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2013 Calendar of Past Events

last update: 12/20/2013

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

> January 2013

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 three weekends 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) 571-5445.

January 8...Chilton County 6 PM.
Chilton County Commission Meeting at Chilton County Courthouse, Clanton. The Chilton County Commission will be holding a work session meeting to discuss the possible adoption of the “model logging ordinance” in Chilton County. The Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) is opposed to the ordinance (which was authored and is being recommended by the Association of County Commissions of Alabama) on the grounds that it greatly exceeds the scope and intent of Alabama Law 2012-257. The “model ordinance” under consideration is basically a logging permit that AFA believes will have an adverse impact on the ability to harvest and transport timber in Chilton County. All landowners, loggers, foresters, timber buyers, and others who have any interest in forestry should attend the work session. Contact Ray Clifton at (334) 481-2130 prior to the meeting Tuesday evening.

January 10...Cullman County 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM.
Field Day Hunter Education Course at National Guard Armory, 1000 23rd Street SW, Cullman. No fee. Call Stuart Goldsby at (256) 737-8732. Attendance of this class requires completion of internet or cd course prior to class. Must bring printed report to class. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised Alabama hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. There are some exceptions. There are many other courses being taught at various locations in November. Course Listings. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

January 15-16...Stoneville, Mississippi.
Bottomland Hardwood Management Symposium at Delta Research & Extension Conference Center. Topics: Management for commercial production, Economics of hardwood management, Growth and Yield, Wildlife outputs, and Wildlife habitat characteristics. Call Andrew Ezell at (662) 325-1688.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

January 16, 2013...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference will feature state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your mp3 player: January 16, 2013 CI Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.


January 17...Montgomery County.
Annual Nonpoint Source Conference. Location: Renaissance Hotel 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 Patti Hurley at (334) 394-4350. Editor’s Note: Nonpoint Source Water Quality Regulations have a direct affect on the management of, and income from, your land.

January 17...Lake Kathryn, Florida 9 AM - 2 PM ET.
Forest Landowner Tour at Scrub Jay Pond. Tour the property of Fred and Ann Hunter. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

January 17...Gulfport, Mississippi 5:30 PM.
Hancock/Harrison Counties Forestry & Wildlife Association Annual Meeting at Lyman Community Center. Dinner and Program. Fee: $20. Pre-register by calling Harrison County Extension Service at (228) 865-4227.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

January 17...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas - Live! Dinner and Discussion
at Chris' BBQ & Grill, 2409 Acton Road, Suite 153, Vestavia. Come enjoy a Dutch Treat dinner, listen to the January CI Live! News Conference for Forest Owners, and argue about the issues with other landowners afterward. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. Limited seating. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.


January 17...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas - Live! Dinner and Discussion at JamisonMoneyFarmer PC Office, 2200 Jack Warner Parkway, Suite 300, Tuscaloosa. Enjoy a BBQ dinner, listen to AFOA’s January News Conference, and argue about the issues with other landowners. Dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. To attend, RSVP Christen Ballard at (205) 366-4006.

January 19...DeKalb County 10 AM - 2 PM.
Wilderness Survival 101 at Little River Canyon Center, Fort Payne. Come learn basic hands on methods of basic survival skills dealing with water, shelter, food, fire, and getting found. Fee: $10; bring your own lunch. Wear appropriate clothing that can get dirty. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-8010 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

January 24-26...Albany, Georgia.
Quail Unlimited Annual Conservation Celebrity Event. Bid on a 2 day quail hunt with celebrities along with 3 evening socials or just attend the evening socials. Starting bid for hunters: $3500. Fee: $350; for attending evening socials only. Call Tonya, Quail Unlimited, at (229) 883-3209x214.

January 24 - February 6...New Zealand.
New Zealand Agritour. The primary tour will explore the farm markets, vineyards, and agritourism destinations of both the north and south islands of New Zealand. Optional 7 day tour of Australia will follow the primary New Zealand tour. Fee: $5,999 for New Zealand tour. $2759 for the Australia extension. Contact Jane Eckert at (314) 862-6288.

January 25...Live Oak, Florida 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM ET.
Small Scale Mushroom Production at Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, 8202 CR 417. Fee: $130; $20 discount if paid by January 11. Contact Sara White at (386) 362-1725x102 or sewhite@ufl.edu.

January 27...Statewide.
End of Duck/Goose Seasons. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

January 27-29...Mobile County.
Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting at Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street, Mobile. Theme: Transportation and Technology - Advancing Forestry in the Southeast. Fee: $275. Contact Sharon Dolliver at (478) 628-1196 or sesafbusmgr@windstream.net.

January 29...Mobile Counties.
Special Election for the vacant District 35 seat in the Alabama Senate. If a Special Primary Election is not needed because both parties have only one candidate, the Special General Election will be January 29. If a Special Primary Runoff is needed because of one candidate not receiving a majority of the votes, it will be held March 12. If the Special Primary Runoff is not needed because a candidate receives a majority of the votes in the Special Primary Election, the Special General Election will be March 12. If a Special Primary Runoff Election is needed, the Special General Election is set for April 23.

January 29...Starkville, Mississippi 8 AM - 4 PM.
Income Taxes and The Family Forest at Oktibbeha County Extension Office. Topics: Timber Tax Overview, Forest Management Plan & Record Keeping, Basics of Basis, Timber Sales Income, Reforestation Costs, Gifting & Income Taxes, Deducting Management Expenses, Losses, and Tax Forms & Information Sources. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call John Kushla at (662) 566-2201.

January 29 - February 26...Online Program 6 PM - 7:30 PM CT Tuesday Evenings.
Master Wildlifer—Wildlife Management on Private Lands. This program is divided into 5 sessions. Session 1: Foundations of Wildlife Habitat Management. Session 2: White-tailed Deer Biology and Management. Session 3: Coyote and Wild Hog Management. Session 4: Non-Game Wildlife Conservation. Session 5: Wild Turkey Biology and Management. Fee: $100 for all five sessions. Contact Susan Guynn at (864) 656-0606 or sguynn@clemson.edu.

January 31...Statewide.
End of Deer and Woodcock Seasons. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

> February 2013

February 1...Chambers County 7:30 AM.
Teachers-In-Service held by the Chambers County Forest Planning Committee at Chambers County Agricultural Center, LaFayette. Dr. David Hall and local foresters will guide teachers through a timber cruise and forest related activities. Visitors welcome, but call to make sure space is available. No fee. Meal furnished. Call Bill Frazer at (334) 864-7865 or wrfrazer@yahoo.com.

February 4-7...Jacksonville, Florida.
Southern Pine Genetics Conference at Omni Jacksonville Hotel. Topic: Breeding for Value in a Changing World. Sponsors include: Camcore, NCSU Tree Improvement Program, USDA Forest Service, and Arauco. Fee: $700. Contact Kelley McCarter at (919) 515-9563 or forestry_outreach@ncsu.edu.

February 6...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
Harvesting Short Rotation Woody Crops: An Overview at Auburn University, SFWS Room 1101. Speaker: Dr. Dana Mitchell, US Forest Service. Refreshments served. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu.

February 7...Atlanta, Georgia 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM ET.
Applied Forest Finance
at Emory Conference Center Hotel. This class details the step-by-step financial analysis required to answer key investment and forest management questions. Learn how to identify, value, and rank timber and forestry investments. Fee: $660; $100 discount if paid by January 24. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447.

February 7...Etowah County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Pond Management Workshop at Gadsden State Community College, 1001 George Wallace Drive, Gadsden. Fee: $25; $10 discount if paid by February 1. Lunch included. Contact Norm Haley at (256) 845-8595 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

February 7...Lake City, Florida 9 AM - 2 PM ET.
Timberland Security for Landowners at Columbia County Extension Office, 164 SW Mary Ethel Lane. A workshop to help landowners be more aware of security risks and take steps to minimize them. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

February 8...Lee County 2 PM - 4:30 PM.
Applied Forestry & Wildlife Research Symposium at Auburn Hotel & Dixon Conference Center, 241 South College Street, Auburn. Fee: $25. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.
Use this link to see video of Hayes D. Brown's presentation on Hunting Leases, Liability, & Insurance at the meeting.

February 8...Lee County 5:30 PM.
Alabama Natural Resources Council Awards Banquet at Auburn Hotel & Dixon Conference Center. This awards banquet will recognize the 2012 award recipients of the Helene Mosley Award, the Alabama Tree Farmer of the Year, the W. Kelly Mosley Environmental Award, the Outstanding Alabama Forestry Planning Committees, the Alabama Tree Farm Inspector of the Year, the Alabama Tree Farm Leadership Award, and the Alabama Tree Farm Hard Hat Award Winners. Fee: $40; $5 discount if paid by January 8. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

February 12...Blount, Cullman, & Morgan Counties.
Special Election for the vacant District 11 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. If a runoff is needed (likely), it is set for March 26. The General Election is set for May 7. If a special primary runoff is not needed, the General Election will be March 26.

February 12...Morgan County 8 AM - 2:45 PM.
Pond Management Workshop at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Decatur. Fee: $25; $10 discount if paid by January 31. Contact Spencer Bradley at (256) 845-8595 or seb0043@aces.edu.

February 12...Jefferson County 1 PM - 3 PM.
Cahaba Clean Water Partnership Meeting at Jefferson County Environmental Services Training Facility, 1331 Oak Grove Road, Birmingham. Call Glenn Littleton at (205) 217-2592 or cahabacwp@hotmail.com.

February 12...Montgomery County 5 PM - 7 PM.
Alabama Agribusiness Council Legislative Reception at RSA Plaza Terrace, Montgomery. Great opportunity to meet state legislators interested in forestry & agriculture. Sponsored in part by AFOA along with several other organizations. Call Leigha Cauthen at (334) 834-4006.

February 12...Baldwin County 6 PM - 10 PM.
Field Day Hunter Education Course at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort. No fee. Call Henry Lowery, Jr. at (251) 626-5474. Attendance of this class requires completion of internet or cd course prior to class. Must bring printed report to class. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised Alabama hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. There are some exceptions. There are many other courses being taught at various locations in November. Course Listings. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 13...Webinar 11 AM CT.
Income Tax on Timber For Your 2012 Tax Return Filing. Presenters: Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist, US Forest Service, and Dr. John Greene, Retired Research Forester, US Forest Service. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

February 13...Webinar Noon CT.
Sit in the Stink - Managing Your Emotions in Smelly Situations presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Call Carol at (773) 572-6432.

February 13-17...Eustis, Florida.
Southeast Regional Winter Woodfest Meeting at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center. Sessions include three instructional tracks. The Wood Technology and Identification Track topics include: structure of wood, wood recognition, leaf identification, and winter tree identification. The Demonstration Track topics include: woodturning, woodcarving, and carving turnings. The Craft Program Track topics include: sewing, quilting, knitting, and other crafts. There will be a sawmill in operation as well. Fee: $50; $15 discount if paid by December 1, 2012. Fee does not include lodging or meals. Contact Tom Kinney at (630) 667-8468 or thomaskinney@msn.com.

February 14...Otter Creek, Florida 9 AM ET.
Landowner Property Tour at Osceola Pines, the property of John and Allison Nash. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

February 14-17...Nashville, Tennessee.
Annual National Wild Turkey Federation National Convention at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Fee: $275. Call Marsha at 1-800-843-6983.

February 16...Talladega County 3 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $40. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

February 18...Sumter County 6 PM - 9 PM.
Estate Planning Workshop at ALFA Environmental Hall, University of West Alabama, Livingston. Speaker: Dr. Robert Tufts, Forest Taxation Specialist, Auburn University. Fee: $15. Contact John P. Ollison at (205) 459-2133 or ollisjp@acesag.auburn.edu.

February 18-22...Raleigh, North Carolina.
Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference. Location: Raleigh Convention Center. In addition to the regular sessions, special sessions and/or workshops targeting fire behavior and fuels issues specific to the South are in the works. Fee: $230. Contact Mikel Robinson at (406) 531-8264 or execdir@iawfonline.org.

