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.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Florida Land Steward Update 5/1/14
Florida Land Steward Update May 1, 2014
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News, information and upcoming events below. Please share this update with your neighbors, colleagues or others that may be interested.
·To Certify or Not: Florida Tree Farm Program Needs to Decide
·2013 Tree Farm Tour Highlights
·New Austin Cary Forest Learning Center Unveiled
·Friends of Florida State Forests
·Animal Invasion - Tegu Lizard
·Timber Price Update
·Certified Forest Stewards and Tree Farmers
2014 SOUTHERN PINE BEETLE FORECAST The Florida Forest Service conducted a pheromone trap survey in March 2014 as part of an ongoing program to monitor the populations of Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) and its associated predators. The purpose is to provide an early-season prediction of the potential level of SPB activity in select Florida counties, and identify areas which may be at increased risk for an outbreak. The results of the 2014 survey indicate that SPB populations are low at all but one trap location and suggest that the risk of widespread SPB infestations in the majority of the surveyed counties is low. Read the full report here. BEAR MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPS The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold six public workshops in April and May to discuss management of black bears in the eastern portion of the Florida Panhandle and how people can get involved in working with the FWC on local bear issues. Workshops 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 East Panhandle Bear Stakeholder Group. The meetings will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. local time at the following locations:
·May 6 – Tallahassee, Woodville Community Center, 8000 Old Woodville Highway
·May 8 – Panama City, Bay County Public Library, 898 West 11th St.
·May 13 – Perry, Forest Capital Hall, 204 Forest Park Dr.
·May 15 – Carrabelle, city of Carrabelle Auditorium, 1001 Gray Ave.
·May 20 – Port St. Joe. Gulf Coast State College, Gulf/Franklin Campus, 3800 Garrison Ave.
The East Panhandle Bear Management Unit includes Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington Counties.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida Native Plant Society's 34th Annual Conference, Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, FL. Details at http://fnps.org/conference
Compost in Citrus Production Workshop, 8 am - 4 pm, UF/IFAS: Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Florida 29, Immokalee, FL. Training will be based on composting principles which promote the improvement of soil physical, chemical and biological properties.
Woodland Security Workshop, 9 am to 12 pm ET, Conference Room, Perry District Office, Florida Forest Service, 618 Plantation Road, Perry, Florida 32348. Learn tips to prevent trespass, theft, arson, and unauthorized use in general. FREE. Please register by contacting Jim Fleming, Taylor+Dixie County Forester, Florida Forest Service at (850) 838-2286 or James.Fleming@FreshFromFlorida.com
Rural Energy Workshop, 6 - 8 pm, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, 2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville, FL. Topics include solar power systems for agriculture and residential use as well as the economics of solar power. FREE, supper included. Pre-register at 352-337-6209 (voice mail) by May 27th. For more information call 352-955-2402.
Trees Florida 2014 Conference (link), Innsbrook Resort and Golf Club, Palm Harbor, FL. Presented by Florida Chapter International Society of Arboriculture. CFEs approved for the event. See link for details and registration.
Forest Stewardship / Heartland CISMA Workshop: Invasive Exotic Species and Management, 8:30 am to 3 pm ET, UF/IFAS Okeechobee County Extension Office, 458 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Pesticide applicator CEUs and SAF CFEs pending. More details to come.