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2004 Calendar of Past Events

last update: 12/21/04

Biographical Information About Speakers/Instructors: A-C, D-I, J-Q, R-Z

> January 2004

January 5-8...Brooksville, Florida.
Forest Health Training Workshop. Topics include insects, root and foliage diseases, and regeneration problems. Contact Dr. Ed Barnard at (352) 372-3505X130 or barnare@doacs.state.fl.us, or Rich Gorden at (352) 754-6864 or gordenr@doacs.state.fl.us.

January 13...Jefferson County 10 AM to noon.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership Meeting at Alabama Power Company Division Office Auditorium, 1313 6th Avenue North, Birmingham. Contact facilitator Kellie Johnston at (205) 251-7739x124 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com or contact forest owner J. B. Cooper, Jr., at (205) 339-9319 or jbcoop@earthlink.net.

January 13...Shelby County.
Shelby County Property Tax Vote to increase millage by 9 mills ($90 tax increase per $100,000 of property value). There will also be a Hoover-Shelby school district property tax vote on January 27. Editor’s Note: Property tax on editor’s home and a vacant lot in Shelby county increased 108 percent (more than doubled) from October 2002 tax bill to October 2003 tax bill. That’s a pretty hefty increase even without a millage increase.

January 15-17...Montgomery County.
Blue/Gray Charity Deer Hunt. Fee: $650 for four hunts; $350 deposit required to reserve a space. Includes dinner. No refunds for cancellations. Click here to register online. Contact Montgomery Lions at 1-866-756-1674 or info@montgomerylions.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

JANUARY 21, 2004...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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences.


January 21...Montgomery County 10 AM.
Alabama Agribusiness Council Annual Meeting at Alabama Cattlemen's Association, 201 South Bainbridge Street, Montgomery. Call (334) 281-5513 or write agribusiness@mindspring.com.

January 21...Jefferson County 2 PM.
Upper Cahaba Watershed Study Consortium will meet in Room 200A of the Jefferson County Courthouse. Some of this groups regulatory attempts will affect forest owners. Contact forest owner Bill Guy at (205) 956-1161 or forest owner Ben Black at (205) 822-0245 or joybenblack@charter.net.

January 27...Shelby County.
Hoover-Shelby School District Property Tax Vote to continue a 3 mill property tax (maintains a $30 tax per $100,000 of property value). There is also a general tax vote for Shelby County - see January 13.

January 27...Pickens County 6 PM.
Upper Tombigbee Sub-Basin Meeting at the Service Center Building, Carrollton. Contact Ashley Henderson at (334) 270-8236 or AHendersonCWP@charter.net.

January 27...Macon, Georgia.
Woodland Security. Fee: $230, includes lunch, refreshment breaks, and instructional materials. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or Ben.Jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

January 28...Montgomery County 10 AM.
Alabama/Tombigbee Clean Water Partnership Steering Committee at the Alabama Forestry Association offices in Montgomery. Call Ashley Henderson at (334) 270-8236 or AHendersonCWP@charter.net.

January 29...Clarke County 6 PM.
Lower Alabama/Lower Tombigbee Sub-Basin Meeting at the ALFA building, Grove Hill. Contact Ashley Henderson at (334) 270-8236 or AHendersonCWP@charter.net.

January 29...Mobile County 7 PM.
The Mobile County Building Code, by speaker Tom Neal, Mobile County Chief Building Inspector. Program sponsored by  Mobile County Landowners Association. Location: Jon Archer Center, North Schillinger Road, Mobile. Call Dwight Steedley at (251) 675-9250.

January 30...Tallahassee, Florida 1:30 PM ET.
Tour of Doug Williams Property. Tour will cover wildlife, fire management, food plots, and two creeks. Fee: free, pre-registration is required. Supper included. Call the Leon County Extension Office at (850) 487-3003 to register. For other information, contact Chris at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ifas.ufl.edu. Click here for directions.


January 30...Jefferson County 6 PM.
When a River Changes Your Life: A Personal Journey with Beth Maynor Young, sponsored by the Cahaba River Society. Location: Samford University Planetarium. Free program includes hors d'oeuvres and the program, Oasis in Space, compliments of the Planetarium. Contact Kim Adams at (205) 322-5326 or Kim@cahabariversociety.org.

January 31...Shelby County 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM.
This Bud’s for You Workshop at Aldridge Gardens. Instructor: Dr. Lisa Samuelson. Activities include identification of deciduous trees in the dormant season, samples for participants to identify, and a book signing. Participants can also bring twig samples from home to get positive identification. Fee: $10; $5 for Aldridge Gardens members. Contact Pat Sholund at (205) 682-8019 or gardensa@bellsouth.net.

January 31...Jefferson County 9:30 AM.
Metro Birmingham/Tuscaloosa Land Auction. 1,145+/- acres in Jefferson, Tuscaloosa & Bibb Counties. Location: Bessemer Civic Center. Contact J. P. King Auction Company at 1-800-558-5464 or auctioninfo@jpking.com. Click here for a location map.

January 31...Statewide.
End of deer, goose and woodcock hunting season.

> February 2004

February 2...Baldwin County 1 PM.
Coastal Alabama CWP Steering Committee Meeting at Wehle Nature Park (Blakeley State Park). Contact April Griffin at (251) 441-6505 or april-griffin@al.nacdnet.org.

February 3...Tallapoosa County 10 AM to 1 PM.
The Middle Tallapoosa River Basin CWP Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Russell Medical Center in Alexander City; lunch included. Contact Denise Walls at (256) 215-3725 or eda@lakemartin.net  to RSVP.

February 3...Montgomery County 12 PM.
Convening of the Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature.

February 3…Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM
Forestry Terms, Concepts and Management: Session 1 of 7; Master Tree Farmer Program 2004.  Fee for all 7 sessions: $95 plus $35 each additional family member. Fee per session: $15 plus $5 each additional family member. For Alabama locations and registration information, contact Jeannie Moncrief at (334) 844-1043 or jeannie@auburn.edu.
Downlinks are scheduled for the following Alabama counties:

Barbour/Russell:  Charlie Mason    (334) 775-3284   cmason@aces.edu
Blount: 	  Dan Porch        (205) 274-2129   dporch@acesag.auburn.edu
Bullock:          Jimmy Smitherman (334) 738-2580   jsmither@acesag.auburn.edu
Butler:           Russell Parrish  (334) 382-5111 
Choctaw:          John Ollison     (205) 459-2133   jollison@acesag.auburn.edu
Covington:        Charles Simon    (334) 222-1125   csimon@acesag.auburn.edu
Fayette:          Warren Griffith  (205) 932-8941   wgriffit@acesag.auburn.edu
Houston:          Richard Murphy   (334) 794-4108   rwmurphy@acesag.auburn.edu
Lamar:            Wayne Robinson   (205) 695-7139   drobinso@acesag.auburn.edu
Madison:          Ken Creel        (256) 532-1578   kcreel@aces.edu
Marengo:          Kevan Tucker     (334) 295-5959   jktucker@aces.edu
Marshall:         Eddie Wheeler    (256) 582-2000   ewheller@acesag.auburn.edu
Montgomery:       Shannon Andress  (334) 265-0233   sandress@acesag.auburn.edu
Tuscaloosa:       Wayne Ford       (205) 349-4630   sford@aces.edu
Walker:           Danny Cain       (205) 221-3392  
Winston:          Mike Henshaw     (205) 489-5376   mhenshaw@acesag.auburn.edu

February 5...Mendenhall, Mississippi 8:45 AM to 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals at Simpson County Extension Office. Fee: $35. Call Beverly Maddox at (601) 847-1626.

February 7...Gulfport, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals. Contact Nancy Freeman at (228) 865-4227.

February 7...Jefferson County 9 AM to 3 PM.
Whitetail Deer Biology and Communication Short Course at the HealthSouth Conference Center in Birmingham. Speaker: Jason Hart from the Quality Deer Management Association. Fee: $25; $5 discount if paid in advance. Contact Steve Epperson at (205) 699-5125 or alqdma@att.net.

February 7...Jefferson County 10 AM .
Safari Club International's Annual Banquet, Auction and Trophy Awards at the HealthSouth Conference Center. Quality Deer Management Association will hold seminars from 10 AM to 3 PM at $15 per person. Separate $75 fee applies after 3 PM to enter raffles, silent auction, open bars and dinner. Advance registration: call  Dr. Bill Hoehle at (205) 823-8670.

February 10… Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM
Forest Economics: Session 2 of 7; Master Tree Farmer Program 2004. Fee for all 7 sessions: $95 plus $35 each additional family member. Fee per session: $15 plus $5 each additional family member. For Alabama locations and registration information, contact Jeannie Moncrief at (334) 844-1043 or jeannie@auburn.edu.
Downlinks are scheduled for the following Alabama counties:

Barbour/Russell:  Charlie Mason    (334) 775-3284   cmason@aces.edu
Blount: 	  Dan Porch        (205) 274-2129   dporch@acesag.auburn.edu
Bullock:          Jimmy Smitherman (334) 738-2580   jsmither@acesag.auburn.edu
Butler:           Russell Parrish  (334) 382-5111 
Choctaw:          John Ollison     (205) 459-2133   jollison@acesag.auburn.edu
Covington:        Charles Simon    (334) 222-1125   csimon@acesag.auburn.edu
Fayette:          Warren Griffith  (205) 932-8941   wgriffit@acesag.auburn.edu
Houston:          Richard Murphy   (334) 794-4108   rwmurphy@acesag.auburn.edu
Lamar:            Wayne Robinson   (205) 695-7139   drobinso@acesag.auburn.edu
Madison:          Ken Creel        (256) 532-1578   kcreel@aces.edu
Marengo:          Kevan Tucker     (334) 295-5959   jktucker@aces.edu
Marshall:         Eddie Wheeler    (256) 582-2000   ewheller@acesag.auburn.edu
Montgomery:       Shannon Andress  (334) 265-0233   sandress@acesag.auburn.edu
Tuscaloosa:       Wayne Ford       (205) 349-4630   sford@aces.edu
Walker:           Danny Cain       (205) 221-3392  
Winston:          Mike Henshaw     (205) 489-5376   mhenshaw@aces.auburn.edu

February 10-11...Jefferson County.
TMDLs and Watersheds Conference, the state's largest meeting concerning water regulatory and quality issues for users of waterways. Presented by WaterQuest & NonPoint Source Watershed Forum. Location: HealthSouth Conference Center in Birmingham. Fee: $125 for Business Council of Alabama members and NonPoint Source Forum participants. No refunds after 2/4. Register early online here. Call Kristie Bottoni at (334) 240-8761.

February 11... Free Separate Session....1 PM to 4 PM.
Clean Water Partnership Basin Meetings for each of the 10 basins in the Clean Water Partnership - Alabama/Tombigbee, Black Warrior, Cahaba, Chattahoochee/Chipola, Choctawhatchee/Pea/Yellow, Conecuh/Sepulga, Coosa, Mobile/Escatawpa, Tallapoosa, Tennessee. AFOA strongly urges landowners interested in preventing unnecessary water quality regulations to attend this free meeting.

February 11...Butler County 11 AM.
Butler County Forestry Planning Committee Meeting at Nanny's Restaurant in Greenville. Call the Forestry Commission at (334) 376-9114.

February 12...Walker County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Middle Basin Committee Meeting Building 1400, Civic Room, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton Campus. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 251-8139 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

February 12...Houston County 5:30 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation. Fee: $40 per person or couple - includes annual membership in AWF and food & beverages. Call Harry Hall at (334) 792-5157 or Henry Ivey at (334) 677-2265.

February 17...Jefferson County 9 AM to 2 PM.
Urban Forestry and Conservation Fair for invited 5th graders.  Location: Boutwell Auditorium and Linn Park. Features include hands-on educational activities on forestry, wildlife, and environmental awareness, lunch, and a tree seedling give-away. To volunteer, set up an exhibit, or to obtain more information, contact Patti Sullivan, Mary Pugh, or Rod Goode at (205) 823-6400 or rodney.goode@al.usda.gov .

February 17...Tuscaloosa County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Lower Basin Committee Meeting at Tuscaloosa County Soil & Water Conservation District in Tuscaloosa. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 251-8139 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com .

February 17…Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM
Pine Management: Session 3 of 7; Master Tree Farmer Program 2004. Fee for all 7 sessions: $95 plus $35 each additional family member. Fee per session: $15 plus $5 each additional family member. For Alabama locations and registration information, contact Jeannie Moncrief at (334) 844-1043 or jeannie@auburn.edu.
Downlinks are scheduled for the following Alabama counties:

Barbour/Russell:  Charlie Mason    (334) 775-3284   cmason@aces.edu
Blount: 	  Dan Porch        (205) 274-2129   dporch@acesag.auburn.edu
Bullock:          Jimmy Smitherman (334) 738-2580   jsmither@acesag.auburn.edu
Butler:           Russell Parrish  (334) 382-5111  
Choctaw:          John Ollison     (205) 459-2133   jollison@acesag.auburn.edu
Covington:        Charles Simon    (334) 222-1125   csimon@acesag.auburn.edu
Fayette:          Warren Griffith  (205) 932-8941   wgriffit@acesag.auburn.edu
Houston:          Richard Murphy   (334) 794-4108   rwmurphy@acesag.auburn.edu
Lamar:            Wayne Robinson   (205) 695-7139   drobinso@acesag.auburn.edu
Madison:          Ken Creel        (256) 532-1578   kcreel@aces.edu
Marengo:          Kevan Tucker     (334) 295-5959   jktucker@aces.edu
Marshall:         Eddie Wheeler    (256) 582-2000   ewheller@acesag.auburn.edu
Montgomery:       Shannon Andress  (334) 265-0233   sandress@acesag.auburn.edu
Tuscaloosa:       Wayne Ford       (205) 349-4630   sford@aces.edu
Walker:           Danny Cain       (205) 221-3392  
Winston:          Mike Henshaw     (205) 489-5376   mhenshaw@aces.auburn.edu

AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

FEBRUARY 18, 2004...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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


February 19...Monroe County 5 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation. Fee: $50 per person or couple - includes annual membership in AWF and food & beverages. Call Kristie Hill at (334) 743-8268.

February 19...Tuscaloosa County 5:30 PM to 9 PM.
Turkey Management Seminar, sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation and Woods & Water, Inc. Location: Bryant Conference Center. Fee: free; refreshments provided. If you want to increase wild turkeys on your property, this seminar is for you. RSVP by February 18. Call the AWF at 1-800-822-9453.

February 19...Jefferson County 5:30 PM.
The Mid-Alabama Chapter of Quail Unlimited's Annual Banquet at the Zamora Shrine Temple. Activities include auction/raffle and cocktails. Fee: $75 for individual or $100 per couple, includes one-year QU membership. Call Phillip Wiedmeyer at (205) 241-5040 or Jim Price at (205) 706-8726.

February 19 & 26...Attala, Mississippi 6 PM to 9 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals at the Attala County Extension Office. Call Earnie Flint at (662) 289-5431 or Tim Traugott at (662) 226-6000.

February 21...Lauderdale County 8 AM to 1 PM.
Tree Sale, sponsored by the ATFA. Location: Lauderdale Coop Farm & Home. Featured trees are bare root white dogwoods and 2" potted crape myrtles. Cost: $3 each. Contact Judy Tricoli at (256) 757-9788 or jtricoli@hiwaay.net.

February 21...Collins, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals. Fee: $35 single, $45 couple. Call Carolyn Conger (601) 765-8252.

February 21...Holly Springs, Mississippi 9 AM to 4 PM.
Analyzing your Forest Investments at the Marshall County Fairground. Fee: $35 single, $45 couple. Call Janet Jolly at (662) 252-3541.

