Title: Florida forest steward
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Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: Fall 2005
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The Florida Forest Steward

A Quarterly Newsletter for Florida Landowners and Resource Professionals

Volume 12, No. 2

Fall 2005

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Photo by Edgar Barrs,
Florida Division of Forestry

Congratulations to the 2004
Forest Stewardship Landowner
of the Year: Mr. Jerry Davis,
Lost Pond Plantation, Madison
County, Florida
By Edgar Barrs, Florida Division of
Forestry and Chris Demers

Mr. Jerry Davis purchased 1,934 acres of
former International Paper Company
land in 2001 in Madison County.
Immediately after purchasing the
property, he began making
improvements and joined Florida's
Forest Stewardship Program in January
of 2003. Through the technical

assistance and educational programs
provided through the Program, he and
his manager, Ferrell Robinson, have
productively managed the property for
wildlife, timber, recreation and
... aesthetics. Having made great progress
in a short time, Mr. Davis was certified
as a Forest Steward in August of 2003.
Since then, the Lost Pond Plantation has
become one of the finest examples of
long-term, multiple-use forest
is* (R) management in Florida, making Jerry
Davis our 2004 Stewardship Landowner
of the Year.





Lost Pond Plantation

Lost Pond Plantation is a diverse mix of
natural longleaf pine stands, loblolly and
slash pine plantations, sand pine,
wetlands, drains, wildlife openings, a
pond and a network of forest roads. Past
timber and wildlife management
activities on the property by the former
owner and the productive soil types have
provided an excellent opportunity for
enhancing habitat for a variety of
wildlife species including deer, turkey,
quail and dove. Given the diversity of
habitats needed to accommodate these
species, habitat for a variety of nongame
birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians
will be created or enhanced by Mr.
Davis' continued management.

Wildlife Management

As you probably guessed, wildlife is Mr.
Davis' primary objective for the

Lost Pond Plantation, photo by Edgar Barrs

property. While some low-intensity
wildlife management practices were
implemented by the former owner, Jerry
and Ferrell have significantly increased
management efforts to yield more viable
animal populations, while significantly
increasing both the aesthetics and
recreational opportunities of the
property. This is being realized through:

* aggressive thinning of all
merchantable planted pines;
* creating a large open corridor
through large, young planted pine
* converting sand pine stands to
longleaf and wiregrass;
* chemically controlling bahiagrass
and breaking large pastures into
smaller units with planted longleaf
and wildlife food plants;
* increasing the distribution of natural
and planted food plants for deer and
turkey; and

* prescribed burning of newly thinned
or mature timber stands

Timber Management

Taking second priority to wildlife,
timber production will complement all
wildlife management projects on the
property. Soil types on the property are
ideal for growing timber. Site indices
approach 90 in many areas (height of
dominant trees is 80-90 feet). Aggressive
thinning for wildlife objectives will
sacrifice some timber revenue but
management practices will yield high-
value products. Revenue from timber
harvests will be important in offsetting
intensive wildlife management costs.
With a road system in place, access to all
areas of the property will be maintained.

Stewardship Tour of Lost Pond

Through his vision and long-term,
multiple-use land management, Mr.
Davis exemplifies the Stewardship ethic.
He loves the land for all it provides and
will provide for the future. This is a well
managed property with significant
wildlife value and many examples of
integrated resource management.

This property must be seen to fully
appreciate it and you will have a chance
to visit during the first Stewardship
Property Tour of the 2005-2006 season.
Join us on Friday, October 14 at 1:00
PM (tentative) at the property to meet
Jerry Davis and Ferrell Robinson, and
see for yourself what makes Lost Pond
Plantation an important part of Florida's
productive private forestland. An

announcement for the tour will be
mailed to the Forest Stewardship list
soon with more details.

Call the Madison County Extension
Office at 850-973-4138 to register for
the tour.

Randy Hill Replaces Todd Groh as
Division of Forestry Conservation
Programs Manager

Todd Groh, former DOF Conservation
Programs Manager, accepted a position
as the Assistant State Forester with the
West Virginia Division of Forestry.
Replacing Todd is Randy Hill. Randy
received his Bachelor of Science in
Forestry at Stephen F. Austin State
University in Texas in 1972. He moved
to Crestview, Florida in 1978 where he
worked in timber procurement for eleven
years with responsibilities in Texas and
Florida. Randy joins the Florida Forest
Stewardship team with a wealth of
practical and leadership experience in
the natural resources field after owning
and operating a consulting forestry
business in the western Florida
Panhandle and Alabama for 18 years.

Forest Land Recovery Funds
By Randy Hill, Conservation Programs
Manager, DOF

The Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services, Division of
Forestry announces that it will hold a
sign-up for enrollment in the Forest
Land Recovery Program (FLRP) from
July 22 through October 21.

