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2012 Calendar of Past Events

last update: 12/14/2012

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

> January 2012

Each weekend of January…Marshall County.
Eagle Awareness Weekends. Location: Lake Guntersville State Park. This program has been so popular they have added the first and second weekends of February as well. Watch Bald Eagles glide across the sky and view their nesting sites. Guided interpretive programs held each weekend will help you get in touch with one of America’s greatest symbols. Call Lake Guntersville State Park for pricing at (256) 571-5445.

January 10...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Meeting. Location: Black Jack's Grill on Acton Road, Birmingham. Topic: Creating wildlife habitat and Chemical herbicide application methods and technology. Speaker: Michelle Isenberg, Custom Air, LLC. Dutch Treat dinner from menu. Call Frank Harris at (205) 424-1381.

January 11...Crestview, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM CT.
Invasive Exotic Plants and Their Control. Location: Okaloosa County Extension Office, 5479 Old Bethel Road. Fee: $10; lunch included. Call Okaloosa County Extension Office at (850) 689-5850.

January 11...Teleconference 9 AM - Noon ET.
Forestry Wildlife Management. Multiple locations in North Carolina. Fee: $50; $15 discount if paid by January 5. Call Kelley McCarter at (919) 515-9563.

January 12-14...Albany, Georgia.
Quail Unlimited Annual Conservation Celebrity Event. Location: Merry Acres Hotel. Bid on a 2 day quail hunt with celebrities along with 3 evening socials or just attend the evening socials. Starting bid for hunters: $3500. Fee: $350; for attending evening socials only. Call Tonya, Quail Unlimited, at (229) 883-3209.

January 17...Lee County 6 PM - 8 PM.
Regional Landowner Meeting. Location: CAT Training Center, 6155 Heath Road, Auburn. Fee: $10 non-members, $5 AFA members. Dinner included. Call Liz Chambers, Alabama Forestry Association (AFA), at (334) 481-2135.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

January 18, 2012...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference featured state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your mp3 player: January 18, 2012 CI Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.


January 19...Bronson, Florida 9 AM - 12 PM ET.
How to Monitor Plant and Animal Phenology. Location: Levy County Extension Office, 625 N. Hathaway Avenue. “The term phenology refers to the recurring plant and animal life stages, such as flowering plants or seeding, bird migration or insect emergence.” No Fee. Call (352) 486-5131.

January 21...Homestead, Florida 9 AM ET.
Forest Property Tour. Location: Pine Ridge Sanctuary, Property of Barbara and Terry Glancy. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Call Patty at (305) 248-3311x225.

January 24...Montgomery County.
Annual Nonpoint Source Conference. Location: Renaissance Hotel Conference Center, Montgomery. The conference format consists of presentations on projects, topics, efforts associated with nonpoint source pollution and its impact on water quality. Call Patti Hurley at (334) 394-4350. Editor’s Note: Nonpoint Source Water Quality Regulations have a direct affect on the management of, and income from, your land.

January 25...Webinar Noon CT.
Developing the New Leaders of your Family Enterprise presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Call Carol at (773) 572-6432.

January 26...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM - 8 PM.
Regional Landowner Meeting. Location: TBA. Fee: $10 non-members, $5 AFA members. Dinner included. Call Liz Chambers, Alabama Forestry Association (AFA), at (334) 481-2135.

January 28...DeKalb County 11 AM - Noon.
Growing Up WILD for Preschool Children: Food, Water, & Shelter. Location: Little River Canyon Center, Fort Payne. Pre-register. No fee. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

January 28...DeKalb County 10 AM - 2 PM.
Wilderness Survival 101. Location: Little River Canyon Center, Fort Payne. Learn basic survival skills dealing with water, shelter, food, fire, and getting found. This is an outdoors hands-on program. Be prepared to get dirty. Bring your own drinks, snacks, and lunch. This program is more for older teens to adults. Pre-registration required. Fee: $10. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

January 29...Statewide.
End of Duck/Goose Seasons. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

January 31...Statewide.
End of Deer and Woodcock Seasons. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

January 31...Gulfport, Mississippi 5:30 PM.
Managing your Southern Hardwoods for Wildlife & Aesthetics. Location: Lyman Community Center, 13472 Highway 49. Speaker: Dr. Randy Rousseau. Pre-register for accurate dinner count. Call Harrison County Extension Service at (228) 865-4227.

January 31...Wilcox County 6 PM - 8 PM.
Regional Landowner Meeting. Location: GainesRidge Dinner Club, 933 Highway 10 East, Camden. Fee: $10 non-members, $5 AFA members. Dinner included. Call Liz Chambers, Alabama Forestry Association (AFA), at (334) 481-2135.

> February 2012

February 1...Webinar 11 AM CT.
Timber Tax Update for 2011 Tax Filing Season. Presenters: Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist, USDA Forest Service, and Dr. John Greene, Research Forester, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

February 2...Chambers County 7:30 AM.
Teachers-In-Service Training held by the Chambers County Forest Planning Committee. Location: Chambers County Agricultural Center, LaFayette. The program is adapted to forest landowner interest and forest landowners. Contact Bill Frazer at (334) 864-7865 or wrfrazer@yahoo.com.

February 4…Morgan County 8:30 AM.
Wetland and Wetlands Reserve Program Management for Waterfowl. Location: Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Morning presentations and afternoon field tour. Lunch on your own. Pre-registration required by February 1. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

February 7...Lee County 11 AM - 12 PM.
Keeping an Eye on Aardvarks While Avoiding Arcadia. Location: Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Room 1101. Coffee and cookies served. Contact Lori Eckhardt at (334) 844-2720 or eckhalg@auburn.edu.

February 7-8...Atlanta, Georgia.
Forestry Day at the Capitol. This event will provide the forestry community an opportunity to visit with Georgia Legislators. Contact Georgia Forestry Association at (478) 992-8110 or info@gfagrow.org.

February 8...Webinar 9 AM - 10 AM ET.
Timber Tax Update. Fee: $15. Call Kelley McCarter at (919) 515-9563.

February 9...Atlanta, Georgia 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM ET.
Applied Forest Finance. Location: Emory Conference Center Hotel. Speaker: Brooks Mendell. New topics to the program include: How do we analyze financial returns from forestry in down markets, how do we decide whether to clearcut for pulpwood or manage for sawtimber, and how do we decide whether to harvest sawtimber now or wait for stronger markets. Fee: $660; $100 discount if paid by January 26. Call Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447.

February 9...Montgomery County 10 AM.
Forever Wild Board Meeting. Location: Alabama State Capitol Auditorium, Montgomery. The public is invited and urged to submit comments. This meeting serves as a public hearing for anyone who would like to make comments concerning this program. Call Greg Lein at (334) 353-7998. Editors Note: Should private landowners be concerned that the government is removing more and more land (hundreds of thousands of acres) from the private sector? Forever Wild land does not pay taxes. Who will the legislature decide needs to make up the shortfall in tax revenue as Forever Wild removes more and more property from paying taxes? Private forestland owners? These are questions you might want to ask yourself as a forest landowner.

February 9-12...Nashville, Tennessee.
Annual National Wild Turkey Federation National Convention. Location: Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Fee: $275. Call Marsha at 1-800-843-6983.

February 10...Lee County 2 PM - 4:30 PM.
Applied Forestry & Wildlife Research Symposium. Location: School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Conference Hall 1101, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn University. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

February 10...Lee County 5:30 PM.
Alabama Natural Resources Council (ANRC) Awards Banquet. Location: Auburn Hotel and Conference Center. This awards banquet will recognize the 2011 award recipients of the Helene Mosley Award, the Alabama Tree Farmer of the Year, the W. Kelly Mosley Environmental Award, the Outstanding Alabama Forestry Planning Committees, the Alabama Tree Farm Inspector of the Year, the Alabama Tree Farm Leadership Award, and the Alabama Tree Farm Hard Hat Award Winners. Fee: $35. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

February 11...Cleburne County 10 AM - 2 PM.
Pinhoti Trail Hike. Location: Shoal Creek Ranger Station. Join Jonathon Stober, USFS Biologist, for an interpretive hike. Bring water/snacks and comfortable hiking shoes. Not recommended for kids under 8. Fee: $5; must pre-register. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

February 11...Talladega County 2:45 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off. Location: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some of the best wild game in Alabama. Fee: $50. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

February 14...Lee County 11 AM - 12 PM.
A New Look at Uneven-aged Management: the Pro-B Method for Selection Silviculture. Location: Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Room 1101. Coffee and cookies served. Contact Lori Eckhardt at (334) 844-2720 or eckhalg@auburn.edu.

February 14...Montgomery County 5 PM - 7 PM.
Alabama Agribusiness Council Legislative Reception. Location: RSA Plaza Terrace, Montgomery. Great opportunity to meet state legislators interested in forestry & agriculture. Sponsored in part by AFOA along with several other organizations. Call Leigha Cauthen at (334) 834-4006.

February 15-19...Eustis, Florida.
Southeast Regional Winter Woodfest Meeting. Location: Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center. Sessions include three instructional tracks. The Wood Technology and Identification Track topics include: structure of wood, wood recognition, leaf identification, and winter tree identification. The Demonstration Track topics include: woodturning, woodcarving, and carving turnings. The Craft Program Track topics include: sewing, quilting, knitting, and other crafts. There will be a sawmill in operation as well. Fee: $55; does not include lodging or meals. Contact Tom Kinney at (630) 667-8468 or thomaskinney@msn.com.

February 16...Greenwood, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Timber Market Outlook. Location: Leflore County Extension Office, 309 W. Market Street. “This program features up-to-date information to provide a picture of market trends for forest products for the average person who owns forestland.” No fee, but seating limited. Call Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000.

February 16...Lee County 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM.
Timber Tax and Return Preparations Workshop. Instructor: Dr. Robert A. Tufts. Location: School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn University. Fee: $15. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 844-1011 or tuftsra@me.com. Please pre-register as early as possible so class will not be cancelled.

February 17...Colbert County 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Alabama People Against A Littered State (PALS) Litter Law Enforcement Conference. Location: Colbert County Office Complex, Tuscumbia. Fee: $25; lunch included. Call PALS at (334) 263-7737.

February 17...Online 12 PM - 1 PM.
Conservation Q&A Live Web Chat. Biologists and Game Wardens from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will answer questions on hunting, fishing, and wildlife submitted by the public during a live web chat. Contact Kim Nix at (334) 242-3157 or kim.nix@dcnr.alabama.gov. Web address of event: www.outdooralabama.com/chat

February 19-21...Jekyll Island, Georgia.
Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting. Location: Oceanside Inn and Suites, 711 N. Beachview Drive. Theme: “After the Recession - Finding Our Way Out of the Woods.” Fee: $230; includes some meals. Contact Sharon Dolliver at (478) 628-1196 or sesafbusmgr@windstream.net.

February 19-25...Statewide.
Arbor Week. Teach the next generation about the benefits of trees. Trees are one of the world’s best renewable resources!

February 21...College Park, Georgia 7 AM.
Atlanta Wood Solutions Fair. Location: Georgia International Convention Center. A full day of seminars and a trade exposition for anyone interested in wood's design possibilities. No Fee. Lunch included. Call Dawn Condotti at (630) 789-2776.

February 21...Lee County 11 AM - 12 PM.
Mission, Programs, and Activities of the U.S. Geological Survey, Alabama Water Science Center. Location: Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Room 1101. Coffee and cookies served. Contact Lori Eckhardt at (334) 844-2720 or eckhalg@auburn.edu.

February 21...Sumter County 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM.
Timber Tax and Return Preparations Workshop. Instructor: Dr. Robert A. Tufts. Location: ALFA Environmental Hall, University of West Alabama, Livingston. Fee: $15. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 844-1011 or tuftsra@me.com. Please pre-register as early as possible so class will not be cancelled.

February 22...Webinar 11 AM CT.
Timber Tax Basis. Timber tax basis is a deduction that many landowners struggle with after a timber sale or a loss of timber from fire. Presenters: Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist, USDA Forest Service, and Dr. John Greene, Research Forester, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

February 22-24...Charleston, South Carolina.
Eucalyptus Symposium. Location: Francis Marion Hotel. Learn about the assessment and management of environmental issues related to the Eucalyptus in the southern U.S. Fee: $375. Contact Tracy Stubbs at (352) 331-1745 or tstubbs@src-ncasi.org.

February 23...Madison County 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM.
Timber Tax and Return Preparations Workshop. Instructor: Dr. Robert A. Tufts. Location: County Extension Office, 819 Cook Street, Huntsville. Fee: $15. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 844-1011 or tuftsra@me.com. Please pre-register as early as possible so class will not be cancelled.