February 22-28...Statewide.
Alabama Arbor Week. Plant a tree. Dedicate it to a friend.

February 24...Lafayette, Mississippi 8 AM to 3:30 PM.
Hardwood Management. Fee: $35 single, $45 couple. Call Jon Ruscoe at (662) 234-4451 or Tim Traugott at (662) 226-6000.

February 24...Brookhaven, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals at the Multipurpose Building. Fee: Free. Call Perry Brumfield at (601) 835-3460 or Trey DeLoach at (601) 857-2284.

February 24...Tallapoosa County 10 AM to 12 PM.
The Middle Tallapoosa River Basin CWP Technical Sub-committee Meeting. Location: Alexander City Hall. RSVP to Denise Walls at (256) 215-3725 or eda@lakemartin.net.

February 24...Nationwide 12 PM ET.
A New Approach to Saving Endangered Species, a live internet broadcast sponsored by the Heritage Foundation. Speaker: The Hon. Bill Owens, Governor of Colorado. Contact Becky Norton Dunlop at (202) 546-4400 or becky.norton.dunlop@heritage.org.

February 24… Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM
Hardwood Management: Session 4 of 7; Master Tree Farmer Program 2004. Fee for all 7 sessions: $95 plus $35 each additional family member. Fee per session: $15 plus $5 each additional family member. For Alabama locations and registration information, contact Jeannie Moncrief at (334) 844-1043 or jeannie@auburn.edu.
Downlinks are scheduled for the following Alabama counties:

Barbour/Russell:  Charlie Mason    (334) 775-3284   cmason@aces.edu
Blount: 	  Dan Porch        (205) 274-2129   dporch@acesag.auburn.edu
Bullock:          Jimmy Smitherman (334) 738-2580   jsmither@acesag.auburn.edu
Butler:           Russell Parrish  (334) 382-5111 
Choctaw:          John Ollison     (205) 459-2133   jollison@acesag.auburn.edu
Covington:        Charles Simon    (334) 222-1125   csimon@acesag.auburn.edu
Fayette:          Warren Griffith  (205) 932-8941   wgriffit@acesag.auburn.edu
Houston:          Richard Murphy   (334) 794-4108   rwmurphy@acesag.auburn.edu
Lamar:            Wayne Robinson   (205) 695-7139   drobinso@acesag.auburn.edu
Madison:          Ken Creel        (256) 532-1578   kcreel@aces.edu
Marengo:          Kevan Tucker     (334) 295-5959   jktucker@aces.edu
Marshall:         Eddie Wheeler    (256) 582-2000   ewheller@acesag.auburn.edu
Montgomery:       Shannon Andress  (334) 265-0233   sandress@acesag.auburn.edu
Tuscaloosa:       Wayne Ford       (205) 349-4630   sford@aces.edu
Walker:           Danny Cain       (205) 221-3392  
Winston:          Mike Henshaw     (205) 489-5376   mhenshaw@aces.auburn.edu

February 25...Cullman County 2 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Upper Basin Committee Meeting at the Cullman County Public Health Department, 601 Logan Avenue SW. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 251-8139 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

February 26...Lauderdale County 8 AM to 3 PM.
Arbor Day Tree Seedling Giveaway, sponsored by the ATFA. Location: Alabama Forestry Commission's Lauderdale County Office. Varieties include oak, river birch, crabapple, Chinese chestnut and more. Contact Judy Tricoli at (256) 757-9788 or jtricoli@hiwaay.net.

February 26... Dale County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Choctawhatchee River Basin Meeting at the Daleville Conference Center. Contact Lisa Harris at (334) 527-3584 or lharris@troycable.netv.

February 26...Dale County 5:30 PM.
Meeting of the Wiregrass Chapter of the Society of American Foresters. Agenda includes hardwood management discussion, dinner, and a speaker. Location: Mabson Forest in Ozark. Fee: $15; $5 discount for SAF members. Contact Heather Moberly at (334) 448-6332 or ham2@meadwestvaco.com.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

FEBRUARY 26, 2004...Jefferson County  7:00 PM.
Topic:  Enhancing Avian Biodiversity on Your Land
Speaker: Mark Thomas
. For more information on this topic, click here.
Location: Vestavia Hills Public Library, on west side of US 31 about 2 miles north of I-65 exit 252. 
Plan to attend Dutch treat dinner prior to the program at 5:30 PM at nearby Ruby Tuesday restaurant.
Questions? Contact AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or Send Email.


February 26-27 Macon County.
Farmer's Conference, hosted by Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program. Location: Tuskegee University Kellogg Conference Center. Agenda includes panel discussions with concurrent workshops and the addressing of emerging issues surrounding small farm families and rural communities. Call William Hodge at (334) 724-4450.

February 26-27...Pine Mountain, Georgia.
Southeast Land Trust & Watershed Association Conference at Callaway Gardens. Contact Emily Farwig at (202) 638-4725X304 or training@lta.org.

February 27-29...Baldwin County.
Alabama Forestry Association’s Mid-Winter Meeting at Grand Hotel, Point Clear. Topics include the 2004 Regular Session and tax reform. Speakers include Dr. Verne Kennedy and State Treasurer Kay Ivey. Fee: $245; spouses $190. Hotel reservations: 1-800-228-9290. Meeting registration: (334) 265-8733.

February 28...Chilton County 7 AM.
Tree Giveaway, sponsored by the ATFA Chilton County Chapter. Location: Gray & Son's Stockyard in Clanton. Call Dwight Wallace at (334) 366-2431.

February 28...Shelby County 8 AM.
Tree/Shrub Sale sponsored by Shelby County Soil and Water Conservation District. Location: Lester Street parking lot across from Columbiana Courthouse. Contact Kim Joiner at (205) 669-7136, 669-5121 or kim-joiner@al.nacdnet.org.

February 28...Henry County 8 AM.
Private Landowner Organizational Meeting to discuss property violations and other grievances caused by deer hunters who use dogs. Location: Gator Bayou Hunting Club off Highway 10 near Abbeville. Contact Dr. Steven Stokes at (334) 794-8703 or shstokesmd@hotmail.com.

February 29...Statewide.
End of rabbit, squirrel, raccoon, opossum and quail seasons.

> March 2004

March 2...Senatobia, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals at the Tate County Extension Office. Fee: $35 single, $45 couple. Call Steve Richardson at (662) 562-4274.

March 2… Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM
Marketing and Harvesting: Session 5 of 7; Master Tree Farmer Program 2004. Fee for all 7 sessions: $95 plus $35 each additional family member. Fee per session: $15 plus $5 each additional family member. For Alabama locations and registration information, contact Jeannie Moncrief at (334) 844-1043 or jeannie@auburn.edu.
Downlinks are scheduled for the following Alabama counties:

Barbour/Russell:  Charlie Mason    (334) 775-3284   cmason@aces.edu
Blount: 	  Dan Porch        (205) 274-2129   dporch@acesag.auburn.edu
Bullock:          Jimmy Smitherman (334) 738-2580   jsmither@acesag.auburn.edu
Butler:           Russell Parrish  (334) 382-5111 
Choctaw:          John Ollison     (205) 459-2133   jollison@acesag.auburn.edu
Covington:        Charles Simon    (334) 222-1125   csimon@acesag.auburn.edu
Fayette:          Warren Griffith  (205) 932-8941   wgriffit@acesag.auburn.edu
Houston:          Richard Murphy   (334) 794-4108   rwmurphy@acesag.auburn.edu
Lamar:            Wayne Robinson   (205) 695-7139   drobinso@acesag.auburn.edu
Madison:          Ken Creel        (256) 532-1578   kcreel@aces.edu
Marengo:          Kevan Tucker     (334) 295-5959   jktucker@aces.edu
Marshall:         Eddie Wheeler    (256) 582-2000   ewheller@acesag.auburn.edu
Montgomery:       Shannon Andress  (334) 265-0233   sandress@acesag.auburn.edu
Tuscaloosa:       Wayne Ford       (205) 349-4630   sford@aces.edu
Walker:           Danny Cain       (205) 221-3392  
Winston:          Mike Henshaw     (205) 489-5376   mhenshaw@aces.auburn.edu

March 3...Jefferson County 9 AM to 2:30 PM.
Woodland Harvest Demonstration at Jefferson State Community College. Speakers include Tim Ard of Forest Applications, John Ingle of Ingle Tree Service and Dr. Mathew Smidt of Auburn University. Fee: free. Contact Rod Goode at (205) 823-6400 or rodney.goode@al.usda.gov.

March 4, 11, 18, 25...Brandon, Mississippi 7 PM to 9 PM.
Forest/Wildlife Management Short Course at Rankin County Extension office. Call Sonia Hancock at (601) 825-1461.

March 3-4...Vicksburg, Mississippi.
The Mississippi Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting: The Changing Face of Bottomland Hardwoods. Location: Vicksburg Convention Center. Speakers include Dr. Andy Ezell, Dr. John Hodges, Mr. Mike Staten, and many others. Other highlights include sporting clays event, silent auction, and awards banquet. Fee: $140; $15 discount for SAF members, various other fees apply. Call Stephanie Allison at (662) 873-6256.

March 5-7...Shelby County.
Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop. Activities include learning new skills, hands-on instruction, camping, map and compass reading, shooting sports, rock climbing and more. Fee: $175, covers meals, lodging, program materials and instruction. All instructional equipment is provided. Contact Jerry A. de Bin at jdebin@dcnr.state.al.us or call 1-800-262-3151.

March 5, 6, 7...Jefferson County.
Fishing and Wild Turkey Expo at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center. Highlights include lectures by professional hunters, World Championship Turkey Calling Contest, and concert.  Call Bob Coker at (334) 616-6005.

March 6...Shelby County 8 AM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Spring Field Trial at Covey Rise Plantation near Montevallo. Fee: to attend - free; various fees apply to participate. Dogs must be pre-registered by 3/4. Call Frank Harris at (205) 326-5598 or (205) 595-0203; Terry Burdette at (205) 822-7953; Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or (205) 822-0273.

March 6...Prentiss, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Profitable Marketing and Harvesting of Timber. Fee: $35 single, $45 couple. Call Thomas Brewer at (601) 792-5121.

March 6...Montgomery County 9 AM.
Conservation Advisory Board Meeting at State Capitol Auditorium. This board recommends (sets) hunting seasons and bag limits. Anybody who wishes to speak should arrive by 8:45 AM to sign in. Call Robin Nummy at (334) 242-3486.

March 6...Atlanta, Georgia 1 PM.
Quality Deer Management Association's Banquet & Auction. Activities include seminars by Dr. Karl Miller, Dr. Warren Strickland and Dr. Grant Woods followed by a social hour, dinner, prizes, and an auction. Fee: $75. Contact Jami Van Zant at 1-800-209-3337.

March 8...Senatobia, Mississippi 8 AM.
Forest Wildlife at the Tate County Extension Office. Fee: $35. Call Steve Richardson at (662) 562-4274.

March 8, 9, 15, 16...Jefferson County 6 PM to 9 PM.
Hunter Education Class (4 evenings) at Gardendale Baptist Church. Call (205) 488-8671. Click here for more dates and locations or contact Ray Metzler at 1-800-245-2740 or rmetzler@dcnr.state.al.us.

March 8, 15, 22, 27...Coffeeville, Mississippi 7 PM to 9 PM.
Hardwood Management at the Yalobusha County Multi-Purpose Building. Fee: $35. Call Steve Cummings at (662) 675-2730 or Tim Traugott (662) 226-6000.

March 9...Butler County 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
Emerging Technologies in Forestry: Forest Inventory 2004. Sponsor: Haglof, Inc. Fee: $50. Contact Mike Phelps at (601) 856-5119 or mike.phelps@haglofinc.com.

March 9… Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM.
Alternative Management Opportunities:
Session 6 of 7; Master Tree Farmer Program 2004. Fee for all 7 sessions: $95 plus $35 each additional family member. Fee per session: $15 plus $5 each additional family member. For Alabama locations and registration information, contact Jeannie Moncrief at (334) 844-1043 or jeannie@auburn.edu.
Downlinks are scheduled for the following Alabama counties:

Barbour/Russell:  Charlie Mason    (334) 775-3284   cmason@aces.edu
Blount: 	  Dan Porch        (205) 274-2129   dporch@acesag.auburn.edu
Bullock:          Jimmy Smitherman (334) 738-2580   jsmither@acesag.auburn.edu
Butler:           Russell Parrish  (334) 382-5111 
Choctaw:          John Ollison     (205) 459-2133   jollison@acesag.auburn.edu
Covington:        Charles Simon    (334) 222-1125   csimon@acesag.auburn.edu
Fayette:          Warren Griffith  (205) 932-8941   wgriffit@acesag.auburn.edu
Houston:          Richard Murphy   (334) 794-4108   rwmurphy@acesag.auburn.edu
Lamar:            Wayne Robinson   (205) 695-7139   drobinso@acesag.auburn.edu
Madison:          Ken Creel        (256) 532-1578   kcreel@aces.edu
Marengo:          Kevan Tucker     (334) 295-5959   jktucker@aces.edu
Marshall:         Eddie Wheeler    (256) 582-2000   ewheller@acesag.auburn.edu
Montgomery:       Shannon Andress  (334) 265-0233   sandress@acesag.auburn.edu
Tuscaloosa:       Wayne Ford       (205) 349-4630   sford@aces.edu
Walker:           Danny Cain       (205) 221-3392  
Winston:          Mike Henshaw     (205) 489-5376   mhenshaw@aces.auburn.edu

March 9...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Dinner and Program at Lloyds Restaurant on U.S. 280. Contact Ben Black at (205) 822-0245 or joybenblack@charter.net.

March 10...Dallas County 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
Emerging Technologies in Forestry: Forest Inventory 2004. Sponsor:Haglof, Inc. Fee: $50. Contact Mike Phelps at (601) 856-5119 or mike.phelps@haglofinc.com.

March 11...Walker County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Middle Basin Committee Meeting Building 1400, Civic Room, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton Campus. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 251-8139 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

March 11...Tuscaloosa County 5:30 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off, sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation. Location: Woods & Water in Tuscaloosa. Fee: $40; $5 discount if purchased prior to event - includes annual membership in AWF, door prizes, food, and beverages. Call Gardner Rowell at (205) 759-2920.

March 11...Lauderdale County 6:30 to 9:30 PM.
Forestry Taxation Seminar, sponsored by the ATFA Chapter. Location: Florence Municipal Building. Speakers: Louis Hyman and Henry Barclay, III. Fee: free, beverages and food provided. Contact Steve McEachron at (256) 764-4382 or lauderdale@forestry.state.al.us.

March 12...Carthage, Mississippi 8:45 AM to 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals at the Leake County Extension Office. Fee: $35. Call Don Schmidt at (601) 267-8036.

March 13...Dale County 7:30 AM.
Turkey Calling Contest, sponsored by the Southeast Alabama Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. This six division competition will also include a sporting goods display, door prizes, and a silent auction. Fee: to compete - $25 for non-NWTF members; to attend - $5. Contact Frank Estes at (334) 774-5571 or estesf@snowhill.com, or Mike Cook at (334) 445-9818 or mlcook@peoplepc.com. Click here to register.

