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2016 Calendar of Past Events

last update: 12/22/2016

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

> January 2016

January 2 - February 23…Marshall County.
Eagle Awareness Weekends at Lake Guntersville State Park, 1155 Lodge Drive, Guntersville. 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 7...Geneva County 1 - 4 PM.
Restricted Use Private Applicator Training at 2765 State Highway 52, Hartford. Fee: $20. Contact Gavin Mauldin at (334) 684-2484 or gpm0006@auburn.edu. Editor’s Note: There are very few restricted use chemicals used by forest landowners. Check to make sure this class will fulfill your needs.

January 9...Clay/Cleburne Counties 10 AM - 1 PM.
Take A Hike Creek Walk: Winter Observations at Cheaha State Park. Best suited for ages 10 to adult. Bring your camera! Fee: $5; pre-registration required by January 7. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-8010 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

January 12-14...Woodworth, Louisiana.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 at The Wesley Center, 2350 Methodist Parkway. Topics include: Use of fire in longleaf, Regeneration, Site selection, Site prep, Stand management, Wildlife management, Understory restoration, and more. Fee: $200; includes meals and lodging. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

January 19...Starkville, Mississippi 8 AM - 5 PM.
Introduction to GPS using SOLO Forest at East Mississippi Community College, 8731 South Frontage Road, Mayhew. Learn how to collect points, lines, areas; use photos and topos in the field; create cruise grids, make simple GIS maps, and more. 7.5 hours of CFEs available. Fee: $250. For more info call (662) 769-5344.

January 19-21...Jasper, Texas.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 at Rayburn Country, 2376 Wingate Boulevard. Topics include: Use of fire in longleaf, Regeneration, Site selection, Site prep, Stand management, Wildlife management, Understory restoration, and more. Fee: $300; includes meals and lodging (Tue and Wed night). Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

January 20...Starkville, Mississippi 8 AM - 5 PM.
Forest Inventory using TCruise at East Mississippi Community College, 8731 South Frontage Road, Mayhew. Learn how to set up and use a forest inventory program. 7.5 hours of CFEs available. Fee: $250. For more info call (662) 769-5344.

January 20...Montgomery County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
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.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

January 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 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: January 20, 2016 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

January 20-21...DeKalb County.
Alabama Freshwater Mollusk & Crayfish at Little River Canyon Center, Fort Payne. Fee: $10; No meals provided.  Email Paul Johnson, Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, at paul.johnson@dcnr.alabama.gov.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

January 21...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 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.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

January 21...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 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. Walk-ins may not have a seat. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.

January 22...Online 12 Noon CT.
Timber Tax Filing for the 2015 Tax Year Webinar will cover the rules for timber tax reporting, including the latest law changes. It will will also cover the 1099 filing that the foresters must know. Have your tax questions handy to get answers from the presenter. Presented by Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist, USDA Forest Service. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070.

January 24-26…Lee County.
The Changing Landscape of Forest Management is the theme of the Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, Auburn. Landowners welcome to attend. Topics will include: Papermaking and Its Environmental Consequences, Evolving Landowners, Evolving Forestland Income, Regulatory Risk in Forest Management, Forest Health, Evaluating Risks of Invasive Plant Listings, Wood Pellet Technology in a Global Market, Solid Wood Products and Uses for Today and Tomorrow, and more. Registration fee: $300; $55 discount for SAF member. Contact Sharon Dolliver at (478) 628-1196 or sesafbusmgr@windstream.net.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

January 28
...DeKalb County 6 PM.
Dinner and Discussion at Western Sizzlin, 1114 Glenn Boulevard SW, Fort Payne. Enjoy sandwiches and salads, listen to the January 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.
 

January 27...Knoxville, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Calhouns on the River. Program: "Future for Tennessee Wood Markets." Presenter: Adam Taylor, University of Tennessee. Fee: $25. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

January 28-31...Louisville, Kentucky.
Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) National Convention at Kentucky Exposition Center. Fee: $230. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

> February 2016

February 2...Chambers County 8 AM - 12 PM.
Private Pesticide Applicator Training Class at the Alfa Building, Lafayette. One of the most useful aspects of this class for landowners may be learning how to calibrate a backpack sprayer. Fee: $45; $20 for training and $25 for licensing. Call Chambers County Extension at (334) 864-9373.

February 3...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
Wood Energy: A Game Changer, a program in the Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Seminar Series at Auburn University, SFWS Room 1101. Speaker: Rich Vlosky, Louisiana State University. Refreshments served. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu.

February 4...Elmore County 8 AM - 12 PM.
Private Pesticide Applicator Training Class at the Elmore County Extension Office. One of the most useful aspects of this class for landowners may be learning how to calibrate a backpack sprayer. Fee: $45; $20 for training and $25 for licensing. Call Elmore County Extension at (334) 567-6301.

February 4...Montgomery County 10 AM.
Board Meeting of Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust at Richard Beard Building, Agriculture and Industries Auditorium, 1445 Federal Dr., Montgomery. This meeting will provide an opportunity for any individual who would like to make comments concerning the program. The public is invited to attend this meeting and is urged to submit comments. For more information call (334) 242-3484. Editor's Note: How much public land is enough?

February 4...Dickson, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Montgomery Bell State Park. Program: "Surviving in These Challenging Times." Presenter: Jere Jeter, Tennessee State Forester. Fee: $25. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

February 5...Elmore County 2 - 4:45 PM.
Applied Forestry & Wildlife Outreach Symposium at Alabama Wildlife Federation NaturePlex, 3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook. Topics: Biomass, Managing for Native Vegetation, Women in the Forest, and Landowners Influence Their Children, Grandchildren, and the Future. Fee: $30; $5 discount if paid by January 15, 2016. Call Alabama Forestry Association at (334) 481-2135.

February 5...Elmore County 5 - 7:30 PM.
Alabama Natural Resources Council Awards Banquet at Alabama Wildlife Federation NaturePlex, 3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook. This awards banquet will recognize the 2015 award recipients of 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: $30; $5 discount if paid by January 15, 2016. Call Alabama Forestry Association at (334) 481-2135.

February 9...Randolph County 8 AM - 12 PM.
Private Pesticide Applicator Training Class at the Alfa Building, Wedowee. One of the most useful aspects of this class for landowners may be learning how to calibrate a backpack sprayer. Fee: $45; $20 for training and $25 for licensing. Call Randolph County Extension at (256) 357-2841.

February 9...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.

February 10...Online 12 PM CT.
The Application of Traditional and Modern Heavy Timber Connections Webinar will include topics such as: Connection types, Methods use to repair existing timber members, European connectors, and European specific design applications including cross laminated timber. Call GoToWebinar at 1-800-263-6317 for help with logging in to the webinar.

February 11...Lee County 8 AM - 12 PM.
Private Pesticide Applicator Training Class at the Lee County Extension Office, Opelika. One of the most useful aspects of this class for landowners may be learning how to calibrate a backpack sprayer. Fee: $45; $20 for training and $25 for licensing. Call Lee County Extension at (334) 749-3353.

February 11…Cullman County 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Invasive Plant Management Workshop at North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center, 1714 Tally Ho Street SW, Cullman. Fee: $25; lunch included. Contact Norm Haley at (256) 630-4248 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

February 11...Blount County 9 AM.
Natural Resources Planning Committee Meeting at USDA Conference Room, 55545 US Hwy 231, Oneonta. The Blount County Treasure Forest Association (BCTFA) has dissolved and any BCTFA members as well as any other forest landowners that are interested are welcome to attend and participate in this meeting. Contact Merry Gaines at (205) 274-2363x3 or merry.gaines@al.usda.gov.

February 11...Lee County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Auburn Regional Reception at Coach Pat Dye's Crooked Oak Lodge. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

February 11-14...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 13...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 16-17...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.

February 17...Lexington, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Outdoor Business Workshop for Landowners at Lexington Community Center, 333 Yazoo Street. Come learn about the various types of outdoor businesses, including the pros and cons and potential income of each. Fee: $20; lunch provided. For more information call (662) 325-3133.

February 17...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
Sustainability, Forestry, & Economics, a program in the Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Seminar Series at Auburn University, SFWS Room 1101. Speaker: Jacek Siry, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources. Refreshments served. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu.

February 17...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
El Nino, La Nina and the 1998 Florida Wildfires Webinar. Speaker: Scott Goodrick, US Forest Service Research Meteorologist. Email Southern Fire Exchange for information at contactus@southernfireexchange.org.

February 17-19...Bushnell, Florida.
Wildlife & Invasive Species Education at Sumter County Extension, 7620 SR 471, Suite 2. Fee: $35. Call Sumter County Extension at ( 352) 569-6862.

February 18...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Regional Reception at The Cypress Pavilion, 501 Rice Mine Road, Tuscaloosa. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

February 18-21...Winston County.
Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (SEPARC) at Camp McDowell, 105 Delong Road, Nauvoo. Theme: Herp Conservation on Private Lands. This meeting will include multiple herp-based workshops, working groups, and field trips. Fee: $150. For more information email separc@separc.org.

February 19…Colbert County 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Alabama People Against a Littered State (PALS) Litter Law Enforcement Conference at Colbert County Health Department, 1000 Jackson Hwy, Sheffield. Topics: Identifying and Investigating Criminal Litter Cases; Fines for Criminal Littering; Current State Criminal Littering Laws. Fee: $35; $10 discount if paid in advance. Call Patsy Thompson at (256) 383-4376.

February 20...Montgomery County 9 AM.
Alabama Conservation Advisory Board Meeting at the Alabama State Capitol Auditorium, 600 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery. The decisions of this board impact all hunting activities that take place on your land. Anyone wishing to speak must register between 8 - 8:30 AM. For more information, call (334) 242-3486.

February 21-27...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 22...Lauderdale County 5:30 - 9 PM.
Estate Planning Workshop at the Lauderdale County Extension Office, 802 Veterans Drive, Florence. Instructor: Dr. Robert Tufts. Dr. Tufts is professor emeritus at Auburn University’s School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences where he has specialized in the intersection of law and forestry, especially in estate planning. To register, call (256) 766-6223.

February 23...Talladega County 8 AM - 12 PM.
Private Pesticide Applicator Training Class at the Talladega County Extension Office, Talladega. One of the most useful aspects of this class for landowners may be learning how to calibrate a backpack sprayer. Fee: $45; $20 for training and $25 for licensing. Call Talladega County Extension at (256) 362-6187.

February 27...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 29...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?

> March 2016

March 1...Statewide.
Primary Election Day for President and U.S. Senate. Find more information about U.S. Senate Candidates at ballotpedia.org. Sample ballots are at http://www.alabamavotes.gov/ElectionInfo/2016SampleBallotsPri.aspx.

March 1...Multiple Counties.
Votes Related to Property & Rural Land. Landowners should check the sample ballots in the following counties:

March 1...Coosa County 8 AM - 12 PM.
Private Pesticide Applicator Training Class at the Coosa County Extension Office, Rockford. One of the most useful aspects of this class for landowners may be learning how to calibrate a backpack sprayer. Fee: $45; $20 for training and $25 for licensing. Call Coosa County Extension at (256) 377-4713.

March 1...Rolling Fork, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Outdoor Business Workshop for Landowners at Rolling Fork Community Center, 227 Parkway Avenue. Come learn about the various types of outdoor businesses, including the pros and cons and potential income of each. Fee: $20; lunch provided. For more information call (662) 325-3133.

March 3...Cleburne County 8 AM - 12 PM.
Private Pesticide Applicator Training Class at the Cleburne County Extension Office, Heflin. One of the most useful aspects of this class for landowners may be learning how to calibrate a backpack sprayer. Fee: $45; $20 for training and $25 for licensing. Call Cleburne County Extension at (256) 463-2620.

March 3...Blount County 10 AM.
Classroom in the Forest Field Day Preparation at Mountain Shadows Farm, 930 Ketchum Road, Blountsville. Landowners are welcome to assist. Contact Merry Gaines at (205) 274-2363x3 or merry.gaines@al.usda.gov.

