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2020 Calendar of Past Events

last update: 10/23/2020

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

> January 2020

January 1...Cleburne County 11 AM.
First Day Hike at Cheaha State Park, LNT Bigfoot Trail Head (by the Hotel). Start the year off with a hike with Mandy Pearson, Park Naturalist. She will teach about plants, animals, native Americans, the Civilian Conservation Corp., ecosystems, Leave No Trace, and much more. Wear good shoes/boots and bring water. Contact Mandy Pearson at (256) 412-9938 or mandy.pearson@dcnr.alabama.gov.

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 1...Shelby County 5:30 AM.
First Day Hike at the North Trailhead for a pre-sunrise hike to King's Chair. Use Front Gate Entrance Only. This is considered an advanced hike for some. Wear good shoes/boots, bring water, bring snacks, and a flashlight as it will be dark. Call Oak Mountain State Park at (205) 620-2520.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

January 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 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: January 8, 2020 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

January 9...Montgomery County.
Annual Nonpoint Source Conference at Renaissance Hotel Conference Center, Montgomery. The conference format consists of presentations on projects, topics, efforts associated with nonpoint source pollution and its impact on water quality. Contact Amanda LoCascio at (334) 394-4350 or amanda.locascio@adem.alabama.gov. Editor’s Note: Nonpoint Source Water Quality Regulations have a direct affect on the management of, and income from, your land.

January 11-12...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 14-16...Ridgeland, South Carolina.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 at the Blue Heron Nature Center. Topics include: History of longleaf, Use of fire, Artificial regeneration, Natural regeneration, Stand management, Diseases, Economics, and more. Fee: $150; includes lunches. Contact Karen at (414) 379-9697 or karen@longleafalliance.org.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

January 17...Covington County, 9:30 AM.
The Forestry Field Day will meet at David’s Catfish in Andalusia. We will caravan to the property no later than 10 AM, take the tour, then return to David’s Catfish for a Dutch Treat lunch. Come meet John Loflin, Consulting Forester as he covers topics such as: Forest management for small landowners: Replanting, choosing the right species for the site, prescribed burning, and forming a co-op with neighboring landowners for a more successful timber sale. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (205) 624-2225 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

January 18-19...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. Fee: $10. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

January 21...Gulfport, Mississippi 5:30 PM.
Hancock/Harrison County Forestry & Wildlife Association Annual Meeting at Lyman Community Center, 13742 Hwy. 49 North. Fee: $10; meal provided. Pre-registration required by January 17. Contact Tim Ray at (228) 865-4227 or tim.ray@msstate.edu.

January 22...Chipley, Florida 8 AM - 4 PM CT.
Learn & Burn Workshop at 2706 Roche Road. This is an opportunity for private landowners to walk through the planning and burn prescription process for the burn that will be conducted that day. Cotton jeans / pants, long-sleeved cotton shirt, safety glasses, all leather hiking / work boots with heavy soles, and leather gloves are required to participate in the burn. Due to the need for good weather conditions alternative dates 23-25 may be used. Participants will be notified of any changes due to weather. Call Don Buchanan at (850) 381-3522.

January 22...Online 11 AM - Noon 12 PM CT.
Mixed Stand Management webinar is the first webinar of a series that will delve into the underlying theory of mixed stated management for small landowners in the southeast. Topics covered include: forest health, forest productivity, economic risk, and trade-offs associated with managing mixed stands. Presenter: John Willis - Research Forester, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station. If you have issues connecting to the webinar contact contact@sref.infoJohn Willis spoke about Managing Stands of Mixed Pine & Hardwoods at the 2019 AFOA Annual Meeting. See his presentation on the AFOA website.

January 23...Silver Springs, Florida 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM ET.
Longleaf Pine Forest Restoration & Management at Silver Springs State Park, 5656 Silver Springs Blvd. Topics: Why Longleaf, Establishing Longleaf, Prescribed Fire, Managing Wildlife in Longleaf, Pine Straw Harvesting, and Prescribed Fire Demonstration (weather permitting). Fee: $15; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

January 23...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.

January 24 - February 16…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 25-26...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. Fee: $10. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

January 26-28...Baldwin County.
Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) Government Affairs Committee Meeting at The Grand Hotel, 1 Grand Boulevard, Point Clear. 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.

January 27-31...Baldwin County.
Learn to Burn will be held near Old Ganey Road and Highway 59 at the Big Tallawampa property. Experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between January 27–31. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Limited to 20 participants. Contact Ryan Mitchell at (251) 937-7176 or jrm0023@auburn.edu.

January 28...Kissimmee, Florida 9 AM - 4 PM ET.
Herbicide Use for Natural Areas at the Osceola County Extension Building, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane. Topics include: reading a label, herbicide safety, treatment recommendations, mixing math, decontamination, calibration, and integrating herbicide use with your management plan. Bring your own lunch. Call the Extension Office at (321) 697-3000.

January 30...Lakeland, Georgia 8:30 AM - 1 PM ET.
Feral Swine & Trapping Demonstration Workshop at UGA Extension, Lanier County, 162 W Thigpen Avenue. Topics include: Disease Issues, Water Quality Issues, Control Techniques, Trapping, Regulations, and More. Lunch provided. Pre-registration required. For more information email info@gacd.us.  Register at www.gacd.us/events

January 30...Marianna, Florida 9 AM - 2 PM CT.
Tri-State Bobwhite Symposium at the Jackson County Extension, 2741 Penn Avenue, Suite 3. Topics include: Bobwhite Biology and Ecology, Forestry in a Bobwhite Context, Northern Bobwhite & Prescribed Fire, Using Native Warm Season Grasses for Cattle and Bobwhites, and Landscape Scale Planning for Bobwhites. Pre-registration by January 23 is required. For registration details contact (617) 686-3012 or jmcguire@quailforever.org.

 

> February 2020

February 4...Jefferson County 6:30 - 8 PM.
Alabama Mushroom Society North/Central meets monthly at The Lumbar, 212 29th Street South, Birmingham. Non-members are welcome to attend. Contact the Mushroom Society.

February 4-6...Henry County.
Learn and Burn will be held near Capps. Experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between February 4–6. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Limited to 10 participants. Lunch provided. Contact Greg Brewer at (334) 329-1106 or gbrewer@alaforestry.org.

February 5...Immokalee, Florida 8 AM - 4:30 PM ET.
Certified Pile Burner Course at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, 2685 State Road 29 North. This course will show you how to burn piles legally, safely, and efficiently. Fee: $50. For more information contact Dr. Mongi Zekri at (239) 595-5494 or maz@ufl.edu.

February 5-7...Baldwin County.
Alabama Recreational Trails Conference at Gulf State Park and Lodge, 21196 E. Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores. This conference will present trends and ideas for creating recreational trails that are inclusive, accessible, and connected. Fee: $195. Outdoor Mobile Workshops on February 5 are additional $50. Call the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development at (205) 348-7058. Editor’s Note: Landowners would find it prudent to stay aware of trail creation plans and the impact of planned trails. Public trails require property, and short-term and long-term funding (tax dollars). Should the state compete with private landowners in providing this recreation opportunity?

February 6...Tifton, Georgia 8:30 AM - 5 PM ET.
2020 Timber Taxation Workshop at the Tifton Campus Conference Center, 15 RDC Road. Timber taxes are one of the major expenses every private forest landowner has. Federal and state incentives are available to provide tax relief to qualified forest landowners. However, many of them continue to pay more than their fair share due to lack of knowledge on timber taxation. The recent tax reform added more complexity to it. 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 2019. Instructor: Dr. Yanshu Li, University of Georgia. Fee: $140; $25 discount if paid by January 23. Lunch included. For more information contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.

February 6...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: 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? It sounds as if John Archibald thinks forest landowners do not pay enough in taxes per his article at www.al.com/news/2019/10/who-owns-alabama-and-doesnt-pay-their-share.html Yet, is it not correct that Forever Wild property (over 271,000 acres) does not pay property taxes?

February 7...Philadelphia, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 1 PM.
Neshoba County Forestry Association Workshop at the Neshoba County Coliseum, 12000 Highway 15N. Topic: Herbicides for Forest Management. Fee: $25; lunch included. To register, call (601) 656-4011.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

February 7...Fayette County 9 AM.
The Forestry Field Day will meet at the Fayette County Extension office at 650 McConnell Loop in Fayette. We will have an indoor demonstration on filing your chainsaw, enjoy a Dutch Treat lunch at Lisa’s Barbecue, and then caravan to the woods for a field visit. Come meet Greg West, Consulting Forester and contract saw instructor for the US Forest Service. Topic: Becoming a Savvy Sawyer and Filing Phenom: Guide Bar Maintenance and Saw Chain Filing. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (205) 624-2225 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

February 10...Mobile County 7 - 9 PM.
Alabama Mushroom Society South meets monthly at Whole Foods, 3968 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. Non-members are welcome to attend. Contact the Mushroom Society.

February 10 - March 28...Online.
Forest Principles, Practices, and Stewardship for Landowners is a 6-week online course that teaches forestry basics for landowners who want to start being more proactive with their forestland management. The course will include topics such as determining the best forest type for your property, locating boundary lines and map reading, forest tree measurements, forest thinning for timber and wildlife, and forest product markets. Learn at your own pace with the course wrapping up with an optional forestry field day at Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest in Auburn. Fee: $60. Contact Adam Maggard at (334) 844-2401 or adm0074@auburn.edu.

February 11...Hattiesburg, Mississippi 8 AM - 4 PM.
CANCELLED   Forrest/Lamar County Forestry Association Meeting at the County Extension Office, 952 Sullivan Drive. Topic: Income Taxes and the Family Forest - Timber Tax Overview, Importance of a forest management plan, Record keeping, Basics of basis, Timber sales income, Recovery of reforestation costs, Deducting management expenses, Strategic tax planning, Tax forms, and More. Fee: $50; lunch included. For more information call Matt Thornton at (601) 545-6083.

February 11...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.

February 11...Jefferson County 6:15 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Meeting at Golden Corral, 3117 Lorna Road, Hoover. For more information email Robert Carr at coalcarr123@gmail.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

February 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: February 12, 2020 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

February 12-16...Nashville, Tennessee.
Annual National Wild Turkey Federation National Convention at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Fee: $20/day. Call Marsha at 1-800-843-6983.

February 13...Covington County 8:30 AM - 2:45 PM.
Forestry Pesticide Use Training Workshop at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia. 5 PLM Hours. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Contact Charles Simon at (334) 222-1125 or simoncm@aces.edu.

