ISSUE 38 : WEEK OF January 28, 2019
Recent News
Regional News

  • UGA to Host International Workshop on EU Needs for Wood Sourcing
  • Carbon Study on Wood Pellet-Based Electricity Vs Coal-Based Released
  • SRS Releases Inventory Newsletter: Forest Inventory & Analysis Update
  • UK Extension Creates Logging Services Web App
  • UK Extension Releases Two Factsheets on Log Truck Hauling
  • CPASW Abstract Deadline Extended to February 15, 2019

SREF News

  • GA Learn & Burn Workshop Provides Prescribed Fire Experience
  • Woodlands Stewards Webinar Series Connects Landowners to Experts

National News

  • EMPA and Isofloc Develop Fireproofing Made of Recycled Paper
  • NFPA Adds 4 New Factsheets to Wildfire-Resilient Home Series
  • MSU FCCP to Host Next Webinar of 2018-19 Learning Exchange Series
  • 2019 ANREP Awards Program Now Taking Nominations

Funding Opportunities

  • UK's SCAHIP Offers Funds for Forestry Worker Safety & Health Projects
  • NFWF Longleaf Stewardship Fund to Award at Least $5 Million in 2019
  • Exclusive Longleaf Stewarship Cost Share Available for FLA Members
  • Sustaining Family Forests Initiative Offers WOW Shadowing Experience

Job Opportunities

  • Tennessee Department of Forestry: Regional Urban Forester 3 - West
  • Clemson University: Professor and Department Chair
  • Tennessee Department of Forestry: Forest Health Specialist
  • Texas A&M Forest Service: Conservation Education Coordinator
  • Texas A&M Forest Service: Staff Forester/ Biologist/ Ecologist
  • Oregon State University Seeks to Fill 2 Extension Forester Positions
Regional News
UGA to Host International Workshop on EU Needs for Wood Sourcing 
The University of Georgia will host a three day International Workshop on May 1, 2019 at their Center for Continuing Education. The workshop is presented by Dr. Puneet Dwivedi of the UGA Warnell School of Forestry. Dr. Dwivedi will discuss the growing demand for wood pellets as bioenergy in Europe. Due to this demand, a variety of certification systems have been developed which provide third-party verification of European Union member states’ policy requirements for imported wood pellets. The pellets must be sourced from sustainably managed forests. In order to offer verification that does not require forest certification, risk-based approaches to verification have been developed, with certification at the pellet mill level, rather than forest management unit level. Early bird registration has begun and will expire April 5, 2019. Learn more and register for the workshop. 

SRS Releases Inventory Newsletter: Forest Inventory & Analysis Update
The Southern Research Station (SRS) recently released their Inventory Newsletter. In this issue, the SRS Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) provides an update of their staff changes, recent publications since September 2018, and the status of ongoing projects and data. FIA is a USDA Forest Service research work unit which collects, analyzes, and reports on data pertaining to forest land in the Southern region.  Read the FIA updates in Inventory .

UK Extension Releases Two Factsheets on Log Haul Trucking
The University of Kentucky Extension Service recently conducted a study involving a thorough review of existing trucking laws in Kentucky and gathering weights of different log truck configurations. The information collected has been compiled into two papers to help communities navigate concerns related to hauling safety and road wear while taking into account potential unintended economic consequences for all members of the forest industry. Read about log haul trucking on county roads , or read about log haul trucking in KY's central hardwood region.
Carbon Study on Wood Pellet-Based Electricity Vs Coal-Based Released
A recent study led by UGA's Dr. Puneet Dwivedi examines one of the most pressing issues in forest management today: Is wood pellet-based electricity less carbon-intensive than coal-based electricity? This study will bring much-needed conceptual clarity to the conditions which determine the carbon benefits related to the transatlantic trade in industrial wood pellets. It will also provide a platform for constructive dialogue between bioenergy stakeholder groups for formalizing mechanisms for promoting sustainable wood-based bioenergy development worldwide. View the publication.

UK Extension Creates Logging Services Web App 
The University of Kentucky, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources has created a free online app that allows users to select the location of their logging job and auto generate the nearest emergency services as well as directions to and from these emergency services. This app was developed for the safety plan requirements for logging operations (OSH), which requires a print out of the nearest emergency services (hospital, police, and fire) be accessible by the crew. The app utilizes google mapping so aerial imagery is included for ease of use. Users can also obtain GPS coordinates of their landing if a helicopter evacuation is necessary. Use the interactive map tool.

