Florida Society of American Foresters

2009 Events

December 12, 2009

Big Bend Chapter Promotes Forestry at Fall Farm Day

On Thursday, November 7, 2009, about a dozen members of the Big Bend Chapter participated in the “Fall Farm Day” event held each year at the Tallahassee Museum of Natural History to promote forestry and the SAF. Although foresters and forest entities have worked with the Tallahassee Museum in the past, providing technical expertise on such things as the impressive on-site Turpentine Commissary display and Ecosystem Interpretive Trail, this was the first time that the Big Bend Chapter has formally participated with the Tallahassee Museum during such an event. Almost 900 people, from all walks of life and the region attended this year’s event.

Historically it seems foresters have had a tendency to look in all the wrong places for people to talk to about our profession. Here at the Tallahassee Museum's "Fall Farm Day" event we finally realized that the people were not on the museum's interpretive trail (or in the trees)! Chapter members Hanway, Renwick, Maynard, and Norton enjoying the picture-perfect weather outside the Turpentine Commissary during the "Fall Farm Day" event at the Tallahassee Museum November 7th.

Originally conceived as a “Walk-in-the-Woods” activity, the SAF participants quickly realized that folks weren’t visiting the interpretive trail area where they’d set up to “walk an’ talk”. Consequently, on the advice of Stan Rosenthal, the Leon County Extension Forester, the group moved to the Turpentine Commissary where most of the “human traffic” was.

The Florida Division of Forestry’s Andrews Nursery in Chiefland graciously donated 500 containerized longleaf pine seedlings which served as a great billboard to get people to stop to ask questions, giving us an opportunity to talk about Florida tree species, tree planting, fire as a management tool, and the SAF.

As any forester who has participated in a public outreach campaign can attest, it is remarkable the lack of understanding the general public has about our industry and profession. Fortunately, the members in attendance represented every sector of the profession, both public and private, and could accurately answer specific questions.

In every chapter, you have your whittlers; you have your kneelers, and of course, you have your “overseers”…all are essential parts of any chapter activity to insure that the job is done right!

Stan Rosenthal, who has done a number of forestry-related activities with school-aged children and adults both at the museum and around Leon County over the last 20+ years, indicated that he’s gotten some pretty off-the-wall questions during those events - and not all of them came from children.

As one young person once commented to Chapter Chair Tom Gilpin, “education is like forever, dude!” Not only is forestry being made more complicated by the new world markets of carbon sequestration, bio-fuels, and other non-traditional forest products, but there’s always another generation that needs to be reminded of the vital role forestry has played in the socio-economic development of our communities, our state, region, and nation. They also need to be reminded of the importance of sustaining the availability of trees and forestland for the hundreds of consumer products and countless other natural benefits that foresters take for granted every day.

One of the rewards of public outreach is the people you meet. Almost 900 people attended the 2009 Fall Farm Day  event at the Tallahassee Museum, many of which stopped to receive a free longleaf seedling from the Florida Division of Forestry and to talk with Chapter foresters about tree planting and forest management. Another reward, especially to Big Bend Chair-Elect Pat Minogue and Mike Renwick pictured above right, is finishing the day!

The chapter hopes that the relationship with the Tallahassee Museum will continue in the future and members are looking forward to doing a similar activity again next fall. Members who participated hope that anyone in the Capital City during the first full weekend of November next year will stop by the Museum for a visit.

Credit for a successful event goes to those foresters who volunteered to sacrifice a beautiful autumn day to participate, notably, Charles Maynard, Mike Renwick, Harper Hanway, David Norton, Jarek Nowak, Pat Minogue Mark Milligan (and his cousin from St. Petersburg), Stan Rosenthal, Bill Rogers, and Dave Lewis. For more information on this activity please contact Tom Gilpin, 850/410-8003.

November 9, 2009

Division members mourn the passing of Scott Zobel

Scott Zobel passed away on November 4, 2009. He was an SAF member since 1984.

