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2019 Calendar of Past Events

last update: 10/16/2019

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

> January 2019

January 1...Marshall County 10 AM.
First Day Hike at Lake Guntersville State Park, 1157 Lodge Drive, Guntersville. Start the year off with a hike with Mike Ezell, Park Naturalist. Moderate difficulty so wear good shoes/boots and bring water. For more information call (256) 571-5444.

January 3...Walker County 9 - 10:30 AM.
Forestry Planning Committee Meeting at 1501 North Airport Road, Jasper. Forest landowners are welcome to attend and participate. Contact Andrew Baril at (205) 388-6893 or ajb0012@aces.edu.

January 4...Teleconference Noon CST.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

January 7-9...Tallahassee, Florida.
Florida Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Training at the Tallahassee Forestry Center, 865 Geddie Road. Fee: $175. Must register by December 7. Contact John Saddler at (850) 681-5928 or john.saddler@freshfromflorida.com. Ask about other session dates and locations.

January 8...Shelby County 6:15 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Meeting at Golden Corral, 101 Cahaba Valley Parkway East, Pelham. Speaker: Kyle Marable, Resource Stewardship Biologist, Alabama Wildlife Federation. For more information email Robert Carr at coalcarr123@gmail.com.

January 10...Hazelhurst, Mississippi 7 PM.
Copiah County Forestry Association Meeting at Copiah County Multi-Purpose Building. Topic: Forestland Taxation. Speaker: Dr. Stephen Dicke. To register, email Patrick Maxwell at mmax46@yahoo.com.

January 12-13...Escambia County.
Alabama Youth Trappers Education Workshop in Atmore 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. Recommended ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. A conservation ID (CID) is required to submit your registration. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

January 12-13...Morgan County.
Festival of the Cranes at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), 3121 Visitors Center Road, Decatur. Over 14,000 Sandhill cranes along with several pairs of Whooping cranes spend the winter at Wheeler NWR. Events include viewing the cranes up close, birding workshops, nature walks, kid’s activities, and live raptors. Call Wheeler NWR at (256) 350-6639.

January 14...Baldwin County 6 PM.
Estate Planning Program at the 8400 State Highway 104, Fairhope. Topics: What happens if you don’t have a Will, Documents in an Estate Plan, Avoiding Probate, What a Will does/does not do, and Why you might want a trust. Presenter: Dr. Robert Tufts, Auburn University. To register contact Ellen Huckabay at (251) 937-7176 or ellen@auburn.edu.

January 15...Mobile County 6 PM.
Estate Planning Program at the Mobile County Extension Office, 1070 Schillinger Road, North, Mobile. Topics: What happens if you don’t have a Will, Documents in an Estate Plan, Avoiding Probate, What a Will does/does not do, and Why you might want a trust. Presenter: Dr. Robert Tufts, Auburn University. To register call Mobile County Extension at (251) 574-8445.

January 15 & 24...Mobile County.
Estate Planning Made Easy at The Hampton Inn at Providence Park, 525 Providence Park Drive, Mobile. This workshop will focus on the importance of a comprehensive, integrated estate plan that protects all types of assets in the event of incapacity or death. To register contact Jessica Crosby at (251) 410-7003 or jessica@laddfirm.com.

January 15-17...Guyton, Georgia.
Longleaf Academy: F201 Fire & Longleaf at the Mary Kahrs Warnell Forestry Education Center, 5960 Highway 17 S, Guyton. Topics include: Fire ecology, Burning young longleaf, Ignition patterns, Fireline tools, Smoke management, burn planning, and more. Fee: $150; includes two lunches. To register call Longleaf Alliance at (334) 427-1029.

January 17...Gulfport, Mississippi 5:30—8:30 PM.
Hancock/Harrison County Forestry & Wildlife Annual Meeting at Lyman Community Center, 13742 Hwy. 49 North. Topic: Future of Forestry. Speaker: Butch Bailey, MSU Extension Forester. Fee: $10 per person for members of the CFA. Pre-registration required by 1/11/19. Contact Tim Ray at (228) 865-4227 or tim.ray@msstate.edu.

January 18...Montgomery County 9 AM - 12 Noon.
Estate Planning Program at the Pike Road Town Hall, 9575 Vaughn Road, Pike Road. Topics: What happens if you don’t have a Will, Documents in an Estate Plan, Avoiding Probate, What a Will does/does not do, and Why you might want a trust. Presenter: Dr. Robert Tufts, Auburn University. To register contact Katy Garren at (334) 272-9883 or katy@pikeroad.us.

January 18...Philadelphia, Mississippi 9 AM to 3 PM.
Neshoba County Forestry Association Forestry Short Course at the Coliseum Multi-Purpose Room. Topic: Forest Management Considerations. To register, call (601) 656-4011.

January 24...Talladega County.
Estate Planning Program at a location to-be-determined. Topics: What happens if you don’t have a Will, Documents in an Estate Plan, Avoiding Probate, What a Will does/does not do, and Why you might want a trust. Presenter: Dr. Robert Tufts, Auburn University. For more information contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@aces.edu.

January 25 - February 17…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 26...Gainesville, Florida 10 AM - 3 PM EST.
Flatwoods Fire & Nature Festival at Austin Cary Memorial Forest, 10625 NE Waldo Road. This event is a celebration of Florida’s forests and the role of fire in maintaining and enhancing their beauty, diversity, and habitat value. Activities include: Educational exhibits, Live animals, Prescribed burn demonstrations, Food trucks, Live music, and more. Alternate rain date February 2. For more information contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

January 27-29...Mobile County.
Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile. Theme: "Managing Natural Resources at the Speed of Change". Professional foresters and landowners are welcome to attend to hear conference speakers address economic, environmental, and policy issues. Fee: $405; $60 discount if paid by January 4. For more information contact Karen Johansen at (706) 343-1480 or sesafbusmgr@bellsouth.net.

January 29...Butler County.
Property Tax Vote - Butler County voters will decide on a 6 mill property tax increase. View sample ballot.

January 31...Lauderdale County 6 PM.
Estate Planning Program at the Lauderdale County Extension Office, 802 Veterans Drive, Florence. Topics: What happens if you don’t have a Will, Documents in an Estate Plan, Avoiding Probate, What a Will does/does not do, and Why you might want a trust. Presenter: Dr. Robert Tufts, Auburn University. To register contact Paula Lovell at (256) 766-6223 or lovelpa@aces.edu.

 

> February 2019

February 1...Teleconference Noon CST.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

February 1...Lawrence County.
Estate Planning Program at the Lawrence County Agriculture Center Conference Room, 13075 AL - 157, Moulton. Topics: What happens if you don’t have a Will, Documents in an Estate Plan, Avoiding Probate, What a Will does/does not do, and Why you might want a trust. Presenter: Dr. Robert Tufts, Auburn University. For more information call Lawrence County Extension Office at (256) 974-2464.

February 2...Venice, Florida 10 AM - 2 PM EST.
Fire Fest at T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve, 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway. Fire Fest will provide a first-hand look at how prescribed burns protect our communities and property from wildfires. Fire Fest will feature prescribed burn demos, helicopter water drops, guided nature walks, free food, and more. For more information call (941) 861-5000.

February 5...Coffee County.
Estate Planning Program at a location to-be-determined. Topics: What happens if you don’t have a Will, Documents in an Estate Plan, Avoiding Probate, What a Will does/does not do, and Why you might want a trust. Presenter: Dr. Robert Tufts, Auburn University. For more information contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@aces.edu.

February 6-8...Covington County 3 - 5 PM each day.
Covington County Forestry Committee Tree Sale at the Farm Service Agency Building, 23952 AL-55, Andalusia. All seedlings are bareroot. Wide variety of species. Fee: $1 per tree. For more information contact Chuck Simon at (334) 222-1125 or simoncm@aces.edu.

February 7...Walker County 9 - 10:30 AM.
Forestry Planning Committee Meeting at 1501 North Airport Road, Jasper. Forest landowners are welcome to attend and participate. Contact Andrew Baril at (205) 388-6893 or ajb0012@aces.edu.

February 7...Montgomery County 10 AM.
Board Meeting of Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust at the Richard Beard Building, Agriculture and Industries Auditorium, 1445 Federal Drive, 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: At some point will Alabama have enough public land? How much is enough?

February 7...Brandon, Mississippi 6 PM.
Rankin County Forestry Association Meeting at the County Extension Building. Topic: Farm Pond Management. There will also be an update on legislative issues. Call the Rankin County Extension Office at (601) 825-1462.

February 8....Lumber City, Georgia 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM EST.
Georgia Learn and Burn at Orianne Society, 220 Orianne Lane. Landowners interested in prescribed fire, no experience necessary. Participants must wear closed toe boots, long pants, long sleeves, and cotton or other non-synthetic clothing. Fee: $10. Contact Randy Tate at (404) 664-0586 or randy@longleafalliance.org.

February 9-10...Jackson County.
Alabama Youth Trappers Education Workshop in Scottsboro 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. Recommended ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. A conservation ID (CID) is required to submit your registration. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 11 - March 30...Online.
Forest Principles, Practices, and Stewardship for Landowners is a 6-week online course for landowners who want to be more proactive with their forest management. Topics will include: Best forest type for your property, Locating boundary lines, Map reading, Forest tree measurements, Forest thinning, and Forest product markets. The course wraps up with an optional forestry field day at the Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest in Auburn, AL. Fee: $50. Contact Adam Maggard at (334) 844-2401 or adm0074@auburn.edu.

February 12...Blountstown, Florida 9 AM - 5 PM CST.
Hurricane Recovery Workshop at Rivertown Community Church Sanctuary, 19359 SR 71 North. If you have these types of questions you should attend: What assistance is available? What do I do with trees still on the ground? Can i get reimbursed for losses? Can I get assistance with tree replanting? What are tax implications? What is the status of forest markets? No fee. Lunch provided. To register call the Calhoun Extension at (850) 674-8323.

February 12...Lauderdale County 6 PM.
Chronic Wasting Disease Program at the North Alabama Medical Center Meeting Room, 1701 Veterans Drive. Speaker Matt Brock, Wildlife Biologist, will discuss the disease and answer questions. For more information call (256) 383-4376.

February 12...Lee County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Auburn Area Regional Reception at Crooked Oak Lodge, 768 Red Creek Road, Notasulga. Catch up on news of importance to your forestland investment and meet others in the forest industry in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

February 12...Shelby County 6:15 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Meeting at Golden Corral, 101 Cahaba Valley Parkway East, Pelham. Speaker: Jimmy Mitchell. For more information email Robert Carr at coalcarr123@gmail.com.

February 12-14...Columbia, South Carolina.
Longleaf Academy: H201 Herbicides & Longleaf at the Harbison State Forest Environmental Education Center, 5600 Broad River Road. Topics will include: rates, timing, active ingredients, application methods, calibration, safety, minimizing damage to longleaf, and more. Fee: $150; two lunches included. To register call Longleaf Alliance at (334) 427-1029.

February 13...Blount County.
Natural Resources Planning Committee Meeting at the Frank Green Building, 415 Fifth Avenue East, Oneonta. Landowners, natural resource professionals, and interested individuals are welcome to attend. Contact Charles LeCroy at (205) 353-2858 or charleslecroy@gmail.com.

February 13...Port St. Joe, Florida 9 AM EST.
Re-Growing Biomass After Hurricane Michael at Gulf Coast State College, 3800 Garrison Avenue. Speaker: Tom Williams of Harvest Logistics. For more information contact Ashley Crosby at (229) 326-1897 or ashley.crosby@twinriverstimber.com.

February 13-17...Nashville, Tennessee.
Annual National Wild Turkey Federation National Convention at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Fee: $TBD. Call Marsha at 1-800-843-6983.