February 24...St. Clair County 10 AM - 2 PM.
Rain Barrel Workshop. Location: Pell City Civic Center, 2801 Stemley Bridge Road. "Workshop fun and helpful." Fee: $40. Contact Charles Pinkston at (205) 338-9416 or pinkscb@aces.edu.

February 24-26, Destin, Florida.
Alabama Forestry Association Mid-Winter Meeting. Location: Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort. Fee: $395. Pre-meeting seminar, Legal Considerations for Forest Landowners, $150 to $250. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 262-1258 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

February 26...Ola, Georgia.
Women in the Outdoors Pheasant Shoot. Location: Ola 250 Club. Join the Atlanta Chapter Women in the Outdoors for a pheasant shoot. Call David Wamer at (404) 316-1283.

February 26-29...Sandestin, Florida.
Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting. Location: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Fee: $195. Contact Angela Leggett at (850) 488-5878 or angela.leggett@myfwc.com.

February 28...Lee County 11 AM - 12 PM.
Prescribed Fire - Use it right or don’t use it. Location: Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Room 1223. Coffee and cookies served. Contact Lori Eckhardt at (334) 844-2720 or eckhalg@auburn.edu.

February 28-29...Tallahassee, Florida.
Prescribed Fire Techniques for Wildlife: A Training for Private Landowners. Location: Leon County Extension Office. Fee: $45; some meals included. Contact Emma Willcox at (352) 486-5131 or ewillcox@ufl.edu.

February 29...Statewide.
End of Rabbit, Squirrel, Raccoon, Opossum, and Quail Seasons. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

> March 2012

March 1-22...Webinar 11:30 AM CT.
Using Alternative Enterprises and Recreational Development to Bolster Farm Incomes. There are six consecutive sessions. One each Thursday. Limited space. Sign in at least 15 min early to get set up the first time. To join in the free broadcast go to:  https://msues.adobeconnect.com/_a828402417/wildlife
Select the ‘Enter as Guest’ option. Questions? Contact Adam Tullos at (662) 566-2201 or adamt@ext.msstate.edu.

March 1...Coffeeville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Income Taxes and the Family Forest Short Course. Location: Yalobusha County Extension Office, 18025 Highway 7. This program is for the average person who owns forestland. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000.

March 1...Tuscaloosa County 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM.
Timber Tax and Return Preparations Workshop. Instructor: Dr. Robert A. Tufts. Location: County Extension Office, Tuscaloosa County Courthouse Annex, 2513 7th Street, Tuscaloosa. Fee: $15. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 844-1011 or tuftsra@me.com. Please pre-register and pay as early as possible so class will not be cancelled.

March 2...Reddick, Florida 9:30 AM - 3 PM ET.
Food Plot Field Day. Location: Blitch Plantation, Property of John and Shirley Rudnianyn. Topics will include: site preparation, variety selection, and planting techniques. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

March 3...Calhoun County 6 PM - 8 PM.
Early Spring Frog Pond Adventure. Location: Jacksonville State University Frog Pond, White Plains. Learn to identify frog songs and get hands-on experience with George Cline. Fee: $5. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

March 5 - May 25...Online.
Woodland Options for Landowners. Take this course to help gain an introductory level understanding of basic forest management principles and techniques and to use this understanding to become better land stewards. This is a twelve week self-paced course. Fee: $45 per household. Contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

March 6...Lee County 11 AM - 12 PM.
Wood Picklin’: An Overview. Location: Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Room 1101. Coffee and cookies served. Contact Lori Eckhardt at (334) 844-2720 or eckhalg@auburn.edu.

March 6...Webinar Noon CT.
Preparing Future Leaders for the Family Enterprise presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Call Carol at (773) 572-6432.

March 6…Webinar 1 PM CT.
Timber Tax Basis. “This webinar is designed to give you a detailed and clear understanding of timber tax basis, a deduction that many landowners struggle with after timber sale or loss of timber from fire, theft or storm.” Presented by timber tax experts Linda Wang and John Greene. Call Caroline Kuebler at (202) 463-2450.

March 8...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM - 9 PM.
Wild Turkey Management Workshop. Location: Tuscaloosa County Extension Auditorium. Fee: $10; dinner included. Contact Neal Hargle at (205) 349-4630 or pnh0003@auburn.edu.

March 9-11...Shelby County.
Alabama Hiking Trail Society (AHTS) Conference. Location: Alabama’s 4H Center, Columbiana. Topics will include: flora, fauna, history, destinations, protecting the environment, gear demonstrations, and more. Fee: $45; does not include meals or lodging. Contact AHTS at (251) 279-0801 or ahts@hikealabama.org. Editor’s Note: You may also wish to attend the Alabama Trails Commission meeting at 8 AM on March 9 which is open to the public. You may hear comments advocating the taking of private land for public use (hiking trails).

March 10...Montgomery County 8 AM.
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Advisory Board Meeting. Location: State Capitol Auditorium, Montgomery. Those wishing to address the board need to register between 8 AM - 8:30 AM. Use the entrance behind the Capitol on North Union Street. This board sets hunting rules that may affect property values. Call the Commissioner's Office at (334) 242-3486.

March 13...Statewide.
Alabama & Presidential Primary Elections.

March 13...Augusta, Georgia 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM ET.
Forest Landowners Association (FLA) Regional Meeting. Location: Augusta Marriott Convention Center. Fee: $65. Contact the FLA at 1-800-325-2954 or info@forestlandowners.com.

March 13...Lee County 8:30 AM - 5 PM.
Online Mapping and Spatial Resources for the Private Landowner. Location: Auburn Univ. School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Fee: $100. Contact John Gilbert at (334) 329-0236 or gilbejo@auburn.edu.

March 13...Teleconference 8 PM CT.
Tele-Town Hall on EPA Overreach. "This is an important opportunity to discuss the out-of-control Administration’s EPA and what you can do to help Senator Rand Paul rein in their unchecked power and assault on Americans’ private property."
To register use the following link: http://bit.ly/xJFu9w

March 14...Teleconference 9 AM - Noon ET.
Fire in the Forest. Multiple locations in North Carolina. Fee: $50; $15 discount if paid by March 8. Call Kelley McCarter at (919) 515-9563.

March 15...All or Portions of 59 Counties.
Turkey Season Opens. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

March 15...Nashville, Tennessee.
Tennessee Forestry Association Tree Day at the Legislature. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

March 15...Mobile County 8 AM - Noon.
Coastal Pre-Harvest Guide for Forest Landowners. Location: Archer Agricultural Center, Mobile. This program will cover issues a landowner should consider before selling timber in wetland areas. Contact Jim Jeter at (205) 339-0929 or james.jeter@forestry.alabama.gov.

Cancelled March 15...Chipley, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM CT.
Grow Timber Revenue Workshop. Location: Washington County Extension Office. This program will provide guidance on timber management and marketing strategies. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

March 15…Webinar 1 PM CT.
Managing for Black Walnut. Topics: Why grow black walnut?; Products and uses; Where it grows. Presented by Mel Baughman and Lenny Farlee. Call Caroline Kuebler at (202) 463-2450.

March 15...Baldwin County 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM.
Timber Tax and Return Preparations Workshop. Instructor: Dr. Robert A. Tufts. Location: Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center, 8300 State Highway 104, Fairhope. Fee: $15. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 844-1011 or tuftsra@me.com. Please pre-register and pay as early as possible so class will not be cancelled.

March 15-16...Lee County.
Introduction to GPS for Forestry and Other Natural Resources Applications. Location: Auburn Univ. School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building. Fee: $275. Contact Rebecca Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or rjb0003@auburn.edu.

March 16...Athens, Georgia 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM ET.
Forests and Hurricanes: Impacts and Planning Considerations. Location: Warnell School of Forestry, Room 4-516. Fee: $120; lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

March 20...Baldwin County 8 AM - Noon.
Coastal Pre-Harvest Guide for Forest Landowners. Location: Five Rivers Delta Center, Spanish Fort. This program will cover issues a landowner should consider before selling timber in wetland areas. Contact Jim Jeter at (205) 339-0929 or james.jeter@forestry.alabama.gov.

March 20...Hattiesburg, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM.
Forest Landowners Association (FLA) Regional Meeting. Location: Molpus Timberlands, 178 Bonhomie Road. Fee: $20. Contact the FLA at 1-800-325-2954 or info@forestlandowners.com.

March 21...DeKalb County 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Plants of the Pocket. Location: Meet at DeSoto State Park Park Nature Center; shuttle to site. Enjoy a botany trip to “The Pocket” on Pidgeon Mountain. Easy to moderate short hike. Fee: $10. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

March 21...Lee County 3 PM - 5 PM.
Global Tree Health: Growing Threats, Growing Opportunities. Location: Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Room 1101. Coffee and cookies served. Weaver Lecture. Contact Lori Eckhardt at (334) 844-2720 or eckhalg@auburn.edu.

March 24...Unicoi, Tennessee 7 AM - 1 PM.
Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods Field Day. Location: Cherokee National Forest. This event will focus on protecting and improving water quality in forested settings. Lunch included. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

March 27...Bibb County 6 PM - 9 PM.
Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants. Location: Sawmeal Restaurant, Brent. Includes a visit to a nearby patch of Cogongrass. Dutch treat dinner from 6-7. Call Matt Hartzell at (205) 926-3117.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

March 28, 2012...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference featured state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your mp3 player: March 28, 2012 CI Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.


March 29...Chilton County 8:15 AM - 4:15 PM.
Alabama Realtors Land Institute's Spring Meeting. Location: Alabama Power Clanton Conference Center, 2030 7th Street South, Clanton. Fee: $129; lunch included. Call Dave Milton at (256) 825-4331.

March 29...Oxford, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Income Taxes and The Family Forest. Location: Lafayette County Extension Office. Topics: What is timber basis, Why are records important, How to recover reforestation costs, and Saving money on timber taxes. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call John Kushla at (662) 566-2201.

March 30-31...Lee County.
Alabama Division of the Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting. Location: School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University. Topics include: forest health, biomass, forest certification, managing for Shortleaf pine, American Chestnut restoration efforts, and more. Fee: $120; $35 discount if paid by March 5. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 546-8736 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

March 31...Oak Ridge, Tennessee 7 AM - 1 PM.
Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods Field Day. Location: University of Tennessee Forest Resource Center. This event will focus on protecting and improving water quality in forested settings. Lunch included. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

>April 2012

April 1...Colbert, Franklin, Madison, Winston, and Parts of Lauderdale, Lawrence, and Limestone Counties.
Turkey Season Opens. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

April 3...Covington County 8 AM - 5 PM.
Online Mapping and Spatial Resources for the Private Forest Landowner. Location: Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Andalusia. Speaker: John Gilbert, Auburn University. Fee: $75. Contact John Gilbert at (334) 329-0236 or gilbejo@auburn.edu.

April 3...Batesville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
Forest & Wildlife Management for Profit and Recreation. Location: Extension Building, 294 Hwy 51 South. Topics include: pine thinning, multiple forest use, hardwood management, wildlife population management, hunting leases, and landowner assistance programs. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000.

April 3...Pickens County 4 PM.
Pond Management Workshop. Location: 1868 Pate’s Lake Road, Carrollton. Topics: pond construction, liming, fertilization, harvest rates, species selection, and others. Instructor: Greg Whitis, Alabama Fish Farming Center. Bring a 12 oz. sample of water for testing from your pond. Fee: $5 per sample. Call Patti Fuller at (205) 367-8148.

April 4...Montgomery County 11 AM - 2 PM.
Family Business/Family Farm Day. Location: South Lawn of State Capitol, Montgomery. Call Rosemary Elebash, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), at (334) 264-2261 or rosemary.elebash@nfib.org.

April 5...Madison, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Grow Timber Revenue Workshop. Location: Madison County Extension Office. This program will provide guidance on timber management and marketing strategies. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

April 10...Batesville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Forest & Wildlife Management for Profit and Recreation. Location: Extension Building, 294 Hwy 51 S. Topics include: Management Plan, Habitat improvement, food plots, and more. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000.

April 10...Lee County 11 AM - 12 PM.
Commercial Forestry in South Africa: The Role of Integrated Pest Management. Location: Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Room 1223. Coffee and cookies served. Contact Lori Eckhardt at (334) 844-2720 or eckhalg@auburn.edu.

April 10...Madison County 7 PM.
“Improving Upland Hardwoods - How?” Location: Alabama A&M ARC Auditorium, Huntsville. Meeting is geared more toward foresters. Instructor: Dr. David Mercker, Univ. of Tennessee Extension Forester. Contact Brian Bradley at (256) 883-1788 or bk75bradley@comcast.net.

