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2005 Calendar of Past Events

last update: 12/16/05

Biographical Information About Speakers/Instructors: A-C, D-I, J-Q, R-Z

> January 2005

January 11...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Dinner and Program at Lloyd's Restaurant on U.S. 280. Speaker: Stephen Mitchell from the Auburn Quail Research Group will discuss his progress at Sehoy Plantation. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bellsouth.net.

January 12...Montgomery County 10 AM to 2 PM.
Alabama/Tombigbee Basin-wide Clean Water Partnership Meeting at the Alabama Forestry Association offices in Montgomery. Contact Ashley Henderson at (334) 270-8236 or ahendersoncwp@charter.net.

January 13...Lee County 10 AM to 1 PM.
Lower Tallapoosa Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Auburn Development Service Building, 171 North Ross Street, Auburn. RSVP by 1/11 to Ginger Bodiford at (334) 271-1445 X 763 or gbodifor@ch2m.com.

January 13...Chilton County 5 PM to 8 PM.
Update/Listening Session for Auburn's Commission on Agriculture. Location: Verbena High School. Agenda: a progress report from the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension System, and a call for input for research information & extension information needs from constituents. Dinner provided. Contact Richard Brinker at (334) 844-1004 or brinker@forestry.auburn.edu.

January 18...Tallapoosa County 10 AM to 1 PM.
Middle Tallapoosa River Basin CWP Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Alexander City. RSVP to Malene A. (Watson) McElroy at (256) 327-3358 or malene.mcelroy@ch2m.com.

January 18...Tuscaloosa County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Lower Basin (Tuscaloosa, Fayette, Hale & Greene Counties) - Committee Meeting at the Tuscaloosa County Soil & Water Conservation District, Tuscaloosa. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

January 18...Baldwin County 1 PM.
HURRICANE IVAN: Executive Committee Meeting of the Alabama Forest Recovery Task Force. Location: Bay Minette Civic Center. Agenda: a briefing on the committee activities and plans going forward from the committee chairs & Task Force members. A press briefing will follow. Contact David B. Helm at (334) 361-5803 or david.helm@ipaper.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

JANUARY 19, 2005...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


January 19...Cullman County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Upper Basin (Cullman, Blount & Winston Counties) - Committee Meeting at the Cullman County Public Health Department, 601 Logan Avenue SW. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

January 19-20...Athens, Georgia.
SiMS 2003 (Simulator for Managed Stands). Topics: uses and shortcomings of growth and yield systems, how to evaluate different possible ways to manage your stands and focus on those treatments and timings that make big differences in product yield and value, and how to evaluate the effects of "saving money" by not spending on some cultural treatments. Instructors: Barry D. Shiver and Bruce E. Borders. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

January 19-20...Starkville, Mississippi.
Board of Registered Foresters Continuing Education Meeting at MSU. Choose between 9 half-day workshops with topics that cover: forestry law, CRP, estate planning, timber taxation & marketing, Farm Bill, and more. Keynote speakers: Doug Williams, National Forester, USDA & Ronnie Hayes, US Fish and Wildlife Service. Fee: $245. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu. Click here to register online.

January 20...Mobile County 7 PM.
Mobile County Landowners Association Meeting. Agenda: predator control & game management with Gary Casper and an update on the new subdivision regulations for Mobile County. Location: Jon Archer Center, North Schillinger Road, Mobile. Call Dwight Steedley at (251) 675-9250.

January 24...Baldwin County 1 PM.
Coastal Alabama CWP Steering Committee Meeting at the (new) South Alabama Regional Planning Commission office located at 110 Beauregard (GM&O building). Contact April Griffin at (251) 441-6505 or april.griffin@al.nacdnet.net.

January 24...St. Clair, Shelby & Bibb Counties.
Deadline for Comments Regarding ADEM and EPA proposed Nutrient TMDL for a portion of the Cahaba River that extends from Alabama Hwy 82 at Centerville to US I-59 in Birmingham. Click here to read 70 page Draft Report. Send comments to Chris Johnson, Water Division, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, P.O. Box 301463, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-1463. Note: comments must be received by the Department prior to 5 PM.

January 24-25...Athens, Georgia.
Blending Wildlife Considerations in Forest Stewardship Program Plans. Topics: natural resources for wildlife, longleaf pine, hardwoods, and more. Fee: $225. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

January 25...Dallas County 5:30 PM to 8 PM.
Update/Listening Session for Auburn's Commission on Agriculture. Location: Black Belt Research and Extension Center. Agenda: a progress report from the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension System, and a call for input for research information & extension information needs from constituents. Dinner provided. Contact Richard Brinker at (334) 844-1004 or brinker@forestry.auburn.edu.

January 26...Montgomery County 8 AM to 5 PM.
Nonpoint Source Conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel. AFOA strongly urges landowners interested in preventing unnecessary water quality regulations to attend this free meeting. Lunch provided. Reserve your place by January 14. Contact Patti Hurley at (334) 394-4350 or pah@adem.state.al.us.

January 26...Limestone County 5:30 PM to 8 PM.
Update/Listening Session for Auburn's Commission on Agriculture. Location: Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center. Agenda: a progress report from the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension System, and a call for input for research information & extension information needs from constituents. Dinner provided. Contact Richard Brinker at (334) 844-1004 or brinker@forestry.auburn.edu.

January 27...Montgomery County 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
WaterQuest Conference, the state's largest meeting concerning water regulatory and quality issues for users of waterways. Presented by WaterQuest & NonPoint Source Watershed Forum. Location: Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, Montgomery. Agenda: TMDLs, water quality standards, update on water-related lawsuits affecting Alabama, USGS stream gauging, and 316(b) (and 316(a)?) regulation changes. Fee: $125. Register early online here. Call Judy Morgan at (334) 240-8711.

January 27...Atlanta, Georgia 7:30 AM to 9 AM.
Legislative Breakfast & Forestry Day, sponsored by the Georgia Forestry Association. Location:  Georgia Depot Freight Room. Meet with Georgia lawmakers and elected officials to discuss the importance of forestry issues in the 2005 legislative session followed by a visit to the Capitol for individual legislator visits. Fee: $25. Contact Judy Couch at (478) 992-8110 or judy@gfagrow.org.

January 27...De Kalb County 6 PM to 8 PM.
Update/Listening Session for Auburn's Commission on Agriculture. Location: the Bevill Center in Rainsville. Agenda: a progress report from the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension System, and a call for input for research information & extension information needs from constituents. Contact Richard Brinker at (334) 844-1004 or brinker@forestry.auburn.edu.

January 28-30...Atlanta, Georgia.
Woodworking Show at the Georgia International Convention Center. Topics: milling in action, sawmill setup, specialty cuts, drying, selling and using wood. Fee: $10. For information, contact (800) 826-8257 or info@thewoodworkingshows.com.

January 29...Ackerman, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals at the Choctaw County Public Library. Fee: $35 single, $50 couple - registration required; lunch provided. Contact Patty Draper at (662) 285-6337 or choctaw@ext.msstate.edu

January 31...Henry County 6 PM to 8 PM.
Update/Listening Session for Auburn's Commission on Agriculture. Location: Wiregrass Research and Extension Center. Agenda: a progress report from the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension System, and a call for input for research information & extension information needs from constituents. Contact Richard Brinker at (334) 844-1004 or brinker@forestry.auburn.edu.

> February 2005

February 1...Baldwin County 5:30 PM to 8 PM.
Update/Listening Session for Auburn's Commission on Agriculture. Location: Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center. Agenda: a progress report from the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension System, and a call for input for research information & extension information needs from constituents. Dinner provided. Contact Richard Brinker at (334) 844-1004 or brinker@forestry.auburn.edu.

February 1...Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM
Introduction to Wildlife Management: Session 1 of 7; Master Wildlifer Program 2005. Fee for all 7 sessions: $90 plus $35 each additional family member. Fee per session: $15. For Alabama locations and registration information, contact Jim Armstrong at (334) 844-9233 or armstjb@auburn.edu .

Choctaw County: Jon Ollison    (205) 459-2133    jollison@acesag.auburn.edu
Coosa County: Roger Vines    (256) 377-4713    rvines@aces.edu
Covington County: Charles Simon    (334) 222-1125    csimon@acesag.auburn.edu 
Crenshaw County: Russell Parrish, Jr.    (334) 335-6312    rparrish@auburn.edu
Cullman County: Elaine Cole    (256) 737-9386  
Houston County: Phillip Carter    (334) 794-4108  
Lee County: Chuck Browne    (334) 749-3353    cbrowne@aces.edu
Marshall County: Chuck Howard    (256) 582-2009  
Monroe County: Willie Williams    (251) 575-3477  
Montgomery County: Jimmy D. Smitherman    (334) 265-0233    smithji@auburn.edu
Morgan County: Ronald W. Britnell    (256) 773-2549    rbritnel@acesag.auburn.edu
St. Clair County: Dorothy Brice    (205) 338-9416  
Tuscaloosa County: Wayne Ford    (205) 349-4630    sford@aces.edu
Walker County: Danny Cain    (205) 221-3392    dcain@aces.edu
Winston County: Mike Henshaw    (205) 489-5376    mhenshaw@acesag.auburn.edu

February 3...Brandon, Mississippi 8:15 AM to 4:15 PM.
Profitable Marketing & Harvesting of Timber at the Rankin County Extension Office. Fee: $35 - registration required; lunch provided. Contact Sonia Hancock at (601) 825-1461 or rankin@ext.msstate.edu.

February 4...Colbert County 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
Alabama PALS (People Against A Littered State) Litter Law Enforcement Conference. Location: North West Shoals Community College, Tuscumbia. Speakers: Judge Aubrey Ford, Jr. and Cliff Cobb, Tuscaloosa Police Dept. Fee: $15. Contact Spencer Ryan at (334) 263-7737 or spencer@alpals.org.

February 8...Jackson, Mississippi 8:45 AM to 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals at the Hinds County Extension Office. Fee: $35 - registration required; lunch provided. Contact Theresa Hand at (601) 372-1424 or hinds@ext.msstate.edu.

February 8...Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM
Ecology and Management of Small Game: Session 2 of 7; Master Wildlifer Program 2005. Fee for all 7 sessions: $90 plus $35 each additional family member. Fee per session: $15. For Alabama locations and registration information, contact Jim Armstrong at (334) 844-9233 or armstjb@auburn.edu.

Choctaw County: Jon Ollison    (205) 459-2133    jollison@acesag.auburn.edu
Coosa County: Roger Vines    (256) 377-4713    rvines@aces.edu
Covington County: Charles Simon    (334) 222-1125    csimon@acesag.auburn.edu 
Crenshaw County: Russell Parrish, Jr.    (334) 335-6312    rparrish@auburn.edu
Cullman County: Elaine Cole    (256) 737-9386  
Houston County: Phillip Carter    (334) 794-4108  
Lee County: Chuck Browne    (334) 749-3353    cbrowne@aces.edu
Marshall County: Chuck Howard    (256) 582-2009  
Monroe County: Willie Williams    (251) 575-3477  
Montgomery County: Jimmy D. Smitherman    (334) 265-0233    smithji@auburn.edu
Morgan County: Ronald W. Britnell    (256) 773-2549    rbritnel@acesag.auburn.edu
St. Clair County: Dorothy Brice    (205) 338-9416  
Tuscaloosa County: Wayne Ford    (205) 349-4630    sford@aces.edu
Walker County: Danny Cain    (205) 221-3392    dcain@aces.edu
Winston County: Mike Henshaw    (205) 489-5376    mhenshaw@acesag.auburn.edu

February 9...Midway, Georgia 8:30 AM ET.
Pine Forest Management at the Coastal EMC building. Topics: Georgia county harvest ordinances and conservation use easements, harvest BMPs, coastal zone management, contract timber sales, soils, mapping, and more. RSVP by 02/01 to Ginger Perdue at (912) 545-9549 or perdue@uga.edu.

February 10...Corinth, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals at the Alcorn County Extension Office. Fee: $35 single, $50 couple - registration required; lunch provided. Contact Patrick Poindexter at (662) 286-7755 or alcorn@ext.msstate.edu.

February 10...Walker County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior CWP- Middle Basin - Committee Meeting. Location: Bevill State Community College - Sumiton Campus, Building 1400, Civic Room. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

February 10...Houston County 5:30 PM.
Wiregrass Wild Game Cook-Off, sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation. Location: Houston County Farm Center. Fee: $50; $10 discount if registered prior to event. Call Henry Ivy at (334) 677-2265 or Andy Armstrong at (334) 790-6841.

February 10...Lauderdale County 6 PM to 9 PM.
Forest Taxation Seminar at the Florence City Municipal Building Auditorium, 110 West College Street. Speaker: Lou Hyman, Alabama Forestry Commission. Fee: free. Call Bill Inskeep at (256) 766-8839 or Eli Thornton at (256) 757-2269.

February 10...Geneva County 7 PM.
Wildflowers: Ladies Night Out Program of County ATFA Chapter. Speaker: Caroline Dean. Call Don Dean at (334) 794-4993.

February 12...Jefferson County 8 AM.
Educational Short Course, sponsored by the Quality Deer Management Association - Central Alabama Branch. Location: HealthSouth Conference Center. Topics: warm season food plots & soil fertility, deer management, the Barbour County Wildlife Management Area, GIS mapping, strategies, and a roundtable discussion. Fee: $30; $5 discount if registered prior to event. Contact Steve Epperson at (205) 368-5685 or alqdma@att.net.

February 12...Montgomery County 9 AM.
Conservation Advisory Board Meeting at State Capitol Auditorium. This board recommends (sets) hunting seasons and bag limits. Anybody who wishes to speak should arrive by 8:30 AM to sign in. A March 12 meeting will be devoted to Board decisions relating to those public proposals submitted at the February meeting. Location: TBA. A May meeting will be devoted to decisions relating to the March meeting. Time & location: TBA. Call the DC&NR at (334) 242-3486.

February 13-15...Gainesville, Florida.
Working Forests in the Tropics: Policy & Market Impacts on Conservation & Management. Location: University of Florida, J. Wayne Reitz Union. Topics: impacts of public polices and markets on tropical forests and identification of policy initiatives and market-based incentives that may be useful for promoting forest conservation and management. Fee: $150. Contact Daniel Zarin at (352) 846-1247 or zarin@ufl.edu.

February 15...Tuscaloosa County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Lower Basin- Committee Meeting at the Tuscaloosa County Soil & Water Conservation District, Tuscaloosa. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

February 15...Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM
Ecology and Management of White-Tailed Deer: Session 3 of 7; Master Wildlifer Program 2005. Fee for all 7 sessions: $90 plus $35 each additional family member. Fee per session: $15. For Alabama locations and registration information, contact Jim Armstrong at (334) 844-9233 or armstjb@auburn.edu.

 
Choctaw County: Jon Ollison    (205) 459-2133    jollison@acesag.auburn.edu
Coosa County: Roger Vines    (256) 377-4713    rvines@aces.edu
Covington County: Charles Simon    (334) 222-1125    csimon@acesag.auburn.edu 
Crenshaw County: Russell Parrish, Jr.    (334) 335-6312    rparrish@auburn.edu
Cullman County: Elaine Cole    (256) 737-9386  
Houston County: Phillip Carter    (334) 794-4108  
Lee County: Chuck Browne    (334) 749-3353    cbrowne@aces.edu
Marshall County: Chuck Howard    (256) 582-2009  
Monroe County: Willie Williams    (251) 575-3477  
Montgomery County: Jimmy D. Smitherman    (334) 265-0233    smithji@auburn.edu
Morgan County: Ronald W. Britnell    (256) 773-2549    rbritnel@acesag.auburn.edu
St. Clair County: Dorothy Brice    (205) 338-9416  
Tuscaloosa County: Wayne Ford    (205) 349-4630    sford@aces.edu
Walker County: Danny Cain    (205) 221-3392    dcain@aces.edu
Winston County: Mike Henshaw    (205) 489-5376    mhenshaw@acesag.auburn.edu


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

FEBRUARY 16, 2005...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


February 17...Georgetown, Georgia 7 PM EST.
Forestry Programs and Incentives, at the Quitman County Extension Office. Fee: $40; deadline to register is 2/15. Meal to be served before meeting. Contact Tucker Price at (229) 334-4303 or tprice@uga.edu.

February 17...Monroe County 5 PM.
Monroeville Wild Game Cook-Off at Stallworth’s Hill Top. Fee: $50 - includes membership in the Alabama Wildlife Federation. Call Kristie Dunn at (251) 743-8268.

February 17...New Augusta, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals. Fee: free. Contact Florieda Mason at (601) 964-3668 or perry@ext.msstate.edu.

February 17-20...Nashville, Tennessee.
National Wild Turkey Federation Convention and Sport Show at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Topics: professionals, hunting gear, auctions, Grand National Turkey Calling Championships, and taxidermy contest. Keynote speaker: Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss. Fee: $225. Contact the NWTF at 1-800-THE-NWTF or kgore@nwtf.net. Click here to register online.

February 18...Orange Springs, Florida 1:30 PM ET.
Forest Property Tour of James Pochurek. Location: CR 318 between Citra and Orange Springs. Agenda: diversity of ecosystems including oak hammock, slash and longleaf pine flatwoods, wetlands, ponds, swamp, improved pasture, and a small citrus grove; experience wildlife and forest management practices include oak thinning, hand-planting longleaf seedlings/tublings, maintaining food plots and feeders, and prescribed burning, a look at cultural resources (prehistoric Native American sites) and research on the historic land use through old maps, aerial photographs and local informant interviews. Fee: free - registration required. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ifas.ufl.edu.

February 22...Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM
Ecology and Management of Eastern Wild Turkey: Session 4 of 7; Master Wildlifer Program 2005. Fee for all 7 sessions: $90 plus $35 each additional family member. Fee per session: $15. For Alabama locations and registration information, contact Jim Armstrong at (334) 844-9233 or armstjb@auburn.edu.
Choctaw County: Jon Ollison    (205) 459-2133    jollison@acesag.auburn.edu
Coosa County: Roger Vines    (256) 377-4713    rvines@aces.edu
Covington County: Charles Simon    (334) 222-1125    csimon@acesag.auburn.edu 
Crenshaw County: Russell Parrish, Jr.    (334) 335-6312    rparrish@auburn.edu
Cullman County: Elaine Cole    (256) 737-9386  
Houston County: Phillip Carter    (334) 794-4108  
Lee County: Chuck Browne    (334) 749-3353    cbrowne@aces.edu
Marshall County: Chuck Howard    (256) 582-2009  
Monroe County: Willie Williams    (251) 575-3477  
Montgomery County: Jimmy D. Smitherman    (334) 265-0233    smithji@auburn.edu
Morgan County: Ronald W. Britnell    (256) 773-2549    rbritnel@acesag.auburn.edu
St. Clair County: Dorothy Brice    (205) 338-9416  
Tuscaloosa County: Wayne Ford    (205) 349-4630    sford@aces.edu
Walker County: Danny Cain    (205) 221-3392    dcain@aces.edu
Winston County: Mike Henshaw    (205) 489-5376    mhenshaw@acesag.auburn.edu

February 22-23...Starkville, Mississippi.
GPS in Natural Resources Management - Certificate Program - at MSU. Topics: terminology, concepts, and capabilities of GPS, components of the GPS system, principles and applications of geodetic projections, GPS based navigation procedures, and more. Fee: $375. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu. Click here to register online.

