This blog is for Polk County Florida small farms and pesticide applicators as a method of communication and sharing information. This blog is administered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension Polk County Extension Agent, Mary Beth Henry.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Florida Land Steward Update 7/11/13
Florida Land Steward Update July 11, 2013
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News and upcoming events below. Please share this update with your neighbors, agents, foresters, biologists, clients, constituents.
RURAL AND FAMILY LANDS PROTECTION PROGRAM Florida’s agricultural land owners are encouraged to consider applying for the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program. The goal of the program is to acquire perpetual agricultural conservation easements that ensure lands will remain in agricultural use while providing for the protection of natural resources. The program will be receiving easement applications from July 15 - August 29. For information about the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program visit: http://www.floridaforestservice.com/rural_lands/index.html
SOUTHERN PINE BEETLE ASSSITANCE PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS The Florida Forest Service’s Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program will accept applications from non-industrial, private forest landowners through July 31. To obtain application forms and more information on program requirements and procedures, visit a local Florida Forest Service office or visit the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance Program web page.
FLORIDA STATE FORESTER TO LEAD INVESTIGATION OF ARIZONA WILDFIRE TRAGEDY Florida State Forester Jim Karels has been named the lead investigator for the review of the tragic deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona on Sunday, July 7. Karels has more than 30 years of experience in land management and wildfire suppression, including four fire seasons with the U.S. Forest Service. He represents all 50 states as the National Association of State Foresters Wildfire Committee Chairman and serves on the Wildland Fire Leadership Council providing support for the implementation and coordination of national fire management policies. Full story at http://www.freshfromflorida.com/newsroom/press/2013/07032013.html
Gopher Tortoise Workshop, 1 - 4 pm, ZooMiami,12400 SW 152 Street. Miami, FL 33177. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is conducting regional workshops to present information on the revised management plan and permitting guidelines for gopher tortoises. The goal of these workshops is to identify ways local governments can participate in protecting this species. To register, please send your name with the date and location of the workshop you would like to attend to: Alexandra.Perryman@MyFWC.com
Gopher Tortoise Workshop, 1 - 4 pm, Charlotte County Government Center, Building and Construction Services Building, 18400 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte, FL 33948. See description for workshops above for details. To register, please send your name with the date and location of the workshop you would like to attend to: Alexandra.Perryman@MyFWC.com
Gopher Tortoise Workshop, 9 am - 12 pm, Brevard County BOCC, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C, Viera, FL 32940 . See description for workshops above for details. To register, please send your name with the date and location of the workshop you would like to attend to: Alexandra.Perryman@MyFWC.com
Natural Areas Training Academy: Basic Certified Wildland Fire Training, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily, Waccasassa Forestry Center, Gainesville (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri), Ordway-Swisher Biological Station, Melrose (Thurs only), Registration: $100 for university students; $125 for all others (includes registration, materials, and lunch on the day of the live fire exercise) Registration at http://2013_s130-190.eventbrite.com