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Calendar of Current Events

  • Last Update: 03/28/2017
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> March 2017

March 28-30...Cheraw, South Carolina.
Longleaf Academy: F201 Fire & Longleaf at Cheraw State Park. Fee: $200. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

March 30...Dale County.
Alabama Treasure Forest Association Southeast Region Meeting will be held in Ozark. The meeting will feature a presentation on feral swine by the USDA Wildlife Services. Contact William Green at (334) 612-5235 or wmgreen@alfafarmers.org.

March 30...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 March 17. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

March 30...Crystal River, Florida 11 AM - 2 PM ET.
Florida Forestry Association Regional Meeting will discuss important issues, socialize, and enjoy good food. To reserve your seat contact Debbie Bryant at (850) 222-5646 or debbie@forestfla.org.

March 30...Choctaw County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Butler Area Regional Reception at Ezell's Fish Camp, 776 Ezell Road, Butler. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

March 30...Brandon, Mississippi 6 PM.
Rankin County Forestry Association Meeting at the Rankin County Extension Office. Dr. John Willis will speak on forest pests. To register call the Extension Office at (601) 825-1462.

March 31...Macon County 8 AM - 4:30 PM.
Training on Pasture Improvement and Grazing Management at 201 Mary Starke Harper Hall, Tuskegee University. No fee. Pre-registration is required. Working lunch provided. Contact Dr. Uma Karki at (334) 421-2139 or karkiu@mytu.tuskegee.edu.

 

> April 2017

April 1 - August 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) 242-3157 or kim.nix@dcnr.alabama.gov.

April 4...Lexington, Kentucky 1 - 4:30 PM.
Sustainability of White Oak Conference at the Embassy Suites. This conference will focus on assessing white oak supply and addressing the short and long term supply issues. Fee: $25. To register call (859) 257-7597.

April 4...Online 1 PM CT.
Drought and Forest Ecosystems. This webinar will explore current issues related to drought in forests, examples of drought and climate-related impacts, and management options for increasing resilience. Landowners, consulting foresters, foresters, land managers, and others are encouraged to participate. For more information email Lois Ziemann at lziemann@fs.fed.us.

April 5...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
Communicating Wildlife Science Online at Auburn University, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences (SFWS), Room 1101. Speaker: David Steen, Auburn University. Refreshments served. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu.

April 6...Walker County 9 - 10:30 AM.
Walker County Forestry Planning Committee Meeting at 1501 North Airport Road, Jasper. Contact Andrew Baril at (205) 388-6893 or ajb0012@aces.edu.

April 6...Barbour County 6 PM. (Previously was April 13th)
Alabama Forestry Association Eufaula/Troy Area Regional Reception at Lakepoint Conference Center, 104 Lakepoint Drive, Eufaula. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

April 6...Crenshaw County 6 - 8:30 PM.
Feral Hog Management at Tom Harbin Agricultural Center, 816 Airport Road, Luverne. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

April 6-7...Barbour County.
Southeast Regional Landowner Conference at Lakepoint Conference Center, 104 Lakepoint Drive, Eufaula. Topics include: Industry Panel, Advocacy, Managing Genetics, Gopher Tortoise and Timber Management, and more. WestRock Mill tour on second day. Fee: $55. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

April 7...Online 1 PM CT.
All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar: Mosquitos and Insect Borne Diseases. This webinar will discuss medically important mosquitos and mosquito-borne viruses endemic to and threatening the Southeast. Speaker: Dr. Derrick Mathias, Auburn University. Contact Ellen Huckabay at (251) 574-8445 or knighec@aces.edu.

April 8...Elmore County 9 AM - 5 PM.
Alabama Flora and Fauna Arts Festival at Alabama Nature Center, 3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook. Contact Ann Harper at (334) 285-4550 or aharper@alabamawildlife.org.

April 8...Pike County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Recreational Pond Management Workshop at Lake Simmie, 1958 County Road 4423, Brundidge. Topics include: Managing for fishing, Controlling aquatic plants, Nuisance wildlife control, Electrofishing demo, Trapping demo, and Aquatic herbicide application. Fee: $15; lunch provided. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@auburn.edu.

April 11...Madison County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue SW, Huntsville. 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.

April 12...Enid, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
Managing Pines for Wildlife Workshop. Topics will include: pine thinning, multiple use of forest management, wildlife population management, and improving wildlife food sources. Wear field clothes and insect repellent. Some walking on difficult terrain. Fee: $25; lunch included. Call Jimbo Burkhalter at (662) 647-8746.

April 15-22...Statewide.
Alabama People Against A Littered State (PALS) “Don’t Drop It On Alabama” Spring Cleanup. All materials furnished by Alabama PALS. Call (334) 263-7737.

