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2010 Calendar of Past Events

last update: 12/22/2010

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

> January 2010

Each weekend of January…Marshall County.
Eagle Awareness Weekends. Location: Lake Guntersville State Park. This program has been so popular they have added the first weekend of February as well. 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 2...Sumter County 104.9 FM, WSLY 7 AM.
Hardwood’s For Wildlife with Peter Frankowski, Advantage Forestry. To be archived at www.canebrakeforestry.com/Past_Shows.html Call Mark Bedsole at (334) 341-2007.

January 5...Calhoun County.
Special Primary Election will be held to fill the vacant seat in the Alabama House of Representatives, District 40.

January 6-7...Lee County.
Project Learning Tree (PLT) Facilitator Training. Location: Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Auburn. "This two day training will give you all the information and materials you need to conduct PLT workshops for educators and others in your area." Fee: $75; covers hotel room, meals, and materials. Contact Chris Erwin at (334) 481-2133 or cerwin@alaforestry.org.

January 9...Sumter County 104.9 FM, WSLY 7 AM.
Longleaf: Past & Future with Mark Hainds, Longleaf Alliance. To be archived at www.canebrakeforestry.com/Past_Shows.html Call Mark Bedsole at (334) 341-2007.

January 11...Orlando, Florida 8 AM - 5 PM.
Wood-to-Energy Supply/Demand/Growth Forum. “This roundtable forum will assess supply/demand projections for wood in the U.S. and will explore technologies that should extend, increase, and expand existing and future wood supplies for new and traditional uses.” Lunch provided. Contact Fred Deneke at (928) 642-8947 or fjdeneke@yahoo.com.

January 12 - February 16...Brooksville, Florida 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM.
Annie’s Project: Risk Management Education for Farm Women. Location: Hernando County Extension Office. The course is each Tuesday at the specified time for the duration of the course. Sessions will combine lecture, discussion, individual and small group activities, and soft-ware training. Fee: $25. Contact Nola Wilson at (352) 671-8400 or novjan@ufl.edu.

January 12...Jefferson County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Meeting. Location: Richard's Bar-B-Que on Acton Road, Birmingham. Topic: Dog training. Speaker: Ken Tolbert. Call Frank Harris at (205) 424-1381.

January 13...Perry, Florida 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Forest Vegetation Management - Silviculture & Invasive Weed Control Workshop.
Location: Taylor County Extension Office. Contact Barry Tye at (850) 838-2286 or tyeb@doacs.state.fl.us.

January 14 - February 18...Ocala, Florida 5:30 PM - 9 PM.
Annie’s Project: Risk Management Education for Farm Women. Location: Marion County Extension Office. The course is each Thursday at the specified time for the duration of the course. Sessions will combine lecture, discussion, individual and small group activities, and soft-ware training. Fee: $25. Contact Nola Wilson at (352) 671-8400 or novjan@ufl.edu.

January 19...Montgomery County 5 PM - 7 PM.
Alabama Agribusiness Council Legislative Reception. Location: RSA Plaza Terrace, Montgomery. Sponsored in part by AFOA along several other organizations. Call Leigha Cauthen at (334) 834-4006.

January 20...Montgomery County.
21st Annual Nonpoint Source Conference. Location: Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center, Montgomery. 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 20...Nationwide 11 AM - 12 PM CT.
Forest Certification Applications and Impacts for Small Private Forest Landowners. Location: Webinar. “This webinar will discuss research that the presenters have performed on the impacts of forest certification for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and American Tree Farm System (ATFS).” Speakers: Fred Cubbage, PhD and Susan Moore, PhD, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources North Carolina State University. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

January 21, 2010...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. Listen on the web or download to listen on your mp3 player. January 21, 2010 CI Live!

Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.


January 23...DeKalb County 10 AM - 2 PM.
Wilderness Survival 101. Location: Little River Canyon Center, Fort Payne. Learn hands-on methods of basic survival skills dealing with water, shelter, food, fire, and getting found. Fee: $20. Pack your own lunch, snacks, and water. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

January 26...Chambers County 8 AM.
Teachers-In-Service. Location: Farmers Federation Building, LaFayette. Teachers and interested landowners welcome, but attendance is limited to 25 attendees. Contact Bill Frazer at (334) 864-7865 or wrfrazer@yahoo.com.

January 26...Mount Pleasant, Texas 8 AM - 4 PM.
Timber Income and Property Tax Workshop. Location: Mt. Pleasant Civic Center. Fee: $70; lunch provided. Contact Monica Jadlowski at (979) 458-6630 or mjadlowski@tfs.tamu.edu.

January 26-29...Covington County.
Longleaf 101: Pine Training Academy. Location: Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Andalusia. Class and field instruction included. Fee: $800; includes lodging & meals Monday evening through Friday lunch. Contact J. J. Bachant-Brown at (334) 427-1029 or jbachant@auburn.edu.

January 27...Palestine, Texas 8 AM - 4 PM.
Timber Income and Property Tax Workshop. Location: Palestine Civic Center. Fee: $70; lunch provided. Contact Monica Jadlowski at (979) 458-6630 or mjadlowski@tfs.tamu.edu.

January 27…Nationwide Teleconference Noon CT.
Conflict Resolution: When Do We Negotiate, Mediate, Or Celebrate? presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Pre-order all eight of the 2010 conferences and save 25%. Offer ends December 31, 2009. Call Lee at 1-800-551-0633.

January 28...Livingston, Texas 8 AM - 4 PM.
Timber Income and Property Tax Workshop. Location: Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation Entertainment Center. Fee: $70; lunch provided. Contact Monica Jadlowski at (979) 458-6630 or mjadlowski@tfs.tamu.edu.

January 31...Statewide.
End of Deer and Duck/Goose Seasons.

> February 2010

February 2...Pelion, South Carolina 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM ET.
Longleaf Alliance Meeting. Location: Community Center. Fee: $40; includes lunch. Call Beth Richardson at (803) 535-3911.

February 3...Montgomery County 10 AM - 1:30 PM.
Alabama-Tombigbee Clean Water Parnership (CWP). Location: Montgomery. Please RSVP if attending. Call Ashley Henderson at (334) 300-3392.

February 5...Fort Myers, Florida 9 AM ET.
Property Tour. Location: Division of Forestry Office. The tour consists of three properties; the first will show where prescribed burning and salvage harvests have been conducted to make way for reforestation and gopher tortoises, the second property will look at advanced natural pine regeneration, and the third will provide an example of a small meat goat operation. Pre-registration required. Lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

February 5 - March 12...Live Oak, Florida 1 PM - 4 PM.
Annie’s Project: Risk Management Education for Farm Women. Location: Suwannee County Extension Office. The course is each Friday at the specified time for the duration of the course. Sessions will combine lecture, discussion, individual and small group activities, and soft-ware training. Fee: $25. Contact Nola Wilson at (352) 671-8400 or novjan@ufl.edu.

February 6...Nashville, Tennessee 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Landowner Workshop. Location: Ellington Agricultural Center. Fee: $10; lunch included. Call Tennessee Forestry Association at (615) 883-0515.

February 6...Pike County 12:30 PM - 6 PM.
Managing Land for Wild Turkeys. Location: Pike County Cattlemen's Building, Troy. Fee: $15. Contact Patrick Cook at (334) 850-6837 or mpc0005@aces.edu.

February 6...Talladega County 2:45 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off. Location: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega. 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. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

February 7-9...Lee County.
Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting. Location: Auburn University Conference Center. Topics: Anthropogenic Global Warming, Cap and Trade issues, Carbon Credits and Ethics, Climate Model Predictions, Forest Sustainability, Wood Fuel for Automobiles, and Afforestation. Fee: $265; Three Day Registration for Non-Member. $30 discount for members. No late registration fees. Contact Doris Jefferson at (706) 845-9085 or djefferson@asginfo.net.

February 9...Bullock County 8:30 AM.
Feral Hog Seminar. Location: Moorer Residence, Hardaway. Rain date Feburary 16. Call Bullock County Alabama Forestry Commission at (334) 738-3040.

February 9…Jasper, Florida 9:45 AM - 2:15 PM ET.
Landowner Workshop. Location: Hamilton County Extension Office. Topics: Silvicultural Best Management Practices and Are Eucalyptus and Cottonwood Trees in Florida's Future? Lunch provided for pre-registrants. Contact Greg Staten at (386) 792-1269 or stateng@doacs.state.fl.us.

February 9-12...Covington County.
Longleaf 101: Pine Training Academy. Location: Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Andalusia. Class and field instruction included. Fee: $800; includes lodging & meals Monday evening through Friday lunch. Contact J. J. Bachant-Brown at (334) 427-1029 or jbachant@auburn.edu.

February 9 - March 16...Bushnell, Florida 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM.
Annie’s Project: Risk Management Education for Farm Women. Location: Bushnell Community Center, 407 E. Belt Ave. The course is each Tuesday at the specified time for the duration of the course. Sessions will combine lecture, discussion, individual and small group activities, and soft-ware training. Fee: $25. Contact Nola Wilson at (352) 671-8400 or novjan@ufl.edu.

February 10...Atlanta, Georgia 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM ET.
Timber Market Analysis. Location: Emory Conference Center Hotel. Teaches a detailed approach and specific strategies for analyzing timber markets for timberland, bioenergy, wood procurement, and forestry consulting applications. Fee: $600. Contact Amanda Lang at (478) 396-0704 or ahamsley@forisk.com.

February 10 - March 17...Sarasota, Florida 5:45 PM - 9 PM.
Annie’s Project: Risk Management Education for Farm Women. Location: Sarasota County Extension Office. The course is each Wednesday at the specified time for the duration of the course. Sessions will combine lecture, discussion, individual and small group activities, and soft-ware training. Fee: $25. Contact Nola Wilson at (352) 671-8400 or novjan@ufl.edu.

February 13...Memphis, Tennessee 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Landowner Workshop. Location: Agricultural International. Fee: $10; lunch included. Call Tennessee Forestry Association at (615) 883-0515.

February 15...Nationwide.
Application Deadline to enter an exhibit in the Alabama Flora and Fauna Art Show. Call Ann Harper at (334) 285-4550 or aharper@alabamawildlife.org.

February 16...Calhoun County.
Runoff Election for the Alabama House of Representatives District 40 seat formally held by Lea Fite.

February 16-17...Lee County.
Carbon Sequestration in Longleaf Pine Ecosystems. Location: School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Auburn. This meeting is designed to contribute to understanding carbon sequestration in longleaf pine ecosystems and assist in formulating a standard-C accounting system for southern forests. Fee: $200. Call Lisa Samuelson at (334) 844-1040.

February 17...Nationwide 12 PM ET.
Managing the Family Forest: The Importance of Family Meetings. Location: Webinar. “This webinar will provide information on the purpose and need for family meetings along with challenges that can be expected.” Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

February 20...Clay County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Rescheduled from February 13 due to weather. Prescribed Burn Demonstration. Location: Talladega National Forest. Participants will receive an indoor presentation at the Coleta Valley Volunteer Fire Department and will then be able to observe a portion of the controlled burn unit from a safe vantage point. Light lunch provided. Contact John Stivers at (334) 253-2139 or rxburning@aol.com.

February 20...Knoxville, Tennessee 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Landowner Workshop. Location: UT Agricultural Campus. Fee: $10; lunch included. Call Tennessee Forestry Association at (615) 883-0515.

February 21-27...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 23...Wilcox County 8 AM - 2:30 PM.
Managing Feral Hog Damage. Location: AAES Lower Coastal Plain Substation, Camden. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Must register by February 16. Call Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010.

