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Title: SFRC newsletter for alumni and friends
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Creator: School of Forest Resources and Conservation. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. University of Florida
Publisher: School of Forest Resources and Conservation. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: December 2005
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December 2005




SFRC Newsletter
...for alumni and friends


Greetings from the
SFRC
The biggest news in the SFRC
is associated with two State Leg-
islative Budget Requests aimed
at expanding the School's fac-
ulty, staff, programs and im-
pacts: (1) The Healthy Forest
Initiative (HFI), appropriated
during the 2005 legislative ses-
sion; and (2) The Geomatics
Critical Needs Proposal which comes before the State legislature during
the 2006 session (see story below).
The HFI appropriation will enable the hiring of 5 new faculty members
who will build programs in the following areas: (1) Forest utilization,
markets and economic sustainability; (2) Forest wildlife management and
ecology, (3) Forest-. ir!'..!.. (4) Forest geomatics, GIS and GPS; and
(5) Fire science and forest conservation. The first two faculty positions
will be located at the IFAS Research and Education Centers in Milton
and Quincy, respectively, while the remaining three will be in Gainesville.
To our knowledge, the HFI legislative appropriation is the first one for
the SFRC since the 1970s, and it never would have been possible with-


out the support and active engagement of our alumni, stakeholders and
friends. In fact, one of the most rewarding aspects of the process in-
volved workingwith the broad coalition of supporters of HFI. It started
with unanimous support from the SFRC external Advisory Board
chaired by Jack Vogel and evolved from there to include active support
from the Florida Forestry Association (Bob Cook, Kelley Smith, Jeff
Doran and Alan Shelby), Florida Farm Bureau (Carl Loop and Kevin
Morgan), Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (Marilyn Evers, Steve
Gordon, John Clyatt and Ron Villella), The Nature Conservancy
(Vicki Tschinkel and Marianne Gengenbach), Florida Wildlife Fed-
eration (Manley Fuller), Audubon of Florida (Eric Draper) and SFRC
Alumni Association (Harold Mikell).
We sincerely appreciate the support from all of these people and their
organizations and also that of the IFAS administration. Special thanks
to Cindy Littlejohn for leading the efforts in Tallahassee. Our promise
to all of those involved is to work with you and all of our stakeholders
to optimize the benefits from these new funds and to continue to
strengthen our collaborations. It is clear that working together we can
have a major impact on the future economic, environmental and social
benefits that our forests provide.


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Critical Needs in Geomatics


The Geomatics undergraduate program in the SFRC educates students
who go on to work in all aspects of surveying, mapping, remote sens-
ing and other geospatial sciences (like GIS and GPS). Geomatics is fac-
ing a critical shortage of licensed professionals
due to: (1) Rapid growth of Florida; (2) Rapid
growth of geospatial technologies; and (3) An
ageing workforce (half of all of the licensed sur-
veyors in Florida will retire in the next 10 years).
The SFRC Geomatics program is the only one
of its kind in Florida and as currently staffed, it
simply can not produce enough graduates to
meet the demand in the State as evidenced by
the fact that each graduating senior has an aver-
age of seven job offers.
For these reasons, UF/IFAS is supporting a
Legislative Budget Request for 2006 that would support increases the
number of B.S. graduates each year from 15 currently to 80 by 2011.
The funds from this appropriation would be used for a variety of ef-


forts including expanding the program so that students could graduate
from three other UF/IFAS locations in the State in addition to Gainesville:
Ft. Lauderdale, Plant City and Milton. This
would mean that place-bound students could
attend community colleges for two years, and
k then receive their upper division Geomatics
courses at these four locations distributed across
the State.
As with the Healthy Forest Initiative (see story
above), we hope to build a broad coalition of
supporters for this Geomatics Critical Needs
Legislative Proposal. We also hope that this coa-
lition will help us guide the program as it ex-
pands. Please contact Cindy Littlejohn (IFAS,
crlittlejohn@mail.ifas.ufl.edu) or Marilyn Evers
(Florida Surveying and Mapping Society, ..li... r. .,, F mi .., _'i ) if you or
someone you know might be able to help. Thank you all for your sup-
port of SFRC, IFAS and UF programs.


