In this Issue:
  • Applications Being Accepted for the Longleaf Pine Landowner Incentive Program through July 13
  • Certified Pile Burner Course – Blountstown – August 8
  • Forest Service Accepting Applications to Help Landowners Combat Pine Beetles through June 29
  • Weed of the Week: Arrowleaf Sida “Teaweed”
  • Land Clearing Can Lure Ambrosia Beetles
  • Weed of the Week: Cogongrass
  • Laurel Wilt Fungus (Raffaelea lauricola) Reflects the Spread of Redbay Ambrosia Beetles
  • Friday Feature: Portable Chainsaw Sawmill
  • Florida Forest Service Releases Fire Information App
  • Forest Service offering Cogongrass Control Cost-Share Program
  • Forestry

    Applications Being Accepted for the Longleaf Pine Landowner Incentive Program through July 13

    The Florida Forest Service announced this week that the Longleaf Pine Landowner Incentive Program is now accepting applications from eligible, non-industrial private forest landowners. Applications will be accepted now through Friday, July 13, 2018.

    Longleaf pine forests are native to the southeastern United States and are among the most diverse ecosystems in North America. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/06/08/applications-being-accepted-for-the-longleaf-pine-landowner-incentive-program-through-july-13/

    Certified Pile Burner Course – Blountstown – August 8

    The Florida Forest Service (FFS) and University of Florida IFAS Extension will be conducting a Certified Pile Burners Course on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. This course will show you how to burn piles legally, safely and efficiently.  Most importantly, it could save a life.  If you burn piles regularly, don’t put off registering for this …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/06/01/certified-pile-burner-course-blountstown-august-8/

    Forest Service Accepting Applications to Help Landowners Combat Pine Beetles through June 29

    Source:  Florida Forest Service

    To help combat the invasive Southern Pine Beetle, which is currently present in 52 infestation sites throughout six Florida counties, the Florida Forest Service is accepting applications for the 2018 Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program from non-industrial, private forest landowners through June 29, 2018.  The program is …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/25/forest-service-accepting-applications-to-help-landowners-combat-pine-beetles-through-june-29/

    Weed of the Week: Arrowleaf Sida “Teaweed”

    Arrowleaf Sida is commonly known as teaweed, ironweed, or southern sida. It is a spring emerging broadleaf commonly found in pastures, pinelands, hammocks, and disturbed areas. Arrowleaf Sida is a native plant found from South Carolina, throughout Florida, and as far west as Mississippi. It has drought resistance and adaptability to a wide variety of soil …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/02/02/weed-of-the-week-arrowleaf-sida-teaweed/

    Land Clearing Can Lure Ambrosia Beetles

    Questions come into the Extension Office from time to time about why sawdust is accumulating around remaining trees on recently cleared or developed tracks of forested land. The sawdust is more than likely a sign that ambrosia beetles are on the offensive.

    The ambrosia beetle, Platypus spp., is a member of a large family of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/12/01/land-clearing-can-lure-ambrosia-beetles/

    Weed of the Week: Cogongrass

    Cogongrass was accidentally introduced into Alabama in the 1900’s, but intentionally brought to Florida in the 1930’s as a potential forage and soil stabilizer. Currently it can be found in 73 countries and on every continent. Since being introduced Cogongrass has spread to nearly every county in Florida, and today is considered a major pest …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/22/weed-of-the-week-cogongrass/

    Laurel Wilt Fungus (Raffaelea lauricola) Reflects the Spread of Redbay Ambrosia Beetles

    Ambrosia beetles are known for attacking various woody plants, causing some limb and stem dieback and sometimes plant death. There are at least 30 species of ambrosia beetles in Florida, several of which are non-native.

    Typically ambrosia beetles have a symbiotic relationship with a fungus which the beetles carry in their bodies. When the beetles …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/14/laurel-wilt-fungus-raffaelea-lauricola-reflects-the-spread-of-redbay-ambrosia-beetles/

    Friday Feature: Portable Chainsaw Sawmill

    This week’s feature video highlights a handy innovation for farmers and ranchers.  A tool that allows you to uses your ladder and chainsaw as a portable sawmill.  Norwood Sawmills makes the PortaMill that landowners can use to convert logs into valuable lumber for less than $1,000.  With the PortaMill, you use your chainsaw as …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/21/friday-feature-portable-chainsaw-saw-mill/

    Florida Forest Service Releases Fire Information App

    On February 20, 2017 Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service announced the release of “FLBurnTools,” a new mobile app to inform the public about drought, wildfire danger and wildfire activity. Prescribed burn practitioners can also use the app to plan and submit authorization requests. The “FLBurnTools” app …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/17/florida-forest-service-releases-fire-information-app/

    Forest Service offering Cogongrass Control Cost-Share Program

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced on April 20, 2016 that the Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program. Applications for the program will be accepted through July 29, 2016.

    “Cogongrass is one of the most aggressive weeds in Florida and is capable of rapidly choking …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/04/29/forest-service-offering-cogongrass-control-cost-share-program/

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