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  • Last Update: 02/21/2020
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> February 2020

February 20...Dale County 10 AM.
Alabama Tortoise Alliance at Hoppergrass Restaurant, 129 S. East Avenue, Ozark. This is the last meeting before the United States Fish & Wildlife Service window closes for submitting information for the gopher tortoise species status assessment listing decision. Fee: $25. Lunch included. Contact Ericha Nix at (334) 242-3469 or ericha.shelton-nix@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 20...Bullock County 11:30 AM - 1 PM.
Pond Management Lunch & Learn at the Bullock County Extension Office, 21578 Highway 82-E., Union Springs. Bring your lunch and come learn about recreational pond management practices. Bring a water and/or weed sample for identification and testing. To register, call the Extension Office at (334) 738-2580.

February 20...Knoxville, Tennessee 5 PM ET.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Ye Olde Steak House, 6838 Chapman Highway. Topics: Hardwood tariff's effects on production and exports and other Hardwood issues of interest. Speaker: Dr. Andrew Muhammad, University of Tennessee. Fee: $TBD. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

February 20...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.

February 21-23...Barbour County.
Fins, Feathers and Flowers Weekend at Lakepoint State Park Resort and nearby Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge. "...a weekend of observing migratory waterfowl, resident wildlife populations, wading and shore birds." Fee: $202 single, $262 double; includes Lodging, Social, Some Meals, Program, and Field trips. Call (334) 687-8011.

February 23-25...Panama City Beach, Florida.
Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting at the Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort. Theme: "Recovering From the Storm: Where We Have Been, and Where We Are Going". Topics may include: Assessment through remote sensing, Salvage, Tax implications, Impact to wood supply, Alternative silviculture, Policy concerns, Legislative concerns, and more. Professional foresters and landowners are welcome to attend to hear conference speakers address economic, environmental, and policy issues. Fee: $405. For more information contact Danielle Atkins at (706) 631-4440 or se.saf.businessmanager@gmail.com.

February 25...Panama City, Florida 8 AM.
Northwest Florida Ecotourism Summit at 4750 Collegiate Drive. Fee: $30; $10 discount if paid by February 7. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

February 26...Milton, Florida 8 AM - 3 PM CT.
Forest Health Training at the West Florida Research and Education Center, 5988 U.S. 90. The session will include presentations on: Invasive plant management, Hurricanes and bark and ambrosia beetles, Forest management post-disturbance, Insect and fungi management, and Single tree management after the storm. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

February 27...St. Clair County 8 AM - 1 PM.
Wild Turkey Management Workshop at 19426 US Highway 411, Springville. Topics include: Ecology/Biology, Prescribed fire, Predator management, Food plots, Forest management, Old field management, and Early succession. Fee: $25. Contact Spenser Bradley at (256) 303-4924 or seb0043@aces.edu.

February 29...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.

February 29-March 1...Choctaw County.
Alabama Adult Trappers Education Workshop at the Bent Creek Lodge in Jachin. The workshop will pass 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. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $200; includes Saturday's night lodging, lunch, steak dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

 

> March 2020

March 2 - May 22...Online.
Woodland Options for Landowners Online is a twelve week self-paced course covering topics such as: Setting management goals, Forest history, Using topographic maps, Using soil surveys, Marking boundary lines, Understanding your deed, Forest ecology, and Working with natural resource professionals. Fee: $45 per household. Contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

March 3...Jefferson County 6:30 - 8 PM.
Alabama Mushroom Society North/Central meets monthly at The Lumbar, 212 29th Street South, Birmingham. Non-members are welcome to attend. Contact the Mushroom Society.

March 3-4...Pike County.
ForestHer on Fire at the Colley Senior Complex, 715 Elm Street, Troy. This workshop will focus on teaching women landowners about Alabamaís historic fire regimes and how prescribed fire can and should be used as an effective land management tool. Dress ready for the woods. Most of day one, you will be indoors learning about fire behavior, safety, and management techniques. The remaining portion of the class will be spent in the woods applying what you learned in the classroom. Seating is limited, so preregistration is required. Fee: $65; includes lunch and dinner on day one; breakfast, breaks, and lunch on day two. To register, contact the Extension Office at (334) 566-0985.

