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  • Last Update: 01/21/2021
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> January 2021

January 22...Online 8 AM - 12:30 PM CT.
Timber Tax and IRS Reporting will be held via Zoom Meeting. Topics to include: Acquisition of timberland, Use of separately identifiable properties, Calculation of depletion allowance, Reporting timber sale income, Deduction of reforestation expenses, and Treatment of other expenses. Fee: $30. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@auburn.edu Register Here

January 22...Online at 11:15 - 11:30 AM CT.
Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Winter Tree ID will join Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program's Jason Fisher. Identifying trees in the summer can be relatively easy - leaves provide a lot of good clues. However, you can also become an expert at identifying trees in the winter using bark, buds, and leaf scars. This event will be held via Zoom meeting. Zoom Meeting Details - Join: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97509089739   For more information contact Jason Fisher at (434) 476-2147 or jasonf@vt.edu.

January 23-24...Escambia County.
Alabama Youth Trappers Education Workshop in Atmore, 1133 Bell Creek Road. The trapper 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. Recommended ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $10. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 340-1183 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

January 24-26...Baldwin County.
State of Alabama Governance Seminar will be held at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear. The seminar focuses on the state of the state and specifically addresses issues of importance to the state that will be topics during the upcoming legislative session. Registration is open. Fee: $250. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

January 26...Shelby County.
Property Tax Vote - A vote open only for residents of the proposed district, but will affect forestland owners who do not reside in the district as well.

January 26...Online 6 PM.
Hancock/Harrison County Forestry & Wildlife Association Annual Meeting will be presented via Zoom. Topics will include forest certification, forest management plans, prescribed burning, and more. Pre-registration required. Contact Tim Ray at (228) 731-8567 or tim.ray@msstate.edu.

January 28...Online 7 - 9 PM CT.
Estate Planning for Landowners will be presented via Zoom. The workshop will discuss problems with leaving property equally to your children, dividing property, and using a trust or business entity. Fee: $10. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@auburn.edu Register Here

January 29...Online at 11:15 - 11:30 AM CT.
Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Forest Soils Part 2 - It's Alive! will join Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program's Neil Clark. Neil has been learning a lot about soils this winter. Join him to dig deeper into this beautiful and exciting below-ground world. This event will be held via Zoom meeting. Zoom Meeting Details - Join: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97509089739   For more information contact Neil Clark at (757) 657-2572 or neclark@vt.edu.

 

> February 2021

February 1-5...Coosa County 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
Learn and Burn will be near Rockford Community. Experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between February 1–5. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Space is limited. Lunch provided. Contact Greg Brewer at (334) 329-1106 or gbrewer@alaforestry.org.

February 1-5...Baldwin County 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Learn to Burn will be in the Bay Minette area. Experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between February 1–5. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Space is limited to 20 participants. Boxed lunch provided. Face coverings required. Contact Ryan Mitchell at (251) 937-7176 or jrm0023@auburn.edu.

February 2...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Woodland Management by Objectives: Taking Stock & Making Plans will be presented via Zoom. In this presentation, learn how you can assess your woods, including past land use, current conditions and potential. Knowing what you have, will help you to explore what you can do with it, and determine your management objectives. Contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

February 4...Montgomery County 10 AM.
Board Meeting of Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust at the Alabama Activities Center, 201 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery. This meeting will provide an opportunity for any individual who would like to make comments concerning the program. The public is invited to attend this meeting and is urged to submit comments. For more information call (334) 242-3484. Editor's Note: Here are some questions you may consider asking yourself and others. Should the state provide recreational activity property? Is recreation a necessary service? Does the state need more public land to compete with recreational opportunities (many of which are already) provided by private forestland owners? Will more public land that doesn't pay taxes put pressure on private landowners to (eventually) pay more in taxes? It sounds as if John Archibald thinks forest landowners do not pay enough in taxes per his article at www.al.com/news/2019/10/who-owns-alabama-and-doesnt-pay-their-share.html Yet, is it not correct that Forever Wild property (over 271,000 acres) does not pay property taxes?