February 13...Barbour County 5:30 - 8 PM.
Forest Management & Planning for Landowners at the Barbour County Extension Office, 525 School Street, Eufaula. Topics include: Timber market outlooks, Costs/Trends of forestry practices, and 2020 tax updates for landowners. To register, call the Extension Office at (334) 687-5688.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

February 13
...Shelby County 6 - 8 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at Nino's Italian Restaurant, 2698 Pelham Parkway, Pelham. No-host dinner at 6 PM. Then listen to a 15 minute program, and talk about the issues with other forest landowners. Limited seating. To attend, RSVP AFOA at (205) 624-2225 or rll@afoa.org.

February 13...Baldwin County 6 - 8 PM.
Managing Small Woodlots at 8300 AL-104, Fairhope. This event will discuss challenges and opportunities landowners face when managing small woodlots of 40 or less acres. Contact Ryan Mitchell at (251) 937-7176 or jrm0023@auburn.edu.

February 15-16...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. Fee: $10. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 17-21...Bullock County.
Learn and Burn will be held at the Sehoy Plantation. Experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between February 17–21. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Limited to 80 participants. Contact Tyler Sibley at (256) 612-7694 or tsibley@alaforestry.org.

February 18...Baker, Florida 8 AM - 4 PM CT.
Learn & Burn Workshop at Gum Creek Lodge, 5741 Gum Creek Lodge Road. This is an opportunity for private landowners to walk through the planning and burn prescription process for the burn that will be conducted that day. Cotton jeans / pants, long-sleeved cotton shirt, safety glasses, all leather hiking / work boots with heavy soles, and leather gloves are required to participate in the burn. Due to the need for good weather conditions alternative dates 19-22 may be used. Participants will be notified of any changes due to weather. Call Don Buchanan at (850) 381-3522.

February 19...Cullman County 12 PM Noon.
Tree and Shrub Informational Program at the North Alabama Agriplex, 1714 Tally Ho Street SW, Cullman. Free lunch and learn about trees and shrubs available from the local forestry committee on February 20 at the Agriplex. For more information call Tony Glover at (256) 737-9386.

February 20...Dale County 10 AM.
Alabama Tortoise Alliance at Hoppergrass Restaurant, 129 S. East Avenue, Ozark. This is the last meeting before the United States Fish & Wildlife Service window closes for submitting information for the gopher tortoise species status assessment listing decision. Fee: $25. Lunch included. Contact Ericha Nix at (334) 242-3469 or ericha.shelton-nix@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 20...Bullock County 11:30 AM - 1 PM.
Pond Management Lunch & Learn at the Bullock County Extension Office, 21578 Highway 82-E., Union Springs. Bring your lunch and come learn about recreational pond management practices. Bring a water and/or weed sample for identification and testing. To register, call the Extension Office at (334) 738-2580.

February 20...Knoxville, Tennessee 5 PM ET.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Ye Olde Steak House, 6838 Chapman Highway. Topics: Hardwood tariff's effects on production and exports and other Hardwood issues of interest. Speaker: Dr. Andrew Muhammad, University of Tennessee. Fee: $TBD. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

February 20...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.

February 21-23...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 23-25...Panama City Beach, Florida.
Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting at the Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort. Theme: "Recovering From the Storm: Where We Have Been, and Where We Are Going". Topics may include: Assessment through remote sensing, Salvage, Tax implications, Impact to wood supply, Alternative silviculture, Policy concerns, Legislative concerns, and more. Professional foresters and landowners are welcome to attend to hear conference speakers address economic, environmental, and policy issues. Fee: $405. For more information contact Danielle Atkins at (706) 631-4440 or se.saf.businessmanager@gmail.com.

February 25...Panama City, Florida 8 AM.
Northwest Florida Ecotourism Summit at 4750 Collegiate Drive. Fee: $30; $10 discount if paid by February 7. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

February 26...Milton, Florida 8 AM - 3 PM CT.
Forest Health Training at the West Florida Research and Education Center, 5988 U.S. 90. The session will include presentations on: Invasive plant management, Hurricanes and bark and ambrosia beetles, Forest management post-disturbance, Insect and fungi management, and Single tree management after the storm. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

February 27...St. Clair County 8 AM - 1 PM.
Wild Turkey Management Workshop at 19426 US Highway 411, Springville. Topics include: Ecology/Biology, Prescribed fire, Predator management, Food plots, Forest management, Old field management, and Early succession. Fee: $25. Contact Spenser Bradley at (256) 303-4924 or seb0043@aces.edu.

February 29...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.

February 29-March 1...Choctaw County.
Alabama Adult Trappers Education Workshop at the Bent Creek Lodge in Jachin. The workshop will pass 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. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $200; includes Saturday's night lodging, lunch, steak dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

 

> March 2020

March 2 - May 22...Online.
Woodland Options for Landowners Online is a twelve week self-paced course covering topics such as: Setting management goals, Forest history, Using topographic maps, Using soil surveys, Marking boundary lines, Understanding your deed, Forest ecology, and Working with natural resource professionals. Fee: $45 per household. Contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

March 3...Bullock County.
Property Tax Vote - Bullock County voters will approve or say no to a 3 mill property tax increase proposal.

March 3...Jefferson County 6:30 - 8 PM.
Alabama Mushroom Society North/Central meets monthly at The Lumbar, 212 29th Street South, Birmingham. Non-members are welcome to attend. Contact the Mushroom Society.

March 3-4...Pike County.
ForestHer on Fire at the Colley Senior Complex, 715 Elm Street, Troy. This workshop will focus on teaching women landowners about Alabama’s historic fire regimes and how prescribed fire can and should be used as an effective land management tool. Dress ready for the woods. Most of day one, you will be indoors learning about fire behavior, safety, and management techniques. The remaining portion of the class will be spent in the woods applying what you learned in the classroom. Seating is limited, so preregistration is required. Fee: $65; includes lunch and dinner on day one; breakfast, breaks, and lunch on day two. To register, contact the Extension Office at (334) 566-0985.

March 3-5...Tallahassee, Florida.
Longleaf Academy: Fire & Longleaf F201 at the 13093 Henry Beadel Road. Topics include: Fire ecology, Burning young longleaf, Ignition patterns, Smoke management, Burn planning, and more. Fee: $150; includes lunch. Contact Karen Brown at (414) 379-9697 or karen@longleafalliance.org.

March 3-5...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. Limited to 30 participants. Contact Allen Stroud at (769) 798-2597 or astroud@mfc.ms.gov.

March 4...Lake Butler, Florida 11:30 AM ET.
Florida Forestry Association (FFA) Membership Meeting at the Hal Y. Maines Community Center. Lunch provided. RSVP by February 24. RSVP Krista Howard at (850) 222-5646 or krista@forestfla.org.

March 5...Monroe County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Recreational Pond Management at the Frisco City Farmers Cooperative, 20 Houston Street, Frisco City. Bring a water (20 oz container) and/or weed sample (wrapped in wet paper towel) for identification, analysis, and recommendations. Contact Willie Williams at (251) 575-3477 or williwe@aces.edu.

March 6...New Albany, Mississippi 8 AM - 4 PM.
Income Taxes and Family Forest Short Course at Union County Extension Office, 112 Fairground Circle. Come learn how to save money on your timber taxes. Fee: $45; lunch included. Pre-registration required. Contact Gina Wills at (662) 534-1917 or gina.wills@msstate.edu.

March 7...Bibb County.
Alabama Quail Hunters Spring Field Trial at the Gates Shaw property. Bring your family. For more information contact Robert Carr at (205) 902-4156 or coalcarr123@gmail.com.

March 7...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 9...Mobile County 7 - 9 PM.
Alabama Mushroom Society South meets monthly at Whole Foods, 3968 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. Non-members are welcome to attend. Contact the Mushroom Society.

March 10...Russell County 12 Noon - 1 PM.
Spectacular Snakes at 1501 17th Avenue, Phenix City. Speaker: Stephen Faughn. Light lunch provided. For more information call Jennifer Davidson at (334) 298-6845.

March 10...Clarke County 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
Food Plot Establishment Workshop at G&D Outdoors, 20109 Highway 43, Grove Hill. This workshop is for landowners, hunters, or anyone wanting to learn about food plots. Topics include locating a plot, interpreting soil tests, preparing a site, seed selection, and management. Meal included. RSVP to Clarke County Extension at (251) 275-3121.

March 10 & 11...Pike County.
Chainsaw Safety Workshop at Butter and Egg Adventures, 2127 Butter and Egg Road, Troy. Topics include: Maintenance, Personal Protection Equipment, Limbing, Basic Felling, Bucking, and On-site Demonstrations. Day Two participants are hands-on demonstrating proper techniques discussed on Day One. You must attend Day One to attend Day Two. To register, call the Extension Office at (334) 566-0985.

March 10-11...New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Forest Economic Contributions Summit will connect forestry economic contribution analysts, economic development specialists, & advocates (private landowners) to learn from each other. Fee: $240; $80 discount if paid by January 31. Contact Leslie Boby at (706) 612-7875 or lboby@sref.info.

March 10-11...Atlanta, Georgia.
Wood Bioenergy Conference & Expo at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. The conference will address new projects, technologies, and markets in those industries. Fee: $429. Contact Dianne Sullivan at (334) 834-1170 or dianne@hattonbrown.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

March 11...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: March 11, 2020 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

March 12...Geneva County 5:30 - 8 PM.
Forestry Alternative Income Opportunities at the Geneva County Extension Office, 2765 East State Highway 52, Hartford. This program will include topics such as: Pine straw and hunting lease opportunities. To register, call the Extension Office at (334) 684-2484.

March 12...Escambia County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Recreational Pond & Lake Management at the Atmore Truckers Co-op, 210 Ridgeley Street, Atmore. Bring a water (20 oz container) and/or weed sample (wrapped in wet paper towel) for identification, analysis, and recommendations. Contact Anthony Wiggins at (251) 867-7760 or wiggia1@auburn.edu.

March 12-14...Athens, Georgia.
The Whitetail Weekend at the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) headquarters. This event is taking the place of the QDMA national convention. Activities include: classroom instruction, hands-on education, and sporting clays event. Fee: $275. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

 CANCELLED  March 18...Sumter County 9:30 AM.
The Forestry Field Day will meet at the M&M Market at 39329 AL-17 in Emelle. We will caravan to the property no later than 10 AM, take the tour, then return to M&M Market for a Dutch Treat lunch. Come meet with Larry Gibson, Consulting Forester. Topic: Managing Timberland for Income and Wildlife. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (205) 624-2225 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

March 18...Online 11 AM - Noon 12 PM CT.
Management and Economic Considerations for Mixed Stand Management webinar is the second webinar of a series that will delve into the underlying theory of mixed stand management for small landowners in the southeast. Topics covered include: forest health, forest productivity, economic risk, and trade-offs associated with managing mixed stands. Presenters: Dr. Michael Blazier, Louisiana State University, and Shaun Tanger, Mississippi State University. If you have issues connecting to the webinar send questions to contact@sref.info.