April 11...Capps, Florida 8 AM - 3 PM ET.
FL - GA Game Management Series: Sport Fish Pond Management. Location: Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center. Learn about pond biology and proper management techniques for all types of pond owners and managers. Fee: $25. Call Kristy at (850) 838-3508.

April 12-14...DeKalb County.
Annual American Paulownia Association Conference. Location: Best Western Rainsville Inn, Rainsville. Theme: Paulownia—An Alternative Energy Source? Two field trips are planned on the 14th. Fee: $60. Call the American Paulownia Association at (301) 790-3075.

April 17...Conecuh County 6 PM - 8 PM.
Recreational Pond Management Workshop. Location: 102 Liberty Street, Room 103, Evergreen. Contact Emily Brogden at (251) 578-2762 or brogdeh@aces.edu.

April 17-18...Scooba, Mississippi.
Intro to ArcGIS 10 for Foresters. Location: East Mississippi Community College. The goal of this class is to simplify ArcGIS and make it a practical tool for the field forester or landowner. The basics of ArcGIS 10 will be covered, along with creating maps, and multiple exercises to practice digitizing on top of aerial photos. Fee: $400. Call Johnny Thompson at 1-866-395-5440.

April 18...Choctaw County 8 AM - 3 PM.
Chainsaw Safety Seminar. Location: Alabama Southern Community College, Gilbertown. The seminar will concentrate on tricky cuts, spring loads, and general use of chainsaw that can occur after storms. Instructor: Rip Tompkins, ArborMaster Consulting. Fee: $20. Call Jack Rowe at (251) 589-5572 or wjr0001@aces.edu.

April 18...Nationwide 11 AM - 12 PM CT.
Forest*A*Syst: A web-based tool for natural resource professionals. Location: Webinar. Learn how to use this tool to assist landowners in making informed decisions about the goals and objectives they have on their property. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

April 19...Monroe County 7:30 AM - 3 PM.
Chainsaw Safety Seminar. Location: Monroe County Cooperative Extension Office, Monroeville. The seminar will concentrate on tricky cuts, spring loads, and general use of chainsaw that can occur after storms. Instructor: Rip Tompkins, ArborMaster Consulting. Fee: $20. Call Jack Rowe at (251) 589-5572 or wjr0001@aces.edu.

April 20...Online 12 PM - 1 PM CT.
Conservation Q&A Live Web Chat. Wildlife biologists, fisheries biologists, and game wardens from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will answer questions on hunting, fishing, and wildlife submitted by the public during a live web chat. Contact Kim Nix at (334) 242-3157 or kim.nix@dcnr.alabama.gov.


2012 AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM & ANNUAL MEETING

April 20-21...Tuscaloosa County.
Location: Headquartered at the Hotel Capstone, Tuscaloosa.

Annual Meeting Hotel and Tour locations plotted on a Google Map (for more tech savy folks)

Printable Directions (good old hard copy):
From Hotel Capstone to the Natural History Museum
From the Hotel Capstone to the Forest Landowner Property
From the Forest Landowner Property to Westervelt Sawmill
From Westervelt Sawmill to Moundville Archaeological Park
From Moundville Archaeological Park to Hotel Capstone

From Hotel Capstone to Moundville Archaeological Park

Friday Events:

     Forest Landowner & Sawmill Tour
         
1 PM to 5 PM
          Description: Meet at Big Sandy Farms. Afterwards, everyone will proceed to the Westervelt Sawmill.
          Land Location:
Big Sandy Farms, Inc., 13048 Whitfield Road, Moundville, 35474
          Mill Location: Westervelt Sawmill, 2500 Gulf States Parkway, Moundville, 35474
          Landowner Topics: How You Can Improve Your Woodlands, The Value of a Woodland Management Plan, Legal Aspects,
          Navigating with Your GPS.
          Mill Overview & Walkabout: Westervelt Moundville Sawmill is the second largest softwood sawmill in the U.S.

     Oil & Gas Board / Geological Survey Introduction & Open House
         
1:15 PM to 4:30 PM
          Location: Park at the Hotel Capstone and walk about two/three blocks to the Natural History Museum for a brief introduction about
          the museum, then walk next door to the Oil & Gas Board building.

     Moundville Archaeological Park Reception, Dinner, Program
         
5:30 PM to 8:15 PM (dinner included)
          Location: Moundville Archaeological Park, 220 River Bank Road, Moundville, AL 35474
          Description: Meet at the Riverbend Lodge. Juanita Gardinski will share her Choctaw culture with a simple Indian inspired dinner.
          Dr. John Hall, award-winning author and museum curator, will speak on What Alabama looked like before the Historic Period.

          Earlybirds may explore the Park and Museum at no cost until 5 PM. Park docent Edward Smith will lead a 1 1/2 hour walking
          tour at 3 PM for anyone interested.


Saturday:
Educational Presentations, Exhibits, Lunch, and Door Prizes.

     Saturday’s program - See the landowner registration form above for the full Saturday agenda.

                              *******Call AFOA if you have any questions about registration details: (205) 987-8811.*******


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April 21...Parts of Cullman, Lawrence, Lauderdale, and Morgan Counties.
Turkey Season Opens. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

April 21...Henderson, Tennessee 7 AM - 1 PM.
Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods Field Day. Location: Chickasaw State Forest. This event will focus on protecting and improving water quality in forested settings. Lunch included. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

April 21-28...Statewide.
Alabama People Against A Littered State (PALS) “Don’t Drop It On Alabama” Spring Cleanup. All materials furnished by Alabama PALS. Call (334) 263-7737.

April 24...Statewide.
Primary Runoff(s).

April 24...Blountstown, Florida 9 AM - 2:30 PM CT.
Silviculture Best Management Practices Workshop. Location: Neal Civic Center. Registration deadline: April 13. Contact Richard Cristan at (850) 747-5748 or richard.cristan@freshfromflorida.com.

April 25...Parts of Cullman, Lawrence, Lauderdale, and Morgan Counties.
Turkey Season Closes. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

April 25...Statesboro, Georgia 12:30 PM - 4:20 PM ET.
Forestry Half Day Workshop. Location: Bulloch County Ag Center. Topic: Mid-rotation Fertilization, Competition Control & Forest Economics Updates. Fee: $40. Please pre-register by April 19. Call Debbie Miracle at (912) 681-5639.

April 26...Lowndes County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only). Location: Holy Ground Battlefield Park, Hayneville. Call Katanga Mants at (334) 548-2315.

April 26...Ocala, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Grow Timber Revenue Workshop. Location: Marion County Extension Office. This program will provide guidance on timber management and marketing strategies. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

April 26-27...Lee County.
Why you should not be afraid to grow longleaf pine. Location: Auburn Univ. School of Forestry, Room 2217, Auburn. Field tour included. Fee: $150; $25 discount if paid by April 18. Contact Rebecca Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or rjb0003@auburn.edu.

April 28...Hohenwald, Tennessee 7 AM - 1 PM.
Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods Field Day. Location: Lewis State Forest. This event will focus on protecting and improving water quality in forested settings. Lunch included. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

April 30...Statewide.
Turkey Season Closes. Are you aware of when your hunters are on your property? Did you purchase or renew your hunting liability insurance?

>May 2012

May 2...Batesville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 1 PM.
Ties to the Land: Your Family Forest Heritage. Location: Panola County Extension Office, 294 Hwy 51 South. Topics: Steps to Succession Planning, Values & Goals for Family Forest, Determine Heirs’ Interest, Legal & Business Consideration, and Financial Impacts of Ownership Transfers. Fee: $50/couple; lunch included. Call Judd Gentry at (662) 563-6260.

May 5...Walker County 8:30 AM.
Landowner Tour. Location: Eldridge area at Turkey Creek Lodge owned by Jasper Lumber Company. Topics include: forest regeneration, wildlife management, pond management, and others. Lunch provided. Pre-registration required. Call Katherine Patton at (205) 387-1879.

May 5…Caledonia, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Are My Pines Ready To Thin? Location: Caledonia Community Center. This workshop will provide a field experience to determine when a pine stand is ready for a thinning. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Call Reid Nevins at (662) 328-2111.

May 5...Elmore County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off. Location: Lake Martin Amphitheater, Eclectic. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some of the best wild game in Alabama. Fee: $50/person/couple; $10 discount if paid prior to the event. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

May 8...Coffeeville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Prescribed Burning for Pine Plantations. Location: Yalobusha County Extension Office. This short course includes a half day of classroom and a half day of field session. Fee: $35; lunch provided. Call Brent Gray at (662) 675-2730.

May 8...Collins, Mississippi 5:30 PM - 8 PM.
Ties to the Land: Your Family Forest Heritage. Location: Covington County Extension Office, 68 Collins Industrial Park Drive. Topics: Steps to Succession Planning, Values & Goals for Family Forest, Determine Heirs’ Interest, Legal & Business Consideration, and Financial Impacts of Ownership Transfers. Fee: $40/couple. Call Carolyn Conger at (601) 765-8252.

May 8-10...Lee County.
Annual Alabama Invasive Plant Council held jointly with the Annual Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Meeting. Location: Auburn Univ. Hotel and Conference Center. Fee: $160; $20 discount if paid by April 23. Call Jimmie Cobb at (334) 887-2803.

May 8-10...Tifton, Georgia.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101. Longleaf 101 is a classroom and field instruction course. Fee: $100. There is a $150 lodging stipend available to private individuals. Contact JJ Bachant-Brown at (334) 427-1029 or jj@longleafalliance.org.

May 10...Sumter County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only). Location: Lake LU, Livingston. Call Mandee Carrier at (205) 652-7521.

May 10...Mobile/Washington Counties 8:30 AM.
Forestry Field Day. Location: Boykin Lodge, 850 Frank Boykin Drive, Double Gates, AL. Topics: Bioenergy, Longleaf Pine Straw Production, Forest Soils, Wild Turkey Management, and Pond Management. Contact Michelle Floyd at (251) 847-6041 or michelle.floyd@al.usda.gov.

May 10...Tavares, Florida 10 AM - 3 PM ET.
Planning for the Future of Your Family Lands. Fee: $10; lunch included. Call the Conservation Trust for Florida at (352) 376-4770.

May 10-11...Lee County.
Introduction to ArcGIS for Forestry and Other Natural Resource Applications. Location: Auburn Univ. School of Forestry, Room 2216, Auburn. Fee: $275; $25 discount if paid by May 1. Contact Rebecca Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or rjb0003@auburn.edu.

May 11-14...Covington County.
Deer Steward Level I. Location: Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Andalusia. This course will focus on: Herd Management, Habitat Management, Hunter Management, and Herd Monitoring. Fee: $800; $50 discount for Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) member. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

May 12...DeKalb County 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
BirdFest 2012. Location: Little River Canyon Center, Fort Payne. Celebrate the opening of the Appalachian Highland Birding Trail with programs, activities, films, and exhibits. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

May 12...Marshall County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off. Location: Civitan Park, Guntersville. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some of the best wild game in Alabama. Fee: $50/person/couple; $10 discount if paid prior to the event. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

May 10 & 15...Grenada, Mississippi 5 PM - 8 PM on both days.
Profitable Marketing & Harvesting of Timber. Location: Grenada County Office Building, 1240 Fairgrounds Road, Suite E. This basic course is designed to show forest landowners step-by-step how to sell their timber and practice forest management for increased satisfaction and income. Fee: $35; is for both days. Dinner included on final day. Call Steve Winters at (662) 226-2061.

May 13-15...Columbus, Georgia.
North American Lake Management Society Southeastern Lake and Watershed Management Annual Conference. Location: Iron Works Trade Center. Fee: $195; $25 discount if paid by May 8. Call Allison Jenkins at (205) 266-6285.

May 15...Limestone County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off. Location: Athens. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some of the best wild game in Alabama. Fee: $50/person/couple; $15 discount if paid prior to the event. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 16, 2012...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference featured state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your mp3 player: May 16, 2012 CI Live!
(Link will become active after conference is recorded)
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.


May 16...Nationwide 11 AM - 12 PM CT.
Forest Farming Non-Timber Products: Opportunities and Challenges. Location: Webinar. Presenter: James Chamberlain, USDA Forest Service. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

May 17...Kosciusko, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Forest Regeneration: Investment in the Future. Location: Attala County Extension Office. This short course is designed to instruct the landowner in site prep, artificial regeneration, natural regeneration, and the economics of regeneration. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call Dr. Ernie Flint at (662) 289-5431.

