ISSUE 33 : WEEK OF December 17, 2018
Recent News
Regional News

  • Clemson Extension Welcomes Janet Steele as New Area Forestry Agent
  • VT Completes Inventory of Over 10,000 Trees for 2018 Master Plan
  • Press Release: Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Tarrant County, TX
  • Russell Bozeman Named Mississippi State Forester
  • LSU AgCenter to Hold 2019 Ag Expo Forestry Forum in West Monroe
  • Job Opportunities: Auburn University Seeks to Fill Five Faculty Positions

SREF News

  • Happy Holidays from the Office of the Southern Regional Extension Forester!
  • Leslie Boby Acting as Interim Coordinator for SREF
  • Dr. William Hubbard leaving SREF for a Position at Maryland Extension
  • Cohesive Fire Strategy Success Story: USFS and BLM Partnership
 
National News

  • NASF, CPRC Release 2018 National Rx Fire Survey Report
  • Idaho and USDA Sign Historic Shared Stewardship Agreement
  • Office of Sustainability & Climate Releases Webinar Series to the Public
  • AFTA's Quarterly Newsletter Calls for Submissions
  • Ken Arney to be Next Regional Forester for the USFS Southern Region
  • Job Opportunity: Supervisory Program Specialist
  • IUFRO Seeking Proposals for 2019 Small-Scale Forestry Conference

Funding Opportunities

  • DOD Offers up to $15 Million for Rangeland Development Compliance
  • Forest Service Announces $8 Million for Wood Products & Energy
  • UK's SCAHIP Offers Funds for Forestry Worker Safety & Health Projects
Regional News
Clemson Extension Welcomes Janet Steele as New Area Forestry Agent
The Clemson Cooperative Extension Service announced that Janet Steele will be their next Area Forestry Agent based in Orangeburg, SC. Steele most recently served as the Director of Landowner Outreach, Forestry Education and Programs with the Forestry Association of SC. She is a registered forester in NC and SC, and Secretary/Treasurer for the SC Division of the Society of American Foresters. View Janet Steele's Clemson profile.

Press Release: Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Tarrant County, TX
The Texas A&M Forest Service confirmed reports of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Tarrant County, TX. The Texas A&M Forest Service began investigating within the area following the discovery of a single EAB specimen last year. Positive DNA tests confirmed the larvae to be EAB. All species of ash are susceptible to the destructive EAB. Infested trees die within two to five years after infestation.  View the release with resources on protecting your forests.

Job Opportunities: Auburn University Seeks to Fill Five Faculty Positions
The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University is seeking qualified candidates to fill five different faculty positions. The positions include: Assistant/Associate Professor in Geospatial Analytics, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Packaging Systems, Assistant Professor of Population & Conservation Genetics, Assistant Professor of Conservation Social Sciences, and Lecturer/Program Coordinator - Wildlife Enterprise Management. Flyer describes all positions in detail. View the flyer.
VT Completes Inventory of Over 10,000 Trees for 2018 Master Plan
The Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and the Facilities Department have completed a collaborative inventory and analysis of more than 10,000 landscape trees spread out across 900 acres of the Virginia Tech campus. Dr Eric Wiseman has been integral in motivating the university to invest resources in the project. The result is a comprehensive database in which almost all campus trees have been identified, and evaluated for condition and maintenance needs.The report estimates that the replacement value of all inventoried trees is $30.6 million. Learn more.

Russell Bozeman Named Mississippi State Forester
The Mississippi Forestry Commission's Board of Commissioners has announced Russell Bozeman as the next Mississippi State Forester. As the State Forester, Bozeman will oversee the state agency’s leadership team in the areas of forest protection, forest management, wildland fire management, forest inventory, and forest information distribution. Bozeman is the 13th Mississippi State Forester. Read more.

LSU AgCenter to Hold 2019 Ag Expo Forestry Forum in West Monroe
The LSU AgCenter and the Northeast Louisiana Agri-Business Council are sponsoring the 2019 Ag Expo Forestry Forum on January 18, 2019. The forum will discuss multiple topics of interest to area timberland owners, forestry consultants and industry partners. Price of admission is $20. Early registration is $15 and due by January 11th, 2019.  Learn more about the event  , or  sign up for early registration.
SREF News
Happy Holidays from the Office of the Southern Regional Extension Forester!

We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday and look forward to
working with you again in the new year!

Please note our office will be closed: December 24, 2018 - January 2, 2019
Leslie Boby Acting as Interim Coordinator for SREF
Leslie Boby will be the acting interim coordinator to lead SREF beginning early 2019. Leslie has worked as an Extension Associate with SREF for more than seven years in a variety of roles and on many projects. She is excited to facilitate a smooth transition for SREF and continue with excellent service to the Southern Regional Forestry community. Please contact Leslie at lboby@sref.info with any questions or concerns.

