WEEK OF JULY 9, 2018
Recent news
  • UK Seeks Input on Reestablishing Wood & Forestry Training Program
  • AL Extension Publishes Fact Sheet on Woody Ornamental Borer Pests
  • Clemson Extension to Host Urban Forestry Workshop
  • OK Extension Issues Report on Forestry's Statewide Economic Impact
  • Dr. Bill Hubbard Named 2018 Society of American Foresters Fellow
  • Dr. Dave Coyle Participates in Clemson Master Naturalist Course
  • REMINDER: Online Course for New Extension Forestry & NR Agents
  • Upcoming Webinar to Cover Urban Forest Effects on Storm Water
  • National Wood & Forest Products Extension Meeting to be Held in WI
  • Forest Service Job: Research Ecologist or Research Forester
  • Request for Applications Posted for RREA National Focus Funds
  • AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program Grant Available

Regional News

UK Seeks Input on Reestablishing Wood & Forestry Training Program
The University of Kentucky's Forestry Department, Hazard Community and Technical College, and UK's Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability are trying to reestablish the Forestry and Wood Technology Certificate program that was located at the UK Wood Utilization Center and the UK Robinson Forest in Breathitt County, KY. To do this, they need industry professionals to weigh in on the need for and utility of such a program. Their survey will only take a few minutes and will be invaluable for their work. add your voice to the effort .

AL Extension Publishes Fact Sheet on Woody Ornamental Borer Pests
Dr. David Held and Extension Agent Jeremy Pickens of Auburn University recently published a fact sheet on the recognition of and management for various species of borer larvae that target woody ornamental plants. Species include the emerald ash borer, the redbay ambrosia beetle, and various bark beetle genera. read the fact sheet.

Clemson Extension to Host Urban Forestry Workshop
Our partners at Clemson Extension will be hosting the 2018 South Carolina Urban Forestry Workshop Thursday July 26 at 1 PM ET. This will be an all-day event that will include lectures on the state of urban forestry in SC, ways of incorporating urban forestry knowledge into your backyard, and the economic and social benefits of urban trees. see the flyer or register for the event .


OK Extension Issues Report on Forestry's Statewide Economic Impact
Oklahoma State University's Dr. Omkar Joshi and his graduate students, Morgan Starr and Paulina Harron, recently released a report in fact sheet form on the wide-reaching economic impacts that the forestry industry has in Oklahoma. The numbers are impressive, for example: "Oklahoma’s forest sector directly contributed $3.3 billion in industry output and employed more than 8,700 people with a payroll contribution of $454 million in 2016." read the report .
SREF News

Dr. Bill Hubbard Named 2018 Society of American Foresters Fellow
We are pleased to report that our Southern Regional Forester, Dr. Bill Hubbard, has been named a Society of American Foresters (SAF) Fellow for 2018! The SAF Fellow Award is a prestigious award that recognizes an SAF member for long standing service to forestry at the local, state, and national level. The SAF Fellow is recognized as an ambassador for the advancement of forestry. Dr. Hubbard will receive the award at this year's Society of American Foresters National Convention. see list of previous SAF Fellows.

Dr. Dave Coyle Participates in Clemson Master Naturalist Course
SREF's Dr. Dave Coyle, director of the Forest Health and Invasive Species Outreach and Education Program (FHIS) co-taught a Master Naturalist course on forest health issues such as bugs, fungi, and drought July 11, 2018 in Clemson, SC. Dr. Coyle co-taught the course with Dr. James Blake, coordinator of the SC Master Naturalist program. visit the SC Master Naturalist page .

REMINDER: Online Course for New Extension Forestry & NR Agents
Join us this fall Tuesdays from 1 to 2 PM September 11 to December 4 for a unique online program for new Extension forestry and natural resource professionals that will cover 8 modules over 12 weeks and include resources and materials that you can access any time. Forestry and natural resource Extension professionals from across the country have joined together to create this program to share information that will help a new Extension specialist succeed. see the notice and sign up for updates .

Upcoming Webinar to Cover Urban Forest Effects on Storm Water
Join us July 24 at 1 PM ET for our upcoming Urban Forestry Webinar: Transitioning from Gray to Green Infrastructure Using Urban Forestry. Robert Northrop, Extension Forester, University of Florida IFAS Extension, will deliver an introduction to the influence of the urban forest on storm water flows and water quality. Focus will be on the science that Extension agents can deliver in cities to affect storm water through specific urban forestry practices. read more .
National News

National Wood & Forest Products Extension Meeting to be Held in WI
Extension professionals and state and federal partners are invited to a national meeting of wood and forest products Extension specialists from US land grant universities September 24-28, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin.  This will be the first national meeting for wood and forest products Extension in several years and will provide a strong platform for national partnership and collaboration. contact Dr. Bill Hubbard for more information; review an event flyer; see a draft agenda; or register for the event.

Forest Service Job: Research Ecologist or Research Forester
The Forest Service is seeking qualified applicants for a Research Ecologist or Forester that will work in the Southern Research Station's Research Work Unit "Restoring and Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems" located in Auburn, Alabama.
Research in this work unit addresses questions concerning relationships among natural disturbances, stand and landscape dynamics, and silviculture. see the job posting .
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 24, 2018 | 1 PM ET
Robert Northrop, Extension Forester, University of Florida IFAS Extension, will deliver an introduction to the influence of the urban forest has on storm water flows and water quality.

July 26, 2018 | Clemson, SC
Join Clemson Extension Forestry and Natural Resources for an all-day workshop on various urban forestry topics. The event will be useful for landowners and forestry and arboriculture specialists alike.

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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