Ocala LIT: Florida Forest Service private landowner incentive program for longleaf due 7/28 and others, webinars and in-person workshops, opportunity to give input about NRCS programs and MORE!

Please see the forwarded message and attachments from Cheryl.


Hi all!


Twenty-one items for you today,  including new private landowner incentives. If you have anything you’d like to share with the group, send it on over to cmillett.


****The 2017 LONGLEAF PINE PRIVATE LANDOWNER INCENTIVE PROGRAM is HERE! Apply by July 28, 2017 and see details below under Private Lands Funding for this and other opportunities!


Fire, invasive and other land management training (in addition to calendar at bottom):


  1. The next NAIPC webinar (Best Practices for Assessing and Listing Invasive Plants) will be presented by Doug Johnson and Ramona Robinson on July 20 at 3 pm EDT. To register:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1875345007828570115
    Abstract: State and regional invasive plant councils play an important role in assessing and listing invasive plants that cause ecological harm in wildlands. These organizations recognize the benefits of standardizing their approaches (while allowing for appropriate variation) to ensure scientific rigor, transparency, and engagement of all stakeholders. This is especially important as landscaping guidelines increasingly point to such lists when recommending that invasive plants not be used. Representatives from invasive plant councils across the country worked together to establish standardized best practices. The California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) followed these practices in their recent update of the Cal-IPC Inventory, in which we added 10 plant species to the existing list of 215 species. We also added 86 species in a new “watch” category based on evaluation with a screening tool for predicting potential for future invasiveness. This tool includes an online climate match tool that can be used by anyone in the US. In this webinar we will cover the best practices for invasive plant assessment and listing, what lessons Cal-IPC learned in applying these practices, and how other groups can use this approach in their own invasive plant assessment and listing.Speakers: Doug Johnson is Executive Director of the California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) and serves on the executive committee for the National Association of Invasive Plant Councils. Dr. Ramona Robison is Science Program Manager and the lead on maintaining Cal-IPC’s Invasive Plant Inventor, the state’s list of invasive plants of wildlands, used by land managers to help prioritize their work.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  2. The Longleaf Alliance has opened registration for our upcoming training, Longleaf Academy: Herbicides & Longleaf H201, August 15-17, 2017 at Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, FL. Click here to register online
  1. AFE International Fire Congress / Orlando, FL, Nov. 28-Dec. 2. The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) and Southern Fire Exchange will be co-hosting “Fire Vision 20/20: A 20 Year Reflection and Look into the Future.” Various calls for proposals are open (check for topics and closing dates). Rx310 will also be offered concurrently with the conference (details); nominations are due by September 29. Information: http://afefirecongress.org/


  1. Prescribed Fire Training Center Workshop Schedule for Fiscal year 2018; see attached flyer. Note: application deadlines are in October!

Private lands funding

    The Florida Forest Service is accepting applications for the Longleaf Pine Private Landowner Incentives Program. The program offers incentive payments for: longleaf pine seedling establishment, timber stand improvement, prescribed burning, native plant understory establishment, mechanical underbrush treatments, invasive exotic plant treatment. All payments are made at specified per-acre or per-seedling rates. The program is limited to the Florida counties located west of the Aucilla River, as well as Alachua, Bradford, Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Lake, Levy, Marion, Orange, Putnam, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia Counties. Qualified landowners may apply for up to four approved practices per year. The minimum tract size requirement is 10 acres, and funding requests may not exceed $10,000. Only one application per landowner is permitted per year. Contact your Florida Forest Service County Forester to apply.
    The Florida Forest Service has announced the 2017 Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program. The goal of this program is to minimize SPB damage in Florida by helping forest landowners conduct management practices that can make their pine stands less susceptible to this destructive insect pest. Forest management practices such as thinning, prescribed burning, other competition control, and use of less-susceptible pine species can improve the health of pine stands and decrease their likelihood of developing SPB infestations. The program offers partial cost reimbursement or incentive payments for first pulpwood thinning, prescribed burning, planting longleaf and/or slash pine, and mechanical underbrush treatments. All payments are made at specified per-acre or per-seedling rates. The program is limited to 44 northern Florida counties located within the range of the southern pine beetle. More details are on the 2017 SPB Program web page. Contact your Florida Forest Service County Forester to apply.
    A Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program is again offered to eligible non-industrial private landowners by the Florida Forest Service (FFS) through temporary grants from the USDA Forest Service. The primary objective of this program is to reduce the spread of cogongrass to new areas by helping private landowners control or eradicate existing infestations. The Cost-Share Program offers reimbursement of up to 50% of the cost of herbicide treatment of cogongrass infestations on non-industrial private land for two consecutive years. For more information see the Program website at: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Cogongrass-Program or contact your Florida Forest Service County Forester.

