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The Florida Forest Steward 7

A Quarterly Newsletter for Florida Landowners and Resource Professionals


Volume 17, No. 1


Spring-Summer 2010


In this issue:
* Florida Forest Stewardship Partner Agencies
Seek Your Input
* Outta the Woods: What's at Stake for Florida's
Wildlife in 50 Years?
* Protection of State's Water Quality during
Forestry Operations Remains a High Priority
* Congratulations Certified Forest Stewards and
Tree Farmers
* Event Announcements
* Timber Price Update
* Events Calendar


OUTTA THE WOODS: How will land
use changes in the coming decades
impact wildlife habitat?

What can be done about it?



UNIVERSITY of
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IFAS


Florida Forest Stewardship
Program Partner Agencies
Seek Your Input

The Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services Division of
Forestry, Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission, U.S.
Department of Agriculture Natural
Resources Conservation Service, and
University of Florida/IFAS
Cooperative Extension Service have
been supporting the natural resource
management and conservation efforts
of private landowners for many years.
They provide technical and/or
financial assistance to manage forests,
wildlife, and other natural resources by
developing land management and
conservation plans and disseminating
technical information through
newsletters, websites, field days,
personal contacts and other means. To
enhance program efficiency, reduce
costs, and deliver more consistent and
effective information, Florida's natural
resource agencies are developing a
more unified program that will
incorporate all components of the
existing programs. They will realize
this by developing a coordinated
planning framework (i.e., combining
Forest Stewardship and Conservation
Plans), publishing a common





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newsletter, website, and other printed
materials, and conducting joint field days.

As the partner agencies will incorporate all
the current individual programs, we are
seeking your preferences for a new
cooperative program title. The title should
be attractive to a diverse array of
landowners (agricultural, forest and
otherwise) and be applicable statewide.
Thank you very much for your input.

Access the survey at:
http://www.survevmonkev.com/s/85YXSYG


OUTTA THE WOODS: What's at
Stake for Florida's Wildlife in 50
Years?
by Tony Young, Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's (FWC) new
report, entitled "Wildlife 2060: What's at
stake for Florida?", is based on a study by
1000 Friends of Florida a nonprofit
organization that monitors our state's
growth. The FWC report contains some
pretty alarming things we wildlife
enthusiasts need to be aware of.

Florida has the fourth-highest population
in the country at 18 million, and this report
predicts that by the year 2060, it will
double to 36 million. Consequently, an
estimated 7 million of the state's 34
million total acres will be converted from
natural or rural lands to urban uses during
the next 50 years. Seven million acres is
an area the size of the entire state of
Vermont.

Black bear and wild turkey habitats may
decrease by 2 million acres by 2060. For
Florida's more than 200,000 deer hunters,


this estimated loss of 2.7 million acres
of native habitat could result in at least
60,000 fewer deer in Florida. On top of
that, as much as 25 percent of the
private lands that provide most of the
hunting leases could disappear by 2060
due to development. Today, the price
of hunting leases on private land is in
the range of $5 to $20 per acre,
depending on the size of the property
and quality of the habitat for the target
species. If projected changes in land
use transpire, we can expect those
costs to increase significantly by 2060.

Florida boasts one of the largest
wildlife management area systems in
the country at almost 6 million acres,
but what's going to happen to it in 50
years? It will undoubtedly be
impacted by encroaching development.
Many of Florida's 50,000 public-land
hunters already feel the squeeze and
complain of areas being overcrowded.
How crowded are they going to be
when our population doubles?

So what can we do about it? One
option is for the state to buy more
conservation land. Revenue for this is
being generated through certain taxes.
Since 1972, 30 Florida counties have
voted to tax themselves in the form of
real estate "doc stamps," which has
generated more than $2 billion to
purchase nearly 375,000 acres of
conservation lands. However, this
state simply can't afford to purchase
and manage all the land that it wants
protected and many private
landowners aren't interested in that
option either. So State and Federal
agencies are, and will continue to,
assist property owners to manage their
lands to benefit wildlife through
voluntary technical and financial
assistance programs.









