WEEK OF AUGUST 13, 2018
Recent news
  • NCSU Extension Releases Publication on Mass Timber Products
  • UT Fact Sheet Compares Sustainable Forestry & Diameter Limit Cutting
  • AL Extension to Host Webinar on Arboricultural Biomechanics
  • LA Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting to Be Held in September
  • The Climate Learning Network Offers Climate Training for Extension
  • Climate, Forests, & Woodlands Virtual Conference Proposals Due Soon
  • Upcoming Urban Forestry Webinar to Highlight Pest Management
  • Extension Job Opportunity: Land & Water Outreach Program Manager
  • REMINDER: Wood & Forest Products Meeting to be Held in WI
  • AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program Grant Available
  • UK's SCAHIP Offers Funds for Forestry Worker Safety & Health Projects

Regional News

NCSU Extension Releases Publication on Mass Timber Products
Drs. Rajan Parajuli and Frederik Laleicke, both Extension specialists at North Carolina State University, recently released Mass Timber Products: Innovative Wood-Based
Building Materials , a fact sheet that highlights cutting edge wood-based building materials with an emphasis on cross-laminated timber (CLT). download and read the fact sheet .

UT Fact Sheet Compares Sustainable Forestry & Diameter Limit Cutting
University of Tennessee Extension Forester David Mercker recently released a fact sheet describing and comparing sustainable forestry practices and diameter limit cutting. The fact sheet explains why, although the former is usually preferred, there are cases where the latter is appropriate. download and read the fact shee t .

AL Extension to Host Webinar on Arboricultural Biomechanics
The Alabama Cooperative Extension Service will be hosting a webinar on arboricultural biomechanics next Thursday, August 23 at 1 PM ET. Arboricultural biomechanics is the study of how arboricultural practices like pruning, cabling, and rigging affect the mechanical performance of trees, and thus, their likelihood of failure. Dr. Brian Kane, the Massachusetts Arborists Association Professor of Commercial Arboriculture at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, will be the speaker, and CEUs will be available for those who attend the live broadcast. register for the webinar.

LA Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting to Be Held in September
The Louisiana Prescribed Fire Council will be holding its Annual Meeting September 19 in Alexandria, LA. The event will offer instructional programming to enable the safe and effective use of controlled fire for land management. There is no cost, but registration is requested. For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006. You can also e-mail Keith Hawkins to receive regular updates on prescribed fire.
SREF News

The Climate Learning Network Offers Climate Training for Extension
The Climate Learning Network (CLN) is now offering climate literacy training to Extension professionals at eXtension member institutions. The course provides Extension Professionals with the tools to incorporate climate change considerations into their existing programs. If you are a member of eXtension, sign in and head over to  campus.extension.org  and search for "Climate Literacy" to get started now! If you are not a member of eXtension, contact  dgeller@sref.info  or visit  climatelearning.net .

Climate, Forests, & Woodlands Virtual Conference Proposals Due Soon
The Climate, Forests, and Woodlands Community of Practice and the Climate Learning Network along with the Southeastern Climate Hub and the USDA are hosting a virtual conference covering Natural Resource and Climate Extension applications across the country. Specific formats and schedule will be determined based on the proposals received. CEUs will be offered for each installment and experts will be online live to answer questions and facilitate discussion. The window for proposals will be closing October 1st so make sure to submit yours soon! This is a great way to present to an international audience from the comfort of your office. get more information or submit a proposal

Upcoming Urban Forestry Webinar to Highlight Pest Management
Our upcoming Understanding Urban and Community Forests webinar, which is set for September 26 at 1 PM ET, will feature Dr. Dave Coyle, Clemson Extension Forest Health Specialist and Director of the Forest Health and Invasive Species Outreach and Education program (FHIS). Dr. Coyle will cover biology, identification, and management of several tree pests in the southeastern U.S. Native and invasive pests will be included with a focus on how they spread and what can be done to manage them . read more about the webinar .
National News

Extension Job Opportunity: Land & Water Outreach Program Manager
The University of Wisconsin Extension seeks qualified applicants for its Land and Water Program Manager position.The Program Manager provides leadership in developing and coordinating Extension programming related to land and water resources, as well as providing support for programs dealing with specialized topics such as invasive species or forestry. This program resides within the UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Natural Resources Institute. download the job description. read the job posting .


REMINDER: Wood & Forest Products Meeting to be Held in WI
Extension professionals and state and federal partners are invited to a national meeting of wood and forest products Extension specialists from US land grant universities September 24-28, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin.  This will be the first national meeting for wood and forest products Extension in several years and will provide a strong platform for national partnership and collaboration. contact Dr. Bill Hubbard for more information review an event flyer see a draft agenda ; or  register for the event .
Funding Opportunities

AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program Grant Available
Approximately $182 million is available in funding from NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is America’s flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. read more .

UK's SCAHIP Offers Funds for Forestry Worker Safety & Health Projects
The Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention (SCAHIP), a research program at the University of Kentucky which is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH/CDC), is offering funds to support regionally relevant health and safety pilot projects for the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Sector. Awards will be made for up to $12,000 (direct plus indirect) and will be available for pilot studies from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019. Priority will be given to applicants from Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, however other contiguous states will be considered. read more .
Upcoming Events:
August 29 | 1 PM ET
Webinar: Using CMATs to Help Local Communities Develop and Maintain Sustainable Wildfire Adaptation Programs
Join the US Forest Service to learn about “Community Mitigation Assistance Teams (CMAT)” and how they can help local units build collaborative wildfire mitigation programs before, during, and/or after incidents. .

September 20, 2018 | Griffin, GA
Join Georgia Extension and other partners for an all-day event covering the basics of agroforestry and wildlife management.

September 26, 2018 | 1 PM ET
This Understanding Urban and Community Forests webinar featuring Dr. Dave Coyle, Clemson Extension, will cover identification and management of native and invasive insect and fungal pests of trees in urban landscapes in the Southeast. Common as well as likely-soon-to-be-here pests will be addressed.
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