This program, authorized under the 2005
Military Construction Appropriations
and Emergency Hurricane Supplemental

Appropriations Act, is available to non-
industrial private forest landowners on a
75-25 (government:landowner) cost
share basis. Eligible practices include,
but are not limited to: site preparation,
tree planting, and debris removal
activities. Landowners who own at least
10 acres but no more that 5,000 acres of
land in Florida and who have a practice
plan will be eligible to receive funding
assistance under FLRP. A maximum of
$25,000 will be available for each
qualifying landowner as reimbursement
for incurred expenses for approved
practices. A total of $6,000,000.00 will
be available to forest landowners

Almost half of the state's 14 million
acres of forestland is owned by private
non-industrial forest landowners. After
the hurricane season of 2004, many of
these landowners are in need of financial
assistance to help restore their

Landowners can obtain application
forms from their local Division of
Forestry office and from other
cooperating agencies. DOF foresters will
provide technical assistance to
landowners and will be the local contact
person for participating landowners. For
more information, contact Randy Hill,
Florida Division of Forestry
Conservation Programs Manager, in
Tallahassee at 850-414-9907,
hillw(@doacs.state.fl.us, your local DOF
County Forester, or visit www.fl-

Nighttime Burning is Back

Landowners have another option for
when they conduct prescribed burns.
Broadcast prescribed burns can be

conducted at night provided that weather
conditions are right. Contact your local
Division of Forestry office after 2:00 pm
in the afternoon to see if the nighttime
dispersion index is high enough to allow
for burning.

For non-certified prescribed burners,
the night time dispersion must be at an
eight or above in order for the Division
of Forestry to authorize nighttime bums.
This will allow them to burn from one
hour before sunset until 9:00 am the next
morning. The nighttime authorization
will allow landowners to actively put fire
on the ground until midnight, at which
time no new fire may be ignited. Fire
can continue to burn and spread until the
next morning. If it is determined that you
need more time the next morning to
complete your burn, a daytime
authorization will be required.

For certified prescribed burners, the
nighttime dispersion must be at a six or
above in order to obtain a nighttime burn
authorization. This authorization is also
valid from one hour before sunset until
9:00 am the next morning and fire can be
put on the ground until midnight. Your
burn can continue to burn and spread
until the next morning. If more time is
needed to complete the bum, a daytime
authorization will be required. Certified
prescribed burners still need to follow all
other requirements for conducting a
certified burn.

Many of the Division of Forestry's
districts are now allowing nighttime
burn authorizations for certified
burners with a nighttime dispersion
index of three (3) or above in specially
designated areas. Those districts
participating include Blackwater,

Tallahassee, Perry, Jacksonville,
Bunnell, Orlando, Lakeland, Myakka
River, Okeechobee, and Caloosahatchee.
If you conduct certified prescribed burns
in any of these Districts, please contact
them to see which sections of the
District are included in this special
nighttime authorization area for certified
burners. Some areas of the state are not
participating because of smoke
management concerns, but may be
included in the future based on the
results of the ongoing evaluation of this
new guideline.

A map showing the areas of the state
where the special nighttime burning is
allowed is posted on the Division of
Forestry web site at http://www.fl-
dof.com/wildfire/rx specialcase map.ht
ml. This guideline will be evaluated on a
continual basis to determine how
effective it is, which may result in an
increase or decrease in the number of
sections. Further information can be
obtained from your local Division of
Forestry office.

Source: Florida Division of Forestry

Wildlife Plant Feature:
Broomsedge (Andropogon spp.)

Broomsedge, also known as beard grass,
or broom straw, is not a true sedge but is
a member of the grass family, Poaceae.
The common name comes from the
historical use of the plant: the long,
brush-like grasses were bunched
together to make brooms. The scientific
name of the genus Andropogon comes
from two Latin words which mean
'beard of a man' and refers to the fuzzy
growth that appears on the plant in the
fall. These fuzzy hairs aid in the wind
dispersal of seeds.

Broomsedge, photo by Larry Korhnak

In the fall, the leaves turn a conspicuous
reddish-orange color that may be seen in
open fields or along roadsides and
forests edges. Broomsedge is widely
distributed throughout much of the
eastern United States, from as far north
as Maine and south into Florida. Its
range extends westward to Texas and

Form: a perennial bunch grass that
grows as a hardy clump. It dies back
every fall then regrows from the same
root mass the following spring. The stiff,
erect stems reach 3' to 4' in height and
bear the flowers and seeds.

Leaves: long, linear, and laterally
compressed with a flat leaf base. They
are bluish-green in color and have rough
margins. Leaves are slightly hairy,

especially near the leaf sheath, the lower
part of the leaf overlaps along the stem.

Flowers: as with most grasses, the
flowers form on small, branched
structures along the upper half of the

Fruit and seeds: a tiny, yellow or
purplish grain or seed. The seeds are
covered with hairy bristles that aid in
long distance dispersal by wind.

Wildlife value: The young plants are
sometimes used as grazing forage by
cattle or cut and used as hay. As the
plants mature, they become too woody
for the cattle to digest well. Bobwhite
quail and small rodents eat the grass and
seeds and many wildlife species use the
plants for shelter or nesting sites.

