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Calendar of Current Events

  • Last Update: 08/28/2015
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> August 2015

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

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

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

> September 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 15-17...Portland, Oregon.
"Who Will Own The Forest?" and Forest Products Forum at World Forestry Center. Join the professionals as they discuss issues pertaining to the economy, forestland valuations, investing overseas, and emerging values such as carbon, biomass, and environmental credits. Fee: $2,200. Contact Sara Wu at (503) 228-1367 or swu@worldforestry.org.

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

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


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

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

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

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

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

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

September 23-24...Athens, Georgia.
Intensive Forest Management at Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, 1197 S Lumpkin Street. “This course will evaluate the trade-offs between costs, economic and otherwise, and the benefits for different mixes of silviculture treatments with emphasis on quantifying the gains for objective decision making.” Fee: $295; $50 discount if paid by September 2. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

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

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


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

September 24
...DeKalb County 6 PM.
Dinner and Discussion at Western Sizzlin, 1114 Glenn Boulevard SW, Fort Payne. Enjoy dinner, a program for forest owners, and talk with other landowners afterwards. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. To attend, RSVP Susan Dooley at (256) 997-6713 or spdooley@hotmail.com.

September 24...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Railroad Park, 1600 First Avenue South, Birmingham. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $50; $10 discount if paid in advance. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

> October 2015

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

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

October 2-3...Cambridge, Ohio.
The Great Portable Sawmill Shootout at Guernsey County Fairgrounds. Held in conjunction with The Paul Bunyan Show. The shootout features side-by-side live demonstrations of a variety of portable sawmills. Seminars will also be held for landowners and sawyers to help provide new ideas and business practices. Fee: $8. Call Ohio Forestry Association at (614) 497-9580.

October 6...Morgan County 5:30 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Ingalls Harbor, Decatur. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $35; youth under 15 admitted free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

October 8...Atlanta, Georgia 7:50 AM - 3 PM ET.
Investing in Timberland and Timber REITs at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. This course details the operations, performance, market risks, and costs associated with timberland investment vehicles. Speakers: Dr. Brooks Mendell and Amanda H. Lang. Fee: $680; $100 discount if paid by September 24. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

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

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

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

October 9...Escambia County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at Auburn Experiment Station, Brewton. Contact Chasity Pettis at (251) 867-8042 or chasity.pettis@al.nacdnet.net.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 20-22...Athens, Georgia.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part I (Oct 20) at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Road. “This course will be especially useful for landowners and those who work with foresters and the forest industry such as forestry agencies, associations, forestry investment firms, real estate investment trusts and banking institutions with forest investments.” Fee: $210; $35 discount if paid by September 22.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part II is $345 on October 21-22. $50 discount for Part II if paid by September 22. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

October 20-22...Starkville, Mississippi.
Mississippi Forestry Association Annual Meeting at The Mill Conference Center, 100 Mercantile Lane. Fee: $435; $45 discount if paid by September 20. Call Casey Anderson at (601) 354-4936.

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

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

October 27-29...Valdosta, Georgia.
Forest InSight Conference at Rainwater Conference Center. Fee: $120; $20 discount if paid by October 1. Optional Field Tour on last day is $20. Contact Sabra Rockwell at (706) 795-0055 or srockwell@progressiveforestry.com.

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

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

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

> November 2015

November 3-7...Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Convention. Fee: $715; $100 discount if paid by September 4. Contact SAF at 1-866-897-8720 or membership@safnet.org.

November 10-11...Athens, Georgia.
Forest Roads in the Piedmont and Coastal Plains at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Road. This course will teach you how to plan, design, locate, construct, stabilize, use, maintain, and close forest roads. Fee: $345; $50 discount if paid by October 20. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

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

> December 2015

December 7-8...Athens, Georgia.
Southern Forestry and Natural Resource Management GIS Conference at The Georgia Center for Continuing Education. This conference encompasses topics related to the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in forestry and natural resource management. Fee: $275; $25 discount if paid by November 13. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

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

> March 2016

March 1...Baldwin County.
Property Tax Vote for at least 4 mills is coming back to the ballot. These were just defeated in March 2015.

> April 2016


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM & ANNUAL MEETING

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

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> May 2016

May 27 - June 14...Sweden and Norway.
Scandinavian Forestry Tour will focus on private forestry and the role of woodland owner cooperatives. Meet private woodland owners, tour tree farms, see harvesting equipment in action, visit forestry companies, sawmills, forestry museums, and more. Deadline for reservations is October 1, 2015. Cost estimate: $5100-5500. Contact Oregon Woodland Cooperative at (888) 800-1192 or owc@owco-op.com.

 

> March 2017

March 1-3...Amelia Island, Florida.
Timberland Investment Conference at The Ritz-Carlton. Fee: $TBD. Contact Bob Izlar at (706) 542-6819 or bizlar@uga.edu.


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