This annual statewide awareness campaign offers the perfect opportunity for us to share the forestry story. Forestry provides an annual boost to the state’s economy measured in billions of dollars and provides jobs for more than 24 million people. Forests produce a host of environmental benefits: cleaning the air, filtering the water, providing habitat for animals and plants, and creating beautiful green spaces for people to enjoy.
Get a sample of the outstanding efforts of the Florida forestry community to celebrate Florida Forests Week on the Florida Forestry Association Facebook page.
Here’s a great piece by Doug Long, Senior Vice President of Forest Resources for Rayonier: Celebrating Florida’s Forests
See the Florida Forestry Association Florida Forest Week page for ideas and tools that you can use to share the forestry story.
HURRICANE IAN RECOVERY CONTINUES
Farmers, ranchers, forest landowners impacted by the storm can use these resources to find the right assistance/recovery program for your situation:
The cool weather is here but hurricane season isn’t over until November 30. Watch the forecasts and make sure you, your family, and your property are ready for the next storm that may be headed our way. See NOAA National Hurricane Center for the latest activity.
PREPARE YOUR PROPERTY – See our publication on Preparing Your Forest Property for Hurricane Season.
Our recorded webinar series on Hurricane Preparation and Recovery, as well as links to all the materials, are all available. See On Demand, Prerecorded Webinars on the calendar to the right. All materials and recordings are also available at our Florida Land Steward events and webinars page – see 2021 Hurricane Preparation & Recovery Webinars..
Don’t wait until after a disaster to get your farm records filled out with USDA Farm Service Agency. Get your farm records completed with USDA ahead of time. You’ll be ahead in the queue for assistance and will receive E-notifications about recovery programs from FSA after the storm. If you already have farm records in, review them and make sure they are complete and up-to date. Find your USDA Service Center here to get started.
It’s time to request your copy of the 2023 Florida Land Steward wall calendar. The annual Florida Land Steward calendar features beautiful photography, habitat management tips, landowner and management highlights, resource contacts, partnership opportunities, and more. These make a great Holiday gift for the land steward or outdoor enthusiast on your list. Request your 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.
CHECK OUT THE FAMILY FOREST VIRTUAL COMMUNITY
Family forest owners are invited to join the American Forest Foundation’s (AFF) brand new virtual community, The Family Forest, a home for family forest owners and the people who support them. The Family Forest is a dedicated online space where people who care for family forest land can connect with others who share the same goals and aspirations. Learn more about AFF’s Family Forest Virtual Community.
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 email@example.com 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 the quarterly Florida Land Steward 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.