In this Issue:
  • Southern Pine Beetle Assistance Program Now Accepting Applications
  • Identify Cogongrass Now: Look for the Seedheads
  • Converting Planted Pine to Silvopasture Benefits Cattle & Timber
  • The Majestic Longleaf: One of the South’s Distinguished Trees
  • Carbon Credit Markets May Be Making A Return
  • When Should I Thin My Pine Trees?
  • A New Chestnut Trial Planned for NFREC-Quincy
  • Benefits of Prescribed Burning
  • 1st Quarter 2013 Florida Timber Market Summary
  • Deer Antler Abnormalities
  • Forestry

    Southern Pine Beetle Assistance Program Now Accepting Applications

    Applications From Private Forest Landowners Will Be Accepted June 6-July 18

    Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program. The sign-up period will run from June 6 through …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/05/15/southern-pine-beetle-assistance-program-now-accepting-applications/

    Identify Cogongrass Now: Look for the Seedheads

    We are well into spring and a wide variety of plants are showing off their colorful blooms. As lovely as most of the blooms are, some springtime colors are an unwelcome sight. Such is the case with the showy, white seedhead that is produced by Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica). The presence of Cogongrass – a highly …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/05/08/identify-cogongrass-now-look-for-the-seedheads/

    Converting Planted Pine to Silvopasture Benefits Cattle & Timber

     

    Silvopasture is an agroforestry practice where a combination of trees, forage, and livestock are  jointly managed to optimize production of all three. The term “silvopasture” means “forest-pasture,” where “silvo” is derived from a Latin word that means “forest.” Silvopasture can be established either by planting trees in an existing pasture, or by planting forage …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/01/30/converting-planted-pine-to-silvopasture-benefits-cattle-timber/

    The Majestic Longleaf: One of the South’s Distinguished Trees

    Steeped in history, the majestic longleaf (Pinus palustris) is an economically and ecologically important tree species of the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains. Its species name “palustris” means “of the marsh,” and although it is commonly associated with sandy, well drained areas, the longleaf pine is adapted to a range of soil types. Once the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/10/10/the-majestic-longleaf-one-of-the-souths-distinguished-trees/

    Carbon Credit Markets May Be Making A Return

    A newly released UF/IFAS publication, “An Overview of Carbon Markets for Florida Forest Landowners,” reviews options for forest land managers, who are seeking a new source of revenue. It comes on the heels of a June 2, 2014 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy announcement.

    The EPA release announced its intention to reduce CO2 emissions …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/10/10/carbon-credit-markets-may-be-making-a-return/

    When Should I Thin My Pine Trees?

    Pine tree thinning is a key management practice that can increase the long-term productivity and profitability of a timber stand.  Thinning is a partial tree harvest of inferior trees in an immature stand used to accelerate the diameter growth of the superior trees that remain. This accelerated growth is the result of a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/01/25/when-should-i-thin-my-pine-trees/

    A New Chestnut Trial Planned for NFREC-Quincy

    The American chestnut (Casteneae dentata) was once the most dominant hardwood species in North America until the introduction of the Chestnut Blight fungus (Cryphonectria parasitica) which ultimately destroyed over 3 billion trees. The first European settlers found that North America was virtually a solid chestnut forest.  The Chestnut Blight fungus was accidentally introduced …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/01/17/a-new-chestnut-orchard-planned-for-the-nfrec-quincy/

    Benefits of Prescribed Burning

    Above is a video of a recent prescribed burn in Walton County.

    Benefits of Summer Prescribed Burns

    Most landowners think of winter months (Dec-Feb) when it comes to control burning the piney woods. But once your pine trees start reaching mature heights (50-70 feet) and have been burned previously to reduce understory, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2013/08/02/benefits-of-prescribed-burning/

    1st Quarter 2013 Florida Timber Market Summary

    Timber Mart-South Summary, 1st Quarter, 2013

    Source:  Chris Demers, UF/IFAS Forest Stewardship Coordinator

    The information in the following table of average Florida timber prices was extracted from the Timber Mart-South first quarter 2013, released in April 2013. This information, compiled from many sources, is very useful for observing trends over time, but may not necessarily reflect …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2013/04/26/1st-quarter-2013-florida-timber-market-summary/

    Deer Antler Abnormalities

    Reasons for Abnormal Antlers

    The reasons for abnormal antler growth often are unknown, and highly speculative. But there are three basic probable causes:

  • The defects are coded in genes, and therefore hereditary.
  • Defects are caused by physiological problems as the result of bodily injury,      parasitism, disease, malnutrition, or other …

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