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2006 Calendar of Past Events

Alabama Forest Owners' Association

last update: 04/17/07

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

> January 2006

January 6...Statewide.
Deadline for Conservation Program Cost-Share Sign-up. EQIP program includes payments for Forest Stand Improvement, Tree & Shrub Establishment, Aquatic Habitats and Early Successional Habitats. Contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service or call Julie Best at (334) 887-4549.

January 10...Jefferson County 10 AM to 12 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership Steering Committee Meeting at the Alabama Power Division Headquarters, 1313 6th Avenue North, Birmingham. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

January 11...Montgomery County 10 AM to 2 PM (confirm time with Henderson)
Alabama/Tombigbee Basin-wide Clean Water Partnership Meeting at the Alabama Forestry Association office in Montgomery. Contact Ashley Henderson at (334) 270-8236 or 300-3392 (cell) or ahendersoncwp@charter.net.

January 12...Covington County 10 AM.
Conecuh-Sepulga Clean Water Partnership Meeting at the Alabama Electric Cooperative in Andalusia. Topics: the gulf sturgeon in the Conecuh/Escambia river system, inclusion of the Conecuh-Sepulga-Blackwater Rivers Watershed in the Choctawhatchee, Pea, and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority, update on the water monitoring project, report on statewide CWP activities, and Waterquest 2006. Contact Janet Wofford at (334) 222-3271 or janetwofford@alaweb.com.

January 17...Wilcox County 6 PM.
Wild Turkey Management in Alabama in Camden, sponsored by the Wilcox County ATFA. Location: Lower Coastal Plains Substation Community Building. Speakers: wildlife biologists Dave Nelson and Chris Cook. Contact John Ollison at (205) 459-2133 or jollison@acesag.auburn.edu.

January 19...Mobile County 6:30 PM.
Presentation by Juan Chastang, Mobile County Commissioner, sponsored by the Mobile County Landowners Association. Location: Jon Archer Center, North Schillinger Road, Mobile. Soup dinner provided. Call Dwight Steedley at (251) 675-9250.

January 23...Philadelphia, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 5 PM.
Timber Wealth Management, Accounting & Taxation Conference, sponsored by Mississippi State University. Location: Pearl River Resort near Philadelphia. Topics: timber ownership and management, tax accounting planning, contract negotiation, industry outlook, timber pricing, investments, timber casualty losses, and woodlands conservation issues. Fee: $225; $25 discount if paid by 1/9. Contact Tammy Prather at (662) 325-8029 or tprather@aoce.msstate.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

JANUARY 18, 2006...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 24-25...Athens, Georgia.
Timber Market Analysis at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. This course teaches fundamental frameworks and skills to analyze timber markets for timberland investment and wood procurement applications, including distinguishing between market analysis for wood procurement vs. timberland investments, understanding what prices can - and cannot - tell us about timber market activity, and applying frameworks for conducting timber market and wood basket analyses. Instructors: Brooks Mendell and Tim Sydor. Fee: $395; $30 discount if paid by 1/3. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

January 25...Montgomery County 8 AM to 5 PM.
Making a Difference in Nonpoint Source Pollution: from Education to Implementation, sponsored by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). Location: Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, Montgomery. Topics: education, stream restoration projects, Clean Water Partnership updates, and Watershed Management Plans. Fee: free; lunch provided. Contact Molly Tatum at (334) 394-4360 or oeomail@adem.state.al.us.

January 25...Montgomery County 9 AM.
Petition Drive and Public Hearing, sponsored by the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform. Location: Alabama Capitol Auditorium in Montgomery. Agenda: ACCR's presentation of their 100,000 signatures to ask Alabama elected officials to call a constitutional convention, and a public hearing on HB 109. Note: constitutional reform usually includes discussion of property tax increases "to make the tax structure more fair." Contact John Giles at (334) 832-4688 or cca@ccbama.org.

January 26...Chambers County 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM.
Teachers In-service Training, sponsored by the Chambers County Forestry Planning Committee. Location: Farmers Federation Agricultural Center, Highway 50 East, in LaFayette. Send your Chambers County teachers to this training event which features: instruction on forest products, forestry knowledge, and soil formation; tour of East Alabama Lumber Company's computerized sawmill, machine and hand tree planting demonstrations, and field trip to forest with hands-on timber cruise. Fee: free; meal provided. Note: Contact Bill Frazer at (334) 864-7020 or wrfrazer@yahoo.com. Note: event is primarily for Chambers County teachers, however, guests are welcome - particularly those who want to consider implementing it in their counties.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

JANUARY 26, 2006...Teleconference 6:30 PM.
How to Use An Escrow Account

Speaker: Ed Travis
This telephone conference will allow participants to discuss the basics of escrow. For more information, call AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or send email note with your name and phone number. Otherwise, follow this procedure to enter the conference:
1. Dial 1-877-343-8909
2. When the computer operator says "Hello," immediately press the "#" sign.
3. The computer will say "Say or touch tone the conference number now."
4. Type in " 3 1 2 " with your touch tone key pad.
If you get totally lost, redial the toll-free number and start over.


January 27...Florida 3 PM to 7 PM ET.
Additional Income Options for Forestland Owners: a Forest Stewardship Special Videoconference. Topic: alternative sources of income that landowners can take advantage of in addition to timber, with a focus on pine straw, hunting leases, forest grazing and other enterprises. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ifas.ufl.edu. Check here for updates.

January 28...Tylertown, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
Forest Investment Analysis at the Walthall County Library. Fee: $35 singles/$45 couples - registration required. Contact the Walthall County Extension Office at (601) 876-4021 or walthall@ext.msstate.edu.

January 31...Woodworth, Louisiana 8 AM to 2 PM.
Cenla Forestry Forum, sponsored by the LSU AgCenter. Location: Tall Timbers Conference Center. Topics: various topics related to current events in the forestry industry. Fee: $30; $10 discount after 01/25. Click here to download a registration form. Call Barry Crain at (318) 767-3968. Click here to download a registration form.

> February 2006

February 1...Baldwin County 11 AM to1 PM.
Coastal Alabama Clean Water Partnership Steering Committee Meeting. Location: Original Oyster House. Topics: Priorities for 2006 projects, identify ways to continue support of partner groups/agencies, discuss role to protect and improve our coastal water resources. RSVP to April Griffin at (251) 441-6505 or april.griffin@al.nacdnet.net.

February 1-2...Athens, Georgia.
Making Money Growing Southern Pines. Topics: buying at different prices, management options at various points in time, returns on investment, potential, and trade-offs that exist for many situations. Instructors: Barry Shiver and Bruce Borders. Fee: $395; $30 discount for fees paid by 1/10. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

February 3...Hammond, Louisiana 8:15 AM to 3:30 PM.
Katrina and the Effects On Forestry-Past, Present and Future - the Florida Parishes Forestry Forum. Location: Southeastern Louisiana University. Topics: Casualty losses and other tax developments, timber market impacts and issues, timber quality issues in southern pine timber, forest management after a hurricane, and outlook for the forest industry in the Florida Parishes. Fee: $30; $10 if paid by 01/25. Call Brian Chandler at (225) 683-3101.

February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6...Calhoun County 7 PM to 9 PM.
Frog Pond Adventure [first Saturdays] at the Jacksonville State University Frog Pond, Alabama Forestry Commission Land, in White Plains. Fee: $5 - pre-registration required. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or fieldschool@jsu.eduClick here for more details.

February 7...Lee County 10 AM.
Farm Bill Public Field Hearings, hosted by the House Agriculture Committee, designed to gather insight from a variety of interests on the implementation of the 2002 Farm Bill and desired improvements and modifications. Location: Foy Union Ballroom at Auburn University. Contact the Committee at (202) 225-2171 or agriculture@mail.house.gov.

February 7...Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM.
Managing the Forest Site - Session 1 of 7: Advanced Master Tree Farmer (Level II). This short course is designed for landowners, extension agents and others who have participated in the Master Tree Farmer Basic Course (Level I) or who have a fairly advanced working knowledge of basic forest management concepts. Fee for all 7 sessions: $100 plus $50 each additional family member. Fee per session: $20.  For locations outside of Alabama, contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 542-7813 or whubbard@uga.edu. Check this calendar for updates. Click here to review Master Tree Farmer I. Alabama locations and registration information:

Autauga County Yvonne Thomas (334) 361-7273 ydthomas@aces.edu
Baldwin County Sonya Wood Mahler (251) 937-7176 mahlesw@auburn.edu
Blount County Carol Reid (205) 274-2129 reidben@auburn.edu
Butler County Anthony Pinkston (334) 382-5111 pinksad@auburn.edu
Choctaw County John P. Ollison (205) 459-2133 ollisjp@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 Rusty Parrish (334) 335-6312 parrirc@auburn.edu
Cullman County Elaine Cole (256) 737-9386 coleela@auburn.edu
Dallas County Callie Nelson (334) 875-3202 cnelson@auburn.edu
Franklin County Timothy D. Reed (256) 332-8880 treed@acesag.auburn.edu
Geneva County Mary Baltikauski (334) 684-2484 balimn@auburn.edu
Houston County Willie Durr (334) 794-4108 durrwill@auburn.edu
Jackson County Lewis Tapley (256) 574-2143 taplell@auburn.edu
Jefferson County David Hubbard (205) 879-6964x17 hubbadh@auburn.edu
Lawrence County Ronald Brittnell (256) 773-2549 britnrw@auburn.edu
Lee County Chuck Brown (334) 749-3353 cbrowne@aces.edu
Monroe County Ethel Stanley (251) 575-3477  
Montgomery County Jimmy Smitherman (334) 265-0233 jsmither@aces.edu
Perry County Daniel Jones (334) 683-6888 djones@aces.edu
Pike County Tammy Powell (334) 566-0985 poweltc@auburn.edu
St. Clair County Lee Ann Clark (205) 338-9416 clarkla@auburn.edu
Sumter County Willie Lampley (205) 652-9501 wlampley@aces.edu
Tuscaloosa County Wayne Ford (205) 349-4630 sford@auburn.edu
Walker County Danny Cain (205) 221-3392 dcain@auburn.edu
Winston County Mike Henshaw (205) 489-5376 mhenshaw@auburn.edu

February 7-8...Jefferson County.
Aquatic Restoration Workshop, sponsored by the Mobile River Basin Coalition. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Agenda: presentations from private industry, academia, and government agencies, overview of Reintroduction issues, water quality issues, and addressing landowner concerns. Fee: $35. Contact Jeff Powell at (251) 441-5858 or jeff_powell@fws.gov.

February 9...Cherokee County 10 AM.
Forestry Planning Committee Meeting at the Federal Building Conference Room in Centre. Agenda: Jimmy Jimmerson will speak on establishing a treasure forest chapter. Contact Kevin Taylor at (256) 927-3163or cherokee@forestry.state.al.us.

February 9...Lauderdale County 6 PM to 9 PM.
Forest Taxation Seminar, sponsored by the ATFA - Lauderdale Chapter. Location: the Florence Municipal Auditorium on North Pine Street in Florence. Speaker: Lou Hyman. Fee: free - sandwiches and drinks available. Contact Eli Thornton at (256) 757-2269 or biotill@juno.com.

February 10...DeFuniak Springs, Florida 1:30 PM.
Windy Hill Ranch Property Tour. Topics: grazing and hay production, bahiagrass pastures, fields and perennial peanut hayfields, longleaf pines, forested creek drains, wildflower meadows, and wildlife openings for habitat improvement. Fee: free; dinner included, but registration required. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ifas.ufl.edu.

February 11...Talladega County 1 PM.
Superspeedway Wild Game Cook-off in Talladega. Fee: $40 singles/$50 couples. Contact Kristi King at (256) 761-4705 or kking@talladegasuperspeedway.com.

February 13-16...Newton, Georgia.
Forest Conservation and Management Objectives at the Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway. Agenda: classroom and field activities on silviculture, restoration, prescribed burning, forest management, and conservation. Fee: $500. Contact Kevin McIntyre at (229) 734-4706 or kevin.mcintyre@jonesctr.org

February 14...Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM.
Forest Management Options for Your Land - Session 2 of 7: Advanced Master Tree Farmer (Level II). This short course is designed for landowners, extension agents and others who have participated in the Master Tree Farmer Basic Course (Level I) or who have a fairly advanced working knowledge of basic forest management concepts. Fee for all 7 sessions: $100 plus $50 each additional family member. Fee per session: $20.  For locations outside of Alabama, contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 542-7813 or whubbard@uga.edu. Check back here for updates. Click here to review Master Tree Farmer I. Alabama locations and registration information:

Autauga County Yvonne Thomas (334) 361-7273 ydthomas@aces.edu
Baldwin County Sonya Wood Mahler (251) 937-7176 mahlesw@auburn.edu
Blount County Carol Reid (205) 274-2129 reidben@auburn.edu
Butler County Anthony Pinkston (334) 382-5111 pinksad@auburn.edu
Choctaw County John P. Ollison (205) 459-2133 ollisjp@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 Rusty Parrish (334) 335-6312 parrirc@auburn.edu
Cullman County Elaine Cole (256) 737-9386 coleela@auburn.edu
Dallas County Callie Nelson (334) 875-3202 cnelson@auburn.edu
Franklin County Timothy D. Reed (256) 332-8880 treed@acesag.auburn.edu
Geneva County Mary Baltikauski (334) 684-2484 balimn@auburn.edu
Houston County Willie Durr (334) 794-4108 durrwill@auburn.edu
Jackson County Lewis Tapley (256) 574-2143 taplell@auburn.edu
Jefferson County David Hubbard (205) 879-6964x17 hubbadh@auburn.edu
Lawrence County Ronald Brittnell (256) 773-2549 britnrw@auburn.edu
Lee County Chuck Brown (334) 749-3353 cbrowne@aces.edu
Monroe County Ethel Stanley (251) 575-3477  
Montgomery County Jimmy Smitherman (334) 265-0233 jsmither@aces.edu
Perry County Daniel Jones (334) 683-6888 djones@aces.edu
Pike County Tammy Powell (334) 566-0985 poweltc@auburn.edu
St. Clair County Lee Ann Clark (205) 338-9416 clarkla@auburn.edu
Sumter County Willie Lampley (205) 652-9501 wlampley@aces.edu
Tuscaloosa County Wayne Ford (205) 349-4630 sford@auburn.edu
Walker County Danny Cain (205) 221-3392 dcain@auburn.edu
Winston County Mike Henshaw (205) 489-5376 mhenshaw@auburn.edu

AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

FEBRUARY 22, 2006...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 16...Pooler, Georgia 6 PM.
Fundraising Banquet of the Quality Deer Management Association - Savannah River Branch. Location: Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. Fee: $50 singles/$75 couples. Call Randy Bowden at (912) 547-0810.

February 16...Houston County.
Wiregrass Wild Game Cook-off in Dothan, sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation. Contact the AWF at 1-800-822-9453 or awf@alabamawildlife.org.

February 18...Jefferson County 8 AM to 2:45 PM.
Wildlife Seminar, sponsored by the Quality Deer Management Association - Central Alabama Branch. Location: HealthSouth Conference Center. Agenda: hunting safety, various tree plantings for habitat enhancement, non-typical antler development, data collection, food plots, and roundtable discussion. Speakers include Amanda Wood. Fee: $20. Contact Steve Epperson at (205) 368-5685 or alqdma@att.net

February 18...Collins, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Southern Pine Beetle Workshop. Location: Covington County Extension Office. Fee: free. Contact Carolyn Conger at (601) 765-8252 or carolync@ext.msstate.edu.

February 18...Tuscaloosa County 9 AM.
Conservation Advisory Board Meeting at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa. This board recommends (sets) hunting seasons and bag limits. Agenda: introduction of board members, DCNR departmental reports, public hearing, members report by district and sub-Committee reports, and more. Anybody who wishes to speak should arrive by 8:30 AM to sign in. Call the DC&NR at (334) 242-3486.

February 18...Calhoun County 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
Vernal Pond Ecology: Frogs and Salamanders at the Talladega National Forest Dugger Mountain Area. Meet at Jacksonville State University. Fee: $5 - pre-registration required. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or fieldschool@jsu.edu.Click here for more details.

February 20...Statewide.
End of trapping season
.

