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2015 Calendar of Past Events

last update: 12/18/2015

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

> January 2015

January 2 - February 15…Marshall County.
Eagle Awareness Weekends. Location: Lake Guntersville State Park. This program runs each weekend. 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 14...Webinar 12 PM - 1 PM CT.
Durable Design: Lessons from Historic Wood Structures. An examination of historic wood structures in Rome looks at their durability successes and failures. Speaker: Matthew B. Bronski. No Fee. Contact Karen Droste at (630) 776-2790 or karen@woodworks.org.

January 15...Montgomery County.
Annual Nonpoint Source Conference at 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 15...Tallapoosa County 8 - 11:30 AM.
GIS and GPS Orientation at Central Alabama Community College, 1675 Cherokee Road, Alexander City. Learn more about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) at this workshop that includes the following topics: Data Dictionary Creation, Data Collection, Points, Lines, Polygons, Data Exportation, and more. Instructor: David Wright, Trimble Representative. Contact David Wright at (256) 665-5589 or david_wright@neigps.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

January 21...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
News Conference for Forest Owners.

This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference featured state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your mp3 player: January 21, 2015 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

January 22...Shelby County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas - Live! Dinner and Discussion
in private dining room at Joe’s Crab Shack, 20 Mountain View Drive, Hoover. Come enjoy dinner, listen to AFOA’s January News Conference, and argue about the issues with other landowners. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting at 6:45 PM. Limited seating. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

January 22...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 January Capital Ideas -- 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 Beth Crocker at (205) 366-4009 or bcrocker@jmf.com.

January 24...DeKalb County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Basics of Wilderness Survival at Little River Canyon Center, Fort Payne. Experts will teach hands-on methods of basic survival skills dealing with water, shelter, food, fire, and getting found. This program will be outside, hands-on, hiking, collecting materials with hands so wear appropriate clothing for a cold winter day in the wilderness. Bring your own lunch, snacks, and drinks. Fee: $10; pre-registration required. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-8010 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

January 25-27…St. Simons Island, Georgia.
Southern Forestry Environmental Issues: Water Quality and Beyond. Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Society of American Foresters. Landowners welcome to attend. Pre-registration fee: $300 for non-members available through Jan. 7. Contact Sharon Dolliver at (478) 628-1196 or sesafbusmgr@windstream.net.

January 27...Webinar 1 PM CT.
Habitat Management to Control Pests. Learn how to enhance habitat for beneficial insects that help control crop pests. Presenter: Eric Lee-Mader, Pollinator Program Co-Director, Portland, Oregon. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

January 27 - February 17...Online Tuesdays 6 - 7:30 PM CT.
Master Tree Farmer. There will be a total of 4 sessions. Session 1: An examination of two land certification programs. Session 2: Use of prescribed fire in pine management. Session 3: Forest Genetics. Session 4: Forest Pests. Watch the program from your home. You must register and pay before you will receive the link information to view the webinar. Fee: $85. Contact Susan Guynn at (864) 656-0606 or sguynn@clemson.edu.

January 28...Knoxville, Tennessee 5 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Calhouns on the River, 400 Neyland Drive. Program will cover federal & regional issues facing forest landowners and industry. Presenter: Scott Jones, CEO, Forest Landowners Association. Fee: $25. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

January 29...Cullman County 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Shortleaf Pine Workshop at North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center, 1714 Tally Ho Street, SW, Cullman. Registration is free, but required. Contact Chris Erwin at (202) 480-4038 or cerwin@forestfoundation.org.

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

> February 2015

February 3...Cullman County 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
County Forestry Meeting at North Alabama Agriplex, 1714 Tally Ho Street, Cullman. Proposed topics include: Weed Control Options, Pesticide Safety, Herbicide Selection, and Forest Pathology. Fee: $25; lunch included. Contact Tony Glover at (256) 737-9386 or gloveta@aces.edu.

February 3...Atlanta, Georgia 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM ET.
Applied Forest Finance at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. 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: $680; $100 discount if paid by January 20. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

February 4...Henry County 9 AM - 2:30 PM.
Managing Wild Pig Damage at Wiregrass Research & Extension Center, 167 Alabama Hwy 134 East, Headland. Topics covered: Wild Pig History, Biology, Ecology, Diseases, Trapping Techniques, and more. To register call (334) 844-1010.

February 5...Webinar 1 PM CT.
Timber Tax Update for the 2014 Tax Year. This webinar is designed to help woodland owners, foresters, and their tax advisors prepare for the filing of their 2014 federal tax returns. Presenter: Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist, USDA Forest Service. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070.

February 5...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Regional Reception at Alagasco’s Center for Energy Technology, 20 20th Street South, Birmingham. Conversation, food, and refreshments. RSVP required. Contact Liz Chambers at (334)481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

February 6...Elmore County 2 - 4:30 PM.
Applied Forestry & Wildlife Research Symposium at Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center, 2500 Legends Circle, Prattville. Topics: Longleaf vs. Loblolly, Using the Forestry Internet, Forestry Content of the Farm Bill, Timber Theft, Land Security, and Eagles of Alabama. Fee: $30. Call Alabama Forestry Association at (334) 265-8733.

February 6...Elmore County 5 - 7:30 PM.
Alabama Natural Resources Council Awards Banquet at Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center, 2500 Legends Circle, Prattville. This awards banquet will recognize the 2014 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: $35. Call Alabama Forestry Association at (334) 265-8733.

February 7...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 wild game recipes. Fee: $40; Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

February 10...Alabama.
End of Deer (Zone B) Season. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

February 11-12...Autauga County.
Alabama Fisheries Association Annual Meeting at Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center in Prattville. Fee: $130. For more information call (334) 260-2762.

February 12-15...Nashville, Tennessee.
Annual National Wild Turkey Federation National Convention at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Fee: $260. Call Marsha at 1-800-843-6983.

February 14...Various Counties 9 AM - 1 PM.
Take A Hike at various locations. Jacksonville State University Field School is leading a hike the second Saturday of each month. The locations vary; may include Little River Canyon National Preserve, DeSoto State Park, Talladega National Forest, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge, Cheaha State Park, or other locations. Fee: $5; pre-registration required 5 days in advance of hike. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-8010 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

February 17...Diboll, Texas 8 AM - 5 PM.
Texas Timber Tax Workshop at Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center, 601 Dennis Street. The daylong workshop will provide basic information about timber taxation and the latest changes to tax laws and rules for 2014 tax return preparations. Dr. Harry L. Haney, Jr. will be one of the instructors. Dr. Haney has participated in several of AFOA's Capital Ideas -- Live! teleconferences. Fee: $75; lunch included. Contact Jennifer Hayes at (979) 458-6630 or jhayes@tfs.tamu.edu.

February 17...Escambia County 9 AM - 2:30 PM.
Managing Wild Pig Damage at Perdido River Farms, 5535 Poarch Road, Atmore. Topics covered: Wild Pig History, Biology, Ecology, Diseases, Trapping Techniques, and more. To register call (334) 844-1010.

February 17...Covington County 5 - 7:45 PM.
Wild Pig Trapping Workshop at Covington County Extension Office, 23952 Alabama Hwy 55, Andalusia. Fee: $5; lunch included. Call County Extension office at (334) 222-1125.

February 18...Montgomery County 9 AM - 3:30 PM.
Alabama Clean Water Partnership (ACWP) Annual Watershed Conference at Renaissance Montgomery Convention Center, 201 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery. Fee: $79. Contact Allison Jenkins at (205) 266-6285 or coordinator@cleanwaterpartnership.org.

February 18-20...Amelia Island, Florida.
Timberland Investment Conference at The Ritz-Carlton. Fee: $1500; $305 discount if paid by February 13. Contact Bob Izlar at (706) 542-6819 or bizlar@uga.edu.

February 19...Tallapoosa County 9 AM - 2:30 PM.
Managing Wild Pig Damage at Alexander City Sportsplex, 1842 Sportsplex Blvd., Alexander City. Topics covered: Wild Pig History, Biology, Ecology, Diseases, Trapping Techniques, and more. To register call (334) 844-1010.

February 21...Barbour County 10 AM - Noon.
Feral Hog Control Seminar in Eufaula. Speakers: Lance Dement, Jager Pro and Bill Gray, Department of Conservation and National Resources. Lunch provided. Contact Kenny at (334) 703-4294 or kennychildree@gmail.com.

February 22-28...Statewide.
Alabama Arbor Week. This is a good week to include the family in your tree planting activities. Send AFOA a picture of your children or grandchildren planting a tree!

February 25...Etowah County 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Gadsden-Etowah MS4 (municipal separate storm sewer system) Conference at Pitman Theatre, 629 Broad Street, Gadsden. Topic of presentations will address: storm water quality, funding approaches, and strategies for compliance. Fee: $45; lunch included. Contact Christa Collins at (334) 372-3156 or clcollins@smeinc.com. Editor's note: MS4 discussion may result in serious problems for local forest landowners.

February 26...Greenville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Outdoor Recreation and Wildlife Management Workshop at Catfish Point Hunting Club. Topics include: Legal Considerations, Habitat Management, Waterfowl Management, Hunting Club Operations, Carbon Payments, Bottomland Hardwood Management, and more. Fee: $25. For more information call (662) 325-3133.

February 26...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Integrating Wildlife and Forestry Workshop at Austin Cary Forest Learning Center, 10625 NE Waldo Road. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

February 27...Autauga County 6:30 - 8:30 PM.
Herbicide Seminar at William Howard Smith Agricultural Building, 2226 Highway 14 West, Suite E, Autaugaville. Fee: $15; lunch included. Call Yvonne Bowens-Thomas at (334) 361-7273.

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

February 28...Montgomery County 8 AM.
Conservation Advisory Board Meeting in Auditorium of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, 1445 Federal Drive, Montgomery, AL 36109. The decisions of this board impact all hunting activities that take place on your land. For more information, call (334) 242-3486.