Paul Scott Zobel, 51, of Callahan, Florida passed away November 4, 2009. He was born September 6, 1958 in Orlando, Florida to Zoe Ann and James Adolph Zobel. Scott earned a Bachelor's degree in Forestry at the University of Georgia and a Masters in business administration at Jacksonville University He worked as the Nassau County forester, with Stone Container, and seventeen years with Rayonier in Fernandina Beach, Florida and Offerman, Georgia. He received numerous achievement and recognition rewards from Florida Division of Forestry, Stone Container, and Rayonier. He is survived by his parents: James and Zoe Ann Zobel; his wife of 26 years: Karen Denise Zobel; two daughters: Kayla and Mallory Zobel; one sister: Gail Moore; one brother: Bruce Zobel; four, nephews and one niece.

November 4, 2009

Big Bend hosts a multi-chapter gathering at the Barksdale Farm

On Thursday, October 8, 2009, the Big Bend Chapter joined with the Shirley A. Barksdale Foundation of Madison County, FL to host a multi-chapter meeting at the Barksdale Farm near Pinetta, FL, not far from the Georgia - Florida line.

The meeting introduced the members of the Big Bend, Suwannee, and Flatwoods (Ga. Division) Chapters to an opportunity to partner with other local civic and social groups in developing the 240-acre farm/forest property as a place for special needs children in Madison and surrounding counties in Florida and Georgia.

The property belonged to Ms. Shirley A. Barksdale, a former special education teacher in Jacksonville whose final wish before she died in 1994 was for the property to be donated to Madison County for use as an educational and recreational facility for special needs children in the North Florida/South Georgia area. The property consists of the original house, a smokehouse, barn, and chicken coop.

The Shirley A. Barksdale Foundation, with the help of the Madison County Department of Corrections, the Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs of Madison, and other local civic organizations, has been able to make a number of improvements to the property, including the construction of new handicap-accessible restroom facilities, funded largely from the proceeds of the initial 50-acre timber sale of the property.

The Foundation is establishing partnerships with several local groups and civic organizations to help with the development of a farm exhibit, nature center, community garden, as well as hiking and equestrian trails. These amenities will be used for teaching life skill training and healthy life style programs for special needs children.

SAF volunteers will help with the management of the forest resources, in the development of hiking trails, establishing boating/fishing activities on the 2-acre pond, and with conducting “Walk-in-the-Woods” and PLT activities for school-aged children at times throughout the year. A local SAF member will sit on the Foundation's Board of Directors to maintain a chapter presence from one year to the next.

For more information on this project please contact Tom Gilpin, 850/410-8003

October 10, 2009

Florida Division presents annual awards at SAF national convention

Public recognition has been a long time coming for this year's Florida Division award recipients. Due to cancelation of the SAF/SFRC Spring Symposium, the Division's annual business meeting, along the presentation of awards, was conducted on October 1 in conjunction with the SAF national convention at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. Don Rockwood, chair of the awards committee, announced the awards.

Kimberly Beebe is the recipient of the Florida Division Young Forester of the Year Award in recognition of demonstrated leadership in forestry and community and active participation and outstanding achievement in professional and civic organizations. Kim was born and raised in Plant City. During high school, she was active in Future Farmers of America (FFA). While earning an AA degree from Tallahassee Community College, she worked for the Division of Forestry (DOF) in Tallahassee. After completing her BS in Forestry at the University of Florida (UF), she joined DOF as the Citrus County Forester, which she has been for the past 4.5 years as well as currently serving as Hernando County Forester. Kim has been active with FFA, has helped annually at the Summer Forestry Camp, and also helps and sometimes coordinates the regional forestry contest. Kim works very closely with the Extension Service in Citrus County, which requires her to stay knowledgeable in both urban and traditional forestry practices. Kim is a certified wildland firefighter and routinely assists with prescribed fires. She serves as the Ordering Manager on DOF's Red Incident Management Team and in this capacity on several wildfire and hurricane recovery incidents. Kim is a Project Learning Tree facilitator and routinely assists local teachers with environmental education. Kim joined the Caribbean chapter after graduation and in 2006-07 was elected Secretary/Treasurer. Chair-elect in 2008, she has been involved with the Walk In the Forest event and with the student chapter at UF/Plant City. Kim has also helped FFA chapters at local high schools, has been involved with many Arbor Day plantings and celebrations, and has taught part of a landscape design class at the local UF/Extension office. She has worked with Habitat for Humanity, coordinating landscaping and tree planting projects with local Garden Clubs. Kim and her husband Billy are actively involved in their local church with the youth group.

