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The Florida Forest Steward

A Quarterly Newsletter for Florida Landowners and Resource Professionals

Summer-Fall 2009

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Volume 16, No. 2

Welcome New Forest Stewards
and Tree Farmers

For some this may be the first issue of The
Florida Forest Steward newsletter you
receive. On behalf of the Florida Forest
Stewardship Program and Tree Farm
partners we welcome you to this growing
network of family forest landowners,
extension agents, public and private
natural resource professionals, forest
advocates and others involved with
Florida's forests.

We encourage you to explore and employ
the many resources that are available to
assist you in your forest management
planning and activities. The Florida
Division of Forestry, Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission,
University of Florida, Florida Forestry
Association and other public and private
partners have a wealth of expertise and
resources available to help you with the
many challenges you may be dealing with
or will likely deal with in the management
of your property, whether it be controlling
invasive exotic species, selling timber,
providing habitat for wildlife, planning for
the future or regenerating a forest stand.
Good places to find these resources and
contacts are in this newsletter, at our
Forest Stewardship workshops and tours
(see the events calendar on the last page),
and in the Florida Forest Stewardship Web

site linked under the events calendar. You can
also link to all the partners mentioned above
through that Web site.

Cheers and Best Wishes,
Chris Demers, Editor

New Reporting Rules for Lump-
Sum Timber Sales

New rules for reporting of lump-sum timber
sales went into effect on May 28, 2009. TD
9450 outlines the changes to Treasury
Regulations 1.6045-4. This section is
amended to require purchasers of standing
timber in a lump-sum transaction to report the
sale or exchange of the timber to the IRS using
IRS Form 1099-S (Proceeds from Real Estate
Transactions) and to provide the completed
form to the seller. The Internal Revenue Code
(IRC) section 6045(e)(2) now requires the
issuance of this informational form to timber
sellers due to the amendment of paragraphs
(b)(2)(i)(E), (b)(2)(ii) and (c) (2)(i) of the
treasury regulation section 1.6045-4 for sales
or exchanges of standing timber for lump-sum
payments completed after May 28, 2009. The
Form 1099-S is to be provided to the seller
by January 31 of the year following the sale
and to IRS.

Example: Yellow Pine hires a consulting
forester to cruise and conduct a lump-sum sale
by sealed bid of 50 acres of timber. The
successful buyer bid $200,000 for the timber.
The closing date (timber deed executed and
delivered) occurs on June 29, 2009, and a
check for $200,000 is delivered to the seller on
the same date. The successful buyer must
now issue an IRS Form 1099-S to Yellow
Pine by January 31, 2010. The date of June
29, 2009, is placed in Box 1 and the amount of
$200,000 goes in Box 2. The description of
the timber goes in Box 3 and relevant details
for Filer and Transferor are placed in the
appropriate boxes.

See http://www.irs. ov/irb/2009-
24 IRB/ar06.html for more information.

van der Hovoen, G. 2009. New Reporting
Rules for Lump Sum Timber Sales. June 1
Bulletin, North Carolina Coop. Ext. Serv. Ip.

Southeastern American
Kestrels Need Your Help
By Karl Miller and Jason Martin,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation

The southeastern American kestrel is a
non-migratory falcon found in open
pinelands, sandhills, prairies, and pastures
in Florida and the southeastern U.S.
High-quality kestrel habitat includes both
suitable nesting sites -- primarily cavities
excavated by woodpeckers in large dead
trees -- and open areas where the birds can
see and capture their prey.

The southeastern American kestrel is
listed as threatened in Florida due to the
loss of nesting and foraging habitat. Our
resident kestrel population has declined
because of pinelands converted to
improved pasture, cropland or other use;
removal of standing dead trees from fields
and forests and habitat modifications
caused by fire suppression. Although
long-term population trends are unclear,
an overall decline has been estimated at
greater than 80% over the past 70 years.

Controlled burning can be used to
maintain a grassy, open understory and
dead tree snags should be preserved to
provide nesting sites for kestrels. Nest
boxes also can be installed in areas where
natural tree cavities are sparse.

