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, March 20, 2017
Florida Land Steward Update 3/17/17
FLORIDA LAND STEWARD UPDATE March 17, 2017
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News, information and upcoming events below. Please share this update with your neighbors, colleagues and others that may be interested.
WELCOME If you are receiving this update for the first time we welcome you to a robust and growing network of landowners, foresters, natural resource professionals, extension agents and others involved with forest and natural resource management on Florida's private lands. We invite you to take of advantage of the many events, contacts and resources that are available to assist you in your stewardship journey.
GOPHER TORTOISE DAY - APRIL 10, 2017 April 10th is Gopher Tortoise Day in Florida. Gopher tortoises are found in parts of all 67 counties in Florida and are frequently encountered in neighborhoods, along roadways, and in many of Florida's public and private forests. The goal of Gopher Tortoise Day is to increase awareness and appreciation for these long lived, gentle reptiles.
Gopher tortoises are considered a keystone species because they dig burrows that provide shelter for 360 other species of wildlife, called "commensals." These commensal species include the gopher frog, Florida mouse, eastern indigo snake, and hundreds of invertebrates like beetles and crickets. Without the gopher tortoise, many of these species would not exist.
You can help celebrate Florida's only native tortoise by hosting an event in your community, asking your local City or County Commission to officially adopt April 10 as Gopher Tortoise Day, and by educating others on the importance of protecting gopher tortoises.
Landowners can earn income by adopting relocated gopher tortoises. Are you managing your land for upland pine habitat? Learn about an opportunity to adopt relocated gopher tortoises. That and other timber income related topics will be covered at this workshop: May 25, Gadsden County: http://fsp-workshop052517.eventbrite.com/
TIMBER TAX INFORMATION Dr. Linda Wang's annual Timber Tax Tips publication and other related resources are available at the National Timber Tax website: http://www.timbertax.org/.
GOT AN INVASIVE SPECIES PROBLEM? Go to floridainvasives.org for information, assistance and partnership opportunities.
LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON A PARTICULAR TOPIC? Check the vast array of extension publications available at the University of Florida IFAS on the EDIS publication site: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ Wow, there's a publication about that?
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Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop (pdf link), 9 am to 3 pm, UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Auditorium, Ocala, FL. Join us to learn about identifying and controlling some of the most troublesome invasive exotic plants like cogongrass, Japanese climbing fern, Old World climbing fern, Chinese tallowtree and others. We'll also address exotic animals, such as feral hogs, that are causing big headaches for forestry and agricultural producers. Earn pesticide applicator CEUs and forestry CFEs and connect with partnership and assistance opportunities! Presented by the Big Scrub Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. Register at https://fsp-workshop042117.eventbrite.com/ or call Marion County Extension at (352) 671-8400 to reserve a space.
2017 Aquatic Weed Control Short Course (link), Coral Springs, FL. Join us for the largest and most inclusive training for Florida Pesticide Licensing and CEUs. Become a more qualified professional, engage with your industry, and network with your peers! The Short Course is designed to benefit both new and experienced applicators alike. Register by February 27 at the early rate of $245, and save $50! See link above for details and registration. Questions? Call Mandy Stage, Short Course Coordinator, (352) 392-5930, firstname.lastname@example.org
Forest Stewardship Tour at Camp E-How-Kee, Hernando County (pdf link), 9 am to 2 pm ET. Join us to learn about integrating timber production and wildlife habitat management on diverse habitats. Take this opportunity to meet your County Forester, County Extension Agent, Landowner Assistance Biologists, and other resource partners that can provide management assistance, cost-share opportunities, forest certification and many other resources. $10 fee. Register at https://fsp-tour051217.eventbrite.com/ or call Hernando County Extension at (352) 754-4433 ext. 6 to reserve a space.
37th Annual Florida Native Plant Society Conference (link), Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, 3200 River Ranch Boulevard, River Ranch, FL 33867. The conference will address the biological and ecological connections important to the Kissimmee River Basin and beyond. See link for details and registration.
S-131 Firefighter Type 1 Training (link), 8 am - 5 pm ET, Doyle Conner Building in Gainesville, FL. Provided by Natural Areas Training Academy. Cost is $75. Topics include fireline reference materials, communications, and tactical decision making. Register by May 15, limited capacity. See link above for details and registration.
S-215 Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface (link), 8 am - 5 pm ET each day, Doyle Conner Building in Gainesville, FL. Provided by Natural Areas Training Academy. Cost is $100. Provides students with the skills and knowledge to size-up a wildland/urban interface fire incident, evaluate the potential situation, order and deploy the necessary resources, and apply safe and effective strategy and tactics to minimize the threat to life and property. Register by May 15, limited capacity. See link above for details and registration.
WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
Quail Management Workshop (pdf link), 9 am to 1 pm CT, Piney Woods Plantation, Walton County, FL. Join us to learn about quail habitat from wildlife biologists, how to help Southeastern American Kestrels, use prescribed burns and available cost share assistance. Presented by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Florida Forest Service. Lunch provided by Farm Credit of Northwest Florida. Free workshop includes lunch, preregister by March 17. Contact Walton County Extension Office at (850) 892-8172.. Directions: From DeFuniak Springs, travel north on Hwy 331 approximately 12.2 miles and turn east on Hwy 2A about 2.6 miles to Gus Andrews Road on the left.
Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop, 9 am to 3 pm CT, UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office, Crestview, FL. Join us to learn about identifying and controlling some of the most troublesome invasive exotic plants like cogongrass, Japanese climbing fern and others. We'll also address established exotic insects and other animals, that are causing land management problems. Earn pesticide applicator CEUs and forestry CFEs and connect with partnership and assistance opportunities! Presented by the Six Rivers Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. Details and registration information to be posted.