ISSUE 27 : WEEK OF OCTOBER 29, 2018
Recent News
Regional News

  • GA Ag Commissioner Issues Statement on Forestry Losses to Hurricane
  • Book Published on CLT in the United Kingdom
  • Job Opportunity: Cumberland Piedmont Network Program Manager
  • Job Opportunity: Inventory and Monitoring Quantitative Ecologist

SREF News

  • Wildland Fire in the Southeast Releases New Success Story
  • Latest Issue of Southern Fire Exchange's Fire Lines Available
  • Seeding Success Module on Extension Program Evaluation Available

National News

  • Press Release: New Director of NIFA Appointed
  • Final Version of RREA Strategic Plan Released
  • Webinar: Casualty Loss & Income Tax Deductions for Timber


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

GA Ag Commissioner Issues Statement on Forestry Losses to Hurricane
Georgia Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black recently provided an update of the latest estimation of forestry losses stemming from Hurricane Michael. view the statement

Book Published on CLT in the United Kingdom
The benefits of  cross-laminated timber  (CLT) are clear: building in timber is quick, clean, and easy. It can be achieved with a measured accuracy and lack of noise, waste, or need for material storage space. Authors Andrew Waugh and Anthony Thisleton recently published a study of 100 of the most significant buildings constructed from CLT in the United Kingdom over the past 15 years. The book features interviews with a wide range of individuals and businesses that have contributed to the CLT story. d ownload the book for free

Job Opportunity: Cumberland Piedmont Network Program Manager
This is a permanent position for the National Park Service (NPS) Southeast Region natural resources Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Division, duty stationed in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky(GS-13). read the job description

Job Opportunity: Inventory & Monitoring Quantitative Ecologist
This is a permanent position for the National Park Service (NPS) Southeast Region natural resources Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Division, duty stationed in Atlanta.(GS-12). read the job description
SREF News

Wildland Fire in the Southeast Releases New Success Story
Wildland Fire in the Southeast, part of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, recently released a new success story on its website, southernwildlandfire.net. The success story concerns a wildfire that took place on May 7th, 2018 in the Jones Swamp area of southwest
Pensacola, Florida. The swamp is known
for its inaccessibility and thick vegetative
fuels, thus at great risk for extreme fire
behavior. Due to a prescribed burn that had occurred on an adjacent property just two months prior, the damage from and duration of the wildfire was significantly reduced. read the success story

Latest Issue of Southern Fire Exchange's Fire Lines Available
The Southern Fire Exchange recently released the September/October edition of the their Fire Lines newsletter. This issue includes research results, resources, news, and upcoming events from the southeastern region and nationwide. check out the newsletter

Seeding Success Module on Extension Program Evaluation Available
Seeding Success: Tools, Technology, and Techniques for a Successful Extension Natural Resources Career held the first part of Module 5 of its 8-part onboarding course for forestry and natural resources professionals last Tuesday October 29 at 1 PM ET. Southern Regional Forester Dr. Bill Hubbard delivered a lecture on the various ways Extension and natural resources professionals can evaluate their programs for impact. view the webinar, resources, and video for Module 5 or learn how to sign up for subsequent course modules
National News

Press Release: New Director of NIFA Appointed
The new Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Dr. J. Scott Angle, was sworn in by the Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Monday, October 29, 2018 at a ceremony at NIFA. President Trump appointed Dr. Angle for a six-year term at the agency on August 31. v iew the full release here

Final Version of RREA Strategic Plan Released
The Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA) Strategic Plan for FY 2018-2022 has been completed and is now available for review. Extension representatives from all regions worked on the plan, and it went through several revisions before its final iteration. view the plan

Webinar: Casualty Loss & Income Tax Deductions for Timber
Timber or landscape trees destroyed by recent fires, hurricanes or other storms are “casualty losses” that may allow the property owners to take a deduction on their federal income tax returns. To help timber owners,as well as home owners, who suffered timber or landscape tree damages with their tax reporting, 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. The webinar is scheduled for December 7, 2018 at 1 PM ET. l earn more
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 .

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 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.

December 7, 2018 | 1 PM ET
Webinar: Casualty Loss and Income Tax Deductions for Timber
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.
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