WEEK OF JULY 2, 2018
Recent news
  • Alabama Extension to Hold Next ForestHER Workshop in September
  • MSU Offers 2018 Intro to Wood Science and Forest Products Course
  • NCSU's Laurel Kays Pens Article on Virginia's May 10 Learn & Burn
  • Entomology Today Highlights UF/SREF-Affiliated Social Media Group
  • Dr. Dave Coyle Talks Forest Health in Georgia
  • REMINDER: Webinar to Teach Pollinator Promotion & Habitat Needs
  • Report Published on Design & Rationale for Annual US Timber Modeling
  • Cooperative Forestry Act: 40 Years of Helping Private Forest Owners
  • Request for Applications Posted for RREA National Focus Funds
  • AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program Grant Available

Regional News

Alabama Extension to Hold Next ForestHER Workshop in September
Alabama Cooperative Extension Service will be hosting the next installment of its popular and award-winning ForestHER workshop series September 18-19 in Autaugaville, Alabama. These workshops, conceived of and administered by our friend, Dr. Becky Barlow, give women landowners the opportunity to learn about forest management topics that are important to them, such as map reading and deeds, tree measurement, and market timber and non-timber forest products in a relaxed, fun setting. read more and register .

MSU Offers 2018 Intro to Wood Science and Forest Products Course
Mississippi State University Department of Sustainable Bioproducts and the Forest Products Society will be offering an informative three-day course September 11-13 teaching the basics of wood and wood-based products, the environmental advantages of wood, product properties, and more. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on exercises to practice skills and attend sessions in the state-of-the-art Forest Products and Wood Science Learning Center on the campus of Mississippi State University . register and see course details.

NCSU's Laurel Kays Pens Article on Virginia's May 10 Learn & Burn
NCSU Extension Assistant Laurel Kays recently wrote an article detailing the May 10 Learn and Burn in Virginia sponsored by many of our Extension partners that our Extension Associate, Leslie Boby, participated in. read the article .

If you or your agency are interested in hosting a “learn and burn,” be sure to tune in to Southern Fire Exchange's October 10 webinar on lessons learned from past events (details TBA). see SFE's webinar page .
SREF News

Entomology Today Highlights UF/SREF-Affiliated Social Media Group
The Entomological Society of America recently posted a list of insect identification resources for the public on its Entomology Today blog and online magazine. Prominently featured among their list was the Southern Forest and Tree Health Diagnostics Group, created by Jiri Hulcr, University of Florida, and administered in part by SREF's Dr. Dave Coyle. see the full list or visit the group.

Dr. Dave Coyle Talks Forest Health in Georgia
On June 28-29, SREF's Dr. Dave Coyle, director of the Forest Health and Invasive Species Outreach and Education Program (FHIS), traveled around Georgia to teach landowners the importance of forest health.

On June 28, Dr. Coyle participated in a panel discussion entitled Enemy at the gate – the biological factors threatening productivity and profitability of private forests with Mr. Chip Bates (Georgia Forestry Commission) and Mr. Parris Hawkins (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol) at the National Conference of Private Forest Landowners.  see the agenda .

On Friday, June 29, Dr. Coyle lectured at a Beginning Farmers Workshop in Oglethorpe, GA, with Fort Valley State University Extension agent Ricky Waters. This workshop gave farmers and forest landowners baseline information on farm and forest management as well as tax information and estate planning assistance. see the notice .

REMINDER: Urban Forestry Webinar to Teach Pollinator Promotion & Habitat Needs
Pollinator habitats are important to all landscapes, including urban and suburban forests. On July 10, 2018 at 1 PM ET, Dr. Elizabeth Benton, Forest Health Outreach Specialist at the University of Georgia, will deliver a webinar about pollinator habitat needs and ways to promote pollinators in urban and suburban forests. read more .
National News

Report on Design & Rationale for Annual US Timber Modeling Published
Authors from the US Forest Service recently published an article on the importance of monitoring US timber production in a timely and consistent manner. The report also includes the foundations for moving to an annual timber products output monitoring design in support of market, sustainability, and policy analyses as well as projections. read the report .

Cooperative Forestry Act: 40 Years of Helping Private Forest Owners
Forty years ago, on July 1, Congress passed the  Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 . The Act was designed to mitigate threats to private forests such as wildfire, attacks by insects and diseases, and conversion to non-forest uses. It empowered the  USDA Forest Service  to partner with state forestry agencies, which typically match federal investments 2 to 1, to provide technical forest management assistance to landowners. read more about the Act .
Funding Opportunities

Request for Applications Posted for RREA National Focus Funds
$300,000 is available in 2018 to 1862 Land-Grant Institutions and 1890 Land-Grant Institutions to provide funds for pilot projects that: (1) Address emerging forest and rangeland resource issues, (2) Have national or regional relevancy, or (3) Develop new and innovative projects that can be replicated at other institutions . Applications are due by July 20. learn more .

AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program Grant Available
Approximately $182 million is available in funding from NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is America’s flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. read more .
Upcoming Events:
July 10, 2018 | 1 PM ET
Dr. Elizabeth Benton, Forest Health Specialist at the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry, will discuss pollinator habitat needs and ways to promote pollinators in urban and suburban forests.

July 12, 2018 | Kosciusko, MS
This short course informs forest landowners of alternative sources of income from their forest land production. Natural resources specialists will cover topics such as biomass production, firewood, specialty woods, and crafts markets and values, hunting, fishing and other recreational leases, pine straw production and pole production

July 28, 2018 | Shelbyville, KY
This short course is designed to assist Kentucky’s woodland owners in the care and management of their woodland resource and is conducted on a regional basis.
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