February 15...Chilton County.
Estate Planning Program at a location to-be-determined. Topics: What happens if you don’t have a Will, Documents in an Estate Plan, Avoiding Probate, What a Will does/does not do, and Why you might want a trust. Presenter: Dr. Robert Tufts, Auburn University. For more information contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@aces.edu.

February 15...Crawford, Mississippi 9 AM - 3 PM.
Prescribed Burning Workshop at the Black Prairie Wildlife Management Area. For more information call (662) 328-2111.

February 15-17...Barbour County.
Fins, Feathers and Flowers Weekend at Lakepoint State Park Resort and nearby Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge. "...a weekend of observing migratory waterfowl, resident wildlife populations, wading and shore birds." Fee: $202 single, $262 double; includes Lodging, Social, Some Meals, Program, and Field trips. Call (334) 687-8011.

February 16-17...Baldwin County.
Alabama Youth Trappers Education Workshop in Spanish Fort 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. Recommended ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. A conservation ID (CID) is required to submit your registration. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 18...Statewide 8 PM.
The Forestry episode of a 3-part “Spotlight on Agriculture” documentary series will air on Alabama Public Television (APT). A total of three episodes will be produced highlighting the importance of (1) forestry, (2) wildlife, and (3) natural resources to the state’s economy and quality of life. Find more details at http://aptv.org. Set your DVR.

February 18-24...Statewide.
Alabama Arbor Week is a good week to include the family in your tree planting activities. Send AFOA a picture of you, your children, or grandchildren planting a tree! Email photos to rll@afoa.org or post them on the AFOA Facebook Page. For our members in other surrounding states: Florida Arbor Day is January 18, Mississippi Arbor Day is February February 8, Georgia Arbor Day is February 15, and Tennessee Arbor Day is March 1.

February 19...Atlanta, Georgia 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM EST.
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 February 5. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

February 20...Online Noon - 1 PM EST with repeat at 7 PM - 8 PM EST.
ForestConnect Webinar - An Introduction to Tree Identification webinar is intended to help people look at and identify woody plants. Webinars are recorded and posted to www.youtube.com/ForestConnect. For more info email Peter Smallidge at pjs23@cornell.edu.   Register here.

February 21...Knoxville, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Calhoun's on the River, 400 Neyland Drive. Fee: $25. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

February 21...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Tuscaloosa Area Regional Reception at The Cypress Pavilion, 501 Rice Mine Road. Catch up on news of importance to your forestland investment and meet others in the forest industry in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

February 21
...Jefferson County 6 - 8 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at Landry’s Seafood, 139 State Farm Parkway, Birmingham. Come enjoy dinner and talk about the issues with other forest landowners. No-host dinner at 6 PM. Limited seating. No walk-ins please. To attend, RSVP AFOA at (205) 624-2225 or rll@afoa.org.

February 23...Titusville, Florida 10 AM - 3:30 PM EST.
Florida Scrub-Jay Festival at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). For more information contact Merritt Island NWR at (321) 861-5601.

February 23-24...Dallas County.
Alabama Adult Trappers Education Workshop in Minter (Portland Landing Special Opportunity Area). This 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. A conservation ID (CID) is required to submit your registration. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 24-26...Mobile County.
Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) Government Affairs Committee Meeting at The Battle House Hotel, 26 N Royal Street, Mobile. The meeting will provide a chance to interact with public officials and discuss policy issues that will provide interesting perspective on the upcoming legislative session. Fee: $250. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

February 26...Randolph County 6 PM.
Estate Planning Program at the ALFA Building, 112 Main Street South, Wedowee. Topics: What happens if you don’t have a Will, Documents in an Estate Plan, Avoiding Probate, What a Will does/does not do, and Why you might want a trust. Presenter: Dr. Robert Tufts, Auburn University. To register call Randolph County Extension at (256) 357-2841.

February 26-28...Quincy, Florida.
Prescribed Fire for Wildlife at the North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Road. This class is designed for private landowners interested in providing better wildlife habitat by incorporating prescribed fire in their land management program. Classroom instruction and field exercises on local private lands. Fee: $25. For more information email Holly Ober at holly.ober@ufl.edu.

February 27...Athens, Georgia 8:30 AM - 5 PM EST.
Timber Taxation Workshop at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Drive. Timber taxes are one of the major expenses every private forest landowner needs to take care of. This course will provide basic information about forest-related federal income taxation and property taxes in Georgia. It will also give an update on the recent tax reform and how it affects your tax return for 2018. Fee: $140; $25 discount if paid by February 6. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

February 28...Jefferson County 11:30 AM - 5:15 PM.
Southeast Wood Design Symposium at The Harbert Center, 2019 Fourth Avenue North, Birmingham. A Wood Design Symposium is a multi-faceted educational event on the use of wood in commercial and multi-family buildings. Fee: $40; $10 discount if paid by January 31. Contact Mary Schramka at (708) 204-9578 or mary.schramka@woodworks.org.

 

> March 2019

March 1...Putnam County, Florida.
Landowner Tour of Florida Land Stewards of the Year at Ben and Lou Ann Williams’ Wetland Preserve, LLC. Wear appropriate field clothing and bring rain gear. Fee: $15; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375.

March 1...Teleconference Noon CST.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

March 1-3...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. Registration opens January 9. Fee $275; includes most meals, lodging, program materials, and instruction. Contact Hope Grier at 1-800-245-2740.

March 4...Pittsboro, Mississippi 6 PM.
Timber Taxes at the Calhoun County Extension Office, 121 Parker Street. Speaker: John Kushla. For more information call the Extension Office at (662) 412-3177.

March 4 - May 24...Online.
Woodland Options for Landowners Online is a twelve week self-paced course covering topics such as: Setting management goals, Writing a management plan, Using aerial photos, Using topographic maps, Using soil surveys, Determining boundary lines, Forest ecology, and Working with natural resource professionals. Fee: $45 per household. Contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

March 5...Montgomery County.
2019 Alabama Legislative Session is set to begin. Find you state senator or representative here: http://capwiz.com/state-al/home/

March 5...Barbour County.
Estate Planning Program at a location to-be-determined. Topics: What happens if you don’t have a Will, Documents in an Estate Plan, Avoiding Probate, What a Will does/does not do, and Why you might want a trust. Presenter: Dr. Robert Tufts, Auburn University. For more information contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@aces.edu.

March 5...Jefferson County 11 AM - 1 PM.
ForestHer: A Workshop for Women Who Love the Land at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Hodges Room, 2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham. This luncheon & workshop for women will feature presentations about the history of Alabama's forests and an introduction to what women need to learn about forest management in a relaxed, fun setting. Lunch included. Register online here. Call Helen Drake at (205)325-5342 or email Lisa Jones at lmj0020@aces.edu.

March 5...Wiggins, Mississippi Noon 12 PM.
Pearl River-Stone County Forestry Association (CFA) Meeting at The Sawmill Restaurant, 2205 US 49, Wiggins. Topic: Longleaf vs. Loblolly: Understanding the Key Differences in Management. Speaker: John Willis. Dutch treat lunch. For more information call Pearl River CFA at (601) 928-5286.

March 5...Barbour County 5:30 - 6:30 PM.
Barbour County Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) at 525 School Street. This program teaches youth about plant and animal identification, land management, conservation, and more. The plan is to develop a team for state competition. Contact Jill Wachs at (334) 687-5688 or jmw0116@auburn.edu.

March 5-7...Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course at Hilton Garden Inn, 133 Plaza Drive. The course is open to the public and designed for anyone wishing to become a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager in Mississippi. Prescribed burning is one of the most efficient and cost-effective tools available to foresters and landowners in the Southeast for understory management, fuel reduction, site preparation, wildfire risk reduction, and wildlife habitat improvement. Fee: $250. Contact Allen Stroud at (769) 798-2597 or astroud@mfc.ms.gov.

March 7...Meadville, Mississippi 6 PM.
Biology, Ecology, and Management of Wild Turkey at the Franklin County Extension Office, 20 Walnut Street. Bill Maily, MSU Extension Wildlife Associate, will discuss methods for landowners and wildlife enthusiasts to enhance wild turkey habitat on lands they own or lease. RSVP by March 5. Call Franklin County Extension at (601) 384-2349.

March 8...Bibb County 8 AM - 1 PM.
Forestry & Wildlife Landowner Tour about 5 miles north of Centreville on Highway 219. Attendees will see: Pine forest management, Wild pig trapping demo, Chronic Wasting Disease information, Portable sawmill demo, and Viewing of landowner’s wood carvings. At 1 PM there will be an optional tour of caves on the property. Fee: $10; lunch included. Deadline for registration is 4:30 PM, March 5. For more information call Bibb County Extension at (205) 926-4310.

March 8...Summit, Mississippi 5:30 PM.
Annual Southwest Forestry Association Meeting at Southwest Mississippi Community College, 1156 College Drive. Topics: Chronic Wasting Disease and baiting wild hogs. Speaker: Dr. Glen Gentry. Fee: $20; meal and membership included. For more information call (601) 657-8937.

March 9...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.

March 9...Talladega County 3 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Talladega Superspeedway, 3366 Speedway Boulevard, 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.

March 11...Athens, Georgia 7:45 AM - 12:15 PM EST.
Interpreting Aerial Images of Rural Landscapes at Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Room 4-419. The identification of basic forest and agricultural uses of land, along with conclusions drawn on how the land has been managed, can help one better understand potential land value for economic and environmental purposes. Fee: $120. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

March 12...Coosa County.
A Property Tax Vote to decide whether or not to continue an existing property tax for local school funding. The current tax is set to expire in October. The tax has a 30 year term.

March 12...Athens, Georgia 7:45 AM - 12:15 PM EST.
Forests and Hurricanes: Impact and Planning at Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Room 4-516. This course provides an overview of the average intensity of severe storms along the coasts, the factors associated with storm damage to forests, the perceptions of forest managers regarding these factors, and a number of planning and management considerations as they relate to preparation and response to severe storm events. Fee: $120. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

March 12...Montgomery County 5 PM - 7 PM. Postponed to April 10.
Alabama Agribusiness Council Legislative Reception

March 13-14...Chilton County.
Forest-Her on Fire
at the Wehle Nature Center, 4890 Pleasant Hill Road, Midway. This workshop will focus on teaching women about Alabama’s historic fire regimes and how prescribed fire can and should be use as an effective land management tool. Classroom and field instruction. Fee: $80; some meals included. To register contact Becky Barlow at (334) 329-0554 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

March 14...St. Clair, County 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Pond Management Workshop at Farmers Federation Auditorium, 32775 US-231, Ashville. Topics: Fertilizing, Aquatic Weed Management, Wildlife Damage, Harvest, Stocking, Fish Kills, Dam Maintenance, Goals, and Enhancements. Fee: $25; lunch included. To register call the Extension Office at (205) 338-9416.

March 14...Online 6 - 8 PM CST.
The Wildlife and Woodlands Webinar will introduce basic wildlife management principles and concepts and provide information on habitat requirements of various wildlife that occur across the region. Presenters: Dr. Craig Harper and Dr. Mark McConnell. For help connecting to the webinar email robert_bardon@ncsu.edu.

March 14 & 19...Mobile County.
Estate Planning Made Easy at Volunteers of America Southeast Headquarters, 1204 Hillcrest Road, Mobile. This workshop will focus on the importance of a comprehensive, integrated estate plan that protects all types of assets in the event of incapacity or death. To register contact Jessica Crosby at (251) 410-7003 or jessica@laddfirm.com.

March 16...Madison County 10 AM - 12 Noon.
The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) Annual State Chapter Meeting will take place at the Bailey Cove Branch Library, 1409 Weatherly Plaza SE, Huntsville. For more information call Betsy at (256) 648-3100.

