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2018 Calendar of Past Events

last update: 12/11/2018

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

> January 2018

January...Multiple Counties 8 AM - 12 PM.
Private Pesticide Applicator Training/Testing Class - One of the most useful aspects of this class for landowners may be learning how to calibrate a backpack sprayer. Fee: $45; $20 for training and $25 for licensing. If you need more information call Dr. Chip East at (256) 846-0314.

- Coosa County - January 18
- Randolph County - January 24
- Macon County - January 26
- Russell County - January 31

CANCELLED due to lack of interest  January...Multiple Counties 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
How Does a Lender Evaluate a Small Business Loan Application. Fee: $10; meal provided. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Programs with fewer than 10 people pre-registered will be canceled. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@auburn.edu.

January 5...Covington County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Covington County Forestry Committee Meeting at the Covington County Ag Center, 23952 Alabama Highway 55, Andalusia. For more information contact Charles Simon at (334) 222-1125 or simoncm@auburn.edu.

January 5...Teleconference Noon CT.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

January 11...Tallapoosa County 9 AM - 4 PM.
CANCELLED  East Central Region Alabama Master Naturalist Program at Wind Creek State Park. Topic of session: Alabama’s Amphibians & Reptiles. This program’s goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world. This is the 5th of 8 sessions. Fee: $30/session. Contact Doyle Keasal at (334) 750-6735 or keasade@aces.edu.

January 13-14...Morgan County.
Festival of the Cranes at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), 3121 Visitors Center Road, Decatur. Over 14,000 Sandhill cranes along with several pairs of Whooping cranes spend the winter at Wheeler NWR. Events include viewing the cranes up close, birding workshops, nature walks, kid’s activities, and live raptors. Call Wheeler NWR at (256) 350-6639.

January 16...Houston County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Wiregrass Region Alabama Master Naturalist  (AMN) Program at Landmark Park, 430 Landmark Drive, Dothan. Topic of session: Introduction to AMN, Taxonomy, and Plant Botany. This program’s goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world. Fee: $30/session. Contact Doyle Keasal at (334) 750-6735 or keasade@aces.edu.

January 16...Montgomery County 5 PM - 7 PM.
Alabama Agribusiness Council Legislative Reception at RSA Plaza Terrace, 770 Washington Avenue, Montgomery. Great opportunity to meet state legislators interested in forestry & agriculture. Sponsored in part by AFOA along with several other organizations. Parking available in the RSA Plaza Terrace Parking Deck on Adams Avenue. Contact Leigha Cauthen at (334) 834-4006 or lcauthen@alagribusiness.org.

January 18...Jefferson County 8 AM - 6 PM.
Precision Agriculture Workshop at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham. A drone segment of the program may be of interest to forest landowners. Register online here.

January 19-21...Jackson County.
Alabama Youth Trappers Education Workshop in Scottsboro will pass on the historical aspects of trapping, biological information concerning furbearers and furbearer management, and allows students to learn the proper techniques that include the use of trapping as a sound wildlife management tool. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

January 19 - February 18…Marshall County.
Eagle Awareness Weekends at Lake Guntersville State Park, 1155 Lodge Drive, Guntersville. This program runs each weekend. 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) 571-5440.

January 22-23...Covington County.
Cancelled From Lack of Registrants  Forest-Her on Fire at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia. This workshop will focus on teaching women about Alabama’s historic fire regimes and how prescribed fire can and should be use as an effective land management tool. Classroom and field instruction. Fee: $115; three meals and Monday night lodging included. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

January 23-25...Windsor, South Carolina.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 at the UGA Conference Center-Savannah River Ecology Lab, 3280 Williston Road. Topics include: History of longleaf, Use of fire, Artificial regeneration, Natural regeneration, Stand management, Diseases, Economics, and more. Fee: $150; includes lunches. Contact Karen at (334) 427-1029 or karen@longleafalliance.org.

January 26...Houston County 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM.
Alabama’s Forests, A Winter Wonderland at Landmark Park. This is a Project Learning Tree Workshop. Fee: $40; lunch included. Contact Ashley Smith at (334) 481-2137x137 or asmith@alaforestry.org.

January 27...Tallahassee, Florida 11 AM - 3 PM EST.
Red Hills Fire Festival at Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy at 13093 Henry Beadel Drive. The Fire Festival was created to help spread awareness about prescribed fire and healthy forests. The festival will include: live prescribed fire, equipment demonstrations, wagon ride tours, fire talks with experts, kid’s activities, food vendors, and live music. Contact Brian Wiebler at (850) 893-4153x345 or bwiebler@talltimbers.org.

January 28-30...Pine Mountain, Georgia.
Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting at the Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens. Theme: "Trees: Growing...Selling...Using". Professional foresters and landowners are welcome to attend to hear conference speakers address economic, environmental, and policy issues. Fee: $300. For more information email Karen Johansen at sesafbusmgr@bellsouth.net.

January 30...St. Clair County.
Property Tax Vote - St. Clair County voters will decide on an 8 mil property tax increase. Click here for sample ballot.

January 30...Houston County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Wiregrass Region Alabama Master Naturalist Program at Landmark Park, 430 Landmark Drive, Dothan. Topic of session: Alabama's Geology, Soils, & Weather. This program’s goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world. Fee: $30/session. Contact Doyle Keasal at (334) 750-6735 or keasade@aces.edu.

January 30...Kissimmee, Florida 9 AM - 4 PM EST.
Herbicide Use in Natural Areas at Osceola County Extension Building, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane. Attendees are welcome and encouraged to bring along clean and sanitized backpack sprayers for a calibration breakout session. Lunch provided. For more information email Cody Miller at cody-marie.miller@tnc.org.

 

> February 2018

February...Multiple Counties 8 AM - 12 PM.
Private Pesticide Applicator Training/Testing Class - Since most forestry herbicides do not require licensing to buy or apply on your own land, one of the most useful aspects of this class for landowners may be learning how to calibrate a backpack sprayer. Fee: $45; $20 for training and $25 for licensing. If you need more information call Dr. Chip East at (256) 846-0314.

- Cleburne County - February 2
- Elmore County - February 6
- Talladega County - February 8
- Autauga County - February 16
- Lee County - February 20
- Clay County - February 22
- Chambers County - February 28

CANCELLED due to lack of interest February...Multiple Counties 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
How Does a Lender Evaluate a Small Business Loan Application. Fee: $10; meal provided. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Programs with fewer than 10 people pre-registered will be canceled. Contact Robert Tufts at (334) 734-2120 or tuftsra@auburn.edu.

February 1...Baldwin County 6 - 9 PM.
How Does the New Tax Bill Affect Me and My Farm at the Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center in Fairhope. Forest landowners encouraged to attend. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Register early as classes without enough participants may be cancelled. Call Ken Kelley at (251) 238-0373.

February 2...Online 1 PM CST.
Feral Hogs, Ecology, and Control Webinar will discuss biology, distribution, and management strategies. Presenter: Norm Haley, Alabama Extension. Contact Norm at (256) 845-8595 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

February 2...Covington County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Covington County Forestry Committee Meeting at the Covington County Ag Center, 23952 Alabama Highway 55, Andalusia. For more information contact Charles Simon at (334) 222-1125 or simoncm@auburn.edu.

February 3...Marshall County 8 AM.
Bird Watcher Outing will meet in Guntersville Chamber of Commerce parking lot. The group should see a variety of ducks, loons, grebes, terns, gulls, and eagles. Contact Bill McAllister at (256) 534-8354 or billmcallister94@gmail.com. Editor's Note: Will birding groups be interested in leasing forestland at some point? Do public land purchase programs such as Forever Wild make this possibility less likely?

February 5...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Birmingham Area Regional Reception at The Club, 1 Robert S. Smith Drive, Birmingham. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

February 6...Sumter County 6 - 9 PM.
How Does the New Tax Bill Affect Me and My Farm at the ALFA Environmental Hall in Livingston. Forest landowners encouraged to attend. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Register early as classes without enough participants may be cancelled. Call John Ollison at (205) 652-9501.

February 8...Ellisville, Mississippi 11:30 AM.
Jones County Forestry Association Meeting at the Jones County Junior College Culinary Building. Speaker: Don McDonald. Don will speak on tax laws. To RSVP call Jones County Extension at (601) 428-5201.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

February 8
...Shelby County 6 - 8 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at Nino's Italian Restaurant, 2698 Pelham Parkway, Pelham. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM. Then discuss news and issues with other landowners. Limited seating. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 624-2225 or rll@afoa.org.

February 8...Tallapoosa County 9 AM - 4 PM.
CANCELLED  East Central Region Alabama Master Naturalist Program at Wind Creek State Park. Topic of session: Alabama’s Cultural Landscape. This program’s goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world. This is the 6th of 8 sessions. Fee: $30/session. Contact Doyle Keasal at (334) 750-6735 or keasade@aces.edu.

February 8...Montgomery County 10 AM.
Board Meeting of Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust at the Richard Beard Building, Agriculture and Industries Auditorium, 1445 Federal Drive, Montgomery. This meeting will provide an opportunity for any individual who would like to make comments concerning the program. The public is invited to attend this meeting and is urged to submit comments. For more information call (334) 242-3484. Editor's Note: At some point will Alabama have enough public land?

February 9...Live Oak, Florida 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM ET.
Small Scale Mushroom Production at the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center. Topics include: Mushroom ID, Shiitake Log Production, Shiitake on Natural Logs Inoculation, Oyster in Bag Production, Handling, Processing, and Marketing. Fee: $135. Contact Dilcia Toro at (386) 362-1725x102 or dtoro@ufl.edu.

February 9...Teleconference Noon CT. This item was rescheduled from February 2 due to a one-time conflict.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

February 12...Henry County 6 - 9 PM.
How Does the New Tax Bill Affect Me and My Farm at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland. Forest landowners encouraged to attend. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Register early as classes without enough participants may be cancelled. Call Jessica Kelton at (334) 693-3800.

February 12-16...Bullock County.
Learn and Burn Live-Fire Event at Sehoy and Easter Plantations, Hurtsboro. Ten simultaneous prescribed burns will be conducted on the first available burn window between the 12th - 16th. Participants must expect to be active all day walking, wearing woods clothes, and carrying tools. Limited number of participants will be notified by email. Must register by January 28. For more information email John Stivers at rxburning@aol.com.

February 12 - April 30...Online.
Woodland Options for Landowners Online is a twelve week self-paced course covering topics such as: Setting management goals, Writing a management plan, Using aerial photos, Determining boundary lines, Forest ecology, and Working with natural resource professionals. Fee: $45 per household. Contact Andrew Vinson at (540) 231-6494 or josephav@vt.edu.

February 13...Houston County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Wiregrass Region Alabama Master Naturalist Program at Landmark Park, 430 Landmark Drive, Dothan. Topic of session: Alabama’s Forest Lands. This program’s goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world. Fee: $30/session. Contact Doyle Keasal at (334) 750-6735 or keasade@aces.edu.

February 13...Coffee County 6 - 9 PM.
How Does the New Tax Bill Affect Me and My Farm at the 5 County Complex in New Brockton. Forest landowners encouraged to attend. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Register early as classes without enough participants may be cancelled. Call Gavin Mauldin at (334) 894-5596.

February 14-18...Nashville, Tennessee.
Annual National Wild Turkey Federation National Convention at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Fee: $335. Call Marsha at 1-800-843-6983.

February 15...Lee County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Auburn Area Regional Reception at Crooked Oak Lodge, 768 Red Creek Road, Notasulga. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

February 15...Escambia County 6 - 9 PM.
How Does the New Tax Bill Affect Me and My Farm at the Grace Fellowship Church in Atmore. Forest landowners encouraged to attend. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Register early as classes without enough participants may be cancelled. Call Anthony Wiggins at (251) 867-7760.

February 16-18...Baldwin County.
Alabama Youth Trappers Education Workshop in Scottsboro will pass on the historical aspects of trapping, biological information concerning furbearers and furbearer management, and allows students to learn the proper techniques that include the use of trapping as a sound wildlife management tool. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 19...Lauderdale County 6 - 9 PM.
How Does the New Tax Bill Affect Me and My Farm at the Extension Office in Florence. Forest landowners encouraged to attend. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Register early as classes without enough participants may be cancelled. Call Heidi Tilenius at (256) 766-6223.

February 20...DeKalb County 6 - 9 PM.
How Does the New Tax Bill Affect Me and My Farm at the Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center in Crossville. Forest landowners encouraged to attend. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Register early as classes without enough participants may be cancelled. Call Robert Page at (256) 201-2465.

February 20-21...Clay County.
Forest-Her: A Workshop for women who love the land at Dewberry Family Farm. Topics will include: Learn to Read Maps, Non-Timber Forest Products, Marketing Timber, and Forest Measurements. Fee: $65. To register contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

February 20-22...Escambia County.
Longleaf Academy: Fire & Longleaf F201 at Perdido River Farms, 5535 Poarch Road, Atmore. Topics will include: fire ecology, fire in young longleaf, ignition patterns, fireline tools, burn plans, and more. Live fire demo weather permitting. Fee: $150; two lunches included. Contact Karen Brown at (334) 427-1029 or karen@longleafalliance.org.

February 22...Knoxville, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Calhoun's on the River, 400 Neyland Drive. Program will cover Tennessee Department of Agriculture's Commitment to Growing & Expanding the Forest Industry. Fee: $25. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

February 22...Talladega County 6 - 9 PM.
How Does the New Tax Bill Affect Me and My Farm at the Extension Office in Talladega. Forest landowners encouraged to attend. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Register early as classes without enough participants may be cancelled. Call Henry Dorough at (256) 362-6187.

February 22...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Tuscaloosa Area Regional Reception at The Cypress Pavilion, 501 Rice Mine Road. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

February 22...Tallapoosa County 9 AM - 4 PM.
CANCELLED  East Central Region Alabama Master Naturalist Program at Wind Creek State Park. Topic of session: Alabama’s Geology, Soils, & Weather. This program’s goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world. This is the 7th of 8 sessions. Fee: $30/session. Contact Doyle Keasal at (334) 750-6735 or keasade@aces.edu.

February 23...Glen St. Mary, Florida 9 or 11:30 AM ET.
Landowner Tour of South Prong Plantation will feature a morning and afternoon tour. “While the owner’s primary objective is high-quality wildlife habitat, the plantation also produces timber and is a great example of integrating timber and wildlife habitat management.” Wear appropriate field attire. Fee: $10; lunch included. Call Baker County Extension at (904) 259-3520.

February 24...Tallahassee, Florida 9 - 11 AM EST.
Family Heirs' Property Workshop Series at Florida A&M University CEP Teleconference Center, 2010 Pinder Drive. Session One will discuss the topics: What is Heirs' Property, and Who Owns Heirs' Property? Contact Sandra Thompson at (850) 599-3546 or sandra.thompson@famu.edu.

February 24...Lauderdale County 10 AM.
The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) Annual State Chapter Meeting will take place at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, The Reading Room (2nd Floor), 350 N Wood Avenue, Florence. Speakers include: TACF National President & CEO, Lisa Thomson, and Southern Regional Science Coordinator, Ben Jarrett. For more information call Betsy at (256) 648-3100.