February 19...Hale County 9 AM - 12 PM.
Pesticide Class at Alabama Fish Farm Center, Greensboro. Fee: $25 to obtain 3 year permit to use restricted chemicals such as Tordon (for kudzu control) or Rotenone (a fish toxicant), on your own land. Contact Brenda Glover at (334) 624-8710 or glovebs@auburn.edu.

February 19...Winston County 6 PM.
Pesticide Class at Traders and Farmers Bank upstairs in the Bernice Hilton Walker Building. Fee: $25 to obtain 3 year permit to use restricted chemicals such as Tordon (for kudzu control) or Rotenone (a fish toxicant), on your own land. Contact Michael Henshaw at (205) 489-5376 or henshmd@aces.edu.

February 20...Jefferson County 9 AM - 1:45 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership Stakeholders Meeting at Exhibition Hall, Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham. Fee: $15; lunch included. Call Allison Jenkins at (205) 266-6285.

February 20...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
Southern Pine Plantation Silviculture at Auburn University, SFWS Room 1101. Speaker: Dr. Michael Kane, University of Georgia. Refreshments served. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu.

February 21...Forsyth, Georgia 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM ET.
Forest Bioenergy Conference at Central Georgia Convention Center, 475 Holiday Circle. Location updated. Fee: $205. Contact Marilou at (478) 992-8110 or marilou@gfagrow.org.

February 26...Mobile County.
Special Election for the vacant District 97 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. If a runoff is needed, it is set for April 9. The General Election is set for May 21. If primary elections are not needed, the General Election will be February 26.

February 27...Tuscaloosa County 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Alabama Dirt & Gravel Road Workshop at Northport City Hall and Civic Center, 3500 McFarland Boulevard, Northport. The workshop is designed to teach new concepts for maintaining unpaved roads with an emphasis on protecting water quality. Instructor: John Hopkins. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 251-8139 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

February 27...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
Advancing Loblolly Pine Genetics at Auburn University, SFWS Room 1101. Speaker: Dr. Patrick Cumbie, Arborgen. Refreshments served. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu.

February 27 - March 1...Amelia Island, Florida.
Timberland Investment Conference at The Ritz-Carlton. Fee: $1350. Contact Bob Izlar at (706) 542-6819 or bizlar@uga.edu.

February 28...Statewide.
End of Rabbit, Squirrel, Raccoon, Opossum, and Quail Seasons. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

February 28...St. Clair County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Pond Management Workshop at Village at CookSprings, Pell City. Fee: $15; register by February 14. Lunch included. Contact Norm Haley at (256) 630-4248 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

> March 2013

March 1...Starkville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Gamebird Workshop: Managing Quail and Turkey at Thompson Hall, Mississippi State University. Fee: $30; lunch included. Call Kelly LaSalle at (662) 325-3133.

March 1-3...Destin, Florida.
Alabama Forestry Association Mid-Winter Meeting. Location: Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort. Fee: $395. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org. -- A separate Landowner Education seminar will be held on March 1 with a fee of $150; $75 if you are registered to attend the Mid-Winter Meeting.

March 2...Tuscaloosa County 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Managing Wild Pig Damage at Tuscaloosa County Extension Office. There will be an outside trap demonstration. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

March 4 - May 26...On-line.
On-line Woodland Options For Landowners Shortcourse. This course is to help landowners gain an introductory level understanding of basic forest management principles. Fee: $45 per family. Contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

March 5...Talladega County 6 PM - 9:30 PM.
Field Day Hunter Education Course at Childersburg Recreation Center, Hwy 76, Childersburg. No fee. Contact Barry Hagan after 6 PM at (256) 378-0789 or talladegacountyhuntereducation@yahoo.com. Attendance of this class requires completion of internet or cd course prior to class. Must bring printed report to class. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised Alabama hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. There are some exceptions. There are many other courses being taught at various locations in November. Course Listings. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

March 5-7...Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Longleaf 101 course is classroom and field instruction in “all things longleaf”. Fee: $100; materials and food included. Contact Anne Rilling at (334) 427-1029 or anne@longleafalliance.org.

March 7...Shelby County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Regional Rain Barrel Workshop at Shelby County Extension Office, 54 Kelley Lane, Columbiana. No Fee. Contact Nelson Wynn at (205) 669-6763 or wynnnel@aces.edu.

March 8...Hattiesburg, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Gamebird Workshop: Managing Quail and Turkey at Forrest County Extension Office. Fee: $30; lunch included. Call Kelly LaSalle at (662) 325-3133.

March 9...Quincy, Florida 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Wildlife Food Plot Field Day at North Florida Research & Education Center, 155 Research Road. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Holly Ober at (850) 875-7150 or holly.ober@ufl.edu.

March 13...Orangeburg, South Carolina 7:30 AM - 3:50 PM ET.
Annual Lexington County Forestry Association Meeting at The Cinema. Fee: $55; $15 discount if paid by March 8. Lunch provided. Call Beth Richardson at (803) 534-6280.

March 14...Cullman County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Pond Management Workshop at Northbrook Baptist Church, Cullman. Fee: $15; register by March 7. Lunch included. Contact Norm Haley at (256) 630-4248.

March 15...All or Portions of Most Counties.
Turkey Season Opens. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

March 18-21...West Palm Beach, Florida.
Ignition Planning & Prescribed Fire Techniques For Wildlife at Everglades Youth Camp. Fee: $275; includes lodging and some meals. $125 discount if staying off site. Contact Jim Schortemeyer at (239) 455-5847 or schortfire@aol.com.

March 19...Ashland, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Income Taxes and the Family Forest at Benton County Agri-Center, 17136 Hwy 5. Topics: Record keeping, Timber basis, Reforestation costs, and Timber taxes. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call Michael Pruitt at (662) 224-6330.

March 19-21...Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Herbicides & Longleaf 201. Topics include: rates, timing, active ingredients, application methods, calibration, equipment, safety, and more. Fee: $75; materials and food included. Contact Anne Rilling at (334) 427-1029 or anne@longleafalliance.org.

March 20...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
Control of Wild Boar in Morocco at Auburn University, SFWS Room 1101. Speaker: Dr. Steve Ditchkoff, Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences. Refreshments served. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu.

March 20-21...Athens, Georgia.
Forest Roads in the Piedmont and Coastal Plains at Flinchum’s Phoenix, 650 Phoenix Road. This course will teach you how to plan, design, locate, construct, stabilize, use, maintain, and close forest roads. Fee: $345. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

March 21...Statesboro, Georgia 12:30 PM - 4:15 PM ET.
Taxation and the Private Forest Landowner: An Update at Bulloch County Ag Center, 151 Langston Chapel Road. Speaker: Dr. Tamara Cushing, Clemson University. Fee: $40. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566.

March 21...Mobile County 6:30 PM.
Mobile County Landowners Meeting at Jon Archer Center, Mobile. Guest Speaker: Judge Rusty Johnston, 13th circuit court. Dinner served at 6 PM. Call Larry Godfrey at (251) 649-4233.

March 22...Jay, Florida 8:30 AM - 1 PM CT.
Managing Deer and Hog Damage Workshop at Jay Community Center, 5259 Book Lane. Call Santa Rosa County Extension Office at (850) 675-6654.

March 22...Chattahoochee, Florida 9 AM ET.
Property Tour / Hike at Whippoorwill Farms, Property of David and Debbie McPhaul. This will be a mile-long hike over some moderately challenging terrain. Dress appropriately. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

March 22-23...Covington County.
Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo at Channell-Lee Stadium, Opp. Fee: $30; for both days. Call (334) 493-4575.

March 23...Colbert County 4 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Longhorn Arena, Tuscumbia. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $35; children under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

March 26...Blount, Cullman, & Morgan Counties.
Special Primary Run-off for the vacant District 11 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. The Special General Election is set for May 7.

March 26...Millers Ferry, Florida 9 AM - 1 PM CT.
Tree Farm Tour at Gould Tree Farm. Pre-register by March 20. Lunch provided on-site. Contact Roy Lima at (850) 414-9934 or Roy.Lima@FreshFromFlorida.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

Was March 20   March 27, 2013...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference will feature state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your mp3 player: March 27, 2013 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.



AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

Was March 21   March 28...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion
at Creekside Tavern, 4330 Creekside Avenue, Hoover. Come enjoy a Dutch Treat dinner, listen to the March CI -- Live! News Conference for Forest Owners, and argue about the issues with other landowners afterward. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. Limited seating. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.


Was March 21   March 28...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion at JamisonMoneyFarmer PC Office, 2200 Jack Warner Parkway, Suite 300, Tuscaloosa. Enjoy a BBQ dinner, listen to AFOA’s March News Conference, and argue about the issues with other landowners. Dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. To attend, RSVP Christen Ballard at (205) 366-4006 or cballard@jmf.com.

> April 2013

April 1...Colbert, Franklin, Madison, Winston, and Parts of Lauderdale, Lawrence, and Limestone Counties.
Turkey Season Opens. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

April 2...Jefferson County 1 PM - 3 PM.
Cahaba Basin Clean Water Partnership Meeting at Jefferson County Environmental Services Training Facility, 1331 Oak Grove Road, Birmingham. Contact Glenn Littleton at (205) 217-2592 or cahabacwp@hotmail.com.

April 2...Bibb County 5 PM - 9 PM.
Invasive Species Program at Sawmeal Restaurant, 6880 AL Hwy 5, Brent. Program will focus on wild hogs, cogon grass, and emerging issues. Dutch Treat dinner and/or optional visit to small nearby cogongrass stand. No registration required. Call Bibb County Extension Office at (205) 926-4310.

April 4...Pittsboro, Mississippi 9 AM - 2 PM.
Are my pine trees ready to thin, again? at Calhoun County Extension Office, 121 Parker Street. This workshop will meet at the extension office for brief program, then proceed to the Don Easley tree farm. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Register by March 29. Call Trent Barnett at (662) 412-3177.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM & ANNUAL MEETING

April 5-6...Lee County.
Location: Headquartered at the Auburn Marriott Opelika at Grand National, 3700 Robert Trent Jones Trail, Opelika, AL.

Directions (Google Maps)
All tour locations and the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel are plotted on this map.

Reservations: Call 1-800-228-9290.

Registration:

     Program Agenda and Landowner Registration Form

     Exhibitor and/or Sponsor Registration Application

Details: See the Landowner Registration Form for the most up-to-date details.

Other Hotels in the area:
Hilton Garden Inn                (334) 502-3500
Home-towne Suites             (334) 826-1123
Hampton Inn & Suites         (334) 745-4311
Holiday Inn Express            (334) 749-5250
Fairfield Inn & Suites           (334) 742-2590
Lexington Hotel                  (334) 821-7001
The Hotel at Auburn Univ.    (334) 821-8200


April 10...Webinar Noon CT.
Chair Roles: Corporate Board, Family Council. What do They do and How do They Collaborate? presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Call Carol at (773) 572-6432.

April 12...Grand Junction, Tennessee 7 AM.
Tennessee Healthy Hardwood Field Day at Hobart Ames Plantation. Online Brochure. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

April 13...Sewanee, Tennessee 7 AM.
Tennessee Healthy Hardwood Field Day at University of the South. Online Brochure. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

April 13...Jackson County 8 AM - 12 Noon.
Field Day Hunter Education Course at Scottsboro Jr. High School, Lunchroom, 1601 Jefferson Drive, Scottsboro. No fee. Instructor: Seth Maddox. Attendance of this class requires completion of internet or cd course prior to class. Must bring printed report to class. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised Alabama hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. There are some exceptions. There are many other courses being taught at various locations in November. Course Listings. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

April 13...Lee County 9 AM - 11 AM.
Rain Barrel Workshop at the Smiths Station Fire Station, 50 Lee Road 430. Fee: $30; includes building a rain barrel. Free to attend without building a barrel. Call Katie Dylewski at (334) 844-7618.