 CANCELLED  March 18...Quincy, Florida 11:30 AM ET.
Florida Forestry Association (FFA) Membership Meeting at the Coastal Plywood Company’s Magnolia Lodge. RSVP Krista Howard at (850) 222-5646 or krista@forestfla.org.

March 19...Atlanta, Georgia 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM ET. RESCHEDULED FOR June 24
Applied Forest Finance

 CANCELLED  March 19...Meadville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Small Farm Demonstration Workshop at the Jackson Farm, 7290 Gloster Road. Topics: Goat management, Forage and livestock management, Controlling wild hogs, Timber management, Leasing land for multiple recreational uses, Security, and USDA programs. Lunch provided. For more information call Clifton Peters at (601) 572-5378.

 CANCELLED  March 19...Henry County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Wiregrass Area Regional Reception at Ravenwood Sporting Clays, 10671 US-431, Newville. 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.

 CANCELLED  March 26...Chilton County 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
ForestHer Workshop at Clanton City Hall, 505 2nd Avenue North, Clanton. This workshop for women will focus on timber harvest planning. Learn how forests grow and how timber harvesting can be used to mimic natural processes, promote forest diversity, and produce income. Fee: $25; includes lunch. To register, contact Spenser Bradley at (205) 280-6268 or seb0043@auburn.edu.

 CANCELLED  March 26...Bogue Chitto, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Small Farm Demonstration Workshop on the property of Russ Carter, 520 Montgomery Road SW. Topics: Forage and livestock management, Timber management, Leasing land for hunting recreation, Security, and USDA programs. Lunch provided. For more information call Clifton Peters at (601) 572-5378.

March 31...Statewide. RESCHEDULED FOR July 14
Primary Runoff

 CANCELLED  March 31 - April 1....Covington County.
Longleaf Academy: Herbicides & Longleaf 201 at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia. Topics will include: Herbicide rates, Timing of application, Active ingredients, Surfactants, Adjuvants, and Safe application methods. Fee: $100 includes lunch or $200 includes meals and onsite lodging. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

 

> April 2020

 CANCELLED  April 4...Columbia, Mississippi 9 AM.
Christmas Tree Grower Field Day at Bass Christmas Tree Farm, 103 Riley Road, Columbia. Fee: $25; $5 discount if paid by March 27. For more information contact Michael Buchart at (225) 505-6335 or sctaes@gmail.com.

 CANCELLED  April 6-9...Jacksonville, Florida.
Wild Pig Conference at the Omni Hotel Jacksonville. Wild pig problems? Fee: $345. For more information contact Andrea Wherry at (352) 294-0843 or apwherry@mail.ufl.edu.

 CANCELLED  April 8...Monroe County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Forestry Alternative Income Opportunities at the Monroe County Conservation Education Center, 1 Teen Trail, Monroeville. This program will include topics such as: Alabama's Forest and Economic Development, Timber Market Outlook, Alternative Income Opportunities, Invasive Plant Control Options, and Field demonstrations of pine straw collection and a portable sawmill. To register, contact Ryan Mitchell at (251) 937-7176 or jrm0023@auburn.edu.

 CANCELLED  April 9...Mobile County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Recreational Pond Management at the John Archer Agricultural Center, 1070 Schillinger Road North, Mobile. Bring a water (20 oz container) and/or weed sample (wrapped in wet paper towel) for identification, analysis, and recommendations. Contact Diane Anthony at (251) 574-8445 or jda0002@aces.edu.

April 9...Online 11 AM CT.
Woodland Owner Lunch and Learn: Timber Sales: Is it time to sell? In this webinar Dr. Bardon will explain how timber is sold and give tips on seeking professional help. Dr. Parajuli will explain markets and provide insight into managing for flat timber prices. If you have issues connecting to the webinar contact contact@sref.info.

April 14...Online 12 PM Noon CT.
The Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in the United States webinar will explore past research and gaps in current understanding related to the access, production, markets, and market values of NTFPs in the United States, including the continuum of production from wild-harvesting to forest farming of NTFPs. For help connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

April 15...Online at 11 AM & 6 PM CT.
In this Selling Timber webinar foresters with Virginia Cooperative Extension will cover topics such as: How to Sell Timber, Forest Management, and Avoiding Timber Theft. The webinar will be held via a Zoom meeting. Zoom Meeting Details:
11 AM Join: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/i/664381361   Meeting ID: 664 381 361
6 PM Join: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/i/952379322   Meeting ID: 952 379 322
Questions about the webinar? Contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

 CANCELLED  April 16...Benton, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Outdoor Business Workshop for Landowners at the Field Quest Farm, 12642 Highway 433 South. Topics: Bobwhite Quail management, Bird dog demonstration and viewing training grounds, Farm Bill programs, Natural Resource Enterprises land revenue potential, and Legal considerations on land. Lunch provided. For more information call Alisha McNeal at (662) 325-3133.

April 18 - May 3...Chile, South America.
Travel to Chile with the American Forest Foundation on a 14-day forestry tour that will start in Santiago and travel south through the country to Puerto Montt. This tour will give participants the chance to: Experience the people and culture of Chile, See the diversity of Chilean forests and management regimes, Share the experience with fellow landowners and foresters, Explore Chilean beaches, mountains, and cities, and Enjoy Chilean dining and world class wines. There are about 10 slots open. Contact Beth Riley at (402) 983-0655 or briley@forestfoundation.org.

 CANCELLED  April 18...Coffee County 8 AM - 2 PM.
Fish, Forestry, Wildlife, and Outdoors at Camp ALAFLO, 1687 County Road 156, New Brockton. Fee: $10. Contact Richard Woodham at (334) 389-1563 or woodhamrichard9@gmail.com.

 CANCELLED  April 21...Escambia County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Vegetation Management Workshop at 175 Ag-Science Drive, Brewton. Topics include: Worker protection standards, Using herbicides, Prescribed fire, Mechanical treatments, and Calibrating a herbicide sprayer. Fee: $20. Contact Ryan Mitchell at (251) 937-7176 or jrm0023@auburn.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

April 21-22...Tuscaloosa County.
AFOA ANNUAL MEETING   
** CANCELLED **

For those of you who have already made room reservations at the Hotel Capstone, call (205) 343-1118 to CANCEL YOUR ROOM or cancel your room online at http://bit.ly/AM2020CAPSTONE

The Alabama Forest Owners’ Association (AFOA) wishes to express our concern for everyone impacted by coronavirus. Like all of you, we have carefully monitored the global health crisis related to COVID-19 coronavirus.

Due to the escalation of COVID-19 in the state, after much deliberation and in alignment with the advice from the CDC and public health authorities regarding mass gatherings, we have made the decision to cancel the AFOA Annual Meeting which was due to take place on April 21-22, 2020 in Tuscaloosa, AL.

The AFOA Annual Business Meeting has been rescheduled.

AFOA

 

April 23...Online 9 AM - 12 PM Noon.
Income Tax and Timber Sales Virtual Workshop will provide, through a combination of discussion and worksheets, information to help you gain a better understanding of how to set a landowner up for a tax advantaged timber sale. This workshop is designed for consulting foresters and landowners. No prior tax experience required. Fee: $50. Registration closes April 16. For more information email Haley Frater at hfrater@uwsp.edu.

April 23...Online 1 PM - 4 PM.
Marketing to Increase Sales will provide forestry specific direct sales marketing information focused on website development, search engine optimization, using social media to target potential clients, and tactics to improve your direct sales. This workshop is designed for those who run or manage a small forestry business. Fee: $50. Registration closes April 16. For more information email Haley Frater at hfrater@uwsp.edu.

April 24...Online at 11 - 11:15 AM CT.
Fifteen Minutes in the Forest - Early Spring Bloomers will join Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program's Jennifer Gagnon on an outdoor walk to look at some of the early spring bloomers on her farm in Virginia. The webinar will be held via a Zoom meeting. Zoom Meeting Details - Join: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/127950470   Meeting ID: 127 950 470   For more information contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

April 24...Online 1 - 3 PM CT.
Middle Chattahoochee Watershed Partners Update will be held via a Zoom virtual meeting. Zoom Meeting Details:
Join: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/790426362   Meeting ID: 790 426 362
For more information or if you have questions contact Kitty Weisman at (360) 481-2544 or kitty.weisman@icloud.com.

April 29...Online 10 AM CT.
From The Woods Today is a weekly live video hosted by University of Kentucky Forestry. The show will be available on Zoom each Wednesday. Viewers are welcome to watch live or previously recorded shows. Contact the Forestry Extension at (859) 257-7597 or forestry.extension@uky.edu.

April 30...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
The Case for Prescribed Fire Science webinar will highlight the differences between wildfire science and prescribed fire science and will discuss strategies and opportunities for moving forward. Following the presentation there will be time for audience Q/A with the speaker. Registration is required. For more information email the Southern Fire Exchange at contactus@southernfireexchange.org.

> May 2020

 CANCELLED  May 1...Covington County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Eastern Indigo Snake and Wildlife Festival at the Conecuh National Forest Open Pond Recreation Area. For more information call Traci Wood at (334) 398-3726.

 CANCELLED  May 1...Talboton, Georgia 8:30 AM ET.
Fall Line Forestry Workshop will cover a variety of topics. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Will Freise at (706) 313-7086 or wfreise@comcast.net.

 CANCELLED  May 1...Land O’ Lakes, Florida 9 AM - 2 PM ET.
Land Steward Tour at the property of Jake English. Learn more about longleaf pine forest management, enhancing wildlife habitat, tree planting, Best Management Practices (BMPs), preparing for the next hurricane, and more. Fee: $TBD. For more information contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

May 1...Online at 11 - 11:15 AM CT.
Fifteen Minutes in the Forest - Shiitake Growing Demonstration will join Adam Downing and Charlie Becker for a virtual demonstration on inoculating logs for shiitake mushroom production. The webinar will be held via a Zoom meeting. Zoom Meeting Details - Join: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/127950470   Meeting ID: 127 950 470   For more information contact Adam Downing at (540) 948-6881 or adowning@vt.edu.

May 1...Online at 12 Noon CT.
Lunch & Learn Series - Ticks Don't Social Distance is part 1 of a 5 part interactive series of presentations on tickborne diseases such as; tick surveillance, how to collect ticks, tick bite prevention, tickborne disease research, and other activities. The lecture will be held via a Zoom meeting.  Register Here  For more info email Peter Smallidge at pjs23@cornell.edu.

 CANCELLED  May 5...Marengo County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at the Marengo County Extension Office in Linden. 3rd grade students only. Contact Pam Stenz at (334) 295-5959 or stenzpa@aces.edu.

May 6...Online 10 AM CT.
From The Woods Today is a weekly live video hosted by University of Kentucky Forestry. The show will be available on Zoom each Wednesday. Viewers are welcome to watch live or previously recorded shows. Contact the Forestry Extension at (859) 257-7597 or forestry.extension@uky.edu.

