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The Florida Forest Steward 7

A Quarterly Newsletter for Florida Landowners and Resource Professionals

Volume 17, No. 2

Summer Fall 2010

In this issue:
* Alan Long Retired
* Michael Andreu Moving to Gainesville
* Introducing Emma Willcox, Regional Wildlife,
Natural Resources Extension Agent
* Wood to Energy Economic Study Completed
* Introduction to Florida Forestry Association
* Congratulations Certified Forest Stewards and
Tree Farmers
* Event Announcements
* Timber Price Update
* Events Calendar

Prescribed fire research and
education were among Alan Long's
many contributions to Florida Forests

Alan Long Retires after 24
years of Service to Florida's
Forests, Landowners and
By Chris Demers

This issue of the Florida Forest
Steward is dedicated to Dr. Alan Long
who, among many other things, has
been involved in leading Florida's
Forest Stewardship Program outreach
activities since 1993. When I walked
into Alan Long's office 14 or so years
ago inquiring about ajob opportunity,
little did I know that I was talking to
one of the greats among mentors,
teachers, leaders, thinkers and
downright good people of the world's
forestry community. It didn't take
long to learn this and I think anyone
who has spent any time with Alan over
his productive career would probably
agree with that assessment.

A California native, Alan earned his BS
and MS degrees from the University of
California, Berkeley, and a PhD from
North Carolina State University. After
working as a forest scientist with
Weyerhaeuser in Washington, Oregon
and Indonesia, Alan followed a lead
from Mary Duryea, a colleague (and
the person who started UF's Forest


Stewardship Program in 1990), to apply
for a faculty position at the UF-IFAS
School of Forest Resources & Conservation
(SFRC) in 1986.

Alan's honors page on the SFRC Web site
gives some testimony that his career in
Florida has been rich and rewarding. Alan
has had responsibilities in instruction,
student advising, extension, and
management of Austin Cary Memorial
Forest, the University of Florida's 2,040-
acre property used by SFRC as an outdoor
teaching facility for many classes as well
as other UF and community college
courses. His teaching responsibilities
included wildland fire, forest operations,
and plant identification. In extension he
provided statewide leadership in programs
focused on wildland-urban interface issues,
forest management opportunities for
nonindustrial private forest landowners,
agroforestry, and continuing education for
professionals. Alan's research interests
include fire management, reforestation
systems, and silviculture of young forests.
He has been and continues to be an active
member of the Florida Forestry Association
(FFA) and Society of American Foresters
(SAF), holding several leadership positions,
including that of Chair for the annual
SAF/SFRC Spring Symposium for the last
12 years.

In addition to spending some more quality
time with his wife, kids and grandkids,
Alan will still be active in FFA and SAF
and continue with his Continuing
Education Coordinator duties for Florida.
And what would life be without setting the
woods on fire every now and then? I know
he'll put his parting gift from Dr. Leda
Kobziar a new drip torch to good use.

Alan, on behalf of the many people and
landscapes that have benefited from your
expertise, ideas and thoughtful direction,

for all of your
service to
Florida's forests,
landowners and

Dr. Michael Andreu Moving to
By Chris Demers

By now you may be wondering who is
going to continue the projects that Alan is
leaving. The answer, at least in part, is Dr.
Michael Andreu. Some of you in the west-
central part of the state have likely had
some interaction with Michael over the last
several years. He has been serving as the
forestry faculty at the UF-IFAS Gulf Coast
Research and Education Center at Plant
City, teaching the forest management
curriculum, conducting graduate research
and managing an extension program. As a
part of his extension projects, he is co-
coordinator of the Tampa Bay Watershed
Forest Working Group that is addressing
questions of how to manage forests in the
midst of rapid urbanization. He also has
ongoing research interests in the areas of
sustainable forest management,
quantification of ecosystem services and

vMichael is moving to
Gainesville to take on
some of the teaching,
research and extension
responsibilities that
Alan Long held,
including that of
Principal Investigator
of UF's Forest
Stewardship Program.
You can get in touch with Michael at
(352) 846-0355, mandreu(gufl.edu.