April 17...Statewide 9 PM.
Alabama Private Forests, a Discovering Alabama Production sponsored by the Bradley/Murphy Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Trust, is scheduled for statewide broadcast on Alabama Public Television three times in April.

April 18-20...Covington County.
Longleaf Academy: Gopher Tortoise 301 at Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia. Topics include: Biology of gopher tortoise, Habitat requirements, Habitat conservation plans, Current status of tortoise, Cogongrass, Restoring fire to tortoise habitat, and more. Fee: $200; includes lunches and lodging. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

April 19...Online 12 Noon CT.
Southern Pine Beetle Biology, Ecology, and Management. The southern pine beetle (SPB) is the most damaging pest of pine forests in the eastern U.S. Presenter: Dr. John Nowak, USDA Forest Service. Landowners, consulting foresters, foresters, land managers, and others are encouraged to participate. Call Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070.

April 19-20...Tallapoosa County.
Tallapoosa County Water Festival at Wind Creek State Park. Volunteers needed to help with the student activities. If you would like to volunteer contact Sabrina Wood at (334) 429-8832 or sabrinawood@live.com. Editor’s Note: This is a great time for volunteers to mention the clean water benefits of private forestland to hundreds of kids.

April 20...Talladega County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Childersburg Area Regional Reception at Selwood Farms, 706 Selwood Road, Alpine. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

April 21...Jackson, Tennessee 1 - 3 PM.
Firewood Kiln Workshop at University of Tennessee Extension Center. Hosted by the Tennessee Nature Conservancy. No fee. Call Paul Kingsbury at (615) 383-9909.

April 21...Statewide 9 PM.
Alabama Private Forests, a Discovering Alabama Production sponsored by the Bradley/Murphy Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Trust, is scheduled for statewide broadcast on Alabama Public Television.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM & ANNUAL MEETING

April 21-22...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 for annual meeting attendees.

REGISTRATION:

     Program Agenda and Attendee Registration Form

     Exhibitor and/or Sponsor Registration Application

 

April 21-22...Okeechobee, Florida.
Women in the Outdoors at Quail Creek Plantation, 12399 NE 224th Street. Women in the Outdoors provides the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors through expert instruction and hands-on education through activities such as archery, fishing (salt, fresh and fly), camping, hiking, dutch oven cooking, shooting (shotgun as well as handgun), kayaking, and much more. Fee: $100; breakfast and lunch included. Contact Denise Helms at (772) 475-1158 or marlinteeni@yahoo.com.

April 22…Henderson, Tennessee.
Healthy Hardwoods Field Day at Chickasaw State Forest. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

April 22...Walnut Grove, Mississippi 9 AM - 2 PM.
Christmas Tree Growers Workshop at Rosebud Christmas Tree Plantation, 5819 Gunter Road. This workshop reviews the basic skills, tools, and knowledge growers will need to produce high quality Christmas trees. Fee: $35; $10 discount if paid by April 18. Lunch included. Contact Michael Buchart at (225) 505-6335 or sctaes@gmail.com.

April 25...Pittsboro, Mississippi 8:30 AM.
Alternative Sources of Forest Income at the Calhoun County Extension Office, 121 Parker Street. Topics include: Specialty wood products, Recreational leases, Managing for utility poles, Raking pine straw, Agroforestry, Christmas trees, and more. Fee: $28; $42 per couple. Lunch included. Call Trent Barnett at (662) 412-3177.

April 27...Statesville, North Carolina 9 AM - 5 PM ET.
National Firewood Workshop at Iredell County Agricultural Center. This event offers educational and networking opportunities to the split firewood industry. Topics include: Finding buyers, Sourcing affordable logs, Equipment, Firewood quarantines, and more. Fee: $30; lunch included. Call Kelley McCarter at (919) 515-9563.

April 29...Collins, Mississippi 8:30 AM.
Pine Thinning Workshop at Irving Hitt Tree Farm. Fee: $20. For more information call (601) 765-8252.

April 29...Dallas County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Sustainable Pasture-Based Livestock Production and Beekeeping at 431 County Road 540, Selma. Farm tour, hands-on activities, and demonstration on proper care of goat herds. Contact Dr. Uma Karki at (334) 421-2139 or karkiu@mytu.tuskegee.edu.

April 29...Shelby County 9 AM - 12:30 PM.
Landowner Workshop at the Alabama 4-H Center, 892 4-H Road, Columbiana. Learn about turkey habitat, forestry options, and prescribed fire from wildlife biologists at this workshop by the Alabama Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Federation, and The Nature Conservancy. Lunch included. To register online click here or call (334) 285-4550.

April 30...Statewide 9 PM.
Alabama Private Forests, a Discovering Alabama Production sponsored by the Bradley/Murphy Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Trust, is scheduled for statewide broadcast on Alabama Public Television.

