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  • Last Update: 09/30/2014
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> September 2014

September 30 - October 2...Covington County.
Understory 201 Academy at Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Andalusia. Learn more about the plants that occur on the forest floor and the processes that maximize understory diversity. Fee: $TBD. Call Ryan Mitchell at (334) 427-1029.

> October 2014

October 1...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
Predation in the Fire Forest at Auburn University, SFWS Room 1101. Speaker: Mike Connor, Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center. Refreshments served. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu.

October 1-2...Macon, Georgia.
Forest Roads in the Piedmont and Coastal Plains at Georgia Forestry Commission. 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 September 10. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

October 2...Colbert County.
Northern Region Forestry Field Day at Burgess Farm. Listen to experts and tour some forestland. Topics: Predator Solutions, Mulching Timber to Create Wildlife Openings, Thinning, Prescribed Burning, Timber Markets, Pine Plantation Establishment, and Invasive Species Control. Call Johnnie Everitt at (256) 383-4376.

October 3-5...Shelby County.
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) at Alabama 4-H Center on Lay Lake. Participants choose from over 50 courses such as: backyard wildlife, rock climbing, camp cooking, map and compass, camping, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, and many more. Fee $225; includes meals, lodging, program materials, and instruction. Contact Sylvia Payne at 1-800-262-3151 or sylvia.payne@dcnr.alabama.gov.

October 3-5...Covington County.
Alabama Chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ALAPARC) Annual Meeting at Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Andalusia. Fee: $147; Room, meals, and registration. Contact Taylor at (865) 599-9229 or alabamaparc@gmail.com.

October 7...Batesville, Mississippi 8:15 AM.
Hardwood Management Field Tour will meet at Panola County Extension, 245-C Eureka Street. This field tour will focus on the history and management of hardwood stands as allowed by the landowners. Hiking boots/shoes or very comfortable walking shoes (closed toes) are recommended. Bring a folding chair, hat, bug spray, and sunscreen. Fee: $10. Call (662) 843-8361 to register.

October 7...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. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

October 8...Bristol, Florida 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM ET.
Longleaf Pine Forest Restoration & Management at 10394 NW Longleaf Drive. Topics include: Why Longleaf Pine, Prescribed Fire, Goundcover Restoration, Managing Wildlife in the Longleaf Forest, Cost-share Assistance, and Conservation Easements. Fee: $5; lunch included. Call Calhoun County Extension at (850) 674-8323.

October 8...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
Has extra CO2 increased the number of wildfires? at Auburn University, SFWS Room 1101. Speaker: David South, Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences. Refreshments served. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu.

October 8-11...Salt Lake City, Utah.
Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Convention at Salt Palace Convention Center. Fee: $695. Call SAF at (866) 897-8720.

October 9...Perry County 8 AM.
Central Region Forestry Field Day at Charles Holmes Property, 28011 AL Highway 14, Marion. Topics include: Agri Tourism, Wild Pig Management, Longleaf vs. Loblolly Pine Management, and Stream Crossing. Contact John Ollis at (334) 683-6888 or ollisjp@acesag.auburn.edu.

October 9...Pickens, Mississippi 9 AM.
Hardwood Management Field Tour. This field tour will focus on the history and management of hardwood stands as allowed by the landowners. Hiking boots/shoes or very comfortable walking shoes (closed toes) are recommended. Bring a folding chair, hat, bug spray, and sunscreen. Fee: $18. Call Attala County Extension Office at (662) 289-5431.

October 9...Webinar 1 - 2 PM CT.
Manage Your Forest for Pine Straw and Rake in the Profits. This presentation focuses on harvesting pine straw and will also cover some other non-traditional forest products such as nuts, fruits, specialty wood products, and others. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

October 9...Chambers County 5:30 PM.
Forest Landowners Conference at Farmers Federation Building, LaFayette. Topics will include: Major Changes in Estate Planning and The Future of Forestry in Alabama. Speakers: Robert Tufts, Auburn University, and the new State Forester, Greg Pate. Fee: $4.00; dinner included. Contact Bill Frazer at (334) 864-7865 or wrfrazer@yahoo.com.

October 9-11...Lee County.
Alabama Treasure Forest Association Annual Meeting at Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences building. Educational program on Friday and field trip to Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest on Saturday. Fee: $50. Contact Rick Oates at (334) 613-4305 or roates@alfafarmers.org.

October 10...Louisville, Tennessee 8 AM - 12 Noon ET.
Short Rotation Woody Crops (SRWC) for Biofuel at 4341 UT Farm Road. Topics: Gasification, Role of SRWCs in National Bioenergy Strategy, Harvesting, and Logistics. Resource article. Contact Jessica McCord at (865) 974-7370 or jfox16@utk.edu.