February 21...Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM.
Forest Health - Session 3 of 7: Advanced Master Tree Farmer (Level II). This short course is designed for landowners, extension agents and others who have participated in the Master Tree Farmer Basic Course (Level I) or who have a fairly advanced working knowledge of basic forest management concepts. Fee for all 7 sessions: $100 plus $50 each additional family member. Fee per session: $20.  For locations outside of Alabama, contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 542-7813 or whubbard@uga.eduCheck back here for updates. Click here to review Master Tree Farmer I. Alabama locations and registration information:

Autauga County Yvonne Thomas (334) 361-7273 ydthomas@aces.edu
Baldwin County Sonya Wood Mahler (251) 937-7176 mahlesw@auburn.edu
Blount County Carol Reid (205) 274-2129 reidben@auburn.edu
Butler County Anthony Pinkston (334) 382-5111 pinksad@auburn.edu
Choctaw County John P. Ollison (205) 459-2133 ollisjp@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 Rusty Parrish (334) 335-6312 parrirc@auburn.edu
Cullman County Elaine Cole (256) 737-9386 coleela@auburn.edu
Dallas County Callie Nelson (334) 875-3202 cnelson@auburn.edu
Franklin County Timothy D. Reed (256) 332-8880 treed@acesag.auburn.edu
Geneva County Mary Baltikauski (334) 684-2484 balimn@auburn.edu
Houston County Willie Durr (334) 794-4108 durrwill@auburn.edu
Jackson County Lewis Tapley (256) 574-2143 taplell@auburn.edu
Jefferson County David Hubbard (205) 879-6964x17 hubbadh@auburn.edu
Lawrence County Ronald Brittnell (256) 773-2549 britnrw@auburn.edu
Lee County Chuck Brown (334) 749-3353 cbrowne@aces.edu
Monroe County Ethel Stanley (251) 575-3477  
Montgomery County Jimmy Smitherman (334) 265-0233 jsmither@aces.edu
Perry County Daniel Jones (334) 683-6888 djones@aces.edu
Pike County Tammy Powell (334) 566-0985 poweltc@auburn.edu
St. Clair County Lee Ann Clark (205) 338-9416 clarkla@auburn.edu
Sumter County Willie Lampley (205) 652-9501 wlampley@aces.edu
Tuscaloosa County Wayne Ford (205) 349-4630 sford@auburn.edu
Walker County Danny Cain (205) 221-3392 dcain@auburn.edu
Winston County Mike Henshaw (205) 489-5376 mhenshaw@auburn.edu

February 21-22...Macon, Georgia.
SIMS (Simulation of Intensively Managed Stands). Topics: learn how to use the SiMS 2003 growth and yield system to evaluate timber management regimes and the possible ways to manage your stands and focus on those treatments and timings that make big differences in product yield and value. Fee: $395; $30 discount if paid by 1/31. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu. Check back here for updates.

February 22...Ellisville, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals. Location: Jones County Junior College Forestry Building. Fee: free. Contact Charles Grantham at (601) 428-5201 or jones@ext.msstate.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

FEBRUARY 23, 2006...Shelby County 1:30 PM.
Topic:  Oil & Gas on Your Land
Speaker: Allen Morris, oil and gas expert with AmSouth Bank NA Natural Resources Department.

Location: Shoney's Restaurant, off Cahaba Valley Road about 0.3 mile from I-65 S, exit 246/AL-119, in Pelham.


February 23...Monroe County. TIME??
Wild Game Cook-off in Beatrice, sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation. Contact AWF at 1-800-822-9453 or awf@alabamawildlife.org .

February 23...Nationwide 12 PM Central.
Effective Leadership in the Family Business. Audio Conference presented by the Family Business Advisor. Topic: tips and strategies for sharpening leadership skills and gaining credibility in the family business. Fee: $159. For more information, contact the FBA at 1-800-551-0633 or editor@efamilybusiness.com.

February 23-24...Athens, Georgia.
Risk Management in Forestry and Timberland Investing
. Topics: approaches for reducing risk and uncertainty associated with forest management budgets, timberland investments, and procurement activities and dealing with factors like fertilizer prices, property taxes, lumber demand, and interest rates, energy prices and foreign exchange rates which affect the actual costs and expected returns of managing forests and timberland investments. Fee: $395; $30 discount if paid by 2/2. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu. Check back here for updates.

February 23-26...Nashville, Tennessee.
Convention and Sport Show, sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation. Location: the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Agenda: meetings with professionals in the hunting and turkey hunting industry, presentations on hunting gear, auctions, Grand National Turkey Calling Championships, and a taxidermy contest. Contact Karen Cavender at (803) 637-3106 or kcavender@nwtf.net.

February 24...Clarke County 9:30 AM to 3 PM.
Women Forest Landowner Workshop at the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. Topics: hunting and outdoor recreation, tax planning, using foresters for help with prescribed burning and inventory, Classroom in the Forest, the Alabama Forestry Museum, and resources and opportunities for women. Fee: $30. Contact Sonya Wood-Mahler at (251) 937-7176 or mahlesw@auburn.edu.

February 24-25...Destin, Florida.
Alabama Forestry Association Mid-Winter Meeting at the Hilton Sand Destin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Agenda includes a special tribute to retiring Executive Vice President John McMillan. Emceeing the Saturday night event will be former Governor Fob James. Alabama Chief Justice Drayton Nabors will be keynote speaker. Fee: $285. Contact the AFA at (334) 265-8733 or info@alaforestry.org.

February 25...Baldwin County 10 AM to 4 PM.
Geographic Information System (GIS) in Coastal Alabama. Location: Gatra L. Wehle Nature Center in Blakeley State Park. Agenda: using a collection of computer hardware, software, and geographically referenced data to combines layers of information to provide better understanding of a place and when looking at coastal resources. Contact Jerry de Bin at (334) 242-3151 or jerry.debin@dcnr.alabama.gov. Click here for a calendar of educational events at GWNC.

February 28...Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM.
Tools for Controlling Unwanted Vegetation - Session 4 of 7: Advanced Master Tree Farmer (Level II). This short course is designed for landowners, extension agents and others who have participated in the Master Tree Farmer Basic Course (Level I) or who have a fairly advanced working knowledge of basic forest management concepts. Fee for all 7 sessions: $100 plus $50 each additional family member. Fee per session: $20.  For locations outside of Alabama, contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 542-7813 or whubbard@uga.eduCheck back here for updates. Click here to review Master Tree Farmer I. Alabama locations and registration information:

Autauga County Yvonne Thomas (334) 361-7273 ydthomas@aces.edu
Baldwin County Sonya Wood Mahler (251) 937-7176 mahlesw@auburn.edu
Blount County Carol Reid (205) 274-2129 reidben@auburn.edu
Butler County Anthony Pinkston (334) 382-5111 pinksad@auburn.edu
Choctaw County John P. Ollison (205) 459-2133 ollisjp@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 Rusty Parrish (334) 335-6312 parrirc@auburn.edu
Cullman County Elaine Cole (256) 737-9386 coleela@auburn.edu
Dallas County Callie Nelson (334) 875-3202 cnelson@auburn.edu
Franklin County Timothy D. Reed (256) 332-8880 treed@acesag.auburn.edu
Geneva County Mary Baltikauski (334) 684-2484 balimn@auburn.edu
Houston County Willie Durr (334) 794-4108 durrwill@auburn.edu
Jackson County Lewis Tapley (256) 574-2143 taplell@auburn.edu
Jefferson County David Hubbard (205) 879-6964x17 hubbadh@auburn.edu
Lawrence County Ronald Brittnell (256) 773-2549 britnrw@auburn.edu
Lee County Chuck Brown (334) 749-3353 cbrowne@aces.edu
Monroe County Ethel Stanley (251) 575-3477  
Montgomery County Jimmy Smitherman (334) 265-0233 jsmither@aces.edu
Perry County Daniel Jones (334) 683-6888 djones@aces.edu
Pike County Tammy Powell (334) 566-0985 poweltc@auburn.edu
St. Clair County Lee Ann Clark (205) 338-9416 clarkla@auburn.edu
Sumter County Willie Lampley (205) 652-9501 wlampley@aces.edu
Tuscaloosa County Wayne Ford (205) 349-4630 sford@auburn.edu
Walker County Danny Cain (205) 221-3392 dcain@auburn.edu
Winston County Mike Henshaw (205) 489-5376 mhenshaw@auburn.edu

February 28...Statewide.
End of Rabbit, Squirrel, Raccoon, Opossum and Quail Seasons
.

> March 2006

March 1-3...Mobile County.
The Environmental Effects of Hurricanes: Legacy's Environmental Partnership Conference. Location: Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile. Agenda: educational sessions on the latest environmental issues, what's happening around the State, and networking opportunities. Fee: $175. Contact Paige Moreland at (334) 270-5921 or paige@legacyenved.org.

March 2...Clarke County 7 PM.
Timber Tax Seminar, sponsored by the Clarke County ATFA. Location: Alabama Forestry Commission office just north of Grove Hill on Old Hwy 5. Speaker: Lou Hyman. Topic: tax issues faced by forest landowners. Fee: free. Contact John Ollison at (205) 459-2133 or jollison@acesag.auburn.edu.

March 2...Tallapoosa County 6:30 PM.
Global Timber Market and Its Affect On Local Timber Growers. Speaker: Richard W. Hall, Bank of America. Sponsor: Tallapoosa Chapter, ATFA. Location: the "Senior Cabin" of the Charles Bailey Sportsplex in Alexander City. Call Bob Daniel at (256) 896-2996.

March 2...Tuscaloosa County. TIME??
Wild Game Cook-off
, sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation. Contact AWF at 1-800-822-9453 or awf@alabamawildlife.org. Click here for updates.

March 3-5...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. Contact Sylvia Payne at (334) 242-3151 or sylvia.payne@dcnr.alabama.gov. Click here to register online.

March 7...Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM.
Water Quality and Best Management Practices for Your Forestland - Session 5 of 7: Advanced Master Tree Farmer (Level II). This short course is designed for landowners, extension agents and others who have participated in the Master Tree Farmer Basic Course (Level I) or who have a fairly advanced working knowledge of basic forest management concepts. Fee for all 7 sessions: $100 plus $50 each additional family member. Fee per session: $20.  For locations outside of Alabama, contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 542-7813 or whubbard@uga.eduCheck back here for updates. Click here to review Master Tree Farmer I. Alabama locations and registration information:

Autauga County Yvonne Thomas (334) 361-7273 ydthomas@aces.edu
Baldwin County Sonya Wood Mahler (251) 937-7176 mahlesw@auburn.edu
Blount County Carol Reid (205) 274-2129 reidben@auburn.edu
Butler County Anthony Pinkston (334) 382-5111 pinksad@auburn.edu
Choctaw County John P. Ollison (205) 459-2133 ollisjp@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 Rusty Parrish (334) 335-6312 parrirc@auburn.edu
Cullman County Elaine Cole (256) 737-9386 coleela@auburn.edu
Dallas County Callie Nelson (334) 875-3202 cnelson@auburn.edu
Franklin County Timothy D. Reed (256) 332-8880 treed@acesag.auburn.edu
Geneva County Mary Baltikauski (334) 684-2484 balimn@auburn.edu
Houston County Willie Durr (334) 794-4108 durrwill@auburn.edu
Jackson County Lewis Tapley (256) 574-2143 taplell@auburn.edu
Jefferson County David Hubbard (205) 879-6964x17 hubbadh@auburn.edu
Lawrence County Ronald Brittnell (256) 773-2549 britnrw@auburn.edu
Lee County Chuck Brown (334) 749-3353 cbrowne@aces.edu
Monroe County Ethel Stanley (251) 575-3477  
Montgomery County Jimmy Smitherman (334) 265-0233 jsmither@aces.edu
Perry County Daniel Jones (334) 683-6888 djones@aces.edu
Pike County Tammy Powell (334) 566-0985 poweltc@auburn.edu
St. Clair County Lee Ann Clark (205) 338-9416 clarkla@auburn.edu
Sumter County Willie Lampley (205) 652-9501 wlampley@aces.edu
Tuscaloosa County Wayne Ford (205) 349-4630 sford@auburn.edu
Walker County Danny Cain (205) 221-3392 dcain@auburn.edu
Winston County Mike Henshaw (205) 489-5376 mhenshaw@auburn.edu

March 8-10...Columbus, Georgia.
Southeastern Lake and Watershed Management Conference. Topics: ways to restore, enhance, and preserve watersheds while supporting economic development; exchange ideas on current lake and reservoir issues in the Southeast; promote local actions on lake and watershed issues; foster communication among watershed management agencies and lake users. Contact Marty Williams at (770) 427-8794 or ls@georgialakes.org.

March 10...Choctaw County 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Managing Longleaf Pine with Fire at the Bent Creek Lodge. Topics: overview of prescribed burning: why we burn, how we prepare an area to burn, who to hire burning in young longleaf, lessons learned reintroducing fire to older longleaf pine stands managing early successional habitat using fire emphasis on bobwhite quail and longleaf pine surrogates to fire (mechanical & chemical) -- how they affect longleaf pine management and wildlife species, cost share programs available. Field trip at same location. Demonstrations: effects of burning young, planted longleaf pine, effects of reintroducing fire to suppressed stands, surrogates to fire (mechanical, chemical midstory control), early successional habitat, and BMP of firebreaks. Catered lunch provided. Fee: $10. Contact John McGuire at (334) 844-1032 or mcguijo@auburn.edu.

March 10...Georgetown, Florida 1:30 PM ET.
Forest Property Tour of Charles Dingmon's property of Putnam County. Agenda: see 163 acres of planted slash pines, hardwoods, open fields, food plots, a freshwater pond and a hardwood swamp associated with Sweetwater Creek. Witness Dingmon's management objectives of timber production while maintaining the natural areas on the property, cattle grazing, a partial or complete restoration of a borrow pit and canal, wildlife habitat, aesthetics, and soil and water conservation. Fee: free. Supper provided - registration required. Call the Putnam County Extension Office at (386) 329-0318 or contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ifas.ufl.edu.

March 11...Montgomery County 8 AM.
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Board Meeting. Location: Auburn University Montgomery. Agenda: introduction of board members, approval of minutes, public hearing, old business, proposed regulations, new business, action to be considered at may meeting, and selection of date and location of 2006 summer advisory board meeting. Call the DCNR at (334) 242-3486.

March 11...Poplarville, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Southern Pine Beetle Workshop. Location: Pearl River County Administration Building Auditorium. Fee: free. Contact Melissa Rhodus at (601) 403-2280 or melissar@ext.msstate.edu.

March 11...Tallapoosa County 6 PM.
Lake Martin Wild Game Cook-off, sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation. Location: National Guard Armory in Alexander City near the airport. Fee: $50 - includes a one-year membership to the AWF and a subscription to the Alabama Wildlife magazine; $10 discount if paid prior to event. Contact Kimberly Moon at 1-800-822-9453. Click here for updates.

 March 13...Lee County 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Managing Longleaf Pine with Fire at the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building. Topics: overview of prescribed burning: why we burn, how we prepare an area to burn, who to hire burning in young longleaf, lessons learned reintroducing fire to older longleaf pine stands managing early successional habitat using fire emphasis on bobwhite quail and longleaf pine surrogates to fire (mechanical & chemical) - how they affect longleaf pine management and wildlife species, cost share programs available. Field trip to Macon County. Demonstrations: effects of burning young, planted longleaf pine, effects of reintroducing fire to suppressed stands, surrogates to fire (mechanical, chemical midstory control), early successional habitat, and BMP of firebreaks. Catered lunch provided. Fee: $10. Contact John McGuire at (334) 844-1032 or mcguijo@auburn.edu.

March 14...Escambia County 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Managing Longleaf Pine with Fire at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center. Topics: overview of prescribed burning: why we burn, how we prepare an area to burn, who to hire burning in young longleaf, lessons learned reintroducing fire to older longleaf pine stands managing early successional habitat using fire emphasis on bobwhite quail and longleaf pine surrogates to fire (mechanical & chemical) - how they affect longleaf pine management and wildlife species, cost share programs available. Field trip at same location. Demonstrations: effects of burning young, planted longleaf pine, effects of reintroducing fire to suppressed stands, surrogates to fire (mechanical, chemical midstory control), early successional habitat, and BMP of firebreaks. Catered lunch provided. Fee: $10. Contact John McGuire at (334) 844-1032 or mcguijo@auburn.edu.

March 14...Jefferson County 10 AM to 1 PM.
Middle Tallapoosa Clean Water Partnership Stakeholder Committee Meeting at Alexander City City Hall. RSVP by 3/7 to Tammy Jones at (256) 234-5271x3 or tammy.a.jones@al.nacdnet.net.

March 14...Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM.
Forest Measurements and Forest Products - Session 6 of 7: Advanced Master Tree Farmer (Level II). This short course is designed for landowners, extension agents and others who have participated in the Master Tree Farmer Basic Course (Level I) or who have a fairly advanced working knowledge of basic forest management concepts. Fee for all 7 sessions: $100 plus $50 each additional family member. Fee per session: $20.  For locations outside of Alabama, contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 542-7813 or whubbard@uga.eduCheck back here for updates. Click here to review Master Tree Farmer I. Alabama locations and registration information:

Autauga County Yvonne Thomas (334) 361-7273 ydthomas@aces.edu
Baldwin County Sonya Wood Mahler (251) 937-7176 mahlesw@auburn.edu
Blount County Carol Reid (205) 274-2129 reidben@auburn.edu
Butler County Anthony Pinkston (334) 382-5111 pinksad@auburn.edu
Choctaw County John P. Ollison (205) 459-2133 ollisjp@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 Rusty Parrish (334) 335-6312 parrirc@auburn.edu
Cullman County Elaine Cole (256) 737-9386 coleela@auburn.edu
Dallas County Callie Nelson (334) 875-3202 cnelson@auburn.edu
Franklin County Timothy D. Reed (256) 332-8880 treed@acesag.auburn.edu
Geneva County Mary Baltikauski (334) 684-2484 balimn@auburn.edu
Houston County Willie Durr (334) 794-4108 durrwill@auburn.edu
Jackson County Lewis Tapley (256) 574-2143 taplell@auburn.edu
Jefferson County David Hubbard (205) 879-6964x17 hubbadh@auburn.edu
Lawrence County Ronald Brittnell (256) 773-2549 britnrw@auburn.edu
Lee County Chuck Brown (334) 749-3353 cbrowne@aces.edu
Monroe County Ethel Stanley (251) 575-3477  
Montgomery County Jimmy Smitherman (334) 265-0233 jsmither@aces.edu
Perry County Daniel Jones (334) 683-6888 djones@aces.edu
Pike County Tammy Powell (334) 566-0985 poweltc@auburn.edu
St. Clair County Lee Ann Clark (205) 338-9416 clarkla@auburn.edu
Sumter County Willie Lampley (205) 652-9501 wlampley@aces.edu
Tuscaloosa County Wayne Ford (205) 349-4630 sford@auburn.edu
Walker County Danny Cain (205) 221-3392 dcain@auburn.edu
Winston County Mike Henshaw (205) 489-5376 mhenshaw@auburn.edu

March 14...New Augusta, Mississippi 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
Southern Pine Beetle/Invasive Species Workshop. Location: Beat 1 Community Center. Fee: free. Contact Florieda Mason at (601) 964-3668 or florieda@ext.msstate.edu .

