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  • Last Update: 04/07/2020
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> April 2020

 CANCELLED  April 6-9...Jacksonville, Florida.
Wild Pig Conference at the Omni Hotel Jacksonville. Wild pig problems? Fee: $345. For more information contact Andrea Wherry at (352) 294-0843 or apwherry@mail.ufl.edu.

 CANCELLED  April 8...Monroe County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Forestry Alternative Income Opportunities at the Monroe County Conservation Education Center, 1 Teen Trail, Monroeville. This program will include topics such as: Alabama's Forest and Economic Development, Timber Market Outlook, Alternative Income Opportunities, Invasive Plant Control Options, and Field demonstrations of pine straw collection and a portable sawmill. To register, contact Ryan Mitchell at (251) 937-7176 or jrm0023@auburn.edu.

 CANCELLED  April 9...Mobile County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Recreational Pond Management at the John Archer Agricultural Center, 1070 Schillinger Road North, Mobile. Bring a water (20 oz container) and/or weed sample (wrapped in wet paper towel) for identification, analysis, and recommendations. Contact Diane Anthony at (251) 574-8445 or jda0002@aces.edu.

April 9...Online 11 AM CT.
Woodland Owner Lunch and Learn: Timber Sales: Is it time to sell? In this webinar Dr. Bardon will explain how timber is sold and give tips on seeking professional help. Dr. Parajuli will explain markets and provide insight into managing for flat timber prices. If you have issues connecting to the webinar contact contact@sref.info.

April 14...Online 12 PM Noon CT.
The Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in the United States webinar will explore past research and gaps in current understanding related to the access, production, markets, and market values of NTFPs in the United States, including the continuum of production from wild-harvesting to forest farming of NTFPs. For help connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

 CANCELLED  April 16...Benton, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Outdoor Business Workshop for Landowners at the Field Quest Farm, 12642 Highway 433 South. Topics: Bobwhite Quail management, Bird dog demonstration and viewing training grounds, Farm Bill programs, Natural Resource Enterprises land revenue potential, and Legal considerations on land. Lunch provided. For more information call Alisha McNeal at (662) 325-3133.

April 18 - May 3...Chile, South America.
Travel to Chile with the American Forest Foundation on a 14-day forestry tour that will start in Santiago and travel south through the country to Puerto Montt. This tour will give participants the chance to: Experience the people and culture of Chile, See the diversity of Chilean forests and management regimes, Share the experience with fellow landowners and foresters, Explore Chilean beaches, mountains, and cities, and Enjoy Chilean dining and world class wines. There are about 10 slots open. Contact Beth Riley at (402) 983-0655 or briley@forestfoundation.org.

April 18...Coffee County 8 AM - 2 PM.
Fish, Forestry, Wildlife, and Outdoors at Camp ALAFLO, 1687 County Road 156, New Brockton. Fee: $10. Contact Richard Woodham at (334) 389-1563 or woodhamrichard9@gmail.com.

April 21...Escambia County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Vegetation Management Workshop at 175 Ag-Science Drive, Brewton. Topics include: Worker protection standards, Using herbicides, Prescribed fire, Mechanical treatments, and Calibrating a herbicide sprayer. Fee: $20. Contact Ryan Mitchell at (251) 937-7176 or jrm0023@auburn.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

April 21-22...Tuscaloosa County.
AFOA ANNUAL MEETING   
** CANCELLED **

For those of you who have already made room reservations at the Hotel Capstone, call (205) 343-1118 to CANCEL YOUR ROOM or cancel your room online at http://bit.ly/AM2020CAPSTONE

The Alabama Forest Owners’ Association (AFOA) wishes to express our concern for everyone impacted by coronavirus. Like all of you, we have carefully monitored the global health crisis related to COVID-19 coronavirus.

Due to the escalation of COVID-19 in the state, after much deliberation and in alignment with the advice from the CDC and public health authorities regarding mass gatherings, we have made the decision to cancel the AFOA Annual Meeting which was due to take place on April 21-22, 2020 in Tuscaloosa, AL.

The AFOA Annual Business Meeting has been rescheduled.

AFOA

 

April 23...Online 9 AM - 12 PM Noon.
Income Tax and Timber Sales Virtual Workshop will provide, through a combination of discussion and worksheets, information to help you gain a better understanding of how to set a landowner up for a tax advantaged timber sale. This workshop is designed for consulting foresters and landowners. No prior tax experience required. Fee: $50. Registration closes April 16. For more information email Haley Frater at hfrater@uwsp.edu.

April 23...Online 1 PM - 4 PM.
Marketing to Increase Sales will provide forestry specific direct sales marketing information focused on website development, search engine optimization, using social media to target potential clients, and tactics to improve your direct sales. This workshop is designed for those who run or manage a small forestry business. Fee: $50. Registration closes April 16. For more information email Haley Frater at hfrater@uwsp.edu.