March 16...Colbert County 4 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Longhorn Arena, Tuscumbia. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $35. Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

March 18-22...Cullman County 8 AM - 2 PM.
Learn and Burn Field Day at the property of Ruben Williams and Dr. Glenn Glover, 1100 County Road 974, Logan. A prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between the 18th - 22nd. Participants must expect to be active all day walking, wearing woods clothes, and carrying tools. Limited to 25 participants. Limited advance notice could be given depending on weather conditions. Lunch provided. Click here to register. For more information contact Joel Moon at (256) 595-0582 or treefarm@alaforestry.org.

March 19...Cullman County.
A Property Tax Vote to decide whether or not to continue an existing property tax for local school funding. The current tax is set to expire in October. The tax has a 30 year term.

March 20-22...Amelia Island, Florida.
Timberland Investment Conference at The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway. Room block at The Ritz are sold out. Fee: $1,995; $200 discount if paid by March 15. Contact Bob Izlar at (706) 542-6819 or bizlar@uga.edu.

March 20-22...Savannah, Georgia.
Hardwood Manufacturers Association (HMA) National Conference and Expo at the Hyatt Regency. Fee: $595. For more information call HMA at (412) 244-0440.

March 21...Burns, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Montgomery Bell State Park, 1000 Hotel Avenue. Topics include: Tariffs, Other Issues Facing the Production with the Hardwood Industry, and Growth of our Resource. Fee: $20. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

March 25-29...Baldwin County.
Learn to Burn Field Day at Sibley Pines. A prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between the 25th - 29th. Participants must expect to be active all day walking, wearing woods clothes, and carrying tools. A limited number of participants will be notified by email. Contact Ryan Mitchell at (850) 758-8559 or ryan@longleafalliance.org.

March 28...Butler County 5:30 - 7 PM.
Recreational Pond Management at Beeland Park, 1206 East Commerce Street, Greenville. Bring a water and/or weed sample for identification, analysis, and recommendations. Contact Anthony Pinkston at (334) 382-5111 or pinksad@aces.edu.

March 28...Biloxi, Mississippi 5:30 - 7:30 PM.
Hancock/Harrison County Forestry and Wildlife Association Meeting at the MSU Coastal Research & Extension Center, 1815 Popps Ferry Road. Topic: Cross-laminated Timber in the U.S. South. Speaker: Dr. Rich Vlosky. Fee: $10; includes dinner. To register call Harrison County Extension at (228) 865-4227.

March 28...Choctaw County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Butler Area Regional Reception at Ezell's Fish Camp, 776 Ezell Road, Butler. Catch up on news of importance to your forestland investment and meet others in the forest industry in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

March 29...Macon County 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM.
Legumes for Improving Pasture Productivity, Quality, and Animal Performance at 102 Mary Starke Harper Hall, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee. Program includes: Atkins silvopasture and woodland site tour and discussion on trees, forages, and browse. Working lunch provided. Contact Dr. Uma Karki at (334) 727-8336 or karkiu@tuskegee.edu.

March 30…Wildersville, Tennessee 7 AM - 1 PM.
Healthy Hardwoods Field Day at Natchez Trace State Forest. Topics: Preparation of Firewood, Intro to the Firewood Business, Determining Which Trees to Cut for Firewood, and Tree Felling and Chainsaw Safety. Lunch included. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

> April 2019

April 2...Wiggins, Mississippi Noon 12 PM.
Pearl River-Stone County Forestry Association (CFA) Meeting at The Sawmill Restaurant, 2205 US 49, Wiggins. Topic: The Future of Forestry in South Mississippi. Speaker: Butch Bailey, MSU Extension. Dutch treat lunch. For more information call Pearl River CFA at (601) 928-5286.

April 2...Leakesville, Mississippi 6:30 PM.
Greene County Forestry Association Meeting at the Jones County Junior College Center, 167 Vo Tech Road. Speaker: Marc Measells, MSU Extension. For more information call (601) 394-2702.

April 3...Cleburne County 10 AM - Noon.
Wilderness “Zombie” Survival Workshop at Cheaha State Park, 2141 Bunker Loop, Delta. Learn survival skills in a fun way ending with a cookout. Call if weather is questionable. Fee: $20; lunch included. Register by March 29. Contact Mandy Pearson at (256) 488-5115x2814 or mandy.pearson@dcnr.alabama.gov.

April 5...Teleconference Noon CST.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

April 8-9...Elmore County.
ArborGen Higher Genetics Tour at the Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel at Capitol Hill, 2500 Legends Circle, Prattville. Learn about advancements in forestry genetics and silviculture as you tour demonstration plots. Contact Paul Jeffreys at (205) 712-9582 or jpjeffr@arborgen.com.

April 8-12...Mobile County.
Learn and Burn: Interactive Field Day in Wilmer. A prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between the 8th - 12th. Participants must expect to be active all day walking, wearing woods clothes, and carrying tools. Limited to 20 participants. Limited advance notice could be given depending on weather conditions. Lunch provided. For more information contact Leigh Peters at (334) 796-7663 or treefarm@alaforestry.org.

April 9...Latham, New York 8 AM - 5 PM EST.
Property Rights Foundation of America 25th Anniversary Dinner Address at the Century House. Keynote speaker Roger Pilon will speak on "How Undermining Property Rights Has Increased Economic Inequality: A Paradox Explained." Fee: $29. For more information contact Carol LaGrasse at (518) 696-5748 or prfa@prfamerica.org.

April 9...Barbour County 5:30 - 6:30 PM.
Barbour County Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) at 525 School Street, Eufaula. This program teaches youth about plant and animal identification, land management, conservation, and more. The plan is to develop a team for state competition. Contact Jill Wachs at (334) 687-5688 or jmw0116@auburn.edu.

April 9...Clarke County 5:30 - 7 PM.
Recreational Pond Management at G & D Outdoors, US-43, Grove Hill. Bring a water and/or weed sample for identification, analysis, and recommendations. Contact Kevan Tucker at (251) 275-3121 or tuckejk@aces.edu.

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

April 11...Calhoun County 9 AM - 12 Noon.
Choccolocco Creek Watershed Invasive Plant Workshop at the Oxford Civic Center, Rm 122, 401 McCullars Lane, Oxford. Email Jennifer Yates for more information at jennifer.yates@al.nacdnet.net.

April 12-13...Athens, Georgia.
The Whitetail Weekend at the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) headquarters. This event is taking the place of the QDMA national convention for 2019. Activities include: classroom instruction, hands-on education, and sporting clays event. Fee: Price will vary and will increase after March 1. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

April 12-13...Butler County.
Women in the Woods Workshop at Greenville-Butler County Public Library, 309 Fort Dale Street, Greenville. Topics include: Intro to Forest Management, Management Plan, Record Keeping, Boundary Line Maintenance, Different Types of Maps, Timber Types, Timber Harvesting, and many more. 2nd day of workshop will be located at the Alabama Forestry Commission Office, 59 Firetower Road, Greenville. RSVP to Paul Hudgins at (334) 617-3362.

April 12-14...Shelby County.
Outdoor Alabama Experience at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham. This family-oriented workshop features hands-on learning about camping, hiking, biking, wildlife watching, shooting sports, fishing, hunting, kayaking, and more! All activities you might do on your forestland. Staff will be available to help with campsite setup for new campers. Fee: $100 per 2 family members plus $25 per additional family member. Includes all meals. For more information contact Emily at (334) 201-9967 or emily.vanderford@dcnr.alabama.gov.

April 13…Lebanon, Tennessee 7 AM - 1 PM.
Healthy Hardwoods Field Day at Cedars of Lebanon State Forest. Topics: Preparation of Firewood, Intro to the Firewood Business, Determining Which Trees to Cut for Firewood, and Tree Felling and Chainsaw Safety. Lunch included. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

April 13...Grant, Louisiana 8 AM - 5 PM.
New or Potential Christmas Tree Grower Field Day at Grant Farms, 716 Whitaker Road. Informal Q&A walking around the farm covering everything from ground prep to sales with other alternative sessions such as wreath making. Fee: $15; lunch included. Contact Gray at (337) 789-3073 or grayanderson88@yahoo.com.

April 16-17...Lake City, Florida.
Longleaf Academy: Herbicides & Longleaf 201 at the Holiday Inn, 213 SW Commerce Boulevard. Topics will include: Herbicide rates, Timing of application, Active ingredients, Surfactants, Adjuvants, and Safe application methods. Fee: $150; lunch included. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.


Money Can Grow on Trees!

April 17...Chilton County 10 AM.
Consulting Forester Landowner Property Tour will meet at Tammy's Florist & Bakery, 8249 Alabama Highway 22, Maplesville. Come meet John Pirtle with Pirtle Forestry Services, and learn how using a Consulting Forester earns more money for your property. Topics include: Increase your timber income, timber sales, site prep, prescribed fire, road development, aerial photography, and management plans. We will caravan to a landowner's private property for tour; then return to Tammy's for a Dutch treat lunch. RSVP Pat Richeson at (205) 624-2225 or pricheson@afoa.org.
 

April 18...Autauga County 9 AM - 12 Noon.
Elder Law Clinic at Camellia Baptist Church, 201 Woodvale Road, Prattville. This event is for seniors age 60+ by appointment only. Limited space. To register call (334) 361-7273.

April 19...Elmore County 8 AM - 1 PM.
Landowner Tour at Dr. Robert Parker’s Treasure Forest on Rifle Range Road. Topics: Chronic Wasting, Wildlife Management, Invasive Plants, Nuisance Animals, and Off-grid Solar. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Katrina Mitchell at (334) 567-6301 or mitchk1@aces.edu.

April 19...Coffee County 8:30 AM.
Annual Spring Landowner Tour at County Road 153. GPS Coordinates: 31.4663, -85.8956   Speakers include: Clint Wilks, M & W Forestry, Ted Vignola, Time Limited Forestry, Danny Jernigan, Glenwood Forest Products, and others. Contact Adam Bowers at (334) 258-1005 or adam.bowers@forestry.alabama.gov.

April 20-27...Statewide.
Alabama People Against A Littered State (PALS) “Don’t Drop It On Alabama” Spring Cleanup. All materials (trash bags, reporting forms, safety tip sheets, and more) furnished by Alabama PALS and will be ready for pickup on March 15. Call (334) 263-7737.

April 23...Elmore County.
A Property Tax Vote. Ad Valorem school tax special election for renewal and continuation of countywide school tax District A (Elmore County) and District T (Tallassee City). Maybe someone can explain to AFOA exactly how many mills are being renewed? Sample Ballot.
Also, looking at the top right page of the sample ballot, does the ballot contain a new 3 mill tax for District A? Please help us understand this special election property tax vote. Contact Lee at (205) 624-2225 or rll@afoa.org.

April 24...Online 12 Noon CST.
The Invasive Bamboo Management Webinar will cover identification and management of invasive bamboo species in the Southeast. Presenters: Dr. Deah Lieurance, University of Florida. For help connecting to the webinar email robert_bardon@ncsu.edu.

April 25...Washington County 5:30 PM.
Recreational Pond Management at Steve Gilley’s Residence, 17115 Highway 43, Wagarville. Bring a water sample for analysis and recommendations. Contact Sabra Johnson at (251) 847-2295 or sej0025@aces.edu.

April 25...Elmore County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at 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.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

April 26-27...Escambia County.
Location: Headquartered at Wind Creek Casino & Hotel, 303 Poarch Road, Atmore, AL 36502.

AFOA ANNUAL MEETING: All rooms at Wind Creek Casino & Hotel are booked on April 26. There are still rooms available Saturday, April 27. For Room Reservations call (251) 446-4290. Group Code is AFOA. Room rate is $159/night + tax.

