ISSUE 51 : WEEK OF April 29, 2019
Recent News
Regional News

  • Southern Regionwide Strategic Planning Exercise Leads to New Targets for Keeping Forests as Forests
  • Join Keeping Forests as Forests (KFAF) & Southern Forestry Colleagues for a Third Strategic Planning Exercise in ATL
  • Vacuum Steam Treatment of Logs to Meet Export Requirements-Program from VA Cooperative Extension
  • UKY Forestry Extension offers Five 3-day Master Logger Training Workshops
  • VA Extension Releases Storymap of a EAB Program from 2008-18

SREF News

  • 2018-2019 Extension Award Winners- SREF Awards Program
  • SREF Awards Spotlight: Computer Software and/or Website & Video

National News
  • Call for Nominations- 2019 Family Forests Education Awards
  • USFS Releases Forest Resources of the United States, 2017

Funding Opportunities

  • USDA Extends Conservation Stewardship Program Deadline
  • JFSP, BLM Announce Wildland Fire Funding Opportunity up to $500K
  • USFS, US Endowment Offer up to $1 Million for Mass Timber Grant
  • RREA- NIFA Offers $300,000 to Land-Grant University Programs for FY 2019

Job Opportunities

  • Texas A&M Forest Service: Forest Economist
  • VSU Extension: Urban Forester Extension Associate
  • Tall Timbers Research Station: Outreach Specialist
  • Clemson University Seeks Full-Time Temporary Forester
  • Virginia Tech Extension Associate for Landowner and Logger Education
Regional News
Southern Region Strategic Planning Exercise Leads to New Targets for Keeping Forests as Forests
A large collaborative forestry group have been working to create a “systems map” of forestry in the southern region. Members of this group include forestry agencies, associations, scientists, advocates, industry, TIMO's and more. This effort, led by Keeping Forests as Forests, a group composed of many of the same organizations and whose goal is to ensure the long-term sustainability of the 245 million acres of forestland in the south. The systems map exercise has been facilitated by Conversant, consultants who focus on leading strategic change. For the quickest overview of the process and for more information about what a system map is and what has been created for southern forestry please check out this 15 minute video .

Keeping Forests as Forests is leading this effort. The focus of the systems mapping exercise is to bring all southern forestry partners together to align our shared goals and to create an overall strategy and approach for meeting those goals. The process is meant to bring all of the possible stakeholders into the room at one time so that everyone can share their knowledge, insights and contribute towards strategy development and implementation. For an overview of the process and details about the previous two meetings click here, and enter the PASSWORD: 245land2060tree


Join Keeping Forests as Forests (KFAF) & Southern Forestry Colleagues for a Third Strategic Planning Exercise in ATL
The strategic planning exercise described above has two more meetings coming up! More information here. Join the group May 14-16th in Atlanta from noon to noon. The meeting is free, but please fill out this form if you will attend. This consortium of southern forestry organizations has participated in two 2-day meetings in Atlanta in March and April, with additional meetings planned for May and August. Anyone with an interest in forestry and developing strategies to sustain forestland in the south are invited to attend.  For more information on the meeting and a link to sign up, please contact Scott Davis, scott.davis@keepingforests.org
Vacuum Steam Treatment of Logs to Meet Export Requirements- New Workshop from VA Cooperative Extension
VA cooperative Extension is hosting a workshop on treating logs with vacuum steam treatment. June 5th, 2019, in Virginia. For more information, email Brian Bond at bbond@vt.edu. View the agenda or sign up for the workshop here.

Kentucky Master Logger Training Workshop Series
UKY Forestry Extension is hosting Five 3-day "Master Logger" Programs in May, July, September, October and November throughout Kentucky. The workshops cover laws and regulations, water quality, BMP's, OSHA reviews and more. Programs are limited to 50 participants. Find out more here.

