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  • Last Update: 09/18/2019
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> September 2019

Until October 31...Entries accepted for the Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest.
All amateur photographers invited to enter. Categories include, but not limited to: Birds of a Feather, Bugs and Butterflies, Coastal Life, Cold-blooded Critters, Nature-Based Recreation, Watchable Wildlife, State Park Adventures, Advanced Amateur, and more. Contact Kim Nix at (334) 242-3151 or kim.nix@dcnr.alabama.gov.

September 18...Athens, Georgia.
US Endowment for Forestry-Based Innovation will create a Forest Innovation Reviews forum for presenting ideas about forests, forest management, forest products, and forest-rich communities conveyed through short talks. The deadline for nominating yourself or someone else to present at the forum is February 28. For more information contact Carlton Owen at (864) 233-7646 or carlton@usendowment.org.

September 18...Dale County.
Alabama Tortoise Alliance at Hoppergrass Restaurant, Ozark. Fee: $25; $5 discount if paid by September 15. Lunch included. Contact Ericha Nix at (334) 242-3469 or ericha.shelton-nix@dcnr.alabama.gov.

September 18...Baldwin County 9:30 AM.
Landowner Tour at Confederate Conservation Bluff, 41241 County Road 86, Bay Minette. Topics: Management Goals, Aerial Drone Mapping for Forest Landowners, Certifications, Prescribed Burning for Longleaf, Quail Initiative, and Financial Assistance. To attend RSVP Richard Fields at richard.fields@forestry.alabama.gov.

September 19...McAlpin, Florida 9 AM ET.
Landowner Tour at RFM Farms. Attendees will meet at the McGranahan’s “Cookshack” off of 184th Street. The landowner’s primary management objectives are timber production, grazing, and wildlife management. Some walking so dress accordingly. Fee: $15; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

September 19...Calhoun County 9:45 AM - 12:45 PM.
Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Workshop at the Oxford Civic Center, Room 200, 401 McCullars Lane, Oxford. Topics: Wildlife Planning for Your Property, Conservation Programs, and Forestry Management Planning. Lunch provided. RSVP at (256) 835-7821 or calhounswcd@gmail.com.

September 19...Dale County 5 - 8:30 PM.
Landowner Workshop at the Hoppergrass Restaurant, 129 East Avenue N., Ozark. Topics: Managing Timber to Markets, Aerial Drone Mapping, Feral Hog Control, and Financial Assistance. Contact Andrew Green at (334) 774-4749x3 or andrew.green@dcnr.alabama.gov.

September 19...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at the Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $50; $10 discount if paid in advance. Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at (334) 285-4550.

September 20...Macon County 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Integrated Approach for Preventing Diseases and Parasites in Small Ruminants at 102 Mary Starke Harper Hall, Tuskegee University. If you use goats to reduce fire hazard or control kudzu or other weeds on your property, this workshop might help you improve the health of your animals. Fee: $30; $5 discount if paid by September 6. Working breakfast & lunch provided. Contact Dr. Uma Karki at (334) 421-2139 or ukarki@tuskegee.edu.

September 20...Vaiden, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:15 PM.
Game Camera Surveys and Forest Management for White-tailed Deer at Carmack Fish House, 24973 Hwy 35 N. Fee: $15; lunch provided. Call Taylor Casey at (662) 289-5431.

September 21...Conecuh County 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Field Day at Saloom Properties, 2835 Booker Mill Road, Evergreen. Come learn about opportunities to improve your forest management. The field day will feature: Timber Industry Experts, Sawmill Demo, Chainsaw sculptor, From Sawed Logs to Furniture, and more. Limited to 1st 50 participants. To register visit www.conecuhswcd.com

September 20-22...Shelby County.
Outdoor Alabama Experience at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham. This family-oriented workshop features hands-on learning about camping, hiking, biking, wildlife watching, shooting sports, fishing, hunting, kayaking, and more! All activities you might do on your forestland. Staff will be available to help with campsite setup for new campers. Fee: $100 per 2 family members plus $25 per additional family member. Includes all meals. For more information contact Emily at (334) 201-9967 or emily.vanderford@dcnr.alabama.gov.