Alternative accomodations:
Fairfield Inn & Suites, Atmore (251) 368-1188
Hampton Inn, Atmore (251) 368-9090
Holiday Inn Exp, Atmore (251) 368-1585

AFOA held the annual meeting at the Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in 2010. Click here to see a few photos from the 2010 meeting & tours.

The Program Agenda/Attendee Registration Form contains the most up-to-date information for annual meeting attendees.

REGISTRATION:

     Program Agenda and Attendee Registration Form

     Exhibitor and/or Sponsor Registration Form
 

April 27…Wartburg, Tennessee 7 AM - 1 PM.
Healthy Hardwoods Field Day at Lone Mountain State Park. Topics: Preparation of Firewood, Intro to the Firewood Business, Determining Which Trees to Cut for Firewood, and Tree Felling and Chainsaw Safety. Lunch included. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

April 29-May 1...Washington, D.C.
American Tree Farm System Fly-In and Hill Day at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. Make sure our elected officials hear your voice, the private forest landowner. Fee: $50 registration fee. For more information email Natalie at nalex@forestfoundation.org.

April 29 - May 3...Baldwin County.
Learn and Burn: Interactive Field Day at the Sibley Pines property. A prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between the 29th - 3rd. Participants must expect to be active all day walking, wearing woods clothes, and carrying tools. Limited advance notice could be given depending on weather conditions. Lunch provided. For more information contact Ryan Mitchell at (850) 758-8559 or ryan@longleafalliance.org.

April 30 - May 1...Gainesville, Florida.
Spring Symposium: Family Forests at the Roland T. Stern Learning Center, 10625 NE Waldo Road. Topics include: landowner associations, forest product markets, economics, hurricane recovery, genetically improved pines, wildlife habitat, intergenerational land transfer, and more. Fee: $125 for landowners. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

 

> May 2019

May 2...Tuscaloosa County.
Estate Planning Seminar at the Tuscaloosa County Extension Auditorium, 2513 7th Street, Tuscaloosa. Speaker: Orman Wilson, JamisonMoneyFarmer PC. Fee: $5; meal provided. RSVP Jim Junkin at (205) 561-4068 or jim.junkin@forestry.alabama.gov.

May 3...Junction City, Georgia 8:30 AM - 4 PM EST.
Fall Line Forestry Workshop at 780 Fielders Mill Road. A variety of topics will be covered. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Pam Jordan at (706) 570-1966 or pij456@aol.com.

May 3...Teleconference Noon CST.
CANCELLED   First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

May 4...Baldwin County 9 AM.
Alabama Conservation Advisory Board Meeting at the Gulfview Ballroom II at The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton Hotel, 21196 E. Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores. 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.

May 6 & 7...Tuscaloosa County.
ForestHer Basics: A Workshop for Women Who Love the Land at the Tuscaloosa County Extension Office, 2513 7th Street, Tuscaloosa. This workshop for women will feature presentations about the history of Alabama's forests and an introduction to what women need to learn about forest management in a relaxed, fun setting. Fee: $65. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 329-0554 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

May 7...Coffee County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Chainsaw Safety Workshop at the Coffee County Extension, 1055 East McKinnon Street, New Brockton. Topics include: Safety Practices, Chainsaw Design, Ergonomics, Starting, Limbing, Basic Felling, and On-site Demonstrations. Pre-registration required. Call the Coffee County Extension at (334) 894-5596.

May 7...Barbour County 5:30 - 6:30 PM.
Barbour County Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) at 525 School Street, Eufaula. This program teaches youth about plant and animal identification, land management, conservation, and more. The plan is to develop a team for state competition. Contact Jill Wachs at (334) 687-5688 or jmw0116@auburn.edu.

May 7-8...Palatka, Florida 8 AM - 5 PM EST.
Learn & Burn: Burn Prescription Writing Workshop at the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch, 380 Boys Ranch Road. Participants will develop a legal Burn Prescription that focuses on specific goals and objectives. Topics include: Range management, Ground cover restoration, Timber management, and Wildlife management. Back up burn days May 9 & 10. Contact Barry Coulliette at (904) 838-8591 or act.barryc@gmail.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 8...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
News Conference for Forest Owners.

This 15 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 8, 2019 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

May 9...Sumter County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at Lake LU, Livingston. 3rd grade students only. Contact Mandee Carrier at (205) 652-5105 or mandee.carrier@al.nacdnet.net.

May 9...Lee County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
SmartMap 1.0 Workshop at the Caterpillar Training Center, 6155 Heath Road, Auburn. This workshop introduces audiences to low-cost and easy to use geospatial mapping applications (apps) that can be used on smartphones or ipads. It introduces audiences to GIS, GPS, Smartphone GIS applications, UAV technology and its applications for video capture and forest mapping. Fee: $50. Contact Beau Brodbeck with questions at (251) 259-6507 or smartmap@auburn.edu.   Register here.

May 9...Escambia County 9 AM - 12 Noon.
Natural Resources Tour at Legacy Acres, 327 E. Pineview Circle, Brewton. Topics include: Soil Quality, Forestry, Silvopasture, Grazing, and Drone Demonstration. Lunch provided. To register call (251) 867-3185x3.

May 9...Butler County 10 AM.
Board Meeting of Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust on the campus of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, 750 Greenville Bypass, Greenville. 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: Here are some questions you may consider asking yourself and others. Should the state provide recreational activity property? Is recreation a necessary service? Does the state need more public land to compete with recreational opportunities (many of which are already) provided by private forestland owners? Will more public land that doesn't pay taxes put pressure on private landowners to pay more in taxes? Will higher taxes promote more or less forestland ownership? Is private forestland ownership or public forestland better for our state?


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 9
...Shelby County 6 - 8 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at Nino's Italian Restaurant, 2698 Pelham Parkway, Pelham. No-host dinner at 6 PM. Then discuss news and issues with other landowners. Limited seating. No walk-ins. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 624-2225 or rll@afoa.org.

May 9...Walker County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Jasper Area Regional Reception at Musgrove Country Club, 916 Country Club Road, Jasper. Catch up on news of importance to your forestland investment and meet others in the forest industry in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

May 11...Barbour County 8 AM - 5 PM.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at Eufaula Country Outdoors on Hunters Inlet Road, Eufaula. No fee. To register call Jennifer Johnson at (334) 585-7083. 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 and dates as well as online only courses. For additional information contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

May 14...Lee County 7:15 AM - 4:30 PM.
Alabama Invasive Plant Council Annual Conference at Auburn University Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Building, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn. Fee: $80; $20 discount if paid by May 6. Lunch provided with pre-registration. Contact Nancy Loewenstein at (334) 844-1061 or loewenj@auburn.edu.

May 14...Talladega County 6 PM.
POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST  Alabama Forestry Association Childersburg Area Regional Reception at Selwood Farms, 706 Selwood Road, Alpine. Catch up on news of importance to your forestland investment and meet others in the forest industry in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

May 14...Crenshaw County 6:30 PM.
Forestry Economics: Planning for Family Forests at the Tom Harbin Ag Center, 106 Airport Road, Luverne. Speaker: Adam Maggard, Auburn University. Contact Crenshaw County Extension at (334) 335-3476 or bryandf@aces.edu.

May 14-16...Milton, Florida.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 at the University of Florida, 4900 Building, Room 4902. Topics include: History of longleaf, Use of fire, Artificial regeneration, Natural regeneration, Stand management, Diseases, Economics, Groundcover, Wildlife Habitat, and more. Fee: $150; includes lunches. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

May 17...Baldwin County.
Forestry Field Day at Weeks Bay Reserve, 11300 U.S. Highway 98, Fairhope. JJ McCool, Consulting Forester will lead the field day. Topics include: Wild hogs, Cogongrass, Chinese Tallow trees, Prescribed burning, Stand densities, Timber stand improvement methods, Road maintenance, and Tree species selection. Dutch Treat lunch at Big Daddy's Grill. RSVP Pat Richeson at (205) 624-2225 or pricheson@afoa.org.
 

May 17...Geneva County 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Forestry Field Day at Geneva State Forest Lake, Forest Lake Road, Kinston. Topics include: Gopher Tortoise Mgt., Streamside Mgt. Zones (SMZs) Wild Pig Effects on Water Quality, Invasive Plants, Stream Crossings/Forest Roads, Portable Sawmilling, and Drone Applications in Forestry. Lunch provided. Registration required. Call Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@auburn.edu.

May 17...Kosciusko, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Prescribed Burning for Forestry & Wildlife Short Course at Attala County Extension Office, 715 Fairground Road. Topics include: Fire as Management Tool, Fire for Wildlife Management, Burning Legally, Fire Behavior, Firing Techniques, Burn Plans, and Fire in Pine & Hardwood Ecosystems. Fee: $30; lunch included. Call Taylor Casey at (662) 289-5431.

May 18...Henry County 8 AM - 2 PM.
Recreational Fish Pond Meeting at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center, 167 AL-134, Headland. Weed identification and pond side demos. Electroshock for fish counts. Contact James Jones at (334) 585-6416 or jonesja@aces.edu.

May 18...Brookhaven, Mississippi 8:30 AM.
Drone Usage for Forest Management Field Day at the Lincoln County Civic Center, 1096 Belt Line Drive NE. For more information or to RSVP call (601) 835-3460.

May 18...Autauga County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Conservation Expo at Autauga County Wildlife Management Area (WMA), 2119 County Road 57, Prattville. Activities include: Archery, Birdwatching, Trapping info, Cooking demos, and WMA tours. Contact Carrie Threadgill at (334) 242-3469 or carrie.threadgill@dcnr.alabama.gov.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

May 21...Blount County.
CANCELLED     Forestry Field Day with Tim Chesnut, Consulting Forester. RSVP Pat Richeson at (205) 624-2225 or pricheson@afoa.org.

May 21-22...Washington, D.C.
Timberland Investments for Professionals at Duke in DC Suites, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Participants will analyze the fundamentals of timberland investing, including: global trends in the asset class, market development in ecological services, risk assessment and management, and more. Fee: $1,500; $250 discount if paid by April 30. For more information email exceed@nicholas.duke.edu.

May 22...Chilton County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
SmartMap 1.0 Workshop at the Chilton Regional Research and Extension Center, 120 County Road 756, Clanton. This workshop introduces audiences to low-cost and easy to use geospatial mapping applications (apps) that can be used on smartphones or ipads. It introduces audiences to GIS, GPS, Smartphone GIS applications, UAV technology and its applications for video capture and forest mapping. Fee: $50. Contact Beau Brodbeck with questions at (251) 259-6507 or smartmap@auburn.edu.   Register here.

May 25...Lynchburg, Tennessee 9 AM - 1 PM.
Spring Field Day at Green Place Farm, 3643 Lynchburg Highway. Topics include: Riparian Buffer Plantings, Benefits of aquatic macro invertebrates in the stream, Timber volume determination, and more. Lunch provided. RSVP required. To RSVP call (256) 348-7439.

May 28...Online 1 PM CST.
The Managing Oak Forests for Northern Bobwhite Quail webinar will teach participants about managing oak forests and restoration efforts related to Northern Bobwhite Quail. Presenter: Dr. Dwayne Elmore, Oklahoma State University.

