WEEK OF AUGUST 27, 2018
Recent news
  • UT Extension Website Makes Timber Sales Accessible to Landowners
  • US Forest Service Region 8 Welcomes New Biomass Coordinator
  • Job Opportunity: Longleaf Pine Whole System Director
  • Onboarding Course for Early-Career Extensionists Starts September 11
  • GA Forestry Statistics Offers Forest Products Info on the Web
  • REMINDER: Urban Forestry Webinar to Highlight Pest Management
  • Job Opportunity: Extension Natural Resource Specialist
  • National Extension Conference Seeks Proposals for 2019
  • AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program Grant Available
  • UK's SCAHIP Offers Funds for Forestry Worker Safety & Health Projects

Regional News

UT Extension Website Makes Timber Sales Accessible to Landowners
Our colleagues at University of Tennessee Extension Forestry have developed a website that provides landowners with accessible information on timber sales. The website outlines 8 key steps in the timber sale process. Users can search
for specific timber sale topics (e.g. contracts or taxes) by clicking on the corresponding step or they can go through all 8 steps to understand the whole process. visit the website.

US Forest Service Region 8 Welcomes New Biomass Coordinator
US Forest Service Region 8 recently announced that Kevin Naranjo will be stepping into the position of Regional Biomass Coordinator on October 1, 2018. Kevin Naranjo is currently a Forest Planner on the Carson National Forest. He has five years of experience on the Carson, prior to which he was a Presidential Management Fellow on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. In this role, he was a program analyst that evaluated business opportunities for expansion of the Mount St. Helens National Monument pilot venture. We look forward to working with Kevin in his new position! visit Kevin's linked in page .

Job Opportunity: Longleaf Pine Whole System Director
The Nature Conservancy is seeking qualified applicants for the Director of their longleaf pine program in the South. The Longleaf Pine Whole System Director oversees all aspects of a regional conservation program inclusive of nine state business units and three TNC divisions. He/she provides strategic leadership and support in aligning the Longleaf Pine Whole System with the Shared Conservation Agenda, North America Forest Priority, and Southeast Region’s Shared Agenda and establishes overall conservation priorities for the Conservancy’s leadership role in fulfilling the objectives of the Range-wide Conservation Plan for Longleaf Pine . view the job description .


SREF News

 Onboarding Course for Early-Career Extensionists Starts September 11
Our new onboarding course for early-career forestry and national resources Extension professionals will begin September 11, 2018, which is fewer than 2 weeks away! The full course will last until December 11 and is composed of 8 modules developed by seasoned Extension professionals. Participants will meet other early-career professionals, learn how to grow and enhance their programs, and build a network of Extensionists working all over the United States. learn more or sign up for the course.

GA Forestry Statistics Offers Forest Products Info on the Web
SREF. in partnership with the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, maintains and updates Georgia Forestry Statistics, a website that contains comprehensive information concerning the Georgia forest products industry. That info takes on many forms and exists at many different geographic levels. Included among the sites resources are the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data for the state and its counties. the National Woodland Owners Survey results for Georgia, the interactive locator of Georgia’s wood using industries, a measure of the value of ecosystem services provided by Georgia’s forests, and the economic contribution of forestry and forest products to Georgia as compliled using IMPLAN. visit the site .

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: Extension Natural Resource Specialist
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks to fill a 12-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position as a Natural Resource Specialist at the Assistant/Associate Professor level. The Extension Specialist position involves teaching, research, and service efforts addressing the issue of wildfire in Nevada through the  Living With Fire program  ( http://www.livingwithfire.info/ ) and other initiatives. read the job posting .

National Extension Conference Seeks Proposals for 2019
The National Extension Conference on Volunteerism, which will be held May 14-16, 2019 in Billings, Montana, is currently seeking proposals. The conference is an opportunity for sharing and learning the latest research and trends in volunteerism, gaining innovative ideas for reaching new volunteers, investigating best practices for developing and retaining current volunteers, and strengthening volunteer management efforts. Conference participants will gather tools and skills through interactive sessions and networking with colleagues and develop plans to utilize new resources in their own programs. view the call for proposals .
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:
September 18, 2018 | Athens, GA
Join Drs. David Coyle, Elizabeth Benton, and Mark McConnell for a course covering all aspects of forest health management. Course content will center on landscape-scale forest health issues related to productivity, wildlife management, and water quality.  Participants should be better equipped to manage pine and hardwood stands in the Southeastern US for health and productivity upon completion of this course.


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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