WEEK OF AUGUST 20, 2018
Recent news
  • OK Extension Fact Sheet Helps Ranchers & Farmers Prepare for Fire
  • AL Extension to Host ForestHER Forest Thinning Workshop in October
  • FIA Report Provides Updated Arkansas Forest Data 
  • SC Prescribed Fire Council Meeting to Be Held in September
  • Temperate Agroforester Newsletter Seeks Articles
  • SREF Updates Extension Leaders at PLN Meeting in Orlando, FL
  • Webinar Instructs Extension in Strategies for Gathering Climate Data
  • REMINDER: Urban Forestry Webinar to Highlight Pest Management
  • Job Opportunity: Urban & Community Forestry Project Coordinator
  • 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

OK Extension Fact Sheet Helps Ranchers & Farmers Prepare for Fire
Wildfire presents unique challenges to ranches and farms that typically do not apply to urban homeowners and neighborhoods. For example, farms and ranches often have multiple buildings, hay stacks, fuel storage tanks, livestock, limited water access, distant fire departments and are in close proximity to significant fuel loads. This new fact sheet from Oklahoma State University Extension prepares ranchers and farmers with the information necessary to meet those challenges.

AL Extension to Host ForestHER Forest Thinning Workshop in October
Alabama Cooperative Extension Service will be hosting the ForestHER workshop, Get the Skinny on Thinning Your Forest, on October 15 at Auburn University. Women landowners will learn proper timing and methods of thinning to improve ecosystem health, benefit wildlife and promote tree and forest plant growth. learn more or register .

FIA Report Provides Updated Arkansas Forest Data 
The US Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis team recently gathered together information from its 2017 survey of Arkansas forests into an easily digestible two-page fact sheet. Did you know that since 1978 forestland in Arkansas has increased by more than 1 million acres?  download and read the report.

SC Prescribed Fire Council Meeting to Be Held in September
The South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council will be holding its annual meeting September 26-27 in Georgetown, SC. This will be a two-day event full of essential information on the latest prescribed fire techniques and policies for specialists and landowners. The first day will include a field tour at Hampton Plantation State Park. download the event flyer.

Temperate Agroforester Newsletter Seeks Articles
The Association for Temperate Agroforestry seeks article submissions for the fall 2018 edition of its online newsletter, the Temperate Agroforester. Articles should be 600-700 words long with no more than a few relevant pictures. Submissions are due by October 1. contact Dr. Uma Karki to submit an article, download and review submission guidelines, or view the most recent newsletter.
SREF News

SREF Updates Extension Leaders at PLN Meeting in Orlando, FL
Each year, leaders from all the land grant universities in the South congregate for program sharing, strategic planning, and professional development at the Southern Program Leadership Network (PLN). SREF has given reports to both the Extension Directors and the Agriculture & Natural Resource program leaders of both the 1862 and 1890 universities for the past 25 years. This year’s program was particularly exciting and beneficial due to the focus on natural resources in several of the sessions. Thanks to UF’s state Natural Resources Program Leader, Dr. Marty Main, wildland fire, lands restoration and urban-interface issues were prominent on the program. NCSU’s Jennifer Fawcett; Oregon State’s Jim Johnson; and UF’s Holly Ober and Alan Long (retired); Rae Crandall with UF and the Southern Fire Exchange; and SREF's and Holly Campbell gave a programmatic update on wildland fire education efforts for professionals, landowners, and homeowners. Watch  sref.info  for a link to the presentations. Southern Regional Extension Forester Dr. Bill Hubbard also presented on natural resource Extension projects in the South and SREF's statewide strategic planning efforts. e-mail Holly Campbell for more info on wildland fire education or view Dr. Hubbard's presentation .

Webinar Instructs Extension in Strategies for Gathering Climate Data
Last week, Pam Knox, Interim Director of the Georgia Weather Network, spoke at Finding a Needle in a Haystack: Local Climate Information to Keep Producers Happy, a webinar aimed at helping Extension specialists and agents find the best, easiest-to-access and up-to-date information on weather and climate for their clients. The webinar is now available for on demand viewing. read more information and watch the webinar.

REMINDER: 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

Job Opportunity: Urban & Community Forestry Project Coordinator
The National Association of State Foresters seeks an Urban & Community Forestry (U&CF) Contractor to provide staff support to the NASF U&CF Committee. This is an independent contractor position with no benefits subject to annual availability of grant funding. Requirements are demonstrated leadership, organization, communications, and meetings management skills. Applications are due by September 10, 2018. 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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