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|2003 Events of the Florida Division SAF|
|February 1, 2003
Leaders Charts Course for 2003
The Panhandle and Suwannee chapters will lead this effort with meetings on the theme of "Common Ground." These events will be designed to draw participants from around the state to examine areas (both geographical and topical) where foresters share goals and objectives with environmentalists, planners, and other natural resource professionals.
The group also heard plans for the 34th annual SAF/SFRC Spring Symposium, April 23 and 24 at the Sheraton Hotel in Gainesville. The program, "Forest Resource Values: Florida's Legacy and Future" is designed to commpliment the University of Florida's ongoing recognition of its 150th anniversary. Registration information for the conference may be found at https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/basic/sfrc/reg.htm.
|Dave Core, Division Chair, (far left) at the 2003 leadership retreat with Jeff Main, Scott Sager, Ruthie Cole, Wayne Smith, Tom Mastin, Jarek Nowak, John Bridges, Pat Garner, Craig Iversen, and Charles Maynard.|
|February 11, 2003
St. Johns Chapter Plans Program on Timber Theft
|February 12, 2003
Suwannee Chapter Keeps Gainesville Clean
Those interested will meet at 8:00 AM in the parking lot of the Millennium Bank on 43rd St, on the south side of the bank adjacent to Newberry Rd. Trash bags, tongs, orange vests, and bottled water will be provided, but participants are asked to bring their own work gloves. Contact Jim Shepard at (352) 377-4708 X 227 during business hours or email FL4STR@bellsouth.net.
|February 28, 2003
Calling All LCCC Alumni
Lake City Community College
|March 8, 2003
SAF members leave the woods to show community involvement.
|March 12, 2003
Big Bend Chapter to Tour Quail Plantation
|March 16, 2003
Caribbean Chapter Sets Meeting Schedule
Two additional dates have also been set. The chapter's second meeting will be held on July 11 with a program and tour yet to be announced. On October 14, the chapter will hold it's annual Walk in the Forest. This highly successful event brings professional foresters together with teachers and elected officials to foster a better understanding of forestry and forest related issues.
|At the Big Bend Chapter's March 25 meeting, Jason Sellers explains to participants how to manage a plantation for a variety of wildlife. Photo by Jarek Nowak.|
|April 12, 2003
Local Projects Awarded Foresters' Fund Grants
The Southeastern Society will use its $1,000 grant to develop a website for enhancing communication with its members as well as the general public. This effort will build on website initiatives already undertaken by the Georgia and Florida divisions.
With its $500 grant, the Suwannee Chapter will work with the State Division of Historical Resources to place a historical marker at the Mize cemetary in Fairbanks, northeast of Gainesville. E. Louse Mize was a leader in the turpentine industry and an early supporter of forestry education at the University of Florida.
Forester Fund grants are are awarded by national SAF to local units for projects or activities that help to promote the mission of the Society. Applications are made through SESAF by February 15 and September 15 each year.
May 4, 2003
Annual Florida Division Awards Presented
Dr. Wayne Smith, Director of the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, received the C. Huxley Coulter Award for contributions to the profession of Forestry.
The Stephen Spurr Award for technical contributions to forestry in Florida went to Dr. Timothy L White, professor of forest genetics at the School.
Carol Daughtery of International Paper Co. was named the Young Forester of the Year, and Jennifer Barrett was named Outstanding Senior Forestry Student.
The Wood Utilization Award went to Agri-Products, Inc. for its development of horse bedding material using pine shavings.
This year also marked the first inductions into the Florida SAF Hall of Fame. Among the inductees were former state forester John M. Bethea, Dr. John Gray, former Director of the University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation, and Dr. Lew Grosenbaugh, a retired faculty member.
A number of outstanding members from the history of forestry in Florida were posthumously inducted. They included: Harry Lee Baker, the first state forester, Austin Cary, C. Huxley Coulter, V. L. Harper, Sherwood L. Hall, Harold S. Newins, and Donald D. Stevenson.
|Left, Jennifer Barrett, Outstanding Senior Forestry Student
Above, Carol Daughtery receives the Young Forester of the Year award from Dr. Don Rockwood, Awards Committee Chairman.
|May 4, 2003
Suwannee Chapter Sets Next Adopt-a-Highway Clean-up
Members who have participated in past pickups are listed below.
Trash Patrol Honor Roll
June 13, 2003
New Forestry Director Named
Long began his career with the Division in 1972 as a County Forester. He served as District Forester and Chief of Forest Protection before becoming Assistant Director of Forestry in 1996. He has a degree in Forestry from Paul Smith’s College in New York.
June 17, 2003
Caribbean Chapter Meeting Rescheduled
After lunch there will be a tour of Kempfer's Sawmill and with opportunities to discuss product merchandising, milling operations, and sale and delivery of mill products. The tour is scheduled to conclude at 3:00 P. M.
For those interested in recreation as well as education, members may spend the night in Titusville and join a fishing trip on Saturday in the Mosquito Lagoon.