May 17...Thomasville, Georgia 8 AM - 7 PM ET.
Eastern Wild Turkey Extravaganza. This program is comprised of a field day, trade show, and banquet. Fee: $75; includes all events. Pre-registration required with no registration on site. Contact Jed Dillard at (850) 342-0187 or dillardjed@ufl.edu.

May 17...Bushnell, Florida 10 AM - 3 PM ET.
Planning for the Future of Your Family Lands. Fee: $10; lunch included. Call the Conservation Trust for Florida at (352) 376-4770.

May 17-18 (was 15-16)...Athens, Georgia.
Introduction to ArcGIS. Location: Warnell School of Forestry. Fee: $360; one lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

May 18...Montgomery County 8 AM - 5 PM.
Appraising Alabama Forest Land & Timber. Location: Montgomery Area Association of Realtors Building, Montgomery. Fee: $215. Contact Pam Paulk at (205) 835-0808 or pampaulk@aialabama.com.

May 19...Baldwin County 8 AM.
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Advisory Board Meeting. Location: Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort. Those wishing to address the board need to register between 8 AM - 8:30 AM. This board sets hunting rules that may affect property values. Call the Commissioner's Office at (334) 242-3486.

May 19...Barlow, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
White-Tailed Deer Educational Field Day. Location: Copiah County Wildlife Management Area. No Fee. Lunch provided. Call Bruce Gray at (601) 754-5592.

May 22...Scooba, Mississippi 8 AM - 5 PM.
Introduction to GPS using SOLO Forest. This class is typically for foresters. Location: East Mississippi Community College. Fee: $225. Call Johnny Thompson at 1-866-395-5440.

May 22...Collins, Mississippi 5:30 PM - 8 PM.
Ties to the Land: Your Family Forest Heritage. Location: Covington County Extension Office, 68 Collins Industrial Park Drive. Topics: Steps to Succession Planning, Values & Goals for Family Forest, Determine Heirs’ Interest, Legal & Business Consideration, and Financial Impacts of Ownership Transfers. Fee: $40/couple. Call Carolyn Conger at (601) 765-8252.

May 22-25...Munson, Florida.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101. Longleaf 101 is a classroom and field instruction course. Fee: $400; includes lodging and food. First available to Gulf Coastal Plain Ecosystem Partners; open to others after April 30. Contact JJ Bachant-Brown at (334) 427-1029 or jj@longleafalliance.org.

May 23...Scooba, Mississippi 8 AM - 5 PM.
Intro to TCruise. This class is typically for foresters. Location: East Mississippi Community College. Fee: $225. Call Johnny Thompson at 1-866-395-5440.

May 23...East Palatka, Florida 9 AM - 2:30 PM ET.
Silviculture Best Management Practices Workshop. Location: IFAS Extension Office. Registration deadline: May 14. Contact Robin Holland at (352) 732-1273 or robin.holland@freshfromflorida.com.

May 23...Nationwide Noon CT.
Family Councils: Providing Structure for Family Business Continuity presented by The Family Business Advisor. Location: Webinar. Fee: $159 per phone. Call Carol at (773) 572-6432.

May 24...Ocala, Florida 10 AM - 3 PM ET.
Planning for the Future of Your Family Lands. Fee: $10; lunch included. Call the Conservation Trust for Florida at (352) 376-4770.

May 25...Blacksburg, Virginia.
Drying Lumber with a Solar Kiln. Location: Brooks Forest Products Center. This course is designed for the small scale woodworking facility or hobby woodworker. Fee: $90. Contact Brian Bond at (540) 231-8752 or bbond@vt.edu.

May 25...Chilton County 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
GPS 101: Technology for Better Land Management. Location: Chilton County Extension Office, 504 First Avenue, Clanton. Fee: $30. Call Patrick Cook at (334) 850-6837.

May 30...Clarksdale, Mississippi 8 AM - 1 PM.
Tree Identification Workshop. Location: Meet at Coahoma County Extension Office and then travel to nearby natural area for field identification. Fee: $20; lunch provided. Call Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000.

May 30 - June 1...Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
National Conference of Private Forest Landowners. Location: Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa. Fee: $500. Tax Workshop on May 30 is an additional $225. Private Forest and Mill Tour May 31 is an additional $75. Contact Forest Landowners Association at 1-800-325-2954 or info@forestlandowners.com.

>June 2012

June 1-2...Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Managing White-Tailed Deer. Location: Hinds Community College. Fee: $180; lunch included. Call Bronson Strickland at (662) 325-8141.

June 1-4...Woodbine, Georgia.
Deer Steward Level II. Location: Cabin Bluff hunting retreat, Woodbine, GA. This course will focus on the application of the following principles: Herd Management, Habitat Management, Hunter Management, and Herd Monitoring. Fee: $800; $50 discount for Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) member. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

June 2...Como, Mississippi 8:15 AM - 1 PM.
Forestry Field Day. Location: Skelton Tree Farm, Pleasant Grove Road, near Como. Topics will cover: pine thinning, pine straw baling, herbicide application, prescribed burning, and hardwood management. Fee: $10; pre-register for lunch. Call Shelli Benton at (662) 562-4274.

June 2...DeKalb County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Medicinal & Edible Plants Workshop & Hike. Location: DeSoto State Park Nature Center. Come learn about the different species of medicinal plants with botanist Francine Hutchinson. Fee: $10; pre-registration required. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

June 5...Jefferson County 1 PM.
Cahaba River Clean Water Partnership. Location: Cahaba River Wastewater Treatment Plant, 3900 Veona Daniels Road, Birmingham. Contact Glenn Littleton at (205) 217-2592 or cahabacwp@hotmail.com.

June 5...Shelby County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) Vulcan District Meeting. Location: North Shelby County Library/Extension Service Office. Fee: $20; dinner included. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 481-2127 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

June 5-6...Starkville, Mississippi.
(FULL) Forest Herbicide Workshop. Location: Tully Auditorium, MSU. Topics: Site Prep and Herbaceous Weed Control in Loblolly, Longleaf, and Hardwoods. Fee: $135; limited registration. Call Andy Ezell at (662) 325-1688.

June 5-7...Tifton, Georgia.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101. Longleaf 101 is a classroom and field instruction course. Fee: $100. There is a $150 lodging stipend available to private individuals. Contact JJ Bachant-Brown at (334) 427-1029 or jj@longleafalliance.org.

June 6...Tuscaloosa County 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) Warrior District Meeting. Location: University Club, 421 Queen City Avenue, Tuscaloosa. Fee: $25; dinner included. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 481-2127 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

June 7...Jefferson County 8 AM - 4:30 PM.
Preserving the Eastern Hemlock Symposium. Location: Jane H. Brock Recital Hall, Samford University. Lunch on your own. To register write to: hemlock@samford.edu.

June 7...Jackson, Tennessee 5 PM.
West Tennessee Regional Meeting. Location: Catfish Cabin, 1290 South Highland Avenue. Fee: $20. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

June 7...Marshall County 6 PM - 8 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) Mountain District Meeting. Location: Guntersville State Park Lodge, 1155 Lodge Drive, Guntersville. Fee: $20; dinner included. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 481-2127 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

June 8-15...Tupelo, Mississippi.
Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mining Reclamation. Location: Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center. Fee: $320. Call Richard Barnhisel at (859) 351-9032. Editor’s Note: This program may be of interest if you have strip mining on or close to your land.

June 11...Lawrence County 5:30 PM - 8:15 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) Valley District Meeting. Location: Moulton Recreation Center, 13550 Court Street, Moulton. Fee: $15; dinner included. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 481-2127 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

June 12...Tallahassee, Florida 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM ET.
Climate and Forests, What’s Changing? Location: Leon County Extension Building. Topics: Climate, Future of Florida forests, Economics, Insect management, Genetics, and General management. Contact Martha Monroe at (352) 846-0878 or mcmonroe@ufl.edu.

June 12...Tallapoosa County 6 PM - 8 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) Capital and Piedmont District Meeting. Location: Queen's Attic, 110 Calhoun Street, Alexander City. Fee: $20; dinner included. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 481-2127 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

June 13-14...Cleburne County.
Timberland: The Fundamentals of Identifying and Evaluating. Location: Cleburne Room, Cheaha State Park Resort. This course is geared towards real estate professionals. Instructor: Rick Taylor, Broker, Forester, ALC. Fee: $295. Call Jeanne Smith at (256) 825-4331.

June 13-15...Lee County.
Lignocellulosic Biofuels Conference. Location: Auburn Hotel and Conference Center, Auburn. Fee: $150; $25 discount if you prepay. Contact Kelley Terry at terrykl@auburn.edu.

June 14-16...Jacksonville, Florida.
National Tree Farmer Convention. Location: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. Fee: $345. Contact American Tree Farm System at (202) 463-2462 or info@treefarmsystem.org.

June 16...Morgan County 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM.
Invasive Plant Control Program. Location: Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Decatur. Topics: Herbicide Safety, Important Forestry Considerations, and others. Fee: $30; lunch included. Contact Patrick Cook at (334) 850-6837 or mpc0005@aces.edu.

June 18-21...Lee County.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop for Teachers Grades 7 - 12. Location: The Hotel of Auburn University, Auburn. The workshop will focus on forest ecology, management and products through guest speakers, field trips and hands-on activities. The goal is to demonstrate the importance working forests have to the environment and economy. Fee: WORKSHOP IS FULL. Please pass the word on to teachers that may be interested or consider sponsoring one of the teachers already registered. Contact Chris Erwin at (334) 481-2133 or cerwin@alaforestry.org.

June 19… Marianna, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM CT.
Grow Timber Revenue Workshop. Location: Jackson County Extension Office. This program will provide guidance on timber management and marketing strategies that can increase returns from harvests, reduce costs, and encourage forest management for its many benefits. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

June 19...Marengo County 5:30 PM - 8 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) Black Belt District Meeting. Location: RockTenn Training Room, 28270 US Highway 80 West, Demopolis. Fee: $???. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 481-2127 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

June 20...Nationwide Noon CT.
What to Expect When Working With a Family Business Consultant presented by The Family Business Advisor. Location: Webinar. Fee: None for members of family businesses. Call Carol at (773) 572-6432.

June 20...Webinar Noon - 1 PM with repeat at 7 PM - 8 PM Eastern Time (ET).
ForestConnect Webinar - Land Ownership and Transfer. Topic has been updated on 06/15/2012. Presenter: Elizabeth H. Sillin, Attorney, Bulkley, Richardson, and Gellinas, LLP. Contact Peter Smallidge at (607) 592-3640 or pjs23@cornell.edu.

June 21...Marshall County 10 AM.
Forever Wild Board Meeting. Location: Goldenrod Room, Lake Guntersville State Park. The public is invited and urged to submit comments. This meeting serves as a public hearing for anyone who would like to make comments concerning this program. Call Greg Lein at (334) 353-7998. Editors Note: Should private landowners be concerned that the government is removing more and more land (hundreds of thousands of acres) from the private sector? Forever Wild land does not pay taxes. Who will the legislature decide needs to make up the shortfall in tax revenue as Forever Wild removes more and more property from paying taxes? Private forestland owners? These are questions you might want to ask yourself as a forest landowner.

June 22...Goldsby, Oklahoma 9 AM - 3 PM.
Forest Regeneration Workshop. Location: Albert Engstrom Forest Regeneration Center. Fee: $10; refreshments included. Contact Craig McKinley at (405) 744-8065 or craig.mckinley@okstate.edu.

June 26...Monroe County 5:30 PM - 8 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) Longleaf District Meeting. Location: Monroe County Extension Office, Monroeville. Fee: $20; dinner included. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 481-2127 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

June 26-28...Tuscaloosa County.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop for Teachers Grades Pre-K - 6. Location: Hotel Capstone, 320 Paul W. Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa. The workshop will focus on forest ecology, management and products through guest speakers, field trips and hands-on activities. The goal is to demonstrate the importance working forests have to the environment and economy. Fee: WORKSHOP IS FULL. Please pass the word on to teachers that may be interested or consider sponsoring one of the teachers already registered. Contact Chris Erwin at (334) 481-2133 or cerwin@alaforestry.org.

June 28...Callahan, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Grow Timber Revenue Workshop. Location: Nassau County Extension Office. This program will provide guidance on timber management and marketing strategies that can increase returns from harvests, reduce costs, and encourage forest management for its many benefits. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

June 28...Meridian, Mississippi 5:30 PM - 8 PM.
Can I Still Make Money Growing Trees? Location: East Mississippi Electric Power Association, 2128 Hwy 39 North. This workshop provides an overview of forestland as an investment and strategies to make it more profitable and enjoyable. Fee: $20. Call Patty Swearingen at (601) 482-9764.