VA Extension Releases StoryMap of a EAB Program from 2008-18
The Virginia Cooperative Extension has developed a StoryMap outlining the impact and response of the emerald ash borer (EAB) form 2008-2018. 2018 marks a decade from when the emerald ash borer (EAB) first established in northern Virginia. In that relatively short amount of time, EAB has spread throughout Virginia and to many other states across the U.S., pushing most native ash species to the brink of extinction. EAB presence has been confirmed in 71 counties across Virginia. This storymap outlines EAB impact and infestation and mitigation strategies. View the storymap


SREF News
2018-2019 Extension Award Winners- SREF Awards Program
The Southern Regional Extension Forestry (SREF) announces winners to their regional Extension awards program. Awards are judged by a regional team in multiple categories ranging from Extension and journal publications to websites, youth education and more. Submissions included nearly 100 nominees and co-nominees. In the coming weeks, this newsletter will highlight many of the award-winning unique programs and products. Congratulations to all the winners. See the complete list of awards given .
SREF Awards Spotlight: Research Technology Transfer & Youth & Teacher Education
Each week Southern Regional Extension Forestry (SREF) will be highlighting two of their SREF award program recipients.

This week, we are featuring winners from the categories Research Technology Transfer and Youth & Teacher Education. One of our three winners for Research Technology Transfer goes to Dr. Elizabeth Benton and Dr. Richard Cowles from the University of Georgia for their outreach publication Optimized Insecticide Dosage for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
Control in Hemlock Trees . The publication outlines the current threat to hemlock species from the hemlock wooly adelgid and provides insecticide and management recommendations for dealing with this pest. One of our three winners for Youth & Teacher Education are Renee Strnad, Hannah Thompson-Welch, and Laurel Kays from North Carolina State University for their Forest to Classroom 2018: Fire Focus program. This program connects educators with experts in the field to explore the history, culture and science of major fire events in North Carolina.  See the complete list of awards given .
National News
Call for Nominations- 2019 Family Forests Education Awards
The 2019 National Family Forest Education Awards program presented by the National Woodlands Owners Association (NWOA) and the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs (NAUFRP) is open for nominations. Individual and comprehensive categories. Individual can include specialized courses, workshops, webpages, materials, etc. that address a specific family forest issue or problem. Comprehensive category includes broad scale educational efforts using a variety of approaches . Learn more here. Deadline September 20, 2019.



USFS Releases Forest Resources of the United States, 2017
The US Forest Service (USFS) released a new report containing valuable statistics on the state of the forests and that will be used for the 2020 Resources Planning Assessment. Statistics cover forest area, volume, mortality, growth, removals and timber-product outputs. These assessments have been conducted since 1953. Read the report here.


Funding Opportunities
USDA Extends Conservation Stewardship Program Deadline 
The USDA Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has extended their application deadline to May 10, 2019. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest up to $700 million for new enrollments and contract extensions in fiscal year 2019. CSP helps build on your existing conservation efforts while strengthening your operation. The program is for working lands. It is the largest conservation program in the United States with more than 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled in CSP.  The USDA will help landowners create a custom schedule to assist in stewardship practices such as timely planting of cover crops, developing a grazing plan that will improve your forage base, or implementing a no-till to reduce erosion or manage forested areas in a way that benefits wildlife habitat. Applicants must meet the May 10 deadline to ensure funding for 2019.  Learn more about the CSP , or read detailed instruction on how to apply.

USFS, US Endowment Offer up to $1 Million for Mass Timber Grant 
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) plan to award up to one-million dollars under the Mass Timber University Grant Program and related Request for Proposals (RFP). The intent of the Mass Timber Grant is to inspire interest in and support for mass timber products among the architectural, developer and building communities as well as the public, by showcasing them in highly-visible projects on university campuses. This grant is a cost share/matching program meaning that for every dollar awarded from the Mass Timber Grant, the recipient must match that same dollar amount. Submission are due by May 31, 2019. Learn more and view detailed instructions on how to apply.
JFSP, BLM Announce Wildland Fire Funding Opportunity up to $500K 
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plan to award up to $500,000 to prioritize and provide sound scientific studies that support the land management agencies and other stakeholders in addressing issues associated with wildland fire. The objectives of this grant are to identify or develop metrics to assess fuel break and fuel break system performance, evaluate fuel breaks and fuel break systems against these standards, and identify necessary improvements in the implementation of operational fire behavior models. All proposals are to be submitted using the electronic submission process provided on the JFSP website. Proposals must be submitted by 7:00 PM. EST on May 16, 2019. Learn more about the program and how to apply.