You may be able to help the southeastern
American kestrel by putting up nest boxes
on your property. Nest boxes should be
located in relatively open areas, such as
sandhills, open pine forests, fields,
pastures, and golf courses, where natural
cavities are lacking. Nest boxes should be
attached at a height of approximately 12-

20 feet above the ground on tree trunks or
wooden poles that are anchored firmly in the
ground. There should be approximately 100-
125 acres of appropriate habitat surrounding
each nest box. Note: do not use utility poles
without written permission from local power

More information about how to build kestrel
nest boxes and where to install them can be
found on the Florida Fish & Wildlife
Conservation Commission website. Visit
http://research.mvfwc.com/features/ and click
on 'Wildlife' then 'Southeastern American

Nest boxes are readily accepted by kestrels
and make an excellent way to quickly improve
the wildlife value of your property with
minimal effort. Even if your nest boxes are
not discovered by kestrels, many other kinds
of birds, such as eastern screech owls, eastern
bluebirds, and great crested flycatchers can
use nest boxes intended for kestrels.

Recently the FWC initiated a kestrel nest box
monitoring program in north-central Florida.
By coordinating management and monitoring
efforts throughout the state, FWC will be able
to more accurately determine the current
population status and track how southeastern
American kestrels respond over time to
management efforts.

FWC is focused primarily on public lands, but
we recognize that large expanses of potential
kestrel habitat occur on private lands in north-
central Florida. We are interested in working
with landowners who live in Hernando, Citrus,
Sumter, Levy, Marion, Gilchrist, Alachua,
Suwannee, Columbia, or neighboring counties,
and have installed, or plan to install, at least 3-
4 kestrel nest boxes on private properties.
Contact kestrel@mvyfwc.com for more
information about how your nest boxes can be
included in our monitoring program.

Forest landowners are the
Focus of Florida Forestry
Association's Annual Meeting
By Phil Gomicki, Florida Forestry

When the Florida Forestry Association
convenes its 2009 Annual Meeting in St.
Augustine at the Renaissance in World
Golf Village on September 9-10, private
landowners will be the focus. The agenda
is full of information owners of forested
lands need to know and understand about
the current economy and getting the most
out of forest ownership.

Participants will see why timber is still
one of your best investments, learn how to
maximize forest value by selling carbon
credits, sharpen estate planning goals from
lessons learned from a forest landowner,
learn how to enhance forest value through
hunting lease management and find out
more about the emerging biomass markets
headed to Florida. In addition, an in-depth
analysis will be presented by one of the
nation's leading economists concerning
our nation's economic outlook for the next
several years.

Landowners are offered a special
registration fee of $105 to attend one of
the two days: September 9 or September
10. Both will be special landowner days
with plenty of timely information and the
chance to attend the forestry trade show,
the largest of its kind in Florida. For
visit www.floridaforest.org/conference.ph
p or call the Association office at (850)

Landscaping Mulches A
Potential Fire Problem?
By Alan Long, Professor, UF-IFAS
School of Forest Resources and

Whether you live on your forest property,
in the wildland-urban interface, or

downtown, one of our favorite forest products
may be lurking around your back door waiting
to light up. Pine straw, pine bark nuggets and
shredded wood (cypress or yard waste) are
used throughout the Southeast for a number of
important landscaping functions. They retain
soil moisture (and reduce irrigation), reduce
erosion, add organic matter to the soil, and
enhance aesthetic appeal. Across most
landscape conditions, mulches provide these
benefits with no further problem. But laid on
the ground next to your wood siding or wood
deck they represent a potential ignition source
for your house should embers from a wildfire
or your backyard bum pile, a match, or even a
cigarette butt land on the dry mulch surface.
Recent research at the University of Florida
indicated that under dry conditions, such as we
had early last spring, pine straw is particularly
flammable and can produce long flames and
high temperatures capable of igniting other
flammable materials (such as wood) or
melting vinyl siding. Pine bark and shredded
wood are more difficult to ignite, but once
started they can smolder for long periods of
time and produce sufficient heat to cause the
same types of effects.

