Forest Recovery Webinar S

Beginning September 10, 2020 at 2 pm ET (1 pm CT)

Continuing on 3 consecutive Thursdays through October 1


Catastrphic Timber Damage

Fig. 1. Catastrophic timber damage in Gulf County, FL. Credit: Florida Forest Service

Landowners in the Central Panhandle region of Florida are ready to move forward with restoring their property after the devastation of Hurricane Michael in 2018, but questions still linger for many. What about the long-awaited disaster recovery assistance? What is the status of timber markets? What kind of trees should I plant? Are there invasive species that we need to look for? Join us to get the information you need to take the next steps in forest recovery.

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1.  September 10 – Hurricane Recovery Assistance and Timber Market Update

The State of Florida and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have announced the sign-up period for the Timber Recovery Block Grant Program to help Florida’s forest landowners and timber industry recover following Hurricane Michael. The sign-up period for the Block Grant Program is until November 20, 2020. Updates on the USDA’s Emergency Forest Restoration Program and timber markets in this region will also be discussed.

Speakers:  Daniel Stevens, Cooperative Forestry Assistance Supervisor, Florida Forest Service; Wesley Sapp, Deputy State Disaster Recovery Coordinator, Florida Division of Emergency Management; and  Laura Bosworth, Director of Forestry and Regulatory Affairs, Florida Forestry Association

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2.  September 17 Which Pine is Right for My Property?

Your site(s) and management objectives should guide your choice of tree species to plant.

Speaker:  Stan Rosenthal, UF/IFAS Extension Forestry Agent Emeritus and Forest Advocate, Florida Wildlife Federation, Natural Resource Planning Services

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3.  September 24 Keys to Success with Longleaf Pine and Enviva Biomass Partnership

If longleaf pine is right for your objectives and your site, this presentation will share keys to success. This species once covered more of the South than any other, but to restore a longleaf pine forest we’ve learned to manage longleaf as longleaf. It is different, and so is our management. The Enviva biomass plant is partnering with The Longleaf Alliance to implement a longleaf restoration-oriented sourcing at Cottondale to help land managers and landowners in this region to restore longleaf pine forests.

Speakers: Ad Platt, Vice President for Operations, The Longleaf Alliance; Ben Larson, Director of Sustainability, Enviva; Shawn Cook, Sustainability Forester, Enviva; Billy Clark, Commodity Manger, Enviva

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4.  October 1 Invasive Species Identification and Control

Sites disturbed by the storm have been the perfect medium for invasive plants to establish. Existing and new infestations of invasive plants like cogongrass will be inadvertently spread by heavy equipment during the cleanup and site preparation phases. Be on the lookout for invasive plants and treat them as soon as possible.

Speaker: Brian Pelc, Restoration Project Manager, The Nature Conservancy

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Download and print out the flyer as a reminder for the webinars, or to share with other who may be interested:  2020 Forest Recovery Webinar Series Flyer

Continuing Education Credits: These Webinars have been submitted for 1.0 Cat. 1 SAF CFE credit each (4.0 total for the series), pending approval. You must attend the full hour to qualify for CFE credit.

Questions about this webinar series and the UF/IFAS Florida Land Steward Program can be directed to Chris Demers,, 352-514-0819.