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Calendar of Current Events

  • Last Update: 04/18/2014
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> April 2014

April 15-17...Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Mississippi Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting. Theme: “The Ever-Changing Face of Bottomland Hardwoods”. Fee: $175. Call Brian Roy Lockhart at (662) 686-3171 or blockhart@fs.fed.us.
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April 18...Macon County.
Spring Fling & Outdoor Expo at Coach Pat Dye’s Crooked Oaks Hunting Preserve & Quail Hollow Gardens, 768 Red Creek Road, Notasulga. Visit and listen to experts in forestry, wildlife management, hunting, conservation, research, Raptor Center, and more. Fee: $100; dinner and entertainment included. Contact Heather Crozier at (334) 844-2791 or vannhea@auburn.edu.

April 19...Elmore County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Lake Martin Amphitheater, 8878 Kowaliga Road, Eclectic. 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 21...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 22…Corinth, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Are My Pines Ready To Thin? at Alcorn County Extension Office, 2200 Levee Road. This workshop will provide a field experience to determine when a pine stand is ready for a thinning. Fee: $21; lunch provided. Call Patrick Poindexter at (662) 286-7755.

April 24…Coffeeville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Are My Pines Ready To Thin? at Yalobusha County Extension Office, 18025 Hwy 7. This workshop will provide a field experience to determine when a pine stand is ready for a thinning. Fee: $13; lunch provided. Call Brent Gray at (662) 675-2730.

April 24...High Springs, Florida 9 AM ET.
Property Tour at Simons Tree Farm, off NW 227th Drive. Some of the property has been converted from slash to longleaf pine with an effort to restore groundcover as well. This is a walking tour. No fee. Lunch included with pre-registration. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

April 24...Webinar Noon CT.
Foundations of Successful Transition: Ownership, Governance and Family Business Policies presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). Fee: $129. Call FBCG at 1-866-872-5840.

April 24...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 25...Gallatin, Tennessee 7 AM - 1 PM.
Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods Field Day at Bledsoe Creek State Park. Topic: On-the-ground steps to administering a timber sale. Pre-register for lunch. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM & ANNUAL MEETING

April 25-26...Marshall County.
Location: Headquartered at the Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge, 1155 Lodge Drive, Guntersville, AL.

Reserve Your Room:
Call (256) 505-6621 or (256) 571-5540 (after hours or weekends).

Here are some other hotels if needed.

Quality Inn, Albertville                      (256) 891-2600
Kings Inn, Albertville                        (256) 878-6550
Microtel Inn & Suites, Albertville       (256) 894-4000
Key West Inn, Boaz                        (256) 593-0800


FRIDAY: We plan to visit a private woodland, a wood pellet mill, view a portable sawmill & edger demonstration, participate in an intensive GPS/GIS hands-on class (computer mapping), watch a robot helicopter map a portion of the park, and observe bald eagles. We’ll close the day with a hot dot and marshmallow roast in the Chalet area.

SATURDAY: The indoor education session will focus on frequently asked questions for new landowners and forestry services exhibits. Outdoor tree identification walk will be conducted.

Directions
(Google Maps)

Directions (written) to Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge from several cities across Alabama provided by www.alapark.com.

Registration:

     Program Agenda and Landowner Registration Form

     Exhibitor and/or Sponsor Registration Application


April 26...Cookeville, Tennessee 7 AM - 1 PM.
Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods Field Day at Standing Stone State Forest. Topic: On the ground steps to administering a timber sale. Pre-register for lunch. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

April 29…Oxford, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Are My Pines Ready To Thin, Again? at Lafayette County Extension Office, 101 Veterans Drive. This workshop will provide a field experience to determine when a pine stand is ready for a thinning. Fee: $23; lunch provided. Call Margaret Webb at (662) 234-4451.

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 2014

May 1-30...Baldwin County.
Outdoor Alabama Photography Exhibit at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort. Contact Kim Nix at (334) 242-3157 or kim.nix@dcnr.alabama.gov.

May 1...Leesville, South Carolina 7 AM - 3:30 PM ET.
How To Make More Money Growing Trees at T & S Farm, 3500 Pond Branch Road. Speaker: Brooks Mendell, Forisk. Fee: $50; $10 discount if paid by April 25. Lunch included. Contact Frances at (803) 798-4170 or scfa@scforestry.org.

May 5-8...Jacksonville, Florida.
Ignition Planning & Prescribed Fire Techniques For Wildlife at Cecil Commerce Center, 13561 Lake Newman Street. Fee: $150; Tuesday and Wednesday lunch included. Contact Jim Schortemeyer at (239) 455-5847 or schortfire@aol.com.
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May 7…Batesville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
Forest Management For Wildlife at Cliff Finch Office Building, 245-C Eureka Street. Topics include: pine thinning, multiple forest use, hardwood management, wildlife population management, and hog control. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Call Judd Genry at (662) 563-6260.

