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  • Last Update: 12/14/2018
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> December 2018

December 15...Baton Rouge, Louisiana 12 Noon - 4 PM.
Timber Tax Workshop at 214 Efferson Hall. Topics will include timber tax issues, relevant changes to forest owners in the new federal tax code, and others. The workshop is open to the public. Space is limited to first 75 spots reserved. Speakers: Dr. Shaun Tanger and Dr. Tamara Cushing, Timber Tax Specialist, Oregon State. For more information email Shaun Tanger at stanger@agcenter.lsu.edu.

December 15-16...Franklin County.
Alabama Youth Trappers Education Workshop in Red Bay passes on the historical aspects of trapping, biological information concerning furbearers and furbearer management, and allows students to learn the proper techniques that include the use of trapping as a sound wildlife management tool. Recommended ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. A conservation ID (CID) is required to submit your registration. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

December 16...Cullman County 6:30 AM.
Audubon Christmas Bird Count will meet at Culpepper Real Estate, 601 7th Ave SW, Cullman to assign areas to be covered. You can help for all or part of the day morning or afternoon. This count is frequently short-handed. Contact Vince Meleski at (256) 739-4589 or vincemeleski@outlook.com. Editor's Note: Will birding groups be interested in leasing forestland at some point? Do public land purchase programs such as Forever Wild make this possibility less likely?

December 19...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CST.
Don't Fear The Fire - Using Prescribed Fire to Build Resilience to Drought and Beetles is a free webinar. Presenters: Dr. David Coyle, Clemson, and Dr. Joe O'Brien, U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station. Pre-registration is required. For more information email the Southern Fire Exchange at contactus@southernfireexchange.org.

December 29-30...Hale County.
Alabama Youth Trappers Education Workshop in Greensboro passes on the historical aspects of trapping, biological information concerning furbearers and furbearer management, and allows students to learn the proper techniques that include the use of trapping as a sound wildlife management tool. Recommended ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. A conservation ID (CID) is required to submit your registration. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

 

> January 2019

January 1...Marshall County 10 AM.
First Day Hike at Lake Guntersville State Park, 1157 Lodge Drive, Guntersville. Start the year off with a hike with Mike Ezell, Park Naturalist. Moderate difficulty so wear good shoes/boots and bring water. For more information call (256) 571-5444.

January 3...Walker County 9 - 10:30 AM.
Forestry Planning Committee Meeting at 1501 North Airport Road, Jasper. Forest landowners are welcome to attend and participate. Contact Andrew Baril at (205) 388-6893 or ajb0012@aces.edu.

January 4...Teleconference Noon CST.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. Youíll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

January 7-9...Tallahassee, Florida.
Florida Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Training at the Tallahassee Forestry Center, 865 Geddie Road. Fee: $175. Must register by December 7. Contact John Saddler at (850) 681-5928 or john.saddler@freshfromflorida.com. Ask about other session dates and locations.

January 12-13...Escambia County.
Alabama Youth Trappers Education Workshop in Atmore passes on the historical aspects of trapping, biological information concerning furbearers and furbearer management, and allows students to learn the proper techniques that include the use of trapping as a sound wildlife management tool. Recommended ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. A conservation ID (CID) is required to submit your registration. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

January 12-13...Morgan County.
Festival of the Cranes at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), 3121 Visitors Center Road, Decatur. Over 14,000 Sandhill cranes along with several pairs of Whooping cranes spend the winter at Wheeler NWR. Events include viewing the cranes up close, birding workshops, nature walks, kidís activities, and live raptors. Call Wheeler NWR at (256) 350-6639.

January 14...Baldwin County 6 PM.
Estate Planning Program at the 8400 State Highway 104, Fairhope. Topics: What happens if you donít have a Will, Documents in an Estate Plan, Avoiding Probate, What a Will does/does not do, and Why you might want a trust. Presenter: Dr. Robert Tufts, Auburn University. To register contact Ellen Huckabay at (251) 937-7176 or ellen@auburn.edu.

January 15...Mobile County 6 PM.
Estate Planning Program at the Mobile County Extension Office, 1070 Schillinger Road, North, Mobile. Topics: What happens if you donít have a Will, Documents in an Estate Plan, Avoiding Probate, What a Will does/does not do, and Why you might want a trust. Presenter: Dr. Robert Tufts, Auburn University. To register call Mobile County Extension at (251) 574-8445.

January 15 & 24...Mobile County.
Estate Planning Made Easy at The Hampton Inn at Providence Park, 525 Providence Park Drive, Mobile. This workshop will focus on the importance of a comprehensive, integrated estate plan that protects all types of assets in the event of incapacity or death. To register contact Jessica Crosby at (251) 410-7003 or jessica@laddfirm.com.

