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25 Outstanding Extension Projects Earn 2016-2017 Southern Regional Extension Forestry Awards for Excellence

On February 8, 2017 at our Annual Unit Coordinator's Meeting, we had the honor of recognizing 25 of the most innovative and influential Extension projects, events, and services of 2016 with our SREF Awards for Excellence.  Take some time to explore the impressive contributions of our partners at the 13 Southern Land-Grant University Extension Programs. Below this entry are two projects that were selected for our Awards for Excellence. We will feature more award winners in next month's newsletter and in the months that follow.

Gold Award Winner - Newsletter Category Arkansas Extension's Pest Management News 

Arkansas Extension's Pest Management News is our SREF Awards for Excellence gold medal winner in the Newsletter category.  Arkansas Cooperative Extension's experts, Dr. John Hopkins, Dr. Kelly M. Loftin, Dr. Becky McPeake, Dr. Bob Scott, and Dr. Sherrie Smith, publish this information dense, yet highly readable newsletter 6 times a year. Topics covered include insects, weeds, fungus, and even the occasional amphibian. Scroll to the bottom of the website for tons of Pest Management News back issues. 

  Gold Award Winner - Website Category Georgia Wild Pigs 

Feral hogs are a big problem in Georgia, but this indispensable website has all the information you need to combat these problematic porkers. Dr. Michael Mengak of the University of Georgia collaborated with SREF Extension Associate Steven Weaver to put together this comprehensive tool for managing feral hogs and preventing damage to property and crops. Georgia Wild Pigs was one of three websites that earned a gold medal in this year's SREF Awards for Excellence program.
Virginia Cooperative Extension Offers Online Course for Landowners

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Sometimes landowners need forest management advice and information, but they can't commit to traveling many miles to a university site. For this reason, the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program, a part of Virginia Cooperative Extension, will be offering a 12-week online course in forest health and management from May 15 to August 4, 2017. 

North Carolina Forestry Extension Hosts Forest Landowner Workshops Spring 2017

  Can you see the forest products in the trees? North Carolina Forestry Extension has scheduled four workshops for forest product industry professionals to lead participants in a walk through several forest types to see how different forest stands have potential to produce a wide variety of forest products. There will also be discussions in a classroom setting as well. Demonstrations on a portable sawmill and firewood processor will also be available for participants to view and learn about. Workshops will be held March 30 and April 4, 6, and 13. 

Agroforestry Conference Set to Be Held in Blacksburg, Virginia

Have you registered yet for the 15th North American Agroforestry Conference? The event will run June 27-29, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia and features keynote speakers Eric Toensmeier, author of the Carbon Farming Solution, and Victor Harris, Editor-in-Chief at the Minority Landowner Magazine. The theme of this year's conference is connecting people, creating livelihoods, sustaining places
Opportunity for Extension to Get Involved: Eastern Seed Zone Forum Online Webinar & Discussion Hour 

Be a part of the US Forest Service's effort to create seed zone guidelines for the eastern United States. Join us on April 26 at 11 AM EST to hear a talk by the Southeastern Climate Hub (SERCH)'s Aurelia Baca on incorporating climate science into the creation of updated seed zones. Share your input and expertise in the subsequent discussion and learn more ways to get involved in Eastern Seed Zone Forum. 

Next SREF Forest Health Webinar: Southern Pine Beetle Biology, Ecology, & Management

On April 19 at 1 PM EST, Dr. John Nowak, the Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program Manager at the USDA Forest Service, will deliver a lecture on t he southern pine beetle (SPB),  the most damaging pest of pine forests in the eastern U.S. Don't miss this new installment in the Forest Health and Invasive Species Outreach and Education Program's popular webinar series!

Climate Learning Network (CLN) Webinar Focuses on Extension-Climate Hub Partnership

Connect with the Climate Learning Network at its next webinar, Climate From the Field: Extension, Outreach and Engagement, on April 6, 2017 at 3 PM EST. Windy Kelley, Agricultural Resiliency specialist at the University of Wyoming will discuss the productive ongoing relationship between the  USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub Regional, for which she is Program Coordinator, and Extension programs throughout Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

New Gypsy Moth Management Extension  Fact Sheet Available 

The European gypsy moth hasn't established itself in the South yet, but it's important to be ready for its inevitable incursion. This new Extension fact sheet from the Forest Health and Invasive Species Education and Outreach Program will arm you with the latest research on the invasive pest's biology and ecology and the best management strategies to fight it.
Hot Topic for Extension: New Research Points to Majority of US Wildfires as Human-Started

With the recent wildfires in the southeastern United States, our Extension audience will likely be keeping abreast of the latest research on wildfire and prescribed fire. In a new research paper,  University of Colorado Boulder researchers determined that 84% of wildfires from 1992 to 2012 were started by human beings. Since this represents an uptick in prescribed burns as well as more malicious or negligent fire starting, this data is both cause for concern and hope. The article contains a great video summarizing this research in more depth. 


  VA: 2017 Christmas Tree Primer 

  TX: Texas Wildlife & Woodland Expo
  Climate Webinar: Drought & Forest Ecosystems
  NC: Seeing the Forest Products in Forest Stands - Chatham County
  KY: Sustainability of White Oak Timber 
  NC: Seeing the Forest Products in Forest Stands - Bladen County
  FL: Emerald Ash Borer & Other Pests - Woodlot Series
  AL: Feral Hog Management (Crenshaw Co. Forestry Planning)
  VA: Community Resources for Woodland Owners - Kingsport
  NC:  Loblolly-to-Longleaf Workshop
  MS: Managing Pines For Wildlife Workshop - Tallahatchie County
  NC: Seeing the Forest Products in Forest Stands - Haywood County
  LA: Florida Parishes Forestry Forum - Hammond
  FL: Longleaf Academy: Gopher Tortoise Restoration & Management 301
  GA: Managing Nuisance Wildlife
  Forest Health Webinar: Southern Pine Beetle Biology, Ecology, and Management
  FL: Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop
  LA: Emerald Ash Borer in Louisiana
  MS: Christmas Tree Growers Workshop - Walnut Grove
  NC: 2017 National Firewood Workshop
  MS: Pine Thinning Workshop: 2nd Thinning - Collins

  MS: Forestland as an Investment Short Course - Hattiesburg
  VA: 2017 Virginia Forestry Summit
  GA: Tree Selection, Planting, & Maintenance in GA Landscapes
  NC: Managing Longleaf Pine for Ecological Benefits
  GA: Pinetree Festival Forestry Field Day
  NC: Principles and Practice of Paper Coatings
  GA: Tree Identification
  AL:Friends of the Forest
  TX: Oak Wilt Identification and Management Qualification Course and Assessment - Austin 
  MS: Alternatives Sources of Forest Income Short Course - Tate County
  FL: Florida Forest Stewardship Tour: Camp E-How-Kee
  AL After the Hunt: Year-round Wildlife Management
  NC: Dry Kiln Operator's Short Course
  VA: Beginning Landowner Weekend Retreat - Central Virginia
  Forest Health Webinar: Weather Variability & Forest Health
  AL: Intro to Forestry & Barbour County Forestry Planning Committee Meeting
  LA: Emerald Ash Borer in Louisiana
  FL: GIS Workshop: Applied GS Solutions in Natural Resources
  FL: Florida Forest Stewardship Workshop: Sell Your Timber for What It's Worth
  VA: Emerald Ash Borer & Other Pests - Amherst County

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