ISSUE 30 : WEEK OF NOVEMBER 26, 2018
Recent News
Regional News

  •  JCEP Seeking Proposals for PILD Conference Presentations
  • Webinar: Southeast Findings of New National Climate Assessment
  • Job Opportunity: Director of Landowner Outreach, Forestry Education
  • Job Opportunity: Forest Heath and Sustainability Unit Leader
  • Job Opportunity: Regional Urban Forester 3 - West
  • Job Opportunity: Water Quality/Best Management Practices Specialist

SREF News

  • Learn More About Extension Promotion & Tenure with Seeding Success
  • New Cohesive Fire Strategy Success Story Released
  • SFE to Host Webinar: Don't Fear the Fire 

National News

  • Webinar: Climate Adaptation Strategies for Forest Carbon Management
  • Morton Arboretum & ISA Symposium & Summit Calling for Contributions
  • Impact Assessment for Silvopasture Shows Benefits for Landowners 
  • Promoting Ecosystem Services with State Property Tax Programs
  • SAF Elects Timber Tax Expert Tammy Cushing Vice President
  • Job Opportunity: Urban & Community Forestry Program Manager

Funding Opportunities

  • Forest Service Announces $8 Million for Wood Products & Energy
  • UK's SCAHIP Offers Funds for Forestry Worker Safety & Health Projects

Regional News
JCEP Seeking Proposals for PILD Conference Presentations
The Joint Council of Extension Professionals’ is seeking abstracts for the Public Issues Leadership Development Conference (PILD) in Crystal City, VA on April 14-17, 2019. Abstracts must address the conference theme. These sessions are for professional development , rather than program reports. Presentations should highlight productive models of Extension advocacy or how Extension programs successfully encourage and develop climates of respect and inclusiveness which welcome and embrace community members with diverse backgrounds and life experiences. They should also illustrate how these models can be readily replicated in other states. Abstracts can be presented as a 50 minute oral presentation or a poster. All abstracts must be submitted by December 8. Learn more and submit a proposal.

Job Opportunity: Director of Landowner Outreach, Forestry Education
The Forestry Association of South Carolina and the South Carolina Forestry Foundation are seeking a qualified candidate to be Director of Landowner Outreach, Forestry Education and Programs. The incumbent is responsible for landowner outreach and membership development, managing the SC Forestry Foundation’s Teachers’ Tour, Project Learning Tree, Wood Magic Forest Fair, and Log-A-Load programs; serves as the Forestry Association of South Carolina’s liaison with County Forestry and Landowners Associations, Association of Consulting Foresters, Society of American Foresters, State Forestry Commission, and Clemson Extension. Learn more.

Job Opportunity: Regional Urban Forester 3 - West
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is seeking a qualified candidate to be the Regional Urban Forester 3 of the West Division in Memphis, TN. This position resides within the Forest Health and Sustainability Unit and is responsible for implementing urban forest management
programs in the western grand division of the state. Applications are due by December 4. View Application.
Webinar: Southeast Findings of New National Climate Assessment
The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy hosted a a one hour webinar on November, 29 2018. The purpose of this webinar is to explain findings in the report on how climate change is impacting the Southeastern U.S. It is presented by authors of the new National Climate Assessment, Southeast regional chapter, Dr. Kirstin Dow (USC Department of Geography and CISA) and Doug Marcy (NOAA Office for Coastal Resources Management). The webinar is available on their Youtube channel. Watch the webinar.