February 8...Online 7 AM - 4 PM CT.
Heirs' Property & Sustainable Forest Management Conference will be presented via Zoom Webinar. This virtual conference will bring together experts in heirs’ property, including forest landowners experiencing it firsthand. The conference will share ideas and perspectives, provide updates on legal developments regarding heirs’ property, and present results from two integrated research and outreach initiatives. Pre-registration is required. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

February 9...Online 12 PM Noon - 1 PM CT.
ForestHer: Timber Sales will be presented via Zoom. This lunch and learn is for women that own forestland or are just interested in learning more about forestry in a relaxed, fun setting. Join during your lunch break as Regional Agent and Registered Forester, Drew Metzler, discusses timber sales and the differences between “Per Unit” and “Lump Sum”. Pre-registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

February 9...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
The Digital Toolbox for the Woodland Owner: There’s an app for that! will be presented via Zoom. There are many tools available to help you manage your land. Map, assess, and understand your land’s potential. Join this webinar to learn more about what tools are available and how they can be used to get you started managing your land. Contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

February 9...Online 1 - 2 PM CT.
Vegetation Management Primer - Why Use Herbicides will be presented via Zoom. Learn more about why you may want to use herbicides to help your forest become established, improve habitat for wildlife, combat troublesome plants, and more. Presenter: Chris Demers, University of Florida. Registration required. For more information contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

February 9-10...Online.
Timber Taxation Workshop will be presented via Zoom Meeting. Instructor: Dr. Yanshu Li. 6.5 CFE hours available. Fee: $215. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

February 10...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.
To listen live call AFOA to register at (205) 624-2225.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your device of choice: February 10, 2021 CI -- Live!  This will be a link once program is finished and available.
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

 

February 10...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Timber Sale Basics will be presented via Zoom. Presenter: Drew Metzler, Alabama Extension. Registration is required. For more information contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu. Register Here


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

February 11
...Shelby County 6 - 8 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at Nino's Italian Restaurant, 2698 Pelham Parkway, Pelham. No-host dinner at 6 PM. Then listen to a 15 minute program, and talk about the issues with other forest landowners. Limited seating. To attend, RSVP AFOA at (205) 624-2225 or rll@afoa.org.

February 11...Online 7 PM CT.
Using Trusts in Estate Planning will be presented via Zoom Meeting. Dr. Robert Tufts will discuss how trusts can be living or testamentary and revocable or irrevocable. Trusts can be used for asset protection, tax planning, or other uses. During this program the different types of trusts and how they may enhance your estate plan will be discussed. Class size is limited to 20 participants. Registration required. Fee: $10. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@auburn.edu Register Here

February 12...Online at 11:15 - 11:30 AM CT.
Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Tree Syrup will join Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program's Bill Worrell. Everyone knows maple syrup comes from sugar maples; but did you know we can make syrup from a number of other tree species, including red maple, black walnut, and sycamore? This event will be held via Zoom meeting. Join: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97509089739 For more information contact Bill Worrell at (279) 889-8056 or bworrell@vt.edu.

February 13-14...Jackson County.
Alabama Youth Trappers Education Workshop in Hollywood at the Jackson County Wildlife Management Area, 234 County Road 141. The trapper 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. Recommended ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $10. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 340-1183 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 15-19...Bullock County 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
Learn and Burn will held at the Enon Plantation. Experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between February 15-19. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Space is limited. Lunch provided. Contact Greg Brewer at (334) 329-1106 or gbrewer@alaforestry.org.

February 16...Online 10 - 11 AM CT.
Advances in Herbicide Technology in Pine Management will be presented via Zoom. Presenter: Dr. Pat Minogue, University of Florida. Registration required. For more information contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

February 16...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Safety Tips for Working in your Woods will be presented via Zoom. While working outside has many benefits for your personal health, including clean air and exercise, there are a few things to do to keep yourself safe from itchy-bitey-pokey things out there. Join this session to learn more about ways to stay safe while working in the woods, even with power tools. Contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

February 16...Online 6 - 8 PM CT.
2021 Ag Market Outlook will be presented via Zoom. The webinar will cover economic outlooks for a number of agricultural commodities including row crops, livestock, timber and more. Registration required. For more information contact Ken Kelley at (251) 867-7760 or kellewi@aces.edu.

February 17...Online 8:30 - 10:30 AM CT.
2021 Ag Market Outlook will be presented via Zoom. The webinar will cover economic outlooks for a number of agricultural commodities including row crops, livestock, timber and more. Registration required. For more information contact Ken Kelley at (251) 867-7760 or kellewi@aces.edu.

February 18...Online 3 PM CT.
Heirs Property will be presented via Zoom Meeting. Dr. Robert Tufts will discuss how heirs property is created, what rights do heirs have, and how to transfer legal title to the heirs. Class size is limited. Registration required. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@auburn.edu Register Here

February 19...Online 10:30 AM - 12 Noon CT.
Chestnut Chat Series: Chestnut Hybrids and Important Cultivars will be presented via Zoom Webinar. Sandy Anagnostakis will cover the history of chestnut importation and cultivar development. Mike Nave will then follow, covering the breeding and selection process of ”big name” cultivars like Paragon, Marrone, Dunstan, and others, which many people encounter when looking for commercially-available chestnut varieties. Participants can join by device or by phone. For more information contact The American Chestnut Foundation at (828) 281-0047 or chestnut@acf.org.