April 17 or 18...Virtual Meetings 7-9 PM ET and 4-6 PM ET, respectively.
Public Comment Meetings for Genetically Engineered Freeze Tolerant Eucalyptus.

April 18...Conecuh County 8 AM - 3 PM.
Managing Woodlands and Wildlife in Challenging Times at Saloom Properties LLC, 2835 Booker Mill Rd., Evergreen. Free lunch. To pre-register call (251) 578-2762 or brogdeh@auburn.edu.

April 19...Lebanon, Tennessee 7 AM.
Tennessee Healthy Hardwood Field Day at Cedars of Lebanon State Forest. Online Brochure. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

April 19...Escambia County 8 AM - 4:30 PM.
Wood Preservation and Safety Course at Escambia County Extension Office, Brewton. Lunch on your own. Call Extension Office at (251) 867-7760.

April 20...Parts of Cullman, Lawrence, Lauderdale, and Morgan Counties.
Turkey Season Opens. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

April 20...Wartburg, Tennessee 7 AM.
Tennessee Healthy Hardwood Field Day at Lone Mountain State Forest. Online Brochure. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

April 20...Elmore County 8 AM - 6 PM.
Alabama Flora and Fauna Arts Festival at Alabama Wildlife Federation, Millbrook. Contact Ann Harper at (334) 285-4550 or aharper@alabamawildlife.org.

April 20...Elmore County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Lake Martin Amphitheater, Eclectic. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $40; children under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

April 20-27...Statewide.
Alabama People Against A Littered State (PALS) “Don’t Drop It On Alabama” Spring Cleanup. All materials furnished by Alabama PALS. Call (334) 263-7737.

April 23-25...Tifton, Georgia.
Herbicides & Longleaf 201. Topics include: rates, timing, active ingredients, application methods, calibration, equipment, safety, and more. Fee: $75; materials and food included. Contact Anne Rilling at (334) 427-1029 or anne@longleafalliance.org.

April 24...Parts of Cullman, Lawrence, Lauderdale, and Morgan Counties.
Turkey Season Closes. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

April 25...Lowndes County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at Holyground Battlefield Park, White Hall. Contact Katanga Mants at (334) 548-2315 or mantska@aces.edu.

April 25...Athens, Georgia 7:45 AM - 12 PM ET.
Land Math: Area, Distance, Direction, Slope at Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, Room 4-516. This is an introductory course for those who have an interest in measuring land areas, distances, and directions from maps. Bring a calculator. Fee: $120. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

April 25...Elmore County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course Driving Range, Prattville. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $50; children under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

April 25-27...Texarkana, Texas.
Four State Forestry Conference at The Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center. Pre-conference field tours on the 25. Fee: $180. Contact Brandi Hernandez (918) 423-2479 or bhernandez.rcd@att.net.

April 30...Statewide.
Turkey Season Closes. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

April 30...Mobile County 9 AM - 12 Noon.
Estate Planning Workshop at Mobile Public Library, 701 Government Street. Topics: Wills, Trusts, Estate and Gift Taxes, and more. Call Rick Zapata at (251) 937-7176.

> May 2013

May 2...Benton, Mississippi 8 AM - 4 PM.
Outdoor Business Workshop for Landowners at Field Quest Farm. Earn supplemental income from your land. Fee: $25. For more info call (662) 325-3133.

May 2...Clarke County 6 - 8 PM.
2013 Farm Bill Workshop at Lil Touch of Cajun Grill, 207 South Kimball Avenue, Jackson. Forestry & Wildlife Management topic included among others. Call Janice Godwin at (334) 636-0120.

May 3...Lee County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at University Station Motor Coach & RV Resort, Auburn. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $50; $10 discount if paid prior to event. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

May 3-4...Newport, Tennessee.
American Paulownia Association Annual Conference at Tennessee Division of Forestry, Reba Williams Room, 1250 Hwy 73. Fee: $70. Call Sharon Blickenstaff at (301) 790-3075.

May 4...Coosa County.
Wildlife Seminar Field Day at Raymond Shaw’s Pinthlocco Quail Plantation. Topics: Managing forest openings, Prescribed burning, Woody vegetation control, and others. No fee, but you must pre-register by April 30. Call (334) 285-4550.

May 6...Monroe County 6 PM - 7:30 PM.
Recreational Pond Management at 334 Agriculture Drive, Monroeville. No fee, but must pre-register. Contact Willie Williams at (251) 575-3477 or williwe@aces.edu.

May 7...Greenwood, Mississippi.
Hardwood Management Field Tour at Malmaison Wildlife Management Area. The tour covers: species & site evaluation, timber stand improvement, and regeneration. Limited spaces. Call Extension office at (662) 226-6000.

May 8...Shelby County 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Alabama Invasive Plant Council Annual Conference at Alabama 4-H Center, Columbiana. Fee: $55; lunch provided. Contact Nancy Loewenstein at (334) 844-1061 or loewenj@auburn.edu.

May 8...Webinar 1 PM CT.
Outreach: What Social Factors "Sell" Landowners on Agroforestry Practices. This webinar is intended to increase the awareness and understanding of agroforestry as a viable land management practice for small landowners. Email holli.kuykendall@gnb.usda.gov for more information.

May 8-10...Walker & Winston Counties.
Annual Your Town Alabama Workshop at Camp McDowell Camp and Conference Center, 105 Delong Road, Nauvoo. Fee: $250 includes registration w/single occupancy or $195 for registration w/double occupancy. Call Kay at (205) 323-3592.

May 9...Conecuh County 8 AM - 3 PM.
Chainsaw Safety Workshop at 1989 Jaguar Drive, Evergreen. Topics include: Safety and risk management, Chainsaw operation and handling, Cutting procedures, and Specialized cutting situations. Instructor: Rip Tompkins, Arbormaster Training. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Jack Rowe at (251) 589-5572 or wjr0001@aces.edu.

May 9...Mobile County 8:10 AM - 4:30 PM.
Alabama Realtors Land Institute's Spring Meeting at The Mobile Area Association of Realtors, 2827 Airport Blvd., Mobile. Henry Barclay will speak on Tax Laws Affecting Real Estate, Post 2013. Forestry CE's available. Fee: $99; lunch included. Call Carolyn Russell at (251) 460-0993.

May 9...Montgomery County 6 - 9 PM.
Managing Wild Pig Damage at Pike Road Town Hall, 9575 Vaughn Road. No Fee, but you must pre-register. Call Montgomery County Extension Office at (334) 270-4133.

May 10...Marengo County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Chainsaw Safety Workshop at Demopolis Higher Education Center, 186 Field of Dreams Drive, Demopolis. Topics include: Safety and risk management, Chainsaw operation and handling, Cutting procedures, and Specialized cutting situations. Instructor: Rip Tompkins, Arbormaster Training. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Jack Rowe at (251) 589-5572 or wjr0001@aces.edu.

May 10...Oxford, Mississippi 9 AM - 2 PM.
Are my pine trees ready to thin, again? at Lafayette County Extension Office, 101 Veterans Drive. This workshop will meet at the extension office for a brief program, then proceed to the Renfrow Farm. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Register by May 6. Call Margaret Webb at (662) 234-4451.

May 10...Lee County 9:30 AM - 3 PM.
Alabama Water Policy Symposium at Comer Hall Auditorium, Rm 207, Auburn University. No Fee. Contact Adam Johnston at (205) 322-6395 or ajohnston@alabamarivers.org.

May 11...Marshall County 5:30 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Civitan Park, Guntersville. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $40; children under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

May 13...Batesville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 1:15 PM.
Forest Valuation Workshop at Panola County Extension Building, 394 Hwy 51 South. This workshop will meet at the extension office for a brief program, then proceed to the woods for a hands-on exercise. Fee: $20; lunch included. Call Judd Gentry at (662) 563-6260.

May 14...Limestone County 5:30 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Canebrake Club, Athens. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $35; children under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

May 15...Jefferson County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership Stakeholder Meeting at Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 623-0147 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 15, 2013...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: May 15, 2013 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.


May 16...Sumter County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at Lake LU, Livingston. Contact Mandee Carrier at (205) 652-7521 or mandee.carrier@al.nacdnet.net.

May 16...Baldwin County 8:30 AM - 1 PM.
Forestry Field Day: Rehabilitating Longleaf Stands at Baldwin State Forest, Greek Cemetery Road, Robertsdale. Topics include: Rehabilitating neglected longleaf stands, Managing longleaf with fire, Non-timber forest values, Invasive plant control, and Landowner assistance programs. No Fee. Lunch included. Please pre-register. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 259-6507 or brodbam@auburn.edu.

May 16...Tallapoosa County 10 AM - 1 PM.
Middle Tallapoosa River Basin Clean Water Partnership Stakeholder Meeting at City Hall, Alexander City. Contact Sabrina Wood at (334) 429-8832 or sabrinawood@live.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 16...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion
at Creekside Tavern, 4330 Creekside Avenue, Hoover. Come enjoy a Dutch Treat dinner, listen to the May CI -- Live! News Conference for Forest Owners, and argue about the issues with other landowners afterward. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program started about 6:45 PM. Limited seating. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.


May 16...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion at JamisonMoneyFarmer PC Office, 2200 Jack Warner Parkway, Suite 300, Tuscaloosa. Enjoy a BBQ dinner, listen to AFOA’s May News Conference, and argue about the issues with other landowners. Dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. Fee: $7. To attend, RSVP Christen Ballard at (205) 366-4006 or cballard@jmf.com.

May 17...Kosciusko, Mississippi 9 AM - 2 PM.
GPS Workshop at Attala County Extension Office, 715 Fairground Road. The workshop will focus on teaching the basics of GPS and how to find and set waypoints, routes, and tracks. The workshop will include an indoor and outdoor session weather permitting. Fee: $20; lunch included. Register by May 10. Call Attala Extension Office at (662) 289-5431.

May 18...Perkinston, Mississippi 8:30 AM - Noon.
Can I Make Money on My Back 40 at Brookewood Tree Farm, Caesar-Necaise Road. Fee: $10; lunch included. Call Sheran Watkins at (228) 865-4227.

May 18...Jefferson County 1 PM - 5 PM.
Field Day Hunter Education Course at Bass Pro Shops, 5000 Bass Pro Boulevard, Leeds. No fee. Call Matthew Batson at (205) 937-3722. Attendance of this class requires completion of internet or cd course prior to class. Must bring printed report to class. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised Alabama hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. There are some exceptions. There are many other courses being taught at various locations in November. Course Listings. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

May 20 - June 14...Nationwide.
USDA 45th General Sign-up for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Currently about 27 million acres are enrolled in CRP. This adds up to about $1,800,000,000 (that's $1.8 billion) in federal spending. Contact Isabel Benemelis at (202) 720-7809 or isabel.benemelis@wdc.usda.gov.

May 21...Mobile County.
General Election for the vacant District 97 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. Adline Clarke (Dem) will face independents Burton LeFlore and David Blunt.

May 21-23...Gainesville, Florida.
Geo-Spatial Technologies: Solutions for Natural Resource Management at Paramount Plaza Hotel. Many interesting topics to choose from. Fee: $185.62. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

May 22...Webinar Noon CT.
You Aren’t the Boss of Me & Other Flashbacks from Childhood... presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Call Ken Bosshart at (404) 869-6786.

May 24...Senatobia, Mississippi 9 AM - 2 PM.
Understanding Global Positioning System (GPS) Workshop at Extension Building, #1 French's Ally. Learn how to use GPS by doing. This course will be using Garmin GPS 60 units or you may bring your own unit. Dress to be outdoors. Fee: $20; lunch included. Call Tarah Ferguson at (662) 562-4274.

May 30...Quincy, Florida 3:30 PM - 7:15 PM ET.
Timberland Security for Landowners Workshop at North Florida Research and Education Center. Fee: $10; supper included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

May 30...Leaksville, Mississippi 5:30 - 8 PM.
Can I Still Make Money Growing Trees at Beat 1 Community Center, off Highway 57 South. Fee: $10; dinner included. Call Greene County Extension Service at (601) 394-2702.