 

> May 2017

May 3...Tallapoosa County 7:15 AM - 4:30 PM.
Alabama Invasive Plant Council Annual Conference at Betty Carol Graham Technology Center, 1675 Cherokee Road, Alexander City. Fee: $75; $20 discount if paid by April 27. Lunch provided. Contact Nancy Loewenstein at (334) 844-1061 or loewenj@auburn.edu.

May 3...Leesville, South Carolina 7:50 AM - 4:35 PM ET.
Growing Our Future at T & S Farm, 3500 Pond Branch Road. Topics will include: What effect the logging crew has on your bottom line, Estate planning, Pine plantation thinning, Managing pesky critters, Utilizing utility poles, Managing timberlands for wildlife, and more. Forest landowners are encouraged to attend. Fee: $45; $10 discount if paid by April 28. For more information call Beth Richardson at (803) 534-6280. Editor’s Note: Beth will speak about Practical Forest Management Lessons at the AFOA Annual Meeting on April 22.

May 5...Online 1 PM CT.
All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar: Ticks. This webinar will talk about ticks you see and don’t see as well as how to protect yourself, your family, and your pets. Speaker: Dr. Thomas Mather, University of Rhode Island. Contact Bethany O’Rear at (205) 879-6964 or bao0004@aces.edu.

May 6...Houston County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Recreational Pond Management Workshop at Houston County Extension Office, 1699 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan. Topics include: Managing for fishing, Controlling aquatic plants, Nuisance wildlife control, Electrofishing demo, Trapping demo, and Aquatic herbicide application. Fee: $15; lunch provided. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@auburn.edu.

May 9...Jordan, Georgia 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Habitat Restoration Field Day at the Thompson Property. Learn more about restoring and managing longleaf with ecological restoration as a primary objective. Wear appropriate clothing, sunscreen, & insect repellent. Fee: $10; BBQ lunch provided. Contact Randy Tate at (404) 664-0586 or randy@longleafalliance.org.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 11
...Jefferson County 6 - 8 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at Ameriprise, 1500 Urban Center Drive, Suite 200, Birmingham. Come enjoy dinner and talk about the issues with other forest landowners. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM. Very limited seating. No walk-ins please. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.

May 12...Senatobia, Mississippi 8:30 AM.
Alternative Sources of Forest Income Short Course at the Tate County Extension Office, 1 French’s Alley. Five speakers will discuss multiple sources of income for forest landowners. Fee: $25; $40 per couple. Call Tarah Ferguson at (662) 562-4274.

May 12...Brooksville, Florida 9 AM ET.
Property Tour at Camp E-How-Kee, 397 Culbreath Road. This tour will show how a landowner and lessee maintain a profitable operation of forest management and cattle grazing by utilizing the available natural resources and integrated management. Fee: $10. Call the Hernando County Extension Office at (352) 754-4433x6.

May 13...Elmore County 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
After the Hunt: Year-round Wildlife Management at Bass Pro Shops, 2553 Basspro Boulevard, Prattville. Topics include: Food plots, Management practices for habitat enhancement, Wild pig affects on wildlife, Predator management, and more. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Chris Jaworowski at (334) 398-4538 or clj0032@auburn.edu.

May 15 - August 4...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, Determining boundary lines, Forest ecology, and Working with natural resource professionals. Fee: $45 per household. Contact Andrew Vinson at (540) 231-6494 or josephav@vt.edu.

May 17...Online 12 Noon CT.
Weather Variability and Its Impacts on Forest Health. Discussion will involve short and long-term impacts of droughts, floods, winds, and ice on insect and fungal populations and damage in southern forests. Landowners, consulting foresters, foresters, land managers, and others are encouraged to participate. Call Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070.

May 18...Russell County.
Middle Chattahoochee Forests & Water Supply Forum at Troy University Riverside Campus, Phenix City. Topics: Watershed threats, Watershed programs, Watershed protection success factors, Forest needs, Drinking water needs, Conservation needs, and Watershed funding opportunities. Contact Kitty Weisman at (360) 481-2544 or kitty.weisman@icloud.com. Editor's note: If you attend one of these "training" meetings, please send a short report to rll@afoa.org on program content and the general thrust of the trainers. Thanks.

May 20…Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Healthy Hardwoods Field Day at University of Tennessee Arboretum. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

May 20...Henry County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Recreational Pond Management Workshop at Wiregrass Research and Extension Center, 167 Alabama Highway 134E, Headland. Topics include: Managing for fishing, Controlling aquatic plants, Nuisance wildlife control, Electrofishing demo, Trapping demo, and Aquatic herbicide application. Fee: $15; lunch provided. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@auburn.edu.

