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Calendar of Current Events

  • Last Update: 11/24/2014
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> November 2014

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

> December 2014

December 2-3...Jefferson County 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM both evenings.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at Mountain Brook Fire Station, 102 Tibbett Street, Mountain Brook. No fee. Call Michael Jackson at (205) 339-5716. 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 many other courses being taught at various locations in November. Course Listings. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or

December 3...Baxley, Georgia 7:45 AM - 2:15 PM ET.
Longleaf Pine Management Field Day at Plant Hatch Recreation Center and Moody Forest Natural Area. Some of the tour topics included: Conversion of Loblolly plantation to Longleaf, Managing for Wildlife, Importance of Understory, Thinning, and Gopher Tortoise Management. Fee: $12; lunch included. Pre-registration required. Contact Randy Tate at (404) 664-0586 or

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

December 4...Webinar 1 PM CT.
Prescribed Fire Opportunities for Forestry & Wildlife Consultants in the Southeast. This webinar will include topics such as: prescribed fire programs, cost share opportunities, insurance options, liability protection, income opportunities, and training opportunities. Presenter: Jennifer Evans, Prescribed Fire Extension Associate, North Carolina State University. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or

December 6...Mobile County 9 AM - Noon.
Small-Scale Farming Workshop at Jon Archer Agricultural Center, 1070 Schillinger Road North, Mobile. Basic aspects of fruit, vegetable, goats, sheep, rabbits, poultry production, management, and marketing. Light lunch provided. Please pre-register. Contact James Miles at (251) 574-8445 or

December 7-8...Montgomery County.
Alabama Farmers Federation Annual Meeting at Montgomery Convention Center. Fee: $152; includes all meals. Lodging is additional cost. Call Casey Earnest at (334) 613-4080.

December 9...On-Line 1 PM CT.
Rapid Appraisal Research on Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention. This webinar will look at the decline of African American rural land ownership over the past 100 years. Presenter: John Schelhas, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or

December 9...Dover, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Stewart County Visitor Center, 117 Visitor Center Lane. Program on “Effects of Tennessee Forest Health & Pests on Landowners, Loggers, and Mills.” Presenter: Heather Slayton, Tennessee Division of Forestry. Fee: $15. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or

December 10...St. Clair County 9 - 11:30 AM.
Estate Planning at Pell City Civic Center, 2801 Stemley Bridge Road, Pell City. This seminar will help adult children and their parents learn how to effectively control assets during life and upon death. Instructor: Dr. Robert Tufts, Estate planning attorney and Auburn University professor. Fee: $5; lunch available at end of program. Contact Ruth Brock at (205) 612-4066 or

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

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

December 17...Crossville, Tennessee 5 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Cumberland Mountain State Park Lodge. Program will cover the top three reasons to keep growing and harvesting trees and also a tick research update. Presenter: Dr. Allan Houston, Ames Plantation, University of Tennessee. Fee: $15. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or

December 17-18...Athens, Georgia.
Introduction to ArcGIS at Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Room 1-201. Attendees will need to have some familiarity with GIS. Fee: $295; lunch on day 1 included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or

> January 2015

January 2 - February 15…Marshall County.
Eagle Awareness Weekends. Location: Lake Guntersville State Park. 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 15...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. Call Patti Hurley at (334) 394-4350. Editor’s Note: Nonpoint Source Water Quality Regulations have a direct affect on the management of, and income from, your land.


January 21...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: January 21, 2015 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.



January 22...Shelby County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas - Live! Dinner and Discussion
in private dining room at Joe’s Crab Shack, 20 Mountain View Drive, Hoover. Come enjoy dinner, listen to AFOA’s January News Conference, and argue about the issues with other landowners. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting at 6:45 PM. Limited seating. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or



January 22...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 January 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

January 24...DeKalb County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Basics of Wilderness Survival at Little River Canyon Center, Fort Payne. Experts will teach hands-on methods of basic survival skills dealing with water, shelter, food, fire, and getting found. This program will be outside, hands-on, hiking, collecting materials with hands so wear appropriate clothing for a cold winter day in the wilderness. Bring your own lunch, snacks, and drinks. Fee: $10; pre-registration required. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-8010 or

January 25-27…St. Simons Island, Georgia.
Southern Forestry Environmental Issues: Water Quality and Beyond. Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Society of American Foresters. Landowners welcome to attend. Pre-registration fee: $300 for non-members available through Jan. 7. Contact Sharon Dolliver at (478) 628-1196 or

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

January 28...Knoxville, Tennessee 5 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Calhouns on the River, 400 Neyland Drive. Program will cover federal & regional issues facing forest landowners and industry. Presenter: Scott Jones, CEO, Forest Landowners Association. Fee: $25. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or

> February 2015

February 3...Cullman County 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
County Forestry Meeting at North Alabama Agriplex, 1714 Tally Ho Street, Cullman. Proposed topics include: Weed Control Options, Pesticide Safety, Herbicide Selection, and Forest Pathology. Fee: $25; lunch included. Contact Tony Glover at (256) 737-9386 or

February 3...Atlanta, Georgia 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM ET.
Applied Forest Finance at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. This class details the step-by-step financial analysis required to answer key investment and forest management questions. Learn how to identify, value, and rank timber and forestry investments. Fee: $TBD. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or

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 12-15...Nashville, Tennessee.
Annual National Wild Turkey Federation National Convention at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Fee: $260. Call Marsha at 1-800-843-6983.

February 14...Various Counties 9 AM - 1 PM.
Take A Hike at various locations. Jacksonville State University Field School is leading a hike the second Saturday of each month. The locations vary; may include Little River Canyon National Preserve, DeSoto State Park, Talladega National Forest, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge, Cheaha State Park, or other locations. Fee: $5; pre-registration required 5 days in advance of hike. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-8010 or

February 18-20...Amelia Island, Florida.
Timberland Investment Conference at The Ritz-Carlton. Fee: $1500; $305 discount if paid by February 13. Contact Bob Izlar at (706) 542-6819 or

February 22-28...Statewide.
Alabama Arbor Week. This is a good week to include the family in your tree planting activities. Send AFOA a picture of your children or grandchildren planting a tree!

> April 2015


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 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.

(from Solon Dixon Center website)


     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

> 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

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

> 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

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