March 3...Gainesville, Florida 5:30—7:30 PM ET.
Florida Forestry Association (FFA) Regional Meeting at Austin Cary Forest Learning Center. FFA members can weigh in on issues of importance to them while fellowshipping with other FFA members on a local level. No Fee, but must RSVP. Contact Debbie Bryant at (850) 222-5646 or debbie@forestfla.org.

March 3...Baldwin County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Regional Reception at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

March 4-6...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 most meals, lodging, program materials, and instruction. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

March 5...Haughton, Louisiana.
Women in the Outdoors at Bayou Bodcau Dam & Reservior, 177 Ben Durden Road. Women in the Outdoors events are designed just for women using expert instructors. Fee: $TBD. Contact Belinda Prudhome at (318) 469-7114 or bprudhome@ecs-net.com.

March 5...Calhoun County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Guided Archaeology Hike: Sacred Stone Structures. Join Jacksonville State’s Dr. Harry Holstein as he leads a guided tour of rock mounds, stone effigy structures, and more. The group will begin with a 45 minute 'Sacred Stone' program in the Archaeology Lab at Jacksonville State University. Hikes are moderate with some 'steep' short areas to get to the structures. Fee: $15. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

March 5...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 8...Autauga County 8 AM - 12 PM.
Private Pesticide Applicator Training Class at the Autauga County Extension Office, Autaugaville. One of the most useful aspects of this class for landowners may be learning how to calibrate a backpack sprayer. Fee: $45; $20 for training and $25 for licensing. Call Autauga County Extension at (334) 361-7273.

March 8-10....Macon County.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee. Topics will include: Use of fire in longleaf, Stand management, Understory restoration, and more. Fee: $150. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

March 9...Online 12 PM Noon CT.
Forest & Forest Products Webinar will answer many questions about forests and forest products such as: Where do our trees and forests grow? How have forests changed over time? What is the relationship between people and forests - now and in the past? How are forests managed - and are they being managed responsibly?  Speaker: Kathryn Fernholtz, Dovetail Partners, Inc. No fee. If you have any difficulties logging into the Webinar, please call (800) 263-6317 for immediate assistance from GoToWebinar.

March 10...Athens, Georgia 7:45 AM - 5 PM ET.
GPS for Beginners at Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Building 4, Room 516. Learn the basics of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and the accuracy of the technology when used in forested conditions. Fee: $195; lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

March 10...Scott’s Ferry, Florida 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM CT.
Florida Forestry Association (FFA) Regional Meeting at Neal’s Camp, 4540 SE Iola Road. FFA members can weigh in on issues of importance to them while fellowshipping with other FFA members on a local level. No Fee, but must RSVP. Contact Debbie Bryant at (850) 222-5646 or debbie@forestfla.org.

March 10...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at River Market, 1900 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa. 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.

March 10...Clarke County 6 PM.
Recreational Pond Management at G&D Outdoors, 20107 Highway 43, Grove Hill. Speaker: PJ Waters. No fee, but pre-registration required. Contact Kevan Tucker at (251) 275-3121 or tuckjk@aces.edu.

March 15...Clay County 8 AM - 12 PM.
Private Pesticide Applicator Training Class at the Clay County Extension Office, Ashland. One of the most useful aspects of this class for landowners may be learning how to calibrate a backpack sprayer. Fee: $45; $20 for training and $25 for licensing. Call Clay County Extension at (256) 354-5976.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

March 16...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: March 16, 2016 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

March 17...Washington County.
Recreational Pond Management in Leroy. Speaker: PJ Waters. No fee, but pre-registration required. Contact Stacy Ferguson at (251) 847-2295 or swf0004@aces.edu.

March 17...Macon County 8 AM - 12 PM.
Private Pesticide Applicator Training Class at the Macon County Extension Office, Tuskegee. One of the most useful aspects of this class for landowners may be learning how to calibrate a backpack sprayer. Fee: $45; $20 for training and $25 for licensing. Call Macon County Extension at (334) 727-0340.

March 17...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.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

March
17...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at Landry’s Seafood, 139 State Farm Parkway, Birmingham. Come enjoy dinner, listen to AFOA’s March 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.

March 19…Elkton, Tennessee.
Healthy Hardwoods Field Day at D'Addario Drumstick Sawmill, George Whitfield Industrial Park Road. Program will cover Site Prep, The Tree Planting Process, and will feature a field tour. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

March 19...Colbert/Lauderdale County 4 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at a location in the Quad Cities area. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $35. Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

March 19-20…Jefferson County.
The Alabama Gun Collectors Birmingham Gun Show will be held at Jefferson Civic Center, 2100 Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard North, Birmingham. Fee: $8; children 12 & under free. Contact Brent Goodwin at (205) 317-0948 or brent.goodwin@live.com.

March 22...Conecuh County.
Recreational Pond Management at 102 Liberty Street, Evergreen. Speaker: PJ Waters. No fee, but pre-registration required. Contact Emily Brogden at (251) 578-2762 or brogdeh@auburn.edu.

March 24...Baldwin County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at Baldwin County Coliseum & Fairgrounds, Robertsdale. Fourth grade students. Contact Rhonda Bryars at (251) 937-3297 or rhonda.bryars@al.nacdnet.net.

March 24...Forsyth, Georgia 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Forest Bioenergy Conference at Monroe County Conference Center, 475 Holiday Circle. "The Conference will focus on bringing together experts and leaders from the forest bioenergy sector to provide updates on the economic, regulatory and technological advances in the industry." Fee: $235; $40 discount if paid by March 11. Contact Marilou Myers at (478) 992-8110 or marilou@gfagrow.org.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

March 24
...DeKalb County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion at Western Sizzlin, 1114 Glenn Boulevard SW, Fort Payne. Enjoy dinner, 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.

March 24...Choctaw County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Regional Reception at Ezell's Fish Camp, Butler. Invited special guest: Luther Strange, Alabama Attorney General. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

March 24...Collins, Mississippi 6 PM.
Covington County Mississippi Forestry Association Meeting at the Multi-Purpose Building, 68 Collins Industrial Park Drive. Guest speaker will be Paul Ott of "Listen to the Eagle." Fee: $10; catfish dinner included. Call the County Extension Office at (601) 765-8252.

March 26...Shelby County 8 AM.
Conservation Advisory Board Meeting at the Pelham Civic Complex, 500 Amphitheater Rd., Pelham, AL 35124. The decisions of this board impact all hunting activities that take place on your land. For more information, call (334) 242-3486.

March 29...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 March 15. Groups of 3 or more earn a 10% discount. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

March 31...Macon County 8 AM - 4:30 PM.
Year-Round Forage Production and Grazing/Browsing Management Training at 201 Mary Starke Harper Hall, Tuskegee University. No fee. Pre-registration is required. Working lunch provided. Contact Dr. Uma Karki at (334) 421-2139 or karkiu@mytu.tuskegee.edu.

March 31...Lowndes County 9 AM - 2:30 PM.
Managing Wild Pig Damage at 9022 US Hwy 80 West, Tyler. Speakers: Mark Smith, Chris Jaworowski, and Jeff Thurmond. Fee: $20. Contact Mark Smith at (334) 844-8099 or mds0007@auburn.edu.

March 31...Baker, Florida 8 AM - 3 PM CT.
Quail Management Workshop at Gum Creek Lodge, 5899 Buckward Road. Learn about quail habitat, management, predator control, upland ecosystem restoration, control burns and cost share assistance. Registration is required. Lunch included. Contact Billie Clayton at (850) 767-3634 or billie.clayton@myfwc.com.

 

> April 2016

April 1...Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Pine Thinning and Southern Pine Beetle Workshop at Mill Creek Community Center. Call Lamar County Extension Office at (601) 794-3910.

April 5...Vernon, Florida 9 AM CT.
Landowner Property Tour of the Gould Tree Farm, 4132 Shell Landing Road. The property is for forestry, wildlife, recreation, and aesthetics. Tour will involve riding on open trailers. Wear appropriate clothing and bring rain gear. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

April 5...Jefferson County 1 PM.
Alabama Clean Water Partnership (CWP) Cahaba Stakeholders Meeting at Jefferson County Environmental Services Training Facility, 1331 Oak Grove Road, Birmingham. Contact Glenn Littleton at (205) 217-2592 or cahabacwp@hotmail.com.

April 5...Wiggins, Mississippi 5 PM.
Pearl River/Stone County Forestry Association (CFA) Meeting at The Sawmill Restaurant. For more information call Pearl River CFA at (601) 928-5286.

April 5...Butler County 5:30 PM.
Recreational Pond Management at Beeland Park Community Center, 1016 East Commerce, Greenville. Speaker: PJ Waters. No fee, but pre-registration required. Contact Anthony Pinkston at (334) 382-5111 or pinksad@aces.edu.

April 5...Madison County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at the Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue 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.

April 7...Fulton, Mississippi 8:15 AM - 4 PM.
Forest Growth & Yield / Financial Analysis at Itawamba Community College, Technical Education Building, Rm 108, Brandon Street. Fee: $25. Call the Itawamba County Extension at (662) 862-3201.

April 7...Talladega County 5 PM.
Piedmont District Regional Reception at Selwood Farms, 706 Selwood Road, Alpine. Join the Alabama Forestry Association for food, refreshments, and conversation. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

April 7...Statewide 9 PM.
America's First Forest: Carl Schenck and The Asheville Experiment on Alabama Public Television (APT) or Public Broadcast Station (PBS). The local APT station number will vary according to what area of Alabama you live in and your TV service provider. This program will air nationwide on APT World. However, only some folks may subscribe to APT World. Air Times and Stations

April 8...DeKalb County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Shortleaf Pine Field Day at DeSoto State Park Lodge, Fort Payne. No Fee. Pre-registration required for lunch. Contact William Green at (334) 612-5235 or wmgreen@alfafarmers.org.

April 9...Barbour County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Year-Round Forage Production, Grazing Management, and Care of Goat Herd at 36 County Road 40, Eufaula. No fee, but pre-registration is required. Working lunch provided. Contact Dr. Uma Karki at (334) 421-2139 or karkiu@mytu.tuskegee.edu.

April 11...New Albany, Mississippi 6 PM.
Union County Forestry Association (CFA) Meeting at Union County Extension Building, 112 Fairground Circle. For more information call Union County Extension at (662) 534-1917.

April 12...Calhoun County 5 PM.
Timber Taxation at the Oxford Civic Center. Dinner at 5:30 PM. Program at 6 PM. Speaker: Dr Robert Tufts. Contact Kathy McCrimmon at (256) 452-9678 or Jennifer Yates at (256) 835-0512x3.

April 12...Lee County 6 PM.
Alabama Treasure Forest Association Regional Dinner at the Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn. Fee: $5. Contact William Green, Jr. at (334) 612-5235 or wmgreen@alfafarmers.org.

April 12...Philadelphia, Mississippi 6 PM.
Neshoba County Forestry Association (CFA) Meeting at Neshoba County Coliseum. Catfish dinner provided. Call (601) 656-4602 for more details.

April 12...Coffeeville, Mississippi 6 PM.
Yalobusha County Forestry Association (CFA) Meeting at Multi-Purpose Building on Highway 7. Tim Traugot will speak on timber sales and absentee landowners. For more details call Yalobusha County Extension at (662) 675-2730.

April 14...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. Topics will include: How to prevent bark beetle attack, When to thin your pine trees, Which trees should be removed, and How to enhance wildlife habitat. Attendees will have a hands-on experience measuring trees and making calculations to evaluate the stand for thinning. Fee: $22; lunch included. Call Nick Simmons at (662) 837-8184.

April 14...Pike County 6 PM.
Alabama Treasure Forest Association Regional Dinner at John & Carol Dorrill's Farm, 1361 County Road 5523, Troy. Fee: $5. Contact William Green, Jr. at (334) 612-5235 or wmgreen@alfafarmers.org

April 16-23...Statewide.
Alabama People Against A Littered State (PALS) “Don’t Drop It On Alabama” Spring Cleanup. All materials furnished by Alabama PALS. Call (334) 263-7737.