The School of Forest Resources & Conservation Newsletter is published to inform alumni and friends. Comments and information to share
should be directed to the Main Office: phone (352) 846-0850, fax (352) 392-1707. email- sfrc@ifas.ufl.edu. Visit our website at www.sfrc.ufl.edu.
UNIVERSITY OF
A FLORIDA
IFAS












TheSFRCcurrentlyhas 14 .,' ..i. .ji i1.. r. m. r
of whom are juniors and seniors studying one
of three majors: Forest Resources and Conser-
vation, Geomatics, or Natural Resource Conser-
vation. SFRC faculty serve as major advisors for
approximately 80 graduate students pursuing
masters and doctoral degrees. The facultyis cur-
rently engaging staff, students, alumni and stake-
holders in discussions to revise the undergradu-
ate curriculum.
Instruction Highlight:
First SFRC Web-based distance
education course

SFRC's first undergraduate web-based distance
education course, FOR 3855, Agroforestry for the
Southeastern United States, enrolled seven stu-
dents in spring 2005. Michael Bannister de-
veloped and taught the course, supported by a
USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant. The
course has a Web site (see below) developed us-
ing WebCT Vista software; this is the student
"headquarters" or point of departure for all
course activities. Students go there to consult the
syllabus and calendar, download assigned read-
ings, participate in chats and discussions, use the
email system, and take quizzes and exams. Large
files containing narrated PowerPoint lectures and
video interviews with farmers and researchers are
mailed to the students on CDs. The students
ranged from a French woman in her 60s residing
in Key Largo to a young mother just out of the
Army and now residingin the panhandle. Course
activities began slowly as students got used to
the system, but by the end of the course they
were all very enthusiastic and participated actively.
The high point for the students was the required
field exercise, involving a farmer interview fol-
lowed by interaction with IFAS County exten-
sion agents. The course will be offered again in
spring 2006. The SFRC plans to develop more
distance education courses.



S Five kinds of US agroforestry
Silvpasture








Narrated PowerPoint Lectures.


Fulfilling Our Mission



The SFRC has 25 research faculty that generate
:1._ i i million annually to conduct research in
five focus areas: (1) Forest systems biology; (2)
Human dimensions (broadly defined to include
social sciences, economics, recreation and policy
related to forest resources); (3) Agroforestry and
tropical forestry; (4) Urban forestry and the wild-
land-urban interface; and (5) Geomatics.
Extension Highlight:
Benefits of integrated land-use
systems
Agriculture and forestry in the southeastern
United States face significant natural resource
problems, yet are essential to the southeastern
economy. It is increasingly important for these
systems to be economically and ecologically
sustainable. Integrated systems like agroforestry
may provide economic incentives and ecological


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benefits. The Center for SubtropicalAgroforestry
(CSTAF) was established in 2001 and is a mutli-
disciplinary, multi-institutional entity for
undertaking research, extension and education in
agroforestry. Silvopasture, the integration of
trees and livestock, was found to be the most
prevalent form of agroforestry in the region.
Research suggests that silvopasture may mitigate
potential problems of nutrient pollution
associated with beef-cattle pasture. CSTAF also
developed the Southeastern Agroforestry
Decision Support System. This is a web-based
tool that assists in the planning and tree/shrub
selection with data for 12 Florida counties. These
and other worldwide agroforestry research,
development and education were highlighted at
the 1st World Congress of Agroforestry
organized by UF/IFAS. Delegates from 82
countries participated in the Congress. CSTAF
collaborates with research, extension and education
institutions such as Florida A&M University,
Auburn University, University of Georgia and
the University of the Virgin Islands.


Extension specialists develop a wide variety of
programs and materials to be used by DOF
county foresters, IFAS county extension agents
and others to educate natural resource profes-
sionals, landowners, policy makers, citizens and
youth.
Extension Highlight:

Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is the PreK-12
grade environmental education program of the
American Forest Foundation. PLT uses the
forest as a "window on the world" to increase
students' understanding of our complex en-
vironment and to help students learn the skills
they need to make sound choices about the
environment. PLT is pleased to share a new
SFRC staff person with the growing the ur-
ban forestry program. Jenny Seitz will be the
half-time PLT Coordinator.
Florida PLT annually reaches about 800 educa-
tors a year in formal and nonformal settings
with workshops to introduce materials. This
program is designed to work in rural, subur-
ban and urban areas; in formal and nonformal
educational settings; and both indoors and
outdoors. SFRC has been able to make signifi-
cant contributions to Florida's PLT program


by conducting an evaluation of how teachers
use PLT and by developing an urban forest
supplement. We are currently exploring how
to best help teachers use PLT to teach reading
and writing skills, along with forest steward-
ship.
By providing teachers with qualitymaterials to
use in their classroom, we hope the students
will become forest stewards of the future and
by participating in hands-on activities outdoors
they may be our future scientists too. For ad-
ditional information contact Jenny Seitz,
Florida PLT Coordinator at 352-846-2329 or
visit our web site at http://sfrc.ufl.edu/plt.