March 14-17...Ruston, Louisiana.
Hardwood Log, Lumber, and Tree Grading Workshop at Louisiana Tech School of Forestry. Topics: USFS log 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.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

MARCH 15, 2006...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 15...
Turkey Season Opens
in all or portions of 59 Alabama counties. Others open April 1.

March 15-16...Washington, D.C.
Washington Fly-In, sponsored by the Forest Landowners Association. Agenda: to give private landowners the opportunity to meet and educate elected representatives and their staff on landowner issues. Contact Joshua Harrell at 1-800-325-2954 or jharrell@forestlandowners.com.

March 16...Autauga County 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Managing Longleaf Pine with Fire at Camp Tuckabatchee. Topics: overview of prescribed burning: why we burn, how we prepare an area to burn, who to hire burning in young longleaf, lessons learned reintroducing fire to older longleaf pine stands managing early succesional habitat using fire emphasis on bobwhite quail and longleaf pine surrogates to fire--how this affects longleaf pine management and wildlife species, cost share programs available. Field trip at A.U.'s Demo Forest. Demonstrations: effects of burning young, planted longleaf pine, effects of reintroducing fire to suppressed stands, surrogates to fire (mechanical, chemical midstory control), early successional habitat, and BMP of firebreaks. Catered lunch provided. Fee: $10. Contact John McGuire at (334) 844-1032 or mcguijo@auburn.edu.

March 16...Jefferson County 9 AM.
StormWater Management Authority: Special Meeting of the Board of Directors. Agenda: fee structure, bylaws, budget amendments, EPA and ADEM meeting. Location: SWMA office, 216 Summit Parkway in Homewood. Contact Pam McLaughlin at (205) 943-1941 or pmclaughlin@swma.com.
Landowners NEED to attend this meeting!!

March 16...Houston County 5:30 PM.
Wiregrass Wild Game Cook-off, sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation. Location: Houston County Farm Center in in Dothan. Fee: $50 - includes a one membership to the AWF; $10 discount if paid prior to event. Call the AWF 1-800-822-9453.

March 16...Callahan, Florida 6 PM.
Protecting Your Forestry Investment Workshop, at the Nassau County Multi-Use Facility (Callahan Fair Grounds). Topics: timber losses and the tax implications, marketing your timber for top dollar, forest insects, management options for damaged stands. Fee: free - registration required, meal provided. Call Steve Gaul at (904) 879-1019.

March 18...Hale County 8:30 AM to 1 PM.
Tuscaloosa County/Hale County Natural Resource Management Field Day, sponsored by the Tuscaloosa County Forestry Planning Committee and the Hale County Treasure Forest Association. Location: Talladega National Forest/Wildlife Management Headquarters Office. Agenda: speakers from AL Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries and the U. S. Forest Service. Fee $5. Contact Wayne Ford at (205) 349-4630 or fordsta@auburn.edu.

March 21...Lee County 10 AM to 4:30 PM.
Income and Estate Tax for Landowners. Location: Room 1101 - Forestry and Wildlife Science Building, Auburn. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $75 $10 discount if paid by 3/13. Contact Bessie Buchanan at (334) 844-1002 or buchabz@auburn.edu.

March 21...Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM.
Wildlife Habitat Management and Landowner Success Stories - Session 7 of 7: Advanced Master Tree Farmer (Level II). This short course is designed for landowners, extension agents and others who have participated in the Master Tree Farmer Basic Course (Level I) or who have a fairly advanced working knowledge of basic forest management concepts. Fee for all 7 sessions: $100 plus $50 each additional family member. Fee per session: $20.  For locations outside of Alabama, contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 542-7813 or whubbard@uga.eduCheck back here for updates. Click here to review Master Tree Farmer I. Alabama locations and registration information:

Autauga County Yvonne Thomas (334) 361-7273 ydthomas@aces.edu
Baldwin County Sonya Wood Mahler (251) 937-7176 mahlesw@auburn.edu
Blount County Carol Reid (205) 274-2129 reidben@auburn.edu
Butler County Anthony Pinkston (334) 382-5111 pinksad@auburn.edu
Choctaw County John P. Ollison (205) 459-2133 ollisjp@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 Rusty Parrish (334) 335-6312 parrirc@auburn.edu
Cullman County Elaine Cole (256) 737-9386 coleela@auburn.edu
Dallas County Callie Nelson (334) 875-3202 cnelson@auburn.edu
Franklin County Timothy D. Reed (256) 332-8880 treed@acesag.auburn.edu
Geneva County Mary Baltikauski (334) 684-2484 balimn@auburn.edu
Houston County Willie Durr (334) 794-4108 durrwill@auburn.edu
Jackson County Lewis Tapley (256) 574-2143 taplell@auburn.edu
Jefferson County David Hubbard (205) 879-6964x17 hubbadh@auburn.edu
Lawrence County Ronald Brittnell (256) 773-2549 britnrw@auburn.edu
Lee County Chuck Brown (334) 749-3353 cbrowne@aces.edu
Monroe County Ethel Stanley (251) 575-3477  
Montgomery County Jimmy Smitherman (334) 265-0233 jsmither@aces.edu
Perry County Daniel Jones (334) 683-6888 djones@aces.edu
Pike County Tammy Powell (334) 566-0985 poweltc@auburn.edu
St. Clair County Lee Ann Clark (205) 338-9416 clarkla@auburn.edu
Sumter County Willie Lampley (205) 652-9501 wlampley@aces.edu
Tuscaloosa County Wayne Ford (205) 349-4630 sford@auburn.edu
Walker County Danny Cain (205) 221-3392 dcain@auburn.edu
Winston County Mike Henshaw (205) 489-5376 mhenshaw@auburn.edu

March 21-22...Athens, Georgia.
Understanding Statistics and Stand Characteristics. Topics: statistical concepts and their proper use, as well as descriptive stand characteristics and their development and usage in forestry. Instructors: Barry Shiver and Bruce Borders. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

March 22...Jefferson County 8 AM to 5 PM.
Tread Lightly! Tread Trainer Course. Location: Radisson Hotel Birmingham, 808 South 20th Street, Birmingham. Topic: training on motorized and mechanized recreation. Fee: $50; registration deadline: 02/27. Contact Tread Lightly! Inc. at (801) 627-0077 or dianne@treadlightly.org.

March 23...Lucedale, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Southern Pine Beetle Workshop. Location: Gulf Coast Community College - George County Multi-purpose Building. Fee: free. Contact Mike Steede at (601) 947-4223 or mikes@ext.msstate.edu.

March 23...Jefferson County 8:50 AM to 12 PM.
Private Land for Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation. Location: Radisson Hotel Birmingham, 808 South 20th Street, Birmingham. Topics: examples of successful trail systems on private lands, approaches to the problems of liability, insurance, state laws, and LLC, and trials and tribulations of building a trail system from scratch. Fee: $75. Contact Glen Myers at (256) 831-1935 or gmyers.nohvcc@juno.com.

March 23...Lake City, Florida 9 AM to 3 PM ET.
Pond Management Workshop at the Columbia County Extension Office. Agenda: managing fish in backyard ponds, stocking, feeding, and safe applications of herbicides. Fee: $5. RSVP by 3/20 by calling (386)752-5384.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

MARCH 23, 2006...Teleconference 10:00 AM.
Right of Way Negotiations

Speaker: Attorney John Lavette
AFOA recorded this program. You may listen by:
Clicking here for the one hour discussion.
(mp3 format)


March 24...Jefferson County 11 AM to 4 PM.
Off-Highway Vehicle Park Components. Location: Radisson Hotel Birmingham, 808 South 20th Street, Birmingham. Topics: how to build a fun, sustainable trail system, meet riders’ needs, utilize the terrain, construction techniques, and controlling OHV noise. Fee: $75. Contact Glen Myers at (256) 831-1935 or gmyers.nohvcc@juno.com.

March 24-25...Santee, South Carolina.
Annual American Paulownia Association Conference: The Paulownia "State Of The Union" Address. Agenda: address Paulownia in the vicinity of the southeast United States & tropical plantations, and field trips to the Mizzell and the McIver Paulownia plantations. Fee: $70. Contact Sharon Blickenstaff at (301) 790-3075 or editor@paulowniatrees.org.

March 25...Pike County.
Wild Game Cook-off in Troy, sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation. Contact the AWF at 1-800-822-9453 or awf@alabamawildlife.org.

March 27-April 14...Statewide.
Conservation Reserve Program Sign-up. Producers enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to control soil erosion, improve water and air quality, and enhance wildlife habitat. In return, FSA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Contract duration is between 10 to 15 years. To submit CRP offers, contact your County Farm Service Agency office, or contact the Alabama State FSA Office at (334) 279-3501 or irean.bennett@al.usda.gov.

March 28-29...Gainesville, Florida.
Biomass/Bio-energy, a Florida Division Society of American Foresters and School of Forest Resources and Conservation Symposium. Contact Shibu Jose at (850) 983 5216x107 or sjose@ufl.edu.

March 28-30...Mobile County.
2006 Annual Red Imported Fire Ant Conference, hosted by the Alabama Fire Ant Management Program. Location: Radisson Admiral Semmes Hotel in Mobile. Contact Fudd Graham at (334) 844-2563 or ifa2006@aces.edu. Click here to register.

March 30...Macon County 9 AM.
Beaver/Tree City Use Program, sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System & Alabama Department Of Wildlife And Fresh Water Fisheries. Location: Mr. Coblenty's Farm in Shorter. Topics: beaver biology and trapping, and things a city can do in order to be honored as a Tree City USA city. Speakers: Ashley Lovell & Michelle Cole. Fee: free. Contact Kelvin Perkins at (334) 298-6845 or perkike@aces.edu.

> April 2006

April 1...DeKalb County 9 AM to 4 PM.
Deep Canyon Hike at the Little River Canyon National Preserve in Fort Payne. Fee: $15 - pre-registration required. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or fieldschool@jsu.edu. Click here for more details.

April 4...Columbia, South Carolina 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
South Carolina Forest Landowner Meeting. Location: Harbison State Forest. Fee: free - catered meal provided. Call William Moody at (803) 808-2205.

April 4...Ocala, Florida 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.
Farmland Preservation and Estate Planning Workshop at the Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club in Marion County (Florida). Topics: current tax incentives for land conservation, the economic benefits of conservation easements and ways to reduce property, federal income, and estate taxes; economic benefits of life estates, charitable remainder trusts, and business organization strategies, and estate planning. Fee: free. Contact Ellen Huntley at (352) 372-6568 or info@conserveflorida.org.

April 5...Starkville, Mississippi.
Forestry GIS: fGIS Software. Location: MSU Campus. Agenda: create, edit, and manipulate GIS data (such as terrain, location, species distribution, boundaries, summaries, and trends), complete data queries and statistical analyses, create output such as maps and graphics, and use images such as aerial photographs, satellite data, etc. Fee: $355. Contact Tammy Prather at (662) 325-8029 or tprather@aoce.msstate.edu. Check back here for updates and additional information.

April 5...Washington County, Florida.
Property Tour of George C. Owens Farms in Washington County, Florida. Agenda: Forest Stewardship, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, and examples of silvopasture in Florida and the Southeast. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ifas.ufl.edu.

April 6...Covington County 10 AM.
Conecuh-Sepulga Clean Water Partnership Meeting. Location: Alabama Electric Cooperative Conference Room, Hwy 29 North, Andalusia. Speaker: Marlon Cook of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) - Office of Water Resources. Contact Janet S. Wofford at (334) 222-3271 or janetwofford@andycable.com.

April 6...Walker County 4 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Meeting - Vulcan District - at the Community Center, 204 19th Street E, Jasper. Agenda: logger training, updates on the 2006 Legislative Session, Alabama Forests Forever and other Association programs. RSVP by 4/5 to Juanita Cope at (334) 265-8733 or jcope@alaforestry.org.

April 6...Prentiss, Mississippi 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
Bark Beetle/Invasive Species Workshop. Fee: free. Contact Thomas Brewer at (601) 792-5121 or thomasb@ext.msstate.edu.

April 6-7...Mobile County.
Alabama Stream and Wetland Restoration Conference, at the University of Mobile-Harrigan Forestry Center. Agenda: field trips to local projects and presentations on the state of the science of stream and wetland restoration in Alabama. Dress for field and weather conditions. Contact Randy Shaneyfelt at (251) 450-3400 or fieldmail@adem.state.al.us.

April 8...Calhoun County 9 AM to 3 PM.
Pinhoti Trail Hike: Dugger Mountain Wildflowers at Talladega National Forest. Fee: $15 - pre-registration required. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or fieldschool@jsu.edu. Click here for more details.

April 11...Jefferson County 10 AM to 12 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership Steering Committee Meeting at the Alabama Power Division Headquarters, 1313 6th Avenue North, Birmingham. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

April 11...Ellisville, Mississippi 6 PM to 8 PM.
Bark Beetle/Invasive Species Workshop at Jones County Junior College. Fee: free. Contact Chuck Grantham at (601) 428-5201 or chucks@ext.msstate.edu.

April 12...Montgomery County 10 AM to 1:30 PM.
Alabama-Tombigbee Clean Water Partnership Meeting at the Alabama Forestry Association office in Montgomery. Contact Ashley Henderson at (334) 270-8236 or 300-3392 (cell) or ahendersoncwp@charter.net.

April 13...Marianna, Florida 9 AM to 3 PM ET.
Forest Stewardship Workshop: Beyond Food Plots - Enhancing Wildlife Habitat on Your Forest Property at the Jackson County (Florida) Extension Office. Field tour after lunch. Call (850) 482-9620.

April 17...Athens, Georgia 8:30 AM to 5 PM.
Forestry for Non-Foresters I. Topic: introduction to forest management in the South. Fee: $225; $30 discount if paid by 3/27. Speakers: Kris Irwin and Bill Hubbard. Fee: $195. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

April 17-20...Starkville, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course. Location: MSU Campus. Agenda: state laws regarding your liability, ignition techniques, benefits, limitations and risks, how to managing smoke, forest fuels and fuel classifications, how to plan and execute a prescribed burn, effects of weather and fuel moisture on fire behavior. Fee: $400. Contact Tammy Prather at (662) 325-8029 or tprather@aoce.msstate.edu. Check back here for updates and additional information.

April 18...Hattiesburg, Mississippi 8 AM to 3 PM.
Longleaf Pine Workshop Forrest County Extension Service Office. Fee: free. Contact Lee Taylor at (601) 545-6083 or leet@ext.msstate.edu.

April 18-19...Athens, Georgia.
Forestry for Non-Foresters II. Topic: introduction to forest management in the South. Speakers: Kris Irwin and Bill Hubbard. Fee: $395; $30 discount if paid by 3/27. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

April 18-19...Athens, Georgia.
Point Sampling. Topics: point sampling and alternative methods that could be better in a particular situation. Instructors: Bruce Borders and Barry Shiver. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu. Check back here for updates.

April 18-21...Chilton County.
Certified Burn Manager Training, sponsored by the Alabama Forestry Commission. Location: Alabama Power Company, Clanton Conference Center, 2030 Seventh Street South, Clanton. Instructors: Kent Hanby and John Stivers. Fee: $50; participants must provide meals and lodging. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.

April 19...Montgomery County 10 AM to 1:30 PM.
Upper Alabama Clean Water Partnership/Catoma Creek Advisory Board Meeting at the Alabama Forestry Association Building in Montgomery. Contact Ashley Henderson at (334) 270-8236 or 300-3392 (cell) or ahendersoncwp@charter.net.

April 19...Chilton, Conecuh, Dallas, Henry, Jefferson, Lee, and Limestone Counties 10 AM to 3:30 PM.
Forestry Cost-Share Programming in Alabama Videoconference: Reaching A Common Understanding. Topics: NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) forestry programs, NRCS wildlife programs, CRP and emergency conservation programs, Fish and Wildlife Service Partners Program, and Alabama Forestry Commission cost share programs. This program will be teleconferenced from the campus of Auburn University to various locations throughout the state. This is an interactive media allowing for instantaneous questioning and discussion. Contact Ken McNabb at (334) 844-1044 or mcnabb@auburn.edu.

April 19...Nationwide 12 PM Central.
Family Meetings: Getting the Next Generation Involved. Audio Conference presented by the Family Business Advisor. Topic: teaching both the senior and the next generation how to transition family meeting leadership - advice on family meeting leadership; balancing meetings with fun; relationship development and information sharing; activities to do at family meetings and holding family retreats. Fee: $159. For more information, contact the FBA at 1-800-551-0633 or editor@efamilybusiness.com.

April 19...Escambia County 5:30 PM to 7 PM.
Inventory and Security of Timber and Trees Using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology. Location: David's Catfish House, Brewton. Contact Mathew Smidt at (334) 844-1038 or smidtmf@auburn.edu.

April 20...Jay, Florida 9 AM to 3 PM ET.
Forest Stewardship Workshop: Beyond Food Plots - Enhancing Wildlife Habitat on Your Forest Property
at the West Florida Research and Education Center. Field tour after lunch. Call Robin Vickers at (850) 983-5216x113.