How can you reduce this potential problem
without giving up all the benefits? Keep the
organic mulches in most places, EXCEPT
within three to five feet of your wood or vinyl
structural surfaces. Borders of gravel, cinder
rock or other nonflammable materials should
be used immediately adjacent to, or under,
flammable exterior features.

For more information on protecting your home
in fire prone areas, visit
http://fireinflorida.com Interface South and
the wildfire risk assessment guide
re ra.html), or the Florida Division of Forestry
Website http://www.fl-

Recent Stewardship-related
Publications Produced by the
University of Florida

Where There's Fire, There's Smoke:
Air Quality and Prescribed burning
in Florida, Revised. FOR-62, a 5-page
illustrated fact sheet by Martha C. Monroe,
Adam C. Watts, and Leda N. Kobziar,
provides background information on air
quality, the effects of smoke on human health
and safety, and regulations concerning the use
of prescribed fires, smoke and strategies for
protecting air quality. Published by the UF
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
(SFRC), February 2009.

Wood to Energy: Use of the Forest
Biomass for Wood Pellets, FOR-207, a
4-page illustrated fact sheet by Marian
Marinescu and Todd Bush, is part of the Wood
to Energy series. It introduces the use of wood
pellets as a renewable energy source, current
and new feedstock sources, feasibility and
research needs. Published by the SFRC,
February 2009. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FR269

Ownership Succession: Plan Now
for the Future of Your Land, FOR-
212, a 4-page fact sheet by Chris Demers,
outlines 8 steps for forestland owners to set up
a smooth transition between themselves and
the future owners of their property. Published
by SFRC, March 2009.

Economic Contributions of Florida's
Agricultural, Natural Resource, and
Food and Kindred Product
Manufacturing, Distribution, and
Service Industries in 2009, FE800, a
28-page illustrated report by Alan W. Hodges
and Mohammad Rahmani, provides estimates
of the agricultural, natural resource, and food
and related product manufacturing,
distribution, and service industries' economic
contributions to Florida in 2007, updating a
previous study for 2006. Published by the UF
Dept. of Food and Resource Economics, April
2009. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FE800

Biology and Control of Japanese
Climbing Fern (Lygodium
japonicum), FOR-218, a 7-page illustrated
fact sheet by Patrick J. Minogue, Stella Jones,
Kimberly K. Bohn, and Rick L. Williams,

describes invasive exotic vine which is widespread
in damp areas in north and West Florida, its
biology and control measures. Published by SFRC,
May 2009. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FR280

Got Invasives? Get Help! FOR-223, a 2-
page fact sheet by Benjamin Koubek and Chris
Demers, describes the FloridaInvasives.org Web
site and how it can help landowners and land
managers locate valuable technical and financial
assistance programs to prevent or control invasive
exotic species problems. Published by SFRC, June
2009. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FR285

Thanks 2008-2009 Florida Forest
Stewardship Program Sponsors:

Many THANKS to these
businesses/organizations for their support
of this year's Forest Stewardship Program

Blanton's Longleaf Container Nursery,
Environmental Services Inc., F& W
Forestry Services, Farm Credit of
Northwest Florida, Florida Farm
Bureau, Florida Forestry Association,
Forestland Management, Green Circle
Bio Energy, International Forest
Company, and Southern Forestry

If your business or organization is interested in
supporting Florida's Forest Stewardship
Program events in 2009-2010, contact Chris
Demers, cdemers(@ufl.edu or (352) 846-2375.