I Etesin









* Kurt Olsen, forester at Avon Park Air Force Range, has begun a
taxa comparison study in association with Don Rockwood. Some
15,000 acres of the Range's 106,000 acres is commercial forestland
that could benefit from faster growing trees.
* Steve Jennings was promoted to Bureau Chief of Forest Man-
agement for the Florida Division of Forestry.
SKristin Kahler is now working for the USDA Forest Service on
the Arapaho National Forest and is in charge of starting a conser-
vation education program for the district.
0 Alissa Blank was recently promoted to Senior Attorney in the
Water Group of the Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection.
C Jennifer Gagnon recently moved to the Vir-
ginia Tech's College of Natural Resources
to fill an extension position of the Virginia
Forest Landowner Education Program.




Without the support of friends we could not maintain our level of aca-
demic excellence. Thanks to all our supporters.
Many thanks to the following who made donations to the Forest Stew-
ardship Program: Farm Credit of North Florida; Environmental Ser-
vices, Inc.; Meeks Farm & Nursery, Inc.; DuPont; Farm Credit of
Northwest Florida; Dr. Michael Parker DMD; Blanton's Longleaf
Container Nursery; and BASF Corporation.
Thanks to the following who made donations to the School's Unre-
stricted Fund: The Rayonier Foundation and for matching Mark
Miller's gift, Andrew Ruth ('03), Stephanie Bloyd ('84), George Park
( 4 Charles W. Godfrey ('59), MarkS. Miller ('74), RobertJ. Marshall
('81), Charles B. Hill ('79), Jeff Lewis ('63), Thomas J. Renison ('68),
Diane Ensminger ('80), Francis Spirek ('82), Robert Simons ('64), Mr.
and Mrs. John Cantele ('76), Norman A. Carlson ('51), Janet K.
Hinchee (-4, .William R. MacKay ('57), Gilbert and LaVonta Schenkel
('45), Anne H. Todd Bockarie ('96), William O. Cleckley ('78), Mary
E. Mason ('95), Jay Peacock ('86), Frances H. Mason ('71),J. Donald
Lewis Jr. ('69), Lawrence V. Stanislawski ('88), Fabco-Air, Inc., James
Schaeffner ('50), Charlie Houder III i4 ,. Robyn Cobb, James Rath
4.4. Charles SchneiderJr. ('77), Dawn DeGraw ('04), and Ryan Morrell
('97). Thanks to Mark C. Barnes and Jeffery R. Glassburn for donat-
ing to the Surveying/Mapping Scholarship Fund and to Richard
Kosior for donating to the Surveying Support Fund. Bob and Mickey
Swinford recently made donations to the Learning Center Fund in
memory of Dr. Lona Davis Spencer, Mrs. Peg Lyons and Mr. Merlin
Dixon. Mrs. Jean Stocker and Mr. and Mrs George Smith made a
contributions to the Leigh A. Walker Memorial Scholarship Fund in
memory of Robert L. Walker. Mr. and Mrs. Noel de Roodenbeke,
Michael Karas, Corning Inc. IDM Facility, Verena M. Clement, J.
MacPherson, Mr. and Mrs. Franz Peterson, PA Management LLC,
Mr. and Mrs. Vipin Popat, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth L. Walker, Mr. and
Mrs. George Diamond, and C. V. KesselJr. also made contributions to
the Leigh A. Walker Memorial Scholarship Fund. A special thanks to
William C. Harrell Sr. for his donation of a turpentine still and compo-
nents and to Carroll Butler and Hollis Brown for their contributions
of tools, books, and artifacts regarding the Florida turpentine industry to
the Austin Cary Memorial Forest Learning Center. Thanks to Josephine
Ziegler Auten for her donation to the Newins-Ziegler Scholarship Fund.