February 24...Talladega County 3 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $40; Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

February 24-25...Lowndes County.
Alabama Adult Trappers Education Workshop in Lowndesboro will pass on the historical aspects of trapping, biological information concerning furbearers and furbearer management, and allows students to learn the proper techniques that include the use of trapping as a sound wildlife management tool. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 26...Marion County 6 - 9 PM.
How Does the New Tax Bill Affect Me and My Farm at the Extension Office in Hamilton. Forest landowners encouraged to attend. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Register early as classes without enough participants may be cancelled. Call Lisa Murphy at (205) 921-3551.

February 27...Limestone & Morgan Counties.
Special Republican Primary Runoff for vacant House District 4 seat. The special general election will be May 15.

February 27...Montgomery County.
Special Democratic Primary Runoff Election for vacant Senate District 26 seat. The special general election will be May 15.

February 27...Houston County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Wiregrass Region Alabama Master Naturalist Program at Landmark Park, 430 Landmark Drive, Dothan. Topic of session: Alabama’s Birds and Mammals. This program’s goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world. Fee: $30/session. Contact Doyle Keasal at (334) 750-6735 or keasade@aces.edu.

February 27...Dallas County 6 - 9 PM.
How Does the New Tax Bill Affect Me and My Farm at the Black Belt Research and Extension Center in Marion Junction. Forest landowners encouraged to attend. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Register early as classes without enough participants may be cancelled. Call Jamie Yeager at (334) 872-7878.

 

> March 2018

March 1...Lee County 8:15 - 11 AM.
How Does the New Tax Bill Affect Me and My Farm at the Extension Office in Opelika. Forest landowners encouraged to attend. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Register early as classes without enough participants may be cancelled. Call Tara Barr at (334) 749-3353.

March 1...Macon County 8:15 - 11 AM.
How Does the New Tax Bill Affect Me and My Farm at the E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter. Forest landowners encouraged to attend. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Register early as classes without enough participants may be cancelled. Call Jessica Kelton at (334) 693-3800.

March 1...Online 1 PM CT.
Native Vegetation Investments Pay Conservation Dividends webinar will include topics such as: soil conservation, water quality, air quality, soil health, forage, biomass, and wildlife. Presenter: Jef Hodges, NBCI's grasslands coordinator. Call Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070.

March 1...Bay St. Louis, Mississippi 5:30 PM.
Hancock/Harrison County Forestry and Wildlife Association Meeting at the Hancock County Extension Office. For more information call Christian Stephenson at (228) 467-5456.

March 2...Covington County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Covington County Forestry Committee Meeting at the Covington County Ag Center, 23952 Alabama Highway 55, Andalusia. For more information contact Charles Simon at (334) 222-1125 or simoncm@auburn.edu.

March 2...Online 12 Noon CT.
Timber Tax Filing for the 2017 Tax Year Webinar will cover the rules for timber tax reporting, including the latest law changes. Have your tax questions handy to get answers from the presenter. Presented by Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist, USDA Forest Service. Contact Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070.

March 2...Summit, Mississippi 5:15 PM.
Southwest Mississippi Forestry Association Annual Banquet at the Horace C. Holmes Student Union, Southwest Mississippi Community College. Speaker: Drew Turner. For more information call Amite County Extension at (601) 657-8937.

March 2-4...Shelby County.
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) at Alabama 4-H Center on Lay Lake near Columbiana. Participants choose from over 50 courses such as: backyard wildlife, rock climbing, camp cooking, map and compass, camping, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, and many more. Registration opens to first-timers January 3, then will open to everyone on January 8. Fee $275; includes most meals, lodging, program materials, and instruction. Contact Hope Grier at 1-800-245-2740.

March 3...Montgomery County 9 AM.
Alabama Conservation Advisory Board Meeting at the Alabama State Capitol Auditorium, 600 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery. The decisions of this board impact all hunting activities that take place on your land. Anyone wishing to speak must register between 8 - 8:30 AM. For more information, call (334) 242-3486.

March 5...Prentiss, Mississippi 6 PM.
Timber Tax Tips Workshop at the Ezra Garner Memorial Market Building. Speakers will include: Dr. James Henderson and Dr. Stephen Dicke, Mississippi State University Extension System. No fee, but registration is required by March 1. To reserve a seat call (601) 792-5121.

March 6...Atlanta, Georgia 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM ET.
Applied Forest Finance at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. This class details the step-by-step financial analysis required to answer key investment and forest management questions. Learn how to identify, value, and rank timber and forestry investments. Fee: $680; $100 discount if paid by February 21. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

March 6...St. Clair County 9 AM - 3:30 PM.
What To Do With Degraded Hardwood Stands at Friendship Baptist Church, 19436 US Hwy. 411, Springville. Topics include: Retaining oak trees, Manage or regenerate, Wildlife in hardwoods, and Field demonstrations. Speakers: Dr. Wayne Clatterbuck, University of Tennessee Extension, and Callie Schweitzer, United States Forest Service. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call St. Clair Extension at (205) 338-9416.

March 6...Carrollton, Mississippi 6 PM.
Carroll County Forestry Association Meeting at County Barn Restaurant, 21421 Highway 82 E. Topic: Prescribed Burning. Call Tracy Robertson at (662) 237-6926.

March 7...Webinar 1 PM CT.
Feral Swine Issue, Problem, and Biology will teach participants about the Feral Swine issue, the NRCS pilot project, and problems caused by wild pigs. For more information email Holli Kuykendall at holli.kuykendall@gnb.usda.gov.

March 8...Tuscaloosa County 6 - 9 PM.
How Does the New Tax Bill Affect Me and My Farm at the Courthouse Annex in Tuscaloosa. Forest landowners encouraged to attend. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Register early as classes without enough participants may be cancelled. Call Lisa Murphy at (205) 349-4630.

March 8...Tallapoosa County 9 AM - 4 PM.
CANCELLED  East Central Region Alabama Master Naturalist Program at Wind Creek State Park. Topic of session: Alabama’s Forests & Ecosystems. This program’s goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world. This is the last of 8 sessions. Fee: $30/session. Contact Doyle Keasal at (334) 750-6735 or keasade@aces.edu.

March 8...Geneva County 6 - 8 PM.
Getting Your Pond Ready for Spring at the Geneva County Extension Office, 2765 East State Hwy. 52, Hartford. Participants are encouraged to bring a water or weed sample for identification and testing. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

March 9...Gainesville, Florida 8:30 AM - 3 PM EST.
Landowner Short Course at Austin Cary Forest Learning Center, 10625 NE Waldo Road. Topics include: Forest Health, Timber Markets, Wildlife Management, Tree ID, and Prescribed Fire. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

March 9...Teleconference Noon CT. This item was rescheduled from March 2 due to a conflict.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

March 10...Cullman County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Wildlife Management Workshop at Riverwood Outdoors, 7321 County Road 35, Bremen. Pre-registration required for lunch. Contact Jeremy Ferguson at (256) 280-5009 or jeremy.ferguson@dcnr.alabama.gov.

March 12-13...Athens, Georgia.
Introduction to ArcGIS at Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, Room 1-201. Attendees should have taken a basic GIS course or have some familiarity with GIS prior to this course. Fee: $295; one lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

March 13...Houston County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Wiregrass Region Alabama Master Naturalist Program at Landmark Park, 430 Landmark Drive, Dothan. Topic of session: Alabama’s Arthropods. This program’s goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world. Fee: $30/session. Contact Doyle Keasal at (334) 750-6735 or keasade@aces.edu.

March 13...Starkville, Mississippi 6 PM.
Oktibbeha County Forest Farmers Association Annual Meeting at the Starkville Sportsplex Annex. The program will feature a Mississippi Forestry Commission update, Business Meeting, Awards Program, and Review of County Association accomplishments. Call the Oktibbeha County Extension at (662) 323-5916.

March 14...Athens, Georgia 7:45 AM - 12 Noon EST.
Interpreting Aerial Images of Rural Landscapes at Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, Room 1-201. This course will teach basic image interpretation principles, describe issues using aerial images, and gain an understanding of the use of rural lands through the viewing of aerial images in Google Earth. Fee: $120. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

March 14...Chipley, Florida 9 AM CST.
Forestland Tour of the George C. Owens Farm will meet at the Washington County Extension Ag Center. The trees are managed for high-value saw logs and, at the same time, provide shade, shelter, and forage for livestock. Wear field appropriate clothing. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

March 15...Montgomery County.
Annual Nonpoint Source Conference at Renaissance Hotel Conference Center, Montgomery. The conference format consists of presentations on projects, topics, efforts associated with nonpoint source pollution and its impact on water quality. Call Amanda LoCascio 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.

March 15...Athens, Georgia 7:45 AM - 5 PM EST.
Introduction to GPS at Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, Building 4, Room 516. This course will teach the basics of Global Positioning System (GPS). Little to no background GPS knowledge required. Fee: $195; one lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

March 16-18...Montgomery County.
Alabama Water Rally at Embassy Suites, 300 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery. This is an annual gathering of Alabama's network of water advocates and allies hosted by the Alabama Rivers Alliance (ARA). Fee: $165; several meals included. Call the ARA at (205) 322-6395. Editor’s Note: Clean Water advocates' discussions can have a direct affect on the management of, and income from, your land.

March 17...Butler County 9 AM - 1:30 PM.
Prescribed Burning for the Forest Landowner Workshop at the Alabama Forestry Commission Office, 59 Firetower Road, Greenville. Topics inlcude: History of fire in the Southeast, Use of fire in forest management, Prescribed fire techniques, Fire tools, and Burn permit. Prescribed fire demonstration if weather cooperates. RSVP Paul Hudgins at (334) 617-3362.

March 17...Colbert County 4 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Longhorn Arena, Tuscumbia. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $35. Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

March 20-21...Carrollton, Kentucky.
Kentucky Woodland Owners Association (KWOA) Annual Meeting at General Butler State Park. Meeting will feature tours and conference. Fee: $65. Contact the KWOA at (606) 782-1317 or info@kwoa.net.

March 20-22...Waycross, Georgia.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 topics will include: fire ecology, fire in young longleaf, ignition patterns, fireline tools, burn plans, and more. Live fire demo weather permitting. Fee: $TBD. Contact Karen Brown at (334) 427-1029 or karen@longleafalliance.org.

March 22...Houston County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Chainsaw Safety Workshop at Landmark Park, 430 Landmark Drive, Dothan. Speaker: Gary Ickes. Topics will include: Safety Practices, Chainsaw Design, Ergonomics, Starting, Limbing & Bucking, Basic Felling — classroom and outside demonstrations. Pre-registration is required. Lunch provided. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

March 22...Washington County 11 AM - 1 PM.
A Forestry Follow-Up Event at the Chatom Community Center. Commissioner of Agriculture John McMillan will bring opening remarks. Four moderators will take questions and engage participants in rotating roundtable style. Meal included. Contact Mel Ann Sullivan at (251) 259-8125 or econdev@washingtoncountyedi.com.

March 22...Dickson, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Montgomery Bell State Park Lodge. Fee: $20. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

March 22...Waynesboro, Mississippi 6 PM.
Wayne County Forestry Association Meeting at the Waynesboro City Auditorium. Topic: Herbicides in Forestry. Call Jessica Sibley at (601) 735-2243.

March 22-23...Lauderdale County.
Forest-Her: A Workshop for women who love the land at Alabama Extension Office, 802 Veterans Drive, Florence. Topics will include: Learn to Read Maps, Non-Timber Forest Products, Marketing Timber, and Forest Measurements. Fee: $65. To register contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

March 27...Madison County.
Special General Election for vacant Alabama House of Representatives District 21 seat. The seat became vacant following the death of Jim Patterson.

March 27...Houston County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Wiregrass Region Alabama Master Naturalist Program at Landmark Park, 430 Landmark Drive, Dothan. Topic of session: Alabama’s Amphibians & Reptiles. This program’s goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world. Fee: $30/session. Contact Doyle Keasal at (334) 750-6735 or keasade@aces.edu.

March 29...Cullman County 8 AM - 3 PM.
Invasive Plant Management at North Alabama Agriplex, 1714 Tally Ho Street SW, Cullman. Topics: Wild pigs, Economic toll, Roadside herbicides, Privet control, Identification, and Aquatic invasives. Fee: $25; lunch included. Contact Andy Baril at (205) 388-6893 or ajb0012@auburn.edu.

March 29...Baker, Florida 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Managing Invasive Plants for Longleaf & Wildlife at 1956 Russell Road, Baker. Topics include: Herbicides, Herbicide licensing, Plant Identification, Herbicide application techniques, Equipment demonstrations, and more. For more information call Don Buchanan at (850) 381-3522.

March 31...Madison County 7 AM.
Bird Watcher Outing will meet at the Monte Sano State Park Camp Store. Hopefully the group will catch sight of some early spring migrants, especially Louisiana Waterthrush. Contact John Ehinger at (256) 536-2716 or johnehinger@yahoo.com. Editor's Note: Will birding groups be interested in leasing forestland at some point? Do public land purchase programs such as Forever Wild make this possibility less likely?

March 31...Tallahassee, Florida 9 - 11 AM EST.
Family Heirs' Property Workshop Series at Florida A&M University CEP Teleconference Center, 2010 Pinder Drive. Session Two will discuss the topic: What are the economic or financial harms caused by Family Heirs' Property? Contact Sandra Thompson at (850) 599-3546 or sandra.thompson@famu.edu.

 

> April 2018

April 3...Wiggins, Mississippi Noon 12 PM.
Pearl River-Stone County Forestry Association (CFA) Meeting at The Sawmill Restaurant, 2205 US 49, Wiggins. Speaker: Kamen Campbell, Private Lands Biologist. Tentative topic: Chronic Wasting Disease in white-tailed deer. Dutch treat lunch. For more information call Pearl River CFA at (601) 928-5286.

April 5...Walker County 9 - 10:30 AM.
Forestry Planning Committee Meeting
at 1501 North Airport Road, Jasper. Forest landowners are welcome to attend and participate. Contact Andrew Baril at (205) 388-6893 or ajb0012@aces.edu.

April 5...Gallman, Mississippi 7 PM.
Copiah County Forestry Association Meeting at the Copiah County Fairgrounds, 2040 W Gallman Road, Hazlehurst. Topics: Federal and state cost share programs for site prep and replanting cutover. Fee: $20 dues; meal included. Call (601) 892-1809 by Noon, April 3, for required pre-registration.

April 6...Covington County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Covington County Forestry Committee Meeting at the Covington County Ag Center, 23952 Alabama Highway 55, Andalusia. For more information contact Charles Simon at (334) 222-1125 or simoncm@auburn.edu.

April 6...Teleconference Noon CT.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

April 9...Tupelo, Mississippi 6:30 PM.
Lee County Forestry Association Meeting at Lee County Extension Office, 5338 Cliff Gookin Boulevard. Topic: Timber Markets. For more information call the Extension Office at (662) 841-9000.