October 14...Henry County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
GPS 101: Technology for Better Land Management at Wiregrass Research and Extension Center, 167 State Hwy 134 E, Headland. Fee: $30; lunch included. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 259-6507 or brodbam@auburn.edu.

October 14-16...Moultrie, Georgia.
Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition at Spence Field, 290-G Harper Blvd. Activities: Tractor & ATV test drives, Stock Dog Trials, educational seminars, and many more. Fee: $20 multiday pass; $10 single day pass. Call (229) 985-1968 for more information.

October 15...Oakridge, Tennessee 8 AM - 1:30 PM.
Woods and Wildlife Field Day at University of Tennessee Arboretum. Topics will include: experimental intercropping of oak and pine, forest inventory analysis, and establishing constructed wetlands. Lunch included. For more information call (865) 483-3571.

October 15...Webinar 12 PM Noon CT.
Tracking Forest and Landscape Change Using ForWarn. This webinar will focus on ForWarn, an online satellite-based change detection tool that maps disturbances and drought effects every 8 days. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

October 15...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. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

October 15-17...Oakridge, Tennessee.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Annual Meeting at Oak Ridge Doubletree Hotel. Fee: $225. Contact Candace Dinwiddie at (615) 883-3832 or cdinwiddie@tnforestry.com.

October 16...Coffee County.
Southern Region Forestry Field Day at Newman Property. Listen to experts and tour some forestland. Topics include: Dove Field Management, Hardwood Management, Mid Rotation Release, and Wetland Management. Call Mary McLean at (334) 894-5596.

October 16...Oak Grove, Louisiana 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Outdoor Business Workshop for Landowners at Thomas Jason Lingo Community Center, 10284 Hwy 17. Learn more about how to earn supplemental income from your land. Fee: $25. Contact Dora Ann Hatch at (318) 927-9654x229 or dhatch@agcenter.lsu.edu.

October 17-19...Front Royal, Virginia.
The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) Annual Meeting at Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Conference Center. Fee: $125. Call TACF at (828) 281-0047.

October 20...Tuscaloosa County 1 - 3 PM.
Lower Sub-basin/North River Alabama Clean Water Partnership (ACWP) Meeting at Alabama Department of Public Health, 2350 Hargrove Rd E, Tuscaloosa. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 623-0147 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

October 20-21...Tifton, Georgia.
Georgia Division Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting at Tifton UGA Conference Center. The meeting will feature updates on timber markets, land markets, harvesting issues, forest pathology, genetics, and more. Fee: $185; $30 discount if paid by September 29. Contact Jason Little at (478) 745-4910 or jlittle@frcemail.com.

October 21-24...Mobile County.
Longleaf Alliance Regional Conference at Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, Mobile. Fee: $457; $53 discount if paid by September 2. Contact Kelley McCarter at (919) 515-5065 or kelley_mccarter@ncsu.edu.

October 21-23...Athens, Georgia.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part I 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. Lunch provided. Part II is $345 on October 22-23. Discounts available if you register by September 30. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

October 22...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
Conserving Alabama’s Reptiles and Amphibians: Threats, Priorities, and Successes at Auburn University, SFWS Room 1101. Speaker: Craig Guyer, Biological Sciences, Auburn University. Refreshments served. Contact Brian Via at (334) 844-1088 or bkv0003@auburn.edu.

October 22-24...Biloxi, Mississippi.
Mississippi Forestry Association (MFA) Annual Meeting at Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino. Online Registration. Fee: $405. Call MFA at (601) 354-4936.

October 23...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Invasive Species Management Workshop at Austin Cary Forest Learning Center, 10625 NE Waldo Road. This program will describe some of the more troublesome plants and animals in north-central Florida and the current methods being used to manage them. Fee: $15; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

October 28-29...Valdosta, Georgia.
Southeastern Regional Forest Resource and Manager Conference at Rainwater Conference Center. This conference is held to provide updates in the areas of Forest Science, Silviculture, Wildlife/Ecology, Policy, and Markets. Fee: $110; $20 discount if paid by September 30. Lunch provided on first day. Contact Forest Landowners Association at 1-800-325-2954 or info@forestlandowners.com.

October 28-30...Pike County.
Classroom in the Forest at Renfroe Farm, Troy. Free educational event for Pike County 5th graders. Call Deborah Huggins-Davis at (334) 566-2300.

October 29...Webinar 1 - 2 PM CT.
Art from the Forest. This presentation will discuss a variety of species used by master artisans and the unique opportunities for landowners to build relationships with artisan-gatherers. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

October 29...Webinar 1 - 2 PM CT.
Planning and Design of Stream Crossings. This webinar will build an understanding of the process and procedures required to plan and design a stream crossing structure to meet USDA NRCS Practice Standard, Code No. 578. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

October 30...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Tree/Plant Identification Field Day at Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue. This program will give landowners a chance to learn to identify some of the tree, shrub, and herbaceous species on their forestland. Wear appropriate clothing for woods. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

October 31...Pinetta, Florida 9 AM ET.
Property Tour at Riverview Farms and Cumberland Plantation, 359 NE Foxglove Trail. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

October 31...Tallahassee, Florida 9 AM - 12:30 PM ET.
Tree Identification Lab at Leon County Extension Center. Receive tips from experts on how to identify trees and shrubs with leaves that look alike. Call Leon County Extension at (850) 606-5202.

> November 2014

November 4...Statewide.
Alabama & Congressional Election Day.

November 4...Ripley, Mississippi 9 AM - 3:30 PM.
Managing the Family Forest at Tippah County Extension Office, 10791B Hwy 15 S. This course enables the landowner to more fully realize the benefits of forest ownership. Fee: $29; lunch included. Call Nick Simmons at (662) 837-8184.

November 5-6...Milton, Florida.
Agritourism & Ecotourism Business Development Conference at Adventures Unlimited. Topics include: Starting a business, Marketing, Staffing, Benefits, Healthcare, and Liability. Fee: $25. Contact Chris Verlinde (850) 623-3868 cmverlinde@gmail.com.

November 5-6...Statesboro, Georgia.
Pine Straw Production - Stand Management and Economics at Bulloch County Ag Center,151 Langston Chapel Road. This course will teach participants about pine straw yields by species, site quality, land-use history, effect of pine straw raking, fertilization, and more. Fee: $210; $25 discount if paid by October 17. Lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

November 6...Webinar Noon CT.
Role Transitions: Stepping In, Stepping Up, and Stepping Out presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). Fee: $129. Call FBCG at 1-866-872-5840.

November 10...Webinar 1 - 2 PM CT.
Forest Cultivated Mushrooms: A Rotten Business. This presentation will explore the four stages a prospective mushroom grower must consider for forest cultivation of shiitake mushrooms. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

November 12...Elmore County 12 PM Noon.
PALS (People Against A Littered State) Governor's Awards at Marriott at Capitol Hill, Prattville. Call Alabama PALS at (334) 263-7737.

November 18...Autauga County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at R H Kirkpatrick Agricultural Pavilion, Autaugaville. Third grade students. Contact Yvonne Bowens-Thomas at (334) 201-5209 or thomayd@aces.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

November 19...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference will feature state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your mp3 player: November 19, 2014 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.


November 20...Autauga County 9 AM - 1 PM.
Landowner Tour at Dr. Frank Jones Property, 2202 Co Rd 19 N, Prattville. Topics include: Wildlife Management, Herbicide Usage, Warm Season Grasses, Prescribe Burning, and more. Fee: $10; lunch included. Call Autauga County Extension Office at (334) 361-7273.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

November 20...Shelby County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion
at Golden Corral, 101 Cahaba Valley Pkwy E, Pelham. Come enjoy a Dutch Treat dinner, listen to the November Capital Ideas -- Live! News Conference for Forest Owners, and argue about the issues with other landowners afterward. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. Limited seating. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.


 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

November 20...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion at JamisonMoneyFarmer PC Office, 2200 Jack Warner Parkway, Suite 300, Tuscaloosa. Enjoy a BBQ dinner, listen to the November Capital Ideas -- Live! News Conference for Forest Owners, and argue about the issues with other landowners afterwards. Dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. Fee: $7. To attend, RSVP Beth Crocker at (205) 366-4009 or bcrocker@jmf.com.


 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

November 20...DeKalb County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion at Western Sizzlin, 1114 Glenn Boulevard SW, Fort Payne. Enjoy sandwiches and salads, listen to the November CI -- Live! News Conference for Forest Owners, and argue about the issues with other landowners afterwards. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. To attend, RSVP Susan Dooley at (256) 997-6713 or spdooley@hotmail.com.


