From the Florida Forest Stewardship Program:

This week is Working Forests Week, October 16-22

 

Florida’s forests and related industries are vital for today’s and tomorrow’s needs, and cover 17.3 million acres, nearly half of Florida’s total land area. Florida’s working forests generate $14.5 billion in economic activity annually, provide jobs for more than 74,500 Floridians and provide material for more than 5,000 types of consumer goods. Florida’s working forests help protect valuable and important resources from the threat of conversion to other uses, and provide numerous environmental and ecosystem benefits such as improved air quality and wildlife habitat. Healthy, sustainable forests are vital for the protection and conservation of Florida’s water resources and provide societal benefits such as spaces for recreation and aesthetics.

 

Working forests and related events across the state this week and beyond:

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)

October 19

Managing Forests For Timber & Wildlife Workshop (link), 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, Jacksonville Forestry Station, 7247 Big Oaks Rd, Bryceville, FL 32009. Provided by Florida Forest Service Classroom instruction will be followed by afternoon tour of Foster Family Tree Farms. Call or email Robin Holland, (352) 732-1273, Robin.Holland@FreshFromFlorida.com

October 23-28

International Tropical Botany & Pine Rockland Conference (link), Miami, FL. Includes 2 days of scientific presentations and 3 days of field tours. See link above for details. General questions can directed to pinerockland@fiu.edu

October 26

Forest Stewardship / Tree Farm Tour: Bear Bay Timber Company - Forest Management at the Landscape Level, Clay County (link), 9 am to 2 pm at Bear Bay Timber Company, off Sharron Road in Clay County. Cost is $10 per person, lunch and materials included. Register online at https://fsp-tour102616.eventbrite.com/. You can also reserve a space by contacting UF/IFAS Clay County Extension at (904) 284-6355 or clay@ifas.ufl.edu

November 2

Forest Stewardship / Tree Farm Tour at the Jahreis Forest Property, Lake County (link), 9 am to 2 pm at the Jahreis property located about 5 miles south of Mascotte in Lake County, FL. Cost is $10 per person, lunch and materials included. Register on-line at
http://fsp-tour110216.eventbrite.com/
. You can also reserve a space by contacting UF/IFAS Lake County Extension at (352) 343-4101 x.0

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)

October 20

Managing Your Forests and Farms for Fish and Wildlife Workshop (link), 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Service Office, 3098 Airport road, Crestview , FL 32539. Provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Florida IFAS, and Farm Credit of Northwest FL. Workshop and lunch are provided free of charge but you must pre-register by October 15. To pre-register contact Billie Clayton at (850) 767-3634.

October 20

Your Working Forest Workshop (link), 9:30 am to 2:00 pm ET, UF/IFAS Leon County Extension Office, 615 Paul Russell Rd, Tallahassee, FL. Learn about the 3 main pine species managed in this region, invasive exotic species and herbicide controls, forest certification opportunities and the technical and cost-share assistance available. $5 fee includes lunch and snacks. To pre-register contact (850) 606-5202 or e-mail Genice Harris at Harrisg@leoncountyfl.gov

October 22

Working Forests Week Open House at Pine Log State Forest, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. CT, Pine Log State Forest, 5583-A Longleaf Road, Ebro, Florida 32437. Join us for educational exhibits, hay ride tours, tree identification hike, FWC exhibits, food sold to benefit Operation Outdoor Freedom. Day use fees waived the entire day! Contact Mike Mathis, (850) 625-6635, John.Mathis@FreshFromFlorida.com

October 25

SW Georgia Longleaf Pine Forest Restoration & Management Workshop and Field Tour (link), 8:30 am to 3:30 pm ET, USDA/NRCS/UGA Extension Office, 101 Ag Lane, Bainbridge GA 39817. Join us to learn how you can rebuild the legendary longleaf pine forest for your family. Register online at http://swgeorgialongleaf.eventbrite.com/. See link for details or contact David Godwin with the Southern Fire Exchange at (850) 893‐4153 ext. 261.

October 25-28

Prescribed Fire for Wildlife (link), Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, FL. Provided by the Florida Wildlife Society, Tall Timbers, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Details to be posted at link above or contact Jim Schortemeyer, schortfire@aol.com, (239) 455-5847.

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