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Calendar of Current Events

  • Last Update: 02/25/2015
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> February 2015

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!

February 25...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. Fee: $45; lunch included. Contact Christa Collins at (334) 372-3156 or clcollins@smeinc.com. Editor's note: MS4 discussion may result in serious problems for local forest landowners.

February 26...Greenville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Outdoor Recreation and Wildlife Management Workshop at Catfish Point Hunting Club. Topics include: Legal Considerations, Habitat Management, Waterfowl Management, Hunting Club Operations, Carbon Payments, Bottomland Hardwood Management, and more. Fee: $25. For more information call (662) 325-3133.

February 26...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Integrating Wildlife and Forestry Workshop at Austin Cary Forest Learning Center, 10625 NE Waldo Road. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

February 27...Autauga County 6:30 - 8:30 PM.
Herbicide Seminar at William Howard Smith Agricultural Building, 2226 Highway 14 West, Suite E, Autaugaville. Fee: $15; lunch included. Call Yvonne Bowens-Thomas at (334) 361-7273.

February 28...Statewide.
End of Rabbit, Squirrel, Raccoon, Opossum, and Quail Seasons. End of Trapping Season. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

February 28...Montgomery County 8 AM.
Conservation Advisory Board Meeting in Auditorium of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, 1445 Federal Drive, Montgomery, AL 36109. The decisions of this board impact all hunting activities that take place on your land. For more information, call (334) 242-3486.

> 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 jgagnon@vt.edu.

March 2-15...Online.
S130/190 Basic Wildland Firefighter Training. This course is designed to provide entry level wildland firefighter skills. The second part of this course is in-person. See March 17-20 on page 5 for details of in-person part of course. Fee: $125. Call Natural Areas Training Academy at (850) 875-7153.

March 3...Starkville, Mississippi 8 AM - 4 PM.
Extreme Weather Events and Risk Management Options for Family Forests at Oktibbeha County Extension Office, 106 Felix Long Drive. Topics include: Timber Casualty Loss, Species Selection, Timber Salvage, Thinning for Forest Health, Weed Control, Stand Age Management, and Preparing for the Future. Fee: $33; lunch included. Call Julie White at (662) 323-5916.

March 5...Etowah County 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
Timber & Wildlife Management Workshop at Extension Office, 3200A West Meighan Blvd., Gadsden. Fee: $5. 4 PLM and 4 CFE credits. Contact Norm Haley at (256) 547-7936 or 630-4248 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

March 5...Madison County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave SW, Huntsville. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample 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.

March 6-8...Shelby County.
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) at Alabama 4-H Center on Lay Lake near Columbiana. Participants choose from over 50 courses such as: backyard wildlife, rock climbing, camp cooking, map and compass, camping, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, and many more. Fee $225; includes meals, lodging, program materials, and instruction. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

March 7...Various Locations (water dependent) 6 PM - 8 PM.
Early Spring Frog Pond Adventure. Learn to identify frog songs and get hands-on experience with George Cline. Fee: $5. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-8010 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

March 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. Contact Leigha Cauthen at (334) 834-4006 or lcauthen@alagribusiness.org.

March 10...Clarke County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Pond Management Workshop at Thomasville Feed and Seed, 1228 Hwy 43 North, Thomasville. Discussion on: pond weeds, fertilization, water quality, stocking, and more. Bring a weed and water sample for testing. Call Kevan Tucker at (251) 275-3121.

March 10-12...Loranger, Louisiana.
Longleaf Academy: Herbicides and Longleaf 201 at Solomon Episcopal Conference Center. Topics include: rates, timing, active ingredients, application methods, calibration, equipment, safety, and more. Fee: $125; includes meals and 2 nights lodging (double occupancy). Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

March 12...Grenada, Mississippi 8 AM - 4 PM.
Extreme Weather Events and Risk Management Options for Family Forests at Grenada County Office Building, 1240 Fairground Road, Suite G. 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 Steve Winters at (662) 226-2061.

March 14...All or Portions of Most Counties.
Turkey Season Opens. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

March 14...Colbert County 8 AM - 3 PM.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at Sheffield Recreation Center, 2901 19th Avenue, Sheffield. No fee. Call Daniel Toole at (256) 760-8670. 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 in March as well as online only courses. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

March 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 rmorrison@jsu.edu.

March 17-20...Gainesville, Florida.
S130/190 Basic Wildland Firefighter Training (Part 2) at Waccasassa Forestry Center, 5353 Northeast 39th Avenue. This is the second (in-person) part of a two part hybrid course. There are also two online courses that must be completed before attending this in-person part of the course. See March 2-15 for contact info and first part of course info.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

March 18...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: March 18, 2015 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

March 19
...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 March 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.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

March 19...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas -- Live! Dinner and Discussion
at Landry’s Seafood, 139 State Farm Parkway, Birmingham. Come enjoy a Dutch Treat dinner, listen to the March 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.

March 20...Pierson, Florida 9 AM ET.
Property Tour at Yulee Tree Farm on East Washington Avenue two miles east of Hwy 17 in Pierson. Tour this property to learn more about: longleaf pine management, wildlife habitat management, ponds, how to combat cogongrass, and more. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

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 27-28...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 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: $TBD. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.


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 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 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. 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)

Google Directions to the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center. Type in your starting address to receive directions. Worked well on iPhone with/without Google Maps app. Maybe someone can test with an Android phone for us! :-)

Registration:

     Program Agenda and Landowner Registration Form

     Exhibitor and/or Sponsor Registration Application

 

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 21...Tifton, Georgia 8:30 AM to 5 PM.
Growing Pines in Changing Times Forestry Workshop at the UGA Tifton Conference Center. Fee: $50. Contact Leslie Boby at (706) 559-4320 or lboby@sref.info.

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 cdemers@ufl.edu.

April 24…Chilton County.
Forestry Tour on Allen Bearden Property, Maplesville area. For details, contact Brian Smith at (205) 755-3042 or Chilton.County@forestry.alabama.gov.

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 jrstiles@earthlink.net.

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: $TBD. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

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 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 mrchrds@clemson.edu.

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

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.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 20...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 20, 2015 CI -- Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

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 bcrocker@jmf.com.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

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 spdooley@hotmail.com.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

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 rll@afoa.org.

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 hart013@ua.edu.

> 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 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: $20. 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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