ISSUE 31 : WEEK OF December 3, 2018
Recent News
Regional News

  • Chip-N-Saw Stumpage in the US South: An Often-Ignored Product
  • LSU AgCenter to Host Free Timber Tax Workshop This December
  • LSU's Ricky Kilpatrick' 33 years of Service Commemorated
  • JCEP Seeking Proposals for PILD Conference Presentations
  • Cluster Hire: Clemson Extension Water Resource Agents 

SREF News

  • Seeding Success Video Interviews: Advice to New Extension Personnel
  • SFE to Host Webinar: Don't Fear the Fire 
  • Seeding Success to Host Webinar: Negotiating External Partnerships
  • SFE Webinar:Lessons Learned From Learn-N-Burn Events Now Online

National News
  • NASF's Website Gets New Upgrade & Design
  • IUFRO Seeking Proposals for 2019 Small-Scale Forestry Conference
  • AFTA's Quarterly Newsletter Calls for Submissions
  • SpaceX Rocket Carries GEDI Sensor to International Space Station
  • Press Release: USFS Chief Announces New Regional Forester for AK

Funding Opportunities

  • Forest Service Announces $8 Million for Wood Products & Energy
  • UK's SCAHIP Offers Funds for Forestry Worker Safety & Health Projects

Regional News
Chip-N-Saw Stumpage in the US South:An Often-Ignored Product
Dr. Rajan Parajuli of North Carolina State University and Dr. Shaun Tanger an assistant professor at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center recently released a paper detailing the market value of Chip-N-Saw (CNS), an intermediate product between sawtimber and pulpwood,  in the U.S. South. The rise in CNS is due to technological improvements in manufacturing processes, coupled with high demand for framing lumber products (specifically 2x4s and 2x6s). This has helped CNS become a mainstay in softwood stumpage markets in
the Southern United States. Read highlights of this report , or read the full report.

LSU's Ricky Kilpatrick Honored Upon Retirement After 33 Years
Longtime Area Forestry Agent RIcky Kilpatrick was honored for 33 years of distinguished service to commemorate his retirement from the LSU AgCenter. Resolutions and proclamations were presented on behalf of Sen. Barrow Peacock and by Sheriff Julian Whittington and the Bossier Parish Police Jury. Kilpatrick has received numerous honors that include the 2015 National Extension Forester of the Year awarded by the National Forest Landowners Association and the 2007 Project Learning Tree Gold Star Award for his promotion of educational activities in natural resources conservation and environmental literacy. Read more about Ricky Kilpatrick.

Cluster Hire: Clemson Extension Water Resource Agents 
Clemson Cooperative Extension is seeking qualified candidates for five Area Water Resources Extension Agents. The incumbents are to be housed in each of the five Extension districts – Upstate, Midlands, PeeDee, Savannah Valley and Coastal. These five positions are part of a cluster
hire that will allow Clemson to support research and extension in statewide programs that will
expand our efforts to build baseline measurements of the state’s eight river basins and our aquifer capacities relative to crop production, soil science and hydrogeology, and systems modeling and improve the efficiency of water use for agriculture. View the application.
LSU AgCenter to Host Free Timber Tax Workshop This December
The Louisiana State University AgCenter will be hosting a free timber tax workshop on December 15, 2018. The event will take place in 214 Efferson Hall, Baton Rouge, LA from 12-4 PM EST. The workshop will be led by timber tax specialist Dr. Tamara Cushing. Cushing was recently elected to Vice-President of SAF for 2019 and will serve as President in 2020. Registration is limited by seating capacity to 75 attendees. RSVPs are taken on a first come-first serve basis. Learn more and RSVP for this workshop.

JCEP Seeking Proposals for PILD Conference Presentations
The Joint Council of Extension Professionals’ is seeking abstracts for the Public Issues Leadership Development Conference (PILD) in Crystal City, VA on April 14-17, 2019. Abstracts must address the conference theme . These sessions are for professional development , rather than program reports. Presentations should highlight productive models of Extension advocacy or how Extension programs successfully encourage and develop climates of respect and inclusiveness which welcome and embrace community members with diverse backgrounds and life experiences. They should also illustrate how these models can be readily replicated in other states. Abstracts can be presented as a 50 minute oral presentation or a poster. All abstracts must be submitted by December 8.   Learn more and submit a proposal.