May 9-10...Asheville, North Carolina.
American Paulownia Association Annual Conference at Comfort Suites at Biltmore Square Mall. Fee: $55. Call Sharon Blickenstaff at (301) 790-3075.

May 10...Houston Mississippi 8 AM - 1 PM.
Are My Pines Ready To Thin? at Chickasaw County Extension Office, 415 Lee Horn Drive, Suite 4. Topics: When to thin, How to thin, Which trees should be removed, How to prevent bark beetle attack, and How to enhance wildlife habitat. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Call Scott Cagle at (662) 456-4269.

May 10...Henry County 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Wiregrass Pond Management Workshop at Wiregrass Research & Extension Center, 167 AL Hwy 134, Headland. Topics include Pond Management Practices and Aquatic Plant Control. Demonstrations: Electrofishing and making an artificial fish reef for ponds. Fee: $10; workshop will end with Catfish luncheon. Contact Claude Reeves at (334) 693-2010 or creeves@aces.edu.
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May 12-13...Dallas County.
Chainsaw Safety: Preparing for Hurricane Season at Blackbelt Extension & Research Station, 60 County Road 944, Marion Junction. Day 1 is Safe Practices & Demo. Day 2 is Hands On Practice. Day 2 attendees must bring full Personal Protective Equipment. Must attend 1st day in order to attend 2nd day. Instructor: Rip Tompkins, ArborMaster Inc. Fee: $40; lunch provided. Call Dallas County Extension Office at (334) 875-3200.

May 12-15...Blacksburg, Virginia.
Symposium on Forestry Best Management Practice (BMP) Effectiveness in the Eastern US at The Inn at Virginia Tech - Skelton Conference Center. Fee: $200. Contact Tracy Stubbs at (352) 331-1745x221 or tstubbs@src-ncasi.org.
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May 13...Ashland, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 1 PM.
Tree Identification Workshop at Benton County Agri-Center, 17136 Hwy 5. Topics include: Learn more about the trees around you, What uses different trees have, Why different trees grow in particular places, and How to identify one tree from another by using more than just its leaves. Wear field clothes. Fee: $16; lunch included. Call Michael Pruitt at (662) 224-6330.

May 14...Various Locations in North Carolina 9 AM - 12 PM ET.
Mapping Software and Online Data Sources for Landowners and Foresters Teleconference. $50; $15 discount if paid by May 7. Contact Addie Thornton at (919) 515-5065 or addie_thornton@ncsu.edu.

May 14-15...Clarke County.
Chainsaw Safety: Preparing for Hurricane Season at 599 West Front Street North, Thomasville. Day 1 is Safe Practices & Demo. Day 2 is Hands On Practice. Day 2 attendees must bring full Personal Protective Equipment and must have attended Day 1. Instructor: Rip Tompkins, ArborMaster Inc. Fee: $40; lunch provided. Call Clarke County Extension Office at (251) 275-3121.

May 15...Sumter County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at Lake LU, Livingston. 3rd grade students only. Contact Mandee Carrier at (205) 652-7521 or mandee.carrier@al.nacdnet.net.

May 15-18...Fort Myers, Florida.
Florida Native Plant Society’s Annual Conference at Florida Gulf Coast University. Fee: $290; $70 discount if paid by April 14. Friday & Saturday price does not include any workshops or field trips. Call Marlene Rodak at (239) 273-8945.

May 16...Baldwin County 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Chainsaw Safety: Preparing for Hurricane Season at Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center, 8300 State Hwy 104, Fairhope. Instructor: Rip Tompkins. Fee: $40; $10 discount if paid by May 9. Lunch on your own. Call Baldwin County Extension Office at (251) 937-7285.

May 20...Mayhew, Mississippi 8 AM - 5 PM.
Introduction to GPS using SOLO Forest at East Mississippi Community College. This class is typically for foresters. Fee: $250; lunch included. Contact Johnny Thompson at (662) 769-5344 or jthompson@lmssmail.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 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: May 21, 2014 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.


 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

March 22...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 rll@afoa.org.


 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 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 May CI -- 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

May 22...DeKalb County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion at Western Sizzlin, 1114 Glenn Boulevard SW, Fort Payne. Enjoy dinner, 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 spdooley@hotmail.com.


May 31 - June 1...Coosa County.
Hatchet Creek Canoe Float at Highway 280 Hatchet Creek Bridge. Two day canoe/kayak float. Trip registration fee includes camping gear shuttled to camp site, driver's shuttle from the take out location, supper and breakfast at campsite, and t-shirt. For ages 12 and up. Limited capacity. Fee: $35 due April 30. Call Roger Vines at (256) 377-4713.