P. K. Nair receives the Florida Division for technical contributions to forestry in Florida. Dr. Nair is a world-renowned agroforestry expert with over 30 years of experience, including nearly 20 years at UF in research, education, and research coordination. Distinguished Professor of Agroforestry and International Forestry with the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at UF since 2001, PK is also an Affiliate Faculty member in the Agronomy and Soil & Water Science Departments. He is the director of the Center for Subtropical Agroforestry (CSTAF, which consists of about 40 collaborators from 5 universities and other institutions in the Southeast). Dr. Nair has won several major national and international awards and recognitions for his path-breaking research and other contributions to agroforestry development. The output of the CSTAF team under PK's overall guidance exceeds 28 refereed journal articles, 6 book chapters, 12 graduate theses and dissertations, 6 factsheets, and 7 newsletters based on agroforestry research undertaken in Florida. This research included studies of competition between crops and trees, alley cropping pine with cotton and pecan with cotton, silvopasture systems including cattle, goats, longleaf pine, slash pine, and loblolly pine, economic studies of silvopasture, and the benefits of agroforestry systems in mitigating nutrient loss from agricultural lands. PK's work in Florida is currently focused on the potential of agroforestry systems to sequester carbon.

Don Rockwood and Gary Beauchamp

Gary Beauchamp is the recipient of the Florida Division C. Huxley Coulter Award for contributions to the profession of forestry. Gary was born in Chiefland and earned an AA degree at Central Florida Community College and a BS degree in Forestry at UF. He began with DOF at the Blackwater District in 1973 and shortly thereafter became the Marion County Forester, a position he held until 1987. During 1987 and 1988, Gary served as the acting District Forester for what was then the Ocala District. In 1988, he became the Marion County FAS. Gary was promoted to his current position of Forestry Operations Administrator in 2001. Gary is recognized as a true leader within DOF's Incident Command Teams. He served as Operations Section Chief from 1996 to 2000 and Incident Commander of the Red Team from 2000 until 2009. Gary led the Red team through several difficult deployments to various emergencies ranging from fires to floods and hurricanes throughout Florida and the United States. His successful leadership earned the respect and admiration of each team member, as well as the people and agencies which were assisted during those emergencies. Gary has been a member of SAF since 1973 and served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Caribbean Chapter in 1979, Chair of the Caribbean Chapter in 1980, Secretary of the Florida Section in 1985, and Chairman of the Florida Section in 1986. Gary has been a long time member of the Florida Forestry Association and was recognized by the Association in 1987 as "Mr. Tree Riffic". Gary has been active in the American Tree Farm System, having been selected as the 1987 Distinguished Tree Farm Inspector, Southern Region, the 1989 Chairman of the Florida Tree Farm System, and since 2005, the Florida Tree Farm Chairman for District IV. Gary is an avid Gator fan and was President of the UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation Alumni in 1989. Gary has a passion for forest history, especially regarding the turpentine industry. He respects the history of forestry in Florida, the people who made it, and he has encouraged generations of young foresters to respect and carry on the traditions. This summer, Gary and his wife Nancy celebrated their 35 th wedding anniversary; they have two daughters.

BioResource Management is the recipient of the Florida Division Wood Utilization Award for development of an unique use of wood. BioResource handles and manages organic materials and develops dedicated supplies of biomass, including processing and delivery of these materials for use as renewable sources of energy, chemicals, and other products. During the past 25 years, BioResource has worked on many projects related to forestry, biomass energy, and organic recycling, such as assistance with wood supply for a 2 million gallon/year ethanol plant in central Florida, and wood procurement for 150 MW of generating capacity in Florida. BioResource has had a significant role in the financing and construction of facilities using over two million tons of biomass per year.

Douglas Carterreceives a Recognition Award for his strong leadership as Chair, Florida Division, 2008. During Doug's term, a Naval Stores historical marker at Gulf Breeze was planned, FLSAF supported a teacher on the 2008 FFA Teachers Tour, a partnership supplying both financial and technical support continued with Project Learning Tree, support continued for SFRC students attending the National Convention, and a $2,000 Forester's Fund Grant for a Florida Historical Database for Famous Places in Forest History (a national prototype) was received. Doug also served on the SFRC Advisory Board, actively refilled the Division's Chair-Elect, and oversaw Florida's hosting the FLSAF/SFRC Spring Symposium in Gainesville. Doug is currently serving on the Executive Committee as the past-chair.