From the Stump

I hear foresters complain of no business, no
clients, no advancement and forestry being a
profession of little money. I can see how that
could be. Few foresters promote themselves
to the general public. Fewer still are visible in
the political realm where they are needed but
reluctant to stick their nose. Forestry
organizations seem to do things under cover,
in private, and not involve the profession, only
the members. Even foresters don't have the
benefit of knowing where their organizations

stand, only what the headlines are of the
actions. It looks to me like forestry news
could be found in the newspaper, written
by a prudent reporter who avoids

Who promotes forestry? Why aren't
foresters, who complain of no customers,
not out in the public view, shaking hands,
educating the public, standing between a
tree-growing public and a revenue-seeking
tax man? Who organizes the land owners
who don't know that they need to be
organized? Why are seminars held in the
middle of the week, one hundred miles
away (requiring hotel rooms) and costing
as much as a course at the University?
Why are small landowners the last in a
long chain to find out about tree diseases,
silviculture programs, invasive plants and
the fight to get rid of them? Why aren't
foresters knocking on the doors of the
small landowner to get them interested in
the management of their land?
Opportunities abound. There are
neighborhood watch meetings, gatherings
of local church groups, schools begging
for curriculum and newspapers, always
looking for a story.

Why is it left to the small landowner to
discover for him or herself that he or she
is a tree farmer? Help and guidelines, if
available at all, are years in the coming
when he knows only one destination of his
holdings, development. Perhaps it is
because the developers knock on his door
and create their own market.

Tom Cadenhead
Jacksonville, FL

Want to step up to the Stump? We
welcome your comments, questions, rant
or all of the above. Send to
cdemersi@ufl.edu and write "stump" in the
subject line. Letters should pertain to
landowner or natural resources issues and
be no more than 300 words in length.
Letters may be edited for length and/or
clarification. Please keep it civil no
personal attacks will be published.

Congratulations Certified

Forest Stewards and Tree Farmers!

Dr. John Kuis, Nassau County School
Board, Forest Stewards, Nassau County;
pictured with David Holly (DOF), and
Jennifer Montgomery
(Jowett & Wood Consultants)

"- .. _. Richard Fish, Forest Steward and
.'- Tree Farmer, Nassau County

Brenda and Billy Sunday,
Forest Stewards, Gadsden County 5.; -

Freddie McIntosh (R), Forest Steward,
Holmes County;
pictured with Mike Mathis (DOF)

Not Shown:

BC & Barbara McCray
Tree Farmers, Lafayette County
David McPhaul
Forest Steward, Gadsden County
Roy & Margaret Sprague
Forest Stewards, Gilchrist County

Not shown:

Lane Armstrong
Forest Steward, Escambia County
Lula Bittle
Tree Farmer, Lafayette County
Broom Sage Hunting Preserve
Tree Farmers, Nassau County
Colon Land
Tree Farmers, Lafayette County
Cornelia A. Downs
Tree Farmer, Bay County
Craig Gillikin & Joanne Duffy
Forest Stewards, Gilchrist County
Glen A. Hartzog
Forest Steward, Bay County
Grady and Honor Hartzog
Forest Stewards, Gilchrist County
Donald & Margaret Hurst
Tree Farmers, Lafayette County
Kay Jones
Tree Farmer, Gilchrist County
Rhonda Largin Jones
Tree Farmer, Nassau County

Dr. Donald & Betsy Burch (center
holding sign and plaque), Forest
Stewards, being recognized at the
Suwannee County Conservation Districts
Annual Award banquet for
Outstanding Forest Management

Not Shown:

Toledo Manufacturing, Inc.
Tree Farmers, Nassau County
Clifford S. Varnadoe
Forest Steward, Bay County

More information about these programs is on-line:

Forest Stewardship Program: http://www.fl-dof.com/forest management/cfa steward index.html

Tree Farm: http://www.floridaforest.org/tree farm.php

IJ"lnUwiF Property Tour

Stewardship Property of

Bern and Jan Hadden Smith
Madison County, FL

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2009; meet and greet at 9:00 AM ET.
Program begins promptly at 9:30.

