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Forest Stewardship Tour of Sandhill Farm in Jackson County – October 5

Forest Stewardship Tour of Sandhill Farm in Jackson County – October 5

Sandhill Farm in Jackson County. Credit: Billy Boothe

Sandhill Farm – Property of David and Cindi Stewart

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Meet at the property at 9:00 AM CT – Adjourn after lunch

When Cindi and David Stewart first saw the mosaic of sandhills, swamps, flatwoods and loblolly pine forest making up this 222-acre Jackson County property, they knew they would buy it. Avid hikers from the south-central Florida suburbs, they loved being in the forest. That was 14 years ago, and they have come a long way towards their goal of managing their property for wildlife habitat. After beginning their land management education with the Master Tree Farmer and Master Wildlifer short courses offered by Clemson University and University of Florida IFAS Extension, they sought advice and a Forest Stewardship management plan from the Florida Forest Service and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Following some hard work managing underbrush, they planted 50 acres of longleaf pine.  With diverse wildlife habitat as a primary goal, they burn every two years and have some beautiful groundcover plants like wiregrass and blazing star.  In 2006, they were awarded Jackson County Tree Farmers of the Year. Join us for a walking tour of this property.  This will be a relatively short hike on trails.  Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the field.
Cost is $ 10 per person, lunch and materials included. Register online at https://fsp-tour100517.eventbrite.com/. You can also reserve a space by contacting UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension at (850) 482-9620, and pay at the event with cash or check payable to University of Florida.  Space is limited so register early. Please share this announcement with others who may be interested.

Use the following link for the printer friendly event flyer with directions and a map for driving to the property:

Sandhill Farm Stewardship Tour

Driving Directions

David and Cindi Stewart’s Sandhills Farm – 357 Pittman Hill Road – Marianna, FL 32448 – (850) 579-8848
From I-10, Marianna:
  • Exit at the western-most Marianna exit (Exit #136), SR 276.
  • Turn left on SR 276 West and go less than 1 mile to CR 167 South (signs to Panama City &Fountain)
  • Turnleft on CR 167 South
  • Travel about 9.8 miles south on CR 167 to Nortek Blvd. (yellow intersection sign indicating Nortek Blvd & second sign for Compass Lakes inthe Hills) – turn left (east) on Nortek Blvd. -Travel east on Nortek Blvd. until the pavement ends –our property begins on your left as the pavement ends.
  • Stay on Nortek Blvd./Hasty Pond Road (the name changes as the pavement ends) for another ½ mile.
  • Turn left (north) at the first intersection onto Pittman Hill Road
  • They have the first real driveway (with a mailbox) on the left, after you pass the pond on the left –less than ½ mile. The house number “357” is on the mailbox. Follow the power poles to the house.



Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu

Lead Editor for Panhandle Ag e-news – Jackson County Extension Director – Livestock & Forages Agent. My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.

Doug Mayo

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Florida’s Forest Stewardship: Integrate Wildlife and Forestry Workshop October 15

Florida’s Forest Stewardship: Integrate Wildlife and Forestry Workshop October 15

Integrating Forestry & Wildlife TourOctober 15, 2015 – 8:30 am–3:30 pm ET

Dixie Plantation

1583 Livingston Rd, Greenville, FL 32331

Wildlife and timber are important objectives for many forest landowners. Integrating forestry and wildlife management starts with setting realistic timber, wildlife and economic objectives;and a long-term management plan that addresses the management strategies to meet them. This workshop will cover some of the strategies that can be used to integrate wildlife and forestry objectives and available assistance programs.


Integrating Forestry & Wildlife Agenda

Registration: Cost is $ 5.00, includes lunch and materials.

Register online at http://fsp-workshop101515.eventbrite.com/ or call Jefferson County Extension at (850) 342-0187.  Space is limited, so register soon. Please share with others who may be interested.

