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Calendar of Current Events

  • Last Update: 01/23/2019
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> January 2019

January 24...Talladega County.
Estate Planning Program at a location to-be-determined. 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. For more information contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@aces.edu.

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 27-29...Mobile County.
Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile. Theme: "Managing Natural Resources at the Speed of Change". Professional foresters and landowners are welcome to attend to hear conference speakers address economic, environmental, and policy issues. Fee: $405; $60 discount if paid by January 4. For more information contact Karen Johansen at (706) 343-1480 or sesafbusmgr@bellsouth.net.

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 1...Lawrence County.
Estate Planning Program at the Lawrence County Agriculture Center Conference Room, 13075 AL - 157, Moulton. 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. For more information call Lawrence County Extension Office at (256) 974-2464.

February 2...Venice, Florida 10 AM - 2 PM EST.
Fire Fest at T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve, 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway. Fire Fest will provide a first-hand look at how prescribed burns protect our communities and property from wildfires. Fire Fest will feature prescribed burn demos, helicopter water drops, guided nature walks, free food, and more. For more information call (941) 861-5000.

February 5...Coffee County.
Estate Planning Program at a location to-be-determined. 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. For more information contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@aces.edu.

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 7...Montgomery County 10 AM.
Board Meeting of Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust at the Richard Beard Building, Agriculture and Industries Auditorium, 1445 Federal Drive, 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: At some point will Alabama have enough public land? How much is enough?

February 7...Brandon, Mississippi 6 PM.
Rankin County Forestry Association Meeting at the County Extension Building. Topic: Farm Pond Management. There will also be an update on legislative issues. Call the Rankin County Extension Office at (601) 825-1462.

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...Blountstown, Florida 9 AM - 5 PM CST.
Hurricane Recovery Workshop at Rivertown Community Church Sanctuary, 19359 SR 71 North. If you have these types of questions you should attend: What assistance is available? What do I do with trees still on the ground? Can i get reimbursed for losses? Can I get assistance with tree replanting? What are tax implications? What is the status of forest markets? No fee. Lunch provided. To register call the Calhoun Extension at (850) 674-8323.

February 12...Lauderdale County 6 PM.
Chronic Wasting Disease Program at the North Alabama Medical Center Meeting Room, 1701 Veterans Drive. Speaker Matt Brock, Wildlife Biologist, will discuss the disease and answer questions. For more information call (256) 383-4376.

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...Port St. Joe, Florida 9 AM EST.
Re-Growing Biomass After Hurricane Michael at Gulf Coast State College, 3800 Garrison Avenue. Speaker: Tom Williams of Harvest Logistics. For more information contact Ashley Crosby at (229) 326-1897 or ashley.crosby@twinriverstimber.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 15...Chilton County.
Estate Planning Program at a location to-be-determined. 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. For more information contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@aces.edu.

February 15...Crawford, Mississippi 9 AM - 3 PM.
Prescribed Burning Workshop at the Black Prairie Wildlife Management Area. For more information call (662) 328-2111.

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 18-24...Statewide.
Alabama Arbor Week is a good week to include the family in your tree planting activities. Send AFOA a picture of you, your children, or grandchildren planting a tree! Email photos to rll@afoa.org or post them on the AFOA Facebook Page. For our members in other surrounding states: Florida Arbor Day is January 18, Mississippi Arbor Day is February February 8, Georgia Arbor Day is February 15, and Tennessee Arbor Day is March 1.

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 5. 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. No-host 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.

February 27...Athens, Georgia 8:30 AM - 5 PM EST.
Timber Taxation Workshop at Flinchumís Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Drive. Timber taxes are one of the major expenses every private forest landowner needs to take care of. This course will provide basic information about forest-related federal income taxation and property taxes in Georgia. It will also give an update on the recent tax reform and how it affects your tax return for 2018. Fee: $140; $25 discount if paid by February 6. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

February 28...Jefferson County 11:30 AM - 5:15 PM.
Southeast Wood Design Symposium at The Harbert Center, 2019 Fourth Avenue North, Birmingham. A Wood Design Symposium is a multi-faceted educational event on the use of wood in commercial and multi-family buildings. Fee: $40; $10 discount if paid by January 31. Contact Mary Schramka at (708) 204-9578 or mary.schramka@woodworks.org.

 

> 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. Registration opens January 9. 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 5...Barbour County.
Estate Planning Program at a location to-be-determined. 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. For more information contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@aces.edu.

March 9...Talladega County 3 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Talladega Superspeedway, 3366 Speedway Boulevard, Talladega. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $40; Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

March 11...Athens, Georgia 7:45 AM - 12:15 PM EST.
Interpreting Aerial Images of Rural Landscapes at Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Room 4-419. The identification of basic forest and agricultural uses of land, along with conclusions drawn on how the land has been managed, can help one better understand potential land value for economic and environmental purposes. Fee: $120. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

March 12...Athens, Georgia 7:45 AM - 12:15 PM EST.
Forests and Hurricanes: Impact and Planning at Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Room 4-516. This course provides an overview of the average intensity of severe storms along the coasts, the factors associated with storm damage to forests, the perceptions of forest managers regarding these factors, and a number of planning and management considerations as they relate to preparation and response to severe storm events. Fee: $120. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

March 12...Montgomery County 5 PM - 7 PM.
Alabama Agribusiness Council Legislative Reception at RSA Plaza Terrace, 770 Washington Avenue, Montgomery. Great opportunity to meet state legislators interested in forestry & agriculture. Sponsored in part by AFOA along with several other organizations. Parking available in the RSA Plaza Terrace Parking Deck on Adams Avenue. Contact Leigha Cauthen at (334) 834-4006 or lcauthen@alagribusiness.org.

March 16...Colbert County 4 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Longhorn Arena, Tuscumbia. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $35. Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

March 19...Cullman County.
A Property Tax Vote to decide whether or not to continue an existing property tax for local school funding. The current tax is set to expire in October. The tax has a 30 year term.

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.

March 20-22...Savannah, Georgia.
Hardwood Manufacturers Association (HMA) National Conference and Expo at the Hyatt Regency. Fee: $595. For more information call HMA at (412) 244-0440.

 

> 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 (not ready at this time)

     Exhibitor and/or Sponsor Registration Form
 

 

> May 2019

May 1-2...Washington, D.C.
American Tree Farm System Fly-In and Hill Day at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. Make sure our elected officials hear your voice, the private forest landowner. Fee: $50 registration fee. For more information email Natalie at nalex@forestfoundation.org.

 

> 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 near Amory, Texas. 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.

 

> September 2019

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.

 

> 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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