February 22-24...Amelia Island, Florida.
Southeastern Technical Division Meetings for the Forest Resources Association, Council on Forest Engineering Southern Region, and Wood Supply Research Institute. Agenda: multi-shift logging, WSRI/Auburn Transportation Efficiency Study, forestry field trip, tour of Smurfit-Stone’s Fernandina Beach wood yard and swamp logging operation, social, and awards dinner. Various fees apply. Call Rick Meyer at (540) 989-4171.

February 23...Montgomery County 12 PM to 2 PM.
Alabama/Tombigbee Basin-wide Clean Water Partnership Meeting at the Alabama Forestry Association Conference Room in Montgomery. Agenda: Kleinschmidt will premiere the Basin Management Plans. Contact Ashley Henderson at (334) 270-8236 or ahendersoncwp@charter.net.

February 23...Cullman County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Upper Basin- Committee Meeting at the Cullman County Public Health Department, 601 Logan Avenue SW. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

February 23-24...Macon, Georgia.
Stumpage Markets, Wood Quality and Southern Pine Management Decisions at the Georgia Forestry Commission office. Topics: evaluate the effects of stumpage markets and wood quality on timber management decisions, how timber management decisions impact the wood quality of commercial timber and how quality may influence stumpage prices. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

February 24...Vicksburg, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals at the Warren County Extension Office. Fee: $35 single, $50 couple - registration required; lunch provided. Contact Terry Rector at (601) 636-5391 or warren@ext.msstate.edu.

February 24...Mathiston, Mississippi 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
Lady Forest Landowner Minicourse at the Webster Levy Hall of the Woods Institute. Fee: free; supper provided, but registration required. Contact Cynthia Wilson at (662) 258-3971 or webster@ext.msstate.edu.

February 24...Georgetown, Georgia 7 PM EST.
Managing Forests for Birding Opportunities, at the Quitman County Extension Office. Fee: $40; deadline to register is 2/15. Meal to be served before meeting. Contact Tucker Price at (229) 334-4303 or tprice@uga.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

FEBRUARY 24, 2005...Shelby County 7:00 PM.
Topic:  Forest Management To-Do List for the Next Three Months
Speaker: Jon R. Ingram, Jon R. Ingram Forestry Services

Location: Arthur's Conference Center & Courtyard, off Valleydale Road about 1 mile west of I-65 S exit 247. Plan to attend Dutch treat dinner prior to the program at 5:30 PM at nearby Ragtime Cafe. Questions? Contact AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or Send Email.


February 24...Nationwide 1 PM EST.
Conflict and Communication in the Family Business. Audio Conference presented by the Family Business Advisor. Moderator: Drew S. Mendoza. Topics: what conflict really is and guidance for dealing with the emotional content that lies beneath it. Fee: $159. For more information, contact the FBA at 1-800-551-0633 or editor@efamilybusiness.com.

February 25-27...Destin, Florida.
Alabama Forestry Association Mid-Winter Meeting at the Hilton Sand Destin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Topics: latest information on issues that impact the forest industry, updates on the status of legislation that could affect forest owners' livelihood and on the Hurricane Ivan Recovery Task Force; wood market outlook - before and after Ivan, and a look at Alabama’s forest history. Fee: $245. Contact the AFA at (334) 265-8733 or info@alaforestry.org. Click here to register online.

February 26...Gulfport, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
Forestry for Baby Boomers Workshop at the Orange Grove Community Center. Fee: free - registration required. Contact Nancy Freeman at (228) 865-4227 or nfreeman@ext.msstate.edu.

February 26...Dale County 9 AM.
State Turkey Calling Contest, sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation - Alabama branch. Location: Flowers Center for Performing Arts (adjacent to Ozark Civic Center), East College Street. Fee: $5 - also includes passage into the Wild Turkey and Outdoor Expo going on the same day in the Ozark Civic Center. RSVP by 01/31 to Frank Estes at (334) 774-5571 or estesf@snowhill.com.

February 28-March 1...Richmond, Virginia.
Timber Income Tax at the Richmond Marriott West. Topics: major federal income tax aspects of timber resource management, implications of recent tax changes for timber investment, marketing and management planning, and information on federal income tax reporting. Instructor: Harry L. Haney, Jr. Fee: $350. Contact Harry Haney at (540) 231-5212 or hhaney@vt.edu. Click here to register online.

February 28-March 4...Memphis, Tennessee.
Southern Silvicultural Conference, sponsored by Mississippi State's Department of Forestry & the USFS Southern Research Station. Agenda includes research coordination, the exchange of research information among silviculturists and researchers, concurrent sessions, and a field trip. Fee: $240. Contact Kristina Connor at (662) 325-2145 or kconnor@fs.fed.us.

> March 2005

March 1...Georgetown, Georgia 7 PM EST.
Managing Pines for Pinestraw Production, at the Quitman County Extension Office. Fee: $40; deadline to register is 2/15. Meal to be served before meeting. Contact Tucker Price at (229) 334-4303 or tprice@uga.edu.

March 1...Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM
Fishpond Management: Session 5 of 7; Master Wildlifer Program 2005. Fee for all 7 sessions: $90 plus $35 each additional family member. Fee per session: $15. For Alabama locations and registration information, contact
Jim Armstrong at (334) 844-9233 or armstjb@auburn.edu.

Choctaw County: Jon Ollison    (205) 459-2133    jollison@acesag.auburn.edu
Coosa County: Roger Vines    (256) 377-4713    rvines@aces.edu
Covington County: Charles Simon    (334) 222-1125    csimon@acesag.auburn.edu 
Crenshaw County: Russell Parrish, Jr.    (334) 335-6312    rparrish@auburn.edu
Cullman County: Elaine Cole    (256) 737-9386  
Houston County: Phillip Carter    (334) 794-4108  
Lee County: Chuck Browne    (334) 749-3353    cbrowne@aces.edu
Marshall County: Chuck Howard    (256) 582-2009  
Monroe County: Willie Williams    (251) 575-3477  
Montgomery County: Jimmy D. Smitherman    (334) 265-0233    smithji@auburn.edu
Morgan County: Ronald W. Britnell    (256) 773-2549    rbritnel@acesag.auburn.edu
St. Clair County: Dorothy Brice    (205) 338-9416  
Tuscaloosa County: Wayne Ford    (205) 349-4630    sford@aces.edu
Walker County: Danny Cain    (205) 221-3392    dcain@aces.edu
Winston County: Mike Henshaw    (205) 489-5376    mhenshaw@acesag.auburn.edu

March 2-3...Washington, D.C.
Washington Fly-In, sponsored by Forest Landowners Association, the Association of Consulting Foresters, and the Southern Lumber Manufacturers Association. Agenda: to give private landowners the opportunity to meet and educate their representatives on issues affecting them. Fee: $99 - includes briefing materials and meals. Contact Joshua Harrell at 800-325-2954 or jharrell@forestlandowners.com.

March 3...Tuscaloosa County 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Forestry Ethics & Laws Governing Forestry Operation. Location: Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa. Speakers: Rebecca Wright Pritchett and Wayne Ford will discuss laws regarding the forestry industry, such as adverse possession, road right-of-way, types of easements, land-lock property, trespass and over-cuts, timber deeds, hunting leases, environmental issues and more. Fee: $89. Contact Wayne Ford at (205) 349-4630 or sford@aces.edu.

March 3...Tuscaloosa County 5:30 PM.
Tuscaloosa Wild Game Cook-Off at Woods & Water. Fee: $40; $5 discount if registered prior to event. Call Gardner Rowell at (205) 759-2920.

March 3...Atlanta, Georgia 6 PM.
Quail Unlimited Banquet - North Metro Atlanta Chapter. Location: Sheraton Buckhead Hotel. Agenda: auctions, social hour, and twenty-gun raffle. Fee: $75. Contact Gary W. Johnson at (770) 448-3868 or gwjohnson@leoadaly.com.

March 4-6...Shelby County.
Becoming An Outdoors-Woman Workshop, at the 4-H Center near Columbiana. Agenda: hands-on instruction and over 50 courses such as backyard wildlife, camp cooking, map and compass, shooting sports & gun safety, fishing, hunting, nature photography, nature crafts, ATV handling, bird watching, motor boat handling, and more. Fee: $195 - includes meals, lodging, program materials & instructional equipment and instruction. Contact Jerry A. de Bin at (334) 242-3151 or jdebin@dcnr.state.al.us. Click here to register online.

March 5...Iuka, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals at the Tishomingo MSU Extension Office. Fee: $35 single, $50 couple - registration required; lunch provided. Call Danny Owen at (662) 423-7016.

March 5...Prentiss, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Profitable Marketing and Harvesting of Timber. Location: Big Daddy's BBQ, 940 Hwy 42. Fee: $35 single, $45 couple. Contact Thomas Brewer at (601) 792-5121 or thomasb@ext.msstate.edu.

March 7...Batesville, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Introduction to Hardwood Management at the Panola County Extension Office. Fee: $35 single, $45 couple - registration required; lunch provided. Contact Judd Gentry at (662) 563-6260 or panola@ext.msstate.edu.

March 8...Bullock, Lee, & Macon Counties.
Special General Election for State House District 82 to fill the seat of Rep. Johnny Ford. The special election will be held to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term for which Ford was elected. For more information, call the Governor's Press Office at (334) 242-7150.

March 8...Montgomery County 10 AM.
HURRICANE IVAN: Alabama Forest Recovery Task Force Status Report Meeting. Location: Alabama Forestry Commission Office, Madison Avenue, Montgomery. Agenda: committee reports that summarize the task force members' actions to date and tell what work each committee still has to accomplish. Contact Rick Oates at (334) 265-8733 or roates@alaforestry.org.

March 8...Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM
Managing Wetlands for Waterfowl and Other Wildlife: Session 6 of 7; Master Wildlifer Program 2005. Fee for all 7 sessions: $90 plus $35 each additional family member. Fee per session: $15. For Alabama locations and registration information,
contact Jim Armstrong at (334) 844-9233 or armstjb@auburn.edu.

Choctaw County: Jon Ollison    (205) 459-2133    jollison@acesag.auburn.edu
Coosa County: Roger Vines    (256) 377-4713    rvines@aces.edu
Covington County: Charles Simon    (334) 222-1125    csimon@acesag.auburn.edu 
Crenshaw County: Russell Parrish, Jr.    (334) 335-6312    rparrish@auburn.edu
Cullman County: Elaine Cole    (256) 737-9386  
Houston County: Phillip Carter    (334) 794-4108  
Lee County: Chuck Browne    (334) 749-3353    cbrowne@aces.edu
Marshall County: Chuck Howard    (256) 582-2009  
Monroe County: Willie Williams    (251) 575-3477  
Montgomery County: Jimmy D. Smitherman    (334) 265-0233    smithji@auburn.edu
Morgan County: Ronald W. Britnell    (256) 773-2549    rbritnel@acesag.auburn.edu
St. Clair County: Dorothy Brice    (205) 338-9416  
Tuscaloosa County: Wayne Ford    (205) 349-4630    sford@aces.edu
Walker County: Danny Cain    (205) 221-3392    dcain@aces.edu
Winston County: Mike Henshaw    (205) 489-5376    mhenshaw@acesag.auburn.edu

March 8...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Dinner and Program at Lloyds Restaurant on U.S. 280. Speaker Stephen Mitchell will discuss his research at the Sehoy Plantation. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bellsouth.net.

March 10...Shreveport, Louisiana 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
ARK-LA-TEX Forestry Forum at the Holiday Inn Financial Plaza. Topics: the latest changes in forestry taxes, property ownership issues (trespass, liability, ATV’s, right of ways), update of forestry issues, and satellite images for your property. Fee: $22. Contact Ricky Kilpatrick at (318) 965-2326 or rkilpatrick@agctr.lsu.edu.

March 10...Jefferson County 9 AM.
Forestry Demonstration at the Sunhill Road Park site, which borders Jeff State on the South & intersects with Carson Road. Demo includes invasive species control, pruning hardwoods, tree thinning, portable sawmill, and more. Fee: free. Contact Rod Goode at (205) 823-6400 or rodney.goode@al.usda.gov.

March 10...Walker County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior CWP - Middle Basin - Committee Meeting. Location: Bevill State Community College - Sumiton Campus, Building 1400, Civic Room. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

March 10...Montgomery County 4 PM to 7:30 PM.
Alabama Agribusiness Council Annual Meeting and Rodeo Roundup. Location: Department of Agriculture and Industries - Richard Beard Building and the Montgomery State Farmers Market Open Pavilion respectively, in Montgomery. Agenda: Keynote speaker: Lucy Baxley; Dr. Mike Weiss, Feast of Alabama Products, and silent auction. Fee: $50. Contact Alicia Phillips at (334) 281-5513 or agribusiness@mindspring.com.

March 10...Tallapoosa County 5:30 PM.
Alexander City Wild Game Cook-Off, at the Elk's Club on Elks Parkway, 280 Bridge on Lake Martin. Fee: $50 - includes membership in the Alabama Wildlife Federation. $10 discount if registered prior to event. Contact Bill Nunnery at (256) 825-2308.

March 10...Pooler, Georgia 6:30 PM.
Fundraising Banquet of the Quality Deer Management Association - Savannah River Branch. Location: the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. Fee: $45 - includes two meals and QDMA membership. Call Randall Bowden at (912) 923-2964.

March 11...Columbia, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Timber Taxation Fundamentals Short Course at the MSU Extension Office. Fee: $35 single, $45 couple - registration required. Contact Amanda Woods at (601) 736-8251 or marion@ext.msstate.edu.

March 11...Hammond, Louisiana.
Florida Parishes Forestry Forum. Location: Southeastern Louisiana University - University Center. Topics: RCW & Safe Harbor, growth/fertilization, certification/tree farm, clonal forest planting, wetland forests, LA forest resources globally. Contact Brian Chandler at (225) 683-3101 or bchandler@agctr.lsu.edu.

March 12...Shelby County 8 AM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Spring Field Trial at the Frost Farm Quail Hunting Preserve near Calera. Fee: free; fees apply to participate. Dogs must be pre-registered by 3/10. Call Frank Harris at (205) 595-0203; Terry Burdette at (205) 822-7953; Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or (205) 822-0273.

March 12...Lauderdale County 9 AM.
Conservation Advisory Board Meeting at Joe Wheeler State Park Lodge. This board recommends (sets) hunting seasons and bag limits. Anybody who wishes to speak should arrive by 8:30 AM to sign in. Decisions on matters discussed at the February meeting may be announced. A May 14 meeting will be devoted to decisions relating to the March meeting. Location: TBA. Call the DC&NR at (334) 242-3486.

March 12...Jefferson County 9 AM to 1 PM.
American Chestnut Foundation Meeting - Alabama Chapter -  at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Topics: restoration of the American chestnut into its native range and the work being done across the nation and here in Alabama toward that end. Contact Les Tate at (256) 764-5608 or lrtate@comcast.net.

March 12...Meadville, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Introduction to Hardwood Management at the Franklin County Extension Office. Fee: $35 single, couple $45 - registration required; lunch provided. Contact Mark Mowdy at (601) 384-2349 or franklin@ext.msstate.edu.

March 12...Atlanta, Georgia 1 PM.
Spring Banquet & Auction of the Quality Deer Management Association. Location: Sheraton Buckhead Hotel. Agenda: silent auction and seminars from wildlife biologists & managers on food plots, game cameras, gear and more. Fee: $75 - includes a 1-year QDMA membership. Call the QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

March 13-16...Atlanta, Georgia.
Emerging Issues Along Urban/Rural Interfaces: Linking Science and Society. Highlights include interaction among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers and land-use planning. Fee: $450. Contact Lisa Ditchkoff at (334) 329-8288 or interface@pepsnow.com.

March 15...Jefferson & Shelby Counties.
Special Primary Election for State House District 46 which was vacated when former State Representative Mark Gaines was appointed Jefferson County Probate Judge on January 18. The special election will be held to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term for which Gaines was elected. Call the Governor's Press Office at (334) 242-7150.

March 15...Tuscaloosa County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Lower Basin - Committee Meeting at the Tuscaloosa County Soil & Water Conservation District, Tuscaloosa. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

March 15...Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM
Income Opportunities from Wildlife on Private Lands: Session 7 of 7; Master Wildlifer Program 2005. Fee for all 7 sessions: $90 plus $35 each additional family member. Fee per session: $15. For Alabama locations and registration information,
contact Jim Armstrong at (334) 844-9233 or armstjb@auburn.edu.

Choctaw County: Jon Ollison    (205) 459-2133    jollison@acesag.auburn.edu
Coosa County: Roger Vines    (256) 377-4713    rvines@aces.edu
Covington County: Charles Simon    (334) 222-1125    csimon@acesag.auburn.edu 
Crenshaw County: Russell Parrish, Jr.    (334) 335-6312    rparrish@auburn.edu
Cullman County: Elaine Cole    (256) 737-9386  
Houston County: Phillip Carter    (334) 794-4108  
Lee County: Chuck Browne    (334) 749-3353    cbrowne@aces.edu
Marshall County: Chuck Howard    (256) 582-2009  
Monroe County: Willie Williams    (251) 575-3477  
Montgomery County: Jimmy D. Smitherman    (334) 265-0233    smithji@auburn.edu
Morgan County: Ronald W. Britnell    (256) 773-2549    rbritnel@acesag.auburn.edu
St. Clair County: Dorothy Brice    (205) 338-9416  
Tuscaloosa County: Wayne Ford    (205) 349-4630    sford@aces.edu
Walker County: Danny Cain    (205) 221-3392    dcain@aces.edu
Winston County: Mike Henshaw    (205) 489-5376    mhenshaw@acesag.auburn.edu

March 15-18...Ruston, Louisiana.
Hardwood Log, Lumber, and Tree Grading Workshop at Louisiana Tech School of Forestry. Topics: USFS grading system in relation to lumber grades and product utilization, how to recognize external defect indicators and their importance in hardwood logs, and application of log grading to standing timber. Fee: $450. Contact Dr. Mark Gibson at (318) 257-4985 or mgibson@latech.edu. Click here for registration form.

CANCELED March 16...Athens, Georgia 8:30 AM to 5 PM.
Wildlife Damage Management Training Program at Flinchum's Phoenix. Instructor: Mike Mengak. Topics: resolving human-wildlife conflicts in urbanized areas, laws and regulations covering nuisance wildlife, information on disease issues, basics on the wildlife damage industry, and the process for obtaining a nuisance wildlife control permit. Fee: $225. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

MARCH 16, 2005...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


March 17, 18, 19...Lee County.
Austrian Scholars Conference at the Mises Institute campus in Auburn. Choose from 80+ presentations on economics, history, philosophy, and the humanities, in addition to named lectures by the leaders in the field. Fee: $200 - includes all sessions, receptions, coffee breaks, and daily shuttles between AU Hotel and the Institute. Contact Pat at (334) 321-2100 or pat@mises.org. Click here to register online.

