WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3, 2018
Recent news
  • Southern Forest Products Export Conference to Be Held in Memphis
  • Florida Division of SAF to Host GIS Workshop September 25
  • UF Workshop to Promote Hurricane Resilience in Forestry & Agriculture
  • Job Opportunity: Clemson Forestry Extension Agent
  • Job Opportunity: Specialist in Forest Management & Silviculture
  • Nominations Open for 2018 SREF Award for Excellence
  • Onboarding Course for Early-Career Extensionists Starts Next Week
  • Eastern Seed Zone Map Draft Available for Review
  • REMINDER: Urban Forestry Webinar to Highlight Pest Management
  • National Agroforestry Center Releases Index of SARE Grants
  • 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

Southern Forest Products Export Conference to Be Held in Memphis
Forestry and natural resources professionals are invited to attend the upcoming Southern Forest Products Export Conference in Memphis, Tennessee. The conference will feature a world-class panel of experts discussing the challenges and opportunities of exporting forest products from inland states. United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Ted McKinney and Canadian Consul General Nadia Theodore are among the distinguished guest speakers who will address trade issues. read the press release .

Florida Division of SAF to Host GIS Workshop September 25
The Florida Division of the Society of American Foresters will be hosting a workshop on GIS tools and soils September 25 in Gainsville, Florida. . Topics will include a review of CRIFF soil groups by Tom Fox, a presentation by Jeff Eickwort (Entomologist and Supervisor of the Florioda Forest Service's Forest Health Section), and GIS tools/apps for identifying soil types and characteristics. visit the website to learn more or view the agenda.

UF Workshop to Promote Hurricane Resilience in Forestry & Agriculture
The USDA Southeast Climate Hub and University of Florida are hosting a free Hurricane Resilience Workshop on November 15 in response to the extensive agricultural losses caused by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The workshop will focus on adaptation practices that increase resilience to hurricanes in nurseries, horticulture, row crops, livestock, and grazing lands before, during and after an event occurs. Registration is due by October 26. more information.

Job Opportunity: Clemson Forestry Extension Agent
Clemson Cooperative Extension is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Forestry Extension Agent in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The County Agent will be responsible for working cooperatively with other county and state staff to plan, implement, maintain and evaluate Extension education programs for county, region, and state adult and/or youth clientele. view the job description .

Job Opportunity: Specialist in Forest Management & Silviculture Clemson University is searching for an Assistant Professor of Forest Management and Silviculture, a 12-month, tenure-track, 100% Extension position. Their ideal candidate will use silvicultural and management-oriented approaches to provide leadership in developing and delivering forest management and silvicultural Extension programs to clientele, working closely with the Extension Forestry and Natural Resources Team and other Extension agents across South Carolina.  view the job description .
SREF News

 Nominations Open for 2018 SREF Awards for Excellence
Nominations are now 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 .

Onboarding Course for Early-Career Extensionists Starts Next Week!
Our new onboarding course for early-career forestry and national resources Extension professionals will begin next Tuesday September 11, 2018 at 1 PM ET! Registration is still open and those interested are welcome to attend individual sessions without signing up for the full course. The course will last until December 11 and is composed of 8 modules developed by seasoned Extension professionals. Participants will meet other early-career professionals, learn how to grow and enhance their programs, and build a network of Extensionists working all over the United States. learn more or sign up for the course.

Eastern Seed Zone Map Draft Available for Review
The Eastern Seed Zone Forum has prepared a draft version of a seed zone map for the eastern United States. The Forum requests feedback from forestry and natural resources specialists on the delineation of specific counties, delineation of subzones for plants, and delineation of other areas that might warrant a separate seed zone. Certain ecological boundaries that don’t adhere to county lines (such as the north shore of Lake Superior, for example) may need to be delineated on a case by case basis. The ultimate goal of the Forum is to produce a seed zone map and associated data file that is freely accessible to all who handle seeds and seedlings in the eastern US. view the map or view the feedback form (contains instructions).

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

National Agroforestry Center Releases Index of SARE Grants
The  National Agroforestry Center  has recently released an index of USDA NIFA’s  Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Agroforestry Grants . This resource catalogues many  SARE  projects related to agroforestry. It can be used to search past projects by agroforestry practice, state, year, and project type. This resource will help researchers and farmers interested in agroforestry to more easily access information developed through SARE projects. Past efforts can inform decisions regarding agroforestry implementation and research. view the index .

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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