Cohesive Fire Strategy Success Story: USFS and BLM Partnership
A new Cohesive Fire Strategy success story highlights a partnership between the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that began during the 2016 western North Carolina wildfires. The partnership continues to provide prescribed fire capacity to the NC Uwharrie National Forest, as well as wildland firefighter training opportunities in prescribed fire. Read the full success story here .
Dr. William Hubbard leaving SREF for a Position at Maryland Extension
As announced in a November update, Dr. William Hubbard has accepted a position from University of Maryland Extension, and will be leaving after 25 years of exemplary service as the Southern Regional Extension Forester. Of his time at SREF, Dr. Hubbard said "I wanted to express my deepest appreciation for the opportunity to serve the land grant and USDA FS communities in the Southern region for the last 25 years. I am pleased to announce that SREF remains a strong and viable regional program with five current full time employees who are doing amazing work for the region." From all of us at SREF we want to wish Bill and his family the best of luck in this exciting new chapter of their lives. Read Dr. Hubbard's November announcement.
National News
NASF, CPRC Release 2018 National Rx Fire Survey Report
The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) and the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils (CPFC) have released the findings of their 2018 National Prescribed Fire Use Survey. Conducted every three years, these surveys help encourage the appropriate use of prescribed fire as a means to improve forest health and public safety. View highlights and full report .

Office of Sustainability & Climate Releases Webinar Series to the Public
The Office of Sustainability and Climate invites the public to view any of their recorded webinars on the effects of drought and other water challenges facing National Forests and grasslands; climate change and conservation finance; and drought and climate galleries. The series began in 2016 and runs through December 2018. View all recordings and supporting materials for the webinars. 

Ken Arney to be Next Regional Forester for the USFS Southern Region
USFS Chief Vicki Christiansen announced the appointment of Ken Arney as Regional Forester for the USFS Southern Region. In this position, Arney will oversee management of more than 13 million acres of National Forest System lands across 13 states and Puerto Rico. During Arney’s tenure with the Southern Region, he has helped establish America’s Longleaf Pine Restoration Initiative and organized the Keeping Forests as Forests partnership with the U.S. Endowment for Forests and Communities. View the press release here.

IUFRO Seeking Proposals for 2019 Small-Scale Forestry Conference
The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) is seeking proposals for the Small-Scale Forestry Conference. The event will be held in Duluth, Minnesota from July 8-10, 2019. Proposals can be submitted as either an oral presentation or a poster. Proposals must relate to social, economic, and ecological dimensions of small-scale, family, farm, non- industrial, agro- and community forestry. Proposals are due January 15, 2019. Learn more or submit a proposal.
Idaho and USDA Sign Historic Shared Stewardship Agreement
The State of Idaho and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entered into a Shared Stewardship Agreement. Over the next few months, ID and the Forest Service Northern and Inter-mountain Regions, along with the National Forests in Idaho, will identify two pilot landscapes. One in northern ID and one in southern ID. A landscape-scale approach will be used to evaluate recent and upcoming forest restoration projects, communities at risk, and what can be done to complement the work already planned in order to do the right work, in the right places at the right scale. Learn more about this unique agreement.

AFTA's Quarterly Newsletter Calls for Submissions
The Association for Temperate Agroforestry (AFTA) is calling for article submissions for the winter 2019 issue of Agroforester Newsletter. The intent of this newsletter will be to disseminate information about agroforestry activities and other topics relevant to AFTA. Articles must be submitted by January 11, 2019. All submissions must meet the guidelines set out by the AFTA Newsletter Committee. View the guidelines.

 Job Opportunity: Supervisory Program Specialist
The US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station is currently seeking a qualified candidate for their Supervisory Program Specialist position. The incumbent will bring scientists and managers together to co-produce research results that advance conservation and natural resource management, and innovate in creating stronger connections between the scientific community and the public. The Supervisory Program Specialist is part of the Station Leadership Team and supervises staff in science delivery and knowledge exchange, media and legislative affairs, publishing services and oversees the National Forest Service Library. View the application.
Funding Opportunities
DOD Offers up to $15 Million for Rangeland Development Compliance 
The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration 
(REPI) Program may provide up to $15 million in FY19 funding for land conservation or 
management activities that limit incompatible development in the vicinity of DoD 
installations and ranges, maintain or improve military installation resilience, or relieve 
current or anticipated environmental restrictions in support of key capabilities identified 
in the National Defense Strategy. Pre-proposals must be submitted by 8PM EST on January 25, 2019. View the REPI Challenge pre-proposal form.

Forest Service Announces $8 Million for Wood Products & Energy
The USDA Forest Service invites grant applications for projects that expand wood product and wood energy markets, reduce wildfire risk, and improve forest health. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 23, 2019. Grants provided through the agency’s Wood Innovations Program simultaneously boost local economies while helping make communities safer through the reduction of hazardous fuels on the landscape R ead 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.  R ead more .
Upcoming Events:

January 23-25, 2019 | Wilmington, NC
The Appalachian Society of American Foresters will hold their annual meeting at the Ballas Hotel in Wilmington, NC. Participants will see an insider’s perspective on the export markets from the industry’s leading experts. Pre-conference workshops are also available for those looking to earn CFEs.

January 27-29, 2019 | Mobile, AL
The Southeastern Society of American Foresters will hold their annual meeting at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, AL. Presentations will relate to the theme “Managing Natural Resources at the Speed of Change”. Expert speakers set the context for where we are today and discuss management of forest and allied resources in ways that adapt to emerging issues and technology. 

June 24-27, 2019 | Corvallis, OR
The Association for Temperate Agroforestry will convene for the 16th AFTA Biennial Conference at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.

October 1-3, 2019 | Van Buren, MO
The Shortleaf Pine Initiative is hosting this biennial conference on shortleaf pine restoration, attracting foresters, biologists, researchers, landowners, and industry partners from across the eastern US.
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