February 23…Starkville, Mississippi.
Intro to GPS using Solo Forest. Learn how to use this program to collect points, lines, and areas and determine accurate acres under the toughest canopies; use photos and topos in the field; create cruise grids; navigate to cruise plots; input survey data and navigate to corners; heads-up digitize in the field; and make simple Geographic Information Systems (GIS) maps. Fee: $225. Contact Johnny Thompson at 1-866-395-5440 or jthompson@landmarksystems.com.

February 24…Starkville, Mississippi.
Intro to TCruise.
Learn how to set up and use this program to collect and process your forest inventory data. Fee: $225. Contact Johnny Thompson at 1-866-395-5440 or jthompson@landmarksystems.com.

February 24...Nationwide Noon - 1:30 PM ET.
Timber Tax Webinar. Program will cover tax filing tips for timber transactions for the 2010 tax season, new tax forms, incentives, and the latest IRS regulations on timber. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

February 25...St. Augustine, Florida 9 AM ET.
Forest Stewardship Property Tour. Location: Saturiwa Conservation Area, Property of Mike Adams. Lunch after tour. Call St. Johns County Extension Office at (904) 209-0430.

February 26-27...Jekyll Island, Georgia.
The Birth and Death of the Fed. A Mises Institute conference discussing the central bank from an Austrian School of economics perspective. Fee: $480. Contact Patricia Barnett at 1-800-636-4737 or pat@mises.org.

February 26-28...Sandestin, Florida.
Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) Mid-Winter Meeting. Location Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Fee: $345 Non-Member; $50 discount for AFA members. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 265-8733 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

February 26-28...Lowndes County.
Outdoor Women Unlimited Southern Classic. Location: Southern Sportsman Lodge, Benton. Enjoy activities such as: Labrador retriever demonstration, Dutch oven cooking, balloon shooting course, horseback riding, hiking, and fishing. Contact Rebecca Wood at (334) 398-2335 or bawhunt@aol.com.

February 27...Calhoun County 7:30 AM.
Alabama Medicinal Plant Growers Association Workshop. Location: Jacksonville State University Biology Department. Topic: Home and Commercial Use of Medicinal Plants. Fee: $100. Call Joey Bennich at (205) 540-8215.

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

> March 2010

March 1...Bay Springs, Mississippi 6 PM.
Timber Tax Update at Jasper County (MS) Extension Office, 37 B West 8th Avenue. Call Tommy Bishop at (601) 764-2314.

March 2...Columbia, Mississippi 6 PM.
Timber Tax Update at Marion County (MS) Extension Office, 1060 Hwy. 13 South. Call Amanda Woods at (601) 736-8251.

March 4...Conecuh County 8 AM - 2:30 PM.
Managing Feral Hog Damage. Location: Cook’s Family Farm, Evergreen. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Must register by February 25. Call Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010.

March 5…Columbia, Mississippi 8 AM to 2:30 PM.
Applied Tree Improvement Short Course at Marion County (MS) Extension office, 1060 Hwy. 13 South. Fee: $35. Call Amanda Woods, (601) 736-8251.

March 6...Madison County 8 AM - 4 PM.
Spring Goat Symposium. Location: Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station. Fee: $10; lunch included. Call Eddie Wheeler at (256) 582-2009.

March 6…Bay St. Louis, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
Prescribed Fire Workshop at Brooke Tree Farm, Caesar-Necaise Road. Fee: $20. Call Eddie Smith at (228) 467-5456.

March 8...Meridian, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals. Location: East Mississippi Electric Power Association Auditorium. This program provides real-world examples to help explain the basics of timber taxation. Fee: $35; lunch provided. Call Patty Swearingen at (601) 482-9764.

March 9...Ellisville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals. Location: Jones County Junior College. This program provides real-world examples to help explain the basics of timber taxation. Fee: $35; lunch provided. Call Brandt Nicholas at (601) 428-5201.

March 9...Jefferson County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Meeting. Location: Richard’s Bar-B-Que on Acton Road. Speakers: Drs. Korsch and Dismukes from Alabama Veterinary Specialists. Call Frank Harris at (205) 326-5598.

March 10…Nationwide Teleconference Noon CT.
Perpetuating Family Wealth Through Entrepreneurial Stewardship presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone.  Call Lee at 1-800-551-0633.

March 10-11...Athens, Georgia.
Introduction to ArcGIS. Location: Warnell School of Forestry, Room 4-419. Fee: $345; $50 discount if paid by February 17. Lunch provided. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

March 11...Pike County 8 AM - 2:30 PM.
Managing Feral Hog Damage. Location: Pike County Cattleman’s Building, Troy. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Must register by March 4. Call Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010.

March 11...Biloxi, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals. Location: Coastal Research and Extension Center. This program provides real-world examples to help explain the basics of timber taxation. Fee: $35; lunch provided. Call Nancy Freeman at (228) 865-4227.

March 11...Marianna, Florida 8:30 AM - 3:45 PM.
Wildlife Management Workshop. Location: Jackson County Agriculture Office Complex. Lunch provided with pre-registration by March 8. Call the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Extension office at (850) 482-9620.

March 11...Seffner, Florida. 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Forest Stewardship Workshop: Diversify Income from Your Land. Location: Hillsborough County Extension Office. Lunch provided. Call Rob Northrop at (813) 744-5519x106.

March 16...Statewide.
Turkey Season opens in all or portions of 59 counties.

March 16-19...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: $600. Contact Mark Gibson at (318) 257-4985 or mgibson@latech.edu.

March 17...Nationwide Noon - 1:30 PM ET.
Timber Tax Webinar. Program will cover tax filing tips for timber transactions for the 2010 tax season, new tax forms, incentives, and the latest IRS regulation on timber. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

March 18...Bartow, Florida 2 PM.
Water Quality Best Management Practices (BMP) for Cow-Calf Operators and Forest Owners. Location: Polk County Agriculture Center. This seminar is offered to increase awareness, provide tools for implementing, and increase participation in BMPs. Contact Bridget Carlisle at (863) 519-8677 or bccarlis@ufl.edu.

March 19...Purvis, Mississippi 9 AM to 2 PM.
Pine Thinning Workshop at Lamar County (MS) Extension Office. Call Clayton Rouse at (601) 794-3910.

March 20...Hixson, Tennessee 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
This workshop was moved from March 6. Landowner Workshop. Fee: $10; lunch included. Call Tennessee Forestry Association at (615) 883-0515.

March 22-26...Jefferson County.
Program is Full, except for Day 1, which has open enrollment. Train the Trainer Chain Saw Program. Location: The Rugged Quarter, Trussville. Instructor: Tim Ard. A 5 day training workshop not only for instructors but, for those who desire extensive chain saw training. You may also attend Day 1 only which is great for new and experienced operators. Fee: Day 1 only $50; All 5 days $850. Contact Forest Applications at (770) 222-2511 or info@forestapps.com.

March 23...Green Cove Springs, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Forest Stewardship Workshop: Diversify Income from Your Land. Location: Clay County Extension Office. Lunch provided. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

March 23…Starkville, Mississippi.
Intro to TCruise.
Learn how to set up and use this program to collect and process your forest inventory data. Fee: $225. Contact Johnny Thompson at 1-866-395-5440 or jthompson@landmarksystems.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

March 23, 2010...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. Listen on the web or download and listen on your favorite device. Call AFOA to register: (205) 987-8811.
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.


Cancelled. March 23-24...Athens, Georgia.
Non-Timber Forest Products and Agroforestry. Location: Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest. Learn how to diversify the income on your forestland. Fee: $295; $50 discount if paid by March 2. Lunch provided. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

March 23-26...Covington County.
Longleaf 101: Pine Training Academy. Location: Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Andalusia. Class and field instruction included. Fee: $800; includes lodging & meals Monday evening through Friday lunch. Contact J. J. Bachant-Brown at (334) 427-1029 or jbachant@auburn.edu.

March 24…Starkville, Mississippi.
Intro to GPS using Solo Forest. Learn how to use this program to collect points, lines, and areas and determine accurate acres under the toughest canopies; use photos and topos in the field; create cruise grids; navigate to cruise plots; input survey data and navigate to corners; heads-up digitize in the field; and make simple Geographic Information Systems (GIS) maps. Fee: $225. Contact Johnny Thompson at 1-866-395-5440 or jthompson@landmarksystems.com.

March 25...Starkville, Mississippi.
Intro to ArcGIS for Foresters class. “The goal of this class is to simplify ArcGIS and make it a practical tool for the field forester or landowner.” Fee: $275. Contact Johnny Thompson at 1-866-395-5440 or jthompson@landmarksystems.com.

March 30...Calhoun County.
General Election for the Alabama House of Representatives District 40 seat formally held by Lea Fite.

March 30...Covington County 9 AM - 3:30 PM.
Forestry Invasive Plants Identification and Control Workshop. Location: USDA Agriculture Service Center, Andalusia. RSVP by March 26. Contact Charles Simon at (334) 222-1125 or simoncm@aces.edu.

March 30...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
Portable Sawmilling as a Potential Forest Microenterprise Opportunity: Results of a National Portable Sawmill Owner Survey. Location: School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Auburn. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

March 31...Statesboro, Georgia 12:30 PM - 4:15 PM ET.
Taxation and the Private Forest Landowner. Location: Bulloch County Ag Center, 151 Langston Chapel Road. Speaker: Dr. Tamara Cushing, Clemson University Assistant Professor of Forest Economics and Taxation. Fee: $40; refreshments served. Call Debbie Miracle at (912) 681-5639.

> April 2010

April 1...Statewide.
Longleaf Pine Restoration Incentive Program Deadline. Eligible practices include chemical site preparation, containerized seedlings, planting, understory restoration and exotic control and will cost share at 50%. Contact Traci George, Landowner Incentive Program Coordinator, at (334) 353-0503 or traci.george@dcnr.alabama.gov.

April 1...Etowah County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off. Location: Gadsden Convention Hall. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some of the best wild game in Alabama. Fee: $50; $10 discount if prior to the event. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

April 6...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
Growth Potential in Loblolly Pine Seminar. Location: School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Auburn. Call Lisa Samuelson at (334) 844-1040.

April 7...Montgomery County 10 AM - Noon.
Forestry Study Committee Meeting. Location: Star Wars Room, State House, Montgomery. Call Shemika Brown at (334) 242-7679.

April 6-9...Covington County.
Longleaf 101: Pine Training Academy. Location: Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Andalusia. Class and field instruction included. Fee: $800; includes lodging & meals Monday evening through Friday lunch. Contact J. J. Bachant-Brown at (334) 427-1029 or jbachant@auburn.edu.

April 8...Baldwin County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only). Location: Robertsdale. Call Rhonda Bryars at (251) 937-3297.

April 8...Cullman County 6 PM.
Cogongrass Awareness Meeting. Location: Camp Meadowbrook, Cullman. Call the Cullman County Soil and Water Conservation District at (256) 734-1431.

April 10-16...Elmore County.
Alabama Flora and Fauna Art Show. Location: Alabama Wildlife Federation, Millbrook. Call Ann Harper at (334) 285-4550 or aharper@alabamawildlife.org.

April 11-13...Pensacola, Florida.
International Wild Pig Conference. Location: Crowne Plaza Grand Hotel. If damage caused by wild pigs concerns you, this may be a good conference to attend. Fee: $275; $25 discount if paid in advance. Contact Jessica Tegt at (662) 325-1000 or jtegt@cfr.msstate.edu.

