ISSUE 36 : WEEK OF January 14, 2019
Recent News
Regional News

  • Government Shutdown Could have Negative Impacts for Wildfire Season
  • MS Announces Deal to Build Two Wood Pellet Facilities with Enviva
  • Peninsular Florida LCC Create Interactive Map for FL Landowners
  • GP Mill Closure Will Cause Ripple Effects in LA & MS Says LSU's Tanger
  • TAMU AgriLife Extension to Host Forest Pest Seminar in February
  • Oklahoma Forest Services Release State Fire Data Report on 2018
  • UGA Appoints Dr. David Clabo Asst. Professor of Silviculture Outreach

SREF News

  • SFE Webinar on Rx Fire, Drought & Bark Beetles & SREF Companion Factsheet Available Online

National News

  • Update on FSC US Forest Management Standards for 2018-2020 Revisions
  • AFE Calling for Proposals for 8th International Fire Ecology Congress 
  • PSU Releases Video Series About Resolving Conflicts in Extension
  • MT Turns Waste Wood, Beetle-Killed Pine into Sustainable Wood Products
  • 2019 ANREP Awards Program Now Taking Nominations

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

Job Opportunities

  • Professor and Department Chair at Clemson University
  • Assistant Professor of Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology at UMass
  • Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife has Five Open Positions
Regional News
Government Shutdown Could have Negative Impacts on Wildfire Season in US
The United States Federal Government is currently observing a partial shutdown entering week four. Fire experts believe the continued shutdown could have negative impacts on the upcoming wildfire season. The shutdown includes thousands of people at the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management, who at this time would normally be implementing mitigation practices to reduce risk during fire season. This is the prime time of year for a lot of acreage to be burned in prescribed fires, especially in the southeast. The Florida Forest Service has continued to do its own prescribed fires under Director Jim Karels. Karels fears that Federal agencies are missing limited good burning days and a lot of opportunities to reduce fuel. Learn more about this wildfire season.

Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative Create Interactive Map for FL Landowners 
Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) designed an interactive map for landowners. This simple interface is designed to help inform conservation decisions by allowing users to explore a suite of data layers and models. Information is available on priority natural resources, biodiversity richness, landscape connectivity and integrity, surface waters and factors contributing to potential landscape change. The map has intuitive tutorial videos for how to use. Use the map.

TAMU AgriLife Extension to Host Forest Pest Seminar in February
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will host a seminar on February 8, 2019. The seminar is on forest pests and topics and includes the latest updates and best management practices for relevant species. New laws, regulations and safety requirements will also be discussed. The cost is $50 and up to 5 CEU's are available. Registration ends February 6, 2019. Learn more and register.

UGA Appoints Dr. David Clabo Assistant Professor of Silviculture Outreach
The University of Georgia has announced Dr. David Clabo as their new Assistant Professor of Silviculture Outreach and Extension. Dr. Clabo will work on the Tifton campus, where he will be teaching courses for private landowners, other stakeholder groups, natural resources professionals and county extension agents. Learn more about Dr. Clabo.
Mississippi Announces Deal to Build Two Wood Pellet Facilities with Enviva 
George County, Mississippi, in an agreement with Enviva Wood Pellets, approved plans to build a $140 million wood pellet facility. The plant is expected to create 90 new full-time jobs, 300 construction jobs, and an estimated 300 indirect jobs in the timber and transportation industry. Enviva will also build a distribution plant at the Port of Pascagoula. Construction on the $60 million distribution plant is expected to begin in 2019. The production plant is the largest private investment in George County Industrial Park in more than two decades. Learn more about this deal.

Georgia-Pacific Mill Closure Will Cause Ripple Effects in LA, MS Says LSU's Tanger
Georgia-Pacific announced it will permanently shut down its office paper machines, converting assets, woodyard, pulp mill and most of its energy-generating complex at Port Hudson, LA. LSU AgCenter Agronomist Dr. Shaun Tanger estimates that more than 2,150 other jobs across Louisiana will be lost due to this closure. The layoffs will result in the loss of nearly $188 million in labor income and nearly $22.8 million in tax revenue for state and local governments. Port Hudson is near the Mississippi border where they are also expected to have heavy losses from the closure. Learn more about how this will impact LA and MS.