February 19-20...Online.
Landowners' Woods & Wildlife Conference will cover Firefly Conservation, Woodland Site Productivity, How to Get the Timber Sale You Want, American Chestnut information, Riparian Food Forests, Mushrooms, and more. You must pre-register by February 13. Fee: $25/device. Contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

February 20-21...Baldwin County.
Alabama Youth Trappers Education Workshop in Spanish Fort at the District V Wildlife Office, 30571 Five Rivers Boulevard. The trapper 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. Recommended ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $10. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 340-1183 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 21-27...Statewide.
Alabama Arbor Week. This is a good week to include the family in your tree planting activities. Send AFOA a picture of your children or grandchildren planting a tree, or post one to the AFOA MeWe page or AFOA Facebook page.

February 22...Online 10 AM.
How to Establish a Hunting Lease on Your Property will be presented via Webex Webinar. Learn about habitat conservation practices to enhance recreation and fee-access leasing potential on your property. For more information call Mary McConnell at (662) 325-3133.

February 23...Online 10 AM.
Legal Considerations for Having Paying Clients on Your Property will be presented via Webex Webinar. For more information call Mary McConnell at (662) 325-3133.

February 23...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Getting Started Managing Your Land will be presented via Zoom. This presentation will help you learn how to implement a woodland management plan that achieves your objectives. Contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

February 23...Blount County 5 - 9 PM.
Wild Turkey Management at Oneonta First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Come learn more about managing your land for wild turkeys. Contact Amy Burgess at (205) 274-2129 or burgeap@auburn.edu.

 POSTPONED  February 24-26...Amelia Island, Florida.
Timberland Investment Conference. Now scheduled for November 1-3, 2021.

February 25...Online 7 PM CT.
Landowner Liability will be presented via Zoom Meeting. If someone is injured on your property, are you liable? First, it has to be determined what duty you owed to the person and that depends on their classification. The lowest duty is owed to trespassers, then increases for known trespassers, licensees, and invitees. Once this level is known, then you have to determine whether you breached that duty or not. Alabama case law will be used to explain the three classifications and the duties owed. Registration required. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@auburn.edu Register Here

February 27...Shelby County.
Adult Mentored Hunt Workshop at the Cahaba River Wildlife Management Area. The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn hunting basics, firearm safety and handling, where to hunt, and the equipment and gear needed. There are eligibility requirements. Fee: $20. For more information email Justin Grider at justin.grider@dcnr.alabama.gov.

 

> March 2021

March 1-5...Mobile County 8 AM - 4 PM.
Learn to Burn will be in the Mobile County area with specific location given to registrants. Experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between March 1–5. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Space is limited to 20 participants. Boxed lunch provided. Face coverings required. Contact Ryan Mitchell at (251) 937-7176 or jrm0023@auburn.edu.

March 3...Etowah County 10 AM - 3 PM.
Invasive Plant Management Workshop at 1500 Noccalula Road, Gadsden. This event will provide an overview of some of the most common invasive and non-native plants that landowners and managers must control in Alabama and the throughout the southeast. Presentations will discuss why plants are invasive as well as how to identify and control plants with a variety of methods, with special focus on mechanical and chemical controls. Native alternatives will also be discussed. Fee: $25. Contact Norm Haley at (256) 574-2143 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

March 4...Online 9 AM - 4 PM CT.
Applied Forest Finance 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: $580; $80 discount if paid by February 19. CE hours available. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

March 9...Online 12 PM Noon - 1 PM CT.
ForestHer: Summer Wildlife Management will be presented via Zoom. This lunch and learn is for women that own forestland or are just interested in learning more about forestry in a relaxed, fun setting. Join during your lunch break as Regional Extension Agent and Wildlife Biologist, Bence Carter, discusses wildlife management strategies and techniques that can be conducted between the hunting seasons. Pre-registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

March 9-12...Online.
Family Director Essentials Virtual Program is presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). This program is for multi-generational family businesses who are current or potential future board of directors for their family enterprise. It would be a good option for families who want to efficiently share common governance approaches with a group of family members/directors. Fee: $1,750 per board representative and $1,550 for each additional member up to a maximum of 5 per family. For more information contact Christine Nguyen at (773) 604-5005 or christine@thefbcg.com.