> March 2015

March 2-15...Online.
S130/190 Basic Wildland Firefighter Training. This course is designed to provide entry level wildland firefighter skills. The second part of this course is in-person. See March 17-20 on page 5 for details of in-person part of course. Fee: $125. Call Natural Areas Training Academy at (850) 875-7153.

March 2 - May 23...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 3...Starkville, Mississippi 8 AM - 4 PM.
Extreme Weather Events and Risk Management Options for Family Forests at Oktibbeha County Extension Office, 106 Felix Long Drive. Topics include: Timber Casualty Loss, Species Selection, Timber Salvage, Thinning for Forest Health, Weed Control, Stand Age Management, and Preparing for the Future. Fee: $33; lunch included. Call Julie White at (662) 323-5916.

March 5...Etowah County 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
Timber & Wildlife Management Workshop at Extension Office, 3200A West Meighan Blvd., Gadsden. Fee: $5. 4 PLM and 4 CFE credits. Contact Norm Haley at (256) 547-7936 or 630-4248 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

March 5...Madison County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave SW, Huntsville. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $50; $10 discount if paid in advance. Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

March 6-8...Shelby County.
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) at Alabama 4-H Center on Lay Lake near Columbiana. Participants choose from over 50 courses such as: backyard wildlife, rock climbing, camp cooking, map and compass, camping, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, and many more. Fee $225; includes meals, lodging, program materials, and instruction. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

March 7...Various Locations (water dependent) 6 PM - 8 PM.
Early Spring Frog Pond Adventure. Learn to identify frog songs and get hands-on experience with George Cline. Fee: $5. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-8010 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

March 10...Montgomery County 5 PM - 7 PM.
Alabama Agribusiness Council Legislative Reception at RSA Plaza Terrace, 770 Washington Avenue, Montgomery. Great opportunity to meet state legislators interested in forestry & agriculture. Sponsored in part by AFOA along with several other organizations. Contact Leigha Cauthen at (334) 834-4006 or lcauthen@alagribusiness.org.

March 10...Clarke County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Pond Management Workshop at Thomasville Feed and Seed, 1228 Hwy 43 North, Thomasville. Discussion on: pond weeds, fertilization, water quality, stocking, and more. Bring a weed and water sample for testing. Call Kevan Tucker at (251) 275-3121.

March 10-12...Loranger, Louisiana.
Longleaf Academy: Herbicides and Longleaf 201 at Solomon Episcopal Conference Center. Topics include: rates, timing, active ingredients, application methods, calibration, equipment, safety, and more. Fee: $125; includes meals and 2 nights lodging (double occupancy). Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

March 12...Grenada, Mississippi 8 AM - 4 PM.
Extreme Weather Events and Risk Management Options for Family Forests at Grenada County Office Building, 1240 Fairground Road, Suite G. Topics include: Timber Casualty Loss, Species Selection, Timber Salvage, Thinning for Forest Health, Weed Control, Stand Age Management, and Preparing for the Future. Fee: $25; lunch included. Call Steve Winters at (662) 226-2061.

March 14...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 14...Colbert County 8 AM - 3 PM.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at Sheffield Recreation Center, 2901 19th Avenue, Sheffield. No fee. Call Daniel Toole at (256) 760-8670. 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 other courses being taught at various locations in March as well as online only courses. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

March 14...Geneva County 8:30 AM.
Spring Field Day: What is a Genetically Improved Seedling at Geneva State Forest, 1119 Forest Area Road, Kinston. Please RSVP for lunch head count. Call Chris Cotton at (334) 684-2876.

March 14...Various Counties 9 AM - 1 PM.
Take A Hike at various locations. Jacksonville State University Field School is leading a hike the second Saturday of each month. The locations vary; may include Little River Canyon National Preserve, DeSoto State Park, Talladega National Forest, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge, Cheaha State Park, or other locations. Fee: $5; pre-registration required 5 days in advance of hike. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-8010 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

March 17-20...Gainesville, Florida.
S130/190 Basic Wildland Firefighter Training (Part 2) at Waccasassa Forestry Center, 5353 Northeast 39th Avenue. This is the second (in-person) part of a two part hybrid course. There are also two online courses that must be completed before attending this in-person part of the course. See March 2-15 for contact info and first part of course info.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

March 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: March 18, 2015 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

March 19
...DeKalb County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion at Western Sizzlin, 1114 Glenn Boulevard SW, Fort Payne. Enjoy sandwiches and salads, listen to the March 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.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

March 19...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion
at Landry’s Seafood, 139 State Farm Parkway, Birmingham. 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.

March 20...Pierson, Florida 9 AM ET.
Property Tour at Yulee Tree Farm on East Washington Avenue two miles east of Hwy 17 in Pierson. Tour this property to learn more about: longleaf pine management, wildlife habitat management, ponds, how to combat cogongrass, and more. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

March 25...Webinar Noon CT.
Driving Innovation in the Family Business presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). Fee: $129. Call FBCG at 1-866-872-5840.

March 26...Senatobia, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Extreme Weather Events and Risk Management Options for Family Forests at Tate County Extension Office, #1 French’s Alley. Topics include: Timber Casualty Loss, Species Selection, Timber Salvage, Thinning for Forest Health, Weed Control, Stand Age Management, and Preparing for the Future. Fee: $25; lunch included. Call Tara Ferguson at (662) 562-4274.

March 27...Mobile County 8 AM - 2 PM.
Forestry Field Day at Wilmer-Georgetown Rd., Wilmer. Topics: Wetland Delineation & Management, Wildlife Habitat, Healthy Ponds, and Alternative Site Prep Herbicides for Longleaf. Lunch included with pre-registration. Call Soil & Water Conservation Office at (251) 441-6505x3.

March 27-28...Fort Valley, Georgia.
American Paulownia Association Annual Conference at Fort Valley State University, 1005 State University Drive. Fee: $70. Call Sharon Blickenstaff at (301) 790-3075.

March 31...Baldwin County.
Baldwin County Property Tax Referendum. This referendum, if voters approve, will increase non-commercial property taxes by 8 mills, or $8 per $1000 of assessed value. Commercial properties (businesses) will pay double this rate. Utilities pay triple the rate of non-commercial.

> April 2015

April 1...Online Noon CT.
The Canopy: Tree Selection In The Lower South. In this webinar you will learn how to select plants that utilize the environment of the deep south most favorably. Underutilized tree and understory species will be discussed as well. Contact Bekah Sparks at (662) 325-8581 or distanceed@ext.msstate.edu.

April 7...Batesville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - Noon.
Hardwood Management Field Tour at Panola County Extension Office, 245-C Eureka Street. A field tour will be led through privately managed hardwood forest sites. Dress appropriately. Fee: $10. Call Andrew Self at (662) 563-6260.

April 7...Jefferson County 1 PM.
Alabama Clean Water Partnership (CWP) Cahaba Stakeholders Meeting at Jefferson County Environmental Services Training Facility, 1331 Oak Grove Road, Birmingham. Topics: Discovering Alabama “Water’s To The Sea” update and an ADEM update on the Cahaba Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) progress in the Cahaba basin. Contact Glenn Littleton at (205) 217-2592 or cahabacwp@hotmail.com.

April 7...Monticello, Mississippi 6:30 PM.
Lawrence County Forestry Banquet at Lawrence County Civic Center. The keynote speaker will be Commissioner of Agriculture, Cindy Hyde-Smith. The Lawrence County Forestry Association will also be recognizing local loggers and Friends of Forestry. Call (601) 587-2271 for more information.

April 11...Newton, Georgia 10 AM - 2 PM ET.
Open House at Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, 3988 Jones Center Drive. This free event includes hands-on children’s activities, walking tours of working research facilities, wagon tours of Ichauway’s landscape and historical area, slide show presentation, and more. Bring your own picnic lunch. Drinks and tables will be provided. Call the Research Center at (229) 734-4706.

April 14-16...Withlacoochee, Florida.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 Workshop. This three day short-course consists of in-depth classroom and field instruction in "all things longleaf". Fee: $150. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

April 15...Etowah County 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Gadsden-Etowah MS4 (municipal separate storm sewer system) Conference at Pitman Theatre, 629 Broad Street, Gadsden. Topic of presentations will address: storm water quality, funding approaches, and strategies for compliance. Please re-register if you registered for the prior meeting date. Fee: $45; lunch included. Contact Christa Collins at (334) 372-3156 or clcollins@smeinc.com. Editor's note: MS4 discussion may result in serious problems for local forest landowners.

April 16...Tallapoosa County 9 - 11 AM.
Grafting Workshop on Holloway Mill Road (Neighbors Road), Alexander City. Learn how to graft fruit trees, pecans, and anything in between. This is a hands-on activity. Pre-registration required by April 14. Call Tallapoosa Extension Office at (256) 825-1050.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM & ANNUAL MEETING

April 17-18...Covington County.
Location: Headquartered at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia, AL 36420.

Reserve Your Room:
If you plan to stay at the Center on Friday night the only rooms left are bunkhouse rooms. All hotel style rooms are booked at the Solon Dixon Center. To make reservations for sleeping accommodations at the Dixon Center, contact Teresa Cannon at (334) 222-7779 or send your request to cannotj@auburn.edu. Annual Meeting Registration information will not be available from AFOA until January 2015 and will be sent to members in the monthly newsletter, Capital Ideas.

When sleeping space runs out at the Center the following hotels are close by. All hotel style rooms at the Dixon Center have been booked.

Click the Program Agenda and Landowners Registration Form link below to see the most up-to-date details about the meeting.

Written Directions provided by AFOA using Google. These directions are to the Dixon Center and T.R. Miller Mill Co. from a few different directions.

Google Directions to the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center. Type in your starting address to receive directions. Worked well on iPhone with/without Google Maps app. Maybe someone can test with an Android phone for us! :-)

Registration:

     Program Agenda and Landowner Registration Form

     Exhibitor and/or Sponsor Registration Application

 

April 18…Chickasaw State Forest (Henderson), Tennessee 8 AM to 3 PM.
Healthy Hardwoods Field Day. Portable sawmill demo, chainsaw safety, skidding logs with ATV, estimating timber volumes. Call to register at 1-800-893-7403.

