ISSUE 41 : WEEK OF February 18, 2019
Recent News
Regional News

  • VA Extension's SHARP Logger Program to Host Next Training in March
  • MS State's Dr. Glenn Hughes Named Forest Conservationist of the Year
  • Virginia Urban Forest Council to Host Tree Healthcare Workshop
  • Clemson Extension Develops Online Tool for Managing Plant Diseases
  • UK to Host Integrated Pest Management Field School
  • Clemson Extension Opens Registration for 2019 Forestry Focus Program

SREF News

  • Woodlands Stewards Webinar Series Connects Landowners to Experts

National News
  • UMD Extension Online Course Woods in your Backyard to Start in March
  • Press Release: USFS and BLM Announce 2019 Grazing Fees
  • Webinar on Forest Carbon & Renewable Energy in Coal Country
  • Woman Owning Woodlands StoryMap released by UW Extension
  • Webinar Teaches How to Plan a Women's Chainsaw Safety Workshop
  • CDN Wildfire Report Cites JFSE for Ideal Models & Fire Science Delivery
  • 2019 North American Agroforestry Conference Registration Open

Funding Opportunities

  • NRCS GA State Office Seeks Partners to Improve State Conservation
  • NC Florence Restoration Fund Offers Aid to Affected Areas
  • Exclusive Longleaf Stewarship Cost Share Available for FLA Members
  • Sustaining Family Forests Initiative Offers WOW Shadowing Experience

Job Opportunities

  • UGA: Assistant Professor of Forested and Disturbed Soils 
  • ISA Southern Chapter: Executive Director
  • OSU Extension: Oregon Natural Resources Education Program Director
  • MSU Forestry Extension: Tenure Track Assistant Professor
  • UK Extension: Silviculture & Forest Operations Assistant Professor
Regional News
VA Extension's SHARP Logger Program to Host Next Training in March
Virginia Cooperative Extension will host their next SHARP Logger Training Program beginning on March 12, 2019 in Bedford, VA. SHARP Logger is a free educational program designed to meet logger training requirements of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. To achieve SHARP Logger standing, participants must complete a core program of 18 hours of classroom and field training. The core classes are held over three separate trainings with an emphasis on sustainable forestry, logging safety and BMPs/harvesting, respectively. To maintain their standing, SHARP Loggers must complete 12 credit hours of continuing education training during each three year period following the completion of the core program. Learn more about SHARP Logger , or view their training schedule.

Clemson Extension Develops Online Tool for Managing Plant Diseases
Madeline Dowling, a post-doctoral researcher at Clemson, has created Phytographics.com . This website, made for Extension Agents, uses photography and videography to explain various plant diseases.The website features high resolution images and time-lapse videos to show different stages of each disease and disease progression on the plant itself. Narrated and animated videos not only explain the importance and content of the disease cycle, but also discuss integrated disease management approaches. Information about other diseases will be added over time. Access the online tool.

UK to Host Integrated Pest Management Field School in March
The University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host an integrated pest management (IPM) field school on March 6, 2019 in Hopkinsville, KY. The field school will offer information on IPM strategies on the following topics: weed control programs to best utilize herbicides, pasture productivity, understanding and managing the soil nitrogen cycle, insect monitoring, and studies to manage the bean leaf beetle. Pesticide Applicator CEUs available.  Learn more about the IPM Field School.
MS State's Dr. Glenn Hughes Named Forest Conservationist of the Year
The Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) named Mississippi State Extension Professor Dr. Glenn Hughes their 2019 Forest Conservationist of the Year. The annual Conservation Achievement Awards are among the most prestigious for conservation efforts in the state. They are presented annually on behalf of MWF’s members and supporters and its statewide network of affiliated organizations to recognize the outstanding contributions of volunteers and practitioners who go above and beyond. The Forest Conservationist of the Year award is sponsored by Westervelt. View all the award recipients.

Virginia Urban Forest Council to Host Tree Healthcare Workshop
Trees Virginia, the Virginia Urban Forestry Council, is hosting a tree healthcare workshop on March 6, 2019 in Roanoke, VA. This workshop will discuss managing trees during construction and safety while working in Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) comprised areas. Participants will also learn about the ecology and impact of invasive species and their best management practices. Cost to attend this workshop is $85.00 for general registration, $75.00 for municipalities and non-profits, and $55.00 for Tree Stewards, Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists. The registration deadline for this workshop is March 1, 2019. Register now.