January 15-17...Guyton, Georgia.
Longleaf Academy: F201 Fire & Longleaf at the Mary Kahrs Warnell Forestry Education Center, 5960 Highway 17 S, Guyton. Topics include: Fire ecology, Burning young longleaf, Ignition patterns, Fireline tools, Smoke management, burn planning, and more. Fee: $150; includes two lunches. To register call Longleaf Alliance at (334) 427-1029.

January 18...Montgomery County 9 AM - 12 Noon.
Estate Planning Program at the Pike Road Town Hall, 9575 Vaughn Road, Pike Road. Topics: What happens if you donít have a Will, Documents in an Estate Plan, Avoiding Probate, What a Will does/does not do, and Why you might want a trust. Presenter: Dr. Robert Tufts, Auburn University. To register contact Katy Garren at (334) 272-9883 or katy@pikeroad.us.

January 25 - February 17ÖMarshall County.
Eagle Awareness Weekends at Lake Guntersville State Park, 1155 Lodge Drive, Guntersville. This program runs each weekend. Watch Bald Eagles glide across the sky and view their nesting sites. Guided interpretive programs held each weekend will help you get in touch with one of Americaís greatest symbols. Call Lake Guntersville State Park for pricing at (256) 571-5445.

January 26...Gainesville, Florida 10 AM - 3 PM EST.
Flatwoods Fire & Nature Festival at Austin Cary Memorial Forest, 10625 NE Waldo Road. This event is a celebration of Floridaís forests and the role of fire in maintaining and enhancing their beauty, diversity, and habitat value. Activities include: Educational exhibits, Live animals, Prescribed burn demonstrations, Food trucks, Live music, and more. Alternate rain date February 2. For more information contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

January 29...Butler County.
Property Tax Vote - Butler County voters will decide on a 6 mill property tax increase. View sample ballot.

January 31...Lauderdale County 6 PM.
Estate Planning Program at the Lauderdale County Extension Office, 802 Veterans Drive, Florence. Topics: What happens if you donít have a Will, Documents in an Estate Plan, Avoiding Probate, What a Will does/does not do, and Why you might want a trust. Presenter: Dr. Robert Tufts, Auburn University. To register contact Paula Lovell at (256) 766-6223 or lovelpa@aces.edu.

 

> February 2019

February 1...Teleconference Noon CST.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. Youíll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

February 7...Walker County 9 - 10:30 AM.
Forestry Planning Committee Meeting at 1501 North Airport Road, Jasper. Forest landowners are welcome to attend and participate. Contact Andrew Baril at (205) 388-6893 or ajb0012@aces.edu.

February 9-10...Jackson County.
Alabama Youth Trappers Education Workshop in Scottsboro passes on the historical aspects of trapping, biological information concerning furbearers and furbearer management, and allows students to learn the proper techniques that include the use of trapping as a sound wildlife management tool. Recommended ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. A conservation ID (CID) is required to submit your registration. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 11 - March 30...Online.
Forest Principles, Practices, and Stewardship for Landowners is a 6-week online course for landowners who want to be more proactive with their forest management. Topics will include: Best forest type for your property, Locating boundary lines, Map reading, Forest tree measurements, Forest thinning, and Forest product markets. The course wraps up with an optional forestry field day at the Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest in Auburn, AL. Fee: $50. Contact Adam Maggard at (334) 844-2401 or adm0074@auburn.edu.

February 12-14...Columbia, South Carolina.
Longleaf Academy: H201 Herbicides & Longleaf at the Harbison State Forest Environmental Education Center, 5600 Broad River Road. Topics will include: rates, timing, active ingredients, application methods, calibration, safety, minimizing damage to longleaf, and more. Fee: $150; two lunches included. To register call Longleaf Alliance at (334) 427-1029.

February 13...Blount County.
Natural Resources Planning Committee Meeting at the Frank Green Building, 415 Fifth Avenue East, Oneonta. Landowners, natural resource professionals, and interested individuals are welcome to attend. Contact Charles LeCroy at (205) 353-2858 or charleslecroy@gmail.com.

February 13-17...Nashville, Tennessee.
Annual National Wild Turkey Federation National Convention at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Fee: $TBD. Call Marsha at 1-800-843-6983.