> June 2014

June 3...Statewide.
Alabama & Congressional Primary Elections.

June 3-6...New Orleans, Louisiana.
National Conference of Private Forest Landowners at Ritz-Carlton. Keynote speaker: Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas Governor. Fee: $550. Tax workshop on June 3 is additional $225. Contact Forest Landowners Association at 1-800-325-2954 or info@forestlandowners.com.

June 8-11...Manhattan, Kansas.
Walnut Council Annual Meeting at Four Points Sheraton. The meeting will include field trips, indoor presentations, and Landowner Show and Tell. Fee: $185; $40 discount if paid by June 6. Contact Liz Jackson at (765) 583-3501 or jackson@purdue.edu.

June 11...Webinar Noon CT.
The Transition Process: Preparing the Next Generation and Passing the Torch presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). Fee: $129. Call FBCG at 1-866-872-5840.

June 12...Escambia County 8 AM to 3 PM.
Forestry Field Day at Escambia Experimental Forest, Brewton. Fee: $25; lunch included. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 329-0554 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

June 13-14...Southaven, Mississippi.
Managing White-Tailed Deer at Heartland Church, 385 Stateline Road. Day 1 of the workshop includes management concepts while Day 2 moves into management applications. Fee: $180; lunch included. Call Kelly at (662) 325-3133.

June 19-21...Washington, Pennsylvania.
Fur Takers of America & Pennsylvania Trappers Association Joint Convention at Washington County Fairgrounds. Fee: $10. Contact David Eckels at (724) 348-6721 or dleckels@verizon.net.

June 27-30...Quincy, Florida.
Deer Steward II at Joe Budd Wildlife Management Area. This course will focus on the application of the following principles: Herd Management, Habitat Management, Hunter Management, and Herd Monitoring. Fee: $800; $50 discount for Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) members. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.
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> July 2014

July 13-18...Lee County.
Forestry Camp at Auburn University. Students will participate in a variety of activities including: tree measurements, forest inventory information, using GPS, and more. The camp is open to high school students ages 15-18. Limited to 25 students. Fee: $605; covers meals & housing. Contact James Birdsong at (334) 844-5817 or james.birdsong@auburn.edu.
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July 14-15...Athens, Georgia.
Introduction to ArcGIS at Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, Room 1-201. Attendees should have taken a basic GIS course or have some familiarity with GIS. Fee: $295; one lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

July 14-17...Lee County.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop for Teachers of All Grades at Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences. The workshop will focus on forest ecology, management and products through guest speakers, field trips and hands-on activities. The goal is to demonstrate the importance working forests have to the environment and economy. Teachers pay small fee: ~$75. Forest owners and forest products companies are urged to sponsor a teacher -- cost is about $500. Contact Matt Vines at (334) 481-2128 or mvines@alaforestry.org.

July 15...Statewide.
Alabama Primary Runoff Elections.

July 17...Athens, Georgia 7:45 AM - 12 PM ET.
Online Mapping Services for Foresters at Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, Room 1-201. Landowners with an interest in online mapping tools and have little to no experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) should find this class useful. Fee: $120. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

July 17-19...Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
National Tree Farmer Convention. Join other woodland owners for educational sessions on a range of topics, a field day, and optional tours. Fee: $360. Contact American Tree Farm System at (202) 765-3660 or info@treefarmsystem.org.

July 18-19...Raymond, Mississippi.
Managing White-Tailed Deer at Central R&E Center, 1320 Steven Springs Road. Day 1 of the workshop includes management concepts while Day 2 moves into management applications. Fee: $180; lunch included. Call Kelly at (662) 325-3133.

July 19-21...Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Georgia Forestry Association (GFA) Annual Conference & Forestry Expo at Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. Fee: $TBD. Call GFA at (478) 992-8110.

July 24-27...Athens, Georgia.
Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) National Convention at The Classic Center. Fee: $220. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

> August 2014

August 10-13...Corvallis, Oregon.
Northern Nut Growers Association Annual Meeting. Contact Grant at grant_40@juno.com.

August 11...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: $660; $100 discount if paid in advance. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

> September 2014

September 10...Webinar Noon CT.
Foundations of Successful Transition: Family Governance, Culture and Communication presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). Fee: $129. Call FBCG at 1-866-872-5840.

September 16-18...Portland, Oregon.
"Who Will Own The Forest?" 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: $1,200; $200 discount if paid by July 1. Contact the World Forestry Center at (503) 228-1367 or swu@worldforestry.org.
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> October 2014

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

October 21-24...Mobile County.
Longleaf Alliance Regional Conference at Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, Mobile. Call Longleaf Alliance at (334) 427-1029.

> November 2014

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

> February 2015

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.

> June 2015

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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