April 18...Macon County 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Annual Goat Day at Henderson Hall Auditorium, Tuskegee University. Attend to find out more on the latest trends in the goat industry. Fee: $20; $5 discount if paid by April 1. Contact Marilyn Hooks at (334) 727-8453 or mhooks@mytu.tuskegee.edu.

April 18...Como, Mississippi 9 AM.
Hardwood Management Field Tour on Pleasant Grove Road 1.1 miles South of of Highway 310. This field tour will explore pine and hardwood management efforts for wildlife habitat manipulation. Dress appropriately. No Fee. Call Tate County Extension Office at (662) 562-4274.

April 21...Tifton, Georgia 8:30 AM to 5 PM.
Growing Pines in Changing Times Forestry Workshop at the UGA Tifton Conference Center. Topics include: Understanding Climate Variability, Potential Implications for Plantation Management of Pines, Site Productivity Updates, Seedling Selection Guidelines, Density Management, and Insect/Disease Control. Fee: $50. Contact Leslie Boby at (706) 559-4320 or lboby@sref.info.

April 22...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 23...Quincy, Florida 9 AM ET.
Property Tour at Spring Canyon LLC, Church Pond Rd, Quincy. The property owners are working to restore the uplands back to what they were before many decades of fire exclusion. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

April 24…Chilton County 9:30 AM - Noon.
Forestry Tour on Allen Bearden Property off Highway 22. Participants will meet at Maplesville City Park Walking Trail on Shanks Drive. Topics: Landowner Objectives, Pine Management, Prescribed burning, Food Plots, and Cost Share Assistance. Tour held rain or shine so dress appropriately. Lunch on your own in Maplesville at end of tour. Contact Brian Smith at (205) 755-3042 or Chilton.County@forestry.alabama.gov.

April 24-25...Covington County.
Silvopasture Works at Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia. Field tour of 3 silvopasture sites led by Chuck Simon on Friday 24th. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or rjb0003@aces.edu.

April 24-26...Covington County.
Frogging by Ear Workshop at Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia. Spend a fun weekend with herpetologists, Jimmy and Sierra Stiles, learning about frogs. Nightly field trips will tour local frogging sites for hands-on practice. Fee: $235; includes all lodging and meals. Contact Jimmy Stiles at (334) 881-0084 or jrstiles@earthlink.net.

April 25…Highland Rim Experimental Forest (Tullahoma), Tennessee 8 AM to 3 PM.
Healthy Hardwoods Field Day. Portable sawmill demo, chainsaw safety, skidding logs with ATV, estimating timber volumes. Call to register at 1-800-893-7403.

April 25...Lumberton, Mississippi 8 AM.
Spring Forestry Field Day at Little Black Creek Water Park, 2159 Little Black Creek Rroad. Educational programs will contain information related to becoming a Certified Tree Farm. Call the Lamar County Extension Office at (601) 794-3910.

April 25...Athens, Georgia 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM ET.
Georgia Lakes Workshop at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Drive. This workshop is help educate lake and pond owners improve their management and enhance all water uses: recreational, water supply, or as aquatic habitat for fish and wildlife. Fee: $75; lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

April 30...Burnsville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Hardwood for Timber and Wildlife at Burnsville Chamber of Commerce, 322 Highway 72 East. Topics include: Hardwood Sites, Managing Hardwoods for Quality, Upland Hardwood Management, Regeneration, Wildlife Habitat in Hardwoods, and Wild Hog Control. Fee: $36; lunch included. Call Danny Owen at (662) 423-7016.

April 30...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; $10 discount if paid in advance. Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

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?

> May 2015

May 5...Madison County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Hardwood Management Outdoor Workshop. Meeting/departing from Hardee’s in Gurley. Contact Callie Schweitzer at (256) 574-3217.

May 6...Leesville, South Carolina 8:20 AM to 4:30 PM.
Pine Decline: Is it real? If so, what are its effects? T & S Farm, 3500 Pond Branch Road. Speaker: Dr. Lori Eckhardt, Auburn University. Contact Beth Richardson at (803) 534-6280 or mrchrds@clemson.edu.

May 6...Blount County 9 AM.
Natural Resources Planning Committee Meeting at Frank Green Building Auditorium, 415 5th Avenue East, Oneonta. Contact Merry Gaines at (205) 274-2363x3 or merry.gaines@al.usda.gov.

May 6...Webinar Noon CT.
Driving Innovation in the Family Business presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). Fee: $129. Call FBCG at 1-866-872-5840.

May 6-8...Louisville, Kentucky.
North American Deer Summit at Galt House Hotel. Fee: $220. For more information call 1-800-209-3337.

May 7...Sumter County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at Lake LU, Livingston. 3rd grade students only. Contact Mandee Carrier at (205) 652-7521 or mandee.carrier@al.nacdnet.net.

May 7…Escambia County 8 AM - 4:15 PM.
Annual Alabama Invasive Plant Conference at Wind Creek Hotel, Atmore. Fee: $65. Contact Nancy Lowenstein at (334) 844-1061 or loewenj@auburn.edu.

May 7...Jefferson County 6 - 8 PM.
Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Regional Reception at Vulcan Park and Museum, 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham. RSVP Sharon Tatum at (334) 844-1983 or sharon.tatum@auburn.edu.

May 7...Mobile County 6 PM.
Mobile County Landowners Association at Jon Archer Center, 1070 Schillinger Rd N, Mobile. Speaker: Congressman Bradley Byrne. Call Imogene Allbritton at (251) 633-8535.

May 7...Senatobia, Mississippi 6 PM.
Tate/DeSoto County Forestry Association Meeting at Tate County Extension Office, 1 French’s Alley. Contact Eleana Pope at (601) 354-4936 or epope@msforestry.net.

May 8-9...Louisville, Kentucky.
Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) National Convention at Galt House Hotel. Fee: $200. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

May 13-14...Gainesville, Florida.
Innovations in Timber Harvesting and Utilization Symposium at Austin Cary Forest Learning Center, 10625 NE Waldo Road. Session topics will include: International Wood Marketing, Forest Inventory and GIS, Harvesting, and Wood Energy. Fee: $175. Call Patrick Minogue at (850) 875-7142.

May 14...Milton, Florida 9 AM CT.
Property Tour at Spencer Family Property, 5001 Willard Norris Road. Some walking so wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

May 14...Tallapoosa County 6 PM.
Marketing Your Timber Workshop at Hackneyville Community Center, north of Alexander City. RSVP for dinner. Call David Kelly at (256) 825-4244.

May 15...Senatobia, Mississippi 8:15 AM - 1:30 PM.
Tree ID Workshop at Tate County Extension Office, 1 French’s Alley. A combination of classroom and field tour will be used. Fee: $13. Call Tarah Ferguson at (662) 562-4274.

May 15...Columbus, Mississippi 9 AM - 2:30 PM.
Are My Pine Trees Ready To Thin? at New Hope Community Center, Stadium Road. Are you interested in: When to thin your pine trees, How thinning should be done, Which trees should be removed, and more. Fee: $20; lunch included. Call Reid Nevins at (662) 328-2111.

May 16...Carthage, Mississippi.
Leake County Forestry Association Field Day at Tony and Susan Kinton Tree Farm. Contact Eleana Pope at (601) 354-4936 or epope@msforestry.net.

May 19-20...Ellisville, Mississippi.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 at Life Science Building, Jones County Junior College, 900 South Court Street. Topics will include: Use of fire in longleaf, Stand management, Understory restoration, and more. Fee: $175; lunch included. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

May 20...Natchez, Mississippi 9 AM - 4 PM.
Advanced Genetics & Silviculture Workshop at Natchez Grand Hotel, 111 North Broadway Street. 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 Terri Hoseman at (854) 851-5074.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 20...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: May 20, 2015 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 21...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion
at
JamisonMoneyFarmer PC Office, 2200 Jack Warner Parkway, Suite 300, Tuscaloosa. Enjoy dinner, listen to the May Capital Ideas -- 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 Beth Crocker at (205) 366-4009 or bcrocker@jmf.com.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 21...Shelby County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion
at Golden Corral, 101 Cahaba Valley Pkwy E, Pelham. 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 starting about 6:45 PM. Limited seating. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.

May 21...Purvis, Mississippi 6 - 10 PM.
How To Have A Firewise Home at Mill Creek Voting Community Center, 4403 Old Highway 11. Attendees will learn: why homes burn, various wild-land fuel reduction techniques, and how to assess the fire danger of their own homes. Pre-registration required for a meal head count. Call George Stevens at (601) 270-7525.

May 27...Autauga County 9 AM - 2:30 PM.
Managing Wild Pig Damage at Autauga County Extension Office at 2226 Highway 14 W, Suite E, Autaugaville. Topics include: Wild Pig History, Diseases, Trapping Techniques, Trap Designs, and Removal Methods. Outside demonstration included. Registration required for lunch. For more information call (334) 844-1010.

May 27...Webinar 1 PM CT.
Introduction to Agroforestry Systems will teach participants about the five recognized agroforestry practices: Windbreaks, Alleycropping, Silvopasture, Forest Farming, and Riparian Forest Buffers. Presenter: Rich Straight, US Forest Service Lead Agroforester. For more information email Holli at holli.kuykendall@gnb.usda.gov.

May 27-29...Tuscaloosa County.
Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference at Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa. Learn more about using fire as a management tool. The conference will feature field tours, 17 invited presentations, a poster session, and a panel discussion led by scientists and managers on a wide range of topics in fire science and management. Fee: $225. Contact Justin Hart at (205) 348-1673 or hart013@ua.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 28
...DeKalb County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion at Western Sizzlin, 1114 Glenn Boulevard SW, Fort Payne. Enjoy sandwiches and salads, listen to the May 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.

May 29...Madison, Florida 9 AM - 12:15 PM ET.
Timber Sale Basics Workshop at Madison County Extension Office, 184 College Loop. Contact Justin Kania at (850) 973-5115 or justin.kania@freshfromflorida.com.