April 12-15...Starkville, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course. Location: Coskrey Auditorium, Mississippi State University Campus. What you will learn: state laws regarding your liability; ignition techniques; benefits, limitations, and risks; how to manage smoke; forest fuels and fuel classifications; how to plan and execute a burn; and effects of weather and fuel moisture on fire behavior. Fee: $400; Must register by March 31. Contact Dixie Cartwright at (662) 325-9191 or dcartwright@aoce.msstate.edu.

April 13...Meadville, Mississippi 8 AM.
Natural Resource Enterprises Workshop. Location: Clear Springs Recreation Area, Homochitto National Forest. Learn business and wildlife habitat management basics with expert speakers and a field session. Fee: $25; lunch provided. Call Mississippi State University at (662) 325-3133.

April 13...Nationwide Webinar 12 PM ET with repeat at 7 PM ET.
Lyme Disease. Speaker: Steven B. Jacobs, Urban Entomologist, Penn State Department of Entomology. Call the Natural Resources Extension at (814) 863-0401.

April 13-14...Tunica, Mississippi.
Annual Southern Bio Products and Renewable Energy Conference. Location: Harrah’s Resort. Fee: $249; lunch provided. Contact Joe Jordan at (662) 325-0513 or jjordan@ios.msstate.edu.

April 15...Mobile County 6 PM.
Mobile County Landowners Association Meeting. Location: Archer Agricultural Center, Mobile. Dinner served at 6 PM. Pre-register. Call Joyce at (251) 649-1519.


2010 AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM & ANNUAL MEETING

April 16-17...Escambia County.
Location: Headquartered at Wind Creek Casino & Hotel, Atmore.

Friday:
Forestry Tours, Estate Planning Workshop, Reception, Exhibits, and Dinner with Keynote Speaker.

Saturday:
Flexible Forest Management for Unsettled Times, Wildlife Management, Energy Update, Current-use Tax Assessment, Forest Taxation, and GPS - GIS Mini-Course.


April 12,13, 19, & 20...Florida Locations 6 PM - 8 PM CT.
Invasive Exotic Plant Workshops. Attend on these workshops to learn how to identify locally common invasive exotic plants and how to remove them from your property.

  • Wewahitchka, FL (850) 639-3200
  • Marianna, FL (850) 482-9620
  • Bristol, FL (850) 643-2229
  • Apalachicola, FL (850) 653-9337 This location is 6 PM - 8 PM ET.

April 21...Lee County 8 AM - 4 PM.
Alabama Invasive Plant Council Meeting. Location: Auburn University Conference Center, Auburn. All day meeting with classroom and outside sessions. Recertification credits for those of you who are commercial applicators. Lunch guaranteed for pre-registrants only. Fee: $60; $15 discount if paid by April 7. Call Curtis Hansen at (334) 844-1630.

Rescheduled from April 15. April 21...Nationwide Noon - 1:30 PM ET.
Hardwood Regeneration Options for Private Woodlands Webinar. Speaker: Dr. Jeff Stringer. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

April 21…Nationwide Teleconference Noon CT.
Educating And Developing The Next Generation: From Classroom To Boardroom presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Call Lee at 1-800-551-0633.

April 22...Conecuh County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Wildlife Management & Longleaf Restoration Field Day. Location: Saloom Properties. Lunch provided. Call the Conecuh County Extension at (251) 578-2762.

April 24...Montgomery County.
Outdoor Women Unlimited Lower Wetumpka Shotgun and Sports Club Instructional Clinic. Location: Montgomery. Contact Rebecca Wood at (334) 398-2335 or bawhunt@aol.com.

April 24...Fort Smith, Arkansas 9 AM - 3 PM.
Prescribed Fire Workshop for Private Landowners. Location: Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center. Fee: $15. Lunch provided. Call Tamara at (501) 671-2346.

April 24...DeKalb County 10 AM - 1 PM.
Bonsai Workshop. Location: Little River Canyon Center. Instructor: Grady Woodall. Fee: $50; pre-registration required. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

April 29...Lowndes County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only). Location: Lowndesboro. Call Katanga Mants at (334) 548-2315.

April 29 - May 1...Austin, Texas.
American Paulownia Association Annual Conference. Location: Virginia College. Fee: $90. Call Sharon Blickenstaff at (301) 790-3075.

April 29...Autauga County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off. Location: Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, Prattville. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some of the best wild game in Alabama. Fee: $50. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

April 30...Statewide.
End of Turkey Season.

April 30…Winston County 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Natural Resources Field Day. Location: Hill Farms, 1522 County Road 79, Double Springs. Topics: Feral Hog Management, Water Quality, Wild Turkey Management, Dove Field Planting, Youth Dove Hunt, Tractor Safety, and others. Rain date May 7. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Pre-registration required by April 23. Call Johnna Franks at (205) 489-5014.

> May 2010

May 1...Nashville, Tennessee 7 AM - 1 PM.
Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods Field Day. Location: Ellington Ag Center. Lunch provided. Contact Lisa Lynn at (615) 883-3832 or llynn@tnforestry.com.

May 1...Bullock County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Spring Outdoor Festival. Location: Wehle Land Conservation Center, Midway. Topics include: wildflower and birding information, fishing, bee keeping demonstration, and many more. Call Alabama State Lands Division at (334) 242-3484.

May 3-4...Baldwin County.
Alabama Agribusiness Council Annual Meeting. Location: Island House Hotel, Orange Beach. A candidate forum will be held for Commissioner of Agriculture and all candidates have been invited. Fee: $185. Contact Leigha Cauthen at (334) 834-4006 or lcauthen@alagribusiness.org.

May 4...DeFuniak Springs, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM CT.
Forest Stewardship Workshop: Diversify Income from Your Land. Location: Walton County Extension Office. Lunch provided. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

May 4 & 5...Colbert County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only). Location: Muscle Shoals. Call Jamie Carpenter at (256) 383-4323.

May 6...Lexington, Mississippi 8 AM.
Natural Resource Enterprises Workshop. Location: Lexington Multipurpose Complex. Learn business and wildlife habitat management basics with expert speakers and a field session. Fee: $25; lunch provided. Call Mississippi State University at (662) 325-3133.

May 6...Morgan County 10 AM.
Tennessee River Basin Clean Water Partnership (CWP) Meeting. Location: Shorty Ryan Park and Diamond S Farms, Eva. Lunch provided. Call Jay Grantland at (256) 773-8495.

May 6...Covington County 3 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Longleaf District Meeting. Location: Solon Dixon Center. Fee: $20; dinner provided. Call Fran Whitaker at (334) 481-2127.

May 7...Madison County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only). Location: Hazel Green. Call Gokul Ghale at (256) 828-2114.

May 8...Columbia, Mississippi 9 AM to 2 PM.
Pine Thinning Workshop at Marion County (MS) Extension Office. Call Amanda Woods at (601) 736-8251.

May 10...Baldwin County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Chainsaw Safety Workshop. Location: Five Rivers Delta Center, Spanish Fort. This workshop will address chainsaw safety issues that arise following severe weather events. Instructor: Rip Tompkins, Certified Arborist. Fee: $15; lunch provided. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 937-7176 or brodbam@auburn.edu.

May 11...Athens, Georgia 8 AM - 5 PM ET.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part I. Location: Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest. “This course will be especially useful for landowners and those who work with foresters and the forest industry such as forestry agencies, associations, forestry investment firms, real estate investment trusts and banking institutions with forest investments.” Fee: $225. Lunch provided. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

May 11...Escambia County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Chainsaw Safety Workshop. Location: Jefferson Davis Community College. This workshop will address chainsaw safety issues that arise following severe weather events. Instructor: Rip Tompkins, Certified Arborist. Fee: $15; lunch provided. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 937-7176 or brodbam@auburn.edu.

May 11...Plant City, Florida 9 AM - 2:30 PM ET.
Planning for the Future of Your Family’s Land. Location: Hillsborough Community College Trinkle Center. Learn practical steps for passing land from one generation to the next. Alabama landowners should use caution and check the value of conservation easements before committing their property. Fee: $15. Call Conservation Trust for Florida at (352) 466-1178.

May 11...Shelby County 3:30 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Vulcan District Meeting. Location: North Shelby County Library. Topics: Alabama Equipment & Timber Theft and Timber & Timberland Security. Fee: $20; dinner provided. Call Fran Whitaker at (334) 481-2127.

May 12...Bullock County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Alabama Certified Burn Manager (CBM) Re-certification Workshop. Location: Wehle Center, Midway. Anyone interested in using prescribed fire should find this workshop useful as well as those needing to maintain their CBM Certification. Fee: $50; sponsored lunch provided. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or kent@rxfire.net.

May 12-13...Athens, Georgia.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part II.
Location: Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest. “This course will be especially useful for landowners and those who work with foresters and the forest industry such as forestry agencies, associations, forestry investment firms, real estate investment trusts and banking institutions with forest investments.” Fee: $445. Lunch provided. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

May 13...Sumter County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only). Location: Livingston. Contact Mandee Carrier at (205) 652-7521 or mandee.carrier@al.nacdnet.net.

May 13...Tallapoosa County 4 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Capital and Piedmont District Meeting. Location: Children’s Harbor, Alexander City. Fee: $20; dinner provided. Call Fran Whitaker at (334) 481-2127.

May 16-18...Chicago, Illinois.
4th International Conference on Climate Change: Science vs. Alarmism. Location: Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile Hotel. This conference will help end the exaggeration and hype of global warming and will increase public awareness of the scientists and policymakers who believe in sound science and economics. Fee: $540. Call Zwah’yah McElrath at (312) 377-4000.

May 18...Washington County 4 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Delta District Meeting. Location: Deerfield Country Club. Fee: $20; dinner provided. Call Fran Whitaker at (334) 481-2127.

May 18...Limestone County 5:30 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off. Location: Limestone County Chapter Canebrake Club, Athens. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some of the best wild game in Alabama. Fee: $35. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

May 19...Webinar 12 PM - 1 PM ET.
Steps to Ensure Successful Hardwood Plantings. Speaker: Wayne Clatterbuck, PhD, Professor of Silviculture and Forest Management, University of Tennessee. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

May 20...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Tree/Plant ID Workshop. Location: Morningside Nature Center. This is a walking event, so wear appropriate clothing, footwear, and tick repellant. Lunch provided. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

May 20...Tuscaloosa County 4 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Warrior District Meeting. Location: Chuck's Fish, Tuscaloosa. Fee: TBA; dinner provided. Call Fran Whitaker at (334) 481-2127.

May 21...Starkville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Managing the Family Forest in Mississippi. Location: Franklin Furniture Center. Topics will include: multiple use, timber marketing, best management practices, finances, thinning, forest health, and taxation. Fee: $35; lunch provided. Call Julie White at (662) 323-5916.

May 24...Lawrence County 3 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Valley District Meeting. Location: Moulton Recreation Center, Moulton. Fee: $20; dinner provided. Call Fran Whitaker at (334) 481-2127.

May 25...Dallas County 4 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Blackbelt District Meeting. Location: Central Alabama Farmers Coop, Selma. Fee: $20; dinner provided. Call Fran Whitaker at (334) 481-2127.

May 26-27...New Orleans, Louisiana.
Southern Forest Products Association Midyear Meeting. Location: Hotel Monteleone. Topics include: American Wood Council Update, Softwood Check-off Initiative Update, and others. Fee: $70. Call Linda Patch at (504) 443-4464x231.

May 27...Coffee County 9 AM.
Cogongrass Seminar. Location: State Diagnostic Lab, Elba. Main topic: Identification and control of cogongrass. Lunch provided. Call the Coffee County NRCS at (334) 894-5581x3.

