WEEK OF AUGUST 6, 2018
Recent news
  • Southern States Win Big at the National 4-H Forestry Invitational
  • UT Extension Releases Glossary of Common Forestry Terms
  • Bugwood & UGA Extension Develop App to Track Invasive Species
  • State Job Opportunity: VDOF Utilization and Marketing Coordinator
  • RREA Fact Sheet Updated with 2017 Numbers
  • SREF Attends 2018 Master Gardener Coordinator Conference
  • REMINDER: Webinar to Showcase VA Urban Tree Volunteer Programs
  • Forest Service Study Confirms the Importance of Family Forests
  • 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

Southern States Win Big at the National 4-H Forestry Invitational
Congratulations to Alabama's 4-H Forestry team, which placed first among the 15 states that competed in the 39th Annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational July 29 - August 2 in Weston, West Virginia. Teams from North Carolina and Florida placed second and third, respectively. Our Extension Associate, Steven Weaver, participated in the judging and was highly impressed by the skill and passion of the participants. read the full press release .

UT Extension Releases Glossary of Common Forestry Terms
University of Tennessee Extension Forester David Mercker recently prepared a new fact sheet on common forestry terms that will be of great benefit to landowners and non-specialist Extension agents. Whether you or your clients need to know about phloem, mesic soil, or any other forestry term, you can find it in UT's A Glossary of Common Forestry Terms . download and read the fact shee t .

Bugwood & UGA Extension Develop App to Track Invasive Species
Thanks to a new app developed by our colleague Chuck Bargeron, director of  Bugwood Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health and a part of  UGA Extension, citizen scientists can help researchers track and stop the spread of invasive species like feral pigs, Chinese privet, cogongrass and kudzu bugs by reporting and mapping sightings. read more.

State Job Opportunity: Utilization and Marketing Coordinator
The Virginia Department of Forestry seeks a qualified individual for its Utilization and Marketing Coordinator. This is a grant-funded position that will serve as the primary source of forest utilization, economic and marketing information. This includes the collection, interpretation and distribution of data concerning forest resources availability, harvesting and processing technology, harvesters, and primary and secondary producers.  see the job posting .
SREF News

RREA Fact Sheet Updated with 2017 Numbers
The Renewable Resources Extension Act continues to be an important source of funding for Extension activities that benefit the public and landowners in the Southeast. Thanks to our friends at NIFA, our RREA fact sheet now has the most recent numbers from 2017, which are pretty impressive! The fact sheet will serve as an important resource for highlighting how essential the RREA is for the economy, the environment, and society. see and download the fact sheet .

SREF Attends 2018 Master Gardener Coordinator Conference
Over 100 people, including SREF staff, attended the  2018 Extension Master Gardener Coordinator Conference  this week in Madison, Wisconsin. Speakers covered topics on impact measures, program development, volunteer management, and diversity.
SREF staffer Holly Campbell presented on the USDA-NIFA funded Master Gardener Firescaping training, which, once completed, will teach southeastern Extension Master Gardeners and other community members to prepare for wildfire using specific fire-resistant landscaping recommendations.

REMINDER: Webinar to Showcase VA Urban Tree Volunteer Programs
Don't forget to join us this upcoming week on August 16, 2018 at 1 PM ET for an urban forestry webinar! Virginia has developed two successful urban tree citizen volunteer programs called Tree Stewards: the Virginia Extension Master Gardener (MG) Tree Steward program and Trees Virginia. In this webinar, John Freeborn, Virginia Extension Agent and Master Tree Farmer Coordinator, and Nora Palmatier, Board Member of Trees Virginia, will discuss how Extension Agents can work with volunteers to increase and maintain urban tree canopy using the successful Tree Steward programs as examples. read more about the webinar .
National News

Forest Service Study Confirms the Importance of Family Forests
Family forests have an enormous capacity to provide ecosystem services such as clean air and water, timber and nontimber forest products, wildlife habitat, and scenic beauty and recreation — benefits that stretch far beyond property lines.
According to recent USDA Forest Service research, sustaining these services depends on not only the condition of individual family forests but also the characteristics of bordering lands . read more . (scroll down)

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 16, 2018 | 1 PM ET
In this webinar, John Freeborn, Virginia Extension Agent and Master Tree Farmer Coordinator, and Nora Palmatier, Board Member of Trees Virginia, will discuss how Extension Agents can work with volunteers to increase and maintain urban tree canopy using VA's successful Tree Steward programs as examples

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.
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