> June 2015

June 2...St. Marks, Florida 8:30 AM ET.
Longleaf Pine Restoration and Management Workshop at St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, 1255 Lighthouse Road. Fee: $5; lunch included. Call Wakulla County Extension at (850) 926-3931.

June 2-5...Virginia Beach, Virginia.
National Conference of Private Forest Landowners at Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Fee: $525. Contact Forest Landowners Association at 1-800-325-2954 or info@forestlandowners.com.

June 4...Greenville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Outdoor Recreation and Wildlife Management Workshop at Catfish Point Hunting Club. Topics may include: Legal Considerations, Habitat Management, Waterfowl Management, Hunting Club Operations, Revenue Potential, Bottomland Hardwood Management, and more. Fee: $25; lunch included. For more information call (662) 325-3133.

June 4-5...Tallapoosa County.
Exploring Alabama’s Living Streams Workshop at Horeshoe Bend School, 10684 Hwy 22 East, New Site. This workshop provides hands-on activities for teaching people about the aquatic insects of Alabama, and the how they relate to the water quality in our streams and rivers. Contact Sabrina Wood at (334) 429-8832 or sabrinawood@live.com.

June 10-12...Atlanta, Georgia.
Southern Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition at Georgia World Congress Center. EXPO showcases the latest products and services for the wood products industry. Registration is now open. Fee: $20. Contact Eric Gee at (504) 443-4464x214 or egee@sfpa.org.

June 14-17...St. Charles, Missouri.
Annual Walnut Council Meeting at Hampton Inn and All Occasions Banquet Center. The meeting will include field trips, indoor presentations, landowner show and tell, and awards banquet. Fee: $160. Contact Liz Jackson at (765) 583-3501 or walnutcouncil@walnutcouncil.org.

June 15...Winston County 8 AM - 2 PM.
Shortleaf Pine Field Day at Phil & Djuna Wilson Farm, 11739 County Road 63, Houston. Learning stations will include: Pine Restoration, Prescribed Burning, Wildlife, and Why Landowners Should Consider Shortleaf. Call Chris Erwin at (202) 480-4038.

June 17...Webinar Noon CT.
What’s on Your Agenda? Getting the Most from Family Meetings presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). Fee: $129. Call FBCG at 1-866-872-5840.

June 18-19...Talladega County.
Forestry and Wildlife School for Landowners in Munford. Topics will include: Wildlife Management, Intro to Timber Management, Planting Trees, Wildlife Openings, Marketing Your Timber, Seedling Options, and Wild Pig Damage. There will be a field tour. Fee: $40. Call Katherine at (205) 384-0606x1.

June 20...Tallapoosa County 7:30 - 11 AM.
Trapping 101 Workshop at the farm of Jerry Brown, 1030 Saxon Road, Goodwater. The program will cover: basic trapping types and techniques, Alabama trapping laws, predator control, and hands-on demonstrations. Call Tallapoosa County Extension Office at (256) 825-1050.

June 22...Lauderdale County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Shoals Area Regional Reception at River Bottom Grill, Florence. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

June 23-25...Asheville, North Carolina.
Upland Hardwood Silviculture & Habitat Workshop at Bent Creek Experimental Forest. Fee: $75. Meals on your own. Bring a hard hat, field equipment, and a laptop. Field trips rain or shine. Contact Julia Kirschman at (828) 667-5261x104 or jekirschman@fs.fed.us.

June 25...Coffeeville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Managing Your Pine Plantation Short Course at Yalobusha County Extension Office, 18025 Hwy 7. Presenters will cover topics such as: forest management plan, economic benefits, pine thinning, prescribed burning, and encouraging wildlife habitat. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call Pamela Redwine at (662) 675-2730.

June 25...Shiloh, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Tick & Related Research and the Impact on All of Us in the Woods — plus an Update on the Northern Long Eared Bat ESA Situation at Hagys Catfish Hotel, 1104 Catfish Lane. Fee: $25; includes all the catfish, chicken, and country ham you can eat. Call (615) 883-3832.

June 25...Lee County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Auburn Regional Reception at Coach Pat Dye's Crooked Oaks Lodge. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

June 30...Verona, Mississippi 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Pine Regeneration Short Course at North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, 5421 Hwy 145 S. Topics will include: Herbicides, Chemical control of plants, Mississippi soils, Insect problems, Disease problems, and Seedling stock. Speakers: Drs. Brady Self, John Willis, John Kushla, and Randy Rousseau. Fee: $20. Contact Dr. Randy Rousseau at (662) 325-2777 or rjr84@msstate.edu.

June 30...Centreville, Mississippi 9:15 AM.
Pond and Small Lake Workshop at 1333 Mississippi Highway 48. Topics will include: stocking, pond fertility, harvest practices, aquatic weed control, and nuisance animal control. For more information call Wilkinson County Extension at (601) 888-3211.

> July 2015

July 2...Morgan County 10 AM.
Alabama Clean Water Partnership (ACWP) Tennessee Basin Stakeholder Meeting at Waterworks Center for Environmental Education, 5514 Highway 31 South, Hartselle. Call Jay Grantland at (256) 773-8495. Editor’s Note: Folks who own forestland in CWP basins should stay aware of the happenings at these stakeholder meetings.

July 4...DeKalb County 11 AM - Noonish.
Mad Science & Crazy Art at Little River Canyon Center, 4322 Little River Trail NE, Fort Payne. Kids ages 6-10 can put their hands in experiments that include: chemical magic, bubbling potions, slimes, and artistic creations with buttons, strings, dirt paint, more. Fee: $5; pre-registration required. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

July 9...Choctaw County. Evening.
Alabama Forestry Association Butler Regional Reception at Ezell's Fish Camp, Butler. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

July 10-12...Madison County.
Tennessee Valley Hunting & Fishing Expo at Von Braun Center, 700 Monroe St SW, Huntsville. Fee: $10; kids 12 and under are free.

July 11...DeKalb County 10 AM - 12 Noon.
Native American Pottery Workshop at Little River Canyon Center, 4322 Little River Trail NE, Fort Payne. Join nationally renowned potter, Tammy Beane, to learn how pottery was made on Lookout Mountain thousands of years ago. Materials provided. Fee: $15; pre-registration required. Class fills fast. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

July 13-16...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. Contact Ashley Smith at (334) 481-2133 or asmith@alaforestry.org.

July 14-15...Athens, Georgia.
Wildlife Management at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Drive. This course will focus on the principles and applications of wildlife habitat management techniques for deer, turkey, and quail. Fee: $295. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

July 15...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: July 15, 2015 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

Canceled July 16
...DeKalb County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion at Western Sizzlin, 1114 Glenn Boulevard SW, Fort Payne. Enjoy sandwiches and salads, 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.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

July 16...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at
JamisonMoneyFarmer PC Office, 2200 Jack Warner Parkway, Suite 300, Tuscaloosa. Enjoy dinner, listen to the July Capital Ideas -- 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 Beth Crocker at (205) 366-4009 or bcrocker@jmf.com.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

July 16...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at Landry’s Seafood, 139 State Farm Parkway, Birmingham. Come enjoy a Dutch Treat dinner, listen to the July Capital Ideas -- 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.

July 16...Marshall County. Evening.
Alabama Forestry Association Guntersville Regional Reception at Dream Ranch, Guntersville. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

July 16-17...Athens, Georgia.
Introduction to ArcGIS at Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, Room 1-201, 1197 S Lumpkin Street. Attendees should have taken a basic GIS course or have some familiarity with GIS prior to this course. Fee: $295. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

July 17-19...Jefferson County.
Annual World Deer Expo at Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, 2100 Richard Arrington, Jr. Boulevard North, Birmingham. The expo will have hunting products, apparel, outfitters from all over the world, seminars, outdoor celebrities, kid’s activities, and more. Fee: $10; kids receive discounted admission. Call Channing Brown at (205) 678-4141.

July 20...Sumter County 8 AM.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Recertification Course at University of West Alabama, 130 ALFA Drive, Livingston. Pre-registration and payment required prior to class. Fee: $75. Contact John Stivers at (706) 773-5749 or rxburning@aol.com.

July 21-24...Sumter County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course at University of West Alabama, 130 ALFA Drive, Livingston. Pre-registration and payment required prior to class. Fee: $125. Lodging, breakfast, and supper on your own. Lunch provided. Contact John Stivers at (706) 773-5749 or rxburning@aol.com.

July 22...Winona, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:15 PM.
Introduction to Hardwood Management Short Course at Montgomery County Extension Building, 618 Summit Street. Topics will include: Species, Site Evaluation, Regeneration, Management of Hardwood Plantations, Stand Development, and Considerations for Wildlife. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call Amy Ware at (662) 283-4133.

July 23-24...Shelby County.
Alabama Division of the Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting at North Shelby County Library, 5521 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham. Come learn about updates on the four forestry agencies in the state, forest products, and timber markets. Fee: $80. Dinner included. Call Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010.

July 23...Baldwin County. Evening.
Alabama Forestry Association Mobile Regional Reception at 5 Rivers - Alabama's Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

July 24-25...Barbour County.
Small Ruminant Conference at Lakepoint Resort State Park, 104 Lakepoint Drive, Eufaula. Global meat goat and hair sheep production presents new and diverse opportunities for landowners. Pre-registration is required. Call Maria Leite-Browning at (256) 372-4954.

July 28...Starkville, Mississippi 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Pine Regeneration Short Course at Mississippi State University Campus. Topics will include: Herbicides, Chemical control of plants, Mississippi soils, Insect problems, Disease problems, and Seedling stock. Speakers: Drs. Brady Self, John Willis, John Kushla, and Randy Rousseau. Fee: $20. Contact Dr. Randy Rousseau at (662) 325-2777 or rjr84@msstate.edu.