April 20...Lee County 5:30 PM to 7 PM.
Inventory and Security of Timber and Trees Using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology. Location: Auburn University's Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Building. Contact Mathew Smidt at (334) 844-1038 or smidtmf@auburn.edu.

April 20...Mobile County 7 PM.
Mobile County Landowners Association Meeting. Location: Jon Archer Center, North Schillinger Road, Mobile. Call Dwight Steedley at (251) 675-9250.

April 20...Tallapoosa County.
Outdoor Tour of Dr. Ann Thompson's Forestland PLUS Factory Tour, sponsored by the Tallapoosa County ATFA. Call Bob Daniel at (256) 896-2996.

April 20...Tallapoosa County.
State of Our Watershed Conference - the Tallapoosa River Basin, sponsored by the Tallapoosa Watershed Project. Location: Oscar C. Dunn Rotary Environmental Education Center, Camp ASCCA, Jacksons Gap. Topics: the health of streams, lakes and rivers that comprise the Tallapoosa River Basin, current watershed management strategies, long-term economic and development vision of policy makers, and basin management innovations developed by scientists of the Tallapoosa Watershed Project (TWP). Fee: free - register required. Contact Eric Reutebuch at (334) 844-9208 or reuteem@auburn.edu.

April 20...Crenshaw County.
Control of Non-native Invasive Species in Forests, sponsored by the Crenshaw County ATFA. Agenda: chemical control of non-native species and a mulching machine demonstration. Call the Crenshaw Country Extension Office at (334) 335-6312.

April 20...Pike County.
Alabama Forestry Association Meeting - Wiregrass District - at the Pines Restaurant, 65 W Court Square, Troy. Call Mike Griswold at (334) 566-4084.

April 21...Barbour County 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM.
Inventory and Security of Timber and Trees Using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology. Location: Lakepoint State Park, Eufaula. Contact Mathew Smidt at (334) 844-1038 or smidtmf@auburn.edu.

April 22...Calhoun County 9 AM to 11 AM AND 1 PM to 3 PM.
Wildflower Saturday at the Little River Canyon National Preserve Beaver Pond Trail Head in Fort Payne. Meet at Jacksonville State University. Fee: $5 - pre-registration required. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or fieldschool@jsu.edu. Click here for more details.

April 22...Madison County 9 AM to 4 PM.
Longleaf Festival at former Fort McClellan (Historic Warehouse District) in Anniston. Fee: $5 donation requested at the gate. Additional fees for some activities apply. Contact David West at (256) 237-1621 or westdah@auburn.edu.

April 22-29...Statewide.
"Don't Drop It On Alabama" Spring Cleanup, sponsored by Alabama PALS (People Against A Littered State). All cleanup materials furnished by Alabama PALS. Contact Spencer Ryan at (334) 263-7737 or spencer@alpals.org.

April 23-30...Brazil.
Brazil Forestry Tour (Curitiba Area). Agenda: Visit pine and eucalyptus plantations, mills, nurseries. Meet with Brazilian owners and operators, attorneys, accountants, and experts in Brazilian forestry sector. Fee: $2,900. - air fare not included. Contact Mark Willhite at (503) 695-6419 or mark@worldforestinvestment.com. Click here for Registration Form.

April 20...Madison County 8 AM to 3:30 PM.
Functional Foods: The New Medicine, at the Holiday Inn Research Park in Huntsville. Topics: what functional foods are; which fruits, vegetables and mushrooms provide the most benefits to your health, and how to relay this information in marketing. Forest owners interested in shiitake, oyster and other mushroom production will be able to attend a production and mushroom inoculation session. Fee: $50. Contact Dr. Cathy Sabota at (256) 372-4257 or catherine.sabota@email.aamu.edu. Click here to register online.

April 24...Franklin County.
Alabama Forestry Association Meeting - Valley District - at Northwest Shoals Community College, Phil Campbell. Call Becky Youngblood at (256)637-7222.

April 25...Marshall County.
Alabama Forestry Association Meeting - Mountain District - at the Catfish Cabin, 8524 U.S. Highway 431, Albertville. Call David Ball at (256)894-2329.

April 26-28...San Antonio, Texas.
Fiesta San Antonio Week/65th Annual Forest Landowners Conference, sponsored by the Forest Landowners Association. Location: the Westin Riverwalk Hotel. Fee: $345. Contact Susan Johnson at (404) 325-2954 or sjohnson@forestlandowners.com.

April 27...Autauga County.
Tri-County Wild Game Cook-off
in Prattville, sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation. Contact the AWF at 1-800-822-9453 or awf@alabamawildlife.org.

April 27...Starkville, Mississippi.
Alternative Dispute Resolution and Contract Law. Topics: alternatives to litigation; how arbitration, mediation, and negotiation work, and how to make these methods work to your advantage and to the advantage of your organization; negotiation skills to better represent yourself or your organization in negotiation situations. Fee: $295. Contact Tammy Prather at (662) 325-8029 or tprather@aoce.msstate.edu. Check back here for updates and additional information.

April 27...Tuscaloosa County 10 AM.
Alabama Forestry Commissioners' Meeting at the Bryant Conference Center, 240 Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa. Agenda: short executive session and discussion on the process of hiring a new Assistant State Forester. Call the AFC at (334) 240-9300.


AFOA ANNUAL MEETING (click here for full details & registration forms)
 

APRIL 28-29, 2006...Montgomery County.
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Visit with organizations which have a Montgomery headquarters
  Take in technical information and speakers on relevant issues and groups
  Experience the "business" of our State Capital as it affects owners of forestland.
Location:
GuestHouse International Hotel & Suites, 120 Madison Avenue, Montgomery.
     Contact: (334) 264-2231 or guesthousesales@earthlink.net
Questions? Contact AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or Send Email.
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April 29...Houston County 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Progressive Farmer - Farm Safety Day Camp in Dothan. Contact Shelia Andreasen at (334) 794-4108 or andresm@aces.edu. Click here for more 2006 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days.

April 30-May 7...Brazil.
Brazil Forestry Tour (north of Sao Paulo). Visit the most efficient and modern pulp manufacturing and forest plantations in the World. Meet with Brazilian owners and operators, attorneys, accountants, and experts in Brazilian forestry sector. Fee: $2,900 - air fare not included. Contact Mark Willhite at (503) 695-6419 or mark@worldforestinvestment.com. Click here for Registration Form.

April 30...Statewide.
Turkey Season Ends
.

> May 2006

May 1-5...Coral Springs, Florida.
Aquatic Weed Control Short Course at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Topics: pesticide label interpretation, personal protection equipment, pesticide safety, pesticide handling and container disposal techniques, pesticide application equipment calibration, plant identification, aquatic pest control training, aquatic weed management techniques, and aquatic plant biology. Fee: $250. Contact Tracy Nininger at (352) 392-5930 or tnnininger@ifas.ufl.edu.

May 2-3...Valdosta, Georgia.
Pine Straw Production, Stand Management, and Economics. Topics: effectively managing pine stands for pine straw production. Instructors: David Dickens and Dave Moorhead. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

May 4...Chilton County 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Alien Plant Invasion and How to Stop It, sponsored by the Alabama Invasive Plant Council. Location: Alabama Power’s Water Course in Clanton. Speakers: Dr. Doug Phillips and others. Fee: $30. Contact Howard Peavey at (334) 242-6282 or peaveyh@dot.state.al.us.

May 4...White Springs, Florida 9 AM to 3 PM ET.
Forest Stewardship Workshop: Beyond Food Plots - Enhancing Wildlife Habitat on Your Forest Property at the PCS Conference Center. Field tour after lunch. Call the Hamilton County Extension Office at (386) 792-1276.

May 6...Calhoun County 8:30 AM.
Wildflower Hike at DeSoto State Park Nature Center in Fort Payne. Meet at Jacksonville State University. Fee: free. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or fieldschool@jsu.edu. Click here for more details.

May 6...Clarke County 9 AM to 5 PM.
Forestry Festival, sponsored by the ATFA. Location: Clarke Prep School in Grove Hill. Agenda: timber sports, animal demonstrations, art and crafts, children's activities, educational, hunting and recreational seminars and exhibits, food and entertainment. Contact Roy Jordan at (334) 289-0694 or atfa@mindspring.com.

May 6...Decatur, Mississippi Time??
Southern Pine Beetle Workshop. Fee: free. Contact Victor Lee at (601) 635-2267 or victorl@ext.msstate.edu.

May 6...Tallapoosa County.
Outdoor Ladies Event, sponsored by the Tallapoosa County ATFA. Contact Jerry and Genelle Brown at (256) 839-5154.

May 11...Sumter County 8:30 AM to 2 PM.
Progressive Farmer - Farm Safety Day Camp in Livingston. Contact Mandee Carrier at (205) 652-7521 or mandee.carrier@al.nacdnet.net. Click here for more 2006 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days.

May 11...Montgomery County 5 PM.
Candidate Countdown Forum, sponsored by the Montgomery County Republican Club, Inc. Location: RSA Activity Center, 201 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery. Fee: $10. Call Scott Simmons at (334) 669-2366.

May 11...DeKalb County Time???.
Progressive Farmer - Farm Safety Day Camp in Ft. Payne. Contact Chip Blanton at (256) 845-0535 or cblanton@ftpayk12.org. Click here for more 2006 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days.

May 13...Ruston, Louisiana 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM.
Changing Needs and Interests of the Next Generation of Forestowners. Location: Ramada Inn. Topics: intergenerational communications, developing & attaining ownership goals, ownership transfer tax issues, shared ownership (family liability partnerships, and limited liability companies corporate structures). Fee: $30; $10 discount if paid prior to event. Contact Steven Hotard at (318) 644-2662 or shotard@agctr.lsu.edu.

May 13...Clinton, Louisiana 8:30 AM.
Portable Sawmilling Workshop and Demonstrations, sponsored by the LSU AgCenter. Location: Idlewild Research Station. Topics: buying your first portable sawmill, how to saw logs on a portable sawmill, comparing log scale and lumber tally, drying small quantities of lumber, and demonstrations by various portable sawmill manufacturers. Fee: $25; $10 discount if paid by 5/2. Contact Brian Chandler at (225) 683-3101 or bchandler@agcenter.lsu.edu.

May 13...Pike County 9 AM to 5 PM.
Forestry Festival, sponsored by the ATFA. Location: Cattleman's Park in Troy. Agenda: timber sports, animal demonstrations, arts and crafts, children's activities, educational, hunting and recreational seminars and exhibits, food and entertainment. Contact Bill Blackwell at (334) 774-9571 or atfa@mindspring.com.

May 13...Marshall County  5:30 PM.
Guntersville Wild Game Cook-off, sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation. Fee: $40 per person/couple. Call 1-800-822-9453.

CANCELED May 15-16...Vidalia, Georgia.
Thinning Decisions: Timing, Frequency, and Intensity. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu. Check back here for updates and additional information.

May 16...Columbia, Mississippi 8:30 AM.
Landowner Workshop, sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation. Topics: habitat management after Hurricane Katrina, post-hurricane timber salvage operation, hurricane impacts to wildlife and wildlife habitat, establishment and management of longleaf pine, managing food plots for wildlife, how to apply for state and federal land management cost-share programs, and how to manage pine stands for wildlife and timber. Fee: $20. Contact Joe Koloski at (601)454-4455 or jkoloskinwtf@yahoo.com.

May 16...MacClenny, Florida 5:30 PM to 9 PM ET.
Thinning Your Forest and What it Can Do for You. Location: Baker County Extension Office. Topics: thinning and forest health, economics and marketing of a thinning, and thinning operations. Contact Andy Lamborn at (904) 259-5128 or lamborw@doacs.state.fl.us.

May 16-18...Richmond, Virginia.
Smallwood 2006 at the Sheraton Richmond West. Topics: legislative opportunities, biomass, wood fuel pellet opportunities, handling hurricane debris, smallwood harvesting, marketing strategies, and business products from small-diameter timber. Fee: $325; $75 discount if paid by 5/1. Contact the Forest Products Society at (608) 231-1361x208 or conferences@forestprod.org. www.forestprod.org


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

MAY 17, 2006...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 17-18...Starkville, Mississippi.
MSU GPS Certificate Program. Topics: mastering the terminology, concepts, and capabilities of GPS, understanding the components of the GPS system, learning the principles and applications of geodetic projections, understanding and performing data collection and retrieval, learning and practicing GPS based navigation procedures, collecting and plotting data to maps in the workshop. You will receive classroom and hands-on instruction in the field. Fee: $425; $50 discount if paid by 5/3. Contact Tammy Prather at (662) 325-8029 or tprather@aoce.msstate.edu. Check back here for updates and additional information.

May 18... Lee County 10 AM to 1 PM.
Lower Tallapoosa River Basin Clean Water Partnership Stakeholder Committee  Meeting at the Bailey Alexander Water and Sewer Department Building, 1501 West Sanford Avenue in Auburn. RSVP to Chenita Stanley at (334) 271-1445x313 or chenita.stanley@ch2m.com.

May 18...Starke, Florida 5:30 PM to 9 PM ET.
Thinning Your Forest and What it Can Do for You. Location: New River Forestry Station between Starke & Lake Butler. Topics: thinning and forest health, economics and marketing of a thinning, and thinning operations. Fee: x Contact Jay Tucker at (386) 496-2190, (386)496-3311 or tuckerj@doacs.state.fl.us.

May 18...Clarke County. ~ 6:30 PM
Alabama Forestry Association Delta District Meeting - at the Jackson Golf House. Call Gary Skipper at (334) 636-4424.

May 19...Magnolia, Arkansas 8 AM to 2:45 PM.
Reforestation: A Forest Landowner Clinic, sponsored by the Arkansas Forestry Association. Location: Southern Arkansas University. Topics: methods and taxation, interactive mapping, Arkansas BMPs and the Tree Farm Program. Fee: $25. Contact Colleen Morphew at (870) 234-0200x 1203 or colleen@reynoldsforestry.com. Click here to print a registration brochure. Click here to register online.

May 19...Aberdeen, Mississippi 8:30 AM.
Landowner Workshop, sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation. Location: Coontail Farm. Topics: managing food plots for wildlife, applying for state and federal land management cost-share programs, managing pine and hardwood stands for wildlife and timber, and planting warm season grasses for wildlife. Fee: $20. Contact Joe Koloski at (601) 454-4455 or jkoloskinwtf@yahoo.com.

May 19-20...Richmond, Virginia.
East Coast Sawmill and Logging Equipment Exposition at the Richmond International Raceway. Agenda: exhibits, displays and active demonstrations of the sawmill, logging, pallet and related manufacturing equipment industries' state-of-the-art technology. Contact Mike Washko at (804) 737-5625 or info@exporichmond.com.

May 20...Calhoun County 6 AM to 10 AM.
Beginning Bird Identification at the Talladega National Forest: Frog Pond Parking Lot. Meet at Jacksonville State University. Fee: $5 - pre-registration required. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or fieldschool@jsu.edu. Click here for more details.

May 20...Baldwin County 9 AM.
Conservation Advisory Board Meeting at the Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 W 2nd Street, Gulf Shores. This board recommends (sets) hunting seasons and bag limits. Agenda: introduction of board members, public hearing, members report by district and sub-committee reports, Marine Police and Wildlife and FreshWater Fisheries business (consideration of proposed changes to dove season, alligator regulation), and selection of date and location of 2007 February Advisory Board Meeting. Anybody who wishes to speak should arrive by 8:30 AM to sign in. Call the DC&NR at (334) 242-3486.

May 20...Mobile County 9 AM to 1:30 PM.
Forest Landowner Field Day at Dr. George Inge's property near Wilmer. Agenda: tour of the property and presentations on post-Katrina forest management strategies, protecting your forestlands from the increased threat of invasive plant species and wildfire, forest recovery and management strategies that conserve wildlife habitat, current information on the availability of cost-share assistance. Deadline for registration is May 15. Fee: free. Contact Chris Erwin at (334) 265-8733 or cerwin@alaforestry.org.

May 21-23...Mobile County.
National Conference on Wild Pigs at the Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile. Agenda: sessions on current research results regarding the interaction between wild pigs and the environment. Fee: $235. Contact Steve Ditchkoff at (334) 844-9240 or ditchss@auburn.edu.

May 23...Brookhaven, Mississippi 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
Timber Cruising Technology Hands-on Workshop. Topics: field computers, utilizing computers, T Cruise software, GPS and mapping, measuring instruments, and outside application. Fee: $150. Contact Haglof at (601) 856-5119 or sales@haglofinc.com.

May 23...Live Oak, Florida 2 PM to 8 PM ET.
Suwannee Valley Twilight Field Day. Location: North Florida Research and Educational Center. Topics: finding niche markets, direct marketing opportunities, hydroponics, flowers/grasses, designer vegetables, and organic herb production system in soilless culture Fee: $15. Contact Karen Hancock at (386) 362-1725 or khancock@ifas.ufl.edu.

May 23-25...Starkville, Mississippi.
ArcGIS Open Enrollment. Topics: create, edit, and manipulate GIS dXata (such as terrain, location, species distribution, boundaries, summaries, and trends), complete data queries and statistical analyses create output such as maps and graphics, use images such as aerial photographs, satellite data, etc. Fee: $775; $50 discount if paid by 5/9. Contact Tammy Prather at (662) 325-8029 or tprather@aoce.msstate.edu. Check back here for updates and additional information.

