Are you a farmer, rancher or forest manager? Please share your vital feedback with USDA by taking a nationwide survey at:
The survey is completely anonymous, will take about 10 minutes to complete, is available in multiple languages, and will be open until March 31, 2023. The survey focuses on gathering feedback about the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Risk Management Agency.
All farmers, ranchers and forest managers are encouraged to take the survey. USDA would especially like to hear from prospective customers: those who don’t know about USDA or have yet to work with USDA, and those who were unable to participate in the past. The survey will help USDA enhance support, improve programs and services, increase access, and advance equity for new and existing customers.
Half a Century Since the Clean Water Act Amendments: The Success Story of Forestry Best Management Practices in the Southeast is a blog post by: Southern Group of State Foresters- https://southernforests.org/
USDA is asking for public input through a Federal Register request for information on implementation of more than $19 billion provided by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will use the investments provided through IRA-funded conservation programs to support farmers and ranchers in adopting and expanding climate-smart activities and systems. NRCS asks for comments on how to target program benefits, quantify impact, and improve program delivery and outreach, especially for underserved producers. Comments are due December 22. Learn more and submit comments. Read More Also see information previously posted 8/13/22 here.
This legislation is expected to have many favorable impacts for sustainable forestry practices. We have compiled statements from three major organizations here:
1. National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) also has a statement: https://nafoalliance.org/inflation-reduction-act-of-2022-statement-from-nafo/
2. The American Forest Foundation (AFF) notes the following “…specific provisions for family forest owners:
The White Oak Initiative - Landowners for Oaks Series is now available! This series, made up of 11 publications, is geared toward landowners engaged in upland oak management with a focus on white oak. Three of the publications provide information on the importance of oaks, their biology, and an overview of common management practices to enhance oak regeneration and growth. Eight publications provide landowners with basic information on common upland oak species, how to identify them and important management and utilization information. All factsheets in the series are available for download at http://forestry.ca.uky.edu/woi.
The Kentucky Division of Forestry operates two seedling nurseries for the purpose of planting on public and privately-owned land. These nurseries offer different species of hardwoods and conifers for sale for planting on open crop or pastureland, developing a Christmas tree plantation, enhancing wildlife habitat, improving urban areas and reclaiming surface mining sites. The Division of Forestry is accepting orders for tree seedlings online through its new Forestry Seedling Sales store. Orders less than 10,000 total trees using a credit card should use the division's online store to place their order. Seedlings ordered from the store will be shipped by UPS. Those wishing to order seedlings and pay by check or want to pick up their seedlings at one of our two nurseries are asked to use the Tree Order Form and order through their local branch office. Division branch offices can answer questions or questions can be emailed to KYSeedlingSales@ky.gov
Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season: Oct. 1 though Dec. 15
During forest fire hazard season, it is illegal to burn between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland. Learn about Fire Hazard Season:
https://eec.ky.gov/Natural-Resources/Forestry/wildland-fire-management/Pages/default.aspx Learn Before You Burn: https://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Air/Pages/Open-Burning.aspx
The NWOA National Woodlands Magazine (Third Quarter Issue) mistakenly directed readers to KWOA’s info-email to enroll in this White Oak program. As a result, we are fielding an usually high volume of inquiries from across the US and have spent considerable time trying to determine where to direct the inquiries. If you are interested in helping with the White Oak progeny test sites or sites for acorn production areas the correct contact is firstname.lastname@example.org .