July 28...Etowah County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Invasive Plant Management Workshop at Etowah County Forestry Commission Office, Attalla. Topics will include: Identification, Prevention, Various control methods, and Alternative plants. Bring any non-desirable plants to be identified. Commercial pesticide applicator points and CFE points available. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Norm Haley at (256) 630-4248 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

July 28...Online 1 PM CT.
Silviculture for Non-foresters: Managing a Forest for Multiple Objectives webinar will provide information on establishing and tending trees and forests for multiple landowner objectives. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

July 30...Walker County. Evening.
Alabama Forestry Association Jasper Regional Reception at Musgrove Country Club, Jasper. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

July 30...Baldwin County 5 - 8 PM.
Tick & Mosquito Borne Illnesses at Gulf Coast Research & Extension Center, 8300 State Hwy 104, Fairhope. Fee: $15; dinner included. Call Baldwin County Extension Office at (251) 937-7176.

July 30-31...Athens, Georgia.
Recreational Pond Management at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Drive. This course will teach the basic knowledge and skills to produce high quality fishing. Fee: $295. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

> August 2015

August 1-3...Jekyll Island, Georgia.
Georgia Forestry Association (GFA) Annual Conference & Forestry Expo at Jekyll Island Convention Center. Fee: $575. Call GFA at (478) 992-8110.

August 3-14 Online & 18-21...Gainesville, Florida.
Basic Wildland Firefighter Training (S130/190) will be presented in a hybrid format. Both online and in-person trainings are required. This course is designed to provide entry level wildland firefighter skills. Fee: $125. Contact Natural Areas Training Academy at (850) 875-7153 or nata@ifas.ufl.edu.

August 4...Atlanta, Georgia 7:30 AM - 5 PM ET.
Timber Market Analysis at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. 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: $680. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

August 5...Escambia County.
Forest Certification Workshop at Southern Pines Electric Cooperative, Brewton. CEUs available. Fee: $45. Contact Bethany Elliott at (334) 240-9334 or bethany.elliott@forestry.alabama.gov.

August 6...Autauga County 8 AM - 4:30 PM.
Forest Certification Workshop at Marriott Legends Hotel and Conference Center, 2500 Legends Circle, Prattville. CEUs available. Fee: $45. Contact Bethany Elliott at (334) 240-9334 or bethany.elliott@forestry.alabama.gov.

August 6...Blount County 9 AM.
Natural Resources Planning Committee Meeting at Frank Green Building Auditorium, 415 5th Avenue East, Oneonta. Landowners are welcome and encouraged to attend. Contact Merry Gaines at (205) 274-2363x3 or merry.gaines@al.usda.gov.

August 7...Jefferson County 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Invasive Plant Workshop at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, 3906 Turkey Creek Rd, Pinson. Topics will include: Identification, Landscape plants that can spread, Various control methods, and Alternative plants. Mulching demo and hands-on privet removal. Speakers: Dr. Nancy Loewenstein, Michelle Isenberg, and Dr. Eve Brantley. Lunch provided. To RSVP contact (205) 623-0457 or grantfunds@live.com.

August 8...Elmore County.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Lanark Pavilion, Millbrook. 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.

August 8...DeKalb County 10 AM - 3 PM.
Snakes & Spiders of Little River Canyon National Preserve at Little River Canyon Center, 4322 Little River Trail NE, Fort Payne. Learn the importance of these misunderstood creatures. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

August 8-9...Covington, Louisiana.
The Southern Christmas Tree Conference at Clarion Inn & Conference Center. This conference is for established growers and landowners considering growing Christmas trees. Fee: $115. Contact Michael Buchart at (225) 505-6335 or sctaes@gmail.com.

August 10...Winston County 8 AM.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Recertification Course at Camp McDowell, 105 Delong Rd, Nauvoo. Pre-registration and payment required prior to class. Fee: $75. Contact John Stivers at (706) 773-5749 or rxburning@aol.com.

August 11...Crenshaw County 12 Noon.
Crenshaw County Treasure Forest Chapter Meeting at Luverne Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, North Woodford Avenue, Luverne. Program topic will be things women landowners need to know and plan for. Speaker: Dr. Becky Barlow, Auburn University. Lunch included with pre-registration. Call Crenshaw County Extension Office at (334) 334-6312.

August 11-14...Winston County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course at Camp McDowell, 105 Delong Rd, Nauvoo. Pre-registration and payment required prior to class. Fee: $125. Lodging, breakfast, and supper on your own. Lunch provided. Contact John Stivers at (706) 773-5749 or rxburning@aol.com.

August 13...Lee County 11:30 AM - 1 PM.
Statewide Strategic Plan Luncheon at the Poultry & Animal Nutrition Center, 1088 Auburn Lakes Road, Auburn. Join the Alabama Agribusiness Council for lunch and learn more about the comprehensive long-range plan to increase growth and production of Alabama’s Agriculture, Agribusiness, and Forest Industries. Contact Leigha Cauthen at (334) 834-4006 or lcauthen@alagribusiness.org.

August 13...Conecuh County 5 - 8 PM.
Tick & Mosquito Borne Illnesses at David L. Burt Ag Center, 102 Liberty St., Evergreen. Fee: $15; dinner included. Call Conecuh County Extension Office at (251) 578-2762.

August 13...Clarke County 5:30 - 8:45 PM.
Turkey Talk Wildlife Seminar at Pearce Park Community House, 346 Vanity Park Drive, Jackson. Learn about the latest turkey population trends, 2015 turkey season perspectives, and predator impacts on turkey hunting. Snacks provided. Contact the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453 or awf@alabamawildlife.org.

August 15...Calhoun/St. Clair Counties 9 AM - 3 PM.
Guided Archaeology Tour. Exact location will be disclosed upon registration. Jacksonville State’s Dr. Harry Holstein will lead a guided tour of various sites such as: Janney Iron Furnace, a 19th century battlefield and river locks, prehistoric Indian village, and much more. Bring your own lunch and drinks. Transportation is provided. Fee: $15; pre-registration is required. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

August 18...Mobile County 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
Forest Herbicides at Jon Archer Agricultural Center, 1070 Schillinger Road, N., Mobile. Topics include: Identifying Objectives, Safety, Herbaceous Site Prep, Fuel Wood Operations, Application Methods, and more. Fee: $30; lunch provided. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 259-6507 or brodbam@auburn.edu.

August 20...Autauga County 9:30 AM.
Forest Landowner Meeting at William H. Smith Agricultural Center, 2226 Hwy 14 West, Autaugaville. Learn about programs, services, loans, grants, easements, and technical assistance for: Feral Hog Management, Forest Management to Improve Deer Habitat, and Selling Timber. Contact Becky Wood at (334) 356-1855 or midsouthexecutivedirector@gmail.com.

August 21...Pollock, Louisiana 7 AM - 4:15 PM.
Maximizing Value of Tree Farms Symposium at 4-H Camp Grant Walker. Topics include: Silviculture, Herbicides, Insects/Diseases, Benefits of a Consulting Forester, Tree Spacing, Procurement Issues, and more. Fee: $100. Breakfast and lunch included. Contact Todd Shupe at (225) 578-4131 or tshupe@agcenter.lsu.edu.

August 25...Brandon, Mississippi 8 AM - 4 PM.
Mineral Rights for Land Professionals and Landowners at Rankin County Extension Building, 601 Marquette Road. Fee: $100; BBQ lunch provided. For more information call (662) 323-9103.

August 25-26...Statesboro, Georgia.
Forest Herbicide Workshop at Bulloch County Ag Center, 151 Langston Chapel Road. Topics include: Forest herbicide safety, Selection of forest herbicide adjuvants, Use of herbicides for aquatic vegetation control, Calibration techniques, and more. Fee: $210. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566.

August 25-27...Panama City Beach, Florida.
Florida Forestry Association (FFA) Annual Meeting at Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort. Fee: $370. Call FFA at (850) 222-5646.

August 27...Newton, Mississippi 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Pine Regeneration Short Course at Coastal Plain Branch Experiment Station, 51 Coastal Plain Road. Topics will include: Herbicides, Chemical control of plants, Mississippi soils, Insect problems, Disease problems, and Seedling stock. Speakers: Drs. Brady Self, John Willis, John Kushla, and Randy Rousseau. Fee: $20. Contact Dr. Randy Rousseau at (662) 325-2777 or rjr84@msstate.edu.

August 27...Marshall County 10 AM.
Alabama Clean Water Partnership (CWP) Stakeholders Meeting at River View Campground, 1450 Cha-La-Kee Road, Guntersville. Topic: Funding received for the Fish Barrier Removal Project. Call Jay Grantland at (256) 773-8495. Editor’s Note: Folks who own forestland in CWP basins should stay aware of the happenings at these stakeholder meetings.

August 28...Autauga County 8 AM - 12 Noon.
Plant Propagation Workshop at Autauga County Extension Office, 2226, Hwy 14 West, Autaugaville. Discussion will include: Division, Layering, Seeds, Cuttings, Budding, and Grafting. Pre-registration required. Call the Extension Office at (334) 361-7273.

August 28-30…Jefferson County.
Rick & Bubba Outdoor Expo for “all things hunting, fishing, and outdoors” at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex. Fee: $10; Kids 12 and under free. AFOA will have a small exhibit at the Expo and invites volunteers to staff the booth; contact Susan Love at AFOA (205-987-8811) to schedule your time.

August 29...Tuscaloosa County 9 AM - 4:30 PM.
Water Chemistry Monitoring Workshop in Tuscaloosa. Wear clothes and shoes to get wet and dirty. Bring: sack lunch, water, bug spray, and sunscreen. Please pre-register. Contact Hana Berres at (334) 844-4785 or awwprog@auburn.edu.
Editor’s Note: Caution. You may meet people at this workshop who believe planting trees and harvesting timber are harmful to the waters of Alabama.

> September 2015

September 1 - December 15...Online or Paper copy.
General Forestry Course is a Maryland Extension non-credit course designed for individuals wishing to increase their understanding of forests and forest management. Fee: $300. Contact Nancy Stewart at (410) 827-5056x107 or nstewar1@umd.edu.