April 19...Covington County 8:30 AM - 3:15 PM.
Forestry Herbicide and Pesticide Workshop at Covington County Extension Office, 23952 Hwy 55, Suite 4, Andalusia. Topics include; Pesticide safety, Plant ID & Control, Herbicide use in longleaf pine forest, and Ground and aerial applications of forestry herbicides. Register by April 15. Seating limited. Lunch provided. To register call the Extension Office at (334) 222-1125.

April 19...Washington, D.C. 10 AM.
Oversight Hearing on Critical Habitat Designations and Implementations for Endangered Species at 1324 Longworth House Office Building. The House Committee on Natural Resources will hold an oversight hearing titled "Recent Changes to Endangered Species Critical Habitat Designation and Implementation." The meeting is open to the public and a live video stream will be broadcast at House Committee on Natural Resources. Contact Elise Daniel at (202) 226-9019.

April 22-23...Okeechobee, Florida.
Women in the Outdoors at Quail Creek Plantation, 12399 NE 224th Street. Women in the Outdoors events are designed just for women using expert instructors. Fee: $100. Contact Denise Helms at (772) 475-1158 or marlinteeni@yahoo.com.

April 22-23...DeKalb County.
National Trappers Association Southeast Regional Convention at the North East Agri-Business Center, 1571 McCurdy Avenue North, Rainesville. Fee: $10. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 340-1183 or vsievering@atpca.org.

April 23…Delano, Tennessee.
Healthy Hardwoods Field Day at East Tennessee State Nursery, Highway 411. Program will cover Site Prep, The Tree Planting Process, and will feature a field tour. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

April 23...Elmore County 9 AM - Noon.
Living Off the Grid Cabin Property Tour in Coosada, Alabama (tentative). GPS Coordinates: 32.487189, -86.335674 Topics: Solar power and rain water collection/purification. Fee: $5; lunch with hamburgers and hotdogs with RSVP. Contact Mike Hagen at (334) 300-5678 or ac130buff@aol.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM & ANNUAL MEETING

April 26-27...Talladega County.
Location: Headquartered at the Shocco Springs Conference Center, 1314 Shocco Springs Rd, Talladega, AL 35160.

Click HERE to see the agenda with the most up-to-date details about the annual meeting as they become available. The link to online registration and the phone number for registration is on the agenda.

Registration will be done through the Shocco Springs Conference Center.
 

April 26-27...Shreveport, Louisiana.
Forest inSight Conference at Shreveport Convention Center will provide the latest information for establishing and managing Loblolly Pine. Fee: $103.20. Contact Cara Monfort at 1-800-633-4506 or cmonfort@internationalforest.co.

April 28...Lowndes County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at Holyground Battlefield Park, White Hall. Fourth grade students. Contact Katanga Mants at (334) 548-2315 or mantska@aces.edu.

April 28...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Use Prescribed Fire Safely and Effectively Workshop at Austin Cary Memorial Forest, 10625 NE Waldo Road. This workshop will provide an overview of the uses of fire natural resource management and the proper planning necessary for a successful prescribed burn. A burn demonstration will be planned and executed, if conditions allow. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

April 28...Elmore County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at the Alabama Wildlife Federation Headquarters, 3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $50; Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

April 29...Talbot County, Georgia 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM ET.
Forestry/Wildlife Field Day on the New Chattahoochee Fall Line Wild Life Management Area only 45 minutes from Phenix City, Alabama. Topics include: Feral hog control, Drone demonstration, Forest certification, and more. Fee: $20; lunch included. For more information call (706) 570-1966 or 665-8079.

April 30…Jackson, Tennessee.
Healthy Hardwoods Field Day at West Tennessee Research & Education Center, 605 Airways Boulevard. Program will cover Site Prep, The Tree Planting Process, and will feature a field tour. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

April 30...Dallas County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Year-Round Forage Production, Grazing Management, and Care of Goat Herd at 431 County Road 540, Selma. No fee, but pre-registration is required. Working lunch provided. Contact Dr. Uma Karki at (334) 421-2139 or karkiu@mytu.tuskegee.edu.

 

> May 2016

May 2-5...Coral Springs, Florida.
Aquatic Weed Control Short Course at Fort Lauderdale Coral Springs Marriott, 11775 Heron Bay Boulevard. This course focuses on species affecting Florida and provides participants opportunities to share field experiences and lessons learned. Fee: $345. Contact Jasmine Garcia at (352) 294-3584 or j.garcia@ufl.edu.

May 2 - July 22...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.

May 3...Elmore County 8 AM - 4:30 PM.
Alabama Invasive Plant Council Annual Conference at Lanark, 3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook. Fee: $55; lunch included. Contact Nancy Loewenstein at (334) 844-1061 or loewenj@auburn.edu.

May 3...Meridian, Mississippi 8 AM - 3 PM.
Forest Landowner Workshop at East Mississippi Electric Power Association Auditorium, 2128 Highway 39 North. Topics include: Timber tax tips, Markets, Timber prices, Timber Products, Forest threats, Forest management, Wildlife management, Estate planning, and more. RSVP the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service at (601) 483-4100x3.

May 3...New Albany, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 1 PM.
Tree Identification Workshop at Union County Extension Office, 112 Fairground Circle. Wear appropriate outdoors clothes and insect repellent. Fee: $25; lunch included. Call Gina Wills at (662) 534-1917.

May 4...Leesville, South Carolina 7:50 AM - 4:35 PM ET.
Growing Our Future Landowner Meeting at T & S Farm, 3500 Pond Branch Road. Topics include: Pine seedling selection, Planting, Managing stand density for saw timber production, Identifying superior lumber in standing trees, Tree Farm update, What trees I want to see in my mill, Wood quality, and Herbicide applications for forest landowners. Fee: $45. Call Beth Richardson at (803) 534-6280.

May 5...Iuka, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 1 PM.
Tree Identification Workshop at Tishomingo County Extension Office, 238 Kaki Street. Wear appropriate outdoors clothes and insect repellent. Fee: $20; lunch included. Call Zach Yow at (662) 432-7016.

May 6...Mobile County 8 AM - 1:45 PM.
Forestry Field Day southwest of Mobile. Topics include: Threatened species, Pine Straw Management, Herbicide Calibration, Trapping Nuisance Wildlife, and more. Lunch provided. Contact Soil & Water Conservation Office at (251) 441-6505x3.

May 7...Marshall County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off in Guntersville. Location details to be determined. 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.

May 11...Macon County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at Tuskegee Public School, Tuskegee. Fifth grade students. Contact Millicent Braxton at (334) 727-0340 or mbraxton@mytu.tuskegee.edu.

May 11...Online 11 AM - Noon CT.
An Approach to Pruning Webinar will show you practical strategies to increase long-term tree survival. Speaker: Dr. Ed Gilman, Environmental Horticulture Department, University of Florida. For more information email Bethany Unger at bethanyquinnunger@gmail.com.

May 12...Lee County 1 - 4 PM.
Best Management Practices (BMP) Trail Retirement Demonstration at the Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest, Moores Mill Road, Auburn. Hubert Boatwright will demonstrate skid trail retirement techniques in a recent harvest area. Subject to cancelation due to weather conditions. Contact Mathew Smidt at (334) 844-1038 or smidtmf@auburn@edu.

May 12...Walker County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Jasper Area Regional Reception at Musgrove Country Club, 916 Country Club Road, Jasper. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

May 14...Elmore County 5 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Lake Martin Amphitheater, Eclectic. 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.

Canceled...See May 17-19   May 16-18....Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 topics will include: Use of fire in longleaf, Stand management, Understory restoration, and more. Fee: $TBD. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

May 17...Batesville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Understanding Global Positioning System (GPS) Landowner Workshop at Cliff Finch Office Building, 245-C Eureka Street. Topics include: Sources of Error, Waypoints, Marking, Navigation Routes, Tracks, and Determining Area by Walking Perimeter. Dress for the outdoors. Fee: $33; lunch included. Call Judd Gentry at (662) 563-6260.

May 17...Limestone County 5:30 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Canebrake Club, Athens. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $35; Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

May 17-19...Baxley, Georgia.
Herbicides and Longleaf 201 at Plant Hatch Recreational Building, 11028 Hatch Parkway (classroom) and Moody Forest (field). This course will help you select herbicides for ecological restoration: rates, timing, active ingredients, calibration, equipment, safety, surfactants, and application methods that target weed species while minimizing impact to desired species. Fee: $150; includes lunch Tuesday and Wednesday. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 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: May 18, 2016 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

May18-19...Gainesville, Florida.
Annual Spring Symposium on Advances in Southern Pine Silviculture at The Learning Center, 10625 NE Waldo Road. Fee: $175; includes breakfast, lunch, BBQ dinner, and social. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

May 19...Blount County 9 AM.
Natural Resources Planning Committee Meeting at USDA Conference Room, 55545 US Hwy 231, Oneonta. Landowners welcome to attend. Contact Merry Gaines at (205) 274-2363x3 or merry.gaines@al.usda.gov.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 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 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
19...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at Ameriprise Financial, 1500 Urban Center Drive, Vestavia (Liberty Park). Come enjoy dinner, listen to AFOA’s May News Conference, and argue about the issues with other landowners. BBQ dinner from Full Moon BBQ at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. Fee: $11. Very limited seating. No Walk-ins. To attend you must RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.

May 20...Washington County 8:30 AM - 1 PM.
Forestry Field Day at Spring Hill Baptist Church, 898 Carpenter Road, Chatom. Field tour will be on Susan Turner’s Property. Topics include: Benefits of prescribed fire, Live fire demo (weather permitting), Steps to conduct a prescribed burn, and more. No Fee. Lunch provided. Call Drema Trammell at (251) 847-6041.

May 20-21...Shelby County.
Southern Region Landowner Conference at The Alabama 4H Center, 892 4-H Road, Columbiana. Field Tours, Panel discussions with forest industry leaders, breakout sessions for private forest landowners, and a banquet celebrating the American Tree Farm System will all be included. Contact Leigh Peters at (334) 796-7663 or lpeters@alaforestry.org.

May 23...Clarksdale, Mississippi 8 AM - 3:15 PM.
Proactive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Management at Coahoma County Extension Office, 503 East Second Street. Topics include: EAB detection, Managing alternative species, Logging logistics, Ash timber outlook, Insecticide options, and more. Fee: $40; lunch included. Call Laura Giaccaglia at (662) 843-8361.

May 26...Geneva County 10 AM.
Alabama Clean Water Partnership (ACWP) Choctawhatchee-Pea-Yellow Rivers Meeting at Geneva County Farm Center, 2765 East State Highway 52, Hartford. Keith Owen with Jager Pro will provide information on Wild Swine Control to help protect land and water quality. He will highlight several local farms that participate in their effective capture system. Contact Lisa Harris at (334) 301-9603 or lisaharris@centurytel.net. Editor’s Note: Folks who own forestland in CWP basins should stay aware of the happenings at these stakeholder meetings.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 26
...DeKalb County 6 PM.
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 27 - June 14...Sweden and Norway.
Scandinavian Forestry Tour will focus on private forestry and the role of woodland owner cooperatives. Meet private woodland owners, tour tree farms, see harvesting equipment in action, visit forestry companies, sawmills, forestry museums, and more. Deadline for reservations was October 1, 2015. Cost estimate: $5,100-5,500. Contact Oregon Woodland Cooperative at 1-888-800-1192 or owc@owco-op.com.

May 31 - June 3...Orlando, Florida.
National Conference of Private Forest Landowners at Marriott Orlando World Center. Fee: $650. Contact Forest Landowners Association at 1-800-325-2954 or info@forestlandowners.com.

 

> June 2016

June 2...Thomasville, Georgia. 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM ET.
Longleaf Pine Forest Restoration & Management Workshop at Greenwood Plantation. Fee: $5. Call David Godwin at (850) 893-4153 ext 261.

