TIME TO ORDER SEEDLINGS FOR WINTER PLANTING SEASON
If you are planning to plant trees this coming winter it’s time to get your order in for seedlings. Tree seedling supplies are often limited, especially that for longleaf pine, so now is a good time to get your order in.
Still deciding which species to plant? Use your site and management objectives to guide your decisions. See Common Pines of Florida.
There’s a bit more to planting trees than “green side up”. For some good tips for planting success, see the Florida Forest Service Andrew’s Nursery page.
Planting slash or loblolly pine? Consider genetically improved stock.
Planting longleaf pine? See Longleaf Pine Regeneration
Directories of tree nurseries:
Florida Forest Service Vendor Database
Florida Land Steward directory of nurseries (see businesses and services)
LATEST ISSUE OF SOUTHERN FIRE EXCHANGE’S FIRE LINES NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE
Research brief: Longleaf pine restoration on hydric sites: Understory plant community responses to site preparation through 15 years; new fact sheets: Using Fire to Manage for Oak Regeneration in Eastern and Southeastern U.S. Oak-Hardwood Ecosystems, Hurricane and Tropical Storm Impacts on Prescribed Fire and Wildfire Management Practices, Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke: Air Quality and Prescribed Burning in Florida; What’s New in Fire Science: Does Prescribed Fire Threaten Quail Nests?, Air Quality Impacts of Duff and Peat Burning from Wildfires in the Southeast, and more.
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SPRING-SUMMER 2022 ISSUE OF QUARTERLY FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE!
May is American Wetlands Month. This issue of the newsletter features an informative piece by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Biologist Peter Diamond on enhancing wetland habitats for resident and migratory waterfowl. We also celebrate the recent designation of Northwest Florida as a Sentinel Landscape! Check out these articles and the regular timber price update and certified landowner recognition features in this issue. Access the current and back issues of the quarterly Florida Land Steward newsletter here.
USDA FARM SERVICE AGENCY ACCEPTING NEW OR MODIFIED PROPOSALS FOR STATE ACRES WILDLIFE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is welcoming new and modified proposals from conservation partners for the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) initiative, a part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) focused on effectively managing wildlife habitat. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has expanded available practices under this initiative in response to feedback from partners.
Through SAFE, producers and landowners restore vital habitat in alignment with high-priority state wildlife conservation goals. Specifically, landowners establish wetlands, grasses, and trees. These practices are designed to enhance important wildlife populations by creating critical habitat and food sources. They also protect soil and water health by working as a barrier to sediment and nutrient run-off before they reach waterways.
FSA is adding two new practices with the assistance of its sister agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS conservationists will provide CRP participants with conservation planning assistance, which will now include managing for early successional habitat cover establishment or management, and wildlife habitat planting. These additional eligible practices will enable SAFE partners to better target a wide variety of wildlife species, such as the Northern bobwhite quail and other species.
New or modified proposals for SAFE projects are to be submitted to USDA FSA State Offices in June 2022. More information on developing proposals is available at the FSA Conservation Reserve Program website. Find contacts at your USDA Service Center.
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