March 3-5...Tallahassee, Florida.
Longleaf Academy: Fire & Longleaf F201 at the 13093 Henry Beadel Road. Topics include: Fire ecology, Burning young longleaf, Ignition patterns, Smoke management, Burn planning, and more. Fee: $150; includes lunch. Contact Karen Brown at (414) 379-9697 or karen@longleafalliance.org.

March 3-5...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. Limited to 30 participants. Contact Allen Stroud at (769) 798-2597 or astroud@mfc.ms.gov.

March 4...Lake Butler, Florida 11:30 AM ET.
Florida Forestry Association (FFA) Membership Meeting at the Hal Y. Maines Community Center. Lunch provided. RSVP by February 24. RSVP Krista Howard at (850) 222-5646 or krista@forestfla.org.

March 5...Monroe County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Recreational Pond Management at the Frisco City Farmers Cooperative, 20 Houston Street, Frisco City. Bring a water (20 oz container) and/or weed sample (wrapped in wet paper towel) for identification, analysis, and recommendations. Contact Willie Williams at (251) 575-3477 or williwe@aces.edu.

March 7...Bibb County.
Alabama Quail Hunters Spring Field Trial at the Gates Shaw property. Bring your family. For more information contact Robert Carr at (205) 902-4156 or coalcarr123@gmail.com.

March 7...Madison County 10 AM - 12 Noon.
The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) Annual State Chapter Meeting will take place at the Bailey Cove Branch Library, 1409 Weatherly Plaza SE, Huntsville. For more information call Betsy at (256) 648-3100.

March 9...Mobile County 7 - 9 PM.
Alabama Mushroom Society South meets monthly at Whole Foods, 3968 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. Non-members are welcome to attend. Contact the Mushroom Society.

March 10...Russell County 12 Noon - 1 PM.
Spectacular Snakes at 1501 17th Avenue, Phenix City. Speaker: Stephen Faughn. Light lunch provided. For more information call Jennifer Davidson at (334) 298-6845.

March 10...Clarke County 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
Food Plot Establishment Workshop at G&D Outdoors, 20109 Highway 43, Grove Hill. This workshop is for landowners, hunters, or anyone wanting to learn about food plots. Topics include locating a plot, interpreting soil tests, preparing a site, seed selection, and management. Meal included. RSVP to Clarke County Extension at (251) 275-3121.

March 10 & 11...Pike County.
Chainsaw Safety Workshop at Butter and Egg Adventures, 2127 Butter and Egg Road, Troy. Topics include: Maintenance, Personal Protection Equipment, Limbing, Basic Felling, Bucking, and On-site Demonstrations. Day Two participants are hands-on demonstrating proper techniques discussed on Day One. You must attend Day One to attend Day Two. To register, call the Extension Office at (334) 566-0985.

March 10-11...New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Forest Economic Contributions Summit will connect forestry economic contribution analysts, economic development specialists, & advocates (private landowners) to learn from each other. Fee: $240; $80 discount if paid by January 31. Contact Leslie Boby at (706) 612-7875 or lboby@sref.info.

March 10-11...Atlanta, Georgia.
Wood Bioenergy Conference & Expo at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. The conference will address new projects, technologies, and markets in those industries. Fee: $429. Contact Dianne Sullivan at (334) 834-1170 or dianne@hattonbrown.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

March 11...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.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your device of choice: March 11, 2020 CI -- Live! (This will be a link once program is finished)
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

March 12...Geneva County 5:30 - 8 PM.
Forestry Alternative Income Opportunities at the Geneva County Extension Office, 2765 East State Highway 52, Hartford. This program will include topics such as: Pine straw and hunting lease opportunities. To register, call the Extension Office at (334) 684-2484.

March 12...Escambia County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Recreational Pond & Lake Management at the Atmore Truckers Co-op, 210 Ridgeley Street, Atmore. Bring a water (20 oz container) and/or weed sample (wrapped in wet paper towel) for identification, analysis, and recommendations. Contact Anthony Wiggins at (251) 867-7760 or wiggia1@auburn.edu.