April 10...Houston County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Wiregrass Region Alabama Master Naturalist Program at Landmark Park, 430 Landmark Drive, Dothan. Topic of session: Alabama’s Freshwater Ecosystems & Wetlands. This program’s goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world. Fee: $30/session. Contact Doyle Keasal at (334) 750-6735 or keasade@aces.edu.

April 14...Sewanee, Tennessee 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
Restoring Woodland Health with Shortleaf Pine at the Domain Forest at Sewanee. This event will include presentations on shortleaf pine, visits multiple field sites, and lunch in the field. Call Nick Biemiller at (631) 456-1698.

April 16...Henry County 6 - 8 PM.
Rain Barrel Workshop at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center Auditorium, 167 State Highway 134E, Headland. Collecting rainwater is extremely helpful during dry periods. Learn the basics of setting up a rainwater harvesting system. Participants will leave with a completed rain barrel. Fee: $40. Contact (334) 693-2010 or lee0003@auburn.edu.

April 17...Cullman County 9 AM.
Field Tour at Riverwood Tree Farm, 7581 County Road 35, Bremen. Topics include: Alabama Best Management Practices, Prescribed Fire, Critical Habitat, and Water Quality. Lunch provided, but space is limited. Contact Leigh Peters at (334) 481-2134 or lpeters@alaforestry.org.

April 17...Houston County 9 - 11 AM.
Shiitake Mushroom Workshop at the Houston County Extension Office, 1066 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan. Shiitake mushrooms grow very easily in logs. Learn how to grow mushrooms by inoculating your own log to take home. Fee: $10. Contact Lucy Edwards at (334) 774-2329 or lee0003@aces.edu.

April 17-19...Aiken, South Carolina.
Longleaf Academy: Groundcover Restoration G201 at Clemson University Cooperative Extension. Topics will include: Management planning for restoration projects, site prep options, selection of plant materials, seed sources, ecotypes, and demonstration of various types of equipment. Fee: $150; two lunches included. Contact Karen Brown at (334) 427-1029 or karen@longleafalliance.org.

April 18...Webinar 1 PM CST.
Farmbeats: An Emerging Farm Level Communication Technology will teach participants about data-driven farming which could help increase farm productivity and help reduce costs. For more information email Holli Kuykendall at holli.kuykendall@gnb.usda.gov.

April 19-20...Monticello, Mississippi.
Youth Natural Resources Field Day at the Bubba Bass Farm, Henry Bass Road. GPS coord.: 31.566010, -90.142277  This field day is for 5th Graders. Some topics and activities include: Paper Production Demonstration, Portable Saw Mill, Wildlife Biologist, Wood Crafts, and much more. Lunch provided. For more information call Hortense Bass at (601) 695-1493.

April 20...Bibb County 8 AM - 1 PM.
Wild Pig Control Workshop at the US Forest Service Work Center, Brent. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Matt Hartzell at (205) 926-4310 or mdh0007@aces.edu.

April 21…Puryear, Tennessee 8 AM.
Healthy Hardwoods Field Day at Middleton Lumber Company. Topic: Sustainable Forestry vs. Diameter Limit Cutting. Lunch provided. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

April 23...Online 2 PM CST.
Fire, Smoke, and Air Quality Webinar will teach participants to better understand agricultural and forestry fires and their impacts on air quality, as well as ways to manage emissions from these fires. Presenter: Dr. Greg Johnson, NRCS Air Quality Team Leader. For more information email Holli Kuykendall at holli.kuykendall@gnb.usda.gov.

April 24...Houston County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Wiregrass Region Alabama Master Naturalist Program at Landmark Park, 430 Landmark Drive, Dothan. Topic of session: Alabama’s Cultural Landscape. This program’s goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world. Fee: $30/session. Contact Doyle Keasal at (334) 750-6735 or keasade@aces.edu.

April 24-27...West Palm Beach, Florida.
Prescribed Fire For Wildlife at the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp. Fee: $375; meals and lodging included. For more information contact Jim Schortemeyer at (239) 455-5847 or schortfire@aol.com.

April 25...Atlanta, Georgia 8 AM - 5 PM EST.
Southeast Wood Solutions Fair at the Georgia International Convention Center. Learn about mass timber & heavy timber applications with a full day of education for professionals or anyone interested wood’s exciting design possibilities. Fee: $150. Contact Mary Schramka at (708) 204-9578 or mary.schramka@woodworks.org.

April 26...Winston County 8 - 11 AM.
Bark Beetle Control on the Bankhead National Forest (NF) & Adjacent Landowners at the Traders and Farmers Bank, Bernice Hilton Walker Building, Upstairs Room, 64 Main Street, Double Springs. Topics include: Beetle/Wildlife Concerns, Recognition & Patch Control, Bidding on NF Timber Sales, and Best Management Practices. Pre-register as seating is limited. Contact Andrew Baril at (205) 388-6893 or ajb0012@aces.edu.

April 26...Lee County 5 - 7 PM.
Meet & Greet and Forum for Candidates for the Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries at the ALFA Pavilion, Ag Heritage Park, 620 North Donahue Drive, Auburn University. Invited Candidates: Tracy Crane, Gerald Dial, Cecil Murphy, and Rick Pate. Moderated by Randall Wisman, Southeast AgNet. Forest landowners are welcome to attend. RSVP Leigha Cauthen at (334) 834-4006 or lcauthen@alagribusiness.org. Editor's Note: Three of the candidates are members of AFOA. It has been suggested by some (in an effort to streamline state government) that the Alabama Forestry Commission should be merged into the Department of Ag & Industries, so at least one of these candidates might become important to forest landowners at some point in the future.

April 26...Talladega County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Childersburg Area Regional Reception at Selwood Farms, 706 Selwood Road, Alpine. Catch up on news of importance to your forestland investment and meet others in the forest industry in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

April 27...Coffee County 8:45 - 2 PM.
Spring Landowner Tour at the property of Doug Watkins, at the end of Coffee County Road 630. GPS coord.: 31.266587, -86008480 Topics include: Pollinator Habitat, Wild Hog Management, Erosion Control, The Need to Interplant Longleaf, and Gopher Tortoise Conservation. Lunch provided. To RSVP call (334) 894-5596.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

April 27-28...Lauderdale County.
Location: Joe Wheeler State Park Lodge, 4401 McLean Dr, Rogersville, AL 35652

AFOA ANNUAL MEETING: Joe Wheeler State Park Lodge (northwest Alabama on the Tennessee River). All of AFOA's room block has been taken, but Joe Wheeler could possibly have other rooms available. Be sure to ask.
Cottages (3 bedroom and 2 bedroom) are available, but we could not block them out, so if you want to stay in a cottage (2 nights required), you’ll want to make reservations now – ASAP. For Reservations call (256) 247-5461 and use Group Code#2573. It is a 1 night minimum for Lodge Rooms.

A few other hotels in the area are listed on the Program Agenda and Attendee Registration Form.

The Program Agenda/Attendee Registration Form will contain the most up-to-date information for annual meeting attendees.

REGISTRATION:

     Program Agenda and Attendee Registration Form

     Exhibitor and/or Sponsor Registration Application (The exhibitor space is FULL. We cannot except more exhibitors, but Sponsors are still welcome.)

 

Printable Directions:

Directions from I-65 after taking Exit 351 to Joe Wheeler Lodge

Directions from Joe Wheeler Lodge to Brown-Forman Cooperage Tour
Directions from Brown-Forman Cooperage Tour to Joe Wheeler Lodge

Directions from Joe Wheeler Lodge to Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve
Directions from
Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve to Joe Wheeler Lodge
 

April 28...Morgan County.
Bird Watcher Outing near Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. This outing is a Count to identify and count all birds seen or heard from dawn to dusk. Contact Dwight Cooley at (256) 565-6239 or sabrewing@earthlink.net. Editor's Note: The AFOA Annual Meeting will be near this Outing.

April 28...Tallahassee, Florida 9 - 11 AM EST.
Family Heirs' Property Workshop Series at Florida A&M University CEP Teleconference Center, 2010 Pinder Drive. Session Three will discuss the topic: What are the action steps families can take to clear the title to their Family Heirs' Property? Contact Sandra Thompson at (850) 599-3546 or sandra.thompson@famu.edu.

 

> May 2018

May 1...Wiggins, Mississippi Noon 12:30 PM.
Pearl River-Stone County Forestry Association (CFA) Meeting at The Sawmill Restaurant, 2205 US 49, Wiggins. Dutch treat lunch. For more information call Pearl River CFA at (601) 928-5286.

May 2...Talladega County 7:15 AM - 4:30 PM.
Alabama Invasive Plant Annual Conference at Pursell Farms, John Piney’s Barn, 386 Talladega Springs Road, Sylacauga. Fee: $75; $20 discount if paid by April 27. Lunch provided with pre-registration. Contact Nancy Loewenstein at (334) 844-1061 or loewenj@auburn.edu.

May 2-3...Gainesville, Florida.
Annual Spring Symposium will explore disturbances that affect forest health and management. Located at The Learning Center, 10625 NE Waldo Road. Topics include: Breeding efforts to improve disease resistance, Proactive management for extreme drought, Insect challenges, and more. Fee: $175; includes breakfast, lunch, BBQ dinner, and social. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

May 3...Crenshaw County 4 PM.
Treasure Forest Landowner Meeting at Mr. Barnett King’s Fern Valley Treasure Forest on Patsburg Highway. Signs will mark drive into property. Topic: Hardwood Management in Riparian or Wetland Sites. Speaker: Tim Albritton, NRCS Forester. Wear appropriate field clothes. Meal provided. Call Crenshaw County Extension at (334) 335-6312.

May 4...Baldwin County 8 AM - 3 PM.
Chainsaw Safety Workshop at the Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center, 8300 State Highway 104, Fairhope. The goal of this workshop is to provide training on personal protective equipment, safe chainsaw operation, and precision felling. Instructor: Gary Ickes. Fee: $25; lunch not included. Call Beau Brodbeck at (251) 259-6507.

May 4...Covington County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Covington County Forestry Committee Meeting at the Covington County Ag Center, 23952 Alabama Highway 55, Andalusia. For more information contact Charles Simon at (334) 222-1125 or simoncm@auburn.edu.

May 4...Teleconference Noon CT.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

May 5...DeKalb County 9 AM, 1 PM, & 3 PM.
Guided Wildflower Hikes at DeSoto State Park, 7104 DeSoto Parkway NE, Fort Payne. Contact Brittney Hughes at (256) 997-5025 or brittney.hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov.

May 5...Talladega County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goats at the Talladega County Extension Office, 130 North Court Street, Talladega. The workshop is designed to expand your knowledge about raising healthy sheep and goats. Participants will also travel to a local farm to engage in hands-on demonstrations. No fee, but pre-registration is required. Lunch provided. Contact Henry Dorough at (256) 362-6187 or dorouhd@aces.edu.

May 8...Vaiden, Mississippi 6 PM.
Carroll County Forestry Association Meeting at Guy's Fish House, 35004 MS-35. Topic: Estate Planning. Speaker: Floyd Melton. Call the Carroll County Extension Office at (662) 237-6926.

May 8...Walker County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Jasper Area Regional Reception at Musgrove Country Club, 916 Country Club Road, Jasper. Catch up on news of importance to your forestland investment and meet others in the forest industry in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

May 8-9...Columbia, South Carolina.
Forest Technology Workshop at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. This workshop, which is primarily for foresters, will focus on GIS, drones, software, and hardware. It will feature demonstrations, discussions, and field exercises. Fee: $339. For more information call Society of American Foresters at (301) 897-8720.

May 9...Mobile County 6 PM.
Mobile County Landowners Association at Jon Archer Center, 1070 Schillinger Rd N, Mobile. Speakers will be candidates for Local & State Polital Offices. Call Larry Godfrey at (251) 649-4233.

May 10...Sumter County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at Lake LU, Livingston. 3rd grade students only. Contact Mandee Carrier at (205) 652-7521 or mandee.carrier@al.nacdnet.net.

May 10...Lee County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
SmartMap Workshop at the CASIC Building, 559 Devall Drive, Auburn. This workshop’s objectives are: Introduce user-friendly GIS apps and GPS for iPhone and iPad, Train attendees on using smart devices to collect GPS data in the field, Use GIS apps to develop maps, Demonstrate the capabilities of UAVs for collecting real-time imagery, and more. To register and watch a video about the workshop visit www.alabamasmartmap.com. Fee: $50; lunch included. Email questions to smartmap@auburn.edu. This workshop is currently offered at three other locations with the possibility of more offerings this fall.

May 10...Coosa County 8 AM.
Tree Farm Field Tour at Mooney Tree Farm. GPS coord.: 33.01186, -86.29780. Topics include: Longleaf Pine, Prescribed Fire, Forest Roads, and Hands on Forestry Skills. Pre-register for lunch. Contact Leigh Peters at (334) 481-2134 or lpeters@alaforestry.org.

May 10...Walker County 9 - 10:30 AM.
Forestry Planning Committee Meeting
at 1501 North Airport Road, Jasper. Forest landowners are welcome to attend and participate. Contact Andrew Baril at (205) 388-6893 or ajb0012@aces.edu.

May 10...Tuscaloosa County 10 AM.
Board Meeting of Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust at the event center at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, 12632 Confederate Parkway, McCalla. This meeting will provide an opportunity for any individual who would like to make comments concerning the program. The public is invited to attend this meeting and is urged to submit comments. For more information call (334) 242-3484. Editor's Note: At what point will Alabama have enough public land?

May 10...Clarke County 5:30 PM.
Recreational Lake Management at location to be determined. Speaker: PJ Waters. Call the Clarke County Extension at (251) 847-2295.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 10
...Jefferson County 6 - 8 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at Landry’s Seafood, 139 State Farm Parkway, Birmingham. Come enjoy dinner and talk about the issues with other forest landowners. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM. Limited seating. No walk-ins please. To attend RSVP AFOA at (205) 624-2225 or rll@afoa.org.

May 10...Brandon, Mississippi 6 PM.
Rankin County Forestry Association Meeting at the Rankin County Extension Office, 601 Marquette Road. Topics include Forestry Solutions Services and Nuisance Animal Control. Speakers: Robert Boyd and Kennie Prince. Call the Rankin County Extension Office at (601) 825-1462.

May 10...Pittsboro, Mississippi 6 PM.
Calhoun County Forestry Association Meeting at the Calhoun County Extension Office, 121 Parker Street. Topic is Forces Impacting Prices. Speaker: Marc Measells. Call the Calhoun County Extension Office at (662) 412-3177.

May 12...Coffee County 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
After the Hunt: Year-Round Wildlife Management at the Coffee County Extension Office, 1055 East McKinnon Street, New Brockton. Topics include: Food Plots, Forest Management Practices for Habitat Enhancement, Wild Pig Effects on Wildlife, Predator Management, Trap Designs, Roads, Culverts, Herbicides, Camera Surveys, and Diseases Impacting Wildlife. Fee: $20; lunch included. Seating is limited. Pre-registration required. Call the Extension Office at (334) 894-5596.