May 24...Hattiesburg, Mississippi 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
Timber Cruising Technology Hands-on Workshop. Topics: field computers, utilizing computers, T Cruise software, GPS and mapping, measuring instruments, and outside application. Fee: $150. Contact Haglof at (601) 856-5119 or sales@haglofinc.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

MAY 25, 2006...Nationwide Teleconference 3:00 PM Central Time.
Timber Theft & Timber Security

Speaker: Tom Kazee, Woodland Security, Inc.
This telephone conference presents information on prevention and prosecution of timber theft. Landowners who have experienced timber theft were urged to participate.
Tom's Top "Ten" Outline
AFOA recorded this program. You can listen to it by clicking on the
first half (outline points 1 thru 10, or the
second half (outline points 11 thru 15.

download realplayer free


Click here for the speaker's notes.


May 27...Calhoun County 9 AM to 3 PM.
Native American Uses of Little River Plants at DeSoto State Park Nature Center in Fort Payne. Meet at Jacksonville State University. Fee: $20. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or fieldschool@jsu.edu. Click here for more details.

May 31— June 1...Athens, Georgia.
Using Growth & Yield Models for Stand-Level & Forest-Level Planning. Instructors: Bruce Borders and Barry Shiver. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@georgiacenter.uga.edu.

> June 2006

June 1...Oxford, Mississippi 9 AM to 12 PM.
Tree Identification Workshop. Location: Lafayette County Extension Office. Agenda: presentation on identification of individual tree species, indoor session, and an outdoor site visit to identify local tree species. Fee: $20 - includes materials, refreshments, and lunch. Contact Jon Ruscoe at (662) 234-4451 or jonr@ext.msstate.edu

June 1...Starkville, Mississippi.
Mississippi's Changing Wood Supply System. Topics: a look at the roles and challenges facing landowners, foresters, timber brokers, suppliers, logging, and trucking contractors; consuming mills in wood supply and production forestry system of the future. Presentations will use a mix of historic insights, current research and possible future scenarios to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing commercial forestry undertakings. Fee: $255. Contact Tammy Prather at (662) 325-8029 or tprather@aoce.msstate.edu. Check back here for updates and additional information.

June 2-3...Starkville, Mississippi.
Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show at the John W. Starr Memorial Forest. Agenda: equipment, technology, services and supplies exhibits, training and continuing education courses, safety fundamentals, and kids' activities. Fee: $15.. Contact Charles Burkhardt at (662) 325-2191 or cburkhardt@cfr.msstate.edu

June 5-6...Athens, Georgia.
Excel Tools and Functions for Forestry Professionals. Topics: sorting and filtering data, information on graphs, pivot tables; macros using visual basic and import and export data to and from Access. Instructors: Brooks Mendell and Tim Sydor. Fee: $395.. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or  ben.jackson@georgiacenter.uga.edu. Check back here for updates

June 6...Lexington, Mississippi 8 AM to 12 PM.
Are My Pine Trees Ready to Thin? Workshop. Location: Black Creek Outfitters. Topics: step-by-step instruction on how to determine if your pine plantations are ready to thin. Fee: free - lunch provided. Wear field clothes and boots. Contact Betsy Padget at (662) 834-2795 or betsyp@ext.msstate.edu.

June 6...Colbert County 8 AM to 2 PM.
Progressive Farmer - Farm Safety Day Camp in Muscle Shoals. Contact Kathy Gotcher at (256) 383-4323 or kathy.gotcher@al.usda.gov. Click here for more 2006 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days.

June 6...Statewide.
Primary Elections
in Alabama. Click here to gather election information. Also check out AFOA's Candidates List -- includes Candidates' webpages when available.

June 7...Liberty, Mississippi 8:30 AM.
Understanding Global Positioning System. Location: Ethel Vance Park. Topics: the basics of GPS, its present applications, and its potential for future use. Fee: free. Contact Richard Hay at (601) 657-8937 or crhay@ext.msstate.edu.

June 7...Covington County 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
The Prescribed Burn Plan Workshop, sponsored by the Alabama Forestry Commission. Location: Lurleen B. Wallace Junior College Conference Center, Hwy 84 East at 1000 Dannelly Blvd, Andalusia. Instructors: Kent Hanby and John Stivers. Fee: free; lunch provided. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.

June 7-9...Madison County.
Annual Meeting of the Alabama Soil & Water Conservation Society at the Holiday Inn Research Park in Huntsville. Agenda: presentations on natural resource management, soil erosion, sediment control, agriculture, and field tour of a local farm. Contact Kirk Iversen at (334) 844-4741x179 or kiversen@auburn.edu.

June 12-14...Asheville, North Carolina.
Southern Forestry and Natural Resources GIS Conference at the Crowne Plaza Resort. Topics: GIS for a state forestry agency, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), spatial analysis, remote sensing, aquatics, GIS/inventory, Federal GIS systems, wildlife habitat modeling, broad scale analyses, and geospatial service system. Fee: $295. Contact Holly Blanchard at (706) 542-3395 or holly.blanchard@georgiacenter.uga.edu.

June 13...Mobile County 9 AM.
ATFA Meeting - Mobile County Chapter. Location: Jon Archer Center, North Schillinger Road, Mobile. Call Billy Robinson at (251) 829-6292.

June 13...Ocala, Florida 1:30 PM to 6:15 PM ET.
Forest Stewardship Workshop: Marketing Your Forest Products. Location: Marion County (Florida) Extension Office. Topics: guidelines timberland owners should follow when planning and conducting a sale, and guidelines for marketing alternative products such as pine straw and hunting/recreation leases. Fee: free—lunch provided. Call the Marion County Extension Office at (352) 671-8400.

June 13-15...Mobile County.
South Alabama Teachers Conservation Workshop, sponsored by Alabama Forestry Foundation. Location: Harrigan Forest Learning Center, Univ. of Mobile. $400 sponsors a teacher for a 3-day positive exposure to forestry in Alabama. Contact Rick Oates at (334) 265-8733 or roates@alaforestry.org.

June 14...Chilton County 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
The Prescribed Burn Plan Workshop, sponsored by the Alabama Forestry Commission. Location: Alabama Power Company, Clanton Conference Center, 2030 Seventh Street South, Clanton. Instructors: Kent Hanby and John Stivers. Fee: free; lunch provided. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.

June 14-15...Meridian, Mississippi.
A New Forest in Light of Catastrophe - the Mississippi Society of American Foresters Annual Conference. Location: Howard Johnson Inn. Topics: timber damage tax presentation, aerial assessment of Hurricane Katrina, impacts of hurricanes on forestry, lessons learned from Hurricane Hugo, hurricane history and forecasts, timberlands in south Mississippi, assistance for private landowners, plus engineered wood and forest ethics. Fee: $175; $25 discount if paid by 6/1. Contact Jeff Keeton at (601) 477-4233 or jeff.keeton@jcjc.edu.

June 15...Bleckley, Georgia 9 AM.
Silvopasture Field Day at the Mack Evans farm. Topics: on-site information, planting methods, forest stewardship, silvopasture concepts, and the importance of native grasses. Contact Donald Surrency at (706) 595-1339x109 or don.surrency@ga.usda.gov.

June 19-23...Elmore County.
Discovering Our Heritage through the Outdoors: The Ultimate Learning Lab for Educators, sponsored by the Alabama Wildlife Federation. Location: AWF's Lanark headquarters in Millbrook. Agenda: innovative methods for integrating environmental education into the classroom. This workshop is geared for K-6 teachers; however, the general scope of each workshop will include training pertinent for all grade levels. Fee: $35. Deadline for applying: 5/5. Contact Doyle Keasal at (334) 844-6398 or keasade@aces.edu.

June 20...Lauderdale County 8 AM to 1 PM.
Progressive Farmer - Farm Safety Day Camp in Florence. Contact Renea Dyer at (256) 764-5833 or renea.dyer@al.usda.gov. Click here for more 2006 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days.

June 20...Perkinston, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Reforestation in the Aftermath of Hurricane Damage. Location: MS Gulf Coast Community College. Fee: $10 - includes materials, refreshments, and lunch. Contact Judith Breland at (601) 928-5286 or judithb@ext.msstate.edu.

June 20...Dallas County 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
Timber Cruising Technology Hands-on Workshop in Selma. Topics: field computers, utilizing computers, T Cruise software, GPS and mapping, measuring instruments, and outside application. Fee: $150. Contact Haglof at (601) 856-5119 or sales@haglofinc.com.

June 20...Nationwide Audio Conference 12 PM CT.
Developing Family Business Policies presented by the Family Business Advisor.  Topics: why policies are needed, types of policies that should be developed, the keys to successful policy-making, the process for development of policies, how decide which specific policies to implement, and impediments to policy creation and implementation. Fee: $159. For more information, contact the FBA at 1-800-551-0633 or editor@efamilybusiness.com. Click here for updates.

June 21...Pike County 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
Timber Cruising Technology Hands-on Workshop in Troy. Topics: field computers, utilizing computers, T Cruise software, GPS and mapping, measuring instruments, and outside application. Fee: $150. Contact Haglof at (601) 856-5119 or sales@haglofinc.com.

June 21...Kiln, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Reforestation in the Aftermath of Hurricane Damage. Location: Kiln Library. Fee: $10 - includes materials, refreshments, and lunch. Contact Gwen Smith at (228) 467-5456 or gsmith@ext.msstate.edu. Click here for updates.

June 22...Monroe County 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
Timber Cruising Technology Hands-on Workshop in Monroeville. Topics: field computers, utilizing computers, T Cruise software, GPS and mapping, measuring instruments, and outside application. Fee: $150. Contact Haglof at (601) 856-5119 or sales@haglofinc.com.

June 22...Gautier, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Reforestation in the Aftermath of Hurricane Damage. Location: Gautier Convention Center. Fee: $10 - includes materials, refreshments, and lunch. Contact Walter Walker at (228) 769-3047 or walterw@ext.msstate.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

JUNE 22, 2006...Shelby County 1:30 PM.
Considerations When Buying a 4-Wheeler - All Terrain Vehicle (ATV)
Program Location: Pelham Powersports
, 2878 U.S. Highway 31 South, 35124 (map)
Dutch Treat Lunch at 12:30 PM Before Program: Waffle House
(across from Pelham Post Office & Regions Bank), 2965 U.S. Highway 31 North, 35124 (map).
Questions:
Call Lee at AFOA -- (205) 987-8811


June 22-23...Starkville, Mississippi.
Southern Pine Beetle Management. Topics: distinguishing between types of pest damage, i.e., insect or disease; identifying common forest pests, recognizing the signs of forest pest damage, assessing the need for control measures, selecting from available control methods, where to go for additional assistance, and how to collect samples to submit for identification. Fee: free. Contact Tammy Prather at (662) 325-8029 or tprather@aoce.msstate.edu. Check back here for updates and additional information.

June 14–July 14...Statewide.
$360,000 Available for Prescribed Burning Cost-share Assistance Program for fire lanes and prescribed burning to reduce heavy fuel build-up areas, to improve wildlife habitat, and to restore native species. $3000 limit per landowner, 25 acre minimum area to be burned, cost share rate not to exceed $10/acre on burning and $50/hour on firebreak installation, understory burning longleaf stands will be high priority, site prep burning will be lower priority, firebreaks will be lower priority. Burning must be completed for payment. To apply contact your local Alabama Forestry Commission office. For more information call the Landowner Assistance State Coordinator, Arthur Hitt, at (334) 240-9323.

June 26-29...Jacksonville, Florida.
Incorporating Genetic Advances into Forest Productivity Systems: Value for All Landowners. Location: Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront. Topics: opportunities to accelerate tree improvement, deployment of improved varieties, integrating genetic research into deployment decisions, knowledge needed for successful deployment of elite germplasm, modeling the value of improved germplasm for various landowners, and loblolly pine genome. Fee: $365; optional field trip: $25. Contact Tracy Nininger at (352) 392-5930 or tnn@ufl.edu. Click here to register.

June 27...Grenada, Mississippi 8 AM to 12 PM.
Are My Pine Trees Ready To Thin? Workshop at the Grenada County Extension Office. Fee: free. Contact Steve Winters at (662) 226-2061 or stevew@ext.msstate.edu.

June 27...Lawrence County 8:30 AM to 1 PM.
Progressive Farmer - Farm Safety Day Camp in Moulton. Contact Heath Potter at (256) 476-8885 or pottejh@auburn.edu. Click here for more 2006 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days.

June 27...McComb, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Reforestation in the Aftermath of Hurricane Damage. Location: Pike County (Mississippi) Fairgrounds. Fee: $10 - includes materials, refreshments, and lunch. Contact Mike Tynes at (601) 783-5321 or miket@ext.msstate.edu.

June 28...Purvis, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Reforestation in the Aftermath of Hurricane Damage. Location: Lamar County (Mississippi) Multi-purpose Facility. Fee: $10 - includes materials, refreshments, and lunch. Contact Clayton Rouse at (601) 794-3910 or claytonr@ext.msstate.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

JUNE 28, 2006...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. 


June 29...Ripley, Mississippi 8 AM to 1 PM.
Are My Pine Trees Ready To Thin? Workshop at the Tippah County Extension Office. Fee: free. Contact Tim Needham at (662) 837-8184 or tcn@ext.msstate.edu.

June 29...Waynesboro, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Reforestation in the Aftermath of Hurricane Damage. Location: Wayne County Extension Conference Room. Fee: $10 - includes materials, refreshments, and lunch. Contact Allen McReynolds at (601) 735-2243 or allenm@ext.msstate.edu.

June 29...Starkville, Mississippi.
Forestry GIS. Location: MSU Campus. Topics: create, edit, and manipulate GIS data (such as terrain, location, species distribution, boundaries, summaries, and trends), complete data queries and statistical analyses, create output such as maps and graphics, and use images such as aerial photographs, satellite data. Fee: $395; $40 discount if paid by 6/15. Contact Tammy Prather at (662) 325-8029 or tprather@aoce.msstate.edu.

June 30...Columbia, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Longleaf Pine Workshop for Landowners. Location: Marion County (Mississippi) Activities Center. Fee: $20 - includes materials, refreshments, and lunch. Contact Amanda Woods at (601) 736-8251 or amandaw@ext.msstate.edu.

June 30...Natchez, Mississippi 9 AM to 2 PM.
Hardwood Management Workshop at the Adams County Extension Office. Fee: free. Contact Don Smith at (601) 445-8201 or dons@ext.msstate.edu.

> July 2006

July 8…Lee County 6:45 PM to 9 PM.
The Greatest Good will be shown at Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve. Bob Rummer, Project Leader with the U.S. Forest Service, will introduce the film. Preserve location: 3100 AL Hwy. 147, Auburn (just north of AU fish ponds). For reservations or information: (334) 821-3914, preserve@auburn.edu or www.sfws.auburn.edu/eco-site. Editor's Comment: The Greatest Good, produced by the US Forest Service, glorifies the 100-year federal ownership and management of the 193-million acre National Forest system. AFOA members will enjoy the beautiful photography and learn from a variety of historical perspectives, but serious questions should be asked: Are the National Forests necessary today? What benefits do National Forests provide that are not provided by privately owned, tax-paying forestland? What is the federal government's true cost of owning and managing the National Forests? Enjoy the popcorn.

July 10-14...Lee County.
Teachers Conservation Workshop, sponsored by Alabama Forestry Foundation. Location: The Lodge in Opelika. $600 sponsors a teacher for a week-long positive exposure to forestry in Alabama. Contact Rick Oates at (334) 265-8733 or roates@alaforestry.org.

July 11...Leakesville, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Longleaf Pine Workshop for Landowners. Location: Greene County (Mississippi) Vocational Complex. Fee: $20 - includes materials, refreshments, and lunch. Contact Mark Gillie at (601) 394-2702 or markg@ext.msstate.edu.

July 11...Augusta, Georgia 7 PM to 10 PM.
Pine Tree Improvement and Intensive Forest Management, sponsored by the Forest Landowners Association, Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Services and CellFor. Location: Augusta Country Club. Topics: the latest in pine tree improvement and intensive forest management, productivity gains and bottom-line returns to your forestry practices, providing a voice for forest landowners, tree seedling improvement, and progressive forest management. Fee: $55; dinner and one-year introductory membership to the FLA included. RSVP by 7/6 to Josh Harrell at 1-800-325-2954 or jharrell@forestlandowners.com.

July 11...Jackson, Mississippi.
Estate Planning and Timber Trespass/Adverse Possession. Topics: protecting land and timber from trespassers, thieves and adverse possessors; avoiding legal liability for activities on your land, and managing personal assets. Instructor: Dr. William D. Eshee. Fee: $295. Contact Tammy Prather at (662) 325-8029 or tprather@aoce.msstate.edu. Check back here for updates and additional information.

CANCELED July 11-12...Athens, Georgia.
Silviculture of Southern Pines
. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@georgiacenter.uga.edu. Check back here for updates.

July 12...Starkville, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Refresher (8 Hour). This course will serve as a refresher and build upon the Prescribed Burning Short Course. Fee: $295; $40 discount if paid by 6/28. Contact Tammy Prather at (662) 325-8029 or tprather@aoce.msstate.edu. Check back here for updates and additional information.

July 13...Jefferson County 8 AM to 3:30 PM.
Equipment Demonstrations at Aldridge Gardens, 3530 Lorna Road, in Hoover. See forestry mower, chipper, and chainsaw demonstrations. Fee: $35. Contact David Hubbard at (205) 879-6964x17 or dhubbard@aces.edu.