For more information contact Mark Brown at 386-736-5062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 30, 2003
Caribbean Chapter Tour Focuses on Cypress
The Caribbean Chapter, representing most of Central and South Florida, recently had its second field tour of 2003. The meeting focused on cypress management and markets. Florida is the nation’s leading supplier of cypress mulch and lumber. The mulch is preferred by many landscapers/gardeners and the lumber has enjoyed a strong niche market for many years. The chapter toured Kempfer Sawmill, Inc. that produces about 7 million board feet of lumber per year. The mill utilizes circle, scragg, gang, and edger saws to produce lumber for domestic and export markets. The mill also produces and sells shredded cypress mulch, cypress chips, and pine chips. Bill Bell, General Manager and Principal of Kempfer Sawmill, guided the tour of the sawmill and dry kiln facilities while explaining the production and marketing of green and kiln-dried grade cypress lumber.
The mill is located on the 25,000 acre Deer Park Ranch, purchased in the late 1800’s. Billy and Reed Kempfer represent the 4th generation to work on the ranch; their children and grandchildren also work and play on this beautiful property. In addition to the sawmill and timber production, the ranch is also engaged in cattle production, sod harvesting, hunting leases, limited farming, native plant harvesting, and mining of dirt and shell. The ranch is a critical part of the headwaters of the St. John’s River which flows north to Jacksonville and some portions of the ranch are now in conservation easements within the St. John’s River Water Management District.
August 14, 2003
Suwannee/St. Johns Chapter Meeting to Examine Impact of County Regulations on Forestry
The Suwannee and St. Johns chapters will hold a joint meetingat 4:30 pm on Tuesday, August 26 in the Austin Cary Memorial Forest Conference Building. The agenda will feature a discussion of county ordinances in North-Central Florida and how they impact silvicultural operations, timber harvesting, and conserved / preserved lands management. Presentations by Kim Stewart of Duval County and Thad Crowe of Clay County will examine their specific case studies.
After the meeting several members plan to gather for dinner at a local restaurant.
For mor information contact Chris Demers at 352-846-2375 or email@example.com
September 13, 2003
Suwannee Chapter Examines County Ordinances
Tuesday 26 August the Suwannee and St Johns Chapters held a joint meeting to discuss county ordinances and their impact on forestry. Guest speakers Thad Crowe (Clay County) and Kim Stewart (Duval County) discussed the ordinances in their respective counties, including how they were originated, how they've been implemented, and their impacts on residential / commercial development, urban forest management, etc. Members from both chapters, the University of Florida Student Chapter, and the Florida Division Executive Board were in attendance.
|Dr. George Blakeslee (right) questions Kim Stewart and Thad Crowe at the Suwannee Chapter meeting held at the Austin Cary Memorial Forest Conference Center.|
|New Display Highlights Member Benefits
The Florida Division has upgraded its tabletop display, thanks largely to the efforts of Scott Sager and Jib Davidson. It now focuses on the benefits of membership in SAF, but can be customized somewhat to meet other particular needs. It is available for use at any meetings or other events where SAF needs increased visibility.
If you would like to promote the Society and the profession of forestry, contact the Communications Committee representative for your chapter.
September 19, 2003
Suwannee Chapter Holds Annual Mixer with UF Student Chapter, Highway Clean-up Planned
Saturday 18 October the Suwannee Chapter will again be picking up trash as part of Alachua County's "Adopt-A-Road" program. The Chapter has been involved with this program since January 2002, providing a valuable community service as well as a publically-visible reminder of SAF's commitment to environmental stewardship. Volunteers for the "trash patrol" will meet at 8:00 AM in the parking lot of the Millennium Bank on 43rd St, on the south side of the bank adjacent to Newberry Rd. Trash bags, tongs, orange vests, and bottled water will be provided. Each person should bring his or her own work gloves. Work usually finishes by 10 or 10:30. The ever expanding list of members who have participated in this event is below:
For more information contact Jim Shepard at (352) 331-1745 X 227 or FL4STR@bellsouth.net.
Right: Wilma (Mrs. Lewis R.) Grosenbaugh receives Hall of Fame plaque honoring her late husband. Attending are (from right) Mitzi Austin, Dr. Wayne Smith, Matilda Cockrell, Dr. Loukas and Sena Arvanitis, Dr. George Blakeslee, Dr. Mary Duryea, and Ray Mason.
Below: Dr. John Gray receives his Hall of Fame plaque with (from right) Dr. P.K. Nair, Dr. Don Rockwood, Dr. Bob Schmidt, Dr. Wayne Smith, Dr. Dan Zarin, and Dr. Loukas Arvanitis.
November 11, 2003
Big Bend Chapter to hold election for Chair-elect
Amanda Rountree is the sole candidate for secretary/treasurer-elect to serve in 2005-06.
Biographical sketches have been provided by the candidates. Chapter members should be receiving ballots in the mail shortly.