September 2...Houston County 11:30 AM - 1 PM.
Statewide Strategic (Ag & Forestry) Plan Luncheon at the Houston County Extension Office, 1699 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan. Join the Alabama Agribusiness Council for lunch and learn more about the comprehensive long-range plan to increase growth and production of Alabama’s Agriculture, Agribusiness, and Forest Industries. Contact Leigha Cauthen at (334) 834-4006 or lcauthen@alagribusiness.org.

September 3...Jefferson County 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Alabama Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Learn about barriers to the safe use of prescribed fire and hear about new training opportunities. Fee: $40. Contact John Stivers at (706) 773-5749 or rxburning@aol.com.

September 8...Walker County.
Property Tax Vote for continuation of 3 mill tax.

September 8-9...Tifton, Georgia.
Conservation Easements for Forest Landowners and their Advisors at University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, 15 RDC Road. Fee: $295. Lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu. Editor’s Note: Be especially wary when signing away property development rights. If you are considering placing a conservation easement on your forestland, you may want to read Attorney calls easements a ‘government land grab.’

September 9-11...Baldwin County.
Alabama Water Resources Conference & Symposium at Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach. Fee: $350. For more information call (334) 844-5100.

September 10...Kosciusko, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 12 Noon.
Tree Identification Workshop at Attala County Extension Office, 715 Fairground Road. Wear field clothes, boots, and insect repellent. Fee: $10. Call Taylor Casey at (662) 289-5431.

September 11...Macon County 7:30 AM - 5 PM.
Agroforestry Practices at Caprine Research and Education Unit, Tuskegee University. Topics include: Forage selection, Suitable animal species, Forest farming, Alley cropping, Riparian buffers, and more. Light breakfast and lunch provided. Pre-registration by August 15 required. Contact Dr. Uma Karki at (334) 727-8336 or karkiu@mytu.tuskegee.edu.

September 13-15...Baldwin County.
Alabama Forestry Association Annual Meeting at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach. Fee: $475. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

September 14...Covington County 8 AM.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Recertification Course at Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia. Pre-registration and payment required prior to class. Fee: $75. Contact John Stivers at (706) 773-5749 or rxburning@aol.com.

September 15-18...Covington County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course at Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia. Pre-registration and payment required prior to class. Fee: $125. Lodging, breakfast, and supper on your own. Lunch provided. Contact John Stivers at (706) 773-5749 or rxburning@aol.com.

September 15-17...Portland, Oregon.
"Who Will Own The Forest?" and Forest Products Forum 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: $2,200. Contact Sara Wu at (503) 228-1367 or swu@worldforestry.org.

September 16...Walker County.
Forestry Workshop in Jasper. Topics include: Pond Management, Wildlife Management, Prescribed Burning, County Logging Notifications, Forest Ethics, and more. RSVP requested. Call Katherine at (205) 387-1879x1.

September 16...Webinar Noon CT.
Board Engagement: Maximizing Value from Family and Independent Directors presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). Fee: $129. Call FBCG at 1-866-872-5840.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

September 17...Jefferson County 12 Noon.
Dinner and Discussion
at Egg & I, 4741 Chace Circle, Hoover. Come enjoy a Dutch Treat meal, a program for forest owners, and argue about the issues with other landowners afterward. Dutch Treat meal at 12 Noon with 30 minute program starting about 12:45 PM. Limited seating. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.

September 18-19...Crossville, Tennessee.
Southeast Regional Trapping & Outdoor Expo at Cumberland County Community Complex, 1398 Livingston Road. Contact Vick Sievering at (205) 316-8253 or vsievering@atpca.org.

September 18-19...Lexington, Kentucky.
Kentucky Wood Expo at Masterson Station Park. Featuring the latest technology on sawmills, chainsaws, and other forestry equipment. Fee: $7. For more information call (502) 695-3979.

September 19...Pike County 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM.
Pond Management Workshop at Lake Simmie, 1958 County Road 4423, Brundidge. Contact Heath Wesley at (334) 566-0985 or bhw0004@aces.edu.

September 22-24...Knoxville, Tennessee.
Shortleaf Pine Conference at Hilton Knoxville. Learn from regional shortleaf experts on a variety of topics and experience restoration efforts on a field tour. Fee: $235; $35 discount if paid by September 14. Contact Mike Black at (423) 718-3612 or shortleafpine@utk.edu.

September 23-24...Athens, Georgia.
Intensive Forest Management at Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, 1197 S Lumpkin Street. “This course will evaluate the trade-offs between costs, economic and otherwise, and the benefits for different mixes of silviculture treatments with emphasis on quantifying the gains for objective decision making.” Fee: $295. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

September 24...Ripley, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Are My Pine Trees Ready To Thin, Again? Workshop at Tippah County Extension Office, 10791B Hwy 15 South. Participants will have a hands-on experience measuring trees and making calculations to evaluate the stand for thinning. Fee: $21; lunch provided. Call Nick Simmons at (662) 837-8184.

September 24...DeFuniak Springs, Florida 9 AM - 2:30 PM CT.
Cogongrass Identification and Control Workshop at Walton County Extension Office. “When cogongrass invades it spreads rapidly, displacing desirable plant species and wildlife habitat and disrupting forest and farm management.” Fee: $15; lunch provided. Contact Walton County Extension at (850) 892-8172 or haneyc@ufl.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

September 24
...DeKalb County 6 PM.
Dinner and Discussion at Western Sizzlin, 1114 Glenn Boulevard SW, Fort Payne. Enjoy dinner, a program for forest owners, and talk 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 24...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Railroad Park, 1600 First Avenue South, Birmingham. 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.

September 29...Limestone County.
Special Primary Election for the vacant District 5 seat of Dan Williams in the Alabama House of Representatives. If a special primary runoff is needed, it is set for December 8. If a special primary runoff is not needed, the special general election will be December 8. If a special primary runoff is required, the special general election is set for February 16, 2016.

September 29...Inverness, Mississippi 8:30 AM.
Hardwood Plantation Management Workshop will meet at Inverness Baptist Church for a field tour through privately managed hardwood forest sites. Fee: $20. Call the Sunflower County Extension at (662) 887-4601.

September 29...Liberty, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Income Taxes and the Family Forest Short Course at Ethel Stratton Vance Park, 4124 MS Hwy 24 West. Fee: $35; lunch provided. Call Nick Simmons at (662) 837-8184.

September 29...Tifton, Georgia 8:30 AM - 4 PM ET.
Georgia Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting at the Tifton Campus Conference Center. Fee: $25; includes breakfast biscuits and lunch. Contact Jessica McCorvey at (229) 734-4706 or jessica.mccorvey@jonesctr.org.

September 30...DeKalb County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at Geraldine High School. Third grade students. Contact Larry Shellhorse at (256) 706-7589 or lshellhorse@hotmail.com.

September 30...Boyle, Mississippi 8:30 AM.
Hardwood Plantation Management Workshop will meet at Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, 831 MS-446. Attendees will take a field tour through privately managed hardwood forest sites. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call Bolivar County Extension at (662) 843-8361.

September 30...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Integrated Management for the Control of Chinese Tallow Webinar. Speaker: Lauren Pile, Clemson University. Click here to test your browser and computer/internet connection. No Fee. Email David Godwin at contactus@southernfireexchange.org.

> October 2015

October 1...Bullock County 8 AM.
Central Region Forestry Field Day/Landowner Tour at Sehoy Plantation, St. Mark Church Road, Hurtsboro. Topics include: Longleaf reforestation, Quail management, Stream & wetland mitigation bank, Live fire demo (weather permitting), and more. Contact George Tabb at (334) 738-2580 or tabbgeo@aces.edu.

October 1...Rolling Fork, Mississippi 8:30 AM.
Hardwood Plantation Management Workshop will meet at Delta National Forest Headquarters, 68 Frontage Road. Attendees will take a field tour through privately managed hardwood forest sites. Fee: $25. Call Warren County Extension at (601) 636-5442.

October 2-3...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 3...Dixie, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 1 PM.
Forestry Field Day at Chambliss Tree Farm at the intersection of Browns Bridge Road and DuBose Road. Topics will include: How to naturally regenerate longleaf pine, How prescribed fire was introduced to the Chambliss Tree Farm after Hurricane Katrina, and Lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina from three landowners. Pre-registration is required by September 30. Contact Ross Overstreet at (601) 794-3910 or rosso@ext.msstate.edu.

October 6...Ethel, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Outdoor Business Workshop for Landowners at Lance Woodard Farm, County Road 5238. Come learn about the various types of outdoor businesses, including the pros and cons and potential income of each. Fee: $25. For more information call (662) 325-3133.

October 6...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; youth under 15 admitted free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

October 8...Atlanta, Georgia 7:50 AM - 3 PM ET.
Investing in Timberland and Timber REITs at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. This course details the operations, performance, market risks, and costs associated with timberland investment vehicles. Speakers: Dr. Brooks Mendell and Amanda H. Lang. Fee: $680. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

October 8...Cullman County 8 AM.
North Region Forestry Field Day at Riverwood Farm, 7851 County Road 35, Bremen. Topics include: Day-lighting Hardwood, Timber Stand Improvement, Roadside Management, Wildlife Management, and Food Plots. Contact Cullman County Extension at (256) 737-9386 or cullmancounty@auburn.edu.

October 8...St. Clair County 9 AM - 3:30 PM.
Coosa River Basin State of Our Watershed Conference at Pell City Civic Center, 2801 Stemley Bridge Road, Pell City. Fee: $20; $40 if receiving PLM/CFE credits. Contact Heidi Richards at (256) 610-4993 or heidivrichards@outlook.com. Editor’s Note: Folks who own forestland in CWP basins should stay aware of the happenings at these stakeholder meetings.

October 8...Chambers County 5:30 - 7:35 PM.
Forest Landowners Conference at Farmers Federation Building, LaFayette. Theme: Safe Investments and Environmental Regulations. Speakers: T.R. Clark, F & W Forestry Services, Jerry Schwarzauer, Forester Phenix Lumber Company, and John Stivers, Certified Woodland Burning Instructor. Fee: $4.00; dinner included. Contact Bill Frazer at (334) 864-7865 or wrfrazer@yahoo.com.