March 16...Tuscaloosa County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Lower Basin Committee Meeting at Tuscaloosa County Soil & Water Conservation District in Tuscaloosa. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 251-8139 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

March 16… Satellite Broadcast 6 PM to 9 PM
Forestry Services, Current Issues and Getting Engaged: Session 7 of 7; Master Tree Farmer Program 2004. Fee for all 7 sessions: $95 plus $35 each additional family member. Fee per session: $15 plus $5 each additional family member. For Alabama locations and registration information, contact Jeannie Moncrief at (334) 844-1043 or jeannie@auburn.edu.
Downlinks are scheduled for the following Alabama counties:

Barbour/Russell:  Charlie Mason    (334) 775-3284   cmason@aces.edu
Blount: 	  Dan Porch        (205) 274-2129   dporch@acesag.auburn.edu
Bullock:          Jimmy Smitherman (334) 738-2580   jsmither@acesag.auburn.edu
Butler:           Russell Parrish  (334) 382-5111 
Choctaw:          John Ollison     (205) 459-2133   jollison@acesag.auburn.edu
Covington:        Charles Simon    (334) 222-1125   csimon@acesag.auburn.edu
Fayette:          Warren Griffith  (205) 932-8941   wgriffit@acesag.auburn.edu
Houston:          Richard Murphy   (334) 794-4108   rwmurphy@acesag.auburn.edu
Lamar:            Wayne Robinson   (205) 695-7139   drobinso@acesag.auburn.edu
Madison:          Ken Creel        (256) 532-1578   kcreel@aces.edu
Marengo:          Kevan Tucker     (334) 295-5959   jktucker@aces.edu
Marshall:         Eddie Wheeler    (256) 582-2000   ewheller@acesag.auburn.edu
Montgomery:       Shannon Andress  (334) 265-0233   sandress@acesag.auburn.edu
Tuscaloosa:       Wayne Ford       (205) 349-4630   sford@aces.edu
Walker:           Danny Cain       (205) 221-3392  
Winston:          Mike Henshaw     (205) 489-5376   mhenshaw@aces.auburn.edu

March 17...Jefferson County 9:30 AM.
Forestry & Wildlife Planning Committee Meeting at the Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Vestavia Hills. Contact Rod Goode at (205) 823-6400 or rodney.goode@al.usda.gov.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

MARCH 17, 2004...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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


March 17-18...Athens, Georgia.
Simulation of Intensively Managed Stands. Instructors: Barry D. Shiver and Bruce E. Borders. Fee: $395. Contact Anne Becker at (706) 542-6645 or anne.becker@gactr.uga.edu.

March 18-19...Starkville, Mississippi.
Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (S-290). This course is a prerequisite for the Prescribed Burning Workshop scheduled for April 19-22. Fee: $205. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu.

March 22...Baldwin County 1 PM.
Coastal Alabama CWP Steering Committee Meeting at South Alabama Regional Planning Commission office. Contact April Griffin at (251) 441-6505 or april-griffin@al.nacdnet.org.

March 24...Cullman County 2 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Upper Basin Committee Meeting at the Cullman County Public Health Department, 601 Logan Avenue SW. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 251-8139 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

March 24-26...Dallas County.
Women Only Turkey Hunt, sponsored by the Alabama Wildlife Federation. Location: Cedar Creek Lodge in Selma. Fee: $100 (plus tips). Contact Marisa Lee-Sasser at 1-800-822-9453 or marisa@alabamawildlife.org.

March 24-26...Baldwin County.
Forest Landowners Association Conference at Marriott Grand Hotel, Point Clear, Alabama. Topics include alternative income opportunities to be found in forestland and the effects of tax laws and forest policy on forest landowners. Activities include a tradeshow, a cocktail reception, dinner, and dancing. Fee: $329, various other fees apply. Pre-meeting Tax Seminar on 3/23. Fee:$145. Call 1-800-325-2954. Click here for event and registration information.

March 25...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
ATFA Chapter Meeting. Location: Shelby County Services Building in Pelham. Contact Brad Lang at (205) 669-4133 or shelby@forestry.state.al.us.

March 27...Tylertown, Mississippi 8 AM to 1 PM.
Forest Valuation Workshop at the Walthall County Extension Office. Fee: $15. Call Lamar Adams at (601) 876-4021.

March 30, 31; April 1, 2...Conecuh County 8 AM to 12 PM.
Forestry Awareness Week Now for Escambia and Conecuh County 3rd graders. If you would like to help, call Andrea Chavers at (251) 867-8042.

> April 2004

April 2-3...Houston County.
Alabama Tree Farm Convention at Holiday Inn Express, Dothan. Activities include indoor session and tour of Jerry McCallister family farm. Speakers include State Treasurer Kay Ivey, Scott Enebak, Toby Wright and Terry Clausen. Fee: $65. Call Fran Whitaker or Juanita Cope at (334) 265-8733.

April 3...Tylertown, Mississippi 8 AM to 1 PM.
Forest Valuation Workshop at the Walthall County Extension Office. Fee: $15. Call Lamar Adams at (601) 876-4021.

April 6...Talladega County 9 AM.
Forest in the Classroom, sponsored by the ATFA. Location: ACES building in Talladega. Speaker: Jane Hartsell. Call Rosemond Shannon at (205) 763-0233.

April 6...Colbert County.
Property Tax Referendum which involves a three (3) mil and a one (1) mil property tax renewal. For details, call Probate Judge’s office at (256) 386-8542. Absentee ballots may be obtained by calling (256) 386-8542. Please Note: AFOA has had a difficult time confirming election details with Colbert County officials, but we think this information is correct.

April 7-8...Athens, Georgia.
Advanced Forest Finance. Instructors: Michael L. Clutter and David Newman.  Lunch, refreshment breaks, and instructional materials included. Contact Anne Becker at (706) 542-6645 or anne.becker@gactr.uga.edu.

April 8...Walker County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Middle Basin Committee Meeting Building 1400, Civic Room, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton Campus. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 251-8139 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

April 8, 15, 22, 29...Vicksburg, Mississippi 7 PM to 9 PM.
Forest/Wildlife Management Short Course at Warren County Extension office. Call Terry Rector at (601) 636-5442.

April 8, 15, 22, 29...Kosciusko, Mississippi 6:30 PM to 8 PM.
Hardwood Management at the Attala County Extension Office. Call Ernie Flint at (662) 289-1321 or (662) 289-5431, or Tim Traugott (662) 226-6000.

April 12...Jefferson County 10 AM to noon.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership Meeting at Alabama Power Company Division Office Auditorium, 1313 6th Avenue North, Birmingham. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 251-8139 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

April 13...Autauga County 6 PM.
Tri-County Wild Game Cook Off, at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Prattville. Fee: $50 per couple/person - includes food & beverages plus membership for one in Alabama Wildlife Federation. Call AWF at 1-800-822-9453.

April 13...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Dinner and Program at Lloyd's Restaurant on U.S. 280. Speakers: Bill Allis, AQH member, and Barry Grand, wildlife biologist, on the latest on quail habitat research. Contact Ben Black at (205) 822-0245 or joybenblack@charter.net.

April 14...Jefferson County 10 AM.
Forestry & Wildlife Planning Committee Meeting at Lee and Katie Pearson's property in Bessemer. Agenda includes tour and BBQ lunch. Please contact Lee Pearson at (205) 428-6772. Click here for a map.

April 15...Fayette, Mississippi 9 AM to 3 PM.
Timber Marketing. Fee: free. Call Stella Gales at (601) 786-3131 or Trey DeLoach at (601)857-2284.

April 15...Lee County 10 AM to 1 PM.
The Lower Tallapoosa Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Auburn Development Service Building. Contact Ginger Bodiford at (334) 271-1445 X 763 or Ginger.Bodiford@ch2m.com.

April 15...Mobile County 7 PM.
Mobile County Landowners Association Meeting with speaker from County Engineering Department. Location: Jon Archer Center, North Schillinger Road, Mobile. Call Dwight Steedley at (251) 675-9250.

April 18-25...Brazil.
Brazil Plantation Forest Investment Tour. Activities include regional forest visits, meetings with key players and officials, observation of log merchandising and marketing, and conversations with experts. Fee: $2,100, not including air fare. Contact Mark Willhite at (503) 695-6419 or bwillhite@juno.com.

April 19-22...Starkville, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course. This course is designed for professional forest resource managers. registered foresters, landowners, or anyone interested in prescribed burning. Pre-requisite: Fire Behavior Course. Fee: $365. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu.

April 20...Lucedale, Mississippi. 8:30 AM to 2 PM.
Cogongrass Workshop. Fee: $10. Call Mike Steede at (601) 947-4223.

April 20...Tuscaloosa County 2 PM to 4 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Lower Basin Committee Meeting at Tuscaloosa County Soil & Water Conservation District in Tuscaloosa. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 251-8139 or
warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

April 20-22...Athens, Georgia.
Forestry for Non-Foresters - Part 1. Instructors: Bill Hubbard and Kris Irwin. Fee: $395, includes lunch, refreshment breaks, and instructional materials. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

April 21...Montgomery County 10 AM to 2 PM.
Alabama/Tombigbee CWP Steering Committee Meeting at the Lanarc location near Millbrook. Contact Ashley Henderson at (334) 270-8236 or AHendersonCWP@charter.net.

April 21-22...Gainesville, Florida.
The Future of Wood Products, sponsored by the University of Florida's School of Forest Resources & the Society of American Foresters. Fee: $120. Meals and materials included. Contact Alan Long at (352) 846-0891 or ajl2@ufl.edu. Click here to register online.

April 22...DeKalb, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 2 PM.
Cogongrass Workshop. Fee: $10. Call Ruby Rankin at (601) 743-5581.

April 22...Macon County.
Estate Planning for Landowners. Instructor: Dr. Robert Tufts. Topics include heir property, how to correct ownership, and using a business entity to hold land. Contact Robert Zabawa at (334) 727-8114 or zabawar@tuskegee.edu.

April 22...Covington County 5 PM.
Wild Game Cook Off, at the Andalusia County Center Arena. Fee: $50 per couple - includes food, beverages, live entertainment, silent auction and Alabama Wildlife Federation membership. Contact Rhett Johnson at (334) 222-1925 or johnson@forestry.auburn.edu, or Chuck Simon at (334) 222-7125.

April 22-24...Washington, D.C.
Land Use and Property Rights Conference, sponsored by the Pacific Legal Foundation and ALI-ABA. This course is designed to provide valuable insight to anyone seeking up-to-date information on the legality of actions by federal, state, and local agencies regulating the use of land. Contact Jeanne Kerns at 1-800-847-7719 or jmk@pacificlegal.org
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AFOA ANNUAL MEETING (click here for details and registration form)

APRIL 23-24, 2004...Monroe County (South Alabama)
  o  Friday:
Tours and Hot Dog Roast
  o  Saturday:
Workshops, Seminars, Field Exercises 
Location: Alabama Southern Community College, Monroeville.
Accommodations: Click Here. Make reservations now!
Questions?
Contact AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or Send Email.


April 23...Madison, Mississippi 8 AM to 5 PM.
T Cruise Forest Inventory Software Course, sponsored by Haglof Inc. and designed for anyone interested in utilizing timber inventory software. Speakers: Mike Phelps and Russell Bozeman. Fee: $100, includes class material, lunch and refreshment breaks. Contact Jennifer Pruess at (601) 856-5119 or jennifer.preuss@haglofinc.com.

April 23...Gainesville, Florida 8 AM ET.
Natural Stand Management Workshop at Austin Cary Memorial Forest northeast of Gainesville. To register, call Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375.

April 24...Saucier, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 1 PM.
Christmas Tree Grower Workshop at Dabbs Farm. Fee: $15. Contact Stephen Dicke at 601-857-2284 or steved@ext.msstate.edu.

April 24...Poplarville, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Forest Regeneration. Fee: $35 single, $45 couple. Call Billy Joe Lee at (601) 795-4224.

April 27...Tallapoosa County 10 AM to 1 PM.
The Middle Tallapoosa River Basin CWP Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Russell Medical Center in Alexander City; lunch included. A technical sub-committee meeting will be held immediately following this meeting. Contact Denise Walls at (256) 215-3725 or eda@lakemartin.net to RSVP.

April 28...Cullman County 2 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Upper Basin Committee Meeting at the Cullman County Public Health Department, 601 Logan Avenue SW. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 251-8139 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

April 28-30...Pensacola, Florida.
The Florida and Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Councils' Symposium. Agenda includes general sessions, lectures, socials and field trips. Fee: $85.. Contact Tony Pernas at (305) 242-7846 or tony_pernas@nps.gov.

April 29...Hale County 9 AM to 2 PM.
Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp. Contact Katanga Mants at (334) 624-8710 or kmants@aces.edu.

April 29...Crenshaw County 4 PM.
ATFA Meeting and Tour of Fob James' Farm. Speakers: Clay Scissom, Wildlife Management, and Michelle Isenberg, Use of Herbicides. BBQ dinner. Donations requested. RSVP by 4/22 to Dr. Tom Sanders at (334) 335-6386.

April 30...Statewide.
Turkey Season ends or has ended. Landowners would be advised to wait until after this date to conduct any land management activities that might disturb turkey hunters leasing their land.

April 30...DeFuniak Springs, Florida 1:30 PM.
Tour of Bob Reid's Property. Contact Mike Goodchild at (850) 892-8172 or mjgo@ifas.ufl.edu.

April 30-May 1...Hot Springs, Arkansas.
In-Woods Expo. Forestry and logging demo sponsored by the Arkansas Timber Producers Association. Call Larry Boccarossa at (501) 224-2232.

> May 2004

May 5...Magnolia, Mississippi 8 AM to 12 PM.
Tree Identification Workshop. Fee: $15. Call Mike Tynes at (601) 783-5321.

May 5-7...Starkville, Mississippi 8 AM.
Intro to Desktop GIS (Geographic Information Systems) using ArcGIS 8.3 software. Translation: creating maps with your computer. Instructors: Wes Burger and Rich Minnis. Fee: $825. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu.

May 6...Pollock, Louisiana.
Solar Drying Wood for Hobbyists Workshop, sponsored by the LSU AgCenter. Instructor: Dr. Gene Wengert. Location: Grant Walker Educational Center. Fee: 35. Advanced Hardwood Lumber Drying (fee: $125) and Sawing, Edging, and Trimming (fee: $125) scheduled for May 7 and 8 respectively. Contact Dr. Todd Shupe at (225) 578-6432 or tshupe@agctr.lsu.edu.

May 7...Madison, Mississippi 8 AM to 5 PM.
T Cruise Forest Inventory Software Course, sponsored by Haglof Inc. and designed for anyone interested in utilizing timber inventory software. Speakers: Mike Phelps and Russell Bozeman. Fee: $100, includes class material, lunch and refreshment breaks. Contact Jennifer Pruess at (601) 856-5119 or jennifer.preuss@haglofinc.com.

May 8...Monroe County 8 AM.
Nuisance Animal Control, sponsored by the Forestry Planning Committee. Activities include seminar, field day, and tour (featuring use of explosives for beaver dams). Location: Monroeville Agricultural Center. Fee: free, including beverages, but bring a sack lunch. Call Doug Link at (251) 575-2253.

May 8...Marshall County 5:30.
Wild Game Cook-Off, at the Guntersville Civitan Park. Fee: $40 person/couple; $5 discount if registered prior to event - includes food, beverages, silent auction, live entertainment, Alabama Wildlife Federation membership, and subscription to AWF Magazine. Call Robert Thornton at (256) 582-4666.

May 8...Geneva County 9 AM.
ATFA Tour of Mr. & Mrs. Millard Snell's Farm, featuring David Runyan and his quail release program. Call Don Dean @ 334-794-4993.

May 10...Lee County 6:15 PM.
Landowner Meeting  to discuss one's civic options when dealing with trespassers, sponsored by the Forest Stewardship Committee. Location: Opelika Civitan Club. Fee: free; $8 for steak dinner. Contact Chuck Browne at (334) 749-3353 or cbrowne@aces.edu. This is an important issue, and it is also a serious one. Click here to read the background information on which this meeting is based (note: slow server).