May 12...Durant, Mississippi 9 AM.
Holmes County Forestry Association Field Day at Hoffman Farms, 20550 Highway 51 North. Call Holmes County Extension Office at (662) 834-2795.

May 13...Marshall County 7 AM.
Bird Watcher Outing will meet at the greenway trailhead on Old Madison Pike parking lot. GPS coord: 34.709083 -86.701369  The group should hope to see Mourning Warblers, Wilson Warblers, Canada Warblers, Warbling Vireo, and others. Contact Ken Ward at (256) 837-5646 or phinken@wowway.com. Editor's Note: Will birding groups or individuals be interested in leasing forestland in the future? Do public land purchase programs such as Forever Wild make this possibility less likely?

May 14-18...Walker County.
Alabama Tree Farm Learn and Burn at 3405 Fall City Road, Jasper. A prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between the 14th - 18th. Participants must expect to be active all day walking, wearing woods clothes, and carrying tools. A limited number of participants will be notified by email. For more information email Leigh Peters at treefarm@alaforestry.org.

May 15...Limestone & Morgan Counties.
Special General Election for vacant House District 4 seat.

May 15...Montgomery County.
Special General Election for vacant Senate District 26 seat.

May 15...Blount County.
Natural Resources Planning Committee Meeting at the Frank Green Building, 415 Fifth Avenue East, Oneonta. Landowners, natural resource professionals, and interested individuals are welcome to attend. Contact Charles LeCroy at (205) 353-2858 or charleslecroy@gmail.com.

May 15...Kosciusko, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:15 PM.
Understanding Global Positioning System (GPS) Workshop at the Attala County Extension Office, 715 Fairground Road. Topics include: History of GPS, Marking, Navigation, and Calculating Area. Half of workshop will be hands-on training outdoors. Fee: $20; lunch included. To register call Taylor Casey at (662) 289-5431.

May 15...Calhoun County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Chronic Wasting Disease Seminar at the Oxford Civic Center, 401 Mc Cullars Lane, Oxford. Dinner included. Pre-registration required. Call Deborah Long at (334) 613-4268.

May 17...Clay County 8 AM - 3 PM.
Loblolly-to-Longleaf Conversion Workshop at Ekun Duts Ke Lodge, 311 Bowden Ridge Drive, Ashland. GPS Coord: 33.327956, -85.850984  Converting to longleaf pine is a decision that takes planning and intention. Learn how to make the transition a successful one. Limited to 35 participants. Fee: $10; lunch provided. Call Casey White at (334) 427-1029.

May 17...Live Oak, Florida 8:30 & 11:30 AM EST.
Klausner Chip-N-Saw Mill Tour will meet at the Suwanee River State Park, 3631 201st Path. There will be two tour sessions. Each session is limited to 15 people. Lunch provided. Call the Suwannee County Extension Office at (386) 362-2771.

May 17...Colbert County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Forest Management Workshop at the Bevill Center, Northwest Shoals Community College, 1011 George Wallace Boulevard, Muscle Shoals. Topics include: The White Oak Initiative, Potential Impacts of Chronic Wasting Disease, Using Fire, Shortleaf Pine Initiative, Bat Habitat in Southern Pines, and Local Market Opportunities. To register contact Bethany Elliot at (334) 240-9334 or bethany.elliott@forestry.alabama.gov.

May 17...Elmore County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Chronic Wasting Disease Seminar at the Alabama Wildlife Federation Natureplex, 2861 Lanark Road, Millbrook. Dinner included. Pre-registration required. Call Deborah Long at (334) 613-4268.

May 19…Tullahoma, Tennessee 8 AM.
Healthy Hardwoods Field Day at University of Tennessee Highland Rim Forest. Topic: Sustainable Forestry vs. Diameter Limit Cutting. Lunch provided. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

May 19...Bullock County 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Predator Management Workshop at Wehle Nature Center, 4890 Pleasant Hill Road, Midway. Topics include: Nest Predators, Coyotes, Predator Trapping, and Hog Trapping. Field Tour of Barbour Wildlife Management Area included so dress accordingly. Lunch provided. To pre-register contact Brian Grice at (334) 321-1541 or brian.grice@dcnr.alabama.gov.

May 19...Dallas County 9 AM.
Silvopasture for Multiple Incomes at 472 Pecan Road, Plantersville. Learn the benefits of combining the short-term income of livestock and long-term income of timber. Preregistration is required by May 4. Contact Dr. Uma Karki at (334) 727-8336 or ukarki@tuskegee.edu.

May 19...Tuscaloosa County 9 AM.
Alabama Conservation Advisory Board Meeting at the Alabama Fire College Auditorium, 2501 Phoenix Drive, Tuscaloosa. The decisions of this board impact all hunting activities that take place on your land. Anyone wishing to speak must register between 8 - 8:30 AM. For more information, call (334) 242-3486.

May 19...Henry County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Pond Management Workshop at Wiregrass Research and Extension Center, 167 East Alabama Highway 134, Headland. The workshop will include inside presentations and live-demonstrations at a pond site. Bring a water sample and/or a weed sample for identification and testing. Fee: $15; lunch provided, so preregistration is required. Call the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center at (334) 693-3800.

May 22...Baldwin County 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM.
Wetland Regulations and Compliance Workshop at the Baldwin County Association of Realtors, 23280 County Road 65, Robertsdale. This workshop should be of interest to landowners, real estate professionals, land managers, family planners, and estate businesses. Fee: $35. Contact Ryan Mains, Alabama Coastal Foundation, at (251) 990-6002 or rmains@joinacf.org.

May 22...Morgan County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Chronic Wasting Disease Seminar at the ALFA District Office, 2033 Beltline Road SW, Decatur. Dinner included. Pre-registration required. Call Deborah Long at (334) 613-4268.

May 24...Barbour County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Chronic Wasting Disease Seminar at Abercrombie’s Fish Camp, 335 Eufaula Avenue, Clayton. Dinner included. Pre-registration required. Call Deborah Long at (334) 613-4268.

May 26...Tallahassee, Florida 9 - 11 AM EST.
Family Heirs' Property Workshop Series at Florida A&M University CEP Teleconference Center, 2010 Pinder Drive. Session Four will discuss the topic: What action steps help families resolve family conflict about Family Heirs' Property? Contact Sandra Thompson at (850) 599-3546 or sandra.thompson@famu.edu.

May 29...Monroe County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Chronic Wasting Disease Seminar at the Monroe County Conservation and Education Conference Center, 1 Teen Trail, Monroeville. Dinner included. Pre-registration required. Call Deborah Long at (334) 613-4268.

May 31...Marshall County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Guntersville Regional Reception at Dream Ranch, 6926 Alabama Highway 79 S, Guntersville. Catch up on news of importance to your forestland investment and meet others in the forest industry in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

May 31...Conecuh County 6 PM.
Recreational Lake Management at The Depot in Evergreen. GPS coord: 31.433028,-86.955361  Speaker: PJ Waters. Call the Conecuh County Extension at (251) 578-2762.

 

> June 2018

June 1...Covington County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Covington County Forestry Committee Meeting at the Covington County Ag Center, 23952 Alabama Highway 55, Andalusia. For more information contact Charles Simon at (334) 222-1125 or simoncm@auburn.edu.

June 1...Teleconference Noon CT.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

June 2...Lowndes County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Managing Feral Swine Workshop at the Lowndes Wildlife Management Area, 227 Ridgeland Farm Road, Lowndesboro. Topics include: Feral hog history, Potential disease risks, and Management techniques. Dress for outdoor trapping demonstration. Registration is required. Call Matt Brock at (334) 549-3032.

June 2...Picayune, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Harrison County Forestry & Wildlife Association Meeting at Brookewood Tree Farm, 10000 Caesar Necaise Road. This is a field day for families with activities for kids. Lunch provided. Contact Tim Ray at (228) 865-4227 or tim.ray@msstate.edu.

June 5...Statewide.
Primary Election

June 5...New Albany, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 1 PM.
Tree Identification Workshop at the Union County Extension Office, 112 Fairground Circle. Fee: $15; lunch provided. Contact Gina Wills at (662) 534-1917 or gina.wills@msstate.edu.

June 7...Gainesville, Florida 10 AM - 3 PM EST.
Silviculture BMPs & Forestry Wildlife BMPs at Florida Forest Service Office, 5353 NE 39th Avenue. This workshop will discuss Silviculture Best Management Practices (BMP) for Water Quality and the Forestry Wildlife BMPs for State Imperiled Species. Lunch on your own. Contact Robin Holland at (352) 732-1781 or robin.holland@freshfromflorida.com.

June 7...Tuscaloosa County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Chronic Wasting Disease Seminar at the Tuscaloosa County Extension Office, 2513 7th Street, Tuscaloosa. Dinner included. Pre-registration required. Call Deborah Long at (334) 613-4268.

June 8...Colbert County 9 AM.
Shortleaf Pine Field Day at Cherokee Lion’s Den, 2-174 Church Street, Cherokee. Topics will include: Shortleaf Pine Biology, Benefits for Wildlife, Landowner Assistance, and Forest Economic Outlook for Northwest Alabama. Following the indoor sessions there will be a tour of the Freedom Hills Wildlife Management Area. Pre-registration required. Lunch provided. Call William Green at (334) 612-5235.

June 10-15...Ellisville, Mississippi.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop at Jones County Junior College. The workshop will include numerous field trips including industries, harvesting operations, management practices, and hands-on activities. Forest owners and forest products companies are urged to sponsor a teacher. Fee: $115; meals and lodging included. Contact Anna Thames at (601) 354-4936 or athames@msforestry.net.

June 11-13...Cullman County.
North Alabama Forestry Workshop for Agriscience Educators at the North Alabama Agriplex in Cullman. “Please encourage educators at your local schools to attend. There will be a strong focus on employment opportunities for their students in the forest industry.” Contact Ashley Watts at (334) 322-2435 or awatts@alaforestry.org.

June 12-14...Southern Pines, North Carolina.
Longleaf Academy: Fire & Longleaf F201 at Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Ft. Bragg Road. Topics include: Fire Ecology, Burning, Ignition Pattern, Fireline Tools, Smoke Management, Fire Weather Parameters, Burning Planning, and more. Fee: $150; two lunches included. Contact Karen at (334) 427-1029 or karen@longleafalliance.org.

June 14...Baldwin County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
SmartMap Workshop at the Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center, 8300 State Hwy 104, Fairhope. This workshop’s objectives are: Introduce user-friendly GIS apps and GPS for iPhone and iPad, Train attendees on using smart devices to collect GPS data in the field, Use GIS apps to develop maps, Demonstrate the capabilities of UAVs for collecting real-time imagery, and more. To register and watch a video about the workshop visit www.alabamasmartmap.com. Fee: $50; lunch included. Email questions to smartmap@auburn.edu.

June 14...Mobile County 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM.
Wetland Regulations and Compliance Workshop at the Mobile Area Association of Realtors, 2827 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. This workshop should be of interest to landowners, real estate professionals, land managers, family planners, and estate businesses. Fee: $35. An Advanced Session Workshop will take place from 11:50 - 2:30. It will cost an additional $15 and include lunch. Contact Ryan Mains, Alabama Coastal Foundation, at (251) 990-6002 or rmains@joinacf.org.

June 14...Barbour County 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
Hog Control Workshop at the Dime Store, 10 Eufaula Avenue, Clayton. There will be an outside demonstration of trap design and techniques. Dinner provided. Registration is required by June 11. Contact Allie Corcoran at (334) 687-5688 or corcoja@aces.edu.

June 14…Shiloh, Tennessee 5:30 PM.
Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) Regional Meeting at Hagy’s Catfish Hotel, 1140 Catfish Lane. Program: Growing White Oak for the Future. Speaker: Bob Russell, Brown-Forman Corporation. Fee: $25; All you can eat dinner included. Fee: $25. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

June 14-15...Autauga County.
Forestry & Wildlife School for Landowners at the Autauga Ag Center, Autaugaville. Topics include: Forestry Herbicide Use, New Taxes on Timberland, Antler Scoring Methods, Sawtooth Oak Planting, and Wildlife Management. Field Tour on the 15th at Wadsworth Farms. Tour will depart at 8:30 AM from Big Bass Bait & Tackle. CFE units available. To register call Katherine at (205) 387-1879x3204.

June 15...Old Town, Florida 9 AM - 1:30 PM EST.
Forest Landowner Workshop at the Community Center, 9335 NE Highway 349. Topics include: forest health, cost-share assistance, and forest certification. Contact Jared Beauchamp at (386) 294-2326 or jared.beauchamp@freshfromflorida.com.

June 18...Etowah County 10 AM - 2 PM.
Deer & Timber Management Workshop at the Etowah County Annex Building, 3200A West Meighan Boulevard, Gadsden. Contact Norm Haley at (256) 630-4248 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

June 18-22...Bullock County.
Learn and Burn Live-Fire Event at Sehoy/Enon Plantation, Hurtsboro. Prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between the 18th - 22nd. Participants must expect to be active all day walking, wearing woods clothes, and carrying tools. Limited number of participants will be notified by email. Call Marti Davis at (334) 240-9332.

June 19...Atlanta, Georgia 7:30 AM - 5 PM EST.
Timber Market Analysis at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. This class teaches a detailed approach and specific strategies for analyzing timber markets for timberland, bioenergy, wood procurement, and forestry consulting applications. Instructors: Dr. Brooks Mendell and Amanda Lang. Fee: $680; $100 discount if paid by June 6. Contact Heather Clark at (770) 725-8447 or hclark@forisk.com.

June 19...Cullman County 7:30 AM - 3 PM.
Shortleaf Pine Workshop at the North Alabama Agriplex, 1714 Tally Ho Street SW, Cullman. Topics include: Soil Suitability, Littleleaf Disease, Wildlife Management in Shortleaf, Prescribed Fire, and more. CFE and PLM credits available. Contact Joel Moon at (256) 595-0582 or jmoon@alaforestry.org.

June 19-20...Starkville, Mississippi.
Forestry Herbicide Workshop at Mississippi State University, Tully Auditorium. Program qualifies for 11 hours of CFE and has been approved for Mississippi Applicator Recertification credit. Fee: $150. Call Andy Ezell at (662) 325-1688.

June 19-21...Pearl, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course at the Southern Regional Fire Training Center, 3139 Highway 468 West. The short course is open to the public and designed for anyone wishing to become a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager in Mississippi. Wear clothing for walking in wooded area. Fee: $250. Contact Allen Stroud at (769) 798-2597 or astroud@mfc.ms.gov.

June 20-21...Cleburne County.
Educator Training for Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, and Project Wet at Cheaha State Park, 19644 Hwy 281, Delta. Fee: $170; some meals & lodging included. AFOA members may wish to alert any teachers who might be interested. Contact Rene Rainey at (256) 225-2188 or renee.raney@dcnr.alabama.gov.