Directions to Dixie Plantation: 1583 Livingston Rd, Greenville, FL 32331
From US Hwy 221, about 10 miles north of Greenville, turn west on SR 146
Travel about 3.5 miles on SR 146 to Livingston Road
Turn north (right) on Livingston Road
Travel about 3.5 miles to the Main House
From Monticello, take SR 146 east about 10 miles to Livingston Road and turn north (left)
Turn north (right) on Livingston Road
Travel about 3.5 miles to the Main HouseDemers Sponsors


Author: Jed Dillard – dillardjed@ufl.edu

Jefferson County Livestock and Natural Resources Agent with a commercial cow/calf background. My degree is in animal breeding, but I do more work wth forage systems. Long time clover/legume booster for both livestock and wildlife

Jed Dillard

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Santa Rosa Forrest Stewardship Tour May 14

Santa Rosa Forrest Stewardship Tour May 14

Spencer Tour HeaderSpencer TimberThe Spencer family’s primary objective for their land is production of high quality timber. Secondary objectives include wildlife management, with a strong emphasis on quail and white-tailed deer, enhancement of aesthetics and conservation of the soil and water resources. Timber production is focused on the best sites for growing pines. The three major timber producing pine species; slash, loblolly and longleaf pines; are represented here. Other areas are dedicated to wildlife enhancement, recreation and aesthetics. Invasive plants such as Japanese climbing fern and cogongrass are also being controlled. The family employs a variety of management techniques including prescribed fire, mechanical and chemical treatments. Join us for a tour. Some walking will be involved so wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Cost is $ 10 per person, lunch and materials included. Please register on-line at https://fsp-tour051415.eventbrite.com/. Those without Internet access can reserve a space by calling Santa Rosa County Extension at (850) 623-3868. Payment can be made on-site with cash or a check, payable to University of Florida. Space will be limited so please register early.  Please share this announcement with others who may be interested. Contact Chris Demers, (352) 846-2375, cdemers@ufl.edu, for more information about Forest Stewardship Program events.

Download the printer friendly flyer with map and directions:

Forrest Stewarship Tour of Spencer Property


Directions to Spencer Family Property:
5001 Willard Norris Rd., Milton, FL 32570

From Hwy 90 (Caroline St.) in Milton:

  1. Take Hwy 87 (Stewart Street) north to County Rd 191 (West Magnolia St.)
  2. Turn left (west) on County Rd 191 (West Magnolia St.)
  3. Travel about 4 miles on CR 191. After the Hwy 89 (Dogwood Dr) intersection CR 191 becomes Willard Norris Rd. You will pass True Grace Fellowship Church on the right; look for O’Neal Ln. on the right and slow down.
  4. On the left side of the road, there will be a red brick house with a blond brick addition on the front. The dirt road entrance is just past this red/blond brick house. A Stewardship Forest sign will be displayed at the entrance.

Author: admin – webmaster@ifas.ufl.edu


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Forest Stewardship Property Tour April 23

Forest Stewardship Property Tour April 23

Tour HeaderAgenda:

Thursday, April 23, 2015. Sign in, meet and greet at 9:00 AM Eastern. Adjourn after lunch.


Spring Canyon LLC is a beautiful 100-acre property owned by Helen and Tom Roth. The property is home to steephead ravines and longleaf pine-wire grass sandhills. This will be a moderately strenuous hike on some steep terrain, but well worth the effort!  Helen has traced the history of the property back to 1926 near the end of the turpentine era. Their goal is to improve the upland habitat for threatened and endangered plants and animals. Through a lot of hard work and assistance from the Forest Stewardship Program and USDA Conservation Programs, Helen and Tom are working to restore the uplands back to what they were before many decades of fire exclusion. They are removing hardwoods to allow light to reach longleaf pine seedlings and understory grasses and forbs, and getting fire back in the system. Some larger flowering and fruiting hardwoods are left for wildlife and aesthetic value. In addition to working on and enjoying her property, Helen loves to use the property to educate others about the benefits of active management in restoring the plant and animal communities at Spring Canyon. Join us for a tour. Unique plants in bloom at the time of the tour should include mountain laurel, Florida anise and others. Be prepared for walking.


Cost is $ 10 per person, lunch and materials included. Register online at https://fsp-tour042315.eventbrite.com/.  Alternatively, you can reserve a space by calling Gadsden County Extension at (850) 875-7255. Payment can be made onsite with cash or a check, payable to University of Florida.  Space will be limited so please register early. Directions to the property are on the back. Please share this announcement with others who may be interested. Contact Chris Demers, (352) 846-2375, cdemers@ufl.edu, for more information about Forest Stewardship Program events.
Download the flyer that includes driving directionsForest Stewardship Spring Canyon Tour 2015
Forest Stewarship Sponsor


Author: admin – webmaster@ifas.ufl.edu


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Forest Stewardship Tree Farm Tours – November 7,14, & 21

George Owens, Chipley, will be hosting one of three Tree Farm Tours in November.

George Owens, Chipley, will be hosting one of three Tree Farm Tours in November.

