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  • Last Update: 02/18/2019
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> February 2019

February 18...Statewide 8 PM.
The Forestry episode of a 3-part “Spotlight on Agriculture” documentary series will air on Alabama Public Television (APT). A total of three episodes will be produced highlighting the importance of (1) forestry, (2) wildlife, and (3) natural resources to the state’s economy and quality of life. Find more details at http://aptv.org. Set your DVR.

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: $25. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

February 21...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Tuscaloosa Area Regional Reception at The Cypress Pavilion, 501 Rice Mine Road. 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.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

February 21
...Jefferson County 6 - 8 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at Landry’s 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 24-26...Mobile County.
Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) Government Affairs Committee Meeting at The Battle House Hotel, 26 N Royal Street, Mobile. The meeting will provide a chance to interact with public officials and discuss policy issues that will provide interesting perspective on the upcoming legislative session. Fee: $250. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

February 26...Randolph County 6 PM.
Estate Planning Program at the ALFA Building, 112 Main Street South, Wedowee. Topics: What happens if you don’t 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 Flinchum’s 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 Williams’ Wetland Preserve, LLC. Wear appropriate field clothing and bring rain gear. Fee: $15; lunch included. 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...Montgomery County.
2019 Alabama Legislative Session is set to begin. Find you state senator or representative here: http://capwiz.com/state-al/home/

March 5...Barbour County.
Estate Planning Program at a location to-be-determined. Topics: What happens if you don’t 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 5...Jefferson County 11 AM - 1 PM.
ForestHer: A Workshop for Women Who Love the Land at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Hodges Room, 2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham. This luncheon & 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 included. Register online here. Call Helen Drake at (205)325-5342 or email Lisa Jones at lmj0020@aces.edu.

March 5...Barbour County 5:30 - 6:30 PM.
Barbour County Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) at 525 School Street. This program teaches youth about plant and animal identification, land management, conservation, and more. The plan is to develop a team for state competition. Contact Jill Wachs at (334) 687-5688 or jmw0116@auburn.edu.

March 5-7...Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course at Hilton Garden Inn, 133 Plaza Drive. 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.

March 9...Montgomery County 9 AM.
Alabama Conservation Advisory Board Meeting at the Alabama State Capitol Auditorium, 600 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery. The decisions of this board impact all hunting activities that take place on your land. Anyone wishing to speak must register between 8 - 8:30 AM. For more information, call (334) 242-3486.

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.

March 21...Burns, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Montgomery Bell State Park, 1000 Hotel Avenue. Topics include: Tariffs, Other Issues Facing the Production with the Hardwood Industry, and Growth of our Resource. Fee: $20. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

March 25-29...Baldwin County.
Learn to Burn Field Day at Sibley Pines. A prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between the 25th - 29th. Participants must expect to be active all day walking, wearing woods clothes, and carrying tools. A limited number of participants will be notified by email. Contact Ryan Mitchell at (850) 758-8559 or ryan@longleafalliance.org.

March 28...Choctaw County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Butler Area Regional Reception at Ezell's Fish Camp, 776 Ezell Road, Butler. 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.

March 29...Macon County 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM.
Legumes for Improving Pasture Productivity, Quality, and Animal Performance at 102 Mary Starke Harper Hall, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee. Program includes: Atkins silvopasture and woodland site tour and discussion on trees, forages, and browse. Working lunch provided. Contact Dr. Uma Karki at (334) 727-8336 or karkiu@tuskegee.edu.

 

> April 2019

April 12-13...Athens, Georgia.
The Whitetail Weekend at the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) headquarters. This event is taking the place of the QDMA national convention for 2019. Activities include: classroom instruction, hands-on education, and sporting clays event. Fee: Price will vary and will increase after March 1. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

April 19...Elmore County 8 AM - 1 PM.
Landowner Tour at Dr. Robert Parker’s Treasure Forest on Rifle Range Road. Topics (tentative): Chronic Wasting Disease, Food Plots, Prescribed Burning, Feral Pigs, Invasive Plants, and Ponds. Lunch included. Contact Katrina Mitchell at (334) 567-6301 or mitchk1@aces.edu.

April 20-27...Statewide.
Alabama People Against A Littered State (PALS) “Don’t Drop It On Alabama” Spring Cleanup. All materials (trash bags, reporting forms, safety tip sheets, and more) furnished by Alabama PALS and will be ready for pickup on March 15. Call (334) 263-7737.

April 25...Elmore County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Alabama Wildlife Federation Headquarters, 3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $50. Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.


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.

AFOA held the annual meeting at the Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in 2010. Click here to see a few photos from the 2010 meeting & tours.

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 Form
 

April 30 - May 1...Gainesville, Florida.
Spring Symposium: Family Forests at the Roland T. Stern Learning Center, 10625 NE Waldo Road. Topics include: landowner associations, forest product markets, economics, hurricane recovery, genetically improved pines, wildlife habitat, intergenerational land transfer, and more. Fee: $125 for landowners. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

 

> 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.

May 9...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.

 

> June 2019

June 18-20...Pearl, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course at Southern Regional Fire Training Center, 3139 Highway 468 West. 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.

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 25-26...Tuscaloosa County.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop Series: Forest to Faucet in Tuscaloosa. 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) 481-2137 or asmith@alaforestry.org.

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.

 

> July 2019

July 16-18...Lee County.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop Series: Alabama's Amazing Forests in Auburn. This year there are two workshops with the other in Tuscaloosa 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) 481-2137 or asmith@alaforestry.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.

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.

 

> 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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