June 2...Marshall County 5 PM.
Guntersville Area Regional Reception at Dream Ranch, 6926 Alabama Highway 79 South, Guntersville. Join the Alabama Forestry Association for food, refreshments, and conversation. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

June 2...Autauga County 6 PM.
Zika Virus/Lyme Disease Seminar at the William B. Smith Agricultural Center, 2226 Highway 14 West, Autaugaville. Topics include: prevention, symptoms, and stopping the spread of the Zika Virus, Lyme disease, and other tick borne illnesses. Speaker: Patty Stadlberger, Alabama Department of Public Health. Contact the Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council at (334) 361-0576.

June 4...Tallapoosa County 8:30 AM.
Landowner Field Day at Jerry Brown's Property, 1030 Saxon Road, Goodwater. The tour will feature forestry and wildlife management practices with three guest speakers. Catfish Fry lunch. Call Tallapoosa County Extension Service at (256) 825-1050.

June 8-10....Milton, Florida.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 at Coldwater Gardens, 7009 Creek Stone Road. Topics will include: Use of fire in longleaf, Stand management, Understory restoration, and more. Fee: $150. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

June 8...Webinar Noon CT.
Preserving Family Wealth: Why Plans Fail and How to Fix Them presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). Fee: $129. Call FBCG at 1-866-872-5840.

June 9...Rochelle, Georgia.
Longleaf Management & Productivity Field Day at Pope City Church. Learn about making longleaf management decisions from age 15 onward. Contact David Dickens at (912) 681-5639 or ddickens@uga.edu.

June 9...Batesville, Mississippi 8:45 AM - Noon.
Hardwood Plantation Management Workshop consists of a field tour through privately managed hardwood forest sites. Wear outdoors appropriate clothing. Fee: $25. Call the Tallahatchie County Extension Office at (662) 647-8746.

June 10-12...Columbia, Missouri.
Chestnut Growers of America (CGA) Annual Conference at the University of Missouri. The Saturday morning program will include a variety of presentations while the afternoon will feature visits to orchards. Fee: $55. Contact CGA at (360) 887-3669 or cga@chestnutsonline.com.

June 11...Statewide.
Free Fishing Day allows residents and non-residents of Alabama to fish without a fishing license in both salt and fresh public waters. Private ponds require an owner’s permission.

June 11...Mobile County 2 - 5 PM.
Mineral and Alternative Energy Rights for the Landowner Session at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza hotel in Mobile. This session is part of the Association of Consulting Foresters National Conference. This one session is being offered complimentary to landowners. The course will be taught by Gee Ogletree, Jr., Jeff Trotter, and Ashley Harris ~ Adams and Reese LLP. Register by contacting Jon at (703) 548-0990 or jon@acf-foresters.org.

June 11-12...Talladega County.
Women’s Handgun Preparedness Workshop at the Civilian Markmanship Program facility, 4387 Turner Mill Road, Talladega. Fee: $50; Saturday lunch included. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

June 12-15...Starkville, Mississippi.
Wildlife Recreation Residential Camp for rising 6 - 12th graders. Hands-on learning about wildlife and outdoor recreational opportunities, including fishing, archery, and canoeing. This residential camp also offers the option for certification in Hunter Education. Fee: $325; includes food and lodging. Contact Diane Weeks at (662) 325-3174 or d.d.weeks@msstate.edu or register online.

June 14...DeKalb County 10 AM.
Great Outdoors Day at DeSoto State Park picnic area, 7104 DeSoto Parkway NE, Fort Payne. The event will consist of live animal education programs, and guided fitness and nature hikes. Fee: $2. Contact Brittney Hughes at (256) 997-5025 or brittney.hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov.

June 14...Webinar 1 PM CT.
Managing Soil Quality in Forests will teach participants about how to help protect your forest soil through different types of management practices. Presenter: Eunice Padley, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. For more information email Holli Kuykendall at holli.kuykendall@gnb.usda.gov.

June 14 & 16...Coffeeville, Mississippi.
Ties to the Land: Your Family Forest Heritage at Yalobusha County Multipurpose Building, 18025 Hwy 7. Are you concerned about: Your land not receiving adequate care due to lack of interest from the younger generation, Handing land over to family members with financial or other problems, The reality that your land will someday be owned by the next generation, or Estate planning preparations. This is a two session workshop from 6:30 PM to roughly 9:15 PM both days. Fee: $50; discount for couples. Call Kyle Jeffreys at (662) 675-2730.

June 16...Dale County 1 - 3 PM.
Mushroom Workshop at 202 S. Highway 123, Suite D, Ozark. Shiitake mushrooms grow very easily in logs. Learn how to grow mushrooms by inoculating your own log to take home. Fee: $10. Contact Lucy Edwards at (334) 774-2329 or lee0003@auburn.edu.

June 16-17...Lauderdale County.
Wildlife School for Landowners at Joe Wheeler State Park, 4403 McLean Drive, Rogersville. Topics include: Managing hardwoods in bottom/wetlands, moist soil management, waterfowl ID, beaver control, and more. CFE points available. Fee: $40; $5 discount if paid by June 1. Contact Katherine Patton at (205) 384-0606x101 or kpattonwalkersoil@gmail.com.

June 19-24...Ellisville, Mississippi.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop at Jones County Junior College. The workshop will include numerous field trips including industries, harvesting operations, management practices, and hands-on activities. Fee: $115; meals and lodging included. Forest owners and forest products companies are urged to sponsor a teacher -- cost is $115. Contact Anna Kendall at (601) 354-4936 or akendall@msforestry.net.

June 23...Lauderdale County 10 AM - Noon.
Alabama Clean Water Partnership (ACWP) Tennessee Basin Stakeholder Meeting at Lauderdale Extension Office, 802 Veterans Drive, Florence. 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.

June 23...Shiloh, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) West Regional Meeting at Hagys Catfish Hotel Restaurant, 1140 Hagy Lane. Topic: Forest Health. All the catfish, chicken, country ham, and fixins you can eat. Speaker: Heather Slayton, Tennessee Division of Forestry. Fee: $25. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

June 26-July 1...Lee County.
Forestry Camp on Auburn University Campus. Open to high school students ages 15-18. “This hands-on camp will give students an opportunity to get outdoors and learn about forestry in Alabama and the importance of forestry field measurements in making forest management decisions.” Fee: $650. Two partial scholarships available. Contact Dr. Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or rjb0003@auburn.edu.

June 29...Online Noon - 1 PM CT.
Legal Liability for Prescribed Fire Accidents in the Southeast is a free one hour webinar that will discuss the legal liability associated with prescribed fire accidents in the Southeastern United States. Presenter: Stephen McCullers. For more information email the Southern Fire Exchange at contactus@southernfireexchange.org.

 

> July 2016

July Multiple Dates...Multiple Counties.
Game Check Seminars will be happening across the state. We have expressed our misgivings about the Game Check Program, but since game checks will be mandatory in the 2016-17 hunting seasons, the Game Check Seminars happening statewide can give you the information you need to be in compliance. For more information call the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries at (334) 242-3465.

July 19...Scottsboro
July 21...Greenville
July 25...Selma
July 26...Jacksonville
July 28...Auburn

July 7 & 14...Senatobia, Mississippi 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
Ties to the Land: Your Family Forest Heritage at Tate County Extension Office, #1 French’s Alley. Topics include: Steps to Succession Planning, Goals for Family Forests, Heir’s Interest, Legal Considerations, Financial Impacts of Ownership Transfers, and more. Fee: $55; $85 per couple. Call Tara Ferguson at (662) 562-4274.

July 11...Lauderdale County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Shoals Area Regional Reception at The River Bottom Grill, 1050 Clayborn Lillies Drive, Florence. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

July 11-14...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. Teachers are needed. Contact Ashley Smith at (334) 481-2133 or asmith@alaforestry.org.

July 11-13...Jackson, Mississippi.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop at Mississippi Ag and Forestry Museum. The workshop will include numerous field trips including industries, harvesting operations, management practices, and hands-on activities. Fee: $50; meals and lodging included. Forest owners and forest products companies are urged to sponsor a teacher -- cost is $50. Contact Anna Kendall at (601) 354-4936 or akendall@msforestry.net.

July 13...Quincy, Florida 8:30 AM - 2 PM ET.
Advanced Forest Site Prep Herbicide Workshop at the North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Road. Private landowners are encouraged to attend. CEUs and CFEs are offered as well. Bring your own lunch. Call Megan at (850) 875-7100.

July 14...Autauga County 6 PM.
Hardwood Management at the William B. Smith Agricultural Center, 2226 Highway 14 West, Autaugaville. Speaker: Jim Jeter, Alabama Forestry Commission. Contact Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council at (334) 361-0576.

July 15-17...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 16...Morton, Mississippi 8 AM - Noon.
Central Mississippi Tree Farm Field Day at 3323 Morton-Rankin County Line Road. Topics include: Managing for Wildlife, Water Quality, and Rural Land Financing. Call Scott County Extension Office at (601) 469-4241.

July 18...DeKalb County 8 AM.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Re-certification Workshop at Sand Mountain Research & Extension Center, 13112 Alabama Highway 68, Crossville. Instructor: John Stivers. Fee: $75. Limited seating. For more info call John at (334) 253-2139. Attendees must register at: http://classes.forestry.alabama.gov/cpbmclasses.aspx   Select the Re-Certify option.

July 19...Autauga County 8:30 to Noon.
Management of Native Warm Season Grasses Workshop at Grey Rocks Ranch, 1058 County Road 15 S, Selma, AL 36703. Contact Paula Adams at (334) 365-5124x101 or paula.adams@al.nacdnet.net.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

July 19...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 device of choice: July 19, 2016 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

July 19-22...DeKalb County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course at Sand Mountain Research & Extension Center, 13112 Alabama Highway 68, Crossville. Instructor: John Stivers. Fee: $125. Limited seating. For more info call John at (334) 253-2139. Attendees must register at: http://classes.forestry.alabama.gov/cpbmclasses.aspx  Select the Certify option.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

**Update**July
20 (was the 21st)...Shelby County 6 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at Nino's Italian Restaurant, 2698 Pelham Parkway, Pelham. Come enjoy dinner, listen to AFOA’s July 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.

July 21...Coosa County 6 PM.
Forestry Tax Seminar at the Coosa County E911 Building, 66 Communications Drive, Rockford. Presenter: Rick Norris, CPA. Contact Lori Woodfin at (256) 377-4750.

July 21...Jefferson County 5 PM.
Birmingham Area Regional Reception at The Historic Cahaba Pumping Station, 4012 Sicard Hollow Road, Birmingham. Join the Alabama Forestry Association for food, refreshments, and conversation. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

July 21-22...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 23-25...Jekyll Island, Georgia.
Georgia Forestry Association (GFA) Annual Conference & Forestry Expo at Jekyll Island Convention Center. Fee: $575. Call GFA at (478) 992-8110.

July 26-27...Athens, Georgia.
Wildlife Management at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Drive. This course will focus on wildlife-habitat management techniques for three primary game species in the Southeast — white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and bobwhite quail. Fee: $296. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

July 28-31...Mobile County.
Commodity Producers Conference at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel. The Green tour will include a drone demonstration in forestry and the latest technology used to help eradicate wild hogs. Fee: Will vary according to registration selections. Email questions to Casey Earnest at cearnest@alfafamers.org.

July 31 - August 3...Nebraska City, Nebraska.
Northern Nut Growers Association Annual Meeting at Lied Lodge and Conference Center. The conference is open to all people with an interest in nut trees. Fee: $84. Contact Grant Glatt at grant_40@juno.com.

July 31 - August 3...Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
Annual Walnut Council Meeting at DoubleTree by Hilton which is a stone's throw from Ohio and Kentucky. The meeting will include field trips, indoor presentations, question and answer session, and awards banquet. Fee: $175. Contact Liz Jackson at (765) 583-3501 or walnutcouncil@walnutcouncil.org.

 

> August 2016

August Multiple Dates...Multiple Counties.
Game Check Seminars will be happening across the state. We have expressed our misgivings about the Game Check Program, but since game checks will be mandatory in the 2016-17 hunting seasons, the Game Check Seminars happening statewide can give you the information you need to be in compliance. For more information call the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries at (334) 242-3465.

