In this issue: Florida Tree Farm Program Announces 2023 Jon Gould Outstanding Florida Tree Farmer of the Year: Terry and Howard Putnal, Mass Timber: A significant Opportunity for Forest Landowners and Society OveralI, Check out the Online Forest Landowner Academy, Emergency Order Issued to Protect Against Possible Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in White-tailed Deer in North Florida, Sign up for Florida Land Steward Email Updates, Timber Price Update, Certified Landowners, Events Calendar.
CONGRATULATIONS TERRY AND HOWARD PUTNAL: 2023 FLORIDA JON GOULD OUTSTANDING TREE FARMER OF THE YEAR!
The Florida Tree Farm Program is proud to recognize Mr. Terry Putnal and, his father, Howard Putnal (in memoriam) as the 2023 Jon Gould Florida Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. The Putnals’ tree farm operation exemplifies The American Tree Farm’s four critical points of light – Wood, Water, Recreation, and Wildlife.
Terry’s land management strategy is a great example of how to responsibly use forestry practices “in the right place” to meet economic goals. Guided by his father’s passion for forestry, Terry provides a positive impact to fellow forest owners and is very worthy of this honor. Congratulations Terry and Howard Putnal (in memoriam)!
Read more about the Putnal’s Tree Farm in the Florida Land Steward 2023 Florida Jon Gould Outstanding Tree Farmer blog post.
SIGNUP OPEN FOR FLORIDA’S FUTURE FORESTS PROGRAM
Apply by August 18
Florida Forest Service has announced a program to assist forest landowners with establishing forest stands. The Florida’s Future Forests Program is open to non-industrial, private landowners, local governments, and registered nonprofit organizations. Applicants may request funding for tree establishment practices on a minimum of 20 acres and up to a maximum of 250 acres. In past years these funds have already been used to create 26,000 acres of healthy forests in Florida. Learn more and request an application for the Future Forests Program here.
USDA EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR EMERGENCY CONSERVATION PROGRAM IN 28 COUNTIES AFFECTED BY HURRICANE IAN
Apply by September 25
The USDA Farm Service Agency’s Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) provides financial assistance to producers to help restore farmland to pre-disaster conditions. Approved ECP applicants may receive up to 75 percent of the cost of an approved restoration activity. Limited resource producers, socially disadvantaged participants and beginning farmers and ranchers may receive up to 90 percent cost-share.
The approved ECP practices under this authorization for Hurricane Ian recovery include removing debris from farmland; grading, shaping, releveling, or similar measures: replacing or repairing permanent fences; and restoring conservation structures and other installations.
The approved counties for ECP signup are Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, and Volusia. For more details see the USDA ECP Website. Find your USDA Service Center here.
REPORT ALL YOUR WILD TURKEY SIGHTINGS THIS SUMMER
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s 2023 wild turkey summer survey has launched! Landowners, citizen scientists, conservationists, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts are invited to take part in this important annual survey.
ENROLL IN ONLINE FOREST LANDOWNER ACADEMY
Are you new to forestry and land management? Need a good primer on forest management concepts and next steps? Hard to fit travel for tours and workshops in your busy schedule? Need a course in a self-paced format that you can take on your own time? This course is for you! Forest landowners, and others in need of forest management information, are encouraged to enroll in this self-paced, online course 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. The cost of the course is $150. Those completing the course will earn a University of Florida Certificate of Completion.
See and share course details in the Forest Landowner Academy blog post.
Direct link to enroll in the Forest Landowner Academy:
Questions about the course can be directed to Chris Demers, firstname.lastname@example.org, (352) 846-2375.
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UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
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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!