June 23...Cleburne County 10 AM - 12 Noon.
Medicinal and Edible Plants Stroll at Cheaha Lake in Cheaha State Park. Led by Darryl Patton, The Southern Herbalist, who has been called a walking encyclopedia of herbal folklore. Fee: $20; 12 participant limit. Contact Rene Rainey at (256) 225-2188 or renee.raney@dcnr.alabama.gov. Editor’s Note: Darryl has spoken at a couple AFOA Annual Meetings and was a crowd favorite.

June 24-29...Booneville, Mississippi.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop at Northeast Mississippi Community College. The workshop will include numerous field trips including industries, harvesting operations, management practices, and hands-on activities. Forest owners and forest products companies are urged to sponsor a teacher. Fee: $115; meals and lodging included. Contact Anna Thames at (601) 354-4936 or athames@msforestry.net.

June 26...Quitman, Mississippi 6 PM.
Clarke County Forestry Association Meeting at Multipurpose Annex Building, 101 Westwood Avenue. Speaker: Dr. Paul Jeffreys, Arborgen. Dinner provided. RSVP by June 20. Contact MSU Extension at (601) 776-3951 or clarke@ext.msstate.edu.

June 26-29...Greensboro, Georgia.
National Conference of Private Forest Landowners at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, 1 Lake Oconee Trail. Fee: $750; $100 discount if paid by May 25. June 26 tax workshop led by Harry Haney is additional $350. The June 28 tour is additional $100. Contact Forest Landowners Association at 1-800-325-2954 or info@forestlandowners.com.

June 29...Macon County 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Managing Diseases and Parasites in Small Ruminants at 102 Mary Starke Harper Hall, Tuskegee University. If you use goats to reduce fire hazard or control kudzu or other weeds on your property, this workshop might help you improve the health of your animals. Fee: $30; $5 discount if paid by June 15. Working lunch provided. Contact Dr. Uma Karki at (334) 421-2139 or karkiu@mytu.tuskegee.edu.

> July 2018

July 6...Covington County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Covington County Forestry Committee Meeting at the Covington County Ag Center, 23952 Alabama Highway 55, Andalusia. For more information contact Charles Simon at (334) 222-1125 or simoncm@auburn.edu.

July 9...Lauderdale County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Shoals Area Regional Reception at Sweetwater Depot, 502 S, Royal Avenue, Florence. Catch up on news of importance to your forestland investment and meet others in the forest industry in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

July 9...Tupelo, Mississippi 6:30 PM.
Lee County Forestry Association Meeting at the Extension Office, 5338 Cliff Gookin Boulevard. Topic: Southern Pine Beetle. Speaker: Alan Van Valkenburg. Call Lee County Extension at (662) 841-9000.

July 9-12...Lee County.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop for Teachers of All Grades at Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences. The workshop will focus on forest ecology, management and products through guest speakers, field trips and hands-on activities. The goal is to demonstrate the importance working forests have to the environment and economy. Teachers pay small fee: ~$75. Forest owners and forest products companies are urged to sponsor a teacher -- cost is about $500. Teachers are needed. Contact Ashley Smith at (334) 481-2137 or asmith@alaforestry.org. See this Flyer for more details.

July 10...Elmore County Noon - 1 PM.
Lunch & Learn: Snake Identification at the Elmore County Extension Office, 340 Queen Ann Road, Wetumpka. Bring a lunch. Drinks provided. Call Carol Pugh at (334) 567-6301.

July 10...Lexington, Mississippi 6 PM.
Holmes County Forestry Association Meeting at the Extension Office, 113 W. China. Topic: Pine Genetics. Speaker: Paul Jeffreys. Call Holmes County Extension at (662) 834-2795.

July 10-12...Jackson, Mississippi.
Teacher’s Conservation Workshop at Mississippi Ag and Forestry Museum. The workshop will include numerous field trips including industries, harvesting operations, management practices, and hands-on activities. Forest owners and forest products companies are urged to sponsor a teacher. Fee: $50; lunches included. Contact Anna Thames at (601) 354-4936 or athames@msforestry.net.

July 12...Clarke County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
SmartMap Workshop at the Coastal Alabama Community College, 30755 US-43, Thomasville. This workshop’s objectives are: Introduce user-friendly GIS apps and GPS for iPhone and iPad, Train attendees on using smart devices to collect GPS data in the field, Use GIS apps to develop maps, Demonstrate the capabilities of UAVs for collecting real-time imagery, and more. To register and watch a video about the workshop visit www.alabamasmartmap.com. Fee: $50; lunch included. Email questions to smartmap@auburn.edu.

July 12...Kosciusko, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 1:45 PM.
Alternative Sources of Forest Income Shortcourse at Attala County Extension Office, 715 Fairground Road. Topics include: Specialty Forest Products, Pine Straw Production, Pole Production, Growing Biomass, Diversifying Your Forest Through Mixed Species, and more. Fee: $30; refreshments included. To register call Taylor Casey at (662) 289-5431.

July 12...Morgan County 5:30 - 7:30 PM.
Rainwater Harvesting Workshop at the Decatur Farmer's Market, 211 1st Avenue, Decatur. Each participant will construct and leave the workshop with a completed rain barrel. Fee: $40. Contact Allyson Shabel at (256) 612-6766 or ams0137@aces.edu.

July 13...Teleconference Noon CT. (postponed from July 6)
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

July 13-15...Jefferson County.
Annual World Deer Expo at Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, 2100 Richard Arrington, Jr. Boulevard North, Birmingham. The expo will have hunting products, apparel, outfitters from all over the world, seminars, outdoor celebrities, kid’s activities, and more. Fee: $10; kids receive discounted admission. Call Channing Brown at (205) 678-4141. Editor's Note: AFOA will have a booth at the World Deer Expo this year. Stop by and say 'Hello'!

July 14...Verona, Mississippi 9 AM.
Lee County Forestry Association Meeting at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, 5421 Highway 145. Topic: Wild Hog Workshop. Speaker: Steven Tucker. Call the Extension Center at (662) 566-2201.

July 16...Kilmichael, Mississippi 6 PM.
Montgomery County Forestry Association Meeting at the Kilmichael Library, 102 First Street. Topic: Market Forces Impacting Timber Prices. Speaker: Marc Measells. Call the Extension Office at (662) 283-4133.

July 16...Prentiss, Mississippi 7 PM.
Jefferson Davis County Forestry Association Meeting at the Bethany Baptist Church. Topic: Pine Genetics. Speaker: Paul Jeffreys. Call the Extension Office at (601) 792-5121.

July 16-18...Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Georgia Forestry Association (GFA) Annual Conference & Forestry Expo at The Westin. Fee: $700; $125 discount if paid by June 15. Call GFA at (478) 992-8110.

July 17...Statewide.
Primary Runoff Election

July 17...Live Oak, Florida 10 AM - 3 PM EST.
Silviculture BMPs & Forestry Wildlife BMPs at the Suwannee River Water Management District Office, 9225 County Road 49. This workshop will discuss Silviculture Best Management Practices (BMP) for Water Quality and the Forestry Wildlife BMPs for State Imperiled Species. Lunch on your own. Contact Robin Holland at (352) 732-1781 or robin.holland@freshfromflorida.com.

July 19...Jackson, Mississippi 11 AM.
Hinds County Forestry Association will meet at the Cattlemen’s Building, 680 Monroe Street, Suite A. Topic: Herbicides. Call the County Extension at (601) 857-3242.

July 19...Coffee County 6 - 8:30 PM.
Pond and Aquatic Weed Management Seminar at the Coffee County Extension Office, 1055 E. McKinnon Street, New Brockton. The seminar will feature in-depth management strategies for recreational fish ponds. Bring a water/weed sample for testing/identification. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 894-5596 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

July 19-22...New Orleans, Louisiana.
Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) National Convention at The Ritz-Carlton, 921 Canal Street. Fee: $300. Call QDMA at 1-800-209-3337.

July 21...Shelby County 10 AM.
iNaturalist Smartphone App Training Session at the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center in Oak Mountain State Park off of Terrace Drive. Interpretive Center director David Frings said there are android, iphone, ipad, and desktop versions of the app, which was developed to allow citizens and scientists to take photos of observations made in nature and upload it to the app. The app has the ability to help the user identify the species photographed, and if the user identifies something incorrectly, other app users can use their expertise to provide guidance. For more information email David Frings at dmfrings@samford.edu.

July 23-25...Covington County.
South Alabama Forestry Workshop for Agriscience Educators at the Solon Dixon Center near Andalusia. “Please encourage educators at your local schools to attend. There will be a strong focus on employment opportunities for their students in the forest industry.” Contact Ashley Watts at (334) 322-2435 or awatts@alaforestry.org.

July 24-25...Athens, Georgia.
Wildlife Management at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Drive. This course will focus on the principles and applications of wildlife-habitat management techniques for three primary game species in the Southeast — white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and bobwhite quail. Fee: $295. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

July 25...Online 12 Noon CST.
Maintaining Quail and Grassland Bird Habitat webinar will discuss how the CP33 buffer practice can help maintain native grassland habitat within an agricultural landscape. Presenter: Lisa Potter, Private Land Programs Supervisor, Missouri Department of Conservation. Call Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070.

July 26...Monroe County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Trapping 101 Workshop at the Monroe County Extension Office, 334 Agriculture Drive, Monroeville. The program will cover: Trapping history & laws, Upland trapping, Aquatic trapping, and hands-on demonstrations. Fee: $25. To register, call the Baldwin County Extension Office at (251) 937-7176.

July 26...Autauga County 9 - 11 AM.
Estate Planning Basics Workshop at Camellia Baptist Church, 201 Woodvale Road, Prattville. Contact Tana Shealey at (334) 361-7273 or tjs0032@aces.edu.

July 28...Shelbyville, Kentucky.
Central Woodland Owners Short Course at the Shelby County Extension Office. Fee: $20. Contact Renee Williams at (859) 257-7597.

July 29 - August 1...Dubuque, Iowa.
Walnut Council Annual Meeting at the Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark Hotel. The meeting will include field trips, indoor presentations, question and answer session, and awards banquet. Fee: $215. Contact Liz Jackson at (765) 583-3501 or walnutcouncil@walnutcouncil.org.

July 30...Lee County 8 AM.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Re-certification Workshop at the Auburn University Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Building, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn. Instructor: John Stivers. Fee: $100. Limited seating. WORKSHOP IS FULL. For more info call Marti Davis at (334) 240-9332. Attendees must register at: http://classes.forestry.alabama.gov/cpbmclasses.aspx   Select the Re-Certify option.

July 31 - August 3...Lee County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course at Auburn University Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Building, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn. Instructor: John Stivers. Fee: $150. Limited seating. For more info call Marti Davis at (334) 240-9332. Attendees must register at: http://classes.forestry.alabama.gov/cpbmclasses.aspx   Select the Certify option.

 

> August 2018

August 2-3...Elmore County.
Alabama Realtors Land Institute's Timberland Course at the Alabama Nature Center, 3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook. Fee: $400. Contact Kathy Baber at (317) 440-7067 or rlialabama@gmail.com.

August 2-5...Montgomery County.
Commodity Producers Conference at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel. The Green Tour, which may be of most interest to forest landowners, will include a visit to The Wehle Center, Sedgefields Plantation, and The Wildlife Group nursery. Fee: Will vary according to registration selections. For more information contact Casey Earnest at (334) 613-4080 or cearnest@alfafamers.org.

August 3...Covington County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Covington County Forestry Committee Meeting at the Covington County Ag Center, 23952 Alabama Highway 55, Andalusia. For more information contact Charles Simon at (334) 222-1125 or simoncm@auburn.edu.

August 3...Teleconference Noon CT.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

August 3-5...West Monroe, Louisiana.
Southern Christmas Tree Association Annual Meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn. Fee: $95; $25 discount if paid by July 28. For more information call Michael Buchart at (225) 505-6335. Editor's Note: The Southern Christmas Tree Association’s newsletter has been uploaded to the AFOA website here. Includes lots of details about their upcoming Annual Meeting as well as other resources related to growing Christmas trees.

August 4...Pike County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Recreational Pond Management Workshop at Pike County Lake, 722 County Road 2224, Troy. Topics include: Managing for fishing, Controlling aquatic plants, and Nuisance wildlife control. Bring a water and/or weed sample for identification and testing. Fee: $15; lunch provided. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@auburn.edu.

August 4...Montgomery County 1 - 5 PM.
Farm & Land Expo at the Renaissance Montgomery & Convention Center, 201 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery. The Expo will feature new products and town hall style presentations on a wide array of topics. Fee: $5. Contact Brittany Daniel at (334) 613-4750 or bdaniel@alfafarmers.org.

August 4...Benton, Kentucky.
West Woodland Owners Short Course at the Marshall County Extension Office. Fee: $20. Contact Renee Williams at (859) 257-7597.

August 7...Geneva County 6 - 9 PM.
Should I Be a Business Entity at the Geneva County Farm Center, 2765 E. State Highway 52, Hartford. Topics include: Introduction to the nine business entities available in Alabama, Liability of owners, Participation in management, Transferability, Creditor protection, and more. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

August 7 - August 28...Biloxi, Mississippi.
Forestland as an Investment Workshop at the Coastal Research & Extension Center, 1815 Popps Ferry Road. The class will meet consecutive Tuesdays from 6 - 8 PM. Topics will include: Characteristics of Forest Investments, Financial Criteria Used in Forestry, Site prep , planting, harvesting, Advances in forest genetics, Timberland purchase, Marketing a timber sale, Timber taxation overview, and Estate planning issues. Fee: $30. Contact Tim Ray at (228) 865-4227 or tim.ray@msstate.edu.

August 8-9...Indiana, Pennsylvania.
Mined Land Reforestation Conference at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The annual Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI) Conference will feature presentations as well as a field trip visiting sites that are in various stages of Forestry Reclamation Approach and observing results. Fee: $150. Contact Dr. Michael Tyree at (724) 357-2750 or mtyree@iup.edu.

August 9...Morgan County 10 AM.
Board Meeting of Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust at the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, 3121 Visitors Center Road, Decatur. This meeting will provide an opportunity for any individual who would like to make comments concerning the program. The public is invited to attend this meeting and is urged to submit comments. For more information call (334) 242-3484. Editor's Note: Will the availability of more ‘Free’ public hunting land hurt or hinder a landowner’s recreational/hunting lease income opportunities?


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

August 9
...Shelby County 6 - 8 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at The Boot at Brook Highland, 5279 Highway 280, Birmingham, AL 35242. Come enjoy dinner and talk about the issues with other forest landowners. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM. Limited seating. No walk-ins please. To attend, RSVP AFOA at (205) 624-2225 or rll@afoa.org.

