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Calendar of Current Events

  • Last Update: 03/25/2015
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> March 2015

March 2 - May 23...On-line.
Woodland Options For Landowners Shortcourse. This course is to help landowners gain an introductory level understanding of basic forest management principles. Fee: $45 per family. Contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or

March 25...Webinar Noon CT.
Driving Innovation in the Family Business presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). Fee: $129. Call FBCG at 1-866-872-5840.

March 26...Senatobia, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Extreme Weather Events and Risk Management Options for Family Forests at Tate County Extension Office, #1 French’s Alley. Topics include: Timber Casualty Loss, Species Selection, Timber Salvage, Thinning for Forest Health, Weed Control, Stand Age Management, and Preparing for the Future. Fee: $25; lunch included. Call Tara Ferguson at (662) 562-4274.

March 27...Mobile County 8 AM - 2 PM.
Forestry Field Day at Wilmer-Georgetown Rd., Wilmer. Topics: Wetland Delineation & Management, Wildlife Habitat, Healthy Ponds, and Alternative Site Prep Herbicides for Longleaf. Lunch included with pre-registration. Call Soil & Water Conservation Office at (251) 441-6505x3.

March 27-28...Fort Valley, Georgia.
American Paulownia Association Annual Conference at Fort Valley State University, 1005 State University Drive. Fee: $70. Call Sharon Blickenstaff at (301) 790-3075.

March 31...Baldwin County.
Baldwin County Property Tax Referendum. This referendum, if voters approve, will increase non-commercial property taxes by 8 mills, or $8 per $1000 of assessed value. Commercial properties (businesses) will pay double this rate. Utilities pay triple the rate of non-commercial.

> April 2015

April 1...Online Noon CT.
The Canopy: Tree Selection In The Lower South. In this webinar you will learn how to select plants that utilize the environment of the deep south most favorably. Underutilized tree and understory species will be discussed as well. Contact Bekah Sparks at (662) 325-8581 or

April 7...Batesville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - Noon.
Hardwood Management Field Tour at Panola County Extension Office, 245-C Eureka Street. A field tour will be led through privately managed hardwood forest sites. Dress appropriately. Fee: $10. Call Andrew Self at (662) 563-6260.

April 7...Jefferson County 1 PM.
Alabama Clean Water Partnership (CWP) Cahaba Stakeholders Meeting at Jefferson County Environmental Services Training Facility, 1331 Oak Grove Road, Birmingham. Topics: Discovering Alabama “Water’s To The Sea” update and an ADEM update on the Cahaba Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) progress in the Cahaba basin. Contact Glenn Littleton at (205) 217-2592 or

April 11...Newton, Georgia 10 AM - 2 PM ET.
Open House at Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, 3988 Jones Center Drive. This free event includes hands-on children’s activities, walking tours of working research facilities, wagon tours of Ichauway’s landscape and historical area, slide show presentation, and more. Bring your own picnic lunch. Drinks and tables will be provided. Call the Research Center at (229) 734-4706.

April 14-16...Withlacoochee, Florida.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 Workshop. This three day short-course consists of in-depth classroom and field instruction in "all things longleaf". Fee: $150. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or

April 15...Etowah County 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Gadsden-Etowah MS4 (municipal separate storm sewer system) Conference at Pitman Theatre, 629 Broad Street, Gadsden. Topic of presentations will address: storm water quality, funding approaches, and strategies for compliance. Please re-register if you registered for the prior meeting date. Fee: $45; lunch included. Contact Christa Collins at (334) 372-3156 or Editor's note: MS4 discussion may result in serious problems for local forest landowners.

April 16...Tallapoosa County 9 - 11 AM.
Grafting Workshop on Holloway Mill Road (Neighbors Road), Alexander City. Learn how to graft fruit trees, pecans, and anything in between. This is a hands-on activity. Pre-registration required by April 14. Call Tallapoosa Extension Office at (256) 825-1050.