March 21...Nationwide.
Deadline for Comments Regarding the Fish and Wildlife Service technical agency draft recovery plan for six Mobile Basin aquatic snails, which may affect forest landowners. To submit your comments and to review this technical agency draft recovery plan, write the Jackson, Mississippi Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 6578 Dogwood View, Parkway, Jackson, MS 39213, (601) 965-4900, or paul_hartfield@fws.gov.

March 21-24...Baltimore, Maryland.
USDA Symposium: Greenhouse Gases & Carbon Sequestration in Agriculture and Forestry. Location: Wyndham Baltimore - Inner Harbor. Topics include inventory, observations, measurements, and monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration in agriculture and forestry and application of climate science for adaptation on farms and forests. Fee: $345. Contact Chuck Rice at (785) 532-7217 or cwrice@ksu.edu.

POSTPONED March 22...Tallapoosa County 10 AM to 1 PM.
The Middle Tallapoosa River Basin CWP Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Alexander City Hall. Lunch included. RSVP to Malene A. (Watson) McElroy at (256) 327-3358 or malene.mcelroy@ch2m.com.

March 23...Cullman County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Upper Basin - Committee Meeting at the Cullman County Public Health Department, 601 Logan Avenue SW. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

March 23-24...Athens, Georgia.
Financial Decision-Making in Timber Management. Topics: review of and introduction to financial decision-making for foresters and the use of growth-and-yield models with financial analysis to improve timberland management decision-making that provide the highest financial returns. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

March 24...Elmore County 10 AM to 1 PM.
The Lower Tallapoosa Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Hotel Talisi, 4 Sistrunk Street, Tallassee. RSVP by 3/22 to Ginger Bodiford at (334) 271-1445X763 or ginger.bodiford@ch2m.com.

March 25...Hale County 11:30 AM.
Hale County ATFA Chapter Meeting
at the Magnolia Inn Restaurant in Greensboro. Greg Whitis, Alabama Fish Farm Center, will speak on pond management. Dutch treat lunch. Call Buddy Hall at (334) 624-3829.

March 24...Elmore County 10 AM to 1 PM.
The Lower Tallapoosa Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Hotel Talisi, 4 Sistrunk Street, Tallassee. RSVP by 3/22 to Ginger Bodiford at (334) 271-1445X763 or ginger.bodiford@ch2m.com.

March 25...Hale County 11:30 AM.
Hale County ATFA Chapter Meeting
at the Magnolia Inn Restaurant in Greensboro. Greg Whitis, Alabama Fish Farm Center, will speak on pond management. Dutch treat lunch. Call Buddy Hall at (334) 624-3829.

March 29...Starkville, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals at the MSU Bost Extension Center, South Auditorium. Fee: $35 single, couple $50 - registration required; lunch provided. Contact Ed Williams at (662) 323-5916 or oktibbeha@ext.msstate.edu.

March 30-31...Bowdon, Georgia.
Farmland Preservation and Sustainable Agriculture Expo. Topics: preservation and protection of farmland and creating sustainable agribusiness opportunities. Fee: $50. Contact Bill Hodge at (770) 836-8546 or bhodge@uga.edu. Click here to register online.

> April 2005

April 1-2...Tuscaloosa County.
Artur Davis’s Sustainable Development Summit: Building the Dream, Keeping the Promise. Location: Stillman College in Tuscaloosa. Topics: environmental justice, ADEM reform, sustainable agriculture, clean industry and jobs, landfills, air quality, poverty, wealth, public health, forestry and urban sprawl. To register, call (205) 752-5380 or visit the conference website. Editor's note: We hope AFOA members will attend part or all of this two-day free meeting just to be sure some new federal program won’t roll over us when we’re not looking. Conference materials are dripping with buzz words, such as "environmental justice," "sustainable," "stewardship," "environmentally sound," "community vitality," and "community development" and our first notice of the meeting came to us from an environmental activist group. Perhaps the Congressman has already been steam-rollered?

April 2...Bay Springs, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Profitable Marketing and Harvesting of Timber Short Course at the Jasper County MSU Extension Service Office. Fee: $35 single, $45 couple - registration required. Contact Tommy Bishop at (601) 764-2314 or jasper@ext.msstate.edu.

April 3-10...Curitiba, Brazil.
Brazil Forestry Tour. Agenda: visits to plantation forests and manufacturing facilities in southern Brazil as well as introduction to industry players, experts, and government officials. Fee: $2250 - air fare not included. Contact Mark Willhite at (503) 695-6419 or bwillhite@juno.com.

April 4-7...Starkville, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course at MSU. Required prerequisite provided by MSU upon your registration in this short course. Topics: state laws regarding your liability, benefits, limitations, and risks, forest fuels and fuel classifications, ignition techniques, how to manage smoke, how to plan and execute a prescribed burn, and effects of weather and fuel moisture on fire behavior. Fee: $425. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu.

April 5...Canton, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Introduction to Hardwood Management at the Madison County Extension Office. Fee: $35 single, couple $45 - registration required; lunch provided. Contact Otis Davis at (601) 859-3842 or madison@ext.msstate.edu..

April 5...Tallapoosa County 10 AM to 1 PM.
The Middle Tallapoosa River Basin CWP Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Alexander City Hall. Lunch included. RSVP to Malene A. (Watson) McElroy at (256) 327-3358 or malene.mcelroy@ch2m.com.

CANCELLED April 5, 12, 19...Ripley, Mississippi.
How to Manage Your CRP--Pine Plantation (Tuesday evenings) at the Tippah County MSU Extension Office. Fee: $35 single, couple $50 - registration required. Contact Tim Needham at (662) 837-8184 or tippah@ext.msstate.edu.

April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3...Carrollton, Mississippi 7 PM.
Profitable Marketing & Harvesting of Timber (Tuesday evenings) at the Carrollton Community House. Fee: $35 single, $45 couple - registration required. Contact Pamela Lee at (662) 237-6926 or carroll@ext.msstate.edu.

April 7, 14, 21, 28...Pontotoc, Mississippi.
Profitable Marketing & Harvesting of Timber (Thursday evenings) at the Pontotoc MSU Extension Office. This is one long course covering a variety of topics related to marketing timber. Fee: $35 single, couple $50 - registration required. Contact Ricky Ferguson at (662) 489-3910 or pontotoc@ext.msstate.edu.

April 9...Magnolia, Arkansas 8 AM to 3 PM.
Forest Landowner Clinic, sponsored by the Arkansas Forestry Association. Location: Southern Arkansas University. Topics: fertilization, returns & yields, marketing timber, and whitetail deer and turkey management. Speakers: Michael Blazier, Matt Pelkki, Teddy Reynolds, and Bryan Kinkel. Fee: $25. Contact Colleen Morphew at (870) 234-0200 x 1203 or colleen@reynoldsforestry.com. Click here to print a registration brochure. Click here to register online.

April 9...Newton, Georgia 10 AM to 2 PM ET.
Open House of the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway. Location: State Highway 91 approx. 10 miles south of Newton and 15 miles north of Colquitt. Agenda: longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem, Tiger Swallowtail butterfly, wagon tours of Ichauway Landscape and historical area, slide show presentation, walking tours of working research facilities, and hands-on learning activities. Bring a picnic lunch. Call the Center at (229) 734-4706.

April 11...Batesville, Mississippi 8 AM to 12 PM.
Hardwood Management Decisions at the Panola County Extension Office. Fee: $20. Contact Judd Gentry at (662) 563-6260 or panola@ext.msstate.edu.

April 11...Autauga County 10 AM.
Red-cockaded Woodpecker Safe Harbor Agreement Meeting "to discuss any needed edits to the final draft... and strategies for implementing the Agreement." Location: District 4 Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Office, on Glynwood Drive, Prattville. Call Jan Garrett at (334) 834-4519 x 6 or jgarrett@alnhp.org.

April 11...Jefferson County 10 AM to 12 PM.
ADEM Presentation on the Surface Water Quality Screening Assessment of the Cahaba and Black Warrior River Basins. Location: Satellite Courthouse, 2651 Center Point Road. Agenda: overview of the report of recent data and assessment information that is being used to identify impaired stream segments for inclusion on the §303(d) list and to assist with the development of NPS watershed plans. Relevant watersheds: Cahaba River, Mulberry Fork, Locust Fork, Upper Black Warrior River, Lower Black Warrior River, and Sipsey Fork. Click here for a copy of the report. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

April 12...Jefferson County 10 AM to 12 PM.
Black Warrior CWP - Steering Committee - Meeting. Location: Alabama Power Division Headquarters, 13th Street and 6th Avenue North, Birmingham. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

April 12...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Dinner and Program at Lloyds Restaurant on U.S. 280. Speaker will be N. H. Holt. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bellsouth.net.

April 12-13...Gainesville, Florida.
Natural Disasters: A Recipe for Adaptive Management. Location: Paramount Hotel. Topics: response of forests to changes in climate and atmospheric composition, wind and trees in the urban forest (lessons learned from eight hurricanes), changes in urban forests, private landowners response, harvesting adaptations for salvage, mill responses in procurement, processing, and grading, insects & diseases, wildfire hazard, and policies & programs (what worked well and what needs fixing). Fee: $120. Contact Alan Long at (352) 846-0891 or ajl2@ufl.edu.

April 19...Milton/Jay, Florida 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM ET.
Vegetation Management - Using Herbicides to Reach Multiple Objectives. Topics: management activities that will alter or maintain vegetation communities to meet wildlife, timber, or restoration objectives; prescribed fire, mechanical treatments and herbicides. Location: West Florida Research and Education Center. Contact Robin Vickers at (850) 983-5216 x 113 or rvickers@ufl.edu.

April 19...Jefferson County 12 PM to 2 PM AND 4 PM to 6 PM.
Design Hearing, conducted by the Alabama Department of Transportation. Location: Gardendale Civic Center. Topic: the proposed Birmingham Northern Beltline project (East of US-31 to West of SR-79). Representatives from ALDOT and the State's Consulting firms will be present to explain maps, scope of the project and answer questions. Written comments regarding this project may be submitted during this meeting, or within ten days following the meeting to: James F. Horsley, Division Engineer, P.O. Box 2745, Birmingham, AL 35202-2745, ATTN: Sandra F. P. Bonner. Contact Sandra Bonner at (205) 581-5725 or horsleyj@dot.state.al.us.

April 19...Tuscaloosa County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Lower Basin- Committee Meeting at the Tuscaloosa County Soil & Water Conservation District, Tuscaloosa. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

April 19-20...Knoxville, Tennessee.
Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (S-290) at the University of Tennessee Ag Campus. This self-paced, computer based course is the usual prerequisite to Prescribed Burn Courses. Basic computer skills necessary. Instructor: Sam Jackson. Fee: $149. Contact Alan Brown at (865) 974-0150 or browna@outreach.utk.edu.

April 21...Quincy, Florida 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM ET.
Vegetation Management - Using Herbicides to Reach Multiple Objectives. Topics: management activities that will alter or maintain vegetation communities to meet wildlife, timber, or restoration objectives; prescribed fire, mechanical treatments and herbicides. Location: North Florida Research and Education Center. Call the REC at (850) 875-7115.

April 21...Woodville, Mississippi 9:30 AM to 3 PM.
Are My Pine Trees Ready to Thin? at the J. R. Hamilton County Extension Office, 982 Second South Street. Fee: free - registration required; lunch provided. Contact Ann Davis at (601) 888-3211 or wilkinso@ext.msstate.edu.

April 21...Mobile County 7 PM.
Mobile County Landowners Association Meeting. Location: Jon Archer Center, North Schillinger Road, Mobile. Agenda: a representative from the Conservation Department will offer an update on how the Forever Wild Delta Property is being utilized and improved; an update on legislative activity and the new subdivision regulations for Mobile County. Call Dwight Steedley at (251) 675-9250.

April 21, 28-May 5, 12...Gallman, Mississippi 7 PM to 9 PM.
Forestry Wildlife Management for Profit & Recreation (Thursday evenings) at the Copiah County Extension Office. Fee: $35 single, $45 couple - registration required. Contact Shelby Bearden at (601) 892-1809 or copiah@ext.msstate.edu.

April 22-23...Madison County.
Alabama Tree Farm Annual Meeting at the Marriott in Huntsville. Speakers: Henry Barclay, Jim Schrenkel, Dr. Graeme Lockaby, and Jim Robinson. Topics: recent events & court decisions involving private landowners, estate taxes and other estate issues; managing and enhancing the natural resources on your property, and infrared photography for forest management. Tour of Jack and Mary McQuinn's Tree Farm  Paint Rock River. Fee: $65. Contact Doug Link at (251) 575-2253 or dougl@ariver.com.

April 22-24...Parsons, Tennessee.
Tennessee Timber & Lumber Show, sponsored by the Tennessee Forestry Association & The Decatur County Forestry Association. Location: the Decatur County Convention Center. Agenda: equipment demonstrations, dozens of free seminars and events on issues important to loggers, sawmills, farmers, and landowners, skidder & loader competition, and FFA competition. Fee: $3. Contact Candace Dinwiddie at (615) 883-3832 or info@tnforestry.com.

April 25-26...Jackson, Mississippi.
Introduction to ArcGIS I (v9.0), sponsored by GeoTech, Inc. This course is for those who are new to ArcGIS or to geographic information systems in general. Location: JSU Mississippi e-Center. Fee: $595. Contact Jim Readel at (601) 992-4965 or jreadel@geo1stop.com. Click here to register.

April 27...Cullman County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Upper Basin - Committee Meeting at the Cullman County Public Health Department, 601 Logan Avenue SW. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

April 27-28...Jackson, Mississippi.
Introduction to ArcGIS I (v8.3), sponsored by GeoTech, Inc. This course is for those who are new to ArcGIS or to geographic information systems in general. Location: JSU Mississippi e-Center. Fee: $595. Contact Jim Readel at (601) 992-4965 or jreadel@geo1stop.com. Click here to register.

April 27-28...Athens, Georgia.
Southern Pine Silviculture, at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Topics: costs and benefits of different Silvicultural practices including natural regeneration and different combinations that make sense for different objectives. Instructors: Bruce Borders & Barry Shiver. Fee: $395. Contact Ginger Vickery at (706) 542-6645 or ginger.vickery@gactr.uga.edu.

April 28...Mobile County 8 AM to 4 PM.
Understanding Trees in Storms, sponsored by the Alabama Urban Forestry Association. Topics: storms and storm damage assessments, tree biomechanics and how trees fail; risk management of community trees; and tree health, arboriculture, and community tree management. Speakers: Kim Coder, Xing Ping Hu, and Neil Leston. Fee: $60. RSVP by 4/26 to the AUFA at (877) 548-0440 or info@aufa.com.

April 28...Crenshaw County 3 PM.
Food Plots Demonstration, presented by the Crenshaw County ATFA and sponsored by Tecomate Seed Company. Location: the Plum Creek property in Luverne. Call Randy Smyth at (334) 335-5390 or Derek Bryan (334) 335-6312.

April 28...Autauga County 6 PM.
Tri-County Wild Game Cook Off. Location: Robert Trent Jones Golf Course (take Cobbs Ford Exit 179 on I-65 - go west towards Prattville, left on County Road 6). Fee: $50 per couple/person - includes membership for one in Alabama Wildlife Federation. Call AWF at 1-800-822-9453.

April 30...Jackson, Mississippi 9 AM.
Full Congressional Committee Field Hearing on the Endangered Species Act. Location: Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, 2148 Riverside Drive. Topic: lessons learned protecting and restoring wildlife in the Southern United States under the Endangered Species Act, by the Committee on Resources. Anyone who is interested in updating and modernizing the Endangered Species Act should attend this hearing. Anyone who is interested in updating and modernizing the Endangered Species Act should attend this hearing. Remember that you have ten working days (two weeks to submit written testimony to the Resources Committee. Contact Todd Willens at (202) 225-2761 or todd.willens@mail.house.gov  or Laura Hylden at (202) 225-4063 or laura.hylden@mail.house.gov .

April 30...Philadelphia, Mississippi 9 AM to 2:30 PM.
Forestry for Baby Boomers at the Neshoba County Multi-purpose Center. Fee: $15 single, $25 couple - registration required, lunch provided. Contact Harvin Hudson at (601) 656-4602 or neshoba@ext.msstate.edu.

April 30...Tallapoosa County.
Longleaf Pine & Whole Tree Harvest Demonstration, sponsored by the ATFA - Tallapoosa Co. Chapter. Call Bob Daniel at (256) 896-2996.

> May 2005

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31...Fulton, Mississippi.
Profitable Marketing & Harvesting of Timber (Tuesday evenings) at the Itawamba MSU Extension Office. Fee: $35 single, $50 couple - registration required. Contact Romona Edge at (662) 862-3201 or itawamba@ext.msstate.edu.

May 3-5...Lauderdale County.
Spring Meeting of the Forest Resources Association - South Central Technical Division. Location: Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville. Agenda: Wood Procurement Short course Task Group Meeting; Forestry Operations Field Tour, hosted by International Paper Co., featuring: wet storage wood yard, timber harvesting system, forest management applications; Forest Resources Assessment update; Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI) Trucking Study findings; Alabama Forest Recovery Task Force timber recovery efforts from Hurricane Ivan; Cumberland Plateau issue, presented by private landowners. Contact Jason Cutshall at (662) 323-1744 or jcutshall@woodcom.com.

May 4-5...Vidalia, Georgia.
Pine Straw Production, Stand Management, and Economics. Location: Southeastern Technical College Economic Development Center. Topics: pine straw yields by species, site quality, land-use history, and basal area, cut-over and old-field pine straw research, fertilization, and economics. Instructors: David Dickens and Dave Moorhead. Fee: $395. Contact Ginger Vickery, at (706) 542-6645 or ginger.vickery@gactr.uga.edu.

May 4-6...Savannah, Georgia.
Forest Landowners Conference: The Family Tree - Preparing the Next Generation of Forest Landowners. Location: Hyatt Regency Savannah on the Historic Riverfront. Agenda: creating a forest legacy; estate, income, and capital gains taxes; Government Affairs 101; forest genetics; improving relationship among landowners, loggers, and mills; and trade show. Keynote Speaker: Mark E. Rey, USDA Undersecretary for Natural Resources & the Environment. Fee: $285; various fees apply for optional social activities. Timber Tax Workshop conducted by Dr. Harry L. Haney: $145 - must register separately. Contact the Forest Landowners Association at 800-325-2954 or info@forestlandowners.com.

May 5...Oxford, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
Managing Pines for Timber and Wildlife Short Course at the Lafayette County Extension Office. Fee: free. Contact Jon Ruscoe at (662) 234-4451 or lafayett@ext.msstate.edu.

May 5...Live Oak, Florida 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM ET.
Vegetation Management - Using Herbicides to Reach Multiple Objectives. Topics: management activities that will alter or maintain vegetation communities to meet wildlife, timber, or restoration objectives; prescribed fire, mechanical treatments and herbicides. Location: Camp Weed Conference Center. Call the Suwannee County Extension Office at (386) 362-2771.

May 5...Walker County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Meeting - Vulcan District - at Victoria's Restaurant, 1303 Highway 78 W, Jasper. Agenda: The AFA staff will provide updates on the 2005 Legislative Session, Alabama Forests Forever, Alabama Tree Farm and other Association programs and activities. Fee: $20 - includes dinner. RSVP by 5/3 to Juanita Cope at (334) 265-8733 or jcope@alaforestry.org.

