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2008 Calendar of Past Events

last update: 12/29/08

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

> January 2008

Each weekend of January…Marshall County.
On Eagles Wings. Location: Lake Guntersville State Park. Watch Bald Eagles glide across the sky and view their nesting sites. Guided interpretive programs held each weekend will help you get in touch with one of America’s greatest symbols. Call Lake Guntersville State Park for pricing at (256) 571-5440.

January 8…Paisley, Florida 9 AM ET.
Forest Stewardship Property Tour. Location: Tree-Top Lodge property of Ernest and Jo Ann Palmer. This will be a walking tour of trails, firebreaks, and wildlife corridors. Wear appropriate clothing and boots. Program is free, but you must pre-register. Lunch included. Contact Martha Thomas, Lake County Extension Office, at (325) 343-4101 or marthat@ufl.edu.

January 12…Cleburne County 10 AM - 1 PM.
Winter Watershed Walk. Location: Coleman Lake Recreation Area - Talladega National Forest. Learn to identify winter trees and how critters survive the cold weather. Bring snack/water. Pet friendly hike. Pre-registration required. Fee: $5. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

January 17...Morgan County 10 AM.
Tennessee River Basin Clean Water Partnership. Location: Decatur Utilities building. Call Blake Garner at (256) 353-6146x3.

January 19…Cleburne County 8 AM - 4:30 PM.
Wilderness Survival 101. Location: Pine Glen Recreation Area - Talladega National Forest. Learn hands-on methods of basic survival skills dealing with water, shelter, food, fire, and getting found. Pre-registration required. Fee: $10. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

January 21-24...Newton, Georgia.
Ecological Forestry Workshop. Location: Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center. Topic: Forest Ecology/Biology. Fee: $400; includes all meals, accommodations, and transportation once you arrive. Call Society of American Foresters at 1-866-897-8720 or email Kevin McIntyre of the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at kevin.mcintyre@jonesctr.org.

January 22-23...Athens, Georgia.
Timber Market Analysis. Location: UGA Continuing Education Conference Center. “This course teaches fundamental frameworks and skills to analyze timber markets for timberland investing, wood procurement, and forest bioenergy facilities.” Recommended for forest resource and investment professionals and realtors involved and interested in the buying and selling of raw wood material and timberlands. Fee: $445. Lunch included. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or bjackson@warnell.uga.edu.

January 23...Marianna, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM CT.
Forest Stewardship Workshop: Invasive Exotic Plants and Their Control. Location: Jackson County Extension Office. Fee: $15, cash only at the door. Call the Extension Office at (850) 482-9620.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

January 23, 2008...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference featured state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more. Click here for links to past conferences. 


January 23...Nationwide Teleconference Noon CT.
Performance Management for Family Business Employees. Decisions related to family members joining a family business and advancing through the organization will be discussed on this conference. Fee: $159. Call 1-800-551-0633 for more information.

January 23-25...Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Biomass to Energy. Location: Hilton Garden Inn. Sponsored by the Kentucky-Tennessee Society of American Foresters. Fee: $115; $10 discount if paid before January 9, 2008. Contact John Rennie at (865) 577-6356 or nrandjr@comcast.net.

January 24...Chambers County 7:30 AM - 3 PM.
Chambers County Teachers Forestry Workshop. Tell a teacher you know about this forestry workshop. Lunch provided. Contact Bill Frazer at (334) 864-7865 or wrfrazer@yahoo.com.

January 24...Mobile County 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
Mobile County Landowners Association Meeting. Call Roger McConnell at (251) 344-7842.

January 24...Winona, Mississippi 6 PM.
Tree Farm Program Meeting. Location: Montgomery County Extension Office. Contact Kay Emmons at (662) 283-4133 or kaye@ext.msstate.edu.

January 26...Cleburne County 10 AM - 1 PM.
Cheaha Wilderness Stroll: Winter Waterfalls. Location: Cheaha State Park. Bring a daypack with water & snacks. Fee: $5; pre-registration required. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

January 29...Cullman County.
Special General Election for State House District 12.

January 30...Montgomery County 8 AM - 4:30 PM.
19th Annual Nonpoint Source Conference. Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center. The conference format consists of presentations on projects, topics, efforts associated with nonpoint source pollution and its impact on water quality. Call Molly Tatum at (334) 394-4360.

January 30 - February 1...Washington, D.C.
Washington Fly-In. Landowners are able to personally meet with Congressional Delegates on issues that affect forest landowners. Fee: $125; includes educational materials, Wednesday briefing session break, Wednesday dinner, Thursday breakfast, and Thursday lunch. Register by January 21, 2008. Call the Forest Landowners Association at 1-800-325-2954.

> February 2008

Multiple dates...Various Locations. Each workshop will be from 1 PM - 5 PM.
Southern Forest Futures Project Public Workshop. These workshops will gather input on the forces of change likely to influence forest conditions and values at risk from these changes. Here are the meeting locations in our general area and dates: Gainesville, FL - Feb. 7(past), Nashville, TN - Feb. 21(past), Athens, GA - March 6, and Auburn, AL - March 7. The complete list of locations can be found in the link two lines up. Contact John Greis at (850) 309-0764 or jgreis@fs.fed.us.

February 2...Jefferson County 8 AM.
Quality Deer Management Short Course. Location: HealthSouth Conference Center. Topics: Hunting strategies for increased harvest of older age class bucks, Developing a nutritional plan for your property, and Straight talk on the 3 buck limit. Fee: $30; children 15 and under are free with adult. Pre-registration is recommended. Contact Gabe Jackson at (205) 901-3930 or gjackson@brasfieldgorrie.com.

February 5...Montgomery County.
Alabama Legislative Session Opens. See www.afoa.org/leg.htm for a changing list of bills that may impact forest owners. To add a bill (and your brief comments) to our “watch” list, contact Lee at (205) 987-8811 or Send Email.

February 5...Statewide
Presidential Primary Elections.

February 8...Autauga County 8 AM.
Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems for Wildlife Habitat and Biodiversity. Location: Autaugaville Agricultural Center. Landowners and land managers learn about managing longleaf forests for game and non-game species, understory plant communities, and unique places in longleaf forests. Fee: $10; lunch included. Pre-registration is requested. Call Patrick Cook at (334) 361-7273.

February 9...Talladega County 9 AM - Noon.
Winter Hike on the Pinhoti Trail. Location: Talladega National Forest. Easy to moderate hike. Bring a daypack with water & snacks. Pet friendly hike (on leash). Fee: $5; pre-registration required. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

February 9...Talladega County 3 PM.
Talladega Superspeedway Wild Game Cook-off. Location: Sprint Cup garage, Talladega Superspeedway. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some of the best wild game in Alabama. Fee: $40/person or $50/couple prior to the event. Children under 16 are free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

February 12...Montgomery County 5 PM - 7 PM.
Alabama Agribusiness Council Legislative Reception. Location: RSA Plaza Terrace, Montgomery. Call Alabama Agribusiness Council at (334) 215-4442.

February 12...Baldwin County 6 PM - 8 PM.
Guide to Selling Timber & Future Timber Markets. Seminar & light dinner sponsored by Baldwin County Forestry Planning Committee. Location: Baldwin County Annex Building. The seminar will guide timberland owners on making good decisions when selling timber and understanding the future of our timber market in the southeast. No fee. Pre-register by February 8. Call the Baldwin County Extension Office at (251) 937-7176.

February 12...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters. Location: Lloyd’s Restaurant on US 280. Speaker: Frank Rutland will talk about his quail habitat, his methods for early release quail and his experiences running in the Shooting Dog Field Trials. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bham.rr.com.

February 16...Mobile County.
Women Forest Landowners meeting. Location: Harrigan Forestry Learning Center, Mobile. Call Joan at 1-888-240-4694.

February 17-23...Statewide.
Alabama Arbor Week. This a good week to include the family in your tree planting activities.  Send us a picture of your children or grandchildren planting a tree.

February 19...Baker County, Florida 9 AM - 12:30 PM ET.
Forest Stewardship Property Tour. Location: South Prong Plantation. The plantation encompasses over 2,000 acres of pine flatwoods, cypress swamps, and hydric hammock that is home to a variety of wildlife. This will be a driving tour, but some walking can be expected. Program is free, but you must pre-register. There is also an afternoon tour for folks who can't make the earlier time at 12 PM ET. Call Baker County Extension Office at (904) 259-3520.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

February 20, 2008...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference featured state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more. Click here for links to past conferences. 


February 20...Nationwide Noon - 1PM with repeat at 7 PM - 8PM.
ForestConnect Internet Seminar Series: Enhancing biodiversity on family forest lands. Join guest speaker, Kristi Sullivan of Cornell University Cooperative Extension for a discussion of value, recognition and enhancement of biodiversity on private forest lands. Participants must pre-register once, no charge, at www.forestconnect.info. Contact Peter Smallidge at (607) 592-3640 or pjs23@cornell.edu.

February 20...Nationwide Teleconference Noon CT.
The Family Business Advisor Live Teleconference: Preparing the Organization for Succession. "This audio conference is important for those considering retirement, successors and non-family key employees. Before succession can begin, the company itself must be strong and must prepare itself for the changes ahead." Fee: $159 per dial-in site. Call Family Business Advisor at 1-800-551-0633.

February 20-21...Athens, Georgia.
Risk Analysis & Management in Forestry.
Location: UGA Continuing Education Conference Center. “This course teaches approaches for reducing uncertainty associated with foreest management budgets, timberland investments, and procurement activities.” Forest resource professionals, timberland owners, realtors, and timberland investment managers involved in the buying and selling of timber and timberland, and in the development of forest management plans and budgets are the target audience for this course. Fee: $445; $50 discount if paid by January 30, 2008. Lunch provided first day. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or bjackson@warnell.uga.edu.

February 21...Starkville Mississippi 8 AM - 5 PM.
Intro to SiMS 2006 Training Class. SiMS 2006 is a powerful growth-and-yield simulation software tool. This introductory course is designed to help forestry consultants, landowners, and real estate appraisers who project volumes and value to appraise timber and timberland and evaluate different management regimes for stands of Southern Pines. Fee: $395. Contact Johnny Thompson at (662) 272-5344 or jthompson@landmarksystems.com.

February 22...Tifton, Georgia 8 AM.
Invasive Species Management. Location: Tifton Conference Center. Contact David Moorhead at (229) 386-3298 or moorhead@smokey.forestry.uga.edu.

February 22…Covington County 8 AM.
Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems for Wildlife Habitat and Biodiversity. Location: Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center. Landowners and land managers learn about managing longleaf forests for game and non-game species, understory plant communities, and unique places in longleaf forests. Fee: $10; lunch included. Pre-registration is requested. Call Chuck Simon at (334) 222-1125.

February 25...Canton, Mississippi 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals Short Course. Location: Madison County Extension Office. Fee: $35/person or $45/couple. Contact Otis Davis at (601) 859-3842 or madison@ext.msstate.edu.

February 27-29...Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.
Biotechnology Summit. Location: Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort. Topics: Value of Enhanced Genetics, Developing Effective Growth and Yield Equations for Varietals, Crown Architecture of Varieties, and Lumber Quality from Elite Genetics. Fee: $135; pre-register by February 20. Contact Susan Johnson at 1-800-325-2954 or info@forestlandowners.com.

February 28...Monticello, Mississippi 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals Short Course. Location: Lawrence County Extension Office. Fee: $35/person or $45/couple. Contact Amanda Walker at (601) 587-2271 or lawrence@ext.msstate.edu.

February 29...Vicksburg, Mississippi 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals Short Course. Location: Warren County Extension Office. Fee: $35/person or $45/couple. Contact John Coccaro at (601) 636-5442 or warren@ext.msstate.edu.

February 29...Statewide.
End of Rabbit, Squirrel, Raccoon, Opossum, and Quail Seasons.

February 29 - March 2...Lowndes County.
Outdoor Women Unlimited Southern Classic. Location: Southern Sportsman Lodge and Conference Center, Benton. Here are some of the classes that will be available: orienteering & compass, canoe/kayaking, turkey hunting, tree & bird identification classes, tracking class, landscape gardening and landscaping with ponds, survival skills, camping, fly fishing, and much more. Fee: $115. Registration includes: membership, meals, door prize ticket, goody bag, use of all equipment, drinks, and snacks. Call Rebecca Wood at (334) 398-2335 or bawhunt@aol.com.

February 29 - March 2...Destin, Florida.
Alabama Forestry Association Mid-Winter Meeting. Location: Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort and Spa. Topics: Drought Impacts, Alabama’s Water Resources, Water Policy, Forest Fires and Drought, and Bioenergy Initiatives. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 265-8733 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

> March 2008

March 1...Calhoun County 7 PM - 9 PM.
Early Spring Frog Pond Adventure. Location: Jacksonville State University Frog Pond. Learn to identify frog songs and get a hands-on experience with these slippery creatures. Fee: $5; pre-registration is required. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

March 3-31...Kosciusko, Mississippi Monday Nights 7-9 PM.
Forest/Wildlife Management for Profit and Recreation Short Course. Location: Attala County Extension Service Office. Fee: $35; $15 for spouse. Contact Robert Leathers at (662) 289-5431 or attala@ext.msstate.edu.

