WEEK OF JUNE 25, 2018
Recent news
  • Emily Bell Joins UF/IFAS as Invasive Species Extension Coordinator
  • Southern Fire Exchange Releases Fact Sheet on Smoke & Health
  • UT Extension's Craig Harper Releases Wildlife & Fire Fact Sheet
  • Upcoming Course to Give New Extension Foresters Tools for Growth
  • Success Story from the Cohesive Strategy Highlights Veteran Fire Corps
  • Urban Forestry Webinar to Teach Pollinator Promotion & Habitat Needs
  • 2018 State and Private Forestry Fact Sheets Posted Online
  • Request for Applications Posted for RREA National Focus Funds
  • AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program Grant Available

Regional News

Emily Bell Joins UF/IFAS as Invasive Species Extension Coordinator
University of Florida's IFAS Extension recently welcomed Emily Bell as the new Invasive Species Extension Coordinator/Florida Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator. We are eager to begin working with her as she settles into her new position! read more about Emil y .

Southern Fire Exchange Releases Fact Sheet on Smoke & Health
Wildland fire smoke can impact public health in various ways, its effects being especially harmful to respiratory and cardiovascular health. Southern Fire Exchange's recently released fact sheet, Wildland Fire Smoke Effects on Public Health What Does the Research Say?, summarizes research findings from two smoke and public health literature reviews conducted in 2015 and 2016.  read the fact sheet.

UT Extension's Craig Harper Releases Wildlife & Fire Fact Sheet
Prescribed fire is used to maintain various vegetation communities required by many wildlife species in the southern Appalachians. Our Extension colleague, Dr. Craig Harper at the University of Tennessee, co-authored a fact sheet detailing considerations necessary on burning for wildlife habitat in the Southern Blue Ridge.   read the fact sheet .
SREF News

Upcoming Course to Give New Extension Foresters Tools for Growth
We encourage our readership to spread the news widely about Seeding Success, an upcoming online synchronous onboarding course that will provide tools, technology, and techniques for new Extension foresters and natural resource specialists to grow and thrive. A team of natural resource specialists from around the country have had a hand in creating the course, and participants will have the opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade directly from these experienced professionals. The course will run September 11 - December 4, 2018. see more information or sign up.

Success Story from the Cohesive Strategy Highlights Veteran Fire Corps
The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy recently released a success story focusing on the Veteran Fire Corps, a new initiative aimed at providing veterans with job skills in forest and wildland fire management. The story was written by SREF Extension Associate Holly Campbell. read the story .

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

2018 State and Private Forestry Fact Sheets Posted Online
The Forest Service's State and Private Forestry state and territory fact sheets have been updated for 2018 and are now available on the National Association of State Forester's website. see the fact sheets .


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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