May 5, 12, 19...Booneville, Mississippi.
How to Manage Your CRP-Pine Plantation (Thursday Evenings) at the Prentiss County MSU Extension Office. Fee: $35 single, $50 couple - registration required. Contact Shelaine Wise at (662) 728-5631 or prentiss@ext.msstate.edu.

May 5-6...Tallapoosa County.
State of Our Watershed Conference for the Tallapoosa River Basin, sponsored by the Tallapoosa Watershed Project. Location: Camp ASCCA (Alabama's Special Camp for Children and Adults) in Jackson's Gap. Topics: research in the Tallapoosa River Basin, data applications to Alabama water resource management, education and extension activities. Fee: free - registration required. Contact Eric Reutebuch at (334) 745-8179 or reuteem@auburn.edu. Click here to register online.

May 7...Talladega County 8 AM.
Goat and Sheep Festival, sponsored by the Talladega Meat Goat and Sheep Producers Association. Location: Marianna Greene Henry Equestrian Center, 29401 Al. Hwy. 21. Topics: goat stick contest, goat scramble, working dog demonstration, and sheep shearing exhibit. Speakers include Rick Bruin. Call Ernie or Lee Hay at (256) 378-6242.

May 7...Calhoun County 8 AM to 5 PM.
Master Tread Trainer Course at the Anniston Meeting Center. This course is designed to train participants in innovative, practical methods of spreading outdoor ethics (specifically regarding motorized and mechanized recreation) to the public. Fee: $75. RSVP by 4/1 to Dianne Olson at (800) 966-9900 or dianne@treadlightly.org.

May 7...D'Lo, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 1 PM.
Tree Identification Workshop at the Simpson D'Lo Water Park. Fee: $25 single, $30 couple - registration required; lunch provided. Contact Beverly Maddox at (601) 847-1335 or simpson@ext.msstate.edu.

May 7...Geneva County.
Tour of Mac Wayne Donnell's Farm, sponsored by the ATFA. Call Don Dean at (334) 794-4993.

May 9-11...Marksville, Louisiana.
Louisiana SAF Annual Meeting: Driving Changes in Louisiana Forestry. Location: Paragon Casino Resort. Topics: environmental, technical, and human dimensions that are shaping forests and forestry practices in Louisiana. Contact Bonnie Stine at (225) 925-4500 or bonnie_s@ldaf.state.la.us.

May 10...Talladega County. encroaching
District Property Tax vote.

May 10...Meridian, Mississippi 8:45 AM to 2:30 PM.
Forestry for Baby Boomers Workshop. Location: Lauderdale East Mississippi Electric Power Assoc., 2128 Hwy., 39 N, Meridian. Fee: $20 single, couple $30 - registration required; lunch provided. Contact Patty Swearingen at (601) 482-9764 or lauderda@ext.msstate.edu.

May 10...Jefferson County 6:00 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Program at Southern Skeet and Trap in Irondale. Bring your own eye and ear protection, shotgun and shells. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bellsouth.net.

May 10-31...Statewide*.
Hurricane Ivan Forestland Recovery Program (FLRP) Signup Period. This program offers forest landowners assistance in reforesting and/or improving damaged areas. Eligible practices will receive 75% cost-share. *For land to qualify for the program, the forest stand must have received at least 15% damage from the storm. Eligible practices include: site preparation (getting the land ready for planting), tree planting, herbaceous weed control, pine release, firebreak construction, prescribed burning, establishment of permanent wildlife openings, and noncommercial thinning. Location: your local Soil and Water Conservation office. For more information about the program, contact your local Alabama Forestry Commission office, or call the AFC at (334) 240-9300. For more information on signup locations, contact Vic Payne at (334) 242-2622 or vpayne@swcc.state.al.us.

May 12...Shelby County 10:30 AM.
Cleveland Property Tour & Meeting of the Shelby County Forest Landowners/ATFA Chapter. Location: Judge Melford Cleveland's property in Wilton, I-65 to exit 228, south on HWY 25. Agenda: Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program and tour (involving pruning pine plantations, conducting prescribed burns, and interior road maintenance). Lunch provided. RSVP to Brad Lang at (205) 669-4133 or shelby@forestry.state.al.us.

May 12...Walker County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior CWP - Middle Basin  - Committee Meeting. Location: Bevill State Community College - Sumiton Campus, Building 1400, Civic Room. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

May 12....Monroe County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Meeting - Longleaf District - at David's Catfish House, 145 Highway 84 E, Monroeville. Fee: $20 - includes dinner. RSVP to Juanita Cope at (334) 265-8733 or jcope@alaforestry.org.

May 13...Austin, Texas 8 AM to 5 PM.
Southwest Landowner Conference at the Radisson Hotel & Suites. Agenda: workshop & hands-on advice for today's property rights issues. Topics: the "Environmental Battlefield," the Endangered Species Act, key property rights cases, and Southwestern issues. Attendees can schedule a private meeting with the LandGuard network's attorneys. Fee: $75. Contact the Stewards of the Range at (208) 855-0707 or stewards@stewards.us. Click here to register online.

May 14...Winston County 10 AM to 3 PM.
Century of Service - Centennial Celebration. Location: Brushy Lake Recreation Area in the Bankhead National Forest. Fee: free. Call Tom Counts or Allison Cockron at (205) 489-5111.

May 14...Marshall County 5:30 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at the Guntersville Civitan Park. Fee: $40 person/couple - includes Alabama Wildlife Federation membership. Call Robert Thornton at (256) 582-4666.

May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20...Tuscaloosa County 5:30 PM to 8 PM.
Introduction to ArcGIS 9 (six consecutive Monday evening sessions), sponsored by the West Alabama Regional Commission and Shelton State Community College. Location: SSCC Campus, Tuscaloosa. Topics: basic design and operation of a Geographic Information System taught in a computer lab using ESRI software. No prior GIS experience necessary. Fee: $300; $60 for textbook. Contact Margie Falls at (205) 391-2434 or mfalls@sheltonstate.edu.

May 17...Magnolia, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Introduction to Hardwood Management at the Pike County Extension Office. Fee: $35 single, couple $45 - registration required; lunch provided. Contact Mike Tynes at (601) 783-5321 or pike@ext.msstate.edu.

May 17...Athens, Georgia 8:30 AM to 5 PM.
Forestry for Non-Foresters, Part 1. This course will be useful for landowners and those who work with foresters and the forest industry. Topics: forestry history in the South, biology, environment, economics; field activities that include tree measuring, pacing practice, silviculture field tour, tree identification, and preparing for a timber cruise. Instructors: Bill Hubbard and Kris Irwin. Fee: $225. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

May 17...Tallapoosa County 10 AM to 1 PM.
Middle Tallapoosa River Basin CWP Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: City Hall in Alexander City. Agenda: Executive Committee will obtain committee member from each organization to serve on this committee, hire a local coordinator to facilitate meetings, determine how to spend 2005 Budget, discuss next steps of Renew Our Rivers Clean Up, and review project proposals. RSVP to Malene A. (Watson) McElroy at (256) 327-3358 or malene.mcelroy@ch2m.com.

May 17...Tuscaloosa County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Lower Basin- Committee Meeting at the Tuscaloosa County Soil & Water Conservation District, Tuscaloosa. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

May 17....Greene County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Meeting - Warrior District - at the Cotton Patch, I-59/I-20 at Exit 45, Eutaw. Fee: $20 - includes dinner. RSVP to Juanita Cope at (334) 265-8733 or jcope@alaforestry.org.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

MAY 18, 2005...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


May 18-19...Athens, Georgia.
Forestry for Non-Foresters, Part 2. See Forestry for Non-Foresters, Part 1. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

May 18-19...Athens, Georgia.
Advanced Forest Finance at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Ed. Topics: how to appropriately analyze a timberland investment or a land management decision and an overview of Southern U.S. timber supply, demand, and stumpage prices. Familiarity with cash-flow analyses suggested. A laptop computer and a financial calculator also recommended. Fee: $395. Contact Mike Clutter at (706) 542-5488, mclutter@forestry.uga.edu  or David Newman at (706) 542-7649, dnewman@uga.edu . Click here to register online.

May 19....Lee County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Meeting - Capital & Piedmont District - at Cock of the Walk, 1702 Frederick Rd, Opelika. Fee: $20 - includes dinner. RSVP to Juanita Cope at (334) 265-8733 or jcope@alaforestry.org.

May 20...Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 8 AM to 12:45 PM.
Property Rights and Land Use Seminar, sponsored by the South Carolina Landowners Association. Fee: $99. Contact Ginger Brooks at (803) 252-0699 or ginger@saveourlandrights.com.

May 20-21...Coffee County.
Women In The Outdoors Event at ALAFLO Boy Scout Camp, located 5 miles north of Enterprise. Topics: archery, automobile upkeep, backing a trailer, camp cooking, camping, canoeing, first aid, fishing, landscaping, photography, pistol rifle, shot gunning skills, and Tai Chi. Fee: $85. Contact Prudence Uhrich at (334) 503-3248 or hntrgal@adelphia.net.

May 21...Quitman, Mississippi 8:45 AM to 3:30 PM.
Forest & Wildlife Management for Profit & Recreation at the Clarke County Extension Office, 101 Westwood Avenue. Contact Mark McGee at (601) 776-3951 or clarke@ext.msstate.edu.

May 21...Washington County 9 AM.
Forestry Tour of Mike & Donna Rabren's Forest in Deer Park, sponsored by the ATFA - Washington County Chapter. Lunch provided - reservations required. Call Jerry Gibson at (251) 777-8666.

May 21...Talladega County 9 AM.
Conservation Advisory Board Meeting at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega. This board recommends (sets) hunting seasons and bag limits. Anybody who wishes to speak should arrive by 8:30 AM to sign in. Call the DC&NR at (334) 242-3486.

May 21-22...Crenshaw County.
Southern Ridge ATV Trail Ride Weekend. Location: 1674 Leon Tower Road, Brantley. Fee: $35 to ride; $5 for audience. Safety meeting provided. Helmet required. Contact Willie Wise at (850) 689-1484 or info@southernridgeatvtrails.com. Click here to register online.

May 24...Batesville, Mississippi 8 AM to 12:30 PM.
Tree Identification Workshop at the Panola County Extension Office. Fee: $20. Contact Judd Gentry at (662) 563-6260 or panola@ext.msstate.edu.

May 24....Marshall County.
Albertville Property Tax vote.

May 25...Monroe County 10 AM.
Forestland Recovery Program - Forester Training Session. Location: the Agriculture Center, Agriculture Drive, Monroeville. Topics: information on the FRP, technical service provider responsibilities, and payment for services for foresters interested in serving as technical service providers and providing assistance in field work to the Alabama Forestry Commission. Contact Madeline Hildreth at (251) 867-5368 or hildrethm@forestry.state.al.us.

May 25...Cullman County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Upper Basin- Committee Meeting at the Cullman County Public Health Department, 601 Logan Avenue SW. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

May 25...Covington County.
Managing Forests for Bobwhite Quail in Andalusia. Contact Lee Stribling at (334) 844-9248 or stribhl@auburn.edu.

May 26...Cleburne County 8:30 AM.
Longleaf Pine Seedling Operation Tour at Dixie Green Houses, sponsored by the ATFA - Cleburne County Chapter. Meet at the Cleburne County AFC office in Heflin. Lunch will follow. Call Jimmy Jimmerson at (256) 463-7962.

May 26-27...Athens, Georgia.
Hydric Soils in the Piedmont and Mountains. Fee: $395. Contact Larry West at (706) 542-0906 or lwest@uga.edu.

May 31-June 1...Athens, GA.
Acquisition Inventory at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Fee: $395. Contact Bruce Borders at (706) 542-6205, bborders@forestry.uga.edu, or Barry Shiver at (706) 542-3009, shiver@smokey.forestry.uga.edu.

> June 2005

June 1-4...Sweden.
Elmia Wood Forestry Tradeshow, the world's largest forestry trade show that serves as a meeting point for forest owners, contractors, machine suppliers, managers and staff from forest companies and associations. Contact Neil Ward at (301) 838-9385 or nward@forestresources.org.

June 2...Montgomery County 8 AM.
Alabama Groundwater Conference, sponsored by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management - Groundwater Branch. Location: Gordon Persons Building, Montgomery. Topics: discussion of issues affecting Alabama's groundwater resources. Anyone with an interest in groundwater management and its protection should attend, including landowners who want recognition for already providing almost all the groundwater/aquifer systems in the State. Fee: free. Contact ADEM at (334) 270-5655 or eib@adem.state.al.us.

June 2...Chilton County 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
SmokeWise Short Course, sponsored by the Alabama Forestry Commission. Location: Alabama Power Company Conference Center, Clanton. Topics: smoke management and smoke screening techniques, strategies, National Ambient Air Quality Standards, Class I Air Sheds, and mop-up. Fee: free; lunch provided. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.net.

June 2-3...Pickens County.
Silviculture and Management of Southeastern Bottomland Hardwoods Short Course. Location: Westervelt Lodge, Aliceville. Topics: site/species relationships, regeneration techniques, intermediate stand management, harvesting concerns, merchandizing, and wildlife value. Instructor: Dr. John Hodges. Fee: free; lodging, meals, and materials provided. Contact Rhett Johnson at (334) 222-7779 or dxnctr@alaweb.com.

June 2-5...Charleston, South Carolina.
Quality Deer Management Association's National Convention and Homecoming. Location: Charleston Area Convention Center. Topics: latest whitetail information from the best biologists, researchers and hunters in the country, sporting equipment at the Whitetail Expo.; tours, research, general, and one-on-one sessions. Speakers: Brian Murphy, Karl Miller, Grant Woods, Mark Thomas, and more. Fee: $175. Contact Tim Lilley at 1-800-209-3337 or tlilley@qdma.com.

June 3...Chilton County 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
"The Plan" Short Course, sponsored by the Alabama Forestry Commission. Location: Alabama Power Company Conference Center, Clanton. Topics: state of the art prescribed burn planning and reporting in order to develop better planning and reporting techniques (utilizing the use of computer models including BEHAVE). All participants are encouraged to bring a lap top computer to the session where they will be provided software and instruction to better understand fire behavior and the prescription of fire to accomplish a resource objective. Fee: free; lunch provided. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.net.

June 3...Starkville, Mississippi.
Mississippi’s Changing Wood Supply System. Location: MSU. Topics: the wood supply system and how it evolved; strengths and weaknesses of the current system; roles of competition and cooperation; myths and realities concerning the functioning of the system; business and economic trends in land value, stumpage prices, and forest products; alternate futures; commodity products (including biomass), specialty or market products, land use changes, community development issues. Instructor: Dr. Bill Stuart. Fee: $255. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu. Check here for updates.

June 7...Sewanee, Tennessee 9 AM to 4:30 PM.
GIS: Making the Decision. Location: University of the South. Topics: the basics of how a Geographic Information System works and examples of natural resource problems, GIS solutions, and benefits. Speaker: Nicholas Hollingshead. Fee: $95. Contact Alan Brown at (865) 974-0159 or browna@outreach.utk.edu.

June 7-8...Blacksburg, Virginia.
Estate Planning for Forest Landowners
, sponsored by Virginia Tech and the Society of American Foresters. Location: the Donaldson Brown Hotel & Conference Center. Contact Virginia Tech at (540) 231-4084 or ceweb@vt.edu.

June 8...Covington County 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
SmokeWise Short Course, sponsored by the Alabama Forestry Commission. Location: Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Conference Center, Andalusia. Topics: smoke management and smoke screening techniques, strategies, National Ambient Air Quality Standards, Class I Air Sheds, and mop-up. Fee: free; lunch provided. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.net.

June 8-10...Jefferson County.
Managing Our Landscapes for Multiple Uses - annual meeting of the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Society. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Topics: municipal, forestry, and agricultural approaches to managing landscapes; regulations, function, and value of wetlands; and control of invasive species. Fee: $140. Contact Zona Beaty at 1-800-342-9893 or zona.beaty@al.usda.gov.

June 9...Covington County 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
"The Plan" Short Course, sponsored by the Alabama Forestry Commission. Location: Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Conference Center, Andalusia. Topics: state of the art prescribed burn planning and reporting in order to develop better planning and reporting techniques (utilizing the use of computer models including BEHAVE). All participants are encouraged to bring a lap top computer to the session where they will be provided software and instruction to better understand fire behavior and the prescription of fire to accomplish a resource objective. Fee: free; lunch provided. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.net.

June 9...Walker County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior CWP - Middle Basin  - Committee Meeting. Location: Bevill State Community College - Sumiton Campus, Building 1400, Civic Room. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

June 9...Fulton, Mississippi 5:45 PM to 9 PM.
Lady Forest Landowner Mini Course. Fee: free - registration required. Contact Romona Edge at (662) 862-3201 or itawamba@ext.msstate.edu.

June 10...Pontotoc, Mississippi 8 AM to 1 PM.
Forest Valuation Workshop. Location: Pontotoc County Extension Office. Fee: $20 - registration required; lunch provided. Contact Ricky Ferguson at (662) 489-3910 or pontotoc@ext.msstate.

June 11...Starkville, Mississippi.
Wildlife Habitat Management in Pine Forests. Location: MSU. Topics: how to improve deer, bobwhite quail, turkey, and non-game wildlife habitat on your forested lands. Instructors: Drs. Steve Demarais, Wes Burger, Bob Griffin, and Jerrod Fogarty. Fee: $295. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu. Check here for updates.

June 13...Baldwin County 1 PM.
Coastal Alabama CWP Steering Committee Meeting at the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission office located at 110 Beauregard (GM&O building). Contact April Griffin at (251) 441-6505 or april.griffin@al.nacdnet.net.

June 13-14...Forsyth, Georgia.
Introduction to the Legal Environment of Business for Foresters. Topics: basics of purchase and sale, timber trespass, contracts, antitrust, federal- and state-level environmental issues, title and access, liability, and local government regulation. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

June 14...Natchez, Mississippi 9 AM to 3 PM.
Timber Marketing. Location: Adams County Extension Office. Fee: free - registration required; lunch provided. Contact Trey DeLoach at (601) 857-2284 or treyd@ext.msstate.edu.

June 14-16...Lauderdale County.
Teachers Conservation Workshop, sponsored by Alabama Forestry Foundation. Location: The Shoals in Florence. $400 sponsors one teacher for the two-day exposure to forestry in Alabama. Contact Rick Oates at (334) 265-8733 or roates@alaforestry.org .

June 14-16...Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Natural Regeneration of Hardwoods. Instructors: John Hodges & Andrew Ezell. Fee: $210. Contact Linda Garnett at (662) 325-8355 or lgarnett.cfr.msstate.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

JUNE 15, 2005...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


POSTPONED to JUNE 28 June 15...Tallapoosa County 10 AM to 1 PM.
Middle Tallapoosa River Basin CWP Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Alexander City - City Hall. RSVP to Malene A. McElroy at (256) 327-3358 or malene.mcelroy@ch2m.com.