March 6...Montgomery County 5 PM - 7 PM.
Alabama Agribusiness Council Rodeo Roundup. Location: State Farmers Market Pavilion. Includes: Ticket to Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo, All you can eat Taste of Alabama, and Wine Tasting. Call Leigha Cauthen at (334) 215-4442 or lcauthen@alagribusiness.org.

March 7-9...Shelby County.
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman. Location: Alabama 4-H Center near Columbiana. Participants choose from over 50 courses such as: backyard wildlife, rock climbing, camp cooking, map and compass, camping, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, and many more. Fee $199; includes meals, lodging, program materials, and instruction. Call Sylvia Payne at (334) 242-3151 or sylvia.payne@dcnr.alabama.gov.

March 8...Elberton, Georgia 7:30 AM - 4 PM.
Dougherty & Dougherty Private Forest Landowners Field Day. Tour stops will focus on maximizing the overall value of your timberland investment, including understory burning, mid-rotation thinning and fertilization, varietal and mass-control pollinated seedling plantation establishment, wildlife management planning, and aesthetic considerations to maximize property value. Fee: $80; registration deadline is March 3. Lunch is provided. Contact Vicki Dougherty at 1-877-403-8733 or ddfmnc@bellsouth.net.

March 8...Marshall County 9 AM.
Alabama Conservation Advisory Board Meeting. Location: Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge. This board recommends (sets) hunting seasons and bag limits. Here is an article that may be of interest to someone interested in attending this meeting - Click Here. Anyone wishing to speak must register between 8 - 8:30 AM. Contact Robin Nummy at (334) 242-3486 or robin.nummy@dcnr.alabama.gov.

March 8...Dallas County.
Women in the Outdoors: Central Alabama Pheasant Hunt. Sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation. Location: Central Alabama Fowl Preserve, Plantersville. Call Nancy Jo Adams at (334) 201-8314.

March 9-11...Savannah, Georgia.
Southern Forest Economics Workers 2008 Annual Meeting. Location: Hilton Savannah DeSoto. Topic: Forestland Ownership Change in the South: Implications for Management, Production, and Conservation. Fee: $225; $30 discount if paid by February 8. Includes coffee breaks & lunch on Monday. Contact Tommy Tye at (706) 542-5079 or rtye@warnell.uga.edu.

March 10...Internet.
Virginia Tech On-Line Non-Credit “Woodland Options for Landowners” Course. “The course is open to all southeastern forest landowners, but specifically geared towards Virginia forest landowners. This 12-week self-paced non-credit course introduces landowners to topics such as aerial photography, topographic maps, soil surveys, setting forest management objectives, forest ecology, and silviculture.” Fee: $70. Contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

March 11...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM - 8:30 PM.
Wild Turkey Management Meeting. Location: County Extension Auditorium. Supper included. Contact Wayne Ford at (205) 349-3886x299 or sford@aces.edu.

March 11-12...Lee County.
Mountain Longleaf Pine Conference. Location: Auburn. The conference will be on the 11th with a field tour on the 12th near Pine Mountain, Georgia and other sites. Fee: $175; $25 discount if paid by March 1. On-site registration may be limited. Contact Martin Cipollini at (706) 290-2149 or mcipollini@berry.edu.

March 11-14...Ruston, Louisiana.
Hardwood Log, Lumber, and Tree Grading Workshop. Location: 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: $500. Contact Dr. Mark Gibson at (318) 257-4985 or mgibson@latech.edu.

March 13...Jackson County 6:30 PM.
Property Rights Meetings. Location: North Alabama Electric Cooperative, Stevenson. Alliance for Citizens Rights fears the globalization process has led to the destruction of private property rights through local "comprehensive planning", "smart growth schemes", and so-called "limited home rule". Call Don Casey at (205) 744-4132.

March 13-15...Lee County.
Austrian Scholars Conference. Location: Mises Center, Auburn. The conference “offers presentations on economics, history, philosophy, and the humanities, with lectures by leaders in the field.” Call Patricia Barnett at 1-800-636-4737 or pat@mises.org.

March 14…Bullock County 8 AM.
Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems for Wildlife Habitat and Biodiversity. Location: Wehle Nature Center. Landowners and land managers learn about managing longleaf forests for game and non-game species, understory plant communities, and unique places in longleaf forests. Fee: $10; lunch included. Pre-registration is requested. Call George L. Tabb at (334) 738-2580.

March 15...Turkey season opens in all or portions of 59 counties.

March 16...Cullman County 7 AM.
Property Rights Meetings. Location: Living Faith Baptist Church. Alliance for Citizens Rights fears the globalization process has led to the destruction of private property rights through local "comprehensive planning", "smart growth schemes", and so-called "limited home rule". Call Don Casey at (205) 744-4132.

March 18-19...Athens, Georgia.
Silviculture of Southern Pines. Location: UGA Center for Continuing Education. “Managers now routinely make decisions on site preparation, prescribed burning, fertilization, thinning, and more. This course discusses each of these treatments and their effects on pine survival and growth individually and in combination with each other.” Landowners who want to understand why foresters prescribe different silvicultural methods for their lands should attend. Fee: $365; $80 discount if paid by February 26. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or bjackson@warnell.uga.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

March 19, 2008...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. Click here for links to past conferences. 


March 18-21...Tallapoosa County.
Alabama Certified Burn Manager Certification Course. Location: Charles E. Bailey Sportsplex, Old Senior Citizens Cabin, Alexander City. There is required pre-study. There will be a pre-study test on the first day of the course. Fee: $50. “If a forest landowner has signed up for NRCS prescribed burning support and is willing to receive training to become a Certified Burn Manager the landowner may be eligible for one-time payment of $375 upon providing proof of certification.” Contact Kent Hanby at hanby@charter.net or (256) 825-8593.

March 20…Starkville, Mississippi 8 AM - 5 PM.
LandMark Systems Intro to ArcGIS for Foresters class. This course, geared toward the professional forester, will teach how to use ArcGIS for forestry applications like integrating basemaps, GPS data and cruise data to create terrific maps, and digitizing on top of aerial photos. Fee: $275. Contact Johnny Thompson at (662) 272-5344 or jthompson@landmarksystems.com.

March 20...Blount County 5 PM.
Recreational Farm Pond Management. Location: Frank Green Building, Oneonta. Speakers: Rusty Wright, Extension Fisheries Specialist, and Lewis Tapley, REA Natural Resources Sand Mountain Region. Contact Dan Porch at (205) 274-2129 or porchdw@auburn.edu.

March 21...Coosa County 5:45 PM - 8:30 PM.
Wildlife Music by Starlight. Location: Chuck Weldon Property. Dinner is provided. RSVP by March 14. Call (256) 377-4713 for more info.

March 25...Escambia County 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Managing Hog and Deer Damage: Practical techniques for reducing crop loss. Location: Perdido River Farms Office, Atmore. Fee: $20; includes lunch. Contact Mark Smith at (334) 844-8099 or mds0007@auburn.edu.

March 24-26...Kissimmee, Florida.
Southern Forestry and Natural Resources Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Conference. Location: Radisson Worldgate Resort. “Who should attend? Forest industry professionals, extension specialists, forestland owners, investors, public land managers, and anyone with an interest in the application of GIS and GIS techniques.” Fee: $295; $30 discount if paid by February 29. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or bjackson@warnell.uga.edu.

March 28...Sumrall, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 1 PM.
Pine Plantation Field Day. Location: Lambert Tree Farm. Fee: $10. Contact Carolyn Conger at (601) 765-8252 or carolync@ext.msstate.edu.

March 29...Turkey season opens in Colbert, Franklin, Madison, Winston, and parts of Lauderdale, Lawrence, and Limestone Counties.

March 30-April 6...Brazil.
Brazil Forestry Study Tour Week 1. Location: Curitiba area, Brazil. This tour “is designed to introduce forestry and investment professionals to the Brazilian forest industry and plantation operations; including forestry, harvesting, and wood products manufacturing (lumber, plywood, millwork, and panels).” Fee: $3500. Contact Mark Willhite at (503) 695-6419 or mark@worldforestinvestment.com.

> April 2008

April 2...Nationwide Teleconference 1 PM ET.
How to Build Shareholder Competence. "If you are a next generation member that is realizing ownership outright or in a trust, or an owner that wants to help your children learn about ownership, this audio conference is for you." Fee: $159. Call the Family Business Advisor at 1-800-551-0633 for more information.

April 2-3...Jefferson County.
Alabama Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting: Issues Facing Alabama Foresters. Location: Botanical Gardens. Fee: $40; $10 discount for SAF members. Spouses $20. Includes lunch on 2nd day & light breakfast. Contact Heather Wierzbicki at (334) 855-5394 or ham2@meadwestvaco.com.

April 3...Millers Ferry, Florida. 9 AM.
Tree Farm Tour. Location: Gould Tree Farm. Tour is free, but you must pre-register. Sponsored lunch is provided. Call the Washington County Extension Office at (850) 638-6180.

April 3...Tuscaloosa County 7 PM.
Property Rights Meetings. Location: Tuscaloosa County Courthouse. Alliance for Citizens Rights fears the globalization process has led to the destruction of private property rights through local "comprehensive planning", "smart growth schemes", and so-called "limited home rule". Call Don Casey at (205) 744-4132.

April 4...Perkinston, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 1 PM.
Invasive Species Workshop. Location: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Contact Billy Joe Lee at (601) 403-2280 or billyl@ext.msstate.edu.

April 5...DeKalb County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Deep Canyon Hike. Location: Little River Canyon National Preserve. The hike requires sturdy footwear, tough clothing, drinking water, lunch, snacks, stamina, and endurance. Fee: $15; pre-registration is required. Not recommended for children under 14. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

April 8...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Meeting. Location: Lloyd’s restaurant. Topic: Quail Council, how can we collectively work to achieve quail restoration? Call Frank Harris at (205) 424-1381.

April 10...Chipley, Florida 9 AM—2:30 PM CT.
Forest Stewardship Workshop: Marketing Your Forest Products. Location: Washington County Extension Office. Call the Washington County Extension Office at (850) 638-6180.

April 6-13...Brazil.
Brazil Forestry Study Tour Week 2. Location: North of Sao Paulo, Brazil. This tour “is designed to introduce forestry and investment professionals to the Brazilian forest industry and plantation operations; including forestry, harvesting, and wood products manufacturing (lumber, plywood, millwork, and panels).” Fee: $3500. Contact Mark Willhite at (503) 695-6419 or mark@worldforestinvestment.com.

April 8-11...Chicago, Illinois.
Forest Landowners National Conference: "The Value of New Markets." Location: Intercontinental Hotel. Topics: Carbon Trading and Ecosystem Services, Current Trends in Land and Wood Prices, New Market Technologies, Federal Forest Policy Action for Landowners, Hardwood Markets, and Taxation. Fee: $415. Contact Susan Johnson at 1-800-325-2954 or sjohnson@forestlandowners.com.

April 11...Mobile County 9 AM.
Property Tour. Location: Bob and Carol Pittman’s Treasure forest. Topics: Stream Branch Management and Invasive Species. Lunch will be served. Call Billy Robinson at (251) 829-6292.


AFOA ANNUAL MEETING, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM, AND TOURS

April 11 & 12, 2008...Dallas County.
Friday 12:30 PM: Tour International Paper Co. Paper Mill or Miller & Company Sawmill and Flooring Plant, Dixie Pellets Wood Fuel Plant, & Brief Stop at Arborgen Forest Nursery
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM: Forest & Wildlife Management, Timber Market Report, Oil, Gas, & Coal Update, Family Communications, BioEnergy Report, AFOA.ORG workshop. Also, Wildlife Management Tour and Intensive Forest Management Tour.

Friday tours left from Hampton Inn/Holiday Inn Express. Saturday registration and indoor meeting were at the Central Alabama Co-op Auditorium across Highway 14 from Hampton Inn.


Click here for Registration Information

Click here for a map and directions to the Central Alabama Co-op.


April 11-14...Bogart, Georgia.
Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) Certification Program: Deer Steward I. This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the key principles of deer and habitat biology, ecology, and management. Fee: $800; includes all meals, handbook, & framed course certificate. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.       Agenda         Registration

April 12...Shelby County 2 PM.
Property Rights Meeting. Location: Westover Volunteer Fire Department. Alliance for Citizens Rights fears the globalization process has led to the destruction of private property rights through local "comprehensive planning", "smart growth schemes", and so-called "limited home rule". Call Don Casey at (205) 744-4132.

April 14...Hattiesburg, Mississippi 6 - 9 PM.
Invasive Species Workshop. Location: Forrest County Extension Service Office. Contact Charles Grantham at (601) 545-6083 or forrest@ext.msstate.edu.

April 14-16...Tuscaloosa County.
Alabama Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils Annual Conference. Location: Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Tuscaloosa. Conference and tours of current projects. Fee: $250. Call Tombigbee RC&D at (205) 469-6463.

