Wednesday, June 20, 2018

APMS meeting reminder

Time is running out to make plans to attend the 58th Annual Meeting of the Aquatic Plant Management Society to be held July 15-18, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center. In addition to aquatic plant research and operational updates from across the country, the Program Committee has scheduled presentations focusing on issues in the Northeast Region, including on starry stonewort, hydrilla, and harmful algae bloom problems and management.


You can access the Final Agenda for the 2018 Annual Meeting on the APMS web site While there, now is a good time register for the meeting and make hotel reservations. Please take advantage of the $159 group rate for the conference.

Only thirty minutes from the Hyatt is beautiful Niagara Falls. You can also enjoy the Hyatt downtown Buffalo presence, with over 20 restaurants within a 10-minute walk and many attractions close to the hotel.  Go to the website to register as soon as possible. The Buffalo Hyatt reservation link is also below:




Tommy W. Bowen

Duke Energy Carolinas

Water Strategy, Hydro Licensing, and Lake Services

13339 Hagers Ferry Road (MG03A3)

Huntersville, NC 28078

Office:  (980) 875-5422



Thursday, May 24, 2018

FW: Tampa Bay Community Food Systems Internship Opportunity



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Subject: Tampa Bay Community Food Systems Internship Opportunity



Tampa Bay Community Food Systems Internship Opportunity

The Tampa Bay Community Food Systems Internship is a collaborative opportunity for students from local colleges and universities to work with community-based organizations to learn about local and global food systems. Coordinators from UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program, Eckerd College, and USF St. Petersburg match students with sites supervisors from community-based food organizations.

The internship focuses on several areas in the food system: Food Production, Distribution, Food Access, Food Justice, Education, Policy, and Resource Recovery. Through instruction with a community organization site supervisor, students are encouraged to develop expertise in the most relevant area of the food system for them, yet also utilize systems thinking to engage and consider the food system as a whole. Interns engage in weekly team site experiences as well as create and present on a capstone project that enhances one or more aspects of the food system in Pinellas County. To be considered for this internship, you can fill out the Food Systems Internship Application





Jessica Mendes Ryals

Sustainable Food Systems Agent

UF/IFAS Extension, Collier County

Temporary UF|IFAS Extension office: 3530 Kraft Rd., Suite 201

Naples, FL 34105

Office: 239-252-4811


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Florida Land Steward Update 5/18/18


May 18, 2018

Have Land?  Get a Plan and Stay Connected.  Florida Land Steward is your source of assistance, information, events and resources.

News, information and upcoming events below.  
Please share this update with your neighbors, colleagues and others that may be interested.

*- Link to the current quarterly Florida Land Steward Newsletter (Spring-Summer 2018, Vol 7, No 2) and back issues -*




Is your middle school child looking for something to do outside this summer?  Consider Camp Kids in the Woods! Campers will conduct field explorations with scientists from forestry, wildlife, water resources, and entomology, and will take a journey to a local spring. Additionally, campers will go fishing, camp out one night at the Austin Cary Forest, participate in a service learning project, and engage in interactive games and scavenger hunts. Camp Kids in the Woods summer program is a collaborative effort between the University of Florida's School of Forest Resources and Conservation and the USDA Forest Service.

When: Session 1: June 18-22, 2018; Session 2: July 16-20, 2018

Ages: Rising 7th graders to rising 9th graders

Hours: 8:30 am -4:30 pm ET. Early drop-offs and late pickups available to help fit your schedule.

Location: Austin Cary Forest, 10625 NE Waldo Rd, Gainesville, FL 32609

For more information and to register visit:


The Air Potato Patrol Citizen Science project is looking for volunteers at This collaborative project between University of Florida IFAS Extension and Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services seeks to educate residents on how to identify and better control air potato vines, and to gather data important to current research and air potato leaf beetle tracking.

The website contains educational videos and a blog to educate the participants and keep them updated. Volunteers will be asked to complete surveys to evaluate the level of air potato infestation and the presence of the air potato beetles in their test plots. For more information please visit the website or contact William Lester, UF/IFAS Extension, at


Use this new handy map tool to identify resources at a local watershed scale. The map is at this link:

More about this effort and how to use the tool here.