June 30...DeKalb County 1 PM - 4 PM.
Wild Thyme Tea Party. Location: Little River Canyon Center, Fort Payne. Explore the world of teas, their health benefits, and how to create herbal tea blends from one’s own woodlands. Fee: $25. Pre-registration is required. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

> July 2012

July 7-9...Savannah, Georgia.
Georgia Forestry Association Annual Conference and Forestry Expo. Location: The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort. Fee: $600. Contact Judy Couch at (478) 992-8110 or judy@gfagrow.org.

July 10...Athens, Georgia 7:45 AM - 12:15 PM ET.
Online Mapping Services for Foresters. Location: Warnell School of Forestry. Fee: $120. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.

July 10-12...Baldwin County.
CE’s by the Sea. Location: Island House Hotel, Orange Beach. This program is for registered foresters. Topics: Leveraging Technology to Improve Accuracy and Efficiency in Forest Inventory and Longleaf Pine Eco System Management. Fee: $450 for all sessions. Contact Janie Boykin at (601) 477-4242 or janie.boykin@jcjc.edu.

July 11...Greenwood, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:45 PM.
Hardwood Management Short Course. Location: Extension Building, 309 West Market. Fee: $35; lunch included. Limited space. Call Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000.

July 11, 18, & 25...Cleburne County 10 AM - Noon.
Wild Woodsy Wednesdays. Location: Coleman Lake Recreation Area, Talladega National Forest, near Heflin. Topics include: plants, hikes, nature observation, forest topics, and more. No Fee. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

July 12...Bullock County 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
GPS 101 Workshop. Location: Bullock County Extension Office, Union Springs. Fee: $30. Contact Patrick Cook at (334) 850-6837 or mpc0005@aces.edu.

July 13...Webinar 11 AM CT.
Native Alternatives for Food Plots in the Longleaf Ecosystem - Part 1. Presenter: Mark Hainds, The Longleaf Alliance. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

July 13-14..Starkville, Mississippi.
Managing White-Tailed Deer. Location: Thompson Hall, Mississippi State University. Fee: $180; lunch included. Call Bronson Strickland at (662) 325-8141.

July 14...Autauga County 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM.
Invasive Plant Control Program. Location: Autauga County Extension Office, Autaugaville. Topics: Herbicide Safety, Important Forestry Considerations, and others. Fee: $30; lunch included. Contact Patrick Cook at (334) 850-6837 or mpc0005@aces.edu.

July 15-20...Lee County.
Youth Policy Summit on Water Resources in the Southeast. Location: Auburn University. For motivated high school students to explore different perspectives on how to sustainably manage water in the Southeast. Fee: $750; includes room and board. Scholarships available. Registration Form. Contact Liz at (970) 513-5824 or eroush@keystone.org.

July 17-20...Lee County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course. Location: School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University. Registration required. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.net.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

July 18, 2012...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference featured state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your mp3 player: July 18, 2012 CI Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.


July 18...Webinar Noon - 1 PM with repeat at 7 PM - 8 PM Eastern Time (ET).
ForestConnect Webinar - Enhancing mast (food) production for woodland wildlife. Contact Peter Smallidge at (607) 592-3640 or pjs23@cornell.edu.

July 19...Calhoun County 10 AM - Noon.
Rain Barrels and Cisterns in Alabama Landscape. Location: Anniston Museum, 800 Museum Drive, Anniston. Harvest natural rainfall and take home a simple rain barrel (limited to first 30 participants). Fee: $40 for those desiring a rain barrel. No fee otherwise. Call Anniston Museum at (256) 237-6766.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

July 19...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas - Live! Dinner and Discussion.
Location: Chris’ BBQ & Grill, 2409 Acton Road, Suite 153, Vestavia. Come enjoy a Dutch Treat dinner, listen to the July CI Live! News Conference for Forest Owners, and argue about the issues with other landowners afterward. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. Limited seating. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.


July 19...Indianola, Mississippi 6 PM.
Landowner Educational Program. Location: Sunflower County Extension Building. Topic: Cottonwood Plantation Establishment & Management for Carbon Storage & Biomass. No Fee. Dinner included. Pre-registration required by July 17. Call Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000.

July 20...Webinar 11 AM CT.
Online mapping and spatial resources for the private forest landowner. Presenter: Mark Hainds, The Longleaf Alliance. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

July 22-25...Lexington, Kentucky.
Northern Nut Growers Association Annual Meeting. Fee: $85. Contact Dr. Thomas Molnar at (848) 932-6330 or molnar@aesop.rutgers.edu.

July 24...Starke, Florida 10 AM - 3 PM ET.
Planning for the Future of Your Family Lands. Location: Bradford County Extension Office. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

July 24-25...Athens, Georgia.
Wildlife Management. Location: Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest. This course will focus on the wildlife habitat management of: white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and bobwhite quail. Fee: $300. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.

July 24-25...Asheville, North Carolina.
Oak Regeneration in Upland Hardwood Forests Workshop. Location: Bent Creek Experimental Forest, Pisgah National Forest. No Fee, but registration is required. Bring your own lunches. Participants with 4-wheel drive vehicles needed to transport other participants. Contact Jennifer Plyler at (828) 257-4389 or jplyler@fs.fed.us.

July 25...Winona, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Forest & Wildlife Management for Profit and Recreation. Location: Extension Building, 618 Summit Street. Fee: $35; lunch included. Space limited. Register by July 11. Call Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000.

July 26...Lecanto, Florida 10 AM - 3 PM ET.
Planning for the Future of Your Family Lands. Location: Citrus County Extension Office. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

CANCELLED July 26...Nationwide Noon CT.
Keeping Family Together Through Good Times and Bad presented by The Family Business Advisor. Location: Webinar. Fee: $159 per phone. Call Carol at (773) 572-6432.

July 27...Webinar 11 AM CT.
The Basics of Longleaf Understory Establishment & Enhancement. Presenter: Carol Denhof, The Longleaf Alliance. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

July 29 - August 1...Urbana, Illinois.
Walnut Council Annual Meeting. Location: Holiday Inn Urbana. Fee: $175. Contact Liz Jackson at (765) 583-3501 or jackson@purdue.edu.

> August 2012

August 1...Tuscaloosa County 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM.
Black Warrior River Basin State of the Watershed Conference. Location: North River Yacht Club, 3100 Yacht Club Way NE, Tuscaloosa. 5.5 CFEs available. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Kellie Johnston at (205) 623-0147 or warriorcwp@hotmail.com.

August 3...Webinar 11 AM CT.
Site Prep and Artificial Regeneration of Longleaf Pine. Presenter: Mark Hainds, The Longleaf Alliance. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

August 6-7…Athens, Georgia.
Recreational Pond Management. Location: Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest. This course should provide the basic knowledge and skills for providing high quality fishing through pond management. Fee: $300. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ingvar@uga.edu.

August 7...Jefferson County 1 PM - 3 PM.
Cahaba Clean Water Partnership Meeting. Location: Jefferson County Environmental Services Complex. Contact Glenn Littleton at (205) 217-2592 or cahabacwp@hotmail.com.

August 7...Bullock County 6 PM - 8 PM.
Regional Longleaf Workshop. Location: Wehle Nature Center, Midway. Speakers: Mark Hainds and Carol Denhof, The Longleaf Alliance. Fee: None. Dinner included. Contact Heath Wesley at (334) 775-3284 or bhw0004@aces.edu.

August 9...Tuscaloosa County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Conservation Easements Seminar. Location: JamisonMoneyFarmer PC, Tuscaloosa. Fee: $20; no professional credit. $35 with 6.5 hours CFE Credit. Contact Christen Ballard at (205) 366-4006 or cballard@jmf.com.

August 9...Belzoni, Mississippi 6 PM.
Wildlife Management with Food Plots. Location: Humphreys County Multi-Purpose Building. Fee: $10; dinner included. Register by August 7. Call Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000.

August 9-11...Nashville, Tennessee.
Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) National Convention. Location: Gaylord Opryland Resort. Fee: $235. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

August 10...Webinar 11 AM CT.
Ecologically Responsible Longleaf Pinestraw Production. Presenter: Mark Hainds, The Longleaf Alliance. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070.

August 13-17...Bogotá, Columbia.
Columbia Forest Investment Conference. Fee: $3375. The itinerary includes two days in Bogotá for seminars and talks and two days in western Colombia for forestry field visits. Well-rounded forestry field trips will focus on silviculture and operations. Contact Mark Willhite at (503) 695-6419 or mark.willhite@juno.com.

August 14...Escambia County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
GPS 101: Technology for Better Land Management. Location: Escambia County Extension Office, Brewton. Fee: $30; lunch included. Call Extension Office at (251) 867-7760.

August 14...Starkville, Mississippi 9 AM - 3:30 PM.
Having Your Timber and Wildlife Too! Location: Oktibbeha County Extension Office. Fee: $35; lunch included. Space limited. Register by August 9. Call John Kushla at (662) 566-2201.

August 14-16...Covington County.
Longleaf Academy: Herbicides & Longleaf 201. Location: Solon Dixon Center, Andalusia. Fee: $300; includes food and lodging. Contact JJ Bachant-Brown at (334) 427-1029 or jj@longleafalliance.org.

August 15...Atlanta, Georgia 7:30 AM - 5 PM ET.
Timber Market Analysis. This class teaches a detailed approach and specific strategies for analyzing timber markets for timberland, bioenergy, wood procurement, and forestry consulting applications. Speakers: Dr. Brooks Mendell and Amanda H. Lang. Fee: $660; $100 discount if paid by August 1. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

August 15...Morgan County 10 AM.
Tennessee Basin Clean Water Partnership (CWP) Meeting at Waterworks Facility, Hartselle. Call Jay Grantland at (256) 773-8495x13.

August 15...Webinar 1 PM CT.
"Exploring the risks that could derail the long-awaited housing recovery." 30-40 minute presentation followed by a Q&A session. No fee.

August 16...Carrollton, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:45 PM.
Forest Investments Short Course. Location: Carrollton Community House. Fee: $35; lunch included. Space limited. Register by August 2. Call Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000.

August 17...Webinar 11 AM CT.
Native Alternatives for Food Plots in the Longleaf Ecosystem - Part II. Presenter: Mark Hainds, The Longleaf Alliance. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

August 17-19...Montgomery County.
Buckmasters Expo. Location: Montgomery Convention Center. Admission is free with a can of food per person per day. Call Buckmasters at 1-800-240-3337.

August 18...Calhoun & St. Clair Counties 9 AM - 3 PM.
Guided Archaeology Tour. Meeting location disclosed upon registration. Visit Janney Iron Furnace, a 19th century battlefield, river locks, a prehistoric Indian village, and much more. Bring your own lunch and drinks. Transportation provided. Fee: $15; pre-registration is required. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

August 21-22...Mayhew, Mississippi.
Intro to ArcGIS 10 for Foresters at East Mississippi Community College. We will cover the basics of ArcGIS 10, learn to create terrific maps, and do multiple exercises to practice digitizing on top of aerial photos. Fee: $400. Contact Johnny Thompson at 1-866-395-5440 or jthompson@lmssmail.com.

August 22...Sumter County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Re-certification Workshop. Location: University of West Alabama Alfa Center, Livingston. Registration required. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.net.

August 22-24...Mobile County.
Agricultural Risk Management & Business Development Training Workshop. Location: Jon Archer Ag Center, Mobile. Registration required. Contact E’licia Chaverest at 1-866-858-4970 or elicia.chaverest@aamu.edu.

August 23...Charlotte, North Carolina 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM ET.
Forest Landowners Association (FLA) Regional Meeting. Location: Charlotte Country Club. Fee: $65. Contact the FLA at 1-800-325-2954 or info@forestlandowners.com.

August 23-24...Choctaw County.
Wildlife Management Seminar. Location: Bent Creek Lodge. Fee: $100. Bunkhouse style lodging and 3 meals included. Call Katherine Patton at (205) 387-1879x1.

August 27-30...Covington County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course. Location: Solon Dixon Forestry Center, Andalusia. Registration required. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.net.

CANCELED (due to the hurricane in the Gulf) August 28...Baldwin County 5:45 PM - 8 PM.
Growing & Managing Longleaf for Pine Straw. Location: Gulf Coast Research Station, Fairhope. Fee: $20 for landowners; dinner included. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 937-7176 or brodbam@auburn.edu.

August 28...Sandhill, Mississippi 7 PM.
Greene County Forestry Association Meeting. Location: Charlexis Fish House. Topics: Feral Hogs and Having a Firewise Home. No Fee. Please pre-register. Call Greene Co. Extension at (601) 394-2702.

