WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 10, 2018
Recent news

  • NCSU Extension Forestry Provides Storm Recovery Resources
  • Alabama Extension Organizes Online Course for Landowners
  • NIACS & Northern Forests Climate Hub to Offer Online Climate Course
  • UT Hosts Continuing Education Webinar on Hardwood Log Defects
  • Job Opportunity: UGA Outreach Community Forestry
  • Resources Available from Seeding Success Introduction
  • Sign Up for the Eastern Seed Zone Forum Newsletter
  • REMINDER: Nominations Open for 2018 SREF Awards for Excellence
  • REMINDER: Urban Forestry Webinar to Highlight Pest Management
  • USDA Webinar to Address Upcoming ERS & NIFA Move
  • REMINDER: National Extension Conference Seeks Proposals for 2019
  • AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program Grant Available
  • UK's SCAHIP Offers Funds for Forestry Worker Safety & Health Projects
  • SFI's Conservation & Community Partnership Grant Open

Regional News

NCSU Extension Forestry Provides Storm Recovery Resources
Our thoughts are with North and South Carolinians today as hurricane Florence begins to travel along the eastern US coast. We hope all of you are safe! NCSU Extension Forestry recently posted an extremely useful list of storm damage recovery resources for forest landowners to use after the storm passes. May your reasons to consult them remain few! check out the storm damage recovery resources .

Alabama Extension Organizes Online Course for Landowners
Dr. Adam Maggard of Alabama Cooperative Extension Service has organized Forest Principles, Practices, and Stewardship for Landowners, an online course that will take place February 11 to March 30, 2019. This 6-week online course will teach forestry basics for landowners who want to start being more proactive with their forestland management. view the flyer .

NIACS & Northern Forests Climate Hub to Offer Online Climate Course
The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub will offer a Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices training November 6 to December 18, 2018 as an online course for managers of urban watersheds.
This unique opportunity will provide hands-on training in considering climate change information and identifying adaptation actions for natural resources management professionals whose focus is on maintaining and enhancing hydrology of urban watersheds using forests and other green
infrastructure. view the flyer .

UT Hosts Continuing Education Webinar on Hardwood Log Defects
UT Extension Forestry is offering a new continuing education webinar that addresses hardwood log defects. The webinar examines the subject of hardwood log defects. Many examples of defects are addressed with discussion of their cause and resulting problems in the wood. This subject is important to those in the business of buying, selling, growing, or appraising hardwood trees/logs/lumber. It provides 1 hour of continuing education credit and it can be viewed for a fee of $32.   visit the webinar's page and/or purchase the webinar .

Job Opportunity: UGA Outreach Community Forestry
University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources Outreach is seeking qualified applicants for a 75% outreach, 25% instruction tenure-track assistant professorship in urban/community forest management and soils. Outreach responsibilities will include development of externally funded outreach / extension programs which produce relevant, refereed literature and science- based information. Teaching duties include development and support, as a team member of the Community Forestry and Arboriculture curriculum including service learning activities, extensive field laboratories, online teaching, and classroom instruction . view the job description .
SREF News

Resources Available from Seeding Success Introduction
Seeding Success: Tools, Technology, and Techniques for a Successful Extension Natural Resources Career held its introductory webinar this Tuesday September 11. The webinar, delivered by SREF Extension Associate Leslie Boby, gave an overview of the course and allowed 40+ early-career Extension participants to meet and discuss their experiences in Extension so far. Resources from the course, including reading material and a video featuring interviews with Extension veterans, are now available to view, and the webinar will soon be archived for on demand viewing (link available on the same site as the resources). find resources and video at the introduction page or learn how to sign up for subsequent course modules .

Sign Up for the Eastern Seed Zone Forum Newsletter
The Eastern Seed Zone Forum recently sent out its first newsletter, which updated interested parties and partners on its activities over the last year and described the Eastern Seed Zone Summit, which took place May 9-10 in Lexington, Kentucky. Anyone interested in learning about the ESZF effort is encouraged to sign up for the newsletter and to view and comment on the latest draft of ESZF's eastern seed zone map. sign up for the newsletter , view the map or view the feedback form (contains instructions).

REMINDER: Nominations Open for 2018 SREF Awards for Excellence
Nominations are still open for the 2018 SREF Award for Excellence in Southern Forestry and Natural Resources Extension! We present these awards to recognize a colleague for outstanding achievements and activities in a particular area of Extension work over a three-year period prior to nomination. Nominations are requested from any Extension Professional in any of the specific program or accomplishments areas listed on the nomination form. Self-nominations are encouraged. download the nomination form .

REMINDER: Upcoming Urban Forestry Webinar to Highlight Pest Management
Our upcoming Understanding Urban and Community Forests webinar, which is set for September 26 at 1 PM ET, will feature Dr. Dave Coyle, Clemson Extension Forest Health Specialist and Director of the Forest Health and Invasive Species Outreach and Education program (FHIS). Dr. Coyle will cover biology, identification, and management of several tree pests in the southeastern U.S. Native and invasive pests will be included with a focus on how they spread and what can be done to manage them . read more about the webinar .
National News

USDA Webinar to Address Upcoming ERS & NIFA Move
On August 9, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue surprised Congress and USDA stakeholders with an  announcement  that he plans to relocate the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outside the Washington, DC, area by the end of 2019. He also will transfer ERS from the USDA research arm to a policy arm. This webinar, which will take place on September 20 from 11 to 12 ET, will attempt to answer the many questions we all have about these changes. register for the webinar .

REMINDER: National Extension Conference Seeks Proposals for 2019
The National Extension Conference on Volunteerism, which will be held May 14-16, 2019 in Billings, Montana, is currently seeking proposals. The conference is an opportunity for sharing and learning the latest research and trends in volunteerism, gaining innovative ideas for reaching new volunteers, investigating best practices for developing and retaining current volunteers, and strengthening volunteer management efforts. Conference participants will gather tools and skills through interactive sessions and networking with colleagues and develop plans to utilize new resources in their own programs. view the call for proposals .
Funding Opportunities

AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program Grant Available
Approximately $182 million is available in funding from NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is America’s flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. 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 .
Upcoming Events:
September 18, 2018 | Athens, GA
Join Drs. David Coyle, Elizabeth Benton, and Mark McConnell for a course covering all aspects of forest health management. Course content will center on landscape-scale forest health issues related to productivity, wildlife management, and water quality.  Participants should be better equipped to manage pine and hardwood stands in the Southeastern US for health and productivity upon completion of this course.


September 20, 2018 | Griffin, GA
Join Georgia Extension and other partners for an all-day event covering the basics of agroforestry and wildlife management.

September 26, 2018 | 1 PM ET
This Understanding Urban and Community Forests webinar featuring Dr. Dave Coyle, Clemson Extension, will cover identification and management of native and invasive insect and fungal pests of trees in urban landscapes in the Southeast. Common as well as likely-soon-to-be-here pests will be addressed.
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