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 7, 2014
Florida Land Steward Update 3/7/14
Florida Land Steward Update March 7, 2014
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INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK Last week was National Invasive Species Awareness Week but every week is in Florida! Non-native plants, animals and pathogens can harm humans and the environment and impact our nation's economy. The cost of damage done by invasive plants alone is in the billions of dollars per year. Invasive weeds can clog waterways, kill native trees, and shade out crops, ornamentals and prized native flora. They are found in every imaginable habitat, including oceans, lakes, streams, wetlands, croplands, rangelands, natural areas, parks, forests, urban environments, yards and gardens. Ways you can help:
1.Learn about invasive species. Visit the Florida Invasive Species Partnership web site to learn about our invasive species challenges, partnership efforts to address them and how you can get involved: http://www.floridainvasives.org/
2.Clean hiking boots, waders, boats and trailers, off-road vehicles and other gear to stop invasive species from hitching a ride to a new location.
3.Avoid dumping aquariums or live bait into waterways.
4.Use forage, hay, mulch and soil that are certified as "weed free."
5.Plant only non-invasive plants in your garden, and remove any known invaders.
7.Volunteer to help remove invasive species from public lands and natural areas.
8.Ask your political representatives at the state, local and national level to support invasive species control efforts.
SITES NEEDED FOR UF COGONGRASS RESEARCH STUDY Speaking of invasive species, 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 11 - Ocala, Howard Middle School Cafetorium, 1655 NW 10th St.
·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.
Southeast Regional Mosquito Control Workshop (link), 4750 Collegiate Drive; Panama City, FL 32405. Hosted by Public Health Entomology Services at Florida State University; 10 FL Public Health Pesticide Applicator CEUs anticipated; See link above or Contact: Dr. John Smith, (850) 319-9475.