August 9...Marshall County 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
Should I Be a Business Entity at the Marshall County Courthouse, 424 Blount Avenue, Suite G, Guntersville. Topics include: Introduction to the nine business entities available in Alabama, Liability of owners, Participation in management, Transferability, Creditor protection, and more. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

August 14-15....Covington County.
Longleaf Academy: Herbicides & Longleaf 201 at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia. Topics will include: Herbicide rates, Timing of application, Active ingredients, Surfactants, Adjuvants, and Safe application methods. Fee: $200; meals plus onsite lodging. Contact Casey White at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

August 15...Barbour County 9 AM - Noon.
Should I Be a Business Entity at the Chamber of Commerce, 333 E. Broad Street, Eufaula. Topics include: Introduction to the nine business entities available in Alabama, Liability of owners, Participation in management, Transferability, Creditor protection, and more. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

August 15-16...Statesboro, Georgia.
Increasing Financial Returns from Southern Pine Plantations through Objective Evaluation of Silvicultural Treatments at the Bulloch County Ag Center, 151 Langston Chapel Road. This course will evaluate the trade-offs between the costs and the benefits for different mixes of silvicultural treatments with emphasis on quantifying the gains for objective decision making. Fee: $210; $25 discount if paid by August 1. Lunch included. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

August 16...Hazelhurst, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Small Farm: Outdoor Demonstration Workshop at Copiah County Fair Grounds, 2040 West Gallman Road. Learn more about earning supplemental income from your land. Topics include: Leasing land for multiple recreational leases, Timber management, Feral hog management, and more. Lunch provided with pre-registration. Call Clifton Peters at (601) 572-5378.

August 17...Lexington, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Game Camera Surveys and Forest Management for White-tailed Deer Workshop at Black Creek Outfitters Camp, 2835 Bowling Green Road. Fee: $30; lunch provided. Call Betsy Padgett at (662) 834-2795.

August 17-19...Forsyth, Georgia.
Turkey Shoot at the Meadows Gun Club and Shooting School, 1064 Rumble Road. Fee varies. For more information contact Josh Webb at (803) 637-3106 or jwebb@nwtf.net.

August 18...West Liberty, Kentucky.
East Woodland Owners Short Course at the Morgan County Extension Office. Fee: $20. Contact Renee Williams at (859) 257-7597.

August 20-23...Baldwin County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course at 53856 Highway 59, Stockton. Instructor: John Stivers. Fee: $150. Limited seating. For more info call Marti Davis at (334) 240-9332. Attendees must register at: http://classes.forestry.alabama.gov/cpbmclasses.aspx   Select the Certify option.

August 21...Madison County 9 AM - 3:30 PM.
Degraded Hardwood Management Workshop at the Charles Stone Agricultural Center, 819 Cook Avenue, Huntsville. Topics: Assessment, Potential Treatments, and Management Tradeoffs. Speakers: Wayne Clatterbuck, Callie Schweitzer, and John Gruchy. Fee: $35; lunch included. Call Madison County Extension Office at (256) 532-1578.

August 22...San Mateo, Florida 9 AM EST.
Managing Pine Forests for Multiple Goals at 843 East Highway 100. This tour will feature examples of food plots, silvicultural operations to improve pine forests, understory enhancement, invasive species management, and more. Wear appropriate field clothing. Lunch included. Pre-registration required. Contact Greg Dunn at (904) 209-0430 or greg.dunn@freshfromflorida.com.

August 22-23...Calhoun County.
Clear Water Alabama Seminar and Field Day at the Oxford Civic Center, 401 McCullars Lane, Oxford. This program is designed to help professionals learn more about erosion and sediment control practices and products. This information could be useful to landowners as well. Fee: $225; $50 discount if paid by August 13. Call Earl Norton at (334) 728-4107.

August 24...Senatobia, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Game Camera Surveys and Forest Management for White-tailed Deer Workshop at the Tate County Extension Office, #1 French’s Alley. Fee: $30; lunch provided. Call Tara Ferguson at (662) 562-4274.

August 24-26…Jefferson County.
Rick & Bubba Outdoor Expo for “all things hunting, fishing, and outdoors” at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex. Fee: $10; Kids 12 and under free.

August 25...Tallahassee, Florida. Location and Date Change 
Family Heirs' Property Workshop Series will now be held at the Florida A&M University Grape Harvest Festival, 6361 Mahan Drive. Session Five will discuss the topic: Impact of clear title property and Family Heirs' Property on economic wealth building and intergenerational transfer of wealth. Fee: $6. Contact Sandra Thompson at (850) 599-3546 or sandra.thompson@famu.edu.

August 28...Coffee County 1 - 4 PM.
Should I Be a Business Entity at the Extension Office, 5 County Complex, 1055 E. McKinnon Street, New Brockton. Topics include: Introduction to the nine business entities available in Alabama, Liability of owners, Participation in management, Transferability, Creditor protection, and more. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

August 28-30...Amelia Island, Florida.
Florida Forestry Association (FFA) Annual Meeting at the Omni's Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Fee: $375. Call FFA at (850) 222-5646.

August 29...Online 1 PM CST.
Increasing Adoption of Residential Wood Energy webinar will discuss heating with wood and/or pellets has significant benefits, even with low fossil fuel prices. Gain a better understanding of the issues regarding heating with wood and new developments and technology. Presenter: Jonathan Kays, Natural Resources Extension Specialist, University of Maryland. Call Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070.

August 30...Cleveland, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Game Camera Surveys and Forest Management for White-tailed Deer Workshop at the Bolivar County Agriculture Center, 406 North Martin Luther King Drive. Fee: $30; lunch provided. Call Laura Giaccaglia at (662) 843-8362.

August 30...Morgan County 9 AM.
What Does A Healthy Forest Have To Do With Clean Water Tour at the Waterworks Center for Environmental Education, 5514 US Highway 31, Hartselle. This three hour tour will help landowners learn how their forestland can better provide clean water for everyone. Contact Leigh Peters at (334) 481-2134 or treefarm@alaforestry.org. Editor's Note: Private forestland already provides the majority of our clean water, clean air, and wildlife habitat. Maybe we should ask how forestland compares to residential and commercial property when it comes to providing these these qualities of life we often take for granted?

August 30...Lee County 3 - 6 PM.
Should I Be a Business Entity at the Extension Office, 600 S. 7th Street, Opelika. Topics include: Introduction to the nine business entities available in Alabama, Liability of owners, Participation in management, Transferability, Creditor protection, and more. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

August 30...Henry County 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
Feral Hog Management at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center, 167 East Alabama Highway 134, Headland. This seminar will cover wild pig history, biology, ecology, control methods, trapping, and demonstrations of discussed techniques. To register call the Wiregrass Center at (334) 693-3800.

 

> September 2018

September 4...Wiggins, Mississippi Noon 12 PM.
Pearl River-Stone County Forestry Association (CFA) Meeting at The Sawmill Restaurant, 2205 US 49, Wiggins. Dutch treat lunch. For more information call Pearl River CFA at (601) 928-5286.

September 4...Cullman County 8:30 - 11:40 AM.
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Program at the Chamber of Commerce, 301 2nd Avenue SW, Cullman. Topics include: Individual Tax Changes, Estate Tax Changes, Business Tax Changes, and Tax Liability Comparisons. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

September 4...Cullman County 1 - 4 PM.
Should I Be a Business Entity at the Chamber of Commerce, 301 2nd Avenue SW, Cullman. Topics include: Introduction to the nine business entities available in Alabama, Liability of owners, Participation in management, Transferability, Creditor protection, and more. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

September 4-5...Lee County.
Alabama Society of American Foresters (SAF) & Southern Forest Engineering Center Annual Meeting at Auburn University. Topics include: Drones, Forest Operations, Cross Laminated Timber, Mulching, and more. Fee: $150. Contact Mathew Smidt at (334) 844-1038 or smidtmf@auburn.edu.

September 4 - October 2...Newton, Mississippi 6 - 8 PM.
Forestland as an Investment Short Course will meet on 5 consecutive Tuesdays at the Mississippi State University Coastal Plains Experiment Station, 51 Coastal Plain Road. Topics will include: Basics of Forestland Management, Land Acquisition, Technical Assistance, Marketing Strategies, and Taxation Planning. Fee: $30. Contact Leanne McGee at (601) 635-7011 or leanne.mcgee@msstate.edu.

September 5...Morgan County.
Forestry Careers Day at Falkville High School, 43 Clark Drive, Falkville. This event is open to all local schools, and will focus specifically on forestry-related careers. Local employers needed to exhibit to talk about job opportunities at their company, and to bring interactive exhibits for students to experience (examples: drones, logging equipment, simulators, products, etc.) Contact Ashley Rowe at (334) 481-2136 or arowe@alaforestry.org.

September 5...Chilton County 9 AM - Noon.
Should I Be a Business Entity at the Alabama Power Building, 2030 7th Street S., Clanton. Topics include: Introduction to the nine business entities available in Alabama, Liability of owners, Participation in management, Transferability, Creditor protection, and more. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

September 5...Chilton County 1:30 - 4:40 PM.
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Program at the Alabama Power Building, 2030 7th Street S., Clanton. Topics include: Individual Tax Changes, Estate Tax Changes, Business Tax Changes, and Tax Liability Comparisons. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

September 6...Walker County 9 - 10:30 AM.
Forestry Planning Committee Meeting at 1501 North Airport Road, Jasper. Forest landowners are welcome to attend and participate. Contact Andrew Baril at (205) 388-6893 or ajb0012@aces.edu.

September 6...Chilton County 8 AM - 4 PM.
Alabama Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting at Jefferson State Community College, Clanton Campus, 1850 Lay Dam Road, Clanton. Landowners and land managers welcome to attend. Fee: $60; $10 discount if paid in advance. Lunch included. Contact Marti Davis at (334) 240-9332 or marti.davis@forestry.alabama.gov.

September 6...Talladega County 8:30 - 11:30 AM.
Should I Be a Business Entity at the Extension Office, 130 N. Court Street, Talladega. Topics include: Introduction to the nine business entities available in Alabama, Liability of owners, Participation in management, Transferability, Creditor protection, and more. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

September 6...Talladega County 1:30 - 4:40 PM.
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Program at the Extension Office, 130 N. Court Street, Talladega. Topics include: Individual Tax Changes, Estate Tax Changes, Business Tax Changes, and Tax Liability Comparisons. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

September 7...DeKalb County.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (Kids Only) at Sylvania High School, Sylvania. 3rd grade students only. Contact Joey Haymon at (256) 638-5551 or jbhaymon@dekalbk12.org.

September 7...Teleconference Noon CT.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

September 9-11...Baldwin County.
Alabama Forestry Association Annual Meeting at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach. Fee: $495. Contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or lchambers@alaforestry.org.

September 10...Tuscaloosa County 1:30 - 4:40 PM.
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Program at the Courthouse Annex, 2513 7th Street, Tuscaloosa. Topics include: Individual Tax Changes, Estate Tax Changes, Business Tax Changes, and Tax Liability Comparisons. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

September 10...Tuscaloosa County 6 - 9 PM.
Should I Be a Business Entity at the Courthouse Annex, 2513 7th Street, Tuscaloosa. Topics include: Introduction to the nine business entities available in Alabama, Liability of owners, Participation in management, Transferability, Creditor protection, and more. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

September 11...Tallapoosa County 8 AM - 12 PM.
Private Pesticide Applicator Training/Testing Class - One of the most useful aspects of this class for landowners may be learning how to calibrate a backpack sprayer. Fee: $45; $20 for training and $25 for licensing. If you need more information call Dr. Chip East at (256) 846-0314.

September 11...Lauderdale County 1:30 - 4:40 PM.
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Program at the Extension Office, 802 Veterans Drive, Florence. Topics include: Individual Tax Changes, Estate Tax Changes, Business Tax Changes, and Tax Liability Comparisons. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

September 11...Lauderdale County 6 - 9 PM.
Should I Be a Business Entity at the Extension Office, 802 Veterans Drive, Florence. Topics include: Introduction to the nine business entities available in Alabama, Liability of owners, Participation in management, Transferability, Creditor protection, and more. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

September 11-12...Jackson County.
Hardwood Management Workshop at the Jackson County Rescue Squad, 404 Cedar Hill Drive, Scottsboro. Topics include: Hardwood Markets, Upland Hardwoods, Bottomland Hardwoods, Impact of Federally Listed Tree Bats on Timber Management, and more. Attendees will visit hardwood management field sites and tour the Brown Forman Stavemill in Stevenson. Lunch provided. Call Brandon at (256) 599-6802.

September 12...Walker County.
Forestry Workshop in Jasper. Topics include: Chronic Wasting Disease, Best Management Practices (BMPs), OSHA Safety, Insect Borne Diseases, and Forestry Ethics. CFE and PLM hours available. No Fee. To register call Katherine at (205) 384-0606x3204.

September 13...Blount County 5 - 7 PM.
Recreational Farm Pond Workshop at Al and Mick's Barbeque, 88175 U.S. Highway 278, Snead. The workshop will cover pond health, weed control, animal control, and other topics. Meal provided. Contact Charles LeCroy at (205) 353-2858 or charleslecroy@gmail.com.

September 13...Escambia County 6 - 9 PM.
Should I Be a Business Entity at the Grace Fellowship Church, 1412 East Nashville Avenue, Atmore. Topics include: Introduction to the nine business entities available in Alabama, Liability of owners, Participation in management, Transferability, Creditor protection, and more. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

September 14...Covington, Georgia.
Women in the Outdoors at Georgia FFA Center, 720 FFA-FHA Camp Road. Women in the Outdoors events are designed just for women using expert instructors. Typically about 20 classes for ladies to choose from, each about 90 minutes long. Classes may include: outdoor photography, crafts, and birding. Also, shooting classes ranging from archery to shotgun, rifle, and pistol. Lastly, classes go into hunting deer, turkey, predators, game calls, and plan a hunt for later in the year. Fee: $145. Contact Dee Lowrey at (678) 936-4314 or dee_lowrey@yahoo.com.

September 14-15...Parrotsville, Tennessee.
American Paulownia Association Annual Conference at 2975 Salem Road, Parrottsville. Fee: $55. For more information contact (423) 278-8891 or palownia@erols.com.

September 17...Tuscaloosa County 8 AM.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Re-certification Workshop at Alabama Fire College, 2501 Phoenix Drive, Tuscaloosa. Instructor: John Stivers. Fee: $100. Limited seating. For more info call Marti Davis at (334) 240-9332. Attendees must register at: http://classes.forestry.alabama.gov/cpbmclasses.aspx   Select the Re-Certify option.

September 18...Woodville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Small Farm: Outdoor Demonstration Workshop at 3200 U.S. Highway 61 North. Learn more about earning supplemental income from your land. Topics include: Leasing land for multiple recreational leases, Timber management, Feral hog management, and more. Lunch provided with pre-registration. Call Clifton Peters at (601) 572-5378.

September 18...Pittsboro, Mississippi 9:15 AM - 4:15 PM.
Forest Regeneration: Keep Your Profits Growing at the Calhoun Extension Office, 121 Parker Street. Fee: $28; lunch included. Contact Trent Barnett at (662) 412-3177 or trent.barnett@msstate.edu.

September 18...Brooksville, Florida 10 AM - 3 PM EST.
Silviculture BMPs & Forestry Wildlife BMPs at the Southwest Florida Water Management District Office, 2379 Broad Street. This workshop will discuss Silviculture Best Management Practices (BMP) for Water Quality and the Forestry Wildlife BMPs for State Imperiled Species. Lunch on your own. Contact Robin Holland at (352) 732-1781 or robin.holland@freshfromflorida.com.