April 15...Lauderdale County 5:30 PM.
Women Forest Landowners - ”What Happens When Daddy’s Gone?” Location: Florence Hampton Inn. Call ATFA at 1-888-240-4694.

April 15...Prentiss, Mississippi 6 - 9 PM.
Invasive Species Workshop. Call Thomas Brewer at (601) 792-5121 or thomasb@ext.msstate.edu.

April 16...Morgan County 1 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association District Meeting. Location: Alabama Forestry Commission Office, Decatur. Topics: Marijuana in the woods, Downed Power Lines, Equipment Care & Maintenance, Environmental Issues & Forestry, and Loggers, Landowners, & Timber Companies Working Together. Fee: $10; dinner at 6:30 PM. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 265-8733 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

April 16-17...Gainesville, Florida.
Annual Spring Symposium: Sustaining Family Forests. Location: Paramount Hotel. The Symposium should provide ideas, tools, and information for virtually all of Florida’s forest landowners and managers and will discuss a wide spectrum of issues related to sustaining our family forests. Fee: $150. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

April16-19...Calhoun County.
Alabama Certified Burn Manager Certification Course. Location: Alabama Wildland Fire Academy, Fort McClellan, Anniston. There is required pre-study. There will be a pre-study test on the first day of the course. Fee: $50. “If a forest landowner has signed up for NRCS prescribed burning support and is willing to receive training to become a Certified Burn Manager the landowner may be eligible to ‘sign up’ to receive a one-time payment of $375 upon providing proof of certification.” Contact Kent Hanby at hanby@charter.net or (256) 825-8593.

April 17...Butler County 8:30 AM - 1 PM.
County Forestry Planning Committee’s Landowner Field Day and Tour. Topics: Pond Management, Food plot Management, Herbicide, and Quail Management. Lunch provided. Please RSVP. Call the Alabama Forestry Commission at (334) 376-9114.

April 17...Mobile County 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
Mobile County Landowners Association Meeting. Location: Jon Archer Center. Speaker: Charles N. McKnight. Call Roger McConnell at (251) 344-7842.

April 17...Columbia, Mississippi 6 - 9 PM.
Invasive Species Workshop. Contact Amanda Woods at (601) 736-8251 or amandaw@ext.msstate.edu.

April 17-19...Pulaski, Tennessee.
The Green Revolution: The Role of Paulownia in the Feedstock, Products and Energy Production Cycles. Annual Meeting of the American Paulownia Association. Call Danny Blickenstaff at (301) 790-2372.

April 18...Sumter County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Integrated Objectives for Managing Forestland. Location: University of West Alabama, Livingston. Fee: $25. Call Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

April 19-26...Statewide.
“Don’t Drop It On Alabama” Spring Cleanup. All Cleanup materials furnished by Alabama People Against a Littered State. Call Alabama PALS at (334) 263-7737.

April 21...Collins, Mississippi 6 - 9 PM.
Invasive Species Workshop. Contact Carolyn Conger at (601) 765-8252 or carolync@ext.msstate.edu.

April 21...Hohenwald, Tennessee 6 PM - 8:30 PM.
Damaged Timber Tax Workshops. Location: Commercial Building, Memorial Park. Dinner included. Pre-registration required. Call Jason Morris at (931) 796-3091.

April 21-24...Starkville, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course. Location: Mississippi State University. Forest resource managers, registered foresters, landowners, or anyone interested in prescribed burning will find this course to be a great asset. Fee: $400. Contact Patricia Brock at (662) 325-1457 pbrock@aoce.msstate.edu.

April 22...Lafayette, Tennessee 6 PM - 8:30 PM.
Damaged Timber Tax Workshops. Location: Ray Goad Building, Macon County Fairgrounds. Dinner included. Pre-registration required. Call Steve Walker at (615) 666-3341.

April 22...Talladega County 8 AM - 3 PM.
Natural Resources Enterprises. Location: Selwood Farms, Alpine. Topic: Developing Nature-based Income Opportunities for Private Landowners. Fee: $35; includes lunch. Contact Mark Smith at (334) 844-8099 or mds0007@auburn.edu.

April 22...Lake City, Florida 9 AM - 2:30 PM ET.
Forest Stewardship Workshop: Marketing Your Forest Products. Location: Columbia County Extension Office. Call the Columbia County Extension Office at (386) 752-5384.

April 24-25...Athens, Georgia.
Financial Basis for Timber Management Decisions. Location: UGA Center for Continuing Education. “This course will benefit professional foresters and land managers who must make decisions about timber management operations and who want to improve financial returns. Portions of the course may also benefit private landowners who want to take an active role in the management of their forests and who want to understand the financial trade-offs made in timber management.” Fee: $445; $80 discount if paid by April 3. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or bjackson@warnell.uga.edu.

April 26...DeKalb County 9 AM - 11 AM or 1 PM - 3 PM.
Wildflower Saturday. Location: Little River Canyon National Preserve, Beaver Pond Trail Head. Join Larry Beane, National Park Ranger, as he guides you through a memorable wildflower experience. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or fieldschool@jsu.edu.

April 28...Tuscaloosa County 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM.
2008 Energy Summit. Location: Child Development Resource Center, Tuscaloosa. The summit will be a forum to discuss Alabama's energy future. Call Sissy Hembree at (205) 254-1960.

April 28...Kosiusko, Mississippi.
Are My Pine Trees Ready to Thin? Location: Attala County Extension Service Office. Fee: $20. Contact Robert Leathers at (662) 289-5431 or robertl@ext.msstate.edu.

April 29...Memphis, Tennessee 8:30 AM.
Building with Trees. Topic: Using existing trees during the planning, building, and designing of structures. Fee: $129. Contact Kylie Watts at (402) 473-2102 or kwatts@arborday.org.

April 29...Magnolia, Mississippi 6:30 PM.
Tree Farm Program Meeting. Location: Pike County (Mississippi) Extension Office. Contact Mike Tynes at (601) 783-5321 or miket@ext.msstate.edu.

April 29...Jefferson County.
Alabama Civil Rights Commission Annual Hearings. Location: Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. “The hearing will spotlight private property rights abuse resulting from Alabama’s inequitable property protection laws and the use of ’eminent domain’ takings.” Call Don Casey at (205) 744-4132.

April 29-30...Statesboro, Georgia.
Pine Straw Production, Stand Management, & Economics. Location: Georgia Southern University. “Who Should Attend? Foresters, landowners, land managers, and pine straw contractors, realtors, and others who are interested in making effective silvicultural and economic management decisions for loblolly, longleaf, or slash pine stands for pine straw.” Fee: $445; $80 discount if paid by April 8. Lunch included on day 1. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or bjackson@warnell.uga.edu.

April 30...Statewide.
Turkey season ends.

> May 2008

May 1...Monroe County 9 AM - 2:30 PM.
Women Forest Landowner Seminar. Fee: $15. Call Robin Thames at (251) 743-2587x3.

May 2-3...Shelby County.
Medicinal Plant Conference. Location: North Shelby Library. This conference will help landowners increase income by growing high value understory crops. Fee: $75; lunch included both days with dinner catered on Friday night. Contact Fred Kapp at (205) 862-2588 or info@agitc.org.

May 3...Jefferson County 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM.
Recreational/Ornamental Pond Management Workshop. Location: Aldridge Gardens, Hoover. Inside presentation and outside lecture and demonstration on pond and lake maintenance. Demonstration of pond tools along with an electric shockboat to check fish numbers. Fee: $5.Call David Hubbard at (205) 879-6964 or hubbadh@aces.edu.

May 3...DeKalb County 8:30 AM (multiple hikes throughout the day)
16th Annual Wildflower Saturday. Location: DeSoto State Park Nature Center. There are few places lovelier than Lookout Mountain’s DeSoto State Park in May. Join them for a wildflower breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or fieldschool@jsu.edu.

May 3...Bullock County 9 AM - 5 PM.
Spring Outdoor Festival. Location: Wehle Land Conservation Center, Midway. Demonstrations on butterflies, pine needle basket making, raptors, bats, and more. Call Jo Lewis at (334) 242-3051 or jo.lewis@dcnr.alabama.gov.

May 4...Jefferson County 1 PM.
Canoe Trip: Cahaba River. Location: Grants Mill to River Run. 7.5 mile easy paddle without classified rapids. Expect to see many wildflowers. Call David Freeman at (205) 655-9172.

May 5-6…Autauga County.
Alabama Agribusiness Council Annual Meeting. Location: Marriott Capitol Hill, Prattville. Fee: $125. Call Leigha Cauthen at (334) 215-4442.

May 6...St. Augustine, Florida 9 AM - 11 AM ET.
Carbon Credit Workshop. Location: St. Johns Wind Mitigation Building. “In addition to traditional agricultural and forest products, landowners may now potentially realize income from the sale of carbon credits. But what does it mean? Is it a good deal? And does it truly provide an opportunity to generate additional income? This workshop will help landowners, foresters, farmers and others gain a better understanding of the carbon market, how it works, and if they might benefit from carbon credits.” Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

May 5-9...Baldwin County.
Wetland Identification & Delineation Training Course. Fee: $1050. Call Gena Todia at (251) 928-6157.

May 6-7...Calhoun County.
Wilderness First Aid Workshop. Location: Jacksonville State University. Fee: $125. Contact Dr. Jimmy Griffin at (256) 782-5519 or jgriffin@jsu.edu.

May 8...Sumter County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Days. Location: Livingston. Contact Mandee Carrier at (205) 652-7521 or mandee.carrier@al.nacdnet.net.

May 9...Winston County 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Landowner Workshop. Location: Brushy Lake Recreation Area, Bankhead National Forest. Topic: Managing Forests for Wild Turkey. Fee: $20. Contact Joe Koloski at (601) 454-4455 or jkoloskinwtf@yahoo.com.

May 9, 10, 11...Mobile County.
Alabama Log Home & Country Living Expo. Location: Mobile Convention Center. Call 1-888-451-2070 for more information.

May 10...Marshall County 5:30 PM.
Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) Wild Game Cook Off. Location: Civitan Park, Guntersville. Sample some of the best wild game in Alabama. Fee: $40. Call the AWF at 1-800-822-9453.

May 12...Athens, Georgia 8 AM - 5 PM.
Forestry for Non-Foresters: Part I. Location: Georgia Center for Continuing Education. “Who will benefit? Anyone with an interest in forestry and forest management is invited to participate. The course will be especially useful for landowners and those who work with foresters and the forest industry.” Fee: $225; $30 discount if paid by April 21. Lunch is provided. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or bjackson@warnell.uga.edu.

May 12...Oxford, Mississippi 8:45 AM - 3 PM.
Timber Tax for Foresters and Landowners. Location: Lafayette County Extension Office. Fee: $35. Contact John Ruscoe at (662) 234-4451 or lafayett@ext.msstate.edu.

May 12...Jackson, Tennessee 6 PM - 8:30 PM.
Damaged Timber Tax Workshops. Location: UT Research and Education Center. Dinner included. Pre-registration required. Call Bill Wyatt at (731) 668-8543.

May 13…Shelby County 8:45 AM - 4:45 PM.
Alabama Invasive Plant Council. Location: Alabama 4-H Center, near Columbiana. Fee: $35; includes lunch and membership in the council. Call Curtis Hansen at (334) 844-1630 hansecj@auburn.edu.

May 13...Nationwide Audio Conference Noon CT.
Why Your Family Business Needs a Family Council presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159. To register call 1-800-551-0633.

May 13...DeKalb County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Days. Location: Fort Payne. Contact Chip Blanton at (256) 845-7787 or cblanton@ftpayk12.org.

May 13-14...Athens, Georgia.
Forestry for Non-Foresters: Part II. Location: Georgia Center for Continuing Education. “Who will benefit? Anyone with an interest in forestry and forest management is invited to participate. The course will be especially useful for landowners and those who work with foresters and the forest industry.” Fee: $445; $80 discount if paid by April 21. Lunch provided both days. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or bjackson@warnell.uga.edu.

May 13-16...Wilcox County.
Alabama Certified Burn Manager Certification Course. Location: Coastal Plain Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Experiment Station. There is required pre-study. There will be a pre-study test on the first day of the course. Fee: $50. “If a forest landowner has signed up for NRCS prescribed burning support and is willing to receive training to become a Certified Burn Manager the landowner may be eligible to ‘sign up’ to receive a one-time payment of $375 upon providing proof of certification.” Contact Kent Hanby at hanby@charter.net or (256) 825-8593.

May 15...Conecuh County 9 AM - 2:30 PM.
Women Forest Landowner Seminar. Location: The cabin of Mrs. Carol Ryals. Fee: $15. Call Bridget Cain at (251) 578-1020x3.

May 15...Hawthorne, Florida 10 AM - 2 PM ET.
Prescribed Fire as a Forest Management Tool. Location: Camp Shands Boy Scounts Facility, Hawthorne. Lunch provided. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

May 16...Dekalb, Mississippi 8:45 AM - 3 PM.
Timber Tax for Foresters and Landowners. Fee: $35. Call Ruby Rankin at (601) 743-2837 or kemper@ext.msstate.edu.

