ISSUE 52 : WEEK OF May 6, 2019
Recent News
Regional News

  • Clemson to Host Carbon Market Workshop for Forest Landowners
  • SALCC to Host Webinar on How Climate Change Affects Rx Fire
  • UKY Extension College of Ag, Food & Environment Names New Director
  • MSU Extension Column Explains the Value of Growing Shortleaf Pine
  • NCSU to Host Workshop on Alternative Incomes for Forest Landowners
  • SFE Releases April-May Edition of Fire Lines Newsletter
  • NCSU Releases 2017 Economic Contribution of the NC Forest Sector

SREF News

  • 2018-2019 Extension Award Winners- SREF Awards Program
  • SREF Awards Spotlight: Extension Publication & Journal Publication

National News
  • NAFO Report Finds Private Working Forests Provide 2.5 Million Jobs
  • USDA Announces Finalists for NIFA & ERS Headquarters Relocation
  • Forest Service announces 2019 Wood Innovation Grant Awards
  • Call for Nominations- 2019 Family Forests Education Awards
  • USFS Blog: Strategies for Reintroducing Blight Resistant Chestnut Trees
  • Michigan State Extension Releases Forestry Video Series BeLeaf or Not!

Funding Opportunities

  • JFSP, BLM Announce Wildland Fire Funding Opportunity up to $500K
  • 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

  • NC Dept of Ag & Consumer Services: Urban Forestry Specialist
  • Clemson University Seeks Full-Time Temporary Forester
  • Virginia Tech Extension Associate for Landowner and Logger Education
  • Clemson: Assistant/Associate Professor Quantitative Forest Science 
  • ABAC: Assistant Professor of Forestry
  • Texas A&M Forest Service: Forest Economist
Regional News
Clemson to Host Carbon Market Workshop for Forest Landowners
The Clemson Cooperative Extension will host a carbon market workshop on May 23, 2019 in Clemson, SC. The workshop will teach forest landowners how participating in the carbon markets can provide a new revenue stream while helping attack climate change.The workshop will inform landowners about the amount of carbon sequestered due to various forest management activities.Forest best management practices not only might increase carbon sequestration but also can help with enhancing wildlife habitat, improving soil quality and conserving biodiversity. Cost to attend is $50. Learn more and register for the workshop.

UKY Extension College of Ag, Food & Environment Names New Director
The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has appointed Dr. Laura Stephenson to be there new Associate Dean and Director. Dr. Stephenson currently serves as the assistant dean of extension and department chair of family and consumer sciences at the University of Tennessee. She will begin her duties on August 1, 2019. Learn more about Dr. Stephenson.

NCSU to Host Workshop on Alternative Incomes for Forest Landowners 
The North Carolina State University (NCSU) Cooperative Extension will host a workshop on alternative revenue streams for forest landowners on May 21, 2019 in Rocky Mount, NC. Forests offer several alternative income opportunities for landowners, which are often compatible with their primary objectives of owning forestland. This workshop educates natural resource professionals and landowners about forest-based alternative income streams available to their region. This wokrshop will explore revenues through carbon markets, hunting leases, wetland mitigation banking, conservation easements and emerging forest products markets beyond timber production. Cost is $20 without continuing forester education credits, $100 with. Deadline to register is May 14, 2019. Learn more , or register for the workshop.

NCSU Releases 2017 Economic Contribution of the NC Forest Sector
North Carolina State University (NCSU) recently released a publication detailing the economic contribution of the North Carolina forest sector for 2017. The forest sector includes forestry and logging operations, sawmills, furniture mills, and pulp and paper industries. In 2017, these industries contributed $20 billion in industry output, which is just over 2% of the state-wide economic output. The forest sector employed over 71,600 people with a payroll of $4 billion and a value added (gross state product) of $5.6 billion. Including direct, indirect, and induced effects, the forest sector in North Carolina had a total contribution of $32.8 billion in industry output to the North Carolina economy, supporting over 150,000 full and part-time jobs with a payroll of $8.2 billion. Learn more about the 2017 forest sector's economic contribution.
SALCC to Host Webinar on How Climate Change Affects Rx Fire 
The South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC) will host a free one hour webinar on May 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM EST. The webinar is presented by Dr. Adam Terando of U.S. Geological Survey. The webinar will discuss how changes in climate could affect the frequency and seasonality of opportunities for managers to engage in prescribed burning. Dr. Terando will evaluate the potential impacts of projected climate changes on prescribed fire activity in the southeastern United States, where more than half of all nationwide prescribed burning takes place.  Learn more and register for the free webinar.

