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Not an official page and posts not endorsed by the Florida Forest Service.
This is an unofficial page of Florida Forest Service's Withlacoochee State Forest Resource Section. Resources is comprised of the Silviculture Unit and the Ecology Unit. The Silviculture Unit manages the timber on the forest, including timber sales, forest inventory, salvage sales, reforestation, site preparation, and competition control. The Ecology Unit controls exotic invasive plants, manages threatened and endangered species, conducts rare plant surveys, protects unique geological features, and monitors historical sites on the forest. Both units assist Fire Control with prescribed burning on the state forest.
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The protection of our southern forests from wildfires, invasive plants and pests, and mismanagement of the land depends on passionate pros like Patricia of Georgia Forestry Commission, Don of Texas A&M Forest Service and Heather of Tennessee Department of Agriculture's Division of Forestry. Watching this video, we imagine you'll feel grateful for their relentless commitment. #PeopleofForestry
We're thrilled to kick off our first video series — People of Forestry — tomorrow, made possible by a grant from the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Here's a little teaser to whet your appetite highlighting several months of travels this year by KPK & Company/KPKinteractive deep into our southern forests. #PeopleofForestry http://ow.ly/snjW30gQq2U
Stop Wildfires at the Starting Line. Don't burn on windy days, during drought conditions, or when burn bans are in place. To see if your county is under a burn ban, visit: http://www.mfc.ms.gov/burn-bans
2017 Wildfire Prevention PSA featuring World's Fastest Woman Tori Bowie (2017 IAAF World Champion and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist). Paid for by a grant from the USDA Forest Service.
Florida does have a fall leaf/ needle drop, it’s just different than northern regions! https://www.facebook.com/Southern.Regional.Extension.Forestry/posts/1707342295994307
Installment in a series of short videos by Mississippi State University Extension Forestry. Butch Bailey explains why pine needles turn brown in autumn. #forestry #trees
FL scrub jays are in Seminole SF and Withlacoochee SF. https://www.facebook.com/ArchboldBiologicalStation/videos/1552246878147297/
Florida Scrub-Jays bury thousands of acorns each fall to ensure a dependable food supply during winter.
Archbold Avian Ecology research reveals this story is more complicated especially because cached acorns are critical to survival.
According to Dr. Reed Bowman, Archbold Avian Ecology Program Director, jays prefer to cache red oak over white oak acorns because they have more tannins, which increase their ‘shelf life’. Jays return to their caches for quality control throughout the winter. They discard bad acorns (e.g., rotten), eat those that are just beginning to go bad, and re-cache the good ones in a new, drier site to ensure the acorn will still be good to eat in a month or two. Jays also are aware of who is watching when they bury acorns. If it is an older, dominant jay, they become secretive, flying farther to bury acorns out of sight of potential thieves.
Some of this work was published by two previous interns in the Archbold Avian Ecology Program, Matt Toomey and Ipek Kulahci (links below).
Video by Into Nature Films in collaboration with Archbold Biological Station features a banded Florida Scrub-Jay in Archbold's fire maintained #FloridaScrub harvesting a Sand Live Oak (Quercus geminata) acorn (white oak). #ScrubLife #FloridaScrubJay
Twice as much wood is grown in the US each year as is harvested #ForestProductsWeek #ForestFriday
Florida Forestry Association's (FFA) page. Working Forest Week.
Working Forest Week, Withlacoochee Seed Orchard
Wait for it... Wait for it... Wait... it is coming! Fall in Florida usually shows up early to mid-November. If you've lived here long enough, you'll see the signs, even though the colors are not as abundant.
Many in the southeastern U.S. have been impacted by the recent hurricanes. If your forestland experienced damage from any of the storms, this may impact your taxes (meaning you might get deductions!). This website has all the latest and greatest timber tax info. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to contact your local extension agent.
Forest Landowners Association National Woodland Owners Association Florida Forestry Association Georgia Forestry Association Forestry Association of South Carolina Alabama Forestry Association Southwest Mississippi Forestry Association Mississippi Forestry Association Louisiana Forestry Association Texas Forestry Association Oklahoma Forestry Association Arkansas Forestry Association/AFA Education Foundation Kentucky Forest Industries Association Virginia Forestry Association West Virginia Forestry Association, Inc. North Carolina Forestry Association
Mike Bartlett, the District's chief structure controls analyst, gives a behind-the-scenes look at structure operations in response to the high water of the Withlacoochee River brought by Hurricane Irma.
Meet our Withlacoochee Forestry District County Foresters.
They are here to help you.
County Foresters provide technical assistance to many people;
*They help private forest landowners meet their goals through implementation of sustainable forestry principles on their lands.
*They also help homeowners with questions on yard tree planting and care, including pest and disease diagnosis.
*You can also find them giving educational presentations in our local schools and for civic organizations.
If you need help in any of these areas contact your local County Forester.
It was a short-lived logging town to harvest 15,000 acres of monster red Tidewater Cypress trees from the Gulf’s edge. To drive to Centralia, travel CR 476 west and take Centralia Road. When you reach US 19 you are “downtown” Centralia (June 1910 till the Post office closed December 11, 1922). Known...
Important issue: National wildfires & USFS budget management. https://www.facebook.com/USDA/videos/10155774128987299/
2017 Fire Briefing with Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and Senators at the US Forest Service National Fire Desk in Washington, DC.
#MySprings The District’s Governing Board recently approved SWIM plans for the Homosassa and Chassahowitzka rivers, meaning all five first-magnitude springs in the District now have established plans for improvement of those water bodies. Learn more about this process.
