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North Carolina Extension Welcomes New Specialists in Forest Economics & Wood Products


At the beginning of 2018, North Carolina State University Extension Forestry welcomed two specialists to its team,  Dr. Rajan Parajuli,  Assistant Professor and Specialist in Forest  Economics (top photo) and  Dr. Frederik Laleicke, Wood Products Specialist.  We'd like to extend a warm welcome to both of them! 

                                               
 
 Emerald Ash Borer Resources Available on University of Kentucky Forestry Extension Website
 
The University of Kentucky Forestry Extension program recently published a series of resources on the emerald ash borer. Materials include a 2018 white paper on ambrosia beetle damage to dead ash in Kentucky.  This beetle adds an added level of stress to recently harvested trees in the forest.  Also on the website: advice for Kentucky woodland owners on what to do if they discover EAB on their property. 

              
 
Extension Learning Opportunity: 
Upcoming Webinar Series for Extension Wood Product Professionals

Dr. Henry Quesada, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Biomaterials at Virginia Tech, is coordinating a series of webinars on wood products sponsored by IUFRO. These webinars will run from Spring 2018 to the beginning of Summer 2018 and will feature the topics: lean logistics, wood procurement, statistical process control, production management, and tooling issues in wood-based manufacturing. 


                     
 
Funding Source for Extension: 
2019 US Forest Service NUCFAC Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program

Extension specialists and agents working in the field of urban and community forestry may wish to apply for one of the grants available through the National Urban & Community Forestry Advisory Council's (NUCFAC) annual grant program. Approximately $900,000 in grant funds are to be awarded through the 2019 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program. Funds are to support national urban and community forestry projects on nonfederal public land that have a national or multi-state impact and application. Applications must be received by April 30, 2018.

                                                        
 
Funding Source for Extension Programs: EPA Offers $3 Million Environmental Education Grants
 
Extension environmental educators may wish to check into the  $3 million in funding that the EPA has allotted for locally-focused environmental education grants under the 2018 EE Local Grant Program.  The EPA will award three to four grants in each of EPA's ten Regions for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each. 30-35 grants will be awarded nationwide. Proposals are due March 15, 2018. 

                                                               
                              
 
SESAF Recognizes SREF Extension Associate for Excellence in Public Education

SREF Extension Associate Dr. Dave Coyle received the Southeastern Society of State Foresters Award for Excellence in Public Education and Technology Transfer for his work on the Southern Forest Health and Invasive Species Outreach and Education Program (FHIS). FHIS is a regional forest health education and awareness program designed to provide resources, tools and knowledge to combat an increasingly complex situation involving the health of our planted, natural, and urban forests.


        
 
                  
Extension Learning Opportunity: 
Webinar on Managing Disease in Palms, Pines, & More

Join Dr. Carrie Harmon, Director of the Plant Diagnostics Center at the University of Florida, for the Forest Health and Invasive Species Outreach and Education Program (FHIS)'s first webinar of the Spring 2018 series:   
It's not a disease (or is it?): managing tree and forest health in palms, pines, and moreThe webinar will cover new and emerging diseases in tree species ranging from palms to pines. Dr. Harmon will also discuss some issues that appear as diseases, but are caused by abiotic or human factors, including pesticide damage.

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Extension Learning Opportunity: 2018 Urban & Community Forestry Webinar Series

Join other Cooperative Extension personnel, educators and a group of expert speakers for an exciting and informative Extension  webinar series on urban and community forestry! Covering topics such as the effects of urban forests on our health, the creation of storm-resilient forests, and more, this series of 12 webinars aims to increase knowledge and provide resources to support educational programming. The first installment, Nature & Health in Communities: a Review of Best Available Science, will be broadcast March 14, 2018 at 1 PM EST and will feature Dr. Kathleen Wolf of the University of Washington. 
             
                  
 
Extension Learning Opportunity:
Using Provenance Test Data to Guide Seed Movement in a Changing Climate

Join the Eastern Seed Zone Forum on Wednesday February 21 at 11 AM EST for the eleventh installment of its online lecture and discussion series aimed at providing both information about the creation of seed zones in general and a forum in which professionals, experts, and interested parties discuss the possibility of drafting seed zone guidelines for the eastern United States. In this webinar, Dr. Laura Leites will discuss efforts to recover and re-analyze provenance tests data for northeastern forest tree species and illustrate how new analyses can inform seed movement in a changing climate.


 
 
Webinar Learning  Opportunity for Extension:  Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change: A Scientist-Manager National Network

On March 1, 2018 at 3 PM EST, Courtney Peterson, Research Associate in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department at Colorado State University, will deliver a webinar on the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) project, a multi-region network of replicated sites testing ecosystem-specific climate change treatments across a gradient of adaptive approaches designed to translate three adaptive silviculture options, creating resistance, promoting resilience, and facilitating forests' response to change, into on-the-ground, operational-scale research. 


                   
 
EVENTS
February

  Forest Health Webinar: It's not a disease (or is it?): managing tree and forest health in palms, pines, and more
  ESZF Webinar: Using Provenance Test Data to Guide Seed Movement in a Changing Climate
  NC: Buncombe County Envirothon
  VA:  14th Annual Landowners Wood & WIldlife Conference

March
 
  CLN Webinar: Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change: a Scientist-Manager National Network
  MS: Pesticide Applicator Training
  Webinar: Timber Tax Filing for the 2017 Year
  LA: Managing Veteran Trees
  AR: Pesticide Spray School
  FL: Backyard Fruit Trees
  NC: Pruning Shrubs & Trees
  Urban Forestry Webinar: Nature and Health in Communities: A Review of Best Available Science
  VA: Central Virginia Beginning Landowner Weekend Retreat
  AL: ForestHER: a Workshop for Women Who Love the Land
  LA: Arborist Ground Operations
  VA:  14th Annual Landowners Wood & WIldlife Conference
  FL: Invasive Plants
  Forest Health Webinar: Planning & timing are critical for saving your urban ash forest from EAB
  Urban Forestry Webinar: From Science to Action: Evidence-Based Programs for Nature & Health Communities
  AL: Invasive Plant Management
  VA:  Apple Grafting 
  AL: Diseases & Insects in Landscape & Urban Forestry

 April
 
  NC: Fruit Tree Production
  AL: Pesticide Safety Workshop 
  VA: Apple Grafting 
  NC: Include Native Plants - Beautiful & Beneficial 
  SC: Junior Naturalists
  CLN Webinar: Discussing Climate Change with Agriculture and Natural Resources Audiences: Professional Perspectives
  TN: Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods
  Urban Forestry Webinar: Storm-Resilient Urban Forests: The Role of Species Selection &  Maintenance Pruning
  Forest Health Webinar: Balancing objectives & outcomes for wildlife habitat & forest management


   
 
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