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  • Last Update: 10/15/2018
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> October 2018

October 11 - November 13...Online.
Public Comment Period Reopened on Proposed Critical Habitat for the Black Pinesnake. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the comment period for 30 days on the 2015 proposed critical habitat designation for the federally threatened black pinesnake, and holding two informational public meetings: the first meeting will be on October 22, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, from 6 to 7:30 PM at Pearl River Community College; the second will be on October 24, in Thomasville, Alabama, from 6 to 7:30 PM at Coastal Alabama Community College. We also are re-announcing the availability of the draft economic analysis. The critical habitat consists of 6 units in Mississippi and 2 units in Clarke County, Alabama. For more information contact Denise Rowell at (251) 441-6630 or denise_rowell@fws.gov. See comments from the previous comment period.

October 14-16...Elmore County.
Alabama Landowners Conference at the Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center, 2500 Legends Circle, Prattville. Topics include: Future of Alabama Forests, Passing Your Land to the Next Generation, Quality Deer Management, Longleaf Fire Management, Endangered Species, and SmartMaps Technology. Awards presented: Tree Farm, Helene Mosley Memorial, W. Kelly Mosely, and others.
 Fee: $100. Contact William Green at (334) 612-5235 or wmgreen@alfafarmers.org.

October 15...Lee County 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM.
Forest-Her: A Workshop for women who love the land at the Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn. Topic: Thinning. Learn about proper timing and methods of thinning to improve ecosystem health, benefit wildlife, and promote tree and forest plant growth. Fee: $35; lunch included. Pre-registration required. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

October 15-18...Newton, Georgia.
Ecological Forestry Workshop at Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, 3988 Jones Center Drive. This program is designed as an alternative to production oriented silviculture. Fee: $430; meal and lodging included. Contact Jessica McCorvey at (229) 734-4706 or jessica.mccorvey@jonesctr.org.

October 16-18...Tupelo, Mississippi.
Mississippi Forestry Association Annual Meeting at the BancorpSouth Arena and Conference Center, 375 East Main Street. Topics will include: Prescribed Fire, Attracting wildlife using fire, Learn and Burns, New Technologies for the forest landowner, and more. Fee: $445; non-MFA member cost. Contact Casey Anderson at (601) 354-4936 or canderson@msforestry.net.

October 16-18...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: $10 single day pass. Call (229) 985-1968 for more information.

October 16 - November 13...Collins, Mississippi 6 - 8 PM.
Forestland as an Investment Short Course will meet 5 consecutive Tuesdays at the Covington County Extension Office, 68 Industrial Park Drive. Topics will include: Basics of Forestland Management, Land Acquisition, Technical Assistance, Marketing Strategies, and Taxation Planning. Fee: $30. Register by October 10. Contact Carolyn Conger at (601) 765-8252 or c.j.conger@msstate.edu.

October 17...Watkinsville, Georgia 8:30 AM - 3:10 PM EST.
Forest Economics and Taxation Workshop at the Oconee County Civic Center, 2661 Hog Mountain Road. Instructors: Dr. David Dickens and Dr. Yanshu Li. Fee: $80; lunch provided. Must register by October 15. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

October 18...Marengo County 8:30 AM - 12 Noon.
Central Region Forestry Field Day at Roy Jordan’s Property. GPS Coord: 32.164416, -87.957697  Topics include: Wildlife Management, Pollinators, Hardwood Management for Wildlife, and Longleaf/Loblolly Pine Management. Light morning refreshments and lunch provided. Register by October 12. Contact Christina at (334) 295-5959 or cll0038@auburn.edu.

October 18...Gulfport, Mississippi 5:30 PM.
Black Bear Program at the Lyman Community Center, 13742 Highway 49 N. Mississippi is home to two subspecies of black bears: the American Black Bear and the Louisiana Black Bear. Both are classified as endangered under Mississippi law. Speaker: Richard Rummel. Fee: $10; meal included. Pre-registration required by October 15. Call (228) 865-4227.