> June 2013

June 1...Baldwin County 1 PM.
Recreational Pond Workshop at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort. Topics include: stocking strategies, water quality, fertilization, weed control, and more. Bring a water sample from your pond. No fee, but please pre-register. Contact Shonda Borden at (251) 625-0814 or shonda.borden@dcnr.alabama.gov.

June 4...Tifton, Georgia 8:15 AM - 1:45 PM ET.
Property Tax & Tax Appeal Workshop at UGA Campus Conference Center. Georgia Forest Owners: Do you think you pay more in taxes than is rightfully due on your forestland? Learn what to expect when challenging a tax appraisal. Fee: $75; lunch included. Attendance limited. Contact Georgia Forestry Association at (478) 992-8110 or info@gfagrow.org.

June 4...Webinar 1 PM CT.
Will Bioenergy Crops Be Able to Fuel the Future? Presenters: Dr. Jeff Wright, ArborGen, and Dr. Juan J. Monge, Texas A&M. It is recommended to sign up and set up your pc at least 72 hrs in advance. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.
Editors Note: Chemist Alan Shaw says, "Probably not." See these two articles for more information: Biofuels Companies Drop Biomass and Turn to Natural Gas  &  Biofuel Pioneer Forsakes Renewables to Make Gas-Fed Fuels.

June 5...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 1 PM ET.
Tree Farm Tour at Austin Cary Forest, 16025 NE Waldo Road. Please pre-register. Lunch included. Contact Roy Lima at (850) 414-9934 or roy.lima@freshfromflorida.com.

June 5-7...Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Forest Landowners Association National Conference. Location: The Coeur d’Alene Resort. Nominate a landowner for Landowner of the Year by April 1. Fee: $500; register by May 14. Contact Susan Johnson at 1-800-325-2954. Optional Tax Workshop on June 4. Tax workshop instructor: Harry Haney. Tax workshop fee: $225.

June 5-7...Atlanta, Georgia.
Southern Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition.
Location: Georgia World Congress Center. EXPO showcases the latest products and services for the wood products industry. Fee: $15 for advance registration. Contact Eric Gee at (504) 443-4464x214 or egee@sfpa.org.

June 5-7...DeKalb County 9 AM - 2 PM daily.
Little River Canyon Nature & Arts Camp at Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne. Hands-on outdoor fun, arts, and exploration of the natural world are what this camp is all about. Fee$150; includes lunch and supplies. Additional camps on July 18-20, 23-25, & 29-31. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-8010 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

June 8...Geneva County 7:30 AM - 5 PM.
Guided ATV/Side-by-Side Tour at Geneva State Forest, Lake Unloading Area. The route will consist of dirt roads, graded lanes, old logging trails, controlled burn breaks, stream crossings, and more. There will be stops for guest speakers on topics including: food plot management, controlled burn, OHV safety, and wildlife habitat management. Fee: $10/machine & $12/rider. Fee includes: bottled water, snacks, and lunch on trail. Contact Geneva State Forest Volunteers at (334) 565-9110 or gsfvolunteers@yahoo.com.

June 10-13...Clemson, South Carolina.
Southern Forest Tree Improvement Committee Meeting at Madren Continuing Education & Conference Center. Fee: $350. For Conference Registration call (864) 656-0606.

June 11...Lauderdale County 10 AM - Noon.
Rain Barrel Workshop at Extension Office, 802 Veterans Drive, Florence. Fee: $10. Contact Heath King at (256) 386-1446 or heathrcd24@yahoo.com.

June 11...Webinar 1 PM CT.
From the Raindrop to the River: The Basics of Forest Hydrology. Forest lands provide the cleanest and most dependable supply of water compared to all other land uses. Topics will include identification of critical forest watershed components and discussion of the impacts of disturbances such as fire, insects, and management activities on water resources. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

June 12-14...Greene County.
Alabama Museum of Natural History's (AMNH) Expedition Field Camp at AMNH Expedition Camp Site. This expedition, Riches of the River: Exploring the Sipsey, is mainly for teachers, but others may attend if there is a vacancy. Participants will be provided luxury tent accommodations and gourmet campfire food. Fee: $40. Contact Toni Bruner at 1-800-240-5115 or toni@legacyenved.org.

June 13...Marengo County 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
Wild Pig Damage Management at Demopolis Sportsplex, 186 Field of Dreams Drive, Demopolis. Speakers: Mark Smith, Chris Jawarowski, and Dana Johnson. Fee: $20. Contact Mark Smith at (334) 844-8099 or mds0007@auburn.edu.

June 13...Cullman County 6 - 8 PM.
Estate Planning for Landowners at Chamber of Commerce, 301 2nd Avenue SW, Cullman. Estate planning for landowners, farmers, and agricultural businesses. No Fee. Contact Tony Glover at (256) 737-9386 or cullmancounty@auburn.edu.

June 13...Madison County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Ditto Landing, Huntsville. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $50; $10 discount if paid in advance. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

June 18...Houston County 10 AM - Noon.
Clean Water Partnership (CWP) Joint Stakeholders Meeting at Houston County Cooperative Extension Farm Center Building, 1699 Ross Clark Circle, Suite 4, Dothan. This meeting is for the Chattahoochee, Chipola, Choctawhatchee, Pea, and Yellow River basins. Call Lisa Harris at (334) 527-3584. Editor’s Note: Folks who own forestland in these basins should stay aware of the happenings at these stakeholder meetings.

June 18...Blount County 6 - 8 PM.
You Can’t Take it With You at Frank J. Green Building auditorium, 415 Fifth Avenue E, Oneonta. Learn more about wills, trusts, probate, and other estate planning topics. Presenter: Dr. Robert Tufts, Estate planning attorney and Auburn University professor. The live presentation may be viewed at this link from your home computer http://goo.gl/zYXNi  No Fee. Contact Ruth Brock at (205) 612-4066 or brockru@auburn.edu.

June 19...Webinar 11 AM CT.
Trust Design - How Best to Give Family a Voice presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Call Ken Bosshart at (404) 869-6786.

June 20...Vicksburg, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Hardwood Decisions on Existing Stands at Warren County Extension Office, 1100-C Grove Street. Topics include: Species-Site Relationships, Stem Quality, Crown Classes, Tree Classes, Landowner Objectives, Hardwood Decision Model, Regeneration, and Field Exercises. Field clothes and boots should be worn. Fee: $25; lunch included. Contact Wesley Purvis at (601) 636-5442 or warren@ext.msstate.edu.

June 20...Webinar Noon CT.
Climate Variability and U. S. Forests. Presenters: Dave Cleaves, Jim Vose, and Mark Megalos. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

June 22...Colbert County 8 AM - 1 PM.
Field Day Hunter Education Course at Sheffield Recreation Center, 2901 19th Avenue, Sheffield. No fee. Call Daniel Toole at (256) 760-8670. Attendance of this class requires completion of internet or cd course prior to class. Must bring printed report to class. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised Alabama hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. There are some exceptions. There are many other courses being taught at various locations in November. Course Listings. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

June 23-25...Baldwin County.
Alabama Agribusiness Council Annual Meeting. Location: Island House Hotel, Orange Beach. Fee: $195. Contact Leigha Cauthen at (334) 834-4006 or lcauthen@alagribusiness.org.

June 25...Russell County 8:30 AM - 3 PM CT.
GPS 101: Technology for Better Land Management at Russell County Extension Office, 508 14th Street, Phenix City. Speakers: Kelvin Perkins, Jack Rowe, Arnold Brodbeck, and Chris Dillard. Fee: $30. Contact Kelvin Perkins at (334) 298-6845 or perkike@aces.edu.

> July 2013

July 8-9...Athens, Georgia.
Recreational Pond Management at Flinchum’s Phoenix, 650 Phoenix Road. This course will provide attendees basic knowledge and skills about managing ponds that produce high quality fishing. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for getting wet and muddy. Fee: $295. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

July 8-11...Lee County.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop for Teachers of All Grades at Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences. The workshop will focus on forest ecology, management and products through guest speakers, field trips and hands-on activities. The goal is to demonstrate the importance working forests have to the environment and economy. Teachers pay small fee: ~$75. Forest owners and forest products companies are urged to sponsor a teacher -- cost is about $500. Chris Erwin at (334) 481-2133 or cerwin@alaforestry.org.

July 9...Jefferson County 6:15 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Meeting at La Catrina Mexican Grill, 2409 Acton Road, Birmingham. Call Frank Harris at (205) 424-1381.

July 9-11...Baldwin County.
CE’s by the Sea at Island House Hotel, Orange Beach. This program is for registered foresters. Theme: The Legal Environment of Forestry. Fee: TBD. Contact Christy Buckley at (601) 477-4234 or christy.buckley@jcjc.edu.

July 12-13...Starkville, Mississippi.
Managing White-Tailed Deer at Thompson Hall, Mississippi State University. Day 1 topics: Camera Survey Setup, Deer Nutrition, Food Plots, Habitat, Ecology, Harvest Management, and Hunter Recruitment. Day 2 topics: Camera Survey Analysis, Food Plot Management, Science of Harvesting Deer, Scoring Antlers, How to Age Deer, and Butchering and Meat Handling. Fee: $95/day or $180 for both days. Lunch included. Call Bronson Strickland at (662) 325-8141.

July 16...Mayhew, Mississippi 8 AM - 5 PM.
Introduction to GPS using SOLO Forest at East Mississippi Community College. This class is typically for foresters. Fee: $225. Call Johnny Thompson at (662) 769-5344.

July 16...Marengo County 8 AM.
CANCELLED  Outdoor Business Workshop for Lodge Owners at Demopolis Higher Education Center, Demopolis. The information at this workshop can help you whether you’re considering an outdoor business or if you already have one that you may wish to expand. Fee: $20. Call Angelia Mance at (205) 652-5436.

July 16-17...Athens, Georgia.
Introduction to ArcGIS at Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Room 4-419. Attendees will need to have some familiarity with GIS. Fee: $360; lunch on day 1 included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

July 17...Monroe County 9 AM - 1:30 PM.
Forest Management Planning Workshop at Monroeville Extension Complex. The goal of the program is to educate participants on what is required in a Tree Farm management plan or Forest Stewardship plan. Landowners who want to attend need to be seriously interested in becoming certified under the Tree Farm program. Lunch provided. Call Chris Erwin at (334) 481-2133.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

July 17...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: July 18, 2013 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.


July 18...Montgomery County 8 AM.
CANCELLED  Outdoor Business Workshop for Lodge Owners at ALFA Headquarters, Montgomery. The information at this workshop can help you whether you’re considering an outdoor business or if you already have one that you may wish to expand. Fee: $20. Call Angelia Mance at (205) 652-5436.

July 18...Escambia County 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
Recreational Pond Management at Escambia County Extension Office, Brewton. Topics include: Permitting, Pond building, Stocking, and more. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 259-6507 or brodbam@auburn.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

July 18...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion
at Jim 'N Nick's, 220 Oxmoor Road, Homewood. Come enjoy a Dutch Treat dinner, listen to the July CI -- Live! News Conference for Forest Owners, and argue about the issues with other landowners afterward. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. Limited seating. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.


 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

July 18...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion at JamisonMoneyFarmer PC Office, 2200 Jack Warner Parkway, Suite 300, Tuscaloosa. Enjoy a BBQ dinner, listen to the July CI -- Live! News Conference for Forest Owners, and argue about the issues with other landowners afterwards. Dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. Fee: $7. To attend, RSVP Christen Ballard at (205) 366-4006 or cballard@jmf.com.


 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

July 18...DeKalb County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion at Chow King, 1509 Glenn Blvd. SW, Fort Payne. Enjoy a Chinese, Japanese, and American buffet, listen to the July CI -- Live! News Conference for Forest Owners, and argue about the issues with other landowners afterwards. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. To attend, RSVP Susan Dooley at (256) 997-6713 or spdooley@hotmail.com.