April 24...Online 1 - 3 PM CT.
Middle Chattahoochee Watershed Partners Update will be held via a Zoom virtual meeting. Zoom Meeting Details:
Join: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/790426362   Meeting ID: 790 426 362
For more information or if you have questions contact Kitty Weisman at (360) 481-2544 or kitty.weisman@icloud.com.

 

> May 2020

 CANCELLED  May 1...Covington County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Eastern Indigo Snake and Wildlife Festival at the Conecuh National Forest Open Pond Recreation Area. For more information call Traci Wood at (334) 398-3726.

 CANCELLED  May 1...Talboton, Georgia 8:30 AM ET.
Fall Line Forestry Workshop will cover a variety of topics. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Will Freise at (706) 313-7086 or wfreise@comcast.net.

May 1...Land O’ Lakes, Florida 9 AM - 2 PM ET.
Land Steward Tour at the property of Jake English. Learn more about longleaf pine forest management, enhancing wildlife habitat, tree planting, Best Management Practices (BMPs), preparing for the next hurricane, and more. Fee: $TBD. For more information contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

May 5...Marengo County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at the Marengo County Extension Office in Linden. 3rd grade students only. Contact Pam Stenz at (334) 295-5959 or stenzpa@aces.edu.

May 7...Walker County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Jasper Area Regional Reception at Musgrove Country Club, 916 Country Club Road, Jasper. Catch up on news of importance to your forestland investment and meet others in the forest industry in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

May 11-12...Bullock County 1 PM.
Beginner Birding Workshop at the Wehle Nature Center, 4819 Pleasant Hill Road (CR 47), Midway. Learn basic bird ecology, habitat association, basic monitoring techniques, and bird behavior of various birds common to Alabama. On May 13 those interested are invited to assist the banding crew by scribing, net extraction, handling birds, and other tasks. Fee: $20; includes lodging and lunch. RSVP required. Email Mercedes Bartkovich at alabamatws@gmail.com.

May 12-14...Darlington, South Carolina.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 at the 2200 Pocket Road. Topics include: Managing with fire, Site prep, Release treatments, Stand management, Planting techniques, Diseases, Economics, Groundcover restoration, Wildlife Habitat, and more. Fee: $150; includes lunch. For more information call (414) 379-9697.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

May 14...Coosa County 9 AM.
The Forestry Field Day will meet at private property just north of Rockford for a tour and discussion. Come meet with Dr. Sara Baldwin, Consulting Forester. Topic: Develop and Maintain Recreational Trails. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (205) 624-2225 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

May 15...Pensacola, Florida 8:30 AM CT.
Landowner Tour at the property of Robert Jenkins directly across the street from 10138 Lillian Highway. Come learn about longleaf pine forest restoration and management, enhancing wildlife habitat, tree planting, and the challenges of land management in the wildland-urban interface. Fee: $15; lunch included. For more information contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.
 


AFOA Forestry Field Day

 POSTPONED  May 15...Houston County 9 AM.
The Forestry Field Day will meet at a location To-be-Determined. Come meet with Holmes Hendrickson, Consulting Forester. Topic: To-be-Determined. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (205) 624-2225 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

May 16...Henry County 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Recreational Pond Management at the Wiregrass Research & Extension Center, 167 East Alabama Highway 134, Headland. Topics include: Managing for good fishing, Aquatic weed identification, and Managing nuisance wildlife around the pond. Outdoor demonstrations include: Electrofishing, Herbicide application for aquatic weeds, and setting traps. Fee: $10; lunch provided. To register, call the Henry County Extension at (334) 585-6416.

May 28-29...Mount Berry, Georgia.
Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) Prescribed Fire Certification Training Course at Berry College, McAllister Hall, Room 119. Course includes self-study of materials provided by mail prior to the program, a two-day training session, and a written state exam. $Fee: $65; includes breakfast and lunch each day. Limited to 50 attendees. For more information call the GFC Prescribed Fire Coordinator at (478) 751-3332. For more information and to register online click here.