The Florida Tree Farm Program is preparing for a 2019 audit. The purpose of the audit is to verify that certified Tree Farms are compliant with the 2015-2020 Standards of Sustainability. A relatively small sample of Tree Farms will be selected for the audit. The audit team will visit selected Tree Farms to review the landowners' management plans and conduct a brief interview. The inspector of the property and a Florida Tree Farm representative will accompany the auditor. We will begin the audit process in January 2019. Selected sample Tree Farm landowners will receive a phone call in early January 2019.

To make sure this audit goes well it is extremely important for ALL certified Tree Farms in the state to have a current written management plan. Current means updated in the last 5 years. Contact your Florida Forest Service County Forester, consultant, or your Tree Farm District Representative if you need an update to your management plan, or if you have not been inspected since 2014

Find your County Forester here.

Find your Tree Farm District Representative here.


In awareness of the continual loss of property by African Americans in rural communities due to complicated legal hurdles, FAMU Cooperative Extension Program has created the Family Heir Property Program Workshop Series. The series is designed to show what happens to property that has been granted to either children or relatives of the original owners through heirship or by a will, and how families can clear the title of their family heirs property. The course continues on May 26 and August 28. Register here for the next Session.

To help restore the state's northern bobwhite quail populations, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking private landowners to report sightings of bobwhite quail on their land. Report northern bobwhite quail sightings at

The FWC also seeks reports of these species:


Hosted by a group of forest and tree health specialists with Southeastern universities and agencies, we are here to help identify pests and diseases in your forest or your backyard, and to recommend a solution, if appropriate. Join the group and report your tree health issue! Visit the new Forest Health Diagnostic forum on Facebook:

Go to for information, assistance and partnership opportunities.

Check the vast array of extension publications available at the University of Florida IFAS on the EDIS publication site:  Wow, there's a publication about that?

Drop a line to Chris Demers,

More news and info at the Florida Land Steward Blog



EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)

May 23
(added this week)

Cogongrass Control Workshop (pdf link), 6:00—7:30 pm, UF/IFAS Marion County Extension, 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala, FL. Cogongrass is a fast-growing, rapidly-spreading perennial grass that continues to be an invasive species of great concern in Florida. This noxious weed disrupts ecosystems, decreases property values, and creates increased risk for fires. Join us to learn the latest strategies for control. Free. Register by calling (352) 671-8400.

May 23-25

Wildlife and Invasive Species Education (WISE) Workshop (link), UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension, Bushnell, FL. WISE is a continuing education event for Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists and others interested in these topics. Registration is $40.00 for both days or $25.00 for one day, lunch included. Choose an optional field trip on 5/25. See link above for registration.

May 24
(added this week)

University of Florida/IFAS Gulf Coast Research & Education Center Alternative Crops Field Day featuring the GCREC Hops Yard and Hops Research (link), 9 am to 1 pm, UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC), 14625 CR 672, Wimauma, FL 33598. Field tour of the hops yard.  Research presentations on cultural practices, pests and disease. Registration is $10 and includes lunch. See link above for more details and registration.

June 2

North Florida / South Georgia Cold Tolerant Citrus Production Workshop (link), 8:30 am - 1:00 pm ET, UF/IFAS Taylor County Extension Office, 203 Forest Park Drive, Perry, FL 32348. $25 fee includes lunch. See link for details. For information contact Clay Olson, (850) 838-3508, or Dan Fenneman, (850) 973-4138

June 7

2018 Silviculture BMPs & Forestry Wildlife BMPs Workshop (link), 10 am to 3 pm ET, Florida Forest Service Office, 5353 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville. This is a free workshop designed to educate forest land managers about Silviculture BMPs for Water Quality and the Forestry Wildlife BMPs for State Imperiled Species. Participants will receive 4 hours of SAF CAT-1 CFE's. Lunch on your own. To register contact Robin Holland, (352) 732-1781,

June 11-13

Trees Florida 2018 Conference and Trade Show (link), Sanibel Harbour Resort, Fort Myers, FL. Provided by Florida Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. Approved for SAF CFEs. See link above for details.