RREA- NIFA Offers Land-Grant University Programs for FY 2019 
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is has released a Request for Applications (RFA) for their National Focus Funds project. The purpose of the grant program is to provide funds for pilot projects that address emerging forest and rangeland resource issues, have national or regional relevancy, or develop new and innovative projects that can be replicated at other institutions. Applications may only be submitted by 1862 and/or 1890 land-grant institutions Project Directors must have an extension appointment. Applications are due June 21, 2019 at 5:00 PM EST. Read detailed instruction on how to submit an application , or submit an application.
Job Opportunities
Texas A&M Forest Service: Forest Economist
Texas A&M Forest Service is hiring a forest economist to lead timber tax workshops and trainings and to model forest economic impact data using IMPLAN software. For more information, view the link here.

Clemson: Assistant/Associate Professor Quantitative Forest Science
Clemson is seeking candidates for a tenure track position in quantitative forest science. The position is 50% research and 50% teaching, and a 9 month appointment. Application deadline is May 31, 2019. View the application.

VSU Extension: Urban Forester Extension Associate
Virginia State University (VSU) is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Urban Forester Extension Associate in their Urban Forestry Program. The incumbent will engage in integrated urban forest management and education through the care and management of tree populations in urban settings for the purpose of improving the urban environment. The Urban Forestry Program advocates the role of trees as a critical part of the urban infrastructure. The Urban Forester Extension Associate is responsible for providing impact-driven, research-based extension and educational programs for a diverse group including adult and youth citizens, municipalities, organizations, and other stakeholders in Virginia. This position is open until filed. View the application.

Virginia Tech Extension Associate for Landowner and Logger Education
Virginia Tech Extension is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Extension Associate for landowner and logger education in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. The Extension Associate will work in conjunction with the Forest Operations Extension Specialist to coordinate the SHARP Logger Program. Primary job duties will relate to program administration, training coordination, serving as the primary point of contact for interaction with participants in the program, and maintenance of training records. Expectations include work on Extension research projects, writing and reviewing Extension publications, and creating other communications for loggers and forest landowners. Applications should be submitted by May 20, 2019. View the application.

Clemson University Seeks Full-Time Temporary Forester 
Clemson University is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Forester. This is full time temporary/time limited position. The forester performs professional forest management duties and assists staff to foster the development, protection and utilization of forest resources for Clemson University forest lands. The incumbent will implement current technology in management and environmental protection while providing natural resource teaching, research, and demonstration opportunities. Application deadline is May 17, 2019. View the application.
Upcoming Events:

April 30, 2019 | Tallapoosa Co, AL
Alabama Cooperative Extension invites you to learn about best management practices for planting trees and shrubs in the landscape. Participants will also discuss signs and symptoms of unhealthy plants.

May 2, 2019 | McRae, GA
Topics include: Forest Health, Stand management, Forestry economics & practices. The NRCS will discuss available programs. Forestry and Pesticide applicator credits available.

May 7-8, 2019 | Palatka, FL
Participants will develop a burn plan that focuses on specific land management goals and objectives. Topics include: Range Management, Ground Cover Restoration, Timber Management & Wildlife Management.

May 10, 2019 | Fairfax, VA
This round table will explore different outreach and educational projects throughout northern region. This agenda explains that the purpose of this event is for attendees to gather ideas for replication in their jurisdiction and to identify potential partnerships and volunteer opportunities. Registration fee for everyone is $10. Registration deadline May 6, 2019.

June 6, 2019 | Jasper, GA
The Georgia Prescribed Fire Council steering committee has assembled a great program of speakers for this inaugural meeting with a special emphasis on north Georgia and its unique terrain, population and forest types. This meeting will be the best chance to network with other prescribed fire practitioners and other experts in the use of fire. Registration deadline is May 31, 2019. Please see the agenda for more information. 
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