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 the only rooms left are bunkhouse rooms. All hotel style rooms are booked at the Solon Dixon Center. To make reservations for sleeping accommodations at the Dixon Center, contact Teresa Cannon at (334) 222-7779 or send your request to 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. All hotel style rooms at the Dixon Center have been booked.
Hotels in Andalusia are:
Best Western
Comfort Inn
Days Inn & Suites
Econo Lodge
Holiday Inn Express

Hotel in Brewton:
Quality Inn
(334) 222-9999
(334) 222-8891
(334) 427-0050
(334) 222-7511
(334) 222-2740
(251) 867-9999

Click the Program Agenda and Landowners Registration Form link below to see the most up-to-date details about the meeting.

Written Directions
to the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center (on Solon Dixon Center website)

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April 18…Chickasaw State Forest (Henderson), Tennessee 8 AM to 3 PM.
Healthy Hardwoods Field Day. Portable sawmill demo, chainsaw safety, skidding logs with ATV, estimating timber volumes. Call to register at 1-800-893-7403.

April 18...Macon County 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Annual Goat Day at Henderson Hall Auditorium, Tuskegee University. Attend to find out more on the latest trends in the goat industry. Fee: $20; $5 discount if paid by April 1. Contact Marilyn Hooks at (334) 727-8453 or

April 18...Como, Mississippi 9 AM.
Hardwood Management Field Tour on Pleasant Grove Road 1.1 miles South of of Highway 310. This field tour will explore pine and hardwood management efforts for wildlife habitat manipulation. Dress appropriately. No Fee. Call Tate County Extension Office at (662) 562-4274.

April 21...Tifton, Georgia 8:30 AM to 5 PM.
Growing Pines in Changing Times Forestry Workshop at the UGA Tifton Conference Center. Topics include: Understanding Climate Variability, Potential Implications for Plantation Management of Pines, Site Productivity Updates, Seedling Selection Guidelines, Density Management, and Insect/Disease Control. Fee: $50. Contact Leslie Boby at (706) 559-4320 or

April 22...Parts of Cullman, Lawrence, Lauderdale, and Morgan Counties.
Turkey Season Opens. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

April 23...Quincy, Florida 9 AM ET.
Property Tour at Spring Canyon LLC, Church Pond Rd, Quincy. The property owners are working to restore the uplands back to what they were before many decades of fire exclusion. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or

April 24…Chilton County 9:30 AM - Noon.
Forestry Tour on Allen Bearden Property off Highway 22. Participants will meet at Maplesville City Park Walking Trail on Shanks Drive. Topics: Landowner Objectives, Pine Management, Prescribed burning, Food Plots, and Cost Share Assistance. Tour held rain or shine so dress appropriately. Lunch on your own in Maplesville at end of tour. Contact Brian Smith at (205) 755-3042 or

April 24-25...Covington County.
Silvopasture Works at Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia. Field tour of 3 silvopasture sites led by Chuck Simon on Friday 24th. Fee: $20; $5 discount if paid by April 15. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or

April 24-26...Covington County.
Frogging by Ear Workshop at Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia. Spend a fun weekend with herpetologists, Jimmy and Sierra Stiles, learning about frogs. Nightly field trips will tour local frogging sites for hands-on practice. Fee: $235; includes all lodging and meals. Contact Jimmy Stiles at (334) 881-0084 or

April 25…Highland Rim Experimental Forest (Tullahoma), Tennessee 8 AM to 3 PM.
Healthy Hardwoods Field Day. Portable sawmill demo, chainsaw safety, skidding logs with ATV, estimating timber volumes. Call to register at 1-800-893-7403.