June 15...Nationwide 2 PM Central Time.
Money in the Family Business. Audio Conference presented by the Family Business Advisor. Learn how your family can better understand money and avoid common conflicts about wealth and income. Fee: $159. For more information, contact the FBA at 1-800-551-0633 or editor@efamilybusiness.com.

June 15...Athens, Georgia.
Georgia Rural Land Valuation and Taxation Conference. Topics: latest research results on regional issues, research findings and implications, demographics driving land use issues, Georgia land issues, legislative and county Perspectives, issues on property valuation, and implementation of appraisal manual. Fee: free. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu. Click here to register online.

June 15-16...Athens, Georgia.
Wildlife Management. Topics: wildlife-habitat management techniques for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and bobwhite quail, managing pine stands for both timber and wildlife, best winter/summer food plot for deer, quail population issues, and managing hardwood stands for maximum wildlife benefit. Instructors: Karl Miller and John Carroll. Fee: $395; $30 if paid by 5/25. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

June 16...Macon County 10 AM to 2 PM.
Lower Tallapoosa Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Macon County Extension Office, 207 N. Main Street, Tuskegee. Agenda: meeting, lunch, and tour of Tuskegee National Forest. RSVP by 6/14 to Ginger Bodiford at (334) 271-1445x763 or gbodifor@ch2m.com.

June 16-17...Calhoun County.
Silviculture and Management of Southeastern Upland Hardwoods Short Course, Oxford. Topics: site/species relationships, regeneration techniques, intermediate stand management, harvesting concerns, merchandizing, and wildlife value. Instructor: Dr. Larry Nix. Fee: free; lodging, meals, and materials provided. Contact Rhett Johnson at (334) 222-7779 or dxnctr@alaweb.com.

June 18-19...Crenshaw County.
Southern Ridge ATV Trail Ride Weekend. Location: 1674 Leon Tower Road, Brantley. Fee: $35 to ride; $5 for audience. Safety meeting provided. Helmet required. Just added: ten more miles of new trails, big hills, and mud play areas. Contact Willie Wise at (850) 689-1484 or info@southernridgeatvtrails.com. Click here to register online.

June 20...Chipley, Florida 9 AM to 2:15 PM CT.
Estate Planning and Timber Taxes Workshop. Location: Washington County (Florida) Cooperative Extension Office. Fee: $7. Call (850) 638-6180 to register.

June 21...Tuscaloosa County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Lower Basin- Committee Meeting at the Tuscaloosa County Soil & Water Conservation District, Tuscaloosa. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

June 22...Monroe County 8 AM to 5 PM.
Introduction to T Cruise Forest Inventory Software in Monroeville. Topics: overview of T Cruise, setting it up, generating reports, and doing a sample cruise. Fee: $100; fee for both this course and Advanced T Cruise (see June 23): $150. Contact Haglöf at (601) 856-5119 or sales@haglofinc.com.

June 22...Cullman County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Upper Basin- Committee Meeting at the Cullman County Public Health Department, 601 Logan Avenue SW. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

June 22...Starkville, Mississippi.
Forestry GIS. Location: MSU. Topics: create, edit, and manipulate GIS data, complete data queries and statistical analyses, create output such as maps and graphics, and using the images. Instructors: Dr. Wes Burger and Rich Minnis. Fee: $395. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu . Check here for updates.

June 22-23...Athens, Georgia.
Thinning Methods, Operations and Decision Making. Topics: biological basis for thinning; how changes in prices, markets, and management applications result in changes in thinning decisions; harvesting systems used in thinning in the South and elsewhere; developing solid wood products with adequate wood quality; and managing stands to maximize financial returns. Instructors: Bruce Borders, Barry Shiver, and Dale Greene. Fee: $395.Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

June 23...Monroe County 8 AM to 5 PM.
Advanced T Cruise Forest Inventory Software in Monroeville. Topics: introduction and overview, data entry, local volume tables, stratification, creating custom reports, and generating final reports. Fee: $100; fee for both this course and Intro to T Cruise (see June 22): $150. Contact Haglöf at (601) 856-5119 or sales@haglofinc.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

JUNE 23, 2005...Shelby County 7:00 PM.
Topic:  A Chapter by Chapter Review of James M. Vardaman’s How To Make Money Growing Trees.
Session 1 — Review Chapters 1 — 6.
(session 2, 8/25; session 3, 11/17)
Chapter Titles: The Nature of the Business, Available Forestry Services, Sale of Timber, Miscellaneous Income, Minerals, Management Costs.
Discussion Leader: Jason Martin, AFOA Staff Forester.

Location: Arthur's Conference Center & Courtyard, off Valleydale Road about 0.8 mile west of I-65 S exit 247. Plan to attend Dutch treat dinner prior to the program at Ragtime Cafe at 5:30 PM. Questions? Contact AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or Send Email.


June 23-24...Starkville, Mississippi.
Management and Prevention of the Southern Pine Beetle and Other Forest Pest at MSU. Topic: limiting or reducing timber losses from forest insect and disease pests. Fee: free. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu. Click here to register online.

June 23-25...Atlanta, Georgia.
Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Expo., sponsored by the Southern Forest Products Association and the Engineered Wood Association. Location: World Congress Center. Topics: displays of forest products machinery and equipment, technology, and services; Silvicultural operations, including forest and land management, site prep and waste management. Onsite Registration Fee: $10; other fees apply for various seminars. Contact Tami Kessler at (504) 443-4464 or tkessler@sfpa.org. Click here to register online.

June 24...Tuscaloosa County.
Wetland Delineation in Tuscaloosa. Contact Kathryn Flynn at (334) 844-1036 or flynnka@auburn.edu.

June 28...Tallapoosa County 10 AM to 1 PM.
Middle Tallapoosa River Basin CWP Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Alexander City - City Hall. RSVP to Malene A. McElroy at (256) 327-3358 or malene.mcelroy@ch2m.com.

June 28...Pickens County 11:30 AM to 1 PM.
Upper Tombigbee Sub-basin Meeting at the Plantation House Restuarant, Intersection of Highways 14 and 17, in Aliceville. RSVP to Ashley Henderson at (334) 270-8236 or ahendersoncwp@charter.net. Click here to review the basin management plans.

June 29...Clarke County 11:30 AM to 1 PM.
Lower Alabama/Lower Tombigbee Sub-basin Meeting at the ALFA building in Grove Hill. Fee: $5 for Dutch treat lunch. RSVP to Ashley Henderson at (334) 270-8236 or ahendersoncwp@charter.net. Click here to review the basin management plans.

CANCELLED 6/23/05 June 29...Jackson, Mississippi.
Estate Planning and Timber Trespass/Adverse Possession (two-in-one course). Topics (part one): estate planning, asset valuation, providing for the next generation, projected estate taxes, dividing an estate, and estate and gift tax. Topics (part two): Adverse Possession, how to protect your land from adverse possessors, actions to take, landmark adverse possession cases, trespass law, how to deal with trespassers, and timber trespass issues. Instructors: Dr. William D. Eshee and John H. Shows. Fee: $295. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu. Check here for updates.

June 30...Green Cove Springs, Florida 9 AM to 2:15 PM CT.
Estate Planning and Timber Taxes Workshop. Location: Clay County (Florida) Cooperative Extension Office. Fee: $7. Call (904) 284-6355 to register.

June 30...Montgomery County 11:30 AM to 1 PM.
Upper Alabama Sub-basin Meeting at the Alabama Forestry Association building, 555 Alabama Street, in Montgomery. Fee: $5 for Dutch treat lunch. RSVP to Ashley Henderson at (334) 270-8236 or ahendersoncwp@charter.net. Click here to review the basin management plans.

> July 2005

July 5-7...Starkville, Mississippi.
ArcGIS 9.0 Certificate Program at the MSU Campus. Topics: create, edit, and manipulate GIS data, complete data queries and statistical analyses, and create output such as maps and graphics. Fee: $775. Contact Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu. Click here to register online.

July 10-13...Amelia Island, Florida.
Georgia Forestry Association Annual Meeting. Location: Amelia Island Plantation. Agenda: sessions, panel discussions, tours, auctions, lectures, and children's activities.Contact Tim Lowrimore at (478) 992-8110 or tim@gfagrow.org. Click here for registration form.

July 11-15...Lee County.
Teachers Conservation Workshop, sponsored by Alabama Forestry Foundation. Location: The Lodge in Opelika. $600 sponsors one teacher for the week-long exposure to forestry in Alabama. Contact Rick Oates at (334) 265-8733 or roates@alaforestry.org.

July 12...Jefferson County 10 AM to 12 PM.
Black Warrior CWP - Steering Committee - Meeting. Location: Alabama Power Division Headquarters, 13th Street and 6th Avenue North, Birmingham. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

July 12...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Dinner and Program at Lloyd's Restaurant on U.S. 280. Speaker: Danny White, dog trainer who competed in the 2005 National Field Trial Championship. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bellsouth.net.

July 13-14...Baldwin County.
T Cruise Software (V. 5.0) Workshop, sponsored by Jones County Junior College - Forestry Technology and Haglof, Inc. Location: Courtyard by Marriott at Craft Farms in Gulf Shores. Topics: introduction and advanced training on the latest version of T Cruise. Fee: $75/day; registration for one or both days optional. Contact Brian Mitchell at (601) 477-4233 or brian.mitchell@jcjc.edu.

July 14...Kissimmee, Florida 1 PM to 7:30 PM ET.
Cover Your A$$ets II (Cover Your Assets Too). Location: Osceola County (Florida) Cooperative Extension Office. Topics: how landowners in the fastest growing parts of Florida can plan for coming changes, and strategies to cut costs and increase profitability. Fee: $12 - dinner included. Call (321) 697-3000 to register.

July 14...Walker County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior CWP - Middle Basin  - Committee Meeting. Location: Bevill State Community College - Sumiton Campus, Building 1400, Civic Room. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

July 14...Wilcox County.
Forestry Herbicide Update, at Lower Coastal Plain Ag Research Substation, Camden. Fee: $40. 6 CFE & PLM credits. Register by contacting Bessie Buchanan at (334) 844-1002 or buchabz@auburn.edu.

July 14-16...Reno, Nevada.
Freedom 21 National Conference, at John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino Resort. Topics: sustainable development, climate change, private property rights, eco-Imperialism, update on the Wildlands Project, the freedom movement, and Washington report. Fee: $150. Call 1-800-648-1177. Click here to register online.

July 15-17...Jefferson County.
Deer & Turkey Expo at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Agenda: exhibits, lectures, hunting-related competitions, and calling contests. Fee: $9.30 plus tax. Contact Bob Coker at (334) 616-6005 or bob@outdoorswithbobcoker.com.

July 19...Tuscaloosa County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Lower Basin- Committee Meeting at the Tuscaloosa County Soil & Water Conservation District, Tuscaloosa. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

July 19-20...Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Natural Resource Symposium, sponsored by the LSU AgCenter. Location: Lod Cook Conference Center. Agenda: natural resource policy, management, and utilization issues that are critically important in the southeastern U.S.; BMP effectiveness and water related issues, forest certification, estimation of forest carbon for large inventories, biomass utilization opportunities, new conservation programs, forest aesthetics, and more. Fee: $125. Contact Todd Shupe at (225) 578-6432 or tshupe@agctr.lsu.edu.

July 19-20...Ellisville, Mississippi.
T Cruise Software (V. 5.0) Workshop, sponsored by Jones County Junior College - Forestry Technology and Haglof, Inc. Topics: introduction and advanced training on the latest version of T Cruise. Skeet shoot, and steak dinner at Adventure Lake. Fee: $75/day; registration for one or both days optional. Contact Brian Mitchell at (601) 477-4233 or brian.mitchell@jcjc.edu.

July 19-21...Tuscaloosa County.
ArcGIS 9.0 Certificate Program. Topics: create, edit, and manipulate GIS data, complete data queries and statistical analyses, and create output such as maps and graphics. Fee: $775. Contact Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu. Click here to register online

July 20...Monroe County 9 AM.
Forestry/Wildlife Meeting, Alabama Association of Conservation Districts. Topics: Forestland Recovery Program (Ivan Cost-share program), Invasive Species Control, Control of Understory Hardwoods, Thinning Pine Timber, Black Bear Management, Managing/Marketing Pine Straw. Location: Alabama Southern Community College Auditorium. Contact Tim Albritton at (334) 887-4560 or tim.albritton@al.usda.gov.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

JULY 20, 2005...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


July 21...Tallapoosa County 5:30 PM.
Trespass & ATVs, sponsored by the Tallapoosa County ATFA. Location: Charles Bailey Sportplex, 1842 Sportplex Blvd, Alexander City. Speaker: Hayes D. Brown. Fee: $3 for meal; registration required. RSVP to the Tallapoosa County Cooperative Extension System at (256) 825-1050.

July 21...Mobile County 7 PM.
Mobile County Landowners Association Meeting. Location: Jon Archer Center, North Schillinger Road, Mobile. Call Dwight Steedley at (251) 675-9250.

July 23...Fayette, Mississippi 9 AM to 3:45 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals at the Jefferson County Extension Office. Fee: free - registration required, lunch provided. Contact Trey DeLoach at (601) 857-2284 or treyd@ext.msstate.edu.

July 25, 26, 27, 28, 29...Choctaw County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Hunter Education Class (5 evenings) at the Choctaw County Extension Office. Call (205) 459-2133. Click here for more dates and locations or contact Ray Metzler at 1-800-245-2740 or metzler@dcnr.state.al.us.

July 26..Baton Rouge, Louisiana 8 AM to 3 PM.
Prescribed Burn Manager Certification. Location: LSU. Topic: proper techniques of smoke management when using prescribed fire as a land management tool. Participants are required to have had some formal training prior to this course. In addition, participants must also have been the leader of five prescribed burns. Fee: free. Contact Charles Shilling at (225) 578-4192 or cshilli@lsu.edu .

July 26...Magnolia, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Introduction to Hardwood Management at the Pike County Extension Office. Fee: $35 single, $45 couple - registration required, lunch provided. Contact Mike Tynes at (601) 783-5321 or pike@ext.msstate.edu.

July 26...Ellisville, Mississippi.
MARIS and Other Online GIS Sources. Topic: online sources of GIS data like the Mississippi Automated Resource Information System (MARIS). Fee: $75. Contact Brian Mitchell at (601) 477-4233 or brian.mitchell@jcjc.edu.

July 26-August 8...Bavaria and the Odenwaldes, Germany.
Forestry Study Tour. Contact John Palmer at (828) 627-4640 or jpalmer@haywood.edu.

July 27...Cullman County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Upper Basin- Committee Meeting at the Cullman County Public Health Department, 601 Logan Avenue SW. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

July 27...Starkville, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Refresher Course. Location: MSU. This course will serve as a refresher and build upon the Prescribed Burning Short Course. Topics: legal issues for prescribed burning in Mississippi and the region, fire fuels and fire weather, smoke management, firing techniques, prescribed burn plan preparation, burning for wildlife, and fire ecology of southern forests. Instructor: Dr. Andy Londo. Fee: $295. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu.

July 27...Ellisville, Mississippi.
Introduction To ArcGIS for Foresters. Topic: the basics of using ESRI's ArcGIS software. Fee: $75. Contact Brian Mitchell at (601) 477-4233 or brian.mitchell@jcjc.edu.

July 27-28...Macon, Georgia.
Forest Roads: Piedmont and Coastal Plains. Topics: how to plan, design, locate, construct, stabilize, use, maintain, and close forest roads. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu. Click here to register online.

July 28..Ruston, Louisiana 8 AM to 3 PM.
Prescribed Burn Manager Certification. Location: Louisiana Tech. Topic: proper techniques of smoke management when using prescribed fire as a land management tool. Participants are required to have had some formal training prior to this course. In addition, participants must also have been the leader of five prescribed burns. Contact Charles Shilling at (225) 578-4192 or cshilli@lsu.edu.

July 28...Crenshaw County 6:30 PM.
Wildlife Photography. Speaker: Tess Jolly. ATFA County Chapter Meeting at the Tom Harbin Ag Center in Luverne. Call Randy Smyth at (334) 335-5390 or Derek Bryan at (334) 335-6312.

July 28...Ellisville, Mississippi.
Custom GIS Development. Topic: the basics of creating custom GIS data using a GPS and how remote sensing is applied in forestry. Fee: $75. Contact Brian Mitchell at (601) 477-4233 or brian.mitchell@jcjc.edu.

July 31-August 3...Moline, Illinois.
Walnut Council Annual Meeting: Reality Forestry. Location: Holiday Inn Moline Convention Center. Agenda: Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, field discussions & demonstrations, Tree and log scaling and grading, chainsaw safety operation & maintenance, and GPS demo. Fee: $200 (includes 1-year membership to Walnut Council). Additional fees apply for optional activities. Contact Steve Felt at (309) 937-2122 or sfelt@dnrmail.state.il.us. Click here to register online.

> August 2005

August 3-5...Tuscaloosa County.
Introduction to ArcGIS 9 (three consecutive sessions). Location: Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa. Topics: basic design and operation of a Geographic Information System, data collection and presentation, displaying and editing data, and working with tables. Fee: $300; $59.95 for textbook. Contact Margie Falls at (205) 391-2434 or mfalls@sheltonstate.edu.

August 4...Geneva County.
Recreation and Aesthetics - Geneva County ATFA Chapter Meeting. Resource person is to be announced. Call Don Dean at (334) 794-4993.

August 6...Athens, Georgia 9 AM to 1 PM.
Grand Opening of the New Quality Deer Management Association National Headquarters. Agenda: meetings with Sonny Perdue and other officials, along with QDMA Board members and staff; gun raffles, food-plot seed, kids' activities, and educational field tours of QDMA's 23-acre home. Fee: free - RSVPs required for free BBQ lunch. Call the QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

August 9...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
N. H. Holt's  Memorable Quail Hunts, sponsored by the Alabama Quail Hunters. Location: Lloyd's Restaurant on U.S. 280. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bellsouth.net.

August 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25...Tuscaloosa County 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
Introduction to ArcGIS 9 (Tuesdays & Thursdays). Location: Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa. Topics: basic design and operation of a Geographic Information System, data collection and presentation, displaying and editing data, and working with tables. Fee: $300; $59.95 for textbook. Contact Margie Falls at (205) 391-2434 or mfalls@sheltonstate.edu.

August 10...Live Oak, Florida 9:30 AM to 4 PM ET.
Forestry/Forages Best Management Practices Field Day. Location: North Florida Research and Education Center. Topics: latest BMP updates, new notice of intent that protects landowner rights, forest fertilization, tree spacing, and wildlife food plots. Fee: $10. Contact Cheryl Mackowiak at (850) 875-7126 or clmackowiak@mail.ifas.ufl.edu.

August 10...Starkville, Mississippi.
White-tailed Deer Population and Habitat Management in the Southeast. Location: MSU. Topics: basic deer population and habitat management principles and techniques used throughout the Southeast, basic population survey and harvest data collection, and methods used to develop sound deer management programs. Fee: $295. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu. Check here for updates.