May 11...Rosepine, Louisiana 8 AM to 3:30 PM.
Timber Cruising: Strip and Plot Sampling, sponsored by the LSU AgCenter. Location: Rosepine Research Station. This workshop is designed for relative beginners as well as experienced individuals on cruising principles and techniques. Participants should already have some knowledge in measuring tree diameters and heights. Fee: $20 - covers materials and incidentals. Contact Tom Strawn at (337) 639-4376 or tstrawn@agcenter.lsu.edu.

May 11...Covington County 9:30 AM to 2 PM.
When to Thin Plantation Pines. Location: Solon Dixon Forestry Center in Andalusia. This workshop involves an indoor session on the basics of pine biology, Silviculture, and thinning, and a field session on collecting data. Contact the Covington Co. Extension office at (334) 222-1125 or email here.
 

May 11...Jefferson County 6:00 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Program at Southern Skeet and Trap in Irondale. Shooting fee: $16 for four rounds, four boxes of shells, safety glasses, and hearing protection. Dinner not included. To RSVP, call Terry Burdette at (205) 822-7953, or contact Bob Carr at (
205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bellsouth.net.

May 11-12...Savannah, Georgia.
Estate Planning for Forest Landowners. This course provides you with a working knowledge of the Federal estate and gift tax laws. Instructor: Harry L. Haney. Fee: $395 - includes two luncheons. Contact Anne Becker at (706) 542-6645 or Anne.Becker@gactr.uga.edu.

May 11-13...Jefferson County.
Annual Meeting of Alabama Division of the Southeastern Society of American Foresters. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Fee: $35. Contact Brian Bradley at (256) 883-1788 or bbradley@hiwaay.net.

May 12...Jefferson County 8 AM to 4 PM.
Firewise: Making Sensible Choices in the Wildland Urban Interface, part of the  Livable Cities Conference (see page 5). Location: Birmingham Southern College, Norton Campus Center. Fee: $30. Call (205) 226-4934.

May 13...Sumter County 8:30 AM to 2 PM.
Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp. Contact Mandee Carrier at (205) 652-7521 or mandee-carrier@al.nacdnet.org.

May 13...Mobile County 9:30 AM.
Innovative Waste Management System Field Day at the Ching Dairy in Semmes. Topics include BMP's and other subjects useful to dairy farmers. Fee: free, lunch provided. RSVP by 5/10 to April Griffin at (251) 441-6505 or april-griffin@al.nacdnet.org. Click here to view a map to the Ching Dairy.

May 13...Baldwin County 5 PM.
Gulf Coast Wild Game Cook-Off at Felix's Fish Camp in Mobile. Fee: $50 per person/couple - includes food, beverages, live entertainment, silent auction and Alabama Wildlife Federation membership. Call Ben Stimpson, Jr. at (251) 457-6872 or Taylor Morrissette at (251) 633-5000.

May 13...Russell County 6 PM.
Meeting of the Chattahoochee Valley Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association at the MeadWestvaco office in Phenix City. Activities include contest for oldest doe jawbone and conducting a camera census for determining deer herd structure. The public is encouraged to bring their own photos for discussion. Contact Jonathan Bain at (334) 480-9251 or cervus-venator@mindspring.com.

May 14...Lake Placid, Florida 8 AM ET.
Natural Stand Management Workshop at Archbold Biological Station. Call Penny at (863) 465-2571X260 to register.

May 15...Lee County 9:30 AM to 11 AM.
Nonnative Invasive Plants. Featuring Dr. James Miller, event includes a short hike to point out areas in need of control and instruction on how to control or eliminate unwanted invasive plants around your property. Location: The Forest Ecology Preserve near Auburn. Fee: $3. Contact Margaret Holler at (334) 821-3914 or nholler@charter.net.

May 16-17...Natchez, Mississippi.
Southern Forest Heritage Museum Tour, sponsored by the Mississippi Forestry Association. Meet at Natchez Eola Hotel. Fee: $55; $20 discount for MFA members, includes ice cream social, transportation, museum fees, and lunch. Contact Eleana Pope at (601) 354-4936 or epope@msforestry.net.

May 18...DeFuniak Springs, Florida 1:30 PM.
Tour of Bob Reid's Property. Contact Mike Goodchild at (850) 892-8172 or mjgo@ifas.ufl.edu. Note: rescheduled from April 30.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

MAY 19, 2004...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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


May 20-21...Athens, Georgia.
Efficient Timber Inventory with Plots or Points. Instructors: Bruce E. Borders and Barry D. Shiver. Fee: $395 - includes lunch, refreshment breaks, and instructional materials. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

May 21...Madison, Mississippi 8 AM to 5 PM.
T Cruise Forest Inventory Software Course, sponsored by Haglof Inc. and designed for anyone interested in utilizing timber inventory software. Speakers: Mike Phelps and Russell Bozeman. Fee: $100, includes class material, lunch and refreshment breaks. Contact Jennifer Pruess at (601) 856-5119 or jennifer.preuss@haglofinc.com.

May 21...Marianna, Florida 8:00 AM.
Natural Stand Management Workshop at Jackson County Extension Office. Call (850) 482-9620.

May 22...Baldwin County 9 AM.
Conservation Advisory Board Meeting at Gulf State Park Lodge in Gulf Shores. This board recommends (sets) hunting seasons and bag limits. Anybody who wishes to speak should arrive by 8:30 AM to sign in. Call Robin Nummy at (334) 242-3486.

May 22...Mobile County 10 AM.
Tour of James and Joan Malone's "Heritage Homestead" in Chunchula. Sponsored by Washington County ATFA. This will be a great opportunity for you to see firsthand the importance of managing your forestlands for sustainable multiple-use purposes. Fee: free - lunch provided. To RSVP, call Mike at (251) 847-2166 or Jerry at (251) 777-8666.

May 24...Tuscaloosa County 9 AM to 3 PM.
Forestry Herbicide Update at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa. This course is designed to provide you with training related to commercial pesticide applicators' permits. Fee: $79, lunch included. Contact Dr. Ken McNabb at (334) 844-1044 or mcnabb@forestry.auburn.edu.

May 24...Baldwin County 1 PM.
Coastal Alabama CWP Steering Committee Meeting at the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission building. Contact April Griffin at (251) 441-6505 or april-griffin@al.nacdnet.org.

May 27...Gainesville, Florida 11 AM ET.
Estate Planning and Business Solutions for Owners, Clients, and Stakeholders at the Alachua County Cooperative Extension Service Office. Fee: free. RSVP to Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@mail.ifas.ufl.edu.

May 27...Lawrence County 8:30 AM to 2 PM.
Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp. Contact Heath Potter at (256) 974-2464.

May 27...Russell/Barbour Counties 9 AM.
Landowner Tour of Henry Gray Farm, sponsored by the Russell County Forestry Planning Committee. Topics include erosion control, forestry, duck pond, agri-tourism, recreation and pond management. Fee: free; BBQ lunch: $5. RSVP by 5/21 to (334) 298-6845, or contact Charlie Mason at (334) 775-3284 or cmason@aces.edu.

May 27...Marengo County 6:30 PM.
Black Belt Wild Game Cook-Off at Marengo Academy in Linden. Activities include live entertainment, silent auction, and complimentary food. Fee: $50 per person/couple, includes annual Alabama Wildlife Federation membership. Contact Ty Parker at (334) 627-3482 or ty_parker@hotmail.com.

May 27...Savannah, Georgia 7 PM.
Quality Deer Management Association Seminar to form a Savannah-area Branch and instruction on white-tailed deer biology and management. Location: Bass Pro Shops. Fee: free. Contact Jason Hart at (843) 200-0166 or jhart@qdma.com.

May 31-June 4...Lee County.
The Political Economy of Private Property: -- Mises Institute Seminar featuring Hans-Hermann Hoppe at Auburn University. This seminar will discuss how property rights are violated whenever a territorial monopolist on the use of force (i.e., a state) purports to be a more effective provider of goods and services than the market economy. Contact the Mises Institute at (334) 321-2101 or pat@mises.org.

> June 2004

June 1...Statewide.
Primary Elections in Alabama Click here to gather election information.

June 2...Colbert County 8 AM to 3 PM.
Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp. Contact Kathy Gotcher at (256) 383-4323.

June 2-3...Jefferson County.
Simulator for Managed Stands Workshop at the Best Western Rime Garden Inn in Birmingham. Instructors: Barry D. Shiver and Bruce E. Borders. Topics include the use of SiMS software to evaluate growth and yield systems as well as different management regimes. Fee: $345. Contact Brandi Leopold at (706) 543-3202 or fiscourse@hotmail.com.

June 2-3...Washington DC.
Washington Fly-In of the Forest Landowners Association to bring together private landowners to lobby on important forestry issues. Fee: $149; includes briefing materials and meals. Contact Dr. Vern Hayes at (301) 877-6898 or vhayes@forestlandowners.com.

June 2-4...Lee County.
Annual Meeting of the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Society. Location: the Grand Conference Center in Opelika. Topics include water quality and quantity issues, water conservation in agriculture, watershed management, hazardous waste, innovative products and more. Fee: $115 if registered before May 3 - late and various other fees apply. Call Jeff Holloway at (256) 835-0685 or Ben Moore at (334) 335-3613.

June 4-5...Richmond, Virginia.
Expo Richmond at the Richmond International Raceway. Fee: $5. Contact Mike Washko at (804) 737-5625 or info@exporichmond.com.

June 4-6...Shelby County.
Women In the Outdoors - State Event, sponsored by the Alabama National Wild Turkey Federation. Location: the 4-H Center. Activities include fifteen different classes such as decorating with nature, outdoor photography, self defense, archery, basic car care, outdoor survival, and hiking. Fee: $155 - includes lodging and food. Contact Becky McManus at (601) 892-1620 or bmwito@bellsouth.net.

June 5-18...Finland & Estonia.
Forest Study Tour of Finland and Estonia sponsored by the Society of American Foresters. For details contact Dick Reid at (317) 894-0138 or reidconsulting@aol.com  or Karen Neubauer or Lois Wooten at 1-800-447-4484 or karen@fourseasonstrvl.com. Fee: $3,775 single occupancy; $436 discount for double occupancy -- includes air fare. Editor's Note: There is an error on the linked SAF page detailing this event. June 5, not June 15, is the correct date of departure.

June 7-8...Little Rock, Arkansas.
National Forest Health Conference: Partnering for Healthy Forests. Gather information on the Healthy Forests Initiative and take advantage of networking opportunities. Speakers include Sec. of Agriculture, Ann Veneman & Sec. of Interior, Gale Norton. Location: Statehouse Convention Center. Fee: $60 - includes meals. Lodging not included. Contact the Ouachita National Forest at (501) 321-5202 or R8_ouachita_info@fs.fed.us.

June 7-9...Butler County.
Natural Resources Youth Camp, sponsored by the Butler County Forestry Planning Committee at Mussel Creek Lodge. Call the Alabama Forestry Commission at (334) 376-9114.

June 8...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Dinner and Program at Lloyds Restaurant on U.S. 280. Speaker will be nationally known dog trainer, Billy Morton. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bellsouth.net.

June 9-10...Macon, Georgia.
Harvest Planning. This course will address issues associated with planning a timber sale in today’s environment. Instructors: Dr. W. Dale Greene and Dr. C. Rhett Jackson. Location: Georgia Forestry Commission Center. Fee: $395. Contact Anne Becker at (706) 542-6645 or anne.becker@gactr.uga.edu.

June 10...Quicksand, Kentucky 9 AM to 4 PM.
Silviculture and Forest Management (Segment 1 of 4 of the Kentucky Woodland Owners Association Forestry Short Course) at Robinson Forest. This introduction segment includes forest management and silviculture in action, including selection, pine conversion, mid-story removal, clearcuts, hands-on experience using professional forestry tools and more. Fee: $15 - includes lunch. See also July 8, August 12 & September 9. Fee for all four segments: $50. Contact Don Girton at (859) 635-7826 or kwoa@fuse.net.

June 10...Dale County 6:00 PM.
Meeting of the Wiregrass Chapter of the Society of American Foresters. Agenda includes tree planting opportunities under the current Farm Bill, dinner, and a speaker. Location: Mabson Forest in Ozark. Fee: $15; $5 discount for SAF members. Contact Heather Wierzbicki at (334) 448-6332 or ham2@meadwestvaco.com.

June 10...Athens, Georgia.
Georgia Wildlife: Challenges & Opportunities, sponsored by Oconee Chapter Georgia Division Southeastern SAF. Location: Flinchum's Phoenix. Contact Nathan McClure at theforester@alltel.net.

June 13-23...Israel.
Forestry Tour to Israel. Fee: $2,300, covers most everything except round trip to New York. Contact Benjamin Cone at (336) 273-0166 or bencone@cesmithco.com.

June 15...Tuscaloosa County 9 AM to 4 PM.
The Prescribed Burn Plan at the Northport Civic Center. This workshop is designed to review prescribed burn planning, developing a burn objective, the use of fuel model information, fire behavior, and computerized burn modeling. Fee: free. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or kent@rxfire.net.

June 15...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Joint Meeting of Alabama Quail Hunters and Quail Unlimited at Lloyds Restaurant on U.S. 280. Speaker will be nationally known dog trainer, Ferrel Miller. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bellsouth.net.

June 16...Etowah County 9 AM to 4 PM.
The Prescribed Burn Plan at Gadsden State Community College - East Broad Campus. This workshop is designed to review prescribed burn planning, developing a burn objective, the use of fuel model information, fire behavior, and computerized burn modeling. Fee: free. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or kent@rxfire.net.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

JUNE 16, 2004...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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


June 18...Bristol, Florida 3:00 PM.
Invasive Exotic Plants and Their Control at Liberty County Extension Office. To register, call (850) 643-2229.

June 20-23...Chattanooga, Tennessee.
National Conference of the Association of Consulting Foresters at the Chattanoogan Hotel. Fee: $390. Various other fees apply for optional activities. Contact the ACF at 1-888-540-8733 or director@acf-foresters.com.

June 22...Montgomery County 9 AM to 4 PM.
The Prescribed Burn Plan at Troy University Arboretum. This workshop is designed to review prescribed burn planning, developing a burn objective, the use of fuel model information, fire behavior, and computerized burn modeling. Fee: free. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or kent@rxfire.net.

June 23...Clarke County 9 AM to 4 PM.
The Prescribed Burn Plan at Alabama Southern Community College in Thomasville. This workshop is designed to review prescribed burn planning, developing a burn objective, the use of fuel model information, fire behavior, and computerized burn modeling. Fee: free. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or kent@rxfire.net.

June 24...Knoxville, Tennessee 9:30 AM to Noon.
Know Your Boundaries! Property Line Issues for Rural Property Owners. Speaker: Randall Orr, PLS, PE. Location: University of Tennessee Ag Campus. Fee: $49. Contact Alan Brown at (865) 974-0150 or browna@outreach.utk.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

JUNE 24, 2004...Jefferson County  7:00 PM.
Topic:  Stock and Bond Investments Related to Forests
Speaker: Alan Jordan, Broker, Raymond James Financial Services

Location: Vestavia Hills Public Library, on west side of US 31 about 2 miles north of I-65 exit 252. 
Plan to attend Dutch treat dinner with Mr. Jordan prior to the program at 5:30 PM at nearby Ruby Tuesday restaurant. Questions? Contact AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or Send Email.


June 24-26...Grand Rapids, Michigan.
National Convention of the Quality Deer Management Association. Learn the latest whitetail information from biologists, researchers and hunters. You can also check out the latest whitetail management gear and sporting equipment at the Whitetail Expo. Contact Jami Van Sant at 800-209-3337. Click here to register.