May 23-25...Baldwin County.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 at the Stockton Civic Club, 53856 Hwy 59, Stockton. Topics include: History of longleaf, Use of fire, Artificial regeneration, Natural regeneration, Stand management, Diseases, Economics, and more. Fee: $150; includes lunches. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

May 25...Quincy, Florida 9 AM - 2 PM ET.
Sell Your Timber for what it’s Worth Workshop at the North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Road. This workshop will cover local timber markets, guidelines for planning a timber sale, and other income options. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

May 26...Dale County 9 AM.
Chainsaw Safety at Dale County Extension Office, 202 South Highway 123, Ozark. Speaker: Gary Ickes. Fee: $10. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@auburn.edu.

May 30 - June 2...Asheville, North Carolina.
National Forest Landowners Conference at The Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Avenue. Fee: $750. Contact Forest Landowners Association at 1-800-325-2954 or info@forestlandowners.com.

 

> June 2017

June 3...Dale County 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
After the Hunt: Year-round Wildlife Management at Dale County Extension Office, 202 South Highway 123, Ozark. Topics include: Food plots, Management practices for habitat enhancement, Wild pig affects on wildlife, Predator management, and more. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@auburn.edu.

June 11-14...Lafayette, Indiana.
Walnut Council Annual Meeting at Courtyard by Marriott. The meeting will likely include field trips, indoor presentations, question and answer session, and awards banquet. Fee: $TBD. Contact Liz Jackson at (765) 583-3501 or walnutcouncil@walnutcouncil.org.

June 13-15...Macon County.
Longleaf Academy: Herbicides & Longleaf 201 in Tuskegee. Fee: $TBD. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

June 14-16...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. Registration is now open. Fee: $20. Contact Eric Gee at (504) 443-4464x3 or egee@sfpa.org.

June 16-18...Columbia, South Carolina.
Predator Management Module is a course offered by the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA). Topics include: Pre-planning, Successful sets, Laying out the property, Trap modifications, Lures, and more. Fee: $550. For more information call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

June 25-30...Lee County.
Forestry Camp on Auburn University Campus. Open to rising 9-12th grade students ages 15-18. “This hands-on camp will give students an opportunity to get outdoors and learn about forestry in Alabama and the importance of forestry field measurements in making forest management decisions.” Fee: $700. Contact Dr. Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or rjb0003@auburn.edu.

 

> July 2017

July 10-13...Lee County.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop for Teachers of All Grades at Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences. The workshop will focus on forest ecology, management and products through guest speakers, field trips and hands-on activities. The goal is to demonstrate the importance working forests have to the environment and economy. Teachers pay small fee: ~$75. Forest owners and forest products companies are urged to sponsor a teacher -- cost is about $500. Teachers are needed. Contact Ashley Smith at (334) 481-2133 or asmith@alaforestry.org.

July 20-23...New Orleans, Louisiana.
Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) National Convention at the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal Street. Fee: $295; $20 discount if paid by May 15. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

July 21-23...Jekyll Island, Georgia.
Georgia Forestry Association (GFA) Annual Conference & Forestry Expo at Jekyll Island Convention Center. Fee: $595; $100 discount if paid by July 7. Call GFA at (478) 992-8110.

 

> August 2017

August 4-6...Chambers County.
Christmas Tree Association Annual Meeting. This will be a joint meeting of the Southern Christmas Tree Association and the Georgia Christmas Tree Association at the Hampton Inn in Valley, Alabama. Fee: $TBD. Contact Ray Gilbert at (334) 499-4007 or raygilbert@mindspring.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

August 10
...TBD 6 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at a location to be determined. Come enjoy dinner and talk about the issues with other forest landowners. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.

 

> September 2017

September 10-12...Baldwin County.
Alabama Forestry Association Annual Meeting at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach. Fee: $TBD. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

September 12...Tallapoosa County.
Private Pesticide Applicator Training Class is for those who need to take the private pesticide applicator test in order to purchase restricted use products. Chemical safety and sprayer calibration will be discussed as well, so anyone who sprays pesticides on a large scale will benefit even if a restricted pesticide license is not needed. This is a 4 hour class. Fees: $20 at time of training; An additional $25 must be sent to the Dept. of Agriculture and Industries by the applicant. For more information call Dr. Chip East at (256) 846-0314 or to register call Shane Harris at (256) 825-1050.

 

> October 2017

October 26-28...Colbert County.
Alabama Treasure Forest Association Annual Meeting will be held in Muscle Shoals. Fee: $TBD. Contact William Green at (334) 612-5235 or wmgreen@alfafarmers.org.

 

> November 2017


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

November 9
...TBD 6 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at a location to be determined. Come enjoy dinner and talk about the issues with other forest landowners. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.

 


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