ISSUE 35 : WEEK OF January 7, 2019
Recent News
Regional News

  • Inaugural Forest Innovation Reviews (FIRz) Calls for Speakers
  • LSU Welcomes Valerie West as ANR Extension Agent for Northwest LA
  • SFE to Host Four Separate Webinars Through January and February
  • SFE Releases Bi-Monthly Fire Lines Newsletter for January
  • 23rd Annual Urban Forestry and Horticulture Conference in Florence, AL
  • UK Forestry Extension Accepts National Award

SREF News

  • New Regional Factsheet: Bark Beetles, Drought, and Prescribed Fire
  • Earn a Certificate by Completing all Seeding Success Modules Online

National News

  • How the 2018 Farm Bill Affects Forestry
  • 2019 ANREP Awards Program Now Taking Nominations
  • Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2019 Now Accepting Applications
  • AFTA Now Accepting Abstract Submissions for 2019 Conference
  • IUFRO Seeking Proposals for 2019 Small-Scale Forestry Conference
  • WoodWorks to Host Webinar: New IBC Tall Wood Code Provisions
  • WoodWorks to Host Webinar: Mass Timber Structure Development


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
  • Forester Examiner, City of Tampa, FL
  • Auburn University Seeks to Fill Five Positions
  • 2 Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Positions at Mississippi State DOF
Regional News
Inaugural Forest Innovation Reviews (FIRz) Calls for Speakers
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities will present the first annual Forest Innovation Reviews (FIRz), on September 18, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. The inaugural FIRz event will establish a space for presenting well-formed ideas about forests, forest management, forest products and forest-rich communities, conveyed through short, powerful talks. The deadline for nominating yourself or someone else for FIRz 2019 is February 28, 2019.The presentation voted by attendees as "Most Likely to Make a Lasting Difference” will be awarded $10,000.  Learn more and nominate a speaker, or view speaker guidelines.

SFE to Host Four Separate Webinars Through January and February
The Southern Fire Exchange will host five webinars throughout the first two months of 2019, covering: longleaf fire ecology, mapping burned areas, the National Prescribed Fire Use Survey Report, fire in landscape management, and homeowner preparedness in the WUI. Registration is required for all webinars. The first webinar, Longleaf and Ponderosa Pine Fire Ecology: How History can be your Guide , is on January 17, 2019 at 1:00 PM EST. Links to register for this webinar can be found on the webinar schedule. View the entire webinar schedule.

23rd Annual Urban Forestry and Horticulture Conference in Florence, AL
The Alabama Cooperative Extension Service is presenting the 23rd Annual Urban Forestry and Horticulture Conference on March 16, 2019. "Spruce Up Your Spring" is the theme of this year's conference, sponsored by City of Florence Mayor and City Council, the Florence Beautification Board, Tree Commission, and Urban Forestry/Horticulture Department. Two specialty tracks will be offered: Horticulture and Urban Forestry, with ISA points available. Learn more and register for the conference.
LSU Welcomes Valerie West as ANR Extension Agent for Northwest LA
The LSU AgCenter has announced Valerie West as their next ANR Extension Agent for Northwest Louisiana. West is a timber specialist who is set to replace longtime agent and recent retiree Ricky Kilpatrick. West previously worked over 12 years for the Weyerhaeuser Company doing productivity research covering territories west of the Mississippi river, including southern Louisiana and Mississippi. She later moved to the Webster and Bienville parish area in Louisiana to work with loblolly pine seed production before moving to Mississippi State University to pursue her Doctorate in Forestry. Read more about Valerie West.

SFE Releases Bi-Monthly Fire Lines Newsletter for January 
The Southern Fire Exchange has released their January edition of Fire Lines. Fire Lines is a newsletter that presents and discusses the latest Southeastern Fire news, recent projects, and activities.These include success stories, fact sheets, articles, papers, books, guides, or other resources, as well as info on upcoming events or past event summaries. View the newsletter.

UK Forestry Extension Accepts National Award
The University of Kentucky Forestry and Natural Resources Cooperative Extension received the Comprehensive Family Forests Education Award from the National Woodland Owners Association and the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs. The award is presented to an educational institution that has delivered the most effective education program benefiting family forest owners over the past five years. This is Kentucky Extension's second time receiving this national honor. Learn more about the award.