August 28-30...Tifton, Georgia.
Longleaf Academy: Herbicides & Longleaf 201. Fee: $75; does not include lodging. $150 lodging stipend available to private individuals and state employees. Contact JJ Bachant-Brown at (334) 427-1029 or jj@longleafalliance.org.

August 29...Webinar 1 PM CT.
Good Forest Management Equals Good Forest Health. This webinar will discuss forest health issues that are affecting forest ecosystems throughout the nation. Presenter: Matt Jones, Resource Forester, Missouri Department of Conservation. Registration required. Contact American Tree Farm System at webinars@forestfoundation.org.

CANCELED (due to the hurricane in the Gulf) August 30...Conecuh County 5:45 PM - 8 PM.
Growing & Managing Longleaf for Pine Straw. Location: Conecuh County Extension Office, Evergreen. Fee: $20 for landowners; dinner included. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 259-6507 or brodbam@auburn.edu.

August 30...Midway, Georgia 8 AM - 4:15 PM ET.
Forestry Best Management Practices, Invasive Species, and Herbicides Workshop at Coastal Electric Coop. Fee: $25; lunch provided. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

> September 2012

September 4...Lee County 8 AM - 4:15 PM.
Alabama Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting at Auburn School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Conference Room. Parking in field south of School. Fee: $25. Contact Daryl Lawson at (256) 372-8287 or daryl.lawson@aamu.edu.

September 5...Lee County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Re-certification Workshop. Location: School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University. Registration required. Contact Kent Hanby at (256) 825-8593 or hanby@charter.net.

September 5-6...Sandestin, Florida.
Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting & Trade Show. Location: Baytowne. Fee: $325. Contact Jeff Doran at (850) 222-5646 or jdoran@forestfla.org.

September 5-7...Baldwin County.
Annual Alabama Water Resources Conference. Location: Perdido Beach Resort Hotel, Orange Beach. Fee: $320. Call Zhen Feng at (334) 844-5609.

September 6...Coffee County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Forestry Invasive Plants Identification and Control at New Brockton Farm Center Community Room. Register by August 31. Call Coffee County Extension Office at (334) 894-5596.

September 6...Mobile County 5:30 PM - 9 PM.
Managing Wild Pig Damage at Jon Archer Agricultural Center, Mobile. Fee: $10. Online registration only. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

September 7...Statewide.
Last Day to Register to Vote on September 18 Constitutional Amendment Referendum.

September 7...Lexington, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Ties to the Land: Your Family Forest Heritage at Gladys’s Restaurant. Fee: $50; lunch included. Call Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000.

September 9-11...Baldwin County.
Annual Meeting of the Alabama Forestry Association (AFA). Location: Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach. Professionals can take advantage of the Continuing Education track that is offered on September 9. This agenda qualifies for Continuing Legal, Accounting, Realtors, and Forestry credits. Fee: $450. Contact Fran Whitaker at (334) 481-2127 or fwhitaker@alaforestry.org.

September 11...Clarke County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
GPS 101: Technology for Better Land Management. Location: Alabama Tombigbee Room, Alabama Southern Community College, Thomasville. Fee: $30; lunch included. Contact Beau Brodbeck at (251) 259-6507 or brodbam@auburn.edu.

September 12...Webinar Noon CT.
The Family Business Strategic Advantage: Preservation and Passing of Entrepreneurial Passion. presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Call Carol at (773) 572-6432.

September 12 & 13...Tifton, Georgia.
Prescribed Fire Certification. Location: Rural Development Center. Fee: $100; $25 discount if paid by August 29. Contact Renae Woods at (229) 386-3416 or rltwoods@uga.edu.

September 13...Statewide.
Deadline to Apply for Absentee Ballot
for September 18 Constitutional Amendment Referendum.

September 13...Ashland, Mississippi 9 AM - 3:30 PM.
Having Your Timber and Wildlife Too at Benton County Agri-Center. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call John Kushla at (662) 566-2201.

September 13...Monroe County 5:30 PM - 9 PM.
Managing Wild Pig Damage at USDA Service Center, Monroeville. Fee: $10. Online registration only. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

September 14...Lee County 8 AM - Noon.
Silvics: The Forgotten Art of Forestry at School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences. Instructors: Dr. John Kush, Mr. John Gilbert, and Dr. Rebecca Barlow. Fee: $130 (series discounts avail.) with tailgate BBQ wrap-up. This course is part of 6-part Forestry & Football Series. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

September 15...Morgan County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Deer & Turkey Management at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Decatur. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Spenser Bradley at (256) 303-4924 or seb0043@auburn.edu.

September 17-18...Escambia County.
Converting Mixed Stand to Longleaf Pine: Not Just Clearcutting at Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Andalusia. Fee: $250.   More details. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

September 18...Statewide.
Constitutional Amendment Referendum to take $400+ million from the Alabama Trust Fund (ATF) for general fund budget expenses, change the method for determining ATF earnings, and stop the flow of about 50% of current oil & gas income from entering the ATF. Editor's note: You won't know what passage of this referendum will do by reading the ballot language you will see on the 18th.

September 18…Starkville, Mississippi.
Intro to GPS using Solo Forest. Learn how to use this program to collect points, lines, and areas and determine accurate acres under the toughest canopies; use photos and topos in the field; create cruise grids; navigate to cruise plots; input survey data and navigate to corners; heads-up digitize in the field; and make simple Geographic Information Systems (GIS) maps. Fee: $225. Contact Johnny Thompson at 1-866-395-5440 or jthompson@lmssmail.com.

September 18...Athens, Georgia 8 AM - 5 PM ET.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part I. Location: Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest. “This course will be especially useful for landowners and those who work with foresters and the forest industry such as forestry agencies, associations, forestry investment firms, real estate investment trusts and banking institutions with forest investments.” Fee: $210; $35 discount if paid by August 28. Lunch provided. Part II is September 19-20. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

September 18-20...Memphis, Tennessee.
National Small Farm Conference. Location: Memphis Cook Convention Center. Fee: $345; $50 discount if paid by August 24. Contact Linda Buchanan at (615) 963-1827 or lbuchanan6@tnstate.edu.

September 18-20...Portland, Oregon.
"Who Will Own The Forest?" Location: World Forestry Center. Join the professionals as they discuss issues pertaining to the economy, forestland valuations, investing overseas, and emerging values such as carbon, biomass, and environmental credits. Fee: $1080. Contact the World Forestry Center at (503) 228-1367 or mail@worldforestry.org.

September 19...Starkville, Mississippi.
Intro to TCruise. This class is primarily for foresters. Fee: $225. Contact Johnny Thompson at 1-866-395-5440 or jthompson@lmssmail.com.

September 19...Athens, Georgia 8 AM - 12:15 PM ET.
Forests and Hurricanes: Impacts and Planning Considerations at Warnell School of Forestry, Room 4-516. Fee: $120. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

September 19, 2012...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference will feature state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your mp3 player: September 19, 2012 CI Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.


September 19-20...Athens, Georgia.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part II. Location: Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest. “This course will be especially useful for landowners and those who work with foresters and the forest industry such as forestry agencies, associations, forestry investment firms, real estate investment trusts and banking institutions with forest investments.” Fee: $345; $50 discount if paid by August 28. Lunch provided. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

September 20...Griffin, Georgia.
Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day. Location: Westbrook Research Farm on Ellis Road, University of Georgia Griffin Campus. Fee: $35; $10 discount if paid by September 3. Lunch included. Call the Office of Continuing Education at (770) 229-3477.

September 20...Batesville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Are My Pines Ready To Thin? Workshop at Extension Building. Fee: $20; lunch included. Call Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000.

September 20...Shelby County 10 AM.
Forever Wild Board Meeting. Location: Jefferson State Community College, 4600 Valleydale Rd., Birmingham. The meeting will be held in Room 129 of the Health Science building. The public is invited and urged to submit comments. This meeting serves as a public hearing for anyone who would like to make comments concerning this program. Call Greg Lein at (334) 353-7998. Editors Note: Should private landowners be concerned that the government is removing more and more land (hundreds of thousands of acres) from the private sector? Forever Wild land does not pay taxes. Who will the legislature decide needs to make up the shortfall in tax revenue as Forever Wild removes more and more property from paying taxes? Private forestland owners? These are questions you might want to ask yourself as a forest landowner.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

September 20...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas - Live! Dinner and Discussion.
Location: Chris’ BBQ & Grill, 2409 Acton Road, Suite 153, Vestavia. Come enjoy a Dutch Treat dinner, listen to the September CI Live! News Conference for Forest Owners, and argue about the issues with other landowners afterward. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. Limited seating. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.


September 20...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Birmingham Zoo. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some of the best wild game in Alabama. Fee: $50; $10 discount if paid prior to event. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

September 20-21...Fayette County.
Forestry Continuing Education Class at Bevill State Community College, Fayette. This class is for foresters, but others may find some of the topics useful. Fee: $245; $20 discount if paid by September 1. Call Jimmy Sims at (205) 932-4335.

September 21...Lee County 8 AM - Noon.
Introduction to Woodland Management at School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences. Instructors: Dr. John Kush, Mr. John Gilbert, and Dr. Rebecca Barlow. Fee: $130 (series discounts avail.) with tailgate BBQ wrap-up. This course is part of 6-part Forestry & Football Series. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

September 21-22...Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Tennessee Tree Farmers Annual Workshop at University of Tennessee Forest AgResearch & Education Center. In conjunction with "Woods & Wildlife Field Day. Contact Candace Dinwiddie at (615) 883-3832 or cdinwiddie@tnforestry.com.

September 25...Lee County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Unified Theory of Climate at School of Forestry and Wildlife Science, Rm 1101, Auburn University. Speaker: Dr. Ned Nikolov. Contact David South at (334) 844-1022 or southdb@auburn.edu.

September 25...Lee County 6:30 PM.
Forever Wild vs. State Fiscal Sanity at Chappy's Deli, 754 E. Glenn Avenue, Auburn. Contact Frank Dillman at frank@frankdillman.com  For more information see www.NotForeverWild.org.

September 26...Walker County 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Estate Planning Workshop at Alabama Cooperative Extension System building, Jasper. Speakers: Dr. Robert Tufts, Auburn University and Andy Baril, Alabama Cooperative Extension Service. Registration required. Call Katherine at (205) 387-1879.

September 26-27...Madison County.
Clear Water Alabama Seminar and Field Day. Location: Holiday Inn Research Park, Huntsville. Fee: $195; $25 discount if you pre-register. Lunch provided. Call Earl Norton at (334) 728-4107.

September 27...Wilcox County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only). Location: JE Hobbs, Camden. Call Pam Stenz at (334) 682-4289.

September 27...Belden, Mississippi 8 AM - 4 PM.
Income Taxes And The Family Forest at Itawamba Community College. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call John Kushla at (662) 566-2201.

September 27...Lowndes County 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Advanced Hardwood Management Workshop at Southern Sportsman Hunting Lodge, Tyler. Fee: $30; lunch included. Contact Patrick Cook at (334) 850-6837 or mpc0005@aces.edu.

September 27...Baker, Florida 9 AM - 2 PM CT.
Timberland Security for Landowners. Location: Gum Creek Lodge. This workshop will help landowners be more aware of security risks and take steps to minimize them. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

September 27...Webinar 1 PM CT.
Basics of Estate Planning and the Tools Available for Family Forests. Presenter: Dr. Tamara Cushing, Clemson University. Registration required. Contact American Tree Farm System at webinars@forestfoundation.org.

September 28...Kosciusko, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Income Taxes And The Family Forest at Attala County Extension Office. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call John Kushla at (662) 566-2201.

September 29...Houston County 8 AM.
Forever Wild vs. State Fiscal Sanity at Golden Corral, 3340 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan. Contact Frank Dillman at frank@frankdillman.com  For more information see www.NotForeverWild.org.

September 29...Capps, Florida 8 AM - 12:30 PM ET.
Florida-Georgia Game Management Update: Duck and Dove Field Day. Location: Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center. Fee: $20. Contact Jed Dillard at (850) 342-3483 or dillardjed@ufl.edu.

September 29...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Wild Game Processing: From Field to Table. Location: University of Florida Meat Processing Laboratory. Fee: $45. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

September29...Shelby County 10 AM - 2 PM.
Tri-County Wild Game Cooking Championship and Hunting and Fishing Expo at Tractor Supply, 4633 Alabama 155, Montevallo. The expo will give outdoor enthusiasts the chance to see gear and equipment, as well as sample freshly cooked game, fish, and fowl. Fee: $10. Tickets available at the chamber office at 720 Oak Street, Montevallo. Call Mary Lou Williams at (205) 665-1519.