May 27...Dale County 4 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Wiregrass District Meeting. Location: Ozark Agricultural Center, Ozark. Fee: $20; dinner provided. Call Fran Whitaker at (334) 481-2127.

> June 2010

June 1...Statewide.
Alabama Primary Elections. For local ballot information, click the SAMPLE BALLOT icon at www.alabamavotes.gov. Voter registration deadlines and a lot more information is on the site. Thanks, Secretary of State Beth Chapman.

June 1 - August 17...On-Line Course.
On-Line Woodland Options for Landowners. Learn more about your forests, what they offer, and how to manage your forestland for your goals. Fee: $25/family. Contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

June 2…Webinar Noon CT.
Managing Capital And Liquidity In A Risky World presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Call Lee at 1-800-551-0633.

June 2-3...Gainesville, Florida.
Society of American Foresters/School of Forest Resources & Conservation Spring Symposium. Location: Paramount Plaza Hotel. The symposium will provide ideas, tools, and information for Florida’s forest land owners and managers. Fee: $155; $20 discount if paid by May 4. Call Sharon Borneman at (352) 392-5930.

June 2-4...Stevenson, Washington.
National Forest Landowners Conference. Location: Skamania Lodge. Fee: $555. Call 1-800-325-2954.

June 3...Hermanville, Mississippi 8 AM.
Natural Resource Enterprises Workshop. Location: Barland Farms. Learn business and wildlife habitat management basics with expert speakers and a field session. Fee: $25. Call Mississippi State at (662) 325-3133.

Moved to July. Call for exact date. June 3...Autauga County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Longleaf Pine Workshop. Location: Autaugaville Agricultural Center. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Vickie at (334) 427-1029 or vickie@longleaf.alliance.org.

June 3...Jackson County 4 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Mountain District Meeting. Location: North Alabama Electric Coop, Stevenson. Fee: $20; dinner provided. Call Fran Whitaker at (334) 481-2127.

June 3...Crenshaw County 6 PM.
Treasure Forest Landowners Meeting. Location: Tom Harbin Agricultural Center. Topic: Prevention of Timber Theft. Speaker: Craig Hill, Chief Law Enforcement Office, Alabama Forestry Commission. Dinner provided. Call the Crenshaw County Extension Office at (334) 335-6312.

Moved to July. Call for exact date. June 4...Bullock County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Longleaf Pine Workshop. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Vickie at (334) 427-1029 or vickie@longleaf.alliance.org.

June 4...New Smyrna Beach, Florida 8:30 - 3:45 ET.
Southern Forest Carbon Group. Location: Brannon Center. “The purpose of this group is to provide our industry in the South the fairest and most advantageous position possible in any federal legislative or regulatory actions regarding the carbon market.” Fee: $125; lunch included. Call Erin Walker at (386) 409-9777.

June 5...Tullahoma, Tennessee 7 AM - 1 PM.
Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods Field Day. Location: Highland Rim Exp. Office, University of Tennessee. Lunch provided. Contact Lisa Lynn at (615) 883-3832 or llynn@tnforestry.com.

June 10...Newton, Mississippi 8 AM.
Natural Resource Enterprises Workshop. Location: Mississippi State University (MSU) Coastal Plain Branch, Experiment Station. Learn business and wildlife habitat management basics with expert speakers and a field session. Fee: $25. Call MSU at (662) 325-3133.

June 10...Bibb County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Longleaf Pine Workshop. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Vickie at (334) 427-1029 or vickie@longleaf.alliance.org.

June 10...Lake City, Florida 9 AM - 2:30 PM ET.
Planning for the Future of Your Family’s Land. Location: Columbia County Extension Office. Learn practical steps for passing land from one generation to the next. Fee: $15. Call the Columbia County Extension Office at (386) 752-5384. Editor's Note: Alabama landowners -- use caution. Check the value of conservation easements before committing your land.

June 10...Jackson, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Regional Meeting of Tennessee Forestry Association. Location: Catfish Cabin. Topics: Wildlife Management Opportunities and Why Landowners Need Liability Coverage. Fee: $15; dinner included. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

June 11...Shelby County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Longleaf Pine Workshop. Location: Agricultural Center, Columbiana. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Vickie at (334) 427-1029 or vickie@longleaf.alliance.org.

June 12...Madison County 9 AM - 12:30 PM.
Invasive Exotic Plant Species Workshop. Location: Children's Fountain, Huntsville. Learn control methods, how to identify them, and receive a list of native species you may use as replacements. Call Soos Weber at (256) 427-5116.

June 14...Covington County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Longleaf Pine Workshop. Location: Solon Dixon Center. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Vickie at (334) 427-1029 or vickie@longleaf.alliance.org.

June 15...Starkville, Mississippi.
Intro to TCruise. “Come learn how to set up and use the industry-leading TCruise program to collect and process your forest inventory data. We will also cover how to use the LandMark Reporting module and the patented Real-time Inventory GPS-based cruise system.” Fee: $225. Call Johnny Thompson at 1-866-395-5440x1.

June 16...Starkville, Mississippi.
Intro to GPS using Solo Forest. “Learn how to use the Solo Forest GPS program to collect points, lines, and areas and determine accurate acres under the toughest canopies; use photos and topos in the field; create cruise grids; navigate to cruise plots; input survey data and navigate to corners; heads-up digitize in the field; export shapefiles; and make simple GIS maps.” Fee: $225. Call Johnny Thompson at 1-866-395-5440x1.

June 16...Stoneville, Mississippi 8 AM.
Developing Catfish Ponds into Natural Resource Enterprises Workshop. Location: Indian Lakes Hunting Club and The Capps Center. Landowners, bankers, and realtors who are looking to improve habitat conditions or generate income from retired catfish ponds. Call Mississippi State University at (662) 325-3133.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

June 16, 2010...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. Listen on the web.
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.


June 16...Webinar 12 PM - 1 PM ET.
Improving Hardwoods through Crop Tree Release. Speaker: Jeff Stringer, PhD, Extension Professor, University of Kentucky. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

June 17...Starkville, Mississippi.
Intro to ArcGIS for Foresters. “The goal of this class is to simplify ArcGIS and make it a practical tool for the field forester or landowner. It is just the right blend of GIS terms, procedures, and forestry applications. We will cover the basics of ArcGIS, learn to create terrific maps, and digitize on top of aerial photos.” Fee: $275. Call Johnny Thompson at 1-866-395-5440x1.

June 18...Geneva County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Longleaf Pine Workshop. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Vickie at (334) 427-1029 or vickie@longleaf.alliance.org.

June 19...Lee County 9 AM.
Alabama Water Watch Annual Meeting and Picnic. Location: 107 Comer Hall, Auburn University. Call 1-888-844-4785.

June 22...Washington County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Longleaf Pine Workshop. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Vickie at (334) 427-1029 or vickie@longleaf.alliance.org.

June 22-24...Tuscaloosa County.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop. Location: Hotel Capstone, Tuscaloosa. The workshop will offer 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 the importance of forests and the forest industry and their relationship to the environment and the economy of Alabama. Fee: $50 for registration. Please pass the word on to teachers that may be interested or consider sponsoring one of the teachers already registered. Contact Chris Erwin at (334) 481-2133 or cerwin@alaforestry.org.

June 23...Monroe County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Longleaf Pine Workshop. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Vickie at (334) 427-1029 or vickie@longleaf.alliance.org.

June 24...Shelby County 8 AM - 10 AM.
Family Forestry Study. Location: Quality Inn, 357 Highway 304, Calera. The Family Forest Research Center, a joint effort between the U.S. Forest Service and University of Massachusetts, is conducting a national study, sponsored by the American Forest Foundation, on programs and policies impacting family landowners. The study will consist of discussion  groups with landowners as well as a discussion group with "forestry professionals". The bulk of the discussion for both the landowner and professional groups will focus on:

  • What do family forest landowners want from their land?
  • What are the most common/most significant issues threatening that vision?
  • How do existing federal, state, and local policies work to mitigate those threats?
  • What might new and improved policies look like?

Contact Jake Hewes at (413) 545-3966 or jhewes@nrc.umass.edu.
Editor's Note: It could be in landowners' best interests to participate in these discussions.

June 24...Marshall County 10 AM.
County Commission Meeting on Potential Permitting and Bonding. Location: Marshall County Courthouse, Guntersville. The County Commissioners will be meeting to discuss a potential permitting and bonding requirement to conduct timber harvesting operations in Marshall County. John Ross, Registered Forester, and others would like to meet with landowners at 9 AM on the Courthouse Steps just prior to the Commissioners meeting to discuss and explain the impact of the permitting and bonding on timber values and property values in the county. Call John Ross at (256) 572-8952.

> July 2010

July 8...Houston County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only). Location: Dothan. Contact Sheila Andreasen at (334) 794-4108 or andresm@auburn.edu.

July 8...Monroe County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
GPS 101 Workshop. Location: USDA Service Center, Monroeville. The workshop will provide a hands-on opportunity to operate a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit and learn to use GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software. Fee: $25; lunch provided. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 259-6507 or brodbam@auburn.edu.

July 9-11...Louisville, Kentucky.
National Convention of the Quality Deer Management Association. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

July 11-14...Amelia Island, Florida.
Georgia Forestry Association (GFA) Annual Meeting. Location: Amelia Inn, Amelia Island Plantation. Fee: $600. Call the GFA at (478) 992-8110.

July 12-15...Lee County.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop. Location: Dixon Hotel & Conference Center, Auburn. The workshop will offer 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 the importance of forests and the forest industry and their relationship to the environment and the economy of Alabama. Fee: $75 for registration. Please pass the word on to teachers that may be interested or consider sponsoring one of the teachers already registered. Contact Chris Erwin at (334) 481-2133 or cerwin@alaforestry.org.

July 14…Webinar Noon CT.
Leadership Models For Family Business: Determining The Right Model For Your Business presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Call Lee at 1-800-551-0633.

July 16, 17, 18...Jefferson County.
The 27th Annual World Deer Expo at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Includes hourly lectures, bow & arrow shooting demos, plus lots of equipment exhibits. Admission: $13. Call Bob Coker at (205) 678-4141.

July 18-20...Asheville, North Carolina.
Pellet Fuels Institute 2010 Annual Conference. Location: Grove Park Inn. Fee: $435. Contact Jason Berthiaume at (703) 522-0548 or berthiaume@pelletheat.org.

July 20...Shelby County 5 PM.
Buxahatchee Creek Watershed Restoration Project. Location: Calera Middle School, Calera. Attend this one hour Septic Tank Rehabilitation Program class and receive a $250 voucher to have your septic tank cleaned. Available to Shelby & Chilton County residents only. Call Glenn Littleton at (205) 217-2592.

July 20...Cleveland, Mississippi.
Wildlife and Hardwood Management for Profit and Recreation. Fee: $10; Dinner provided. Contact Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000 or jgordon@ext.msstate.edu.

July 21...Webinar 11 AM.
Absentee Landowners Part I presented by Wayne Clatterbuck, Professor of Silviculture and Forest Management, University of Tennessee. This webinar will be reporting findings from a recent survey depicting absentee landowners. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

July 22...Webinar 12 Noon Eastern Time.
Goats and Sheep: A Weapon Against Weeds. No fee. Contact Carol Taylor at (410) 827-8056x135 or carolt@umd.edu.