May 6...Online 12 PM Noon CT.
The Southern Pine Beetle: Biology, Monitoring, and Management webinar will feature Dr. John Novak, USDA Forest Service. Dr. Nowak will be giving a general overview of the biology, range and impact of and possible management strategies for preventing the spread of this insect pest. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

May 6...Online 12 Noon CT.
Wildfires and Insurance: Learn How to Prepare Financially webinar is a two-part series that will help you prepare physically and financially to defend against the destructive threat of wildfire. Is your home in the woods? If so, this webinar could provide useful information. Call the National Fire Protection Association at 1-800-344-3555.

May 7...Online 11 AM - 12 Noon CT.
The Conserving Wildlife Through Forest Management webinar will feature Dr. Moorman, NC State University. He will describe key strategies to manage forests to best conserve local wildlife. Forests provide habitat for a range of wildlife, including deer, turkey, and songbirds. However, many of the forests are not managed to maximize the number and diversity of wildlife present. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

May 7...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 8...Online at 11 - 11:15 AM CT.
Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Crop Tree Release will join Jason Fisher on his farm to learn about using crop tree release to improve the health and productivity of your woodlands. The webinar will be held via a Zoom meeting. Zoom Meeting Details - Join: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/127950470   Meeting ID: 127 950 470   For more information contact Jason Fisher at (434) 476-2147 or jasonf@vt.edu.

May 8...Online at 12 Noon CT.
Lunch & Learn Series - Where Ticks Live & Roam is part 2 of a 5 part interactive series of presentations on tickborne diseases such as; tick surveillance, how to collect ticks, tick bite prevention, tickborne disease research, and other activities. The lecture will be held via a Zoom meeting.  Register Here  For more info email Peter Smallidge at pjs23@cornell.edu.

 CANCELLED  May 11-12...Bullock County 1 PM.
Beginner Birding Workshop at the Wehle Nature Center, 4819 Pleasant Hill Road (CR 47), Midway. Learn basic bird ecology, habitat association, basic monitoring techniques, and bird behavior of various birds common to Alabama. On May 13 those interested are invited to assist the banding crew by scribing, net extraction, handling birds, and other tasks. Fee: $20; includes lodging and lunch. RSVP required. Email Mercedes Bartkovich at alabamatws@gmail.com.

May 12...Online 6 PM CT.
Common Threats To Your Estate Plan webinar will discuss the most common threats to your estate and how to avoid them with prudent estate planning. Register Here. For more information call Jessica Crosby at (251) 410-7003.
This webinar will also take place on May 14 at 11 AM. Register Here.

 POSTPONED  May 12-14...Darlington, South Carolina.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 at the 2200 Pocket Road. Topics include: Managing with fire, Site prep, Release treatments, Stand management, Planting techniques, Diseases, Economics, Groundcover restoration, Wildlife Habitat, and more. Fee: $150; includes lunch. For more information call (414) 379-9697.

May 13...Online 10 AM CT.
From The Woods Today is a weekly live video hosted by University of Kentucky Forestry. The show will be available on Zoom each Wednesday. Viewers are welcome to watch live or previously recorded shows. Contact the Forestry Extension at (859) 257-7597 or forestry.extension@uky.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 13...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: May 13, 2020 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

May 14...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Longleaf Pine Forest Patch Dynamics webinar will cover how it has long been observed that longleaf pine juveniles (between the “grass stage” near the ground to about head-high) tend to become established in dense clusters limited to open areas away from canopy trees. Recent detailed fire history mapping efforts at the Wade Tract in south Georgia, have shown that longleaf pine regeneration tends to occur within canopy gaps that experience lower fire frequency and severity. This research has implications for fire management for longleaf pine regeneration, suggesting that burning under conditions that allow for some patchiness following longleaf mast years (abundant seed production) is important for natural recruitment. Registration is required. For more information email the Southern Fire Exchange at contactus@southernfireexchange.org.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 14
...Online 6 PM CT.
Our May Dinner and Discussion will be in the form of a Zoom Meeting. The program will be a discussion of forestry news. The meeting will be opened about 10 minutes prior to start time to allow participants to test audio/video and work out kinks. Participants will be muted by the host on entry automatically to prevent background noise.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/join

Meeting ID: xxxxxxxxxx
Password:
Call AFOA for password: (205) 624-2225.

Here are a couple ‘How to join a Zoom Meeting for the first time’ videos. Watch them both if you have the time. They are short (6 min).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh50kVaIdAY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isp3qPeQ0E

We (AFOA) are not tech experts and cannot answer specific questions about your specific computer, but may be able to help answer more general questions related to connecting to Zoom meetings. Make sure to watch the instructional videos above first. We are new to this as well. Call Billy (AFOA) at (205) 624-2225 or rll@afoa.org. Please do not call to ask questions immediately before the meeting.
 

 


AFOA Forestry Field Day

May 14...Coosa County 9 AM. CANCELLED 
The Forestry Field Day will meet at private property just north of Rockford for a tour and discussion. Come meet with Dr. Sara Baldwin, Consulting Forester. Topic: Develop and Maintain Recreational Trails. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (205) 624-2225 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

 CANCELLED  May 15...Pensacola, Florida 8:30 AM CT.
Landowner Tour at the property of Robert Jenkins directly across the street from 10138 Lillian Highway. Come learn about longleaf pine forest restoration and management, enhancing wildlife habitat, tree planting, and the challenges of land management in the wildland-urban interface. Fee: $15; lunch included. For more information contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.
 


AFOA Forestry Field Day

 POSTPONED  May 15...Houston County 9 AM.
The Forestry Field Day will meet at a location To-be-Determined. Come meet with Holmes Hendrickson, Consulting Forester. Topic: To-be-Determined. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (205) 624-2225 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

May 15...Online at 11 - 11:15 AM CT.
Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Bottomland Hardwoods will join Neil Clark for a primer on identifying common hardwoods in SE Virginia. The webinar will be held via a Zoom meeting. Zoom Meeting Details - Join: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/127950470   Meeting ID: 127 950 470   For more information contact Neil Clark at (757) 653-2572 or neclark@vt.edu.

May 15...Online at 12 Noon CT.
Lunch & Learn Series - #NoMoreTicks: How to Protect Yourself Against Tick Bites is part 3 of a 5 part interactive series of presentations on tickborne diseases such as; tick surveillance, how to collect ticks, tick bite prevention, tickborne disease research, and other activities. The lecture will be held via a Zoom meeting.  Register Here  For more info email Peter Smallidge at pjs23@cornell.edu.

 CANCELLED  May 16...Henry County 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Recreational Pond Management at the Wiregrass Research & Extension Center, 167 East Alabama Highway 134, Headland. Topics include: Managing for good fishing, Aquatic weed identification, and Managing nuisance wildlife around the pond. Outdoor demonstrations include: Electrofishing, Herbicide application for aquatic weeds, and setting traps. Fee: $10; lunch provided. To register, call the Henry County Extension at (334) 585-6416.

May 20...Online 10 AM CT.
From The Woods Today is a weekly live video hosted by University of Kentucky Forestry. The show will be available on Zoom each Wednesday. Viewers are welcome to watch live or previously recorded shows. Contact the Forestry Extension at (859) 257-7597 or forestry.extension@uky.edu.

May 20...Online 12 Noon CT.
Wildfires and Insurance: How to Protect Your Property from Wildfire webinar will show you research from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) shows a variety of low-cost, do-it-yourself actions can reduce common structural vulnerabilities and increase the chances of a home or business surviving a wildfire. Wildfire experts from IBHS will outline how affordable weekend projects can have a significant impact on your wildfire risks. Is your home in the woods? If so, this webinar could provide useful information. Call the National Fire Protection Association at 1-800-344-3555.

May 21...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
QUIC-Fire - A Fast-Running Simulation Tool for Prescribed Fire Planning webinar will cover how recent advances in wildland fire behavior models (e.g. FIRETEC) utilizing high spatial and temporal resolution fluid dynamics calculations have facilitated complex modeling of fire-atmospheric feedbacks. Unfortunately this fire modeling approach requires exceptional computational resources that are unlikely to be available to most wildland fire managers. QUIC-Fire is a new physics-based cellular automata fire spread tool that offers advanced fire modeling capabilities without the demand for extraordinary computational resources. QUIC-Fire is a new step towards expanding next generation fire model access to a wider audience of practitioners and users. Registration is required. For more information email the Southern Fire Exchange at contactus@southernfireexchange.org.

May 21...Online 12 PM Noon CT.
The Heirs Property: Standing on a Lot of Love webinar will help participants gain an understanding of the legal structure of heirs property, the values around this ownership model, and opportunities for engagement with heirs property owners that support natural resource conservation and community. Presenters: Mavis Gragg, Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Project, and Sam Cook, NC State University. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

May 22...Online at 11 - 11:15 AM CT.
Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Common Invasive Plants will join Karen Snape on a tour of common invasive plants in Virginia. The webinar will be held via a Zoom meeting. Zoom Meeting Details - Join: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/127950470   Meeting ID: 127 950 470   For more information contact Karen Snape at (540) 231-6494 or ksnape@vt.edu.

May 22...Online at 12 Noon CT.
Lunch & Learn Series - The Traveling Tick: Studying Ticks Across Borders is part 4 of a 5 part interactive series of presentations on tickborne diseases such as; tick surveillance, how to collect ticks, tick bite prevention, tickborne disease research, and other activities. The lecture will be held via a Zoom meeting.  Register Here  For more info email Peter Smallidge at pjs23@cornell.edu.

May 27...Online 10 AM CT.
From The Woods Today is a weekly live video hosted by University of Kentucky Forestry. The show will be available on Zoom each Wednesday. Viewers are welcome to watch live or previously recorded shows. Contact the Forestry Extension at (859) 257-7597 or forestry.extension@uky.edu.

May 28...Online 12 PM Noon - 1 PM CT.
Managing Your Woodlands with Prescribed Fire webinar will address considerations related to prescribed burning such as benefits and uses, liability and risk, and technical and financial assistance. This information will be most useful for landowners who are considering or are currently using prescribed fire on their land. Training resources available to landowners will also be discussed. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

May 28-29...Mount Berry, Georgia.
Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) Prescribed Fire Certification Training Course at Berry College, McAllister Hall, Room 119. Course includes self-study of materials provided by mail prior to the program, a two-day training session, and a written state exam. $Fee: $65; includes breakfast and lunch each day. Limited to 50 attendees. For more information call the GFC Prescribed Fire Coordinator at (478) 751-3332. For more information and to register online click here.

May 29...Online at 12 Noon CT.
Lunch & Learn Series - Ticks in the Wild West is the final segment of a 5 part interactive series of presentations on tickborne diseases such as; tick surveillance, how to collect ticks, tick bite prevention, tickborne disease research, and other activities. The lecture will be held via a Zoom meeting.  Register Here  For more info email Peter Smallidge at pjs23@cornell.edu.