 

> June 2019

June 1-3...St. Cloud, Florida.
Burn & Learn Workshop at Forever Florida, 4755 N. Kenansville Road. Hands-on training for private landowners & managers. Discussions will be held after the burn each day. Fee: $12/day; lunch provided. To register call (781) 361-9711 or questions can be directed to Ryan at (352) 373-0550 or ryan.kennelly@wildlandrestoration.org.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

June 4...Bibb/Perry County 10 AM.
Forestry Field Day will meet at the Sawmeal Restaurant, 6880 Highway 5, Brent. Come meet with John Havard, Consulting Forester and learn more about timber sales. Topics: Planning for a Timber Sale, Bid processes, Harvest oversight, Clean up, Best Management Practices (BMPs), and Reforestation. We will caravan to landowner's property for a tour; then return to the Sawmeal Restaurant for a Dutch treat lunch. RSVP Pat Richeson at (205) 624-2225 or pricheson@afoa.org.
 

June 6...Randolph County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at Kiwanis Park, Wedowee. For ages 9-18. Contact Stephanie Tobin at (256) 357-2841 or stanfords@aces.edu.

June 6...Henry County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
SmartMap 1.0 Workshop at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center, 167 East Alabama Highway 134, Headland. This workshop introduces audiences to low-cost and easy to use geospatial mapping applications (apps) that can be used on smartphones or ipads. It introduces audiences to GIS, GPS, Smartphone GIS applications, UAV technology and its applications for video capture and forest mapping. Fee: $50. Contact Beau Brodbeck with questions at (251) 259-6507 or smartmap@auburn.edu.   Register here.

June 6...Jasper, Georgia 8:30 AM - 3 PM EST.
North Georgia Prescribed Fire Council Meeting at the Chattahoochee Technical College. CFE credits available. Fee: $35; lunch included. Contact Kim McCollum at (706) 894-1591 or kim.ccrcd@gmail.com.

June 6...Marion County 7 PM.
Batty About Bats at the Hamilton City Park. An educational event on bats. For more information contact Robert Clement at (205) 707-1009 or robert.clement@forestry.alabama.gov. Editor’s Note: Do you have bats on your forestland?

June 7...Teleconference Noon CST.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

June 11...Montgomery County.
Special Primary Election for vacant House District 74 seat. This seat was previously held by state Representative Dimitri Polizos. A runoff is set for August 27, 2019 and the general election November 12, 2019. If a runoff is not necessary, the general election will be August 27, 2019.

June 11...Blount County 6 - 8 PM.
Invasive Plant Workshop at Palisades Park, D.S. Loyd Building, 1225 Palisades Parkway, Oneonta. Lunch provided. RSVP to Alana Reynolds at (256) 558-4462.

June 11-12...Elizabethtown, North Carolina.
Longleaf Academy: Herbicides & Longleaf 201 at the Holiday Inn, 213 SW Commerce Boulevard. Topics will include: Herbicide rates, Timing of application, Active ingredients, Surfactants, Adjuvants, and Safe application methods. Fee: $75 for private landowners. Lunch included. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

June 11-13...Kingsport, Tennessee.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop at Domtar, 100 Clinchfield Street. The workshop will include field trips, learning about forest management practices, and hands-on activities. Fee: $25; meals and lodging included. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

June 12...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
News Conference for Forest Owners.

This 15 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: June 12, 2019 CI -- Live! (This will be a link once program is finished)
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

June 12...Online 1 PM CST.
Biochar Formulation as a Soil Amendment in the Agricultural, Forestry, and Environmental Sectors. Participate in this webinar to learn about the history of biochar usage, current production methods, and its impact on soil health improvement and pollutant remediation. Presenter: Jeff Novak, Research Soil Scientist. For more information email Candy Thomas at candy.thomas@ks.usda.gov.

June 13…Shiloh, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Hagy’s Catfish Hotel, 1140 Catfish Lane. Program will feature discussion on NRCS working closer with TFA and TFA members to promote and enhance good forest management. Fee: $25; All you can eat dinner included. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

June 13...Lauderdale County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Shoals Area Regional Reception at Sweetwater Depot, 502 S. Royal Avenue, Florence. Catch up on news of importance to your forestland investment and meet others in the forest industry in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

June 13-14...Wilcox County.
Forestry and Wildlife School for Landowners at the Gee’s Bend Visitor Center located at the intersection of Highway 28 and Ellis Island Road. Topics include: Pine & Hardwood Mgt., Cronic Wasting Disease Update, Judging White-Tailed Deer, Antler Scoring, Nurseries & Sawmills Update, and Forestry & Wildlife Opportunities. Pine Hill Nursery Tour on 2nd day. Fee: $40; $5 discount if paid by May 31. For more information call Baldwin County NRCS Coordinator at (251) 937-3297.

June 16-19...Mayette, Kansas.
Walnut Council Annual Meeting at the Prairie Band Casino & Resort. 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.

June 18...Barbour County 5:30 - 6:30 PM.
Barbour County Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) at 525 School Street, Eufaula. This program teaches youth about plant and animal identification, land management, conservation, and more. The plan is to develop a team for state competition. Contact Jill Wachs at (334) 687-5688 or jmw0116@auburn.edu.

June 18-20...Pearl, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course at Southern Regional Fire Training Center, 3139 Highway 468 West. The course is open to the public and designed for anyone wishing to become a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager in Mississippi. Prescribed burning is one of the most efficient and cost-effective tools available to foresters and landowners in the Southeast for understory management, fuel reduction, site preparation, wildfire risk reduction, and wildlife habitat improvement. Fee: $250. Contact Allen Stroud at (769) 798-2597 or astroud@mfc.ms.gov.

June 18-20...Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop at UT-Forest Resources AgResearch & Education Center, 901 South Illinois Avenue. The workshop will include field trips, learning about forest management practices, and hands-on activities. Fee: $25; meals and lodging included. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

June 18-21...Pickwick Dam, Tennessee.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop at Pickwick Landing State Park. The workshop will include field trips, learning about forest management practices, and hands-on activities. Fee: $25; meals and lodging included. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

June 18-21...Olympic Valley, California.
National Forest Landowners Conference at the Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe. Fee: $TBD. Contact Forest Landowners Association at 1-800-325-2954 or info@forestlandowners.com.

June 19-21...Baldwin County.
Alabama Chapter of the Soil & Water Conservation Society Annual Meeting is at Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 2303 Wolf Bay Drive, Foley. Contact Leslie Gahagan at (251) 923-4267 or lgahagan@cityoffoley.org.

June 22...Jefferson County 8 AM - 5 PM.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at Sheepdog Firearms Training Center, 5900 Deerfoot Parkway, Trussville. No fee. To register call Matthew Batson at (205) 937-3722. 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 and dates as well as online only courses. For additional information contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

June 24-26...Cookeville, Tennessee.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop at TN Tech - Horticulture Labs, Shipley Farm, 2395 Gainesboro Grade. The workshop will include field trips, learning about forest management practices, and hands-on activities. Fee: $25; meals and lodging included. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

June 25...Buckhead, Georgia 6 PM.
Georgia’s Packaging & Pulp Industry Meeting at Bonner’s Restaurant, 1500 Bonner Lane. Speaker: Joe Parsons, Wood Procurement Manager, Graphic Packaging International. Contact the Greene-Morgan Forest Landowners Association at (770) 207-4204 or greenemorganfla@gmail.com.

June 25-26...Tuscaloosa County.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop Series: Forest to Faucet in Tuscaloosa. This year there are two workshops with the other in Auburn in July. Participants are welcome to register for one or both workshops. This workshop will focus on how working forests function to purify water, prevent erosion, and promote wildlife all while putting Alabamians to work. The workshop will include field trips and hands-on activities. Fee: $50; includes double occupancy room and meals. Contact Ashley Smith at (334) 481-2137 or asmith@alaforestry.org.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

June 26...Lee County 11:30 AM.
Forestry Field Day attendees will meet at Moore's Mill Club, 1957 Fairway Drive, Auburn, AL 36830 for a Dutch Treat lunch. We will caravan to the property at 1 PM. Topic: Development and Implementation of Your Timberland Management Plan - determining objectives for your property, tree planting types, chemical applications, and better genetics with seedling selection. Speaker: Earl Ketchum, Consulting Forester. RSVP Pat Richeson at (205) 624-2225 or pricheson@afoa.org.
 

June 26-28...Atlanta, Georgia.
Southern Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition at Georgia World Congress Center. EXPO showcases the latest products and services for the wood products industry. Fee: $25; $5 discount if paid in advance. Contact Eric Gee at (504) 443-4464x3 or egee@sfpa.org.

June 27...Henry County 5:30 PM.
Wild Pig Management at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center, 167 AL-134, Headland. Speakers: Mark Smith and Bence Carter, Auburn University, and Jeff Thurmond, Natural Resouces Conservation Service (NRCS). Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@auburn.edu.

> July 2019

July 2...Wiggins, Mississippi Noon 12 PM.
Pearl River-Stone County Forestry Association (CFA) Meeting at The Sawmill Restaurant, 2205 US 49, Wiggins. Topic: TBD. Dutch treat lunch. For more information call Pearl River CFA at (601) 928-5286.

July 5...Teleconference Noon CST.
CANCELLED Due To The Holiday First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

July 9...Bibb County 11 AM - 3 PM.
ForestHer: Luncheon at The Sawmeal Restaurant, 6880 AL-5, Brent. This luncheon & mini-workshop for women will feature presentations about the history of Alabama's forests and an introduction to what women need to learn about forest management in a relaxed, fun setting. Optional field tour to the Bibb County Glades. Fee: $20. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 329-0554 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

July 9-10...Baldwin County.
CE’s by the Sea at Island House Hotel, Orange Beach. This program is for registered foresters. Fee: $325. Contact Holly Robertson at (601) 477-4234 or holly.robertson@jcjc.edu.

July 9-10...Athens, Georgia.
Wildlife Management at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Drive. This course will focus on the principles and applications of wildlife-habitat management techniques for three primary game species in the Southeast — white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and bobwhite quail. Fee: $295; $50 discount if paid by June 18. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

July 9-11...South Pittsburg, Tennessee.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop at Cardin Forest Products, 2534 Battle Creek Road. The workshop will include field trips, learning about forest management practices, and hands-on activities. Fee: $25; meals and lodging included. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

July 10...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
News Conference for Forest Owners.

This 15 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 10, 2019 CI -- Live! (This will be a link once program is finished)
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

July 15...Autauga County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Alternative Income Opportunities for Forest Landowners at the Autauga County Extension Office, 2226 AL-14, Autaugaville. Fee: $15. Contact Spenser Bradley at (334) 361-7273 or seb0043@auburn.edu.

July 15...Carrollton, Mississippi 6 - 8 PM.
UAVs and Associated Technologies at the County Barn Restaurant, 21421 Hwy 82 E. Speaker: Johnny Thompson. To RSVP call (662) 283-4133.

July 16...Pike County 11 AM - 1 PM.
ForestHer: Luncheon at the Pike County Extension Office, 306 South Three Notch Street, Troy. This luncheon & mini-workshop for women will feature presentations about the history of Alabama's forests and an introduction to what women need to learn about forest management in a relaxed, fun setting. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 329-0554 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

July 16-18...Lee County.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop Series: Alabama's Amazing Forests in Auburn. This year there are two workshops with the other in Tuscaloosa in June. Participants are welcome to register for one or both workshops. This workshop will provide an overview of Alabama's forests and all they entail - trees, soil, water, wildlife, jobs, and more. The workshop will include field trips and hands-on activities. Fee: $50; includes double occupancy room and meals. Contact Ashley Smith at (334) 481-2137 or asmith@alaforestry.org.