May 16-19...Starkville, Mississippi.
Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) Certification Program: Deer Steward I. This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the key principles of deer and habitat biology, ecology, and management. Fee: $800; includes all meals, handbook, & framed course certificate. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.       Agenda         Registration

May 17...DeKalb County 10 AM—12 PM.
Children’s Edible & Interesting Plants Workshop. Location: DeSoto State Park Nature Center. Is that poisonous? Is that edible? Children are naturally curious and being taught the basics of botany at an early age can be a good lesson. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or fieldschool@jsu.edu.

May 17...Henning, Tennessee 7 AM - 1 PM.
Healthy Hardwood Field Day. Location: Fort Pillow State Forest. Topic: Forest Management of Nongame Wildlife. Contact David Mercker at (865) 974-7252 or dcmercker@utk.edu.

May 17-31...St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.
UGA Study Abroad: Agroforestry in the Caribbean. If you know any undergraduate students interested in interdisciplinary study of agroforestry and sustainable agriculture, please pass along this information and encourage them to take part in this opportunity. “Provosts at the twelve member schools of the Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that allows students to attend each others’ study abroad programs at in-state tuition rates.” Fee: Program fee is $1500. Approximate cost for the course will be $2000, depending on the airfare. Contact Sarah Workman at (706) 542-9737 or sworkman@uga.edu.

May 20...Lake City, Florida 5:30 PM - 8:45 PM.
A Managed Forest Is a Healthy Forest Workshop. Location: Columbia County Extension Office. Contact Stan Shepard at (386) 758-5713 or shepars@doacs.state.fl.us.

May 20...Live Oak, Florida 6:30 PM.
Florida Farm Bureau: New Carbon Market Opportunities. Location: Suwannee County Farm Bureau Office. The seminar will describe how landowners with qualified projects can sign up their carbon credits. Two other locations & dates for this seminar: Gainesville, FL, May 19, and Green Cove Springs, FL, May 20. Call Andrew Walmsley at (352) 378-8100x1108.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 21, 2008...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference featured state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more. Click here for links to past conferences. 


May 21...Starkville, Mississippi.
Intro to SiMS 2006 Training class. “An introductory course designed for foresters who make management decisions for clients, landowners who are involved with the management of their land, real estate appraisers who project volumes and value to appraise timber and timberland, or any person who uses SiMS_2006 software to evaluate different management regimes for stands of Southern Pines with and without cultural treatments.” Fee $395. Call Johnny Thompson at (662) 272-5344 or jthompson@landmarksystems.com.

May 25-30...Elmia, Sweden.
Biomass Operations Tour and Elmia World Bioenergy Conference. Fee: $2495; does not include trans-Atlantic airfare. Registration deadline is April 28. Contact Tommy Tye at (706) 542-5079 or rtye@warnell.uga.edu.

May 27-29...Sewanee, Tennessee.
Conservation Forestry Workshop on the Southern Cumberland Plateau. Location: University of the South. Fee: $175; includes most meals. Contact Sally Schuiling at (212) 290-8200x311 or sschuiling@osiny.org.

May 28-29...Tifton, Georgia.
Forest Soils, Stand Management, & Management Decisions. Location: UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. “This course is designed for foresters, land managers, realtors, forest landowners, others interested in forest soils and their relationship in major forest management decisions(species selection, site prep techniques, fertilization, and competition control).” Fee: $445; $80 discount if paid by May 7. Lunch provided both days. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or bjackson@warnell.uga.edu.

May 29...Pike County 7:30 AM - 5 PM.
Emerging Technologies In Forestry: Forest Inventory. Fee: $150. Call Haglof, Inc. at (601) 856-5119.

May 29...Jackson, Mississippi 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals II Short Course. Location: Hinds County Extension Office. Fee: $35/person or $45/couple. Contact Theresa Hand at (601) 372-1424 or hinds@ext.msstate.edu.

May 29...Bristol, Florida 9 AM - 4 PM ET.
Silviculture Best Management Practices. Location: Liberty County Extension Center. Call Roy Lima at (850) 414-9934.

May 29...Lorman, Mississippi 6 PM - 9 PM.
Using Trail Cameras in Wildlife Management Workshop. Location: Ray Johnson Assembly Center, Alcorn State Extension Complex. Contact Thelma Barnes at (601) 786-3131 or jefferso@ext.msstate.edu.

May 30...Monroe County 7:30 AM - 5 PM.
Emerging Technologies In Forestry: Forest Inventory. Fee: $150. Call Haglof, Inc. at (601) 856-5119.

May 31...Escambia County 9 AM - 2:30 PM.
Women Forest Landowner Seminar. Fee: $15. Call Chasity Pettis at (251) 867-3185x3.

May 31...Chattanooga, Tennessee 7 AM - 1 PM.
Healthy Hardwood Field Day. Location: Prentice Cooper State Forest. Topic: Forest Management of Nongame Wildlife. Contact David Mercker at (865) 974-7252 or dcmercker@utk.edu.

> June 2008

Through June 2...Montgomery County.
Outdoor Alabama Photo Exhibit. Location: Montgomery’s Visitor’s Center. Winners of the 2008 contest contains photos of Alabama’s flora, fauna, and natural beauty. Contact Kim Nix at (334) 242-3157 or kim.nix@dcnr.alabama.gov.

June 5…Starkville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Woody Biomass: Fueling the Future. Location: Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show Site. Fee: $115; $5 discount if paid by May 29. Contact Liam Leightley at (662) 325-4444 or lleightley@cfr.msstate.edu.

June 6-7...Starkville, Mississippi.
Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show. Location: John W. Starr Memorial Forest just south of Starkville alongside state highway 25. Fee: $15. Directions. Contact Charles Burkhardt at (662) 325-2191 or msfes@cfr.msstate.edu.

June 9...Verona, Mississippi 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Forest Taxation and Estate Planning Basics Workshop. Location: North Mississippi Research and Extension Center. Fee: $35; $20 discount for couples. Contact Sherry Smith at (662) 841-9000 or lee@ext.msstate.edu.

June 9-12...Baldwin County.
Wetland Identification & Delineation Training Course. Fee: $850. Call Gena Todia at (251) 928-6157.

June 10...Baton Rouge, Louisiana 7:45 AM - 1:30 PM.
Prescribed Burn Manager Certification. Location: School of Renewable Natural Resources, LSU. There are several prerequisites for this workshop. All participants must register. Contact Charles L. Schilling at cshilli@lsu.edu.

June 10...Quitman, Mississippi 6 PM - 9 PM.
Invasive Species Workshop. Location: Clarke County Extension Service Office. Contact Roy Higdon at (601) 776-3951 or royh@ext.msstate.edu.

June 11...Corinth, Mississippi 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Forest Taxation and Estate Planning Basics Workshop. Location: Alcorn County Extension Service Office. Fee: $35; $20 discount for couples. Contact Patrick Poindexter at (662) 286-7755 or alcorn@ext.msstate.edu.

June 11...Quincy, Florida 8:30 AM - 3 PM ET.
Integrated Forest Vegetation Management. Location: North Florida Research and Education Center. Workshop will cover the use of fire, herbicides, and machinery to manage forest vegetation for the benefit of catastrophic fire mitigation and forest health. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

June 11...Colbert County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Days (For Kids). Location: Muscle Shoals. Contact Billy Frost at (256) 383-4323 or billy.frost@al.nacdnet.net.

June 11-13...Lee County.
Alabama Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Meeting. Location: Ham Wilson Arena, Auburn. 1, 2, or 3 day registrations with continuing education topics, including a field trip on the 12th. Call Earl Norton at (334) 728-4107 or visit www.alchapterswcs.aces.edu.

June 12...Oxford, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 3:45 PM.
Analyzing Your Forestry Investments Short Course. Location: Lafayette County Extension Service Office. Fee: $35. Call Jon Ruscoe at (662) 234-4451 or lafayette@ext.msstate.edu.

June 12...Ohio County, Kentucky 9 AM - 4 PM.
Woodland Owners Short Course: Woodland Management. Location: Scott Young Tree Farm. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Contact UK Forestry Extension at (859) 257-7597 or forestry.ext@uky.edu.

June 13-16...Bogart, Georgia.
Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) Certification Program: Deer Steward II. This course will teach students how to apply the principles learned in level one through hands-on and field experience. Fee: $800; includes all meals, handbook, & framed course certificate. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

June 14...Calhoun County 8 AM.
Canoe Trip on Terrapin Creek. Come enjoy a relaxing canoe trip with no classified rapids. Rentals available at the Terrapin Outdoor Center. Reservations for the trip are required. Call Raymond Odom at (205) 529-4780.

June 14…Clarke County.
Women Forest Landowners meeting. Location: Louisiana Pacific Plant, Thomasville. Must wear closed toe shoes and no skirts. Fee: $15; lunch included. Call Renee at (251) 246-4051.

June 14...Cleburne County.
Junior Fishing Derby. Location: Coleman Lake Recreation Area. This event includes a catfishing competition and fishing etiquette workshop. Fee: Free for kids 16 and under. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or fieldschool@jsu.edu.

June 17...Ruston, Louisiana 7:45 AM - 1:30 PM.
Prescribed Burn Manager Certification. Location: Lomax Hall, South Campus, La Tech University. There are several prerequisites for this workshop. All participants must register. Contact Charles L. Schilling at cshilli@lsu.edu.

June 17...Multiple Locations 1 PM - 5 PM ET.
Forest Stewardship Polycom Videoconference: Survive the Changes - Greenbelt Update and New Market Opportunities for Landowners. Florida locations:

DeFuniak Springs
Gainesville
Jacksonville
Madison
Marianna
Milton
Quincy

A small refreshment fee may be collected at each individual location. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.
 

June 17...Nacogdoches, Texas 6 PM - 9 PM.
Maximizing Value with Varietal Forestry and Intensive Management. Location: Fredonia Hotel. Fee: $85. Call Susan Johnson at 1-800-325-2954 or sjohnson@forestlandowners.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

June 18, 2008...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference featured state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more. Click here for links to past conferences. 


June 19...Jackson, Tennessee 5 PM.
That Certification Dance: Considerations for Expanding Certified Tree Farms in Tennessee at Catfish Cabin. West Tennessee Regional Meeting of the Tennessee Forestry Association. Speaker: Dr. David Mercker. Fee: $15. RSVP to Dana Howard at dhoward@tnforestry.com or (615) 883-3832.

June 22-27...Knoxville, Tennessee.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop. Location: University of Tennessee. This workshop, for teachers, explores economic links between natural resource management and stewardship. Learn to identify trees and determine their age. Distinguish soil types and examine the aquatic life in a stream. Fee: $25 for teachers. Lodging, meals, and transportation during the class are provided. Call the Tennessee Forestry Association at (615) 883-3832.

June 24-26...Tuscaloosa County.
Alabama Forestry Foundation Teacher’s Conservation Workshop. Location: North River Yacht Club. The workshop “will offer extensive field trips to a paper mill, a sawmill, a logging site, a tree farm, and many other places where teachers will be able to learn about modern forest management and see first hand how the products they use daily are manufactured.” Fee: $35 for registration. Please pass the word on to teachers that may be interested or consider sponsoring one of the teachers already registered. Contact Kathy Clements at (334) 481-2100 or kclements@alaforestry.org.

June 25...Nationwide Teleconference Noon CT.
Making Wealth a Positive Tool for You and Your Family presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159. To register call 1-800-551-0633.

June 26...Bibb County 6:30 PM.
Bibb County ATFA Chapter Meeting. Location: Sawmill Restaurant, Brent. Call Romaleta James at (205) 926-7782.

June 26 & 27...Magnolia, Arkansas.
Forestry Taxation and Estate Planning Workshop. Location: Reynolds Center at Southern Arkansas University. Forestry Taxation is on the 26 and Estate Planning is on the 27. Fee: $175/day or $250 for both days. Lunch included. Contact Colleen Morphew at (870) 234-0200x4 or colleen@reynoldsforestry.com.

June 28...Magnolia, Arkansas 7:30 AM - 6 PM.
Magnolia Landowners Conference. Topics: Taxation, Bio-fuels, Reforestation, Wildlife Management, Carbon Credits Market, and many others. Location: Southern Arkansas University. Fee: $50. Contact Colleen Morphew at (870) 234-0200x4 or colleen@reynoldsforestry.com.

June 28...DeKalb County 12 Noon - 2 PM.
Herpetology Hike: Searching for Reptiles & Amphibians. Location: DeSoto State Park Nature Center. A fun adventure hike beside and in Little River looking for creepy crawly creatures. No fee. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or fieldschool@jsu.edu.

> July 2008

July 7...Brookhaven, Mississippi 9 AM - Noon.
Firewise. Location: Lincoln County Multi-Purpose Facility. Pre-register please. Call Greg Brinson at (601) 833-9321.

July 7-8...Athens, Georgia.
GPS for Beginners. Location: Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Learn the basics of the Global Positioning System (GPS). Fee: $445; $80 discount if paid by June 16. Lunch and refreshment breaks included. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or bjackson@warnell.uga.edu.