March 10...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Recreational Ponds: Fishing Strategy, Stocking, & Harvest will be presented via Zoom. Presenter: Norm Haley, Alabama Extension. Registration is required. For more information contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu. Register Here

March 24...Online.
Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting. Fee: $TBD. For more information contact Danielle Atkins at (706) 631-4440 or se.saf.businessmanager@gmail.com.

March 24...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Invasive Plants of the Southeast will be presented via Zoom. Presenter: Nancy Loewenstein, Alabama Extension. Registration is required. For more information contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu. Register Here

March 30...Bibb/Chilton/Hale/Jefferson/Shelby Counties.
Special Primary Election for vacant Senate District 14 seat. This seat was previously held by state Senator Cam Ward. The special primary runoff, if necessary, is set for April 27, 2021; and the special general election for July 13, 2021.

March 30...Shelby County.
Special Primary Election for vacant House District 73 seat. This seat was previously held by state Representative Matt Fridy. The special primary runoff , if necessary, is set for April 27. The special general election is set for July 13, 2021.

 

> April 2021

April 7...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Biology and Conservation of Gopher Tortoises will be presented via Zoom. Registration required. Contact Norm Haley at (256) 574-2143 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

April 10...Walnut Grove, Mississippi 9 AM - 3 PM.
New Christmas Tree Grower Workshop at Larry & Sue Massey’s Rosebud Christmas Trees, 5819 Gunter Road. Many aspects of operating a choose & cut Christmas tree farm will be discussed with demonstrations. Fee: $47; lunch included. $5 discount if paid by April 4. For more information contact Michael Buchart at (225) 505-6335 or sctaes@gmail.com.

April 13...Online 12 PM Noon - 1 PM CT.
ForestHer: Connection of Water Quality & Forest Health will be presented via Zoom. This lunch and learn is for women that own forestland or are just interested in learning more about forestry in a relaxed, fun setting. Join during your lunch break as Alabama Water Watch discusses the critical connection between water quality and overall health of southern forests. Pre-registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu. Editor's Note: It would be prudent of forest landowners to stay abreast of groups such as Alabama Water Watch. The information this group puts forth could impact your private property rights.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM & ANNUAL MEETING

April 17-18...Shelby County.
Location: Headquartered at the Alabama 4-H Center, 892 4-H Road, Columbiana, AL 35051.  Directions & Campus Map

The Program Agenda/Attendee Registration Form contains the most up-to-date information. An image of the agenda/program is on the online registration page. Please remember details will change as the meeting draws closer. Some items may become inaccurate as plans change. If you print it make sure you come back and print it again closer to the meeting date. Otherwise, you will have inaccurate meeting information.

REGISTRATION:

     Online Program Agenda and Attendee Registration

     Mail-in Program Agenda and Attendee Registration


     Online Exhibitor and/or Sponsor Registration - This link is for Exhibitors and/or Sponsors only.

The Alabama Forest Owners’ Association will be taking reasonable precautions at the 2021 Annual Meeting in light of Covid-19 health concerns, but it encourages those who are at special risk from the virus not to attend. (See CDC.GOV)
 

April 19-23...Escambia County 8 AM - 4 PM.
Learn to Burn will be in the Brewton area with specific location given to registrants. Experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between April 19-23. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Space is limited to 20 participants. Boxed lunch provided. Face coverings required. Contact Ryan Mitchell at (251) 937-7176 or jrm0023@auburn.edu.

April 21...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Snakes of Alabama will be presented via Zoom. Alabama is home to over 40 species of snakes, with only 6 being venomous. This webinar will focus on biology, ecological benefits and proper identification of the snake species in Alabama. In addition, we will discuss some of the common misconceptions that shapes people’s perspectives of these important reptiles. Registration required. Contact Norm Haley at (256) 574-2143 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

 

> July 2021

July 16-18...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.

 

> August 2022

August 23-26...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: $TBD. Contact IWF at (404) 693-8333 or info@iwfatlanta.com.

 

> October 2021

October 19-21...Moultrie, Georgia.
Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition at Spence Field, 290-G Harper Blvd. Activities: Tractor & ATV test drives, Stock Dog Trials, educational seminars, and many more. Fee: $TBD. Call (229) 985-1968 for more information.

 

> November 2021

November 1-3...Amelia Island, Florida.
Timberland Investment Conference at The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway. Fee: $TBD. Contact Bob Izlar at (706) 542-6819 or bizlar@uga.edu.

 

> October 2022

October 20-23...Wilmington, North Carolina.
Biennial Longleaf Conference in Wilmington. Save the date! Fee: $TBD. For more information email Sarah Crate at sarah@longleafalliance.org.


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