Tour: The Smith tract, 250 acres, is managed for hay production (perennial peanut), forest
products (pine straw, pulpwood, saw timber and Christmas trees), wildlife (white-
tailed deer, wild turkey, bob-white quail and duck), and recreation (hunting and
fishing). An adjacent 160-acre tract owned by Dr. E.E. Hadden, Jr. MD is managed
in conjunction for timber production and hunting. The land has been in the
Hadden Family since 1843 and is registered as a Century Pioneer Family Farm. The
old home site has an open, hand-dug well (circa 1800s), a windmill and well (circa
1937) and a /4- acre wildflower plot. Highly erodible cropland was converted to hay
and pine under the Conservation Reserve Program. Pines were established under the
former Forestry Incentive Program, and thinning conducted under the Southern Pine
Beetle Prevention Program. Cost-share funds from the Wildlife Habitat Incentives
Program and Environmental Quality Incentives Program were used to create forest
openings, establish wildlife food plots, nest boxes, control invasive species (mimosa,
chinaberry and Japanese climbing fern), manage undesirable hardwoods, and
improve wildlife habitat with prescribed burning.

Register: A sponsored lunch will be served on-site after the tour, sponsors TBA. This program
is free but you must preregister. Call the Madison County Extension Office at
(850) 973-4138 to register. Attendance will be limited so please register soon!
Directions are on the back of this announcement. Please share with others who may
be interested. Contact Chris Demers, (352) 846-2375, cdemers@ufl.edu, with
questions about this or other Forest Stewardship Program events.


Funding for Florida's Forest Stewardship Program is provided by the USDA Forest Service through the
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Forestry
and a grant from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.


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Turkey Hill Farm, Stewardship Property of
Herman Holly and Louise Divine
Leon County, FL

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2009; sign in,
meet and greet at 9:00 AM ET.

Tour: Herman Holley and Louise Divine bought their
farm in January 1999 and say one of the first
and smartest things they did was join the Forest
Stewardship Program. Since then they have
been working and expanding on the initial
plan. The farm is 89 acres with several distinct
ecosystems. There are a little less than 20
acres of planted loblolly pine about 18-20 - ... ,,v..
years old. Much of the farm is in second growth hardwoods and "water features". Much to
their surprise they are now making a living as organic farmers, growing a wide variety of
seasonal produce for weekly markets and a small community supported agriculture (CSA)
cooperative. They have planted a small citrus grove and are expanding their fig orchard and
other fruit trees. For a preview of Turkey Hill farm, see their feature at

Register: A sponsored lunch will be served on-site after the tour, sponsors TBA. This program is free
but you must preregister. Contact Genice Harris at the Leon County Extension Office at
(850) 606-5202, genicer(&leoncountyfl.gov to register. Attendance will be limited so please
register soon! Directions are on the back of this announcement. Please share with others
who may be interested. Contact Chris Demers, (352) 846-2375, cdemers@ufl.edu, with
questions about this or other Forest Stewardship Program events.

IFAS Extension

Funding for Florida's Forest Stewardship Program is provided by the USDA Forest Service through the
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Forestry
and a grant from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

Directions to Turkey Hill Farm
3546 Baum Road, Miccosukee, FL 32309

From 1-10, Westbound: Exit 217, Lloyd, SR 59:
-North on SR 59 to US 90
-turn West on US 90 (toward Tallahassee), go about 3 miles
-Right on Baum Road (Mahan Auto Repair on corer)
-1/4 mile to driveway on left

From 1-10 Eastbound, Exit 209B, Tallahassee, US Hwy 90:
-East on US 90 (toward Monticello) exactly 5 miles from I-10 overpass
-Left on Baum Road (Mahan Auto Repair on corner)
-1/4 mile to driveway on left

Call the Farm at (850) 216-4024
if you have trouble.

(map not to scale)




SR 59

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Timber Price Update

The timber pricing information below is useful for observing trends over time, but does
not necessarily reflect current conditions at a particular location. Landowners considering
a timber sale are advised to solicit the services of a consulting forester to obtain current
local market conditions. Note that price ranges per ton for each product are also included.