Cancelled July 9...Ruston, Louisiana 8 AM - 4 PM.
Practical Wood Identification. Location: Forestry Laboratory Building, Rm. 110, Louisiana Tech University. “The goal of this workshop is to familiarize participants of the proper procedure to correctly identify an unknown wood species. Individuals with little or no previous experience at wood identification are encouraged to attend.” Fee: $100; lunch on your own. Call Todd Shupe at (225) 578-6432 or tshupe@agcenter.lsu.edu.

July 9-10...Athens, Georgia.
Intro to ArcGIS. Location: Georgia Center for Continuing Education. This course is more for the natural resource management professionals or realtors who have taken a basic GIS course. Fee: $445; $80 discount if paid by June 16. Lunch and refreshment breaks included. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or bjackson@warnell.uga.edu.

July 10...Rockcastle County, Kentucky 9 AM - 4 PM.
Woodland Owners Short Course: Woodland Management. Location: Bob Fields Tree Farm. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Contact UK Forestry Extension at (859) 257-7597 or forestry.ext@uky.edu.

July 13-15...Amelia Island, Florida.
Georgia Forestry Association Annual Meeting. Location: Amelia Island Plantation Inn & Conference Center. Fee: $540; $100 discount if paid by June 12. Call GFA at (706) 845-9085.

July 13-18...Pickwick Dam, Tennessee.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop. Location: Pickwick Landing State Park. This workshop, for teachers, explores economic links between natural resource management and stewardship. Learn to identify trees and determine their age. Distinguish soil types and examine the aquatic life in a stream. Fee: $25 for teachers. Lodging, meals, and transportation during the class are provided. Call the Tennessee Forestry Association at (615) 883-3832.

July 14-17...Lee County.
Alabama Forestry Foundation Teacher’s Conservation Workshop. Location: Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Building. The workshop “will offer extensive field trips to a paper mill, a sawmill, a logging site, a tree farm, and many other places where teachers will be able to learn about modern forest management and see first hand how the products they use daily are manufactured.” Fee: $35 for registration. Please pass the word on to teachers that may be interested or consider sponsoring one of the teachers already registered. Contact Kathy Clements at (334) 481-2100 or kclements@alaforestry.org.

July 15...Statewide
Primary Runoff Election.
Democrats will have a few county run-offs while Republicans will hold primary run-offs to decide two statewide races and two congressional races.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

July 16, 2008...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference featured state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more. Click here for links to past conferences. 


July 16...Madison County 10 AM.
Tennessee Basin Clean Water Partnership Meeting. Location: USDAS/NRCS field office, Huntsville. This meeting will focus on forestry and logging issues in the Tennessee Valley. Topics: Use of BMPs' (Best Management Practice) pertaining to clean water, Proper replanting, Road construction, and others. The meeting will discuss how to incorporate these issues into a timber contract. Contact Jay Grantland at (256) 773-8495 or jay.grantland@amrvrcd.

July 17...Scott County, Kentucky 9 AM - 4 PM.
Woodland Owners Short Course: Woodland Management. Location: Mary and George Dunn Farm. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Contact UK Forestry Extension at (859) 257-7597 or forestry.ext@uky.edu.

July 17...Mobile County 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
Mobile County Landowners Association Meeting. Call Roger McConnell at (251) 344-7842.

July 19...Tuscaloosa County 6 AM - 2 PM.
“Open Woods Days” on Forever Wild’s Sipsey River Swamp Recreation Area and Nature Preserve. The tract consists of over 3000 acres of beautiful bottomland forest along the Sipsey River. The public may drive in to allow easier access to: canoeing, birding, fishing, picnicking, and wildlife photography. Future days: Aug 16, Sep 13, Oct 4, and Nov 8. Call Chris Smith (334) 242-3409.

July 22-23...Athens, Georgia.
Managing Existing Pine Stands for Investment Returns. Location: Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Landowners will leave with a good understanding of how stand value development can be accelerated or decelerated depending on decisions made throughout the life of a stand. Fee: $365; $80 discount if paid by July 1. Lunch and refreshment breaks included. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or bjackson@warnell.uga.edu.

July 22-25...Charleston, South Carolina.
IEG40 2008 Conference - The Science and Business of Varietal Forestry.
Location: Doubletree Hotel. Attendees will hear about advances in varietal testing, nursery practices, wood quality improvements, growth rate enhancement, and other aspects of varietal forestry science. The workshop will also offer attendees an all day field tour to varietal stands and trials. Fee: $425; $50 discount if paid by February 15. Call 1-866-388-9699 with any questions.

July 23-25...Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Lumber Drying Workshop. Location: LSU AgCenter. This workshop will thoroughly cover the lumber drying process from start to finish of hardwood and softwood lumber. Fee: $325; $25 discount if paid by July 16. Contact Todd Shupe at (225) 578-6432 or tshupe@agcenter.lsu.edu.

July 24...Ellisville, Mississippi 7:30 AM - 2 PM.
Forest Technology Seminar. Location: Jones County Junior College. This class is an overview of how to use the latest cruising tools, GPS, GIS, aerial photos, topos, and inventory, growth, and yield software to help you be a more productive consultant or landowner. Fee: $75. Call Brian Mitchell at (601) 408-8105.

July 24-27...Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Quality Deer Management Association’s National Convention. Location: Chattanooga Convention Center. Fee: $240. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

July 26...Butler County 1 PM - 5:30 PM.
Hunting Lease and Fee-fishing Seminar. Location: Greenville-Butler County Public Library. Speakers: Patrick Cook, REA, ACES; Mark Smith, Specialist, ACES; Rusty Wright, Specialist, ACES; Hayes Brown, Attorney, Monroe, Trippe, Brown & Adair, LLP. Fee: $5. Registration deadline July 23. Contact Patrick Cook at (334) 361-7273 or mpc0005@aces.edu.


This meeting was rescheduled from July 23, 2008, due to a power outage. Highlighted lines below have been updated as of 7/28/08 at 7:04 PM CT.

AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

JULY 29, 2008...Nationwide Webinar 3:00 PM Central Time.
TOPIC: GIS Software as a Service.
DEMONSTRATION LEADER: Martin Copping, Vice President of Operations, Geo-Visus, Inc.
Martin will demonstrate use of high-end ESRI GIS mapping software that is available online through your web browser.

GEO-VISUS Inc. invites the Alabama Forest Owners’ Association Inc. to their SOFTWARE AS SERVICES SERIES of webcasts.
Our next webcast will highlight our GISLite©™ Hosted GIS Solution. Our aim is to highlight ways in which members of an organization like the Alabama Forest Owners’ Association Inc. can benefit from and take full advantage of this solution.

Please join our webcast by clicking on the link below, at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time:

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/join/650453482

For audio (Voice), join our Conference Call by dialing, (419) 400-0288, and enter access code: 650-453-482.

The Meeting ID for this webcast is, 650-453-482.


If there are any questions or if you need technical assistance, please feel free to call Geo-Visus at 1-888-724-4447 x 401.


July 30...Trenton, Florida 9:30 AM - 3 PM ET.
Gopher Tortoise Management and Becoming a Recipient Site. Location: Trenton Community Center. Learn about alternative income potential from your forestland. Lunch provided. Contact Greg Marshall at (352) 463-3138 or marshag@doacs.state.fl.us.

> August 2008

August 2...Winston County 8 AM.
Dayhike and Creekwade. Location: Collier Creek, Bankhead National Forest. Bring a towel, picnic lunch, and drinking water. Wear old shorts or swimsuit and sturdy footwear that you don't mind getting wet and dirty. Call Dan Frederick at (205) 631-4680 or seoutings@bellsouth.net.

August 4...Montgomery County 10:30 AM - 12 Noon.
Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Energy. Location: Alabama State House, Montgomery. Must RSVP to attend. Contact Kristen Stillwell at (334) 395-0123 or repgregwren@aol.com.

August 3-7...Columbia, Missouri.
Walnut Council Annual Meeting. Location: Holiday Inn Select. Fee: $160; $20 discount if paid by July 3. Contact Liz Jackson at (765) 583-3501 or jackson@purdue.edu.

August 7...Johnson County, Kentucky 9 AM - 4 PM.
Woodland Owners Short Course: Wildlife Management. Location: Paintsville Lake Wildlife Management Area. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Contact UK Forestry Extension at (859) 257-7597 or forestry.ext@uky.edu.

August 7...Morgan County 7 PM.
Morgan/Limestone County ATFA Chapter Meeting. Location: Morgan County Forestry Building. Topic: Wildlife Habitat with Ron Eakes, State Biologist. Call Kenny Baskins at (256) 221-6585.

August 7-9...Pickens County.
Advanced Deer Management School. Location: Westervelt Lodge, Aliceville. The evening of the 7th includes sporting clay shoot and supper. Fee: $2,500 includes lodging, meals, sporting clay shoot, presentation/management materials, and one-on-one consultation regarding your personal property, and a customized habitat management plan for your property. Course limited to the first 10 registrants. Contact Ryan Basinger at (334) 289-4700 or rbasinger@westervelt.com.

August 9...Autauga County 9 AM - 5 PM.
Advanced Deer Management I: What you should know about deer management. Location: Bass Pro Shops, Prattville. Fee: $55; $5 discount if paid by August 1. Lunch on your own. Call Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

August 9...Elmore County 6 PM.
Alabama Wildlife Federation Wild Game Cook-off State Finals. Location: Alabama Nature Center, Millbrook. Sample some of the best wild game in Alabama. Fee: $35; $50/couple. Call AWF at 1-800-822-9453.

August 11-12...Robinsonville, Mississippi.
Forest Roads in the Piedmont. Location: Sam’s Town Tunica. “This course will teach you how to plan, design, locate, construct, stabilize, use, maintain, and close forest roads.” Fee: $445; $80 discount if paid by July 23. Lunch provided. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or bjackson@warnell.uga.edu.

August 12-13...Jefferson County.
Take Pride Statewide Conference. Location: Samford University. Workshops focus on litter prevention education and related environmental issues. Fee: $125. Continental breakfast and lunch included. Contact Auntie Litter, Inc. at (205) 879-3009 or info@auntielitter.org.

August 12-13...Starkville, Mississippi.
Forest Herbicide Workshop. Location: Tully Auditorium, Mississippi State University. Topics: Safety, Site Prep, Release, Mid-Rotation Treatments, Invasive Species, and Hardwoods. Fee: $135. Call Andy Ezell at (662) 325-1688.

August 13-14...Robinsonville, Mississippi.
Making Money Growing Southern Pines. Location: Sam’s Town Tunica. “Who Should Attend?...Landowners who want to obtain information on what is possible on their properties and estimates of reasonable rates of return for different management options.” Fee: $445; $80 discount if paid by July 23. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or bjackson@warnell.uga.edu.

August 14...Nationwide Teleconference Noon CT.
Family Meetings: Building Dynamics for Success presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159. To register call 1-800-551-0633.

August 1, 8, 15...Peru, South America.
Amazon Voyage. Travel the upper Amazon Basin on a Riverboat for a week exploring one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world with expert naturalist guides. Departure dates are throughout the year, however, you can save $500 during the month of August. Fee: $2568 - $3168 plus Airfare. Contact International Expeditions at 1-800-633-4734 or nature@ietravel.com.

August 16...Wildersville, Tennessee.
Forest Management for Nongame Wildlife. Location: Natchez Trace State Forest. Contact David Mercker at (865) 974-7252 or dcmercker@utk.edu.

August 19-21...Walker County.
Wildlife School for Landowners. Location: Bear Branch Lodge, Townley. Workshop for landowners wanting to learn about effective wildlife habitat and population management. Several speakers from various state agencies. Fee: $150; lodging not included in this price. Number of beds at the lodge is limited. Call Cheryl Hall at (256) 835-7821x3.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

August 20, 2008...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference featured state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more. Click here for links to past conferences. 


August 21...Adair County, Kentucky 9 AM - 4 PM.
Woodland Owners Short Course: Wildlife Management. Location: Green River Wildlife Management Area. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Contact UK Forestry Extension at (859) 257-7597 or forestry.ext@uky.edu.

August 21...Coffee County 5:30 PM.
Forest Landowners Meeting. Location: Enterprise Civic Center. Speakers: Dr. David Bransby, Energy Crops and Bioenergy, Auburn University and Mr. Richard Koger, President, Alabama River Woodlands. Call the Coffee County NRCS office at (334)894-5581x3.

August 22...Pike County.
Women Forest Landowners meeting. Location: First Baptist Church, Troy. Call Claire at (334) 566-1213.

August 23...Livingston, Tennessee.
Forest Management for Nongame Wildlife. Location: Standing Stone State Forest. Contact David Mercker at (865) 974-7252 or dcmercker@utk.edu.

August 23...Pensacola, Florida  8 AM to 4:30 PM
Wildlife Expo 2008 at the University of Florida & Pensacola Junior College Milton Campus. Topics: Food plot preparation, Keeping deer on your property - legally, Fishing impoundments, and more. Contact Robin Vickers at (850) 983-5216 x 113 or rvickers@ufl.edu.