July 13...Jefferson County 9 AM to 12:30 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership Steering Committee Meeting at the Alabama Power Division Headquarters, 1313 6th Avenue North, Birmingham. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

July 13...Montgomery County 9 AM to 12:30 PM.
Alabama-Tombigbee Clean Water Partnership Meeting at the Alabama Forestry Association office in Montgomery. Contact Ashley Henderson at (334) 270-8236 or 300-3392 (cell) or ahendersoncwp@charter.net. Confirm location before attending.

July 17-18...Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.
Making Money Growing Trees, sponsored by Forestry Information Services. Location: Four Points Sheraton. Topics: buying land and planting trees, planting trees on land already owned, buying pre-merchantable trees and growing them to maturity, buying already merchantable trees and growing them forward; Silvicultural and management options available, buying at different prices, and management and investment options. Fee: $395; $25 discount if paid prior to event. Call FIS at (706) 769-1673.

July 18...Henry County 8 AM to 4:15 PM.
Invasive Species Identification and Control. Location: Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland. Topics: pesticide labels, pesticide toxicity and safety, invasive species identification, cost share programs for invasives, herbicide properties, and field identification with control exercise. Fee: $40; $15 discount if paid prior to event. Contact Bessie Buchanan at (334) 844-1002 or buchabz@auburn.edu.

July 18...Statewide.
Primary Runoff Elections
(if necessary) in Alabama. Click here to gather election information.

July 18...Starkville, Mississippi.
Aerial Photography and Image Interpretation. Topics: introduction to aerial photography, electromagnetic spectrum 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, and use of photographs for mapping. Fee: $275; $50 discount if paid by 7/5. Contact Tammy Prather at (662) 325-8029 or tprather@aoce.msstate.edu. Check back here for updates and additional information.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

JULY 19, 2006...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 20...Monroe County 8 AM to 4:15 PM.
Invasive Species Identification and Control. Location: Monroe County Extension Office in Monroeville. Topics: pesticide labels, pesticide toxicity and safety, invasive species identification, cost share programs for invasives, herbicide properties, and field identification with control exercise. Fee: $40; $15 discount if paid prior to event. Contact Bessie Buchanan at (334) 844-1002 or buchabz@auburn.edu.

July 20...Mobile County 7 PM.
The Alabama Limited Self-Governance Act. Speaker: Commissioner Mike Dean. Mobile County Landowners Association Meeting at Jon Archer Center, North Schillinger Road, Mobile. Call Dwight Steedley at (251) 675-9250.

July 20-22...Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.
How to Advance The Principles of Freedom, sponsored by Freedom 21. Location: Drawbridge Inn & Convention Center. Fee: $150. Call Freedom 21 at (866) 428-0056.

July 21-23...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@bobcoker.com. Click here for brochure..

July 22-24...Athens, Georgia.
Celebrating Our Past - Embracing Our Future - the Annual Meeting of the Georgia Forestry Association. Location: Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Agenda: tours, general session, business session with legislative and tax update, exhibitors, silent auction area, landowner session, community/urban forestry session, logger wood procurement session and forestry education. Fee: $450; $50 discount if paid by 6/21. Additional fees apply for optional activities. Contact Judy Couch at (478) 992-8110 or judy@gfagrow.org. Click here for a downloadable registration form.

July 24...Baton Rouge, Louisiana 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
Application of Microsoft Excel in Forestry at LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources. Topics: Excel fundamentals, applying Excel to solve some common forestry problems, data types, copy format, graph applications, and hands-on Excel activities. Instructor: Quang Cao. Fee: $40. Contact Charles Shilling at (225) 578-4192 or cshilli@lsu.edu.

July 25...Morgan County 8 AM to 4:15 PM.
Invasive Species Identification and Control. Location: Wheeler Wildlife Visitor Center in Decatur. Topics: pesticide labels, pesticide toxicity and safety, invasive species identification, cost share programs for invasives, herbicide properties, and field identification with control exercise. Fee: $40; $15 discount if paid prior to event. Contact Bessie Buchanan at (334) 844-1002 or buchabz@auburn.edu.

July 25...Baton Rouge, Louisiana 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
Application of Microsoft Excel in Forestry at LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources. Topics: Excel fundamentals, applying Excel to solve some common forestry problems, data types, copy format, graph applications, and hands-on Excel activities. Instructor: Quang Cao. Fee: $40. Contact Charles Shilling at (225) 578-4192 or cshilli@lsu.edu.

July 26...DeKalb County 8 AM to 4:15 PM.
Invasive Species Identification and Control. Location: Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center in Crossville. Topics: pesticide labels, pesticide toxicity and safety, invasive species identification, cost share programs for invasives, herbicide properties, and field identification with control exercise. Fee: $40; $15 discount if paid prior to event. Contact Bessie Buchanan at (334) 844-1002 or buchabz@auburn.edu.

July 26...Baton Rouge, Louisiana 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
Application of Microsoft Excel in Forestry at LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources. Topics: Excel fundamentals, applying Excel to solve some common forestry problems, data types, copy format, graph applications, and hands-on Excel activities. Instructor: Quang Cao. Fee: $40. Contact Charles Shilling at (225) 578-4192 or cshilli@lsu.edu.

July 27...Baton Rouge, Louisiana 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
Application of Microsoft Excel in Forestry at LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources. Topics: Excel fundamentals, applying Excel to solve some common forestry problems, data types, copy format, graph applications, and hands-on Excel activities. Instructor: Quang Cao. Fee: $40. Contact Charles Shilling at (225) 578-4192 or cshilli@lsu.edu.

July 27...Dallas County 9 AM to 2 PM.
Hardwood Management Tour. Location: meet at the Blackbelt Regional Research Extension Center. Lunch provided; pre-registration required. Call John P. Ollison at (205) 459-2133.

July 27...Pike County 10 AM.
Conecuh-Sepulga and Choc-Pea-Yellow Joint Clean Water Partnership Meeting at the South AL Electric Cooperative in Troy. Agenda: presentations from Chris Metcalfe - US Fish & Wildlife Service, Richard Collier - Wiregrass Resource Conservation and Development Council on the unpaved stream crossing survey/assessment, and talk by Allison Jenkins - Alabama Clean Water Partnership Statewide Coordinator. Contact Janet Wofford at (334) 222-3271 or janetwofford@alaweb.com.

July 28...Baton Rouge, Louisiana 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
Application of Microsoft Excel in Forestry at LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources. Topics: Excel fundamentals, applying Excel to solve some common forestry problems, data types, copy format, graph applications, and hands-on Excel activities. Instructor: Quang Cao. Fee: $40. Contact Charles Shilling at (225) 578-4192 or cshilli@lsu.edu.

July 30-August 2...Nebraska City, Nebraska.
Walnut Council Annual Meeting - Walnuts on the Plains at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center. Agenda: silent auction, landowner show and tell, Lewis & Clarke talk, history of black walnut, heartland nuts 'n more, outside programs, hazelnut plantation, black walnut clone bank, black walnut seedling source study, equipment demo, indoor program, black walnut in agro-forestry, timber sale contracts, black walnut markets, grafting black walnut, deer damage on walnut, field tour (Horning farm), direct seeding, woodland management, figured grain walnut, and trip to Omaha for river boat ride. Fee: $220; $60 discount if paid by 7/28. Contact Liz Jackson at (765) 583-3501 or jackson@purdue.edu. Click here for Registration Form.

> August 2006

August 2...Monticello, Mississippi 8:45 AM to 2:30 PM.
Understanding Global Positioning System (GPS) Workshop. Location: Lawrence County (Mississippi) Extension Office. Fee: $15/person; $20/couple. Contact Amanda Walker at (601) 587-2271 or lawrence@ext.msstate.edu.

August 3-5...Madison County.
Commodity Producers Conference, sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation. Location: Von Braun Center in Huntsville. Agenda: farm tours, field day expo, and seminars. Fee: various. Contact Ginger Mullins at 1-800-392-5705x4293 or gmullins@alfafarmers.org.

August 4...Montgomery County 6 PM.
Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards to recognize outstanding contributions to resource conservation in Alabama. Sponsor: Alabama Wildlife Federation. Location: Embassy Suites in Montgomery. Fee: $35. Contact Kimberly Moon at 1-800-822-9453 or kmoon@alabamawildlife.org.

August 5...Elmore County 7 AM to 11 AM.
Fishing Rodeo for kids 15 and under, sponsored by the Alabama Wildlife Federation. Location: AWF headquarters, Millbrook. Fee: free. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment and bait. Contact AWF at 1-800-822-9453 or awf@alabamawildlife.org.

August 5...Elmore County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off State Finals, sponsored by the Alabama Wildlife Federation. Location: AWF headquarters, Millbrook. Contact the AWF at 1-800-822-9453 or awf@alabamawildlife.org. Web Address of Event: 

August 6-9...Lee County.
Southeast Quail Study Group Annual Meeting. Location: the Hotel at Auburn University. Agenda: the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, the upcoming 2007 Farm Bill and its potential for influencing bobwhite restoration, prescribed fire, quality vegetation management, native grasses as biofuel, and field tour of Sehoy Plantation near Hurtsboro. Fee: $135. Contact Stan Stewart at (334) 242-3469 or tan.stewart@dcnr.alabama.gov.

August 7, 8, 10...Franklin County 6 PM to 10 PM.
Hunter Education Class (3 evenings) at the Russellville Community Center, 201 Ash Avenue, Russellville. Registration Deadline: 8/7. Call William Holaway at (256) 332-8770. Click here for similar programs all across Alabama or contact Ray Metzler at 1-800-245-2740 or metzler@dcnr.state.al.us.

August 8...Valdosta, Georgia 7 AM to 10 AM.
Valdosta Regional Meeting of the Georgia Forestry Association. Location: Kinderlou Forest. Contact Tim Lowrimore at (478) 992-8110 or tim@gfagrow.org.

August 8...Bonifay, Florida 1:30 PM to 6:15 PM ET.
Forest Stewardship Workshop: Marketing Your Forest Products. Location: Holmes County County Ag. Center. Topics: guidelines timberland owners should follow when planning and conducting a sale, and guidelines for marketing alternative products such as pine straw and hunting/recreation leases. Fee: free; lunch provided. Call the Holmes County Extension Office at (850) 547-1108.

August 8-11...Mobile County.
Certified Burn Manager Certification Course. 32 contact hours for landowners participating in the United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service cost sharing programs. Location: Dwight Harrigan Forest Learning Center on the University of Mobile campus. Call 1-888-240-4694.

August 9-10...Athens, Georgia.
Wildlife Management. Topic: principles and applications of wildlife-habitat management techniques for three primary game species in the Southeast - white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and bobwhite quail. Fee: $495; $50 discount if paid by 7/19. Instructors: Karl Miller and John Carrollz. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@georgiacenter.uga.edu. Check back here for updates

CANCELED August 9-11...Starkville, Mississippi.
ArcGIS Open Enrollment. Contact Tammy Prather at (662) 325-8029 or tprather@aoce.msstate.edu. Check back here for updates and additional information.

August 10...Statewide 7 PM.
Actively Managing Your Pine Forest Teleconference, sponsored by BASF. Topics: educational sessions by University researchers, forestry consultants, wildlife experts and other private forest landowners aimed at landowners not currently working with a consultant. To register, call 1-866-709-5959.

August 10...Geneva County.
Wills and Estate Planning, sponsored by the ATFA Geneva County Chapter. Speaker: Gregory Watt, attorney in Elder Law. Call Joel Johnson at (334) 684-2727 or Don Dean at (334) 794-4993.

August 15...Columbus, Georgia 7 AM to 10 AM.
Columbus Regional Meeting of the Georgia Forestry Association. Location: Civil War Naval Museum. Contact Tim Lowrimore at (478) 992-8110 or tim@gfagrow.org.

August 15...Rienzi, Mississippi 8 AM to 12:30 PM.
"Are My Pine Trees Ready To Thin?" Workshop. Location: C. D. Edge Tree Farm. Fee: free. Contact Patrick Poindexter at (662) 286-7755 or patrickp@ext.msstate.edu.

August 15...Mayo, Florida 1:30 PM to 6:15 PM ET.
Forest Stewardship Workshop: Marketing Your Forest Products. Location: Lafayette County Extension Office. Topics: guidelines timberland owners should follow when planning and conducting a sale, and guidelines for marketing alternative products such as pine straw and hunting/recreation leases. Fee: free; lunch provided. Call the Lafayette County Extension Office at (386) 294-1279.

August 15...Statewide 7 PM.
Actively Managing Your Pine Forest Teleconference, sponsored by BASF. Topics: educational sessions by University researchers, forestry consultants, wildlife experts and other private forest landowners aimed at landowners not currently working with a consultant. To register, call 1-866-709-5959.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

AUGUST 16, 2006...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. 


August 16-18...Savannah, Georgia.
Georgia Environmental Conference at the Hyatt Regency. Topics: conversion of agriculture and forestry lands, regional and statewide water plans, emerging issues in toxic torts and regulatory trends, eminent domian, energy alternatives, Georgia legislative and regulatory update, mitigation/mitigation banking, public/private partnerships, stormwater user fees, sustainable neighborhoods, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), wastewater treatment/septic systems, water supply, and wetlands permitting. Fee: $325; $50 discount if paid by 8/1. Contact David Mook at (678) 427-2430 or david.mook@turner.com. Click here to register.

August 18...Arcadia, Florida 6:45 AM to 12:30 PM.
Deer and Turkey Short Course at the Turner Center Annex. Topics: ecology and management of Deer and Turkey in Florida presented in layperson terms. Fee: $75; $25 discount if paid by 8/11. Contact Jim Selph at (863) 993-4846 or jselph@mail.ifas.ufl.edu.

August 19...Jefferson County 11 AM to 4 PM.
White-tailed Deer Shortcourse, sponsored by the Central Alabama Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association. Location: Bessemer Civic Center. Topics: whitetail communication, small property management, food plots, and native habitat enhancement. Speakers: Karl Miller, Brian Kinkel, Chris Cook, and Ted DeVos. Fee: $20. Contact Philip Hester at (256) 318-2971 or phester1@herc.com, or call Steve Epperson at (205) 368-5685.

August 21-22...Etowah County.
Introduction to Stream Restoration Using Natural Channel Design. Location: Gadsden Water Works and Sewer Board Meeting Room, 515 Albert Rains Boulevard, Gadsden. Agenda: classroom work on natural channel design principles, restoration case studies, and the Rosgen classification system followed by field techniques for stream condition assessment and the Rosgen classification system. Two completed stream restoration projects will be used as case studies. Speaker: Greg Jennings. Fee: $150. Contact Eve Brantley at (334) 844-3927 or brantef@aces.edu. Click here for registration form.

August 23...Folkston, Georgia 7 AM to 12 PM.
Landowner Field Tour, sponsored by the Forest Landowners Association and BASF. Location: Toledo Manufacturing. Topics: private landowner management practices, pine and pine straw production, fertilization, wildlife enhancement, mid-rotation release versus fertilization, invasives and their control, legislative issues facing landowners, seedling technology and benefits, and a landowner's perspective. Fee: $25. RSVP by 8/21 to Joshua Harrell at 1-800-325-2954 or jharrell@forestlandowners.com.

August 23-26...Atlanta, Georgia.
International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair. Location: Georgia World Congress Center. Agenda: trade shows for the furniture manufacturing, cabinetry, architectural woodwork, moulding and millwork, custom and general woodworking industries; live, how-to demonstrations of machinery, supplies and services and introductions of the newest machinery and supplies available from around the world. Fee: $25. Contact IWF Customer Service at 1-866-270-7685 or iwf061.attendee@expoexchange.com. Click here to register online

August 24...Nationwide Audio Conference 12 Noon Central Time.
Ownership in the Family Business presented by the Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per site. For more information, contact the FBA at 1-800-551-0633 or editor@efamilybusiness.com. Click here for updates.

August 25...Pike County 9 AM to 3 PM.
A Woman's Story: Getting To Know your Land - A Workshop for Women Forest Landowners. Location: First Baptist Church, 200 W College Street in Troy. Topics: using consulting foresters, opportunities for minority landowners, maps, aerial photos, GPS, and GIS, watersheds and stream restoration, easements and trespassing, and updates on the American Tree Farm System and the ATFA. Fee: $30 - registration deadline: 8/15. Contact Sonya Wood Mahler at (251) 709-7588 or mahlesw@auburn.edu.

August 29...Monroe County 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Reforestation in the Aftermath of Hurricane Damage
. Location: Alabama Cooperative Extension Office, 334 Agriculture Drive, Monroeville. Fee: $10 - lunch included. Contact Elizabeth Bowersock at (334) 844-1012 or bowerep@auburn.edu.

August 29...Forsyth, Georgia 7 PM to 10 PM ET.
Forsyth Regional Meeting of the Georgia Forestry Association. Location: Georgia Public Safety Training Center. Contact Tim Lowrimore at (478) 992-8110 or tim@gfagrow.org.

August 29-31...Shreveport, Louisiana.
Louisiana Forestry Association Annual Meeting. Location: Sam's Town Hotel. Agenda: loggers' role in the fiber supply chain, changing economics and demographics in southern forestry, holding your family forest, how TIMOs and REITs affect southern forestry, ladies’ tour and luncheon, and clay shoot competition. Fee: $185; additional fees apply for optional activities. Contact Karla Johnson at (318) 443-2558 or slfa@laforestry.com.

August 30...Clarke County 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Reforestation in the Aftermath of Hurricane Damage
. Location: Boise Training Center at Boise Paper Mill in Jackson. Fee: $10 - lunch included. Contact Elizabeth Bowersock at (334) 844-1012 or bowerep@auburn.edu.