August 11...Walker County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior CWP - Middle Basin  - Committee Meeting. Location: Bevill State Community College - Sumiton Campus, Building 1400, Civic Room. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

CANCELED August 11-12...Athens, Georgia.
Cost Effective Approaches for Evaluating Environmental Performance. Topics: what is driving forest-product markets toward certification, how to put together and maintain a successful system, and environmental assurance courses. Instructors: John Godbee and Larry Walker. Fee: $395.Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

August 12...Cleburne County 10 AM to 2 PM.
Wildflower and Birding Trail Walk, sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the U.S. Forest Service. Location: Talladega National Forest - Chinabee Trail. Speaker: Stan Roark, USFS ornithologist. Fee: free; bring your own lunch and water bottle. Contact Deborah Mathews at (256) 463-2620 or emathews@aces.edu.

August 12...Montgomery County 6 PM to 9 PM.
Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards, sponsored by the Alabama Wildlife Federation. Agenda: to recognize outstanding contributions to resource conservation in Alabama. Location: Embassy Suites in Montgomery. Fee: $35. Contact the AWF at 1-800-822-9453 or awf@alabamawildlife.org.

August 13...Elmore County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook Off - State Finals at the Alabama Wildlife Federation headquarters in Millbrook. Fee: $25. Contact the AWF at 1-800-822-9453 or awf@alabamawildlife.org.

CANCELED August 13...Tuscaloosa County.
White-tailed Deer Population and Habitat Management in the Southeast. Topics: basic deer population and habitat management principles and techniques used throughout the Southeast, basic population survey and harvest data collection, and methods used to develop sound deer management programs. Fee: $295. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu. Check here for updates.

August 13...Covington County.
Longleaf Pine Production at Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center. Call Deborah Huggins at (334) 566-3415 or Don Davis at (334) 566-5452.

August 15...Atlanta, Georgia 11 AM ET.
State of the Forest Industry, sponsored by the Society of American Foresters - Chattahoochee Chapter. Location: U. S. Forest Service Building. Topic: information on corporations' sell-off of their land. Speaker: Richard Hall. Fee: free; lunch on your own. Contact Troy Harris at (770) 781-2762 or troy_harris@danzer.com.

August 16...Tallapoosa County 10 AM to 1 PM.
Middle Tallapoosa CWP Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Alexander City - City Hall. RSVP by 8/02 to Malene A. McElroy at (256) 327-3358 or malene.mcelroy@ch2m.com.

August 16...Tuscaloosa County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Lower Basin- Committee Meeting at the Tuscaloosa County Soil & Water Conservation District, Tuscaloosa. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

AUGUST 17, 2005...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


CANCELED August 17...Jefferson County.
Prescribed Burning Refresher Course. This course will serve as a refresher and build upon the Prescribed Burning Short Course. Topics: legal issues for prescribed burning in Mississippi and the region, fire fuels and fire weather, smoke management, firing techniques, prescribed burn plan preparation, burning for wildlife, and fire ecology of southern forests. Instructor: Dr. Andy Londo. Fee: $295. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu. Check here for updates.

August 17-19...Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Drying Lumber For Quality and Profit, sponsored by the LSU AgCenter. This workshop will cover the lumber drying process of hardwood and softwood lumber from start-to-finish with hands-on experience during laboratory periods. Fee: $300. Contact Todd Shupe at (225) 578-6432 or tshupe@agctr.lsu.edu.

August 20...Savage Gulf, Tennessee 10:30 AM.
Chestnut Hike, sponsored by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation. Location: meet at the Savage Gulf ranger station. This hike will cover about 4.2 miles with an elevation change of about 130 feet and will feature a rare old growth mesophytic forest. Bring lunch, water and a raincoat. Contact Greg Weaver at (615) 791-0274 or weaverpond@aol.com.

August 20...Jefferson County 11 AM.
Quality Deer Management Short Course, sponsored by the Central Alabama Branch of the QDMA. Location: Bessemer Civic Center. Agenda: lectures and roundtable discussions with Kenny Thompson of Mossy Oak BioLogic on building successful food plots; Steve Cotney of Westervelt Wildlife Services on hunting pressure on the Tossco Cooperative; QDMA Board Member Mark Thomas of Forestry/Wildlife Integration, LLC on enhancing your land's huntability; and Bobby Watkins of BASF on big bucks in pine plantations. Fee: $25. A Sportsman's Banquet will follow at 5:45 PM. Fee: $45 for singles, $60 for couples - includes QDMA memberships AND admission to the Short Course. Contact Steve Epperson at (205) 368-5685 or alqdma@att.net.

August 23...Jefferson County  6 to 9 PM.
Wildlife Seminar, Trade Show, & Hot Dog Dinner, sponsored by Masseys. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Speakers: Keener Morrow and Mike Bolton. Contact David Hubbard at (205) 879-6964x17 or hubbadh@aces.edu.

August 23-25...Athens, Georgia.
Integration of GPS, Image Processing, and GIS for Resource Management. Topics: digital data and personal computer software and hardware; general principles of GPS, image processing, and GIS; costs/benefits for applying new technologies to environmental studies; resource management tasks. Fee: $695.Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

August 24...Verona, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
Forest Investment Analysis Shortcourse. Location: North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, 5421 Hwy 145 S. Topics: the practices and procedures of forest investment analysis, such as investment calculations to aid decision-making in forestry, southern timber demand and outlook, investment analysis terms and basic formulas, and investment analysis computer programs. Fee: $35/single or $50/couple. Contact Clint Young at (662) 841-9000 or clinty@ext.msstate.edu.

August 24...Macon County 9 AM.
Doing Business with the Government Workshop, sponsored by the USDA Forest Service - Tuskegee Ranger District. Location: Washington Chapel A.M.E. Church Parish House in Tuskegee. Topics: managing the family forest, including technical assistance programs for private landowners/farmers. Participants will learn about federal programs designed to assist private landowners and farmers with the management of their land for profit and overall forest health. Call Tammy Freeman Truett at (334) 241-8144 or Willie Humphrey at (334) 727-2652.

August 24...Cullman County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Upper Basin- Committee Meeting at the Cullman County Public Health Department, 601 Logan Avenue SW. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

August 25...Lee County 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
Cut-To-Length Workshop: Southern Innovations and Applications, sponsored by the Southern Forest Engineering Center. Location: Forestpro Training Center, Auburn. Topics: growth of CTL technology concerning processor applications, pressures facing the logging industry, and dealing with the problems of labor cost and supply, parcelization, urbanization, fuel costs, machine utilization, and product discrimination. Fee: $90. Contact Mathew Smidt at (334) 844-4444 or smidtmf@auburn.edu.

August 25...Macon County 12 PM to 3 PM.
Farm Bill Listening Session, featuring U. S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. Location: Kellogg Conference Center, Tuskegee University. The public is invited to attend the Farm Bill Forum to engage in open dialogue about farm bill policy for preparations for the development of a new farm bill. Open comment period for general farm bill comments will follow. Contact Denise Berkhalter at (334) 552-1292 or dlberkhalter@tuskegee.edu. Click here to submit comments online.

August 25...Nationwide Noon CDT.
Compensation for Family in the Business. Audio Conference presented by the Family Business Advisor. Topics: how to determine your family's compensation philosophy, how to build incentives and trust, avoid family pay problems, and help shareholders understand what to expect from a family business. Fee: $159. For more information, contact the FBA at 1-800-551-0633 or editor@efamilybusiness.com. Click here to register online.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

AUGUST 25, 2005...Shelby County 7:00 PM.
Topic:  Chapter by Chapter Review of James M. Vardaman’s How To Make Money Growing Trees. Session 2 — Review Chapters 7 — 12.
(Session 3, Nov. 17)
    7.  Timberland Inventory
    8.  The Financial Forecast
    9.  Accounting and the Tax Laws
  10.  The Lawyer
  11.  Sale of Timberland
  12.  Loans.
Discussion Leader: Jason Martin, AFOA Staff Forester.

Location: Arthur's Conference Center & Courtyard, off Valleydale Road about 0.8 mile west of I-65 S exit 247. Plan to attend Dutch treat dinner prior to the program at Ragtime Cafe at 5:30 PM. Questions? Contact AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or Send Email.


August 27...Columbus, Georgia. 12 PM to 5 PM EST.
Deer Management Short Course, sponsored by the Quality Deer Management Association and MeadWestvaco. Topics: building a quality deer herd, winning the weed war in food plots, mast-producing trees, habitat manipulation, forest management principles for turkeys and other wildlife, and a Q&A session. Fee: $35 singles/$45 couples. Call the QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

August 29...Colbert County 5:30 PM.
Managing For Bobwhite Quail. Location: Regina K's in Leighton. Topics: the biology, decline, and habitat of the bobwhite quail and available cost share funding to establish quail habitat. Fee: free; meal included. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

August 30...Morgan County 5:30 PM.
Managing For Bobwhite Quail. Location: Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur. Topics: the biology, decline, and habitat of the bobwhite quail and available cost share funding to establish quail habitat. Fee: free; meal included. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

August 29-31...Butler County 6 PM to 9:30 PM.
Hunter Education Class (3 evenings) at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Greenville. Call Linda Adams at (334) 383-6701. Click here for more dates and locations or contact Ray Metzler at 1-800-245-2740 or metzler@dcnr.state.al.us.

August 29-31...Athens, Georgia.
Woody Biomass Conference: Status, Trends, and Future of the South’s Forest and Agriculture Biomass. Location: Georgia Center for Continuing Education, University of Georgia. Agenda: introduction to the growing arena of biomass commercialization, utilization and the challenges and barriers faced in the promotion of this alternative fuel source from nationally recognized speakers from government and industry; rural and community development, financial planning for new markets, and state-level and organizational actions. Fee: $195. Contact Dr. Daniel Cassidy at (706) 542-1186 or dcassidy@forestry.uga.edu.

August 30-31...Jefferson County.
Aquatic Re-Introduction Workshop, sponsored by the Mobile River Basin Coalition. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Topic: to address the questions and concerns of landowners who may be affected by aquatic re-introductions of federally-listed species. Fee: $35. Contact Dan Everson at (251) 441-5837 or dan_everson@fws.gov.

> September 2005

September 1...Shreveport, Louisiana 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.
Western Gulf Silvicultural Technology Exchange. Location: Louisiana Tech University-Technology Transfer Center. Topics: awareness of state-of-the-art, research-based forest management practices and implementing and applying those practices. Fee: $120. Contact Crystal Littlefield at (903) 834-6191 or cdlittlefield@ag.tamu.edu. Click here to register online.

September 6...Dale County 5:30 PM.
Managing For Bobwhite Quail. Location: Ozark Country Club. Topics: the biology, decline, and habitat of the bobwhite quail and available cost share funding to establish quail habitat. Fee: free; meal included. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

September 6, 8, 13, 14...Barbour County 6 PM to 9 PM.
Hunter Education Class (4 evenings) at Eufaula High School. Call (334) 687-0287. Click here for more dates and locations or contact Ray Metzler at 1-800-245-2740 or metzler@dcnr.state.al.us.

September 7...Fulton, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Pine Plantation Short Course at the Itawamba County Extension Office. Fee: $35 singles/$50 couples - registration required, lunch provided. Call Romona Edge at (662) 862-3201.

September 7-8...Athens, Georgia.
SiMS 2003 (Simulator for Managed Stands). Topic: utilizing the software to determine shortcomings of growth-and-yield systems, different possible ways to manage your stands, and evaluating regimes without the mathematical complexity of systems of equations. Instructors: Barry Shiver and Bruce Borders. Fee: $395; $30 if paid by 8/16. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu. Click here to register online.

September 7-8...Saint Augustine, Florida.
Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting. Location: World Golf Village Renaissance. Agenda: representatives from Florida organizations, forest industries, along with consultants, timber dealers and landowners, will discuss the a new forest plan. Fee: $385. Contact Debbie Bryant at (850) 222-5646 or debbie@forestfla.org.

September 7-9...Johnson City, Tennessee.
Tennessee Forestry Association Annual Meeting at the Carnegie Hotel. Agenda: conservation and wildlife management and how to partner with other organizations; bus tour of the Bristol Motor Speedway, hayrides, bonfire, story telling, and tour of historic Jonesborough. Contact Candace Dinwiddie at (615) 883-3832 or info@tnforestry.com.

September 8...Oxford, Mississippi 8 AM to 12 PM.
Hardwood Management Decisions Workshop at the Lafayette County Extension Office. Fee: free - registration required, lunch provided. Contact Jon Ruscue at (662) 234-4451 or lafayett@ext.msstate.edu.

September 8...Walker County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior CWP - Middle Basin  - Committee Meeting. Location: Bevill State Community College - Sumiton Campus, Building 1400, Civic Room. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

September 8...Dallas County 5:30 PM.
Managing For Bobwhite Quail. Location: Farmers Co-op. Topics: the biology, decline, and habitat of the bobwhite quail and available cost share funding to establish quail habitat. Fee: free; meal included. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

September 8...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-off, sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation. Location: Birmingham Children's Zoo. Fee: $50; $10 discount if registered prior to event. Call the AWF at 1-800-822-9453.

September 8...Starkville, Mississippi.
Aerial Photography and Image Interpretation. Location: MSU. Topics: introduction to aerial photography, EMS interactions with films and filters, geometry of a vertical aerial photograph, scale and area measurements, flight planning for photo acquisition, fundamentals of aerial photographic interpretation, use of photographs for mapping. Instructor: Dr. Robert C. Parker. Fee: $275. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu. Check here for updates.

September 9-10...Starkville, Mississippi.
Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show. Agenda: equipment, technology, services, and supplies exhibits; training and continuing education courses, safety fundamentals, helicopter rides and more. Fee: $15; $5 discount if paid prior to event. Contact Charles Burkhardt or Cindi Boyer at (662) 325-2191 or msfes@cfr.msstate.edu.

September 10...Baldwin County 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
Timber Tax Seminar at the Perdido Beach Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Orange Beach. Instructor: Dr. Harry L. Haney. Topics: tax changes that occurred in 2004, the impact of Hurricane Ivan on timber as regards taxation and casualty losses; issues regarding forestry estate plans during the uncertainty of the estate law transition currently taking place in Congress. Fee: $125 singles/$175 couples. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 265-8733 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org .

September 10...Tylertown, Mississippi 9 AM to 4 PM.
Forest Investment Analysis Short Course. Location: Walthall County Library, 707 Union Road. Topics: the practices and procedures of forest investment analysis, such as investment calculations to aid decision-making in forestry, southern timber demand and outlook, investment analysis terms and basic formulas, and investment analysis computer programs. Contact Lamar Adams at (601) 876-4021 or lamara@ext.msstate.edu.

September 10...Bullock County, 10:30 AM.
Turtles of Alabama at the Robert G. Wehle Nature Center in Midway. Agenda: presentation on Alabama’s 25-30 turtle species with live specimens. Bring a picnic lunch. Call the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources at (334) 242-3484.

September 11-13...Baldwin County.
Alabama Forestry Association Annual Meeting at Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach. Speakers include Joe Murray, CEO of Green Energy Resources; Wade Camp, Southern Forest Products Association; Daniel Cenatempo, Value Resolution Group and others; silent auction, golf, and beach party. Fee: $305. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 265-8733 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

September 12-15...Perkinston, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course. Location: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Required prerequisite provided by MSU upon your registration in this short course. Topics: state laws regarding your liability, ignition techniques, benefits, limitations, and risks, how to manage smoke, forest fuels and fuel classifications, how to plan and execute a prescribed burn, and effects of weather and fuel moisture on fire behavior. Fee: $445. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu. Check here for updates.

September 12-18...California.
Redwood Forests Trip to study the the Forests and meet with area forest landowners. Sponsor: Alabama Farmers Federation. Fee: $1,196 - air fare not included (rate from Birmingham: $531 per person). RSVP by 8/5 to Steve Guy at 1-800-392-5705x4305.

September 13...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Brian Spear Presentation on the Alabama Field Trial Association, sponsored by the Alabama Quail Hunters. Spear is a field trial judge and a former Auburn football player from Lowndesboro. Location: Lloyd's Restaurant on U.S. 280. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bellsouth.net.

September 14-16...Tuscaloosa County.
Introduction to ArcGIS 9. Location: Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa. Topics: basic design and operation of a Geographic Information System, data collection and presentation, displaying and editing data, and working with tables. Fee: $300; $59.95 for textbook. Contact Margie Falls at (205) 391-2434 or mfalls@sheltonstate.edu.

September 15...Lee County 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
Nuisance Wildlife Management. Topic: forestry damage relating to deer, beaver, armadillos, voles, etc., and hands-on demonstrations of wildlife damage techniques. Speakers: Dr. Jim Armstrong and Ashley Lovell. Fee: $40. Contact Bessie Buchanan at (334) 844-1002 or buchabz@auburn.edu.

September 16-17...Wilmington, Delaware.
American Paulownia Association Conference: Delmarva Paulownia. Location: Doubletree Hotel Wilmington. Agenda includes lectures and field trips. Fee: $80. RSVP by 9/1 to Dan Blickenstaff at (301) 790-3075 or palownia@erols.com.

September 16-17...London, Kentucky.
Kentucky Wood Expo, sponsored by the Kentucky Forest Industries Association. Location: Laurel-London Optimist Sports Complex. Agenda: exhibits and demonstrations of wood industry equipment and services, lumberjack competitions, equipment contests, country music, crafts, log loading and skidder competitions, and National Flag Exhibit ceremony. Fee: $4; $1 discount if paid prior to event. Contact Terry Kyle at (502) 695-3979 or terry@kfia.org.

September 20...Tuscaloosa County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Lower Basin- Committee Meeting at the Tuscaloosa County Soil & Water Conservation District, Tuscaloosa. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

September 20...Morgan County 5:30 PM.
Morgan/Limestone Wild Game Cook-off, sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation. Location: Hard Dock Café at Riverwalk Marina. Fee: $35. Contact Sam Glover at (256) 318-0157 or sam5573@hiwaay.net, or call Greg Lambert at (256) 771-7548.

September 21...Chilton County 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
SmokeWise Course at the Alabama Power Company Conference Center, 2030 Seventh Street South, Clanton. This course is designed to satisfy the continuing education requirement for certified burn managers (see requirements here). Topics: smoke management and smoke screening techniques for prescribed burners. Fee: free; lunch provided. RSVP to Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.net.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

SEPTEMBER 21, 2005...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


September 21-22...Athens, Georgia.
Plants, Planting Habitat and Wildlife Habitat Management. Topics: basic techniques and new ideas for developing and managing successful wildlife habitats, such as fire, timber harvesting, mowing, tillage, herbicide applications, plantings, the placement of structures; also, plants and plantings for deer, turkey, and quail, as well as what's involved with habitat management sites such as forest edges, openings, food plots, hayfields, "brush," fields, and prairies. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

September 22...Waynesboro, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
Forestry for Baby Boomers Workshop at the Wayne Municipal Library. Fee: $20 - registration required, lunch provided. Contact Allen McReynolds at (601) 735-2243 or allenm@ext.msstate.edu.

September 22...Gainesville, Georgia 6 PM.
Sportsmen's Banquet, sponsored by the Lanier Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association. Location: Gainesville Civic Center. Fee: $55 singles/$75 couples - includes QDMA membership(s). Contact Rick Walters at (678) 316-2435 or dairyqueengainesville@yahoo.com, or Kent Kammermeyer at (706) 865-7636.

