Florida Land Steward Update, February 18, 2022

Florida Land Steward Program LogoWINTER-SPRING 2022 ISSUE OF QUARTERLY FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSELTTER NOW AVAILABLE

In this issue: Congratulations Bill Black and Denise Matthews – 2022 Florida Land Stewards of the Year, Forest Carbon: Who’s who in the Forest Carbon Market – Part 2, Timber Price Update, Certified Landowners, Events Calendar

Access the current and back issues of the quarterly Florida Land Steward Newsletter

TAX TIPS FOR FOREST LANDOWNERS FOR THE 2021 TAX YEAR

Tax season is upon us. To help you understand the forestry specific tax provisions and how the general tax rules apply to your forestry activities, here are the Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2021 Tax Year.

HELP THE FOREST LANDOWNERS ASSOCIATION (FLA) WITH FEEDBACK ABOUT CARBON PROGRAMS FOR FAMILY FOREST OWNERS

To provide family forest owners with insights into the ever-evolving frontier of forest carbon markets and how to determine if they are right for you, FLA is developing a Carbon Webinar series. To gain insights into your base knowledge and interest in forest carbon markets, FLA has partnered with Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences to conduct a survey to gain insights and interest of family forest owners. The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Participate in the survey at this link: https://auburn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7QdV2dv1hEKsBUO

Bill Black and Denise Matthews at Sparkleberry Farm, Alachua County, Florida, photo by Bill Black
CONGRATULATIONS BILL BLACK AND DENISE MATTHEWS, 2022 FLORIDA LAND STEWARDS OF THE YEAR!

We congratulate Bill Black and Denise Matthews for the outstanding stewardship of their Sparkleberry Farm property in Alachua County. As a result of their continuous planning and hard work the property is home to abundant wildlife, longleaf pine, naturally regenerated slash and loblolly pine stands, hardwood swamps, and a rich groundcover of unique and rare plants. Bill and Denise look forward to continuing their stewardship journey at Sparkleberry Farm and beyond by encouraging research and education, and taking opportunities to promote land stewardship to fellow landowners and the public. Read more about our 2022 Florida Land Stewards of the Year here.

JUMPSTART YOUR OUTREACH EFFORTS IN 2022 WITH FLORIDA PROJECT LEARNING TREE

As a forest landowner and/or certified Tree Farmer, you play an essential role in educating the public about the importance of trees, forests, and sustainable forest management to our communities, economy, and the environment.

Florida Project Learning Tree (PLT) can help!  PLT provides educators and forestry professionals with professional development, hands-on activities, and multi-disciplinary curriculum that can be easily integrated into lesson plans and outreach efforts to help teach youth about trees, forests, and the environment. Partner with Florida PLT to host an educator professional development on your property. This provides educators with a unique opportunity to see and experience a sustainable working forest firsthand while participating in hands-on activities and exploring ways to incorporate PLT activities into curriculum.

If you are interested in hosting a PLT training experience on your property, contact Elise Cassie, ecassie@ufl.edu. Learn more about Florida PLT at https://programs.ifas.ufl.edu/plt/

PRESCRIBED BURN ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FROM ATTACK-ONE FIRE MANAGEMENT SERVICES, TALL TIMBERS RESEARCH STATION, AND ALACHUA CONSERVATION TRUST
North Florida Prescribed Burn Association
The North Florida Prescribed Burn Association, photo by Ben Williams

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, kevin@attack-one.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, jcates@talltimbers.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 and implementation in Alachua, Putnam, Marion, Levy, Bradford, Clay, Union, and portions of Columbia, Suwannee, Flagler, Volusia, Lake, Sumter, and Citrus Counties. Contact Barry Coulliette at barry@alachuaconservationtrust.org , 904-838-8591. Barry is also the Coordinator for the North Florida Prescribed Burn Association.

GET 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.

ACCESS THE QUARTERLY FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

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

HAVE AN EVENT OR RELATED NEWS TO SHARE?

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

CONSIDER A GIFT IN SUPPORT OF THE UF/IFAS FLORIDA LAND STEWARD PROGRAM

The mission of the UF/IFAS Florida Land Steward Program is to help and encourage private landowners to actively manage their land resources for long-term environmental, economic, and social benefits. This program is largely supported by partners and donors. If this program has made a difference in your land stewardship efforts please consider a gift. Support the UF/IFAS Florida Land Steward Program here. Thanks!

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Posted: February 18, 2022


Category: Conservation, Forests, Invasive Species, NATURAL RESOURCES, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Forest, Forest Resources And Conservation, Natural Resource Conservation, Natural Resources, Prescribed Fires, Timber, Trees


Comments:

Chris Demers

March 29, 2022

Hi, thanks for the feedback. The wordpress format of the blog is provided for us via UF. I design and use my own banners and photos.

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March 28, 2022

I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz answer back as I'm looking to design my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. thanks

Marilyn Bagdonas
March 7, 2022

Hello, Where do I begin? I am located at Matanzas Shores (about 1 mile southof Marineland). Our HOA's name is on a deed that involves 103 acres of a Hammock forest. It is a Preserve..undeveloped...located West of (directly behind) Lakeside by the Sea to the Intracoastal. I am on a committee (sanctioned by the HOA) and working on a goal to preserve the Preserve, hopefully, forever. Is there anyone in the FLORIDA LAND STEWARD program who can help u come up with a plan and/or do a walk through? My email is m.clamlake@gmail.com/Marilyn Bagdonas. Thank you for any help!

Carol E. Scott
March 5, 2022

Our HOA at Matanzas Shores a few miles south of Crescent Beach has a 150 acre preserve abutting the Matanzas River. We are in the process of developing a maintenance plan which would provide safety from selling or developing any part of this preserve. The name on the deed is Matanzas Shores Owners Association. We have not engaged a land attorney, yet wonder if this is necessary if your Florida Land Steward program would suffice. Please notify us of any procedure necessary to either join this steward program or learn from printed material. Thank you for your advice.

George Flanders
October 1, 2020

Lourdes: Great LBD article - Thank you! Can we get people to treat our trees? Can I be a control group for aggressive proactive treatment - I will help pay the costs and provide a donation to the University. Per a knowledgeable source, we do have lethal bronzing in a Canary Island Date Palm(s) in our neighborhood. Thank you. George Flanders 13468 Princewood Court Spring Hill, FL 34609-3143 (303) 594-4103

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