August 23...Autauga County 1 PM - 5:30 PM.
Pond Management Seminar. Location: Bass Pro Shops, Prattville. Fee: $5. Contact Patrick Cook at (334) 361-7273 or mpc0005@aces.edu.

August 26-27...Athens, Georgia.
Wildlife Management. This course will focus on the principles and applications of wildlife-habitat management techniques for three primary game species: white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and bobwhite quail. Fee: $445. Lunch provided. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or bjackson@warnell.uga.edu.

August 28...Cullman County 8 AM to 4 PM.
Dove Field Management—For Recreation and Farm Income Diversification at North Alabama Horticulture Research Center. Dove ecology, field planning, harvest management, laws governing dove fields, liability issues, and field tour. Lunch provided, Pre-registration required. Contact Mark Smith at (334) 844-8099 or mds0007@auburn.edu or Stuart Goldsby at (256) 737-8732 or stuart.goldsby@dcnr.al.gov.

August 28...Graves County, Kentucky 9 AM - 4 PM.
Woodland Owners Short Course: Wildlife Management. Location: Kaler Bottoms Wildlife Management Area. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Contact UK Forestry Extension at (859) 257-7597 or forestry.ext@uky.edu.

August 28...Covington County 10 AM.
Conecuh-Sepulga Clean Water Parnership Meeting. Location: Power South building, Andalusia. Marlon Cook, Geological Survey of Alabama will give a presentation on the findings of the basin wide water monitoring project. Contact Janet Wofford at (334) 222-3271 or janetwofford@andycable.com.

August 29...Statewide 7 PM.
Aliens Among Us. Location: Alabama Public Television. Tim Lennox explores invasive plants and animals in Alabama. To see the broadcast at your leisure online, go to: http://www.aptv.org/VideoRoom/viewprogram.asp?FileID=1085.

> September 2008

September 3...Chilton County 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Alabama Certified Burn Manager Continuing Education Workshop. Location: Alabama Power Company Conference Center, Clanton. Contact Kent Hanby at hanby@charter.net or (256) 825-8593.

September 3-4...Panama City Beach, Florida.
Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting. Location: Marriott Bay Point Golf & Spa Resort. Wednesday Landowner Session topics: Forest Feedstocks/Farm Bill Benefits, Carbon Credits and Markets, and Wetlands Mitigation/Land Acquisition. Fee: $385. Ask about the Landowner Day fee ($105). Contact Debbie Bryant at (850) 222-5646 or debbie@forestfla.org.

September 3-5...Baldwin County.
2008 Alabama Water Resources Conference. Location: Perdido Beach Resort. The conference will provide a forum for discussion regarding the many aspects of water use, management, and conservation issues. Fee: $250; $50 discount if paid by August 25. Click here for registration. Contact Kay Stone at (334) 844-4132 or stonemk@auburn.edu.

September 4...Rowan County, Kentucky 9 AM - 4 PM.
Woodland Owners Short Course: Wood Industry and Your Woodland. Location: Rowan County Extension Office. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Contact UK Forestry Extension at (859) 257-7597 or forestry.ext@uky.edu.

September 4...Houston County 6:30 PM.
White-Tailed Deer Management Meeting. Location: Houston County Farm Center. Topics: The basic principles behind planning for and planting food plots and principles that drive quality management on a given piece of property. Call Houston County Extension Office at (334) 794-4108.

September 6...Baldwin County 1 PM - 5 PM.
Forest Technology Seminar. Location: Perdido Beach Resort. This class is an overview of how to use the latest cruising tools, GPS, GIS, aerial photos, topos, and inventory, growth, and yield software to help you be a more productive consultant or landowner. Fee: $45. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 265-8733 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

September 7-9...Baldwin County.
Alabama Forestry Association Annual Meeting at Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach. Fee: $425. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 265-8733 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

September 8-10...Portland, Oregon.
Who Will Own the Forest? - A World Forest Institute Conference. Topics: Various viewpoints on the forestland investment opportunities, risks, appraisal issues, emerging markets, and conservation values. Fee: $750; $100 discount if paid by August 8. Contact Sara Wu at (503) 488-2130 or swu@worldforestry.org.

September 9...Hale County.
Property Tax Referendum. Vote on a 15 mill property tax referendum. 15 mills is equivalent to $150 on $100,000 of forestland; twice that on vacant lots or commercial property. The last day to register to vote is August 29. Questions? Call Buddy Hall at (334) 624-3829.

September 9...Satellite Downlink 6 PM - 9 PM CT. Locations to be determined.
Master Tree Farmer Mini Series (1 of 3): Risk and Risk Management. Topics: An Introduction to Managing Risk in Your Forest; Understanding and Managing Natural Disasters & Changing Climate. Fee: $60 for the course. For downlink locations in your state:
Alabama Coordinator:  Becky Barlow   (334) 844-1019   becky.barlow@auburn.edu
Florida Coordinator: Chris Demers   (352) 846-2375   cdemers@ufl.edu

Mississippi Coordinator: Deborah Gaddis: (662) 325-8002 or dgaddis@ext.msstate.edu

September 9-10...Athens, Georgia.
A Comparison of Forest Inventory Methods. Location: Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Instructors: Drs. Barry Shiver and Bruce Borders. This course is geared toward the professional forester and realtor who wish to conduct more accurate inventories. Fee: $445; $80 discount if paid by August 19. Includes lunch, refreshments, and materials. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or bjackson@warnell.uga.edu.

September 10...Covington County 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Alabama Certified Burn Manager Continuing Education Workshop. Location: LBW Community College Conference Room, Andalusia. Contact Kent Hanby at hanby@charter.net or (256) 825-8593.

September 11...Hopkins County, Kentucky 9 AM - 4 PM.
Woodland Owners Short Course: Wood Industry and Your Woodland. Location: Hopkins County Extension Office. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Contact UK Forestry Extension at (859) 257-7597 or forestry.ext@uky.edu.

September 14-20...South Milford, Indiana.
Trapper’s College: And Furbearer Management Short Course. Location: YMCA Camp Potawotami. “Trapping is an important tool in managing wildlife populations, in the gathering of biological data of furbearers, as a component of animal damage control, and for wildlife research. This course is designed for all experience levels and backgrounds, and will be of value to those who trap and handle furbearers. It is a college for the pro as well as the beginner. Class placement is based on your level of experience and needs.” Contact Gene Beeber at (502) 366-7216 or dmoberley@aol.com.

September 15...Covington County 1 PM.
Woody Biomass for Bioenergy Workshop. Location: Solon-Dixon Forestry Education Center, Andalusia. Fee: $30; $10 discount if paid by September 14. Contact Bessie Buchanan at (334) 844-8038 or buchabz@auburn.edu.

September 16...Green Cove Springs, Florida 9 AM - 4 PM ET.
Silviculture Best Management Practices. Location: Clay County Extension Office. Call Roy Lima at (850) 414-9934.

September 16...Satellite Downlink 6 PM - 9 PM CT. Locations to be determined.
Master Tree Farmer Mini Series (2 of 3): Risk and Risk Management. Topics: Managing and Mitigating Invasive Plant Species, Insects, and Diseases. Fee: $60 for the course. For downlink locations in your state:
Alabama Coordinator: Becky Barlow   (334) 844-1019   becky.barlow@auburn.edu
Florida Coordinator: Chris Demers   (352) 846-2375   cdemers@ufl.edu

Mississippi Coordinator: Deborah Gaddis: (662) 325-8002 or dgaddis@ext.msstate.edu

September 16-19...Baldwin County.
Alabama Certified Burn Manager Certification Course. Location: 5 River Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort. Pre-study is required. Pre-registration is free, but required. Class size limited. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.net.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

September 17, 2008...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference featured state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more. Click here for links to past conferences. 


September 17-18...Pickens County.
Wildlife Management Workshop. Location: Westervelt Lodge, Aliceville. This workshop was developed for forestry professionals, wildlife professionals, or anyone interested in forestry and wildlife management. Enrollment is limited to 10 registrants. Fee: $675; includes instructional materials, field transportation, lodging, meals, and refreshments. Contact Kevin McKinstry at 1-800-281-7991 or kmckinstry@westervelt.com.

September 18...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Quality Deer Management Association Sportsman’s R.E.A.C.H. Banquet. Location: Regions Park, Hoover. Dinner, auctions, and door prizes are just a few of the activities. Speaker: Ronnie Smith, Ronnie Smith’s Outdoor Adventures. Fee: $60; $75 for couples. Contact Gabe Jackson at (205) 901-3930 or gjackson@brasfieldgorrie.com.

September 19...Milton, Florida 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
North West Florida Bioenergy Conference and Expo. Location: Pensacola Junior College Campus. Some of the topics include: Agro-forest biomass, regional bioenergy developments and opportunities, and Wood pellets. Fee: $50. Lunch provided. Contact Robin Vickers at (850) 983-5216x113 or rvickers@ufl.edu.

September 21-23...Pine Mountain, Georgia.
Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting. Location: Mountain Creek Inn at Callaway Gardens. Topic: Forest Risks, Earth, Wind, and Fire. Fee: $250 if paid by September 15. Contact Doris Jefferson at (706) 845-9085 or djefferson@asginfo.net.

September 23...Marion County, Kentucky 9 AM - 4 PM.
Woodland Owners Short Course: Wood Industry and Your Woodland. Location: Marion County Extension Office. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Contact UK Forestry Extension at (859) 257-7597 or forestry.ext@uky.edu.

September 23...Nationwide Teleconference Noon CT.
Family Education for Business Owning Families presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159. To register call Lee Payton at 1-800-551-0633 or lee@efamilybusiness.com.

September 23...Pickens County 7 PM.
Carbon Credits. Location: Service Center Building, Carrollton. Contact Sam Wiggins at (205) 367-8148 or wiggios@auburn.edu.

September 25...Starkville, Mississippi 8 AM - 5 PM.
Introduction to ArcGIS for Foresters. The goal of this class is to simplify ArcGIS and make it a practical tool for the field forester. Fee: $275. Contact Johnny Thompson at (662) 272-5344 or jthompson@landmarksystems.com.

September 25...Tifton, Georgia 8:30 AM - 3 PM ET.
Georgia Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting. Location: Tifton Campus Conference Center. Lunch provided to pre-registrants. Fee: $25. Call Jessica McCorvey at (229) 734-4706 or jmccorve@jonesctr.org.

September 25-27...Montgomery County.
American Loggers Council Annual Meeting. Location: Montgomery Renaissance Hotel, Montgomery. Fee: $340. Call Daniel Dructor at (409) 625-0206.

September 27...On the Web.
Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman debuts election Web site. This site is filled with information for voters. The address is www.alabamavotes.gov.

September 27...DeKalb County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Murdock's Hidden Trails & Extreme Hike Series. Location: Little River Canyon. Join Chris Murdock, JSU Biologist, on hidden trails to Little River. It is a moderate to difficult level hike. Fee: $10; pre-registration required. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

September 27...DeKalb County 2 PM - 4 PM.
Casual Canyon Hike. Location: DeSoto State Park Nature Center. Join Dr. Kelly Gregg for this easy to moderate level hike along the park trails to learn more about the natural history of the area. No fee, but pre-registration appreciated. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

September 9,16,23,30...Quincy, Florida 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM ET.
Advanced Master Wildlifer Short Course. Location: North Florida Research and Education Center. This short course is for landowners, land managers, and wildlife enthusiasts interested in game management in both forest and farm settings. This is a pre-recorded presentation. Fee: $100+, which includes the required book Managing Wildlife by Yarrow & Yarrow or $30 if you already have a copy of Managing Wildlife (Purchase from the AWF for $49.95 + $5 shipping). Call Stan Rosenthal at (850) 606-5202 or rosenthals@leon.countyfl.gov.

September 29-30...Athens, Georgia.
Estate Planning for Forest Landowners in Uncertain Economic and Legal Environments. Location: Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Fee: $445; $80 discount if paid by September 8. Lunch and refreshment breaks included. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or bjackson@warnell.uga.edu.

September 30...Dallas County 6:30 PM.
White Tailed Deer Management Program. Location: Central Alabama Co-op, Selma. Learn about the updates of the 08-09 Game Laws & Regulations and Cogon Grass Identification & Control. Contact John P. Ollison at (205) 459-2133 or ollisjp@auburn.edu.

September 23, 30, October 7...Florida 6 PM - 9 PM CT.
Master Tree Farmer Mini Series (3 of 3): Risk and Risk Management. Call for locations. Topics: Taxes, Policy, Regulations, Law, and Land Use Change. Fee: $60 for the course. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

> October 2008

October 1...Nashville, Tennessee 9 AM.
Biomass Utilization and the Forest Products Industry in Tennessee. Location: Sheraton Music City Hotel. A half-day symposium to discuss opportunities and impacts offered by the expanded use of wood as a biomass feedstock. Pre-registration is free, but required. Lunch provided. Call Dana Howard at (615) 883-0515 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

October 1...Conecuh County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Southwest Regional Forestry Field Day. Location: Dr. Salem Saloom's property and Booker's Mill. Topic: How to manage Alabama’s forestland for multiple uses. Call Emily Brogden at (251) 578-2762 or Don or Grace Stinson at (850) 476-3849.

