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SREF Awards Highlight: Gold Award Winner - Youth & Education Programs Category: Tennessee Teacher's Conservation Workshop

This year, the Southern Regional Extension Forestry Award for Excellence in Youth and Teacher Education Training went to Tennessee Cooperative Extension's Dr. David Mercker,  Dr. Allan Houston, Dr. Wayne Clatterbuck and Preston Padgett for the 2016 Teacher's Conservation Workshop. The workshop was a free week-long workshop for educators to learn how to incorporate the environment into their everyday curriculum. Designed with the teacher in mind, the workshop included hands-on activities and field trips. This year, two workshops were held in different locations: one was held on June 12-16 in Knoxville and the other June 20-23 at Pickwick Landing State Park.

Gold Award Winner - Website Category: Georgia Forestry Statistics

Congratulations to the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resource's Dr. Ben Jackson and Extension Agent Michael Foster as well as SREF's own Steven Weaver for receiving an SREF Award for Excellence in the Website category for! Georgia Forestry Statistics was  created as an information resource helpful in understanding forestry resources, their economic and environmental importance, and the dynamic forces acting on the forestry community in Georgia. It contains information on forestry economics in Georgia useful to a wide range of forestry, business, and natural resource professionals in the region. 

 Railway Tie Association & Kentucky Cooperative Extension Host 3-Day Crosstie Grading Seminar

 Don't miss the  2017 Crosstie Grading Seminar July 31 - August 3 in Guthrie, Kentucky! This workshop, hosted by the Railway Tie Association with help from Dr. Terry Conners, Associate Professor of Wood Products at Kentucky Cooperative Extension, will offer advanced instruction in wood identification and anatomy as well as other information essential to wood tie grading. 

2016 SREF Annual Report Highlights Achievement through Partnership & Collaboration

We are pleased to announce the publication of our 2016 Annual Report. This report offers a snapshot of the collaborative projects that the SREF office worked on with the 13 Southern Land-grant Universities and other key partners during the year. The breadth and scope of projects, programming areas, and project impact numbers demonstrate the impressive reach and efficacy of our partners in the southeastern natural resource and forestry Extension community.

Virginia Cooperative Extension to Host Landowner Retreats in August and September, 2017

Virginia Cooperative Extension in partnership with the Virginia Department of Forestry will be hosting the next installment of their Annual Landowner Weekend Retreats August 18-20 in Abingdon for southeastern Virginia and September 22-24 in Providence Forge for southeastern Virginia. This popular program is geared towards landowners who are new to forest management and provides information on both hardwood and pine forest management. Among other benefits, participants will have a chance to interact with natural resource professionals from various agencies in Virginia, as well as with other landowners.
Opportunity for Extension to Get Involved: Eastern Seed Zone Forum's First 4 Webinars

Be a part of the US Forest Service's effort to create seed zone guidelines for the eastern United States!  Watch 4 webinars from experts in climate, ecology, and plant genetics at  to familiarize yourself with the background of seed zone development and receive  practical advice on provisional seed zones, population movement guidelines, and climate considerations. Then visit the forum, ask questions, and get involved! The next webinar will be on July 26 at 11 AM EST. Dr. Joan Walker will discuss the use of common garden studies in seed zone selection with a focus on the longleaf pine ecosystem.  Watch for more details!

Extension Professionals: Register Now for Our 2017 Southern Extension Forestry Retreat

We invite you to join us October 10-11, 2017 at beautiful Cheaha State Park in Delta, Alabama for a deep dive into recent issues and opportunities common to natural resource and forestry Extension professionals southern US.  Our goal is to bring together as many southern Extension forest resource specialists as possible in order to review major issues, learn about current activities, and plan any needed regional projects. This will be especially useful for Extensionists who have been working in the field for fewer than 5 years. Register today to reserve your spot! 
2016-2017 Forest Health Webinar Series Available for On Demand Viewing

The 2016-2017 Forest Health Webinar Series, which comprises 8 webinars focused on topics critical to maintaining forest health in the southern region, can be found on demand for continuing education credits at the Forest Health Outreach and Education program's website:
The webinars originally ran from September 21, 2016 to May 15, 2017 and were delivered by experts in the field. Check back at the site and this newsletter periodically for information on an upcoming new webinar series. 