Awards for outstanding students at the University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation were announced although the had previously been presented at the SFRC Awards Banquet, Gainesville, Florida, March 28, 2009

Mary McKenzie is the recipient of the Florida Division Rising Senior Forestry Student Award for outstanding academic scholarship, leadership, and potential. Her GPA as a Natural Resource Conservation major at UF/SFRC is 4.00. Mary is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, the Biodiesel Club, Forensics team, and SAF, which she serves as President and Treasurer. She is currently working as a student intern for Dr. Michael Andreu and as an intern at the environmental consulting firm Environ. Her past work experience includes subcontracting for the environmental consulting firm Biological Research Associates. After completing her undergraduate studies, Mary would like to travel across the country to experience America's differences in geography, ecosystems, and culture. Then, she would like to pursue a Master's degree with research on water resource management or forest ecosystems management in either the Pacific Northwest or New England.

Dana Baucomreceives the Florida Division Outstanding Graduating Senior in Forestry Award for academic performance and leadership potential in SAF. A Forest Resources and Conservation major, she has a GPA of 3.74. Dana is a member of Xi Sigma Pi, the UF Chapter of SAF, and the Forestry Club, for which she served as Vice-President and now as President. She has worked as a Legal Secretary, Loan Servicing Specialist, Restaurant Server, and Staff Sergeant in the Air Force, which included tours in Korea and Afghanistan and honors such as Distinguished Graduate and Airman of the Quarter. Dana is currently considering graduate school with a long-term goal of working with the Federal Government.

September 20, 2009

Bryan tapped for Presidential Field Forester Award

This article is reprinted from The Forestry Source

The Society of American Foresters will honor eight foresters from eight SAF voting districts with the Presidential Field Forester Awards at the 2009 SAF National Convention to be held September 30–October 4 in Orlando, Flordia. The award recipients were selected by SAF Council members, each of whom was asked to identify an outstanding field forester from the voting district he or she represents. Each member was given the option of soliciting nominations from state society chairs and, from those nominations, selecting a nominee for recognition, or using any other process that would identify a worthy candidate based on the selection criteria.

Jim Bryan is the recipient of the award for District X. comprised of Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

Since 1987, Bryan has worked as manager of forestry, nursery, and landscape tree operations for Lykes Bros. Inc., in Okeechobee, Florida, where he manages 75,000 acres of pine, cypress, and eucalyptus forests, personally planning and supervising all harvest operations. His responsibilities also include managing the company’s tree seedling nursery, a south Florida slash seed orchard, wild fire suppression and prescribed fire activities, and a red-cockaded woodpecker program on company property.

While working for Lykes Bros., he has accomplished several noteworthy achievements, including producing 2.5 million eucalyptus seedlings each year in the company nursery, doubling productivity of eucalyptus forests through genetic and silviculture improvements, developing a new profit center for the company by selling landscape trees across the Southeast, and securing funding from both private and government sources to enhance management of red cockaded woodpecker habitat. Before coming to Lykes Brothers, Bryan held several positions within the Florida Division of Forestry, including Orlando District manager, Clay County forest area supervisor, and northern forest regeneration coordinator.

An active member of SAF, Bryan has held a variety of positions at the local, state, and division levels, including chair and secretary-treasurer of the Caribbean Chapter; chair, secretary-treasurer, and nominating committee member of the Florida state society; and meetings chair and secretary of the Southeastern SAF. Bryan, who joined SAF in 1980, received the Hux Coulter Award for practice of forestry in 1998.

April 21, 2009

SAF Contribution recognized at North Woods dedication

As part of its Earth Week activities, Santa Fe College in Gainesville dedicated a small campus woodland as the North Woods Conservation Area. Florida SAF's Suwannee and Student chapters were recognized as helping to spark the move to pledge permanent protection for the site. The event was given front page coverage by the Gainesville Sun.

SAF involvement will continue through the development and implementation of a management plan for the property. Specific activities are likely to include control of invasive exotic plants and establishment of interpretive trails.

