WEEK OF JUNE 18, 2018
Recent news
  • Interactive Map Shows 2016 Florida Forest Industry Contributions
  • Florida Extension Project Supports Community Capacity Building
  • Job Opportunity: Woody Biomass Utilization Specialist
  • Forest Health Facebook Community a Huge Success
  • 250+ Shortleaf Pine Publications Available Online
  • Reminder: Urban Forestry Webinar to Cover Tree Check-up Essentials
  • Colorado Extension Releases EAB Mobile Application
  • National Job Opportunity: Cooperative Forestry Program Coordinator
  • Request for Applications Posted for RREA National Focus Funds
  • AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program Grant Available

Regional News

Interactive Map Shows 2016 Florida Forest Industry Contributions
A recent UF/IFAS study analyzed the economic contributions of the forest industry and forest-based recreation activities to the state of Florida in 2016. Now you can view the results of that study in an interactive online map that divides the numbers up county by county. see the map .

Florida Extension Project Supports Community Capacity Building
Our colleagues at University of Florida/IFAS, Dr. Martha Monroe and Research Economist Jennison Searcy, launched the CIVIC: Community Voices Informed Choices project in 2017 to frame and support ongoing work on community capacity building. The CIVIC program will provide Extension agents with professional development trainings on engagement processes and best practices to create Florida-specific frameworks for public deliberation. Additionally, CIVIC will identify and develop specific plans to engage local community leaders to become champions who can move the needle on actions and behaviors to improve local community conditions. read more.

Job Opportunity: Woody Biomass Utilization Specialist
The USFS Region 8 is looking for qualified applicants to apply to be the principal consultant and adviser to both the Forest Management (FMT) and Cooperative Forestry (CF) organizations regarding wood and woody biomass utilization programs and initiatives. This position is located within Forest Management in the Southern Regional Office located in Atlanta, GA.   see job posting .
SREF News

Forest Health Facebook Community a Huge Success
SREF's Dr. David Coyle and University of Florida's Dr. Jiri Hulcr created the Southern Forest Health Diagnostics Forum last year as an online community in which users could ask real forest health questions and have them answered by genuine experts. The forum has grown beyond expectations since its inception with nearly 500 members over 50% of which visit at least once a week! Over 60% of users said that the site improved their skills as educators/consultants and, on average, they rated the site a 4.2 out of 5 in terms of usefulness with 4 being very or extremely useful. An infographic detailing these and other impressive numbers is now available. see infographic or visit the community.

250+ Shortleaf Pine Publications Available Online
SREF staff recently updated shortleafpine.net , the web's most comprehensive shortleaf pine resource and home of the Shortleaf Pine Initiative, to include a searchable database of 250+ publications on shortleaf pine and shortleaf pine management. Many are available directly from the site in a free pdf form. The database provides links and purchasing information for articles with access restrictions. view the publications.

Reminder: Urban Forestry Webinar to Cover Tree Check-up Essentials
Trees provide significant benefits to our homes and communities, but they may also become liabilities when they fall or break apart, causing property damage, personal injuries, and power outages. Join us on June 26 at 1 PM ET for Dr. Robert Polomski's Community Forest Health webinar on how to inspect trees by identifying 7 of the most common structural tree defects that often result in failures . read more .
National News

Colorado Extension Releases EAB Mobile Application
To help Colorado homeowners determine whether trees on their property may be susceptible to being killed by EAB, Colorado State University Extension and the Colorado State Forest Service released a free app that will allow anyone to use their mobile device to quickly ascertain whether a tree is a potential target for the pest . get the app for iOS or download the Android version.

National Job Opportunity: Cooperative Forestry Program Coordinator
The International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF), Office of State and Private Forestry is searching for a Natural Resources Specialist, GS-0401-9/11/12, full-time, permanent position. The Cooperative Forestry Program Coordinator (CFPC) position is based in the headquarters building of the International Institute of Tropical Forestry in Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico. The ideal candidate will have strong Spanish language skills. read 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:
June 26, 2018 | 1 PM ET
Dr. Robert Polomski, Clemson Extension specialist, will describe how to inspect trees by identifying 7 of the most common structural tree defects that often result in failures.

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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