MSU Extension Column Explains the Value of Growing Shortleaf Pine 
Dr. John Kushla of the Mississippi State University (MSU) Extension Service recently published an article in the MSU publication Extension Outdoors on the value of growing shortleaf pine over the southeastern stalwart loblolly pine. Shortleaf has many benefits that make it a strong candidate for management including a greater natural range and virtually identical wood characteristics to that of loblolly. Dr. Kushla explains that shortleaf is more resistant to fusiform rust, is more fire tolerant, and are more resilient in ice storms than either loblolly or slash pine. Given the very extensive range of shortleaf, this species is a viable choice for natural stand or plantation management in northern Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.  Learn more about the benefits of shortleaf pine.

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
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
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.

USFS Blog: Strategies for Reintroducing Blight Resistant Chestnut Trees
The US Forest Service (USFS) Research and Development scientists are partnering with national forests in the Southern and Eastern regions of the National Forest System to explore conditions necessary for the American chestnut to grow and regenerate on a landscape scale. Several studies are under way that are aimed at developing management protocols foresters can use to reintroduce the species to forests. The Allegheny National Forest and Northern Research Station are collaborating in four new studies on the forest and surrounding forestlands to evaluate these conditions. The studies will examine site quality, the impact of deer browsing, planted chestnut response to prescribed fire and application of the three-stage shelterwood system for chestnut establishment. Learn more about the efforts to restore chestnut trees.
USDA Announces Finalists for NIFA & ERS Headquarters Relocation 
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the finalists vying to become the new homes of the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).Part of the relocation plan was to improve USDA’s ability to attract and retain highly qualified staff with training and interests in agriculture, many of whom come from land-grant universities. The top three Expressions of Interest under consideration are: the Greater Kansas City Region in Kansas and Missouri (MO), the Research Triangle Region in North Carolina, and multiple locations in Indiana. Besides the top three, the USDA says that St. Louis, MO and Madison, WI. remain under consideration. Learn more about the selection process here.

Call for Nominations- 2019 Family Forests Education Awards
The 2019 National Family Forest Education Awards program presented by the National Woodlands Owners Association (NWOA) and the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs (NAUFRP) is open for nominations. Individual and comprehensive categories. Individual can include specialized courses, workshops, webpages, materials, etc. that address a specific family forest issue or problem. Comprehensive category includes broad scale educational efforts using a variety of approaches . Deadline September 20, 2019. Learn more about this awards program.

Michigan State Extension Releases Forestry Video Series BeLeaf or Not!
Michigan State University has created a new online forestry video series called BeLeaf or Not! The goal of this series is to produce 30-35 professionally-done video shorts to be placed on YouTube and supported by an informative website. Each episode will address a particular topic about forests and forestry. Topics include management, logging, and industry. The series is presented by Michigan State Extension foresters Bill Cook and Georgia Peterson. They have prodcured five episodes so far. Start watching BeLeaf it or Not!
Funding Opportunities
JFSP, BLM Announce Wildland Fire Funding Opportunity up to $500K 
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plan to award up to $500,000 to prioritize and provide sound scientific studies that support the land management agencies and other stakeholders in addressing issues associated with wildland fire. The objectives of this grant are to identify or develop metrics to assess fuel break and fuel break system performance, evaluate fuel breaks and fuel break systems against these standards, and identify necessary improvements in the implementation of operational fire behavior models. All proposals are to be submitted using the electronic submission process provided on the JFSP website. Proposals must be submitted by 7:00 PM. EST on May 16, 2019. Learn more about the program and how to apply.

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
NC Dept of Ag & Consumer Services: Urban Forestry Specialist 
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Urban Forestry Specialist in Wake County, NC.The incumbent will deliver NC Forest Service (NCFS) Urban & Community Forestry (U&CF) program services statewide under the direction of the Urban & Community Forestry Program Head. They will provide technical assistance, information, and guidance to local governments, community groups, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders in U&CF forestry development, management and the NCFS U&CF grant program.Applications should be submitted by May 16, 2019. View the application.

Virginia Tech Extension Associate for Landowner and Logger Education
Virginia Tech Extension is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Extension Associate for landowner and logger education in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. The Extension Associate will work in conjunction with the Forest Operations Extension Specialist to coordinate the SHARP Logger Program . Primary job duties will relate to program administration, training coordination, serving as the primary point of contact for interaction with participants in the program, and maintenance of training records. Expectations include work on Extension research projects, writing and reviewing Extension publications, and creating other communications for loggers and forest landowners. Applications should be submitted by May 20, 2019. View the application.
Clemson University Seeks Full-Time Temporary Forester 
Clemson University is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Forester. This is full time temporary/time limited position. The forester performs professional forest management duties and assists staff to foster the development, protection and utilization of forest resources for Clemson University forest lands. The incumbent will implement current technology in management and environmental protection while providing natural resource teaching, research, and demonstration opportunities. Application deadline is May 17, 2019. View the application.

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 18, 2019 | New Hill, NC
Over 40 exhibitors covering a variety of fun, educational topics will be at the Festival. Many will include information on the longleaf pine's history, its value as an ecosystem, how it is managed with fire, the wildlife and plants that depend on the longleaf pine and many more natural resource topics.

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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