August 2...Tuscaloosa
August 4...Butler
August 9...Gallion
August 11...Troy
August 13...Huntsville
August 16...Spanish Fort
August 18...Alexander City
August 23...Cullman
August 29...Camden

August 2...Wiggins, Mississippi Noon.
Pearl River-Stone County Forestry Association Meeting at Sawmill Restaurant on Highway 49. Dutch Treat lunch. For more information call (601) 928-5286.

August 2...Jefferson County 1 PM.
Alabama Clean Water Partnership (CWP) Cahaba Stakeholders Meeting at Jefferson County Environmental Services Training Facility, 1331 Oak Grove Road, Birmingham. Topic: Cahaba River Nutrient TMDL Update. Contact Glenn Littleton at (205) 217-2592 or cahabacwp@hotmail.com. Editor’s Note: Folks who own forestland in CWP basins should stay aware of the happenings at these stakeholder meetings.

August 2-3...Athens, Georgia.
Wetlands Ecology & Management at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Road. “The primary goal of this class is to focus on the relationship between forest management and wildlife, fisheries, and wetlands management.” Fee: $295. Lunch included on day one. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

August 4...Autauga County 12 - 1 PM.
Protecting your Property from Wildfires at 2175 Cobbs Ford Road, Prattville. Presenter: Brigetta Giles, Autauga County Forester. Bring a sack lunch. Drinks provided. Call Mallory Kelley at (334) 361-7273.

August 4...Cleveland, Mississippi 6 PM.
Drone Usage for Wildlife and Legal Issues at the Bolivar County Extension Office, 406 N Martin Luther King Junior Drive. Conducted by Louis Wasson, MSU Extension Geosystems Research Institute. Call (662) 843-8362 to reserve your seat.

August 6...Elmore County 5:30 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off Finals at the Alabama Wildlife Federation Headquarters, 3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $35; Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

August 8...Lee County 8 AM.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Re-certification Workshop at Auburn University Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Building, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn. Instructor: John Stivers. Fee: $75. Limited seating. For more info call John at (334) 253-2139. Attendees must register at: http://classes.forestry.alabama.gov/cpbmclasses.aspx   Select the Re-Certify option.

August 9-12...Lee County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course at Auburn Unversity Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Building, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn. Instructor: John Stivers. Fee: $125. Limited seating. For more info call John at (334) 253-2139. Attendees must register at: http://classes.forestry.alabama.gov/cpbmclasses.aspx   Select the Certify option.

August 11...Mobile County 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Hardwood Management at the Jon Archer Agricultural Center, 1070 Schillinger Road, N., Mobile. Topics include: Hardwood Sites, Regeneration, Upland, Bottomland, Herbicides, Wildlife, and Forest Pests. Fee: $30. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 574-8445 or brodbam@auburn.edu.

August 11...Elmore County 10 AM.
Board Meeting of Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust at Alabama Wildlife Federation NaturePlex, 3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook. This meeting will provide an opportunity for any individual who would like to make comments concerning the program. The public is invited to attend this meeting and is urged to submit comments. For more information call (334) 242-3484. Editor's Note: How much public land is enough? Is this a necessary program?

August 12-13...Natchez, Mississippi.
Managing White-tailed Deer
at 111 N Broadway Street. Fee: $100; $50 per day if attending only one day. Call College of Forest Resources at (662) 325-2952.

August 13...Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
The Southern Christmas Tree Conference at Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center. This conference is for established growers and landowners considering growing Christmas trees. Fee: $115; $10 discount if paid by August 6. Contact Michael Buchart at (225) 505-6335 or sctaes@gmail.com.

August 17...Hernando, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Extreme Weather Events and Risk Management Options for Family Forests at Gale Center, 2601 Elm Street. Topics: Timber Insurance, Seedling survival, Species selection, Storm damaged timber salvage, Thinning, Uneven-aged management, IRS timber casualty loss provisions, and more. Fee: $25; lunch included. Contact Tarah Ferguson at (662) 562-4274 or tarah.ferguson@msstate.edu.

August 18...Blount County 9 AM.
Natural Resources Planning Committee Meeting at USDA Service Center, 55545 US Hwy 231, Oneonta. Contact Merry Gaines at (205) 274-2363x3 or merry.gaines@al.usda.gov.

August 18...Senatobia, Mississippi 6 PM.
Tate/DeSoto Forestry Association Meeting at #1 French's Alley. John Auel will give an overview of Best Management Practices. Contact Tarah Ferguson at (662) 562-4274 or tarah.ferguson@msstate.edu.

August 18...Autauga County 6:30 PM.
Wildlife Openings/Food Plots at the William B. Smith Agricultural Center, 2226 Highway 14 West, Autaugaville. Speaker: Chris Jaworowski, Regional Extension Agent, will discuss tips and tactics for improving fall and spring wildlife openings. Also, Jason McHenry, Alabama Department of Conservation, will talk about the new Game Check System. This is a mandatory system starting this hunting season for deer and turkey. Contact Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council at (334) 361-0576.

August 19-20...Verona, Mississippi.
Managing White-tailed Deer
at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, 5421 Hwy 145 S. Fee: $100; $50 per day if attending only one day. Call College of Forest Resources at (662) 325-2952.

August 19-21...Andersonville, Tennessee.
Deer Steward Module: Habit Enhancement will be led by Dr. Craig Harper, University of Tennessee. Topics tentatively include: hack and squirt, girdling, prescribed burning, seasonal disking, us of herbicides, site evaluation, and more. If you want to shape and design a property for deer hunting then do not miss this learning opportunity. Fee: $550. To register call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

August 22 & 29...Winona, Mississippi 5:30 PM & 6 PM respectively.
Alternative Sources of Forest Income Short Course (2 day course) at Montgomery County Extension Office, 618 Summit Street. Topics include: Specialty wood products, Recreational leases, Managing for utility poles, Raking pine straw, Agroforestry, Christmas trees, and more. Fee: $45; $70 per couple. Call Amy Ware at (662) 283-4133.

August 24-25...Madison County.
Clear Water Alabama Seminar and Field Day at Insanity Complex, 100 Skate Park Drive, Madison. This program is designed to help professionals learn more about erosion and sediment control practices and products. This information could be useful to landowners as well. Fee: $225; $50 discount if paid by August 12. Call Earl Norton at (334) 728-4107.

August 24-25...Statesboro, Georgia.
Increasing Timberland Returns through Objective Value Added Silvicultural and Management Decisions at Bulloch County Ag Center, 151 Langston Chapel Road. This course will help a landowner make effective silvicultural and economic decisions for managing loblolly, longleaf, and slash stands. Fee: $210. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

August 25-26...Newton, Mississippi.
Managing White-tailed Deer
at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station, 51 Coastal Plains Road. Fee: $100; $50 per day if attending only one day. Call College of Forest Resources at (662) 325-2952.

August 26-27...Starkville, Mississippi.
Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show. Longest-running live logging/biomass event in the country and only such venue located in the heart of the South's forest industry. Fee: $20; $5 discount for advance registration. For additional information call (662) 325-2191.

August 26-28…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.

August 30-September 1...Amelia Island, Florida.
Florida Forestry Association (FFA) Annual Meeting at the Omni at Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Fee: $370; $30 discount if paid by August 1. Call FFA at (850) 222-5646.

 

> September 2016

September Multiple Dates...Multiple Counties.
Game Check Seminars will be happening across the state. We have expressed our misgivings about the Game Check Program, but since game checks will be mandatory in the 2016-17 hunting seasons, the Game Check Seminars happening statewide can give you the information you need to be in compliance. For more information call the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries at (334) 242-3465.

September 8...Monroeville
September 22...Eufaula
September 27...Shorter

September 1...Lee County 8 AM - 4:30 PM.
Alabama Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting at Auburn University, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Building, Room 1101. Theme: "As a burner, are you a good neighbor?" Landowners and land mangers welcome to attend. If you are currently a certified burn manager in Alabama this meeting will suffice for your required continuing education to maintain your recertification every 5 years. Fee: $45; lunch included. Online Registration. Contact John Stivers at (706) 773-5749 or rxburning@aol.com.

September 2...Sumter County 9 AM - 2:30 PM.
Managing Wild Pig Damage at Alfa Hall, University of West Alabama, Livingston. Speaker: Mark Smith and Chris Jaworowski of the Alabama Extension System, and Jeff Thurmond, USDA. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Contact Mark Smith at (334) 844-8099 or mds0007@auburn.edu.

September 2...Online 1 PM CT.
Snake Identification Webinar. Learn tips to help you distinguish venomous and non-venomous snakes. Contact Kenneth Creel at (256) 532-1578 or creelkw@aces.edu.

September 6...Vicksburg, Mississippi 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Proactive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Management at Southern Cultural Heritage Center, 1302 Adams Street. Topics include: EAB detection, managing alternative species, logging logistics, ash timber outlook, insecticide options, and more. Fee: $40; lunch included. Call Anna McCain at (601) 636-5442.

September 7...Bullock County 8 AM.
Forest Management in the Coastal Plains at Wehle Land Conservation Center, 4996 Pleasant Hill Road, Midway. Topics: longleaf pines, gopher tortoises, and prescribed burning. Lunch included. Contact Ashley Smith at (334) 481-2137 or asmith@alaforestry.org.

September 7-9...Baldwin County.
Alabama Water Resources Conference & Symposium at Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach. Fee: $350; $70 discount if paid by August 19. For more information call (334) 844-5100. Click Here for online registration form.

September 9...Monroe County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Deer Management I at Monroeville County Extension Office, 334 Agriculture Drive, Monroeville. Topics covered: Deer Management (Mgmt), Forest Mgmt, Food Plot Mgmt, Invasive Plants, Camera Surveys, and Predation/Predator Mgmt. Fee: $30; lunch included. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@aces.edu.

September 10...Russell County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Pond Management Workshop at 508 14th Street, Courthouse Annex, Alabama Extension Office, Phenix City. Classroom session followed by a hands-on demonstration at a pond. Dress appropriately for outdoors. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Contact Jennifer Davidson at (334) 298-6845 or jenniferd@auburn.edu.

September 10...Dallas County.
Silvopasture and Goat Herd Management Field Day at 472 Pecan Road, Plantersville, 36758. Register by 8/19. For more details, contact Dr. Uma Karki at (334) 421-2139 or ykarki@mytu.tuskegee.edu.

September 11-13...Baldwin County.
Alabama Forestry Association Annual Meeting at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach. Speakers: Mark Crosswhite, CEO, Alabama Power, Craig Blair, CEO, Resource Management Services, Jim Porter, President, WestRock Paper Solutions, Kay Ivey, Lieutenant Governor, Ted Seraphim, CEO, West Fraser, Richard Shelby, US Senate, Luther Strange, Attorney General, State of Alabama. Fee: $475. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

September 12...Barbour County 8 AM.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Re-certification Workshop at Wallace Community College, Sparks Campus, 3235 South Eufaula Avenue, Eufaula. Instructor: John Stivers. Fee: $75. Limited seating. For more info call John at (334) 253-2139. Attendees must register at: http://classes.forestry.alabama.gov/cpbmclasses.aspx   Select the Re-Certify option.

September 13...Lee County.
Special Primary Election for the vacant District 79 seat of Mike Hubbard in the Alabama House of Representatives. If a special primary runoff is needed, it is set for November 29, 2016 with the special general election set for February 7, 2017. If a special primary runoff is not needed, the special general election will be November 29, 2016.

September 13-16...Barbour County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course at Wallace Community College, Sparks Campus, 3235 South Eufaula Avenue, Eufaula. Instructor: John Stivers. Fee: $125. Limited seating. For more info call John at (334) 253-2139. Attendees must register at: http://classes.forestry.alabama.gov/cpbmclasses.aspx  Select the Certify option.

September 14...Walker County 8 AM - 4 PM.
Improving Your Property’s Natural Resources Workshop at Bevill State Community College, Jasper Campus. Topics include: Deer Management Plans, Wild Hog Control, Quail Habitat Management, Forest Herbicides, and more. CFE and PLM hours available. No Fee. To register call Katherine at (205) 384-0606x101.