Growth planning will be essential to
minimize the effects of habitat
fragmentation and ensure that large areas
of conservation lands and wetlands are
connected to other public and private
natural landscapes. The report estimates
that 2 million of the 7 million acres
projected to be lost to development by
2060 lie within a mile of existing public
conservation lands. This could create
"islands" of natural habitat that will isolate
wildlife populations from each other. This
will have a negative impact on species that
require vast tracts of undisturbed land to
survive. Fragmentation also will make
prescribed burning, a management
technique essential for maintaining quality
wildlife habitat, even more difficult. By
using smart-growth initiatives and
planning, we can encourage development
that is sensitive to the natural
infrastructure, versus haphazard urban
sprawl.

Proactive strategies are best adopted at the
local level and include acquiring and
protecting large parcels of conservation
lands, promoting compatible agriculture,
like cattle ranches and timber farms
(because they provide wildlife habitat),
developing conservation easements,
creating tax incentives for conservation
and managing urban development with
large-scale, land-use planning in mind.

You can get involved in advocating for
wise land-use decisions in your
community to minimize negative impacts
to wildlife. Does your city or county have
a local land-acquisition program? Are the
roads being designed and situated to
accommodate wildlife? Does your
community view conserving its green
infrastructure and wetlands with the same
importance as maintaining its roads,
buildings and bridges? Are you managing
wildlife habitat on your own property?


Most landowners already consider
wildlife in the management of their
properties but if you have questions or
would like further assistance, please
contact a private lands wildlife
biologist located near you
(http://www.myfwc.com/CONSERVA
TION/ConservationYou LAP index.h
tm).

The full report "Wildlife 2060: What's
at stake for Florida?" is online at:
http://myfwc.com/CONSERVATION/
FWC2060 index.htm. We might not
be able to slow down growth in our
state, but I encourage you to join the
FWC and other organizations working
together to find solutions to make a
brighter future for our wildlife.

Tony Young is the media relations
coordinator for the FWC's Division of
Hunting and Game Management. You
can reach him with questions about
hunting at
Tony.Young(@,MyFWC. com.

Protection of State's Water
Quality during Forestry
Operations Remains a High
Priority
By Roy Lima, Florida Division of
Forestry

Florida's Silviculture Best
Management Practices (BMPs) are an
established set of practices designed to
meet the necessary minimum standards
for protecting and maintaining the
state's water quality along with certain
wildlife habitat during silviculture
(forestry) activities. When used as
prescribed they provide a balance
between the use of forest resources and
natural resource protection.
Additionally, silviculture BMPs apply
only to bona fide silviculture activities.









Protecting water quality during
forestry operations remains a high
priority for foresters, land managers,
loggers, and silviculture contractors
according to the 2009 statewide 2
survey of forestry BMP E
implementation in Florida. The o
survey showed a 98%
implementation rate.

Florida's silviculture BMP Program
is directed primarily at preventing
nonpoint source pollution associated
with forestry operations. The
program was initiated with the
development of the state's first
Silviculture BMP Manual in 1979. The
Florida Division of Forestry (DOF) is the
agency responsible for development,
implementation, and monitoring of
Silviculture BMPs throughout the state.

Two professionally trained BMP foresters
are strategically located in Florida to
respond to any BMP concerns, and are
available to conduct on-site BMP courtesy
checks as needed. BMP forester Cathy
Hardin is located at the Division's Bonifay
Forestry Station and is responsible for
implementation training and site
inspections throughout the panhandle from
Escambia County to Madison/Taylor
County. BMP forester Robin Holland is
located at the Sharpes Ferry Office in
Ocala and covers northeast Florida from
Marion County north to Nassau County, as
well as south Florida.

Since 1981, the Division has monitored
forestry operations for BMP
implementation, by conducting biennial
implementation surveys, statewide.
Implementation levels in Surveys over the
years illustrate a strong commitment on
the part of Florida's forestry community to
protect the state's natural water resources
(Figure 1).