July 18-21...Athens, Georgia.
Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) National Convention at The Classic Center. Fee: $220. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

July 19-21...Jefferson County.
Annual World Deer Expo at Birmingham - Jefferson Convention Complex. Fee: $13; $2 discount if purchased in advance. Call Channing at (205) 678-4141.

July 20-22...Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Georgia Forestry Association (GFA) Annual Conference & Forestry Expo at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort. Fee: $575. Call GFA at (478) 992-8110.

July 21-24...Morgantown, West Virginia.
Walnut Council Annual Meeting at Ramada Inn. Fee: $175; $40 discount if paid in advance. Call Walnut Council at (765) 583-3501.

July 22-23...Talladega County 6 PM - 10 PM both days.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at Fayetteville High School, 170 West Waveritte Drive, Fayetteville. No fee. Students must attend both days. Call Barry Hagan at (256) 378-0789 after 6 PM. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised Alabama hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. There are some exceptions. There are many other courses being taught at various locations in November. Course Listings. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

July 25...Online Noon CT.
Fire and Fauna in the Southeast: Lessons Learned Webinar. Speaker: Dr. Chris Moorman, North Carolina State University. Contact Annie Oxarart at (352) 846-0144 or sfe@ifas.ufl.edu.

July 25-27...Minneapolis, Minnesota.
National Tree Farmer Convention at Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel. Fee: $360. Contact American Tree Farm System at (202) 463-2462 or info@forestfoundation.org.

> August 2013

August 1...Baldwin County.
Feral Hog Management at Five Rivers Delta Center, Spanish Fort. Topics related to the damage and control of Feral hogs. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 259-6507 or brodbam@auburn.edu.

August 2-4...Jackson, Mississippi.
Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza at Mississippi Trade Mart. The Extravaganza will kick off hunting season with demonstrations, events, and more. Fee: $20 weekend pass. Call the Mississippi Wildlife Federation at (601) 605-1790.

August 5-8...Lee County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course at School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Room 1101, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn University. Registration required. Lodging and meals on your own. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.net.

August 6...Starkville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Hardwood for Timber and Wildlife at Oktibbeha County Extension Office. This course will cover the basics of growing hardwood from reforestation cuts, timber stand improvement, log grading, and marketing. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call Julie White at (662) 323-5916.

August 6...Webinar 11 AM CT.
Application of Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Water Quality Protection. This webinar hopes to provide research findings regarding the effectiveness of BMPs for reducing sediment from a variety of forest operations. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

August 7...Elberton, Georgia.
Women in the Outdoors Sporting Clays Shoot at Elberton Gun Club. Women in the Outdoors events are designed just for women using expert instructors. Fee: $TBD. Contact Debbie Le Gette at (864) 328-6693 or lbugsrcute@aol.com.

August 9-10...Biloxi, Mississippi.
Managing White-Tailed Deer at Coastal R&E Center, 1815 Popps Ferry Road. Day 1 topics: Camera Survey Setup, Deer Nutrition, Food Plots, Habitat, Ecology, Harvest Management, and Hunter Recruitment. Day 2 topics: Camera Survey Analysis, Food Plot Management, Science of Harvesting Deer, Scoring Antlers, How to Age Deer, and Butchering and Meat Handling. Fee: $95/day or $180 for both days. Lunch included. Call Bronson Strickland at (662) 325-8141.

August 10...Winston County 9 AM - 1 PM.
Bankhead National Forest Herbicide Workshop at County Road 76, Mooreland Community Center. Lunch not included so bring water and snacks. Contact Tripp Gaskins at (205) 489-5111 or agaskins@fs.fed.us.

August 11-14...East Lansing, Michigan.
Northern Nut Growers Association Annual Meeting at Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. Fee: $140; includes membership. Call Betsy Braid at (517) 353-3175.

August 12...Atlanta, Georgia 7:30 AM - 5 PM ET.
Timber Market Analysis. This class teaches a detailed approach and specific strategies for analyzing timber markets for timberland, bioenergy, wood procurement, and forestry consulting applications. Speakers: Dr. Brooks Mendell and Amanda H. Lang. Fee: $660. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

August 12-14...Montgomery County.
Land Investment Analysis at Alabama Association of Realtors. This course is mainly for realtors. Fee: $325. Call Carolyn Russell at (251) 460-4508.

August 12-16...Gainesville, Florida 8 AM - 5 PM ET daily.
Basic Certified Wildland Fire Training at Waccasassa Forestry Center and Orday-Swisher Biological Station. This course teaches basic wildland firefighting. Fee: $125; lunch only provided on August 15 during live fire exercise. Contact Natural Areas Training Academy at (850) 875-7153 or nata@ifas.ufl.edu.

August 13...Jefferson County 6:15 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Meeting at Creekside Tavern, 4330 Creekside Avenue, Hoover. Call Frank Harris at (205) 424-1381.

August 14...Jefferson County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership Stakeholder Meeting at Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 623-0147 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

August 14...St. Clair County 9 AM - 3:15 PM.
Coosa Basin State of Our Watershed Conference at Pell City Civic Center. Registration required. Contact Gail Russell at (334) 569-1044 or gail_russell@bellsouth.net.

August 14...Winston County 6 - 9 PM.
Planting Wildlife Food Plots at Double Springs Municipal Building. Must pre-register. Contact Mike Henshaw at (205) 489-5376 or henshmd@auburn.edu.

August 15...Belzoni, Mississippi 8 AM - 4 PM.
Outdoor Business Workshop for Landowners at Multi-purpose Center, 417 Silver City Road, Belzoni. Are you interested in generating supplemental income from your property? Fee: $25. For more information call (662) 325-3133.

August 15...Blount County 9 AM.
Blount County Natural Resources Planning Committee Meeting at Frank Green Building Auditorium, Oneonta. Open to all forest landowners and any other interested folks. Contact Merry Gaines at (205) 274-2363x3 or merry.gaines@hopper.net.

August 20...St. Clair County 9:15 AM - 2 PM.
Deer & Turkey Management Workshop at Pell City Civic Center. Fee: $25; lunch included. Contact Norm Haley at (256) 630-4248 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

August 20-21...Statesboro, Georgia.
Forest Herbicide Workshop at Bulloch County Ag Center. Learn about forest herbicide: safety, application, aquatic vegetation control, site prep, herbaceous weed control, and calibration. Fee: $210. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

August 21...Elmore County 9 AM - 1:30 PM.
Forest Management Planning Workshop at Wetumpka AFC and Fires Association Building. The goal of the program is to educate participants on what is required in a Tree Farm management plan or Forest Stewardship plan. Landowners who want to attend need to be seriously interested in becoming certified under the Tree Farm program. Lunch provided. Call Chris Erwin at (334) 481-2133.

August 21...Webinar 1 PM CT.
Potential Land-use Change Associated with Growing Bioenergy Feedstocks. “This webinar will provide an overview of the Billion-Ton Update methods and results, and focus on land-use change implications.” Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

August 22...Fort Pierce, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop at Indian River Research & Education Center. This workshop covers some of the more troublesome plants and animals that are difficult to eliminate. Fee: $15; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

August 22-23...Coffee County.
Wildlife School For Landowners at Heritage United Methodist Church, 2911 Rucker Blvd., Enterprise. Topics include: feral hog control, timber management, prescribed burning, wildlife openings, deer management, and how to obtain technical and financial assistance. Fee: $60. Call Fay Garner at (334) 887-4506.

August 22-23...Cullman County.
Wildfire Safe, Sound & Code Smart at Holiday Inn Express, Cullman. A discussion aimed at preparing communities to cope with wildfire through better fire, building, and safety coding education. Fee: $30; lunch included. Call Renona Seibert at (256) 773-8495.

August 26-27...Savannah, Georgia.
Conservation Easements for Forest Landowners and Their Advisors at Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Annex Classroom, 2 Canebrake Road. Fee: $295. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu. Editor’s Note: Be especially wary when signing away property development rights.

August 28-29...Multiple Counties.
Clean Day Waste Pesticide Collection program will allow you, at no cost, to bring up to 1,000 lbs. of unwanted pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and rodenticides for disposal. You must pre-register with your local county agent in order to participate. Call Kristin Lashley at (334) 240-7224 or Tony Cofer at (334) 240-7237 for details.
Counties participating: Autauga, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Cullman, Dallas, Elmore, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Lowndes, Madison, Marshall, Perry, and Shelby.

August 29...Chilton County 6:30 PM.
Annual Hunter's Night Out at Sandra's Nursery, Hwy 22 West, Clanton. Subject: Organic, Natural Approaches to Deer and Other Game. Speaker: Larry Currie. Call Bill Blackwell at (205) 755-9610.

> September 2013

September 3-5...Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Florida Forestry Association (FFA) Annual Meeting and Trade Show at Sawgrass Marriott. Fee: $360. Contact FFA at (850) 222-5646 or info@forestfla.org.

September 4...Lee County 11 AM - 12 PM.
Farm Bill Programs at Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Room 1101. Speaker: Tim Albritton. Coffee and cookies served. Contact Lori Eckhardt at (334) 844-2720 or eckhalg@auburn.edu.

September 4-6...Baldwin County.
Annual Alabama Water Resources Conference at Perdido Beach Resort Hotel, Orange Beach. Fee: $320; $70 discount if paid by August 19. Call Zhen Feng at (334) 844-5609.

September 6...Chilton County 11 AM - 3 PM.
Alabama Trails Commission Workshop at Alabama Power Conference Center, 2030 7th Street South, Clanton. This workshop is for organizations that represent trail users to share thoughts about trails and how to connect trails throughout Alabama. Call Sally Brown at (205) 348-7058. Editors’ Note: Landowners may find it beneficial to stay aware of trails and/or trail networks close to their forestland.

September 8-10...Baldwin County.
Annual Meeting of the Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) at Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach. Featured speakers: Governor Robert Bentley and Greg Canfield, Director of the Alabama Department of Commerce. Professionals can take advantage of the Continuing Education track that is offered on September 8. This agenda qualifies for Continuing Legal, Accounting, Realtors, and Forestry credits. Fee: $450; non-member. Continuing Ed. track on September 8 requires an additional fee. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

September 9-14...Portland, Oregon.
Alabama Farmers Federation Pacific Northwest Forestry Tour headquartered at Embassy Suites. Fee: $1,740 single room; does not include airfare. Contact Rick Oates at (334) 613-4305 or roates@alfafarmers.org.

September 10...Madison County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Woodland Management For North Alabama at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville. Topics: Shortleaf pine, Portable sawmill income, Agroforestry, and Demonstrations. Fee: $65; lunch included. Walk-in/on-site registration will not be allowed. Background checks and identification required prior to participation. Contact Spenser Bradley at (256) 773-2549 or seb0043@auburn.edu.

September 10...Barbour County 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
Alabama Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting at Lakepoint State Park Lodge, Eufaula. Topics: Prescribed Fire Trends, Landowner Assistance, Regional Activities, and Smoke Screening Tools. Fee: $45; $10 discount if paid in advance. Lunch included. To pay online click here. Contact Joe Capps at (334) 298-6925x2 or joe.capps@al.usda.gov.

September 10...Starke, Florida 9 AM - 4 PM ET.
Natural Areas/Right-of-Way Pesticide Workshop at Bradford County Fair Building #3. Fee: $20. Contact Tim Wilson at (904) 966-6224 or timwilson@ufl.edu.

September 11...Barbour County 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Re-Certification Workshop at Lakepoint State Park Lodge, Eufaula. Registration required. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.net.

September 11...Tuscaloosa County 9 AM - 1:30 PM.
Forest Management Planning Workshop at Tuscaloosa Extension Office (tentative). The goal of the program is to educate participants on what is required in a Tree Farm management plan or Forest Stewardship plan. Landowners who want to attend need to be seriously interested in becoming certified under the Tree Farm program. Lunch provided. Call Chris Erwin at (334) 481-2133.

September 11...Webinar Noon CT.
How to Give to Your Children Without Getting in Trouble (was previously titled Procedural Justice) presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Call Ken Bosshart at (404) 869-6786.