June 25...Madison, Mississippi 8 AM to 5 PM.
T Cruise: Forest Inventory Software Course, sponsored by Haglof Inc. and designed for anyone interested in utilizing timber inventory software. Speakers: Mike Phelps and Russell Bozeman. Fee: $100, includes class material, lunch and refreshment breaks. Contact Jennifer Pruess at (601) 856-5119 or jennifer.preuss@haglofinc.com.

June 27-July 2...Orlando, Florida.
First World Congress on Agroforestry: Working Together for Sustainable Land-Use Systems. Contact Dr. P. K. Nair at (352) 846-0880 or pknair@ufl.edu.

June 29...Statewide.
Primary Runoff Elections in Alabama Click here to gather election information.

June 29...Fayetteville, Tennessee 7 PM.
Dinner and Membership Drive of the Elk Valley Forestry Association. Agenda also includes presentations on the benefits of good forestry practices. Contact David Qualls at (931) 433-1582 or dqualls1@utk.edu.

June 29-30...Starkville, Mississippi.
Forest Herbicide Workshop at MSU. Presentations include the latest in site preparation, herbaceous release in pines, woody release in pines, control of exotics, application methodology, safety and toxicology. Fee: $125. Contact Dr. Andy Ezell at (662) 325-1688 or aezell@cfr.msstate.edu.

June 30-July 1...Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Stumpage Markets, Wood Quality, and Southern Pine Management Decisions. Location: Four Points Hotel by ITT Sheraton. This course is valuable to any forester who manages lands where landowner objective is financial returns and managers who need a refresher in what is happening with timber markets. Fee: $345 - includes meals and instructional materials. Contact Brandi Leopold at (706) 543-3202 or fiscourse@hotmail.com.

> July 2004

July 8...Dawson Springs, Kentucky 9 AM to 4 PM.
Timber Harvesting (Segment 2 of 4 of the Kentucky Woodland Owners Association Forestry Short Course) at Pennyrile State Forest. This course provides a unique opportunity to see active logging, southern pine beetle damage, portable sawmill, BMPs, TSI, log grading and lumber grading, and talk with a water biologist. Fee: $15 - includes lunch. See also June 10, August 12 & September 9. Contact Don Girton at (859) 635-7826 or kwoa@fuse.net.

July 9...Gainesville, Florida 3:00 PM ET.
Invasive Exotic Plants and Their Control. Call Chris Demers at 352-846-2375 to register.

July 10-13...Savannah, Georgia.
Georgia Forestry Association Annual Meeting at Westin Savannah Harbor Resort. Fee: $400. Call (706) 845-9085.

July 10-13...Memphis, Tennessee.
National Convention & Trade Show of the Unfinished Furniture Association. Event includes Education Day for industry retailers, speakers, seminars, and round-table discussions. Location: Memphis Cook Convention Center. Fee: $100. Contact UFA at 1-800-487-8321 or ufa@ahint.com.

July 12...Jefferson County 10 AM to 12 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership Meeting at Alabama Power Company Division Office Auditorium, 1313 6th Avenue North, Birmingham. Contact facilitator Kellie Johnston at (205) 251-8139 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

July 12...Mobile County 7 PM.
Estate Planning Meeting, sponsored by the Mobile County Chapter of the ATFA. Location: Jon Archer Center at 1070 Schillinger Road in Mobile. Contact Dwight Steedley at (251) 675-9250 or dandcsteedley@cs.com.

July 12-13...New Orleans, Louisiana.
Long-Term Productivity of Loblolly Pine Plantations (session 1) at the Chateau Sonesta Hotel. Features include leading forest scientists to report on and synthesize information from long-term site productivity studies across the South. Fee: $100. July 14 - Environmental Aspects of Silvicultural Chemicals in Intensive Forestry Systems (session 2) Fee: $75. Fee for both sessions: $150. Contact Tracy Stubbs at (352) 331-1745X221 or tstubbs@ncasi.org.

July 12-14...Ellisville, Mississippi.
Forest Inventory and Mapping Workshop, sponsored by Haglof, Inc. and Jones County Junior College. Get up-to-date information on the latest technology available today for forest inventory and mapping. Location: Jones County Junior College. Fee: $150. Contact Brian Mitchell at (601) 477-4173 or Brian.Mitchell@jcjc.edu.

July 12-16...Lee County.
Teachers Conservation Workshop, sponsored by Alabama Forestry Foundation. $600 sponsors one teacher for the week-long exposure to forestry in Alabama. Call Rick Oates at (334) 265-8733.

July 13...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Dinner and Program at Lloyds Restaurant on U.S. 280. Program involves a roundtable discussion and idea exchange. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bellsouth.net.

July 13...Knoxville, Tennessee 6:30 to 9:30 PM.
Introduction to GPS. Instructor: John Toman. Location: University of Tennessee Ag Campus. Fee: $49. Contact Alan Brown at (865) 974-0150 or browna@outreach.utk.edu.

July 14...Butler County 9 AM to 4 PM.
Smoke Wise at the Greenville Public Library. This workshop is designed to review and enhance prescribed burn manager smoke management and smoke screening techniques. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or kent@rxfire.net.

July 15...Montgomery County 10 AM to 1 PM.
Lower Tallapoosa Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Montgomery Water Works, 22 Bibb Street, Montgomery. RSVP by 7/13 to Ginger Bodiford at (334) 271-1445 X 763 or ginger.bodiford@ch2m.com.

July 15...Mobile County 7 PM.
The Laws Regarding Trespass in Alabama. Speaker: Mobile County Sheriff Jack Tillman. Mobile County Landowners Association Meeting at Jon Archer Center, North Schillinger Road, Mobile. Call Dwight Steedley at (251) 675-9250.

July 16...Fort Myers, Florida 3 PM ET.
Invasive Exotic Plants and Their Control. Call the Lee County Extension Office at (239) 461-7514.

July 16, 17, 18...Jefferson County.
Alabama Hunters’ Exhibition at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Highlights include hunting and fishing trips, trophy competition, door prizes and lectures. Fee: $9.30 + tax. Contact Bob Coker at (334) 616-6005 or bob@outdoorswithbobcoker.com.

July 19-21...Baldwin County.
Forest Inventory and Mapping Workshop, sponsored by Haglof, Inc. and Jones County Junior College. Get up-to-date information on the latest technology available today for forest inventory and mapping. Location: Marriott at Craft Farms. Fee: $150. Contact Brian Mitchell at (601) 477-4173 or Brian.Mitchell@jcjc.edu.

July 20...Chilton County 9 AM to 4 PM.
Smoke Wise at the Alabama Power Company Conference Center in Clanton. This workshop is designed to review and enhance prescribed burn manager smoke management and smoke screening techniques. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or kent@rxfire.net.

July 20...Lee County 11 AM.
The Culture of Inflation, by Jörg Guido Hülsmann - a presentation of the Mises Institute Seminar Series. Location: Massey Library. Contact Kristy at (334) 321-2100 or kristy@mises.org. Editor's note: Maintaining a small level of inflation is the policy of the Federal Reserve Board. Those of us who pay capital gains taxes are, unfortunately, liable for taxes on the inflated values.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

JULY 21, 2004...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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


July 21...Montgomery County 10 AM to 2 PM.
Alabama/Tombigbee CWP Steering Committee Meeting at the Montgomery Water and Sewer Board's office. Contact Ashley Henderson at (334) 270-8236 or AHendersonCWP@charter.net.

July 21-22...Alexandria, Louisiana
Integrating Wildlife and Intensive Forest Management. Instructors: Drs. Bruce E. Borders and Karl V. Miller. Fee: $225. Location: Convention Center. Contact Dr. Charles L. Shilling at (225) 578-4192 or  cshilli@lsu.edu.

July 21-24...Reno, Nevada.
Freedom 21:  A national conference on freedom and property rights. Call (731) 986-0099.

July 25-28...Lafayette, Indiana.
6th Walnut Council Research Symposium: Black Walnut in a New Century. Location: Holiday Inn Select-City Centre. Activities include meetings, educational sessions, lectures and social events. Fee: $165 - includes educational materials, most meals, and bus travel to field sites. Various other fees apply. Contact Liz Jackson at (765) 583-3501 or jackson@purdue.edu.

July 26-30...Lee County.
The Rosetta Stone to the US Code: A New History of Taxation. Instructor: Tax Historian, Charles Adams. Sponsor: Mises Institute. Fee: $125. Contact Pat Barnett at 1-800-636-4737 or pat@mises.org.

July 26, 27, 29...Lauderdale County 6 PM to 10 PM.
Hunter Education Class (3 evenings) at Killen Town Hall. Call (256) 757-5555. Click here for more dates and locations or contact Ray Metzler at 1-800-245-2740 or rmetzler@dcnr.state.al.us.

July 27...Tallapoosa County 10 AM to 1 PM.
Middle Tallapoosa River Basin Clean Water Partnership Stakeholder Meeting. Location: Alexander City - City Hall. Lunch will be served. RSVP by 7/23. Contact Denise Walls at eda@lakemartin.net or (256) 215-3725.

July 27... Bainbridge, Georgia 6 PM ET.
Georgia Forestry Association Landowner Meeting. Agenda includes updates on forestry legislation, Association activities, and threats that confront the private property rights of forest landowners. Fee: $10 per person – includes dinner. Contact Tim Lowrimore at (478) 992-8110 or tim@gfagrow.org.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

JULY 29, 2004...10 AM.
Leasing Cell Tower Space -- Conference Call

Speaker: Andrew Eills, member of the Federal Communications Bar Association
This telephone conference will allow participants to discuss the pros and cons of leasing land for cell towers. For more information, or to get your name on the Cell Tower Conference Call Attendance List, call AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or send email note with your name and phone number. Space limited.


July 29...Washington County 7:30 PM.
Meet the Candidates: Republican Party Meeting will feature U.S. Representative Jo Bonner (Bonner owns 2000+ forested acres in Wilcox County) and 5 local candidates who have won the primary elections for County Commission, School Board and School Superintendent. Location: Jake's Family Restaurant, Chatom. Landowners are encouraged to attend. Contact Ric Lacey at (251) 709-7603 or rlacey@algop.org.

July 29...Gainesville, Georgia.
How the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Deals with Issues Relating to Forest Management, sponsored by the Oconee Chapter Southeastern SAF. Location: Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Office. Contact Nathan McClure at (706) 216-6073 or theforester@alltel.net.

July 29-31...Atlanta, Georgia.
Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference. This educational conference is designed to bring together trail riders and land managers. Fee: $125 - includes all conference materials, Happy Trails Hour, and meals. Contact Joan Grant at (706) 654-3752 or jgrant@fhlbatl.com.

July 30...Montgomery County 6 PM.
Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards of the Alabama Wildlife Federation to recognize outstanding contributions to resource conservation in Alabama. Location: Embassy Suites in Montgomery. Fee: $35. For more information, contact AWF at 1-800-822-9453 or awf@alabamawildlife.org. Click here to obtain a nomination packet.

July 31...Elmore County.
Wild Game Cook-Off State Finals in Lanark. Fee: $50 per couple; $10 discount if pre-registered. Contact Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453 or awf@alabamawildlife.org.

July 31...Blakely, Georgia.
Stream Crossings for Southern Logging - Economics & Environmental Consideration. Location: Albany Technical College - Early County Campus. Contact Dale Dickens at (229) 430-3061 or ddickens@albanyatech.edu.

> August 2004

August 4...Fort Myers, Florida 8:30 AM to 2:15 PM ET.
Invasive Exotic Plants and Their Control at the Lee County (FL) Cooperative Extension Service Office. Sponsor: Florida Division of Forestry - Forest Stewardship Program. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ifas.ufl.edu. To register, call the Extension Office at (239) 461-7500.

August 5-8...Pine Mountain, Georgia.
Beyond the Basics: Whitetail Hunters' Graduate School, sponsored by Woods and Associates, Inc. Gain a lifetime of white-tailed deer hunting and management experience during this intensive course. Program faculty includes Dr. Grant Woods and Bryan Kinkel. Location: the Preserve at Callaway. Fee: $1500 - includes meals, accommodations, textbook and handouts. Contact George Peacon (864) 446-2395 or gtflags@netscape.net.

August 10...Magnolia, Mississippi 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Forest Investment Analysis. Fee: $35. Call Mike Tynes at (601) 783-5321.

August 10...Valdosta, Georgia 6 PM to 9 PM ET.
Win, Lose or Straw - Essentials of Pine Straw Management, sponsored by the Georgia Forestry Association. Location: Ravine Grill at Kinderlou Forest. Fee: $10 - includes registration and dinner. Contact Tim Lowrimore at (478) 992-8110 or tim@gfagrow.org.

August 11-13...Nashville, Tennessee.
Tennessee Forestry Association’s Annual Meeting: The Cumberland Plateau - Finding the Balance at the Airport Marriott Hotel. Topics include national issues, inventory and economic data, and logging issues. Fee: $100; various fees apply for optional activities. Contact Candace Dinwiddie at (615) 883-3832 or cdinwiddie@tnforestry.com.

August 12...Morehead, Kentucky 9 AM to 4 PM.
Forest Crops (Segment 3 of 4 of the Kentucky Woodland Owners Association Forestry Short Course) at Walt Rybka Farm. Hear from leading agroforestry experts on shiitake mushroom production, beekeeping, aquaculture, Christmas tree production and more. Fee: $15 - includes lunch. See also June 10, July 8 & September 9. Contact Don Girton at (859) 635-7826 or kwoa@fuse.net.

August 12...Monroe County 6 PM.
Republican "Meet and Greet", sponsored by the Monroe County Republican Party. Location: Warrior Tractor and Equipment, Monroeville. Speaker: State Treasurer Kay Ivey; appearances by several state legislators and State Republican Party Chairman Marty Connors. Landowners are encouraged to attend. Contact Ric Lacey at (251) 709-7603 or rlacey@algop.org.

August 13-14...Philadelphia, Mississippi.
Convention/Expo of the Mississippi Loggers Association at the Neshoba County Coliseum. Activities include continuing education seminars, fish fry, silent auction, awards banquet, and keynote speaker Paul Ott. Fee: free. Contact Louise Fulmer at (601) 776-5754 or mla@netdoor.com.

August 14...Talladega County 9 AM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Program at Selwood Sporting Clays near Childersburg. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bellsouth.net.

TOUR CANCELLED 6/23/04 August 14-28...Ireland and Scotland.
Study Tour of Family Forests, sponsored by the Forest Landowners' Association. Tour includes a week in Ireland and a week in Scotland visiting forestry operations, particularly family forests. Fee: $4,199. Contact Richard Reid at (317) 894-0138 or reidconsulting@aol.com.

August 15...Alexandria, Louisiana 1:20 PM to 5 PM.
White-tailed Deer Short Course, sponsored by the Quality Deer Management Association and Roy O. Martin Lumber Co. Location: Rapides Coliseum Exhibition Hall. Fee: $15. Contact QDMA at 800-209-3337.

August 17...Jefferson County 6 PM to 9 PM.
Wildlife Management Seminar at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Agenda includes dinner, door prizes, and speakers Dr. Stephen Ditchkoff on wildlife nutrition and Dan Moultrie on the latest changes in hunting regulations. Contact Rod Goode at (205) 823-6400 or rodney.goode@al.usda.gov.

