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Stewardship / Small Farms Update
Enjoy the Holidays, travel safely and we hope to see you at some events in 2012. The New Year will mark the official start of the Florida Land Steward Partnership. See first news piece below calendar for details.
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News & Info Brief
FLORIDA LAND STEWARD PARTNERSHIP TO LAUNCH IN 2012
The Florida Forest Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and University of Florida Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and School of Forest Resources and Conservation, along with a many of other agencies and organizations, have been supporting the management and conservation efforts of private landowners for many years. These agencies and organizations provide support to landowners in the way of technical and financial assistance, developing resource management and conservation plans, and disseminating information through newsletters, websites, workshops, field days, and other means.
In order to more successfully deliver consistent and effective information and better cater to the diversity of land ownerships and management objectives across the state, these natural resource agencies and organizations are working together on a new initiative, the Florida Land Steward Partnership. Partner agencies and organizations are collaborating more closely to develop and provide information and technical assistance that helps enhance the natural resource management capabilities of landowners. This includes the production and statewide distribution of a quarterly newsletter, a yearly calendar, and other printed materials. The next issue of the Florida Forest Steward newsletter will be the inaugural issue of the Florida Land Steward. It will have a new look but will continue to provide the information and resources you have come to expect such as the regular timber price update, events calendar and feature articles on the most current and relevant issues pertaining to private lands and conservation. Program partners are also working closely together to coordinate workshops, tours, field days, and other trainings. In addition, a Florida Land Steward website has been developed and is now online. This site serves as a centralized source of information on land and natural resource management. Learn more about the Florida Land Steward partnership and our collective resources for landowners and resource professionals at http://www.flsteward.org/.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH TEAM RECEIVES GRANT TO DEVELOP PINE-BASED BIOFUEL
A University of Florida-led research team has won a three-year, $6.3 million grant to develop genetically improved loblolly pine trees that yield greater amounts of terpene biofuels for transportation fuels. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency – Energy, or ARPA-E. It’s part of a $156 million funding package dedicated to 60 innovative clean-energy projects. The researchers hope to bring about a five-fold increase in the amount of terpene produced by loblolly, making it cost-competitive with petroleum-based fuels.
Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, said the grant award demonstrates the university’s leadership in biofuel research. “Loblolly pine is economically important throughout the Southeast because it’s widely used for lumber and wood pulp,” Payne said. “By developing loblolly’s potential as a sustainable biofuel source, we can add a new dimension to its value. That has long-term benefits to the entire region and will provide greater economic security for our residents.” Loblolly pine is planted on more than 25 million acres in 10 southeastern states. The forest products industry provides 5.5 percent of all jobs in the region, according to UF figures.
The research team is led by Gary Peter, a professor of forest genomics with UF’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation. The team includes John Davis, a UF forest resources professor, and personnel from the University of California – Berkeley, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and ArborGen LLC, a leading commercial supplier of genetically improved loblolly seedlings.
FOREST SERVICE'S “FORESTS TO FAUCETS” SHOWS LINK BETWEEN HEALTHY FORESTS AND DRINKING WATER
The USDA Forest Service Forests to Faucets project uses GIS to model and map the continental United States land areas most important to surface drinking water, the role forests play in protecting these areas, and the extent to which these forests are threatened by development, insects and disease, and wildland fire. This assessment provides information that can identify areas of interest for protecting surface drinking water quality. The spatial dataset can be incorporated into broad-scale planning, such as the State Forest Action Plans, and can help identify areas for further local analysis. In addition it can be incorporated into existing decision support tools that currently lack spatial data on important areas for surface drinking water.
This project also sets the groundwork for identifying watersheds where a payment for watershed services (PWS) project may be an option for financing conservation and management on forest lands. On a macro scale, the Forests to Faucets data identifies areas that supply surface drinking water, have consumer demand for this water, and are facing significant development threats—all important criteria for successful PWS initiatives. In perhaps its most important role, this work can serve as an education tool to illustrate the link between forests and the provision of surface drinking water—a key watershed-based ecosystem service. For more see:
THE NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION TEAMS UP WITH USDA TO ASSIST LANDOWNERS WITH LONGLEAF PINE FOREST RESTORATION
REPORT FOX SQUIRREL SIGHTINGS
TIMBER TAX TIPS FOR 2011
FOREST STEWARDSHIP & OTHER EVENTS AND PRESENTATIONS ONLINE
See this link for recorded presentations and materials from past Forest Stewardship Program events:
Thanks to our Program Cooperators:
FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE
FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION
SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY INITIATIVE IMPLEMENATION COMMITTEE
UF-IFAS SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES & CONSERVATION
UF-IFAS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE
USDA NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SERVICE
AND A HOST OF OTHER PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
If you wish to renew your sponsorship or become a sponsor of this year’s Forest Stewardship Program events (2011-12),
Chris Demers, CF
Forest Stewardship Coordinator
UF-IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation
118 Newins-Ziegler Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-0410
ph: (352) 846-2375
fax: (352) 846-1277
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