Endangered deer survive Irma
While assisting with relief efforts for Keys residents impacted by Hurricane Irma, I was lucky enough to see some endangered Key deer! It was inspiring to see several of these small deer in No Name Key despite the devastation caused by Irma. While we usually tell people to leave wildlife alone, with the support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we are now encouraging the public to put out shallow containers of fresh water because there are high levels of salinity in the normally fresh water areas. Fresh water is still limited in this area but if you have water resources to share, please change the water frequently and place away from roads and residences. With statewide recovery efforts still underway, we are active in the Keys to assist with recovery; distributing water; helping clear debris; providing security; and assisting local partners, first responders, and the community in any way we can. – Carol Lyn Parrish, South Region Public Information Coordinator
Watch our Facebook live stream as we covered some of our Irma relief efforts in the Keys: www.facebook.com/MyFWC/videos/vb.90492003348/10155662825563349/?type=3&theater
Learn more about Key deer: http://bit.ly/2rRCaMY
More Key deer photos: http://bit.ly/2huht69
Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Southeast Region
Flood warnings continue for the Withlacoochee and Peace Rivers and Cypress Creek. More at: http://owl.li/PIsE30fqWXv
The changing seasons in Florida are subtle at first, but once you know what to look for they are easy to notice. As late summer turns to autumn on the Kissimmee Prairie you will not see many leaves...
This year is the most expensive firefighting season on record for the Forest Service. As wildfires grow in size and intensity, the funds to fight them are taken from an unlikely source: prevention. Here's how that can lead to more big fires. From Oregon Public Broadcasting- OPB
We have received a lot of questions about why it takes so long for the Withlacoochee River to rise since Hurricane #Irma is long gone. Hopefully this map will help explain.
Water from the Withlacoochee River is fed by an area referred to as the Green Swamp. This area of land covers about 870 square miles in central Florida. It stretches across parts of Pasco, Polk, Hernando and Sumter counties. The Green Swamp has the ability to store surface water and slow the flow of floodwaters. Because of this, it takes days for rain water that fell in the Green Swamp to flow northward along the Withlacoochee River. It will take about 2-3 weeks for that flood wave from Irma to travel the entire 160 miles of the river, from the Green Swamp to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Enrichment Center, located at 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. in Brooksville, remains open as a Red Cross shelter for Withlacoochee River-area evacuees. Food and water will be provided.
ICYMI, newly developed software from the Texas A&M Forest Service will be used to coordinate recovery efforts following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Did #HurricaneIrma do some serious damage to that favorite tree - the one you planted the first year you moved into your home? Even if it look bad, you may be able to save it! Read "Can My Tree Be Saved?" for tips and advice...you can find it on the Florida Forest Service's webpage in the Hot Topics section: http://ow.ly/qFer30fc1Vr
The first day of #fall is only a week away! This handy map will help you find out when the foliage in your community will begin to change color.
Great video about one the most important forest/ecosystem health issues, invasive species.
Scientists estimate that there are currently 50,000 invasive plant and animal species in America - and that number's sure to rise. Mark Strassmann reports.
Hognose snakes, like these eastern hognoses, will play dead as a defense mechanism. This behavior is known as “death feigning.” It's rare in other snake species, but both the southern and eastern hognose will hiss, spread their necks, gape and roll over and play dead when disturbed. If a hognose is further disturbed, it will flip on its back and convulse for a short period and may defecate and regurgitate its food. It will remain motionless with its belly up, mouth open, and tongue out, playing dead for several minutes before cautiously turning over and looking around to see if it's safe before leaving the area.
Photo by Kevin Enge/FWC
OpinionCure Yourself of Tree BlindnessSHAREShare on FacebookPost on TwitterEmailLog in to SaveRead Laterhttps://nyti.ms/2vywDsAShare on LinkedInShare on WhatsappShare on Google PlusShare on RedditShareCancelZoe KellerBy GABRIEL POPKINAugust 26, 2017For several years, I’ve led tree walks in Washingto...
In FL, the Eastern Tent, Forest Tent, & Fall Web Worm are important forestry caterpillars. https://www.facebook.com/fnrclemson/posts/1778400608892604
Been seeing quite a few yellow-necked caterpillars feeding on oaks. Typically these defoliators don't require treatment in the forest setting.
#foresthealth Southern Regional Extension Forestry Forest Health & Invasive Species Outreach & Education Program - FHIS
Way to go Florida on having more Champion Trees than any other state.
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Working forests provide critically-needed high wage jobs for almost 78,000 Floridians, mostly in rural areas.
Want to learn more about wildland fire? Check out this series of videos.
Watch video to learn about how FFS uses Prescribed Fire & Public Outreach to reduce the threat of wildfires throughout Florida. https://www.facebook.com/FFSWithlacooch/videos/2209684372591144/
Want to learn more about Prescribed Fire in Florida? Watch the video below.
If you have been out in the state forests or parks this summer you may have seen increased number of dead or dying pines. Read this article explaining the causes. https://www.facebook.com/hernandosun352/posts/2351655878392241
If you drive around Hernando County you will notice quite a few dead pine trees.
The FWC is looking to hunters this coming season to help us monitor the state’s deer herd for Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD as it’s more commonly called. Our goal is to collect samples throughout Florida, and we’re asking private landowners and hunting clubs to participate in this surveillance. "Since 2002, we’ve tested nearly 10,000 hunter-killed, road-killed and sick/diseased deer for CWD,” said Mark Cunningham, FWC state veterinarian. “If you’d like to help, contact our toll-free CWD Hotline at 866-CWD-WATCH (293-9282) for further information and to coordinate collection and pickup of deer samples.”
The greatest threat to American forests isn't logging, nor the Americans who make their living working in the woods. Rather it's the conversion of forest land to development or non-forest uses.
Please, don't move firewood!
On Monday August 21st 2017, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible in a roughly 70 mile wide swath (called the path of totality) crossing the entire co
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