ISSUE 26 : WEEK OF OCTOBER 22, 2018
Recent News
Regional News

  • UGA Outreach to Offer Workshop on Managing for Gamebirds
  • AL Extension Releases Part Two of Prescribed Fire Fact Sheet Series
  • Graduate Scholarship Opportunity: Economic Impacts of KY Timber

SREF News

  • Wildland Fire in the Southeast Releases Two New Success Stories
  • Resources Available from Part 2 of Module 4 of Seeding Success

National News

  • Results of Dovetail Partners' Family Forest Owners Survey Available
  • Webinar to be Held on Wildfire Health Risks to Farmers & Ranchers


Funding Opportunities

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

Regional News

UGA Outreach to Offer Workshop on Managing for Gamebirds
Dr. Mark McConnell, Wildlife Specialist at the University of Georgia, will be offering a workshop on forest management for gamebirds on November 14 in Augusta, GA. The course will provide an introduction to all aspects of timber management for gamebirds such as eastern wild turkey, northern bobwhite, American Woodcock, and waterfowl.  more information about the workshop .

AL Extension Releases Part Two of Prescribed Fire Fact Sheet Series
Alabama Cooperative Extension Service's Dr. Adam Maggard recently released part two of his 4-part series of fact sheets on prescribed fire for forest landowners. This part goes over the fuel component of prescribed fire, whereas part one provided a general introduction to prescribed fire. read the fact sheet on fuel or read the general introduction to prescribed fire .

Graduate Scholarship Opportunity: Economic Impacts of KY Timber
The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Kentucky, is seeking qualified individuals to work on a research project on Economic Impacts of Timber Supply in Kentucky. The research will focus on oak timber supply as affected by both biotic and abiotic factors. see the assistantship posting .
SREF News

Wildland Fire in the Southeast Releases Two New Success Stories
Wildland Fire in the Southeast, part of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, recently released two new success stories on its website, southernwildlandfire.net. Both success stories feature videos that highlight the importance of ecosystem and fire management at Archbold Biological Station in south central Florida. One is about gopher-tortoise habitat, while the other focuses on Florida scrub habitat. read the success story about gopher tortoises or read the success story about Florida scrub habitat

Resources Available from Part 2 of Module 4 of Seeding Success
Seeding Success: Tools, Technology, and Techniques for a Successful Extension Natural Resources Career held the second part of Module 4 of its 8-part onboarding course for forestry and natural resources professionals last Tuesday October 16 at 1 PM ET. Dr. Eli Sagor, Extension professional and professor at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Ellen Crocker, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Kentucky, and Dr. Jeff Stringer, Chairman of the University of Kentucky's Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, discussed Extension program models and different methods for delivering and developing Extension programs. view the webinar, resources, and video for Module 4 or learn how to sign up for subsequent course modules .
National News

Results of Dovetail Partners' Family Forest Owners Survey Available
Dovetail Partners recently released a thoroughly-researched report on industrial-scale multigenerational family forest owners across the United States. The focus of the project was on family firms who operate large, or industrial-scale, tracts of forestland and operate it as a business. The acreage benchmark used in soliciting family firms to participate was 30,000 acres or higher.  view the report.

Webinar to be Held on Wildfire Health Risks to Farmers & Ranchers
The Agrisafe Think Tank will be holding a webinar November 2 at 2 PM EST on the health risks wildfires pose to farmers and ranchers. Participants will explore various health concerns including respiratory health, mental health, heat illnesses, deterioration of water quality, and injuries due to relocating livestock.
The 2017 fire season was the most destructive in recent history, costing over $2 billion. As of August 20, 2018 wildfires had burned 4.5 million acres, supporting claims of a wildfire season worse to come. It is imperative that we collaborate to discover and implement solutions to keep our Ag producers safe.  register at Agrisafe's website .
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. read 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. read more .

SFI's Conservation & Community Partnership Grant Open
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) recently announced its annual request for proposals (RFP) for the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program . Grants from SFI contribute to understanding the critical linkage between forests and communities across the range of American and Canadian forests and successful projects work at the intersection of sustainable forestry, responsible procurement, and thriving communities. read more from the SFI website .

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. read more from the IPM website .

Upcoming Events:
November 1-2, 2018 | Abingdon, VA
Join Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Department of Forestry for this 2-day workshop on forest land transfer. Participants will learn what steps are necessary to ensure your treasured woodlands stay INtact, IN family, and IN Forest when they are inherited by the next generation.

November 14 | Augusta, GA
This course will provide an introduction to all aspects of timber management for gamebirds (eastern wild turkey, northern bobwhite, American Woodcock, waterfowl). The primary goal is to focus on the relationship between intensive forest management, gamebird habitat requirements and gamebird ecology.

November 15, 2018 | Gainsville, FL
This workshop, organized in by the University of Florida partnership with the Southeast Climate Hub, will focus on adaptation practices that increase resilience to hurricanes in nurseries, horticulture, row crop, livestock, and grazing lands.
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