Forest stewardship tours offered Nov. 14 and 21

October 27, 2013

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The University of Florida Extension Office is offering forest stewardship tours in Washington and Holmes County.

Washington County – November 14, 2013
Forest Stewardship Tour at George Owens Farm
Property of George Owens and family
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 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.

Cost is $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 a.m. to 1 p.m., 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!

Cost is  $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.