October 2...Marengo County 6:30 PM.
White Tailed Deer Management Program. Location: Rural Heritage Center, Thomaston. Learn about the updates of the 08-09 Game Laws & Regulations. Contact John P. Ollison at (205) 459-2133 or ollisjp@auburn.edu.

October 1-3...Nashville, Tennessee.
Tennessee Forestry Association Annual Meeting. Location: Sheraton Music City Hotel. Call Dana Howard at (615) 883-0515 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

October 3...Franklin/Colbert Counties.
Northwest Regional Forestry Field Day. Topic: How to manage Alabama’s forestland for multiple uses. Includes a property tour. Call Johnny Everitt at (256) 383-4376.

October 4...Jackson County 8 AM - 4:30 PM.
Managing Hardwoods For Timber And Wildlife. Location: Goose Pond Colony, Scottsboro. Fee: $50. Lunch provided. Contact Patrick Cook at (334) 850-6837 or mpc0005@aces.edu.

October 4...Springfield, Tennessee 8 AM.
Women in the Outdoors: Outdoor Activities. Location: J. Travis Price Park. Experience hands-on educational outdoor activities such as: How to shoot a shotgun, Identifying and improving wildlife areas in your own back yard, Archery, Learn to use a map and compass, and many others. Fee: $35; includes breakfast and lunch. Call Joan Allen at (615) 244-3370 jallen@howell-fisher.com.

October 4...Jackson County 10 AM - 3 PM.
Managing For Quail On Farmlands. Location: Meeting at Mud Creek Restaurant followed by afternoon field tour. Lunch on your own. Call Randy Liles at (256) 435-5422.

October 7-8...Starkville, Mississippi.
Hardwood Log and Lumber Grading Short Course. Location: Franklin Center, MSU. This course will be useful to anyone needing an understanding of how log quality affects lumber value. Fee: $400. Contact Patricia Brock at (662) 325-1457 or pbrock@aoce.msstate.edu.

October 7-10...Fayette County.
Alabama Certified Burn Manager Certification Course. Location: Alabama Cooperative Extension System Office. There is required pre-study with pre-study test on the first day of the course. Fee: $50. “If a forest landowner has signed up for NRCS prescribed burning support and is willing to receive training to become a Certified Burn Manager the landowner may be eligible to ‘sign up’ to receive a one-time payment of $375 upon providing proof of certification.” Contact Kent Hanby at hanby@charter.net or (256) 825-8593.

October 9…Chambers County 5:30 PM - 9 PM.
Fall Forest Landowner Conference. Location: Farmers Federation Building, LaFayette. Topics: Carbon Sequestration & The Impact of Wood Pellets on Local Markets. Fee: $4.00 for chicken dinner. Call Bill Frazer at (334) 864-9542 or wrfrazer@yahoo.com.

October 13...Chilton County 10:30 AM.
Woody Biomass for Bioenergy Workshop. Location: Alabama Power Water Course Building. Fee: $30; $10 discount if paid by October 12. Contact Bessie Buchanan at (334) 844-8038 or buchabz@auburn.edu.

October 14...Jefferson County 6:45 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters. Location: Richard’s BBQ on Acton Road. Topic: Pre-season release of raised quail. Call Frank Harris at (205) 424-1381.

October 14...5 locations in Alabama 7 PM - 9 PM.
Master Tree Farmer: Risk & Risk Management(2 of 3). Topic: Managing and Mitigating Invasive Plant Species, Insects & Diseases. Fee: $60. For registration contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

The workshop is a Recorded Session that can be attended at the following locations:

  • Lee Ann Clark
    St. Clair County Extension Office
    1815 Cogswell Avenue, #103
    Pell City, AL 35125
     
  • Pamela C Stenz
    Wilcox County Extension Office
    Courthouse Annex, Suite 117
    12 Water Street
    Camden, AL 36726
     
  • Ethel Stanley
    Monroe County Extension Office
    USDA Service Center
    334 Agriculture Drive, Suite 104
    Monroeville, AL 36460-8674
     
  • Patrick Cook
    Autauga County Office
    2226 Hwy 14 W, Suite E
    Autaugaville, AL36003
     
  • Becky Barlow
    Auburn University
    School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building
    Room 2217
    602 Duncan Drive
    Auburn University, AL 36849

October 14-16...Moultrie, Georgia.
Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition. Location: Spence field & Expo building. Activities: Tractor & ATV test drives, Hunting & Fishing Demonstrations, American Grand Finals Stock Dog Trials, and much more. Fee: $7; children under 6 admitted free with parent. Contact Dian Causey at (229) 985-1968 or dian@sunbeltexpo.com.

October 14-17...Escambia County.
Alabama Certified Burn Manager Certification Course. Location: Creek Indian Enterprises, Atmore. Pre-study is required. Pre-registration is free, but required. Class size limited. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.net.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

October 15, 2008...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference featured state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more. Click Here for Index to Past Conferences. 


October 15, 16, 17...Escambia County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Days (For Kids). Location: Brewton. Contact Chasity Pettis at (251) 867-8042 or chasity.pettis@al.nacdnet.net.

October 15-17...Madison County.
Natural Resources Management: Assessment and Restoration. Location: Alabama A&M University. Day one topics include: Workshops on Ecosystem Restoration, Natural Resource Assessment, GIS, LIDAR, and Molecular Genetics Procedures. Day two: Presentations on Natural Resources Assessment and Restoration. Day three: Field trip to research sites at the Bankhead National Forest. Fee: $250; $50 discount if paid by August 15. Contact Daryl Lawson at (256) 372-8287 or daryl.lawson@aamu.edu.

October 15-17...Choctaw, Mississippi.
Mississippi Forestry Association Annual Meeting. Location: Silver Star Convention Center. Fee: $355. Contact Eleana Pope at (601) 354-4936 or epope@msforestry.net.

October 16...Mobile County 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
Mobile County Landowners Association Meeting. Call Roger McConnell at (251) 344-7842.

October 16...Covington County.
Southeast Regional Forestry Field Day. Topic: How to manage Alabama’s forestland for multiple uses. Includes a property tour. Call Derek Bryan at (334) 222-1125.

October 16-19...Baldwin & Mobile Counties.
5th Annual Alabama Coastal Birdfest. Location: Field trips leave from Five Rivers Delta Resource Center off the Causeway in Spanish Fort. Fee: Details coming. Contact Chris Smith at (334) 242-3484 or chris.smith@dcnr.alabama.gov.

October 17...Stillwater, Oklahoma 8:30 AM.
Aromatic Cedar Association Annual Convention. Location: Payne County Expo Center. Topics: Biomass Energy, Wood Pellets for Fuel, Cedar Control Programs, and others. Fee: $25; includes lunch. Contact Robert Hicks at (918) 371-2406 or ronan10@aol.com.

October 17-18...Jefferson County.
Central South Native Plant Conference. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens. This symposium will focus on native plants in Alabama and try to raise awareness, appreciation, and increased usage of plants native to the Southeast. Fee: $90; $10 discount if paid by October 3. Call Shelly at (205) 414-3965 or sbusby@bbgardens.org.

October 18...Clay County 8:30 AM - 12 PM.
Northeast Regional Forestry Field Day. Location: John and Regina Osborn property. Topics: Loblolly and longleaf pine plantation management, wildlife management, upland hardwood management, aesthetics, and local Native American history. Catered lunch provided. Must pre-register by October 15. Marsha Moorehead at (256) 354-5976.

October 21...5 locations in Alabama 7 PM - 9 PM.
Master Tree Farmer: Risk & Risk Management(3 of 3). Topic: Taxes, Policy, Regulations, Law and Land Use Change. Fee: $60. For registration contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

The workshop is a Recorded Session that can be attended at the following locations:

  • Lee Ann Clark
    St. Clair County Extension Office
    1815 Cogswell Avenue, #103
    Pell City, AL 35125
     
  • Pamela C Stenz
    Wilcox County Extension Office
    Courthouse Annex, Suite 117
    12 Water Street
    Camden, AL 36726
     
  • Ethel Stanley
    Monroe County Extension Office
    USDA Service Center
    334 Agriculture Drive, Suite 104
    Monroeville, AL 36460-8674
     
  • Patrick Cook
    Autauga County Office
    2226 Hwy 14 W, Suite E
    Autaugaville, AL36003
     
  • Becky Barlow
    Auburn University
    School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building
    Room 2217
    602 Duncan Drive
    Auburn University, AL 36849

October 23...Holly Springs, Mississippi 8 AM - 1:30 PM.
Pine Thinning Workshop. Location: Pineyridge Farm. No fee. Lunch included with pre-registration. Contact John Kushla at (662) 566-2201 or jkushla@ext.msstate.edu.

October 23...Crestview, Florida 8:30 AM.
Forest Stewardship Property Tour. Location: Bud and Karen Turner Property in Okaloosa County. Come see the many different ways to manage your timberland. Attendance will be limited. Pre-register. Lunch included. Call (850) 689-5850.

October 23...Chilton County 10 AM - 3 PM.
Alabama Prescribed Fire Council Meeting. Location: Alabama Power Conference Center, Clanton. Topics: State Air Regulations, Examples of Prescribed Burns, Experience of Private Landowner, and National Prescribed Fire Council News. Contact Larry Ford at (205) 562-5236 or lford@westervelt.com.

October 23...Tallahassee, Florida 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM.
Game Bird Seminar & Social. Location: Tall Timbers Research Station. Fee: $35; $10 discount if paid by October 20. Contact Starr Askew at (850) 893-4153x221 or starr@ttrs.org.

October 23...Madison County 6 PM.
Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) Wild Game Cook Off. Location: Ditto Landing, Huntsville. Sample some of the best wild game in Alabama and enjoy live music. Fee: $50; $10 discount if paid prior to the event. Call the AWF at 1-800-822-9453.

October 24...Tallahassee, Florida 7:30 AM.
Fall Field Day. Location: Tall Timbers Research Station. Topic: Quail Management. Fee: $50. Contact Starr Askew at (850) 893-4153x221 or starr@ttrs.org.

October 24...Richton, Mississippi 9 - 11:30 AM.
Invasive Species Workshop. Location: Jason Rahaim tree farm. No fee. Lunch provided with pre-registration. Contact Butch Bailey at (601) 964-3668 or butchb@ext.msstate.edu.

October 24...Tallahassee, Florida 7 PM - 9 PM.
Hunting Season on Your Farm & Land. Location: Leon County Extension Office. Topics: Hunting Lease Basics, Seed Plot Recommendation, and Florida Tickseed. Contact George Harrison at (850) 606-5202 or harrisong@leoncountyfl.gov.

October 24-25...Montgomery County.
ATFA Conference and Forestry Festival. Conference location: Riverview Hotel, Montgomery. Forestry Festival location: Farmers' Market, Montgomery. The Conference is on the 24th and the Festival is the 25th. Fee: $115; $20 discount if paid by September 15. Call ATFA at 1-888-240-4694.

October 24-26...Chattanooga, Tennessee.
American Chestnut Foundation - Tennessee Chapter Annual Meeting. Location: Sheraton Read House. Fee: $205; $20 discount if paid by August 15. Contact Wendy at (802) 447-0110x3 or wendy@acf.org.

October 25...Lake Butler, Florida 9 AM - 1:30 PM ET.
Conservation Forestry Field Day. Location: Langford-Every Tree Farm. Topics: growing season prescribed fire, utilizing herbicides to control hardwood midstory, gopher tortoise biology and ecology, and available cost-share assistance for habitat management. Fee: $10. Call Jay at (386) 496-2190 or tuckerj@doacs.state.fl.us.

October 28...Chiefland, Florida 9 AM - 1 PM ET.
Tree Farm Tour. Location: Property of Dennis Andrews between Chiefland and Bronson. Lunch provided. RSVP for lunch. Contact Phil at (850) 222-5646 or phil@forestfla.org.

October 28-November 1...Sandestin, Florida.
Longleaf Alliance & Forest Guild Joint Meeting. Topics: longleaf pine restoration, climate change, carbon sequestration, uneven-aged management, wood biomass, utilization, and wildlife habitat management. Fee: $535; $50 discount if paid by September 13. Contact John Kush at (334) 844-1065 or kushjoh@auburn.edu.

October 28-31...Baldwin County.
Fall Plant Identification Training Course. Location: Holiday Inn Express, Fairhope. This course is field oriented and emphasizes the dominant plant species found in wetlands, adjacent uplands, and the transition zone between. Fee: $850. October 1 is registration deadline. Contact Gena Todia at (251) 928-6157 or jaget@zebra.net.

October 31…Barbour County 8 AM - 4 PM.
Trapping 101: For Animal Damage Control and Recreation. Location: Wehle Nature Center. Fee: $20. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

October 31...Deadline for the Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest.
All amateur photographers invited to enter. Categories include: Birds, Flora, Mammals, State Parks, Other Wildlife, Reptiles & Amphibians, and Scenic/Pictorial and Nature-based Activities. Call Kim Nix at 1-800-262-3151 or kim.nix@dcnr.alabama.gov.