SREF News
Video: Advice to New Extension Personnel
Seeding Success recently released a video interview that gives good advice to new extension personnel from people who have been doing for it years. Interviews with Extension faculty from around the country were conducted at ANREP in spring, 2018. This eight minute-video showcases the perspectives and insights of several extension agents and specialists about how to be successful and find balance in the job. This video was produced as a part of the Seeding Success: Tools, Technology and Techniques for a Successful Extension Natural Resources Career online course. View the video.

SFE to Host Webinar: Don't Fear the Fire
Join the Southern Fire Exchange on December 19, at 1:00 PM ET for a free one hour webinar that dispels the negative myths surrounding prescribed burning. This webinar will explore the many benefits of prescribed burning including invasive beetle protection and the lowering of pine drought stress through control of hardwoods that compete for water. View the webinar.
Seeding Success to Host Webinar: Negotiating External Partnerships
Seeding Success: Tools, Technology, and Techniques for a Successful Extension Natural Resources Career is holding a webinar on Tuesday, December 11, 2019 at 1PM EST. Southern Regional Forester Dr. Bill Hubbard and Extension Associate Leslie Boby will discuss the important role partnerships play in extension and how to further develop those partnerships. You do not need to pre-register for this webinar. Please plan to join the Webinar no more than 15 minutes early so that you can register and successfully join the presentation interface.  View the webinar portal.

SFE Webinar: Lessons Learned From Learn-N-Burn Events Now Online 
The Southern Fire Exchange recently hosted a webinar reviewing the lessons learned from Learn-N-Burn programs and outlining the strategies for a successful program. "Learn and Burn" workshops are an excellent way for private landowners and others to gain hands-on burning experience and knowledge from expert mentors. Participants will be provided with examples of past agendas, ideas for potential partners and funding opportunities, suggestions on how to measure program impact, and successes from past events.  View this free one hour webinar .
National News

NASF's Website Gets New Upgrade & Design
The National Association of State Foresters unveiled the design of their new website last week. The website not only has a new look, but has several new features available as well. Prominent amongst these new features includes a highly interactive map highlighting each state and territory's BMP guidelines, Forest Action Plans, and contact information. Even with this new content, the website is easier to navigate than ever before. It has a comprehensive drop-down menu where users can find anything from NASF Policy and State Defined Solutions to recent press releases and news. Visit the new website.

IUFRO Seeking Proposals for 2019 Small-Scale Forestry Conference
The International Union of Forest Research Organizations is seeking proposals for their, 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. Submissions must include a descriptive title, abstract not to exceed 2,500 characters,
keywords, and the names and affiliations of the authors. Submissions are due January 15, 2019. Learn more or submit a proposal.

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

SpaceX Rocket Carries GEDI Sensor to International Space Station 
On December 5th, a SpaceX Falcon9 rocket left Earth's atmosphere headed for the International Space Station. Amongst the cargo is the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation sensor, or GEDI (pronounced like Jed-eye). GEDI’s mission is to map Earth’s forests using light detection and ranging, or lidar, by sending millions of lasers to Earth. These lasers will bounce off trees, shrubs, and other vegetation and return to the sensor aboard the space station, producing the first three dimensional mapping of earth’s temperate and tropical forests. The mission will add information to already existing sensors and assist in more precise measurements of readings like biomass loss through deforestation. Learn more about the GEDI's Mission.

Press Release: USFS Chief Announces New Regional Forester for AK 
USFS Chief Vicki Christiansen officially announced David Schmid as Alaska's new Regional Forester. As regional forester, Schmid will oversee management of more than 22 million acres of National Forest System lands in South-central and Southeast Alaska. Schmid has been acting regional forester in Alaska for the last eight months. For the last four years he has served as the Deputy Regional Forester in the Northern Region based in Missoula, Montana. View the press release.
Funding Opportunities

Forest Service Announces $8 Million for Wood Products & Energy
The U.S.D.A. 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:
December 10-14, 2018 | Asheville, NC
These joint conferences offer a forum where past experiences and lessons learned are documented, current work showcased, and emerging ideas/technology presented to provide a strong foundation that will facilitate setting a course to the future that addresses and responds to developing challenges locally, regionally, and globally.

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 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 a few 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. All the programs 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 holds a biennial conference series on shortleaf pine restoration, attracting foresters, biologists, researchers, landowners, and industry partners from across the eastern US.
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