2024 FLORIDA LAND STEWARD WALL CALENDARS ARE HERE!
It’s that time of year! Request your copy of the 2024 Florida Land Steward wall calendar. An annual land stewardship tradition, the Florida Land Steward calendar features beautiful photography, our Florida Land Steward Landowner of the Year, habitat management tips, partnership opportunities, resource contacts, 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 email@example.com with your mailing address. These are first come, first serve to interested landowners, while supplies last.
Enjoy receiving the Florida Land Steward wall calendar? Please share your feedback with us. Your feedback is important. In order to continue this annual tradition we need to know if and how the Florida Land Steward Calendar is being used. Please share your feedback on the 2023 edition here. Won’t take but a few minutes!
Want to contribute to future editions? If you would like to contribute to the production of future editions of the Florida Land Steward Calendar you can donate at https://wildlifeflorida.org/wildlife/ In the “Comments” field please indicate “Private Lands Fund”. Thank you!
STEPHEN AND DANNA MATHENY, 2023 FLORIDA LAND STEWARD LANDOWNER OF THE YEAR TOUR RESCHEDULED TO DECEMBER 8, 2023
Stephen and Danna Matheny’s Madison County property has been in their family for generations. Their land 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. They are unfortunately dealing with significant impacts from Hurricane Idalia so the original October date needed to be moved back. Join us for a tour of the property on December 8, 2023. Tour details and registration here. Please register by COB December 1.
Cut your own Florida native sand pine Christmas tree on Lake Wales State Forest Arbuckle Tract. Cutting will be permitted from November 27 to December 8 and again December 18 to 20. Cost is just $10 (exact cash onsite) for a permit. Bring your own hand saw (no power saws allowed). Obtain a tree cutting permit at the office on School Bus Road in Frostproof, FL from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm ET. Call (863) 589-0545 for more information. See Dec. 2 family fun day on the event calendar for more fun activities there.
FDACS HURRICANE IDALIA FUNDING APPROVED BY FLORIDA LEGISLATURE AND GOVERNOR
The Hurricane Idalia aid package will include a Timber Landowner Assistance Cost-Share Grant Program. This will assist timber landowners through cost share grants in declared counties damaged from Hurricane Idalia with site preparation (including debris removal) and tree planting on impacted forest lands.
An Agriculture and Aquaculture Producers Natural Disaster Recovery Loan Program will make low-interest or interest-free loans to agriculture and aquaculture producers that have experienced damage or destruction from declared natural disasters. Loans may be used to restore, repair, or replace essential physical property or remove vegetative debris from essential physical property.
More details will be shared on this aid as the programs roll out.
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. Watch the 2023 Florida Jon Gould Outstanding Tree Farmer video featuring the Putnals here.
A tour at the Putnal Tree Farm is scheduled for January 26, 2024. Details and registration here.
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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See our Events Calendar and News page for upcoming events and ongoing programs, initiatives, and opportunities.
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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. Support the UF/IFAS Florida Land Steward Program here. Thanks!