October 8-9...Raleigh, North Carolina 8 AM - 5 PM ET.
Dehumidification Drying Short Course at NCSU Wood Products Extension. This short course is designed for organizations engaged in kiln drying of wood. Faculty instructors: Phil Mitchell, Eric McConnell, Perry Peralta and Guillermo Velarde. Fee: $215. Call Kelley McCarter at (919) 515-9563.

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 12...Chilton County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Fall Forestry Tour of Talladega National Forest attendees will meet and park at Parnell Logging, Inc. just east of Maplesville. Tour attendees will load school buses here. Tour will take place rain or shine and will include some walking. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing/footwear. Fee: $10; BBQ lunch provided. Call Gay West at (205) 280-6268.

October 12...Hale County 6 - 8 PM.
Blackbelt Small Farmer Ruminant Improvement Meeting at 701 Hall Street, Greensboro. Call Tommie at (334) 624-8710.

October 13...Brandon, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Income Taxes and the Family Forest Short Course at Rankin County Extension Building, 601 Marquette Road. Fee: $35; lunch provided. Contact Doug Carter at (662) 323-9103 or doug.carter@msstate.edu.

October 13-15...Starkville, Mississippi.
Management of Existing Hardwood Stands at Thompson Hall, Mississippi State University. Topics will include: Species/Site Relationships, Log Grading, Crown Classification, Tree Classes, Decision Models, Regeneration Options, and more. The course is open to landowners, but aimed at foresters. CFE’s available. Fee: $135; lunches included. Call Andy Ezell at (662) 325-1688.

October 14...Mobile County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at The Bluegill Restaurant, Mobile Bay Causeway, Mobile. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $50; youth under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

October 14-16...Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Tennessee Forestry Association Annual Meeting at Chattanooga Downtown Marriott. Fee: $225; some meals included. Contact Candace Dinwiddie at (615) 883-3832 or cdinwiddie@tnforestry.com.

October 15...Washington County 8 AM.
South Region Forestry Field Day at Sid & Vivian Beech Trust. Contact Drema Trammell at (251) 847-6041 or drema.trammell15@gmail.com.

October 15...Greenville, Florida 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM ET.
Integrate Wildlife and Forestry at Dixie Plantation, 1583 Livingston Road. Topics include: Comparing Southern Pine Species, Prescribed Fire, Ground Cover, and more. Fee: $5; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

October 16...Tullahoma, Tennessee 8 AM - 3 PM.
Woods and Wildlife Field Day at University of Tennessee Highland Rim Forest. This event will feature presentations focused on shortleaf pine management, hardwood stand management, wildlife habitat management, and prescribed fire strategies. Lunch provided. To RSVP call (865) 483-3571.

October 16-17...Tallapoosa County.
Alabama Treasure Forest Association Annual Conference at Central Alabama Community College, Alexander City. Fee: $75. Contact Rick Oates at (334) 613-4305 or roates@alfafarmers.org.

October 18-24...Florida.
Working Forests Week is a Florida Forestry Association (FFA) program designed to help share the forestry message with others in your community. The FFA website contains several ideas and support materials to help share your message about forestry. This is also National Forest Products week.

October 21-23...Russell County.
Water Resource Management and Economics Conference at Riverfront Courtyard Marriott, Phenix City. Contact Marianne Michael at (334) 448-5111 or mmichael@troy.edu. Editor’s Note: As a shortage of water develops in the South, we may see issues surrounding “water rights” emerge. Could we see water rights battles here in the South as they have right now in the West?

October 22...Earleton, Florida 9 AM - 2 PM ET.
Property Tour of Sparkleberry Farm, owned by Bill Black and Denise Matthews. The owners are using: mechanical understory reduction, prescribed fire, weed control, and restoration planting to help obtain their management objectives. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

October 19-22...Newton, Georgia.
Ecological Forestry Workshop at Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, 3988 Jones Center Drive. This program is designed as an alternative to production oriented silviculture and focuses more on management of natural areas and multiple use properties. Fee: $400; meal and lodging included. Contact Jessica McCorvey at (229) 734-4706 or jessica.mccorvey@jonesctr.org.

October 20-22...Athens, Georgia.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part I (Oct 20) at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Road. “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.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part II is $345 on October 21-22. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

October 20-22...Starkville, Mississippi.
Mississippi Forestry Association Annual Meeting at The Mill Conference Center, 100 Mercantile Lane. Fee: $435. Call Casey Anderson at (601) 354-4936.

October 21...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Seminar Series at Auburn University, SFWS Room 1101. Topic: New paradigm in technology development for biomass conversion via chemical route. Speaker: Dr. Xiaofei (Philip) Ye. Refreshments served. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu.

October 23...Malone, Florida 9 AM - 2 PM CT.
Property Tour of Alter-Bevis Farms, owned by John and Elizabeth Alter. Lunch provided with pre-registration. Call Jackson County Extension at (850) 482-9620.

October 27...Greenwood, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Outdoor Business Workshop for Landowners at Leflore County Civic Center. Come learn about the various types of outdoor businesses, including the pros and cons and potential income of each. Fee: $25. For more information call (662) 325-3133.

October 27...Autauga County 10 AM - Noon.
Computer Classes For Seniors at North Highland Community Center, 779 Martin Luther King Drive, Prattville. Registration is required. Space is limited. To register call the Autauga County Extension Office at (334) 361-7273.

October 27-29...Valdosta, Georgia.
Forest InSight Conference at Rainwater Conference Center. Fee: $120. Optional Field Tour on last day is $20. CFE and CLE credits available. Contact Sabra Rockwell at (706) 795-0055 or srockwell@progressiveforestry.com.

October 28...Lee County 11:30 AM - 1 PM.
Statewide Strategic (Ag & Forestry) Plan Luncheon at Morgan Farmers Co-op, 1935 Hwy 31 NW, Hartselle. Join the Alabama Agribusiness Council for lunch and learn more about the comprehensive long-range plan to increase growth and production of Alabama’s Agriculture, Agribusiness, and Forest Industries. Contact Leigha Cauthen at (334) 834-4006 or lcauthen@alagribusiness.org.

October 28...Webinar Noon CT.
Essential Family Business Policies presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). Fee: $129. Call FBCG at 1-866-872-5840.

October 28...Online 1 - 2 PM CT.
Native Warm Season Grasses for Restoration Webinar presented by Ramona Garner, Plant Materials Specialist. Participants will be introduced to how, when, and why one might use native warm season grasses. For more information email Holli at holli.kuykendall@gnb.usda.gov.

October 29...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Tree/Plant Identification at Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue. Ticks may be plentiful so wear appropriate clothing and footwear for walking. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

October 29...Autauga County 10 AM - Noon.
Computer Classes For Seniors at Autauga County Extension Office, 2226 Highway 14 West, Suite E, Autaugaville. Registration is required. Space is limited. To register call the Autauga County Extension Office at (334) 361-7273.

October 29...Tuscaloosa County 6 - 9 PM.
Natural Resource Fall Workshop at the Tuscaloosa County Extension Auditorium, 2501 7th St, Tuscaloosa. Topics include: Trends Affecting Alabama’s Timber Market, Taxes, and White-Tailed Deer Management. Fee: $10; dinner included. Contact Neal Hargle at (205) 349-4630 or pnh0003@auburn.edu.

> November 2015

November 2, 3, & 4...Marion County 6 - 9 PM.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at Sam Murphy WMA Check Station, Marion Co., Rd. 2, Pikeville. No fee. Call Michael Raburn at (256) 353-2634. 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 other courses being taught at various locations in November as well as online only courses. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

November 3...Autauga County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at R H Kirkpatrick Agricultural Pavilion, Autaugaville. Kindergarten, First, and Second grade students. Third grade on November 17. Contact Yvonne Bowens-Thomas at (334) 201-5209 or thomayd@aces.edu.

November 3...Mobile County 6:30 PM.
Mobile County Landowners Association Meeting at the Jon Archer Center. Call (251) 633-8535 or 633-7195.

November 3-4...Statesboro, Georgia.
Longleaf Pine Establishment and Management at Bulloch County Ag Center, 151 Langston Chapel Road. Come learn more on effectively managing longleaf pine stands with an emphasis on early survival and growth. CFE and CLE points available. Fee: $210. Lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

November 3-7...Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Convention. Fee: $715. Contact SAF at 1-866-897-8720 or membership@safnet.org.

November 4...Currie, North Carolina 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Forestry For Women at landowner property, 2324 Borough Road. Call Pender County Extension Office at (910) 259-1235.

November 5...Blount County 9 AM.
Natural Resources Planning Committee Meeting at the USDA Service Center, 55545 US Hwy 231, Oneonta. Contact Merry Gaines at (205) 274-2363x3 or merry.gaines@al.usda.gov.

November 9...Baldwin County 8 AM - 4 PM.
Chainsaw Safety Workshop at 8300 State Hwy 104, Fairhope. The workshops will provide basic training in the following areas: Personal Protective Equipment, Proper Operation and Handling, Felling Procedures, and Chainsaw Maintenance. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 937-7176 or brodbam@aces.edu.

November 10...Columbia, South Carolina 8 AM - 5 PM ET.
Timber Income Tax Workshop at Sandhills Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road. The fundamentals of handling timberland assets, deducting timberland expenses for management and protection and obtaining capital gains treatment of timber income are stressed. Instructor: Dr. Harry L. Haney, Jr. Fee: $200. Contact Susan Guynn at (864) 656-0606 or sguynn@clemson.edu.

November 10...Online 11 AM and at 6 PM CT.
Teaching Youth about Forests Webinar will focus on the importance of teaching youth about forests. Presented by Sandy Smith, Penn State. Contact Allyson at (814) 865-3208 or abm173@psu.edu.