 

> June 2020

June 1 - August 21...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.

June 4...Online 9 AM CT.
Georgia Prescribed Fire Council Meeting will be held via a Zoom meeting. The 5-hour meeting, with breaks, will address critical issues for prescribed fire practitioners and advocates, with a special emphasis on north Georgia and its unique terrain, population, and forest types. Meeting attendees will hear from prescribed fire experts on 8 different topics as seen on the agenda. For more information email Kim McCollum at info.ccrcd@gmail.com.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

June 4...Pickens County 9 AM.
The Forestry Field Day will meet at the Pickens Academy football field parking lot, across from the school at 225 Ray Bass Road, Carrollton. We will meet at 9 AM and leave for the property at 9:30 sharp. The presentation will be outside, in the woods, with plenty of space for distancing. If you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle please bring it, but all are welcome regardless of vehicle capability. Come meet with Bruce Lanier, Consulting Forester. Topic: Ways to weather the current pine pulpwood market conditions, including management of mixed pine and hardwood stands, and rethinking planting density. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (205) 624-2225 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

June 4...Marshall County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Guntersville Area Regional Reception at Dream Ranch, 6926 Alabama Highway 79 S., Guntersville. 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.

 CANCELLED  June 4-5...Lee County.
ForestHer: Management Plan Writing Retreat at Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn. This workshop will help women landowners start planning management objectives for their forest and start writing a forest management plan with fun and creative activities scattered in. Fee: $65; lunch provided. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

June 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. To listen live call AFOA to register at (205) 624-2225.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your device of choice: June 10, 2020 CI -- Live!

Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

 

 CANCELLED  June 10-11...Lebanon, Tennessee.
National Firewood Workshop at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. The workshop will focus primarily on how to successfully make money in the firewood business. Topics include: Processing equipment, Packing equipment, Automation strategies, Dry kilns, Insect quarantines, Transportation issues, Sourcing logs, and much more. Fee: $55. For more information contact Harry Watt at (704) 880-3067 or harry_watt@ncsu.edu.

June 11...Elmore County 10 AM.
Board Meeting of Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust will meet in the Lanark Pavilion of the Alabama Nature Center, 3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook. This meeting will provide an opportunity for any individual who would like to make comments concerning the program. The public is invited to attend this meeting and is urged to submit comments. 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?

June 11...Online 11 AM - 12 PM Noon CT.
Lunch and Learn - Land Ownership, Liability, and the Law webinar will provide insight from a North Carolina perspective into landowners’ liability and the responsibilities landowners have for invited and uninvited users of their property and will provide proactive steps to avoid timber theft or trespass. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

 CANCELLED  June 16-18...Pearl, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course at the Southern Regional Fire Training Center in Pearl. 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. Limited to 20 participants. Contact Allen Stroud at (769) 798-2597 or astroud@mfc.ms.gov.

June 18...Online 12 Noon - 4 PM CT.
Virtual Women's Chainsaw Safety 101 will cover the basic elements of chainsaw operation. It will feature topics such as parts of a chainsaw, personal protective equipment, buying a saw, chainsaw maintenance, safe chainsaw operation, and answers to your chainsaw questions. This will be a Zoom Meeting. Fee: $10. For more information contact Laurel Kays at (919) 513-2573 or lekays@ncsu.edu.

 CANCELLED  June 18...Escambia County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Brewton Area Regional Reception at The Hourglass, 220 St. Joseph Avenue, Brewton. 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.

 CANCELLED  June 18-19...Athens, Georgia.
Introduction to ArcGIS at Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, Room 4-419. Attendees should have taken a basic GIS course or have some familiarity with GIS prior to this course. Fee: $350; one lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.

 POSTPONED  June 23…Shiloh, Tennessee 5:30 PM. Postponed until August 13. See August 13 calendar item for details.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting

 CANCELLED  June 23-24...Mobile County.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop Series: Resource to Recreation at The Battle House Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 26 North Royal Street, Mobile. 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) 614-5048 or asmith@alaforestry.org.

June 24...Online 8 AM - 3 PM CT. This class will now be taught via a live interactive Zoom Webinar.
Applied Forest Finance 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: $580. Registration closes on June 12. CFE hours available. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

 CANCELLED  June 25...Atlanta, Georgia 7:30 AM - 5 PM ET.
Timber Market Analysis at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. This class teaches a detailed approach and specific strategies for analyzing timber markets for timberland, bioenergy, wood procurement, and forestry consulting applications. Instructors: Dr. Brooks Mendell and Amanda Lang. Fee: $680; $100 discount if paid by June 10. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

June 25...Online 11 AM - 12 PM Noon CT.
Lunch and Learn - Creating and Maintaining Upland Habitat webinar will cover the habitat requirements of many upland wildlife species and how forestry practices can be used to improve their habitat. Financial and technical resources, that are available to landowners, will also be reviewed. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

June 27...Talladega County 2 - 4 PM.
Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk at Cheaha Lake, Cheaha State Park. Join Master Herbalist Darryl Patton for a stroll at Cheaha Lake to learn more about the identification and uses of medicinal plants. Fee: $20. Contact Mandy Pearson at (256) 412-9938 or mandy.pearson@dcnr.alabama.gov.

 

> July 2020

July 6...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. Park at the South Quad parking deck ONLY on the 3rd or 4th level- no permit required on these levels this week only.

July 7-10...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. 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

July 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 will feature state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more.
To listen live call AFOA to register at (205) 624-2225.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your device of choice: July 8, 2020 CI -- Live!  This will be a link once program is finished and available.
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

 

July 9...Online 12 PM Noon - 1 PM CT.
Pond Management Basics will be held via a Zoom Webinar. This webinar will discuss the key structural components of ponds, maintaining water quality, aquatic plant control, and managing sustainable fish populations. For more information call Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@auburn.edu. This program was previously scheduled at the Barbour County Extension Office, but was changed to a Zoom Meeting due to state orders.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

July 9
...Online 6 PM CT.
Our July Dinner and Discussion will be in the form of a Zoom Meeting. The program will be a discussion of forestry news. The meeting will be opened about 10 minutes prior to start time to allow participants to test audio/video and work out kinks. Participants will be muted by the host on entry automatically to prevent background noise. Please keep yourself muted unless you are speaking. This makes for a better experience for all.

Are you new to Zoom Meetings? Watch these How to join a Zoom Meeting for the first time videos. They are short (6 min).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh50kVaIdAY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isp3qPeQ0E

Join The Dinner & Discussion Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/join

Meeting ID: xxxxxxxx
Password:
Call AFOA for password: (205) 624-2225.

Please Note: AFOA staff are not tech experts or Zoom experts and cannot answer specific questions about your specific computer, but we may be able to help answer more general questions related to connecting to Zoom meetings. Be sure to watch the instructional videos above first. Call Billy (AFOA) at (205) 624-2225 or rll@afoa.org. Please do not call to ask questions immediately before the meeting.
 

July 14...Statewide.
Primary Runoff - Certification of Republican Party Candidates and Certification of Democratic Party Candidates. Secretary Merrill Shares Sample Ballots for Upcoming Runoff Election. See Sample Ballots.

July 14...Online 12 PM Noon - 1 PM CT.
ForestHer: Lunch and Learn will be held via a Zoom Webinar. This lunch and learn is for women that own forestland or are just interested in learning more about forestry in a relaxed, fun setting. Join during your lunch break. Pre-registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu. This program was previously scheduled at the Covington County Extension Office, but was changed to a Zoom Meeting due to state mandated restrictions.

 CANCELLED  July 14-16...Lee County.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop Series: Alabama's Amazing Forests at Auburn University. This year there are two workshops with the other in Mobile 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) 614-5048 or asmith@alaforestry.org.

July 14-23...Online 1 - 2:30 PM CT Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Camp Conservation for Teachers: A Virtual Workshop Series will be held via Zoom Webinar. The interactive, virtual workshop series will offer lesson plans and activities provided by a diverse group of presenters from across the state. Each lesson and activity will expose educators to new environmental teaching opportunities designed for formal or informal settings. Invite a teacher you know to attend. No Fee. For more information contact Roosevelt Robinson at (334) 740-9682 or robinrl@auburn.edu.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

July 15...Sumter County 9 AM.
The Forestry Field Day will meet at the M&M Market at 39329 AL-17 in Emelle. We will caravan to the property no later than 9:30 AM for the tour. We will not be staying for lunch, but snacks and drinks will be provided. Come meet with Larry Gibson, Consulting Forester. Topic: Managing Timberland for Income and Wildlife. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (334) 524-1920 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

July 17-19...Jefferson County. POSTPONED until August 21-23.
Annual World Deer Expo

July 21...Online 7 - 9 PM CT.
Basic Estate Planning will be held via Zoom Meeting. Topics to include: Advance Directives, POA’s, Wills, and Trusts. Fee: $5. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@auburn.edu.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

July 22...Tallapoosa County 9 AM.
The Forestry Field Day will meet at the Tallapoosa County Sherriff's Girls Ranch. We will not stay for lunch, but snacks and drinks will be provided. Come meet with Jack Fillingham, Consulting Forester. Topic: Forest management and selling timber: What consulting foresters can do for you. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (334) 524-1920 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

July 23...Online 8 AM - 4 PM CT.
Timber Tax and IRS Reporting will be held via Zoom Meeting. Topics to include: Income tax implications of forest operations, Acquiring land, Calculating depletion allowance, Reporting timber sale income, Site prep expenses, and more. CFE hours available. Attendance limited. Fee: $25. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@auburn.edu.

July 24...Online at 11 - 11:15 AM CT.
Fifteen Minutes in the Forest - Herbicide Application will join Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program's Jennifer Gagnon as she demonstrates how to apply herbicides using the cut stump method. The webinar will be held via a Zoom meeting. Zoom Meeting Details - Join: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97509089739   For more information contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

July 27...Online 9 AM CT.
The Tree Identification Procedures webinar will focus primarily on common growing season identification (ID) features, such as leaves, flowers, fruit and bark. The webinar will also include some dormant season ID characteristics, such as buds, branching, bark and habitat. Presenters: Jason Gordon and Holly Campbell from the University of Georgia. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

July 27-30...Online. This meeting was previously the Georgia Forestry Association Annual Conference on July 24-26...Jekyll Island, Georgia.
American Forestry Conference is a virtual meeting. Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon will be the keynote speaker along with 35 national leaders and experts in forest business, economics, goverment, and public policy. 16 CFEs available. Fee: $425. Group discount rate available. Contact Rhonda Freeman at (706) 845-9085 or rfreeman@asginfo.net.

