It’s that time of year! 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 the land steward or outdoor enthusiast on your list. Request your complimentary calendar by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address. These are first come, first serve to interested landowners while supplies last. If you already requested a copy they will be sent out soon.
FROM THE CRANDALL FIRE LAB: WE LOVE WIREGRASS!
We love wiregrass, and we are not shy about admitting it! Dr. Raelene Crandall’s Fire Ecology Lab, at the UF/IFAS School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences has recently unveiled a new blog that highlights cool facts about wiregrass, research findings, and especially our progress and discoveries as we restore our first 10 acres this winter! We also hope to answer your questions or feature photos and descriptions of your own restoration successes and lessons learned. This is a space where we can all learn from each other. Check it out at: https://www.ecologyonfire.com/wiregrass-blog
SIGN UP FOR THE CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
Apply up by December 10, 2021
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications from agricultural producers and forest landowners for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Agricultural producers and forest landowners looking to build on conservation efforts while strengthening their operation can apply for technical and financial assistance through CSP.
NRCS can custom design a CSP plan to help you meet a variety of production and conservation goals. While CSP applications are accepted year-round, Florida producers and landowners should apply by December 10, 2021 to be considered for funding in the current cycle. Find the NRCS District Conservationist for your area your area here: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app
SIGN UP FOR THE AGRICULTURAL EASEMENT PROGRAM
Apply by December 31, 2021
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications from agricultural producers and forest landowners from Florida for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). While NRCS accepts ACEP applications year-round producers and landowners should apply by December 31, 2021 to be considered for funding in the current cycle. The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits. Agricultural Land Easements protect the long-term viability of the nation’s food supply by preventing conversion of productive working lands to non-agricultural uses.
Special provisions are available for historically underserved producers, which include those considered socially disadvantaged and limited resource as well as military veterans. To apply for ACEP, contact NRCS at your local USDA Service Center. Find your local USDA Service Center here
CONGRATULATIONS ASHLEE WHITE: 2021 GLEN HARRIS TREE FARM INSPECTOR OF THE YEAR
Ashlee White has served as County Forester for Santa Rosa County since 2016 and has been very active in assisting private landowners who are pursuing sustainable forest management for multiple benefits, certification in the American Tree Farm System, and many other efforts. She has built relationships with consultants, partner agencies, landowners, and community members through management planning assistance and involvement in outreach programs for a variety of audiences. Read more about Ashlee White here.
CONGRATULATIONS BEN AND LOUANN WILLAIMS OF WETLAND PRESERVE: 2021 JON GOULD FLORIDA OUTSTANDING TREE FARMERS OF THE YEAR
The Florida Tree Farm Program is proud to congratulate Ben and Louann Williams of Putnam County as Florida’s 2021 Jon Gould Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. Every management decision at Wetland Preserve aims to provide sustainable timber products while integrating wildlife habitat improvements for pollinators, gopher tortoises, deer, turkey, quail, bear, fish, and songbirds. Louann and Ben passionately promote the many stewardship organizations they are involved with including the Florida Forestry Association, Forest Stewardship Program, Florida Tree Farm Program, and the North Florida Prescribed Burn Association. The Williams exemplify the values and mission of the Tree Farm Program; combining wood, water, wildlife, and recreation values, and sharing their efforts and conservation values with other landowners and the public. Read more about the Williams and Wetland Preserve.
CONGRATULATIONS MR. JIM STRICKLAND: 2021 FLORIDA LAND STEWARD OF THE YEAR
THANKS everyone who joined us for the tour October 28 at Blackbeard’s Ranch in Manatee County to recognize Mr. Jim Strickland, our 2021 Florida Land Steward of the year! The weather cooperated miraculously and we enjoyed a great day. See highlights and photos from yesterday’s tour at https://www.facebook.com/FloridaLandStewardPartnership
A lifelong resident of Manatee County and sixth generation Floridian with over six decades of ranching experience, Mr. Jim Strickland has developed a strong land ethic and is passionate about preserving the working and wild lands of his home state. Jim is owner of Strickland Ranch and managing partner of Blackbeard’s Ranch, both located in Manatee County. It is for his work and accomplishments on Blackbeard’s Ranch that he is recognized with the 2021 Florida Land Steward of the Year Award. More about Mr. Jim Strickland and Blackbeard’s Ranch here.
FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION (FWC) SEEKS LANDOWNERS TO HELP WITH GOPHER TORTOISE CONSERVATION
The FWC is seeking landowners to help with gopher tortoise conservation efforts as part of the agency’s Gopher Tortoise Recipient Site Program. The program benefits landowners and tortoises and is compatible with other land uses, such as hunting and wetland mitigation. The Gopher Tortoise Recipient Site Program provides landowners with an opportunity to generate additional revenue from their lands, as the landowner may charge a market-based fee for each tortoise received at the site. The price landowners can charge per tortoise received at an approved site is not set by the FWC, so the landowner can adjust the fee based on their needs.
FWC staff will assist property owners whose lands meet the recipient site criteria throughout the application process. They will also help landowners make improvements to their land to improve quality habitat for gopher tortoises and other wildlife. To learn more about gopher tortoises, the recipient program and how to apply, visit https://MyFWC.com/GopherTortoise.
PRESCRIBED BURN ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FROM ATTACK-ONE FIRE MANAGEMENT SERVICES, TALL TIMBERS RESEARCH STATION, AND ALACHUA CONSERVATION TRUST
These organizations are available to meet onsite with landowners to discuss their goals and assist with prescribed burn prescription and implementation.
Attack-One Fire Management Services is grant-funded to assist landowners with current NRCS contracts with prescribed fire planning and implementation throughout Florida and Georgia. We can also assist landowners who have former NRCS contracts with prescribed fire consultation, planning and implementation with active Gopher Tortoise habitat present. For more information email Kevin Carter, email@example.com or call (850) 926-6534
Tall Timbers Research Station is funded by a Longleaf Legacy Landscape project to provide fire consultation, planning, and implementation to private landowners in the Florida Panhandle from Pensacola to Lake City and in west Georgia as far north as the Chattahoochee Fall Line (Columbus, GA). Contact Jeremiah Cates, firstname.lastname@example.org, (850) 381-8707. Also see their web page for more details: Private Lands Prescribed Fire Project – Tall Timbers
Alachua Conservation Trust has a prescribed fire specialist available to assist private landowners with burn planning, including that associated with NRCS contacts, in Alachua, Putnam, Marion, Levy, Bradford, Clay and portions of Flagler, Volusia, Lake, Sumter, and Citrus Counties. Contact Barry Coulliette at email@example.com, 904-838-8591. Barry is also the Coordinator for the North Florida Prescribed Burn Association.
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