March 12-14...Athens, Georgia.
The Whitetail Weekend at the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) headquarters. This event is taking the place of the QDMA national convention. Activities include: classroom instruction, hands-on education, and sporting clays event. Fee: $275; $50 discount if paid by February 15. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

March 18...Sumter County 9:30 AM.
The Forestry Field Day will meet at the M&M Market at 39329 AL-17 in Emelle. We will caravan to the property no later than 10 AM, take the tour, then return to M&M Market for a Dutch Treat lunch. Come meet with Larry Gibson, Consulting Forester. Topic: Managing Timberland for Income and Wildlife. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (205) 624-2225 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

March 18...Online 11 AM - Noon 12 PM CT.
Management and Economic Considerations for Mixed Stand Management webinar is the second webinar of a series that will delve into the underlying theory of mixed stated management for small landowners in the southeast. Topics covered include: forest health, forest productivity, economic risk, and trade-offs associated with managing mixed stands. Presenters: Dr. Michael Blazier, Louisiana State University, and Shaun Tanger, Mississippi State University. If you have issues connecting to the webinar contact contact@sref.info.

March 18...Quincy, Florida 11:30 AM ET.
Florida Forestry Association (FFA) Membership Meeting at the Coastal Plywood Companyís Magnolia Lodge. RSVP Krista Howard at (850) 222-5646 or krista@forestfla.org.

March 19...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 5. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

March 26...Chilton County 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
ForestHer Workshop at Clanton City Hall, 505 2nd Avenue North, Clanton. This workshop for women will focus on timber harvest planning. Learn how forests grow and how timber harvesting can be used to mimic natural processes, promote forest diversity, and produce income. Fee: $25; includes lunch. To register, contact Spenser Bradley at (205) 280-6268 or seb0043@auburn.edu.

March 31 - April 1....Covington County.
Longleaf Academy: Herbicides & Longleaf 201 at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia. Topics will include: Herbicide rates, Timing of application, Active ingredients, Surfactants, Adjuvants, and Safe application methods. Fee: $100 includes lunch or $200 includes meals and onsite lodging. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

 

> April 2020

April 4...Columbia, Mississippi 9 AM.
Christmas Tree Grower Field Day at Bass Christmas Tree Farm, 103 Riley Road, Columbia. Fee: $25; $5 discount if paid by March 27. For more information contact Michael Buchart at (225) 505-6335 or sctaes@gmail.com.

April 6-9...Jacksonville, Florida.
Wild Pig Conference at the Omni Hotel Jacksonville. Wild pig problems? Fee: $345. For more information contact Andrea Wherry at (352) 294-0843 or apwherry@mail.ufl.edu.

April 8...Monroe County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Forestry Alternative Income Opportunities at the Monroe County Conservation Education Center, 1 Teen Trail, Monroeville. This program will include topics such as: Alabama's Forest and Economic Development, Timber Market Outlook, Alternative Income Opportunities, Invasive Plant Control Options, and Field demonstrations of pine straw collection and a portable sawmill. To register, contact Ryan Mitchell at (251) 937-7176 or jrm0023@auburn.edu.

April 9...Mobile County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Recreational Pond Management at the John Archer Agricultural Center, 1070 Schillinger Road North, Mobile. Bring a water (20 oz container) and/or weed sample (wrapped in wet paper towel) for identification, analysis, and recommendations. Contact Diane Anthony at (251) 574-8445 or jda0002@aces.edu.

April 18 - May 3...Chile, South America.
Travel to Chile with the American Forest Foundation on a 14-day forestry tour that will start in Santiago and travel south through the country to Puerto Montt. This tour will give participants the chance to: Experience the people and culture of Chile, See the diversity of Chilean forests and management regimes, Share the experience with fellow landowners and foresters, Explore Chilean beaches, mountains, and cities, and Enjoy Chilean dining and world class wines. There are about 10 slots open. Contact Beth Riley at (402) 983-0655 or briley@forestfoundation.org.

April 18...Coffee County 8 AM - 2 PM.
Fish, Forestry, Wildlife, and Outdoors at Camp ALAFLO, 1687 County Road 156, New Brockton. Fee: $10. Contact Richard Woodham at (334) 389-1563 or woodhamrichard9@gmail.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

April 21-22...Tuscaloosa County.
Location: Tuesday - Field Day & Reception at the Dorroh Property in the Romulus community
                 Wednesday - Main Conference at Hotel Capstone, 320 Paul W. Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa

AFOA ANNUAL MEETING: For room reservations call (205) 343-1118 and use Group Code: Alabama Forest Owners Association or book online at http://bit.ly/AM2020CAPSTONE  The room block will expire March 22.