July 17...St. Clair County 11 AM - 1 PM.
ForestHer: Luncheon at St. Clair County Extension Office, 1815 Cogswell Avenue, Suite 103/B04, Pell City. This luncheon & mini-workshop for women will feature presentations about the history of Alabama's forests and an introduction to what women need to learn about forest management in a relaxed, fun setting. Fee: $20. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 329-0554 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

July 17-20...Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers Fair features North America’s largest gathering of woodworking equipment and technology. Fee: $50; $20 discount if paid by June 30. For more information visit https://awfsfair.org


AFOA Forestry Field Day

July 18...Madison County 9 AM.
Forestry Field Day attendees will meet at the Charles Stone Agricultural Center, Madison County Extension Office, 819 Cook Avenue in Huntsville and will caravan no later than 9:30 AM to the Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station for a property tour. Topic: Forestry in the Next 50 Years - will pine prices come back, new cellulosed based products, machinery changes, upcoming changes in the way we count wood, Silvopasture, and the latest research on Short Leaf Pine. Speaker: Colin Bagwell, Consulting Forester. A Dutch Treat lunch will follow. RSVP Pat Richeson at (205) 624-2225 or pricheson@afoa.org.
 

July 18...Baldwin County 8 AM.
SmartMap 2.0 Workshop at the Gulf Coast Regional Research & Extension Center, 8300 Hwy 104, Fairhope. This workshop provides a more in-depth review than Smartmap 1.0 with hands-on training in the use of apps for planning and conducting UAS flights. SmartMap 2.0 focuses on using low-cost UAS technology for video capture, forest mapping, and other natural resource applications. Limit of 25 attendees. Fee: $50. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 259-6507 or smartmap@auburn.edu Register here.

July 18...Jackson, Mississippi 11:30 AM.
Hinds County Forestry Association Meeting at Cattlemen's Association Building, 680 Monroe Street. Topic: Pine Genetics. Speaker: Paul Jeffreys, ArborGen. To RSVP call (601) 857-3242.

July 19-21...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. For more info call Channing Brown at (205) 678-4141.

July 21...DeKalb County 9 - 11 AM.
Plant Discovery Hike will meet at the DeSoto State Park Country Store on County Road 89. An easy to moderate meandering hike led by naturalist Robert Wilson from Seven Pines Survival. Contact Robert at (209) 559-0040 or sps@sevenpinessurvival.com.

July 22...Kosciusko, Mississippi 6 PM.
Attala County Forestry Association Meeting at Attala County Extension Office, 715 Fairground Road. Topic: Logging Issues in Mississippi. Speakers: David Livingston and John Auel. To RSVP call (662) 289-1321.

July 22...Prentiss, Mississippi 7 PM.
Jefferson Davis County Forestry Association Meeting at Bethany Baptist Church, Clem Road. Topic: Current Events in Mississippi Forestry. Speaker: Tedrick Ratcliff. To RSVP call (601) 792-5121.

July 23...Coosa County 6:30 - 8 PM.
Chat & Chew at the Kellyton Civic Complex, 145 Church Street, Kellyton. Come learn about resources that could help you manage your family forest and wildlife resources. Reserve your seat by calling the Coosa County Extension Office at (256) 377-4713.

July 23-24...Athens, Georgia.
Recreational Pond Management at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Drive. This course will teach the basic knowledge and skills to produce high quality fishing. Fee: $295. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

July 26-28...Jekyll Island, Georgia.
Georgia Forestry Association (GFA) Annual Conference at Jekyll Island Convention Center. Fee: $700. Call GFA at (478) 992-8110.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

July 30...Washington County 10 AM.
Forestry Field Day attendees will meet at The Creekbank Restaurant on Highway 43 in Wagerville and will caravan to the property at 10:30. Topic: How To Have A Successful Timber Sale - know your goals, know your property, know your products, know your markets, and more. Speaker: Al Brown, Consulting Forester. RSVP Pat Richeson at (205) 624-2225 or pricheson@afoa.org.
 

 

> August 2019

August 1...Tuscaloosa County 8 AM.
SmartMap 2.0 Workshop at the Tuscaloosa County High School, 12500 Wildcat Drive, Northport. This workshop provides a more in-depth review than SmartMap 1.0 with hands-on training in the use of apps for planning and conducting UAS flights. SmartMap 2.0 focuses on using low-cost UAS technology for video capture, forest mapping, and other natural resource applications. Limit of 25 attendees. Fee: $50. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 259-6507 or smartmap@auburn.edu Register here.

August 1...Marengo County 9 AM - 6 PM.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at Soggy Bottom Lodge, 18618 US Hwy 43, Linden. Female Only Class. No fee. To register call Justin Grider at (334) 590-4084. Will include shotgun skills workshop. 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 and dates as well as online only courses. For additional information contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

August 1...Walker County 9 - 10:30 AM.
Forestry Planning Committee Meeting at 1501 North Airport Road, Jasper. Forest landowners are welcome to attend and participate. Contact Andrew Baril at (205) 388-6893 or ajb0012@aces.edu.

August 1...Online 12 Noon CST.
The Influences of Prescribed Fire on the Ecology of Wild Turkeys webinar will feature results of research projects throughout the southeastern U.S. focused on understanding how wild turkeys respond to prescribed fires. Registration is required. For more information email the Southern Fire Exchange at contactus@southernfireexchange.org.

August 2...Teleconference Noon CST.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

August 6...Jackson County 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM.
Lunch & Learn: Critters in your yard and garden at the Scottsboro Library, 1002 S Broad Street, Scottsboro. Bring a lunch. Call Rhonda Britton at (256) 690-8979.

August 6-7...Athens, Georgia.
Sustainability of Wood-Based Bioenergy Development at Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, 180 East Green Street. This course will help participants develop the basic skills for evaluating the overall sustainability of a wood-based energy enterprise. Fee: $295. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

August 8...Coosa County 10 AM.
Board Meeting of Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust will meet at Five Star Plantation, 775 Ireland Way, Kellyton. 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. If you wish to address the board you must arrive prior to 9:45 AM. For more information call (334) 242-3484. Editor's Note: Here are some questions you may consider asking yourself and others. Should the state provide recreational activity property? Is recreation a necessary service? Does the state need more public land to compete with recreational opportunities (many of which are already) provided by private forestland owners? Will more public land that doesn't pay taxes put pressure on private landowners to (eventually) pay more in taxes? Will higher taxes promote more or less forestland ownership? Is private forestland ownership or public forestland better for our state?

August 9-11...Tupelo, Mississippi.
Southern Christmas Tree Association Annual Meeting will be held at the BancorpSouth Arena & Convention Center. The Sunday farm host will be Worthey Tree Farm near Amory, Mississippi. Fee: $105; $25 discount if paid by August 1. For more information call Michael Buchart at (225) 505-6335.

August 12...Lee County 8 AM.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Re-certification Workshop at the Auburn University Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Building, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn. Fee: $100. Limited seating. For more info call Marti Davis at (334) 240-9332. Registration opens June 1. Park at the South Quad parking deck ONLY on the 3rd or 4th level- no permit required on these levels this week only.

August 12...Barbour County 4 - 8 PM.
Private Applicator and Forestry - Ag plant Training at Barbour County Extension Office, 525 School Street, Eufaula. Lunch included. Contact Jessica Kelton at (334) 687-5688 or keltoja@aces.edu.

August 13...Sumter County 8 AM - 3 PM.
Private Applicator and Forestry - Ag plant Training at the ALFA Environmental Hall, 130 ALFA Drive, Livingston. Lunch included. Contact Rudy Yates at (334) 422-1135 or yatesrp@aces.edu.

August 13-16...Lee County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course at Auburn University Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Building, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn. Fee: $150. Limited seating. For more info call Marti Davis at (334) 240-9332. Registration opens June 1. Park at the South Quad parking deck ONLY on the 3rd or 4th level- no permit required on these levels this week only.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

August 14...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
News Conference for Forest Owners.

This 15 minute telephone/Internet conference series features 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: August 14, 2019 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

 


AFOA Forestry Field Day

August 15...Bullock County 11:30 AM.
Forestry Field Day will meet at 82 West restaurant in Union Springs for a Dutch Treat lunch, then we will caravan to the property. Come meet with Brian Agnew, Consulting Forester. Topic: Using Burning and Thinning to Enhance Your Timberland. RSVP Pat Richeson at (205) 624-2225 or pricheson@afoa.org.
 

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

August 15
...Shelby/Jefferson County 6 - 8 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at Ameriprise Financial. Come enjoy dinner, listen to a 15 minute program, and talk about the issues with other forest landowners. Full Moon BBQ meal provided. 25 seats only. No walk-ins. RSVP for specific location. Contact AFOA at (205) 624-2225 or rll@afoa.org.

August 16...Elmore County 8 AM - 4:30 PM.
Rural Valuation Basics at the Alabama Wildlife Federation Natureplex, 2861 Lanark Road, Millbrook. Prepare yourself to appraise property in rural markets. Instructor: Mike Tankersley. Fee: $215; BBQ lunch included. For more information call Pam Paulk at (205) 835-0808.

August 16...Holly Springs, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:10 PM.
Forest Management for Wildlife at Marshall County Extension Office, 120 South Spring Street. This workshop will cover the basics of forest management with dual objectives of timber and wildlife production. Wear field clothes and insect repellant. Fee: $20; lunch included. Call Lemon Phelps at (662) 252-3541.

August 16...Bibb County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Deer Management Workshop at the Sawmeal Restaurant, 6880 Alabama Hwy 5, Brent. Topics include: Deer Populations, Chronic Wasting Disease, Habitat Management, Public Land Deer Hunting, Camera Surveys, and Predator Management. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Matt Hartzell at (205) 926-4310 or mdh0007@aces.edu.

August 16...Shelby County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Private Applicator and Forestry - Ag plant Training at the Shelby County Extension Office, 56 Kelly Lane, Columbiana. Lunch included. Contact Ricky Colquitt at (334) 704-3324 or colqurw@aces.edu.

August 20...Autauga & Chilton Counties.
Special Primary Election for vacant House District 42 seat. This seat was previously held by state Representative Jimmy Martin. A runoff, if needed, is set for November 5, 2019 and the general election January 21, 2020. If a runoff is not necessary, the general election will be November 5, 2019.

August 20....Dickson, Tennessee.
West Highland Rim Forestry Association Meeting at the Tennsco Community Center, 115 Tennsco Drive. Topic: Chronic Wasting Disease. Fee: $10. To register call Dickson County Extension at (615) 446-2788.

August 20...Covington County 8 AM - 3 PM.
Chainsaw Safety Workshop at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia. Topics include: Safety Practices, Chainsaw Design, Ergonomics, Starting, Limbing, Basic Felling, and On-site Demonstrations. Pre-registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

August 20...Brandon, Mississippi 8 AM - 5 PM.
Alternative Management Regimes for a Low Stumpage Price Economy at the Rankin County Extension Building, 601 Marquette Road. An example of the management decisions to be discussed will be: Sell cheap now or delay thinning, Increasing yields to offset low prices, Various modifications to thinning, Planting fewer trees and Natural regeneration. Speaker: Dr. Barry Shiver. Fee: $125. For more information email Steve Butler at sbutler@timbercorp.net.

August 20-21...Tifton, Georgia.
Forest Herbicide Workshop at Tift County Extension Office, 1468 Carpenter Road South. Topics include: Safety and application, Modes of action, Aquatic vegetation control, Site prep, Herbaceous weed control, and Exotic plant control. Fee: $250; $50 discount if paid by August 9. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

August 20-22...Miramar Beach, Florida.
Florida Forestry Association (FFA) Annual Meeting at the Sandestin Gold and Beach Resort. Fee: $375; $30 discount if paid by July 29. Call FFA at (850) 222-5646.


CANCELLED
AFOA Forestry Field Day

August 21...Russell County.
Forestry Field Day with Kelvin Welsh, Consulting Forester. RSVP Pat Richeson at (205) 624-2225 or pricheson@afoa.org.
 

