UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCHERS WORKING ON PINE RESIN BIOFUELS
The next wave of advanced biofuels could come from a surprising source — loblolly and other species of pine trees that blanket the American South. Tapping pine trees for resin, or terpene, is a 400-year-old practice. Researchers at the University of Florida are using genetic modification to increase production of terpene five-fold and convert that into an advanced biofuel. This renewable energy innovation is made possible in part through a $6.2 milliongrant from ARPA-E. See Dr Gary Peter’s YouTube clip about this project at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGZMm4-rIfk
2012 TAX TIPS FOR FOREST LANDOWNERS NOW AVAILABLE
Tax Tips for forest landowners for preparation of 2012 tax returns available at: http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/programs/loa/tax.shtml.
UPDATED GUIDE TO PRESCRIBED FIRE IN SOUTHERN ECOSYSTEMS NOW AVAILABLE
Introduction to Prescribed Fire in Southern Ecosystems is designed to help resource managers to plan and execute prescribed burns in Southern forests and grasslands. The guide is currently available for viewing and printing online at http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/pubs/41316. Printed copies of the guide, listed as Science Update-SRS-54, are now available for order through firstname.lastname@example.org.
FWC REQUESTS REPORTS OF PANTHER AND CHIPMUNK SIGHTINGS
Report chipmunk sightings here: https://public.myfwc.com/hsc/chipmunk/getlatlong.aspx
Report panther sightings here: https://public.myfwc.com/hsc/PantherSightings/getlatlong.aspx
"YOUR BACKYARD WOODS AND WILDLIFE" BOOK NOW AVAILABLE AT UF-IFAS BOOKSTORE
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COYOTES VS BOBCATS: WHAT ARE THEY EATING?
Over the next 3 years (2012-2014), the University of Florida will be conducting a study of coyote and bobcat diets in Florida. Of particular interest is the importance of popular wildlife species, including white-tailed deer, turkeys, and bobwhite quail, livestock, and pets in the diet of these predators. Diets will be determined by examining the stomach contents of coyotes and bobcats legally harvested or obtained in Florida. We are asking for your help in obtaining legally acquired coyote and bobcat carcasses, with or without pelts. We will also accept coyote and bobcat stomachs and intestines if you cannot store the whole carcass. If you have at least 5 animals that you would like to provide us, you can contact Lauren Watine (352-846-0558; email@example.com) or Bill Giuliano (352-846-0575; firstname.lastname@example.org) at the University of Florida to arrange for pickup. If you have fewer than 5 animals or are going to be coming through Gainesville, arrangements can be made to get carcasses from you at the University or combine your animals with others in your area for a pickup. Carcasses or stomachs and intestines should be frozen in a suitable bag or container, and include the name of contributor, animal sex, date harvested/obtained, and location harvested/obtained. We have obtained a permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for this project, and will keep information provided by you for this project anonymous to the extent possible by law. We greatly appreciate your help with this valuable study!
FORESTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCES WEBINARS
For a calendar of upcoming webinars in a variety of land management topics see: