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The Florida Forest Steward 7

A Quarterly Newsletter for Florida Landowners and Resource Professionals

Volume 17, No. 3 Fall Winter 2010

In this issue: "Special Sites" for Tree Farm
"Special Sites" for Tree Farm Certification By Jon Gould, Florida Tree Farmer
What Can I Do About Invasive Species?
Introducing Matthew Palumbo, NWTF
SIntroducing Matthew Palumbo, NWTF The American Forest Foundation (AFF),
Operation Oak 2010-11
SOGet Email Updates in its 2010-2015 Standards of
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Forest Stewardship Event Announcements Sustainabilityfor Forest Certification,
Timber Price Update places a special emphasis on protecting
Events Calendar special sites as one of the requirements of
being certified as a Tree Farm under the
American Tree Farm System (ATFS).
Special sites are defined by the AFF as,
"Those areas offering unique historical,
archaeological, cultural, geological,
biological, or ecological value. Special
sites include:

A. Historical, archaeological, cultural,
and ceremonial sites or features of
importance to the forest owner.
B. Sites of importance to wildlife such as
rookeries, refuges, fish spawning
grounds, vernal ponds, and shelters of
hibernating animals.
C. Unique ecological communities like
relic old-growth, springs, glades,
savannas, fens, and bogs.
D. Geological features such as terminal
moraines, cliffs, and caves."
"Special Sites": what are they and First, the forest landowner must make a
how do Tree Farmers account for reasonable effort to locate and protect
them in the certification process? special sites on his/her Tree Farm as part
of the management plan.




How do you locate special sites? Many
landowners are hands-on managers and are
the most knowledgeable people about their
property and may be the best source for
identifying special sites. Other
landowners may not be so familiar with
their property. The size of your property
and how long you have owned it may also
influence your ability to readily locate
special sites.

It has been my experience that two of the
best sources of information for special
sites on your property are previous owners
and neighbors. They are usually
knowledgeable about the history of your
land and have identified archaeological
and cultural sites, especially if their
families lived in the area for many years.
Foresters and wildlife biologists or
conservationists that have spent much time
on your property can also point out special
ecological, geological, and topographical
features. Our forester identified rare
pyramid magnolias on our land, which we
were unaware we had. Other sources are
old boundary survey, topographical, and
geological maps and aerial photos;
American Indian Tribal Councils; and the
ATFS Woodland Owners' Resource

If you have never thought much about special
sites on your property, here are some specific
examples that may help you. Many special
sites will fall into category A above and
could include the following: old house or
structure sites (may only be chimneys or
foundations), early hand-
constructed/excavated logging tram beds and
canals, hand excavated wells, early roads,
wagon trails, river/creek ferry crossing
landings, remnants of fences with unusual
features (We have a 24 in. DBH loblolly pine
with strands of rusty barbed wire penetrating
through the middle of it), Indian mounds or
campgrounds (documented or determined by

plentiful artifacts, flint chips, pottery shards,
etc.), abandoned turpentine operations, etc.
Old-growth natural longleaf pine stands that
you want to preserve and the habitat for rare,
threatened, or endangered species of plants,
trees, or wildlife would also qualify as
special sites. Other special sites I can think
of in our part of the country could include
springs and karst features like sinkholes and

Let me clarify a possible concern about
special sites. The intent of the AFF
Standards is not to hinder or place an
unnecessary burden on the landowner to
identify and protect special sites that could
be a hazard, create liability, or limit the
landowner in managing his forestland to
achieve his objectives. For example, you
may not want to protect an open hand-
excavated well because it may create a
liability or be potentially dangerous to your
small grandchildren. Also, you may not
want to protect the remnants of an old house
site because they are unsightly and take
away from the aesthetics of your property,
or they take up space that you would like to
plant in pine trees. Therefore, it would be
perfectly acceptable for you to fill in the
well and demolish and remove the remains
of the old house. However, some special
sites could fall under federal or state
regulations requiring protection, like Indian
mounds or burial grounds, cemeteries,
endangered species habitat, or
environmentally sensitive areas.

You may have other special sites on your
property, other than those listed above.
Recognize the importance of identifying
your special sites and be sure to include
them in your management plan. Then
protect and enjoy visiting them as often as
you can. And be sure to share your special
sites with your children and grandchildren,
so they will also learn to appreciate, admire,
and protect them.

Author's note: Thanks to Victoria
Lockhart, Certification Manager of the
American Forest Foundation, for her
thorough review of this article.

What Can I Do About Invasive
Exotic Species?
By Kate Pasch, Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission

By now most of us have heard about the
vast array of invasive exotic plant and
animal species that are threatening
Florida's woodlands, farms, wetlands and
other natural areas. These aggressive
species negatively impact wildlife and
desirable vegetation by displacing native
species, resulting in large economic
impacts in the form of eradication and
prevention costs. It gets overwhelming to
think about this problem, but there are
some small, but important, steps you can
take to help in the fight against invasive
exotic species.

Tap Available Resources and Assistance

Many species have been identified and are
being controlled on public conservation
lands, but there is a large knowledge gap
regarding the presence of invasive species
on private lands in Florida. Private
property makes up the majority of Florida's
land area, making it impossible to control
invasive species in Florida without
somehow managing infestations on private
lands. To address this information need, the
Florida Invasive Species Partnership (FISP)
provides information and resources to
landowners for controlling invasive species
on their properties. Their website
(floridainvasives.org/) has guides for
identifying and controlling individual
species, as well as information on financial
and technical assistance available to

Partner with Neighbors

In an effort to fight invasive species at the
regional level, Cooperative Invasive Species
Management Areas (CISMAs) have been
developed throughout the state. There are
currently 16 CISMAs organized across
Florida to coordinate efforts among public
and private agencies and organizations.
Private landowners are encouraged to get
involved with their local CISMA and
participate in meetings, workdays, and
educational events. Find the CISMA closest
to you at floridainvasives.org/cismas.html.

Report and Map Invasive Species

While it may be impossible to eradicate
many of the established invasive species,
identifying current distributions and
preventing their spread is crucial for
mitigating future damage and preventing
isolated infestations from expanding. Even
if landowners are not in a position to
manage species on their property, reporting
invasive species occurrences on their land is
important for documenting the spread of
invasive plants and animals. EDDMaps
(Early Detection & Distribution Mapping
System; www.eddmaps.org) is an on-line
database that provides an easy way for
landowners and land managers to report
invasive species occurrences.

EDDMaps is user-friendly and provides
useful information on the locations of
invasive species. There is a free, one-time
on-line registration to use EDDMaps. The
location can be reported through GPS
coordinates or by entering a physical
address. Pictures of the plants) in question
can be uploaded as well.

Landowners who are interested in learning
more about invasive species and getting
involved in efforts to control them are
encouraged to take advantage of the FISP

website, become involved with their local
CISMA, and use EDDMaps to gather and
disseminate information about invasive
species sightings in their area. Invasive
species threaten the enjoyment and use of the
outdoors for all Floridians and many wildlife
species. It is only through the combined
efforts of public and private landowners and
managers that we can effectively fight their

Introducing Matthew Palumbo,
Regional Biologist, National Wild
Turkey Federation (NWTF)

Matthew Palumbo
joined the NWTF
flock in July as a
Regional Biologist
in Florida, and is a
recent graduate of
Mississippi State
University where
he earned his
Master's degree in
Wildlife and
Fisheries Science.
He is currently stationed near Tallahassee,
where he will be primarily working with
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, the Florida Division of
Forestry, and the Florida State Chapter of
the NWTF to identify and develop
cooperative opportunities for habitat
enhancement projects which benefit wild
turkeys and other wildlife on more than
5.5 million acres of public lands
throughout the state. Matthew can be
reached at: 4057 Remer Court, Tallahassee
FL 32303. Office phone (850) 692-3290,
Cell phone (850) 766-9396, Email

Operation Oak 2010-11: NWTF
Regional Program

The NWTF's Operation Oak program is
dedicated to restoring and creating wildlife
habitat throughout the southeast. Last year
alone, this program provided over 14,000
oak trees for planting on private lands
throughout Florida. The NWTF and the FL
State Chapter has once again shown its
commitment to this program in Florida by
having 14,000 trees available to private
landowners, including white oak, swamp
chestnut oak, live oak, and persimmon. All
trees will be shipped to pre-determined,
centralized locations within the panhandle
and peninsular, FL for pick up in early
February 2011. A minimum request of 100
trees will be required per species, and
landowners interested in participating in this
FREE program must be or become a
member of the National Wild Turkey
Federation. The NWTF will send a letter to
all interested landowners along with an
application for completion, and completed
applications must be received no later
than Dec. 17th, 2010 to be considered for
the program. If you are interested in
participating in this program for 2010-11,
please contact Mr. Brian M. Zielinski,
NWTF Regional Biologist, @ 386-804-6691
or via email: bzielinski(@inwtf.net to receive
the Operation Oak program materials. Thank

Get Email Updates on Events

Email is the best way to stay current on
upcoming programs, news and opportunities
for landowners across the state. Don't miss
out. If you don't receive email updates and
want to, simply send your email address to
Chris at cdemers(,ufl.edu. Updates are sent
periodically and we do not share email
addresses with anyone.

From the Stump
By Chris Demers

Sellers Beware. Every now and then I hear
horror stories from landowners about timber
sales gone wrong. These days many
landowners are having a difficult time just
holding on to their property, let alone trying to
get a decent return on their timber investment.
We don't need any more reasons to get out of
the timber business, or worse, sell the property
because of a bad experience. Also, considering
a landowner may only sell timber once or twice
in a lifetime, one bad experience will likely
cause their image of the industry, and everyone
associated with it, to sour fast. For many, a
rotten apple can spoil the whole bushel.

Despite a few swindlers, most foresters, loggers
and dealers conduct themselves and their
business in an ethical way. Here are a few tips
for locating a reputable forester to help you
with your management and timber sales.

Hire a good Forester. I capitalized Forester for
a reason. Unlike other states, Florida does not
require consulting foresters to be registered,
licensed, or certified under a uniform set of
standards. Thus, any entrepreneur, regardless
of training or experience, can call him or
herself a forester. Take the time to find a
professional with the proper credentials,
experience and associations. Here are some
critical things to look for when shopping for a
good Forester:

Proper educational background and
experience: Consulting foresters should have at
least one degree, preferably a B.S., in forest or
natural resource management from an educational
institution accredited by the Society of American
Foresters (SAF). Foresters affiliated with the
Association of Consulting Foresters (ACF)
generally meet higher qualification standards than
required by state forestry registration boards.
Membership in ACF requires a 4-year B.S.
degree in forestry and at least 5 years of practical
experience. The average experience of ACF
members is 25 years with 17 years in private
practice, and continuing forestry education is
required to maintain membership in ACF.

Involvement in professional societies and
activities: In addition to ACF, membership in
the Society of American Foresters, Florida
Forestry Association, Forest Landowners
Association, and/or other related organization
can indicate a commitment to professional
service and concern for landowner and
conservation issues. You may have seen "CF"
after a forester's name. These individuals are
certified by the Society of American Foresters'
Certified Forester program. They have passed
a test, participate in continuing education
programs and pay an annual fee for this
designation. They meet basic educational and
experiential requirements to carry the forester
title. Also, many foresters practicing in Florida
are registered or licensed in neighboring states.

Good communication skills. Talk to the
consultant personally and ask to see a sample of
their work. Good writing skills are as important
as oral skills if his/her recommendations are to
be understood.

Honesty, integrity and ethical conduct. Many
landowners find consultants through referral
from an existing or past client. Ask for
references and check them. Industry foresters
and landowner associations can also recommend
consulting foresters with whom they have had
favorable experience. ACF and SAF members
subscribe to a standard Code of Ethics that
governs their professional relationships with
clients and the public.

Disclaimer This is not guaranteed to find you
the right person, but it's a start.

Want to step up to the Stump? We welcome
your comments, questions, rant or all of the
above. Send to cdemers(,ufl.edu and write
"stump" in the subject line. Letters should
pertain to landowner or natural resources issues
and be no more than 400 words in length.
Letters may be edited for length and/or
clarification. Please keep it civil no personal
attacks will be published

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 3rd Quarter 2010 Timber Mart-South (TMS) report were:

Florida Stumpage Prices

* Pine pulpwood: $21 $36/cord ($8 $13/ton), [ from 2nd Qtr
* Pine C-N-S: $34 $51/cord ($13 $19/ton), [
* Pine sawtimber: $70 $98/cord ($26 $37/ton), "
* Pine plylogs: $74 $97/cord ($28 $36/ton), T
* Pine power poles: $133 $168/cord ($50 $63/ton), 1
* Hardwood pulpwood: $13 $26/cord ($4 $9/ton), T slightly

Biomass Fuel Prices*

* In-woods
whole tree pine: $14 $20/ton
whole tree hardwood: $13 $20/ton

'Southeast average low and high price ranges
)er ton, fuel quality chips from tops, limbs,
limited bole material or otherwise pre-commercial

Trend Report

Stumpage prices for most products, on average across the Southeast, remained above those in the
same period of 2009 but prices declined overall compared to 2nd quarter 2010. Despite that
regional trend and continuing weak underlying demand for building products, Florida's average
stumpage prices for those products were all on the increase this quarter. As one reporter
commented, this could be attributed to fewer quality sawtimber tracts on the market. Average
biomass prices decreased as supply in most markets was more than sufficient to meet demand.

Average Pine Stumpage Prices for Florida
1st Qtr 1997 through 3rd Qtr 2010
80 -

20 -- _________ aeave-

71 738183919301031113212331334143515361637173818391930103
Year/Quarter (beginning first quarter 1997)
S--pulpwood *--chip-n-saw ---sawtimber

Upcoming Forest Stewardship Program Events

Forest Stewardship Tour: Legacy Timber Tract, Levy County, 9 am 1:00 pm ET. The
Legacy Timber Tract is a mix of flatwoods, swamps and drains that typify much of the forest
land in this region of Florida. High-quality timber, wildlife habitat and aesthetics are being met
November through the use of thinning, burning, rotational mowing and protecting the natural swamps and
9 vegetation species that provide important habitat. Join us for a tour of Legacy Timber.

Details and registration on-line: http://fsp-tourll0910.eventbrite.com/. Those without
Internet access can reserve a space by calling the Levy County Extension Office at
(352) 486-5131.
Forest Stewardship Tour: Evans Farm, Flagler / Volusia County, 9 am 1:OOpm ET. Cost is
$10 per person. Lunch and materials included. Evans Farm is a diversified operation with
products ranging from cattle, corn and timber to tilapia and sturgeon. Natural and enhanced
November wildlife habitat is enhanced through the use of prescribed fire and food plots. In order to
16 protect some of the current uses of the property, the owners have sold a conservation easement
to the St. Johns River Water Management District. Join us for a tour of Evans Farm.

Details and registration on-line: http://fsp-tourlll610.eventbrite.com/. Those without
Internet access can register by contacting the UF-IFAS Volusia County Extension Office at
(386) 822-5778 or email David Griffis at dgriffis(co.volusia.fl.us.