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
 

 

> May 2020

May 1...Covington County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Eastern Indigo Snake and Wildlife Festival at the Conecuh National Forest Open Pond Recreation Area. For more information call Traci Wood at (334) 398-3726.

May 5...Marengo County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at the Marengo County Extension Office in Linden. 3rd grade students only. Contact Pam Stenz at (334) 295-5959 or stenzpa@aces.edu.

May 11-12...Bullock County 1 PM.
Beginner Birding Workshop at the Wehle Nature Center, 4819 Pleasant Hill Road (CR 47), Midway. Learn basic bird ecology, habitat association, basic monitoring techniques, and bird behavior of various birds common to Alabama. On May 13 those interested are invited to assist the banding crew by scribing, net extraction, handling birds, and other tasks. Fee: $20; includes lodging and lunch. RSVP required. Email Mercedes Bartkovich at alabamatws@gmail.com.

May 12-14...Darlington, South Carolina.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 at the 2200 Pocket Road. Topics include: Managing with fire, Site prep, Release treatments, Stand management, Planting techniques, Diseases, Economics, Groundcover restoration, Wildlife Habitat, and more. Fee: $150; includes lunch. For more information call (414) 379-9697.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

May 14...Coosa County 9 AM.
The Forestry Field Day will meet at private property just north of Rockford for a tour and discussion. Come meet with Dr. Sara Baldwin, Consulting Forester. Topic: Develop and Maintain Recreational Trails. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (205) 624-2225 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

 


AFOA Forestry Field Day

May 15...Houston County 9 AM.
The Forestry Field Day will meet at a location To-be-Determined. Come meet with Holmes Hendrickson, Consulting Forester. Topic: To-be-Determined. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (205) 624-2225 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

May 16...Henry County 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Recreational Pond Management at the Wiregrass Research & Extension Center, 167 East Alabama Highway 134, Headland. Topics include: Managing for good fishing, Aquatic weed identification, and Managing nuisance wildlife around the pond. Outdoor demonstrations include: Electrofishing, Herbicide application for aquatic weeds, and setting traps. Fee: $10; lunch provided. To register, call the Henry County Extension at (334) 585-6416.

May 28-29...Mount Berry, Georgia.
Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) Prescribed Fire Certification Training Course at Berry College, McAllister Hall, Room 119. Course includes self-study of materials provided by mail prior to the program, a two-day training session, and a written state exam. $Fee: $65; includes breakfast and lunch each day. Limited to 50 attendees. For more information call the GFC Prescribed Fire Coordinator at (478) 751-3332. For more information and to register online click here.

 

> June 2020

June 4...Jasper, Georgia.
Georgia Prescribed Fire Council Meeting in north Georgia. More details as they are finalized. Contact Kevin Hiers at (850) 893-4153 or jkhiers@talltimbers.org.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

June 4...Pickens County 9 AM.
The Forestry Field Day will meet at a location To-be-Determined. Come meet with Bruce Lanier, Consulting Forester. Topic: To-be-Determined. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (205) 624-2225 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

June 16-18...Pearl, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course at the Southern Regional Fire Training Center in Pearl. 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. Limited to 20 participants. Contact Allen Stroud at (769) 798-2597 or astroud@mfc.ms.gov.

June 24...Atlanta, Georgia 7:30 AM - 5 PM ET.
Timber Market Analysis at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. This class teaches a detailed approach and specific strategies for analyzing timber markets for timberland, bioenergy, wood procurement, and forestry consulting applications. Instructors: Dr. Brooks Mendell and Amanda Lang. Fee: $680; $100 discount if paid by June 10. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

 

> July 2020

July 17-19...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, kidís activities, and more. Fee: $10; kids receive discounted admission. For more info call Channing Brown at (205) 678-4141.

 

> August 2020

August 7-9...Baldwin County.
Southern Christmas Tree Association Annual Meeting will be held at The Lodge at Gulf State Park, 21196 East Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores. The Sunday Farm Tour will be at Fish River Trees near Summerdale. Fee: $TBD. For more information call Michael Buchart at (225) 505-6335.

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.

 

> September 2020

September 15-17...Starkville, Mississippi. (dates are tentative)
Prescribed Burning Short Course at Hilton Garden Inn, 972 MS-12, Starkville. 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. Limited to 40 participants. Contact Allen Stroud at (769) 798-2597 or astroud@mfc.ms.gov.


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