Oklahoma Forest Service Release State Fire Data Report on 2018 
The Oklahoma Forestry Service (OFS) has released its Calendar Year 2018 wildfire statistics report. In their report, OFS either responded or assisted with 1,086 fires that burned more than 466,000 acres. The busiest months were January through April when more than 75% of the year's fires were fought. Although 2018 was a busy year for fire across the country, the report indicates the lowest number of acres burned since 2015 and the fewest fires since 2014. OFS is encouraging homeowners to assess their property and maintain a defensible space around their home.  Read the full report , or learn more about protecting your home from fire.
SREF News
SFE Webinar on Rx Fire, Drought and Bark Beetles and SREF Companion Factsheet Available Online
The Southern Fire Exchange recently hosted a webinar featuring Dr. David Coyle of Clemson University and Dr. Joe O'Brien of the USFS Southern Research Station in which they detailed how properly conducted prescribed fires, even after drought, should not contribute to risks of bark beetle infestations or widespread tree mortality. Along with the webinar is a companion factsheet co-authored by Dr. Coyle, Leslie Boby of SREF and two USFS Fire Ecologists. Watch the webinar , or view the factsheet.
National News
Update on FSC US Forest Management Standards for the 2018-2020 Revisions 
 In early 2018 the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) U.S. began the process of revising the FSC US Forest Management Standard from 2018-2020.  The revision will focus on five potential priorities that were identified based upon stakeholder feedback since the last standard revision. The five current priorities are: regional requirements, conservation lands & high conservation values, customary/traditional rights & engagement, family forest indicators, and climate change. View the FSC US priorities and latest timelines.

Penn State University Releases Video Series About Dealing With Conflict in Extension
Penn State University Extension recently released a video series titled Community Conflict: Finding Middle Ground. Through twelve short videos, participants explore the dynamics of community controversies and offer strategies to engage your audience, prepare for public meetings, and effectively deal with barriers to civil dialogue. Learn more and view the video series.

2019 ANREP Awards Program Now Taking Nominations 
The 2019 ANREP Awards Program is now taking nominations in order to recognize significant achievements from members. Awards are split between categories of outstanding education materials and achievement. To be eligible to participate in the awards program, the nominator and nominee(s) must be paid active members and in good standing for the year in which the award application is being submitted. Self-nominations are allowed.The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2019. Read the guidelines or nominate a member.
AFE Calling for Proposals for 8th International Fire Ecology Congress
The Association of Fire Ecology is now seeking proposals for the 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress, November 18-22, 2019. The Congress will redefine the ecological concept of pyrodiversity to explore cross-cutting issues across a variety of disciplines. AFE is accepting proposals for special sessions and workshops, trainings and courses due by April 1, 2019. Oral presentations and Fire Circle proposals are due August 1, 2019, and Posters and Attached Meetings are due by August 30, 2019. View a complete description of each proposal type and submit a proposal.

Montana Turns Waste Wood, Beetle-Killed Pine into Sustainable Wood Products 
Sustainable Lumber Company of Missoula Montana is converting wasted and downed wood into sustainable wood products. Founder Ryan Palma started his own sustainable wood product company eight years ago, after many years of shipping wood products between the US and Asia. Palma uses mostly beetle-killed pine and sustainably harvested fir, but also reuses wood pallets and old fencing to make mostly wood floors and wall paneling to ship across the entire US. Learn more about Sustainable Lumber Co.
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 .


Job Opportunities
Professor and Department Chair at Clemson University
The Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Professor and Department Chair. The successful candidate will possess a solid vision and strategy to strengthen research, teaching, and extension missions as well as desire to grow University impacts across South Carolina, the nation, and the globe.  View the application.
Assistant Professor of Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology at UMass
The Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is seeking qualified candidates for a for a 9-month academic year, tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology. Graduate and undergraduate teaching requirements and mentoring requirements. View the application.

Auburn University Has Five Open 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.
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.
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