Stumpage price ranges reported across Florida in the 2nd Quarter 2009 Timber Mart-
South (TMS) report were:

* Pine pulpwood: $20 $33/cord ($7 $12/ton), [ (from average 1st Quarter 2009 prices)
* Pine C-N-S: $34 $49/cord ($13 $18/ton), [
* Pine sawtimber: $63 $102/cord ($24 $38/ton), {
* Pine plylogs: $61 $86/cord ($22 $32/ton), [
* Pine power poles: $117 $154/cord ($44 $58/ton), [
* Hardwood pulpwood: $10 $21/cord ($3 $7/ton),

Trend Report

Average stumpage prices for all major timber products in Florida, and the Southeast region, were
down for the second straight quarter. Pine sawtimber prices are the lowest since 1993 and chip-
n-saw prices are the lowest since 1991. Market indicators for the major products are improving
slightly but the economy is still in a contracting state. Unless conditions improve, lumber
production in 2009 will be the lowest since 1985 and down over 40 percent from 2005, the peak

Average Pine Stumpage Prices for Florida
2nd Qtr 1999 through 2nd Qtr 2009

100 ML


92 94 02 04 12 14 22 24 32 34 42 44 52 54 62 64 72 74 82 84 92
Year/Quarter (beginning second quarter 1999)

S-- pulpwood ---chip-n-saw ---sawtimber

University of Florida
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
PO Box 110410
Gainesville, FL 32611-0410

Non Profit Org.
US Postage
Permit No. 94

Date Event, Location, Contacts
FL/GA Game Management Field Update: Dove and Waterfowl Management, Pinckney Hill
August 21 Plantation, Ashville, FL. Contact Dr. Bill Giuliano at (352) 846-0575, docgi.ufl.edu,
http://www.wec.ufl.edu/wildlifeupdates/ for more info on this and all Field Updates below.
Florida Forestry Association 2009 Annual Meeting, Renaissance at World Golf Village, St.
September 9-1, ,,.. FL. Call (850) 222-5646 for more information.

S FL/GA Game Management Field Update: Sportfish Pond Management, Camp Piney Woods,
Septenim r F
T homas County, GA..

S Forest Stewardship Property Tour, property of Bern and Jan Hadden Smith, Madison County.
September 15 Announcement in this issue. Call the Madison County Extension Office at (850) 973-4138 to register.

S Septb 1 Southeast Herbicide Applicator Conference, Edgewater Beach Resort, Panama City, FL 32407; earn
uSeptembr 2 4 p to 12 CEUs!! See htp \ %\ %\ .conference.ifas.ufl.edu/sehac/ for details.
FL/GA Game Management Field Update: White-tailed Deer Management, Myrtlewood Plantation,
September 25
TSephomas County, GA.
FL/GA Game Management Field Update: Wild Turkey Management, Osceola Plantation, Thomas
October F
County, GA.
FL/GA Game Management Field Update: Hunting Dog and Human First Aid, Remington EMS,
Thomasville, GA..
Oc r 22 FWC Sandhill Management Workshop, Florida Center for Wildfire and Forest Resources
October 22 management Training, 24059 Childs Road, Brooksville, FL 34601.

October 29

Forest Stewardship Property Tour, Turkey Hill Farm, property ofLouis Divine and Herman Holley,
Leon County. Announcement in this issue. Contact Genice Harris at the Leon County Extension Office
at (850) 606-5202. genicer(@,leoncountvfl.gov to register.

The Florida Forest Steward is a University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Florida Division of Forestry and
Florida Tree Farm joint project:

Chris Demers (editor), School of Forest Resources & Conservation, UF, P.O. Box 110410, Gainesville, FL 32611-0410,
(352) 846-2375, cdemers@ufl.edu
Dr. Alan Long (co-editor), School of Forest Resources & Conservation, UF, (352) 846-0891, ail2(iiufl.edu
Tony Grossman (co-editor), Florida Division of Forestry, 3125 Conner Blvd, Room R2, Tallahassee, FL 32699-1650,
(850) 414-9907, grossmai(adoacs.statefl. us
Chris Wynn (co-editor), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 620 South Meridian Street, Farris Bryant Building,
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600, (850) 488-3831, Chris. Wvnn(iMvFWC.com
Jon Gould (co-editor), Florida Tree Farm Committee, 4923 Windwood Circle, Birmingham, AL 35242, (205) 991-9435,

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