August 22...Lee County 8 AM.
SmartMap 2.0 Workshop at the Caterpillar Training Center, 6155 Heath Road, Auburn. This workshop provides a more in-depth review than SmartMap 1.0 with hands-on training in the use of apps for planning and conducting UAS flights. SmartMap 2.0 focuses on using low-cost UAS technology for video capture, forest mapping, and other natural resource applications. Limit of 25 attendees. Fee: $50. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 259-6507 or smartmap@auburn.eduRegister here.

August 23...Columbus, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:15 PM.
Game Camera Surveys and Forest Management for White-tailed Deer at Lowndes County Extension Office, 485 Tom Rose Road. Fee: $15; lunch provided. Call Reid Nevins at (662) 328-2111.

August 26-29...Baldwin County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course at 53856 Highway 59, Stockton. Fee: $150. Limited seating. For more info call Marti Davis at (334) 240-9332. Registration opens June 1.

August 27...Montgomery County.
Special Primary Election Republican Runoff for vacant House District 74 seat. This seat was previously held by state Representative Dimitri Polizos. The general election is set for November 12, 2019.

August 27...Madison County 9:30 AM - 12:45 PM.
Practical, Code-Compliant Detailing for Midrise Wood Structures at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 720 Gallatin Street SW, Huntsville. Speaker: Jeff Peters, Woodworks. Pre-registration required and space is limited. Fee: $20; lunch included. For more information email Courtney Rouse at courtney.rouse@woodworks.org.

August 27-29...Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Louisiana Forestry Association Annual Meeting at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino Resort. Fee: $305. Contact Karla Johnson at (318) 443-2558 or lfa@laforestry.com.

August 28...Jackson County 9 AM - 2 PM. Was July 24, but moved to this date.
Getting the Most from Your Forestland at the Scottsboro VFW Post, 1616 Jefferson Drive, Scottsboro. Topics: Forest and Economic Development, Timber Markets, Non-timber Income Production, Investing in a Consulting Forester, and More. Adam Maggard will demonstrate a Woodmizer portable sawmill. For more information call (256) 574-2143.

August 28...Jefferson County 9:30 AM - 12:45 PM. Venue Change. Was Joe's Italian in Shelby County.
Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design at Architecture Works, 130 19th Street South, Birmingham. Speaker: Jeff Peters, Woodworks. Pre-registration required and space is limited. Fee: $20; lunch included. For more information email Courtney Rouse at courtney.rouse@woodworks.org.

August 29...Middleton, Tennessee 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Natural Resources Enterprises Workshop at Lone Oaks Farm, 10000 Lake Hardeman Road. Learn about generating supplemental income from your property including the pros and cons and income potential of each. Registration required for lunch. For more info call (731) 425-4703.

August 29-30...Fayette County.
Forestry Continuing Education at Bevill State Community College in Fayette. Topics include: Best Management Practices (BMPs), Advancement in Pine Genetics, and Turkey Management in Pine Stands. A tour of Weyerhaeuser Sawmill/Log Yard included as well. Qualifies for CFE hours. Fee: $225; lunch included. For more information call (205) 932-0469.

> September 2019

September 4-6...Baldwin County.
Alabama Water Resources Conference & Symposium at Perdido Beach Resort, 27200 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach. Fee: $350. For more information call Rachel at (334) 844-1163. Click Here for online registration form.

September 5...Walker County 9 - 10:30 AM.
Forestry Planning Committee Meeting at 1501 North Airport Road, Jasper. Forest landowners are welcome to attend and participate. Contact Andrew Baril at (205) 388-6893 or ajb0012@aces.edu.

September 5...Pontotoc, Mississippi 6 PM.
Pontotoc County Forestry Association Meeting at the Pontotoc Extension Office. Topic: Invasive Species. Speaker: John Willis. To attend RSVP at (662) 489-3910. Editor’s Note: John Willis spoke at the 2019 AFOA Annual Meeting and his presentation on Managing Stands of Mixed Pine & Hardwoods is on the AFOA website.

September 5...Clay County 6:30 PM.
Managing Quail on Your Property at Miss Anita’s Café, Hwy 9 between Lineville and Ashland. To attend, RSVP Josh at (256) 618-1149.

September 6...DeKalb County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at Sylvania High School, Sylvania. 3rd grade students only. Contact Joey Haymon at (256) 638-5551 or jbhaymon@dekalbk12.org.

September 6...Lexington, Mississippi 9 AM.
Holmes County Forestry Association Meeting at Black Creek Outfitters, 2835 Bowling Green Road. Topics: Mature Hardwoods, New CREP Plantings, Native Grass Practices, and More. Call Betsy Padgett at (662) 834-2795.

September 6...Teleconference Noon CT.
CANCELLED Due To The August Recess First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

September 8...Baldwin County.
Forest Landowner Issues at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach. Topics: Carbon Banking, Endangered Species Act, Deal Structuring, Insurance Issues Affecting the Timber Industry, and Trade Issues Affecting the Timber Industry. Fee: $150; $75 discount if registered for the Alabama Forestry Association Annual Meeting. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

September 8-10...Baldwin County.
Alabama Forestry Association Annual Meeting at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach. Fee: $495; $20 discount if paid by August 31. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

September 9...Lee County 8 AM - 4 PM. Workshop Location Has Been Updated
ForestHer Wildlife Management: A Workshop for Women Who Love the Land at the ALFA Building, 961 S. Donahue Drive, Auburn. This workshop for women will feature presentations about wildlife management in a relaxed, fun setting. Fee: $65. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

September 10...Cleburne County 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Bats & Forest Workshop at the Cleburne Mountain Center, 6751 Highway 78, Heflin. The workshop includes a field trip to the Shoal Creek Ranger District, Talladega National Forest. Fee: $10. For more info call Allison Cochran at (205) 489-5111.

September 10...Lee County 8 AM - 4 PM. Workshop Location Has Been Updated
ForestHer Pond Management: A Workshop for Women Who Love the Land at the ALFA Building, 961 S. Donahue Drive, Auburn. This workshop for women will feature presentations about pond management in a relaxed, fun setting. Fee: $65. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

September 10...Athens, Georgia 8 AM.
Upper Oconee Forests and Drinking Water Forum at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Road. Lunch provided. Contact Cassidy Lord at (970) 201-2577 or info@uown.org. Editor’s note: Members who have attended similar events held by this group have reported concerns that the rights of forest owners might be forgotten in the sponsors’ zeal to protect water quality. If you attend, please send AFOA a brief report.

September 10...Columbia, South Carolina 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Pine Straw Workshop & Field Tour at Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road, Columbia. The purpose of this workshop is to help landowners balance the income from harvesting operations while preserving desired wildlife and ecological functions. Fee: $20. For more information email ghollan@clemson.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

September 10...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
News Conference for Forest Owners.

Each month the 15 minute telephone/Internet conference features 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: September 10, 2019 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

September 10...Gulfport, Mississippi 5:30 PM.
George County Pellet Mill Workshop at Lyman Community Center, 13472 Hwy 49. Mr. Rick Frederick, Enviva, will provide details on plans for the pellet mill. Fee: $10; dinner included. To register, call the Harrison County Extension at (228) 865-4227.

September 11...Covington County 7:30 AM - 12 PM Noon.
Fall Landowner Tour at 28420 Hilltop Lane, Andalusia. Topics: Hydro powered Ram Pump, Wildlife management, Forest management objectives, Beekeeping, and Farm pond management. Registration required. Lunch provided. Contact Covington County Extension at (334) 222-1125 or mlw0025@auburn.edu.

September 11...Walker County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Forestry Planning Committee Meeting at the Wade Math & Science Building, 14th Street East, Jasper. Professional Loggers Management Workshop. Topics: Forest Taxes and Its Implications on Harvests, How Conservation Initiatives are Changing Eastern Forests, Wild Turkey Considerations in Forest Management, Best Management Practices (BMPs), and More. Forest landowners are welcome to attend and participate. Pre-registration is required. Call the Walker Soil/Water Conservation District at (205) 387-1879.

September 11...Mobile County 10 AM.
Wills & Trusts: When, How, and Why? at Providence Hospital DePaul Center, 6801 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. This seminar addresses concerns about wills and trusts and answers difficult questions with serious legal consequences. To register, contact (251) 431-6014 or office@laddfirm.com.

September 12...Marengo County 9 AM - 3 PM.
CANCELLED   Getting the Most from Your Forestland at the Tutt Land Company and Alabama Whitetail Records Museum, 6352 2nd Ave., Thomaston. Topics may include: Forest and Economic Development, Timber Markets, Non-timber Income Production, Investing in a Consulting Forester, and More. To RSVP contact Christina at (334) 295-5959 or cll0038@auburn.edu.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

September 12...Cherokee County 9:30 AM.
Forestry Field Day will meet at the Ellis Ag building, 7265 AL Hwy 9 South, Centre, AL. GPS Coord: 34.06761, -85.61279  We will caravan to the property at 10 AM, then return to the Ellis Ag building for a Dutch Treat lunch. Come meet with Consulting Forester Jason McGee. Topic: From Seedlings to Sawtimber - Reforestation process, Post planting activities, Mid-rotation management, and Selling your sawtimber to maximize your return. RSVP Pat Richeson at (205) 624-2225 or pricheson@afoa.org.
 

September 12...St. Clair County 9:45 AM - 1 PM.
Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Workshop at Alfa Insurance, 32775 US-231, Ashville. Topics: Wildlife Planning for Your Property, Conservation Programs, and Forestry Management Planning. Lunch provided. RSVP at (205) 338-7215 or stclair@alconservationdistricts.org.

September 12...Crenshaw County 6:30 PM.
Managing Family Forest for Future Return at the Tom Harbin Ag Center, 816 Airport Road, Luverne. Speaker: Dr. Adam Maggard, Auburn University. Meal included. To attend RSVP Crenshaw County Extension at (334) 335-6312.

September 13...Pike County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Forest Management & Planning at the Pike County Extension Office, 306 South Three Notch Street, Troy. Topics: Timber Market Outlook, Tax Update, Adverse Possession, Timber Trespass, Cost & Trends of Forestry Practices, and More. Limited seating. Fee: $50. To register, call the Wiregrass Research Center at (334) 693-2010.

September 16...Tuscaloosa County 8 AM.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Re-certification Workshop at Alabama Fire College, 2501 Phoenix Drive, Tuscaloosa. Fee: $100. Limited seating. For more info call Marti Davis at (334) 240-9332. Registration opens June 1. Parking lot at the western end of the fire college facility; sign will be at the building where class will be held.

September 17...Lamar County 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Forestry Planning Committee Meeting at the Vernon City Complex. Topics: Timber Management, Best Management Practices (BMPs), Tree Seedlings, Services of Alabama Forestry Commission, and Pesticide Safety Videos. Fee: $15; lunch included. Call Cindy at (205) 695-7139.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

September 17...Lauderdale County 9:30 AM.
Forestry Field Day will meet at the Waterloo Boat Ramp (North Side) in Waterloo. GPS Coord: 34.91518; -88.05868. We will caravan to the property, take the tour, then caravan back to Oakland Café for a Dutch Treat lunch. Come meet with Consulting Forester Billy Rye. Topic: The Value of a Consulting Forester. We will answer the following questions: What is a Consulting Forester? What does a Consulting Forester do? How can a Consulting Forester be of value to me? RSVP Pat Richeson at (205) 624-2225 or pricheson@afoa.org.
 

September 17...Jacksonville, Florida 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM ET.
Pond Management Workshop at Three Covies Preserve, 11450 Branan Field Road. Topics: Weed management, Electrofishing, Water chemistry, Fish health, Bank management, and Grass Carp licensing. Bring plants and water samples for free analysis. Fee: $20; lunch included. Call Duval Extension Office at (904) 255-7450.