October 18...Dallas County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Historic St. James Hotel, Selma. 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 1-800-822-9453.

October 19...Glen St. Mary, Florida 9 AM & 11 AM EST.
Tree Farm Tour at Doug and Teresa Moore’s South Prong Plantation, 13538 Brince Way. The property’s primary objective is high-quality wildlife habitat with timber production. Tour will take place at 9 & 11 AM. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Lunch provided. To register call Whitney at (850) 222-5646.

October 20...Latham, New York 8 AM - 5 PM EST.
Property Rights Foundation of America Annual National Conference at the Century House Hotel, Restaurant, and Conference Center. Keynote speaker: William Perry Pendley, President, Mountain States Legal Foundation. Fee: $40; $5 discount if paid by October 13. Light breakfast and lunch included. For more information contact Carol LaGrasse at (518) 696-5748 or lagrasse@prfamerica.org.

October 20...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM EST.
Fall Pond Workshop at the University of Florida Center for Aquatic & Invasive Plants, 7922 NW 71 Street. Topics: Fish Pont Management, Fish Health, Water Quality Testing, and Weed Management. Bring water and weed samples for testing. Fee: $30; $10 discount if paid by October 16. Lunch included. Contact Kevin Korus at (352) 955-2402 or kkorus@ufl.edu.

October 22...Hattiesburg, Mississippi 6 - 7:30 PM.
Public Informational Meeting on Proposed Critical Habitat for the Black Pinesnake at Pearl River Community College, Lowery A. Woodall Advanced Technology Center, 906 Sullivan Drive. Use this opportunity to give your input in person. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the comment period for 30 days on the 2015 proposed critical habitat designation for the federally threatened black pinesnake, and holding two informational public meetings. The critical habitat consists of 6 units in Mississippi and 2 units in Clarke County, Alabama. You may submit your comments online here. For more information contact Denise Rowell at (251) 441-6630 or denise_rowell@fws.gov. See comments from the previous comment period.

October 23...Coosa County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Forestry Field Day at the Henderson Property, 2188 Coosa County Road 66, Goodwater. Speakers will discuss: Burning Longleaf, Pond Management, Returning Pastureland to Native Grasses, and Honey Bees/Polinators. Register by October 19. Lunch provided. To register call the Coosa County Extension Office at (256) 377-4713.

October 23-25...Athens, Georgia.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part 1 (Oct 23) 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: $210; $35 discount if paid by October 2.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part 2 on October 18-19 is $345; $50 discount if paid by October 2. 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.

October 23-26...Alexandria, Louisiana.
Biennial Longleaf Conference at the Holiday Inn Alexandria. Fee: $410. For more information call Casey at (334) 427-1029.

October 24...Statesboro, Georgia 8:30 AM - 3:35 PM EST.
Forest Economics and Taxation Workshop at the Bulloch County Agricultural Center, 151 Langston Chapel Road. Instructors: Dr. David Dickens and Dr. Yanshu Li. Fee: $80; lunch provided. Must register by October 22. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

October 24...Online 1 PM CST.
Peers and Pros 360 - Teaching and Learning Together by Using What Forest Landowner Peers Have to Say webinar features a new and novel approach to organizing landowner and educational tours and presentations. Presenters: Sanford Smith and David Jackson, Penn State Extension. Call Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070.

October 24...Clarke County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Public Informational Meeting on Proposed Critical Habitat for the Black Pinesnake at the Alabama Coastal Community College, Administration Building, Tombigbee Conference Room, 30755 Hwy. 43 South. Use this opportunity to give your input in person. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the comment period for 30 days on the 2015 proposed critical habitat designation for the federally threatened black pinesnake, and holding two informational public meetings. The critical habitat consists of 6 units in Mississippi and 2 units in Clarke County, Alabama. You may submit your comments online here. For more information contact Denise Rowell at (251) 441-6630 or denise_rowell@fws.gov. See comments from the previous comment period.

