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.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Florida Land Steward Update 5/9/14
Florida Land Steward Update May 9, 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.
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 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.
USDA EMERGENCY WATERSHED PROTECTION PROGRAM PROVIDES FLOOD AND OTHER ASSISTANCE The Emergency Watershed Protection Program addresses imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, windstorms and other natural occurrences. Public and private landowners are eligible for assistance, but must be represented by a project sponsor, such as a city, county, conservation district or any Native American tribe or tribal organization.
Visit a local NRCS office or check the website for more information about the Emergency Management Protection program and other USDA NRCS programs and assistance.
2014 SOUTHERN PINE BEETLE FORECAST 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. More at the Florida Land Steward Blog
EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
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. Come learn about solar power and other sustainable energy sources for your farm and home. 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.