Forum 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 how drinking water is produced, including source watershed protection* Learn about forestry values and benefits to drinking water, watersheds, and wildlife* Learn about forest management, including BMP's* 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 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.
TOUR - November 13th (1pm to 4pm) at Meet outside Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature Center for tour of 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. Tour will also include a boat tour of the St. George Sound in the Gulf of Mexico. Please indicate below if you plan to attend the tour, and be sure to dress for an easy hike on trails (wear sturdy shoes, bring a daypack with water bottle, snack, and umbrella or rain jacket).
WORKSHOP - November 14th (8:00am to 3:30pm) at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature Center. The worshop agenda has been developed with plenty of time built into the program for networking, facilitated group discussions and brainstorming. The agenda is heavily weighted toward discussion and developing the relationships, organizational and social infrastructure, and funding necessary to bring about watershed stewardship and protection to benefit forests, drinking water and other co-benefits in the Florida Panhandle. We plan to leave the meeting with tangible “next steps” to accelerate community-based watershed stewardship and protection throughout the Florida Panhandle. The workshop agenda includes presentations on:
* The Connection Between Forests and Drinking Water* Drinking Water Source Protection Perspectives* Forestry Sector Overview* Economic Benefits and Co-Benefits of Forests* Forest and Watershed Health Perspectives* Panama City and Deerpoint Lake Reservoir - How Forests Benefit Water Quality* Mobile National Estuary Program Case Study* Impacts of Surface/Stormwater Runoff* Watershed Funding and Financing Opportunities_______________________________________________________________________________________________To attend the Workshop, please complete the registration form below as soon as possible before November 12th. The registration fee is $50. After completing and submitting your registration information you will receive a link to pay the $50 fee.
We encourage you to make your lodging arrangements, if necessary, as soon as possible. The following hotels are near the Forum 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 Forum! Sincerely, The Planning Team:
John Alter, Forest Landowner & NW Florida Water Management District Board MemberMonica Autrey, Destin Water UsersMike Branch, Florida Forestry AssociationTim Haag, Emerald Coast Utilities AuthorityBen Lewis, Florida Rural Water AssociationAlyssa Meyers, City of TallahasseeJamie Nettles, WeyerhaeuserDan Roach, RainierBonnie Stine & Robin Holland, Florida Forest ServiceKristal Walsh, Florida Fish and Wildlife CommissionJulia Weaver, Partnership for Gulf Coast Land ConservationKitty Weisman, Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water
For more information about the Forum, please feel free to contact Kitty Weisman, Coordinator, Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water, (360) 481-2544 or Kitty.Weisman@icloud.com
Kitty Weisman, CoordinatorSoutheastern Partnership for Forests and Water(360) 481-2544Kitty.Weisman@icloud.com