Partners for Conservation, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, hosted a private lands partnership forum in Pensacola, Florida on March 1 and 2. The majority of the 75 plus participants from across the range of longleaf pine were landowners. The session was convened primarily to hear from landowners on what was working, what could be working better and what, if anything, was missing regarding public-private partnership efforts in the region. The facilitated session received high marks from participants as both a good use of time and as something worth repeating. A report on the event including recommendations drawn from the landowners in attendance is available here.
APRIL 2016 ISSUE OF FIRELINES NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE
The April 2016 edition of the Southern Fire Exchange's monthly newsletter is now available and includes these research highlights: Variability Is Key for Promoting Wildlife Foods in Longleaf Pine, Longleaf Pine Management and Southeastern Fox Squirrels.
Also in this issue: New Synthesis: Effects of Drought, A Tribute to Kent Hanby, Mark Your Calendars for Spring SFE Events, Southeastern Region Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy Update, 2015 Incident Review Summary, International Smoke Symposium: Call for Presentations Now Open, Fire Behavior Fuel Model Guide-book-Database and Workshops,Fire Ecology Database: Are You Using It? Let Us Know!
The current and back issues of Firelines are at::
TAX TIPS FOR FOREST LANDOWNERS FOR THE 2015 TAX YEAR UPDATED
Federal income tax laws can influence a private woodland owner’s financial decisions about land management. Yet, special favorable tax provisions on timber that are intended to encourage private forest management and stewardship are commonly unknown. To help woodland owners in filing their 2015 tax returns, this publication, by Dr. Linda Wang, USDA Forest Service National Timber Tax Specialist, explains the federal income tax laws on timber. The information is not legal or accounting advice. This has been updated and includes recent tax law changes. This publication and other related resources are available at http://www.timbertax.org.
Linda's recent Timber Tax Filing for the 2015 Tax Year webinar was recorded. The recorded presentation and materials are available at:
SOMETHING BUGGING YOUR TREES?
Do you have pests or a disease in your trees? Leaves or needles wilting, and you don’t know why? Sawdust falling out of your trees, and you don’t know how to save them? There is help: ask your question at the free Forest Health Diagnostic Forum: http://sfrc.ufl.edu/treehealth/forum/.
FOREST STEWARDSHIP VIDEOS - VIEW AND SHARE!
All the latest videos are on the Florida Forest Stewardship Program home page:
GOT AN INVASIVE SPECIES PROBLEM?
Go to floridainvasives.org for information, assistance and partnership opportunities.
LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON A PARTICULAR TOPIC?
Check the vast array of extension publications available through UF/IFAS on the EDIS publication site: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ Wow, there’s a publication about that?
ONGOING SERVICES, INITIATIVES, PROGRAMS:
FWC REQUESTS REPORTS OF WILDLIFE 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
- Report mink sightings here: https://public.myfwc.com/hsc/mink/getlatlong.aspx
- Report black bear sightings here: https://public.myfwc.com/fwri/blackbear/getlatlong.aspx
- Report southern hognose snake (Heterodon simus), short-tailed snake (Lampropeltis extenuata), and Florida pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus) here:
UF/IFAS SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION EXTENSION PROGRAMS
FORESTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCES WEBINARS
For a calendar of upcoming webinars in a variety of land management topics see:
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA CONTINUING FORESTRY EDUCATION CLASSES
See http://conted.warnell.uga.edu/ for the latest offerings.
ALABAMA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION FORESTRY WEBINARS