November 24...Athens, Georgia 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM ET.
GPS for Beginners at Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Building 1, Room 201. Learn the basics of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and the accuracy of the technology when used in forested conditions. Fee: $195; lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

> December 2014

December 3...Columbia, South Carolina 8 AM - 5 PM ET.
Timber Income Tax Workshop at Sandhills Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road. Basic fundamentals of handling timberland assets, deducting for management and protection of timberland and obtaining capital gains treatment of timber income are stressed. Specific issues resulting from ice damage, fire, and timber theft are explained. Fee: $225; $45 discount if paid by November 14. Lunch included. Contact Susan Guynn at (864) 656-0606 or sguynn@clemson.edu.

December 10-11...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 19. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

December 12...Webinar 1 PM CT.
Forest Botanicals: Deep and Tangled Roots. This presentation will discuss native plant species on eastern US forestlands that are wild harvested for plant trade. Presenter: Eric Burkhart, faculty instructor at Pennsylvania State University. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

> January 2015

January 27 - February 17...Online Tuesdays 6 - 7:30 PM CT.
Master Tree Farmer. There will be a total of 4 sessions. Session 1: An examination of two land certification programs. Session 2: Use of prescribed fire in pine management. Session 3: Forest Genetics. Session 4: Forest Pests. Watch the program from your home. You must register and pay before you will receive the link information to view the webinar. Fee: $85. Contact Susan Guynn at (864) 656-0606 or sguynn@clemson.edu.

> February 2015

February 6...Elmore County 2 - 4:30 PM.
Applied Forestry & Wildlife Research Symposium at Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center, 2500 Legends Circle, Prattville. Topics: Longleaf vs. Loblolly, Using the Forestry Internet, Forestry Content of the Farm Bill, Timber Theft, Land Security, and Eagles of Alabama. Fee: $30; $5 discount if paid by January 15. Call Alabama Forestry Association at (334) 265-8733.

February 6...Elmore County 5 - 7:30 PM.
Alabama Natural Resources Council Awards Banquet at Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center, 2500 Legends Circle, Prattville. This awards banquet will recognize the 2013 award recipients of the Helene Mosley Award, the Alabama Tree Farmer of the Year, the W. Kelly Mosley Environmental Award, the Outstanding Alabama Forestry Planning Committees, the Alabama Tree Farm Inspector of the Year, the Alabama Tree Farm Leadership Award, and the Alabama Tree Farm Hard Hat Award Winners. Fee: $35; $10 discount if paid by January 15. Call Alabama Forestry Association at (334) 265-8733.

February 18-20...Amelia Island, Florida.
Timberland Investment Conference at The Ritz-Carlton. Fee: $TBD. Contact Bob Izlar at (706) 542-6819 or bizlar@uga.edu.

> April 2015


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM & ANNUAL MEETING

April 17-18...Covington County.
Location: Headquartered at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia, AL 36420.

Reserve Your Room:
If you plan to stay at the Center on Friday night, make reservations for hotel style rooms or bunkhouse rooms as soon as possible. To make reservations for sleeping accommodations at the Dixon Center, contact Teresa Cannon at (334) 222-7779 or send your request to cannotj@auburn.edu. Annual Meeting Registration information will not be available from AFOA until January 2015 and will be sent to members in the monthly newsletter, Capital Ideas.

When sleeping space runs out at the Center the following hotels are close by.
 
Hotels in Andalusia are:
Best Western
Comfort Inn
Days Inn & Suites
Econo Lodge
Holiday Inn Express

Hotels in Brewton are:
Ramada Brewton
Quality Inn
 
(334) 222-9999
(334) 222-8891
(334) 427-0050
(334) 222-7511
(334) 222-2740
 
 
(251) 867-5741
(251) 867-9999


FRIDAY: Tours and workshop likely.

SATURDAY: Activities Saturday will likely take place at the Center, in classrooms and in the nearby forestland.

Directions
(from Solon Dixon Center website)

Registration:

     Program Agenda and Landowner Registration Form

     Exhibitor and/or Sponsor Registration Application

> May 2015

May 27-29...Tuscaloosa County.
Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference at Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa. Learn more about using fire as a management tool. Fee: $225; $25 discount if paid by April 15. Contact Justin Hart at (205) 348-1673 or hart013@ua.edu.

> June 2015

June 2-5...Virginia Beach, Virginia.
National Conference of Private Forest Landowners at Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Fee: $TBD. Contact Forest Landowners Association at 1-800-325-2954 or info@forestlandowners.com.

June 10-12...Atlanta, Georgia.
Southern Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition at Georgia World Congress Center. EXPO showcases the latest products and services for the wood products industry. Fee: $TBD. Contact Eric Gee at (504) 443-4464x214 or egee@sfpa.org.


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