Introducing Dr.
Emma Willcox,
Regional Wildlife and
Natural Resources
Extension Agent
By Emma Willcox

My name is Emma Willcox
and I am the new Regional
Specialized Agent in
Wildlife with the UF-IFAS
Cooperative Extension
Service. I have a split
position with 50% responsibility for
extension activities in Levy, Dixie, and
Gilchrist counties and 50% responsibility
statewide. While my extension programs
are in development, I will be working
broadly to help private landowners
integrate wildlife and habitat management
with ongoing agricultural and forestry
activities, as well as assisting smaller
property owners with their wildlife related

I was raised in the southwest of England and
completed my BS and MS degrees in Cardiff,
Wales and Canterbury, England. I have a
diverse background in wildlife and habitat
management and a keen interest in working
with rural landowners. After a stint working
with local people and agencies in and around a
national park in Tanzania, East Africa I
moved to Gainesville to complete my PhD,
which examined the effects of prescribed
burning and roller-chopping on vegetation,
birds, and insects in south Florida pine
flatwoods. While conducting my research, I
met many Floridians with a wide range of
questions, concerns and interests in Florida's
wildlife, its management, and conservation.
This reinforced my belief that extension can
play a vital role in society whether informing
farmers about the growth of willow as an
alternative enterprise and wildlife habitat in
Wales, working with ranchers in Florida to

integrate wildlife management
into agricultural operations, or
helping groups of Tanzanians
establish microfinance groups that
promote conservation-compatible
enterprises. Recently, I was
privileged to secure this position
with UF IFAS Cooperative
Extension and I look forward to
serving and assisting you so that
we can become better stewards of
Florida's lands and wildlife.

Please do not hesitate to contact
me at the Levy County Extension office
with any questions, comments, or
suggestions: (352) 486-5131 or

Wood to Energy Economic Study
By Jarek Nowak, Florida Division of

In 2008, the Florida Legislature passed
legislation requiring the Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services, in
conjunction with the Department of
Environmental Protection, to conduct an
economic impact analysis on the effects of
granting financial incentives to energy
producers who use woody biomass as fuel,
including an analysis of the effects on
wood supply and prices and impacts on
current markets and forest resource

The University of Florida's School of
Forest Resources and Conservation
(SFRC) and the Food and Resource
Economics Department (FRED) were
contracted to complete the needed
analyses and prepare detailed technical
reports. These studies focused on the use
of woody biomass fuels for electrical
generation and evaluated the potential for
Florida's private timberland contributions

to supplying biomass feedstocks under
varying scenarios.

The study conducted by the FRED analyzed
the economic impacts in the state from
expanded use of woody biomass as a
feedstock for energy production under
selected policies and incentives. This study
concluded that financial incentives such as
renewable energy production tax credits and
subsidies for forestry biomass producers
would increase state gross domestic product,
employment and forest sector output while
reducing fossil fuel imports, provided
feedstock availability can be secured. The
existing wood products manufacturing sector
would face higher competition for timber
products resulting in higher prices for raw
material, while timberland owners would
benefit from higher timber prices.

The study conducted by the SFRC utilized
the Subregional Timber Supply model to
analyze woody biomass demand, supply and
timber prices resulting from implementation
of a hypothetical renewable portfolio
standard (RPS) in Florida. Currently in
Florida, electricity generation from wood and
wood waste contributes 0.6% of total
capacity. To sustainably achieve 1% to 3% of
electricity production from wood sources,
logging residues and urban wood waste
would have to be utilized in addition to
merchantable timber, along with an enhanced
reforestation program. Reforestation must at
least keep pace with forest harvest removals.
Beyond 3% of electricity generation from
wood sources, short rotation energy crops,
such as Eucalyptus species, would need to
make up a larger share of the fuel mix in
addition to all other feedstock sources
mentioned above. The study concluded that a
7% RPS (equivalent of 1% to 3% electricity
production from wood sources over time)
would have little impact to the existing forest
products industry and Florida's forest would
remain sustainable.

A modest mandate of 7 % RPS would
facilitate increases in timber stumpage
prices landowners receive for their
products and could lead to the larger goal
of keeping "forests in forest". Any clean
portfolio standard or RPS mandate should
also incentivize tree planting, including
short rotation energy crop establishment
on acreage proportional to the magnitude
of the mandate.