September 12...Junction City, Georgia 8:30 AM - 12 PM ET.
Prescribed Fire and Ecosystem Restoration Field Tour at Blackjack Crossing Tract. Speakers: Southern Fire Exchange and The Nature Conservancy. Contact Dave Godwin at (850) 893-4153x261 or drg@ufl.edu.

September 12...Callahan, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Integrate Timber and Wildlife Management at Nassau County Extension Office. Fee: $10. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

September 12...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Birmingham Zoo. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $50; $10 discount if paid prior to event. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

September 13...Lexington, Mississippi 9 AM - 1 PM.
Tree Identification Workshop at Black Creek Outfitters Camp. Classroom instruction and field tour included. Please wear field clothes. Fee: $20; lunch included. Call Betsy Padgett at (662) 834-2795.

September 13-15...Escambia/Covington Counties.
Wild Edibles/Foraging Workshop at Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Andalusia. Speakers: Jimmy & Sierra Stiles and Mark Hainds. Fee: $235. Contact Jimmy Stiles at (334) 881-0084 or jrstiles@earthlink.net.

September 14...New Albany, Mississippi 8 AM - 12:30 PM.
Managing the Family Forest in Mississippi at Union County Extension Office. Topics include: Forest management plan, Prescribed burning, Financial considerations, Timber taxes, Natural resource enterprises, and Timber stand improvement. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call Stanley Wise at (662) 534-1917.

September 17...Mayhew, Mississippi 8 AM - 5 PM.
Introduction to GPS using SOLO Forest at East Mississippi Community College. This class is typically for foresters. Fee: $225. Call Johnny Thompson at (662) 769-5344.

September 17...Escambia/Covington Counties 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Re-Certification Workshop at Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Andalusia. Registration required. Fee: $7.50; includes lunch. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.net.

September 17-18...Tunica, Mississippi.
Annual Southern BioProducts and Renewable Energy Conference at Mid-South Convention Center. Fee: $249. Contact Lydia Allison at (662) 325-0479 or lallison@bagley.msstate.edu.

September 17-19...Portland, Oregon.
"Who Will Own The Forest?" at World Forestry Center. Join the professionals as they discuss issues pertaining to the economy, forestland valuations, investing overseas, and emerging values such as carbon, biomass, and environmental credits. Fee: $1,080. Contact the World Forestry Center at (503) 228-1367 or mail@worldforestry.org.

September 18...Winston County 9 AM - Noon.
Recreational Fish Pond Management at 1763 County Road 24, Double Springs. Must pre-register. Contact Mike Henshaw at (205) 489-5376 or henshmd@auburn.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

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

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference will feature state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your mp3 player: September 18, 2013 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.


September 18...Lee County 11 AM - 12 PM.
Public Preferences for Forest-based Water Quality Protection Programs at Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Room 1101. Speaker: Dr. Damian Adams. Coffee and cookies served. Contact Lori Eckhardt at (334) 844-2720 or eckhalg@auburn.edu.

September 19...Clarke County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
GPS 101 Workshop at Alabama Southern Community College, Thomasville. CFE’s available. Fee: $30; lunch included. Call Clarke County Extension Office at (251) 275-3121.

September 19...Bullock County 9 AM - 4:30 PM.
Introduction to Invasives at Bullock County Extension Office, 21578 Hwy 82 East, Union Springs. Topics: Top Invasive Plants, Invasive Insects and Diseases, Invasive Plants on the Horizon, Pesticide Safety, and Basics of Invasive Plant Control. Fee: $25; lunch included. Contact Patrick Cook at (334) 850-6837 or mpc0005@aces.edu.

September 19...Marianna, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM CT.
Invasive Species and Control Workshop at Jackson County Ag Conference Room, 2741 Pennsylvania Ave. This workshop covers some of the more troublesome plants and animals that are difficult to eliminate. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

September 19...Webinar 11 AM - Noon CT.
Introduction to Wildlife Damage Management: When Good Animals Go Bad. Topics will include: predation, crop damage, control, and habitat modification. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

September 19...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion
at Creekside Tavern, 4330 Creekside Avenue, Hoover. Come enjoy a Dutch Treat dinner, listen to the September CI -- Live! News Conference for Forest Owners, and argue about the issues with other landowners afterward. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. Limited seating. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.


 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

September 19...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion at JamisonMoneyFarmer PC Office, 2200 Jack Warner Parkway, Suite 300, Tuscaloosa. Enjoy a BBQ dinner, listen to the September CI -- Live! News Conference for Forest Owners, and argue about the issues with other landowners afterwards. Dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. Fee: $7. To attend, RSVP Christen Ballard at (205) 366-4006 or cballard@jmf.com.


 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

September 19...DeKalb County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion at Chow King, 1509 Glenn Blvd. SW, Fort Payne. Enjoy a Chinese, Japanese, and American buffet, listen to the September CI -- Live! News Conference for Forest Owners, and argue about the issues with other landowners afterwards. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. To attend, RSVP Susan Dooley at (256) 997-6713 or spdooley@hotmail.com.


September 20-21...Lexington, Kentucky.
Kentucky Wood Expo at Masterson Station Park. Fee: $7. For more info call (502) 695-3979.

September 20-22...Biloxi, Mississippi.
Woods and Water Hunting and Fishing Expo at Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center. Fun for the whole family. Fee: $10; Children 10 and under free. For more info call (586) 203-7198.

September 24...Washington, Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia, Monroe & a portion of Clarke Counties.
Special Primary Election for the vacant District 1 seat of Jo Bonner in the U.S. House of Representatives. If a special primary runoff is needed, it is set for November 5. If a special primary runoff is not needed, the special general election will be November 5. If a special primary runoff is required, the special general election is set for December 17.

September 24...Green Cove Springs, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop at Clay County Extension Office. Agenda: Herbicide safety, Application techniques, Species ID and control techniques, and Field demo. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

September 24...Athens, Georgia 8 AM - 5 PM ET.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part I at 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: $210. Lunch provided. Part II is September 25-26. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

September 24 & October 1...Senatobia, Mississippi.
Hardwood Management Short Course at Tate County Extension Office. Topics include: Species/Site relationships, Managing CRP, Artificial regeneration, Natural regeneration, and more. This short course has been divided into two evening sessions. Fee: $35; dinner included. Call Tarah Ferguson at (662) 562-4274.

September 24-27...Escambia County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course at Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve, Atmore. Registration required. Lodging and meals on your own. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.net.

September 25...Lee County 11 AM - 12 PM.
Cogongrass in Southeastern Forests at Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Room 1101. Speaker: Dr. Jose Shibu. Coffee and cookies served. Contact Lori Eckhardt at (334) 844-2720 or eckhalg@auburn.edu.

September 25-26...Athens, Georgia.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part II at 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: $345. Lunch provided. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

September 26...Walker County 8:30 AM - 3:05 PM.
Where The Wood Meets The Road - Regulations and Guidelines at Bevill State Community College, Jasper Campus, Mathews Lecture Hall. Reservations requested for lunch. Call Katherine at (205) 387-1879x1.

September 26...Washington County 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM.
Forest Field Day at Longleaf Land and Timber, LLC, Chatom. Topics: Easements, Regeneration, Fire Management, Mill Specifications, Timber Tax Issues, and more. Lunch provided. Call Michelle Floyd at (251) 847-6041.

September 26...Cleveland, Mississippi 9 AM - 2 PM.
Understanding Global Positioning System (GPS) Workshop at Bolivar County Agricultural Center. Learn the basics of GPS with a half indoors and half outdoors hands-on workshop. Fee: $20; lunch included. Call Brady Self at (662) 226-6000.

September 27...Butler County 9 AM - 4:30 PM.
Invasive Plant Control Program at Beeland Park Community Center, 1016 East Commerce Street, Greenville. Topics: Herbicide Safety, Identification & Ecology, Forestry Considerations, Control Methods, and Aquatic Plant Identification and Control Methods. Fee: $40; lunch included. Contact Patrick Cook at (334) 850-6837 or mpc0005@aces.edu.

September 29...DeKalb County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at Geraldine High School, Geraldine. Contact Chip Blanton at (256) 844-7942 or hackberryfarms@aol.com.

September 30 - October 2...Las Vegas, Nevada.
International Conference on Timber Bridges at Gold Coast Hotel & Casino. Fee: $545. Contact Jaime Krohn at (312) 841-8272 or jaime@woodworks.org.

> October 2013

October 1...Sevierville, Tennessee 7:30 AM - 4 PM ET.
Firewise Workshop Education Program at Wilderness at the Smokies Resort. No Fee. To register call 1-866-463-6486.

October 1...Morgan County 5:30 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Ingalls Harbor, Decatur. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $35. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

October 1...Lucedale, Mississippi 5:30 PM.
Wood Pellets: A Renewable Energy Source at Senior Citizen Center, 7102 Hwy 198 East. Green Circle Bio Energy recently announced plans to construct a plant in George County Mississippi that will convert low value trees to pellets. Dinner included. Pre-registration required. Call George County Extension Office at (601) 947-4223.

Canceled due to Government Shutdown October 2...Lee County 11 AM - 12 PM.
Forest Insect and Disease Invasions at Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Room 1101. Speaker: Dr. Andrew Liebhold. Coffee and cookies served. Contact Lori Eckhardt at (334) 844-2720 or eckhalg@auburn.edu.

October 3...Escambia County 8 AM.
South Region Forestry Field Day at Magnolia Branch Wildlife Preserve, 24 Big Creek Road, Atmore. Speakers: Bill Finch, Ad Platt, Carol Denhof, Claude Jenkins, and Eve Brantley. Lunch included. Pre-registration required. Call Ken Kelly at (251) 867-7760.

October 3...Wartburg, Tennessee 8 AM - 4 PM ET.
Woods and Wildlife Field Day at University of Tennessee (UT) Cumberland Forest. This event will feature presentations on feral hog trapping, forest ecology, natural resource management, silviculture, and wildlife habitat management. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact UT Forest Resources at (865) 483-3571 or utforest@utk.edu.

October 3...Webinar 11 AM - Noon CT.
The Past, Present, and Future of Longleaf Pine in Alabama presented by Dr. John Kush. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

October 3...Winston County 5 - 9 PM.
Management of Feral Swine at Double Springs Municipal Building. Must pre-register. Contact Mike Henshaw at (205) 489-5376 or henshmd@auburn.edu.

October 4...Webinar 10 - 11 AM CT.
Branding the South as a Bioenergy Leader. This webinar focuses on pro-active communication about the positive aspects of bioenergy. Contact Brent Bailey at (601) 573-4815 or bbailey@25x25.org.

October 4-5...Dale County.
Alabama Treasure Forest Association (ATFA) Conference and Tour at Ozark Civic Center, Ozark. Fee: $99. Call ATFA at 1-888-240-4694.

October 4-5...Cambridge, Ohio.
The Great Portable Sawmill Shootout at Guernsey County Fairgrounds. Held in conjunction with The Paul Bunyan Show. The shootout features side-by-side live demonstrations of a variety of portable sawmills. Seminars will also be held for landowners and sawyers to help provide new ideas and business practices. Fee: $8. Call Ohio Forestry Association at (614) 497-9580.

October 4-6...Covington County.
Alabama Chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ALAPARC) Annual Meeting at Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Andalusia. Fee: $147; Room, meals, and registration. Contact Taylor at (865) 599-9229 or alabamaparc@gmail.com.

October 8...Montgomery & Mobile Counties.
Special Primary Election for the Alabama House of Representatives District seats 74 & 104 of Jay Love and Jim Barton respectively. If a special primary election is not needed because the major parties only have one candidate, the special general election will be December 3. If a special primary runoff is needed, it is set for November 19. If a special primary runoff is not needed, the special general election will be December 3. If a special primary runoff is required, the special general election is set for January 14, 2014.