October 25...Pace, Florida 8:30 AM - 1:15 PM CST.
Tree Farm Tour at Price Farms, 2224 Ten Mile Road. Topics include: Thinning, Prescribed Burning, Gopher tortoises, Cogongrass treatment, Pine Beetles, Forest roads, Creek crossings, Food plots, and more. Wear appropriate field clothing. Lunch provided. Pre-registration is required. Contact Ashlee White at (850) 626-3028 or ashlee.white@freshfromflorida.com.

October 25...Montgomery County 12:30 PM.
Natural Resources Tour at Stephan & Joyce Turnipseed Property, 16413 Old Pike Road, Mathews. Tour topics include: Controlling nuisance animals through trapping, Bee presentation, Dinosaurs through the black belt, Sharing your property through Education, and more. Fee: $10. Register by October 19. For more information call (334) 270-4133.

October 25...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 1-800-822-9453.

October 25...Coffee County 6 - 8 PM.
Get Out of Your Rut: Tips for New and Experienced Hunters at the County Extension Office, 5 County Complex, 1055 East McKinnon Street, New Brockton. This is a four session series starting on September 27. Topics: Camera Surveys and How to Score Your Buck. Fee: $5/session or $10 for all four sessions. Registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

October 26-27...Madison County.
The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) Annual Meeting at Embassy Suites by Hilton, 800 Monroe Street, Huntsville. Fee: $125. Call TACF at (828) 281-0047.

October 30...Dale County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Forest-Her: A Luncheon for Women Who Love the Land at the Dale County Extension Office, 202 South Highway 123, Ozark. Topics include: Alabama Forest History, Tips for Women to be More Effective Landowners, and the Forest-Her series. Pre-registration required. Lunch included. Call the Dale County Extension at (334) 774-2329.

 

> November 2018

November 1...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.

November 2...Geneva County 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Forestry Field Day at Geneva State Forest Lake, Forest Lake Road, Kinston. GPS Coord.: 31.141655, -86.184714 Topics include: Streamside Management Zones, Wild Pig Effects on Water Quality, Forest Roads, Stream Crossings, Alabama Timber Markets, and more. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

November 2...Covington County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Covington County Forestry Committee Meeting at the Covington County Ag Center, 23952 Alabama Highway 55, Andalusia. For more information contact Charles Simon at (334) 222-1125 or simoncm@auburn.edu.

November 2...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 6...Statewide.
General Election - LOCAL AMENDMENTS NEED YOUR REVIEW BEFORE NOVEMBER 6. We scanned each sample ballot on Secretary of State John Merrill’s website and found several local ballot measures that may be of interest to some AFOA members. Source: Capital Ideas, October 2018, middle column of page 3

  • BLOUNT COUNTY voters and GENEVA COUNTY voters will decide whether to form or create fire districts with dues assessments described in each local amendment. AFOA has been hearing horror stories about completely out-of-control fire districts, some with charges as high as $8 per acre for undeveloped forestland! Until the laws are passed that rein in fire district taxing authority, we would advise landowners to use extreme caution before approving these districts.

  • MOBILE COUNTY voters will decide whether to pass a 6 1/2 mill property tax for roads, bridges, and drainage.

  • ELMORE COUNTY voters will be asked to repeal “Home Rule” and

  • CLEBURNE COUNTY voters will be asked to approve “Home Rule.”

  • MADISON COUNTY voters will decide whether the county commission can impose ordinances regulating excessive noise. We don’t know if the regulations might include discharge of firearms or operation of logging equipment, but local voters may want to check on this before voting yes.

  • CALHOUN COUNTY voters will decide whether police and planning jurisdictions should extend outside of some municipalities into unincorporated areas. Probably not a big deal for most voters, but a plan for your land that prevents timber harvests could be a big negative for you.

November 6...Wiggins, Mississippi Noon 12 PM.
Pearl River-Stone County Forestry Association (CFA) Meeting at The Sawmill Restaurant, 2205 US 49, Wiggins. Dutch treat lunch. For more information call Pearl River CFA at (601) 928-5286.