More details on the report furnished to the
Florida Governor and the Legislature, and
the two UF technical reports can be found
at: http://www.fl-dof.com/

Introduction to the Florida
Forestry Association
By Phil Gornicki

The Florida Forestry Association is
Florida's only statewide conservation
organization uniquely positioned to bring
together those who grow trees and those
who use Florida's forests. Approximately
1,600 members of Florida's forestry
community now belong to the Florida
Forestry Association. Our mission is to
promote the responsible use of Florida's
forest resource through a variety of
programs and services. We strive to:

Ensure the next generation will have
clean water, clean air, outdoor havens for
recreation, homes for wildlife and wood
for products.
Work to advance sound political policies
to sustain our forest resources and vital
forest products industry.
Help Florida citizens better understand the
social, ecological and economic value of
our forests.
Promote individuals and businesses that
show what owning forestland and
practicing sustainable forestry is all about.

What We Believe

Trees are Florida's largest agriculture
business: Florida's highest valued agriculture
product is trees. Over $16.6 billion is infused
into Florida's economy from the
manufacturing and distribution of forest
products each year. Florida's forest products
industry and family of private landowners
contribute a wealth of support to many
communities. Currently, over 133,000
employees of Florida's forest industry are paid
nearly $5 billion each year.

Commercial forestland owners are great
stewards of the land: Florida has over
300,000 private landowners taking care of
our forests. Putting the "green" back is
important to Florida's future. With
ongoing, active management these lands
can make important contributions to our
economy and quality of our environment.

Sustainability is the only way to go: Sound
forest practices help protect our water,
enhance our green space and provide
habitat for Florida's birds and animals.
Through programs such as the Sustainable
Forestry Initiative (SFI), our industry is
not only perpetuating a steady supply of
wood, it is working with landowners and
professional timber harvesters to protect
wildlife, plants, soil and water quality
while growing trees for future generations.
The Florida Forestry Association also is a
key supporter of the American Tree Farm
System, an internationally recognized
"green certification" program that
currently includes nearly 900 certified
Tree Farms in Florida.

What We've Done

Since its beginnings in 1923, the Florida
Forestry Association has played an
important role in

creating the Florida Board of Forestry,
which organized the Florida Forest Service
"to gather and disseminate information on
forests, their care and management, to
prevent and extinguish forest fires, and to
enforce all laws pertaining to forests and
woodlands."; developing and evaluating
forestry Best Management Practices
(BMPs) to control potential water quality
problems; developing the Environmental
Resource Permit rule for permitting certain
forestry-related activities through the
state's water management districts;
launching the Florida Forests Forever
public awareness initiative; conducting a
"Goods from the Woods" information
campaign; and bringing together more
than 80 forest growers and users for an
inaugural "Conversation on Conservation
Roundtable" to engage in a dialogue
to help maintain working forests in
Florida's landscape.

Want to Become a Member of Florida
Forestry Association?

Membership in the Florida Forestry
Association provides the access you need
to connect, learn and bring greater value to
your land or business. Well-developed
tools and professionals are standing by to
help you amplify your investment as you
grow, harvest and enjoy your forest.

As a special offer to landowners this
year, the Florida Forestry Association is
offering a reduced registration rate for
"landowner" spouses during our
Annual Meeting "Land Owner Day"
event (September 8, in Destin). For
more information about who we are,
membership, and our Annual Meeting
please call (850) 222-5646 or visit our
website at www.floridaforest.org.

Congratulations Certified Forest Stewards and Tree Farmers!

Will and Joni Ellis, Alachua County

John Wigodsky (R) with land manager, Steve
Coleman (L) and Mike Mathis, DOF (center),
Walton County

Not Pictured:

Ted Hoepner, Forest Steward,
Volusia County

Rod Carman, Forest Steward,
Volusia County

Raymond Fletcher, Jr & Family,
Forest Stewards, Suwannee County

Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch,
received award for Outstanding Forest
Stewardship. Suwannee County

Bobby Shoemaker Sumter County
Bobby Shoemaker, Sumter County

Drs. Sue Kossuth and Hilton Biggs,
Alachua County

The Begue Family, Holmes County

Not Pictured:

Donna & Jerry Ellis, Forest Stewards,
Suwannee County

Jim Hora and Al Saline, Forest Stewards
and Tree Farmers, Volusia County

Dr. Perran Ross and Sylvia Scudder,
Forest Stewards, Alachua County

Bill and Marylin Deas, Alachua County

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

Forest Stewardship Workshop:

