ISSUE 42 : WEEK OF February 25, 2019
Recent News
Regional News

  • Three Longtime MS State Extension Stalwarts to Retire in 2019
  • UGA to Host Forestry & Wildlife Management Field Day
  • ISA and Southern Chapter to Host Tree Risk Assessment Qualification
  • Alabama Extension to Host ForestHER—ON FIRE Workshop
  • 20th Biennial Silviculture Research Conference Extends Registration
  • NCSU Updates Resource on Behavior of Wood
  • ISA Florida Chapter to Host Outdoor Tree School


  • Woodlands Stewards Webinar Series Connects Landowners to Experts
  • LA Learn and Burn Teaches Landowners about Prescribed Fire

National News
  • NACD to Host Latest Urban and Community Conservation Webinar
  • New Study Finds Rock Eating Trees Pivotal to Forest Health
  • UMD Extension Online Course Woods in your Backyard Begins in March

Funding Opportunities

  • NRCS GA State Office Seeks Partners to Improve State Conservation
  • NC Florence Restoration Fund Offers Aid to Affected Areas
  • Sustaining Family Forests Initiative Offers WOW Shadowing Experience

Job Opportunities

  • Georgia Forestry Commission Seeks to Fill Multiple Forester 1 Positions
  • UK Extension: Silviculture & Forest Operations Assistant Professor 
  • UF SFRC: Asst Professor of Human Dimensions in Natural Resources
  • UGA: Assistant Professor of Forested and Disturbed Soils
  • MSU Forestry Extension: Tenure Track Assistant Professor
Regional News
Three Longtime MS State Extension Stalwarts Retire in 2019  
Mississippi State University (MSU) Extension is having to say goodbye to nearly 100 years of combined experience as Dr. Andy Ezell, Dr. Stephen Dicke and Dr. Glenn Hughes retire. Dr. Ezell worked over 33 years at MSU and the last 10 as head of the forestry department. He worked to refine and promote silvicultural practices for natural regeneration of bottomland hardwoods and established MSU as focal point for forest herbicide research in the South. Dr. Stephen Dicke specialized in urban and commercial forestry for over 28 years and is a recipient of the 2018 College of Forest Resources Service Award. Dr. Glenn Hughes was an Extension Forester in Hattiesburg, MS for 23 years. The Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) recently named Dr. Hughes their 2019 Forest Conservationist of the Year, one of the highest honors in the state. We would like to wish Dr. Ezell, Dr. Dicke and Dr. Hughes the best of luck in their retirement.

ISA and Southern Chapter to Host Tree Risk Assessment Qualification
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the Southern Chapter are hosting a Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) training from April 3 - 5, 2019 in Mobile, AL, in advance of the Southern Chapter ISA annual conference . The qualification consists of a two-day educational course followed by a half day assessment that includes both a written and field component. It is required that you attend the course and successfully complete the assessment in order to receive this qualification. The TRAQ training provides an opportunity for professionals in the arboriculture industry to expand their knowledge in the fundamentals of tree risk assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. 14.5 Continuing Education Credits are available upon completion. Register for this qualification. View the full ISA Southern conference schedule here.

20th Biennial Silviculture Research Conference Extends Registration 
The 20th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference has extended their registration deadline to March 6, 2019. This historic event will have an extra focus on the 40-year history of southern silvicultural research. The meeting will be held at the Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino in Shreveport, LA. Participants must register by March 5, 2019 to be eligible for the conference rate at the hotel. The conference will consist of four concurrent sessions, a poster session, and optional field tours. CFE credits available. The conference will be co-hosted by Louisiana Tech University and the USDA Forest Service-Southern Research Station. Learn more and register.
UGA to Host Forestry & Wildlife Management Field Day 
The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will host their second annual forestry and wildlife field day on March 29, 2019 in Gray, GA. The purpose of this course is to introduce forest management for wildlife. The primary goal is to focus on the relationship between timber management and the habitat needs of wildlife. CEUs will be available. Cost to attend is $25 which includes lunch, a hat and materials. Participants must register by March 27, 2019. Registration contacts are in the bottom right of the attached flyer. View the flyer.

Alabama Extension to Host ForestHERON FIRE Workshop 
Alabama Cooperative Extension will host a ForestHER—On FIRE workshop from March 13 - 14, 2019 in Midway, AL. This hands-on workshop will focus on teaching women landowners about Alabama’s historic fire regimes and how prescribed fire can and should be used as an effective land management tool. Small to large landowners are all welcome. Most of day one, you will be indoors learning about fire behavior, safety, and management techniques. The workshop includes a blend of classroom presentations and field experiences. The cost of the program is $80 and includes a workbook, lunch and dinner on day one, and breakfast, breaks, and lunch on day two. Pre-registration is required. Learn more and register for this workshop.

NCSU Updates Resource on Behavior of Wood
North Carolina State University (NCSU) Wood Products Extension Service has four Excel spreadsheets that help explain the behavior of wood. The spreadsheets estimate air-drying time for lumber, calculate equilibrium moisture content, track locations of equilibrium moisture content across the US, and anticipate the shrinking & cuppage of lumber. Access this resource here.