September 14-15...Martinez, Georgia.
Conservation Easements for Forest Landowners and their Advisors at Grand Rapids Ballroom, Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road. Fee: $295; $50 discount if paid by August 24. 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 15...Tallapoosa County 8 AM - 12 PM.
Private Pesticide Applicator Training Class at the Tallapoosa County Extension Office, Dadeville. One of the most useful aspects of this class for landowners may be learning how to calibrate a backpack sprayer. Fee: $45; $20 for training and $25 for licensing. Call Tallapoosa County Extension at (256) 825-1050.

September 15...Eastpoint, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop at Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive. This program will describe some of the more common and troublesome plants and animals in this region and current strategies to control them. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or anita.grove@dep.state.fl.us.

September 16...DeKalb County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at Geraldine Town Park, Geraldine. Third grade students. Contact Cameron Mitchell at (256) 601-0958 or cdmitchell@dekalbk12.org.

September 16-17...Swainsboro, Georgia.
Georgia Trappers Annual Convention at the JC Fairgrounds, 324 Fair Ground Road. Fee: $5. Email Georgia Trappers Association at info@gatrappersassoc.com.

September 19...Covington, Georgia.
Women in the Outdoors at Georgia FFA Center, 720 FFA-FHA Camp Road. Women in the Outdoors events are designed just for women using expert instructors. Fee: $TBD. Contact Dee Lowrey at (678) 936-4314 or dee_lowrey@yahoo.com.

September 19...Sarepta, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM.
Forestry & Wildlife Field Day will meet at the Pavilion of the Sarepta Cemetery, County Road 69. Then we will travel by trailer to tour the Wright Family Tree Farm. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing, shoes, and insect repellent. Fee: $28; lunch included. Call Trent Barnett at (662) 412-3177.

September 19-20...Cullman County.
Forest-Her: A Workshop for women who love the land at Riverwood Farms, 7851 County Road 35, Bremen. Topics will include: Goal setting, Management for Wildlife, Timber Management, Non-Timber Forest Products, Hands-on Field Tour, and Forest Measurements. Fee: $65. Contact Norm Haley at (256) 630-4248 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

September 19-22...Savannah, Georgia.
National Association of State Foresters Annual Meeting at Hilton Savannah DeSoto, 15 East Liberty Street. Landowners are welcome to attend. Fee: $525. Call Rusty Brown at (478) 752-1233.

September 20...Natchez, Mississippi.
Proactive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Management will include topics such as: EAB detection, managing alternative species, logging logistics, ash timber outlook, insecticide options, and more. Fee: $40; lunch included. Call Anna McCain at (601) 636-5442.

September 20...Webinar Noon CT.
From Partners by Chance to Partners by Choice: Building Trust-based Partnerships with Siblings and Cousins presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). Fee: $129. Call FBCG at 1-866-872-5840.

September 20-22...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: $2,400. Contact Sara Wu at (503) 228-1367 or swu@worldforestry.org.

September 21...Covington County 8 AM.
Forest Management in the Coastal Plains at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia. Topics: longleaf pines, gopher tortoises, and prescribed burning. Lunch included. Contact Ashley Smith at (334) 481-2137 or asmith@alaforestry.org.

September 21...Online 12 Noon CT.
Cogongrass Management - Past, Present, and Future. This webinar will discuss the identification, biology, and management of cogongrass in the southeastern U.S. Presented by Dr. Greg MacDonald, Extension Professor, University of Florida. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070.

September 21-23....Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Tennessee Forestry Association Annual Meeting at Margaritaville, 131 The Island Drive. Fee: $225. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

September 22...Marengo County 9 AM - 1:30 PM.
Landowner Tour on Highway 69 South of Linden. Contact Bayne Moore at (334) 295-5811 or bayne.moore@forestry.alabama.gov.

September 22...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at the Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham. 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.

September 23...Baldwin County 9 AM - 2:30 PM.
Managing Wild Pig Damage at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort. Speaker: Mark Smith and Chris Jaworowski of the Alabama Extension System, and Jeff Thurmond, USDA. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Contact Mark Smith at (334) 844-8099 or mds0007@auburn.edu.

September 27...Munson, Florida 8:30 AM - 3 PM CT.
Use Prescribed Fire Safely and Effectively at Blackwater River State Forest, Bear Lake Pavilion. This workshop will provide an overview of the uses of fire as a management tool and the proper planning necessary for a successful prescribed burn. A burn demonstration will be planned and executed if conditions allow. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Call Bethany at (850) 675-6654.

September 27-29...Clearwater Beach, Florida.
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Annual Conference at the Hilton Clearwater Beach. Fee: $795. Contact Amy Doty at (202) 596-3458 or amy.doty@sfiprogram.org. Editor’s Note: Do we need to pay someone to tell us our wood is good and that we are managing it correctly? What if we don’t actively manage our land? Does that make it bad forestland?

September 27 - November 1...Online.
Farm Woodlot Management (BF 150) is a course designed to examine the methods to assess forest resources and discuss common woodland activities such as cutting firewood, harvesting logs for mushroom cultivation, and support for wildlife and long-term forest health. The bulk of this course happens on your own time. Webinars will be woven into the online interface of the course to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from presenters and ask questions in real time. The webinars will occur each Tuesday evening and are recorded for later viewing. Fee: $250. Contact Peter Smallidge at (607) 592-3640 or pjs23@cornell.edu.

September 28...Webinar 1 PM CT.
Using NRCS's PLANTS Database in Conservation Planning. "Participate to learn how the data available in the National Plant Data Team’s PLANTS database and website can be used in conservation planning. PLANTS is the central repository of basic plant information for NRCS, and provides data for the approximately 25,000 native and naturalized plant species in the United States and its possessions." For more information email Holli at holli.kuykendall@gnb.usda.gov.

September 29...Tifton, Georgia.
Georgia Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting at the Tifton Campus Conference Center. Fee: $30. Contact Jessica McCorvey at (229) 734-4706 or jessica.mccorvey@jonesctr.org.

September 29...Jackson, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Outdoor Business Workshop for Landowners at Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, 6311 Ridgewood Road. Come learn about the various types of outdoor businesses, including the pros and cons and potential income of each. Fee: $25. Online registration. For more information call (662) 325-3133.

September 30...Macon County 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Agroforestry Practices at 102 Mary Starke Harper Hall & the Agroforestry Research and Demonstration Site, Tuskegee University. Topics include: Forage selection, Suitable animal species, Forest farming, Mushroom production, and more. Light breakfast and lunch provided. Pre-registration by September 9 required. Contact Dr. Uma Karki at (334) 727-8336 or karkiu@mytu.tuskegee.edu.

September 30...Lexington, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
Forest Management for Wildlife Workshop at Black Creek Outfitters Camp, 2835 Bowling Green Road. This workshop introduces landowners to the basics of forest management with the dual objectives of timber and wildlife production covering topics such as: pine thinning, multiple use forestry, hardwood management, and wildlife population management. Please wear field clothes, boots, and insect repellant. Fee: $25; lunch included. Call Betsy Padgett at (662) 834-2795.

September 30...Coffee County 9 AM - 2:30 PM.
Managing Wild Pig Damage at Enterprise State Community College, Multipurpose Room, 600 Plaza Drive, Enterprise. Speaker: Mark Smith and Chris Jaworowski of the Alabama Extension System, and Jeff Thurmond, USDA. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Contact Mark Smith at (334) 844-8099 or mds0007@auburn.edu.

 

> October 2016

October Multiple Dates...Multiple Counties.
Game Check Seminars will be happening across the state. We have expressed our misgivings about the Game Check Program, but since game checks will be mandatory in the 2016-17 hunting seasons, the Game Check Seminars happening statewide can give you the information you need to be in compliance. For more information call the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries at (334) 242-3465.

October 6...Andalusia
October 13...Vernon

October 4...Wiggins, Mississippi 8:30 - 11:30 AM.
Second Pine Thinning Workshop at John Guthrie Tree Farm, Hwy 49 South and India Road, 3 miles south of Wiggins. This workshop covers all aspects of a second thinning. Dress appropriately for outdoors. Fee: $20; Dutch Treat lunch. To register call Glenn Hughes at (662) 769-9886.

October 4...Online 1:30 CT.
Cross-laminated Timber, What’s all the fuss about? Contact Megan Dettenmaier at (435) 797-8424 or megan.dettenmaier@usu.edu.

October 4...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 4...Collins, Mississippi 6:30 PM.
Marketing and Merchandising Your Timber at the Multi-Purpose Building. Presenters: Dr. Glenn Hughes and Don Williams. For more information call Covington County Extension Office at (601) 765-8252.

October 4-5...Athens, Georgia.
Managing Forest Health, Wildlife, and Productivity at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Drive. “Forest management strategies for enhancing wildlife populations and improving water quality will be discussed, as will fire as a forest management tool, and the use of pesticides in forest systems.” Fee: $295. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

October 4-6....Yemassee, South Carolina.
Longleaf Academy: Understory 201 at Nemours Plantation. Class is FULL. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

October 6...Cleveland, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 12 PM.
Wildlife Habitat Management Workshop near Cleveland will introduce the basics of habitat management for wildlife and the latest techniques in wild hog control. Wear field clothes, boots, and insect repellant. Fee: $25. Contact Laura Giaccaglia at (662) 843-8362 or l.j.giaccaglia@msstate.edu.

October 6...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Tree/Plant Identification Field Day at Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue. Wear appropriate clothing for walking outside. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

October 6...Autauga County 12 - 1 PM.
Nuisance Wildlife at Christ Lutheran Church, 2175 Cobbs Ford Road, Prattville. Presenter: Chris Jaworowski, Wildlife Biologist. Bring a sack lunch. Drinks provided. Call Mallory Kelley at (334) 361-7273.

October 7...St. Clair County 9 AM - 2:30 PM.
Managing Wild Pig Damage at Pell City Civic Center, 2801 Stemley Bridge Road, Pell City. Speaker: Mark Smith and Chris Jaworowski of the Alabama Extension System, and Jeff Thurmond, USDA. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Contact Mark Smith at (334) 844-8099 or mds0007@auburn.edu.

October 7...Online 1 PM CT.
Calibrating Sprayers and Spreaders Webinar by Dr. Wayne Buhler, North Carolina State University. Contact Taylor Vandiver at (256) 766-6223 or tav0001@aces.edu.

October 7-9...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 most meals, lodging, program materials, and instruction. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

October 10...Chilton County 8 AM - 1 PM.
Fall Landowner Tour at the Wade Connell Property, Clanton. GPS coord: Lat. 32.390422, Long. 86.540451 Topics include: Management objectives, Right-of-Way considerations, Skeet shooting operation, Annosus Root Rot, Food plots, Wood duck hunting, Hardwood management, Best Management Practices, and Firebreaks and Boundary lines. Fee: $15; lunch provided. To pre-register call the Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council at (334) 365-5124x3.

October 11...Meridian, Mississippi 6:30 PM.
Lauderdale County Forestry Association Meeting at East Mississippi Electric Power Association. Guest Speaker: Paul Jefferies with ArborGen Seedlings. Fee: $20; dinner & dues included. Call Lauderdale Extension Office at (601) 482-9764.

October 12...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
Why Take a Hike on a Long Distance Trail? at Auburn University, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences (SFWS), Room 1101. Topic: Integrating tourism and recreation through research. Speaker: Taylor Stein, University of Florida. Refreshments served. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu.

October 12...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 12-13...Butler County.
South Region Forestry Field Day at Cambrian Ridge Golf Course Clubhouse (evening presentation) and Cedar Creek Plantation (field day and tour), Greenville. Topics include: The Redhills of South Alabama, Water Quality, Native American History, Knowing What’s On Your Land, and the History of Manningham. Please pre-register. Lunch included. Call Butler Farm Service at (334) 382-3151x2.

October 13...Tallapoosa County.
Alabama Master Naturalist Program is an eight session course held on Thursdays either once or twice a month. Classes will be from 9 AM - 4 PM. Fee: $30 per day or $200 for all 8 sessions. Other course locations to be determined. Call Shane Harris at (256) 825-1050.