August 17-18...Macon, Georgia.
Forest Roads in the Piedmont and Coastal Plains. Location: Georgia Forestry Commission Center. Topics: plan, design, locate, construct, stabilize, use, maintain, and close forest roads. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

 


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

AUGUST 18, 2004...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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


August 19...Columbus, Georgia 5:45 PM ET.
Past, Present, Future: A Landowner's Role in Georgia's Forest Landscape, sponsored by the Georgia Forestry Association. Agenda includes land management, news and legislative update, urban/rural interface lecture, and Q&A session. Fee: $10 - dinner included. Contact Tim Lowrimore at (478) 992-8110 or tim@gfagrow.org.

August 19...Chilton County 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
Lower Coosa River Basin Sub Committee Meeting at the Alabama Power Watercourse in Clanton. Contact facilitator Annette Spivey at (256) 377-4750 or annette-spivey@al.nacdnet.org.

August 20-22...Montgomery County.
Buckmasters Expo at the Montgomery Civic Center. Features include the latest in hunting equipment, free certified hunter safety courses, and Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World Championship. Fee: $5. Call 1-800-240-3337.

August 23, 24, 26...Russell County 6 PM to 9:30 PM ET.
Hunter Education Class (3 evenings) at the Russell County Extension Office. Call Kelvin Perkins at (334) 298-6845. Click here for more dates and locations or contact Ray Metzler at 1-800-245-2740 or rmetzler@dcnr.state.al.us.

August 24...Statewide.
Mayor and city council elections. Click here for election dates for cities that do not elect all officials in August.

August 24-26...Athens, Georgia.
Forestry for Non-Foresters-Part 1. The course will be especially useful for landowners and those who work with foresters and the forest industry. Instructors: Bill Hubbard and Kris Irwin. Fee: $395 - includes meals and instructional materials. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

August 25...Lee County 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
The Role of Forests in Urbanizing Landscapes: Maintenance of Water Quality. Location: Auburn University Dixon Conference Center, Auburn. Topics include an overview of water quality issues related to urban development, protection of watersheds in developing areas, and opportunities associated with water quality services derived from forests. Speaker: Albert Appleton. Fee: $50. Contact Lisa Ditchkoff (334) 329-8288 or lisa@pepsnow.com.

August 26...Knoxville, Tennessee 6:30 to 9:30 PM.
Cutting With Confidence, Chainsaw 101. Instructor: Alan Brown. Location University of Tennessee Ag Campus. Contact Alan Brown at (865) 974-0150 or browna@outreach.utk.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

AUGUST 26, 2004...Jefferson County  7:00 PM.
Topic:  Site Prep & Stand Maintenance with Goats.
Speaker: Rick Bruin, Walking Stick Acres.

Location: Vestavia Hills Public Library, on west side of US 31 about 2 miles north of I-65 exit 252. 
Plan to attend Dutch treat dinner prior to the program at 5:30 PM at nearby Ruby Tuesday restaurant. Questions? Contact AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or Send Email.


August 27...Madison, Mississippi 8 AM to 5 PM.
T Cruise: Forest Inventory Software Course, sponsored by Haglof Inc. and designed for anyone interested in utilizing timber inventory software. Instructors: Mike Phelps and Russell Bozeman. Fee: $100, includes class material, lunch and refreshment breaks. Contact Jennifer Pruess at (601) 856-5119 or jennifer.preuss@haglofinc.com.

August 27-29...Lauderdale County.
Tennessee Valley Outdoor Expo at the Florence Conference Center. Fee: $5. Call Pete Kelly at (256) 768-0786.

August 28...Russell County 6 PM.
Fundraiser for the Quality Deer Management Association's Chattahoochee Valley Branch. Agenda includes a short course at the Columbus Iron Works Convention Center, co-sponsored by MeadWestvaco, and a banquet at the Alcazar Shrine Auditorium, Opelika Road & 20th Street in Phenix City. Fee: $50. Call Donnie Wood at (334) 448-6331.

August 30-September 24...Statewide.
Conservation Reserve Program Sign-Up. This federal cost-share program pays annual rent for 10 to 15 years plus some planting expenses if you agree to establish long-term, resource conserving covers (including trees) on eligible farmland. For more information, contact your local Farm Service Agency office.

> September 2004

September 2...Middleburg, Florida 8:30 AM to 12 PM EDT.
A Walk in the Woods: Forest Restoration in the Wildland-Urban Interface, sponsored by the Suwannee & St. Johns Chapters Florida Division Southeastern SAF. Location: Jennings State Forest. Topics include the challenges associated with forest restoration in Florida’s wildland-urban interface, the ways in which landowners and managers reach conflicting objectives, and informing neighbors and communities about management activities. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ifas.ufl.edu.

September 7, 14, 21, 28...Monticello, Mississippi 7 PM to 9 PM.
Forest/Wildlife Management Short Course at Lawrence County Extension office. Fee: $35. Call Jon Kilgore at (601) 267-8036.

September 8-9...Sandestin, Florida.
Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting. Location: Villages of Baytowne Wharf. Topics include BMPs, Cogongrass control, the debut of forestry's economic impact study results, and new market information for small diameter pines. Fee: $295; various other fees apply. Contact FFA at (850) 222-5646 or info@forestfla.org.

September 8-10...Baldwin County.
Alabama Water Resources Conference. Location: Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach. Topics include agricultural water issues, watershed assessment, water quality and TMDLs,  and more. Fee: $250; $50 discount if paid by 8/31.Call (334) 844-4132.

September 8-10...Athens, Georgia.
Integration of GPS, Image Processing, and GIS For Resource Management. This course introduces a wide range of digital data and personal computer software and hardware, as well as to the general principles of GPS, image processing, and GIS. Fee: $695. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

September 9...Upton, Kentucky 9 AM to 4 PM.
Wildlife Field Day (Segment 4 of 4 of the Kentucky Woodland Owners Association Forestry Short Course) at Seymour Farm. Learn aspects of warm season grasses, wildlife food plots, general forest management that benefits wildlife, cold water aquatic habitat and how to protect endangered species without sacrificing management of your land. Fee: $15 - includes lunch. See also June 10, July 8 & August 12. Contact Don Girton at (859) 635-7826 or kwoa@fuse.net.

September 9...Butler County 11 AM.
National Agribusiness Open Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Alabama Agribusiness Council. Location: Cambrian Ridge RTJ Course in Greenville. Event includes networking opportunities, silent auction, and lunch. Fee: $200 for individual golfer, $25 for non-golfer. Contact Alicia Phillips at (205) 540-6548 or (334) 281-5513 or agribusiness@mindspring.com.

September 9...Nationwide 1 PM to 2:30 PM.
Creating a Family Business Board of Directors Audio Conference (Session 1 of 2), presented by the Family Business Advisor. This interactive telephone conference will feature panelists and experts who will explain why one needs a board of directors, the role of the board within the organization, how much a board will cost, and  more. Fee: $159; for both sessions: $289 (see September 22). Contact the FBA at 1-800-551-0633 or info@efamilybusiness.com. Click here to register online.

September 9...Jefferson County 6 PM to 8 PM.
Controlling Wildlife Damage to Your Property. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Dr. Jim Armstrong will discuss how to manage wildlife problems including nuisances and destruction. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own related questions. Fee: $15. Contact Dr. Armstrong at (334) 844-9233 or armstjb@auburn.edu.

September 9...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at the Birmingham Children's Zoo. Fee: $50 per couple; $10 discount if pre-registered. Contact Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453 or awf@alabamawildlife.org.

September 9...St. Clair County 6 PM.
Landowner Dinner Meeting. Location: Witt Farm on Highway 411, mile marker 188. Dinner provided, but please reserve your plate by 9/5 to Jim Witt at (205)823-4974 or browitt@mindspring.com.

September 10-12...Sandusky, Ohio.
National Property Rights Conference. Location: Sandusky High School. Agenda includes speakers and sessions on conservation easements, eminent domain, grassroots organizing, internet activism, legal options, and more. Fee: $65; pre-registration required. Contact Cheryl Lyons at (419) 357-4407 or info@prconf.com.

September 12-14...Baldwin County.
Alabama Forestry Association Annual Meeting. Location: Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach. Topics include biomass, invasive plants, and speeches by Attorney General Troy King, Judge Mike Bolin, Judge Patti Smith, and Dr. Dick Brinker. Fee: $305. Contact AFA at (334) 265-8733 or info@alaforestry.org.

September 14...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Dinner and Program at Lloyds Restaurant on U.S. 280. Speaker: Gary Moody, Alabama Conservation Department. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bellsouth.net.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

SEPTEMBER 15, 2004...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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


September 16-17...Athens, Georgia.
Air Photo Interpretation: Introduction and Refresher. Instructor: Pete Bettinger. This course will provide natural resource management professionals with a refresher course on the use of air photos in forest and land management and also an introduction to those with no experience in air photo interpretation. Fee: $395 - includes lunch, refreshment breaks, and instructional materials. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or Ben.Jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

September 17-18...Dublin, Georgia.
American Paulownia Association Conference: Paulownia - The Tree to Look For. Location: Best Western Executive. Agenda includes lectures and field trips. Fee: $55 - includes breaks, lunch, and conference materials. RSVP by 9/1. Contact Dan Blickenstaff at (301) 790-3075 or palownia@erols.com.

September 18...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Banquet of the Central Alabama Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association. Location: Bessemer Civic Center. Activities include social hour, dinner, and fundraising auctions and raffles. Fee: $55 single, $65 for married couples - includes QDMA membership. Call Phillip Hester at (256) 318-2971.

September 21...Forest, Mississippi 7 PM to 9 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals Short Course at the Scott County Vo-Tech Center. Instructor: Dr. Debbie Gaddis. Contact the MSU Extension Service Office at (601) 469-4241 or melk@ext.msstate.edu.

September 21...Morgan/Limestone County.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Hard Dock Cafe in Decatur. Fee: $40 per couple; $5 discount if pre-registered. Contact Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453 or awf@alabamawildlife.org.

September 22...Nationwide 1 PM to 2:30 PM.
Managing a Family Business Board of Directors Audio Conference (Session 2 of 2), presented by the Family Business Advisor. This interactive telephone conference will feature panelists and experts who will explain how to have effective board meetings, how to build relations between the board, preparing your agenda, and more. Fee: $159; for both sessions: $289 (see September 9) Contact the FBA at 1-800-551-0633 or info@efamilybusiness.com. Click here to register online.

September 23...Lake City, Florida 8:30 AM to 5 PM.
Woodland Security. Location: Quality Inn and Conference Center. Instructor: Tom Kazee and Aaron Guilland. Fee: $225. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or Ben.Jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

September 23...Statewide 4 PM to 7 PM.
Professional Logging Manager Video Conference. Topics: machine traction, southern log transportation, and gains from operator training and goal setting. Instructors: Tim McDonald and Mathew Smidt. Contact Mathew Smidt at (334) 844-1038 or smidtmf@auburn.edu. Click here for program sign-in sheet.

September 23...Autauga County 6:30 PM.
Estate Planning for Farmers and Landowners, sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Tax attorney Pete Bridges will cover advanced strategies for developing an estate plan and why one needs a will. Location: William Howard Smith Agricultural Center in Autaugaville. Fee: free; dinner provided. Call the Extension Office at (334) 361-7273.

September 23...Albany, Georgia.
Prescribed Fire, sponsored by the Southwest Georgia Prescribed Fire Council. Location: Potter Community Center. Contact David Moorhead at (229) 386-3298 or moorhead@uga.edu.

September 23-26...Fort Collins, Colorado.
National Tree Farmer Convention. Agenda includes presentation on sustaining family-owned forests, roundtable discussions, watershed management, forest health, wildlife, property rights, and more. Fee: $200; various fees apply for optional activities. Contact Wes at (970) 482-6912 or wes@treefarmer.com. Click here to download Convention registration form.

September 25...Madison County 8 AM.
Talking Boer Goat Show, sponsored by the U.S. Boer Goat Association. Location: intersection of Mt. Zion Road & Jeff Road off HWY 72. Learn how goats are judged, evaluated and placed. Other topics include marketing, health care, and speaker interaction with audience. Fee: $40 for the 1st family member, $25 for the 2nd and $5 for each additional member - lunch provided. Bring a lawn chair. Contact Rick Bruin at (256) 249-2554 or walkingstickllc@isoc.net, or Annette Maze at 877-640-4242 or office@usbga.org.

POSTPONED  September 25...Shelby County 9 AM to 5 PM.
Outdoor Alabama Expo at Oak Mountain State Park. Activities include shooting sports, archery, rock climbing, and wildlife viewing. Equipment provided. Fee: free. Contact Jason Dockery at (256) 737-7216 or jdockery@dcnr.state.al.us.

September 25...Colbert County 1 PM to 3 PM.
American Chestnut Tour, featuring the experimental work of Dr. Jim Maddox. Sponsor: Alabama Provisional Chapter of American Chestnut Foundation. Location: the Tennessee Valley Authority Research Farm in Muscle Shoals. Fee: free. Contact Dr. Maddox at (256) 386-3096, or Les Tate at (256) 764-5608 or lrtate@comcast.net, or Kathy Wallace at (205) 489-3712 x 133 or kwallace@fs.fed.us.

September 27, 28, 30...Chilton County 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM.
Hunter Education Class (3 evenings) at Alabama Power Building, Clanton. Call (334) 514-8130 or 832-3676. Click here for more dates and locations or contact Ray Metzler at 1-800-245-2740 or rmetzler@dcnr.state.al.us.

September 28...Russell County 8 AM.
Wildlife Trends Field Day at Sehoy Plantation, Hurtsboro. Topics: quail & pond management, herbicide use and predator control. Fee: $25. Contact Andy Whitaker at 1-800-441-6826 or whitaker553@charter.net.

September 28...Jefferson County 6 PM.
General Estate Planning Seminar at the Homewood Public Library. Fee: free. Contact David C. Skinner at (205) 871-9566.

September 28...Jefferson County 6 PM to 8 PM.
Estate Planning. Location: Trussville Community Education Building. Instructor: Attorney Margie Searcy Alford. Topics include how to avoid some probate and how to legally avoid some estate taxes, wills, powers of attorney, living wills, guardianships, conservatorships, and how to probate an estate. Fee: $10. Pre-registration required. Contact Kay Sharp at (205) 655-8182 or ksharp@jefcoed.com.

September 28...Rock Spring, Georgia 6 PM.
Prescribed Burning and its Effect on Wildlife, sponsored by the Georgia Forestry Association. Location: Walker County (Georgia) Ag Center. Fee: $15 - dinner included. Contact Tim Lowrimore at (478) 992-8110 or tim@gfagrow.org.

September 28...Forest, Mississippi 7 PM to 9 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals Short Course at the Scott County Vo-Tech Center. Instructor: Dr. Debbie Gaddis. Contact the MSU Extension Service Office at (601) 469-4241 or melk@ext.msstate.edu.

September 28...Madison County.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Jaycees Building, Huntsville. Fee: $50 per couple; $10 discount if pre-registered. Contact Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453 or awf@alabamawildlife.org.

September 28-29...Athens, Georgia.
Wildlife Management. Learn principles and applications of wildlife-habitat management techniques for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and bobwhite quail. Instructors: Karl V. Miller and John Carroll. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.Jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

September 30...Albany, Georgia 8 AM.
Wildlife Trends Field Day at Cypress Pond Plantation. Topics: quail & pond management, herbicide use and predator control. Fee: $25. Contact Andy Whitaker at 1-800-441-6826 or whitaker553@charter.net.

> October 2004

October 1-3...Shelby County.
Becoming An Outdoors-Woman Workshop at the Alabama 4-H Center on Lay Lake. Activities include hands-on instruction and over 50 courses such as backyard wildlife, rock climbing, camp cooking, map and compass, ATV handling, bird watching and more. Fee: $175 - includes meals, lodging, program materials and instruction. Contact Sylvia Payne at 800-262-3151 or spayne@dcnr.state.al.us. Click here to register online. Click here to download a brochure.