September 24...Bullock County, 10:30 AM.
Alabama Rocks and Fossils at the Robert G. Wehle Nature Center in Midway. Agenda: presentation on Alabama’s 25-30 turtle species with live specimens. Bring a picnic lunch. Call the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources at (334) 242-3484.

September 24...Athens, Georgia 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM EST.
Backyard Wildlife: Birds, Moths and Butterflies. Topics: the ecology, management, and conservation of birds, butterflies, and moths. Instructor: Jeff Jackson. Fee: $75. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

September 26-27...Athens, Georgia.
Conservation Easements. Instructor: Harry L. Haney. Topics: an overview of what conservation easements are and how they can be used to meet a landowner's management and conservation goals, how easements affect land use, the advantages/disadvantages of easements, which agencies & organizations can accept easements, tax aspects of easements, how to plan for an easement, and experiences of landowners who have easements. Fee: $395.Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

September 27...Brookhaven, Mississippi 8 AM to 5 PM.
Introduction to T Cruise Forest Inventory. Topics: overview of T Cruise, setting it up, generating reports, and sample cruise. Fee: $100; fee for both this course and Advanced T Cruise (see September 28): $150. Contact Haglöf at (601) 856-5119 or sales@haglofinc.com.

September 27...Mobile County 9 AM.
Tour of Billy Robinson's Property, sponsored by the Mobile County ATFA. Topics include wildlife plots. Lunch provided. Call Woodie March @ (251) 661-0816.

September 27...Jefferson County 10:30 AM.
StormWater Management Authority Executive Committee/Board of Directors Meeting. Location: SWMA office, 216 Summit Parkway in Homewood. Contact Pam McLaughlin at (205) 943-1941 or pmclaughlin@swma.com.

September 27...Vero Beach, Florida 6 PM to 7:30 PM ET.
Healthy Ponds, Healthy Plants, Healthy Fish at the Indian River County Commission Chambers. Topics: how to manage your pond to keep it healthy, managing aquatic plants, keeping algae at bay, and managing dissolved oxygen in ponds. Call Violet at (772) 770-5030.

September 28...Brookhaven, Mississippi 8 AM to 5 PM.
Advanced T Cruise Forest Inventory Software. Topics: introduction and overview, data entry, local volume tables, stratification, creating custom reports, and generating final reports. Fee: $100; fee for both this course and Intro to T Cruise (see September 27): $150. Contact Haglöf at (601) 856-5119 or sales@haglofinc.com.

September 28...Nationwide 1 PM to 3 PM EDT.
The ABCs of TMDLs for Stakeholders Webcast, sponsored by the Watershed Academy. Topics: an introduction to the 303(d)-listing and TMDL programs with case examples, how you can be involved in the 303(d) listing and TMDL development efforts in your watershed. Advanced registration required. Call Melissa DeSantis at (703) 385-6000.

September 28...Forsyth, Georgia 1:30 PM to 3 PM EST.
Forestry Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Georgia Forestry Association. Location: Public Safety Training Center. Speaker: Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. Contact Steve McWilliams at (478) 992-8110 or director@gfagrow.org.

September 28...Cullman County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Upper Basin- Committee Meeting at the Cullman County Public Health Department, 601 Logan Avenue SW. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

September 28-29...Macon, Georgia.
Integrating Timber and Wildlife Management. Location: Georgia Forestry Commission Complex. Topic: how to get the most returns from intensive management and still have abundant, healthy wildlife populations. Instructors: Barry D. Shiver, Bruce E. Borders, and Karl Miller. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

September 28-29...Jay, Florida.
Wildlife Expo & Forestry Field Day. Location: West Florida Research and Education Center. Fee: $45; $10 discount if paid by 9/26. Contact Robin Vickers at (850) 983-5216x113 or rvickers@ufl.edu.

September 29...Lake City, Florida 5:30 PM to 7:40 PM ET.
Fish Pond Workshop at the Columbia County Extension Office. Topics: how to manage pond problems, water quality parameters and management, factors that affect weed growth, weed ID, and control options. Fee: $10. Call the Columbia Co. Extension Office at (386) 752-5384.

September 29...Defuniak Springs, Florida 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM ET.
Landowner Liability Workshop. Location: Walton County Extension Office and broadcast live on interactive videoconference at the Jackson County Extension Office. This workshop is for landowners and farmers in Northwest Florida who have opened, or are thinking of opening, their private properties or farms to paying guests for recreational purposes. Fee: $10. To attend the Walton County location, contact Connie Laws at (850) 892-8172 or walton@ifas.ufl.edu.  For the Jackson County location, call (850) 482-9620.

> October 2005

October 1...Houston County 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp in Dothan. Call Sheila Andreasen at (334) 794-4108x20.

October 1...Lauderdale County 9 AM.
Landowner Tour of the Deerstep Wildlife Management Preserve in Waterloo. Topics: edge effect, wildlife feeders, wildlife trees, food plots, natural hardwood stands, creeks and streams and pond management. Speaker: Austin Delano. Fee: free; lunch provided. Contact the Lauderdale County office of the Alabama Forestry Commission at (256) 764-4382 or lauderdale@forestry.state.al.us

October 1...Walker County 9 AM.
Field Day on James Larry Jones' Property, sponsored by the Walker County ATFA Chapter. Call James Jones at (205) 686-5387.

October 1...Bullock County 9 AM to 5 PM.
Outdoor Alabama Heritage Day at the Wehle Land Conservation Center. Agenda: log cabin tours, primitive weapons demonstrations, longbow building, arrowhead exhibits, open woods trail rides, fishing, boating and canoeing. Fee: free. Call 1-800-526-3252.

October 2-4...Savannah, Georgia.
Planting Seeds for Sustainable Forestry - Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Society of American Foresters. Location: Desoto Hilton Hotel. Agenda: survey of accredited programs; forestry outreach panel discussion by agency, public and private providers; environmental and professional education, and ethics seminar. Fee: $235. Contact Shibu Jose at (850) 983-5216x107 or sjose@ufl.edu.

October 4...Tallahassee, Florida 9 AM to 12:30 PM ET.
Tree Identification Lab, sponsored by the University of Florida Extension Institute. Location: Leon County Extension Auditorium. Agenda: indoor field trip with a forester and botanist, info on how to distinguish trees and tall shrubs with leaves that look alike, ID tips for 100 different species of the Big Bend, and a presentation of fresh specimens grouped according to similarity of leaf shape. Fee: free. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ifas.ufl.edu.

October 4-5...Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Arkansas Forestry Association Annual Meeting at the Arlington Hotel. Fee: $85. Topics: green building standards - friend or foe? Conservation forestry; timber and lumber - southern competitiveness; creating a forest economy for the 21st Century, and a fish fry. Contact Susan Glaze at (501) 374-6413 or sglaze@arkforests.org. Click here to register online.

October 5...Purvis, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Forest Investment Analysis Short Course. Location: Lamar County Multi-Purpose Center. Topics: the practices and procedures of forest investment analysis, such as investment calculations to aid decision-making in forestry, southern timber demand and outlook, investment analysis terms and basic formulas, and investment analysis computer programs. Fee: $35 singles/$45 couples. Contact Clayton Rouse at (601) 794-3910 or claytonr@ext.msstate.edu.

October 6...Montgomery County 10 AM to 1 PM.
Lower Tallapoosa Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Montgomery Water Works, 22 Bibb Street, Montgomery, Alabama. RSVP to Ginger Bodiford by 10/4 at (334) 271-1445 X 763 or gbodifor@ch2m.com.

October 6...Madison County 6 PM.
Huntsville Wild Game Cook-off, sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation. Location: Huntsville Jaycees Building. Fee: $50 per couple/person; $10 discount if registered prior to event. Call the AWF at 1-800-822-9453.

October 6-7...Lee County.
Alabama Treasure Forest Landowner Conference at the Auburn Hotel and Conference Center. Agenda: tour of the Auburn School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences facility, outdoor field trip on the property of former Chief Justice C.C. "Bo" Torbert, indoor sessions, and demonstrations on forest management and a forest floor mulching machine. Fee: $85; $10 discount if paid by 9/30. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 265-8733 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

CANCELED October 6-7...Athens, Georgia.
Basic Forest Finance. Topics: practical information on forest and natural resources investments and valuation. Instructors: Mike Clutter and David Newman. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

October 7-9...Shelby County.
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop. Location: 4-H Center in Columbiana. Topics: hands-on instruction on backyard wildlife, camp cooking, map and compass, camping, shooting sports/gun safety, fishing, photography, ATV handling, and bird watching. Fee: $195. Contact Sylvia Payne at 1-800-262-3151 or sylvia.payne@dcnr.alabama.gov. Click here to register online.

October 7-9...Palatka, Florida.
Gopher Tortoise Council Annual Meeting at Ravine Gardens State Park. Agenda: special session, presentations of papers, field trips, and social. Fee: $55; $10 discount if paid by 9/28. Various fees apply for meals and drinks. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ifas.ufl.edu. Click here to register online.

October 8...DeKalb, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
Tree Farm Workshop at the Kemper Farmers Market Building. Fee: $10 for materials, refreshments, and lunch (registration required). Contact Ruby Rankin at (601) 743-5112 or rubyr@ext.msstate.edu.

October 10, 11, 13...Fayette County 6 PM to 10 PM.
Hunter Education Class (3 evenings) at the Fayette County Extension Office. Call (205) 932-8941. Click here for more dates and locations or contact Ray Metzler at 1-800-245-2740 or metzler@dcnr.state.al.us.

October 10-11...Vidalia, Georgia.
Forest Soils and Management Decisions. Topics: soils establishment, phase fertilization, and early- to mid-rotation competition control. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

October 11...Woodville, Mississippi 9 AM to 3:45 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals at the Wilkinson County Extension Office. Fee: free - reservations required, lunch provided. Contact Ann Davis at (601) 888-3211 or wilkinso@ext.msstate.edu.

October 11...Jefferson County 10 AM to 12 PM.
Black Warrior CWP - Steering Committee - Meeting. Location: Alabama Power Division Headquarters, 13th Street and 6th Avenue North, Birmingham. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

October 11...Sebastian, Florida 10 AM to 11:30 AM ET.
Healthy Ponds, Healthy Plants, Healthy Fish at the Indian River County Library. Topics: how to manage fish in your pond and attract waterfowl. Call Violet at (772) 770-5030.

October 11...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Dinner and Program at Lloyd's Restaurant on U.S. 280. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bellsouth.net.

October 12...Newton, Mississippi 8:45 AM to 2:15 PM.
Hardwood Decisions Workshop at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station. Fee: $15 singles/$20 couples. Contact Victor Lee at (601) 635-2267 or newton@ext.msstate.edu.

October 12-14...Baldwin County.
Alabama Water Resources Conference. Location: Perdido Beach Resort Hotel & Convention Center, Orange Beach. Agenda: discussion of the multi-disciplinary aspects of current and future water use, management, and conservation issues. Fee: $250. Contact Dennis Block at (334) 844-4132 or blockdh@auburn.edu. Click here to register online.

October 13...Walker County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior CWP - Middle Basin  - Committee Meeting. Location: Bevill State Community College - Sumiton Campus, Building 1400, Civic Room. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

October 13...Chambers County 5 PM to 7:20 PM.
Forest Landowner Conference, sponsored by Chambers Co. Forestry Planning Committee and War Eagle Chapter of the Society of American Foresters. Location: Farmers Federation Building in Lafayette. Topics: present and future timber markets for the South. Fee: $4. Contact Bill Frazer at (334) 864-9955 or wrfrazer@yahoo.com.

October 13...Mobile County 6:30 PM.
Camp House Cooking, sponsored by the Mobile County ATFA Chapter. Location: John Archer Center. Call Woodie March at (251) 661-0816.

October 13...Monroe County.
Alabama River Woodlands Corporation Tour, sponsored by the Geneva County ATFA Chapter. Call Don Dean at (334) 794-4993.

October 13-14...Athens, Georgia.
Thinning Decisions: Timing, Frequency & Intensity. Topics: how both thinned and unthinned pine stands grow and develop in terms of product volume and stand value, stumpage markets, maximizing return on investment, reaching wildlife and recreation objectives, risk, and SiMS 2003. Instructors: Barry D. Shiver and Bruce E. Borders Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

October 13-14...Arcadia, Florida.
Quail Management Short Course. Location: Turner Center Annex. Agenda: presentations on the ecology and management of northern bobwhite quail in Florida, panel discussion on the future for quail and quail hunting, and information with demonstrations on bird dogs. Fee: $50. Call (863) 993-4846.

October 14...Madison, Florida 1:30 PM ET.
Forest Property Tour of Jerry Davis' Lost Pond Plantation. Topics: ways he has productively managed his property for wildlife, timber, recreation, and aesthetics; examples of long-term, multiple-use forest management in Florida. Fee: free; dinner provided - registration required. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ifas.ufl.edu.

October 15...Talladega County 8 AM.
Fall Field Trial, sponsored by the Alabama Quail Hunters. Location: Coosa Bend Hunting Preserve near Childersburg. Fee: free. Bring lawn chairs. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bellsouth.net

October 15...Tallapoosa County 8:30 AM.
Longleaf Pine Management Workshop, sponsored by the Tallapoosa County ATFA. Location: D.A.R.E. Park East of Dadeville near Lake Martin. Topics: chemical application of established longleaf forests; artificial regeneration vs. natural regeneration of loblolly pine. Speakers: Michelle Isenberg and Dean Gjerstad respectively. Fee: $3 for BBQ lunch (must call ahead). Call Bob Daniel at (256) 896-2996.

October 17...Verona, Mississippi 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
Profitable Marketing & Harvesting of Timber at the Bost Extension Center. Fee: $35 singles/$50 couples. Contact John Kushla at (662) 566-2201 or jdkushla@ext.msstate.edu.

October 17...Baldwin County 1 PM.
Coastal Alabama CWP Steering Committee Meeting at the Location: Jon Archer Center, North Schillinger Road, Mobile. Agenda: brainstorming project ideas and the formation of project committees. Contact April Griffin at (251) 441-6505 or april.griffin@al.nacdnet.net.

October 17-19...Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Fire in Grassland & Shrubland Ecosystems: Fire Ecology Conference, sponsored by Tall Timbers . Location: Bartlesville Community Center. Topics: E. V. Komarek Memorial Fire Ecology Lecture, fire/grazing interaction in grasslands (wild and domestic animals), fire in shrublands, fire and invasive plants in prairies, and fire management in grassland/woodland complexes. Contact Dr. Ron Master at (850) 893-4153x229 or rmasters@ttrs.org.

October 18...Tuscaloosa County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Lower Basin- Committee Meeting at the Tuscaloosa County Soil & Water Conservation District, Tuscaloosa. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

October 18...Moultrie, Georgia 2 PM to 5 PM EDT.
Farm Bill Listening Session, featuring U. S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. Location: Sunbelt Ag Expo Morton Building. The public is invited to attend the Farm Bill Forum to engage in open dialogue about farm bill policy for preparations for the development of a new farm bill. Open comment period for general farm bill comments will follow. Contact Gina McDonald at (229) 985-1968 or gina@sunbeltexpo.com . Click here to submit comments online.

October 18, 19, 20...Lauderdale County 9 AM.
Forestry Awareness Week Now (FAWN) for 6th graders. Location: Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville. To volunteer, Contact Cynthia Tillery at (256) 757-3948 or biotill@juno.com

October 18, 19, 20...Moultrie, Georgia 8:30 AM.
Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition. Agenda: new equipment unveiling, livestock events, and equipment in the fields, including harvesting, tillage, raking, cutting, and baling. Fee: $5 per day. Contact Gina McDonald at (229) 985-1968 or gina@sunbeltexpo.com.

October 18, 19, 20; 25, 26, 27...Tuscaloosa County 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
Introduction to GIS (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa. Topics: the latest in Geographic Information Systems using ArcGIS9 software; basic design and operation of a Geographic Information System, data collection and presentation, displaying and editing data, and working with tables. Fee: $300; $59.95 for textbook. Contact Margie Falls at (205) 391-2434 or mfalls@sheltonstate.edu.

October 18-20...Ocala, Florida.
Interagency Basic Prescribed Fire Training Course at the Marion County Extension Office. This course is designed to train private landowners in the use of prescribed fire. Fee: $150. Call the Marion County Extension Office at (352) 620-3440.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

OCTOBER 19, 2005...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


October 19-21...Escambia County 8 AM to 2 PM.
Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp in Brewton. Call Deb Hughes at (251) 867-8042x3.

October 19-23...Fort Worth, Texas. 
National Convention of the Society of American Foresters
. Topics: sessions on biology ecology and finance, technical field workshops and tours. Call Madelaine Morgan at (301) 897-8720 ext. 111.

October 20...Williston, Florida 10:30 AM to 2 PM ET.
Forest MAP (Management Assistance Program) Day at the property of Bill Bennett, sponsored by Georgia-Pacific. Agenda: field tour and presentations on strategies for successful wild turkey and forest fertilization options. RSVP to Joe MacKenzie at (352) 258-8610 or jamacken@gapac.com.

October 20...Crenshaw County 3 PM.
Benefits of Prescribed Burning, sponsored by the Crenshaw County ATFA Chapter. Location: Crenshaw County Lake in Luverne. Call Randy Smyth at (334) 335-5390 or Derek Bryan at (334) 335-6312.

October 20...Mobile County 7 PM.
Property Tax Appraisals, sponsored by the Mobile County Landowners Association. Speaker: David Whetstone, Baldwin County District Attorney. Topics: the yearly property reappraisal for Baldwin County followed by a Q&A session. Location: Jon Archer Center, North Schillinger Road, Mobile. Call Dwight Steedley at (251) 675-9250.

October 20-23...Baldwin and Mobile Counties.
Alabama Coastal Birdfest. Agenda: 20 guided birding tours, guest speakers, discussion of the rare Ivory-billed Woodpecker, program from the Hummer/Bird Study Group, and Bird and Conservation Expo. Various fees apply. Call (251) 929-0922.

October 22...Perkinston, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
GPS Workshop at the Stone Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Fee: $20 - registration required, lunch provided. Contact Judith Breland at (601) 928-5286 or judithb@ext.msstate.edu or Glenn Hughes at (601) 794-0671 or ghughes@ext.msstate.edu.

October 25...Tallapoosa County 10 AM to 1 PM.
Middle Tallapoosa River Basin CWP Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Alexander City Hall. RSVP by 10/18 to Malene A. McElroy at (256) 327-3358 or malene.mcelroy@ch2m.com.

October 25...Nationwide 1 PM EST.
Wealth and Your Family. Audio Conference presented by the Family Business Advisor. Topics: advice on how to avoid undesirable impacts on successor generations due to success and wealth, and to develop the next generation's ability to manage that wealth. Fee: $159. For more information, contact the FBA at 1-800-551-0633 or editor@efamilybusiness.com. Click here to register online.

October 25-26...Cherokee County 8:30 AM to 2 PM.
Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp in Sand Rock. Call Dewandee Neyman at (334) 624-8710.