 

> June 2020

June 4...Jasper, Georgia.
Georgia Prescribed Fire Council Meeting in north Georgia. More details as they are finalized. Contact Kevin Hiers at (850) 893-4153 or jkhiers@talltimbers.org.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

June 4...Pickens County 9 AM.
The Forestry Field Day will meet at the Pickens Academy football field parking lot, across from the school at 225 Ray Bass Road, Carrollton. We will meet at 9 AM and leave for the property at 9:30 sharp. Please be prepared to carpool with other attendees or take passengers if you have 4WD. After the tour, we will have a Dutch treat lunch at the Town Square Diner in Carrollton. Come meet with Bruce Lanier, Consulting Forester. Topic: Ways to weather the current pine pulpwood market conditions, including management of mixed pine and hardwood stands, and rethinking planting density. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (205) 624-2225 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

June 4...Marshall County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Guntersville Area Regional Reception at Dream Ranch, 6926 Alabama Highway 79 S., Guntersville. Catch up on news of importance to your forestland investment and meet others in the forest industry in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

June 4-5...Lee County.
ForestHer: Management Plan Writing Retreat at Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn. This workshop will help women landowners start planning management objectives for their forest and start writing a forest management plan with fun and creative activities scattered in. Fee: $65; lunch provided. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

June 10-11...Lebanon, Tennessee.
National Firewood Workshop at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. The workshop will focus primarily on how to successfully make money in the firewood business. Topics include: Processing equipment, Packing equipment, Automation strategies, Dry kilns, Insect quarantines, Transportation issues, Sourcing logs, and much more. Fee: $55. For more information contact Harry Watt at (704) 880-3067 or harry_watt@ncsu.edu.

June 16-18...Pearl, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course at the Southern Regional Fire Training Center in Pearl. The course is open to the public and designed for anyone wishing to become a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager in Mississippi. Prescribed burning is one of the most efficient and cost-effective tools available to foresters and landowners in the Southeast for understory management, fuel reduction, site preparation, wildfire risk reduction, and wildlife habitat improvement. Fee: $250. Limited to 20 participants. Contact Allen Stroud at (769) 798-2597 or astroud@mfc.ms.gov.

June 18-19...Athens, Georgia.
Introduction to ArcGIS at Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, Room 4-419. Attendees should have taken a basic GIS course or have some familiarity with GIS prior to this course. Fee: $350; one lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.

June 23-24...Mobile County.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop Series: Resource to Recreation at The Battle House Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 26 North Royal Street, Mobile. This year there are two workshops with the other in Auburn in July. Participants are welcome to register for one or both workshops. This workshop will focus on how working forests function to purify water, prevent erosion, and promote wildlife all while putting Alabamians to work. The workshop will include field trips and hands-on activities. Fee: $50; includes double occupancy room and meals. Contact Ashley Smith at (334) 614-5048 or asmith@alaforestry.org.

June 24...Atlanta, Georgia 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM ET.
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 June 10. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

June 25...Atlanta, Georgia 7:30 AM - 5 PM ET.
Timber Market Analysis at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. This class teaches a detailed approach and specific strategies for analyzing timber markets for timberland, bioenergy, wood procurement, and forestry consulting applications. Instructors: Dr. Brooks Mendell and Amanda Lang. Fee: $680; $100 discount if paid by June 10. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

 

> July 2020

July 9...Barbour County 11:30 AM - 1 PM.
Pond Management Lunch & Learn at Extension Office, 525 School Street, Eufaula. Topics: Fertilizing, Aquatic Weed Management, Wildlife Damage, Harvest, Stocking, Fish Kills, Dam Maintenance, and more. Bring a weed and/or water sample to have it analyzed. Bring your lunch. To register call the Extension Office at (205) 687-5688.

July 14...Statewide.
Primary Runoff - Certification of Republican Party Candidates and Certification of Democratic Party Candidates.

July 14...Covington County 11 AM - 1 PM.
ForestHer: Luncheon at the County Extension Office, 23952 Alabama Highway 55, Andalusia. This luncheon & mini-workshop for women will feature presentations about the history of Alabama's forests and an introduction to what women need to learn about forest management in a relaxed, fun setting. Lunch provided. Pre-registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

July 14-16...Lee County.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop Series: Alabama's Amazing Forests at Auburn University. This year there are two workshops with the other in Mobile in June. Participants are welcome to register for one or both workshops. This workshop will provide an overview of Alabama's forests and all they entail - trees, soil, water, wildlife, jobs, and more. The workshop will include field trips and hands-on activities. Fee: $50; includes double occupancy room and meals. Contact Ashley Smith at (334) 614-5048 or asmith@alaforestry.org.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

July 15...Sumter County 9 AM.
The Forestry Field Day will meet at the M&M Market at 39329 AL-17 in Emelle. We will caravan to the property no later than 9:30 AM, take the tour, then return to M&M Market for a Dutch Treat lunch. Come meet with Larry Gibson, Consulting Forester. Topic: Managing Timberland for Income and Wildlife. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (205) 624-2225 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

July 17-19...Jefferson County.
Annual World Deer Expo at Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, 2100 Richard Arrington, Jr. Boulevard North, Birmingham. The expo will have hunting products, apparel, outfitters from all over the world, seminars, outdoor celebrities, kid’s activities, and more. Fee: $10; kids receive discounted admission. For more info call Channing Brown at (205) 678-4141.