October 2...Washington County 8 AM to 10 AM.
Breakfast, Biscuits, and Forest Tour, sponsored by the ATFA. Location: Mike and Donna Rabren's property in Deer Park. Call Mike at (251) 847-2166 or Jerry at (251) 777-8666.

October 2-6...Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 
National Convention of the Society of American Foresters. Call Madelaine Morgan at (301) 897-8720 ext. 111.

October 4-7...Starkville, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course at Mississippi State University. Topics include state laws regarding liability, benefits and risks, planning and executing a prescribed burn, forest fuels and classifications, and more. Fee: $425; $30 discount if paid by 9/24. Pre-requisite course required. Contact Andy Donahou at (662) 325-0705 or jad8@ce.msstate.edu. Click here to register online.

October 6-7...Athens, Georgia.
Thinning Decisions: Timing, Frequency and Intensity. Course topics include understanding growth and development of both thinned and unthinned pine stands, current and expected future stumpage markets, risk impacts, the value of marked thinnings versus operator-selected thinnings, and using SiMS for management regimes. Instructors: Bruce Borders and Barry Shiver. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.Jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

October 7...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Fundraising Banquet of the Central Alabama Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association. Location: Bessemer Civic Center. Fee: $55 for singles, $65 for couples. Contact Steve Epperson at (205) 669-5125 or alqdma@att.net.

October 7...Homerville, Georgia.
Site Preparation, Herbicide and Seedling Test Plot Comparisons, sponsored by Flatwoods Chapter Georgia Division Southeastern SAF. Location: Jimbo's Restaurant. Contact Jim Hickman at (229) 333-2501 or jhickman@langdaleforest.com.

October 7-8...Blacksburg, Virginia.
Drying Lumber with a Solar Dry Kiln. Topics: introduction to the principles of drying process and information on the design and operation of the solar kiln. Emphasis will be placed on the new solar kiln designed at Virginia Tech. Instructors: Brian Bond and Fred Lamb. Fee: $95. Contact Brian Bond at (540) 231-8752 or bbond@vt.edu. Click here to register online.

October 8...Glendale, Florida 1:30 PM.
Forest Property Tour of John and Bill Wilkerson at the Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve. Activities include viewing of dairy, peanut and chufa production and sawmill display. Fee: free; dinner provided. Pre-registration required. Contact Chris Demers at 352-846-2375 or cdemers@ifas.ufl.edu.

October 9...Pike County 8 AM to 3:30 PM.
Outdoor Ladies Event, sponsored by the ATFA. Fee: $20 - includes lunch, t-shirt, walking stick & make and take project. Contact Shannon Andress at (334) 265-0233 or sandress@acesag.auburn.edu.

October 9...Crenshaw County.
Tour of Barnett & Edna King's Fern Valley Farm, sponsored by the Geneva County Chapter of the ATFA. Call Don Dean at (334) 794-4993.

October 9-18...Peru.
Amazon Explorer Tour. Activities include exposure to the rainforest, Amazon River, bird walk, and village field trip. Fee: $1,823 - airfare NOT included. For more information on this tour or to learn about a wide variety of other tours, contact International Expeditions at 1-800-633-4734 or nature@ietravel.com.

October 11-12...Jackson, Mississippi.
Migrating from ArcView 3.x to ArcView 8, sponsored by GeoTech, Inc. Fee: $100. Contact James R. Readel at (601) 992-4965 or jreadel@geo1stop.com.

October 12...Jefferson County 10 AM to 12 PM.
Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership - Steering Committee Meeting. Topics include development of projects and evaluation survey for the Black Warrior CWP. Location: Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham, 1731 1st Avenue North (the old Young and Vann Building, between the Birmingham Police Headquarters and the bus transportation hub). Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 251-8139 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

October 12...Monroe County 10 AM.
HURRICANE IVAN: Wet Storage Yards Seminar at the Water Tower Conference Center, East Claiborne Street, Monroeville. Speaker: David Castle with Canal Wood. This seminar is for those interested in building or expanding wet storage yard facilities. Contact Juanita Cope at (334) 265-8733 or jcope@alaforestry.org.

October 12...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Dinner and Program at Lloyds Restaurant on U.S. 280. N. H. Holt will discuss Oklahoma Public Lands Quail Hunting. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bellsouth.net.

October 12-15...Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Longleaf Alliance Regional Conference - Longleaf Pine: Making Dollar$ and Sense. Location: Lake Terrace Convention Center. Agenda includes general & field sessions and socials to discuss needs and opportunities in longleaf pine management for the private and public sectors. Fee: $260. Contact Mary Ann Iverson at (601) 266-4186 or mary.iverson@usm.edu.

October 14...Statesboro, Georgia 9:15 AM to 2:30 PM ET.
Statesboro Landowner Meeting, sponsored by the Georgia Forestry Association. Location: The Center for Agriculture at Ogeechee Tech. Topics include Private Lands Initiative, federal legislative update, timberland taxation, and forestland economics. Fee: $10. Contact Tim Lowrimore at (478) 992-8110 or tim@gfagrow.org.

October 14...Chambers County 5 PM to 7:30 PM.
The Effect of NAFTA and Canadian Trade Agreements to the Future of Woodland Owners and the Wood Industry, sponsored by the Chambers County Forestry Planning Committee. Location: Farmers Federation Building in LaFayette. Speakers: Eugene Parker, Head of Forestry Division, MeadWestvaco and Congressman Mike Rogers. BBQ: $3. Contact W. R. Frazer at (334) 864-9955 or wrfrazer@yahoo.com.

October 14...Baldwin County 7 P.M.
HURRICANE IVAN: Alabama Forest Recovery Task Force Informational Meeting. Location: Bay Minette Civic Center. Topics: Up-to-date information on evaluating and managing storm-damaged forest areas, timber salvage options, reforestation, wildfire risks from the storm and casualty loss deductions on federal income taxes, in addition to answers to questions on salvaging forest landowners' timber, replanting lost trees and protecting the forestland from more damage. Fee: free. Contact Benjamin Burke, Jr. at (251) 964-6391 or baldwin@forestry.state.al.us, or call 1-888-645-7237.

October 18...Monroe County 6:30 P.M.
HURRICANE IVAN: Alabama Forest Recovery Task Force Informational Meeting. Location: Alabama Southern Auditorium. Topics: Up-to-date information on evaluating and managing storm-damaged forest areas, timber salvage options, reforestation, wildfire risks from the storm and casualty loss deductions on federal income taxes, in addition to answers to questions on salvaging forest landowners' timber, replanting lost trees and protecting the forestland from more damage. Fee: free. Contact Steve Lloyd at (251) 743-2350 or monroe@forestry.state.al.us, or call 1-888-645-7237.

October 18-19...Jackson, Mississippi.
Introduction to ArcGIS 1 v8.3, sponsored by GeoTech. Fee: $100. Contact James R. Readel at (601) 992-4965 or jreadel@geo1stop.com.

October 18-19...Milledgeville, Georgia.
Management and Regeneration of Hardwood Stands. This course will cover the theory and techniques of evaluating, managing, and regenerating existing hardwood stands. Instructors: David Moorhead, Andrew Ezell, Kurt Zweizig,
and John Hodges. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.Jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

October 19...Escambia County 6 PM
HURRICANE IVAN: Alabama Forest Recovery Task Force Informational Meeting. Location: Brewton Community Center. Topics: Up-to-date information on evaluating and managing storm-damaged forest areas, timber salvage options, reforestation, wildfire risks from the storm and casualty loss deductions on federal income taxes, in addition to answers to questions on salvaging forest landowners' timber, replanting lost trees and protecting the forestland from more damage. Fee: free. Contact James Cannon at (251) 867-7798 or escambia@forestry.state.al.us, or call 1-888-645-7237.

October 19-20...Columbus, Georgia.
Conservation Easements. This course gives an overview of what conservation easements are and how they can be used to meet a landowner’s management and conservation goals. Instructor: Harry Haney. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

OCTOBER 20, 2004...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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


October 20...Montgomery County 10 AM to 2 PM.
Alabama/Tombigbee CWP Steering Committee Meeting  at the Alabama Forestry Association building. Contact Ashley Henderson at (334) 270-8236 or ahendersoncwp@charter.net.

October 20-21...Jackson, Mississippi.
Introduction to ArcGIS I v9.0, sponsored by GeoTech, Inc. Fee: $100. Contact James R. Readel at (601) 992-4965 or jreadel@geo1stop.com.

October 20-22...Atlanta, Georgia.
Timberland Investment Conference at the Château Élan Resort. Agenda includes panel discussions on timberland ownership trends, methods of investing in timberland, tax policy for timberland, interaction with leading practitioners and researchers, and more. Fee: $650. Call Carol Hyldahl at (706) 542-5079.

October 21...Washington County 9:30 AM.
Stop Cogongrass Field Day at Riley Boykin Smith’s Place, Palamar Land Company, south of McIntosh. Lunch provided. Contact James Miller at (334) 826-8700 or jmiller01@fs.fed.us, or Keith Tassin at (205) 251-1155 or ktassin@tnc.org.

October 21...Lee County 10 AM to 1 PM.
Lower Tallapoosa Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Auburn Development Service Building. Contact Ginger Bodiford at (334) 271-1445 X 763 or Ginger.Bodiford@ch2m.com.

October 21...Conecuh County 6 PM
HURRICANE IVAN: Alabama Forest Recovery Task Force Informational Meeting. Location: Reid State Community College. Topics: Up-to-date information on evaluating and managing storm-damaged forest areas, timber salvage options, reforestation, wildfire risks from the storm and casualty loss deductions on federal income taxes, in addition to answers to questions on salvaging forest landowners' timber, replanting lost trees and protecting the forestland from more damage. Fee: free. Contact Leon Howell at (251) 578-3226 or conecuh@forestry.state.al.us, or call 1-888-645-7237.

October 21...Mobile County 7 PM.
Mobile County Landowners Association Meeting at Jon Archer Center, North Schillinger Road, Mobile. Call Dwight Steedley at (251) 675-9250.

October 22...Nationwide.
Voter Registration Deadline. Note: In Alabama, registration closes 10 days before an election. If you have not registered to vote, you can print your registration form, but to assure your form arrives on time, it is recommend that you hand deliver it to your local Board of Registrars. For more information, call the Alabama Secretary of State at 1-800-274-8683.

October 25...Athens, Georgia 8 AM.
Excel Tools and Functions for Forestry Professionals. This course provides an introduction to advanced Excel applications and tools followed by hands-on, forestry-related exercises. Instructors: Brooks Mendell and Mike Clutter. Fee: $225. Call Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194.

October 25...Baldwin County 1 PM.
Coastal Alabama CWP Steering Committee Meeting at the SARPC office, 651 Church Street, Mobile. Contact April Griffin at (251) 441-6505 or april-griffin@al.nacdnet.org.

October 25...Wilcox County 6:30 PM
HURRICANE IVAN: Alabama Forest Recovery Task Force Informational Meeting. Location: Auburn University Substation. Topics: Up-to-date information on evaluating and managing storm-damaged forest areas, timber salvage options, reforestation, wildfire risks from the storm and casualty loss deductions on federal income taxes, in addition to answers to questions on salvaging forest landowners' timber, replanting lost trees and protecting the forestland from more damage. Fee: free. Contact Paul Wingard at (334) 682-4421 or wilcox@forestry.state.al.us, or call 1-888-645-7237.

October 25-26...Tuscaloosa County.
Biomass Utilization: The South's Industry of the Future, sponsored by the Southern Alliance for the Utilization of Biomass Resources. Location: Four Points Hotel Capstone and the Paul W. Bryant Conference Center. Agenda includes presentations by leading experts, researchers and entrepreneurs regarding bio resources, technology and commercialization in addition to discussions on current and future trends in the biomass industry. Fee: $150. Contact Sheri Powell at (205) 348-4878 or spowell@coe.eng.ua.edu. Click here to register online.

October 25, 26, 28...Fayette County 6 PM to 10 PM.
Hunter Education Class (3 evenings) at Fayette Middle School Ag Building. Call Mike Chism at (205) 932-7660. Click here for more dates and locations or contact Ray Metzler at 1-800-245-2740 or rmetzler@dcnr.state.al.us

October 26...Knoxville, Tennessee 8 AM to 4 PM.
Timber Tax Workshop, sponsored by the Tennessee Forestry Association and hosted by Larry Tankersley. Location: Holiday Inn, Cedar Bluff. Fee: $100. Contact the TFA at (615) 883-3832 or info@tnforestry.com.

October 26...Jefferson County 6 PM.
General Estate Planning Seminar at the Homewood Public Library. Fee: free. Contact David C. Skinner at (205) 871-9566.

October 26...Clarke County 6:30 PM
HURRICANE IVAN: Alabama Forest Recovery Task Force Informational Meeting. Location: Clarke County High School Auditorium. Topics: Up-to-date information on evaluating and managing storm-damaged forest areas, timber salvage options, reforestation, wildfire risks from the storm and casualty loss deductions on federal income taxes, in addition to answers to questions on salvaging forest landowners' timber, replanting lost trees and protecting the forestland from more damage. Fee: free. Contact Benjamin Elmore at (251) 275-3283 or clarke@forestry.state.al.us, or call 1-888-645-7237.

October 26...Jefferson County.
Special runoff election for District 47, Alabama House of Representatives.

October 27...Nashville, Tennessee 8 AM to 4 PM.
Timber Tax Workshop, sponsored by the Tennessee Forestry Association and hosted by Larry Tankersley. Location: Ellington Agricultural Center - Ed Jones Auditorium. Fee: $100. Contact the TFA at (615) 883-3832 or info@tnforestry.com.

October 27...Tallapoosa County 10 AM to 1 PM.
Middle Tallapoosa River Basin CWP Stakeholder Committee Meeting. Location: Alexander City - City Hall; lunch included. Contact Denise Walls at (256) 215-3725 or eda@lakemartin.net  to RSVP.

October 27...Butler County 7 PM.
HURRICANE IVAN: Alabama Forest Recovery Task Force Informational Meeting. Location: YMCA, Beland Park, in Greenville. Topics: Up-to-date information on evaluating and managing storm-damaged forest areas, timber salvage options, reforestation, wildfire risks from the storm and casualty loss deductions on federal income taxes, in addition to answers to questions on salvaging forest landowners' timber, replanting lost trees and protecting the forestland from more damage. Fee: free. Contact Paul Hudgins at (334) 376-9114 or butler@forestry.state.al.us, or call 1-888-645-7237.

October 28...Jackson, Tennessee 8 AM to 4 PM.
Timber Tax Workshop, sponsored by the Tennessee Forestry Association and hosted by Larry Tankersley. Location: West Tennessee Agricultural Extension Office. Fee: $100. Contact the TFA at (615) 883-3832 or info@tnforestry.com.

October 28...Columbia, South Carolina.
Property Rights and Land Use Seminar, sponsored by the South Carolina Landowners Association. Location: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Topics include private land conservation options, private property rights, legislative update on real property law, and the pitfalls of smart growth. Fee: $80. Contact Ginger Booker (803) 252-0699 or info@saveourlandrights.com.

October 28-29...Tuscaloosa County.
Economic Future of Our Forest Resources, sponsored by the Alabama Forestry Planning Committee. Activities include field day at the Terry Bunn/Kenny Lee property in Fosters and educational sessions at the Bryant Conference Center. Fee: $85. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 265-8733 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

October 29-31...Asheville, North Carolina.
American Chestnut Foundation Annual Meeting: A Chestnut Celebration in the Southern Appalachians. Location: Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort. Events include technical presentations, workshops, and tours. Fee: $220 - includes one-year membership, but NOT accommodations. Various other fees apply. Contact Elizabeth Daniels at (802) 447-0110 or beth@acf.org. Click here to print registration form.