September 18-19...Autauga County.
ForestHer: A Workshop for Women Who Love the Land at the Agricultural Center Building, 2226 AL-14, Autaugaville. This workshop is an opportunity for women landowners to learn about forest management topics that are important to them in a relaxed, fun setting. Learn how to read maps and deeds, measure your forest trees, and market timber and non-timber forest products. This workshop is very “hands-on” with demonstrations, field tours, and opportunities to practice new skills. Fee: $65; lunch included. Contact Becky Barlow at (334)844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

September 18-19...Athens, Georgia.
Managing Forest Health, Wildlife, and Productivity at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Drive. Forest management strategies for enhancing wildlife populations, improving water quality, using fire as a forest management tool, and using herbicides in forest systems. Fee: $295. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

September 18-20...Starkville, Mississippi.
Prescribed Burning Short Course at the Hilton Garden Inn, 975 Highway 12 East. The short course is open to the public and designed for anyone wishing to become a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager in Mississippi. Wear clothing for walking in wooded area. Fee: $250. Contact Allen Stroud at (769) 798-2597 or astroud@mfc.ms.gov.

September 18-21...Tuscaloosa County.
Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Course at Alabama Fire College, 2501 Phoenix Drive, Tuscaloosa. Instructor: John Stivers. Fee: $150. Limited seating. For more info call Marti Davis at (334) 240-9332. Attendees must register at: http://classes.forestry.alabama.gov/cpbmclasses.aspx   Select the Certify option.

September 19...Baldwin County 1:30 - 4:40 PM.
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Program at the Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center, 8300 State Hwy 104, Fairhope. Topics include: Individual Tax Changes, Estate Tax Changes, Business Tax Changes, and Tax Liability Comparisons. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

September 19...Baldwin County 6 - 9 PM.
Should I Be a Business Entity at the Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center, 8300 State Hwy 104, Fairhope. Topics include: Introduction to the nine business entities available in Alabama, Liability of owners, Participation in management, Transferability, Creditor protection, and more. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

September 20...Griffin, Georgia 8 AM - 4:15 PM EST.
Agroforestry & Wildlife Field Day at the University of Georgia (UGA) Westbrook Research Farm. Topics include: Economics of longleaf pine management, Forest/wildlife management planning, Silvopasture, Thinning, QDMA, Feral Hogs, Bobwhite quail habitat restoration, Prescribed burning, and more. Fee: $30; $5 discount if paid by September 6. BBQ lunch included. Call UGA at (770) 229-3477.

September 20...Grenada, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Game Camera Surveys and Forest Management for White-tailed Deer Workshop at the Grenada County Office Building, 1240 Fairground Road, Suite G. Fee: $30; lunch provided. Call Steve Winters at (662) 226-2061.

September 20...Mobile County 6 - 9 PM.
Should I Be a Business Entity at the Extension Office, Jon Archer Agricultural Center, 1070 Schillinger Road N., Mobile. Topics include: Introduction to the nine business entities available in Alabama, Liability of owners, Participation in management, Transferability, Creditor protection, and more. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

September 20...Jefferson County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at the Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $50; $10 discount if paid in advance. Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

September 20...Autauga County 6:30 PM.
Chronic Wasting Disease Seminar at the William B. Smith Agricultural Center, 2226 Highway 14 West, Autaugaville. Speakers: Brian Grice, Wildlife Biologist, and Jason McHenry, Conservation Officer. Call the Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council at (334) 365-5532.

September 21...Tuscaloosa County 8 AM - 3 PM.
Annual Alabama Oil & Gas Seminar at Shelton State Community College, 9500 Old Greensboro Road, Tuscaloosa. Reception the night before and seminar is open to the public at no cost. For more information call Janet Overton at (205) 247-3571.

September 21-22...Starkville, Mississippi.
Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show is located approximately eight miles south of Starkville. The longest-running, live, in-woods equipment demo in the South. Fee: $25; $5 discount for advance registration. For additional information call 1-800-669-5613.

September 25...Barbour County 11:30 AM.
Women in Forestry Luncheon at 525 School Street, Eufaula. Contact Allie Corcoran at (334) 687-5688 or corcoja@aces.edu.

September 25-27...Portland, Oregon.
"Who Will Own The Forest?" and Forest Products Forum at World Forestry Center. Join the professionals as they discuss issues pertaining to the economy, forestland valuations, investing overseas, and emerging values such as carbon, biomass, and environmental credits. Fee: $2,400. Contact Sara Wu at (503) 228-1367 or swu@worldforestry.org.

September 26-28....Johnson City, Tennessee.
Tennessee Forestry Association Annual Meeting at Carnegie Hotel, 1216 W State of Franklin Road. Fee: $250. Contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

September 27...Tifton, Georgia.
Georgia Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting at the Tifton Campus Conference Center. Fee: $35; breakfast and lunch included. Contact Jessica McCorvey at (229) 734-4706x289 or jessica.mccorvey@jonesctr.org.

September 27...Conecuh County 8 AM - 3 PM.
Field Day at Saloom Properties, LLC, 2835 Booker Mill Road, Evergreen. Topics include: Managing Longleaf, Managing Special Sites, Using Drones/Smartphones for Mapping, Establishing Longleaf, Invasive Plants, and More. Lunch provided. Contact Conecuh Extension at (251) 578-2762 or treefarm@alaforestry.org.

September 27...Natchez, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Small Farm: Outdoor Demonstration Workshop at James Berry Property, 22 Artman Road. Learn more about earning supplemental income from your land. Topics include: Leasing land for multiple recreational leases, Timber management, Feral hog management, Goat Production, and more. Lunch provided with pre-registration. Call Clifton Peters at (601) 572-5378.

September 27...Montgomery County 8:30 - 11:40 AM.
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Program at the Extension Office, Eastmont Shopping Plaza, 5340 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery. Topics include: Individual Tax Changes, Estate Tax Changes, Business Tax Changes, and Tax Liability Comparisons. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

September 27...Coffee County 6 - 8 PM.
Get Out of Your Rut: Tips for New and Experienced Hunters at the County Extension Office, 5 County Complex, 1055 East McKinnon Street, New Brockton. This is a four session series. Topics include: Rules & Regulations, Hunter Safety, and Hunting on Wildlife Management Areas. Fee: $5/session or $10 for all four sessions. Registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

September 27...Montgomery County 6 - 9 PM.
Should I Be a Business Entity at the Extension Office, Eastmont Shopping Plaza, 5340 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery. Topics include: Introduction to the nine business entities available in Alabama, Liability of owners, Participation in management, Transferability, Creditor protection, and more. Instructor: Robert A. Tufts. Fee: $15. Accountant CPE hours available. To register call Auburn University at (334) 844-5100.

September 28...Macon County 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Integrated Approach for Managing Diseases and Parasites in Small Ruminants at 102 Mary Starke Harper Hall, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee. Fee: $30. Working lunch provided. Contact Dr. Uma Karki at (334) 727-8336 or karkiu@mytu.tuskegee.edu.

September 28...Fayette County 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Forestry Workshop at the Fayette County Extension Office, 650 McConnell Loop, Fayette. Topics include: Conflict Resolution, Timber Theft, Weeds, Drones in Forestry Operations, and Pine Beetles. Fee: $30; lunch provided. To register call Fayette Extension Office at (205) 932-8941.

September 28...Leakesville, Mississippi 8:30 AM - 4:10 PM.
Management of Degraded Hardwood Stands Short Course at the Greene County Center, 167 Vo-Tech Road. Topics covered during indoor and outdoor sessions include: management strategy for varying goals of ownership, hardwood decision models, as well as salvage and regeneration options. Fee: $30; lunch included. Call Angie Byrd at (601) 394-2702.

September 28...Madison, Florida 8:30 AM - 4 PM EST.
Landowner Cooperative Associations - Neighbors Helping Neighbors at the Madison County Extension Office, 184 NW College Loop. Topics include: Cooperating to manage timber and wildlife, deer management, and the certification process of the American Tree Farm System. Also, tour a local tree nursery. Lunch included. Call the Madison Extension Office at (850) 973-4138.

 

> October 2018

October 2...Jefferson County 9 AM - 12:45 PM.
The Case for CLT: Opportunities and Challenges at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 103 Summit Boulevard, Birmingham. This presentation will introduce Cross-laminated timber (CLT) through a series of project examples while considering some of the more challenging aspects of CLT building design—such as fire and life safety, lateral and seismic design, acoustic performance and building envelope. Topics will also include the manufacturing and specification of CLT, building code considerations and available resources. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Courtney Rouse at (803) 804-4918 or courtney.rouse@woodworks.org. Editor’s Note: Scott Lockyear spoke on CLT at the 2017 AFOA annual meeting. See his presentation.

October 2...Wiggins, Mississippi Noon 12 PM.
Pearl River-Stone County Forestry Association (CFA) Meeting at The Sawmill Restaurant, 2205 US 49, Wiggins. Dutch treat lunch. For more information call Pearl River CFA at (601) 928-5286.

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 wild game recipes. Fee: $35; youth under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

October 2-3...Tifton, Georgia.  CANCELLED...due to low enrollment.
Pine Straw Production - Stand Management and Economics at the Tifton County Ag Center, Conference Room 1468, 1468 Carpenter Road. Learn about pine straw yields by species, site quality, land-use history, and basal area. Fee: $210. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

October 3...Crenshaw County 8 AM.
Tree Farm Tour at the Crenshaw County Lake, 1075 County Lake Road, Luverne. Topics include: Longleaf Pine, Prescribed Fire, Invasive Species, and Pond Management. Lunch provided. Contact Crenshaw County Extension at (334) 335-6312 or crenshaw@alconservationdistricts.org.

October 3...Tallahassee, Florida 9 AM - 12:45 PM EST.
The Case for CLT: Opportunities and Challenges at Shula’s 347 Grill, 415 N Monroe Street. This presentation will introduce Cross-laminated timber (CLT) through a series of project examples while considering some of the more challenging aspects of CLT building design—such as fire and life safety, lateral and seismic design, acoustic performance and building envelope. Topics will also include the manufacturing and specification of CLT, building code considerations and available resources. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Courtney Rouse at (803) 804-4918 or courtney.rouse@woodworks.org. Editor’s Note: Scott Lockyear spoke on CLT at the 2017 AFOA annual meeting. See his presentation.

October 3-5...Sumter County.
Annual Symposium on the Management of Invasive Species at the University of West Alabama, Livingston. Fee: $30; $5 discount if you register online. Contact Mandee Carrier at (205) 652-5105 or mandee.carrier@al.nacdnet.net.

October 4...Greene County 8 AM.
Forestry Field Day at Greenebriar near Eutaw. Topics include: Deer Management, Invasive plant control, Hog trapping, and Drone use in forestry. Lunch provided. To register contact Diane Harris at (205) 333-1590 or diane.harris@forestry.alabama.gov.

October 4...Jacksonville, Florida 9 AM - 12:45 PM EST.
The Case for CLT: Opportunities and Challenges at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 10367 Midtown Parkway. This presentation will introduce Cross-laminated timber (CLT) through a series of project examples while considering some of the more challenging aspects of CLT building design—such as fire and life safety, lateral and seismic design, acoustic performance and building envelope. Topics will also include the manufacturing and specification of CLT, building code considerations and available resources. Fee: $20; lunch included. Contact Courtney Rouse at (803) 804-4918 or courtney.rouse@woodworks.org. Editor’s Note: Scott Lockyear spoke on CLT at the 2017 AFOA annual meeting. See his presentation.

October 4...Walker County 9 - 10:30 AM.
Forestry Planning Committee Meeting at 1501 North Airport Road, Jasper. Forest landowners are welcome to attend and participate. Contact Andrew Baril at (205) 388-6893 or ajb0012@aces.edu.

October 4...Philadelphia, Mississippi 6 PM.
Neshoba County Forestry Association Meeting at the Neshoba Extension Office, 12000 Highway 15 N., Suite 2. Topic: Market Forces Impacting Timber Prices. Speaker: Marc Measells. For more information call (601) 656-4011.

October 4...Coffeeville, Mississippi 6 PM.
Yalobusha County Forestry Association Meeting at the Multipurpose building,18025 MS-7. Topic: Choosing a Forestry Consultant. Speaker: Dr. Brady Self. Fee: $10 for non-members. Contact Kyle Jeffreys at (662) 675-2730 or wkj1@msstate.edu.

October 5...Poplarville, Mississippi 9 AM - 3 PM.
Longleaf Pine Field Day at 209 John Henry Lake Road. Topics: History of Longleaf, Planting, Prescribed Fire, Economics, and Financial Assistance. Fee: $10; lunch included. Wear appropriate field clothing. Must register by September 21. Call the Pearl River Extension at (601) 403-2280.

October 5...Covington County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Covington County Forestry Committee Meeting at the Covington County Ag Center, 23952 Alabama Highway 55, Andalusia. For more information contact Charles Simon at (334) 222-1125 or simoncm@auburn.edu.

October 5...Teleconference Noon CT.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

October 5-6...DeKalb County.
National Trappers Association Southeast Regional Convention at the North East Agri-Business Center, 1571 McCurdy Avenue North, Rainesville. Fee: $10. Contact Vickie Wright at (231) 907-0977 or vwright@nationaltrappers.com.

October 5-7...Shelby County.
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) at Alabama 4-H Center on Lay Lake near Columbiana. Participants choose from over 50 courses such as: backyard wildlife, rock climbing, camp cooking, map and compass, camping, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, bird watching, shooting sports, and many more. For women 18 years or older. Courses are held rain or shine. Fee: $275; includes meals and lodging. Contact Hope Grier at 1-800-245-2740 or hope.grier@dcnr.alabama.gov.

October 8...Chilton County 8 AM - 2 PM.
Chilton Fall Landowner Tour at the Richard & Phyliss Cofer Property. Meet at the junction of Chilton Co. Rd. 29 and Co. Rd. 15, Isabella High School, Maplesville. GPS Coord: Lat: 32.8289, Long: -86.787 Topics: Intensive Species Management, Wildlife Diseases, Conservation Law Enforcement, Hardwood Management, Creek Habitat, and Native American Artifacts. Riding Tour with trailers provided. Fee: $15; lunch included. Must register (with payment) by October 1. Call Chilton County Extension Office at (205) 280-6268.

October 8...Mobile County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at The Bluegill Restaurant, Mobile Bay Causeway, Mobile. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $50; youth under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

October 9...Madison County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
SmartMap Workshop at the Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center, 9494 Experimental Loop, Madison. This workshop’s objectives are: Introduce user-friendly GIS apps and GPS for iPhone and iPad, Train attendees on using smart devices to collect GPS data in the field, Use GIS apps to develop maps, Demonstrate the capabilities of UAVs for collecting real-time imagery, and more. To register and watch a video about the workshop visit www.alabamasmartmap.com. Fee: $50; lunch included. Email questions to smartmap@auburn.edu.