Above, Suwannee Chapter chair Bud Mayfield. Upper right, Santa
Fe College President Jackson Sasser. Bottom right (foreground),
Professor Craig Gillikin, faculty leader for the project.

April 19, 2009

Big Bend Chapter's Spring Meeting: A Little Touch of Heaven on Earth

For decades, thanks to urban sprawl and a booming real estate market, many of the large estate plantations in the southeastern US have been sold, subdivided, and developed, losing much of their southern charm and ecological value in the process. On March 24th roughly a third of the active members of the Big Bend Chapter attended the Spring Meeting at the Centerville Conservation Community (CCC) near Tallahassee to hear about this trend from Jon Kohler, the founder and president of one of the top plantation brokerage firms in the south, Jon Kohler & Associates.

Mr. Kohler feels that plantation property developers should be able to provide residents a clean, quiet place to live without sacrificing its natural beauty. He points to the Centerville Conservation Community as prime example of how such a concept can work.

The Centerville development, the first of its kind in the Tallahassee area, is managed under a conservation easement philosophy, in which residential development is limited to just 200 homesites on the entire 975-acre property. Additionally, the two lakes on the property are protected from house structures and out buildings by wide buffers which are to be left undisturbed. The remaining 70% of the property is set aside for conservation purposes; managed according to a pre-developed Resource Management Plan. The Plan allows for reasonable timber harvesting, prescribed burning, and reforestation. All management activities are subject to final approval by the CCC Homeowners Association.

Presently, although 45% of the homesites on the property have been sold, only 10 homes have been constructed so our group pretty much had the Lake House Community Center to ourselves. There we relaxed in the serene ambience of Lake Pisgah and enjoyed good food, an informative program, and the company of fellow members and friends.

We thank Mrs. Erica Hanway, of the Plantation Marketing Group, and Jon Kohler for their time and hospitality in allowing us to use their facility for our meeting.

Chapter activities in the near future will include the second in a year-long series of “Chapter Chat” sessions, this time in the Madison area, on May 1st; another Chapter-wide meeting is scheduled for May 28th. The topic and location of the May 28th meeting will be announced shortly.

April 5, 2009

Suwannee Chapter leads "Bio-Blitz" in Santa Fe College North Woods

From left, Scott Crosby, Dave Fox, Bud Mayfield, Patti Anderson, Mae Kiggins, Jay Harlan, Craig Gillikin,
Sture Edvardsson, Alan Long, and Luis Ramos

Members of the Suwannee Chapter joined with a team from Santa Fe College to conduct a vegetation inventory of the North Woods Conservation Area on the main campus of Santa Fe College in Gainesville. The inventory was to collect base data that will be used in the development of a management plan for the five acre woodland. The North Woods Conservation area will be officially designated by the college during a ceremony to be held on April 20,2009. The area will support the biology department as an outdoor classroom and will have interpretive paths for general use.

Chapter chair Bud Mayfield, SFRC student services coordinator Mae Kiggins, Santa Fe College biology professor Craig Gillikin, and Charlie Houder organized the event. They were joined by Suwannee Chapter members Scott Crosby, Dave Fox, and Alan Long. Botanist Patti Anderson who works with Mayfield was recruited to help with the identification of understory plants. In addition to Gillikin, faculty members Sture Edvardsson and Luis Ramos, and student Jay Harlan represented the college.

Participants divided into three teams to install plots along three transects across the property. The inventory used nested plots to sample overstory, shrubs and saplings, and ground cover. The teams were able to complete 15 of 23 planned plots. The remaining plots will be completed in the near future. The data will be used in the development of a geographic database and in the calculation of such ecological indicators as stand density, species richness and total biomass.

Left, Scott Crosby measures an invasive Chinese tallow. Above, Alan Long measures along a compass line. Right, Patti Anderson examines a ground cover specimen.

In preparation for the inventory, Charlie Houder of Suwannee River Water Management District along with fellow district employees Bob Heeke and Terry Demott, all Suwannee Chapter members, spent an afternoon collecting data for a GIS basemap of the property. Ryan Warne of the Gainesville firm GIS Associates, Inc. donated technical assistance for the project.

March 31, 2009

Outstanding SFRC students receive recognition

Two students from the UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation were recognized at the annual year-end awards banquet held at Austin Cary Memorial Forest on March 28. The Florida Division of SAF in conjunction with SFRC picks one Junior and one Senior who have outstanding academic records as well as demonstrated qualities of leadership and service.