Implementation of silviculture BMPs
in Florida is primarily accomplished
under an educational format, designed
to transfer BMP technology to forest
practitioners through workshops and
field demonstrations. The
Implementation program is ongoing,
with workshops routinely provided
upon request, or as deemed necessary
based on Survey results. Currently,
DOF personnel conduct 25 to 30
workshops annually, involving more
than 750 participants per year. In
addition, the DOF provides BMP
training directly to loggers through the
Florida Forestry Association's Master
Logger Program and through the
Southeastern Wood Producers
Association. To date, approximately
494 loggers have become Master
Loggers, of which 35 have obtained
Master Logger Plus status. A total of
758 Master Loggers have completed
an additional six-hour BMP
Continuing Education Course.

The 2009 BMP Implementation
Survey evaluated 4,127 practices on
185 sites in 37 Florida counties. Of
the 185 sites evaluated, 47 were on
private non-industrial forestland, 122
were found on industrial land and 16
occurred on public lands (Figure 2).


Figure 1. BMP Implementation
by Survey Year
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Figure 2. Survey Sites by Ownership
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The highest overall implementation level
among land ownerships was on industry
lands at 98.9%, with private non-industrial
lands at 97.8% and public ownerships at


of all applicable BMPs. Thirty sites
scored an overall compliance of 90 to
99% and six sites scored between 80-
89%. One site scored below 80%.

The 2009 Survey showed a continuing
high implementation rate with
silviculture BMPs in Florida. This is
attributed to the distribution of over
55,000 Silviculture BMP Manuals
since 1993, to the cooperative
educational outreach to the forestry
community through DOF workshops
and demonstrations, and to the quality
of forest landowners, loggers, and
professional foresters that make up the
state's forestry community.


97.4%. NOTE: The 2009 Implementation
Survey Report is a detailed report of
The overall implementation rate for compliance levels in all 14 BMP
individual sites ranged from 79% to 100% categories and is available from the
with an average of 98.1%. One hundred Division of Forestry by phone
and forty-eight of the 185 survey sites (850) 414-9934 or by E-mail contact:
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Congratulations Certified Forest Stewards and Tree Farmers!


George Fletcher, Suwannee County


Bubba Fouraker, Suwannee County


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Kent Kirkland and son, Jake,
Forest Stewards, Baker County


Not Shown:
Canaan Ranch
Forest Stewards, Gilchrist County

Jean Wonser
Forest Steward, Gilchrist County

Mike Redfearn
Forest Steward, Putnam County


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Ray Thorton with Ray Adams,
Sumter County


Not Shown:
Edwin and Joan McAlpin
Forest Stewards, Gilchrist County

Bill Baker
Forest Steward, Putnam County

MAG Properties, Inc.
Tree Farmer, Volusia County


Claudel Rhoden,
Forest Steward, Baker County


Not Shown:
Don LeFils
Tree Farmer, Volusia County

Lunsford Brothers
Tree Farmer, Volusia County

Mary Ellen Benedict
Tree Farmer, Putnam County


For more information about becoming a Certified Forest Steward or Tree Farmer,
call your County Forester or learn about these programs at:
http://www.fl-dof.com/forest management/cfa steward index.html
http://www.floridaforest.org/tree farm.php









Forest Stewardship Workshop/Hike:

Tree/Plant Identification for Forestland Owners



May 20, 2010; 9:00 am 3:00 pm, Eastern Time;
Morningside Nature Center,
3540 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641
(directions on back).

This program will give landowners an opportunity to learn to
identify some of the tree, shrub and herbaceous species on their
forest properties. We'll focus mostly on sandhill and flatwoods '
species, identifying live specimens in the field. We will also
learn about how some of these plants are used by wildlife and/or the role they play within the larger
plant community and habitat. This will be a walking event so please wear appropriate clothing and
footwear. Ticks may be plentiful so long pants and sleeves are strongly suggested. A water cooler is
on site bring a water bottle if you wish to take water to the field. Tick repellent will be available
but if you prefer a particular brand bring it.