Xi Sigma Pi, the national forestry honors fraternity, held its national meet-
ing Oct. 21 in Ft. Worth, TX at the Society of American Foresters Na-
tional Convention. The University of Florida's Pi Chapter of Xi Sigma Pi
had the most representatives at the meeting of any chapter in the country:
seven students and the faculty advisor. Attendees included Taylor Stein
(faculty advisor and chapter Forester), Sarah Lumban Tobing, Tyler
Dreaden, Jenny Goodrich, Bryan Croft, Ethan Sadowski and Laura
Paterson. Students also attended the Florida Forestry Association Annual
Meeting in St. Augustine, FL and the SESAF Annual Meeting in Savan-
nah, GA.


The Wayne Smith Student Leadership Fund was recently endowed in rec-
ognition of Dr. Smith, former director of the SFRC. Thank you to Harold
Mikell ('50) for initiating this recognition and to all who contributed to
this fund that will enable student participation in leadership building ac-
tivities.
P.K. Nair was awarded the Scientific Achievement Award and his former
student John Bellow ('04) received the Outstanding Doctoral Research
Award from The International Union of Forest Research Organization.
Shibu Jose received the SESAF Award of Excellence in Research at the
annual meeting. He has also been appointed to the Forest Science and
Technology Board of the National SAF
Tim Martin and Greg Starr received a grant through the Joint Fire Sci-
ence Program of the U.S. Forest Service to better understand the under-
story dynamics of fuel loading and fuel
moisture in the Southeastern U.S. coastal
plain forests in association with remote
sensing and mapping techniques.
Gary Peter, John Davis and Matias Kirst
received a $6 million dollar grant from the
National Science Foundation to identify N
genes that regulate wood properties and John Davis, Gary Peter
disease-resistance traits in loblolly pine. and Matias Kirst



Greetings from the CALS Alumni and Friends (CALSAF) organization.
CALS Alumni & Friends fosters a spirit of loyalty and fraternity among
graduates, former students and friends of the University of Florida's Col-
lege of Agricultural and Life Sciences, School of Forest Resources and Con-
servation, School of Natural Resources and Environment and off-cam-
pus degree programs. CALS Alumni & Friends members strive to pro-
mote attendance in these programs and assist in the maintenance and en-
hancement of their academic standing. We hope you will stay connected
with the college by participating in the following activities: -In the spring,
CALSAF will be hosting alumni events around Florida to introduce you
to Dr. R. Kirby Barrick, Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sci-
ences. To learn more about these events please visit www.cals.ufl.edu/
alumni. -Are you interested in becoming an alumni volunteer? If so, com-
plete the alumni volunteer form found at www.cals.ufl.edu/alumni/
calsaf.html or call (352) 392-2251. Alumni volunteers can focus their ef-
forts in areas that help the college and schools connect with their alumni
through special events and enhance the current student experience
(mentoring, speaking in classes, recruiting new students). CALSAF also
has opportunities associated with the following member committees:
alumni programming, student affairs and finance. Keep your contact in-
formation up-to-date! If you have moved or changed your email, please
consider updating your records atwww.ufalumni.ufl.edu so we can keep
in touch with you.






,. UNIVERSITY OF

'FLORIDA

IFAS
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
POBox 110410
Gainesville, FL 32611-1410


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Mail to: Mae Funk
SFRC Academic Services Coordinator
PO Box 110410
Gainesville, FL 32611-0410
Fax: (352) 392-1707
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Non-Profit Org
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Gainesville, FL
Permit No. 94


UF Forestry Club Field Day -- February
25, 2006 at the Austin Cary Memorial For-
est. Alumni and friends are welcome. For
more information contact Mae Funk at
maefunk()ufl.edu.


37th Annual SAF/SFRC Spring Symposim
March 28-29,2006, more information will be
coming out in November.


SFRC Student Council Annual Award
Banquet -- March 25,2006 at the Austin Cary
Memorial Forest. Alumni and friends are wel-
come. Formore information contact Mae Funk
at maefunk(&ufl.edu.


Without the support of
alumni and friends
we could not maintain our
level of academic excellence.


Consider supporting your School.


There are many ways to contribute:
Time, Cash OR
A Charitable Gift Annuity
that may increase your
retirement income and earn an income tax
deduction
(Must be 55 or older).


Send gifts directly to:
School of Forest Resources
and Conservation
PO Box 110410
Gainesville, FL 32611-0410
Makes checks payable to the University of
Florida Foundation, Inc.-SHARE
and designate the SFRC.


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