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Foresters & Extension Agents from Multiple States Aid Those in Hurricane's Path

Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey cut across Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi this week. Our thoughts are with those afflicted by the devastation, but we are proud of the response we've seen from our Extension and forestry colleagues. We've gathered some links to illustrate the strength of that response and some Extension resources to help forest landowners care for their land and trees in the storm's aftermath.

  Deputy Regional Forester for State and Private Forestry Named Acting Regional Forester in the Southern Region

Tony Tooke, who recently stepped down honorably from his position of Regional Forester in the Southern Region to take up the mantle of Forest Service Chief, announced today that the current Deputy Regional Forester for State and Private Forestry and former Tennessee State Forester Ken Arney will be the Acting Regional Forester in the Southern Region until a permanent replacement is named. We are pleased to congratulate Acting Regional Forester Arney on this honor, and we look forward to working with him as he begins this new role!

Kentucky Forestry Extension to have a Big Presence at 2017 Kentucky Wood Expo

On September 16-17, 2017, the Kentucky Wood Expo will draw forestry enthusiasts from around the region for a fun and information filled weekend. Kentucky Forestry Extension will be on hand to lead participants in a number of activities including  Utilizing and Maintaining Small Acreage and Urban Forests, spread across both days, and Small Scale Logging and Your Backyard Woods, both taking place on September 16. 

Southern Teams Earn Top Honors at the 2017 National 4-H Forestry Invitational

For the second year in a row, Arkansas Extension's 4-H Forestry Team took the national title at the 38th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational from Sunday July 30 through Thursday August 3. Our southern region handled themselves particularly well this year, with teams from Florida and Louisiana placing second and third, respectively.  The invitational was held at West Virginia University Jackson's Mill State 4-H Camp and Conference Center near Weston, West Virginia. 

11th Southern Forestry & Natural Resource GIS Conference to be Held in Athens GA

The University of Georgia and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources invite researchers and professionals in forestry and natural resource management to a conference devoted to practical issues and advances in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and related mapping and spatial technologies. The conference will be held December 11-12, 2017 in Athens, GA. The deadline for poster abstracts is October 2, 2017. 

SREF Staff Travel to Regional and National Meetings to Strengthen Partnerships

In August, 2017, SREF staff traveled to two important meetings: the Annual Regional Program Leadership Network (PLN) meeting in Fort Worth, Texas and a National Forest Tax Experts summit in Washington, DC. Both meetings provided an excellent opportunity for SREF to engage with its partners and opened up possibilities for new collaborations. Significantly, the Forest Tax Experts team agreed that developing a joint research/Extension logic model would be an effective use of their time, and the draft results are being circulated for edit and review. Anyone interested in this effort is encouraged to reach out to Dr. Bill Hubbard for more information and to visit for updates in the future. We've written more about these important meetings on our website and have shared some of documents that we presented at the PLN meeting to give you a snapshot of what we've been doing recently. 

Clemson Extension Forestry to Offer Forest Health-Focused Woodland Management Series

Clemson Extension Forestry will be offering 3 Woodland Management Workshops in October to educate landowners and forest managers on forest management,  overall forest health, forest pests, forest disease, herbicides, and invasive plants. Workshops will take place October 3 in Greenville, SC,  October 5 in Coward, SC, and  October 24 in Columbia, SC

Discover the Latest Innovations in the Science of Forest Management at  Forest InSight Conference East

On October 24-25, the Forest InSight Conference East will be held in Wilmington, NC. This event is a chance for all forestry and natural resource professionals to learn about the latest technology in forest management, seed genetics, and other relevant disciplines. The deadline for registration is October 17.
Dr. Dave Coyle Promotes Extension with the Entomological Society of America

SREF's Southern Forest Health and Invasive Species Outreach and Education Program's Coordinator, Dr. David Coyle, recently published an article in Entomology Today, the Entomological Society of American's main blog, on his journey from research to Extension and what he's learned from the transition. The article is a great resource for any scientist who might want to jump into Extension and outreach! Check out the "semi-viral sensation!"

Extension Learning Opportunity: Upcoming Webinar on Adaptation Forestry Practices 

Join us, the USDA Forest Service Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetics Resources team and the Eastern Seed Zone Forum September 20 at 11 AM EST for the seventh discussion about what it will take to create seed zone guidelines for the eastern United States. In this webinar, Dr. Julie Etterson will present the results of the first climate-informed restoration project in the US Great Lakes forests region. This area will likely experience some of the most dramatic effects of climate change in the continental U.S.A. 

SREF Conducts Extension Forestry Needs Assessment to Increase its Effectiveness

In early 2017, SREF conducted a needs assessment of forestry Extension personnel to determine how well the office was meeting its goals and to identify important forest resource issues and opportunities. A summary of the results of that assessment is now available in fact sheet form at our website. The data has provided us with invaluable suggestions on how best to serve the 13 Southern Land-grant Universities in the future!
Urban & Community Forestry Federal Grants Make a Difference!