Suwanee County – November 7, 2013

Tree Farm Tour at Adventure Plantation
Property of Jeff and Melody Scott, 2013 Florida Tree Farmers of the Year

9 am to 1 pm, Eastern Time

Jeff and Melody received the Florida Tree Farmers of the Year Award for exemplary stewardship of their Suwannee County property, “Adventure Plantation”.   Jeff has been involved in the Scott family Tree Farm for over 25 years with his father; T. A. Scott  who has been involved in the American Tree Farm system since 1977.  With seven children all interested and involved in land management at the farm, this Tree Farm is truly a family-run enterprise.  Join us for a tour of this diverse and productive forest property.

Register now – Filling fast!  You must Pre-Register Before October 25, 2013:
Contact Phil at the Florida Forestry Association, (850) 222-5646 or phil@forestfla.org

Washington County – November 14, 2013

Forest Stewardship Tour at George Owens Farm
Property of George Owens and family

9 am to 1 pm, Central Time

George C. Owens Farm is one of the most renowned silvopasture operations in the Southeastern U.S.  Silvopasture combines trees with forage and livestock production. The trees are managed for high-value saw logs and at the same time provide shade, shelter and forage for livestock, reducing stress and increasing forage production. Properly managed silvopasture can be more productive and often more profitable than either timber or pasture management alone. Come see firsthand how this operation works.   A must-see property and operation.

Register now!  Cost is just $ 10 per person, lunch and materials included. Please register on-line at
http://fsp-tour111413.eventbrite.com/.  Those without Internet access can reserve a space by calling Washington County Extension (850) 638-6180.

Holmes County – November 21, 2013

Forest Stewardship Tour at Kent-Carrol Forests
Property of Ken Carroll and family

9 am to 1 pm, Central Time

Ken Carroll enrolled in Florida’s Forest Stewardship Program in 1999 and hosted a Stewardship tour in 2007. Since then he has expanded the operations to include other agricultural operations, while continuing the management and conservation of forests and wildlife habitat. Features of the property include 4 man-made fish ponds; a CRP pine plantation of 26-year-old slash pines; a 4-year old loblolly pine plantation on 40 acres, a 2-acre blueberry farm of 800 plants for the commercial market; bee hives for honey production and pollination of melons, apples, blueberries, peaches, and plums. Each year they burn 30-50 acres of forests and fight a continuous battle with cogongrass. Old loading zones after thinning are planted in watermelons and cantaloupes for commercial market, or in cold- or warm-season wildlife food plots.  Weather permitting, we’ll demonstrate what happens when cogongrass is burned!

Register Now! Cost is just $ 10 per person, lunch and materials included. Please register on-line at
.  Those without Internet access can reserve a space by calling Holmes County Extension (850) 547-1108.


More Forest Stewardship events and news at http://floridalandsteward.org


Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu

Jackson County Extension Director, & Livestock & Forages Agent

My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.

Doug Mayo

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/10/18/forest-stewardship-tree-farm-tours-november-714-21/

Waukeenah Plantation to Host Stewardship Tour Dec 6 – Registration Open

Forest management?  Wild Life Habitat?  History?

No matter what your interest, the December 6 Forest Stewardship Tour at Waukeenah Plantation in southern Jefferson County will give you an onsite vision of developing a forest on your property. Waukeenah Plantation was purchased by its current owners just a little over twenty-five years ago. Since then, pines have replaced pastures and the property is being managed for timber production and wildlife habitat. The day’s program will be hosted by the Florida-Georgia Game Management Series and the University of Florida Forest Stewardship program and will feature how habitat can be developed and enhanced in a relatively short time.

This is just the latest change in the use of this land. Long before Hernando deSoto camped here, indigenous peoples enjoyed the clear streams and fertile lands near the Cody Scarp. In the early nineteenth century, planter Robert Gamble set up the original Waukeenah Plantation. In addition to the recently planted pines, the site boasts hardwoods in the creek bottoms. Tour stops will visit both and discuss the management of each to enhance wildlife habitat. Tour leaders will include speakers from the University of Florida and University of Georgia Extension Services, the Florida Department of Forestry, National Wild Turkey Federation, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Florida Public Archeology Network.

For more information, contact Jed Dillard at dillardjed@ufl.edu or 850-342-0187. Register online at http://flgaextgamemgmt2012.eventbrite.com/# . Registration is limited and required.