Invasive Exotic Plants and Their Control

September 17, 2010; 9:00 am 3:00pm CT
Jackson County Ag. Conference Center
2741 Pennsylvania Avenue, Marianna, FL 32448

Some exotic plants are invasive weeds that form expanding
populations on our landscape, making management for
timber, wildlife and other benefits a challenge. These
invasive exotic plants can displace native plants and
associated wildlife, and can affect fire and water flow. The
rapid and effective dispersal characteristics of these invaders
make them extremely difficult to eliminate. This program
will describe some of the more common and troublesome
invasive exotic plants in northwest Florida and current
methods being used to control them.

Agenda: 9:00 am Sign-in, meet & greet
9:15 Herbicide safety, Clyde Smith, UF-IFAS Jackson County Cooperative
Extension Service (CES)
9:35 Application techniques: equipment and minimizing drift, Clyde Smith
10:15 Break
10:30 How herbicides work: modes of action, selectivity and mobility, Dr.
Patrick Minogue, UF-IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center
11:20 Local invasive exotic plants and control, Judy Ludlow, UF-IFAS Calhoun
County CES
12:00 pm Lunch, Sponsors TBA
1:00 Field demonstrations, Josh Spies, The Nature Conservancy and
Apalachicola National Forest
3:00 Evaluation and adjourn

Register: Cost is $10 per person, lunch and materials included. Please register on-line at
http://fsp-workshop091710.eventbrite.com/. Those without Internet access can reserve
a space by calling the Jackson County Extension Office at (850) 482-9620. Payment can
be made at the door with a check, payable to University of Florida. Continuing Education
Units will be available for pesticide applicators and SAF Continuing Forestry Education
credits will be available for foresters. Space is limited so please register early. Directions
to the office are on the back. Please share this announcement with others who may be

onservan yUnited State Department oArulture
IFAS Extension Protecti nature. Preserving 1:4

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 Jackson County Ag. Conference Center

-From I-10 take the Marianna SR 276 Exit. Travel north on highway 276 (becomes
Pennsylvania Avenue at the Marianna city limit) approximately 1.3 miles. The Ag.
Conference Center is located behind the Cooperative Extension Service and USDA
offices in the Jackson County Agriculture Office Complex.

-If traveling U.S. Highway 90 (becomes Lafayette Street at the city limits), turn south at
the juncture of Lafayette Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Travel approximately 1.3

Jackson County
Extension Service

Questions about this or ther Forest StewardsnhipProigrm activities c^an be directed toChris

Property Tour

Gaskin Farm
Property of Jimmy Gaskin
Okaloosa County, FL

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2010; meet and greet at 9:00 AM CT.
Program begins promptly at 9:30.

Tour: Gaskin Farm, a 1,200-acre property that spans the Florida-Alabama
border, was historically used for producing livestock and agronomic crops.
Jimmy Gaskin, the 4th-generation owner and manager of the farm, now
manages the property for recreation and timber production. Wildlife
habitat is an important objective, as income is generated from the property
by hunting leases. Prescribed fire is used to manage for habitat restoration
and aesthetics. Jimmy has found assistance through Florida's Forest
Stewardship Program and the USDA's Wildlife Habitat Incentives and
Conservation Reserve Programs. Highlights of the tour will include
Watson's Bay, a large hardwood swamp on the property and the original
farm house established in 1891. The tour will be outdoors and some
walking will be required.

Register: Cost is $10 per person, lunch and materials included. Please register on-line at
http://fsp-tourl01410.eventbrite.com/. Those without Internet access can
reserve a space by calling the Okaloosa County Extension Office at (850) 689-
5850. Payment can be made on-site with a check, payable to University of
Florida. Space will be limited so please register early. Directions to the property
are on the back. Please share this announcement with others who may be
interested. Contact Chris Demers, (352) 846-2375, cdemers@ufl.edu, with
questions about this or other Florida Forest Stewardship Program events.