July 24-26...Jekyll Island, Georgia.
Georgia Forestry Association (GFA) Annual Conference at Jekyll Island Convention Center. Fee: $TBA. Call GFA at (478) 992-8110.

July 28-29...Statesboro, Georgia.
Growth Responses and Financial Returns from Silvicultural Treatments in Southern Pine Plantations at the Bulloch County Ag Center, 151 Langston Chapel Road. This course will evaluate the trade-offs between the costs and the benefits for different mixes of silvicultural treatments with emphasis on quantifying the gains for objective decision making. Fee: $300; $50 discount if paid by July 7. Lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.

July 28-29...Athens, Georgia.
Forest Appraisal at Flinchum’s Phoenix, 650 Phoenix Road. More details to come. Fee: $345; $50 discount if paid by July 7. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.

 

> August 2020

August 1...Pike County 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Recreational Pond Management Workshop at Lake Simmie, 1958 County Road 4423, Brundidge. Topics: Management for good fishing, Aquatic weed identification, Nuisance wildlife around the pond, electrofishing, herbicide application for aquatic weeds, and Setting traps. Fee: $10; lunch provided. To register call the Extension Office at (334) 389-4055.

August 7-9...Baldwin County.
Southern Christmas Tree Association Annual Meeting will be held at The Lodge at Gulf State Park, 21196 East Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores. The Sunday Farm Tour will be at Fish River Trees near Summerdale. Fee: $TBD. For more information call Michael Buchart at (225) 505-6335.

August 25-26...Statesboro, Georgia.
Longleaf Pine Workshop at the Bulloch County Agricultural Center, 151 Langston Chapel Road. Instructors: Dr. David Dickens and Dr. David Clabo. Fee: $300; $50 discount if paid by August 4. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.

August 25-26...Athens, Georgia.
Optimal Management of Southern Pine Plantations Under Varying Economic Conditions at Flinchum’s Phoenix, 650 Phoenix Road. Instructor: Dr. Barry Shiver. Fee: $345; $50 discount if paid by August 4. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.

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.

 

> September 2020

September 15-17...Starkville, Mississippi. (dates are tentative)
Prescribed Burning Short Course at Hilton Garden Inn, 972 MS-12, Starkville. The course is open to the public and designed for anyone wishing to become a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager in Mississippi. Prescribed burning is one of the most efficient and cost-effective tools available to foresters and landowners in the Southeast for understory management, fuel reduction, site preparation, wildfire risk reduction, and wildlife habitat improvement. Fee: $250. Limited to 40 participants. Contact Allen Stroud at (769) 798-2597 or astroud@mfc.ms.gov.

 

> October 2020

October 6-8...Athens, Georgia.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part 1 (Oct 6) at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Road. “This course will be especially useful for landowners and those who work with foresters and the forest industry such as forestry agencies, associations, forestry investment firms, real estate investment trusts and banking institutions with forest investments.” Fee: $275; $50 discount if paid by September 15.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part 2 is on October 7-8. Fee: $395; $50 discount if paid by September 15. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.  See the leaders of this course give a teaser presentation at the 2016 AFOA Annual Meeting.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

October 10...Choctaw County 9:30 AM.
The Forestry Field Day will meet at a location To-be-Determined. Come meet with Stephen Butler, Consulting Forester. Topic: Pine reforestation and the benefits of thinning pine plantations. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (205) 624-2225 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

October 21...Athens, Georgia 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM ET.
Nuisance Wildlife Damage Prevention and Control at Flinchum’s Phoenix, 650 Phoenix Road. Instructor: Dr. Michael Mengak. Fee: $215; $50 discount if paid by September 30. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.

 

> November 2020

November 4-5...Athens, Georgia 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM ET.
Healthy Forests: Managing for Bugs, Wildlife, and Big Trees at Flinchum’s Phoenix, 650 Phoenix Road. Instructors: Dr. Elizabeth McCarty and Dr. Michel Kohl. Fee: $345; $50 discount if paid by October 14. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.

November 7...Baldwin County.
Annual Stockton Sawmill Days at Bicentennial Park, Stockton. Witness log-rolling, pole climbing, cross-cut sawing, boom walking, and other activities performed by professional lumberjacks. Other items of interest: portable sawmill operating basket making, syrup making, and much more. Bring a lawn chair. Fee: $10; children under 12 free. Contact Stockton Sawmill Days organizers at stocktonsawmilldays@gmail.com.

November 11...Tifton, Georgia.
Timber Taxation Workshop at the Tifton Campus Conference Center, 15 RDC Road. Instructor: Dr. Yanshu Li. Six CFE hours available. Fee: $215; $50 discount if paid by October 29. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.


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