July 22...Athens, Georgia 12:30 PM - 4:45 PM ET.
Forests and Hurricanes: Impacts and Planning Considerations. Location: Warnell School, Building 1, Room 304. Fee: $50. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

July 23-24...Magnolia, Arkansas.
Magnolia Landowner Conference. Location: Donald W. Reynolds Conference Center. Pre-conference Tax Workshop on July 23. Fee: $175. Call Colleen Morphew at (870) 234-0200x4.

July 25-28...Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Walnut Council Annual Meeting. Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel. Fee: $175. Call Liz Jackson at (765) 583-3501.

July 31...Milton, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM.
Wildlife Expo. Location: University of Florida West. Fee: $5. Call Robin Vickers at (850) 983-5216x113.

July 31 - August 1...Kissimmee, Florida.
Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference. Location: Osceola Heritage Park. Fee: $160. Contact Mandy Stage at (352) 392-5930 or mstage@ufl.edu.

> August 2010

August 2-3...Athens, Georgia.
Recreational Pond Management. Location: Flinchum's Phoenix, Whitehall Forest. Fee: $300. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

August 3...Senatobia, Mississippi 6 PM - 8:30 PM.
Managing the Family Forest - Hardwood Regeneration. Location: Tate County Extension Office. Fee: $35. Contact Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000 or jgordon@ext.msstate.edu.

August 3...Magnolia, Mississippi 8:15 AM - 4 PM.
Forest Growth and Yield/Financial Analysis. Location: Pike County Extension Office. This program will be geared toward foresters, resource management professionals, and anyone involved in timberland management or investment. Fee: $40; lunch included. Call James Henderson at (662) 325-0754.

August 4...Atlanta, Georgia 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM.
Applied Forest Finance. Location: Emory Conference Center Hotel. Learn about the necessary skills and common errors associated with the financial and risk analysis of timberland and other forestry-related investments. Fee: $600. Contact Amanda Lang at (478) 396-0704 or ahamsley@forisk.com.

August 4...DeFuniak Springs, Florida 10 AM - 2 PM CT.
Bugs & Rot Workshop. Location: Walton County Extension Office. Workshop focuses on tree insects and diseases. Fee: $30; $10 discount if paid in advance. Lunch included. Call Walton County Extension at (850) 892-8172.

August 5...Marion County 6:30 PM.
Selling Your Timber. Location: Hackleburg City Hall, Hackleburg. Contact Tony Avery at (205) 921-3843 or marion.county@forestry.alabama.gov.

August 6...Raymond, Mississippi 8:15 AM - 4 PM.
Forest Growth and Yield/Financial Analysis. Location: Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center. This program will be geared toward foresters, resource management professionals, and anyone involved in timberland management or investment. Fee: $40; lunch included. Call James Henderson at (662) 325-0754.

August 7...Elmore County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off State Finals. Location: Lanark Pavilion, Millbrook. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some of the best wild game in Alabama. Fee: $40 prior to the event. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

August 10...Senatobia, Mississippi 6 PM - 8:30 PM.
Managing the Family Forest - Pine Thinning and Regeneration. Location: Tate County Extension Office. Fee: $35. Contact Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000 or jgordon@ext.msstate.edu.

August 10...Lee County 8 AM - 4:30 PM.
Watershed and Stormwater Finance Workshop. Location: Comer Hall, Room 207, Auburn University. Topics will include the role of local government in stormwater management, stormwater program costs, and stormwater utility fees. Fee: $75. Contact Eve Brantley at (334) 844-3927 or brantef@auburn.edu.

August 10-11...Athens, Georgia.
Wildlife Management. Location: Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Gain some insight on how to better manage your land for wildlife. Fee: $375. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

August 11...Hattiesburg, Mississippi 8:15 AM - 1:30 PM.
Understanding Global Positioning System (GPS). Location: Paul B. Johnson State Park. Come learn the basics of GPS and how to find and set waypoints, routes, and tracks. Fee: $25; lunch provided. Call Emily at (662) 325-6852.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

August 12...Telephone Conference 10 AM.
Fire Districts: What are they and what benefit do they provide for forest owners. Some of our members have been pretty upset when fire districts have assessed mandatory dues on their land, but seemingly provided no useful service. Please join this call to pick up useful information and to pass along information to others. The phone number will be printed in the August issue of Capital Ideas. If you know something about fire districts and the liabilities or benefits they present to forest owners, please call Lee at (205) 987-8811. Here are links for two articles AFOA found relating to fire districts in Alabama: Link 1 (ShelbyCountyReporter.com) and Link 2 (StopVandiverTax.com).
Listen to the Telephone Conference.


August 12...Monroe County 6 PM.
Friends of NRA (National Rifle Association) Dinner and Auction. Location: Monroeville Community House. This is a family event that will include: auctions, special drawings, games, and dinner. Fee: $25/adult and $15/children under 15. Contact Tracey Law at (251) 575-3477 or tal0004@auburn.edu.

August 13...Newton, Mississippi 8:15 AM - 4 PM.
Forest Growth and Yield/Financial Analysis. Location: Coastal Plain Experiment Station. This program will be geared toward foresters, resource management professionals, and anyone involved in timberland management or investment. Fee: $40; lunch included. Call James Henderson at (662) 325-0754.

August 15-20...Ashville, North Carolina.
International Wood Collectors Society Annual Meeting at the Lifeway Ridgecrest Conference Center in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sessions on Wood ID, Woodturning, and Carving. Call Tom Kinney at (630) 667-8468.

August 17...Verona, Mississippi 8:15 AM - 4 PM.
Forest Growth and Yield/Financial Analysis. Location: North Mississippi Research and Extension Center. This program will be geared toward foresters, resource management professionals, and anyone involved in timberland management or investment. Fee: $40; lunch included. Call John Kushla at (662) 566-2201.

August 17...Senatobia, Mississippi 6 PM - 8:30 PM.
Managing the Family Forest - Tax Fundamentals and Estate. Location: Tate County Extension Office. Fee: $35. Contact Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000 or jgordon@ext.msstate.edu.

August 18...Starkville, Mississippi.
Intro to TCruise. “Come learn how to set up and use the industry-leading TCruise program to collect and process your forest inventory data.” This class is for the professional forester. Fee: $225. Call Johnny Thompson at 1-866-395-5440 x 1.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

August 18, 2010...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. Listen on the web.
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.


August 18…Webinar Noon CT.
Impact Of Emotional Cutoff On The Family Business presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Call Lee at 1-800-551-0633.

August 18-19...Jefferson County.
3rd Annual Conference for Litter Prevention at Samford University. Fee: $100. Call (205) 879-3009.

August 20...Grenada, Mississippi 8:15 AM - 4 PM.
Forest Growth and Yield/Financial Analysis. Location: Holmes Community College - Grenada Center. This program will be geared toward foresters, resource management professionals, and anyone involved in timberland management or investment. Fee: $40; lunch included. Call James Henderson at (662) 325-0754.

August 23-24...Cordele, Georgia.
Georgia Division Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting. Location: Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club. The Georgia Chapter of the Association of Consulting Foresters will also conduct their Annual Meeting concurrently with the GASAF. Contact Joshua Harrell at jharrell@forestinvest.com or (706) 845-9085 or (404) 495-8636.

August 24...Meridian, Mississippi 9:30 AM - 4 PM.
Growing Ahead of the Curve. Location: Northwood Country Club. Learn about increasing the productivity and profitability of your timber resources. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Contact Alicia Niles at 1-800-325-2954 or aniles@forestlandowners.com.

August 24...Senatobia, Mississippi 6 PM - 8:30 PM.
Managing the Family Forest - Timber Outlook and Marketing. Location: Tate County Extension Office. Fee: $35. Contact Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000 or jgordon@ext.msstate.edu.

August 24-26...Atlanta, Georgia.
BioPro Expo. Location: Cobb Galleria Centre. This event explores practical methods for transitioning a variety of biomass feedstocks into energy and biofuel. Fee: $1125. Contact Paula Emde at (770) 451-5180 pemde@tappi.org.

August 26...Kissimmee, Florida 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM ET.
Public Listening Session: America's Great Outdoors Initiative. Location: Osceola Heritage Park Exhibition Building. "Join senior representatives from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a public listening session and discussions in Florida on conservation, recreation, and reconnecting people to the outdoors." - Source The government needs to hear from advocates of private land ownership along with others. Free and open to the public, but please pre-register. Call Veronica McClurkin at (404) 679-7171. Email registration to AGOOrlando@fws.gov or fax (404) 679-4082.

August 26-27...Cherokee County.
Wildlife School - Landowner Seminar. Location: Gadsden State Community College - Centre Campus. Fee: $85. Call Cheryl Hall at (256) 835-7821 x 3.

August 27...Nashville, Tennessee 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
Public Listening Session: America's Great Outdoors Initiative. Location: Nashville Public Library (Main Branch). "Representatives from Department of Interior (DOI), USDA, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) will be present to hear your thoughts and to participate in a conversation with you about land conservation, recreation, historic preservation and reconnecting Americans to the great outdoors." - Source The government needs to hear from advocates of private land ownership along with others. Free and open to the public, but please pre-register. Call Chris Abbett at (404) 507-5685. Email registration to Ashley Baggett at ser_americas_great_outdoors_nashville@nps.gov.

August 28...Starkville, Mississippi.
Management of White-Tailed Deer in Mississippi. Location: Thompson College of Forest Resources, MSU. Fee: $50; lunch provided. Call College of Forest Resources at (662) 325-2952.

> September 2010

September 1...Chambers County.
Longleaf Pine Workshop. Location: Waverly. Fee: $20; lunch included. Call Vicki Stallings at (334) 427-1029.

September 2...Jefferson County 4 PM - 10 PM.
Shoot ’ N Shout. Clays Shoot & Family Dinner at Southern Skeet & Trap. Dinner from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM. Fee: $25/shooter; $15/non-shooter. Call Scott Gilpin at (205) 529-1983 or Bob Carr at (205) 902-4156.

September 2...Bibb County 5 PM to 7 PM.
Public Meeting on US Fish & Wildlife Service Proposal to Acquire 280,000 Acres of Land and Easements to Expand the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge and Establish a Cahaba River Conservation Area in Bibb, Chilton, Jefferson, Perry, and Shelby Counties. Location: Brent Elementary School gymnasium, 160 4th Street, Brent. Forest owners should come prepared to defend your forestland management activities and make the case that private forestland management is better than public forestland management. Also, come prepared to discuss the huge costs of the proposal (see AFOA News webpage). Contact Steve Miller, Refuge Manager, at (256) 848-7085 or Stephen_A_Miller@fws.gov.

September 3...Athens, Georgia 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM ET.
GPS Research in Natural Resources. Location: Warnell School of Forestry. This class is for people who have little or no background in GPS, but have an interest in learning about the basics of GPS and the accuracy of the technology when used in forested conditions. Fee: $120. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

September 3...Webinar 12 PM - 1 PM ET.
Thousand Cankers Disease of Black Walnut. This webinar is intended to familiarize foresters with the new and threatening disease of black walnut called Thousand Cankers Disease. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

September 8-9...Athens, Georgia.
Emerging Issues in Tree and Forest Health: Diagnosis and Treatment. Location: Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest. Topics will include: forest insect threats, tree diseases, and abiotic factors such as soil compaction and drought. Fee: $295; $50 discount if paid by August 18. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

September 8-9...Destin, Florida.
Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting. Location: Baytowne at Sandestin Resort. Fee: $360. Call the Florida Forestry Association at (850) 222-6179.

September 8-10...Baldwin County.
Alabama Water Resources Conference and Alabama Section of AWRA Symposium. Location: Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach. The conference will provide a forum for discussion regarding the many aspects of water use, management, and conservation issues. The deadline to reserve a room at the conference rate is August 9. Fee: $300; $60 discount if paid by August 27. Call Zhen Feng at (334) 844-5609.