CPASW Abstract Deadline Extended to February 15, 2019
The 17th Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop (CPASW) has extended their deadline to submit an abstract to February 15, 2019. The National Weather Service Climate Services Branch, the University of Georgia’s Sea Grant College Program, and the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) are featured among many climate services partners as collaborating in the organization of the 2019 CPASW. The selection committee encourages abstracts highlighting best practices in the areas of communication and outreach, decision support tools, and preparedness methods to advance adaptation and build resilient communities, including but not limited to coastal zones. Learn more about submitting an abstract , or submit an abstract.
SREF News
GA Learn & Burn Workshop Provides Prescribed Fire Experience
Southern Regional Extension Forestry is helping host a landowner “learn and burn” workshop on Friday, February 8th, 2019 at the Orianne Society property outside of Lumber City, GA. The event includes classroom presentations and a live prescribed burn. Participants will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced burners and receive information on cost-share programs and other prescribed fire resources. “Learn and burns” provide private landowners and others with hands-on prescribed fire experience and knowledge. This workshop was created in partnership with NC State University, the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS), The Orianne Society, The Longleaf Alliance, NRCS, GA Forestry Commission, UGA Cooperative Extension, and GA Department of Natural Resources.  Learn more about “learn and burns”.
Woodlands Stewards Webinar Series Connects Landowners to Experts
Southern Regional Extension Forestry is partnering with Clemson Extension to equip landowners with the knowledge to manage their woodlands. The Woodlands Stewards Webinar Series will connect them with forestry experts from across the Southeast via locally based webinar sessions. The Woodlands Stewards series consists of four live webinar sessions followed by a final local session organized by site hosts. The sessions will cover getting to know your woodlands, managing your woodlands, identifying woodland threats, wildlife and woodlands and more. Sessions will be once a week from February 21 - March 14, 2019 at various locations across South Carolina. The cost is $50 per person. Learn more and view the webinar schedule.
National News
EMPA & Isofloc Develop Fireproofing Made of Recycled Paper
The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) teamed up with Isofloc AG to find a binder that enables recycled paper to be transformed into fireproof insulation. The additive this binder contains is harmless to humans, animals and the environment. With this product, waste paper can be turned into a valuable insulating material that not only helps save vast quantities of fossil fuels during production and use, but also used industrially for effective fireproofing. Isofloc is expected to make the new fireproof insulation available to the market next year. Read more on EMPA's findings. 
 
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.
NFPA Adds 4 New Factsheets to Wildfire-Resilient Home Series
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) developed a five factsheet series that began 2017 that deepen the level of knowledge practitioners can provide to your community. Each factsheet outlined important information when making a wildfire-resilient home. Due to the success of the initial series, the NFPA has added four new factsheets. All nine facthseets were developed for practitioners, the printer-ready resources are a product of the research done by the IBHS lab in South Carolina. Each fact sheet has been designed in a format that can be easily customized with the addition of your organization’s logo. View all nine factsheets.

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.
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 .

Exclusive Longleaf Stewarship 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: First is the planting of longleaf pine where the FLA will provide cost-share assistance for establishing new longleaf pine stands, including site preparation and planting. The other is the management of longleaf pine ecosystems. FLA will provide cost-share assistance for the management of existing longleaf pine through the use of prescribed fire, thinning, invasive species removal, overstory treatments, and planting native understory species. These funds are intended to enhance longleaf ecosystems for wildlife while promoting and supporting working forests. Learn 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.

Sustaining Family Forests Initiative Offers WOW Shadowing Experience 
The Sustaining Family Forests Initiative has funding available 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. This 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
Tennessee Department of Forestry: Regional Urban Forester 3 - West
The Tennessee Department of Forestry is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Regional Urban Forester 3 - West. The Tennessee West Regional Urban Forester resides within the Forest Health and Sustainability Unit and is responsible for implementing urban forest management programs in western grand division of the state. Final selections for this position will be determined in mid-February. 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.Final selections for this position will be determined in mid-February. 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.
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.

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
Upcoming Events:

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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