ISSUE 53 : WEEK OF May 13, 2019
Recent News
Regional News

  • UT Awarded ~$1 Million Dollars to Study Woody Biomass Logistics
  • Apply to attend the Urban Wood Academy by June 28th
  • SFE Releases April-May Edition of Fire Lines Newsletter

SREF News

  • SREF Online E-learn Course Provides Introduction to Urban Forestry
  • Find Important Forestry & Natural Resources Apps on the SREF website
  • 2018-2019 Extension Award Winners- SREF Awards Program
  • SREF Awards Spotlight: Extension Publication & Journal Publication

National News
  • New Video Highlights the Importance of Reforestation for Capturing Atmospheric Carbon in Soils
  • NAFO Report Finds Private Working Forests Provide 2.5 Million Jobs
  • Forest Service announces 2019 Wood Innovation Grant Awards

Funding Opportunities

  • RREA-NIFA Offers $300K to Land-Grant University Programs for 2019
  • USFS, US Endowment Offer up to $1 Million for Mass Timber Grant

Job Opportunities

  • Clemson: Assistant/Associate Professor Quantitative Forest Science 
  • ABAC: Assistant Professor of Forestry
  • Texas A&M Forest Service: Forest Economist
Regional News
UT Awarded ~$1 Million Dollars to Study Woody Biomass Logistics
A team of researchers at University of Tennessee's Institute of Agriculture will be working to determine the key parameters for high-quality, year-round woody biomass logistics systems for biorefineries at the commercial scale. The focus is on the southeastern United States. The grant will allow the research team to explore an innovative and integrated approach and to link woody biomass quality and composition to feedstock processing logistics. Read more here.

Apply to attend the Urban Wood Academy by June 28th
This multi-day, interactive experiential workshop will include 15-18 participants. The goal is for participants to share best practices and what they have learned about working on creating regional networked wood economies that support the US wood industry. The workshop includes classroom, field and dialogue-based learning. Apply by June 28th for this meeting that is September 11-13, 2019, in Baltimore, MD. Apply here.

SFE Releases April-May Edition of Fire Lines Newsletter
The Southern Fire Exchange (SFE) recently released the April-May edition of the their Fire Lines newsletter. This issue includes research results, resources, news, and upcoming events from the southeastern region and nationwide. SFE is a fire science delivery program in the Southeast that aims to improve access to and usefulness of southern fire science information, and offer opportunities for the fire community to interact and learn from one another. Start reading Fire Lines.
SREF News
SREF Online E-learn Course Provides Introduction to Urban Forestry
The eLearn Urban Forestry produced by Southern Regional Extension Forestry a few years ago is a fantastic introduction to urban forestry. The 10 module course is geared towards beginning urban foresters and others such as city planners, natural resource planners, public works, service foresters and more. Increase your knowledge of urban forestry from your desk. Access it here.

Find Important Forestry & Natural Resources Apps on the SREF website
SREF IT staff have assembled mobile apps on the resources page. Check out these useful forestry and natural resource apps. If you do not see one that you would recommend, please let us know! Find the apps here. Submit your recommended app here.

2018-2019 Extension Award Winners- SREF Awards Program
The Southern Regional Extension Forestry (SREF) announces winners to their regional Extension awards program. Awards are judged by a regional team in multiple categories ranging from Extension and journal publications to websites, youth education and more. Submissions included nearly 100 nominees and co-nominees. In the coming weeks, this newsletter will highlight many of the award-winning unique programs and products. Congratulations to all the winners. See the complete list of awards given .
SREF Awards Spotlight: Research Technology Transfer & Youth & Teacher Education
Each week Southern Regional Extension Forestry (SREF) will be highlighting two of their SREF award program recipients.

This week, we are featuring winners from the categories Extension Publication and Journal Publication. One of our six winners for Extension Publication goes to Dr. Rajan Parajuli and Dr. Frederik Laleicke from North Carolina State University for their publication Mass Timber Products: Innovative Wood-Based Building Materials . The publication outlines the mass timber products industry, the current products in use and the current and future market value for mass timber. One of our four winners for Journal Publication is Dr. Craig Harper from the University of Tennessee for his publication Fire Effects on Wildlife in Central Hardwoods and Appalachian Regions. This publication provides an up-to-date review of fire effects on various wildlife species and their habitat in the Central Hardwoods and Appalachians.  See the complete list of awards given .
National News
New Video Highlights the Importance of Reforestation for Capturing Atmospheric Carbon in Soils
This short video provides an overview of research conducted to estimate how much atmospheric carbon could be captured in soils alone, by re-foresting areas. Watch the video here.