Agenda:

9:00 am Sign-in, meet and greet at Morningside Nature Center, picnic area pavilion
9:15 Welcome and Introduction: Plant ID Primer, (C ,, Demers, Dr. Alan
Long, UF-IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) and
GeoffParks, Gainesville Nature Operations
10:00 Tree / Plant ID Hike in the Field, GeoffParks and Dr. Alan Long

12:00 pm Lunch (Thanks Sponsors!)

1:00 Tree / Plant ID Hike in the Field, GeoffParks and Dr. Alan Long
3:00 Wrap up, Evaluations


Register: This program is free but pre-registration is required. Contact Chris Demers at (352)
846-2375 or cdemers(,ufl.edu to register. Lunch will be provided but BYO coffee
if you need it. Attendance will be limited so please register soon! Please share this
announcement with others who may be interested.

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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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3540 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641


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Planning for the Future of Your Family's Land Seminars

The Conservation Trust for Florida (CTF), University of Florida IFAS Extension and Florida's Forest
Stewardship Program offer a series of interactive seminars for landowners to learn practical steps for
passing their land from one generation to the next.



Two dates and locations set:

May 11, 2010; 9:00 am 2:30 pm ET
Hillsborough Community College Trinkle Center, Plant City, FL 33563.
Cost is $15 per person. More information and registration online at http://pfyfl.eventbrite.com/
Contact Rob Northrop, UF-IFAS Hillsborough County Extension, (813) 744-5519 x106, northrop(@ufl.edu

June 10, 2010; 9:00 am 2:30 pm ET
Columbia County Extension Office, Lake City, FL 32025.
Cost is $15 per person. More information and registration online at http://pfyfl2.eventbrite.com/
Contact Derek Barber, UF-IFAS Columbia County Extension, (386)752-5384, dlbarber@ufl.edu



Many landowners are faced with the challenge of finding
ways to provide for their retirement and for their heirs,
while insuring that their land is kept in the family for
future generations. Farmers, foresters and ranchers tend
to have a lot of value sitting in real estate with limited
revenue to support all of one's family members.
Furthermore, there is often pressure to sell off land to
development. Often family members are not certain if or
how they may participate in the future management of
their land. The Planning for the Future of Your Family's
Land Seminars are designed to help landowners begin
discussions with their family regarding long term hopes
and goals for their property and to understand options for
keeping land in agriculture and/or forest production.


Questions about this program can be directed to:

Conservation Trust for Florida, (352) 466-1178, ellen@conserveflorida.org or
Chris Demers, UF-IFAS School of Forest Resources & Conservation, (352) 846-2375, cdemersgufl.edu




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40th Annual Spring Symposium


SUSTAINING FORESTS, FISHERIES, AND AQUA TIC

RESOURCES INA CHANGING WORLD

June 2-3, 2010


Paramount Plaza Hotel, 2900 SW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608

Changing land use patterns due to clearing for agriculture, population growth, and economic
forces have led to a 25% decline in forest area in Florida and much of the Southeast since the 1930's,
threatening the ecological, economic and social values of our land and water resources. At the 40th
Annual SAF/SFRC Spring Symposium leading experts from around the country will discuss a wide
spectrum of issues related to sustaining our forest and aquatic resources. The Symposium will
provide ideas, tools and information for virtually all of Florida's forest land owners and managers.

