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  • Last Update: 03/22/2019
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> March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

> April 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 19...Elmore County 8 AM - 1 PM.
Landowner Tour at Dr. Robert Parker’s Treasure Forest on Rifle Range Road. Topics (tentative): Chronic Wasting Disease, Food Plots, Prescribed Burning, Feral Pigs, Invasive Plants, and Ponds. Lunch included. Contact Katrina Mitchell at (334) 567-6301 or mitchk1@aces.edu.

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

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

April 23...Elmore County.
A Property Tax Vote.

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

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

April 25...Elmore County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Alabama Wildlife Federation Headquarters, 3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $50. Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

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

AFOA ANNUAL MEETING: For Room Reservations call (251) 446-4290. Group Code is AFOA. Room rate is $159/night + tax. Make your reservations early since AFOA only has a 50 room block for the 26th and a 50 room block for the 27th. We are unable to block out any more rooms.

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

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

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

REGISTRATION:

     Program Agenda and Attendee Registration Form

     Exhibitor and/or Sponsor Registration Form
 

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

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

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

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

 

> May 2019

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

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

May 6 & 7...Tuscaloosa County 11 AM - 1 PM.
ForestHer Basics: A Workshop for Women Who Love the Land at the Tuscaloosa County Extension Office, 2513 7th Street, Tuscaloosa. This workshop for women will feature presentations about the history of Alabama's forests and an introduction to what women need to learn about forest management in a relaxed, fun setting. Fee: $65. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 329-0554 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

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

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

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


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

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

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

May 11...Barbour County 8 AM - 5 PM.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at Eufaula Country Outdoors on Hunters Inlet Road, Eufaula. No fee. To register call Jennifer Johnson at (334) 585-7083. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised Alabama hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. There are some exceptions. There are other courses being taught at various locations and dates as well as online only courses. For additional information contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

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

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

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

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

 

> June 2019

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

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

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

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

June 22...Jefferson County 8 AM - 5 PM.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at Sheepdog Firearms Training Center, 5900 Deerfoot Parkway, Trussville. No fee. To register call Matthew Batson at (205) 937-3722. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised Alabama hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. There are some exceptions. There are other courses being taught at various locations and dates as well as online only courses. For additional information contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

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

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

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

 

> July 2019

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

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

 

> August 2019

August 9-11...Amory, Mississippi.
Southern Christmas Tree Association Annual Meeting will be held at Worthey Tree Farm near Amory, Texas. Fee: $TBD. For more information call Michael Buchart at (225) 505-6335.

August 20-22...Panama City Beach, Florida.
Florida Forestry Association (FFA) Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Bay Point Resort. Fee: $TBD. Call FFA at (850) 222-5646.

 

> September 2019

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

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

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

 

> August 2020

August 26-29...Atlanta, Georgia.
International Woodworking Fair (IWF) at the Georgia World Congress Center. The IWF is one of the top woodworking trade shows for furniture manufacturing, architectural woodwork, and custom and general woodworking industries. Fee: $35; $5 discount if paid by July 31, 2020. Contact IWF at (404) 693-8333 or info@iwfatlanta.com.


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