June 15
(added this week)

Forest Landowner Workshop, Dixie County, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm ET, Community Center, 9335 NE Hwy 349, Old Town, FL 32680. Topics will include forest health, cost-share assistance, and forest certification. To register or for information contact Jared Beauchamp,, (386) 294-2326 or (850) 661-2014.

July 17

2018 Silviculture BMPs & Forestry Wildlife BMPs Workshop (link), 10 am to 3 pm ET, Suwannee River Water Mgt District Office, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak . This is a free workshop designed to educate forest land managers about Silviculture BMPs for Water Quality and the Forestry Wildlife BMPs for State Imperiled Species. Participants will receive 4 hours of SAF CAT-1 CFE's. Lunch on your own. To register contact Robin Holland, (352) 732-1781,

July 27-28

Florida Organic Growers' Organic Food & Farming Summit (link), Hilton UF Conference Center in Gainesville, FL. Registration opens in May. See link above for more information.

September 18

2018 Silviculture BMPs & Forestry Wildlife BMPs Workshop (link), 10 am to 3 pm ET, Southwest FL Water Mgt District Office, 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville . This is a free workshop designed to educate forest land managers about Silviculture BMPs for Water Quality and the Forestry Wildlife BMPs for State Imperiled Species. Participants will receive 4 hours of SAF CAT-1 CFE's. Lunch on your own. To register contact Robin Holland, (352) 732-1781,

September 20 (added this week)

Invasive Species and Control Workshop, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm ET, UF/IFAS Okeechobee County Extension Office,, 458 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Provided by Heartland Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. Details to come, mark your calendar.


WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)

May 24

Your Forestry Questions Answered: A Workshop and Field Tour for Landowners (link), 8:30 am to 3:00 pm CT, E.O. Wilson Biophelia Center, 4956 State Highway 20 East, Freeport, FL 32439. Provided by Florida Wildlife Federation & National Wildlife Federation. Join us for a landowner a morning workshop and afternoon field tour of the Nokuse Plantation to learn about increasing the value and enjoyment of your woodlands. Free, lunch included. See link above for details and registration.

May 26

Family Heirs Property in Florida: "Cloudy Titles" 2018 Workshop Series - Session 4 (link), 9 am to 11 am ET, FAMU CEP Teleconference Center, 2010 Pinder Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32307. Presented by Florida A&M University. What action steps help families resolve family conflict about Family Heirs' Property? For more information, contact Sandra Thomson, Ed.D. at (850) 599-3546,

June 9

2018 FAMU Farm Fest, 10 am – 3 pm ET, FAMU Research and Extension Center, located at 4259 Bainbridge Hwy in Quincy, FL. FAMU Farm Fest promotes public awareness of the full scope of the "land-grant concept" in education which embraces teaching, research and extension at FAMU. Come enjoy workshops, hands-on demos, garden and farm tours, spouts kid zone and more.  The registration fee $5.00 per person for adults (18 and over); free for kids 17 and under and seniors 65 and over. Call for group rates. For additional information contact FAMU Cooperative Extension Program, 850-599-3546,

August 28

Family Heirs Property in Florida: "Cloudy Titles" 2018 Workshop Series - Session 5 (link), 9 am to 11 am ET, FAMU CEP Teleconference Center, 2010 Pinder Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32307. Presented by Florida A&M University. What is the impact of clear title property and Family Heirs' property on economic wealth building and intergenerational transfer of wealth in the United States? For more information, contact Sandra Thomson, Ed.D. at (850) 599-3546,



May 22

Science & Technology Webinar: Bumble Bee Ecology and Conservation (link), 1 pm ET, see link for details and to join.

May 23

Forestry Webinar: Storm-resilient Urban Forests: Response Resilience, Are You Prepared to Respond (link), 1 pm ET. See link for details and to join.

May 31

Forestry Webinar: Understory Herbicides for Bobwhites and other Wildlife (link), 2 pm ET. See link for details and to join.

June 5

Science & Technology Webinar: An Assessment of Organic Farming on Soil Physical and Chemical Properties (link), 3 pm ET, see link for details and to join.