November 2...Nationwide.
Election Day

CANCELLED 10/28/04 November 3-4...Athens, Georgia.
Integration of Timber and Wildlife Management. This workshop will focus on how to get the most returns from intensive management and still have abundant, healthy wildlife populations. Instructors: Barry Shiver, Bruce Borders, and Karl Miller. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

November 4...Fayetteville, Tennessee 9:30 AM.
Elk Valley Forestry Association Field Day at the Howell Community Center near Fayetteville. Topics: tour of Steve and Molly Elrod Farm and forestry crop information and discussions on walnut pruning, crop tree release, selective thinning, harvesting and other forestry related activities and wildlife measures. Fee: free; Dutch treat luncheon. RSVP by 11/2 to the Lincoln County Extension office at (931) 433-1582 or smcgee2@utk.edu.

November 4...Dallas County 5:30 PM.
Wild Game Cook Off, sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation. Location: Lions Club Park (Old National Guard Armory) in Selma. Fee: $50; $10 discount if paid by 11/3 - includes annual membership in AWF. Contact the AWF at 1-800-822-9453 or awf@alabamawildlife.org.

November 6...Perkinston, Mississippi 9 AM to 3:30 PM.
Timber Tax Fundamentals, sponsored by the MSU Extension Service and Stone County Forestry Association. Location: MS Gulf Coast Community College Cafeteria. Speaker: Dr. Debbie Gaddis. Fee: $35. Contact Dr. Judy Breland at (601) 928-5286 or stone@ext.msstate.edu.

November 7-9..Jacksonville, Florida.
Southeastern Society of American Foresters' Annual Meeting: Managing Forests for Wildlife. Event includes educational sessions, wildlife management field trips, trade show and more. Fee: $225. Various fees apply for optional activities. Contact Charles Hall (706) 845-9085 or chall@asginfo.net.

November 9...Jefferson County 6 PM.
General Estate Planning Seminar at the Homewood Public Library. Fee: free. Contact David C. Skinner at (205) 871-9566.

November 9...Mobile County 7 PM.
Camp House Cooking, sponsored by the ATFA. Location: Jon Archer Center, North Schillinger Road, Mobile. Please RSVP by 11/3 to Kay Tate at (251) 574-8445.

November 9-10...Tallulah, Louisiana.
Afforestation of Bottomland Hardwoods with Emphasis on the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Plain. Location: Tensas National Wildlife Refuge. Agenda: lectures and field trips on site evaluation, planting, and seedling quality. Speakers: Brian Lockhart and Emile Gardiner. Fee: $125. Contact Dr. Leory Shilling at (225) 578-4192 or cshilli@lsu.edu.

November 9-12...Covington County.
Alabama Certified Burn Manager Course at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center. Instructors: Kent Hanby, Dale Pancake and John Stivers. Fee: $390 - includes room & board. Students must complete a review of the Fire Science & Fire Behavior section of the Fire Web prior to attending the course and will be required to pass a pre-test based on this material at the beginning of the course. Bring a laptop computer. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or kent@rxfire.net.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

NOVEMBER 12, 2004...Teleconference  10 AM.
Renting Farmland: Setting Fees & Limits

Speakers: Dr. J. Walter Prevatt & Hayes D. Brown
This telephone conference will allow participants to discuss rental rates and legal aspects. For more information, or to register for the conference, call AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or send email note with your name and phone number. Space limited to 30 participants.


November 13...Hattiesburg, Mississippi 9 AM to 2:30 PM.
Forestry for Baby Boomers, sponsored by the MSU Extension Service and the Forrest/Lamar County Forestry Association. Location: Forrest County Extension Office - Lynn Cartlidge Multi-Purpose Center. Topics: presentations by wildlife biologist, attorney, foresters, and a field trip. Fee: $20. Contact Lee Taylor at (601) 545-6083 or forrest@ext.msstate.edu.

November 15...Nationwide.
Deadline for Comments Regarding U.S. Forest Service Roadless Rule. While not much of problem in Alabama, the 58 million acres of roadless areas in the U.S. do pose problems for some private landowners who find access to their land hampered. This proposed rule would replace the existing rule with a petitioning process that would provide Governors an opportunity to gain more State control of how federal public forests are managed. Public comments received will be considered in the development of the final rule. Send comments to statepetitionroadless@fs.fed.us or visit http://www.regulations.gov/

November 15, 16, 17...Shelby County 6 PM to 10 PM.
Hunter Education Class (3 evenings) at Oak Mountain State Park. Call (205) 339-5716. Click here for more dates and locations or contact Ray Metzler at 1-800-245-2740 or rmetzler@dcnr.state.al.us.

November 15...Jefferson County 4 PM.
A Reading from Larry Earley, author of Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest. Location: The Alabama Booksmith. Topics covered in the book/reading include the first environmental history of the longleaf pine ecosystem, a discussion of the forest's rich biodiversity, the naval stores and lumber industries based on it, its eventual destruction, and current restoration efforts. Contact the bookstore at (205) 870-4242 or booksmith@mindspring.com.

November 15-16...Jackson, Mississippi.
Introduction to ArcGIS 1 v8.3, sponsored by GeoTech. Fee: $100. Contact James R. Readel at (601) 992-4965 or jreadel@geo1stop.com.

November 16...Baldwin County 7 PM.
A Reading from Larry Earley, author of Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest. Location: Over the Transom Bookstore. Topics covered in the book/reading include the first environmental history of the longleaf pine ecosystem, a discussion of the forest's rich biodiversity, the naval stores and lumber industries based on it, its eventual destruction, and current restoration efforts. Contact the bookstore at (251) 990-7980 or letters@overthetransom.com.

November 16-17...Tifton, Georgia.
Blending Wildlife Considerations in Forest Stewardship Program Plans. Topics: wildlife management, prescribed burning, controlling invasive plants, herbicides, and more. Fee: $225; $30 discount if paid by 11/08. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.Jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

November 16-17...Quincy, Florida.
Tri-State Longleaf Pine Groundcover Restoration Symposium at the North Florida Research and Education Center. Agenda includes exchange of information on the economic aspects of native groundcover and restoration in the longleaf pine ecosystem. Fee: $95. Contact Alan Long at (352) 846-0891 or ajl2@ufl.edu. Click here to register.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

NOVEMBER 17, 2004...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. For more details, visit the conference web page by clicking here. Click here for links to past conferences. 


November 17-18...Jackson, Mississippi.
Introduction to ArcGIS I v9.0, sponsored by GeoTech, Inc. Fee: $100. Contact James R. Readel at (601) 992-4965 or jreadel@geo1stop.com.

November 18...Lee County 5:30 PM.
Spanning the Hemisphere, sponsored by the SAF - War Eagle Chapter. Location: Forestpro Training Center. Topics: chapter business and presentations on Bolivian forest products industry by Honorio Carino; Auburn Student SAF chapter's perspectives on Edmonton, and dinner. Fee: $10. RSVP to Lane Messer at (334) 844-1001 or messejl@auburn.edu.

November 18...Jefferson County 6 PM to 7:30 PM.
Upper Cahaba Watershed Public Meeting at the McWane Center in Birmingham. Topics: information on the Greenprint plan, which provides a framework for land conservation decisions, a growth idea for land use, land conservation, and a Q&A session. Contact Jennifer Fairley at (205) 251-8139 or comments@cahabastudy.com.

November 19...Quincy, Florida 1:30 PM ET.
Forest Stewardship Tour at the property of Bill McMillan in Gadsden County, north of Quincy. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ifas.ufl.edu.

November 22-23...Jackson, Mississippi.
Migrating from ArcView 3.x to ArcView 8, sponsored by GeoTech, Inc. Fee: $100. Contact James R. Readel at (601) 992-4965 or jreadel@geo1stop.com.

November 30-December 1...Tifton, Georgia.
Forest Herbicides: Back to Basics. Topics: how to handle herbicides safely, selecting control options for invasive forest plants, integrating herbicides into site preparation, herbaceous weed control, enhancing wildlife habitat, release efforts, and benefits of the latest research. Fee: $395. Ben.Jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

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December 4-5...Dallas County.
Women's Whitetail Deer Hunt sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation's Outdoor Women's Network. Hunt is open only to women who have never harvested a deer before and includes target practice and shooting lessons. Limited to 5 hunters. Fee: $100. Contact Marisa Lee-Sasser at 1-800-822-9453 or marisa@alabamawildlife.org.

December 6...Lauderdale County 6 PM to 9 PM.
ATFA Chapter Christmas Social. Location: Henry Grady Richard's Center (Florence Board of Education office building). Agenda: certification presentations, Champion Tree presentation and a short program. Fee: free. Contact Dr. Chris Nester at (256) 766-4180.

December 6-10...Orlando, Florida.
First National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration at Wyndham Palace. Topics include national and international information on landscape-scale ecosystem restoration, ecology, hydrology, water quality, and fish and wildlife population responses. Fee: $395. Contact Beth Miller-Tipton at (352) 392-5930 or bmiller-tipton@ifas.ufl.edu.

December 7-8...Athens, Georgia.
Timber Income Tax. Instructor: Harry Haney. Topics: lectures, hands-on exercises and discussions on the most current information about federal income tax aspects of timber resource management, including changes to the 2003 Tax Acts, the implications of tax changes for timber investment, marketing, and management planning. Fee: $395. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-2194 or ben.jackson@gactr.uga.edu.

December 9...Jefferson County 10:30 AM.
StormWater Management Authority - Board of Directors Meeting. Location: SWMA office, 216 Summit Parkway in Homewood. Contact Pam McLaughlin at (205) 943-1941 or pmclaughlin@swma.com.

December 9...Coffee County  2 PM - 4 PM
Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Clean Water Partnership Steering Committee & Choctawhatchee River Sub-basin Committee Joint Meeting at Coffee County Farm Center, Hwy. 84, New Brockton. Begin work on Watershed Management Plan and discuss other projects. Contact Facilitator Lisa Harris at (334)527-3584 or lharris@troycable.net.

December 10-11...Clemson, South Carolina.
Ventures in Recreational Horse Camps & Trails Conference. Location: Clemson University's Madren Conference Center. Topics: information for people who are considering venturing into the camp and trail ride business, interactive sessions, and a social. Fee: $325. Contact Erik Flemming at (864) 656-0606 or erikf@clemson.edu.

December 11...Mobile County 8 AM to 4 PM
HURRICANE IVAN: Tax Ramifications of Storm Damaged Timber: Tax Seminar for Tax Professionals, Attorneys and Landowners. Location: Mobile Bay Convention Center, Mobile. Instructor: Dr. Harry Haney. Topics: ways to reduce financial losses from storm-damaged timber, developing strategies to reduce the tax burden from timber destroyed by the storm, and an explanation of recent changes to the tax code regarding the IRC Section 631(b). Fee: $90. Contact Rick Oates at (334) 265-8733 or roates@alaforestry.org. Click here to download a registration form.

December 11-12...Montgomery County.
Women's Whitetail Deer Hunt sponsored by Alabama Wildlife Federation's Outdoor Women's Network. Hunt is open only to women who have never harvested a deer before and includes target practice and shooting lessons. Limited to 15 hunters. Fee: $100. Contact Marisa Lee-Sasser at 1-800-822-9453 or marisa@alabamawildlife.org.

December 13...Mobile County 8 AM to 4 PM
HURRICANE IVAN: Tax Ramifications of Storm Damaged Timber: Tax Seminar for Tax Professionals, Attorneys and Landowners. Mobile Bay Convention Center, Mobile. Instructor: Dr. Harry Haney. Topics: ways to reduce financial losses from storm-damaged timber, developing strategies to reduce the tax burden from timber destroyed by the storm, and an explanation of recent changes to the tax code regarding the IRC Section 631(b). Fee: $90. Contact Rick Oates at (334) 265-8733 or roates@alaforestry.org. Click here to download a registration form.

December 13-14...Jackson, Mississippi.
Introduction to ArcGIS I v8.3 (mapping software), sponsored by GeoTech, Inc. Fee: $100. Contact James R. Readel at (601) 992-4965 or jreadel@geo1stop.com.

December 14...Jefferson County 6 PM.
General Estate Planning Seminar at the Homewood Public Library. Fee: free. Contact David C. Skinner at (205) 871-9566.

December 14...Shelby County 6:30 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Dinner and Program at Lloyd's Restaurant on U.S. 280. Agenda: raffle drawing for a Berretta - limited quail edition - 20 gauge shotgun. Contact Bob Carr at (205) 424-1381 or coalcarr@bellsouth.net.

December 14-15...Athens, Georgia.
Welcome to ArcGIS, at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Topics: foundation for becoming a successful ArcView, ArcEditor, or ArcInfo user, fundamental GIS concepts, how to query a GIS database, and how to present data clearly and efficiently using maps and charts. Instructors: Dale Loberger. Fee: $495. Contact Melanie Baer at (706) 542-6638 or melanie.baer@gactr.uga.edu.

December 15...Athens, Georgia 8:30 AM to 12 PM.
Digital Imagery for Natural Resource Management at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Agenda: to provide a basic level of knowledge about digital imagery so resource managers can correctly identify their needs and requirements relative to cost and can understand how digital imagery can be integrated into their day-to-day activities. Instructor: James L. Smith. Fee: $195. Contact Melanie Baer at (706) 542-6638 or melanie.baer@gactr.uga.edu.

December 15...Athens, Georgia 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Trends and Methods for Achieving More Accurate Inventories at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Topics: introduction to a new approach in forest inventory, "Real Time Inventory" concepts and a short field session which demonstrates data collection and processing. Instructors: Mark Milligan and Brian Holley. Fee: $195. Contact Melanie Baer at (706) 542-6638 or melanie.baer@gactr.uga.edu.

December 15...Athens, Georgia 8:30 AM to 5 PM.
Acquisition Inventory at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. A tremendous amount of timberland has been changing owners every year for the past 10+ years in the Southern U.S. This course will teach how to do a quick and accurate survey of forestland. Instructors: Bruce Borders and Barry Shiver. Fee: $195. Contact Melanie Baer at (706) 542-6638 or melanie.baer@gactr.uga.edu.

December 15-16...Jackson, Mississippi.
Introduction to ArcGIS I v.9.0, sponsored by GeoTech, Inc. Fee: $100. Contact James R. Readel at (601) 992-4965 or jreadel@geo1stop.com.

December 15-16...Sandestin, Florida.
Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting at the Villages of Baytowne Wharf. Agenda: trade show, expo, fuel reduction & brush cutting cogongrass, and hurricane recovery. Fee: $325. Contact the FFA at (850) 222-5646 or info@forestfla.org.

December 16-17...Athens, Georgia.
Southern Forestry and Natural Resource Management GIS Conference at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Topics include those related to the use of GIS in forestry and natural resource management. Contact Dr. Michael C. Wimberly at (706) 542-8097 or soforgis@forestry.uga.edu.

December 20, 21, 22...Baldwin County 6 PM to 9:30 PM.
Hunter Education Class (3 evenings) at Spanish Fort School. Call (251) 626-5474. Click here for more dates and locations or contact Ray Metzler at 1-800-245-2740 or rmetzler@dcnr.state.al.us.

December 20-21...Jackson, Mississippi.
Migrating from ArcView 3.x to ArcView 8, sponsored by GeoTech, Inc. Fee: $100. Contact James R. Readel at (601) 992-4965 or jreadel@geo1stop.com.


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