CANCELED October 25-27...Juliette, Georgia.
Georgia Prescribed Fire Short Course at Brender Demonstration Forest. Agenda: the basics of prescribed fire application, with emphasis on planning and implementing prescribed burns. Instruction will include classroom lectures and field exercises. Fee: $425. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

POSTPONED October 26...Biloxi, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 5 PM.
Timber Wealth Management, Accounting & Taxation Conference, sponsored by Mississippi State University. Topics: lectures and presentations on current financial issues in the timber industry, including timber ownership and management, tax planning, accounting issues, contract negotiation, industry outlook, timber pricing and investments, and woodlands conservation issues.  Location: Isle of Capri Casino Resort. Fee: $225. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu.

October 26..Montgomery County 10 AM to 2 PM.
Alabama/Tombigbee Basin Project Steering Committee Meeting at the Alabama Forestry Association office in Montgomery. Contact Ashley Henderson at (334) 270-8236 or ahendersoncwp@charter.net.

October 26...Cullman County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Upper Basin- Committee Meeting at the Cullman County Public Health Department, 601 Logan Avenue SW. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

October 27...Purvis, Mississippi 8 AM to 2 PM.
Timber Damage Recovery and Taxes at the Lamar County (Mississippi) Multi-Purpose Building. Fee: $10 - lunch provided. Contact the Lamar County Extension Office at (601) 794-3910 or lamar@ext.msstate.edu.

October 27...Lee County 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
Forestry Law Workshop at the new School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building, Auburn University. Topics: conservation easements, wildland/urban interface problems (hunting, burning, forestry use conflicts), common title problems and how to solve them, 1031 Exchanges, investment and form of ownership, and current tax issues [631(b)] changes. Fee: $150. Contact Robert A. Tufts at (334) 844-1011 or tuftsra@auburn.edu.

October 27...Covington County 9 AM to 3 PM.
Fuels Treatment Workshop (Treating Longleaf Pine Stands) at the Dixon Forestry Center in Andalusia. Speakers: Rhett Johnson, Dale Pancake, Ken Outcalt, and Dale Brockway. Fee: free - registration required. Contact Rhett Johnson at (334) 222-7779 or johnsee@auburn.edu.

October 27...Quitman, Mississippi 6 PM to 8 PM.
Timber Damage Recovery and Taxes at the Clarke County (Mississippi) Multi-Purpose Building. Fee: free. Contact Mark McGee at (601) 776-3951 or clarke@ext.msstate.edu.

October 27...Dallas County.
West Central Wild Game Cook-off
, sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation. Location: Selma. Call the AWF at 1-800-822-9453.

October 28-30...Lexington, Kentucky.
American Chestnut Foundation Annual Meeting: Challenges and Opportunities. Location: Marriott Griffin Gate Hotel. Agenda: address by Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher, technical and archeological presentations, workshops, and tours. Contact the ACF at (802) 447-0110 or chestnut@acf.org.

November 1...Gulfport, Mississippi 6 PM to 8 PM.
Timber Damage Recovery and Taxes at the Harrison County Extension Office. Fee: free. Contact the Harrison County Extension Office at (228) 865-4227 or harrison@ext.msstate.edu.

November 1-3...Arcadia, Florida.
Interagency Basic Prescribed Fire Training Course at the DeSoto County Extension Office. This course is designed to train private landowners in the use of prescribed fire. Fee: $150. Call the DeSoto County Extension Office at (863) 993-4849.

November 1-4...Asheville, North Carolina.
Blueprints for Success: The Future of Your Family Business, sponsored by Biltmore Estate - a family owned business - and the Family Business Consulting Group, Inc. Topics: creating a solid foundation for your family-owned business, such as planning for the future and preparing for generational transition, developing your next generation for family and business leadership roles, building stronger non-family management teams, creating boards of directors and advisors, developing solid policies and establish effective shareholder agreements, promoting long-term family commitment, and maintaining fairness and harmony. Fee: $3,400 ($750 non-refundable deposit required at time of registration). Click here for more information and for registration packet. Contact Biltmore at 1-888-804-8264 or happenings@biltmore.com.

November 1-December 8...Southwest Alabama.
Signup Period for Hurricane Ivan Cost Share Program. This program is new opportunity for southwestern Alabama landowners to work with their neighbors to kill Cogongrass, Chinese and European privet, or Tallowtree (aka Popcorn tree) on both sides of the property line. Applications are available at your county Alabama Forestry Commission office. Contact Sarah O'Sullivan at (334) 240-9350 or sarah.osullivan@forestry.alabama.gov.

November 2...Atlanta, Georgia 9 AM to 12 PM EDT.
Farm Bill Listening Session, featuring U. S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. Location: Atlanta Community Food Bank. The public is invited to attend the Farm Bill Forum to engage in open dialogue about farm bill policy for preparations for the development of a new farm bill. Open comment period for general farm bill comments will follow. Contact Janice Reece at (404) 892-3333x1256 or janice.reece@acfb.org. Click here to submit comments online.

November 3...Purvis, Mississippi 6 PM to 8 PM.
Timber Damage Recovery and Taxes at the Lamar County (Mississippi) Multi-Purpose Building. Fee: free. Contact the Lamar County Extension Office at (601) 794-3910 or lamar@ext.msstate.edu.

November 5...Jackson County 8 AM to 12 PM.
A Walk-In-The-Woods at the State Lands near Jackson's Gap in Hytop. Agenda: upland hardwood research, brief history of the site and recent activities, classification of sites on the Cumberland Plateau, harvesting procedures, wood product needs, land management, stand history, wildlife response to five levels of stand manipulations, and how to regenerate high quality sites to oak. Speakers: Callie Schweitzer, Glen Smalley, Stacy Clark, Yong Wang, and Greg Janzen. Contact Callie Schweitzer at (256) 372-4230 or cschwetizer@fs.fed.us.

November 5...Dallas County 10 AM to 4 PM.
Woods, Water, and Wildlife Festival Fundraiser, sponsored by the Selma Kiwanis Club. Location: Lions Fair Park (Old National Guard Armory), Dallas Avenue, in Selma. Topics: managing food plots and native vegetation to maximize benefits for whitetails; non-typical antler development, habitat management for wild turkeys, and pond management basics. Fee: $10. Contact Earl Edwards at (334) 875-6300 or eedwards@alfains.com.

CANCELED November 5...Athens, Georgia 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM ET.
Control, Manage and Eliminate Unwanted Pests in the Home and Yard. Topics: deer and rabbits in the garden; bats, mice and squirrels in the attic; black widow spiders and mosquitoes in the yard; and many more. Bring your questions. For insects and spiders we will discuss mosquitoes, bees, wasps, fire ants, and spiders. Under house pests we will discuss rodents, bats, squirrels, raccoons, opossum, chimney swifts, woodpeckers and more. Yard and garden pests talked about are deer, rabbits, cotton rats, pine voles, gophers, snakes and lizards, and skunks. Fee: $75. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

November 7, 8, 14, 15...Cullman County 5:30 PM to 9 PM.
Hunter Education Class (4 evenings) at the National Guard Armory, 1000 23rd Street SW, Hwy 69, in Cullman. Click here for more dates and locations or contact Ray Metzler at 1-800-245-2740 or metzler@dcnr.state.al.us.

November 8...Wilcox County 9 AM to 2:30 PM.
Quality Vegetation Management Forestry Tour in Pike, Coffee and Dale counties. Location: meet at the Sikes & Kohn's Country Mall, Hwy 231 South, in Pine Level. Topics: creating wildlife habitats in forestry areas and maintaining native vegetation and developing land for multi-purpose use. Speakers: Rhett Johnson, Claude Jenkins, Greg Bailey, Brent Williams, and Michelle Isenberg. Fee: $10. RSVP by 11/01 to Tina Arnold at (334) 288-3900 or tarnold@alfafarmers.org.

November 8...Starkville, Mississippi 12 PM to 4 PM.
Are My Pine Trees Ready to Thin? at the Oktibbeha County Extension Office. Fee: $20. Contact the Oktibbeha County Extension Office at (662) 323-5916 or oktibbeh@ext.msstate.edu.

November 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17...Tuscaloosa County 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
Introduction to GIS II (6 evenings) at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa. Topics: the latest in Geographic Information Systems using ArcGIS9 software; basic design and operation of a Geographic Information System, data collection and presentation, displaying and editing data, and working with tables. Fee: $300; $59.95 for textbook.Contact Margie Falls at (205) 391-2434 or mfalls@sheltonstate.edu.

November 8-9...Athens, Georgia.
Harvest Planning. Topics: the wide range of issues you'll encounter when planning a timber sale in today's environment of government regulation and public scrutiny, how to develop and implement a harvest plan, the science behind the Best Management Practices (BMPs), and the benefits of harvest planning. Instructors: Dale Greene and Dr. Rhett Jackson. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

November 9...Tuscaloosa County.
Forestry Herbicides in Tuscaloosa. Contact Ken McNabb at (334) 844-1044 or mcnabb@auburn.edu.

November 10...Walker County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior CWP - Middle Basin  - Committee Meeting. Location: Bevill State Community College - Sumiton Campus, Building 1400, Civic Room. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

November 10...Lee County.
Wild Game Cook-off
, sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation. Call the AWF at 1-800-822-9453.

November 10-11...Athens, Georgia.
Estate Planning for Forest Landowners. Topics: Federal estate and gift tax laws and regulations, overview of state death tax considerations applicable to timberland, implications of major recent tax law changes for accumulating and protecting forestry assets, strategies for the intergenerational transfer of timberland, and discussion of recent court decisions, IRS regulations, and administrative rulings concerning forest estates. Instructor: Harry Haney. Fee: $365. Topics: Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

November 11...Hale County 9 AM to 12 PM.
Landowner Tour. Topics: pros and cons of high wire fence, bass pond management, duck pond management, property security, and ATV demos. Lunch sponsored by landowner host and Hale County ATFA Chapter. Call Jim Junkin at (205) 371-2202 or Buddy Hall at (334) 624-3829.

November 11...Monroe County 9 AM to 3:30 PM.
A Woman's Story of the Land: Tour and Workshop for Women Forest Landowners. Location: Hybart House Museum and Cultural Center, Hwy 21, Monroeville. Fee: $20. Contact Sonya Wood Mahler at (251) 937-7176 or mahlesw@auburn.edu.

November 12...Jefferson County 9 AM to 2 PM.
Restoring the American Chestnut Tree to Alabama Forests, sponsored by the of the American Chestnut FoundationAlabama Chapter. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Linn-Henley Lecture Hall. Agenda: the Alabama Breeding Program as a component of the National Chestnut breeding strategy, DNA fingerprinting of castanea species, Alabama research projects, and Q&A Session. Fee: free; refreshments provided. Contact  Wayne Boldin at (802) 447-0110 or chestnut@acf.org.

November 14-15...Athens, Georgia.
Introduction to ArcGIS Training. Topics: fundamental GIS concepts, how to query a GIS database, how to present data with maps and charts, and using various applications together to provide a complete GIS software solution. Instructor: David Kelly. Fee: $645. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu

November 15...Tuscaloosa County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Lower Basin- Committee Meeting at the Tuscaloosa County Soil & Water Conservation District, Tuscaloosa. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

NOVEMBER 16, 2005...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


November 16...Montgomery County 12 PM.
Alabama PALS (People Against A Littered State) Governor's Awards Ceremony at the Capitol City Club in Montgomery. Agenda: banquet to recognize state volunteers who have been instrumental in promoting a litter-free Alabama. For information or to submit nominations, contact Spencer Ryan at (334) 263-7737 spencer@alpals.org.

November 16-18...Athens, Georgia.
Advanced ArcGIS Training. Topics: spatial analysis, automation of spatial and attribute data, editing, and advanced options for cartographic display. Instructor: David Kelly. Fee: $745. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu

November 16-18...Marianna, Florida.
Interagency Basic Prescribed Fire Training Course at the Jackson County (Florida) Extension Office. This course is designed to train private landowners in the use of prescribed fire. Fee: $150. Call the Jackson County Extension Office at (850) 482-9620.

November 17...Ellisville, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Managing Understocked Stands: The Aftermath of Katrina. Location: Jones County Junior College. Topics: technical information on the rehabilitation of storm damaged pine and hardwood stands, identifying damaged trees worth saving, natural seeding vs. planting, and economics. Instructors: Drs. John Hodges, Debbie Gaddis, Jim Guldin, and Don Bragg. Fee: $35; lunch included. Contact Dr. Jim Walley at (601) 477-4173 or jim.walley@jcjc.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

NOVEMBER 17, 2005...Shelby County 7:00 PM.
Topic:  A Chapter by Chapter Review of James M. Vardaman’s How To Make Money Growing Trees.
o  The Big Timber Companies
o  Guesses About the Future
o  Case History of a Successful Timberland Investor: Charting a Course
o  Case History of a Successful Timberland Investor: Executing the Plan
o  Long-Term Timberland Investment with Annual Cash Flows
.
Discussion Leader: Jason Martin, AFOA Staff Forester.

Location: Arthur's Conference Center & Courtyard, off Valleydale Road about 0.8 mile west of I-65 S exit 247.


November 18...Blountstown, Florida 8 AM ET.
Wild Turkey Woodland Landowner Field Day at Neal Land and Timber Co. Topics: pine and hardwood management, prescribed burning, landowner programs, food plots, soil management, and feral hog management. Fee: $20. Contact Sally Faust at (803) 637-3106x3845 or sfaust@nwtf.net.

November 18...Fayette, Mississippi 8:30 AM.
GPS Workshop at the Mississippi Forestry Commission Office. Fee: free - registration required, lunch provided. Contact the Jefferson County (Mississippi) Extension Office at (601) 786-3131 or jefferson@ext.msstate.edu.

November 18-19...Mount Berry, Georgia.
Mountain Longleaf Workshop at Berry College. Topics: mountain longleaf management projects, longleaf restoration on pine mountain ridge, research and restoration, loblolly decline on longleaf sites caused by root pathogens, determining probabilities of existing longleaf pine stands found by remote sensing, re-introduction of fire into fire suppressed stands, roundtable discussion, and a field tour to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Allatoona Longleaf Pine Project. Fee: $110 (fees for private landowners registering for the Saturday session are waived). Contact Martin Cipollini at (706) 290-2149 or mcipollini@berry.edu. Click here to download registration form.

November 22...Natchez, Mississippi 9 AM to 3 PM.
Hardwood Management at the Adams County Extension Office. Fee: free. Contact Trey DeLoach at (601) 857-2284 or treyd@ext.msstate.edu.

December 2...Bronson, Florida 1 PM to 5 PM.
Upland Game Bird Workshop and Field Day at Range 17 Farms. Topics: quail management, food plots, prescribed fire, and a bird dog demonstration. Fee: $6; supper provided. Contact Tonya Brown at (386) 758-0525 or jerry.krummrich@fwc.state.fl.us

December 3...Lee County 8:30 AM.
Forest Landowner Tour and Field Day at the Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest. Agenda: use and implications of fire in forest management, establishment and maintenance of roads and bridges, artificial vs. natural forest management, and tour of Auburn University's new School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences building. Fee: free; BBQ lunch provided. RSVP to Bessie Buchanan at (334) 844-1002 or buchabz@auburn.edu, or Darlene Jarrell at (334) 844-1010 or jarresd@auburn.edu.

December 6...Tallapoosa County 10 AM to 1 PM.
Middle Tallapoosa River Basin CWP Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Alexander City Hall. RSVP by 11/22 to Malene A. McElroy at (256) 327-3358 or malene.mcelroy@ch2m.com

December 6-7...Macon, Georgia.
Southern Pine Plantation Management at the Georgia Forestry Commission Complex Auditorium. Topics: the costs and benefits of different silvicultural practices and combinations that make sense for different objectives. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

December 8-9...Athens, Georgia.
Timber Tax. Agenda: lectures, hands-on exercises, and discussions on the most current information concerning federal income taxes on timber resource management, such as changes from Tax Acts, IRS regulations, case precedents, tax changes for timber investment, marketing, and management planning. Instructor: Harry L. Haney, Jr. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

December 9...Tallahassee, Florida 1:30 PM ET.
Property Tour at Alford Arm Greenway. Topics: rotational disking, food plots, longleaf pine planting, prescribed fire, wildflowers, kudzu control and fire ant control. Fee: free - registration required; supper included. Contact Genice Roberts at (850) 487-3004 or robertsg@leoncountyfl.gov.

November 1-December 8...Southwest Alabama.
Signup Period for Hurricane Ivan Cost Share Program. This program is new opportunity for southwestern Alabama landowners to work with their neighbors to kill Cogongrass, Chinese and European privet, or Tallowtree (aka Popcorn tree) on both sides of the property line. Applications are available at your county Alabama Forestry Commission office. Contact Sarah O'Sullivan at (334) 240-9350 or sarah.osullivan@forestry.alabama.gov.

November 29, December 6, 13...Ripley, Mississippi 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
How to Manage Your CRP Pine Plantation (3 evenings) at the Tippah County Extension Office. This course covers a wide array of topics on southern pine plantations, and is not limited to those landowners in the CRP, including presentations on forest economics, thinning, prescribed burning, forest management, and herbicide use for wildlife habitat. Fee: $35 singles/$50 couples. Contact the Tippah County Extension Office at (662) 837-8184 or tippah@ext.msstate.edu.

> December 2005

December 13...Pascagoula, Mississippi 4 PM to 6 PM.
Shade Tree Damage Recovery at the Jackson County (Mississippi) Extension Office. Fee: free. Contact the Jackson County Extension Office at (228) 769-3047 or jackson@ext.msstate.edu.

December 13...Calhoun County 6 PM to 8 PM.
Timber Tax Seminar in Oxford, sponsored by the ATFA - Calhoun, Cleburne and Talladega Chapters, Steed Timber Company, the Calhoun County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Choccolocco Food Outlet. Landowners, consultants, and CPAs, and other interested persons invited. Fee: free; copy of Forest Landowner's Guide to the Federal Income Tax (Ag. Handbook 718) and supper provided. Participants must RSVP by 12/9 to Cheryl Hall at (256) 835-0512x3 or Kathy McCrimmon at (256) 238-9746.

December 13...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Dinner and Program at Lloyd's Restaurant on U.S. 280. Topic: dog care (tentative). Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bellsouth.net.

December 15...DeFuniak Springs, Florida 9 AM to 1 PM ET.
Leasing Your Land for Recreational Purposes. Location: Walton County Extension Office. Topics: opening your land to paying guests for recreational purposes, such as hunting, birding, fishing, wildlife viewing, trail rides, camping, bed and breakfasts, or nature-based tourism. Discussions will highlight the value of good customer service, being a great service provider in your community, and how to keep customers coming back to your venue. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Contact Connie Laws at (850) 892-8172 or cslaws@ifas.ufl.edu.

December 15...Nationwide 1 PM EST.
Philanthropy in Business-Owning Families. Audio Conference presented by the Family Business Advisor. Topics: tax-efficient structures for giving. For more information, contact the FBA at 1-800-551-0633 or editor@efamilybusiness.com.

December 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15...Tuscaloosa County 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
Introduction to GIS I & GIS II at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa. Topics: basic design and operation of a Geographic Information System taught in a computer lab using ESRI software. No prior GIS experience necessary. Fee: $300; $59.95 for textbook. RSVP to Margie Falls at (205) 391-2434 or mfalls@sheltonstate.edu.


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