CONGRATULATIONS STEPHEN AND DANNA MATHENY, 2023 FLORIDA LAND STEWARD LANDOWNERS OF THE YEAR
Stephen and Danna Matheny own and manage approximately 90 acres in Madison County, Florida, most of which has been in their family for generations. Steve dedicated the rest of his life to the conservation and restoration of the longleaf pine forest and habitats on their property. He also shares his experiences and successes with the community. He participates in the local Madison Landowner Cooperative Group and hosts school children for lessons in longleaf pine ecology. These interactions educate the next generation of longleaf advocates while encouraging other landowners to explore options for wildlife conservation and habitat restoration on their own properties. The couple view their woods through an ecological and landscape-scale lens and strive to promote habitat in an area that has become fragmented and degraded through time. Their property remains one of the last areas of intact groundcover and adult longleaf pines actively maintained with fire in the area, and they are working to keep it that way for many years to come. Learn more about the 2023 Florida Land Steward Landowners of the Year.
WINTER-SPRING 2023 ISSUE OF THE QUARTERLY FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE
In this issue: Congratulations Stephen and Danna Matheny, 2023 Florida Land Steward Landowner of the Year, Florida Tree Farm Program Prepares for 2023 Assessment, Doug and Teresa Moore recognized as National Tree Farmers of the Year, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) Seeking Observations of Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Enroll in the Online Forest Landowner Academy, Check out the New Wild Turkey Science Podcast, Emergency Conservation Program Deadline Extended to March 23, 2023, Sign up for USDA NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program, Sign up for Florida Land Steward Email Updates, Timber Price Update, Certified Landowners, Events Calendar. Access current and back issues of the Florida Land Steward newsletter here.
ONLINE FOREST LANDOWNER ACADEMY NOW OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!
The Forest Landowner Academy is the first of its kind offered by the University of Florida IFAS School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences on the UF/IFAS Extension Online Learning catalog. Forest Landowners, and others in need of forest management information, are encouraged to enroll to connect with forest management experts at the University of Florida and receive quality core educational content on forestry and multiple-use stewardship concepts.
The 7 course modules cover a variety of topics on understanding your forest resources, developing your management plan, timber management, marketing forest products, other forest enterprises such as pine straw and hunting leases, wildlife management, and planning for the future. Each module includes recorded video from the field or virtual classroom, links to references, and an assessment where you can apply what you’ve learned to your land or situation and begin or continue planning and making contacts. The cost of the course is $150. Those completing the course will earn a University of Florida Certificate of Completion.
See and share details about this course in the Forest Landowner Academy blog post.
Enroll in the Forest Landowner Academy today:
Questions about the course can be directed to Chris Demers, firstname.lastname@example.org, (352) 846-2375.
TAX TIPS FOR FOREST LANDOWNERS: 2022 TAX YEAR
Many forestry activities we conduct can have tax implications. Generally, all income received is taxable unless excluded by tax law, and nothing is deductible unless a provision allows it. Understanding the forest-related provisions and integrating tax planning into your forest management can help lower your overall taxes. See the 2022 Forest Landowners Tax Tips guide here.
*Dr. Tammy Cushing, Forest Business Extension Specialist at UF, is now providing an interactive forum about timber taxes and understanding your basis on the online Family Forest community network. Connect to Family Forest Community or join here.
The publication linked above is intended to be an informational and educational resource for you and your tax advisor, but is not intended as financial, tax, or legal advice. As always, consult with your tax advisor concerning your particular tax situation.
Wild Turkey Science is a podcast hosted by Dr. Marcus Lashley at the University of Florida and Dr. Will Gulsby at Auburn University. The podcast is science-based and features in-depth discussion about wild turkey research and how it relates to managing your wild turkey population. Check out the Wild Turkey Science podcast here.
FLORIDA TREE FARM PROGRAM PREPARES FOR 2023 ASSESSMENT
The purpose of the assessment is to ensure the Florida Tree Farm Program is meeting the 2021 American Forest Foundation Standards of Sustainability. A small percentage of Florida Tree Farms will be selected for the assessment. The assessors will look at the selected landowner’s management plan and then an interview will be conducted at the landowner’s convenience. The interviews will be conducted at the property and a Florida Tree Farm representative will accompany the assessor. We will begin the assessment process in January 2023 and if your Tree Farm is chosen you will receive a phone call soon (if not already). The assessment is not a judgement of your management. Rather, your property is viewed as a sample of how the state program applies the Standards on properties statewide. If selected, participation in the assessment is required as a condition of certification. However, if you are unable to participate for reasons beyond your control, please let us know so other arrangements can be made.
Please contact your inspector if you need an update to your management plan or if your Tree Farm has not been inspected since 2018. For more information contact the Florida Tree Farm Program at (352) 727-2985 or by email at: email@example.com.
If you suffered severe damage from Hurricane Ian, you may be eligible for assistance from the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). For land to be eligible, the natural disaster must have created new conservation problems that, if untreated, would be so costly to rehabilitate and return the land to productive agricultural use; created unusual damage that would not recur frequently in the same area; affected the productive capacity of the farmland; and/or impaired or endangered the land. For more information about ECP, contact your Local USDA Service Center. Apply by March 23.
SIGN UP OPEN FOR USDA NRCS CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
Sign up by February 24
Through the voluntary Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) works one-on-one with producers to develop a conservation plan that outlines and enhances existing efforts while improving their agricultural operations. Using new conservation practices or activities, agricultural producers can adopt practices and activities that expand on the benefits of cleaner water and air, healthier soil, and better wildlife habitat, all based on management objectives specific to their farming operation. Contact your local NRCS office for more information.
Get your copy while supplies last! An annual land stewardship tradition, the Florida Land Steward calendar features beautiful photography, habitat management tips, landowner and management highlights, resource contacts, partnership opportunities, and more. 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.
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UPCOMING EVENTS AND WEBINARS
See our Events Calendar and News page for upcoming events and webinars.
ACCESS THE QUARTERLY FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE
Access the current and back issues of the quarterly Florida Land Steward newsletter here.
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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.