> October 2012

October 2...Madison County 8 AM - 4 PM.
Maintaining Unpaved Roads at Holiday Inn—Research Park, Huntsville. Information presented in a straightforward non-technical manner. Fee: $125. Contact Robert L. Vecellio at (334) 844-4320 or vecellio@eng.auburn.edu. This seminar will repeat:

  October 3...Pelham Civic Center, Pelham
  October 4...Renaissance Hotel, Montgomery
  October 5...Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Park, Mobile

October 2…Grenada, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Forest Management Plan Workshop at Grenada County Office Building. This is an indoor workshop and basic computer skills are necessary. Fee: $20; lunch included. Call Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000.

October 2...Lake City, Florida 9 AM - 2:30 PM ET.
Silviculture Best Management Practices Workshop at IFAS Extension Office. Registration deadline: September 21. Contact Robin Holland at (352) 732-1273 or robin.holland@freshfromflorida.com.

October 2...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences (SFWS) Seminar Series at Auburn University, SFWS Room 1101. Topic: GIS Opportunities for Stand Dynamics. Speaker: John Gilbert. Refreshments served. Contact Lori Eckhardt at (334) 844-2720 or eckhalg@auburn.edu.

October 2...Morgan County 5:30 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Ingalls Harbor, Decatur. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some of the best wild game in Alabama. Fee: $35. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

October 2...Baldwin County 7 PM.
Mobile Bay Sierra Club Meeting at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort. The focus of the meeting will be the Forever Wild program which has purchased more than 229,000 acres of land. The public is invited to attend and participate. No fee. Contact Carol Adams-Davis at (702) 496-5050 or mcadamsdavis@earthlink.net. Editors Note: Should private landowners be concerned that the government is removing more and more land (hundreds of thousands of acres) from the private sector? How much public land is enough? Is public or private forestland better for Alabama's economy? Forever Wild land does not pay taxes. Who will the legislature decide needs to make up the shortfall in tax revenue as Forever Wild removes more and more property from paying taxes? Private forestland owners? These are questions you might want to ask yourself as a forest landowner.

October 2-4...Covington County.
Longleaf Academy: Understory Restoration 201 at Solon Dixon Center, Andalusia. Fee: $300; includes food and lodging. Contact JJ Bachant-Brown at (334) 427-1029 or jj@longleafalliance.org.

October 2-5...New Orleans, Louisiana.
Science for Biomass Feedstock Production and Utilization National Conference. Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside. “The Conference will focus on the scientific progress in the field of biomass production, harvest, logistics and processing, conversion, and renewable energy, and will promote collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit and government partners.” Fee: $425. Contact The Southeastern Regional Sun Grant Center at (865) 946-1124 or sungrant@tennessee.edu.

October 3...Covington County 8:15 AM.
Fall Landowner Tour at Five Points in Northeast Covington County on the property of John and Rebecca Langford. No fee. Lunch provided. Call Covington County Extension Office at (334) 222-1125.

CANCELED October 3-4...Washington, DC.
National Forest Landowner Advocacy Day. Location: Gaylord National Resort. Make sure our elected officials hear your voice, the private forest landowner. Contact Susan Johnson at 1-800-325-2954 or sjohnson@forestlandowners.com.

October 4...Tallapoosa County 8 AM.
Central Alabama Helene Mosley Forestry Field Day. Location: Bobby Jennings property in Hackneyville. Approx. 9 miles North of Alexander City. “Some of the best spring and summer wildlife habitat I’ve seen.” Claude Jenkins, Alabama Wildlife Federation. No Fee. Catfish & Chicken dinner served at approx. 12:30 PM. RSVP please. Call (256) 825-1050.

October 4...Autauga County 5:30 PM - 9 PM.
Managing Wild Pig Damage at Autauga County Extension Office, Autaugaville. Fee: $10. Online registration only. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

October 4-5...Athens, Georgia.
Conservation Easements for Forest Landowners and their Advisers. Location: Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Instructors: Dr. Harry L. Haney, Katherine Eddins, Jack Sawyer, D. Randall Bowen. Fee: $345. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

October 5...Lee County 8 AM - Noon.
Estimating Site Productivity at School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences. Instructors: Dr. John Kush, Mr. John Gilbert, and Dr. Rebecca Barlow. Fee: $130 (series discounts avail.) with tailgate BBQ wrap-up. This course is part of 6-part Forestry & Football Series. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

October 5-6...Cherokee County.
Alabama Treasure Forest Association Conference and Tour. Location: Gadsden State Community College, Centre. Fee: $99. Call Alabama Treasure Forest Association at 1-888-240-4694.

October 5-6...Starkville, Mississippi.
Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show at John W. Starr Memorial Forest. Fee: $15; $5 discount if you pre-register. Contact Misty Booth at (662) 325-2191 or msfes@cfr.msstate.edu.

October 5-7...Shelby County.
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW). Location: Alabama 4-H Center on Lay Lake. Participants choose from over 50 courses such as: backyard wildlife, rock climbing, camp cooking, map and compass, camping, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, and many more. Mike Bolton article on BOW. Fee $225; includes meals, lodging, program materials, and instruction. Contact Sylvia Payne at 1-800-262-3151 or sylvia.payne@dcnr.alabama.gov.

October 6...Jefferson County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Field Day Hunter Education Course at Tannehill State Park. No fee. Call Michael Jackson at (205) 339-5716. Attendance of this class requires completion of internet or cd course prior to class. Must bring printed report to class. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised Alabama hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. There are some exceptions. There are many other courses being taught at various locations in October. Course Listings. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

October 6...Poteau, Oklahoma 10 AM - 4 PM.
Oklahoma Woodland Owners’ Association (OWOA) Annual Meeting. Location: The Kerr Center For Sustainable Agriculture. Fee: $25 for all non-OWOA members. Call OWOA at (918) 569-4287.

October 10...Athens, Georgia 7:45 AM - 12 PM Noon ET.
Forest Management I: Tree– and Stand– Level Decisions at Warnell School of Forestry, Room 2-201A. Program is more for management professionals. Fee: $120. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

October 10-11...Baldwin County.
Clear Water Alabama Seminar and Field Day. Location: 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort. Fee: $195; $25 discount if you pre-register. Lunch provided. Call Earl Norton at (334) 728-4107.

October 10-12...Kingsport, Tennessee.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Annual Meeting at Meadowview Marriott Hotel. Fee: $225; TFA member. Contact Candace Dinwiddie at (615) 883-3832 or cdinwiddie@tnforestry.com.

October 11...Choctaw County 8 AM - 2 PM.
South Region Helene Mosley Forestry Field Day. Location: Property of O. M. Becton in Aquilla. Contact John P. Ollison at (205) 459-2133 or ollisjp@aces.edu.

October 11...Senatobia, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Are My Pines Ready To Thin? Workshop at Extension Building. Please wear proper footwear and clothing for field exercise. Fee: $20; lunch included. Call Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000.

October 11...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM ET.
Tree/Plant Identification. Location: Morningside Nature Center. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

October 11...Mobile County 5:30 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Mobile Bay Causeway, Mobile. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $60. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

October 11...Chambers County 6 PM.
Forest Landowners Conference. Location: Farmers Federation Building, LaFayette. Topic: Pros and cons of Forever Wild. Speakers: Kent Hanby, Certified Alabama Controlled Burn Specialist and State Senator Clay Scofield. Dinner & Dessert is $4. Call Bill Frazer at (334) 864-7865.

October 12...Hernando, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Income Taxes And The Family Forest at Hernando Public Library. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call Jason Gordon at (662) 226-6000.

October 16...Conecuh County 8:30 AM - 12 PM Noon.
Forest Regeneration & Managing for Pine Straw at Conecuh County Extension Office, 102 Liberty Street, Evergreen. Topics include: What tree species should I regenerate, Natural regeneration options, Artificial regeneration options, Tree planting contracts, Growing pines for pine straw, and Economics and marketing pine straw. Fee: $15. Call Alabama Cooperative Extension System at (251) 578-2762.

CANCELED  October 16...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences (SFWS) Seminar Series at Auburn University, SFWS Room 1101. Topic: Interaction between Manganese and roots—Are there pine vigor consequences? Speaker: Dr. Mary Ann Sword Sayer, US Forest Service, Pineville. Refreshments served. Contact Lori Eckhardt at (334) 844-2720 or eckhalg@auburn.edu.

October 16-18...Greenville, Florida.
Forest Technology Users Conference at Honey Lake Plantation. Conference primarily for foresters. Fee: $495. Contact Sara Ressler at (850) 309-3962 or sressler@thinkf4.com.

October 16-18...Moultrie, Georgia.
Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition at Spence Field, 290-G Harper Blvd. Activities: Tractor & ATV test drives, Stock Dog Trials, educational seminars, and many more. Fee: $20 multiday pass; $10 single day pass. Call (229) 985-1968 for more information.

October 17...Webinar 11 AM CT.
The Restoration of the American Chestnut. Presenters: Stacy Clark, USDA Forest Service, and Bryan Burhans, The American Chestnut Foundation. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070 or whubbard@uga.edu.

October 17-19...Tupelo, Mississippi.
Mississippi Forestry Association (MFA) Annual Meeting at BancorpSouth Conference Center and Arena. Fee: $405. Contact MFA at (601) 354-4936 or epope@msforestry.net.

October 18...Blount County 8 AM.
North Region Forestry Field Day. Location: Mountain Shadows Farms, 1204 Ketchum Road, Blountsville. Wildlife topics. Contact Dan Porch at (205) 274-2129 or porchdw@aces.edu.

October 18...Pike County 7 PM.
Forever Wild vs. State Fiscal Sanity at American Legion building, 212 East Walnut Street, Troy. Contact Frank Dillman at frank@frankdillman.com  For more information see www.NotForeverWild.org.

October 19-21...Asheville, North Carolina.
American Chestnut Summit. Location: Crowne Plaza Resort. This event will feature presentations, workshops, and a field tour. Fee: $99. Call The American Chestnut Foundation at (828) 281-0047.

October 20-24...Tampa, Florida.
National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration. Location: Tampa Convention Center. Call Restore America’s Estuaries National Office at (703) 524-0248.

October 23...Etowah & St. Clair Counties.
Special Election for the vacant District 30 seat of Blaine Galliher in the Alabama House of Representatives. If a runoff is needed, it is set for December 11, 2012. The General Election is set for January 29, 2013. If a runoff is not needed, the General Election will be December 11, 2012.

October 23-26...Nacogdoches, Texas.
Biennial Regional Longleaf Conference. Location: Hotel Fredonia and Conference Center. Fee: TBD. Contact JJ Bachant-Brown at (334) 427-1029 or jj@longleafalliance.org.

October 24...Webinar Noon CT.
Creating a Sustainable (and Effective!) Family Business Culture. presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Call Carol at (773) 572-6432.

October 24...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM - 9 PM.
Forestry Best Management Practices and Watershed Management Seminar at Tuscaloosa County Extension Office. Fee: $10; dinner provided. Call Tuscaloosa County Extension Office at (205) 349-4630.

October 24-28...Spokane, Washington.
Society of American Foresters National Convention. Location: Spokane Convention Center. More details to come. Contact Elaine Cook at 1-866-897-8720x100 or cooke@safnet.org.

October 30...Ellisville, Mississippi 8 AM.
Longleaf Field Day at Jones County Junior College Advanced Technology Center, 72 Technology Boulevard. Fee: $5; lunch included. Contact Kim Tolbert at (601) 428-5201 or ktolbert@ext.msstate.edu.

October 30...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences (SFWS) Seminar Series at Auburn University, SFWS Room 1101. Topic: Planting density and tree-size relations observed in young spacing studies. Speaker: Dr. David Hyink, Retired from Weyerhaeuser. Refreshments served. Contact Lori Eckhardt at (334) 844-2720 or eckhalg@auburn.edu.

October 11, 18, 25, and November 1 & 8...Webinar Series Presentations.
Natural Resources Opportunities for Landowners. Fee: $100 for all 5 sessions or $25 for individual sessions. Contact Ben Jackson at (706) 542-9051 or bjack@uga.edu.

October 30 - November 1...Starkville, Mississippi.
Natural Regeneration of Hardwoods at Mississippi State University (MSU) and field sites. This is one of a series of hardwood shortcourses provided by MSU. Fee: $110; lunch included. Contact Dr. Andy Ezell at (662) 325-1688 or aezell@cfr.msstate.edu.

> November 2012

November 1...Lebanon, Tennessee 5 PM.
Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Meeting at James E. Ward Agricultural Center, 945 E. Baddur Parkway. Contact Heather Slayton at (615) 218-4377 or heather.slayton@tn.gov.