July 27-31...Online 3 PM CT each day.
Walnut Council Webinars: Celebrating 50 Years will be presented via Zoom. Daily webinar schedule: Timber Markets - Monday, Thinning Plantations - Tuesday, Where to Plant Walnut - Wednesday, Forest Pest Problems - Thursday, Ask the Experts - Friday. No Fee. For more information contact Liz Jackson at (765) 583-3501 or jackson@purdue.edu.  New to Zoom? Attend a practice session with Liz Jackson on Tuesday through Friday from 2-3 PM CT. Also, you may catch up with old friends or meet new ones at the July 26 Happy Hour via Zoom at 7 PM CT.

July 28…Burns, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting has been POSTPONED until October 13.

July 28-29...Online. This meeting was scheduled in Statesboro, Georgia, but is now online.
Growth Responses and Financial Returns from Silvicultural Treatments in Southern Pine Plantations will be presented via Zoom Webinar. This course will evaluate the trade-offs between the costs and the benefits for different mixes of silvicultural treatments with emphasis on quantifying the gains for objective decision making. Fee: $300. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.

July 28-29...Athens, Georgia. Postponed to December 8-9.
Forest Appraisal

July 30...Online 11 AM CT.
The Moving Forward with Pine-Hardwood Mixed Stands webinar will discuss the potential opportunities mixed stands provide, delve into the potential pitfalls of managing mixed stands, highlight areas of current research, identify unknown issues surrounding managing mixed stands, and answer questions from the audience. Pre-registration is required. Presented via Zoom webinar. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

July 30...Online 7 - 9 PM CT.
Estate Planning for Landowners will be held via Zoom Meeting. Topic: Using business entities and trusts to hold land. Fee: $15. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@auburn.edu.

July 30 - August 2...Mobile County.
Alabama Farm & Land Expo at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street. The Green Tour, which may be of most interest to forest landowners, will include tours of private forest and the Alabama Forestry Commission's Mobile office. The Blue Tour will end at the Port of Mobile which exports extensive agricultural and forestry products. Fee: Will vary according to registration selections. For more information contact Robyn Ledbetter at (334) 613-4138 or rledbetter@alfafamers.org.

July 31...Online at 11 - 11:15 AM CT.
Fifteen Minutes in the Forest - Herbicide Application will join Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program's Adam Downing as he explores methods to apply herbicides. The webinar will be held via a Zoom meeting. Zoom Meeting Details - Join: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97509089739   For more information contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

 

> August 2020

 CANCELLED  August 1...Pike County 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Recreational Pond Management Workshop at Lake Simmie, 1958 County Road 4423, Brundidge. Topics: Management for good fishing, Aquatic weed identification, Nuisance wildlife around the pond, electrofishing, herbicide application for aquatic weeds, and Setting traps. Fee: $10; lunch provided. To register call the Extension Office at (334) 389-4055.

August 1, 8, & 15...Online 7:30 PM.
The Landownership Clinic (For Ladies) will be presented via a private Facebook Group and will be hosted once per week. The clinic will cover What You Own, What you Owe, and How to Plan. Fee: $35. For more information contact Danielle Atkins at (706) 631-4440 or landandladies@gmail.com.

August 3 - October 31...Statewide.
Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest
will begin accepting entries August 3. 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. For more information contact Billy Pope at 1-800-242-3151 or billy.pope@dcnr.alabama.gov.

August 4-5...Online.
Upland Hardwood Silviculture and Management Webinar will be presented via Zoom Webinar. Topics include: Considerations for intentionally planting mixed stands, Natural hardwood regeneration, Artificial hardwood regeneration, Herbicides, Timber stand improvement practices, Crop tree release princles, Managing degraded stands, Improving wood quality, Prescribed fire, and more. Instructors: Dr. David Clabo, Dr. Stephen Peairs, and Dr. Wayne Clatterbuck. Interested participants must have an email address in order to view Zoom webinars. Fee: $285. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.

August 6...Montgomery County 10 AM.
Board Meeting of Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust will meet at the Ed Teague Arena, 1555 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. 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 6...Online 12 PM Noon CT.
Getting Better GPS Accuracy webinar will discuss GPS receiver set-up, Best practices for capturing accurate points, Obstructions, Tools to make the job easier, and Using the GPS settings available to you to set up a custom experience. Call Juniper Systems at (435) 753-1881.

 CANCELLED  August 7-9...Baldwin County.
Southern Christmas Tree Association Annual Meeting will be held at The Lodge at Gulf State Park, 21196 East Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores. The Sunday Farm Tour will be at Fish River Trees near Summerdale. Fee: $TBD. For more information call Michael Buchart at (225) 505-6335.

August 10...Online 12 PM Noon.
Alabama's Newest Tree Pest will be presented via Zoom Webinar. Attend to learn more about the identification and control of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Speaker: Dr. Beau Brodbeck, Auburn University. Web address: https://auburn.zoom.us/j/92633717191  Meeting ID: 926 3371 7191  Attend using a phone by calling (646) 876-9923. Contact Norm Haley at (256) 630-4248 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

 CANCELLED  August 10...Tuscaloosa County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Re-certification Workshop has been cancelled. All certified burners’ expiration dates have been extended one year. For more info call Marti Davis at (334) 240-9332.

August 11...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
ForestHer: Managing for Wildlife will be presented via Zoom Webinar. This lunch and learn is for women that own forestland or are just interested in learning more about forestry in a relaxed, fun setting. Join during your lunch break. Pre-registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

August 11...Online 8 AM - 4 PM CT.
Timber Tax and IRS Reporting will be held via Zoom Meeting. Topics to include: Income tax implications of forest operations, Acquiring land, Calculating depletion allowance, Reporting timber sale income, Site prep expenses, and more. CFE hours available. Attendance limited. Fee: $25. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@auburn.edu.

August 11...Online 6 PM.
Timber Tax Basis will be presented via Zoom. Topics will include: What is Basis, How to determine Basis at the time of initial acquisition, What changes occur to Basis over time, and What do I do if I don't know my timber Basis. Presenter: Dr. Shaun Tanger, Mississippi State University Extension. Use this link to join the meeting: https://msstateextension.zoom.us/j/95010231420  For more information contact Tim Ray at (228) 731-8567 or tim.ray@msstate.edu.

 CANCELLED  August 11-14...Tuscaloosa County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course has been cancelled. All certified burners’ expiration dates have been extended one year. For more info call Marti Davis at (334) 240-9332.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

August 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.
To listen live call AFOA to register at (205) 624-2225.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your device of choice: August 12, 2020 CI -- Live!  This will be a link once program is finished and available.
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

 

August 13...Online 9 - 11 AM CT.
Diversify Your Portfolio: Pine Management virtual workshop series will be presented via Zoom. Topics include: Diversify Your Portfolio, Shortleaf Pine Initiative, Shortleaf Pine Silvics, and Invasive Species Control. Registration required. Contact Joel Moon at (256) 595-0582 or jmoon@alaforestry.org.

August 13…Shiloh, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting has been POSTPONED until October 22.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

August 13
...Shelby County 6 - 8 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at The Fish Market Restaurant, 5407 Highway 280, Hoover. No-host dinner at 6 PM. Then listen to a 15 minute program, and talk about the issues with other forest landowners. Remember 280 traffic at this time of day and plan accordingly. Limited seating. To attend, RSVP AFOA at (205) 624-2225 or rll@afoa.org.

 CANCELLED  August 15...Coffee County 8 AM - 2 PM.
Mourning Dove Biology and Management at the Coffee County Extension Office, 1055 East McKinnon Street, New Brockton. This workshop will educate landowners and hunters about the biology and life history of mourning doves. In addition, this workshop will discuss habitat preferences for mourning doves and how to effectively, and legally, plant and managing dove fields. To register contact the Coffee Extension Office at (334) 894-5596.

 CANCELLED  August 18...Covington County 6 - 8 PM.
Aquatic Weed Management at Covington County Extension Office, 23952 Alabama Highway 55, Andalusia. This workshop will focus on identifying and managing aquatic weeds in your recreational fish ponds. Participants are welcome to bring an aquatic weed for identification or water sample to be tested. To register call the Covington Extension at (334) 222-1125.

August 18...Online 7 - 9 PM CT.
Estate Planning for Landowners will be held via Zoom Meeting. Topic: Using business entities and trusts to hold land. Fee: $15. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@auburn.edu.

August 20...Online 9 - 11 AM CT.
Diversify Your Portfolio: Pine Management virtual workshop series will be presented via Zoom. Topics include: Site Prep/Mid-Rotation Release Herbicides, Wildlife in Pine Plantations, Prescribed Fire, and Landowner Assistance. Registration required. Contact Joel Moon at (256) 595-0582 or jmoon@alaforestry.org.

August 20...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Northern Bobwhites & Fire: A Perfect Match webinar will discuss the context of fire frequency, scale, and seasonality for bobwhite management and restoration. Presenter: James Martin, University of Georgia. For more information email the Southern Fire Exchange at contactus@southernfireexchange.org.

 CANCELLED  August 21-23...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.

August 22...Mobile County 9 AM.
Alabama Conservation Advisory Board Meeting at Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile. 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.

 POSTPONED  August 25-26...Statesboro, Georgia.
Longleaf Pine Workshop  This workshop has been changed to a webinar. See September 22-23 below.

 CANCELLED  August 25-26...Online.
Optimal Management of Southern Pine Plantations Under Varying Economic Conditions will be presented via Zoom Webinar. Instructor: Dr. Barry Shiver. Fee: $345. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.

August 25-27...Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Florida Forestry Association (FFA) Annual Meeting Has been rescheduled for September 1-3.

 CANCELLED  August 26-28...Atlanta, Georgia.
International Woodworking Fair has been cancelled. Contact IWF at (404) 693-8333 or info@iwfatlanta.com.

 CANCELLED  August 29...Talladega County 8 AM - 5 PM.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at CMP Shooting Sports Range, 438 Turner Mill Road, Talladega. No fee. Instructor: Barry Hogan. 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. Online registration opens July 30. For additional information contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

 

> September 2020

September 1...Shelby/Chilton/Bibb Counties.
Special Primary Election - Republican Runoff for vacant House District 49 seat. This seat was previously held by state Representative April Weaver. The special general election is set for November 17, 2020.

September 1...Online 9 - 9:30 AM CT.
Forest Landowners Association (FLA) Policy Update will be presented via Zoom Meeting. The meeting will cover the details of the Forestry H-2B Visa Ban Exception and New ESA Definition. Register Here. For more information FLA at (404) 325-2954.

September 1...Online 6 PM CT.
Forest Management Considerations will be presented via WebEx. Speaker: Marc Measells, MSU Extension. For more information contact Marc at (662) 325-3550 or mkm2@msstate@edu.

September 1...Online 7:30 PM CT.
Best Deer Season Ever Webinar Series is the first webinar in the series. The topic for this session is Food Plot Preparation and Planting. For more information call the Pickens County Extension Office at (205) 367-8148.

