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EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
April 23 Pine Bark Beetle Workshop, Hamilton County, 10 - 11 am ET, UF/IFAS Extension Hamilton County, 1143 NW US Hwy 41, Jasper, FL 32052. Provided by Florida Forest Service. Join us to learn how to recognize the signs of pine bark beetles as well as how to manage timber to help reduce the likelihood of attack. Seating is limited to 50 participants. Please contact Hamilton County Senior Forester Greg Staten at (386) 792-1269 no later than April 19th to reserve your spot.
April 30 - May 1 46th SAF / SFRC Spring Symposium: "Family Forests: Sustaining a Legacy" (link), University of Florida Roland T. Stern Learning Center at Austin Cary Forest Campus near Gainesville, FL. Provided by UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation and Florida Division Society of American Foresters. Forest landowners, foresters, and natural resource professionals are encouraged to attend! Topics will include landowner associations, forest product markets, new landscape planning approaches, forest certification, economics, hurricane recovery, genetically improved southern pines, wildlife habitat provisions, intergenerational land transfer, and more! $125 for landowners, $150 for current SAF members, $175 regular registration.This event is approved for 7.5 Cat. 1 and 2.0 Cat. 2 SAF CFEs. See link above for details. Register at https://46-saf-sfrc-spring-symposium.eventbrite.com
May 6-9 Annual Aquatic Weed Control Short Course (link), Coral Springs Marriott, Coral Springs, FL. Early rate ends Feb. 25. Earn 20+ CEUs.  See link above for details and registration, or contact mstage@ufl.edu, (352) 294-3578
May 7-8 Learn & Burn Prescription Writing Workshop, Putnam County (link), 8 am - 5pm, Rodeheaver Boys Ranch, 380 Boys Ranch Rd, Palatka, FL 32177. Provided by North Florida Prescribed Burn Association and Alachua Conservation Trust. Participants will develop a legal Burn Prescription that focuses on specific goals and objectives, for different reasons a landowner might have for managing their property. Topics include range management, ground cover restoration, timber
management, wildlife management. Limited to 50 participants. Contact Barry Coulliette to Register, (904) 838-8591, act.barryc@gmail.com
May 8-10 68th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course (link), Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center, 2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville, Florida 32611. This is Florida’s premier educational event for serious beef cattle producers in the Southeast. Gain some new knowledge about the beef cattle industry’s future direction, additional management decision making skills, and new information about specific production and management practices that impact your beef cattle enterprise. See link above for details and registration.
May 16-17 Florida Native Plant Society's 39th Annual Conference: "Transitions" (link), The Plantation at Crystal River, 9301 West Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429. The  "Transitions" theme is pertinent to the Nature Coast region of Florida in a number of ways: sea level rise and migrations of ecosystems due to climate change, and it is the transition zone between north and south Florida. The region also has a large diversity of plant communities and the transitions between uplands and wetlands are common, dramatic and highly visible. Many of the field trips and sessions focus on land management, including sessions on groundcover restoration, red-cockaded woodpecker habitat, and working with local land trusts. See link above for details and registration.
May 21 USDA Florida State Technical Committee Meeting, 10 am-12:30 pm, FDACS Doyle Conner Bldg., 1911 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL. Public, ag producers, natural resource interest groups invited. Hosted by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Contact: Nina Bhattacharyya, 352-338-9554. 
May 29-30 4th Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium (link), Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South in Kissimmee, FL. This event brings together dairy farmers, veterinarians, consultants, universities, and the dairy community to discuss best recommended practices with focus on animal well-being, management, husbandry, animal-people interaction, health, and productivity. See link above for details and registration
May 30 Invasive Species and Control Workshop (pdf link). 9:00 am to 3:00 pm EDT, Suwannee River Water Management District Office, 9225 County Road 49, Live Oak, FL 32060. Provided by North Central Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. Learn the latest integrated strategies to control some of the most troublesome invasive species in this region, earn continuing education credits, and connect to assistance and partnerships. $15 fee covers lunch and materials. Register on-line at https://fsp-workshop053019.eventbrite.com/. FDACS CEUs and SAF CFEs pending approval.For more information contact Chris Demers, (352) 846-2375, cdemers@ufl.edu
June 1-3 Burn and Learn Workshop: Hands-on Training for Private Landowners (link), 8 am - 4 pm each day, Forever Florida, 4755 N. Kenansville Road, St. Cloud, FL. Provided by Wildland Restoration International and The Nature Conservancy. Increase your skills and confidence by burning together each day (weather permitting). Safe and effective techniques will be demonstrated by seasoned instructors, followed by discussions on connecting with other landowners, funding assistance, planning assistance and mentoring, necessary tools and equipment, laws that protect and guide safe burning, how to become a certified burner, and more. $12 fee per day includes lunch. Register on-line at link above or call (781) 361-9711. Questions can be directed to Ryan Kennelly, ryan.kennelly@wildlandrestoration.org, (352) 373-0550
October 29 Grass/sedge Identification Workshop, Wekiwa Springs State Park, 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, FL 32712. Provided by the Central Florida, East Central Florida and Osceola CISMAs and the Florida Forest Stewardship Program. This will be an all-day training with a classroom and field portion and a hands-on ID session. We will have guest lecturers in the morning and instructors for the ID portion that are experts in this field and the training will be for all levels of expertise. Free workshop. Various categories of CEUs pending approval. Mark your calendar.


WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
April 18 2019 Citrus Health Forum (link), 8:30 am to 3:00 pm ET, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Road, Quincy, FL. The workshop registration fee is $10 and includes refreshments and lunch. See link above for details.
April 30 Alternative Crop Enterprise Workshop, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm ET, FAMU Research and Extension Center, 4259 Bainbridge Highway, Quincy, FL 32351. Topics include organic production,opportunities for producing a biofuel crop, low-cost high tunnel production of strawberries, alternative fruit production, alternative enterprise farm the economics, and pest management strategies. Registration is $15.  For more information, contact Alejandro Bolques, Ph.D., at (850) 875-8559 or at alejandro.bolques@famu.edu.
May 14-16 Longleaf Academy 101 (link), University of Florida Milton Campus, 4900 Bldg, Room 4902, Milton, FL 32570. Experts in longleaf management and ecology from The Longleaf Alliance and partners will lead attendees in this 3 day course consisting of both classroom lectures and field instruction in “all things longleaf”. Foresters, this is approved for 12.5 Cat. 1 CFEs. Details and registration at link above or call (334) 429-1029 for more information.


April 24 Forestry and Natural Resources Webinar: Invasive bamboo management in the southeastern U.S. (link), 1:00 pm ET. See link above for details and to join.
May 28 Forestry and Natural Resources Webinar: Managing Oak Forests for Northerrn Bobwhite Quail (link), 2:00 pm ET. See link above for details and to join.
May 29 Forest Health Webinar: The shiny-capped Ganoderma species of the United States (link), 1:00 pm ET. This is a wood decay fungi that can rot the roots and/or lower trunk of many tree species. See link above for details and to join.
July 16-17 2019 Southern Cover Crop Conference (link), Auburn Hotel and Conference Center, 241 S College St, Auburn, AL 36830. This conference brings researchers, Extension personnel, farmers, and ag industry specialists together to discover the latest information related to cover crops in the South. See link above for details and registration
Upcoming Southern Fire Exchange Webinars (link)




Last updated 4/18/19