Walton County Extension will be hosting two forest landowner educational events in September. These events are available to all who are interested in forestry and forestry-related topics. These events are being held in cooperation with the Florida Land Steward Program and were planned based on client input.

September 14 – Forestry Toolbox

On September 14th a Forestry Toolbox series will be hosted at the Walton County office. This is a new series created by Ian Stone to help landowners understand forest management tools and techniques and add them to their “Forestry Toolbox”. The last in this series was in May focusing on vegetation management and cost shares for forestry practices. This next installment will be First Steps in Forestry and is designed for landowners that may be new to forestry or forest management or for landowners that need a good refresher on the core concepts. To help reach a broad audience this program is being offered in a hybrid format with and in person option at the Extension Office and an online attendance option through Zoom. Mark your calendars for Thursday September 14th from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Central Time and sign up though the Eventbrite Registration website.

Pond on Forest Property

September 21 – Florida Land Steward Farm Tour

The second event will be a Florida Land Steward Forest Landowner Tour. Walton County Landowners Bob Reid and Betsy Clark have generously provided us with access to their amazing Little Creek Woods property. Bob Reid is a landowner that is a long-range thinker and driven conservationist, who is passionate about longleaf pine and restoring the native longleaf pine ecosystem on his property over the next 300 years to what it might have been like when early explorers arrived. This will be an excellent opportunity to see the hard work, planning, and monetary input it takes to manage longleaf properly for ecological restoration. The Tour and Program are headed up jointly by Walton Forestry Agent Ian Stone and Florida Land Steward Coordinator Chris Demers. The tour will be at the property in the morning from 9-11;30 a.m. Lunch will be offered at the extension office following the program and an open forestry discussion forum and networking session will follow until 2:30 at the Walton Extension office. Find more information on this and other Florida Land Steward educational events through their Events Calendar.  Sign up to reserve your spot on the Walton County Forest Landowner Tour through the Eventbrite Registration website.

Bob Reid Timber Tour

Bob Reid and Betsy Clark will host a forest landowner tour on their farm in Walton County.

Ian Stone