United St ate Department of Agriculture
IFAS Extension NW M QC

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 Gaskin Farm

From 1-10:

- Take Exit 56 off I-10, SR 85 and travel north
- Go through Crestview and Garden City to Laurel Hill
- Just past the Tom Thumb Food Store in Laurel Hill, turn left (north) on Thomas Road
- After about 1 3% miles, you will enter Alabama
- Go another /2 mile to Country Cross Road
- Turn right (east) on Country Cross Road
- Go about 12 mile to Uncle Bud Lane
- Turn right (south) on Uncle Bud Lane and proceed to parking area in a pecan grove

Map not to scale:

Uncle Bud Lane
(park in pecan grove)

S Country Cross Road

Laurel Hill

SR 2

SR 85

SR 85

US 90




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 Southeast average price information for biomass fuel is now included.

Price ranges reported in the 2nd Quarter 2010 Timber Mart-South (TMS) report were:

Florida Stumpage Prices
* Pine pulpwood: $19 $41/cord ($7 $15/ton), [*
* Pine C-N-S: $36 $58/cord ($13 $22/ton), T
* Pine sawtimber: $55 $95/cord ($20 $35/ton), 1
* Pine plylogs: $66 $93/cord ($20 $35/ton), [
* Pine power poles: $111 $159/cord ($42 $59/ton), -
* Hardwood pulpwood: $12 $26/cord ($4 $9/ton), [

*from average 1st Quarter 2010 prices

Biomass Fuel*
* In-woods whole tree pine: $19 $26
* In-woods whole tree hardwood: $17 $26

SSoutheast average low and high price ranges per ton,
fuel quality chips from tops, limbs, limited bole
material or otherwise pre-commercial material

Trend Report

Stumpage prices for most products, on average across the Southeast, remained above those in the
same period of 2009. However, underlying demand for building products is still weak.
According to the US Census, housing starts remain at record low levels. Biomass seems to be a
beacon of hope for the pre-commercial and residual wood market, but the uncertainty and
resistance surrounding many announced projects dampen optimism that this emerging market
will gain considerable steam in the near term.

I --pulpwood --chip-n-saw ---sawtimber

Average Pine Stumpage Prices for Florida
1st Qtr 1997 through 2nd Qtr 2010
100 -
80 /
W 60 -

71 73 8183 91 93 0103 11 13 2123 31 33 4143 51 53 6163 71 73 8183 91 93 01
Year/Quarter (beginning first quarter 1997)

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
2010 Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting, Landowner Day is Sept. 8, Sandestin Resort,
September 8-9
Destin, FL. See httlp \ w\ \ .floridaforest.org/ or call (850) 222-5646 for information.
National Goat Conference, Leon County Civic Center in Tallahassee, FL. Hosted by Florida A & M
September 12-15 University. See http://www.famu.edu/cesta/main/index.cfm/upcoming-events/national-goat-conference/
for details.
Forest Stewardship Workshop: Invasive Exotic Plants and Their Control, 9:00 am 3:00 pm CT, UF-
September 17 IFAS Jackson County Ag Center, Marianna, FL. Cost is $10 per person, includes lunch, materials
andfield trip. Register on-line: http://fsp-workshop091710.eventbrite.com/ or contact the Jackson
County Extension Office at (850) 482-9620.
Forest Stewardship Tour: Property of Jimmy Gaskin, Okaloosa County, 9 am 1:00pm CT. Cost is
October 14 $10 per person, includes lunch and materials. Register on-line: http://fsp-tourl01410.eventbrite.com/ or
contact the Okaloosa County Extension Office at (850) 482-9620.

October 22

Pine Straw Production Workshop and In-service Training, 9 am -3 pm ET. UF-IFAS Suwannee
Valley Research and Education Center in Live Oak, FL. A small fee will be collected to cover lunch
and materials. Call the Suwannee Valley REC at (386) 362-1725 x. 101 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(iufl.edu
Dr. MichaelAndreu (co-editor), School of Forest Resources & Conservation, UF, (352) 846-0355, mandreu@iufl.edu
Tony Grossman (co-editor), Florida Division of Forestry, 3125 Conner Blvd, Room R2, Tallahassee, FL 32699-1650,
(850) 414-9907, grossma(@doacs. 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(i MvFWC.com
Jon Gould (co-editor), Florida Tree Farm Committee, 4923 Windwood Circle, Birmingham, AL 35242, (205) 991-9435,
Bill Giuliano (co-editor), Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, UF, PO Box 110430, Gainesville, FL 32611-0430,
(352) 846-0575, 4. ... /,-/,l.. ,

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