September 9...Jackson County 6 PM.
Things You Need to Know Before Selling Your Timber. Location: Mud Creek Barbeque Restaurant, Hollywood. Speaker: Allen Varner, Alabama Forestry Commission. Dinner provided. Contact Lynn Washington at (256) 574-3217 or lynn.washington@forestry.alabama.gov.

September 10...Sumter County 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Alabama Certified Burn Manager Recertification Workshop. Location: University of West Alabama, Livingston. Registration required. Fee: $35. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or kent@rxfire.net.

September 10...Perry, Florida 8:30 AM - 1 PM ET.
FL-GA Game Management Update Series: White-tailed Deer Management. Location: Forest Capital Hall, University of Florida. Fee: $25; lunch included. Call R. J. Byrne at (229) 225-4130.

September 12-14...Baldwin County.
Alabama Forestry Association Annual Meeting. Location: Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach. Fee: $425; some meals included. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 481-2127 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

September 12-15...Tallahassee, Florida.
National Goat Conference. Location: Leon County Civic Center. Call Dr. Ray Mobley at (850) 412-5252.

September 13-14...Washington, D.C.
National Forest Landowners Advocacy Day. Landowners are able to personally meet with Congressional Delegates on issues that affect forest landowners. Fee: $150. Contact Susan Johnson at 1-800-325-2954 or sjohnson@forestlandowners.com.

September 14...Barbour County 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Alabama Certified Burn Manager Recertification Workshop. Location: Lake Point State Park, Eufaula. Registration required. Fee: $25. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or kent@rxfire.net.

September 15...Barbour County 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
Alabama Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting. Location: Lake Point State Park, Eufaula. Fee: $25; includes lunch. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or kent@rxfire.net.

September 16...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off. Location: Birmingham Children’s Zoo. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some of the best wild game in Alabama. Fee: $50; $10 discount prior to the event. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

September 17...Athens, Georgia 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM ET.
Aerial Photogrammetry Refresher. Location: Warnell School of Forestry. Fee: $150; lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

September 17...Marianna, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM CT.
Invasive Exotic Plants and Their Control. Location: Jackson County Agricultural Conference Center. Lunch provided. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

September 17-18...Starkville, Mississippi.
Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show. Fee: $15; $5 discount if you pre-register. Contact Misty Booth at (662) 325-2191 or mbooth@cfr.msstate.edu.

September 17-18...Pike County.
Alabama Treasure Forest Association (ATFA) Conference and Tour. Location: Pike County Cattlemen’s Park, Troy. Fee: $99; $14 discount if paid by August 19. Call ATFA at (251) 675-7481.

September 18...Mobile & Baldwin Counties.
Alabama Coastal Cleanup. Call Alabama PALS (People Against A Littered State) at (334) 263-7737.

September 18...Newton, Mississippi 9 AM - 3 PM.
Wildlife Festival. Location: Coastal Plain Experiment Station. Things to do: Wildlife management & ecology seminars, Bird dog training demonstrations, Food plot tours, falconry demonstrations, and many kid's activities. Fee: $5 adults; $2 children. Call (601) 857-2284.

September 20...Covington County 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Alabama Certified Burn Manager Recertification Workshop. Location: Solon Dixon Center, Andalusia. Registration required. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or kent@rxfire.net.
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September 20...Greenwood, Mississippi 5:45 PM - 8:30 PM.
Wildlife & Hardwood Management For Profit and Recreation. Location: KK's Deli. A workshop for landowners interested in the natural landscape as well as woodland & wildlife management. Fee: $15; includes dinner. Call Andy Braswell at (662) 453-6803.

September 20...Lee County 6:30 PM - 8 PM.
Landowner Meeting. Location: Cock of the Walk Restaurant, Opelika. “What if your property tax more than doubled? Could you still afford to grow trees on your land? Maintaining a favorable tax environment for landowners to grow trees for a profit is not only vital to Alabama’s economy, but to our environment and quality of life.” Source: Alabama Forestry Association (AFA). Fee: $15; dinner included. Pre-registration required. Contact Fran Whitaker, AFA, at (334) 481-2127 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

September 20-22...Portland, Oregon.
"Who Will Own the Forest? 6” Summit. Join the professionals as they discuss the challenges and opportunities to investing in forestland. Fee: $880. Call World Forestry Center at (503) 226-4562.

September 21...Autauga County 6:30 PM - 8 PM.
Landowner Meeting. Location: Bass Pro Shop, Prattville. “What if your property tax more than doubled? Could you still afford to grow trees on your land? Maintaining a favorable tax environment for landowners to grow trees for a profit is not only vital to Alabama’s economy, but to our environment and quality of life.” Source: Alabama Forestry Association (AFA). Fee: $15; heavy appetizers included. Pre-registration required. Contact Fran Whitaker, AFA, at (334) 481-2127 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

September 21-22...Athens, Georgia.
Deer Ecology and Management. Location: Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Instructors: Dr. Karl Miller and Dr. John Carroll. Fee: $375. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

September 21-24...Covington County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course. Location: Solon Dixon Center, Andalusia. Registration required. Bradley Murphy Trust support for partial room and board for landowners and consultants is available. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or kent@rxfire.net.

September 23...Choctaw County 8 AM.
Forest Landowner Tour. Location: O. M. Becton’s Property, Silas. Lunch provided. Call the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at (205) 459-2133.

September 23...Clarke County 6:30 PM.
Selling Your Timber Workshop. Location: Alabama Southern Community College, Thomasville. Contact Benji Elmore at (251) 275-3283 or benji.elmore@forestry.alabama.gov.

September 27...Webinar 11 AM - 12 PM CT.
Changing Roles - Emerging Issues: Forest Cooperatives. Speaker: Scott Bagley, Program Director, Center for Cooperative Forest Enterprises. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

September 28...Verona, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Managing The Family Forest In Mississippi. Location: North Mississippi Research & Extension Center. The meeting will cover topics such as: multiple use, timber marketing, best management practices, finances, thinning, forest health, and taxation. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call John Kushla at (662) 566-2201.

September 28...Hollandale, Mississippi 5:45 PM - 8:30 PM.
Wildlife & Hardwood Management For Profit and Recreation. Location: Leroy Percy State Park. A workshop for landowners interested in the natural landscape as well as woodland & wildlife management. Fee: $15; includes dinner. Call Robert Martin at (662) 873-4246.

September 28...Tallapoosa County 6:30 PM - 8 PM.
Landowner Meeting. Location: Big B Bar-B-Que, Alexander City. “What if your property tax more than doubled? Could you still afford to grow trees on your land? Maintaining a favorable tax environment for landowners to grow trees for a profit is not only vital to Alabama’s economy, but to our environment and quality of life.” Source: Alabama Forestry Association (AFA). Fee: $15; dinner included. Pre-registration required. Contact Fran Whitaker, AFA, at (334) 481-2127 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

September 28 - October 1...Lee County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course. Location: Auburn School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Registration required. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or kent@rxfire.net.

September 29...Talladega County 8 AM.
Forestry and Wildlife Management Seminar. Location: Talladega County Extension Office. Fee: $25; lunch provided. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

September 29...Webinar Noon CT.
Developing Your Board Of Directors For Maximum Impact presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Contact Tim Smith at 1-800-551-0633 or tim@efamilybusiness.com.

September 29 & 30...Two Locations, Georgia 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM.
Forestry Half-Day Workshop.
Location on September 29:
Effingham County Extension Office, Springfield, Georgia.
Location on September 30: Bulloch County Ag Center, Statesboro, Georgia.
The same course is offered on both days. Topic: Longleaf pine - the establishment phase, growth and yields (wood and pine straw) on old-field sites, and economics. Fee: $40. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

September 29-30...Athens, Georgia.
Conservation Easements for Forest Landowners. Location: Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Fee: $345. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu. Editor's Note - Alabama landowners should use caution and check the value of conservation easements before committing their property. See the AFOA news page for an article with a more skeptical view on conservation easements.

September 30...Greene County 8 AM.
McRae Farm Tour. Location: Dr. Findley McRae Farm, Eutaw. Contact John Ollison at (205) 459-2392 or ollisjp@acesag.auburn.edu.

September 30...Bibb County 5 PM - 7:30 PM.
Cahaba River Landowners Association Organizational Meeting. Location: Sawmeal Restaurant in Brent. This is a meeting of the landowners from the impacted area of the proposed expansion of the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge. Voting membership will be limited to landowners whose lands are in the impacted area. All are welcome to attend. A webpage is under construction at www.cahabariverlandowners.com   Contact Brent Belcher at (205) 926-4666 or brentbelcher@bellsouth.net.

September 30...Green Cove Springs, Florida 5:30 PM - 8:15 PM ET.
White-Tailed Deer Management Workshop. Location: Clay County Florida Extension Office. Fee: $10; dinner included. Pre-registration required. Call David at (904) 284-6355.

> October 2010

October 2…Bullock County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Outdoor Heritage Day. Location: Wehle Land Conservation Center, Midway. Contact Chris Smith at (334) 242-3409 or chris.smith@dcnr.alabama.gov.

October 4...Webinar 11 AM - 12 PM CT.
Changing Roles - Emerging Issues: Ecosystem Goods and Services. Speaker: Dr. Francisco Escobedo, Urban Forestry, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

October 4...Clay County 6:30 PM - 8 PM.
Landowner Meeting. Location: Ms. Anita's Restaurant, Lineville. “What if your property tax more than doubled? Could you still afford to grow trees on your land? Maintaining a favorable tax environment for landowners to grow trees for a profit is not only vital to Alabama’s economy, but to our environment and quality of life.” Source: Alabama Forestry Association (AFA). Fee: $15; dinner included. Pre-registration required. Contact Fran Whitaker, AFA, at (334) 481-2127 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

October 4-6...Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course. Location: Courtyard Marriott. This hybrid (online and face to face) short course consists of approximately 21 hours of class room and field work in addition to the completion of a 32 hour online pre-course. Fee: $250. Call (662) 325-9191.

October 5...Covington County.
Forestland Property Tour. Location: Gail and Phillip Jones Property. Call Chuck Simon at (334) 222-1125.

October 5-8...Knoxville, Tennessee.
Eastern Native Grass Symposium. Location: Knoxville Marriott. Topics include: Forage, Biofuels, Ecosystem Restoration, Wildlife Management, Seed Production/Landscaping, and Land Reclamation. Fee: $275. Call the University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture, at (865) 974-7308.

October 6-7...Lee County.
Clear Water Alabama Seminar and Field Day. Location: Ag Heritage Park, Auburn. This seminar and field day were designed to help people learn more about erosion and sediment control practices and products. Fee: $200; $25 discount if paid by October 1. Call Katie Heath at (205) 424-9990 x 101.

October 6-7...Macon, Georgia.
Forest Roads in the Piedmont and Coastal Plains. Location: Georgia Forestry Commission. Learn how to plan, design, located, construct, stabilize, use, maintain, and close forest roads. Fee: $345. Lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

October 6-8...Escambia County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only). Location: Brewton. Contact Chasity Pettis at (251) 867-8042 or chasity.pettis@al.nacdnet.net.

October 7...Walker County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Invasive Species Workshop. Location: Walker County Lake. The workshop will begin with a privet eradication demonstration. Registration required. Call Katherine at (205) 387-1879.

