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Calendar of Current Events

  • Last Update: 10/27/2014
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> October 2014

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. 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 4...Lee County 6:30 PM.
Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) Auburn Toomers Branch Annual Banquet at Clarion Hotel, 1577 S College Street, Auburn. Fee: $35. Call CJ Glassey at (205) 405-1640.

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. 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 10...Kosciosko, Mississippi 6:30 PM.
Attala County Forestry Association Meeting at Attala County Extension Service Office. Mark Hartnett will speak on Generational Planning. No Fee. Call Attala County Extension at (662) 289-5431.

November 11...Philadelphia, Mississippi 6 PM.
Neshoba County Forestry Association Meeting at Neshoba County Coliseum, 12000 Mississippi 15. To register call (601) 656-4602.

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 13...Covington County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Covington Center Arena, Andalusia. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $40. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

November 14...Gadsden County, Florida 9 AM - 1 PM ET.
Landowner Tour at Woodward Tree Farm, Gadsden County. Lunch and directions provided with registration. Contact Phil at (850) 222-5646 or phil@forestfla.org.

November 17...Geneva County 9 - 11 AM.
Rainwater Harvesting Workshop at Geneva County Farm Center, 2765 East State Highway 52, Hartford. Each participant will construct and leave the workshop with a completed rain barrel. Fee: $40. Contact Gavin Mauldin at (334) 684-2484 or gpm0006@auburn.edu.

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.

November 18...Senatobia, Mississippi 9 AM - 1 PM.
How To Have A Firewise Home at Tate County Extension Office, #1 French’s Alley. This initiative hopes to achieve fire safe planning and development in communities where homes are frequently damaged or destroyed by wild fire. Pre-registration required for lunch. For more information call (662) 560-9001x3.

November 18-20...Columbus, Georgia.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 at Hampton Inn Columbus, 2870 S. Lumpkin Road, Columbus. This three day short-course consists of in-depth classroom and field instruction in "all things longleaf". Fee: $175; lunches included. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.


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 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 milesjd@aces.edu.

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 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 brockru@auburn.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.

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 ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

> January 2015

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.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

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

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

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 rll@afoa.org.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

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 bcrocker@jmf.com.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

January 22...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 January 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.

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 rmorrison@jsu.edu.

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 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 hclark@forisk.com.

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.

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


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.

> 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 hclark@forisk.com.


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