Scott Jackson

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Forest Stewardship Internet Video Workshop: The “Green Value” of Your Woods

December 12, 2012; 1:00 – 4:00 PM ET (12:00 – 3:00 PM CT)

At participating UF-IFAS Extension Office across Florida (listed below)

Get a more complete picture of the value of your woods! Florida’s private forest lands provide many economic and environmental benefits to society such as protecting water quality, wildlife conservation and carbon storage. Until now we have known little about the dollar value of these environmental benefits. The University of Florida recently identified and quantified the economic values of environmental benefits, or “green value”, provided by lands enrolled in Florida’s Forest Stewardship Program. Join us to get a more complete picture of the value of your woods. We will also get a review and update on greenbelt assessment policy for property taxes.

Tentative Agenda (all times Eastern):

  • 1:00 pm Sign in at facility, meet and greet
  • 1:15 Program introduction, Chris Demers, Forest Stewardship Coordinator, UFIFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC)
  • 1:30 Forest Stewardship “Green Values”, Melissa Kreye and Chris Demers, SFRC
  • 2:30 Break
  • 2:45 Greenbelt Review and Update, George Wheeler, Agriculture Greenbelt Coordinator, Florida Department of Revenue
  • 3:45 Q&A, Conclusion, Evaluation, Adjourn

Download a printer friendly flyer:  Green Value of Your Woods Flyer

Register: This program is free. Details and registration on-line at:

You may also register by calling the contact listed for the location you wish to attend.

Bonifay, UF-IFAS Holmes County Extension Office
1169 E Hwy 90 – Bonifay, FL 32425-6012
Call at (850) 547-1108 to register.

Chipley, UF-IFAS Washington County Agriculture Center
1424 Jackson Avenue Suite A (Hwy 90) – Chipley, FL 32428
Call (850) 638-6180 to register.

DeFuniak Springs, UF-IFAS Walton County Extension Office
732 N 9 Street – DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433-3804
Call (850) 892-8172 to register.

Jay, UF-IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension Office
5259 Booker Lane – Jay, FL 32565
Call Janis (850) 675-3107 to register

Marianna, UF-IFAS Jackson County Extension Office
2741 Pennsylvania Avenue – Marianna, FL 32448
Call (850) 482-9620 to register.

Quincy, UF-IFAS Gadsden County Extension Office
2140 W Jefferson Street – Quincy, FL 32351-1905
Call (850) 875-7255 to register

Funding for this event provided by the USDA Forest Service through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Forest Service, and a grant from the Florida Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee.

Doug Mayo

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Herbicide Failure, Weed Resistance, and Pesticide “Stewardship”

Success or failure? There are a number of important factors that affect the outcome of weed control.

If you are a pesticide applicator, you may have encountered some herbicide treatments that did not produce the results you expected.  Why is that?  There are a number of factors that can contribute to less than perfect pesticide treatment results.  With proper pesticide knowledge and stewardship, however, most of these factors can be avoided.

Pesticide failure can occur for a variety of reasons:

  • Improper pest/weed identification
  • Selection of an incorrect pesticide
  • Unfavorable environmental conditions (drought, storms, wind)
  • Poor condition/degradation of the pesticide product due to improper storage, heat, humidity, or cross contamination
  • Development of pesticide resistance
  • Incorrect application due to:
    • application at the wrong time of year,
    • application at the wrong growth stage of target pest
    • failure to follow label application instructions – pesticide never reaches the target pest
    • poorly calibrated equipment resulting in incorrect application rate or dose
    • incorrect, or no adjuvants

Herbicide Resistant Weeds

There is a lot of news, lately, regarding herbicide resistant agricultural weeds.  Resistance of agricultural weeds is not a new phenomenon, in fact, the first recorded herbicide-resistant weed, 2,4-D resistant spreading dayflower (Commelina diffusa), was identified in 1957 in a sugarcane field in Hawaii. (B. A. Sellers, et. al., 2005).  While it may not be a new phenomenon, the number of resistant weeds has increased dramatically in the last 30 years (http://weedscience.org/in.asp).  Worldwide, there are over 390 resistant plant biotypes. Why the increase?  It’s a numbers game.  Herbicides don’t actually cause the resistance, but that one-in-a-million plant which is capable of resisting the herbicide survives to spread its seeds.  Every seed is another opportunity for that 1-in-a-million mutation, and repeated use of the same herbicide, or mode-of-action can ultimately select for a herbicide resistant plant.