Management and research information

  1. A recording of last month’s webinar about a Fire Learning Trail is now available on the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers & Scientists (CAFMS) website. In the webinar, Jen Bunty covered a lot of useful specific information on how they designed signs, produced podcasts to go with them, and ran a social media campaign about the role of fire in their forests.
  1. Fire Behavior: An updated version of the NWCG Fire Behavior Field Reference Guide (PMS 437) is now available
  1. July Driptorch Digest Now Available


    Read this issue at
  1. Superfog: The NWCG Smoke Committee held a series of webinars last month on wildland fire smoke and roadway visibility (covering superfog and patterns of ground-level smoke movement and smoke-induced fog). The emphasis was on planning tools to help predict when—and where—such events might take place, long enough in advance that action can be taken to reduce risk. Recordings and slides are on the Emissions & Smoke Portal of the Fire Research and Management Exchange System (frames.gov) website.
  1. New Issue of Fire Lines Click Here to Read the Newsletter
  1. Oregon Public Broadcasting Article on Wildfire Smoke http://www.opb.org/news/article/study-wildfire-smoke-pollution-worse-than-thought/
  1. UTV Safety: https://wildfirelessons.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/this-has-happened-before-utv-floorboard-fire/
  1. US Forest Service has published a new field guide for biological control of weeds in the Eastern US: http://bugwoodcloud.org/resource/pdf/FHTET-2016-04_Biocontrol_Field_Guide.pdf
  1. “Invasions and damage by ambrosia beetles have come as a surprise to most entomologists. After all, venerable forest entomology texts teach us that these ambrosia beetles are not pests in their native regions. But has anyone actually checked?” https://entomologytoday.org/2017/07/06/forest-pest-invasions-can-and-should-be-studied-before-they-happen/

Requests for information

  1. UF Cogongrass Research Study back on track and seeking your help. Taylor Clark is continuing this project on behalf of Christina Alba. If you know of or have any populations of cogongrass on any land you manage or know of any private lands with infestations (unmanaged for at least 2 years), please contact him at 407-267-4609 or taylorclark
  1. AIR POTATO PATROL CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT-A new on-line Citizen Science project is looking for volunteers at wlester.


  1. FYI about new EDRR species found in Osceola and Polk counties: Find attached  a copy of the Scleria microcarpa field guide and data collection sheet. This species prefers shade and likely to be found in wetlands under cypress.  If you find some on your property please fill out the attached sheet and email it to Alex Onisko with SFWMD. Alex is also the best person to contact about this species at aonisko



  1. Selected upcoming events, below from Chris Demers’ Forest Stewardship Program enewsletter (cdemers) and note that you can share any longleaf announcements with Renee Bodine of NRCS to get the word out (Renee.Bodine):
July 25 Forestry Webinar: Drought and Urban Forests (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details and to join.
July 25 Natural Resources Webinar: Native Thistles: Important and Misunderstood Plants for Conservation (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details and to join.
July 26 Natural Resources Webinar: Common Garden Studies for Herbaceous Plants: Lessons Learned from the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem (link), 11 am ET, See link for details and to join.
August 3 Kaitlyn.dietz
August 10 Using Insects for Pest Control (link), 9 am – 4 pm, NRCS Brooksville Plant Material Center, 14119 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL. 34601. Pre-register for $45 by Aug. 1 at link above. Hosted by he Xerces Society, SARE and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
August 15 Florida USDA NRCS State Technical Advisory Committee Meeting, Note date change to August 15, 10 am to 12:30 pm, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Doyle Conner Agriculture Building Auditorium, 1911 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608. The meeting is open to the public and will give an overview of the 2014 Farm Bill programs and conservation easements. NRCS will solicit recommendations for establishing technical guidelines, program criteria and priorities for conservation practices in Florida. Individuals who want to get on the agenda or who require special accommodations or materials in an alternative format or language contact Jeffrey Woods, (352) 338-9515 by Aug. 1.  Additional information on NRCS and programs is available on our website at or at your local USDA NRCS office.
August 16 Wildlife Wednesday Webinar: Florida’s Small But Significant Songbirds (link), 12:15 to 1 pm ET, See link for details and registration.
August 29-31 2017 Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting & Trade Show (link), Sandestin Grand at Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin, FL. Approved for 4.5 Cat. 1 and 2.0 Cat 2 SAF CFEs. See link for details and registration.
September 20 Wildlife Wednesday Webinar: Commonly Encountered Ducks of Florida (link), 12:15 to 1 pm ET, See link for details and registration.
October 13 Turpentining in Florida: Past, Present, Future? 10 am to 3 pm, Austin Cary Forest, Gainesville, FL. The Association of Consulting Foresters, University of Florida, and Society of American Foresters are pleased to host a program on this important part of Florida’s past, present, and future. Includes tour of the new A. Chester Skinner Jr. Turpentine Education Site at the Forest. Mark your calendar. SAF CFEs are pending. $15 fee covers program and lunch. Register at https://tinyurl.com/y9u2d9ze
October 18 Wildlife Wednesday Webinar: This-or-That? Florida’s Birds (link), 12:15 to 1 pm ET, See link for details and registration.
November 15 Wildlife Wednesday Webinar: This-or-That? Florida’s Wildlife (link), 12:15 to 1 pm ET, See link for details and registration.

Scleria microcarpa ID Sheet 6.23.17.pdf
Scleria microcarpa Data Sheet.docx

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