Topics will include:

Taxonomy, Botany, and Native Plants
Freshwater Ecosystems and Living Streams
Forests and Ecosystems
Birds and Mammals
Amphibians and Reptiles
Geology, Soils, and Weather
Alabama’s Cultural Landscape
Invertebrates (including insects)

October 13...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; $100 discount if paid by September 29. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

October 13...Chambers County 5:30 - 7:40 PM.
Forest Landowners Conference at Farmers Federation Building, LaFayette. Theme: Landowner & Logging Liability and the Use of Genetics for Trees. Speakers: Trip Walton, Walton Law, Bryant Bucher, Quest Engineering, Paul Jeffreys, ArborGen, and T. R. Clark, F & W Forestry Services. Fee: $4.00; dinner included. Contact Bill Frazer at (334) 864-7865 or wrfrazer@yahoo.com.

October 13, 14, & 15...Escambia County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at Auburn Experiment Station, Brewton. Fifth grade students only. Contact Chasity Pettis at (251) 867-8042 or chasity.pettis@al.nacdnet.net.

October 13-15...Escambia County.
Alabama Treasure Forest Association Annual Meeting at Wind Creek Hotel & Casino, 303 Poarch Road, Atmore. Fee: $100. Registration deadline was September 20. Contact Casey Earnest at (334) 613-4080 or cearnest@alfafarmers.org.

October 14...Woodville, Florida.
Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Tour and Awards Ceremony at the Register Family Partnership Tree Farm just south of Tallahassee. For more info call Whitney at (850) 222-5646.

October 18...Monroe County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Recreational Pond Management at a location to be determined. Bring a water and weed sample along with any questions about your lake/pond. Contact Willie Williams at (251) 575-3477 or williwe@aces.edu.

October 18-20...Moultrie, Georgia.
Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition at Spence Field, 290-G Harper Blvd. Activities: Tractor & ATV test drives, Stock Dog Trials, educational seminars, and many more. Fee: $20 multiday pass; $10 single day pass. Call (229) 985-1968 for more information.

October 18-20...Athens, Georgia.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part 1 (Oct 18) 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 2 on October 19-20 is $345. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu. See the leaders of this course give a teaser presentation at the 2016 AFOA Annual Meeting.

October 19...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
Growing Loblolly Pine Trees in a Silvopasture System at Auburn University, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences (SFWS), Room 1101. Speaker: Kozma Naka, Alabama A&M University. Refreshments served. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu.

October 19...Online 12 PM Noon CT.
High Performance Wood Structures: An Example of Increased Efficiency in Multi-Family Construction Webinar. Tell your builder and architect friends about this webinar. Email any questions to Karen Droste at karen@woodworks.org.

October 19-21...Jackson, Mississippi.
Mississippi Forestry Association Annual Meeting at the Hilton Jackson. Fee: $445. Contact Casey Anderson at (601) 354-4936 or canderson@msforestry.net.

October 20...Coosa County 8 AM.
Central Region Forestry Field Day at Rolling Mountain Plantation. Topics include: Burn or No Burn, Change Your Forest Fast/Understory Removal by Mulching, The Importance of Road Signs and Boundary Lines, and Wild Turkey Research in Alabama. Lunch provided. RSVP to Jennifer or Lori at (256) 377-4713 or (256) 377-4750.

October 20...Crestview, Florida 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM.
Managing Your Forests and Farms for Fish and Wildlife at University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Office. Lunch provided, but pre-registration by October 15 is required. Call Billie Clayton at (850) 767-3534.

October 20...Online & Teleconference 9 AM CT.
Information Webinar on Black Warrior Waterdog will be a briefing on the proposed listing and critical habitat of the Black Warrior Waterdog by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Alabama Field Office. "DETAILS: The Black Warrior waterdog is a large, aquatic, nocturnal salamander. It is only found in the streams within the Black Warrior River Basin in Alabama, including the main channel of the Black Warrior River, parts of the North River, Locust Fork, Mulberry Fork, and Sipsey Fork along with all its tributaries. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the waterdog as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act. The Service would also like to designate critical habitat for the benefit of the species. We will have a 10 to 20 minute webinar on our proposals, followed by a question-and-answer session."

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October 20...Bryceville, Florida 9:30 AM - 3 PM ET.
Managing Your Forests for Timber & Wildlife at Jacksonville Forestry Station, 7247 Big Oaks Road. Classroom instruction followed by afternoon walking tour of the Foster Family Tree Farms. Lunch provided, but you must pre-register by October 11. Contact Robin Holland at (352) 732-1273 or robin.holland@freshfromflorida.com.

October 20...Webinar Noon CT.
Choosing Stewardship over Self Interest: Changing the Climate of Your Family Business presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). Fee: $129. Call FBCG at 1-866-872-5840.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

October
20...Shelby County 6 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at The Boot at Brook Highland, 5279 Highway 280, Birmingham, AL 35242. Enjoy dinner and discuss the issues with other landowners. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM with program starting about 6:45 PM. Orman Wilson, JamisonMoneyFarmer, gave a short presentation on Forestry Taxes. See the presentation outline here. Limited seating. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.

October 25...Bibb County 6 PM.
"Timber Talk" at The Sawmeal Restaurant, 6880 AL-5, Brent. A "Timber Talk" panel will discuss Timber Taxation, Estate Planning, and Conservation Easements. Presenters: Kasey Powell, Quinn Roe, Cathy Rice, and Orman Wilson from JamisonMoneyFarmer and Katherine Eddins, Georgia Alabama Land Trust. There will also be an Ask Your Forester Q & A session with area foresters. Dinner provided. Contact Natalie ReMine at (205) 366-4062 or nremine@jmf.com. 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.’

October 25-26...Watkinsville, Georgia.
Forest inSight Conference at Oconee Civic Center, 2661 Hog Mountain Road. Fee: $167.50. A Field Tour each day is included. CFE and CLE credits available. Contact Cara Monfort at (229) 985-0321 or cmonfort@internationalforest.co.

October 25-28...Tallahassee, Florida.
Prescribed Fire for Wildlife at the Tall Timbers Research Station, 13093 Henry Beadel Drive. The training combines classroom lectures, panel discussions, and field exercises covering a variety of wildlife and habitats. Contact Jim Schortemeyer at (239) 455-5847 or schortfire@aol.com.

October 26...Macon County 8:30 AM - Noon.
Wildlife Candy: Planting Fruit Trees for Wildlife at The Wildlife Group, 2858 County Road 53, Tuskegee. Topics include: types of trees, wildlife benefits, genetic improvements, and proper establishment of new trees. This landowner workshop is free, but registration is required by October 21. Rain-out date is November 2. For more information call Matt at (334) 725-0034.

October 26...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
A Brief Overview of U.S. Timberland Investments at Auburn University, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences (SFWS), Room 1101. Speaker: Richard Hall, Forest Investment Associates. Refreshments served. Obtain Visitor's Pass and park across the street from the building. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu. Richard gave a Timber Market Report at the 2016 AFOA Annual Meeting.

October 26...Online 12 Noon CT.
The Biology, Diagnosis, Epidemiology, and Management of Oak Wilt in the Southeastern U.S. This webinar will instruct attendees "how to identify oak wilt (and distinguish it from similar oak maladies) and what to do once it's infected a tree. Management options, including chemical, will be covered." Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070.

October 26...Hattiesburg, Mississippi 1 - 3 PM.
Public Meeting on the Black Pinesnake at Forrest County Extension Office, 952 Sullivan Drive. “A public meeting will be held for private forest landowners who would like additional information, or have questions about how the 4(d) ruling could impact their future forest management activities. Speakers will be from the USFWS office in Jackson, MS. Topics will include identification characteristics of the black pinesnake, and how this listing might impact forest management activities on private land.” Call Forrest County Extension at (601) 545-6083.

October 26...Webinar 1 PM CT.
Buying Seed: Not a Leap of Faith. This webinar "will discusses the physical, physiological, health, and genetic qualities that determine seed quality. In addition, we will explore what it means to purchase certified seed and how it ensures seed quality. We will also look at various ways to calculate seeding rates." For more information email Holli at holli.kuykendall@gnb.usda.gov.

October 27...Cleburne County 8 AM.
North Region Forestry Field Day at Jimmy and Sue Jimmerson’s Farm, 30544 County Road 49, Fruithurst. Topics include: Managing Your Timber, Archeological Sites on Your Property, Permanent Stream Crossings, and Prescribed Burning in Hardwood. PLM and CFE points available. Lunch provided. Contact Cindy Beam at (256) 463-2620 or ckb0010@aces.edu.

October 27...Tuscaloosa County 5 PM.
"Timber Talk" at JamisonMoneyFarmer PC Office, 2200 Jack Warner Parkway, Suite 300, Tuscaloosa. A "Timber Talk" panel will discuss Timber Taxation, Estate Planning, and Conservation Easements. Presenters: Kasey Powell, Quinn Roe, Cathy Rice, and Orman Wilson from JamisonMoneyFarmer and Katherine Eddins, Georgia Alabama Land Trust. There will also be an Ask Your Forester Q & A session with area foresters. Dinner provided. Contact Natalie ReMine at (205) 366-4062 or nremine@jmf.com. 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.’

 

> November 2016

November 1...Dallas County 11 AM.
"Timber Talk" at the Selma Dallas County Public Library, 1103 Selma Avenue, Selma. A "Timber Talk" panel will discuss Timber Taxation, Estate Planning, and Conservation Easements. Presenters: Kasey Powell, Quinn Roe, Cathy Rice, and Orman Wilson from JamisonMoneyFarmer and Katherine Eddins, Georgia Alabama Land Trust. There will also be an Ask Your Forester Q & A session with area foresters. Meal provided. Contact Natalie ReMine at (205) 366-4062 or nremine@jmf.com. 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.’

November 1-2...Fort Pierce, Florida.
Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference at Indian River Research and Education Center, 2199 South Rock Road. Fee: $75. Lunch included. Contact Jose Perez at (352) 294-1692 or joseperezoro@ufl.edu.

November 1-4...Savannah, Georgia.
Biennial Longleaf Conference at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront. This year's theme is Growing a Legacy: A working forest for the long run. Fee: $515. Contact Carol Denhof at (678) 595-6405 or carol@longleafalliance.org.

November 2...Mascotte, Florida 9 AM ET.
Tree Farm Tour at the property of John and Margaret Jahreis, 12042 S. Bay Lake Road. The property is a multiple-use working farm and forest. Come learn about their management plan and objectives. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing. Fee: $10. For more information call Lake County Extension at (352) 343-4101x0.

November 2-6...Madison, Wisconsin.
Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Convention at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. Fee: $730. Contact SAF at 1-866-897-8720 or membership@safnet.org.

November 3...Tuscaloosa County 8 AM - 2 PM.
Forestry Workshop at Holman Property, Highway 11 South, Fosters. Topics include: Hardwood regeneration, Game management food plot, Quail management, and Hardwood management. A drone demonstration and the Game Check System will be covered around lunch. Fee: $10. Call the Tuscaloosa County Extension Office at (205) 349-4630.

November 3...Clarke County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Thomasville Golf & Recreation Park Clubhouse, 1250 Country Club Drive, Thomasville. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $40; Youth under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

November 4...Talladega County 9 AM - 1 PM.
Fall Forestry Field Day/Landowner Tour on the Jim Cassidy property in Munford. Topics include: timber sales, recreation mgmt., wildlife mgmt., food plots, prescribed burning, longleaf mgmt., timber stand improvement, and streamside management zones. BBQ lunch provided. Pre-register by October 28. For more info call Thomas McDaniel at (205) 669-5121.

November 4...Talladega County 9 - 11 AM.
Pecan Management Workshop at Talladega County Extension Office, 130 N Court Street, Talladega. Topics include: Site selection, Varieties, Proper planting, Fertilization, Weed control, and more. To pre-register call (256) 362-6187.

