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EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
February 23 Florida Scrub-Jay Festival (link), 10 am to 3:30 pm, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Children's 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.
February 26 Southwest Florida CISMA Annual Invasive Species Symposium and EDRR 101 Classes (link), 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Florida Gulf Coast University, Cohen Center Student Union, 10501 FGCU Blvd, South Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565. This Annual Workshop offers a full day of presentations and interaction with over 200 of Southwest Florida's land managers, contractors, consultants and landowners. Earn up to 7 pesticide applicator CEU's. Concurrent to the main Symposium, is an "Invasive Plants 101: Identification and Treatment of Invasive Plants." $10 or free for active CISMA members. Details and registration at link above. Contact Erin Myers at Erin.myers@fltws.org for information.
February 26 4th Annual Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference (link), 8:30 am to 4 pm, UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, 14625 Co Rd 672, Wimauma, FL 33598. Join us to examine critical policy issues facing Florida agribusiness leaders and explore valuable economic insight helpful for making informed business and policy decisions. $50 for guests, $35 for UF faculty, staff, students See link above for details and registration. For further information contact: Alan Hodges, (352) 294-7674, awhodges@ufl.edu
March 1 2019 Florida Land Stewards of the Year Tour at Ben and Louann Williams' Wetland Preserve, LLC, Putnam County, FL (link). Provided by the Florida Forest Stewardship Program. Through assistance from many Florida Land Steward partners, participation in educational events, active management, and patience, Ben and Louann Williams, along with their daughter, Ashley, have made great strides in improving and conserving the forest and natural resources of their Wetland Preserve property in Putnam County. Join us for a tour to meet these amazing landowners and see the property. $15 fee covers materials and lunch. Register online at https://fsp-tour030119.eventbrite.com. Space is limited so register soon! We will meet at the property, directions on announcement linked above. Contact Chris Demers for information, cdemers@ufl.edu.
March 3-5 Florida Urban Forestry Institute (link), Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale / Davie Campus. Provided by Florida Urban Forestry Council. Foresters, this program is approved for 13.0 Cat. 1 SAF CFEs. See link for details and information.
March 23 2019 Family Day at the Dairy Farm (link), 9 am to 2 pm ET, University of Florida Dairy Unit, 13515 County Road 237, Alachua, FL 32615. Presented by University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, with support from Florida Dairy Farmers. Join us for a fun-filled, educational experience. See a working dairy farm, learn where milk comes from, meet researchers and veterinarians who work to improve Florida's dairy production, animal welfare and environmental sustainability. New stations are added this year! Please wear closed-toe shoes. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. Free admission, rain or shine!
April 10-12 2019 Spring Meeting of the Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society (link), Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront. This meeting is an excellent opportunity for students and professionals engaged in wildlife research or habitat management in Florida to present recent results, talk about ongoing projects, discuss collaborations, and share ideas. See link above for details and registration.
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! We’ll explore topics and strategies that landowners and forestry and natural resource professionals in a variety of sectors can use to help family forests remain productive and intact into the future, and provide for the many benefits valued by family forest landowners and society. 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. SAF CFEs pending approval. See link above for details. Register at https://46-saf-sfrc-spring-symposium.eventbrite.com
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.


WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
February 18-21 Central Panhandle Pesticide Training Series (link), UF/IFAS Washington County Extension Office in Chipley, FL. This is a multi-county collaboration between Holmes, Washington, and Jefferson County Extension agents. Registration is $10/session and refreshments will be provided. See link above for details and registration. For more information, contact the Washington County Extension Office, (850) 638-6180.
February 26-28 Prescribed Fire for Wildlife, a Workshop for Private Landowners (link), UF/IFAS North FL Research & Education Center, 155 Research Rd, Quincy, FL 32351. Provided by University of Florida IFAS, the Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. This training is for private landowners interested in improving the habitat they provide for wildlife by incorporating prescribed fire in their land management program. $25 fee per person. See link above for details and registration. For additional information, contact Holly Ober, Holly.Ober@ufl.edu


February 26 USDA Farm Bill Listening Session in Washington DC (link), 9:00 am ET. This event is intended for the public to attend in person and provide input to the Risk Management Agency (RMA), Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on implementing changes to existing programs under the 2018 Farm Bill. For an overview of the event, viewing the event live, and providing comments, go to: www.farmers.gov/farmbill
Upcoming Southern Fire Exchange Webinars (link)
Upcoming Invasive Plant Council Webinars (link)




Last updated 2/20/19