September 24...Russell County 6 PM.
Forestry Workshop and Dinner at The Old Seale Russell County Courthouse, 91 Longview Street, Seale. Fee: $10. Contact Jennifer Davidson at (334) 298-6845 or jenniferd@auburn.edu.

September 24-26...Cleburne County.
Longleaf Academy: Understory Diversity U201 at Talladega Mountains Natural Resource Center, 6751 AL-4, Heflin. The workshop will focus on the study of native plant identification, ecological functions of groundcover, understory restoration techniques, and management methods. Fee: $200; lunch included. Pre-registration is required. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

September 24-26...Starkville, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course at Hilton Garden Inn, 975 Highway 12 East. 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. Contact Allen Stroud at (769) 798-2597 or astroud@mfc.ms.gov.

September 25...Tifton, Georgia 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM ET.
Georgia Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting at the Tifton Campus Conference Center. Fee: $35; breakfast and lunch included. Contact Jessica McCorvey at (229) 734-4706x289 or jessica.mccorvey@jonesctr.org.

September 26...Conecuh County 8 AM.
SmartMap 2.0 Workshop at Reid State Technical College, 100 Hwy 83, Evergreen. This workshop provides a more in-depth review than SmartMap 1.0 with hands-on training in the use of apps for planning and conducting UAS flights. SmartMap 2.0 focuses on using low-cost UAS technology for video capture, forest mapping, and other natural resource applications. Limit of 25 attendees. Fee: $50. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 259-6507 or smartmap@auburn.edu.   Register here

September 26...Tuscaloosa County 8 AM.
Fall Field Day at the Oakmulgee Wildlife Management Area. Topics may include: Herbicide, Trapping demonstration, Chronic Wasting Disease Update, and more. To RSVP call Tuscaloosa County Extension Office at (205) 349-4630.

September 26...Chambers County 5:30 - 7:50 PM.
Forest Landowners Conference at Farmers Federation Building, LaFayette. Topics: Cost Share Opportunities & Issue Advocacy with Legislators. Fee: $7; dinner included. To RSVP call Dennis at (334) 864-9542.

 

> October 2019

October 1...Morgan County 5:30 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Ingalls Harbor, 802-B Wilson Street NW, Decatur. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $35; youth under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at (334) 285-4550.

October 1-3...Jackson, Mississippi.
Mississippi Forestry Association Annual Meeting at the Hilton Jackson, 1001 E. County Line Road. Fee: $445. Contact Casey Anderson at (601) 354-4936 or canderson@msforestry.net.

October 1-3...Van Buren, Missouri.
Biennial Shortleaf Pine Conference at The Landing on the banks of the Current River. Fee: $200; $50 discount if paid by August 31. For more information email Mike Black at mblack10@utk.edu.

October 3...Chilton County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
SmartMap 1.0 Workshop at the Chilton Regional Research and Extension Center, 120 County Road 756, Clanton. This workshop introduces audiences to low-cost and easy to use geospatial mapping applications (apps) that can be used on smartphones or iPads. It introduces audiences to GIS, GPS, Smartphone GIS applications, UAV (drone) technology and its applications for video capture and forest mapping. Fee: $50. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 259-6507 or smartmap@auburn.edu Register here

October 3...Greensboro, Florida 9 AM ET.
Landowner Tour at Crooked Creek Preserve on Hwy 270. Attendees will see longleaf pine, blooming wildflowers, native bee nesting boxes, bee hives, gopher tortoise burrows, and extensive damage to ravine system caused by Hurricane Michael. This is a walking tour so dress accordingly. Take necessary precautions if you have allergies to bee stings. Fee: $15; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

October 3...Ackerman, Mississippi 5:30 - 8 PM.
Timber Taxes at Mississippi State University Extension, Harmon Circle - Courthouse Annex. Speaker: Dr. John Kushla. Meal provided. To RSVP call (662) 285-6337.

October 4...Teleconference Noon CT.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll 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#

October 4-6...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, bird watching, shooting sports, and many more. For women 18 years or older. Courses are held rain or shine. Fee: $275; includes meals and lodging. Contact Hope Grier at 1-800-245-2740 or hope.grier@dcnr.alabama.gov.