SREF News
Earn a Certificate by Completing All Seeding Success Modules Online
The Seeding Success course for early career Extension professionals is complete, and all modules are available for viewing. Certificates will be awarded to everyone who viewed every session either live or recorded. Please contact Leslie Boby if you have any questions. View the modules and course resources.
New Regional Factsheet: Bark Beetles, Drought, and Prescribed Fire
Check out this new factsheet on bark beetles, drought and prescribed fire from Leslie Boby (of SREF) and David Coyle (Clemson University) along with USFS Fire Ecologists. Learn more about how prescribed fire, when done correctly, will not increase your forest risks, even after a recent drought. Find it here.
National News
How the 2018 Farm Bill Affects Forestry
The United States Congress has passed the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill is the primary agricultural and food policy tool of the federal government, it also includes forestry. The $867 billion Bill includes an increase in the number of timber jobs, water restoration, conservation and innovative provisions in the forestry industry. It was signed into law by the President December 20, 2018. View more on how the Farm Bill affects forestry.

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2019 Now Accepting Applications
The National Fire Protection Association and State Farm announce the start of the funding award application period for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 4, 2019. Preparedness Day gives people of all ages a chance to plan and participate in a risk reduction or wildfire preparedness activity that makes their community a safer place to live.150 neighborhood wildfire risk reduction projects will be sponsored across the country. To enter, you must create a brief description of the proposed project you or your group will undertake and complete on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. All project applications must be submitted by March 1, 2019. Learn more and and submit an application.  
 
AFTA Now Accepting Abstract Submissions for 2019 Conference
The Association for Temperate Agroforestry is now accepting proposals for presentations, posters and oral sessions for their 16th Annual North American Agroforestry Conference in Corvallis, Oregon. Submissions must be congruent with the conference theme. The number of abstracts that can be submitted by a presenting author is limited to two for oral presentations, three for poster presentations, and two for session proposals. The abstract submission deadlines is June 24-27, 2019. Learn more and submit an abstract .

2019 ANREP Awards Program Now Taking Nominations 
The 2019 ANREP Awards Program is now taking nominations in order to recognize significantly achieving 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.
IUFRO Seeking Proposals for 2019 Small-Scale Forestry Conference
The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) is seeking proposals for the Small-Scale Forestry Conference. The event will be held in Duluth, Minnesota from July 8-10, 2019. Proposals can be submitted as either an oral presentation or a poster. Proposals must relate to social, economic, and ecological dimensions of small-scale, family, farm, non- industrial, agro- and community forestry. Proposals are due January 15, 2019. Learn more or submit a proposal.

WoodWorks to Host Webinar: IBC Tall Wood Code Provisions
The WoodWorks Product Council is hosting a free webinar on February 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM EST. The International Code Council approved 14 code change proposals in December, 2018. This webinar will provide an overview of the new code provisions, including allowable heights and areas, fire-resistance ratings, allowances for exposing the timber structure and/or encapsulating with non-combustible materials, options for utilizing concealed spaces and more. These new code provisions will be included as part of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). The webinar is presented by Carl Baldassarra. View the webinar portal.

WoodWorks to Host Webinar: Mass Timber Structure Development 
The WoodWorks Product Council is hosting a free webinar on March 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM EST. This webinar will discuss the results of a case study completed by a team of industry leaders who developed a design, engineering and cost feasibility study to serve as an example for the design of a 12-story mixed-use mass timber tower in Seattle. This presentation will explore that project, which utilized Type IV-B Construction and required 2-hour fire-resistant ratings for primary frame, bearing walls and floors. Standing 214 feet tall, the mixed-use program for this project includes street-level retail, five floors of commercial offices, and a 192-key hotel on the top six floors. View the webinar portal.
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.

Forester Examiner, City of Tampa
The City of Tampa, Florida is seeking a qualified candidate responsible for acting in a lead capacity to carry out technical inspections that enforce municipal tree, landscape and site clearing regulations and ordinances. Tasks include some fieldwork, extensive public contact and training of technical inspections personnel. Learn more here .

2 Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Positions at Mississippi State University DOF
The Mississippi State College of Forest Resources and the Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center is seeking qualified candidates to fill two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions. The incumbents responsibilities will include participation in undergraduate and graduate teaching, research and advising. 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 Seeks to Fill Five 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.

October 1-3, 2019 | Van Buren, MO
The Shortleaf Pine Initiative is hosting this biennial conference on shortleaf pine restoration, attracting foresters, biologists, researchers, landowners, and industry partners from across the eastern US.
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