August 31...Mobile County 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Reforestation in the Aftermath of Hurricane Damage
. Location: Harrigan Forest Learning Center, University of Mobile. Fee: $10 - lunch included. Contact Elizabeth Bowersock at (334) 844-1012 or bowerep@auburn.edu.

> September 2006

September 6...Chilton County 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
The Prescribed Burn Plan Workshop, sponsored by the Alabama Forestry Commission. Location: Alabama Power Company, Clanton Conference Center, 2030 Seventh Street South, Clanton. Instructors: Kent Hanby and John Stivers. Fee: free; lunch provided. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.

September 6-7...Sandestin, Florida.
Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Location: Baytowne Conference Center. Agenda: indoor exhibits, outdoor equipment expo, social, door prizes, forest industry networking, and workshops. Fee: $385. Contact Debbie Bryant at (850) 222-5646 or debbie@forestfla.org.

September 6-8...Baldwin County.
Alabama Water Resources Conference and Symposium, sponsored by the Auburn University Environmental Institute. Location: Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach. Fee: $250. Contact Upton Hatch at (334) 844-4132 or hatchlu@auburn.edu.

September 6-8...Nashville, Tennessee.
"Our Changing Landscape...The Future of Forestry in Tennessee," sponsored by the Tennessee Forestry Association. Location: Maxwell House Hotel. Topic: changes and challenges in the industry. Fee: $190. Contact the TFA at (615) 883-3832 or info@tnforestry.

September 7...Chilton County 7 AM to 3:15 PM.
PLM (Professional Logging Manager) Continuing Education: Harvest Planning. Topics: harvest planning exercise, harvest planning wrap-up, timber sale issues, survey, evaluation, and Continuting Education sign-up. Fee: $15 - lunch provided. Contact David Hubbard at (205) 879-6964x17 or hubbadh@auburn.edu.

September 7...Talladega County.
Landowner Tour
sponsored by ATFA County Chapter. Contact Balsie Butler at (256) 362-4848 or talladega.county@forestry.alabama.gov.

September 7...Jefferson 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook Off at Birmingham Children's Zoo. Fee: $50 per couple; $10 discount if registered prior to event. Call Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

September 10-12...Baldwin County.
Alabama Forestry Association Annual Meeting at Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach. Special landowner session on Monday to provide information on taxes, legal issues, and cost-share opportunities. Fee: $305+. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 265-8733 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

September 11-13...Portland, Oregon.
Who Will Own the Forest? - A World Forest Institute Conference. Topics: various viewpoints on shifting forest ownership and its implications for the forest and investment sectors. Fee: $725. Click here to register online. Contact Michele Docy at (503) 226-4562 or sarawu@worldforestry.org.

September 12...Athens, Georgia 6 PM to 9 PM ET.
Athens Regional Meeting of the Georgia Forestry Association. Location: Flinchums Phoenix at Whitehall Forest. Contact Tim Lowrimore at (478) 992-8110 or tim@gfagrow.org.

September 12...Jackson, Mississippi.
Estate Planning/Timber Trespass/Adverse Possession. Topics: forest law, taxes, estate planning, protecting land and timber from trespassers, thieves, and adverse possessors, and avoiding legal liability for activities on your land. Instructors: William D. Eshee. Fee: $295. Contact Tammy Prather at (662) 325-8029 or tprather@aoce.msstate.edu.

September 12-13...Athens, Georgia.
Southern Pine Plantation Silviculture. Location: University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center. Responses of different treatments and silvicultural decisions throughout stand establishment can lead to stands with very different expected yields with different risk characteristics. Instructors: Bruce E. Borders and Barry D. Shiver. Fee: $445. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@georgiacenter.uga.edu.

September 13...Covington County 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
The Prescribed Burn Plan Workshop, sponsored by the Alabama Forestry Commission. Location: Lurleen B. Wallace Junior College Conference Center, Hwy 84 East at 1000 Dannelly Blvd, Andalusia. Instructors: Kent Hanby and John Stivers. Fee: free; lunch provided. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.

September 14...Greene County 9 AM to 4 PM.
Natural Resource Enterprises Field Day at Leavellwood Lodge. Agenda: seminars on generating income from different forestland enterprises such as hunting, fishing, pinestraw production, agritourism and other businesses, and tour of Leavellwood's diverse operation. Fee: $25. Contact Steve Guy at (334) 613-4305 or sguy@alfafarmers.org.

September 15-16...Madisonville, Kentucky.
Kentucky Wood Expo, sponsored by the Kentucky Forest Industries Association. Agenda: lumberjack demonstrations, skidder and loader competitions, crafts, and children's program. Fee: $4. Contact Michele Brewer at (502) 695-3979 or michele@kfia.org.

September 16...Baton Rouge, Louisiana 8 AM to 12 PM.
Deer Management Field Day, sponsored by the South Louisiana Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association and Louisiana State University's AgCenter. Topics: summer food plots, mineral supplementation, timber stand improvement, the development and hunting of "honey holes," and Louisiana's new deer-tagging program. Fee: $45; $10 discount if paid by 9/8. To register, call Tammy Bosch at (225) 291-7500.

September 18-20...St. Augustine, Florida 12 PM to 4 PM ET.
"Stop the Invaders" Workshop at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center. Topics: common invasive plants and animals of northeast Florida, including how they were introduced to the area, problems they can cause, and ways to get rid of them; herbicides and pesticides and their application. Contact the SJC County Extension office at (904) 209-0430 or stjohns@ifas.ufl.edu.

September 19...Washington County 6 PM.
Buying Timberland in Alabama, sponsored by ATFA County Chapter. Location: Jakes Restaurant, Chatom. Speaker: Andy Grant, Federal Land Bank of South Alabama. Call Mike Rabren at (251) 455-2305 or Jerry Gibson at (251) 777-8666.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

SEPTEMBER 20, 2006...Nationwide 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM (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 20...Choctaw County 10 AM.
Forestry Planning Committee Meeting at the Alabama Forestry Commission Office, 1715 E Pushmataha St., Butler. Contact John Ollison at (205) 459-2133 or jollison@aces.ag.auburn.edu.

September 22...Quincy, Florida 9 AM to 12:30 PM ET.
Forest Stewardship Workshop: Forest Tree/Plant Identification for Forestland Owners. Location: North Florida Research and Education Center and broadcast via Polycom to 7 other locations in Northwest Florida. Topics: tree, shrub, and herbaceous species identification and their forest properties. Samples of flowers, twigs, leaves, and/or fruits will be used to teach identification. Fee: $10 (cash only). Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu, or call the participating location you wish to attend in order to register:

   Crawfordville    (850) 926-3931
   Crestview        (850) 689-5850
   Defuniak Springs (850) 892-8172
   Jay              (850) 675-6654
   Madison          (850) 973-4138
   Marianna         (850) 482-9620
   Panama City      (850) 784-6105
   Quincy           (850) 875-7115

September 24-26...Lee County.
Forestry: A Changing Environment Today and Tomorrow - the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Society of American Foresters
. Location: Auburn Conference Center. Fee: $235. Contact Phillip Sasnett at (205) 562-5260 or psasnett@gulf-states.com.

September 26...Rock Springs, Georgia 6 PM to 9 PM ET.
LaFayette Regional Meeting of the Georgia Forestry Association. Location: Walker County Ag Center. Contact Tim Lowrimore at (478) 992-8110 or tim@gfagrow.org.

September 26...Gulfport, Mississippi 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
Homeowner-Oriented Pine Bark Beetle Program at the Orange Grove Community Center. Fee: Free. Contact Glenn Hughes at (601) 794-0671 or glennh@ext.msstate.edu  or contact Nancy Freeman at (228) 865-4227 or harrison@ext.msstate.edu.

September 26...Mobile County 7 PM.
Buying Timberland in Alabama, sponsored by ATFA County Chapter. Location: Mobile University Harrigan Forest Learning Center. Speaker: Andy Grant, Federal Land Bank of South Alabama. Call Billy Robinson at (251) 829-6292.

September 26...Nationwide Telephone Conference 7 PM Central Time.
Actively Managing Your [Southern] Pine Forest sponsored by BASF. Topics: educational sessions by University researchers, forestry consultants, wildlife experts and other private forest landowners aimed at landowners not currently working with a consultant. To register, call 1-866-709-5959.

September 27...Fulton, Mississippi 8 AM to 1 PM.
"Are My Pine Trees Ready To Thin?" Workshop at Itawamba Community College Technical Education, Building #108. Fee: Free. Contact Romona Edge at (662) 862-3201 or itawamba@ext.msstate.edu.

September 27...Jefferson County 8 AM to 4:45 PM.
Conservation Easements, sponsored by Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Location: Ireland Room at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Topics: forest management plans, environmental documentation reports for conservation easements, conservation easements from the landowners perspective, legal aspects of conservation easements, and panel discussions. Fee: $50 - lunch included. Bessie Buchanan at (334) 844-1002 or buchabz@auburn.edu.

September 27...New Augusta, Mississippi 6 PM.
"Are My Pine Trees Ready To Thin?" Workshop at the Perry County Extension Office. Fee: Free. Contact Florieda Mason at (601) 964-3668 or perry@ext.msstate.edu.

September 28...DeFuniak Springs, Florida 8 AM to 3:30 PM ET.
Wildlife Expo at the Walton County Extension Office. Topics: white-tailed deer biology, quality deer management, food plot establishment and maintenance, evaluating turkey and quail habitat, tree stand safety, and more. Fee: $35; $10 discount if paid by prior to event. Contact Robin Vickers at (850) 983-5216x113 or rvickers@ufl.edu.

September 28...Griffin, Georgia 8:30 AM to 4 PM ET.
Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day at the University of Georgia's Griffin Campus. Topics: managing nuisance wildlife problems, GIS and GPS: mapping, planning and record keeping tools for landowners, use of sheep & goats for weed control, wetland management for waterfowl, stream bank stabilization techniques to prevent erosion, insects and diseases, herbaceous weed control in newly planted pines. Fee: $40; $10 discount if paid by 8/29. Call the Georgia Department of Agriculture at (770) 229-3477.

September 28...North Columbus, Mississippi 12 PM to 4:30 PM.
"Are My Pine Trees Ready To Thin?" Workshop at the Lowndes County Extension Office. Fee: Free. Contact Brian Atkins at (662) 328-2111 or lowndes@ext.msstate.edu.

September 28...Gulfport, Mississippi 6 PM to 8:30 PM.
Pine Bark Beetle Program at the Harrison County Extension Office. Fee: Free. Contact Glenn Hughes at (601) 794-0671 or glennh@ext.msstate.edu or contact Butch Bailey at (601) 794-0671 or butchb@ext.msstate.edu.

September 29...Waynesboro, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Forestry for Baby Boomers Workshop. Location: Municipal Library. Agenda: presentation on identification of individual tree species, indoor session, and an outdoor site visit to identify local tree species. Fee: $20 - includes materials, refreshments, and lunch (registration required). Contact Allen McReynolds at (601) 735-2243 or wayne@ext.msstate.edu.

September 30...Jackson, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 1 PM.
"Are My Pine Trees Ready To Thin?" Workshop at the Hinds County Extension office. Fee: Free. Contact Bill Maily at (601) 372-1424 or hinds@ext.msstate.edu.

September 30...Philadelphia, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
Understanding Global Positioning System (GPS) Workshop. Location: Neshoba County Coliseum's Multi-Purpose Room. Agenda: presentation on identification of individual tree species, indoor session, and an outdoor site visit to identify local tree species. Fee: $20 - includes materials, refreshments, and lunch. Contact Harvin Hudson at (601) 656-4602 or neshoba@ext.msstate.edu.

September 30...Shelby County  9 AM to 5 PM.
Alabama Outdoor Expo at Oak Mountain State Park. Contact Jason Dockery at (256) 737-7216 or jason.dockery@dcnr.alabama.gov.

> October 2006

October 2-3...Athens, Georgia.
Integration of Timber and Wildlife Management. Location: University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center. Get the most returns from intensive management and still have abundant, healthy wildlife populations. Instructors: Bruce E. Borders, Karl Miller, and Barry D. Shiver. Fee: $445; $50 discount if paid by 9/11. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@georgiacenter.uga.edu.

October 2-5...Perkinston, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course. Required prerequisite provided by MSU free 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: $400. Contact Tammy Prather at (662) 325-8029 or tprather@aoce.msstate.edu.

October 4-5...Athens, Georgia.
International Finance and Forestry: Wood Prices, Timberland Returns & Trade. Location: University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center. Topics: relationships between international finance and U.S. forest businesses and current international timberland investments and markets. Instructors: Brooks Mendell, Jacek Siry, and Tim Sydor. Fee: $445; $50 discount if paid by 9/13. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@georgiacenter.uga.edu.

October 5...Nationwide Telephone Conference 7 PM Central Time.
Actively Managing Your [Southern] Pine Forest sponsored by BASF. Topics: educational sessions by University researchers, forestry consultants, wildlife experts and private forest landowners aimed at landowners not currently working with a consultant. To register, call 1-866-709-5959.

October 5-6...Montgomery County.
Managing Threats to the Small Family Farm - Alabama Landowner and Treasure Forest Conference.
Location: Embassy Suites Hotel in Montgomery. Agenda: property tours covering timber thinning, timber salvage/regeneration, pine straw vegetation management, and pond management; indoor sessions on controlling invasive species, annosus root rot, management benefits of prescribed burning, protecting your home from wildfires, habitat management for wildlife, maintaining bird habitat, cost share assistance, and wood collecting. Fee: $95; $10 discount if paid by 9/29. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 265-8733 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

October 5-6...Monticello, Florida.
Quail Management Short course. Agenda: bobwhite basics, habitat management, supplemental feeding and food plots, predator management, harvesting, and tours of Dixie and Pinckney Hill Plantations. Fee: $75; $15 discount if paid prior to event. Contact Gregg Dunn at (904) 209-0434 or dunng@doacs.state.fl.us.

October 6-8...Shelby County.
Becoming an Outdoors Woman sponsored by Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Fee: $199 covers meals & lodging. Call Jerry DeBin at 1-800-262-3151.

October 10...Cleburne County 9 AM.
Educational, Social, and Community Meeting
, sponsored by ATFA County Chapter. Call Jimmy Jimmerson at (256) 463-7962.

October 10...Jefferson County 10 AM to 12 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership Steering Committee Meeting at the Alabama Power Division Headquarters, 1313 6th Avenue North, Birmingham. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 264-8461 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com
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October 10...Statesboro, Georgia 6 PM to 9 PM ET.
Statesboro Regional Meeting of the Georgia Forestry Association. Location: Center for Agriculture. Contact Tim Lowrimore at (478) 992-8110 or tim@gfagrow.org.

October 10...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Cost-Share Program. Speaker: Joel Glover, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Dinner meeting of the Alabama Quail Hunters at Lloyd’s Restaurant on U.S. 280. Dutch Treat Dinner from menu. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bham.rr.com.

October 11...Montgomery County 10 AM to 2 PM.
Alabama-Tombigbee Clean Water Partnership Meeting at the Alabama Forestry Association office in Montgomery. Program will include a presentation from Paul Johnson with the Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center in Marion, Alabama. Contact Ashley Henderson at (334) 270-8236 or 300-3392 (cell) or ahendersoncwp@charter.net.

October 12...Americus, Georgia 8 AM to 3:30 PM ET.
Wildlife Trends Annual Field Day at Thronateeska Plantation on the Flint River. Topics: quail, deer, herbicide usage, pond management and more. Fee: $25 - lunch included. Contact Andy Whitaker at 1-800-441-6826 or info@wildlifetrends.com.

October 12...Chambers County 5:30 PM.
Fall Forest Landowner Conference sponsored by County Forestry Planning Committee at Farmers Federation Building, Lafayette. Theme: Reduction of Fossil Fuel Dependence by use of Ethanol Produced from Forest Resources. Fee: $4, grilled chicken dinner provided. Contact Bill Frazer at (334)864-9542 or wrfrazer@yahoo.com.

October 12...Cherokee County 5:30 PM.
ATFA Meeting - Cherokee County Chapter. Location: Starr's Barbecue in Centre. Contact Tim Chesnut at (706) 936-0699 or tim@chesnutforestry.com, or call Keith Neidermeier at (256) 927-3163.

October 12-15...Nashville, Tennessee.
National Land Conservation Conference. Agenda: workshops, seminars, field trips, plenary sessions, and receptions on the latest trends in land conservation. Contact Pam Nicholls at (970) 245-5811 or training@lta.org.

October 13...Gainesville, Florida 1:30 PM ET.
Forest Stewardship Property Tour at the property of Steve and Kitty Quina in Gilchrist County. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ifas.ufl.edu.

October 13...Cullman County 6 PM. Alliance for Citizens’ Rights Dinner Meeting at Jack’s Restaurant at I-65 exit 304. Contact Pat at patrici7@comcast.net.

October 17...Wilcox County 9 AM.
Forestry Tour, sponsored by ATFA County Chapter. Call Paul Wingard at (334) 682-4421 or John Ollison at (205) 459-2133.

October 17...Starke, Florida 9 AM to 3:45 PM ET.
Forest Stewardship Workshop: Florida's Firewise Community Program at the Santa Fe Community College Andrews Center Culture Building Auditorium. Topics: Florida’s Firewise program, how to protect property from wildfire, issues associated with the use of prescribed fire in an expanding urban fringe, insurance rates, the outlook for the future, and developing effective relationships with neighbors so that prescribed fire can continue to be used. To register contact Christine Denny or Peter Colverson at 1-888-372-4774 or fire@pandionsystems.com or log on to www.pandionsystems.com.