October 7...Chambers County 5 PM - 7:40 PM.
Forest Landowner Conference. Location: Farmers Federation Building, LaFayette. Chris Isaacson, Executive Vice-President, Alabama Forestry Association (AFA), spoke
on the Lynch et. al. vs. Alabama lawsuit. Kenneth King, Alabama Revenue Commission Office, spoke on taxes paid by the forestry community. Fee: $4; dinner included. Contact Bill Frazer at (334) 864-9955 or wrfrazer@yahoo.com.

     Watch the video of Chris Isaacson speaking on the Lynch et. al. vs. Alabama lawsuit. Use this link for documentation on the Lynch et. al. vs. Alabama lawsuit on the AFA website.

     Watch the video of Kenneth
King's presentation on taxes paid by the forestry community.

October 7...Talladega County 6:30 PM - 8 PM.
Landowner Meeting. Location: Fincher's Restaurant, Childersburg. “What if your property tax more than doubled? Could you still afford to grow trees on your land? Maintaining a favorable tax environment for landowners to grow trees for a profit is not only vital to Alabama’s economy, but to our environment and quality of life.” Source: Alabama Forestry Association (AFA). Fee: $15; dinner included. Pre-registration required. Contact Fran Whitaker, AFA, at (334) 481-2127 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

October 7-10...Shelby County.
Gopher Tortoise Council Annual Meeting. Location: 4-H Center, Columbiana. Fee: $60; Registration only. Contact David A. Steen at (229) 220-2073 or davidasteen@gmail.com.

October 8...Athens, Georgia 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM ET.
Forest Management I: Tree- and Stand-Level Decisions. Location: Warnell School of Forestry. Fee: $120; lunch provided. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

October 8-9...Lee County.
The Economic Recovery: Washington's Big Lie. Location: Mises Institute, Auburn. Fee: $375/person, $505/couple. Call (334) 321-2100.

October 12-15...Columbia, South Carolina.
The Longleaf Alliance Regional Longleaf Conference. Location: Marriott. Contact Mark Hainds at (334) 427-1029 or mark@longleafalliance.org.

October 13...Gatlinburg, Tennessee 9 AM - Noon ET.
Pre-Conference Workshops. Location: Tennessee Forestry Association Annual Convention, Edgewater Hotel and Conference Center. Topics: Session I Forest Inventory Analysis Workshop and Session II Forest Certification Topics/USGBC Green Building Issues. Fee: None. Call Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832.

October 13-15...Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Tennessee Forestry Association Annual Convention. Location: Edgewater Hotel and Conference Center. Fee: $200. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

October 13-15...Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Mississippi Forestry Association Annual Meeting. Location: Lake Terrace Convention Center. Fee: $335. Contact Eleana Pope at (601) 354-4936 or epope@msforestry.net.

October 14...Autauga County 7:30 AM - 3 PM.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Conference. Location: Marriott Legends, Prattville. The conference topics include: how to meet your energy goals and how to apply the smartest and most cost effective approach to energy efficiency. Fee: $85; $10 discount if you register online. Contact Dennis Atkinson at (615) 804-9925 or datkinson@energyservicescoalition.org.

October 14...Wilcox County 8 AM.
Forestry and Wildlife Management Seminar. Location: AAES Lower Coastal Plain Substation. Fee: $25; lunch provided. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

October 14...Jackson County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Forestry & Wildlife Tour. Location: G. W. Jones Farm, Paint Rock. Lunch provided. Contact Lynn Washington at (256) 574-3217 or lynn.washington@forestry.alabama.gov.

October 14...Laurel Hill, Florida 9 AM - 1 PM CT.
Forest Stewardship Tour. Location: Gaskin Farm. Tour a property managed for recreation and timber production. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

October 14-15...Memphis, Tennessee.
Biomass South 2010. Location: University of Memphis Holiday Inn Conference Center. Fee: $250. Contact Paula Baker at (919) 941-5145 or pbaker@southern.org.

October 15...Athens, Georgia 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM ET.
Forest Management II: Forest-Level Decisions. Location: Warnell School of Forestry. Fee: $120; lunch provided. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

October 15...Webinar 11 AM - 12 PM CT.
Changing Roles - Emerging Issues: Climate Change. Speaker: Dr. Steve McNulty, USDA Forest Service. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

October 11, 18, & 25...Online Program Noon - 1 PM Eastern Time each day.
Master Wildlifer - Steps for Developing a Wildlife Management Plan for Your Property. The program is divided into 3 sessions. Session 1: Identifying Objectives and Inventory of Resources. Session 2: Mapping Your Property Using USDA Web Soil. Session 3: Management Recommendations & Assistance. Fee: $75. Call Susan Guynn at (864) 656-0606.

October 18-22...Starkville, Mississippi.
Wood Magic Science Fair. Location: Mississippi State University. The fair is aimed specifically at elementary school students. Pass this along to any teachers you know. Call Amy Garrard at (662) 325-8453.

October 20...Hattiesburg, Mississippi 9 AM - 5 PM.
Forest Management Plan Workshop. Location: Forrest County Extension Office. This workshop was designed to help landowners apply forest management concepts to their forests and develop a written plan to implement their management objectives. Fee: $15. Registration is required. Call Chuck Grantham at (601) 545-6083.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

October 20, 2010...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.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your mp3 player: October 20, 2010 CI Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.


October 20...Webinar 11 AM - 12 PM CT.
Harvesting Aesthetics. Speaker: Dr. Ben Jackson. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

This webinar has been postponed until 2011. October 20...Webinar Noon - 1PM with repeat at 7 PM - 8PM Eastern Time (ET).
ForestConnect Webinar - Your Land Your Legacy: Deciding the Future of Your Land. Join guest speaker, Paul Catanzaro, University of Massachusetts. Participants must pre-register once, no charge, at www.forestconnect.info. Contact Peter Smallidge at (607) 592-3640 or pjs23@cornell.edu.

October 21...Tallapoosa County 6 PM.
Quality Deer Management Banquet. Location: Alexander City. Low country boil included. Contact Jerry Brown (256) 839-5154 or lmqdma@hotmail.com.

October 22...Statewide.
Alabama Voter Registration Deadline.

October 22...Newton, Georgia 8:30 AM - 1 PM ET.
FL-GA Game Management Update Series: Vegetation Management for Upland Wildlife. Location: Jones Ecological Center at Ichauway Plantation. Fee: $25; lunch included. Call R. J. Byrne at (229) 225-4130.

October 22...Live Oak, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Pine Straw Production Workshop and In-service Training. Location: Suwannee Valley Research and Education Center. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Call Suwannee Valley REC at (386) 362-1725.

October 22...Pittsboro, Mississippi 9 AM - 2 PM.
Tree Identification Workshop. Location: Calhoun County Extension Office. This program is for anyone interested in learning how to identify trees. Fee: $20; $30 per couple. Lunch included. Call John Kushla (662) 566-2201.

October 23...Jackson, Tennessee 7:30 AM - 1 PM.
Forestry & Wildlife Reunion II. Location: West Tenn. Research & Education Center. Topics include: Controlling privet, Bottomland hardwood research results, Quality deer management, Management of native warm season grasses, and more. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact David Mercker at (731) 425-4703 or dcmercker@utk.edu.

October 23...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 1 PM.
Wild Game Processing from Field to Table. Location: UF Meat Processing Laboratory. This program could be useful for anyone interested in processing wild game. Fee: $30; includes snacks and wild game samples. Contact Chad Carr at (352) 392-2454 or chadcarr@ufl.edu.

October 24-26...Savannah, Georgia.
Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) Annual Meeting. Location: Mansion on Forsyth Park. Fee: $325. Contact SFPA at (504) 443-4464 or mail@sfpa.org.

October 26…Butler County 9:30 AM - 1 PM.
Exploring Opportunities in the Developing Forest Biomass Market in South Alabama. Location: Corley Land Services Office, Chapman. Seminar presented by Auburn University, USDA Forest Service and Corley Land Services for landowners interested in learning about emerging forest biomass opportunities. Topics include “State of the Industry”, Dept. of Energy Biomass Production Study, landowners’ involvement in this study and Biomass Crop Assistance Program update. Lunch provided. Please pre-register by October 21. Contact Corley Land Services at (334) 376-9707 or office@corleyland.com.

October 26...Tallahassee, Florida 9 AM - 12:30 PM ET.
Tree ID Lab. Location: Leon County Extension Center. Call the extension center at (850) 606-5202.

October 26-29...Madison County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course. Location: Alabama A&M University. Registration required. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or kent@rxfire.net.

October 27...Montgomery County 10 AM.
Alabama-Tombigbee Clean Water Partnership Steering Committee. Location: Manufacture Alabama, Montgomery. Free and open to the public. Pre-register for lunch. Contact Ashley Henderson at (334) 300-3392 or ahendersoncwp@charter.net.

October 27...Webinar 11 AM - 12 PM CT.
In-the-Field Webinar Series: Power of Flight and Longleaf Legacy. Speaker: Gary Burger, Registered Forester, National Wild Turkey Federation. Online Registration. Call Heather Fox, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, at (202) 857-0166x2479.

October 27-29...New York City, New York.
Timberland Investment World Summit. Location: The Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel. Session topics include: the future of a more mature , investor-savvy market, return-risk ration against other asset classes, risk reduction, global updates, timber taxes, and advanced contract considerations. Fee: $2999; $300 discount if paid by October 1. Call (212) 885-2738.

October 28...Monroe County 7:45 AM.
Fall Forestry Tour. Location: USDA Service Center (tour will begin here). Topics include: Forest Management, tour of local mill, and Cost Share Programs. Lunch provided. Call Shannon at (251) 743-2587x3 to make your reservation.

October 28...Lee County 8 AM.
Forestry and Wildlife Management Seminar. Location: Lexington University Hotel and Convention Center, Auburn. Fee: $25; lunch provided. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

October 31...Statewide.
Alabama Invasive Plant Council Education and Outreach Grant Program Application Deadline. Learn more. Call Dana McReynolds at (334) 240-9363.

November 1-4...Newton, Georgia.
Ecological Forestry Workshop. Location: Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center. Fee: $400. Contact Jessica McCorvey at (229) 734-4706 or jmccorve@jonesctr.org.

November 2...General Election Day.

November 2...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences (SFWS) Seminar Series. Location: Auburn University, SFWS Room 1101. Topic: Selection silviculture is dead...long live selection silviculture! The Proportional-B method, a new (old) paradigm. Speaker: Ed Loewenstein. Refreshments served. Bring your own lunch. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu.

November 4...Dallas County.
Wild Game Cook-Off. Location: Selma. The Cook-Offs often feature live music, door prizes, youth activities, and some of the best wild game in Alabama. Fee: $50. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

November 5...Live Oak, Florida 9 AM - 1 PM ET.
Maximizing Profits by Extending Pine Rotations: Multiple Benefits of Longer vs. Shorter Rotation Pine Management. Location: Suwannee County Extension Office. Call the National Wild Turkey Federation at (386) 754-1051x216.

November 5...Athens, Georgia 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM ET.
Forests and Hurricanes: Impacts and Planning Considerations. Location: Warnell School of Forestry. Fee: $120; lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

November 5-7...Covington County.
Alabama Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Annual Conference. Location: Solon Dixon Center, Andalusia. Fee: varies depending on registration. Contact David A. Steen at (229) 220-2073 or alabamaparc@gmail.com.

November 8...Corinth, Mississippi 9 AM - 4 PM.
Managing the Family Forest in Mississippi. Location: Alcorn County Extension Office. This course will help enable the landowner to fully realize the benefits of forest ownership. Fee: $35; $50 per couple. Lunch included. Call John Kushla at (662) 566-2201.