February 16-17...Baldwin County.
Alabama Youth Trappers Education Workshop in Spanish Fort passes on the historical aspects of trapping, biological information concerning furbearers and furbearer management, and allows students to learn the proper techniques that include the use of trapping as a sound wildlife management tool. Recommended ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. A conservation ID (CID) is required to submit your registration. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 19...Atlanta, Georgia 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM EST.
Applied Forest Finance at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. This class details the step-by-step financial analysis required to answer key investment and forest management questions. Learn how to identify, value, and rank timber and forestry investments. Fee: $680; $100 discount if paid by February 1. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

February 21...Knoxville, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Calhoun's on the River, 400 Neyland Drive. Fee: $TBD. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

February 21
...Jefferson County 6 - 8 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at Landryís Seafood, 139 State Farm Parkway, Birmingham. Come enjoy dinner and talk about the issues with other forest landowners. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM. Limited seating. No walk-ins please. To attend, RSVP AFOA at (205) 624-2225 or rll@afoa.org.

February 23...Titusville, Florida 10 AM - 3:30 PM EST.
Florida Scrub-Jay Festival at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). For more information contact Merritt Island NWR at (321) 861-5601.

February 23-24...Dallas County.
Alabama Adult Trappers Education Workshop in Minter (Portland Landing Special Opportunity Area). This workshop passes on the historical aspects of trapping, biological information concerning furbearers and furbearer management, and allows students to learn the proper techniques that include the use of trapping as a sound wildlife management tool. A conservation ID (CID) is required to submit your registration. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 26...Randolph County 6 PM.
Estate Planning Program at the ALFA Building, 112 Main Street South, Wedowee. Topics: What happens if you donít have a Will, Documents in an Estate Plan, Avoiding Probate, What a Will does/does not do, and Why you might want a trust. Presenter: Dr. Robert Tufts, Auburn University. To register call Randolph County Extension at (256) 357-2841.

February 26-28...Quincy, Florida.
Prescribed Fire for Wildlife at the North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Road. This class is designed for private landowners interested in providing better wildlife habitat by incorporating prescribed fire in their land management program. Classroom instruction and field exercises on local private lands. Fee: $25. For more information email Holly Ober at holly.ober@ufl.edu.

 

> March 2019

March 1...Putnam County, Florida.
Landowner Tour of Florida Land Stewards of the Year at Ben and Lou Ann Williamsí Wetland Preserve, LLC. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375.

March 1-3...Shelby County.
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) at Alabama 4-H Center on Lay Lake near Columbiana. Participants choose from over 50 courses such as: backyard wildlife, rock climbing, camp cooking, map and compass, camping, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, and many more. Fee $275; includes most meals, lodging, program materials, and instruction. Contact Hope Grier at 1-800-245-2740.

March 4 - May 24...Online.
Woodland Options for Landowners Online is a twelve week self-paced course covering topics such as: Setting management goals, Writing a management plan, Using aerial photos, Using topographic maps, Using soil surveys, Determining boundary lines, Forest ecology, and Working with natural resource professionals. Fee: $45 per household. Contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

March 20-22...Amelia Island, Florida.
Timberland Investment Conference at The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway. Fee: $1,995; $200 discount if paid by March 15. Contact Bob Izlar at (706) 542-6819 or bizlar@uga.edu.

 

> April 2019


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

April 26-27...Escambia County.
Location: Headquartered at Wind Creek Casino & Hotel, 303 Poarch Road, Atmore, AL 36502.

AFOA ANNUAL MEETING: For Room Reservations call (251) 446-4290. Group Code is AFOA. Room rate is $159/night + tax. Make your reservations early since AFOA only has a 50 room block for the 26th and a 50 room block for the 27th. We are unable to block out any more rooms.

The Program Agenda/Attendee Registration Form will contain the most up-to-date information for annual meeting attendees.

REGISTRATION:

     Program Agenda and Attendee Registration Form

     Exhibitor and/or Sponsor Registration Form
 

 

> June 2019

June 18-21...Olympic Valley, California.
National Forest Landowners Conference at the Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe. Fee: $TBD. Contact Forest Landowners Association at 1-800-325-2954 or info@forestlandowners.com.

June 26-28...Atlanta, Georgia.
Southern Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition at Georgia World Congress Center. EXPO showcases the latest products and services for the wood products industry. Fee: $TBD. Contact Eric Gee at (504) 443-4464x3 or egee@sfpa.org.

 

> August 2019

August 9-11...Amory, Mississippi.
Southern Christmas Tree Association Annual Meeting will be held at Worthey Tree Farm. Fee: $TBD. For more information call Michael Buchart at (225) 505-6335.

August 20-22...Panama City Beach, Florida.
Florida Forestry Association (FFA) Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Bay Point Resort. Fee: $TBD. Call FFA at (850) 222-5646.

 

> August 2020

August 26-29...Atlanta, Georgia.
International Woodworking Fair (IWF) at the Georgia World Congress Center. The IWF is one of the top woodworking trade shows for furniture manufacturing, architectural woodwork, and custom and general woodworking industries. Fee: $35; $5 discount if paid by July 31, 2020. Contact IWF at (404) 693-8333 or info@iwfatlanta.com.


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