September 1-3...Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Florida Forestry Association (FFA) Annual Meeting at the Omni Amelia Island Resort, 39 Beach Lagoon Road. Fee: $575. Call FFA at (850) 222-5646.

September 2...Online Noon CT.
Leveling Up Your Family Business Board webinar is presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). This program is for multi-generational family enterprises that are considering the development or enhancement of a board of advisors or directors. No fee. For more information call FBCG at (773) 604-5005.

September 3...Online County 8 AM - 4 PM CT.
Alabama Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting will be presented via Zoom Meeting. Landowners and land managers welcome to attend. Fee: $35. Contact Ryan Mitchell at (251) 423-9415 or jrm0023@auburn.edu.

September 3...Online 7 - 9 PM CT.
Basic Estate Planning will be held via Zoom Meeting. Topics to include: Advance Directives, POA’s, Wills, and Trusts. Fee: $5. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@auburn.edu.

September 3-4...Fayette County.
Forestry Continuing Education at Bevill State Community College in Fayette. This program is for foresters. Topics include: Invasive Species, Wild Hog Control, BMP’s, Prescribed Burning, Timber Markets, and More. 10 CFE hours available. Fee: $225; lunch included both days. For more information call (205) 932-4335.

September 5...North/Central Alabama.
North Zone Dove Season Opens on Labor Day Weekend which is a week earlier than most people are accustomed to. The season’s first segment runs through October 25 with a second segment running November 21-29. The final segment is set for December 12 through January 10, 2021.

September 8...Online 7:45 AM - 3:45 PM CT.
Pine Genetics and Nursery Updates will be presented via Zoom Webinar. Individuals interested in reforestation of lands they manage or own are increasingly faced with more genetic options offered by nurseries that produce southern pine seedlings. Upon completion of this meeting, a forest landowner or land manager will be able to make more informed decisions when selecting and purchasing loblolly, slash, and longleaf pine seedlings for reforestation efforts. Fee: $150; $25 discount if paid by August 21. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.

September 8...Russell County 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Don’t Guess Soil Test at 508 14th Street, Phenix City. Contact Jennifer Davidson at (334) 298-6845 or jenniferd@auburn.edu.

September 8...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
ForestHer: Forest Health will be presented via Zoom Webinar. This lunch and learn is for women that own forestland or are just interested in learning more about forestry in a relaxed, fun setting. Join during your lunch break. Pre-registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

 CANCELLED  September 9-11....Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Tennessee Forestry Association Annual Meeting has been cancelled. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

September 10...Covington County 6 - 8 PM.
Establishing and Managing Plantings for Wildlife at the Covington County Extension Office, 23952 Alabama Highway 55, Andalusia. This workshop will focus on management strategies and opportunities that landowners can use on their property when establishing wildlife plantings. To register call the Extension Office at (334) 222-1125.

September 13-15...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 14...Online 8 - 9 AM.
Pine Bark Beetles of Alabama: Biology, Control, and Preventative Management Strategies webinar will discuss the individual pine bark beetles that we have in Alabama and across the southeastern United States and the implications that they have for forest landowners and forestry professionals. Species identification, control strategies, and preventative forest management prescriptions will be discussed in addition to forest harvesting techniques to reduce the likelihood of forest pest issues following timber harvesting operations. Fee: $10. Contact Drew Metzler at (334) 313-0478 or drew.metzler@auburn.edu.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

September 15...Houston County 9 AM.
The AFOA Forestry Field Day will meet at the Houston County Farm Center, 1701 East Cottonwood Road, Dothan. Come meet with Holmes Hendrickson, Consulting Forester. Topic: Site prep for replanting: Ground versus aerial herbicide applications. Will include demonstration if conditions are favorable. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (334) 524-1920 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

September 15...Online 6 PM CT.
Recreational Pond Management will be presented via Zoom Meeting. This evening class will provide an overview of the primary factors that dictate fishing and aesthetic quality in Alabama ponds: proper construction, water quality, stocking, harvest, and aquatic plant management.  Register Here. For more information contact Norm Haley at (256) 630-4248 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

September 15...Online 7:30 PM CT.
Best Deer Season Ever Webinar Series is the second webinar in the series. The topic for this session is Stands, Houses, Safety, and Ethical Decisions. For more information call the Pickens County Extension Office at (205) 367-8148.

September 15-17...Starkville, Mississippi. (dates are tentative)
Prescribed Burning Short Course at Hilton Garden Inn, 972 MS-12, Starkville. 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. Limited to 40 participants. Contact Allen Stroud at (769) 798-2597 or astroud@mfc.ms.gov.

September 16...Online 11 AM CT.
The Seedling Genetics and Soil Fertility webinar will be presented via Zoom. This webinar will cover the important aspects of choosing the appropriate genetics for your long-term forestland investment. Appropriate site prep, fertilization, timing, and density all play critical roles in ensuring the success of a new plantation. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

September 16, 17, 23, & 24...Online 3 - 4:30 PM.
Preparing for Generation NEXT Workshop will be presented via Zoom. The workshop covers nine steps to successful legacy planning. Some of these steps include: Commit to beginning the planning, Determine your family assets, Write down long-term goals, Hold a family meeting, Gather essential documents, and more. Fee: $40/family. Contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

September 17...Online 8 AM - 4 PM CT.
Timber Tax and IRS Reporting will be held via Zoom Meeting. Topics to include: Income tax implications of forest operations, Acquiring land, Calculating depletion allowance, Reporting timber sale income, Site prep expenses, and more. CFE hours available. Attendance limited. Fee: $25. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@auburn.edu.

September 17...Online 1 PM CT.
Forestry Recovery Webinar 2: Which Pine is Right for My Property will be presented via Zoom Meeting. Topic: Your site(s) and management objectives should guide your choice of tree species to plant. Presenter: Stan Rosenthal, University of Florida. You must register here. For more information contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

September 18...Online 11:30 AM - 5 PM CT.
Conservation Easements: Legal, Appraisal, Accounting, and Ethical Issues will be presented via Zoom. This seminar will address current legal and valuation issues associated with appraising Conservation Easements. Fee: $125. Contact Pamela Paulk at (205) 835-0808 or pampaulk@aialabama.com. Editor’s Note: Be especially wary when signing away your property rights.

September 22...Online 12 PM Noon CT.
Cross-laminated Timber Now: A 21st-Century Material will be presented via Zoom Meeting. Pre-registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

September 22...Online 6 - 8 PM CT.
Focusing on Healthy Forests Workshop will be presented via Zoom Meeting. Topics include: Identifying Invasive Plants in Alabama and Controlling Cogongrass. CFE hours available. Pre-registration required. Contact Tyler Sybley at (256) 612-7694 or tsibley@alaforestry.org.

September 22-23...Jamestown, Kentucky.
Kentucky Woodland Owners Association (KWOA) Annual Meeting at the Lake Cumberland State Resort Park. Fee: $70. Contact the KWOA at (606) 782-1317 or info@kwoa.net.

September 22-23...Online.
Longleaf Pine Webinar

September 23...Online 12 PM Noon CT.
Timber Market Outlook will be presented via Zoom Meeting. Pre-registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

September 24...Conecuh County 9 AM - 4 PM.
The Natural Shift: Converting from Loblolly to Longleaf Over Time at Reid State Technical College Library, 100 Highway 83, Evergreen. This workshop will cover methods and best practices when converting to longleaf while maintaining a pine overstory and a groundcover restoration demonstration. Fee: $20. Contact Ryan Mitchell at (251) 937-7176 or jrm0023@auburn.edu.

September 24...Online 12 PM Noon CT.
Forest road and skid trail construction, maintenance, and close-out BMPs will be presented via Zoom Meeting. Pre-registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

September 24...Online 1 PM CT.
Forestry Recovery Webinar 3: Keys to Success with Longleaf Pine and Enviva Biomass Partnership will be presented via Zoom Meeting. Topic: If longleaf pine is right for your site and objectives, aim for success. Success with this tree, and all the parts of the longleaf pine forest, requires careful attention to detail in the planning and regeneration process. The Enviva biomass plant is partnering with The Longleaf Alliance to implement a longleaf restoration-oriented sourcing at Cottondale to help land managers and landowners in this region to restore longleaf pine forests. You must register here. For more information contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

September 24...Online 6 - 8 PM CT.
Focusing on Healthy Forests Workshop will be presented via Zoom Meeting. Topics include: Maximizing Seedling Success and Encouraging Native Grasses. CFE hours available. Pre-registration required. Contact Tyler Sybley at (256) 612-7694 or tsibley@alaforestry.org.

September 25...Online 12 PM Noon CT.
Wild Pig Impacts to Forestry and Management Strategies will be presented via Zoom Meeting. Pre-registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

 CANCELLED  September 28-29...Conecuh County.
ForestHer Basics: A Workshop for Women Who Love the Land at Saloom Properties LLC, 2835 Booker Mill Road, Evergreen. This workshop will cover: Forestry terms, Reading maps, Forest soils, Basic tree identification, The importance of forest inventories, Management plans, and more all in a relaxed, fun setting. Fee: $65. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 329-0554 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

September 29...Online 12:30 PM CT.
Georgia Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) will be presented via Zoom Webinar. This second part of a two part series will discuss key findings from the most recent biennial assessment of Forestry BMP implementation statewide and then reconsider those findings through the lens of landscape-level concerns. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

September 29...Online 6 - 8 PM CT.
Focusing on Healthy Forests Workshop will be presented via Zoom Meeting. Topics include: Choosing Herbicides, Finding Funding Through NRCS Programs, and Certification. CFE hours available. Pre-registration required. Contact Tyler Sybley at (256) 612-7694 or tsibley@alaforestry.org.

September 29...Online 7:30 PM CT.
Best Deer Season Ever Webinar Series is the third webinar in the series. The topic for this session is Habitat and Deer Management. For more information call the Pickens County Extension Office at (205) 367-8148.

September 30...Online 9 AM CT.
Georgia Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting will be presented via Zoom. Contact Jessica McCorvey at (229) 734-4706x289 or jessica.mccorvey@jonesctr.org.

 

> October 2020

Through October 31...Statewide.
Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest
will begin accepting entries August 3. 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. For more information contact Billy Pope at 1-800-242-3151 or billy.pope@dcnr.alabama.gov.

October 1...Athens, Georgia 8:30 AM - 4 PM ET.
Intro to Forestry (For Ladies) at Flinchum's Phoenix, 605 Phoenix Road. This workshop is the first in a 3 part series. Topics include: Intro to land management, Harvesting 101, Reforestation, Survey Activity, Consultant roundtable, and more. Fee: $25. For more information contact Danielle Atkins at (706) 631-4440 or landandladies@gmail.com.