November 9...Otter Creek, Florida 9 AM.
Property Tour. Location: Property of Johnny Johnson and Family, Legacy Timber Tract. “Mr. Johnson’s objectives are to produce high-quality timber, increase the wildlife habitat for white-tailed deer and wild turkey; and maintain the aesthetic quality of the tract for potential future land uses. These objectives are being met through the use of thinning, burning, rotational mowing and protecting the natural swamps and vegetation species that provide important habitat.” Lunch provided. Call Levy County Extension Office at (352) 486-5131.

November 9...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences (SFWS) Seminar Series. Location: Auburn University, SFWS Room 1101. Topic: Pondering across the bridge: Social science research on natural resources. Speaker: Wayde Morse. Refreshments served. Bring your own lunch. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu.

November 9...Greene County 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM.
Feral Hog Management Meeting. Location: Eutaw Activity Center, Eutaw. Topics include; Trapping Techniques and Designs, Removal Methods, Laws and Regulations, and Financial Assistance. Light refreshments provided. Call the Greene County Extension Office at (205) 372-3401.

November 10...Tuscaloosa County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
GPS 101: Technology for Better Land Management. Location: Tuscaloosa County Extension Office, Tuscaloosa. The workshop will provide a hands-on opportunity to operate a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit and learn to use low cost Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software. Fee: $25; lunch provided. Contact Wayne Ford at (205) 349-4630 or fordsta@aces.edu.

November 10...Webinar Noon CT.
Human Resources Practices: Building Policies From Our Values presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Contact Tim Smith at 1-800-551-0633 or tim@efamilybusiness.com.

November 10...Autauga County 12 Noon.
PALS (People Against A Littered State) Governors Awards. Location: Marriott at Capitol Hill, Prattville. Call Alabama PALS at (334) 263-7737.

November 10-11...Athens, Georgia.
Estate Planning for Forest Landowners Dealing with Uncertainty. Location: Georgia Center for Continuing Education. This program is designed to enhance your understanding of forest assets before and after retirement. Instructor: Harry L. Haney, University of Georgia. Fee: $445; $50 discount if paid by October 20. Lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

November 11...Coosa County 8:30 AM - Noon.
Landowner Tour. Location: County Road 49 in Hanover. No fee. Contact Lori Woodfin at (256) 377-4750 or lori.woodfin@coosaswcd.com.

November 11...Webinar 1 PM - 2:30 PM CT.
Current Wildlife Economics Issues. An online discussion of today's economic issues of interest to wildlife professionals. No fee. Contact Kevin McKinstry at 1-800-281-7991 or kmckinstry@westervelt.com.

November 12...Lexington, Mississippi 10:30 AM - 3 PM.
Timber Valuation Workshop. Location: Black Creek Outfitters. This workshop is an educational course for private forest landowners. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Call Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000.

November 13...Greenville, South Carolina 9 AM - 2 PM.
Mises Circle: The Coming Currency Crisis and the Downfall of the Dollar. Location: Furman University. Join the discussion about what the current monetary trends mean for the future of the dollar. Fee: $85; lunch included. Call the Ludwig von Mises Institute at (334) 321-2100.

November 13...Perry, Florida 9 AM - 1:30 PM ET.
Flex Fuel Vehicle with Wood Workshop. Location: Taylor County Extension Office. Fee: $15; lunch provided. Call (850) 838-3508.

November 15...Mobile County 6 PM.
Mobile County Landowners Association Meeting. Location: Archer Agricultural Center, Mobile. Topic: Current threats to the United States Constitution in relation to rights of property owners. Speaker: Dr. Lou Campomenosi. Call Joyce at (251) 649-1519.

November 16...Autauga County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only). Location: R.H. Kirkpatrick Agricultural Pavilion. Contact Yvonne Thomas at (334) 361-7273 or thomayd@aces.edu.

November 16...Pierson, Florida 9 AM - 1 PM Central Time (CT).
Forest Stewardship Tour. Location: Evans Farm. Fee: $10; lunch included. Call (386) 822-5778 for more information.

November 16...Mayo, Florida 10 AM - 3:30 PM.
Forest Economics Workshop. Location: Mayo Community Center. This workshop will present information on current economic issues affecting the private forest landowner. The three primary topics: income tax issues involved with a managed forest, agricultural exemption, and alternative forest crops of today and tomorrow. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Eric Black at (386) 294-2326 or blacke@doacs.state.fl.us.

November 17...Baldwin County 8:30 AM - Noon.
Timber Tax Workshop. Location: 5 Rivers Resource Center, Spanish Fort. Speaker: Dr. Robert Tufts. Fee: ? Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 844-1011 or tuftsra@auburn.edu.

November 17...Webinar 11 AM - 12 PM CT.
Silvopasture: A Viable Agroforestry Enterprise System. “Silvopasture systems intentionally combine timber, forage, and livestock enterprises on the same acres. This webinar will focus on issues and establishment practices that landowners and planners need to consider when converting their existing land management to silvopasture.” Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

November 18...Batesville, Mississippi 8 AM.
Natural Resource Enterprises Workshop. Location: Hawks Grove. Learn business and wildlife habitat management basics from the experts and includes a field session. Fee: $25; lunch included. Call (662) 325-3133.

November 18...Baker, Florida 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Wildlife Management Workshop. Location: Gum Creek Lodge. Must pre-register by November 16 for lunch. Call Extension office at (850) 689-5850.

November 18...St. Augustine, Florida 8:15 AM - 1 PM ET.
Invasive Exotic Plants and Their Control. Location: St. Johns County Wind Mitigation Building. Lunch provided. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

November 18...Vernon, Florida 10 AM - 3 PM CT.
Groundcover Restoration in Forests of the Southeastern US. Location: Sandhill Lake Mitigation Bank Tract. Workshop tour includes upland restoration sites for longleaf pine/wiregrass and oak/pine forest communities. Fee: $30. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

November 18...Dover, Tennessee 6 PM.
Regional Meeting of the Tennessee Forestry Association. Location: Cindy's Catfish Restaurant. Topic: Introduction to CSA Standards...New Trucking Standards and Affect on the Forest Products Industry. Fee: $15. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

November 22-23...Athens, Georgia.
Intoduction to ArcGIS. Location: Warnell School of Forestry. This course introduces the basic features of ArcGIS and teaches techniques for some of the basic natural resource management applications. Fee: $360; lunch included first day. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

> December 2010

December 1-2...Athens, Georgia.
Timber Income Tax. Location: Warnell School of Forestry. This course provides a combination of lectures, hands-on exercises, and discussions to help guide you. Fee: $425; $50 discount if paid by November 18. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

December 2...Covington County.
Wild Game Cook-Off. The Cook-Offs often feature live music, door prizes, youth activities, and some of the best wild game in Alabama. Fee: $50. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

December 2...Escambia County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Herbicides & Natural Resource Management. Location: Escambia County Extension Office, Brewton. Topics: Forestry Site Prep, Invasive Plant ID, Invasive Plant Control, Longleaf Establishment, Longleaf Cost-Share Programs, and Multi-agency Forestry Cost-Share Program Overview. Fee: $20. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 937-7176 or brodbam@auburn.edu.

December 2...Cherokee County 9 AM - 12 PM.
Treasure Forest Landowner Tour. Location: Critterwood Farms, Centre. Speakers: Lynn Washington, Tim Albritton, Jim Schrenkel, Billy Joe Johnson, Jr., and others. Call Don Coley at (256) 927-3163.

December 2...Tuscaloosa County 5:30 PM - 9 PM.
Managing Your Woodlands Workshop. Location: Tuscaloosa County Extension Auditorium, Tuscaloosa. Topics include: Best Management Practices, Prescribed Burning, White-tailed Deer Management, Pond Management, and Hardwood Management. Fee: $5; supper included. Contact Wayne Ford at (205) 349-4630 or fordsta@aces.edu.

December 3...Athens, Georgia 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM ET.
GPS for Beginners. Location: Warnell School of Forestry. Learn some of the basics of Global Positioning System (GPS) when used in forested conditions. Fee: $195; lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

December 5-7...Macon County.
Professional Agricultural Workers Conference. Location: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Tuskegee University. Theme: Empowering Underserved Farmers and Rural Communities by Changing Legislation, USDA Eligibility Requirements, and Program Delivery. Fee:$425; $300 discount for retirees, students, farmers, and community based organizations if paid by December 1. Contact Tasha Hargrove at (334) 724-4524 or tmhargrove@tuskegee.edu.

December 6...DEADLINE for Comments on Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge Expansion Proposal. Send comments to Ms. Kimberly Eldridge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 420, Atlanta, GA 30345 or by email to Kimberly_Eldridge@fws.gov. For more information see the AFOA NEWS page.

December 8...Chilton County 10 AM - 4 PM.
Alabama Clean Water Partnership 6th Annual Watersheds Conference. Location: Alabama Power Water Course Conference Center, Clanton. Pre-register by November 30 for lunch. Call Allison Jenkins at (205) 266-6285.

December 8...Monroe County 10 AM.
Short Rotation Pine Growth for Bioenergy Meeting for Landowners. Speakers: Dr. Matthew Smidt and Joseph McKenzie. Similar meeting is planned for Foresters/Loggers on the same day. Reservation required. Contact Shannon Hall-Jones at (251) 743-2587x3 or LSH006@auburn.edu.

December 8...Knoxville, Tennessee 5 PM Eastern Time.
Regional Meeting of the Tennessee Forestry Association. Location: Ye Old Steak House. Topic: New CSA Standards and Affect on the Logging & Wood Industry. Fee: $30. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

December 9-10...Athens, Georgia.
Deer Ecology and Management. Location: Warnell School of Forestry. This course will provide an overview of white-tailed deer ecology and guidelines for the management of deer on private land. Fee: $375; $50 discount if paid by November 18. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

December 14...Jefferson County 6:15 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Meeting. Location: Richard’s Bar-B-Que on Acton Road, Birmingham. Topic: Using GPS and GIS equipment systems in the field. Speaker: Tony Edwards. Dutch Treat dinner from menu. Call Frank Harris at (205) 424-1381.

December 15...Quincy, Florida 9 AM - 1 PM ET.
Tree Farm Tour. Location: Tree Farm of Bill McMillan. Lunch provided. Register by December 3. Contact Phil at (850) 222-5646 or phil@forestfla.org.

December 15...Webinar Noon - 1PM with repeat at 7 PM - 8PM Eastern Time (ET).
ForestConnect Webinar - Crop Tree Release of Hardwoods. Join guest speaker, Jeff Ward, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Participants must pre-register once, no fee, at www.forestconnect.info. Contact Peter Smallidge at (607) 592-3640 or pjs23@cornell.edu.

December 15...Crossville, Tennessee 5 PM Central Time.
Regional Meeting of the Tennessee Forestry Association. Location: Cumberland Mountain State Park Lodge. Topic: American Chestnut Foundation: Plans for the Plateau. Fee: $15. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

December 16...Webinar Noon - 1 PM CT.
Wildlife For Lunch Webinar Series. Topic: Trophy Quail Management. This webinar will examine: similarities and differences between quail and deer hunting; root causes of "quail decline"; and a primer on how to improve quail abundance. Presented by Dale Rollins, Professor & Extension Wildlife Specialist. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

December 17-19...Morgan County.
Alabama Youth Trapper Education Workshops. Location: Decatur. “An outreach program that gives both the students and their parents the opportunity to experience and to be educated in an outdoor skill that helped settle this country.” Contact Mike at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.


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