Mary McKenzie is the recipient of the Florida Division Rising Senior Forestry Student Award for outstanding academic scholarship, leadership, and potential. Her GPA as a Natural Resource Conservation major at UF/SFRC is 4.00. Mary is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, the Biodiesel Club, Forensics team, and SAF, which she serves as President and Treasurer. She is currently working as a student intern for Dr. Michael Andreu and as an intern at the environmental consulting firm Environ. Her past work experience includes subcontracting for the environmental consulting firm Biological Research Associates. After completing her undergraduate studies, Mary would like to travel across the country to experience America's differences in geography, ecosystems, and culture. Then, she would like to pursue a Master's degree with research on water resource management or forest ecosystems management in either the Pacific Northwest or New England.

Dana Baucom receives the Florida Division Outstanding Graduating Senior in Forestry Award for academic performance and leadership potential in SAF. A Forest Resources and Conservation major, she has a GPA of 3.74. Dana is a member of Xi Sigma Pi, the UF Chapter of SAF, and the Forestry Club, for which she served as Vice-President and now as President. She has worked as a Legal Secretary, Loan Servicing Specialist, Restaurant Server, and Staff Sergeant in the Air Force, which included tours in Korea and Afghanistan and honors such as Distinguished Graduate and Airman of the Quarter. Dana is currently considering graduate school with a long-term goal of working with the Federal Government.

March 28, 2009

Suwannee and Student chapters conduct annual joint meeting

Liz Rameriz, Student Chapter chair, (top left) watches over one of the teams in the Quiz Bowl competition.

Members of the Suwannee Chapter joined with students from the UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation for what has become a rite of spring. The joint meeting held on March 19 at Austin Cary Memorial Forest featured a barbecue dinner followed by a "Quiz Bowl" competition.

Suwannee Chapter members representing three different forestry career paths then shared observation about their jobs. Matt Simpson of Natural Resource Planning Services discussed his career as a consulting forester. Steve Miller who heads the land management division for St. Johns River Water Management District discussed his experiences in public land management. Ed Barnard, long-time forest pathologist with the Division of Forestry, provided insights on a career specializing in forst health.

Matt Simpson

Steve Miller

Ed Barnard

February 21, 2009

Suwannee and Student chapters holds North Woods Kickoff event

More than two dozen hearty souls turned out on a dreary Valentine's Day morning to show some love for the North Woods on Santa Fe College's main campus in Gainesville. SAF members from the Suwannee and Student chapters and both faculty and students from the college attended in nearly equal numbers. The event's aim was to discuss opportunities for a joint project to protect, manage and interpret the unusually diverse site five acre site.

Craig Gillikin, a biology professor at the college and one of the event organizers, led a tour of the site's different vegetative communities and topographic features. Gillikin along with fellow professors Linda Tyson and Denise Guerin discussed past and current activities including a longleaf pine planting project, prescribed burns, and a study of the site's frog population. Toward the end of the tour, participants pitched in to pick up litter from along the trails and woodland edges.

The tour was followed by a classroom session to brainstorm ideas for next steps and ultimate goals. The site is slated for dedication of the site as the North Woods Conservation Area in conjunction with the college's Earth Day activities in April. The group agreed that a "bio-blitz" to inventory important plant and animal species should be held prior to the dedication. April 4 is the tentative date for that event. The development of interpretive trails and a teaching pavilion were also discussed. Bud Mayfield, Suwannee Chapter Chair and co-organizer of the event, compiled notes on the discussion.

One challenge to the project expressed by Mae Kiggins, Student Services Coordinator for UF's School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) and co-organizer, is how to fit ongoing North Woods activities with the schedules of SFRC students. This will be an important issue to address since a key objective of the project is to provide opportunities for interaction between students from SFRC and Santa Fe College.

Following the brainstorming session, 16 of the participants gathered at nearby Pomodoro Cafe for lunch.

February 18, 2009

New insurance requirements for outdoor SAF events

Earlier this month, attendees at the annual SESAF Organizational Effectiveness Workshop in Tifton, GA learned of the need for additional liability insurance coverage for certain outdoor and social events. According to Florida Division Chair Jarek Nowak, event organizers should call Judy Habermann of RCM&D, SAF's insurance carrier. She can be reached at (410) 512-4618. Indoor events are covered by the general SAF liability insurance.

