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, March 14, 2014
Florida Land Steward Update 3/14/14
Florida Land Steward Update March 14, 2014
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TO CERTIFY OR NOT: FLORIDA TREE FARM PROGRAM NEEDS TO DECIDE Something that sets the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) apart from all other private land stewardship programs is forest certification. ATFS Tree Farms are currently third party certified as sustainable (or “green”) and products can be sold as such at market. Florida, along with the other states are now being presented with a choice to make: to either stay in or opt out of ATFS Certification status depending on the importance we see in it. The Florida Tree Farm Committee will be required to make a formal declaration by December 31, 2015 of whether or not we want to continue as a state program of “third party certified” Tree Farms. The alternative is to revert to a “recognition” program that no longer has a “certification” status. As Tree Farmers, The Florida Tree Farm Committee would like your opinion of whether Florida should remain in a “certified” Tree Farm program, or drop the requirement for third party certification. Please reply with any comments you may have on this to Phil Gornicki, State Tree Farm Coordinator at 850-222-5646 or email@example.com.
SITES NEEDED FOR UF COGONGRASS RESEARCH STUDY Dr. Luke Flory, UF-IFAS Agronomy Dept, is looking at the effects of cogongrass invasion and soil moisture availability on longleaf pine seedling recruitment. He's looking for sites on private lands that would be suitable for his research. Here's what he's looking for:
1.At least 10 sites total that span the broadest possible range of soil moisture availability from upland sand hills to flatwoods.
2.All sites need to be invaded by cogongrass – the invasion doesn't have to be contiguous but that would be best. The total area invaded needs to be about 1/4 to 1/3 acre.
3.The less management over the last 2-3 years the better – and no planned management for the next few years at least. Okay if the surrounding area is managed, just not our plots.
4.Longleaf overstory if possible.
5.Within 2 hours travel time of Gainesville.
If you have a site that fits the criteria, contact Dr. Flory at (352) 294-1581, firstname.lastname@example.org
FWC TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS IN CENTRAL FL FOR INPUT ON MANAGING BEARS This month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold seven public meetings to discuss conservation and management of black bears in central Florida and how people can get involved. Under the FWC’s Florida Black Bear Management Plan approved in 2012, seven bear management units (BMUs) will be established throughout the state. The meetings will offer the public a chance to provide input on local bear issues and allow interested individuals to sign up to be active members of the Central Bear Stakeholder Group. The meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the following locations:
·March 18 - DeLand, City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave.
·March 19 - Fort McCoy, Whiteacre Memorial VFW Post 1020,23498 NE Highway 314.
·March 20 - Palatka, Ravine Gardens State Park, 1600 Twigg St.
·March 25 - Gainesville, City Hall, 200 E. University Ave.
2013 TIMBER TAX TIPS AVAILABLE Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2013 Tax Year available. This annual bulletin provides federal income tax reporting tips to assist forest landowners and their advisors in filing their 2013 income tax returns: http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/programs/loa/tax.shtml
Florida Forest Service Landowner Workshop: Habitat Management & Enhancement for Ground Nesting Birds, 9:00-11:30 AM ET at Columbia County Extension Office, 971 W Duval St., Ste. 170, Lake City, FL 32055. This workshop is free but pre-registration is required. To Register contact Stan Shepard, Stanley.Shepard@FreshFromFlorida.com, (386) 758-5713 by April 1, 2014.
Florida Wildlife Society and Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council Spring Conference: Breaking Bad in FL - Gaining Ground on Invasive Plants and Wildlife in the 21st Century, Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, Safety Harbor, FL. Details and registration at: http://www.fltws.org/2014springconference/
Ignition Planning & Prescribed Fire Techniques for Wildlife, at the Cecil Commerce Center, 13561 Lake Newman Street, Jacksonville, FL. A full agenda and registration info is available on the chapter website: http://fltws.org/
2014 Aquatic Weed Short Course, Ft. Lauderdale Coral Springs Marriott Coral Springs, FL. Earn 20+ Florida Pesticide Applicator CEUs, Details and registration at http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/aw/
Earth Day Festival, 10 am - 2 pm at USDA Brooksville Plant Materials Center, 14119 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34601. Great opportunity to exhibit - exhibitor deadline is April 15.For more information contact Janet Grabowski, 352-796-9600, email@example.com.
Florida Native Plant Society's 34th Annual Conference, Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, FL. Details at http://fnps.org/conference
Florida Cover Crop and Soil Health Workgroup Field Tour, 9 am - 3 pm, Jefferson County NRCS Office, 1244 North Jefferson Street, Monticello, Florida, 32344. Farmers interested in using cover crops and building soil health. Will tour Fulford Family Farms and Brock Farms. Organized by IFAS-Climate Center, IFAS-Jefferson County Extension Service, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency, FDACS-Ag Water Policy. RSVP by March 28 to: Jed Dillard, office: 850-342-0187, cell: 850-445-4691.