Herbicide Stewardship and IPM

Pesticides are but one of the valuable tools available to pest managers and they should be used as part of an overall integrated pest management (IPM) plan.  The take home message for weed managers everywhere now, is herbicide Stewardship.  Responsible stewardship of pesticides is critical for maintaining their effectiveness, and keeping them in your toolbox!  The key to successful weed management is responsible stewardship using integrated pest management techniques such as:

  • Chemical control (incorporating different herbicides with different modes of action)
  • Mechanical control
  • Hand removal
  • Management of escaped weeds
  • Clean, decontaminated, well calibrated equipment
  • Crop rotation
  • Tillage (of all types)
  • Cover crops
  • Continued education and field knowledge
  • Well-kept pesticide treatment records and observations.

If you do experience a less than ideal pesticide treatment, keep in mind the above factors that can affect your application.  Review your records.  Don’t explain away a herbicide failure; do your best to figure out why it happened so it is not repeated.  If resistance is suspected, contact your local agriculture extension agent, and manage it early!  For more information on these topics please see the following UF/IFAS publications online:

When a Pesticide Doesn’t Work

Herbicide Resistant Weeds

UF/IFAS Pesticide Information Office

Amaranthus palmeri “Palmer amaranth”

Judy Ludlow

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/10/26/herbicide-failure-weed-resistance-and-pesticide-stewardship/

Forest Stewardship Workshop: Grow Timber Revenue June 19

The Florida Forest Stewardship Program will host the Grow Timber Revenue workshop on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at the Jackson County Extension Agriculture Conference Center, in Marianna. This program will provide guidance on timber management and marketing strategies to increase returns from harvests, reduce costs, and encourage forest management for its many benefits.

Currently, many landowners see little financial incentive for tree planting, management of current stands or replanting after the rotation.  Planting and fuel costs are high and stumpage prices for timber products are low.  All factors combine to discourage interest.

Registration begins at 9:00 AM Central, and the program will conclude around 3:00 PM.  A $ 10 fee will be collected at the door to cover the cost of lunch and materials. Please pre-register online at


Those without web access can reserve a space by contacting the Jackson County Extension Office at (850) 482-9620. Space is limited so please register early. For more information, download: Grow Timber Revenue Flyer Questions about this or other Forest Stewardship Program activities can be directed to Chris Demers at 352-846-2375, or by email at cdemers@ufl.edu.

Doug Mayo

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/05/18/forest-stewardship-workshop-grow-timber-revenue-june-19/

Audubon Shorebird Stewardship Program comes to Northwest Florida

 Bill Mahan
County Extension Director

Are you looking for a great opportunity to volunteer some of your time to help the environment? If so the Audubon Shorebird Stewardship Program might be just for you. This program has already been adopted in a number of places around the United States and in other sites around FL and it has now arrived in Northwest Florida.
Sandwich Tern nesting. Photo Credits: Alan Knothe, Audubon of Florida

In the FL Panhandle region we have many wonderful and interesting birds that call our area beaches home. However, nearly all of these magnificent birds are in a state of decline and many are in serious trouble. Loss of habitat, disasters like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and other factors have combined to threaten many of our shoreline bird species.
Least Tern chick. Photo Credits: Alan Knothe, Audubon of Florida

Many of the birds we love to see and hear at the beach nest right on the sand in shallow scraps. They lay perfectly camouflaged eggs right on the sand. These eggs and chicks rely on mom and dad to protect them from predators, storms and the hot Florida sunshine. Often people or their pets unknowingly flush the parents off the nests. It then only takes moments for the hot sun or an opportunistic predator to take the chicks or eggs.
Black Skimmer chicks. Photo Credits: Alan Knothe, Audubon of Florida

But there is hope. Shorebird Stewards have been making great strides across the state to help protect these birds when they are most vulnerable, during the nesting season. And now the Shorebird Stewardship Program is coming to the Florida Panhandle. Now is your chance to make a real difference by volunteering some of your time to help these birds. The main function of the Steward is to Educate and Protect. Imagine this, you get to hangout on one of our beautiful beaches and at the same time you get to help out these magnificent birds. What a Deal! Stewards work a 2 to 4 hour shift near one the posted nesting sites. They explain to beachgoers why that area of the beach is closed, and they teach them a little bit about the birds (All training will be provided). They can even allow the public a chance to view the birds on the nests from a safe distance with a spotting scope. Other jobs stewards can get involved in are helping to post nesting areas, monitoring nests, assisting with shorebird surveys, and participating in beach cleanups.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Alan Knothe at 850-200-6279 or aknothe@audubon.org to request a volunteer application form or to find more out about the program.

Panhandle Outdoors

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