Clemson Extension Opens Registration for 2019 Forestry Focus Program
The Newberry County Forestry Association and Clemson Extension have opened registration for the 17th Biennial Forestry Focus program. The program occurs on March 9, 2019 in Newberry, SC from 9 AM to 3:30 PM EST. The aim of the program is to provide education for both landowners and professional foresters with topics covering: quail habitat management, current and upcoming forest health issues, the logging industry in South Carolina, timber taxes and succession planning. Participants should register by March 1, 2019 in order to secure a spot. The registration fee is $10. Continuing education credits available. Learn more .
SREF News
Woodlands Stewards Webinar Series Connects Landowners to Experts
Southern Regional Extension Forestry is helping equip landowners with the knowledge to manage their woodlands. The Woodlands Stewards Webinar Series will connect landowners with forestry experts from across the southeast via locally based webinar sessions. The Woodlands Stewards series consists of 4 live, two-hour webinar sessions followed by a 5th session organized by site hosts. The free webinars will be once a week from February 21 - March 14, 2019. The sessions will cover getting to know your woodlands, managing your woodlands, identifying woodland threats, wildlife and woodlands, and more. Webinars will be hosted via ForestryWebinars.net , and will be delivered by Blackboard Collaborate through North Carolina State University. Registration is required for attending the live webinars. Learn more and register.
National News
UMD Extension Online Course Woods in your Backyard to Start in March
As a part of their Woodland Stewardship Education Program, The University of Maryland Extension has created a free ten-week self-paced online course called The Woods in your Backyard. This course promotes the stewardship of small parcels of land for the personal enjoyment of the owners and improved environmental quality for society. The course is designed for those with 1–10 acres of forested land or unmowed natural areas in the eastern United States. There are no pre-requisites for this non-credit course. The $95 cost earns each participant a print copy of The Woods in Your Backyard (2nd edition) and the corresponding workbook. These materials include case studies of families who own woodland properties, a resource guide, and a glossary. The 10-week course will be open from March 13 - May 28, 2019. Learn more and register now.

Webinar on Forest Carbon & Renewable Energy in Coal Country
The Michigan State University Forest-climate working group will continue their 2018-2019 Learning Series with a new webinar titled "Climate Action in Coal Country- Forest Carbon and Renewable Energy as Economic Diversification Approaches." This webinar will take place on March 6th, 2019 at 3:00 pm EST. It is presented by Campbell Moore, Director of The Central Appalachians Nature Conservancy and Beth Wheatley, West Virginia External Affairs Director, also of The Nature Conservancy. Register now , or Find out more about the entire series.

Webinar Teaches How to Plan a Women's Chainsaw Safety Workshop
The Woman Owning Woodlands (WOW) network is hosting a free one hour webinar that teaches how to organize a chainsaw safety course for women on March 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm EST. The webinar is presented by a collection of female experts in the field. They will discuss finding instructors, setting up a positive learning environment, navigating liability issues, working with partners, managing the budget, and evaluating workshop success.  Learn more , or register for the webinar.
Woman Owning Woodlands StoryMap released by UW Extension
The University of Wisconsin Extension Service has released an online StoryMap that highlights the successes Extension faculty have had through creating woman-centric landowner education programs. This StoryMap, provides an interactive overview of the Woman Owning Woodlands (WOW) program, which is conducted in multiple states across the nation. This StoryMap will teach readers the value of these programs, show how these are successfully promoted, how they are run, and the next steps in their further development in the future. Start learning about successful WOW programs.

CDN Wildfire Report Cites JFSP for Ideal Models & Fire Science Delivery
Natural Resources Canada has released a report called Blueprint for Wildland Fire Science in Canada (2019-1029). The report details the state of fire science and ideas for connecting fire science to management, policy and the public. The goal of this report is to creatively address wildfire challenges and opportunities in an innovative way. This report also cites the Joint Fire Science Exchange Network (JFSP) as a model to replicate in Canada. Read more of this report.

2019 North American Agroforestry Conference Registration Open
Early registration is now available for this conference to be held in Corvallis, OR June 24-27, 2019. Their theme this year is "agroforestry for sustainable production and resilient landscapes." Applications are also open for AFTA awards. Find more information about the conference .
Funding Opportunities
NRCS GA State Office Seeks Partners to Improve State Conservation
The NRCS Georgia State Office is seeking opportunities to partner with like minded natural resource conservationists. They are seeking partners to help enhance the implementation of key conservation objectives and priorities. Proposals will be accepted from Georgia. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2019 will be approximately $6,500,000. Proposals are requested from eligible entities, non-profits, governmental or non-governmental organizations, and institutions of higher learning for competitive consideration of awards. Projects are expected to be between one and five years in duration. Proposals are due April 18, 2019. The objectives, eligibility criteria, and application instructions can be found here.