Southern Regional Extension Forestry (SREF) completed an impact assessment of the USDA Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program. SREF found that programs funded through the grants reached millions of people and developed critical research. Moreover, in excess of $13 million in additional funds were awarded to grant recipients. In all, for every federal dollar invested in these grants, there was a $4.92 return on investment!
Reminder:  Still Time to Register for Our 2017 Southern Extension Forestry Retreat

There's still time to register for our retreat for southern Extension forestry professionals this October 11-12 at beautiful Cheaha State Park in Delta, Alabama! Don't forget to register soon and book your room, cabin, or chalet, as October is a popular month for state parks!
  AL: Income Tax for Timber Operations - Lauderdale
  KY: 4-H Forestry Field Day - Carter Cave State Resort Park
  VA: Tree Farm Tour & Dinner
  MS:Having Your Timber & Wildlife Too! - Fulton
  KY: KY Master Woodland Stewards Program
  NC: Project Learning Tree Workshop - Southeastern Forests and Climate
  AL: Income Tax for Timber Operations - Talladega
  NC: Bioenergy Research Initiative Field Day
  NC: Urban Forest Council Annual Conference

  AL: Income Tax for Timber Operations - Barbour
  MS: Forest Management Plan Workshop
  MS: Alternative Sources of Forest Income
  TN: Forest Research Overview Gathering

  FL: Is a Conservation Easement Right for Your Land?
  AL: Managing Wild Pig Damage
  KY: Kentucky Wood Expo
  SC: Forest Herbicides and Sprayer Calibration Training
  KY:  Utilizing and Maintaining Small Acreage and Urban Forests
  VA:  Waynesboro Tree Workshop: Reveling in the Magnificence of Trees
  TX:  Exploring the Urban Forest 
  SC:  Managing Your Upstate Forest
  KY:  Small Scale Logging
  KY:  Your Backyard Woods
  NC: Tree Farm Program Breakfast & Tour
  GA: Conservation Easements for Forest Landowners & Their Advisers
  KY: 4-H Forestry Field Day - Mammoth Cave
  MS: Upland Hardwoods Management and Regeneration Short Course - Corinth
  AL: Promoting Pollinators in Your Family Forest
  ESZF Webinar: Adaptation Forestry Practices for Climate Change Mitigation: a Field Study
  NC: Farmers and Landowners Conference - Eastern USA
  SC: Carbon Markets for South Carolina
  SC: Carbon Markets for South Carolina
  TX: Conservation Workshop - Hays County
  MS: Small Forest Landowner Workshop
  VA: Southeast Virginia Beginning Landowners Weekend Retreat
  VA: Pine Thinning Workshop - 2nd Thinning
  KY: Central Woodland Owners Short Course
  KY: Central Woodland Owners Short Course
  NC Webinar: Green Value, a Tool for Simplified Financial Analysis
  AL: Backward Insects & Wildlife: the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
  FL: Tree Farm Dinner - Bruington
   ProNR Forest Management Series Webinar: Green Value, a Tool for Simplified Financial Analysis of Forest-Based Initiatives
  NC: Forest Farming: a Two-Day Intensive Training Program
  SC: Woodland Management: Forest Health - University Center of Greenville
  KY: Win With Wood
  NC: NC Forestry Association 2017 Annual Meeting
  Forest Health Webinar: Fall Cankerworm Biology, Ecology, & Management in Urban & Rural Landscapes
  TX: Nature of Things Lecture Series - Animal Adaptations
  GA: Timber Income Tax
  TN: Tennessee Urban Forestry Council Annual Meeting
  KY: Kentucky Tree Farmer of the Year Field Day
  FL: Woodland Management: Forest Health - Lynches River County Park
  SC: Florida Forest Stewardship Tour: Sandhills Farm
  VA: Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour - Buckingham County
  VA:  Forest Site Assessment and Planning
  KY: East Woodland Owners Short Course
  FL: Turpentining in Florida: Past, Present, Future?
  TX: Capital Area Interagency Wildfire & Incident Management Academy
   VA: Mid-Atlantic Urban Wood Forum
   FL: Basic Wildland Firefighter Training
   GA: Forestry for Non-Foresters Part 1 & 2
   VA: Preparing for Generation NEXT - Chatham
   FL: Forest Stewardship Field Day: Forest Plant Identification
  VA: Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour - Augusta
  SC: Midlands Waterfowl Habitat and Hunt Management Workshop
  FL: Tree Farm Tour and Awards Ceremony
  NC: Project Learning Tree K-8 Workshop
  Southern Fire Exchange Webinar: The Path Back: Oaks Facilitating Longleaf Pine Seedling Success on Xeric Sites 
SC: Woodland Management: Forest Health - Lakehouse at Sandhill
TN:  Oak Symposium
NC: Forest inSight Conference - Innovations in the Science of Forest Management
  NC: Project Learning Tree K-8 Workshop With New E-Units
  VA: Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour - Emporia
  AL: Central Alabama Forestry Field Day
  KY: West Woodland Owners Short Course
  VA: Tree Farm Dinner - Goldvein
  KY: West Woodland Owners Short Course
  FL: 2017 Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting & Trade Show
  NC: Bottomland and Swamp Forests Symposium & Field Tour

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