Check these web calendars for more events:

UF/IFAS Web Calendar

Florida Forest Stewardship Calendar

UF/IFAS Small Farms Events Calendar

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Florida Native Plant Society Chapters  

Brooker Creek Preserve Events, Pinellas County

Florida Forest Service Training Opportunities

Forestry and Natural Resources Webinars

Check with your UF/IFAS County Extension Office for more events
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Heartland CISMA: sign up now for annual workshop April 25th, a Glyphosate Friend or Foe webinar, job opportunities, and always more



1)      SAVE THE DATE: Heartland CISMA annual workshop, April 25, 2018. Circle B Bar Reserve. The agenda is set and will include discussion about mapping approaches (always a hot topic), smutgrass treatment in ranchlands, evaluating alternative crop plantings, nonnative animals, and always the popular Garden of Evil and field ID tram tour. Sign up here. This is a day-long, free workshop to learn about a variety of invasive species topics and can earn up to 5 CEUs (details in attached flyer). For more information about previous years' workshops, check out the agendas and talks on the Heartland CISMA Projects page. Don't delay on signing up as this can fill quickly.


2)      SAVE THE DATE: West Central Working Group Ranking Meeting will be Tuesday, May 15th starting at 10:00 am at Circle B Bar Reserve 4399 Winter Lake Road Lakeland, FL 33803. APPLICATIONS DUE IN TIERS: Tuesday May 8th by 5:00pm. For more information, check the previous email I sent you, or ask me to resend. Don't delay and don't miss out on getting your invasive plant treatment project in to apply for FWC treatment work on public conservation lands.


3)      SAVE THE DATE: Heartland CISMA/Forest Stewardship Program workshop, Thursday, September 20, 2018, at the Okeechobee IFAS Extension office. We are fortunate to have another FSP workshop focusing on invasive species coming our way to help us reach out to the southern part of our CISMA's range. If you'd like to help shape this agenda, contact me or come to our next steering committee meeting (above). We'll have an Eventbrite sign-up, agenda, and CEUs available as we get closer to the date.



4)      The Aquatic Plant Management Society is soliciting proposals for a two-year, $40,000 Graduate Student Research Grant (GSRG). This grant is awarded biannually to provide for a full-time graduate student to conduct research in aquatic plant or algae management techniques, or in aquatic ecology related to the biology or management of regionally or nationally recognized nuisance aquatic vegetation (macrophytes, algae, or cyanobacteria). Applications must be postmarked no later than April 15th, 2018. Please address all inquiries to Mark Heilman at




5)      As part of a multi-state grant to collect information on the status of the spotted turtle, FWC is hoping to get observations from the public and have advertised on social media.  You could help by posting the attached flyer in appropriate locations.  If you have seen spotted turtles, please submit your sightings to


6)      This year's Survey of the Most Common and Troublesome Weeds in the U.S. and Canada is NOW AVAILABLE:

The 2018 survey focuses on weeds in the following 7 areas:

1) Aquatic: irrigation & flood control

2) Aquatic: lakes, rivers, reservoirs

3) Aquatic: ponds

4) Forestry

5) Natural Areas: parks, wildlife refuges

6) Ornamentals: field nursery crops, outdoor containers, Christmas trees

7) Right-of-Ways: railways, roads, public utilities. 

If you have questions about the survey, please email Lee at

Past weed survey results are available at:  



7)      Polk County Aquatics and Natural Areas Exam Preps, April 24th. Register here


8)      Monthly CISMA calls: The next call will be April 25th 1:30-2:30 when there will be an Six Rivers CISMA update and a presentation about the Investigating Risk and Management of Hydrilla Inducing Vacuolar Myelinopathy. Call-in information is sent via the Florida CISMAs list, so if you are not on it, contact the coordinator ( To watch and listen to the recordings of any past calls, go to:


9)      The SWFL CISMA Non-Native Fish Round-Up registration is now open!  Please visit to learn more about this year's roundup which will be held on 2 weekends: April 27th and May 5th. Registration is FREE, and we welcome anglers of all ages to join in the competition. There will be great prizes for the largest fish, most fish and a Grand Slam. Additionally, there will be a Kids Only Fishing Blitz on location each Saturday. "We will be giving a prize to the CISMA member with the most referrals, so SHARE far and wide!!!"