April 25...Athens, Georgia 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM ET.
Georgia Lakes Workshop at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Drive. This workshop is help educate lake and pond owners improve their management and enhance all water uses: recreational, water supply, or as aquatic habitat for fish and wildlife. Fee: $75; lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or

April 30...Burnsville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Hardwood for Timber and Wildlife at Burnsville Chamber of Commerce, 322 Highway 72 East. Topics include: Hardwood Sites, Managing Hardwoods for Quality, Upland Hardwood Management, Regeneration, Wildlife Habitat in Hardwoods, and Wild Hog Control. Fee: $36; lunch included. Call Danny Owen at (662) 423-7016.

April 30...Elmore County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course Driving Range, Prattville. 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. Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

April 30...Statewide.
Turkey Season Closes. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

> May 2015

May 5...Madison County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Hardwood Management Outdoor Workshop. Meeting/departing from Hardee’s in Gurley. Contact Callie Schweitzer at (256) 574-3217.

May 6...Leesville, South Carolina 8:20 AM to 4:30 PM.
Pine Decline: Is it real? If so, what are its effects? T & S Farm, 3500 Pond Branch Road. Speaker: Dr. Lori Eckhardt, Auburn University. Contact Beth Richardson at (803) 534-6280 or

May 6-8...Louisville, Kentucky.
North American Deer Summit at Galt House Hotel. Fee: $220. For more information call 1-800-209-3337.

May 7…Escambia County 8 AM - 4:15 PM.
Annual Alabama Invasive Plant Conference at Wind Creek Hotel, Atmore. Fee: $65; $20 discount if paid by May 1. Contact Nancy Lowenstein at (334) 844-1061 or

May 8-9...Louisville, Kentucky.
Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) National Convention at Galt House Hotel. Fee: $200. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

May 13-14...Gainesville, Florida.
Innovations in Timber Harvesting and Utilization Symposium at Austin Cary Forest Learning Center, 10625 NE Waldo Road. Session topics will include: International Wood Marketing, Forest Inventory and GIS, Harvesting, and Wood Energy. Fee: $175. Call Patrick Minogue at (850) 875-7142.

May 14...Tallapoosa County 6 PM.
Marketing Your Timber Workshop at Hackneyville Community City, Alexander City. RSVP for dinner. Call David Kelly at (256) 825-4244.


May 20...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
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: May 20, 2015 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.



May 21...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion
at University Club, Tuscaloosa. Enjoy dinner, listen to the May 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



May 21
...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 May 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



May 21...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 May CI -- 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

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. The conference will feature field tours, 17 invited presentations, a poster session, and a panel discussion led by scientists and managers on a wide range of topics in fire science and management. Fee: $225; $25 discount if paid by April 15. Contact Justin Hart at (205) 348-1673 or

> June 2015

June 2-5...Virginia Beach, Virginia.
National Conference of Private Forest Landowners at Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Fee: $525. Contact Forest Landowners Association at 1-800-325-2954 or

June 4...Greenville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Outdoor Recreation and Wildlife Management Workshop at Catfish Point Hunting Club. Topics may include: Legal Considerations, Habitat Management, Waterfowl Management, Hunting Club Operations, Revenue Potential, Bottomland Hardwood Management, and more. Fee: $25; lunch included. For more information call (662) 325-3133.

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. Registration is now open. Fee: $20. Contact Eric Gee at (504) 443-4464x214 or

June 14-17...St. Charles, Missouri.
Annual Walnut Council Meeting at Hampton Inn and All Occasions Banquet Center. The meeting will include field trips, indoor presentations, landowner show and tell, and awards banquet. Fee: $TBD. Contact Liz Jackson at (765) 583-3501 or

> July 2015

July 10-12...Madison County.
Tennessee Valley Hunting & Fishing Expo at Von Braun Center, 700 Monroe St SW, Huntsville. Fee: $10; kids 12 and under are free.

> August 2015

August 4...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. Speakers: Dr. Brooks Mendell and Amanda H. Lang. Fee: $TBD. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or

> September 2015

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

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; $300 discount if paid by July 1. Contact Sara Wu at (503) 228-1367 or

> November 2015

November 3-7...Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Convention. Fee: $TBD. Contact SAF at 1-866-897-8720 or

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