November 1...Dallas County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Historic St. James Hotel, Selma. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $50. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

November 2...Lee County 8 AM - Noon.
Forest Regeneration for the Future at School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn University. Instructors: Dr. John S. Kush, Dr. Tom Starkey, Dr. Rebecca Barlow, and John C. Gilbert. Fee: $130 (series discounts avail.) with tailgate BBQ wrap-up. This course is part of 6-part Forestry & Football Series. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

November 6...National & Statewide.
Election Day. Presidential and Congressional elections. Alabama constitutional amendments will include one that takes up to $300 million from the Alabama Trust Fund to fund the Forever Wild program for 20 more years, and another amendment to allow the state to borrow $750 million to be used to entice businesses to locate in Alabama.

November 6...Autauga County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at R.H. Kirkpatrick Agricultural Pavilion, Autaugaville. Pre-K & K. Contact Yvonne Thomas at (334) 201-5209 or thomayd@aces.edu.

November 6...Lee County 11 AM - Noon.
School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences (SFWS) Seminar Series at Auburn University, SFWS Room 1101. Topic: Impacts of climate change and air pollution on terrestrial productivity and carbon storage. Speaker: Dr. Wei Ren, SFWS. Refreshments served. Contact Lori Eckhardt at (334) 844-2720 or eckhalg@auburn.edu.

November 8...Lee County 8 AM - Noon.
Managing the Forest with Fire at School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn University. Instructors: Dr. John S. Kush, Dr. Rebecca Barlow, and John C. Gilbert. Fee: $130 (series discounts avail.) with tailgate BBQ wrap-up. This course is part of 6-part Forestry & Football Series. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

November 8...Escambia & Monroe Counties 8 AM.
Landowner Tour at Little River State Park, 580 H. Kyle Road, Atmore. Topics include: Longleaf management, Silvopasture management, Prescribed burning, and Native grasses. The tour will end with a free lunch at Hauss Nursery. Call Alabama Forestry Commission, Escambia County, at (251) 867-7798.

November 8...Burnsville, Mississippi 9 AM - 3:30 PM.
Managing the Family Forest at Burnsville Chamber of Commerce, 322 Hwy 72 East. Topics: Forest Management Plan, Management for Wildlife, Timber Taxes, Prescribed Burning for Wildlife, Hardwood Management, and Natural Regeneration of Pine. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call John Kushla at (662) 566-2201.

November 8...Madison, Florida 9:30 AM ET.
Landowner Tour at property of Benjamin and Judi Wyche. Lunch provided. Contact Phil at (850) 222-5646.

November 8...Marion County 6 PM.
Feral Hog Management at Oh Bryan’s Restaurant, Highway 17, Hamilton. Speaker: Andrew Baril, Regional Extension Agent. Dutch treat dinner. Contact Lisa Murphy at (205) 921-3551 or murphlc@auburn.edu.

November 10...Calhoun County 10 AM - 2 PM.
Fall Color Hike at Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge. Easy to moderate terrain. Hike leader: Bill Garland, Biologist. Fee: $5; pre-registration required by November 5. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-8010 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

November 13...Autauga County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at R.H. Kirkpatrick Agricultural Pavilion, Autaugaville. 3rd grade kids. Contact Yvonne Thomas at (334) 201-5209 or thomayd@aces.edu.

November 13...Bartow, Florida 9 AM - 2:30 PM ET.
Silviculture Best Management Practices Workshop at IFAS Extension Office. Registration deadline: November 2. Contact Robin Holland at (352) 732-1273 or robin.holland@freshfromflorida.com.

November 13...Montgomery County 6 PM - 10 PM.
Field Day Hunter Education Course at Frazer United Methodist Church. No fee. Call Michael Bloxom at (334) 242-3868. Attendance of this class requires completion of internet or cd course prior to class. Must bring printed report to class. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised Alabama hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. There are some exceptions. There are many other courses being taught at various locations in November. Course Listings. Contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

November 14...Autauga County 12 PM Noon.
PALS (People Against A Littered State) Governors Awards. Location: Marriott at Capitol Hill, Prattville. Call Alabama PALS at (334) 263-7737.

November 14 & 15...Statesboro, Georgia.
Prescribed Fire Certification Training at Georgia Southern University. Fee: $115. Call Judy Hendrix-Poole at (912) 478-5993.

November 16...Lee County 8 AM - Noon.
Record Keeping and Profit Planning for the Forest Landowner at School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn University. Instructors: Dr. John S. Kush, Dr. Rebecca Barlow, and John C. Gilbert. Fee: $130 (series discounts avail.) with tailgate BBQ wrap-up. This course is part of 6-part Forestry & Football Series. Contact Kelly Knowles at (334) 844-1010 or knowlkw@auburn.edu.

November 19-20...Athens, Georgia.
Introduction to ArcGIS at Warnell School of Forestry, Room 4-419. Fee: $360; lunch on day one included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

November 21...Webinar Noon - 1 PM with repeat at 7 PM - 8 PM Eastern Time (ET).
ForestConnect Webinar - What to expect during a timber harvest. Contact Peter Smallidge at (607) 592-3640 or pjs23@cornell.edu.

November 27...Pike County 1 PM.
Clean Water Partnership (CWP) Meeting at Pike Pioneer Museum, Troy. This is a joint meeting of the Choctawhatchee-Pea-Yellow Rivers & Conecuh-Sepulga & Blackwater Rivers. Learn about the Strategic Habitat project and how it may affect you as a forest landowner. Contact Lisa Harris at (334) 527-3584 or lisaharris@centurytel.net.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

November 28, 2012...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

News Conference for Forest Owners.
This 30 minute telephone/Internet conference featured state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your mp3 player: November 28, 2012 CI Live!
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.


November 29...Covington County 5:30 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Covington Center Arena, Andalusia. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $40. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

November 29...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas - Live! Dinner and Discussion
at Creekside Tavern, 4330 Creekside Avenue, Hoover. Located in the Patton Creek Shopping Center beside the Galleria. Come enjoy a Dutch Treat dinner, listen to the November CI Live! News Conference for Forest Owners, and argue about the issues with other landowners afterward. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. Limited seating. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or rll@afoa.org.


November 29...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM.
Capital Ideas - Live! Dinner and Discussion at Tuscaloosa County Extension Office, 2513 7th St., Tuscaloosa. Enjoy a BBQ dinner, listen to AFOA’s November News Conference, and argue about the issues with other landowners. Dinner at 6 PM with 30 minute program starting about 6:45 PM. To attend, RSVP Chris Williams at (205) 366-4007 or cwilliams@jmf.com.

> December 2012

December 1...Cleburne County 10 AM - 3 PM.
Birding Trail Launch at Mountain Center, 6751 Hwy 78, Heflin. Contact Renee Morrison at (256) 782-8010 or rmorrison@jsu.edu.

December 3...Athens, Georgia 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM ET.
Timber Income Tax at Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Instructor: Harry Haney, PhD. Fee: $220; lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

December 4...Madison, Mississippi 8 AM - 5 PM.
Getting Started with the HMS Timber Cruise Suite at 100 Solleftea Drive. Workshop 1 of 3. This workshop is mostly for foresters or experienced cruisers. Fee: $200; lunch on your own. Contact Brian Mitchell at (601) 664-8617 or brian.mitchell@haglofinc.com.

December 4...Raymond, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM.
Managing Wild Pig Damage at Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center. Fee: $20; lunch included. Call Kelly LaSalle at (662) 325-3133.

December 4...Webinar Noon CT.
The Ties that Bind: Facing up to the Difficult, Sometimes Brutal, Family Business Issues presented by The Family Business Advisor. Fee: $159 per phone. Call Carol at (773) 572-6432.

December 4...Knoxville, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association East Regional Meeting at Ye Olde Steak House. Topic: Good reasons to stay in the timber business. Speaker: Dr. Adam Taylor, University of Tennessee. Fee: $30. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

December 5...Jefferson County 8:30 AM - 3:45 PM.
Promoting Our Wise, Efficient, Renewable Use of Power (POWER-UP) Energy Forum at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Discussion will consist of efficiency and conservation, alternatives, renewables, and a transparent process for stakeholders to have input to choosing our energy future. Fee: $20. Contact the Alabama Environmental Council at (205) 322-3126.

December 5...Athens, Georgia 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM ET.
GPS for Beginners at Warnell School of Forestry, Building 4, Room 516. Instructor: Dr. Pete Bettinger. Fee: $195; lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

December 5...Madison, Mississippi 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
Database Management for Forest Inventory at 100 Solleftea Drive. Workshop 2 of 3. This workshop is mostly for foresters or experienced cruisers. Fee: $200; lunch on your own. Contact Brian Mitchell at (601) 664-8617 or brian.mitchell@haglofinc.com.

December 5...Chilton County 9 AM - 3:15 PM.
Alabama Clean Water Partnership Watershed Annual Conference at Clanton Conference & Performing Arts Center, 1850 Lay Dam Road, Clanton. Fee: $50. Call Allison Jenkins at (205) 266-6285 or coordinator@cleanwaterpartnership.org.

December 5-6...Athens, Georgia.
Deer Ecology & Management at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Drive. Instructors: Karl V. Miller, Univ. of Georgia and Brian Murphy, Exec. Director of Quality Deer Management Association. Fee: $325; lunch included on day 1. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

December 6...Montgomery County 8:10 AM - 4:15 PM.
Alabama Realtors Land Institute’s Fall Meeting at The Alabama Association of Realtors Building, 522 Washington Ave., Montgomery. Topics include a 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange Course and Pressing Property Rights Issues. Fee: $99; lunch included. Attendees must pre-register. Contact Jeanne Smith at (256) 825-4331.

December 6...Monticello, Florida 9 AM - 1 PM ET.
Forestry & Wildlife Tour at Waukeenah Plantation. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

December 6...Madison, Mississippi 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
Advanced TCruise Course at 100 Solleftea Drive. Workshop 3 of 3. This workshop is mostly for foresters or experienced cruisers. Fee: $200; lunch on your own. Contact Brian Mitchell at (601) 664-8617 or brian.mitchell@haglofinc.com.

December 6...Dover, Tennessee 6 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association West Middle Regional Meeting at Bauer’s Catfish Restaurant (formerly Cindy’s). Topic: Good reasons to stay in the timber business. Speaker: Dr. Adam Taylor, University of Tennessee. Fee: $15. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

December 10-14...Fort Lauderdale, Florida
ACES and Ecosystem Markets at Harbor Beach Marriott. Fee: $525. Contact Angelica Williams at (352) 392-5930 or amwilliams@ufl.edu.

December 11...Etowah & St. Clair Counties.
General Election for the vacant District 30 seat of Blaine Galliher in the Alabama House of Representatives. Mack Butler (Rep) will face Beth McGlaughn (Dem).

December 11...Blount & Jefferson Counties.
Runoff for the vacant District 34 seat of Elwyn Thomas in the Alabama House of Representatives. The runoff is between former judge David Standridge and Chris Latta. No Democrats are seeking to fill the seat.

December 11...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Meeting at Chris’ BBQ on Acton Road, Birmingham. Speaker: John Thames, publisher of the magazine, Covey Rise. Call Frank Harris at (205) 424-1381.

December 11-12...Starkville, Mississippi.
Intro to ArcGIS 10 for Foresters at East Mississippi Community College. “The goal of this class is to simplify ArcGIS and make it a practical tool for the field forester or landowner.” Fee: $400. Call Johnny Thompson at 1-866-395-5440.

December 12...Multiple Locations 12 PM - 3 PM CT or 1 PM - 4 PM ET depending on location.
The "Green Value" of Your Woods Polycom Workshop. Learn more about the complete picture of the value of your woods. No Fee. Location and contact list:

Bonifay, Florida (850) 547-1108                                    Bushnell, Florida (352) 793-2728
DeFuniak Springs, Florida (850) 892-8172   DeLand, Florida (386) 822-5778
Gainesville, Florida (352) 955-2402   Green Cove Springs, Florida (904) 284-6355
Homestead, Florida (305) 248-3311x225   Jacksonville, Florida (904) 387-8850
Jay, Florida (850) 675-3107   Kissimmee, Florida (321) 697-3000
Lake City, Florida (386) 752-5384   Macclenny, Florida (904) 259-3520
Madison, Florida (850) 973-4138   Marianna, Florida (850) 482-9620
Quincy, Florida (850) 875-7255   Sebring, Florida (863) 402-6540
Tavares, Florida (352) 343-4101x6      

December 12...Crossville, Tennessee 5 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association Middle Regional Meeting at Cumberland Mountain State Park. Topic: Cost Share Programs for Forest Landowners & Loggers. Fee: $15. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.


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