ISSUE 29 : WEEK OF NOVEMBER 12, 2018
Recent News
Regional News

  • USFS SRS Seeks Feedback on Research in Southern Pine Ecosystems
  • Can You Claim Timber Damages from Natural Disasters on Your Taxes?
  • Georgia-Pacific Completes $100-Million Lumber Facility In Talladega, AL
  • GA Passes Amendment 3 for Fair & Accurate Landowner Tax Codes
  • Alabama Extension Releases Prescribed Fire Article Series 
  • Job Opportunity: Professor & Head 


SREF News

  • SFE to Host Webinar: Models for Hosting Learn & Burn Events
  • SFE to Host Webinar: Don't Fear the Fire 


National News
  • Morton Arboretum & ISA Symposium & Summit Calling for Contributions 
  • UT State Extension to Host Webinar on Emerald Ash Borer November 28
  • Press Release: USFS Supports California Fire Suppression Efforts
  • Job Opportunity: Rangeland Management Specialist


Funding Opportunities

  • Forest Service Announces $8 Million for Wood Products & Energy
  • UK's SCAHIP Offers Funds for Forestry Worker Safety & Health Projects
  • SIPMC Requests Applications for IPM Enhancement Grants

Regional News

USFS SRS Seeks Feedback on Research in Southern Pine Ecosystems
The USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station is currently in the process of developing new charters for longleaf and other southern pine research work units. For part of this effort, they are reaching out to those people and organizations that have, or potentially will use the science they develop. The SRS seeks your input on past, present, and future research in these southern pine ecosystems. Your feedback will be incorporated into the charter used to guide their program of work. Fill out a questionnaire and/or view the previous charter. Also they have developed a map on both units and the common framework of the Center for Restoration in Southern Pine Ecosystems (CRiSPE). View the interactive map.

Can You Claim Timber Damages from Natural Disasters on Your Taxes?
If you are a landowner that has been affected by recent natural disasters such as hurricanes or wildfires, you may be able to deduct eligible losses on your tax returns. In light of the most recent changes to the US tax code, the USDA Forest Service has published guidelines to help timber owners and home owners understand the deductions for timber or landscape trees damaged from casualties. The guidelines are authored by National Timber Tax Specialist Linda Wang. Read the guidelines.

Georgia-Pacific Completes $100-Million Lumber Facility In Talladega, AL
Georgia-Pacific officially began production at its newest lumber facility in Talladega, Alabama. The $100-million, 300,000-square-foot, technologically advanced plant currently employs more than 130 full-time employees and will generate an estimated $5 million in annual payroll.The facility receives approximately 150 log trucks a day and produces approximately 230 million board feet of lumber a year, with plans to expand in the near future. According to the University of Alabama's economic modeling, the construction of the plant had an estimated economic impact of more than $26 million on the city and county. The Talladega plant is the first of three new lumber production facilities Georgia-Pacific will be opening in the Southeast by the end of 2019. Learn more about the plant.

GA Passes Amendment 3 for Fair & Accurate Landowner Tax Codes
Georgia voters passed Amendment 3 last week giving thousands of timberland owners fair and accurate tax treatment regardless of the county where their trees are growing. Now more than four million acres of forests will have a better chance of being conserved, while continuing to provide the clean air, water, wildlife habitat and jobs that benefit every Georgian. This amendment will also ensure that counties are fairly and accurately reimbursed from the state to support schools and local governments. Learn more about Amendment 3.

Alabama Extension Releases Prescribed Fire Article Series
The Alabama Cooperative Extension Service has released the an article series discussing the importance of prescribed fire for forest and wildlife management. This series starts with an introduction to prescribed fire and its benefits, followed by 3 separate articles that discuss fuels, weather, and time of year respectively. Read Part 1 and Part 2 now.