November 10...Covington County 1 - 3 PM.
Anniversary Celebration of the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia. The celebration will include a short program that will outline the impact of the Dixon family on sawmill towns and forestry with refreshments and socializing. Contact Heather Crozier at (334) 844-2791 or vannhea@auburn.edu.

November 10...Covington County 5:30 - 7:30 PM.
Feral Hog Workshop at the USDA Ag Service Center Auditorium, 23952 Alabama Hwy 55, Andalusia. Topics: Integrated Wild Pig Control, MINE Trapping System, Capture Success Matrix, QRF Baiting, Dumbing The Sounder, Ambush Trapping, and Fatal Funnel. Call Lisa Harris at (334) 301-9603.

November 10-11...Athens, Georgia.
Forest Roads in the Piedmont and Coastal Plains at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 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.

November 11...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Seminar Series at Auburn University, SFWS Room 1223. Topic: Managing Forests for change given an uncertain future. Speaker: Robert Scheller, Portland State University. Refreshments served. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu.

November 11...Elmore County 12 PM.
PALS (People Against A Littered State) Governor's Awards at Marriott at Capitol Hill, Prattville. Call Alabama PALS at (334) 263-7737. Click here to watch Margaret McElroy, State Adopt-A-Mile Coordinator, speak at the 2015 AFOA Annual Meeting.

November 12...Webinar Noon CT.
Effective Ownership in Larger Shareholder Groups presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). Fee: $129. Call FBCG at 1-866-872-5840.

November 13...Coffeeville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Extreme Weather Events and Risk Management Options for Family Forests at Yalobusha County Extension Office, 18025 Hwy 7. Topics will include: Timber Salvage, Timber Casualty Loss, Species selection for Survival, Even/Uneven-aged Management, and Preparation for Future Weather Trends. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call Pamela Redwine at (662) 675-2730.

November 13...Morgan County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Sustainable Forest Management Workshop at Joe Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Visitor Center Road, Decatur. Topics (tentative): Improving wildlife habitat through prescribed fire, Treating non-native invasive species, Shortleaf pine restoration, and Cost share programs. Registration is required as lunch will be provided. Contact Chris Erwin at (334) 721-3516 or cerwin@forestfoundation.

November 18...Jackson, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Ties to the Land: A Succession Planning Short Course at Mississippi Cattlemen’s Building, 680 Monroe Street. Topics will include: Preparation, Planning, Differing objectives within family, 10 steps to succession planning, Forest property overview, Deciding on a business structure, and Putting a plan together. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call Kyle Lewis at (601) 857-3242.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

November 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 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 device of choice: November 18, 2015 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

Canceled   November 18...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Seminar Series at Auburn University, SFWS Room 1101. Topic: Developing strategies to improve OSB quality while maintaining cost. Speaker: Hui Wan, Mississippi State University. Refreshments served. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu.

November 18...Webinar 1 PM CT.
Matching Appropriate Seed to Conservation Practices will teach participants about ecotypes and ecological restoration planning tools for greater long term conservation planting success. Presenters: Jennifer Anderson-Cruz, State Biologist, Sudie Davis Thomas, Wildlife Biologist, and Nancy Lee Adamson, Pollinator Conservation Specialist. For more information email Holli at holli.kuykendall@gnb.usda.gov.

November 19...Autauga County 8 AM - 2 PM.
Fall Landowner Tour at Trice and Johnnie Nichols Property, 684 County Road 165, Prattville. Topics: Going from Kudzu to Longleaf, Hardwood Management, Nuisance Critters, Trees for Aesthetics, Wildlife Orchards, Drones, and Live Harvesting Operation. Fee: $10; lunch included. Call Brigetta Giles at (334) 361-0576.

November 19...Cleveland, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Forest Regeneration For Hardwoods at Bolivar County Extension Office, 406 North Martin Luther King Drive. Topics will include: Importance of site prep, Artificial regeneration, Natural regeneration, Regeneration as an investment, Thinning, and Tax considerations. Fee: $40; lunch included. Call Laura Giaccaglia at (662) 843-8361.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

November 19...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at JamisonMoneyFarmer PC Office, 2200 Jack Warner Parkway, Suite 300, Tuscaloosa. Enjoy a BBQ dinner, listen to the November Capital Ideas -- 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 Beth Crocker at (205) 366-4009 or bcrocker@jmf.com.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

November 19...Shelby County 6 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
in private dining room at Joe’s Crab Shack, 20 Mountain View Drive, Hoover. Come enjoy dinner, listen to AFOA’s November News Conference, and argue about the issues with other landowners. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting at 6:45 PM. Limited seating. Walk-ins may not have a seat. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.

 

> December 2015

December 1-3...Melrose, Florida.
Wildland Fire Chainsaws at Ordway Swisher Biological Station. This program was developed to provide new sawyers with a solid foundation for safe and efficient chain saw handling and operation while bucking, limbing, brushing and slashing, and felling for project work or fireline construction. Fee: $150. Contact Shelly at (850) 875-7153 or shelly.johnson@ufl.edu.

December 2...Webinar Noon CT.
Find and Keep the Best Independent Directors for Your Family Business presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). Fee: $129. Call FBCG at 1-866-872-5840.

December 3...Yankeetown, Florida 9 AM - 2 PM ET.
Property Tour of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, 1001 Old Rock Road. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

December 3...Elmore County 5:30 - 8 PM.
Basket Weaving at the NaturePlex Community Room, 3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook. Instructor: Betty Bain. All materials provided. Come learn to weave of basket of read. Fee: $20. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

December 4...Elizabethtown, North Carolina 8 AM - 4 PM ET.
The Growing Interest in Longleaf Pine at Bladen County Center, 450 Smith Circle Drive. This workshop will provide information on growing, restoring, and marketing longleaf pine. There will also be an optional afternoon field tour. Fee: $10. Contact Kelley McCarter at (919) 515-9563 or kelley_mccarter@ncsu.edu.

December 4...Blount County 9 AM.
Blount County Forestry Planning Committee Meeting at USDA Service Center, US Hwy 31, Oneonta. Contact Merry Gaines at (205) 274-2363x3 or merry.gaines@al.usda.gov.

December 6-7...Montgomery County.
Alabama Farmers Federation Annual Meeting at Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. Fee: $160; Children under 4 are free. Call Kristin Sides at (334) 613-4138.

December 7-8...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; $25 discount if paid by November 13. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

December 8...Vicksburg, Mississippi 9 AM - 3:15 PM.
Synthesis of Information and Views on CRP Hardwood Plantation Management Short Course at Vicksburg Public Library, 700 Veto Street. Topics will include: Review of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Hardwood Plantings, Stages of Succession in Hardwood Plantations, Thinning, Hardwood Plantation Silviculture, and Growth and Density Management Considerations for Young Planted Hardwood Stands. Fee: $45; lunch included. Call Anna McCain at (601) 636-5442.

December 8...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Longleaf Pine Restoration and Management Workshop at Prairie Creek Lodge, 7204 SE County Road 234. This workshop will explore the role of biomass chipping in longleaf restoration projects, longleaf forest management, and available assistance programs. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

December 8-9...Baldwin County 6 - 10 PM.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort. No fee. Call the Resource Center at (251) 625-0814. Instructor: Casey Norris. 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 other courses being taught at various locations in December as well as online only courses. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

December 8-9...Athens, Georgia.
Deer Ecology and Management at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Road. This course will benefit those interested in wildlife management on their land, especially deer enthusiasts. Fee: $325; $75 discount if paid by November 17. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

December 8-9...Starkville, Mississippi.
ArcGIS for Foresters Class at East Mississippi Community College, 8731 South Frontage Road, Mayhew. ArcGIS simplified for foresters and landowners. Learn how to digitize and make great maps. 11.5 hours of CFEs available. Fee: $400. For more info call (662) 769-5344.

December 9...Elmore County 9 AM - 3:30 PM.
Alabama Clean Water Partnership (ACWP) Conference at the NaturePlex, 3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook. Agenda: Planning ACWP’s Future, Municipal Stormwater Permit Goals, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Responsibilities & Private Property Issues, Forestry Practices, and Wild Hog Water Quality Impacts. Contact Allison Jenkins at (205) 266-6285 or coordinator@cleanwaterpartnership.org.

December 9...Crossville, Tennessee 5 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Cumberland Mountain State Park Lodge. Program: "The Plateau Future Forest...Planting, Managing, Markets For Tomorrow." Presenters: John Conn, Kerry Livengood, and David Todd, Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture/Division of Forestry. Fee: $15. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

December 10...Orangedale, Florida 10 AM ET.
Invasives 101 at St. Johns County Trout Creek Community Center, 6795 Collier Road. Tina Gordon, GTM Research Reserve, will lead a class to help identify those pesky plants that are hard to control. Call AyoLane Halusky at (904) 209-0655 or ahalusky@sjcfl.us.

December 10...Various Locations, Florida 12 - 3 PM CT.
Forest Health Update Polycom Workshop at participating Extension facilities across Florida. This workshop will provide an update on insects and diseases that may be challenging to manage on your forestland. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.
Locations:

  • DeFuniak Springs      (850) 892-8172
  • Jay                           (850) 675-3107
  • Quincy                      (850) 875-7255
  • Gainesville                 (352) 955-2402
  • Lake City                   (368) 752-5384
  • Starke                       (904) 966-6224
  • Jacksonville               (904) 255-7450
  • Marianna                   (850) 482-9620
  • Tavares                     (352) 343-4101x6

December 14...Hale County 6 - 8 PM.
Blackbelt Small Farmer Ruminant Improvement Meeting at 701 Hall Street, Greensboro. Call Tommie Teacher at (334) 624-8710 or teachto@aces.edu.

December 15...Starkville, Mississippi.
Advanced GIS/Forest Inventory/Cruising for Foresters Class at East Mississippi Community College, 8731 South Frontage Road, Mayhew. Learn how to use Silv/Assist to turn ArcGIS into a spatial forest inventory system. 7.5 hours of CFEs available. Fee: $300. For more info call (662) 769-5344.

 

> January 2016


End of 2015 Calendar of Past Events