11)   Glyphosate, Friend or Foe? Webinar with UF IFAS' Jay Ferrell. Register here for this Wed., April 30th, 3-4;30pm webinar. "Reports about the harmful effects of glyphosate continue to be in the news every couple of years. Whether it is toxicity to frogs, cancer in rats, or potentially carcinogenic effects in humans, this world leading herbicide is commonly discussed. In this presentation we will review the science behind these claims and debunk some of the myths. We will also frame these claims in a proper context to help us understand whether glyphosate is harmful or a useful product for our industry.


12)   The Aquatic Weed Control Short Course will be held May 7-10, 2018 in Coral Springs! It is the largest and most inclusive training for Florida Pesticide Licensing and CEUs. Become a more qualified professional, engage with your industry, and network with your peers! The Short Course is designed to benefit both new and experienced applicators alike. For more information or to register, click here. (Early rate ends Feb. 26).  




13)   Field Technician position to help me manage invasive plants at Avon Park Air Force Range due April 16th. The field technician position will be tasked with a variety of tasks supporting the efforts of the Natural Resources Program by providing support to the Invasive Species Coordinator with their work. Duties may include conducting field surveys, data collection, monitoring, habitat improvement, basic inventory and treatment of invasive flora. This position will be required to conduct pesticide application, mechanical control, use GPS to collect field data and other tasks as assigned.  Check out the link below for position details and application instructions. If applicants have any questions they can contact Sabrina Broderick at


14)   South Florida Water Management District is hiring a land manager position working on the Kissimmee River, operating out of the Okeechobee Service Center.  Main duties include overseeing exotic plant control contracts, conducting prescribed burns, overseeing cattle grazing leases and implementing other vegetation management activities. For more information or to apply: "There is no set closing day for applications, so those interested should get their paperwork in soon."




15)   From UF/IFAS: While our Invasive and Non-native Plants You Should Know Recognition Cards (UF/IFAS Publication #SP 431) have been around for some time, we only recently completed a Spanish language version. While we do not have the funds to print this recognition card deck, you may view it as a PDF file at Plantas Invasivas y No-nativas que Usted Debe Conocer (Tarjetas para indentificacion) – PDF only. Although it is 184 pages in its entirety, you may also print excerpts such as the plant pages you are most interested in. For example, Ardisia crenata is on pp. 23-24. Direct your printer to print only those 2 pages. You can select "fit to page" to get a full page version or not, to get a 3" x 4" version.

View all CAIP Educational Products here and relevant UF/IFAS Extension Publications (free) here. Extension categories include

Aquatic Plants

Natural Areas


Alternatives to Invasive Plants


Biological Control Agents

Brazilian Pepper Tree




Cheryl Millett
Tiger Creek Preserve Manager
(863) 635-7506, ext. 205 (Office)

(863) 604-3352 (Cell) 
(863) 635-6456 (Fax)

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

SFWMD Scientist 3 position open

This is a land manager position working on the Kissimmee River, operating out of our Okeechobee Service Center.


Main duties include overseeing exotic plant control contracts, conducting prescribed burns, overseeing cattle grazing leases and implementing other vegetation management activities.


The link below provides more information on the position.


There is no set closing day for applications, so those interested should get their paperwork in soon.


James Schuette


Land Management Section Leader

South Florida Water Management District

3301 Gun Club Road

West Palm Beach, FL  33406



Wednesday, March 28, 2018

County Forester Position Vacant - Lakeland District


The Lakeland District is currently seeking to fill the CFA Forester position that covers Polk, Hillsborough, and Pinellas counties.  This position is responsible for providing a wide variety of services that include private landowner assistance through forest management, cost share programs, urban forestry assistance, prescribed fire assistance, wildfire assistance, and forest education outreach programs to the public.  

Options for housing range from Lakeland to historic Bartow to the rural areas of southern Polk County.  Central Florida provides good employment opportunities for spouses as well.  In addition, Polk County provides a large variety of outdoor activities, entertainment, and cultural opportunities and is conveniently located between the large cities of Tampa and Orlando. 


To apply:



Please contact Lakeland District Resource Administrator Corey Walk if you have any questions about this position.




Thank you,




Corey Walk

Forestry Resource Administrator

Florida Forest Service

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services


(863) 589-0528

(863) 635-7837 Fax


Lake Wales Ridge State Forest

851 County Road 630 East

Frostproof, FL 33843


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