ISA Florida Chapter to Host Outdoor Tree School
The International Society of Arboriculture's (ISA) Florida Chapter is hosting an outdoor tree school on March 8, 2019 in Orlando, FL. This indoor-outdoor seminar is presented by speakers Dr. John Ball and Dr. Ed Gilman. This program is designed for anyone who works with trees and wants to learn how to do it more safely and efficiently. The cost is $55 for ISA members and $65 for non-members. If you register five people, the sixth is free. Learn more about this event.
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 next session will take place on March 7, 2019. It is about identifying and managing woodland threats. The webinar will introduce you to a few basic pest principles, present a model example of each threat, and offer some simple practices to help ensure your woodland remains healthy and productive. The Woodlands Stewards series consists of 4 live, 2-hour webinar sessions followed by a 5th session organized by site hosts. The free webinars will occur once a week from February 21 - March 14, 2019. The most recent session was on managing your woodlands. It taught woodland owners the basics on pine and hardwood management from experts Dr. David Clabo, Dr. Wayne Clatterbuck and Dr. Kyle Cunningham. Webinars will be hosted via, and will be delivered by Blackboard Collaborate through North Carolina State University. Registration is required for attending the live webinars. Learn more and register.
LA Learn & Burn Teaches Landowners about Prescribed Fire
A "learn and burn" prescribed fire workshop was held in DeRidder, Louisiana on February 27, 2019 to teach landowners about the benefits and safe application of prescribed fire. These workshops are intended to provide landowners hands-on experience using prescribed fire so they feel more comfortable using it on their land or hiring someone to apply it to their land. Though the rainy weather did not permit the live burn portion of the workshop to occur (rescheduled for later in the month), 32 landowner participants learned through classroom presentations about burn objectives, burn laws and liability, smoke management, cost-share opportunities, and more. The planning team for the event included the West Central Louisiana Ecosystem Partnership, the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SRPPAS), Southern Regional Extension Forestry, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, LSU AgCenter, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and International Paper. Learn more about learn and burns.
National News
New Study Finds Rock Eating Trees Pivotal to Forest Health
Researchers from Oregon State University and the U.S. Geological Survey determined red alder, through its symbiotic relationship with nitrogen-fixing bacteria, taps nutrients that are locked in bedrock, such as calcium and phosphorus. This process accelerates rock dissolution, releasing more mineral nutrients that allow plants and trees to grow. The study addresses the long-term implications of how nutrients make their way into ecosystems, which sustain their long-term growth and product. This study shows that some nitrogen-fixing trees have the unique ability to provide the full suite of essential nutrients required to fuel growth and carbon uptake in forest ecosystems. Read more on this study.

UMD Extension Online Course Woods in your Backyard Begins in March
As a part of their Woodland Stewardship Education Program, The University of Maryland (UMD) Extension has created a free 10-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. Course 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.
NACD to Host Latest Urban and Community Conservation Webinar
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is hosting their latest Urban and Community Conservation Webinar. These webinars are held the third Thursday of each month. This month's webinar Lawn of the Future , discusses innovations to allow homeowners to maintain a beautiful outdoor space even as water resources become increasingly limited in the future. The webinar is hosted by Scientist Phil Dwyer. He will review this holistic approach to backyard conservation covering all the aspects of lawn and garden care including sustainable grass varieties, targeted fertilization, smart watering and drip irrigation. Participants will gain new insights on new ways to enhance the water use efficiency of lawns both through the evaluation of new smart watering technologies. While there is no cost to participate, space is limited. Participants must RSVP with NACD Senior Advisor Debra Bogar to reserve a seat. NACD also has the entire webinar series available on-demand as they are released. View the entire series.
Funding Opportunities
NRCS GA State Office Seeks Partners to Improve State Conservation
The Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Georgia (GA) 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.

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.
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.

Job Opportunities
Georgia Forestry Commission Seeks to Fill Multiple Forester 1 Positions 
The Georgia Forestry Commission has multiple openings in several areas of South Georgia to fill the position of Forester 1. The positions are available is the following GA regions with potential residencies in: Southeast (Waycross, GA), Southwest (Albany, Camilla or Americus, GA), and middle East Coast (Stapleton, Waynesboro, GA) regions. The closing date for applicants is March 11, 2019. Learn more about specific duties expected of the position and apply.

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.
UK: Extension Silviculture & Forest Operations Asst. Professor
The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Kentucky (UK) 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 .

UF SFRC: Asst Professor of Human Dimensions in Natural Resources
The University of Florida's (UF) School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) is seeking a qualified candidate to fill their Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources position. This is a 9-month tenure-track appointment available in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (IFAS). This appointment will be 60% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), 20% Extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) and 20% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station). Applications are due by April 19, 2019. View the application.

MSU Forestry Extension: Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position, Biloxi, MS
Mississippi State University (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:

April 6-9, 2019 | Mobile, AL
The ISA Southern Chapter Annual Conference attracts over 500 attendees and 70 companies each year. The conference features workshops, certification opportunities, educational sessions for the commercial, municipal, and utility arborist, trade show, and climbing competition. 

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 23 - April 25, 2019 | Madison, WI
A biennial convening open to all interested in climate change adaptation to share lessons learned, develop new innovative practice, and network with fellow practitioners. The Forum is the largest climate adaptation gathering in the United States.

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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