Forest Stewardship Videoconference: Greenbelt Update Conservation Use Assessments, 2-
4pm, ET, GO01 McCarty Hall, UF Campus, Gainesville, broadcast to UF-IFAS Extension
facilities across Florida. Florida Statutes now provide property tax exemption for real property
December dedicated in perpetuity for conservation, as well as a current use tax assessment of land used
14 for conservation. Join us for an update on these provisions and how landowners can apply for

Contact your UF-IFAS County Extension Office to request the program, or contact Chris
Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers(ufl.edu.
Forest Stewardship Workshop: Invasive Exotic Plants and Their Control, 9 am 3 pm ET,
Trout Lake Nature Center, Eustis, FL. Lunch, materials, FDOACS pesticide applicator CEUs
January 12 and SAF CFEs will be provided.
Details and registration on-line: http://fsp-workshop011211.eventbrite.com/. Those without
Internet access can reserve a space by calling Maggie Jarrell at the Lake County Extension
Office at (352) 343-4101 ext. 0.

Questions about these or other Forest Stewardship Program activities can be directed to
Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers(@ufl.edu.

More Forest Stewardship Program information and events:

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
November 5 Maximizing Profits by Extending Pine Rotations: Multiple Benefits of Longer Vs. Shorter Rotation Pine Management, 9 am
pm, UF-IFAS Suwannee County Extension Office, Live Oak, FL. Call (386) 754-1051 x 216 to register
November 12 advanced Topics in Hydroponics, Live Oak, FL. For more information, contact Lydia Von Borstel at 386-362-1725 ext. 109 or
Flex Fuel Vehicle with Wood Workshop, UF-IFAS Taylor County Extension Office, Perry, FL. Come learn about wood gas
November and how to outfit a truck to run on wood! $15 fee required. RSVP at (850) 838-3508.

Forest Economics Workshop, 10 am 3 pm, Mayo Community Center, 150 SW Community Circle, Mayo, FL 32066. Cost is
November $10, contact Eric Black at (386) 294-2326, blackepadoacs.state.fl.us to register.

ov e 18 Wildlife Management Workshop, 8 am 3:30 pm CT, Gum Creek Lodge, Baker, FL. Pre-register by November 16 contact
November the UF-IFAS Okaloosa County Extension at (850) 689-5850.

CFEOR Workshop: Groundcover Restoration in Forests of the Southeastern US, Vernon, FL, 10 am to 3 pm, Sandhill Lake
November 18 Mitigation Bank Tract, Chain Lake Road, Vernon, FL. Registration for non-members is $30. See
http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/CFEOR/Upcoming/o20events.html# groundcover for details.
December Tractor Driving for Women, Live Oak, FL. For more information, contact Lydia Von Borstel at (386) 362-1725 ext. 109 or
9-10 Ivonborsteli aufl.edu.
Land Management Workshop, 9 am 2 pm ET, Tenoroc Fish Management Area. Topics will include fisheries management,
January 19 exotic vegetion control, prescribed fire, habitat management and assistance programs. Please contact Cheryl Whitney and
RSVP by January 2, 2011 at (863)-534-7077.
CFEOR Tour of Green Circle Bio-Energy Plant, Cottondale, FL. Details and registration:
January 20 http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/CFEOR/UJpcoming%20Events.html#Rreen

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,
Dr. MichaelAndreu (co-editor), School of Forest Resources & Conservation, UF, (352) 846-0355, mandreu(aufl.edu
Tony Grossman (co-editor), Florida Division of Forestry, 3125 Conner Blvd, Room R2, Tallahassee, FL 32699-1650, (850) 414-9907,
grossma(iadoacs.state. l. 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(AMvFWC.com
Jon Gould (co-editor), Florida Tree Farm Committee, 4923 Windwood Circle, Birmingham, AL 35242, (205) 991-9435,
Dr. Bill Giuliano (co-editor), Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, UF, PO Box 110430, Gainesville, FL 32611-0430,
(352) 846-0575, docg(aufl.edu

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