ISSUE 37 : WEEK OF January 21, 2019
Recent News
Regional News

  • Hurricane Aid Available to GA Landowners through New GFC Programs
  • City of Pigeon Forge, TN Receives Highest Wildfire Mitigation Award
  • SFE to Host Webinar: 2018 National Prescribed Fire Use Survey Report
  • TX A&M Helps Identify and Manage Oak Wilt

SREF News

  • SREF Provides Free Online Introduction to Urban Forestry Course

National News

  • MSU FCCP to Host Next Webinar of 2018-19 Learning Exchange Series
  • Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed for First Time in Long Island, NY
  • AFE Calling for Proposals for 8th International Fire Ecology Congress 
  • 2019 ANREP Awards Program Now Taking Nominations
  • USU Extension to Host Webinar: Trees- A Risk Worth Taking

Funding Opportunities

  • NFWF Longleaf Stewardship Fund to Award at Least $5 Million in 2019
  • UK's SCAHIP Offers Funds for Forestry Worker Safety & Health Projects

Job Opportunities

  • Longleaf Alliance Seeks 2 Wetland Ecosystem Support Team Members
  • Clemson University: Professor and Department Chair
  • UMass: Assistant Professor of Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology
  • Texas A&M Forest Service: Conservation Education Coordinator
  • Texas A&M Forest Service: Staff Forester/ Biologist/ Ecologist
  • Tennessee Department of Forestry: Forest Health Specialist
  • Oregon State University Seeks to Fill 2 Extension Forester Positions
Regional News
Hurricane Aid Available to GA Landowners through New GFC Programs
The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) is offering aid to Georgia Landowners following the $397 million dollar decimation of Hurricane Micheal last year. The Georgia Legislature approved the aid plan that includes $20 million for debris cleanup in areas where the storm decimated millions of acres of forestland and tree orchards. In addition, two programs are available to help landowners with specific needs. The Forest Debris Management Program (FDMP) is eligible for residents of Georgia who have 10 or more acres of forestland or a commercial orchard of any size with trees damaged by Hurricane Michael. Applications for the FDMP are due by February 11, 2019. The other program is the Forest Access Road & Firebreak Restoration Project . It provides for the clearing of forest debris from existing firebreaks and roads at no cost to the landowner. Written applications for this program are due by February 28, 2019. Separate application procedures are required for each program. Learn more about these programs and submit an application.

SFE to Host Webinar: 2018 National Prescribed Fire Use Survey Report
The Southern Fire Exchange will host a free one hour webinar on January 31, 2019 at 1:00PM EST. The webinar is presented by Mark Melvin. Mark will discuss the 2018 National Prescribed Fire Use Survey Report. The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) and the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils (CPFC) work collaboratively to produce this report every three years since 2012. Mark Melvin will dive into what makes this report unique among fire surveys. Registration is required. Learn more and register for the webinar. 
City of Pigeon Forge, TN Receives Highest Wildfire Mitigation Award 
The Wildfire Mitigation Awards committee which is comprised of the National Association of State Foresters, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Fire Protection Association, and the United States Forest Service, have awarded the city of Pigeon Forge, TN a Wildfire Mitigation Award. This award is the highest honor a community can achieve for outstanding work in wildfire risk reduction. Pigeon Forge is one of seven 2019 Wildfire Mitigation Award recipients, and the only one in the southeast. Read more about Pigeon Forge and the Wildfire Mitigation Awards.

TX A&M Helps Identify and Manage Oak Wilt
Since 1988, the Texas A&M Forest Service has administered a cooperative program to suppress oak wilt throughout the state. Oak wilt is a highly destructive tree diseases in the United States, and is quickly changing the landscape of Texas. Oak wilt can be identified through foliar symptoms, patterns of tree mortality, and the presence of fungal mats. Recommended management is a combination of three approaches. The first approach is to further prevent the spread of new infection by eliminating diseased trees, handling firewood properly, and painting wounds on healthy oaks. The second approach is to disrupt root transmission of the pathogen through trenching. Lastly, injections of a fungicide into individual, high-value trees reduce susceptibility. Though these measures do not cure oak wilt, they can significantly reduce tree loss. Learn more about this program.
SREF News
SREF Provides Free Online Introduction to Urban Forestry Course
Southern Regional Extension Forestry invites you to participate in eLearn: Urban Forestry. A state-of-the-art online, distance-learning program geared specifically toward beginning urban foresters and those allied professionals working in and around urban and urbanizing landscapes, including service foresters, natural resource planners, landscape architects, city officials and public works employees.  This is a free 10 module course done at the user's pace with certificate and ISA credits available. View the eLearn: Urban Forestry portal.
National News
MSU FCCP to Host Next Webinar of 2018-19 Learning Exchange Series
The Michigan State University Forest Carbon and Climate Program (MSU FCCP) will host a free one hour webinar on February 6, 2019 at 3:00PM EST. This webinar is presented by George Berghorn, Assistant Professor of Construction Management at MSU, and Elaine Oneil, Director of Science and Sustainability at CORRIM. They will discuss forest carbon considerations linking land use and wood utilization. The session will be followed by an open Q&A and all participants will qualify for 1 SAF CFE credit. This webinar was made in collaboration with the Forest-Climate Working Group (FCWG) as part of their 2018-19 Learning Exchange Series. Registration is required. Register for this webinar or learn more about this series.
 
Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed for First Time in Long Island, NY
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Cornell Cooperative Extension in Suffolk County announced that emerald ash borer (EAB) has been confirmed in Southhold, NY, located in Eastern Long Island. This is the first official confirmation of EAB in Long Island. Ash trees and their wood are no longer subject to quarantine in the State. DEC invasive species regulations, however, still prohibit most movement of EAB and other prohibited species, with some exemptions for identification and disposal. The New York State budget allocated $13.3 million in the State's Environmental Protection Fund targeted specifically for invasive species-related initiatives in the fiscal year 2019. Learn more about EAB in Long Island.

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.
USU Extension to Host Webinar: Trees- A Risk Worth Taking
Utah State University Extension will host a free one hour webinar on January 31, 2019 at 2:00PM EST. This webinar is presented by Meridith McAvoy Perkins, Urban Forester and Missouri Regional Manager for Davey Resource Group. Perkins will discuss the many benefits of urban forests and the negative impacts that tree failures cause in urban settings. Her presentation will explore balancing public safety with tree benefits, how to assess tree risk, the burden of tree risk on public and private tree owners, and examples of risk management. From this webinar, participants will learn to maximize tree benefits while minimizing risks associated with trees growing in urban environments .  Register for the webinar.

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, which occurs in Tucson, AZ from 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.
Funding Opportunities
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 .
NFWF Longleaf Stewardship Fund to Award at Least $5 Million in 2019
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to expand and enhance longleaf pine ecosystem restoration and management across longleaf pine’s historical range, as well as the restoration and enhancement of bottomland hardwood forests within priority focal areas. At least $5 million in grant funds is expected to be available in 2019. Proposals that address hurricane impacts to longleaf pine habitat and longleaf-associated species will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Priority will be given to projects that address habitat and species recovery efforts on longleaf sites previously supported through the Longleaf Stewardship Fund. All application materials must be submitted online through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Easygrants system. All Applications are due by February 7, 2019 by 11:59 PM EST. Awards will be announced in August 2019. Learn more.
Job Opportunities
Longleaf Alliance Seeks 2 Wetland Ecosystem Support Team Members
The Longleaf Alliance is currently seeking two qualified candidates to fill the positions of Wetland Ecosystem Support Team (WEST). WEST operates under the Gulf Coastal Plain Ecosystem Partnership (GCPEP). Incumbents are responsible for restoration of priority isolated wetlands in the GCPEP landscape, with an emphasis on habitat restoration for rare, threatened, and endangered species using chainsaws, brush cutters, invasive species control and prescribed fire. Applications are due by January 31, 2019 with selections to be finalized in February 2019. View the application.

UMass: Assistant Professor of Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology
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. Apply by March 1, 2019 to ensure consideration. View the application.

Texas A&M Forest Service: Staff Forester/ Biologist/ Ecologist
The Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as Staff Forester/ Biologist/ Ecologist. The incumbent will act as point of contact for TFS staff on urban water resources program throughout the region. They must deliver effective education, outreach, and technical assistance on various topics, including but not limited to: forest-water relationship, riparian management/restoration, urban storm water management / flood control/ green infrastructure and coastal forest restoration. This position is located in Houston, TX open until filled. View the application.

Oregon State University Seeks to Fill Two Extension Forester Positions
Oregon State Extension Service is currently seeking two qualified candidates to fill the positions of Extension Forester. One Extension Forester is located in Clatsop County and will provide service to Clatsop, Lincoln and Tillamook counties. The other position is located in Baker County with service to Grant and Baker counties. The positions are responsible for planning, developing, delivering, and evaluating a wide variety of non-formal (off-campus) Forestry and Natural Resources related educational programs for adult audiences. Both positions are full time 12-month fixed-term positions. Reappointment is at the discretion of Coastal Regional Director and the Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Program Leader. View the application for Baker County or Clatsop County
Clemson University: Professor and Department Chair
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. Application due by February 18, 2019.  View the application.

Texas A&M Forest Service: Conservation Education Coordinator
The Texas A&M Forest Service is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Conservation Education Coordinator. Successful candidates will provide training and resources to natural resource professionals, educators and staff. Other duties include presentations at events with local, state, regional and national audiences, developing environmental educational programs, optimizing marketing and media relations opportunities and some grant writing. This is a full time position. This position is available until filled. View the application.

Tennessee Department of Forestry: Forest Health Specialist
The Tennessee Department of Forestry is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Forest Health Specialist. This position resides within the Forest Health and Sustainability Unit and
serves as the division technical expert for forest insects, disease, and invasive plants
for the entire state. The incumbent is also responsible for securing grant funding and coordinating all forest health programs.This position is available until filled. View the application. 
Upcoming Events:

January 26, 2019 | Gainesville, FL
Festival includes educational exhibits, live animals, and activities. Prescribed burn demonstrations, food trucks, live music, and more. Festival occurs at the University of Florida/ Austin Cary Forest Campus
in Gainesville, Florida.

March 26-28, 2019 | Reno, NV
Conference offers hands-on training and interactive sessions designed to address the challenges of wildland fire.

April 6-9, 2019 | Mobile, AL
Conference features workshops, certification opportunities, and educational sessions, a trade show, and tree climbing championship.

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.

August 11-14, 2019 | Knoxville, TN
Conference is the world’s premier gathering of arboricultural professionals, where practicing arborists and urban foresters come together with top researchers and educators. Currently accepting presentation proposals.
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