October 17...Nationwide Audio Conference 12:00 PM Central Time.
Governance in the Family Business presented by the Family Business Advisor. The panel of experts for this audio conference include Kelly LeCouvie of the Family Business Consulting Group, Inc., JoAnne Norton of Freedom Communications and Sylvia Shepard of Menasha Corporation. The moderator is Drew Mendoza, managing principal of the Family Business Consulting Group, Inc. Fee: $159. Contact the FBA at 1-800-551-0633 or editor@efamilybusiness.com. Click here for updates

October 17-18...Athens, Georgia.
Piedmont Forest Soils and Management: Decision-Making Tools for Competing Uses. Location: University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center. Topic: soils and site information necessary to effectively manage Piedmont forest stands to their highest potential. Instructors: Larry Morris, David Dickens, Dave Moorhead, and Chris Evans. Fee: $445; $50 discount if paid by 9/26. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@georgiacenter.uga.edu.

October 18...Escambia County 8 AM to 2 PM.
Progressive Farmer - Farm Safety Day Camp, Brewton. Contact Chasity Pettis at (251) 867-8042 or chasity.pettis@al.nacdnet.net. Click here for more 2006 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days.

October 19...Escambia County 8 AM to 2 PM.
Progressive Farmer - Farm Safety Day Camp, Brewton. Contact Chasity Pettis at (251) 867-8042 or chasity.pettis@al.nacdnet.net. Click here for more 2006 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days.

October 19...Mobile County 7 PM.
Mobile County Landowners Association Meeting. Location: Jon Archer Center, North Schillinger Road, Mobile. Contact Luci Sheffield, Vice President at (251) 633-7195 or lucishef@webtv.net.

October 19-22...Mobile County.
Alabama Coastal BirdFest: Hurricanes & Habitat (How Wildlife Survives). Location: Gulf Coast Exploreum in Mobile. Agenda: 20 tours to prime birding spots on the 240-mile long Alabama Coastal Birding Trail, evening events, and a free day-long Bird & Conservation Expo. Topics include hurricanes, habitat loss, and high-tech bird tracking. Advance registration is required. Contact Fran Morley at (251) 929-0922 or birdfest2006@aol.com.Click here to register.

October 19-22...Mobile County.
National Tree Farmer Convention at the Mobile Convention Center. Agenda: tours to Historic Blakeley Island, the Delta area, Solon Dixon Center; 2-day forest products tour, Alabama River Woodlands, indoor sessions, field day, and more. Fee: $275. Contact the American Tree Farm System at (202) 463-2462 or info@treefarmsystem.org. Click here to download and print registration form.

October 20...Escambia County 8 AM to 2 PM.
Progressive Farmer - Farm Safety Day Camp, Brewton. Contact Chasity Pettis at (251) 867-8042 or chasity.pettis@al.nacdnet.net. Click here for more 2006 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days.

October 20...Lake Placid, Florida 8:30 AM to 3 PM ET.
Quail Workshop at Archbold Biological Station, Highlands County. Topics: bobwhite basics, population trends, habitat management, prescribed fire, and cost-share programs opportunities. Fee: $6. Call Lee Taylor at (863) 648-3200.

October 23...Lee County 5 PM.
Demonstration Forest Tour, sponsored by the Lee County Forest Stewardship Committee. Location: Mary Olive Thomas Property in Auburn. Agenda: tour with presentation on developing a forest management plan. Fee: $10 - steak dinner included. Call Chuck Browne at (334) 749-3353.

October 23 -- November 22...Statewide.
Signup for Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program. "Technical assistance and financial incentives are now available to help forest landowners implement prevention practices." U.S. Forest Service funds this program administered by the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC). To apply, contact your local AFC office or contact Arthur Hitt at (334) 240-9323 or
Arthur.Hitt@forestry.alabama.gov.

October 25-27...Jackson, Mississippi.
Mississippi Forestry Association Annual Meeting at the Jackson Hilton. Fee: $325. For additional fee of $200, Timber Wealth Management full day workshop on 10/25. Contact AFA at (601) 354-4936 or mfa@msforestry.net.

October 25-29...Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Our Woods: Wild and Working - the National Convention of the Society of American Foresters. Topics: cutting-edge forest science relevant to practical applications in the field, case studies and success stories on practical application of science, adaptive management examples from forest practitioners, on-the-ground workshops, and resource management. Call Madelaine Morgan at (301) 897-8720x111.

October 26...Tallapoosa County 6 PM.
Biomass Energy: Renewable and Alternative Energy Sources, Now and for the Future. Location: Charles Bailey Sportsplex's senior citizens cabin in Alexander City. Agenda: Dr. David Bransby will speak on the future use of woodland and forest products in meeting some of our nation's energy needs. Fee: free - refreshments provided. Contact David Kelly at (256) 825-4244 or tallapoosa.county@forestry.alabama.gov.

October 27...Statewide.
Deadline for Voter Registration. Click here to gather election information.

October 27...Cairo, Georgia 8 AM to 1 PM  ET.
Tall Timbers Fall Field Day at Rosemary Plantation in Grady County. Fee: $50. Contact Rose Rodriquez at (850) 893-4153x258 or rose@ttrs.org.

October 28…Chilton County 8 AM.
Alabama Quail Hunters’ Fall Field Trial at J. and R. Hunting Preserve. Free admission for observers. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bham.rr.com.

October 30-31...Montgomery County.
Search Committee Interviews of Applicants for Alabama State Forester. Two interviews per day are planned for this open-to-the-public process that will select the next leader of the Alabama Forestry Commission. Location: AFC Building, 513 Madison Avenue, 36130. For last minute location changes call AFC Headquarters at (334) 240-9300 or check the Secretary of State’s Website at http://www.sos.state.al.us.

> November 2006

November 1...Marengo County 10 AM.
Fall Forestry Tour on Roy Jordan Property. Program to include a woodland mulching demo and dinner sponsored by Alabama Land Services. Directions: From Linden take 69 South and go about 10 miles. Take a left on Co. Road 17 (this is first paved road on the left after leaving Linden). Go 2 miles and take the first paved road on the right. Go 1/2 mile to his camp house on the right. RSVP to Marengo County Extension office at (334) 295-5959.

November 3...Alexandria, Louisiana 7:30 AM
Forest Herbicide Workshop sponsored by LSU AgCenter. Location: Best Western Inn and Conference Center. Fee: $75. Call Brian Chandler at (225) 683-3101.

November 3-4...Elmore County.
Wilderness First Aid Course at Alabama Wildlife Federation Headquarters, Millbrook. Fee: $50. Call 1-800-822-9453.

November 4...Bay Springs, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
Forest Certification Workshop at the Jasper County Extension Office. Fee: $20. Contact Glenn Hughes at (601) 794-0671 or glennh@ext.msstate.edu  or contact Tommy Bishop at (601) 764-2314 or jasper@ext.msstate.edu.

November 4...Madison County 9 AM to 3 PM.
Restoring the American Chestnut to Alabama Forests, annual meeting of the Alabama Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation. Location: Alabama A & M. Includes morning technical session and afternoon "chestnut" hike on Monte Sano State Park. Call Wayne Boldin at (205) 915-2863.

November 7...Statewide.
General Election
in Alabama includes Amendment 2: statewide minimum county property tax of 10 mils. Also, 15 mil property tax local amendment in Sumter County and Home Rule vote in 12 counties. Click here to gather election information.

November 7...Tallapoosa County 10 AM.
Middle Tallapoosa Clean Water Partnership Stakeholder Committee Meeting at Alexander City City Hall. Contact Tammy Jones at (256) 234-5271 x 3. or Tammy.A.Jones@al.nacdnet.net.

November 7-8...Athens, Georgia.
Principles of Efficient Timber Inventories. Topic: timber inventory methodologies and results. Instructors: Bruce Borders & Barry Shiver. Fee: $445. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@georgiacenter.uga.edu.

November 7-9...Springfield, Missouri.
Shortleaf Pine Symposium: Restoration and Ecology of Shortleaf Pine in the Ozarks. Location: University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. Topics: status of shortleaf pine restoration, ecology of shortleaf pine ecosystems, silviculture/management of shortleaf pine ecosystems, biodiversity, economics and human dimensions. Fee: $170; $20 discount if paid by 9/1. Contact David Gwaze at (573) 882-9909x3320 or david.gwaze@mdc.mo.gov. Click here to register online.

November 8...Cullman County 8:30 AM.
Developing a Strategic Plan for Agribusiness in Alabama. Listening session sponsored by Alabama Agribusiness Council (AAC). Lunch provided to attendees after session. Location: AllSteak Restaurant Conference Center, 314 2nd Avenue SW, Cullman. Contact Mark Fowler at (334) 271-2281 or 398-2220 or mark@alcta.com.

November 8...Atlanta, Georgia 4:30 PM to 6 PM.
Progressive Forest Management and Varietal Forestry. Reception with Forest Landowners Association (FLA) board of directors following program. Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel. Fee: $55 includes introductory membership in FLA. Contact Josh Harrell at 1-800-325-2954 or jharrell@forestlandowners.com.

November 9...Chiefland, Florida. 1:30 PM.
Forest Stewardship Nursery Tour at the Division of Forestry's Andrews Nursery. A sponsored supper will be served after the tour at the Levy County Extension facility in Bronson. Please pre-register by contacting Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

November 9...Montgomery County 8:30 AM.
Developing a Strategic Plan for Agribusiness in Alabama. Listening session sponsored by Alabama Agribusiness Council (AAC). Lunch provided to attendees after session. Location: RSA Activity Center, 201 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery. Contact Mark Fowler at (334) 271-2281 or 398-2220 or mark@alcta.com.

November 10...Houston County 8:30 AM.
Developing a Strategic Plan for Agribusiness in Alabama. Listening session sponsored by Alabama Agribusiness Council (AAC). Lunch provided to attendees after session. Location: Wiregrass Research & Extension Center, 265 East, Ala. Hwy. 134, Headland. Contact Mark Fowler at (334) 271-2281 or 398-2220 or mark@alcta.com.

November 13-15...Washington, DC.
Cellulosic Ethanol Summit: Integrating Communities in the Value Chain to Build a New Industry. Click here for meeting updates. Location: Almas Temple Club, 1315 K Street, NW. Fee: Pre-Summit Briefing (Nov. 13)—$650; $225 discount for government employees; The Summit (Nov. 14-15)—$995; $370 discount for government employees. To register, call (818) 888-4444.

November 13-16...Tifton, Georgia.
Longleaf Alliance Regional Conference at the University of Georgia Conference Center. Agenda: technical presentations on longleaf pine and its ecosystems; lectures on longleaf management, restoration and research; wildlife, fire, community restoration, and silviculture and reforestation; field tour on under story restoration and management, invasive plants and their control, natural and artificial regeneration, fire, stand management, quail management, timber values, cultural values, all-age management, pine straw, Silvicultural methods, and field equipment exhibits; landowner panels, economic considerations, conservation easements, and management issues. Fee: $310. Contact Mark Hainds at (334) 427-1029 or hainds@alaweb.com. Click here to register online.

November 14...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Meeting & Program at Lloyd’s Restaurant on U.S. 280. Dutch Treat Dinner from menu. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bham.rr.com.

November 15...Montgomery County  11:30 AM.
Alabama PALS Governor's Awards Program in the Gold Room at Troy University, Montgomery. Call People Against A Littered State at (334) 263-7737.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

NOVEMBER 15, 2006...Nationwide Teleconference 3:00 PM Central Time.
Topic: Ease Succession Problems with Family Business Structure Options
Speaker: Attorney and Associate Professor at Auburn University's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Dr. Robert A. Tufts.
This telephone conference provided landowners with the opportunity to ask questions of an expert about how your family can make succession of the next generation smoother and more organized by establishing partnerships, trusts, and other kinds of family business structures.
Audio: Click Here for First Half of 1 Hour Discussion
Audio: Click Here for Second Half of 1 Hour Discussion


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November 16...Starkville, Mississippi.
Simulator for Managed Stands (SiMS) Training. Instructors: Barry Shiver & Bruce Borders. Fee: $395. Email: jthompson@landmarksystems.com

November 16...Starkville, Mississippi.
Advanced ArcGis for Foresters. Instructor: Dr. Kerry Livengood. Fee: $275. Email: jthompson@landmarksystems.com

November 17...Statewide.
Sign-up Deadline to be Eligible for 2007 Funds in the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Call the local NRCS office in your area or write to Jeff Thurmond at Jeff.Thurmond@al.usda.gov.

November 17...Bonifay, Florida. 1:30 PM
Forest Stewardship Property Tour at Kent-Carroll Forest. A sponsored supper will be served after the tour. Please pre-register by calling the Holmes County Extension Office at (850) 547-1108.

November 20....Athens, Georgia 8:00 AM to 5 PM ET.
Woodland Security. Topic: the range and scope of potential financial crimes in woodland operations. Fee: $225. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@georgiacenter.uga.edu.

November 28...New Hope, Florida 10 AM.
Tree Farm Tour at Florida's 2006 Tree Farm of the Year owned by Jon and Carol Gould (The Gould's are AFOA members who live in the Birmingham area). Lunch provided by Washington County (Florida) Farm Bureau. RSVP to Phil Gornicki for directions to Gould Tree Farm: (850) 222-5646 or phil@forestfla.org.

November 29-30...Macon, Georgia.
Forest Roads: Piedmont and Coastal Plains. Instructors: Ben Jackson & Lee Ogden. Fee: $445; $50 discount if paid by 11/8/06. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@georgiacenter.uga.edu.

> December 2006

December 1...52 Alabama Counties.
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Longleaf Pine Initiative Signup Begins. Signup period will end whenever the goal of 250,000 acres is met or December 31, 2007. Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia are also competing for the acreage goal. Contact your local Farm Service Agency office.

December 1-2...Dallas County.
Alabama Woods, Water, & Wildlife Festival at Exhibit Hall and Lions Fair Park, Selma. Call (334) 872-7325.

December 4...Montgomery County 1 PM.
Alabama’s Scenic Waterways: A meeting to investigate the creation of “Alabama Water Trails” on the Coosa, Tenn-Tom, Cahaba, and the Mobile-Tensaw Rivers. Location: Alabama Bureau of Tourism office, 7th floor of the Center for Commerce Building, 401 Adams Avenue, Montgomery. Free parking at South Hull Street Entrance to parking deck across street. Code # 254*. RSVP to Grey Brennan at (334) 242-4459 or grey.brennan@tourism.alabama.gov.

December 4-5...Athens, Georgia.
Timber Income Tax. Instructor: Harry L. Haney, Jr. Fee: $445. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@georgiacenter.uga.edu.

December 5...Quincy, Florida 8:30 AM.
Silviculture BMP (Best Management Practices) Workshop at Bear Creek State Forest Education Center on Highway 267. This workshop is designed to introduce & update landowners, land managers, loggers, contractors, and anyone who works in the woods on the most current BMP’s in Florida. The classroom session will begin at 8:30 a.m. with lunch provided by Plum Creek Timber Company and a field trip after lunch. Reserve your place by calling (850) 414-9934.

December 5...Tennille, Georgia 7 PM to 10 PM ET.
Sandersville Regional Meeting of the Georgia Forestry Association. Location: Twin City Country Club. Contact Tim Lowrimore at (478) 992-8110 or tim@gfagrow.org.

December 5-6...Valdosta, Georgia.
Natural Pine Regeneration and Management. Location: Valdosta State University, University Center, Cypress Room, 1500 N. Patterson Street, 31698. Speakers: Dr. Barry Shiver & Dr. Bruce Borders. Fee: $445. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@georgiacenter.uga.edu. Check back here for updates.

December 6...Clarke County 8:30 AM.
Alabama Certified Burn Manager Continuing Education Workshop. Instructors: Kent Hanby & John Stivers. A six hour workshop designed to satisfy the continuing education requirement for Alabama Certified Burn Managers. The Plan Workshop is designed to help burn managers plan, execute, and evaluate the prescribed burn. Location: Alabama-Tombigbee Conference Center at Alabama Southern Community College. No fee; lunch provided. Register with Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.net.

December 6...Chilton County 10 AM to 3 PM.
Alabama Clean Water Partnership Annual Watersheds Conference at Alabama Power Company Water Course, Clanton. RSVP Allison Jenkins at ajenkins@elmore.rr.com or call (205) 266-6285.

December 8...Cullman County 6 PM.
Alliance for Citizen’s Rights Christmas Dinner will feature latest eminent domain news AND a bluegrass band. Location: Jack's Restaurant at I-65 Exit 304. Call (256) 498-3802 or write patrici7@comcast.net.

December 12...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Dinner & Program at Lloyd’s Restaurant on U.S. 280. Dutch Treat Dinner from menu. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bham.rr.com.

December 14...Starkville, Mississippi.
Intro to ArcGIS for Foresters. Fee: $225. Email: jthompson@landmarksystems.com

December 14-15...Macon, Georgia.
Harvest Planning. Instructors: Dr. W. Dale Greene and Dr. C. Rhett Jackson. Location: Georgia Forestry Commission Complex, 5645 Riggins Mill Road, Macon. Fee: $445. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@georgiacenter.uga.edu.

December 19...Nationwide Audio Conference. 12 Noon CT
Healthy Growth & Strategic Planning for the Family Business presented by the Family Business Advisor. Jennifer Pendergast, author of Healthy Growth for the Family Business will lead a panel discussion. Fee: $159. To register, contact the FBA at 1-800-551-0633 or editor@efamilybusiness.com. Click here for updates.


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