> November 2008

November 1…Shelby County.
Alabama Quail Hunters Fall Field Trial. Location: Gates Shaw’s Farm. Observers welcome. Pre-register your dogs before October 30. Call Frank Harris at (205) 595-0203.

Directions: Gates Shaw's Farm.
Take I 65 and Exit at the Montevallo & Calera Exit onto AL Hwy 25.
Go South on AL Hwy 25 through Calera & Montevallo about 8 miles to County Road 65 to West Blocton.
Turn Right onto County Road 65 and go about 1 mile to Carlton Pass (Look for the bird dog).
Turn Right onto Carlton Pass and go to the dead end.
The gate at the dead end is the entrance into Gates Shaw's Farm.
Go through the gate to the designated parking area.

November 4...NATIONWIDE & LOCAL.
Election Day. Ballots in Chilton, Conecuh, and Tallapoosa counties include property tax votes.

November 5...Ocala, Florida 9 AM - 4 PM ET.
Silviculture Best Management Practices Workshop. Location: Marion County Ag Extension Center. Classroom session, then lunch, followed by a field trip. Must pre-register. Contact Roy Lima at (850) 414-9934 or limar@doacs.state.fl.us.

November 5...Nationwide Teleconference Noon CT.
Using Family Members Effectively on Your Board of Directors presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159. To register contact Lee Payton at 1-800-551-0633 or lee@efamilybusiness.com.

November 5-6...Chambers County.
Farm/City Week: Tour of Forest. Location: Mose Tucker Forest. 3rd Grade students in county school system. Landowners from other counties welcome to observe and gather ideas for your own county. Call Bill Frazer at (334) 864-9955.

November 6...Cleburne County 8:30 AM - Noon.
Cleburne County Treasure Forest Tour. Location: Winston Bryant's property. Topics: Carbon Sequestration, Pond Management, Wildlife Management, and Forestry Cost Incentives programs available. Lunch included; with pre-registration by November 3. Call Alabama Forestry Commission at (256) 463-2876.

November 6…Madison, Florida 9 AM ET.
Forest Stewardship Property Tour. Location: Don Ashley Property. Come see the many different ways to manage your timberland. Attendance will be limited. Pre-register. Lunch included. Call (850) 973-4138.

November 6...Escambia County 10 AM.
CANCELLED  Conecuh-Sepulga Clean Water Partnership Meeting. Location: Turtle Point Science Center, Flomaton. Contact Janet Wofford at (334) 222-3271 or janetwofford@andycable.com.

November 6...Montgomery County 2 PM - 3:30 PM.
Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Energy. Location: Joint Briefing Room, Alabama State House. Biomass for energy will be a part of the committee reports. Bio-Fuels & Alternative Fuels subcommittee will meet at 10 AM in same building. Contact Kristen at (334) 395-0123 or repgregwren@yahoo.com.

November 6...Madison, Florida 6:30 PM ET.
Carbon Credits Workshop. Location: Madison County Extension Office. Pre-register. Call (850) 973-4138.

November 6...Morgan County 7 PM.
Morgan/Limestone County ATFA Chapter Meeting. Location: Morgan County Forestry Building. Topic: Best Management Practices for Forest Landowners. Call Kenny Baskins at (256) 221-6585.

November 7...Cullman County. 6:30 PM
Alliance for Citizens Rights Meeting. Location: Dodge House Restaurant, south of Cullman. Come hear about and discuss property rights issues. Call (256) 498-3802.

November 8...Covington County.
Conservation Forestry Field Day for Family Forest Owners at Jones Tree Farm. Contact Todd Gartner at (202) 463-5181 or tgartner@forestfoundation.org.

November 8...Atlanta, Georgia 9 AM - 4 PM.
Georgia Forestry Association Landowner Meeting. Location: Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel. Topics: Forest Industry and Timber Markets in Georgia, Forestland Income Opportunities, Forest Management and Operations, and Forest Health and Risk Management. Fee: **Not set at this time.** Lunch provided. Contact Judy Couch at (478) 992-8110 or judy@gfagrow.org.

November 8-9...Dallas County.
Dayhike, Canoeing, Cookout, and Optional Campout. Location: Paul Grist State Park, near Selma. For details, call Raymond Odom, Southeastern Outings, at (205) 529-4780.

November 12...Montgomery County Noon.
The Alabama PALS (People Against A Littered State) Governor’s Awards. Location: Troy University. Call Spencer Ryan at (334) 263-7737 or spencer@alpals.org.

November 13...Autauga County 6:30 PM.
Carbon Credits Seminar. Location: Autauga County Extension Office, Autaugaville. Speaker: James Malone. Contact Patrick Cook at (334) 361-7273 or mpc0005@aces.edu.

November 15...Millers Ferry, Florida 9 AM - 1:30 PM CT.
Conservation Forestry Field Day. Location: Gould Tree Farm. Topics: growing season prescribed fire, utilizing herbicides to control hardwood midstory, gopher tortoise biology and ecology, and available cost-share assistance for habitat management. Fee: $10. Call the Washington County Extension Office at (850) 638-6180.

November 15...Jefferson County 10 AM - 2 PM.
American Chestnut Foundation: Alabama Chapter Meeting. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Refreshments served. Call Wayne Boldin at (205) 915-2863.

November 17-19...Athens, Georgia.
From Forest to Finished Products Conference & Expo. Location: Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Conferences, workshops, and in-woods demonstration tours make for a good learning experience. Fee: $465. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-9051 or ben.jackson@georgiacenter.uga.edu.

November 19...Nationwide 12 PM & 7 PM Eastern Time.
Forest lessons we can learn from Argentina. "Forestry as a science and as a practice happens around the world, yet seldom do forest owners and practitioners have an opportunity to learn from colleagues working in other parts of our globe." ForestConnect Forestry Internet Seminar Seriesprovides research-based and unbiased information to forest owners and others interested in private forest lands management. Broadcasts occur on the third Wednesday of each month, once at noon and a repeat live broadcast at 7:00 PM, Eastern time. Each broadcast is scheduled to run an hour, although questions and answers may take additional time. There is no charge for participation, but registration is required. Email communication with URL details is only sent to people who have registered.” Contact Peter Smallidge at (607) 592-3640 or pjs23@cornell.edu.

November 19...Autauga County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Fall Landowner Tour. Location: Camp Hobbs. Topics: Site Index and Longleaf pines, Fish pond management, To burn or not to burn, and Wetlands. Pre-registration required. Contact Patrick Cook at (334) 361-7273 or mpc0005@aces.edu.

November 19-21...Madison County.
Risk Management and Community Outreach Conference. Location: Alabama A&M University. The conference will cover using goats and other small animals on your property. Alternative Enterprises such as growing shiitake mushrooms will also be discussed. AFOA members qualify for scholarships, which will cover meals and two hotel nights. Fee: $100 for out-of-state registrants. Must register. Call E’licia at (256) 372-4970 or elicia.chaverest@aamu.edu.

November 20...Pike County 5:30 PM.
Legal Issues Seminar. Location: Troy Bank and Trust, Troy. Topic: Easements and Trespassing Laws. Call Claire Murphy at (334) 566-1213.

November 20...Mobile County 6 PM - 9 PM.
Coastal Alabama Forestry Pre-Harvest Planning for Landowners. Location: Archer Agricultural Center. This workshop will cover all aspects of pre-planning a timber sale. Limited to 50 participants. Contact Jim Jeter at (205) 339-0929 or james.jeter@forestry.alabama.gov.

November 20...Lee County 6 PM.
Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) Wild Game Cook Off. Location: Alabama Farmers Pavilion, Auburn. Sample some of the best wild game in Alabama and enjoy live music. Fee: $50/couple; $10 discount if paid prior to the event. Call the AWF at 1-800-822-9453.

November 21...Baldwin County 8:30 AM - 12 Noon.
Coastal Alabama Forestry Pre-Harvest Planning for Landowners. Location: 5 Rivers Educational Facility, Spanish Fort. This workshop will cover all aspects of pre-planning a timber sale. Limited to 50 participants. Contact Jim Jeter at (205) 339-0929 or james.jeter@forestry.alabama.gov.

November 21...Statewide.
Financial Assistance to Prevent Southern Pine Beetle Damage Deadline. Financial incentives are available for a limited time to help forest landowners in Alabama. Apply before November 21. Call Arthur Hitt at (334) 240-9323 or visit the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) website, by clicking here, and select the county name where your property is located for local AFC contact info.

November 22...Morgan County 10 AM.
Dayhike. Location: Point Mallard, Decatur. Enjoy the scenic views along Wheeler Lake with this hike. Call Acyenith Alexander at (205) 822-2720.

November 29-30...Dawsonville, Georgia.
Women in the Outdoors: Mountain Hike. Location: Amicalola Falls State Park. Hike the 5 mile trail to the Len Foote Hike Inn and enjoy the scenery. Fee: $125. Call Gail Lanier at (706) 291-8644 or laniergail@comcast.net.

> December 2008

December 3...Chilton County 10 AM - 3 PM.
Alabama Clean Water Partnership Annual Watersheds Conference. Location: Alabama Power Water Course, Clanton. Register by November 28 for lunch. Call Allison R. Jenkins at (334) 514-8326.

December 5…Russell County 6 PM - 10 PM.
Hunter Safety Field Day. Location: Central Baptist Church, Phenix City. All participants must complete an online course or pick up cd at the Phenix City Extension office. After completing the course, you must fill out the certificate and bring it to the Field Day. Contact Kelvin Perkins at (334) 298-6845 or perkike@aces.edu.

December 9...Lee County 1 PM - 2 PM.
Global Warming: manmade or natural? Location: Auburn University, Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building, Room 2217. Speaker: Dr. Roy W. Spencer, Principal Research Scientist, University of Alabama in Huntsville. Contact Dr. David South at (334) 844-1022 or southdb@auburn.edu.

December 9...Jefferson County 6:45 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters. Location: Richard’s BBQ on Acton Road. Call Frank Harris at (205) 424-1381.

December 10...Lee County 7 AM.
Alabama Agriculture Energy Conference. Location: Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center. Topics include, but not limited to: Bioenergy Industry in Alabama, Food, Fiber, Fuel: Optimum Use of Alabama’s Resources, Bioenergy Supply Chain Logistics, and Bioenergy Infrastructure Issues. Fee: $60; lunch included. Contact Kathy Hornsby at (334) 242-5284 or kathy.hornsby@adeca.alabama.gov.

December 10...Crossville, Tennessee 5 PM.
Cumberland Plateau Landowner Study. Location: Cumberland Mountain State Park. Speaker: Kevin Hoyt, Huber Engineered Woods. Fee: $15; dinner included. Contact Dana at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

December 11...Baldwin County 8 AM - 4:30 PM.
Coastal Terrestrial and Wetland Invasive Plants: Ecology and Practical Control and Prevention. Location: Weeks Bay Reserve, Fairhope. This workshop’s purpose: To provide expert information on the identification, ecology, and practical control and prevention of most prevalent and damaging invasive terrestrial and wetland plants on the northern Gulf Coast and on the regulatory aspects of applicator licensing and common herbicides. Wear appropriate clothing for field work. Fee: $95; lunch provided. Registration deadline December 4. Contact Michael Shelton at (251) 928-9792 or michael.shelton@dcnr.alabama.gov.

December 11...Knoxville, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Cost-Share Programs for Loggers & Landowners. Location: Ye Old Steak House. Speaker: John Kirksey, TDA/TDF. Fee: $30; dinner included. Contact Dana at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

December 12...Comment Deadline.
Designation of Critical Habitat for the Louisiana Black Bear Proposed rule. Send in your comments on this proposed designation. For further information call Jim Boggs (337) 291-3100.

December 15...Nationwide Webinar Noon - 1 PM ET.
Forest-based Bioenergy - A National Perspective. Attendees will be presented with an overview of forest-based bioenergy, woody biomass utilization, and sources of federal and state assistance. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 542-7813 or whubbard@uga.edu.

December 18...Starkville, Mississippi 8 AM - 5 PM.
LandMark Systems Intro to ArcGIS for Foresters class. This course, geared toward the professional forester, teaches how to use ArcGIS for forestry applications like integrating basemaps, GPS data and cruise data to terrific maps, and digitizing on top of aerial photos. Fee: $275. Contact Johnny Thompson at (662) 272-5344 or jthompson@landmarksystems.com.

December 20-21...Elmore County.
Alabama Nature Center: General Public Weekend. Location: Millbrook. Fee: $4. Call Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

December 21...Jefferson County 2 PM.
Dayhike. Location: Trussville Trail, Trussville. A relatively easy 4 mile hike along wooded trails and boulders beside the Cahaba River. The trail is mostly level without steep hills to climb. Call Dan Frederick at (205) 631-4680.

Week of December 22...Outdoor Television Monday 2 PM, Friday 11 AM, & Sunday 2:30 ET.
Quality Whitetails: Woodlot Management. Location: Outdoor Channel. This episode of Quality Whitetails is a repeat of the week of September 22. The episode focuses on timber stand improvement, prescribed fire, and other woodlot management tips for producing better deer habitat through timber harvest.


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