October 7...Mobile County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at The Bluegill Restaurant, Mobile Bay Causeway, Mobile. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $50; youth under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at (334) 285-4550.

October 8...Cleveland, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 12 Noon.
Tree Identification Workshop at the Bolivar County Agricultural Center, 406 North Martin Luther King Drive. Please wear field clothes and insect repellant. Fee: $10. Call Laura Giccaglia at (662) 843-8362.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

October 9...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
News Conference for Forest Owners.

This 15 minute telephone/Internet conference will feature state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your device of choice: October 9, 2019 CI -- Live! (This will be a link once program is finished)
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

October 9...Online 12 PM Noon CT.
The Oak Decline in the United States webinar will provide a general overview of symptoms, range, impact, and possible management strategies. Presenter: Ryan Blaedow, U.S. Forest Service. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

October 10...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Forest Plant Identification at Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue. This is a walking event in the woods. Wear appropriate clothing. Fee: $15; lunch provided. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

October 16-18....Knoxville, Tennessee.
Tennessee Forestry Association Annual Meeting at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 401 W Summit Hill Drive. Fee: $275. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

October 17...Pike County.
Regional Forestry Field Day at Renfroe Preservation near Hephzibah Baptist Church. GPS Coord.: 31.7669, -86.0456 Topics: Native Grasses, Green Tree Reservoirs, and Cypress Swamps via boardwalk. To attend, call the Wiregrass Research & Extension Center at (334) 693-2010.

October 18...Lee County 8 AM - 5 PM.
SmartMap 1.0 Workshop at the Caterpillar Training Center, 6155 Health Road, Auburn. This workshop introduces audiences to low-cost and easy to use geospatial mapping applications (apps) that can be used on smartphones or iPads. It introduces audiences to GIS, GPS, Smartphone GIS applications, UAV (drone) technology and its applications for video capture and forest mapping. Fee: $50. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 259-6507 or smartmap@auburn.edu.   Register here

October 19...Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 7 AM - 9:30 PM ET.
The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) Annual Fall Meeting at Wyndham Gettysburg, 95 Presidential Circle. Fee: $135. Call TACF at (828) 281-0047.

October 22-23...Tifton, Georgia.
Pine Straw Production - Stand Management and Economics at the Tifton County Ag Center, Conference Room 1468, 1468 Carpenter Road. Learn about pine straw yields by species, site quality, land-use history, pine straw raking effects, fertilization, herbicides, controlling unwanted plant species, and basal area. Fee: $225; $25 discount if paid by October 9. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

October 22-24...Elmore County.
Alabama Landowners Conference at the Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center, 2500 Legends Circle, Prattville. Topics include: Management Plans, Cogongrass, White Oak Initiative, Wild Pig Removal, Glyphosate Use, and More. Awards presented: Tree Farm, Helene Mosley Memorial, W. Kelly Mosely, and others. Fee: $100; $25 discount if paid by September 3. Contact William Green at (334) 612-5235 or wmgreen@alfafarmers.org.

October 22-24...Athens, Georgia.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part 1 (Oct 22) 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: $TBD.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part 2 is on October 23-24. Fee: $TBD. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu. See the leaders of this course give a teaser presentation at the 2016 AFOA Annual Meeting.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

October 24...Mobile County. Moved from August 6.
Forestry Field Day with Heath Eckert, Consulting Forester. Topic: The Ins and Outs of the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Programs - benefits and advantages, cogongrass spraying, understory burning, longleaf tree planting, and boundary line maintenance. RSVP Pat Richeson at (205) 624-2225 or pricheson@afoa.org.
 

October 24...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Woods & Water, Inc., 5101 Summit Ridge, Tuscaloosa. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $40; youth under 15 admitted free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at (334) 285-4550.

October 25...Coffee County 9 AM - 1 PM.
Forestry Alternative Income Opportunities at Coffee County Extension Office, 1055 East McKinnon Street, New Brockton. A pine straw operation tour & demonstration is included. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

October 25...McDavid, Florida 9 AM CT.
Tree Farm Tour and Awards Ceremony at Russell Brothers Farm, 2210 Russell Road. Wear appropriate clothing for outdoors. Pre-registration required. Call the Florida Forestry Association at (850) 222-5646.