Upcoming Webinar: Fire Prevention Education Teams: Lessons Learned from the 2016 Appalachian Wildfires

Extension specialists who would like to get involved in wildfire education and mitigation efforts are invited to join this free webinar on July 10 at 11 AM EST. Fire Prevention Education Teams (FPET) work with state and local partners to reduce unwanted human- generated fires through various education and outreach activities. During the 2016 Appalachian wildfires, inter-agency FPETs successfully reached approximately 6.68 million people and saved an  estimated $11 million through fire prevention efforts. This webinar highlights the methods and lessons learned from this effort. CEUs available. 
Extension Agents: Integrate Climate Policy into Your Programming with the  New CLN eLearning Module 

The Climate Learning Network recently published Integrating Climate Science into Programs and Decision Making, its 8th online learning module for agricultural, forestry, and natural resource professionals. In this module, Dr.  William Hohenstein, Director, USDA Climate Change Program Office, provides an overview of the USDA's climate policies and discusses how they can be incorporated effectively into Extension programming.  

Recently, Dr.  Jiri Hulcr, Forest Entomologist at the University of Florida, and Dr.  David Coyle, Forest Health Program Coordinator at SREF and UGA Warnell, assembled a team of Extension forest health experts to provide online diagnoses, tips, and identification through the Southern Forest and Tree Health Diagnostics Facebook page. Facebook users can join and pose forest health and invasive species questions to the group with photos for identification and diagnostic purposes. It's a great resource for landowners and forestry professionals who need a well-informed opinion quickly. 
Learning Opportunity for Extension: Southern Fire Exchange Webinars on Smoke Management

NWCG Smoke Committee, the Southern Fire Exchange, the Nature Conservancy and Montgomery Community College NC Prescribed Fire Training Center are collaborating to increase understanding the risk that smoke produced by wildfires has of reducing roadway visibility. Reduced visibility from smoke has contributed to fatal incidents or accidents with serious bodily injury. Hosted by NWCG Smoke Committee on the Nature Conservancy systems, the webinar will be presented in three parts, the first and second already having aired on June 15 and June 22 respectively. The next installments will air June 29. 


  KY: Master Woodland Stewards Program
  VA: Blue Ridge PRISM Summer Invasive Plant Training - Afton
  VA: The North American Agroforestry Conference: Agroforestry for a Vibrant Future
MS: Forest Regeneration for Hardwoods Short Course - Madison County

  TX: Oak Wilt Identification and Management Qualification Course and Assessment - Fredericksburg

  Southern Fire Exchange Webinar: Wildland Fire Smoke and Roadway Visibility Part 3
  VA: Blue Ridge PRISM Summer Invasive Plant Training - Harrisonburg

  PA: Medicinal Herb Production in the Field & Forest

Fire Prevention Education Teams: Lessons Learned from the 2016 Appalachian Wildfires
  WV: Future of Ginseng & Forest Botanicals
  TX: Exploring the Urban Forest
  VA: Teaching Trees
  GA: 2017 Annual Conference & Forestry Expo
  GA: Introduction to ArcGIS
  ESZF Webinar: A Population Genetics Perspective on Seed Zone Development
  NC: Small Woodlot & Urban Wood Workshop 
  FL: The Great Pesticide CEU Round-Up 
  KY: 2017 Crosstie Grading Seminar

  TX: Exploring the Urban Forest
  AR: Feral Hogs & Wildlife Plots
  GA: Wildlife Management
  KY: East Woodland Owners Short Course
   FL: Basic Wildland Firefighter Training
  VA: Southwest Virginia Beginning Landowners Weekend Retreat
  NC: Project Learning Tree K-8 Workshop
  Southern Fire Exchange Webinar: The Path Back: Oaks Facilitating Longleaf Pine Seedling Success on Xeric Sites 
  GA: Recreational Pond Management
  NC: Project Learning Tree K-8 Professional Development Workshop
  KY: West Woodland Owners Short Course
  LA: Louisiana Forestry Association Annual Meeting 2017
  KY: West Woodland Owners Short Course
  FL: 2017 Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting & Trade Show

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