October 8-9...Athens, Georgia.
Wildlife Management at at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest. This course will on three primary game species: white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and bobwhite quail. Fee: $295. One lunch provided. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

October 8-10...Covington County.
Longleaf Academy: Understory 201 at Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Andalusia. Fee: $420; includes lodging and meals. Contact Longleaf Alliance at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

October 9...Escambia County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at Auburn Experiment Station, Brewton. Contact Chasity Pettis at (251) 867-8042 or chasity.pettis@al.nacdnet.net.

October 9...Webinar Noon - 1 PM CT.
Burning on Private Lands with Consultants. This webinar is the first of a five-part prescribed fire webinar series. Presenter: John Stivers, Private Consultant, Enon & Sehoy Plantations. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

October 10...Hale County 8 AM.
Central Region Forestry Field Day at Chip Taylors's Property, County Road 34. Topics: Hardwood Timber Stand Improvement, Beaver Control, High Fence Deer Mgt., and more. Contact Hale County Extension System at (334) 624-8710 or ollisjp@aces.edu.

October 10...Leakesville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Longleaf Pine Field Day at Hight Tree Farm. Topics: How to Enhance Wildlife Habitat, Improve Profitability, and Reduce Risk. Pre-registration required. Contact Mitch Newman at (601) 394-2702 or mitchn@ext.msstate.edu.

October 10...Chambers County 5:30 - 7:40 PM.
Forest Landowners Conference at Farmers Federation Building, LaFayette. Topics: Impact of Environmental Regulations on Landowners and Trespass & Property Security. Fee: $4.00; dinner included. Contact Bill Frazer at (334) 864-7865 or wrfrazer@yahoo.com.

October 10...Mobile County 5:30 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at The BlueGill Restaurant, Mobile Bay Causeway. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $50. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

October 15...Mobile County.
Special Primary Election for the Alabama House of Representatives District seat 104 of Jim Barton respectively. If a special primary election is not needed because the major parties only have one candidate, the Special General Election will be December 10. If a Special Primary Runoff is needed, it is set for December 3. If a Special Primary Runoff is not needed, the special general election will be December 10. If a special primary runoff is required, the Special General Election is set for January 28, 2014.

October 15...Meridian, Mississippi 9 AM - 4 PM.
Advanced Genetics & Silviculture Workshop at Holiday Inn Meridian. Topics include: Tree Improvement, Forest Genetics, Stand Management for Landowners, Landowner Value Creation, and Legislative and Regulatory Issues Affecting Landowners. No Fee. Lunch provided. Contact 1-888-888-7158 or arborgeninc@gmail.com for more information.

October 15-16...Statesboro, Georgia.
Pine Straw Production: Stand Management and Economics at Bulloch County Ag Center, 151 Langston Chapel Road. Fee: $210. Lunch provided. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

October 16...Madison County 9 AM - 1:30 PM.
Forest Management Planning Workshop at Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, Decatur. The goal of the program is to educate participants on what is required in a Tree Farm management plan or Forest Stewardship plan. Landowners who want to attend need to be seriously interested in becoming certified under the Tree Farm program. Lunch provided. Call Chris Erwin at (334) 481-2133.

October 16-18...Jackson, Mississippi.
Mississippi Forestry Association (MFA) Annual Meeting at Hilton Jackson Hotel. A tour of Forestry Suppliers and the King Edward Hotel is available at no cost. Extra activities for a fee will include golf and sporting clays. Fee: $430; non MFA member. $25 discount if paid by October 9. Contact Eleana Pope at (601) 354-4936 or epope@msforestry.net.

October 17...Cleburne County 8 AM.
North Region Forestry Field Day at Cane Creek Farm, County Road 66. Topics include: Hardwood Planting, Selling Your Timber, Cost Share Programs, and Wildlife Management & Food Plots. Lunch provided. Contact Cindy Beam at (256) 463-2620 or ckb0010@aces.edu.

October 17...Columbia, South Carolina 9 AM - 4 PM.
Advanced Genetics & Silviculture Workshop at Hilton Columbia Center. Topics include: Tree Improvement, Forest Genetics, Stand Management for Landowners, Landowner Value Creation, and Legislative and Regulatory Issues Affecting Landowners. No Fee. Lunch provided. Contact 1-888-888-7158 or arborgeninc@gmail.com for more information.

October 17...Webinar 11 AM - Noon CT.
Introduction to Woodland Management presented by Dr. Becky Barlow. Topics will include: regeneration, thinning, marketing specialty wood, non-timber forest products. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

October 17...Webinar Noon - 1 PM CT.
Federal Agency Ground-based Burn Crews and the Prescribed Fire Training Center. This webinar is the second of a five-part prescribed fire webinar series. Presenter: Mike Dueitt and Greg Seamon. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

October 18...Nashville, Tennessee 9 AM - 4 PM.
Forest Carbon Offsets Workshop at Bridgestone Americas, 535 Marriott Drive. This workshop will cover opportunities to generate forest carbon offsets and sell them into the California carbon market. Contact Scott Hernandez at (213) 542-0295 or shernandez@climateactionreserve.org. Editor’s Note: Pay careful attention to requirements (land use restrictions and 100 year terms) that must be adhered to when signing an agreement for selling carbon offsets.

October 18-20...Herndon, Virginia.
The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) Annual Meeting at Hyatt Dulles Conference Center. Fee: $324. Contact TACF at (828) 281-0047 or chestnut@acf.org.

October 22...Pickens County 8 AM.
Outdoor Business Workshop for Lodge Owners at Westervelt Lodge, 69 Westervelt Circle, Aliceville. The information at this workshop can help you whether you’re considering an outdoor business or if you already have one that you may wish to expand. Fee: $20; lunch included. Call Pam Swanner at (334) 649-3788.

October 22 - November 12...Webinar 7 - 8:30 PM.
Natural Resources Enterprises Series is divided into 4 sessions. One session each Tuesday. Session 1: Revenue Potential from Natural Resources Enterprises. Session 2: Business Plan Development. Session 3: Liability and Legal Considerations. Session 4: Social Media as a Marketing Tool. Fee: $40 for all 4 sessions. Contact Susan Guynn at (864) 656-0606 or sguynn@clemson.edu.

October 23...Lee County 11 AM - 12 PM.
Progress in Production and Upgrading of Bio-oil at Mississippi State University at Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Room 1101. Speaker: Dr. Phil Steele. Coffee and cookies served. Contact Lori Eckhardt at (334) 844-2720 or eckhalg@auburn.edu.

October 23...Webinar Noon CT.
A Collision of Shattered Dreams...And Other Learning Opportunities on the Road to Good Family Governance presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Call Ken Bosshart at (404) 869-6786.

October 23...Webinar Noon - 1 PM CT.
Prescribed Burning Techniques and Lessons Learned. This webinar is the third of a five-part prescribed fire webinar series. Presenter: Dale Wade, Forestry Consultant. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

October 23-25...Memphis, Tennessee.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Annual Meeting at Doubletree Hotel/Downtown. Fee: $225. Contact Candace Dinwiddie at (615) 883-3832 or cdinwiddie@tnforestry.com.

October 23-27...Charleston, South Carolina.
Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Convention. Silviculture Matters will be this year's theme. Fee: $690. Call SAF at 1-866-897-8720.

October 24...Princeton, West Virginia.
Small Sawmill Workshop at Wood Education & Resource Center. Workshop will cover: Small sawmills, Lumber grading, Proper lumber drying, Sawmill profitability, and more. Fee: $25; lunch included. Contact Harry Watt at (704) 880-5034 or harry_watt@ncsu.edu.

October 24...Bullock County 8 AM.
Outdoor Business Workshop for Lodge Owners at Shenandoah Plantation, 1193 Wildlife Trail, Union Springs. The information at this workshop can help you whether you’re considering an outdoor business or if you already have one that you may wish to expand. Fee: $20; lunch included. Call Pam Swanner at (334) 649-3788.

October 24...Covington County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Forestry Invasive Plants Identification and Control at USDA Agriculture Service Center, Andalusia. This program qualifies for commercial pesticide points for the following categories: Agricultural Plant Pest Control, Demonstration & Research, Forestry Pest Control, and Right of Way. Professional Logging Manager and Professional Forester CFE points also available. Please register by October 22. Call Charles Simon at (334) 222-1125.

October 24...Ripley, Mississippi 9 AM - 3:30 PM.
Having Your Timber and Wildlife Too at Program Hall, 10791-B Hwy 51 South - Fairgrounds. This program will cover topics on how to integrate sound forestry practices while encouraging wildlife habitat. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call Nick Simmons at (662) 837-8184.

October 24...Dallas County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Historic St. James Hotel, Selma. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $50. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

October 24...Gulfport, Mississippi 6 PM.
Timber Sale: Planning and Preparation at Orange Grove Dedeaux Road Community Center, 14416 Dedeaux Road, Gulfport. Fee: $20; dinner included. Pre-registration required for dinner count. For more information call (228) 865-4227.

October 25...Albany, Georgia 7:30 AM - 1 PM ET.
Tall Timbers Fall Field Day at Nonami Plantation. The field day will focus on the outlook of the 2013/2014 quail hunting season and land management topics. Fee: $50; lunch included. Contact Rose Rodriguez at (850) 893-4153x249 or rose@ttrs.org.

October 29...Columbus, Georgia 8 AM - 4:15 PM ET.
Meeting the Challenges for Forest Landowners at Columbus Convention & Trade Center. This is a one-day training seminar with a variety of topics of interest to forest landowners. Fee: $60; lunch included. Contact Annie Moncrief at (478) 751-3485 or amoncrief@gfc.state.ga.us.

October 29-31...Starkville, Mississippi.
FULL Management of Existing Hardwoods Stands Shortcourse at Thompson Hall, Mississippi State University. Instructors: John Hodges, Andy Ezell, Brady Self, Steve Meadows, and Randy Rousseau. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list contact Andy. Fee: $110; lunch included. Contact Andy Ezell at (662) 325-1688 or aezell@cfr.msstate.edu.

October 30...Lee County 11 AM - 12 PM.
“How will loblolly pine growth be affected by climate change?” at Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Room 1101. Speaker: Dr. Robert Teskey. Coffee and cookies served. Contact Lori Eckhardt at (334) 844-2720 or eckhalg@auburn.edu.

October 31...Webinar 11 AM - Noon CT.
Non-timber Forest Product Opportunities presented by Dr. Becky Barlow. This presentation will highlight alternatives to traditional forest products income such as: agroforestry, silvopasture, pine straw production, and hunting leases. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

October 31...Webinar Noon - 1 PM CT.
Prescribed Fire Techniques, Planning and Precautions. This webinar is the fourth of a five-part prescribed fire webinar series. Presenter: John Weir, Oklahoma State University. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

> November 2013

November 2...Bibb County.
Alabama Quail Hunters Fall Field Trial at Gates Shaw’s Farm, end of Carlton Pass road, Brierfield. Google Maps has the road labeled Carlton S instead of Carlton Pass. Enjoy a day outdoors watching quail hunters and their dogs enjoy a day outdoors. Call Frank Harris at (205) 595-0203.

November 4...Quitman, Mississippi 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
Woody Biomass: A Renewable Energy Opportunity at Clarke County Extension Office, 101 Westwood Avenue. Pre-registration required. Dinner provided. Call Extension Office at (601) 765-8252.

November 5...Washington, Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia, Monroe & a portion of Clarke Counties.
Runoff Primary Election for the Republican candidates. The Special General Election is set for December 17 for the vacant District 1 seat of Jo Bonner in the U.S. House of Representatives.

November 5-6...Statesboro, Georgia.
Longleaf Pine Establishment and Management at Bulloch County Ag Center, 151 Langston Chapel Road. Learn about managing your longleaf pine stand with an emphasis on survival and growth. Fee: $210; $25 discount if paid by October 15. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

November 6...Webinar Noon - 1 PM CT.
Planning Large Scale Burns. This is the final program in a five-part prescribed fire webinar series. Presenters: Brett Williams and James Furman. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

November 7...Walker County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
GPS 101: Technology for Better Land Management at Walker County Extension Office, 1501 North Airport Road, Jasper. Topics include: Overview of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS), Review various GPS systems, Provide an overview of free and low-cost mapping software, Develop GPS data collection skills, and Develop property map building skills. Speakers: Beau Brodbeck, Jack Rowe, and Chris Dillard. Fee: $30. Contact Danny Cain at (205) 221-3392 or caindan@aces.edu.