 

> November 2019

November 1...Teleconference Noon CT.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll 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#

November 5...Autauga & Chilton Counties.
Special General Election for vacant House District 42 seat. This seat was previously held by state Representative Jimmy Martin.

November 7...Pickens County.
Regional Forestry Field Day at Amason Farms, 3195 County Road 2, Aliceville. GPS Coord.: 33.10695, -88.12655  Topic: Creating a family recreational retreat. To attend, call the Pickens County Extension at (205) 367-8148.

November 7...Clarke County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Old Grove Hill Academy Football Field, 15471 Highway 43, Grove Hill. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $40 for up to two adults. Youth under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

November 8-9...Choctaw County.
Forestry: It’s Who We Are - Career & Field Day will take place on the grounds surrounding Pennington Town Hall, 322 County Road 33, Pennington. Friday is a career day for students and Saturday is open to everyone. Events include: lumberjack, log running, saw race, and other events to highlight the skills needed to operate machinery in the forest industry. Contact Maggie Dailey at (251) 589-4328 or mdailey@alabamaforestry.org.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

November 13...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
News Conference for Forest Owners.

This 15 minute telephone/Internet conference will feature state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your device of choice: November 13, 2019 CI -- Live! (This will be a link once program is finished)
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

November 12...Montgomery County.
Special General Election for vacant House District 74 seat. This seat was previously held by state Representative Dimitri Polizos.

November 14...Covington County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Covington Center Arena, 24000 AL Highway 55, Andalusia. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $40. Youth under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

November 15-17...Baldwin County.
Gopher Tortoise Council Annual Meeting at Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores. Fee: $160; $20 discount if paid by October 28. For more information contact Ericha Nix at (334) 242-3862 or ericha.shelton-nix@dcnr.alabama.gov.

 

> December 2019

December 6...Teleconference Noon CT.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll 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#

December 9-10...Athens, Georgia.
Southern Forestry and Natural Resource Management GIS Conference at The Georgia Center for Continuing Education, 1197 South Lumpkin Street. This conference encompasses topics related to the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in forestry and natural resource management. Some specific topics include: Creating inventory data from LiDAR data, Evaluating erosion repair techniques with low cost UAV, Approaches to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)-based seedling survival counts, Satellite imagery in Forestry, Comparison of new technologies to accurately measure tree size and location, and more. Fee: $300; $25 discount if paid by November 8. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

 

> February 2020

February 23-25...Panama City Beach, Florida.
Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting at the Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort. Theme: "Recovering From the Storm: Where We Have Been, and Where We Are Going". Topics may include: Assessment through remote sensing, Salvage, Tax implications, Impact to wood supply, Alternative silviculture, Policy concerns, Legislative concerns, and more. Professional foresters and landowners are welcome to attend to hear conference speakers address economic, environmental, and policy issues. Fee: $TBD. For more information contact Karen Johansen at (706) 343-1480 or sesafbusmgr@bellsouth.net.

 

> March 2020

March 10-11...New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Forest Economic Contributions Summit will connect forestry economic contribution analysts, economic development specialists, & advocates (private landowners) to learn from each other. Contact Leslie Boby at (706) 612-7875 or lboby@sref.info.

March 10-11...Atlanta, Georgia.
Wood Bioenergy Conference & Expo at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. The conference will address new projects, technologies, and markets in those industries. Fee: $TBD. Contact Dianne Sullivan at (334) 834-1170 or dianne@hattonbrown.com.

 

> April 2020


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

April 21-22...Tuscaloosa County.
Location: Headquartered at Hotel Capstone, 320 Paul W. Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.
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AFOA ANNUAL MEETING: For room reservations call (205) 343-1118 and use Group Code: Alabama Forest Owners Association or book online at http://bit.ly/AM2020CAPSTONE  The room block will expire March 22.

The Program Agenda/Attendee Registration Form will contain the most up-to-date information for annual meeting attendees. It will not be created until late 2019.

REGISTRATION:

     Program Agenda and Attendee Registration Form

     Exhibitor and/or Sponsor Registration Form
 

 

> 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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