Florida Panhandle Forests and Drinking Water Workshop - August 27 & 28

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AUGUST 27 TOUR: Meet at Apalachicola Public Parking Lot at the Corner of Market St. and Avenue I, Apalachicola, FL ..................................................................................................................... AUGUST 28 WORKSHOP:

108 Island Drive

Eastpoint, FL 32328

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YOU ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE FORESTS AND DRINKING WATER WORKSHOP! 8/27-8/28/2019

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Please join us at the Florida Panhandle Forests and Drinking Water Workshop, Tuesday afternoon August 27 and all day Wednesday August 28.

To attend the Workshop, please complete the registration as soon as possible before August 16th!

TOUR - Tuesday, August 27th Departs from Apalachicola (Begin arriving at 12:30pm. Tour van departs promptly at 1:00pm. Estimated return 5:30pm).

Each tour qualifies for a Forestry CFE at 1 unit each, so 2 CFEs total for the day of 8/27.

UPDATE - DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, ALL BOAT TOUR SPOTS HAVE BEEN CLAIMED, BUT WE HOPE YOU'LL STILL PLAN ON JOINING US FOR THE TOUR OF TATE'S HELL STATE FOREST ON AUGUST 27TH.

Tours will meet and depart from the City of Apalachicola Public Parking Lot located at 29.73034° North / 84.98792° West (parking lot is approx.1 block SE of 301 Market Street, Apalachicola).

Vans will pick up participants and take them to the nearby Tate’s Hell State Forest to learn about the connection between healthy forests and clean water and network with each other. The tour will emphasize benefits of managed forest lands for drinking water and other benefits.

The tour will also include a boat tour of the Apalachicola Estuary provided by the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. Please indicate in the succeeding registration page if you plan to attend the tour. Space is limited to he first 24 participants, so please register soon!

Tour participants should dress for an easy hike on trails (wear sturdy shoes, bring a day-pack with water bottle, snacks, and umbrella or rain jacket).

1-3pm - Tate’s Hell State Forest provided by the Florida Forest Service

3:30-5:30pm - Boat tour of the Apalachicola Estuary

WORKSHOP - Wednesday, August 28th (8:00am to 3:30pm) at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature Center in Eastpoint, Fl.

The Workshop itself also qualifies for 3.5 CFE for the classroom component. So, the total available is 5.5 CFE for participants attending both the 8/27 field tours, as well as the 8/28 Workshop.

The workshop agenda includes presentations on:

* The Connection Between Forest Management and Drinking Water Quality and Quantity

* Drinking Water Source Protection Perspectives

* Forestry Sector Overview

* Economic Benefits and Co-Benefits of Forests

* Forest and Watershed Health Perspectives

* Mobile Bay National Estuary Program and Pensacola Bay Estuary Case Studies

* Impacts of Surface/Stormwater Runoff

* Watershed Funding and Financing Opportunities

The Workshop agenda includes both presentations and group discussion sessions. The primary goal is for participants to leave the meeting with tangible “next steps” to accelerate community-based watershed stewardship and protection throughout the Florida Panhandle. Lunch will be included at the August 28th Workshop.

Workshop goals and objectives include:

* Build and strengthen professional relationships/networks by connecting the forestry sector, drinking water utilities, and watershed/conservation groups with each other

* Learn about forestry values and benefits to drinking water, watersheds, and wildlife

* Learn about forest management, including Best Management Practices

* Learn about watersheds, landscapes, and natural resources of the Florida Panhandle

* Explore how to connect landowners/land stewards with watershed stewardship efforts, assistance, and funding

* Learn about how drinking water is produced, including source watershed protection

* Learn about funding options and opportunities for watershed stewardship and protection, including understanding Payment for Ecosystem Services concepts/approaches/examples and how to apply this to Florida

* Develop an action plan for working together to enhance collaborative Florida Panhandle forestry, drinking water and watershed stewardship efforts.

Attendees will learn about:

* Emerging forestland and forest stewardship planning from the forestry sector.

* Water utilities and their proactive efforts to protect and enhance water quality and watershed health.

* How forestry, water, conservation and other related sectors can and are working together to ensure healthy forests and communities in Florida.

* Available funding opportunities and other innovative options for financing watershed protection for multiple benefits, including drinking water.

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We encourage you to make your lodging arrangements, if necessary, as soon as possible. We have arranged room blocks at the following hotels, which are near the Workshop venue:

* Best Western Apalach Inn - (850) 653-9131

* Gibson Inn - (850) 653-2191

* Coombs Inn - (850) 653-9199

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at the Workshop!

Sincerely, The Planning Team:

Robin Holland, Florida Forest Service

Jarek Nowak, Florida Forest Service

David Arnold, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Jami Nettles, Weyerhaeuser Company

Monica Autrey, Destin Water Users

Kristal Walsh, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Mike Branch, Florida Forestry Association

John Alter, Governing Board Member of the Northwest Florida Water Management District, and Forest Landowner

Dan Roach, Rayonier, Inc.

Timothy Haag, Emerald Coast Utilities Authority

Andrew Fleener, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Catherine C Weisman, Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water

Nahal Ipakchi, Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water

For more information about the Workshop, please feel free to contact Nahal Ipakchi, Coordinator, Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water, (360) 464-5114 or Nahal.Ipakchi@gmail.com

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AUGUST 27 TOUR: Meet at Apalachicola Public Parking Lot at the Corner of Market St. and Avenue I, Apalachicola, FL ..................................................................................................................... AUGUST 28 WORKSHOP:

108 Island Drive

Eastpoint, FL 32328

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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