September 17-19...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 17-20...Tuscaloosa County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course at Alabama Fire College, 2501 Phoenix Drive, Tuscaloosa. Fee: $150. Limited seating. For more info call Marti Davis at (334) 240-9332. Registration opens June 1. Parking lot at the western end of the fire college facility; sign will be at the building where class will be held.

September 18...Athens, Georgia.
US Endowment for Forestry-Based Innovation will create a Forest Innovation Reviews forum for presenting ideas about forests, forest management, forest products, and forest-rich communities conveyed through short talks. The deadline for nominating yourself or someone else to present at the forum is February 28. For more information contact Carlton Owen at (864) 233-7646 or carlton@usendowment.org.

September 18...Dale County.
Alabama Tortoise Alliance at Hoppergrass Restaurant, Ozark. Fee: $25. Lunch included. Contact Ericha Nix at (334) 242-3469 or ericha.shelton-nix@dcnr.alabama.gov.

September 18...Baldwin County 9:30 AM.
Landowner Tour at Confederate Conservation Bluff, 41241 County Road 86, Bay Minette. Topics: Management Goals, Aerial Drone Mapping for Forest Landowners, Certifications, Prescribed Burning for Longleaf, Quail Initiative, and Financial Assistance. To attend RSVP Richard Fields at richard.fields@forestry.alabama.gov.

September 19...McAlpin, Florida 9 AM ET.
Landowner Tour at RFM Farms. Attendees will meet at the McGranahan’s “Cookshack” off of 184th Street. The landowner’s primary management objectives are timber production, grazing, and wildlife management. Some walking so dress accordingly. Fee: $15; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

September 19...Calhoun County 9:45 AM - 12:45 PM.
Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Workshop at the Oxford Civic Center, Room 200, 401 McCullars Lane, Oxford. Topics: Wildlife Planning for Your Property, Conservation Programs, and Forestry Management Planning. Lunch provided. RSVP at (256) 835-7821 or calhounswcd@gmail.com.

September 19...Dale County 5 - 8:30 PM.
Landowner Workshop at the Hoppergrass Restaurant, 129 East Avenue N., Ozark. Topics: Managing Timber to Markets, Aerial Drone Mapping, Feral Hog Control, and Financial Assistance. Contact Andrew Green at (334) 774-4749x3 or andrew.green@dcnr.alabama.gov.

September 19...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 (334) 285-4550.

September 20...Macon County 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Integrated Approach for Preventing Diseases and Parasites in Small Ruminants at 102 Mary Starke Harper Hall, Tuskegee University. If you use goats to reduce fire hazard or control kudzu or other weeds on your property, this workshop might help you improve the health of your animals. Fee: $30; $5 discount if paid by September 6. Working breakfast & lunch provided. Contact Dr. Uma Karki at (334) 421-2139 or ukarki@tuskegee.edu.

September 20...Vaiden, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:15 PM.
Game Camera Surveys and Forest Management for White-tailed Deer at Carmack Fish House, 24973 Hwy 35 N. Fee: $15; lunch provided. Call Taylor Casey at (662) 289-5431.

September 21...Conecuh County 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Field Day at Saloom Properties, 2835 Booker Mill Road, Evergreen. Come learn about opportunities to improve your forest management. The field day will feature: Timber Industry Experts, Sawmill Demo, Chainsaw sculptor, From Sawed Logs to Furniture, and more. Limited to 1st 50 participants. To register visit www.conecuhswcd.com

September 20-22...Shelby County.
Outdoor Alabama Experience at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham. This family-oriented workshop features hands-on learning about camping, hiking, biking, wildlife watching, shooting sports, fishing, hunting, kayaking, and more! All activities you might do on your forestland. Staff will be available to help with campsite setup for new campers. Fee: $100 per 2 family members plus $25 per additional family member. Includes all meals. For more information contact Emily at (334) 201-9967 or emily.vanderford@dcnr.alabama.gov.

September 24...Russell County 6 PM.
Forestry Workshop and Dinner at The Old Seale Russell County Courthouse, 91 Longview Street, Seale. Fee: $10. Contact Jennifer Davidson at (334) 298-6845 or jenniferd@auburn.edu.

September 24...Crenshaw County 6:30 PM.
Managing Family Forest for Future Return at the Tom Harbin Ag Center, 816 Airport Road, Luverne. Speaker: Dr. Adam Maggard, Auburn University. Meal included. To attend RSVP Crenshaw County Extension at (334) 335-6312.

September 24-26...Cleburne County.
Longleaf Academy: Understory Diversity U201 at Talladega Mountains Natural Resource Center, 6751 AL-4, Heflin. The workshop will focus on the study of native plant identification, ecological functions of groundcover, understory restoration techniques, and management methods. Fee: $200; lunch included. Pre-registration is required. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

September 24-26...Starkville, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course at Hilton Garden Inn, 975 Highway 12 East. The course is open to the public and designed for anyone wishing to become a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager in Mississippi. Prescribed burning is one of the most efficient and cost-effective tools available to foresters and landowners in the Southeast for understory management, fuel reduction, site preparation, wildfire risk reduction, and wildlife habitat improvement. Fee: $250. Contact Allen Stroud at (769) 798-2597 or astroud@mfc.ms.gov.

September 25...Tifton, Georgia 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM ET.
Georgia Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting at the Tifton Campus Conference Center. Fee: $35; breakfast and lunch included. Contact Jessica McCorvey at (229) 734-4706x289 or jessica.mccorvey@jonesctr.org.

September 26...Conecuh County 8 AM.
SmartMap 2.0 Workshop at Reid State Technical College, 100 Hwy 83, Evergreen. This workshop provides a more in-depth review than SmartMap 1.0 with hands-on training in the use of apps for planning and conducting UAS flights. SmartMap 2.0 focuses on using low-cost UAS technology for video capture, forest mapping, and other natural resource applications. Limit of 25 attendees. Fee: $50. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 259-6507 or smartmap@auburn.edu.   Register here

September 26...Tuscaloosa County 8 AM.
Fall Field Day at the Oakmulgee Wildlife Management Area. Topics may include: Herbicide, Trapping demonstration, Chronic Wasting Disease Update, and more. To RSVP call Tuscaloosa County Extension Office at (205) 349-4630.

September 26...Chambers County 5:30 - 7:50 PM.
Forest Landowners Conference at Farmers Federation Building, LaFayette. Topics: Cost Share Opportunities & Issue Advocacy with Legislators. Fee: $7; dinner included. To RSVP call Dennis at (334) 864-9542.

> October 2019

October 1...Morgan County 5:30 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Ingalls Harbor, 802-B Wilson Street NW, Decatur. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $35; youth under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at (334) 285-4550.

October 1-3...Jackson, Mississippi.
Mississippi Forestry Association Annual Meeting at the Hilton Jackson, 1001 E. County Line Road. Fee: $445. Contact Casey Anderson at (601) 354-4936 or canderson@msforestry.net.

October 1-3...Van Buren, Missouri.
Biennial Shortleaf Pine Conference at The Landing on the banks of the Current River. Fee: $200; $50 discount if paid by August 31. For more information email Mike Black at mblack10@utk.edu.

October 3...Chilton County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
SmartMap 1.0 Workshop at the Chilton Regional Research and Extension Center, 120 County Road 756, Clanton. This workshop introduces audiences to low-cost and easy to use geospatial mapping applications (apps) that can be used on smartphones or iPads. It introduces audiences to GIS, GPS, Smartphone GIS applications, UAV (drone) technology and its applications for video capture and forest mapping. Fee: $50. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 259-6507 or smartmap@auburn.edu Register here

October 3...Greensboro, Florida 9 AM ET.
Landowner Tour at Crooked Creek Preserve on Hwy 270. Attendees will see longleaf pine, blooming wildflowers, native bee nesting boxes, bee hives, gopher tortoise burrows, and extensive damage to ravine system caused by Hurricane Michael. This is a walking tour so dress accordingly. Take necessary precautions if you have allergies to bee stings. Fee: $15; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

October 3...High Springs, Florida 10 AM - 12:30 PM.
Invasive Species Management at O’Leno State Park. The meeting will include a presentation on a new herbicide application method. Bring a brown-bag lunch. RSVP to northcentral@floridainvasives.org

October 3...Ackerman, Mississippi 5:30 - 8 PM.
Timber Taxes at Mississippi State University Extension, Harmon Circle - Courthouse Annex. Speaker: Dr. John Kushla. Meal provided. To RSVP call (662) 285-6337.

October 4...Teleconference Noon CT.
CANCELLED   First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

October 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, bird watching, shooting sports, and many more. For women 18 years or older. Courses are held rain or shine. Fee: $275; includes meals and lodging. Contact Hope Grier at 1-800-245-2740 or hope.grier@dcnr.alabama.gov.

October 7...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 wild game recipes. Fee: $50; youth under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at (334) 285-4550.

October 7-11...Lauderdale County.
Falling into the Forest at Joe Wheeler State Park’s Red Loop Trail Head near Pavilion #3 is a Crash Course for Junior Naturalists. The course is nature lessons for preschool and elementary age kids ages 2-11 in two groups. You will need bug spray, sunscreen, appropriate outdoor clothing and shoes, water, and camera (if desired). For info contact Blaire Baxter at (601) 618-1416 or blaire.baxter@ymail.com.

October 8...Cleveland, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 12 Noon.
Tree Identification Workshop at the Bolivar County Agricultural Center, 406 North Martin Luther King Drive. Please wear field clothes and insect repellant. Fee: $10. Call Laura Giccaglia at (662) 843-8362.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

October 9...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
News Conference for Forest Owners.

This 15 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: October 9, 2019 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

October 9...Online 12 PM Noon CT.
The Oak Decline in the United States webinar will provide a general overview of symptoms, range, impact, and possible management strategies. Presenter: Ryan Blaedow, U.S. Forest Service. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

October 10...Bainbridge, Georgia 9 AM - 1 PM ET.
Safe Harbor Workshop provided by Tall Timbers, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Jones Center at Ichauway. The US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Safe Harbor program provides some assurance to landowners who manage their land to provide Red-Cockaded Woodpecker habitat that the landowners won’t be prosecuted if a woodpecker should be harmed by management activities. Contact Amy Allen to RSVP: (850) 893-4153x249 or aallen@talltimbers.org.

October 10...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Forest Plant Identification at Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue. This is a walking event in the woods. Wear appropriate clothing. Fee: $15; lunch provided. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

October 12-13...DeKalb County.
Women’s Backpacking Trip for Beginners at the DeSoto State Park Nature Center. This class for women will teach basic skills such as pitching and striking a tent, fire craft, water processing, camping etiquette, food and bear safety, and map reading basics. Hiking is moderate at about 4 1/2 miles round trip. Fee: $85; all food and supplies included. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. Contact Robert Wilson at (209) 559-0040 or sps@sevenpinessurvival.com.

October 14-15...Dale County.
ForestHer Basics: A Workshop for Women Who Love the Land at the Dale County Extension Office, 202 S Highway 123, Suite D, Ozark. This workshop for women will feature presentations about the history of Alabama's forests and an introduction to what women need to learn about forest management in a relaxed, fun setting. Fee: $65. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 329-0554 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

Until October 31...Entries accepted for the Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest.
All amateur photographers invited to enter. Categories include, but not limited to: Birds of a Feather, Bugs and Butterflies, Coastal Life, Cold-blooded Critters, Nature-Based Recreation, Watchable Wildlife, State Park Adventures, Advanced Amateur, and more. Contact Kim Nix at (334) 242-3151 or kim.nix@dcnr.alabama.gov.


End of 2019 Calendar of Past Events