November 7...Coffeeville, Mississippi 9 AM - 2 PM.
Understanding Global Positioning System (GPS) Workshop at Yalobusha County Extension Office, 18025 Hwy 7. Come learn the basics of GPS and how to find and set waypoints, routes, and tracks. This is an indoor and outdoor class. Dress for outdoors. Fee: $20; lunch included. Call Brady Self at (662) 226-6000.

November 7...Madison County 10 AM - 2 PM.
Capital & Access to Capital Farmers and Ranchers Program at Alabama A&M University, James I. Dawson Building, RM 240, Huntsville. Fee: $5; light refreshments included. Contact E’licia Chaverest at 1-866-858-4970 or elicia.chaverest@aamu.edu.

November 11-12...Athens, Georgia.
Estate Planning for Land and Timber Resources: Adapting to Changes made by the 2012 Tax Act at Georgia Center for Continuing Education, 1197 South Lumpkin Street. This program was designed to enhance your understanding of forest assets before and after retirement. Fee: $345; $50 discount if paid by October 21. Two lunches included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

November 12...Autauga County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at R. H. Kirkpatrick Agricultural Pavilion, Autaugaville. Contact Yvonne Thomas at (334) 201-5209 or thomayd@aces.edu.

November 12...Marion County 5:45 - 8 PM.
Forestry/Wildlife Workshop at OH!Bryan’s, 390 Rockcliff Road, Hamilton. Topics include: Dormant season prescribed fire, Turkey management/hunting, Growing season food plots, and Marketing your timber. Dutch Treat dinner, but need to pre-register. Contact Andrew Baril at (205) 388-6893 or ajb0012@aces.edu.

November 13...Athens, Georgia 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM ET.
Timber Income Tax—Following the 2012 Tax Act at Georgia Center for Continuing Education, 1197 South Lumpkin Street. This program was designed to help landowners reduce their timber income taxes. Fee: $220; $35 discount if paid by October 23. Lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

November 13...Jefferson County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership Stakeholder Meeting at Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 623-0147 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

November 13...Autauga County 12 PM Noon.
PALS (People Against A Littered State) Governor's Awards at Marriott at Capitol Hill, Prattville. Nominations must be submitted to the PALS office no later than October 20. Call Alabama PALS at (334) 263-7737.

November 14...Chipley, Florida 8:30 AM - 2 PM CT.
Silvopasture Landowner Tour at George C. Owens Farm. Meet at Washington County Extension Ag Center, 1424 Jackson Avenue, Suite A. Learn the benefits of combining livestock and timber. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

November 14...Blount County 9 AM.
Natural Resources Planning Committee Meeting at Frank Green Building, Auditorium 415, 5th Ave. East, Oneonta. Contact Merry Gaines at (205) 274-2363x3 or merry.gaines@al.usda.gov.

November 14...Webinar 10 - 11 AM CT.
Did you know? You can buy land in your IRA. "The IRS allows you to buy ALL types of real estate in your IRA. Learn how to take advantage of this investment in your IRA." Hosted by Sean Brown, Tutt Land Company and Bill Gulas, President and Owner of IRA Innovations. Register Here. Call Sean Brown at (205) 531-9221.

November 14...Webinar 11 AM - Noon CT.
Urban Wildlife Management: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly presented by Dr. Jim Armstrong. What happens when the wildlife on your property is less than desirable and concerns or upsets neighboring property owners? Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

November 14...Jefferson County 12:30 - 3 PM.
Alabama’s Forest Action Plan at Jefferson County Environmental Services, 1331 Oak Grove Road, Birmingham. This program is meant to provide folks an opportunity to learn about the current Forest Action Plan, provide input for future versions, and identify opportunities for implementation. Meet in person at site or via conference call. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 623-0147 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

November 15...Statewide. Extended from October 18.
Batching Date for NRCS Conservation Subsidy Programs: Conservation Stewardship Program, Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program, and Wetlands Reserve Program. Call your local county office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) or call Fay Garner at (334) 887-4506.

November 15...Hattiesburg, Mississippi 7:30 AM - 5 PM.
Forest Inventory Technology Workshop at Happy Valley Farm, 1042 Ryan Road. This is a hands-on workshop in the field. Fee: $225; lunch included for pre-registrants. Contact Brian Mitchell at (601) 664-8617 or brian.mitchell@haglofinc.com.

November 19...Montgomery County.
Runoff Primary Election for the Republican candidates. No Democratic candidates ran for the seat. The Special General Election is set for January 14 for the Alabama House of Representatives District 74 seat of Jay Love.

November 19...Shelby County 5:45 - 8 PM.
Saving the Family Farm/Forest: Estate Planning at Shelby County Extension Auditorium, 54 Kelly Lane, Columbiana. Topics: Estate Tax, Maintaining the "Entire" Farm, Family Successional Planning, and Trusts. Instructor: Dr. Robert Tufts, Auburn University. Contact Andrew Baril at (205) 388-6893 or ajb0012@aces.edu.

November 19-21...Covington County.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 at Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Andalusia. A three day in-depth classroom and field instruction shortcourse in “all things longleaf”. Fee: $585; covers meals and lodging. Contact Hila Gatewood at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

November 20...Lee County 11 AM - 12 PM.
Southern Yellow Pine: Pole Resource Survey at Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Room 1101. Speaker: Dr. Kevin Ragon. Coffee and cookies served. Contact Lori Eckhardt at (334) 844-2720 or eckhalg@auburn.edu.

November 21...Belden, Mississippi 8 AM - 4 PM.
Bioenergy: Fuels of the Future at Itawamba Community College, Belden Conference Center, 3200 Adams Farm Road. Fee: $37; lunch included. Call Sherry Smith at (662) 841-9000.

November 21...Bonifay, Florida 9 AM CT.
Property Tour at Kent-Carroll Forests, property of Ken Carroll. The property consists of: pine forests, ponds, wildlife feeding areas, blueberry farm, and bee hives for honey production. A cogongrass burn will be demonstrated weather permitting. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

November 21...Morgan County 10 AM - 12 Noon.
Tennessee Basin Clean Water Partnership (CWP) Stakeholders Meeting at WaterWorks Center for Environmental Education, 5514 Highway 31 South, Hartselle. Call Jay Grantland at (256) 773-8495x13.

November 21...Webinar 11 AM - Noon CT.
Online Mapping and Spatial Resources for the Private Forest Landowner presented by John Gilbert. This presentation highlights a booklet tutorial with examples of online spatial resources to help landowners and conservation professionals make maps and utilize aerial photography, topographic layers, and soils information. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

November 21...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Taxation of Forestry Income and Payments: Dinner and Discussion
at Landry’s Seafood, 139 State Farm Parkway, Birmingham. The program speaker is Dr. Tamara L. Cushing, Clemson University Extension. Come enjoy a Dutch Treat dinner and argue about the issues with other landowners afterward. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM with 15 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. Limited seating. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.


November 22...Covington County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Prescribed Burn Workshop at Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Andalusia. Topics covered: Benefits of controlled burning, Basics of burn planning, and Resources that can help you get the job done. Fee: $10; lunch included. Call Alabama Cooperative Extension Office at (334) 222-1125.

> December 2013

December 3...Jefferson County.
Special Primary Election for the Alabama House of Representatives District 53 seat of Demetrius Newton. If a Special Primary Runoff is needed because one candidate does not receive a majority of the votes, it is set for January 28, 2014. If a Special Primary Runoff is not needed because one candidate receives a majority of the votes in the Special Primary Election, the Special General Election will be January 28, 2014. If a Special Primary Runoff is required, the Special General Election is set for March 25, 2014.

December 3...Coosa & Elmore Counties.
Special Primary Election for the Alabama House of Representatives District 31 seat of Barry Mask. Because no Democrat qualified for the race, the winner of the Republican primary, scheduled for December 3, or a run-off, scheduled for January 28 if one is needed, will begin serving immediately unless an Independent candidate submits a petition to appear on the ballot and forces a general election.

December 3...Mobile County.
Special Primary Runoff Election for the Alabama House of Representatives District seat 104 of Jim Barton. Complete, but unofficial results have Susan Hightower and Margie Wilcox in the runoff. The Special General Election is set for January 28, 2014.

December 3...Cleburne County 9 AM - 1 PM.
Weekday Walkabout Hike at Coleman Lake, Talladega National Forest, near Heflin. Easy storytelling hike. Fee: $5; pre-registration required five days prior to hike. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-8010 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

December 4...Madison County 10 AM - 2 PM.
Land Acquisitions & Tenure Farmers and Ranchers Program at Alabama A&M University, James I. Dawson Building, RM 240, Huntsville. Fee: $5; light refreshments included. Contact E’licia Chaverest at 1-866-858-4970 or elicia.chaverest@aamu.edu.

December 4...Webinar 11 AM - Noon CT.
Online mapping tools for the natural resource professional - Part 1: My Land Plan. This webinar is the first of a four-part series. Presenter: James Jeuck, NC State University. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

December 4...Webinar Noon CT.
I Am In Charge Around Here - Why Would I Want A Board? presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Call Ken Bosshart at (404) 869-6786.

December 4-5...Athens, Georgia.
Deer Ecology & Management at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Drive. This course will cover items such as: improving timber stands for deer, best options for deer food plots, how many deer are on my property, and many more. Fee: $325. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

December 5...Pontotoc, Mississippi 8:45 AM - 2:30 PM.
Managing Wild Pig Damage at Pontotoc County Extension Office, 402 C.J. Hardin Jr. Drive. Topics include: Feral swine diseases, parasites, and potential implications to humans and domestic livestock, trapping techniques, trap designs, removal methods, and laws governing removal of animals. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Call Extension Office at (662) 489-3910.

December 7...Archer, Florida 8:30 AM - 2 PM ET.
Brooksville Ridge Landowner Workshop at 19423 SW 179th Place. Attendees willing and able will help with actual planting of longleaf pine seedlings under guidance of professionals. Wear field clothing and bring bug spray. Lunch provided. Bring a folding chair for seating. Call Joe Vaughn at (352) 955-2241.

December 8-10...Athens, Georgia.
Southern Forestry and Natural Resource Management GIS Conference at The Georgia Center for Continuing Education. This conference encompasses topics related to the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in forestry and natural resource management. Fee: $275. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

December 11...DeFuniak Springs, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM CT.
Forest Certification Workshop at Walton County Extension Office. Topics include: certification systems and process, product chain of custody, and more. Contact Rose Godfrey at (352) 219-8717 or rosa23@ufl.edu. Editor’s Note: May we suggest that you listen to the descriptions of the virtues of forest certification, whether Tree Farm or Forest Stewardship Council, from a safe distance. We suspect that wood that is in demand will find its way to market, with or without a certification scheme blessing.

December 11...Crossville, Tennessee 5 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Cumberland Mountain State Park. Program on “History of Forests & Forest Disturbance on the Plateau; Resurrecting Shortleaf Pine in Pine Hardwood Stands.” Speaker: Wayne Clatterbuck, University of Tennessee. Fee: $15; pay at the door. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

December 12-13...Athens, Georgia.
Introduction to ArcGIS at The Georgia Center for Continuing Education. This course is for those who have taken a basic GIS (Geographic Information Systems) course and have an interest in learning more about how to use GIS to support natural resource management. Fee: $295. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

December 18...Webinar 11 AM - Noon CT.
Online mapping tools for the natural resource professional - Part 2: Important spatial data sources. This webinar is the second of a four-part series. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

December 20...Autauga County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at R H Kirkpatrick Agricultural Pavilion, Autaugaville. Contact Yvonne Thomas at (334) 201-5209 or thomayd@aces.edu.

> January 2014


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