to help develop adaptation plans for reducing future agricultural losses. See link above for details and registration. For more information, contact Carolyn Cox, Coordinator, Florida Climate Institute, (352) 392-1864 ext. 255, crcox@ufl.edu
*November 16 Forest Stewardship Field Day: Forest Plant Identification 2018 (pdf link), 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641. Rescheduled from October 11. 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. You will also learn about how some of these plants are used by wildlife and/or the role they play within the larger plant community and habitat. Cost is $10 per person, lunch and materials included. Please register in advance on-line at https://fsp-workshop101118.eventbrite.com/.
February 23, 2019 Florida Scrub-Jay Festival (link), 10 am to 3:30 pm, Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge. Childrens crafts and games, nature exhibits, live animals, watercolor exhibit, live music, presentations, and guided nature walks. See link above for details or contact the Visitor Center at (321) 861-0669.


WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
October 25 Tree Farm Tour at Price Farms, Santa Rosa County (pdf link), 8:30 am to 1:15 pm CT, at Price Farms in Pace, FL. Tour topics include thinning, prescribed burning, gopher tortoises, cogongrass treatment, cost-share programs, pine beetles, roads/erosion, creek crossing and BMPs, and food plots.  Following the tour, representatives will have information on display and lunch will be provided. Contact Ashlee White, (850) 626-3028, Ashlee.White@FreshFromFlorida.com for details.
November 1 Growing Hops in the Panhandle (link), 8:30 am to 5:00 pm CT, UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension, 3098 Airport Rd, Crestview, FL 32539. Provided by UF/IFAS Extension. Topics/Activies include Best Management Practices, artificial lighting for hops production, production systems, connecting with local brewers, local hops farm tour. $25. See link above for details and registration.
November 2 Forestry Field Day, Geneva State Forest in Alabama (pdf link), 8:30 am to 2:00 pm CT, Geneva State Forest, Forest Lake Rd, Kinston, AL 36453. Provided by Alabama Cooperative Extension Service and other partners. Continuing Education Credits Available: AL CFE: Cat1-CF and Cat 2 = 3 / AL PLM: 3.5. Lunch provided, registration required. Call (334) 684-2484. See link above for details.
November 2 Aquaponics in the Panhandle (link), 8:30 am to 3:00 pm CT, UF/IFAS Walton County Extension, 732 N. 9th Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433. Provided by UF/IFAS Extension. Learn the latest in aquaponic research and technology. A small scale, fully operational, hobby-scale system will be available for viewing. $25. See link above for details and registration.
November 8 Tree Identification Workshop (link), 9 am to 2 pm ET, Bear Creek Educational Forest, 8125 Pat Thomas Parkway, Gadsden CR 267, Quincy, FL 32351. Provided by Florida Forest Service, UF/IFAS Extension, and other partners. Free. See link above for details and registration. Questions can be directed at Tom Gilpin, Senior Forester, BCEF at (850) 681-5892 or tom.gilpin@freshfromflorida.com.
November 13-14 Florida Panhandle Forests and Drinking Water Tour and Workshop (link), Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, Eastpoint, FL. Provided by the Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water. The tour on Nov. 13 (1 to 4 pm) explore the connection between healthy forests and clean water and emphasize benefits of managed forest lands for drinking water and other benefits. The workshop Nov. 14th (8:00 am to 3:30 pm) will emphasize the relationships, organizational infrastructure, and funding necessary to bring about watershed stewardship and protection to benefit forests, drinking water and other co-benefits in the Florida Panhandle. See link above for details and registration. $50 fee. For more information contact Kitty Weisman, Coordinator, Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water, (360) 481-2544 or Kitty.Weisman@icloud.com


October 23 Science & Technology Webinar: Role of Agroforestry in Supporting Pollinators (link), 2 pm ET. See link for details and to join.
October 23-26 12th Biennial Longleaf Conference: Looking Back, Taking Stock, Making Progress (link), Holiday Inn Alexandria-Downtown, Alexandria, Louisiana. See link above for details.
October 25 Forestry Webinar: Leaf Spots, Scorches, & Wilts Affecting Southeastern U.S. Deciduous Trees (link),1 pm ET. See link for details and to join.
November 7-9 Bottomland Hardwoods Learning Exchange (link), College of Coastal Georgia's Stembler Theatre, 1 College Drive, Brunswick, GA. Park in parking area B. This event will bring together experts from the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley to compare these geographies based on social, ecological, and economic factors. An emphasis will be placed on the connection between forestry and hydrology, and how responsible forest management can play a role in conserving the whole system on a watershed-level. Through this event we hope to improve the management and conservation of bottomland forests and illustrate opportunities to meet diverse social values. See link above for details and registration. Questions can be directed to Nick Biemiller, (828) 772-7992.
November 14 Science & Technology Webinar: Ephemeral Gully Erosion: What is it and how do we treat it? (link), 2 pm ET. See link for details and to join.




Last updated 10/22/18