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2020 Calendar of Past Events

last update: 02/20/2020

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! (This will be a link once program is finished)
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.


End of 2020 Calendar of Past Events