NAFO Report Finds Private Working Forests Provide 2.5 Million Jobs
A recent report by the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) shows that private working forests support a staggering 2.5 million jobs. The study was conducted by Forest2Market. The report analyzes Forest & Inventory Analysis (FIA) data from the Forest Service and North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes from the Department of Labor to calculate the economic impact of privately owned working forests across the United States. The report also found that private working forests create $109 billion in payroll, and account for $288 billion dollars in sales and manufacturing. The National Alliance of Forest Owners. Read an analysis of the report , or read the full report.



Forest Service announces 2019 Wood Innovation Grant Awards
The US Forest Service (USFS) awarded over $8.9 million through the 2019 Wood Innovations Grant program. Thirty-nine business, university, nonprofit and tribal partners in 20 states are matching the grants with an additional $8.8 million. Of the 41 projects selected, 29 focus upon expanding markets for wood products and 12 seek to increase markets for wood energy. Some projects involve the design of new mass timber buildings, such as a courthouse and K‒12 schools, while others explore using mass timber in high velocity hurricane zones. Additional projects will help fuel small-scale, combined heat and power projects and biochar market development. View the full list of award winners.



Funding Opportunities
USFS, US Endowment Offer up to $1 Million for Mass Timber Grant 
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) plan to award up to one-million dollars under the Mass Timber University Grant Program and related Request for Proposals (RFP). The intent of the Mass Timber Grant is to inspire interest in and support for mass timber products among the architectural, developer and building communities as well as the public, by showcasing them in highly-visible projects on university campuses. This grant is a cost share/matching program meaning that for every dollar awarded from the Mass Timber Grant, the recipient must match that same dollar amount. Submission are due by May 31, 2019. Learn more and view detailed instructions on how to apply.
RREA- NIFA Offers $300K to Land-Grant University Programs for 2019 
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is has released a Request for Applications (RFA) for their National Focus Funds project. The purpose of the grant program is to provide funds for pilot projects that address emerging forest and rangeland resource issues, have national or regional relevancy, or develop new and innovative projects that can be replicated at other institutions. Applications may only be submitted by 1862 and/or 1890 land-grant institutions Project Directors must have an extension appointment. Applications are due June 21, 2019 at 5:00 PM EST. Read detailed instruction on how to submit an application , or submit an application.
Job Opportunities
Clemson: Assistant/Associate Professor Quantitative Forest Science
Clemson is seeking candidates for a tenure track position in quantitative forest science. The position is 50% research and 50% teaching, and a 9 month appointment. Application deadline is May 31, 2019. View the application.
ABAC: Assistant Professor of Forestry
The Department of Forest Resources at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) is seeking an Assistant Professor of Forestry. The successful candidate will teach courses in support of ABAC’s Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management. Primary teaching responsibilities in forest resources may include but are not limited to Dendrology, Forest Measurements and Mapping, and Advanced Forest Ecology. This is a 10 month, tenure-track position. Position open until filled.  View the application.

Texas A&M Forest Service: Forest Economist
Texas A&M Forest Service is hiring a forest economist to lead timber tax workshops and trainings and to model forest economic impact data using IMPLAN software. For more information, view the application .
Upcoming Events:

May 29-30, 2019 | Ellerbe, NC
This is an advanced workshop open to certified burners only. The workshop will focus on techniques to help you maximize your burn window. This workshop will focus on prescribed fire in pine stands, including loblolly, shortleaf and longleaf. Learn about the parameters needed to burn safely in each of these stand types. Space is limited, register early to guarantee your seat. CFEs will be available.

June 6, 2019 | Headland, AL
SmartMap 1.0 introduces audiences to low-cost and easy to use geospatial mapping applications that can be used on smartphones or ipads. The class introduces audiences to GIS, GPS, and Smartphone GIS applications. This workshop also introduces audiences to UAV technology and its applications for video capture and forest mapping.

June 6, 2019 | Jasper, GA
The Georgia Prescribed Fire Council steering committee has assembled a great program of speakers for this inaugural meeting with a special emphasis on north Georgia and its unique terrain, population and forest types. This meeting will be the best chance to network with other prescribed fire practitioners and other experts in the use of fire. Registration deadline is May 31, 2019. Please see the agenda for more information. 

June 11 & 13, 2019 | Senatobia, MS
This two day short course teaches landowners what to consider when buying, how to go about purchasing property, and what management practices are appropriate when buying and selling timberland in MS. Registration is $30 per person, $45 per couple. The fee covers reference materials and refreshments. Space is limited. Please register by June 4, 2019.
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