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Florida Land Steward Update, November 6, 2020

Florida Land Steward Program LogoFALL/WINTER 2020 ISSUE OF QUARTERLY FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE

In this issue: Congratulations Zach Butler: 2020 Glen Harris Florida Tree Farm Inspector of the Year, ACF Consultant Corner: Win without Losing – Using Economic Analysis to Compare Management Options, Registration for the Timber Recovery Block Grant Open Until Nov. 20, Timber Price Update, Certified Landowners

Access the current and back issues of the Florida Land Steward Newsletter here.

2021 FLORIDA LAND STEWARD WALL CALENDARS AVAILABLE SOON

It’s time to request your copy of the 2021 Florida Land Steward calendar. The annual Florida Land Steward calendar features beautiful photography, habitat management tips, landowner and management highlights, resource contacts, and more. These make a great Holiday gift for that land steward or outdoor enthusiast on your list. Request your calendar by sending an email to cdemers@ufl.edu with your mailing address. These are first come, first serve to interested landowners certified in the Tree Farm Program, Forest Stewardship Program, Wildlife Habitat Recognition Program, or otherwise recognized, active and engaged in land management.

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD 2020 SHORT COURSE WEBINAR SERIES

Thanks to all who joined us yesterday for the 3rd session on biomass harvesting for reforestation and restoration. The recording, materials, and links from this webinar (and others) are available here. Join us November 12 at 2 pm ET (1 pm CT) for the concluding session on Preparing and Recovering more quickly from the Next Hurricane. Register here for that.

2020 Short Course Webinar Series Schedule and Registration

FOREST CARBON FACT SHEETS

The Forest Resources Association (FRA) has developed new fact sheets that show the role of forestland in sequestering and storing carbon. The fact sheets present the status and trends in forest carbon storage and sequestration using data from the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis program. These fact sheets are a useful tool to show the importance of managed forestlands to address climate change mitigation at the national, regional, and state levels. See the forest carbon report for Florida and other states here 

USDA OFFERS DISASTER ASSISTANCE TO LANDOWNERS AND AG PRODUCERS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE SALLY

Hurricane Sally’s flooding and high winds impacted agricultural operations in Florida and surrounding states. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has technical and financial assistance available to help farmers, landowners, and livestock producers recover. Contact your local USDA Service Center to report losses and learn more about program options available to assist in recovery from crop, land, infrastructure and livestock losses and damages. Read more on available assistance programs here.

REGISTRATION OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER 20  FOR THE HURRICANE MICHAEL TIMBER RECOVERY BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM

Registration for the Florida Timber Recovery Block Grant Program  is available to forest landowners who suffered damage from Hurricane Michael in October 2018. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program is managed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) in conjunction with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and the Florida Forest Service (FFS), which will provide technical assistance to forest landowners required to produce documentation to receive compensation for their loss. The registration deadline is Friday November 20, 2020.

The direct link to the Block Grant web page is at FloridaDisaster.org/timber. Register there to begin the application process. For questions about the registration or application process call the FDEM hotline at 850-270-8317.  Please continue to share this information with those who need it.

For more details and tips on the application process and other information see the latest UF/IFAS Timber Recovery Block Grant blog post.

Recordings of Forest Recovery Webinars all available online

Webinar recordings, links, presentation slides, and supplemental reading material associated with this Forest Recovery Webinar Series (and other past and upcoming events) are all available at Florida Land Steward Events and Webinars.

USDA NRCS ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM HELPS FARMERS, FOREST OWNERS, AND RANCHERS CONSERVE NATURAL RESOURCES

Florida farmers, ranchers, and forest owners can apply until Nov. 20 for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)  Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for fiscal year 2021 funding. Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis for all programs, funding selections are typically made once a year.

Through EQIP, agricultural landowners may receive financial and technical assistance to improve soil, water, air, plants, animals and related resources. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, private non-industrial forestland and other farm or ranch lands. The application deadline also applies to the following EQIP-funded initiatives: Organic Initiative, On-farm Energy Initiative, Longleaf Pine Initiative, Working Lands for Wildlife, Working Lands for Wildlife Bobwhite Quail, and Strikeforce. Details on these EQIP Initiatives here.

Applications will be evaluated for funding based on local, state, and nationally developed criteria to optimize environmental benefits.  Applications ranking highest in a funding category will be funded according to priority and is subject to the availability of program funds. Visit your local NRCS field office to learn more.

FUNDING AVAILABLE FROM THE NATURE CONSERVANCY (TNC) TO TREAT COGONGRASS IN CENTRAL PANHANDLE REGION OF FLORIDA

Do you have a cognongrass problem on property in Calhoun, Gadsden, or Liberty Counties?  The TNC North Florida Program has funding for 120 total acres of cogongrass treatment in counties surrounding the Apalachicola National Forest. Private landowners in Calhoun, Gadsden, and Liberty Counties who would like to be considered for this funding should contact Brian Pelc, (850) 222-0199 x103, bpelc@tnc.org

What does cognongrass look like? See this identification guide for cogongrass.

SIGN UP FOR FLORIDA LAND STEWARD EMAIL UPDATES

Don’t miss out on news and events! Sign up for the regular email updates! Send an email to Chris at cdemers@ufl.edu to be added to the email listserv. Florida Land Steward email updates are sent once a week or every other week and include the latest calendar of workshops, tours and other events; a link to the current issue of this quarterly newsletter; updates on cost-share and other assistance programs, opportunities, and resources; and other stewardship related news and information.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND WEBINARS

See our Events Calendar and News page for upcoming events, webinars, webinar and event materials, and the latest news on assistance programs and other opportunities and information.

HAVE AN EVENT OR RELATED NEWS TO SHARE?

Drop a line with the details and link(s) to Chris Demers at cdemers@ufl.edu.