Job Opportunity: Professor & Head
Mississippi State University Department of Forestry is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as Professor and Head. This is a full time administrative position. The head provides visionary leadership for all aspects of the department’s current and future activities in teaching, research, extension, and service. View the application.
SREF News

SFE to Host Webinar: Models for Hosting Learn & Burn Events
  "Learn and Burn" workshops are an excellent way for private landowners and others to gain hands-on burning experience and knowledge from expert mentors. Join Southern Fire Exchange on November 29, at 1:00 PM ET for a free one hour webinar that will provide some lessons learned from coordinating these events, and tips to putting one on in the future.  View the webinar .

SFE to Host Webinar: Don't Fear the Fire
Join Southern Fire Exchange on December 19, at 1:00 PM ET for a free one hour webinar that dispels the negative myths surrounding prescribed burning. This webinar will explore the many benefits of prescribed burning including invasive beetle protection and the lowering of pine drought stress through control of hardwoods that compete for water. View the webinar .

National News

Morton Arboretum & ISA Symposium & Summit Calling for Contributions
The Morton Arboretum and the International Society of Arboriculture are now accepting abstracts for The Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Educator’s Symposium and Summit May 19-22, 2019 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. Educators of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Contributions can be proposed as "short talk", "workshop", "stories", and/or "poster". Contributors may submit as many proposals as they like, but they must be proposed separately. All proposals are due by December 7, 2019. Learn more and submit proposals. 
UT State Extension to Host Webinar on Emerald Ash Borer November 28
Utah State Forestry Extension will host a free one hour webinar on November 28, at 12:00 PM MST. It will review research that provides scientific basis for EAB management and conservation of ash in urban environments. Presented by Dr. Dan Herms, Vice President of Research and Development for The Davey Tree Expert Company. Register for the webinar.

Press Release: USFS Supports California Fire Suppression Efforts
The Forest Service is supporting fire suppression efforts in California, where two massive wildfires burn at opposite ends of the state. The USFS is in unified command with several other agencies providing 485 personnel, including five crews, three helicopters, 66 engines, and two bulldozers. View the press release.

Job Opportunity: Rangeland Management Specialist
The USDA is seeking a qualified candidate to work as a Rangeland Management Specialist for their Agricultural Research Service in Burns, OR. The incumbent will provide support for research projects addressing the seedling ecology of perennial grasses and shrubs, and sustainable management of sagebrush plant communities.  View application here
Funding Opportunities

Forest Service Announces $8 Million for Wood Products & Energy
The U.S.D.A. Forest Service invites grant applications for projects that expand wood product and wood energy markets, reduce wildfire risk, and improve forest health. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 23, 2019. Grants provided through the agency’s Wood Innovations Program simultaneously boost local economies while helping make communities safer through the reduction of hazardous fuels on the landscape.  R ead more   .

UK's SCAHIP Offers Funds for Forestry Worker Safety & Health Projects
The Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention (SCAHIP), a research program at the University of Kentucky which is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH/CDC), is offering funds to support regionally relevant health and safety pilot projects for the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Sector. Awards will be made for up to $12,000 (direct plus indirect) and will be available for pilot studies from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019. Priority will be given to applicants from Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, however other contiguous states will be considered.  R ead more   .

SIPMC Requests Applications for IPM Enhancement Grants
The Southern IPM Center Advisory Council recently opened up the RFA for its 2019 IPM Enhancement Grants. Projects can be in a variety of different forestry and natural resources areas related to pest management and will be funded for one year. Proposals are due by November 17, 2018 at 5 PM.  R ead more from the IPM website   .

Upcoming Events:

December 7, 2018 | 1 PM ET
This webinar will focus on the new tax law changes that Congress passed in 2017 that affect the casualty loss deductions starting in the 2018 tax year.

December 10-14, 2018 | Asheville, NC
These joint conferences offer a forum where past experiences and lessons learned are documented, current work showcased, and emerging ideas/technology presented to provide a strong foundation that will facilitate setting a course to the future that addresses and responds to developing challenges locally, regionally, and globally.

October 1-3, 2019 | Van Buren, MO
The Shortleaf Pine Initiative holds a biennial conference series on shortleaf pine restoration, attracting foresters, biologists, researchers, landowners, and industry partners from across the eastern US.
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