Job Opportunity: Forest Health and Sustainability Unit Leader
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is seeking a qualified candidate to be the Forest Health and Sustainability Unit Leader in Nashville, TN. This is the largest unit within the Division and contains the forest health, water quality, urban watershed management, rural forest management
and landowner assistance programs. The position oversees several program specialists
and foresters who manage these programs state or region wide. Applications are due by December 4.  View Application

Job Opportunity: Water Quality/Best Management Practices Specialist
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is seeking a qualified candidate to be the Water Quality/Best Management Practices Specialist in Cookeville, TN. This position resides within the Forest Health and Sustainability Unit and is responsible for promoting and facilitating the use of forestry and best management practices by forest harvesting businesses and landowners statewide. Applications are due by December 4. View Application

SREF News
Learn More About Extension Promotion & Tenure with Seeding Success
Seeding Success recently released a video interview that teaches about Extension Promotion and Tenure. Interviews with Extension faculty from around the country were conducted at ANREP in spring, 2018. This eight minute-video showcases the perspectives and insights of Dr. Martha Monroe and Dr. Jim Johnson. This video was produced as a part of the Seeding Success: Tools, Technology and Techniques for a Successful Extension Natural Resources Career online course. Watch the video or access more recorded and live Seeding Success modules.

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.
New Cohesive Fire Strategy Success Story Released
Wildland Fire in the Southeast, part of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, recently released a Success Story that highlights two landscape-level, collaborative prescribed burns across 14,668 acres on the Flint Rock Preserve in northern Florida. Learn more about this 2018 Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance effort.
Webinar: Climate Adaptation Strategies for Forest Carbon Management
The Forest Carbon and Climate Program is partnering with the Forest-Climate Working Group to host a webinar on December 5 from 3:00 – 4:00pm EST. This is as of their curated Learning Exchange Series on forest carbon and climate issues to group members and the public. Dr. Todd Ontl, USDA Climate Hub Fellow at the National Institute for Applied Climate Science (NIACS) will give a presentation that discusses anticipated climate impacts to forest carbon stocks, introduces the carbon management menu and describes the Adaptation Workbook process intended to utilize the menu, and outlines several real-world forest management case studies developed using them. Register for the webinar.

Morton Arboretum & ISA Symposium & Summit Calling for Submissions
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. Submissions 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. 

Impact Assessment for Silvopasture Shows Benefits for Landowners 
A Before vs. After impact assessment was conducted the Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension (TUCE). The purpose was to measure the accrued benefits or losses of silvopasture adoption on a farm. The findings reveal that the farmer (an early adopter of silvopasture), who never had any prior experience with silvopasture systems, benefited largely.Forage production increased at a rate that the farmer was able to grow his herd size without additional feed costs. His success has led TUCE to begin a series of educational field days on silvopasture for other forest landowners. An impact evaluation study conducted from the most recent field day's participants revealed that silvopasture field days serve as an excellent educational tool to disseminate information to farmers and landowners on community benefits through the adoption of silvopasture practices. Learn more. 

Promoting Ecosystem Services with State Property Tax Programs
The USFS Southern Research Station has released a new report that examines how state property tax programs that offer tax breaks to forest landowners indirectly incentivize ecosystem services. The report was designed by Professor Michael Kilgore and emeritus professor Paul Ellefson, both of the University of Minnesota. SRS emeritus scientists John Greene and Evan Mercer participated in the project design and formulation. View highlights of the report or view the full report here

SAF Elects Timber Tax Expert Tammy Cushing Vice President
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) has released the results of its 2018 election to the board of directors. Dr. Tamara "Tammy" Cushing was elected to the position of Vice President. Dr. Cushing currently serves as Starker Assistant Professor of Private & Family Forestry and Extension at Oregon State University. Prior to this she served as an Assistant Professor and Extension Forestry Specialist, Forest Economics and Management at Clemson University for over five years. Dr. Cushing has dedicated her academic and professional career to work in forest economic resources and timber taxes with over a decade of professional experience in the field. Learn more about the election results.

Job Opportunity: Urban & Community Forestry Program Manager 
The U.S. Forest Service Northeast Area is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Urban & Community Forestry Program Manager located in the Eastern Region’s headquarters office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The position is responsible for providing coordination between Forest Service programs and policies and state forestry agencies and other partners to address complex natural resource issues across the landscape and multiple jurisdictions. View the application.
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   .



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.

June 24-27, 2019 | Corvallis, OR
The Association for Temperate Agroforestry will convene for the 16th AFTA Biennial Conference at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.

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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