Topics and Speakers

Natural Resources Sustainability: Operating at the Speed of Need, Carlton Owen, President & CEO, US
Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc., Greenville, SC
National Criteria for Forest Sustainability: Where Do We Stand? Guy Robertson, Sustainability Program
Leader, US Forest Service Research, Washington, DC
The Expanding Role of Marine Aquaculture and Fisheries Enhancement in Sustainable Seafood,
Kenneth Leber, Sr Scientist & Director, Center for Fisheries Enhancement, Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota
Family Landowners are Essential for Sustainable Forestry in the US, Keith Argow, President, National
Woodland Owners Association, Vienna, VA
SERPPAS Roles in Regional Sustainability Issues, Patrick Leonard, Assistant Regional Director
Ecological Services, Southeast Region, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Atlanta, GA
Linking Science and Management in Sustainable Resource Management: Reflections on Two Long-term
Oregon Programs; John Hayes, Chair, Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, University of Florida,
Gainesville
Regional and State-wide Sustainability of Fisheries and Aquatic Systems: ( allegege. and Opportunities;
Gil McRae, Director, Fish & Wildlife Research Institute, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation
Commission
Will Florida's Forests Sustain Renewable Energy Goals? Jarek Nowak, Forest Utilization Specialist,
Florida Division of Forestry, Tallahassee
Florida's Pine Plantation Resource A Disappearing Act? John Morris, Vice-President, Foley
Timber & Land, Perry, FL
Report on the Conversation on Conservation & the Importance of Working Forests, Eric Draper,
Executive Director, Audubon of Florida, Tallahassee, FL
Producing More Wood on Less Land through Genetics and Biotechnology, Jeff Wright, ArborGen,
Summerville, SC
A New Look at Uneven-aged Management as a Toolfor Sustainable Forests, Dale Brockway, US
Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Auburn, AL

Continuing Education Credit 7 SAF Category 1 Continuing Forestry Education credit hours.

More Information and Registration: UF/SFRC website: http://sfrc.ifas.ufl.edu/events.html
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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 1st Quarter 2010 Timber Mart-
South (TMS) report were:

* Pine pulpwood: $21 $41/cord ($8 $15/ton), T (from average 4th Quarter 2009 prices)
* Pine C-N-S: $28 $58/cord ($10 $22/ton), T
* Pine sawtimber: $55 $88/cord ($21 $33/ton), "
* Pine plylogs: $60 $105/cord ($23 $39/ton), $
* Pine power poles: $115 $158/cord ($43 $59/ton), T
* Hardwood pulpwood: $15 $40/cord ($5 $14/ton), T

Trend Report

Stumpage prices for most products, on average, seem to be on the rebound. For the first time in
over a year prices are up for all the major products, with pulpwood prices seeing the greatest
increase. Some of this was likely attributable to wet weather but indicators for pine sawtimber
are improving slowly.


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Date Event, Location, Contacts
Planning for the Future of Your Family's Land, 9:00 am 2:30pm, Hillsborough Community
May 11 College Trinkle Center, Plant City, FL. Cost is $15 per person. More information and registration
online at http://pfyfl.eventbrite.com/.
Forest Stewardship Workshop /Hike: Tree/Plant Identification for Forestland Owners, 9: 00 am -
3:30pm ET. Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641. This
M program is free, lunch provided, pre-registration is required. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375
or cdemerskufl.edu to register.
40th Annual SAF/SFRC Spring Symposium: Sustaining Forests, Fisheries andAquatic Resources
June 2-3 in a Changing World; Paramount Plaza Hotel, 2900 SW 13th St., Gainesville, Florida 32608. See
http://sfrc.ufl.edu/events.html for more info and registration.
Planning for the Future of Your Family's Land, 9:00 am 2:30 pm, Columbia County Extension
June 10 Office, Lake City, FL. Cost is $15 per person. More information and registration online at
http://pfyfl2.eventbrite.com/.
Wildlife Expo, UF-IFAS West Florida REC, Milton Campus. For more info, contact Robin Vickers at
July I (850) 983-5216 x 113 or rvickersiufl.edu


July 31- August 1


SFlorida Small Farms & Alternative Enterprises Conference, Kissimmee FL. See
http://smallfarms.ifas.ufl.edu/floridasmallfarmsconference/2010/index.shtml for more info.


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(iiufl.edu
Dr. Alan Long (co-editor), School of Forest Resources & Conservation, UF, (352) 846-0891, ail2(iufl.edu
Tony Grossman (co-editor), Florida Division of Forestry, 3125 Conner Blvd, Room R2, Tallahassee, FL 32699-1650,
(850) 414-9907, grossma(idoacs. state. fl. 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,
gouldih(ibellsouth.net
Bill Giuliano (co-editor), Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, UF, PO Box 110430, Gainesville, FL 32611-0430,
(352) 846-0575, /.., -. ,il.. ,'d ,




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