October 2...Online 10:30 AM CT.
Chestnut Chat Series: Pests and Pathogens will be presented via Zoom Webinar. This webinar will cover the pests and pathogens that impact chestnut. Presenter: Erin Lizotte, Michigan State University. For more information call The American Chestnut Foundation at (828) 281-0047.

October 2...Online at 11 - 11:15 AM CT.
Fifteen Minutes in the Forest - Forest Pests: Fall Edition will join Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program's Neil Clark as he talks about some common forest pests that make their appearance in the fall. The webinar will be held via a Zoom meeting. Zoom Meeting Details - Join: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97509089739   For more information contact Neil Clark at (757) 653-2572 or neclark@vt.edu.

October 3...Dover, Tennessee.
Healthy Hardwoods Field Day at Stewart State Forest. GPS Coord: 36.380475, -87.766441 Topics include: Woodland edibles, Medicinals, Overview of Non-Timber Forest Products, Demonstration of Novelty Wood (with Portable Sawmill). Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

October 3...Autauga County.
Adult Mentored Hunt Workshop at the Autauga Wildlife Management Area. These workshops provide participants with an opportunity to learn hunting basics, firearm safety and handling, where to hunt, and the equipment and gear needed. The October 3rd workshop will focus on how to hunt deer with archery equipment. Other workshops are available throughout the state. There are eligibility requirements. Fee: $20. For more information email Justin Grider at justin.grider@dcnr.alabama.gov.

 CANCELLED  October 6...Geneva County 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
ForestHer Thinning  Call the Geneva County Extension Office at (334) 684-2484.

October 6...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
ForestHer: Prescribed Fire will be presented via Zoom Webinar. This lunch and learn is for women that own forestland or are just interested in learning more about forestry in a relaxed, fun setting. Join during your lunch break. Pre-registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

October 7...Online 10 - 11 AM CT.
Pine Straw Management Webinar Series will focus on helping landowners and resource managers balance harvesting operations while preserving desired wildlife benefits and stand health. Fee: $10.

October 7...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Alabama Extension Natural Resources Management Team: How We Can Help webinar will be presented via Zoom. This is the first of six webinars in the Natural Resources Webinar Series. For more information contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

October 7...Online 1 PM CT.
Introduction to Monarch Biology and Conservation in the Southeast is the first webinar in a three part series focused on monarchs in the southeast, NRCS planners and community conservationists will learn about monarch biology basics (food requirements, other habitat factors, natural enemies, migration, etc.), their phenology (when to find them in the southeast), their status (how monarchs populations are doing) and what we know about habitats that best support them regionally. For more information email Jennifer Ryan at jennifer.ryan2@usda.gov.

 CANCELLED  October 7-8...Athens, Georgia.
Forestry for Non-Foresters at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Road. “This course will be especially useful for landowners and those who work with foresters and the forest industry such as forestry agencies, associations, forestry investment firms, real estate investment trusts and banking institutions with forest investments.” Fee: $345; $50 discount if paid by September 15. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.  See the leaders of this course give a teaser presentation at the 2016 AFOA Annual Meeting.


AFOA Forestry Field Day

October 8...Choctaw County 9:30 AM.
The Forestry Field Day will meet at the GOGO Exxon Station, 6155 Highway 17, Silas. Come meet with Stephen Butler, Consulting Forester. Topic: Pine First Thinning and Woods Road Maintenance. RSVP to Jessica Nelson at (334) 524-1920 or jnelson@afoa.org.
 

October 8...Online 6 PM CT.
Birdlife 101
will be presented via Zoom Meeting. This presentation will highlight several interesting species found across the state, outline the basic steps to identify a bird, highlight equipment useful for identifying birds, and wrap up with a brief discussion of bird migration across Mississippi. This zoom meeting is open to devices/computers only. It will not be open to attending by phone call audio only. To Join visit
https://zoom.us/join and enter the Meeting ID:
228 546 1007  For more information or assistance contact Tim Ray at (228) 731-8567 or tim.ray@msstate.edu.

October 10...Limestone County.
Adult Mentored Hunt Workshop at the Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area, 18936 Harris Station Road, Tanner. The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn hunting basics, firearm safety and handling, where to hunt, and the equipment and gear needed. Other workshops are available throughout the state. There are eligibility requirements. Fee: $20. For more information email Justin Grider at justin.grider@dcnr.alabama.gov.

October 13...Online 11:50 AM - 4:15 PM ET.
Forestry Herbicide Update Workshop will be presented via Zoom Webinar. Course participants will receive updates on current herbicide research and information on herbicide applications commonly used throughout a pine rotation to improve survival and growth. Presenters: Dr. David Dickens and Dr. David Clabo of University of Georgia. Fee: $125; $25 discount if paid by September 29. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.

October 13…Burns, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Montgomery Bell State Park Lodge. Topic: Forestry by the Numbers - The Importance of our Industry & Landowners. Presenter: Rachel Greene, Forest Data and Analysis Unit Leader. Fee: $20. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

October 13...Online 7:30 PM CT.
Best Deer Season Ever Webinar Series is the fourth webinar in the series. The topic for this session is Rules, Regulations, and Chronic Wasting Disease. For more information call the Pickens County Extension Office at (205) 367-8148.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

October 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 will feature state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more.
To listen live call AFOA to register at (205) 624-2225.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your device of choice: October 14, 2020 CI -- Live!  This will be a link once program is finished and available.
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

 

 CANCELLED  October 14-15...Shelby County.
Alabama Landowners Conference at the Alabama 4-H Center, 892 4-H Road, Columbiana. Awards presented: Tree Farm, Helene Mosley Memorial, W. Kelly Mosely, and others. Fee: $TBD. Contact William Green at (334) 612-5235 or wmgreen@alfafarmers.org.

October 15...Online 1 PM CT.
How to Sell Your Timber will be presented via Zoom. Know what forest products are selling and use market competition to get the best price for your timber. Pre-registration required. For more information contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

October 15
...Online 6 PM CT.
The October Dinner and Discussion will be in the form of a Zoom Meeting. The meeting will be opened about 10 minutes prior to start time to allow participants to test audio/video and work out kinks. Participants will be muted by the host on entry automatically to prevent background noise. Please keep yourself muted unless you are speaking. This makes for a better experience for all.

This zoom meeting is open to devices/computers only. It will not be open to attending by phone call audio only.

Are you new to Zoom Meetings? Watch these How to join a Zoom Meeting for the first time videos. They are short (6 min).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh50kVaIdAY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isp3qPeQ0E

Join The Dinner & Discussion Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/join

Meeting ID: xxx xxxx xxxx
Password:
Call AFOA for password: (205) 624-2225.

Please Note: AFOA staff are not tech experts or Zoom experts and cannot answer specific questions about your specific computer, but we may be able to help answer more general questions related to connecting to Zoom meetings. Be sure to watch the instructional videos above first. Call Billy (AFOA) at (205) 624-2225 or rll@afoa.org. Please do not call to ask questions immediately before the meeting.
 

October 16...Online 10:30 AM CT.
Chestnut Chat Series: Cooking with Chestnuts will be presented via Zoom Webinar. This webinar will cover everything from best roasting methods to making delicious recipes. For more information call The American Chestnut Foundation at (828) 281-0047.

 CANCELLED  October 16...Barbour County.
Forestry Alternative Income Opportunities at Barbour County Extension Office, 525 School Street, Eufaula. Topics will include Pine straw and Hunting lease opportunities as well as a field demonstration of a pine straw operation. To register, call the County Extension Office at (334) 687-5688.

October 20...Online 9 - 11 AM CT.
Pecan Management: Bringing Pecans Back to Life will be presented via Zoom. This Virtual Pecan Program will help homeowners as well as small producers learn how to properly manage their orchards to promote greater yields. Doug Chapman will be discussing the topics of variety selection, planting and care, pecan pest management, and more. Registration required. For more information call Lucy Edwards at (334) 329-1672.

October 20-23...Online.
Biennial Longleaf Conference will now be held as a virtual conference. Fee: $285; $30 discount if paid by October 1. Registration is open. For more information email Sarah Crate at sarah@longleafalliance.org.

 CANCELLED  October 20-21...Russell County.
ForestHer Basics at Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat Center, 107 Holy Trinity Road, Fort Mitchell. ForestHer is for women that own forestland or are just interested in learning more about forestry in a relaxed, fun setting. Topics include: How to read maps, Forest soils, Basic Tree ID, Importance of forest inventories, What a management plan is, and Professional services. Fee: $100; lodging included or $65 without. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

 CANCELLED  October 21...Athens, Georgia 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM ET.
Nuisance Wildlife Damage Prevention and Control at Flinchum’s Phoenix, 650 Phoenix Road. Instructor: Dr. Michael Mengak. Fee: $215; $50 discount if paid by September 30. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.

October 21...Online 11 AM CT.
Individual Stem Herbicide Treatments will be held via a Zoom webinar. This presentation will describe selective individual stem herbicide application methods including basal bark, hack & squirt, and stump treatments. Recommended equipment, products, rates, time of year, and treatment guidelines for controlling some of the most problematic understory tree species will be examined, including some recent research updates. Register Here  For more information email Peter Smallidge at pjs23@cornell.edu.

October 21...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
The Natural Shift: Converting Loblolly or Slash Pine to Longleaf Over Time webinar will be presented via Zoom. This is the second of six webinars in the Natural Resources Webinar Series. For more information contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

October 22...Online 12 Noon CT.
The Woods for Wildlife webinar will be presented via Zoom. Topic: Native Plants of the Longleaf Pine Forest and Active Management of Early Successional Plant Communities. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

October 22...Online 1 PM CT.
Keep the Habitat Value of Your New Forest will be presented via Zoom. A diverse groundcover is not easy to establish. Don’t lose it if you have it. With some planning and deliberate management you can regenerate a forest stand without compromising the existing habitat value. Pre-registration required. For more information contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

October 22…Shiloh, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Hagy’s Catfish Hotel, 1140 Catfish Lane. Topic: Controlling Kudzu. Presenter: Richard Sanderson, TDF West District Forester. Fee: $25; All you can eat dinner included. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

October 22...Henry County 5:30 - 8 PM.
Wild Pig Management at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center, 167 East Alabama Highway 134, Headland. This seminar will concentrate on wild pig history, biology and ecology in Alabama. It will also provide participants with an overview of wild pig control methods and trapping of wild pigs, as well as demonstrations of discussed techniques. To register, call the Wiregrass Center at (334) 693-3800.

October 22...Online 6 - 7:30 PM CT.
Expanding Your Business: Land Care Practices on Small Acreage Properties webinar will address issues around improving woodland health and the motivations and interests of clientele for natural area services. Watch part 1 of this 4-part webinar series to increase your knowledge base, add skills and gain an edge over the competition with additional services to offer your clients. Fee: $35. Contact Jonathan Kays at (301) 432-2767x323 or jkays@umd.edu.


End of 2020 Calendar of Past Events