Exclusive Longleaf Stewardship Cost Share Available for FLA Members
The Forest Landowners Association (FLA) has cost-share funds for private forest landowners available through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Longleaf Stewardship Fund. These funds are available to FLA members only. The funds can be used in one of two ways: (1) planting longleaf pine and site preparation and (2) management of longleaf pine ecosystems through prescribed fire, thinning, invasive species removal, overstory treatments, and planting native understory species. The funds are intended to enhance longleaf ecosystems for wildlife while promoting and supporting working forests. Learn more.
NC Florence Restoration Fund Offers Aid to Affected Areas
The North Carolina (NC) Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS) are approving and administering aid to woodland owners in 52 counties impacted by Hurricane Florence and recognized as federal disaster areas. The NC General Assembly approved $2.5 million in time-limited funding for reforestation efforts. To receive reimbursement, at least 4.5 acres of approved, completed work must be documented. The maximum funding allocation will be 100 acres per landowner per fiscal year. Applications need to be submitted to the landowner’s local NCFS office for initial review, before they are sent to the NCFS State Office for final approval. Applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds have been allocated. Learn more.

Sustaining Family Forests Initiative Offers WOW Shadowing Experience 
The Sustaining Family Forests Initiative is offering funding to offset travel-related costs for aspiring Women of Wildlife (WOW) leaders to attend an existing WOW event to shadow and learn from the event organizer. The funding is meant to help WOW members experience how others are approaching this work and plan for how to adapt techniques for their own personal context. This funding was created to establish connections among professionals in the field, with aspirations to increase the collective capacity of practitioners. Learn more and submit an application.
Job Opportunities
UGA: Assistant Professor of Forested and Disturbed Soils 
The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia (UGA) is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time 9-month, tenure track appointment (50% research and 25% teaching) Assistant Professor of forested and disturbed soils position. The selected candidate will be expected to develop a broad research program related to soil management. Research emphases could include forest soils, urban soils, the restoration of disturbed soils such as mined lands, or the soil microbiological implications of land management decisions. The selected applicant will be expected to collaborate with faculty in forestry, urban forestry, and water resources and help grow a recently created area of emphasis in community forestry and arboriculture within the Warnell School as well as continue strong programs in water and forest soil management. To ensure full consideration, please apply by March 15, 2019. For additional information, please contact Dr. C. Rhett Jackson , chair of the search committee. View the job posting.

ISA Southern Chapter: Executive Director 
The International Society of Aboriculture (ISA) Southern Chapter is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Executive Director. The incumbent will provide visionary leadership for all aspects of the Southern Chapter’s current and future activities in promoting arboriculture. This is a contract position requiring approximately 40 hours per week and 4-6 days of travel per month. Applications must be submitted no later than February 26, 2019. View the application.
UK: Extension Silviculture & Forest Operations Asst. Professor
The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Kentucky is recruiting applicants for an Assistant Professor of Extension Silviculture and Forest Operations position. The position will be 80% Extension and 20% teaching. Closing date for applicants is March 15, 2019. Learn more .

OSU Extension: Oregon Natural Resources Education Program Director
The College of Forestry and the Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Program is currently seeking a full-time, 12-month fixed term Director for The Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP). ONREP is an externally funded unit that provides a variety of educational programs and services for K-12 school teachers and other non-formal educators throughout Oregon. The primary responsibility of the director is to provide program leadership that ensures sustainable program practices. Applications must be submitted by March 3, 2019. View the application.

MSU Forestry Extension: Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position, Biloxi, MS
MSU is recruiting applicants for a new Extension Forester Assistant Professor position. The successful candidate will develop and teach educational programs to the appropriate clientele and county Extension Agents based on national, state, and county needs assessments. Duties will include the development of an Extension forestry and applied research program targeting forestry and forest management issues with an additional emphasis in a specialized area of expertise. Desired areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, forest management, economics, forest taxation, forest products, silviculture, ecology, and longleaf pine systems. The position will be located in Biloxi, MS. View the application.
Upcoming Events:

March 2, 2019 | Bamberg, SC
The Center for Heirs' Property Preservation will host a sustainable forestry workshop on March 2, 2019 from 10AM to 2PM.

April 9-10, 2019 | Washington, D.C.
The Sounding Board was formed as an informal group to help the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) clarify the conservation contributions of SFI certified forestlands. This workshop will focus these Conservation Impact investigations in three areas: water quality and quantity, climate change related values, and biodiversity.

April 16-19, 2019 Tampa, FL
Harnessing our collective energy to address the rising tide. NSS+NEES is a forum for connection and exchange at the nexus of science and stewardship.

April 29 - May 1, 2019 | Washington D.C.
Get an in-depth briefing on federal policy issues that impact family forests, learn strategies for being an effective advocate, and meet face-to-face with your Members of Congress. Deadline for registration is March 31, 2019.

June 24-28, 2019 | Corvallis, OR
"Agroforestry for sustainable production and resilient landscapes" is the theme of this conference. The conference includes tours, oral and poster presentations as well as special sessions.
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