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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
http://fsp-tour112113.eventbrite.com/
.  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

PG

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.
http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu

Doug Mayo

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