University of Florida's 4-H Companion
Plant page at:
www. sfrc.ufl.edu/4h/Trees Plants/Plants

Master Wildlifer 2005 Tapes,
DVDs, Books, Materials Now

If you could not participate or know
someone who could not participate in
Master Wildlifer 2005, tapes, DVDs,
notes, and books for the program are
now for sale on the Master Wildlifer
Web site: http://masterwildlifer.org/.
Scroll down to "News and Events" and
click on "Materials Order Form". If you
do not have Internet access and wish to
order these materials, call Chris Demers
at 352-846-2375 and he'll send you a

Background: Master Wildlifer is a

satellite broadcast, Clemson University
Extension short course for landowners
and land managers across the southeast
who are interested in integrating wildlife
considerations into their current land
use. Farmers, forestland owners, and
others interested in wildlife will find
Master Wildlifer to be a wealth of
practical information that will serve as a
guide to develop and improve wildlife
habitat on their land. Special emphasis is
placed on wildlife species (game
species) that offer landowners additional
sources of income through recreational
access fees.

Master Tree Farmer Level 2
coming in February 2006

The dates for the live satellite broadcast
are scheduled for Tuesday evenings
from 7:00 pm Eastern to 10:00 pm ET;
February 7, 2006 to March 21, 2006.
Mark your calendar. Several sites will
be showing videos 2-3 weeks after the
live broadcast schedule. Details will be
in the brochure, to be mailed later in the
fall, and will be on the Florida Forestry
Information Bulletin Board at

UF-IFAS Extension agents, DOF
County Foresters and FWC Wildlife
Biologists, call Chris Demers at 352-
846-2375 if you are interested in hosting
a live downlink or tape-delay site.

Timber Price Update

This information is useful for observing
trends over time, but does not
necessarily reflect current conditions at a
particular location. Landowners
considering a timber sale would be wise
to let a consulting forester help them

obtain the best current prices. Note that
price per ton for each product is included
in parentheses after the price per cord.

Stumpage price ranges reported across
Florida in the 2nd Quarter 2005 Timber
Mart-South (TMS) report were:

* Pine pulpwood: $14-$25/cord ($5-
$9/ton), [ from 1st Quarter 2005
* Pine C-N-S: $58-$78/cord ($22 -
$29/ton), T
* Pine sawtimber: $96 $118/cord
($36 $44/ton), 1
* Pine plylogs: $103 $124/cord ($39
$46/ton), I
* Hardwood pulpwood: $14 $27/cord
($5 $9/ton), 1

Trend Report

The graph above charts average
quarterly stumpage prices, reported in
Timber Mart-South for three major log
classes for all of north Florida. Numbers
on the horizontal axis indicate the year

(first digit) and quarter (second digit), so
71 indicates the first quarter of 1997.

With the exception of hardwood
pulpwood prices, which remained on the
increase, second quarter stumpage price
trends in Florida were a mirror image of
last quarter. Products that were up last
quarter were down this quarter and vice
versa. Across the South, stumpage price
trends from last quarter were mixed.
Precipitation patterns (wet in the east
and dry in the west part of the region)
probably account for some differences,
and continuing hurricane salvage
operations in the panhandle continue to
take their toll on prices in that region.

A more complete summary of 2nd
Quarter 2005 stumpage prices is
available at your County Extension
office. See forest2market.com for
weekly, South-wide, per-ton price
updates for the major pine and hardwood
timber products.

Average Pine Stumpage Prices for Florida
1st Qtr 1997 through 2nd Qtr 2005

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71 73 81 83 91 93 01 03 11 13 21 23 31 33 41 43 51
Year/Quarter (beginning first quarter 1997)

--- pulpwood &- chip-n-saw --sawtimber

I Upcomin


September 7-8, 2005


Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting 2005 at World Golf Village
Renaissance in Saint Augustine, Florida. Nine information sessions are planned
for the two-day event, including a look at carbon credits for growing pine trees
and an exclusive first look at the new forest plan drawn up by a select group of
leaders and policymakers. For more information about the meeting, email
info(Thforestfla org or see httn://wwwfl ori daforest org/

Wildlife Expo & Forestry Field Days, West Florida Research and Education
Center at Jay, FL hosted by Dr. Rick Williams. Call Robin Vickers at 850-
eptember 28-29, 983-5216 x 113 or email rvickers(,ufl.edu. See
http://wfrec.ufl.edu/center/events.htm# to register on-line and for more Center
events and information.
1st Annual Quail Management Shortcourse. Turner Center Annex, Arcadia, FL.
This program is designed to educate landowners, managers, hunters, and quail
O r 13-14, enthusiasts on the ecology and management of northern bobwhite quail in
SFlorida. Science-based information will come from a variety of sources including
academia, natural resource agencies, landowners, and others. Registration is
$50.00. Call 863-993-4846 for more information. On the Web at
http://www.floridafarmbureau.org/EventsDetail.aspx?Eventd= 191.
Forest Stewardship Property Tour, at the property of Jerry Davis, Forest
October 14, 2005 Stewardship Landowner of the Year. Call the Madison County Extension Office
at 850-973-4138 to register for the tour.

February 7 March
21, 2006

Master Tree Farmer Level 2, at participating downlink and tape-delay
locations across Florida and the Southeast. Topics will include silvicultural
prescriptions, vegetation management, forest health, forest measurements, forest
products and more. Call Chris Demers at 352-846-2375 for more information.

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