February 13, 2009

Panhandle Chapter to tour Blackwater State Forest

The panhandle Chapter will hold its first field tour/ program of the year on Saturday, February 28th at the Blackwater River State Forest (see directions below). The agenda will include a field tour and presentations on the topics of Silviculture and Wildlife.

Tentative Agenda:

Meet and greet at Bear Lake Pavilion; business meeting (discuss future field tours)
Blackwater River State forest: Forest management overview (David Smith, DOF)
Silviculture:  Uneven-Aged Management, process and problems (David Smith, DOF)
Wildlife:  Endangered species management (Craig Iversen, DOF); Game management (FFWC)
Lunch at Bear Lake (bring your own or purchase subs/sandwiches and a drink for $5)
Silviculture:  Thinning over-stocked stands; prescribed fire as a silviculture tool; Gyrotrack demonstration

CFE credits will be available for this meeting (# of credits still to be determined, but estimated between 2-3) If you have any questions please contact Kimberly Bohn at kkbohn@ufl.edu or 983-5216 x107. An RSVP by February 24th would be greatly appreciated.

Directions from I-10 near Milton
From I-10 take exit #26 and drive north on Garcon Pt. Rd./ S.R.191. Turn left at U.S. 90 and drive .3 miles. Turn north on S.R. 87/ Stewart Street, drive .8 miles and turn right on S.R. 191 (Across from Milton High School). Drive 19.3 miles to the intersection of S.R. 191 and S.R. 4, turn right on S.R. 4. Travel 2.1 miles and turn left on Bear Lake Road and drive .4 miles to the recreation area.

Directions from I-10 near Crestview
From I-10 at exit #56, travel north 2.7 miles on S. Ferdon Blvd /Hwy 85 to the intersection at US 90. Turn left on U.S. 90 and travel west 4.3 miles and turn right on S.R. 4/ S.R 189. Travel north 4.6 miles to the town of Baker, turn left in Baker on S.R.4 and drive 11.1 miles to Bear Lake Rd. and drive .4 miles to the recreation area.

January 23, 2009

Executive Committee sets the agenda for 2009

From left, Mark Elliot, Liz Rameriz, Kimberly Bohn, and Tom Gilpin
(Photos courtesy of Joe Roberson)

The Florida Division Executive Committee led by Division Chair Jarek Nowak met in Tallahassee on January 23 to plan activities for the upcoming year. Current and past District X (AL, FL, GA) Council representatives Mark Elliot and Joe Roberson joined the Florida leadership in part to help kick off preparations for the SAF national convention to be held in Orlando September 30 through October 4. Roberson solicited ideas and organizers for the six to 10 fieldtrips to be offered. Volunteers are also being sought from among convention attendees to devote a few hours to one of the many ongiong functions at the meeting. Those willing to volunteer may do so using the form at http://www.flsaf.org/volunteers.htm.

From left, Jarek Nowak, Scott Sager, and Mark Elliot

Other items discussed included:

Historic marker commemorates live oak plantation

The fourth in a series of historic markers sponsored by Florida SAF was dedicated at Gulf Islands National Seashore on January 17. Dr. Ed Barnard led the effort to gain state approval and cost-share funding from the state for the marker. A grant from the SAF Foresters' Fund provided additional funding.

The site of the marker was the first federal tree farm in the United States established by congressional resolution introduced by John Quincy Adams in 1828. Live oak (Quercus virginiana) was recognized as a superior wood for ship timbers. Widespread timber theft led to the need for a federally protected plantation.

Honorable Beverly Zimmern, Mayor Pro Tem of Gulf Breeze, Jerry Eubanks, Superintendent of the Gulf Islands Nation Seashore, and Florida SAF Chair Jarek Nowak attended the event. The program included comments by Captain William Reavey, USN, the commanding oficer of Pensacola Naval Air Station, Kathy Kuehl, president of the Gulf Breeze Area Historical Society, J. Earle Bowden, editor emeritus of the Pensacola News Journal, and Dr. Judy Bense, chair of the Florida Historical Commission.

(Photos courtesy of Joe Roberson)

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