November 7...Elmore County 12 PM Noon.
PALS (People Against A Littered State) Governor's Awards at Marriott at Capitol Hill, Prattville. Call Alabama PALS at (334) 263-7737. Click here to watch Margaret McElroy, State Adopt-A-Mile Coordinator, speak at the 2015 AFOA Annual Meeting.

November 8...Quincy, Florida 8:30 AM - 2 PM EST.
Fall Tree ID Workshop for Adults at Bear Creek Educational Forest, 8125 Pat Thomas Parkway, Gadsden CR 267. This workshop will appeal to folks at multiple levels of education and experience. Call Tom Gilpin at (850) 681-5892 or tom.gilpin@freshfromflorida.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

November 8
...Jefferson County 6 - 8 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at The Fish Market Restaurant, 1681 Highway 31, Hoover, AL 35216. Come enjoy dinner and talk about the issues with other forest landowners. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM. Limited seating. No walk-ins please. To attend, RSVP AFOA at (205) 624-2225 or rll@afoa.org.

November 8...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 8...Coffee County 6 - 8 PM.
Get Out of Your Rut: Tips for New and Experienced Hunters at the County Extension Office, 5 County Complex, 1055 East McKinnon Street, New Brockton. This is a four session series starting on September 27. Topic: Pedator and Invasive Species Impacts on Whitetail Deer. Fee: $5/session or $10 for all four sessions. Registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

November 13...Carrollton, Mississippi 6:30 PM.
Carroll County Forestry Association will meet at Carrollton Community House, 203 Lexington Street. Topic: Property Lines (tentative). Contact Tracy Robertson at (662) 237-6926 or t.robertson@msstate.edu.

November 14-15...Augusta, Georgia.
Forest Management for Gamebirds at the Savannah River Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road. This course will focus on the relationship between intensive forest management, gamebird habitat requirements, and gamebird ecology. Instructor: Dr. Mark McConnell, UGA. Fee: $295; $50 discount if paid by October 24. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

November 15...Autauga County 7:30 AM - 2 PM.
Fall Landowner Tour at Dr. George Seier - Two Oak Preserve, 1306 County Road 51, Prattville. Topics include: Know your rules in regards to water, Wildlife management program, Trout with my Bass, How to manage for native birds—bird watching, Timber Management, and more. Rain or shine. Fee: $15; BBQ lunch included. For more information call (334) 365-5532x2403.

November 28-30...Milton, Florida.
Florida Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Training at Pensacola State College, Building 4900, 5988 US-90. Fee: $175; lunch provided. Must register by October 29. Contact John Saddler at (850) 681-5928 or john.saddler@freshfromflorida.com. Ask about other session dates and locations.

 

> December 2018

December 6...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.

December 7...Covington County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Covington County Forestry Committee Meeting at the Covington County Ag Center, 23952 Alabama Highway 55, Andalusia. For more information contact Charles Simon at (334) 222-1125 or simoncm@auburn.edu.

December 7...Teleconference Noon CST.
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 13...Atlanta, Georgia 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM EST.
Wood Flows & Cash Flows at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. This class details research and insights for analysis supporting investments in the forest industry. Fee: $850; $100 discount if paid by November 30. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

 

> January 2019

January 7-9...Tallahassee, Florida.
Florida Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Training at the Tallahassee Forestry Center, 865 Geddie Road. Fee: $175. Must register by December 7. Contact John Saddler at (850) 681-5928 or john.saddler@freshfromflorida.com. Ask about other session dates and locations.

 

> February 2019

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 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: $TBD. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

 

> March 2019

March 20-22...Amelia Island, Florida.
Timberland Investment Conference at The Ritz-Carlton. Fee: $TBD. Contact Bob Izlar at (706) 542-6819 or bizlar@uga.edu.

 

> 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 (866) 946-3360. Group Code is yet to be determined. 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

     Exhibitor and/or Sponsor Registration Application
 

 

> 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. Fee: $TBD. For more information call Michael Buchart at (225) 505-6335.


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