November 5-6...Marion County.
Alabama Adult Trappers Education Workshop passes on the historical aspects of trapping, biological information concerning furbearers and furbearer management, and allows students to learn the proper techniques that include the use of trapping as a sound wildlife management tool. Fee: $TBD. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

November 7...New Albany, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Alternative Sources of Forest Income at Union County Extension Office, 112 Fairground Circle. Topics include: Overview of specialty woods, Agroforestry, Christmas Tree farming, Managing for utility poles, Pine straw, Business aspects of recreational leasing, and more. Fee: $34; lunch included. Call Gina Wills at (662) 534-1917.

November 7-10...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: $430; meal and lodging included. Contact Jessica McCorvey at (229) 734-4706 or jessica.mccorvey@jonesctr.org.

November 8...National & Statewide.
Election Day for Presidential and Congressional elections. Do you know what choices you'll have to make? Look at a sample ballot from your county. Then, do some research on the candidates and amendments you'll be voting on come November 8. Look here for an explanation of all 14 Statewide Amendments by the Fair Ballot Commission whose purpose is "to provide to the public a fair and accurate explanation of what a vote for and what a vote against a statewide ballot measure represents."

November 8...Multiple Counties.
Property Tax Votes:

  • Sumter County voters will decide on a six mill property tax increase in the general election.

  • Franklin County voters will decide on a Fire Protection Service Fee (AKA Property Tax). A $36 per year fee will be decided in 9 Volunteer Fire Department Districts. We don’t know if the ‘fee’ will apply to forest or agriculture land, but Franklin County voters should check this out. See page 3, middle column of the October newsletter for a forest landowner’s perspective on Fire Dues.

  • Marion County voters will decide on a three mill property tax increase.

  • Some Marshall County voters will decide on a $120 per year ‘fire service fee’ for Volunteer Fire District 35.

  • Tallapoosa County voters will decide on an annual $50 per residence and $100 per commercial business fire protection ‘fees’ in the Tallassee Fire District. Forest and farm landowners should check to be sure these new fees do not apply to them. See page 3, middle column of the October newsletter for a forest landowner’s perspective on Fire Dues.

November 9...Blount County 9 AM.
Natural Resources Planning Committee Meeting at USDA Conference Room, 55545 US Hwy 231, Oneonta. Forest landowners are welcome to attend and participate in this meeting. Contact Merry Gaines at (205) 274-2363x3 or merry.gaines@al.usda.gov.

November 9...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
Coyote Predation on Fawns in the Southeast at Auburn University, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences (SFWS), Room 1101. Speaker: William Gulsby, SFWS. Refreshments served. Obtain Visitor's Pass and park across the street from the building. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu.

November 9...Online 12 PM Noon CT.
Fire Retardant-Treated Wood: The Basics Webinar. Tell your builder and architect friends about this webinar. Email any questions to Karen Droste at karen@woodworks.org.

November 10...Covington County 9:30 AM - 3 PM.
Forest Forum on At-Risk Species Listings, Managing for Economic Returns & Utilization of Cost Share Programs at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia. The agenda and dialogue will focus on at-risk species listings, rulings, and the impact on managing forestland for economic returns, as well as the utilization of cost-share programs. RSVP Greg Pate at gpate@forestlandowners.com.

November 10...Clarke County 5:30 - 7:30 PM.
Timber Tax Workshop at the Civic Center, 559 West Front St., Thomasville. Topics include: Acquiring land, Determining basis, Timber sales income, Depletion allowances, Reporting income to the IRS, and Expenses. Forester and Logger CFE points available. Fee: $20. To pre-register call Clarke County Extension at (251) 275-3121.

November 10...Covington County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at the Covington Center Arena, Andalusia. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $40; Youth under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

November 10...Cleveland, Mississippi 6 PM.
Mid Delta Forest Woodland and Wildlife Association Meeting at the Bolivar County Extension Office. Dr. Stephen Dicke will present “Tax Talk”. Contact Laura Giaccaglia at (662) 843-8362 or l.j.giaccaglia@msstate.edu.

November 12...Lee County 8 AM.
Horse Ownership Resources, Skills, & Education for Youth at the Horse Unit & Beef Teaching Unit, Auburn University. Activities include: Trailer safety, Buying/Leasing Your Next Horse, Horse Judging, Digestive Tract Problems, and Trail & Exercise Physiology. Fee: $20. Contact Dr. Betsy Wagner at (334) 844-7503 or elw0001@auburn.edu.

November 12...Baldwin County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Annual Stockton Sawmill Days at Live Oak Landing, State Highway 225, Stockton. Witness log-rolling, pole climbing, cross-cut sawing, boom walking, and other activities performed by professional lumberjacks. Other items of interest: portable sawmills operating, circular saw blade sharpening, basket making, syrup making, and much more. Bring a lawn chair. Fee: $10; discount for children. Contact Lynn Bozone at (251) 937-3738 or lbozone0@gmail.com.

November 15...Webinar Noon CT.
Introducing Teens and Young Adults to the Family Enterprise presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). Fee: $129. Call FBCG at 1-866-872-5840.

November 15...Russell County 5 PM.
Forestry Dinner and Workshop at WestRock French House, Cottonton. Speaker: Dr. Doug Phillips. The program will focus on the rich natural history and heritage of Alabama. Fee: $10; steak dinner included. Call Russell County Extension at (334) 298-6845.

November 16...Autauga County 9 AM - 1 PM.
Farm Safety Day at R. H. Kirkpatrick Agriculture Pavilion, Autaugaville. Sixth grade students. Bring a sack lunch. Fee: A canned food item. Call Autauga Extension Office at (334) 361-7273.

November 16...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 17...Autauga County 8 AM - 2 PM.
Fall Landowner Tour at Bubba Phillips Property, 1410 Fair Place Road, Prattville or GPS coord.: 32.390422, -86.540451 Turn South off of Highway 14 West onto County Road 29 South. Topics include: Wood duck mgmt., Forest Stewardship planning, Honey Bee mgmt., Benefit of bats, Pond mgmt., and Swamp & Cabin tour. Fee: $15; lunch provided. Pre-register with Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council at (334) 365-5124.

November 17...Online 12 Noon CT.
Heterobasidion (aka Annosum or Fomes) Root Disease of Pines in the South. "This webinar will cover Heterobasidion Root Disease (HRD) identification, biology, and management on pines in the southeastern U.S." Landowners, consulting foresters, foresters, land managers, and others are encouraged to participate. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070.

November 18...Starkville, Mississippi.
Proactive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Management course will provide attendees with information on how to reduce the impact of EAB. Call Anna McCain at (601) 636-5442.

November 29 - December 1...Brooksville, Florida.
Longleaf Academy: Fire & Longleaf F201 at the Withlacoochee Training Center, 24059 Childs Road. Topics will include: fire ecology, fire in young longleaf, ignition patterns, fireline tools, burn plans, and more. Live fire demo weather permitting. Fee: $200; lodging and meals included. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

> December 2016

December 1...Crawfordville, Florida 9:30 AM - Noon ET.
Prescribed Burn Association (PBA) Informational Meeting at TCC Wakulla Environmental Institute, Room 108A, 170 Preservation Way. PBAs are formed and run by landowners who help conduct prescribed burns on each other’s land. Members gain experience, have access to equipment, and have access to help from other landowners who are more experienced burners while saving money. Call Billie Clayton at (850) 767-3634.

December 1...Escambia County 5 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Brewton Area Regional Reception at the Country Club of Brewton, 700 Clubhouse Road. Conversation, food, and refreshments. RSVP required. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

December 1...Byhalia, Mississippi 6 PM.
Marshall County Forestry Association Annual Meeting at the Byhalia United Methodist Church, 2511 Church Street. For more information contact Marshall County Extension at (662) 252-3541 or marshall@ext.msstate.edu.

December 2...Lee County 5 - 8 PM.
Bacteriological Monitoring at the CASIC Building, 559 Devall Drive, Auburn. Trainer: Bill Deutsch and Eric Reutebuch. For more information contact the workshop at (334) 844-4785 or awwprog@auburn.edu.

December 2-4...Franklin County.
Alabama Youth Trappers Education Workshop in Redbay passes on the historical aspects of trapping, biological information concerning furbearers and furbearer management, and allows students to learn the proper techniques that include the use of trapping as a sound wildlife management tool. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov. This same course takes place on the same days in Greenville in Butler County as well.

December 3...Lee County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Water Chemistry Monitoring at the CASIC Building, 559 Devall Drive, Auburn. Trainer: Bill Deutsch, Michael Freeman, and Eric Reutebuch. For more information contact the workshop at (334) 844-4785 or awwprog@auburn.edu.

December 4-5...Montgomery County.
Alabama Farmers Federation Annual Meeting at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, 201 Tallapoosa Street. Fee: $25; does not include meals. Contact Caroline Chapman at (334) 613-4953 or cchapman@alfafarmers.org.

December 5-6...Cullman County 5 - 8 PM.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at the Cullman National Guard Armory, 1000 23rd Street SW, Cullman. No fee. Call Stuart Goldsby at (256) 737-8732. 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 6...Warner Robins, Georgia 8 AM - 5 PM ET.
Introduction to GPS using SOLO Forest at Fort Valley State University/Warner Robins Campus. This class is typically for foresters. Fee: $250. Call Johnny Thompson at (662) 769-5344.

December 7...Crossville, Tennessee 5 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Cumberland Mountain State Park Lodge. Program: "The Future of Oak in Tennessee." Presenter: Dr. Scott Schlarbaum, Professor of Genetics at University of Tennessee. Fee: $15. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

December 7-8...Autauga County 5:30 - 9:30 PM.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at the Autaugaville Agricultural Center, 2226 Hwy 14 W, Autaugaville. No fee. Call Jason McHenry at (205) 339-5716. 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...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.

December 10...Location May Vary 9 AM - 1 PM.
Take A Hike locations vary; may include Little River Canyon, DeSoto State Park, Talladega National Forest or other locations. Fee: $5; pre-registration required five days prior to hike. Call Pete Conroy at (256) 782-8010.

December 10-11...Mobile County.
Alabama Youth Trappers Education Workshop in Citronelle passes on the historical aspects of trapping, biological information concerning furbearers and furbearer management, and allows students to learn the proper techniques that include the use of trapping as a sound wildlife management tool. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

December 12-13...Athens, Georgia.
Deer Ecology & Management at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Drive. This course will benefit those interested in wildlife management on their land, especially deer enthusiasts. Fee: $325; $75 discount if paid by November 21. Lunch provided on day 1. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

December 13-14...Baldwin County 6 - 10 PM.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort. No fee. Call Daniel Musselwhite at (251) 626-5474. 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 13-14...Mayhew, Mississippi.
Introduction to ArcGIS for Foresters at East Mississippi Community College. This class is typically for foresters. Fee: $400. Call Johnny Thompson at (662) 769-5344.

December 14...Randolph County 9 :30 - 11:30 AM.
Alabama Clean Water Partnership (ACWP) Upper Tallapoosa Sub-basin Meeting at ALFA Building, 112 Main Street, Wedowee. Contact Sabrina Wood at (334) 429-8832 or sabrinawood@live.com.

December 14...Online 12 PM Noon CT.
The First Cross Laminated Timber School in the US: A Builder’s Perspective Webinar. Tell your builder and architect friends about this webinar. Email any questions to Karen Droste at karen@woodworks.org.

December 14-15...Athens, Georgia.
Introduction to ArcGIS at Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, Room 1-201. Attendees should have taken a basic GIS course or have some familiarity with GIS. Fee: $295; one lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

December 15...Ocala, Florida 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET.
Managing Your Forests and Pastures for Water and Wildlife at the Marion County Growth Services Building, 2710 E Silver Springs Blvd. Program topics include: Imperiled Species Wildlife Best Management Practices (BMP), Water Quality BMPs, Basin Management Action Plans, Prescribed Burn Associations, and more. Contact Robin Holland at (352) 732-1273 or robin.holland@freshfromflorida.com.

December 16-18...Geneva County.
Alabama Youth Trappers Education Workshop passes on the historical aspects of trapping, biological information concerning furbearers and furbearer management, and allows students to learn the proper techniques that include the use of trapping as a sound wildlife management tool. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.


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