October 9...Shelby County 6:15 PM.
Alabama Quail Hunters Meeting at Golden Corral, 101 Cahaba Valley Parkway East, Pelham. Speaker: Brian Walker, Wildlife Biologist. For more information email Robert Carr at coalcarr123@gmail.com.

October 10-11...Colbert/Lawrence County.
Hardwood Management Workshop at the Tuscumbia Depot & Roundhouse, 204 West 5th Street, Tuscumbia. Topics include: Hardwood Markets, Upland Hardwoods, Bottomland Hardwoods, Impact of Federally Listed Tree Bats on Timber Management, and more. Attendees will visit hardwood management field sites on day one and tour the Jack Daniels Cooperage Mill in Trinity on day two. Lunch provided. To register call (256) 383-4323x3.

October 11 - November 13...Online.
Public Comment Period Reopened on Proposed Critical Habitat for the Black Pinesnake. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the comment period for 30 days on the 2015 proposed critical habitat designation for the federally threatened black pinesnake, and holding two informational public meetings: the first meeting will be on October 22, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, from 6 to 7:30 PM at Pearl River Community College; the second will be on October 24, in Thomasville, Alabama, from 6 to 7:30 PM at Coastal Alabama Community College. We also are re-announcing the availability of the draft economic analysis. The critical habitat consists of 6 units in Mississippi and 2 units in Clarke County, Alabama. For more information contact Denise Rowell at (251) 441-6630 or denise_rowell@fws.gov. See comments from the previous comment period.

October 11...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM EST.
Forest Plant Identification at Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue. Learn about how some of these plants are used by wildlife and the role they play within the larger plant community. This is a walking event in the woods so wear appropriate clothing. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

October 11...Chambers County 5:30 - 7:50 PM.
Forest Landowners Conference at Farmers Federation Building, LaFayette. Topics: Timber Market Update and Why Shouldn't I Be Planting Hardwoods. Speakers: Jerry Schwarzauer, Phenix Lumber Company and Dennis LeBleu, F & W Forestry Services. Fee: $7; dinner included. Contact Bill Frazer at (334) 864-7865 or wrfrazer@yahoo.com.

October 11...Walnut Hill, Florida 6 - 10 PM.
2nd Annual Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) Banquet at Walnut Hill Baptist Church, 5741 Arthur Brown Road. Fee: $50; meal and QDMA membership included. Call Philip Eubanks at (850) 418-5615.

October 11...Coffee County 6 - 8 PM.
Get Out of Your Rut: Tips for New and Experienced Hunters at the County Extension Office, 5 County Complex, 1055 East McKinnon Street, New Brockton. This is a four session series starting on September 27. Topic: Establishing Food Plots and Forages. Fee: $5/session or $10 for all four sessions. Registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

October 14-16...Elmore County.
Alabama Landowners Conference at the Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center, 2500 Legends Circle, Prattville. Topics include: Future of Alabama Forests, Passing Your Land to the Next Generation, Quality Deer Management, Longleaf Fire Management, Endangered Species, and SmartMaps Technology. Awards presented: Tree Farm, Helene Mosley Memorial, W. Kelly Mosely, and others.
 Fee: $100. Contact William Green at (334) 612-5235 or wmgreen@alfafarmers.org.

October 15...Lee County 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM.
Forest-Her: A Workshop for women who love the land at the Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn. Topic: Thinning. Learn about proper timing and methods of thinning to improve ecosystem health, benefit wildlife, and promote tree and forest plant growth. Fee: $35; lunch included. Pre-registration required. Contact Becky Barlow at (334) 844-1019 or becky.barlow@auburn.edu.

October 15-18...Newton, Georgia.
Ecological Forestry Workshop at Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, 3988 Jones Center Drive. This program is designed as an alternative to production oriented silviculture. Fee: $430; meal and lodging included. Contact Jessica McCorvey at (229) 734-4706 or jessica.mccorvey@jonesctr.org.

October 16 - November 13...Collins, Mississippi 6 - 8 PM.
Forestland as an Investment Short Course will meet 5 consecutive Tuesdays at the Covington County Extension Office, 68 Industrial Park Drive. Topics will include: Basics of Forestland Management, Land Acquisition, Technical Assistance, Marketing Strategies, and Taxation Planning. Fee: $30. Register by October 10. Contact Carolyn Conger at (601) 765-8252 or c.j.conger@msstate.edu.

October 16-18...Tupelo, Mississippi.
Mississippi Forestry Association Annual Meeting at the BancorpSouth Arena and Conference Center, 375 East Main Street. Topics will include: Prescribed Fire, Attracting wildlife using fire, Learn and Burns, New Technologies for the forest landowner, and more. Fee: $445; non-MFA member cost. Contact Casey Anderson at (601) 354-4936 or canderson@msforestry.net.

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: $10 single day pass. Call (229) 985-1968 for more information.

October 17...Watkinsville, Georgia 8:30 AM - 3:10 PM EST.
Forest Economics and Taxation Workshop at the Oconee County Civic Center, 2661 Hog Mountain Road. Instructors: Dr. David Dickens and Dr. Yanshu Li. Fee: $80; lunch provided. Must register by October 15. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

October 18...Marengo County 8:30 AM - 12 Noon.
Central Region Forestry Field Day at Roy Jordan’s Property. GPS Coord: 32.164416, -87.957697  Topics include: Wildlife Management, Pollinators, Hardwood Management for Wildlife, and Longleaf/Loblolly Pine Management. Light morning refreshments and lunch provided. Register by October 12. Contact Christina at (334) 295-5959 or cll0038@auburn.edu.

October 18...Gulfport, Mississippi 5:30 PM.
Black Bear Program at the Lyman Community Center, 13742 Highway 49 N. Mississippi is home to two subspecies of black bears: the American Black Bear and the Louisiana Black Bear. Both are classified as endangered under Mississippi law. Speaker: Richard Rummel. Fee: $10; meal included. Pre-registration required by October 15. Call (228) 865-4227.

October 18...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; youth under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

October 19...Fayetteville, Tennessee 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Elk/Duck River Watershed Buffer Initiative Farm Tour will meet at the South Central Human Resource Agency, 1437 Winchester Highway. Short presentation at 8:30. Bus will load at 9:30. Lunch included. Contact Candace Dinwiddie, Tennessee Forestry Association, at (615) 883-3832 or cdinwiddie@tnforestry.com.

October 19...Glen St. Mary, Florida 9 AM & 11 AM EST.
Tree Farm Tour at Doug and Teresa Moore’s South Prong Plantation, 13538 Brince Way. The property’s primary objective is high-quality wildlife habitat with timber production. Tour will take place at 9 & 11 AM. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Lunch provided. To register call Whitney at (850) 222-5646.

October 20...Latham, New York 8 AM - 5 PM EST.
Property Rights Foundation of America Annual National Conference at the Century House Hotel, Restaurant, and Conference Center. Keynote speaker: William Perry Pendley, President, Mountain States Legal Foundation. Fee: $40; $5 discount if paid by October 13. Light breakfast and lunch included. For more information contact Carol LaGrasse at (518) 696-5748 or lagrasse@prfamerica.org.

October 20...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM EST.
Fall Pond Workshop at the University of Florida Center for Aquatic & Invasive Plants, 7922 NW 71 Street. Topics: Fish Pont Management, Fish Health, Water Quality Testing, and Weed Management. Bring water and weed samples for testing. Fee: $30; $10 discount if paid by October 16. Lunch included. Contact Kevin Korus at (352) 955-2402 or kkorus@ufl.edu.

October 22...Hattiesburg, Mississippi 6 - 7:30 PM.
Public Informational Meeting on Proposed Critical Habitat for the Black Pinesnake at Pearl River Community College, Lowery A. Woodall Advanced Technology Center, 906 Sullivan Drive. Use this opportunity to give your input in person. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the comment period for 30 days on the 2015 proposed critical habitat designation for the federally threatened black pinesnake, and holding two informational public meetings. The critical habitat consists of 6 units in Mississippi and 2 units in Clarke County, Alabama. You may submit your comments online here. For more information contact Denise Rowell at (251) 441-6630 or denise_rowell@fws.gov. See comments from the previous comment period.

October 23...Coosa County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Forestry Field Day at the Henderson Property, 2188 Coosa County Road 66, Goodwater. Speakers will discuss: Burning Longleaf, Pond Management, Returning Pastureland to Native Grasses, and Honey Bees/Polinators. Register by October 19. Lunch provided. To register call the Coosa County Extension Office at (256) 377-4713.

October 23-25...Athens, Georgia.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part 1 (Oct 23) at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Road. “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 October 2.
Forestry for Non-Foresters Part 2 on October 18-19 is $345; $50 discount if paid by October 2. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu. See the leaders of this course give a teaser presentation at the 2016 AFOA Annual Meeting.

October 23-26...Alexandria, Louisiana.
Biennial Longleaf Conference at the Holiday Inn Alexandria. Fee: $410. For more information call Casey at (334) 427-1029.

October 24...Statesboro, Georgia 8:30 AM - 3:35 PM EST.
Forest Economics and Taxation Workshop at the Bulloch County Agricultural Center, 151 Langston Chapel Road. Instructors: Dr. David Dickens and Dr. Yanshu Li. Fee: $80; lunch provided. Must register by October 22. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

October 24...Online 1 PM CST.
Peers and Pros 360 - Teaching and Learning Together by Using What Forest Landowner Peers Have to Say webinar features a new and novel approach to organizing landowner and educational tours and presentations. Presenters: Sanford Smith and David Jackson, Penn State Extension. Call Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070.

October 24...Clarke County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Public Informational Meeting on Proposed Critical Habitat for the Black Pinesnake at the Alabama Coastal Community College, Administration Building, Tombigbee Conference Room, 30755 Hwy. 43 South. Use this opportunity to give your input in person. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the comment period for 30 days on the 2015 proposed critical habitat designation for the federally threatened black pinesnake, and holding two informational public meetings. The critical habitat consists of 6 units in Mississippi and 2 units in Clarke County, Alabama. You may submit your comments online here. For more information contact Denise Rowell at (251) 441-6630 or denise_rowell@fws.gov. See comments from the previous comment period.

October 25...Pace, Florida 8:30 AM - 1:15 PM CST.
Tree Farm Tour at Price Farms, 2224 Ten Mile Road. Topics include: Thinning, Prescribed Burning, Gopher tortoises, Cogongrass treatment, Pine Beetles, Forest roads, Creek crossings, Food plots, and more. Wear appropriate field clothing. Lunch provided. Pre-registration is required. Contact Ashlee White at (850) 626-3028 or ashlee.white@freshfromflorida.com.

October 25...Montgomery County 12:30 PM.
Natural Resources Tour at Stephan & Joyce Turnipseed Property, 16413 Old Pike Road, Mathews. Tour topics include: Controlling nuisance animals through trapping, Bee presentation, Dinosaurs through the black belt, Sharing your property through Education, and more. Fee: $10. Register by October 19. For more information call (334) 270-4133.

October 25...Tuscaloosa County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Woods & Water, Inc., 5101 Summit Ridge, Tuscaloosa. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample some wild game recipes. Fee: $40; youth under 15 admitted free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

October 25...Coffee County 6 - 8 PM.
Get Out of Your Rut: Tips for New and Experienced Hunters at the County Extension Office, 5 County Complex, 1055 East McKinnon Street, New Brockton. This is a four session series starting on September 27. Topics: Camera Surveys and How to Score Your Buck. Fee: $5/session or $10 for all four sessions. Registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

October 26-27...Madison County.
The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) Annual Meeting at Embassy Suites by Hilton, 800 Monroe Street, Huntsville. Fee: $125. Call TACF at (828) 281-0047.

October 30...Dale County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Forest-Her: A Luncheon for Women Who Love the Land at the Dale County Extension Office, 202 South Highway 123, Ozark. Topics include: Alabama Forest History, Tips for Women to be More Effective Landowners, and the Forest-Her series. Pre-registration required. Lunch included. Call the Dale County Extension at (334) 774-2329.

 

> November 2018

November 1...Walker County 9 - 10:30 AM.
Forestry Planning Committee Meeting at 1501 North Airport Road, Jasper. Forest landowners are welcome to attend and participate. Contact Andrew Baril at (205) 388-6893 or ajb0012@aces.edu.

November 1...Clarke County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Old Grove Hill Academy Football Field, 15471 Highway 43, Grove Hill. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $40 for up to two adults. Youth under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

CANCELLED November 2...Geneva County 8:30 AM - 2 PM.
Forestry Field Day at Geneva State Forest Lake, Forest Lake Road, Kinston. GPS Coord.: 31.141655, -86.184714 Topics include: Streamside Management Zones, Wild Pig Effects on Water Quality, Forest Roads, Stream Crossings, Alabama Timber Markets, and more. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

November 2...Loudon, Tennessee 10 AM.
American Tree Farm Fall Field Day at the Peeler/McPeak family farm, 900 Poplar Springs Road. Topics include: Benefits of creating an oak savannah, Utilization of the shelterwood harvest method to establish oak regeneration, and Native warm-season grasses. Fee: $10; meal included. To RSVP contact Stephen Peairs at (615) 336-8484 or st.peairs1@gmail.com.

November 2...Covington County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Covington County Forestry Committee Meeting at the Covington County Ag Center, 23952 Alabama Highway 55, Andalusia. For more information contact Charles Simon at (334) 222-1125 or simoncm@auburn.edu.

CANCELLED THIS MONTH  November 2...Teleconference Noon CT.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

November 3-4...Marion County.
Alabama Adult Trappers Education Workshop in Hamilton. This workshop passes on the historical aspects of trapping, biological information concerning furbearers and furbearer management, and allows students to learn the proper techniques that include the use of trapping as a sound wildlife management tool. A conservation ID (CID) is required to submit your registration. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

November 5-6...Corinth, Mississippi.
Basics of Upland Hardwood Management for Non-Industrial Forest Landowners at the Alcorn County Extension Office, 2200 Levee Road. Topics include: Species/Site Relationships, How to Identify Degraded Upland Hardwood Stands, Decision Model, Wildlife, Markets, and Ojectives. Fee: $30; lunch included on day 1. Call Patrick Poindexter at (662) 286-7755.

November 6...Statewide.
General Election - LOCAL AMENDMENTS NEED YOUR REVIEW BEFORE NOVEMBER 6. We scanned each sample ballot on Secretary of State John Merrill’s website and found several local ballot measures that may be of interest to some AFOA members. Source: Capital Ideas, October 2018, middle column of page 3

  • BLOUNT COUNTY voters and GENEVA COUNTY voters will decide whether to form or create fire districts with dues assessments described in each local amendment. AFOA has been hearing horror stories about completely out-of-control fire districts, some with charges as high as $8 per acre for undeveloped forestland! Until the laws are passed that rein in fire district taxing authority, we would advise landowners to use extreme caution before approving these districts.

  • MOBILE COUNTY voters will decide whether to pass a 6 1/2 mill property tax for roads, bridges, and drainage.

  • ELMORE COUNTY voters will be asked to repeal “Home Rule” and

  • CLEBURNE COUNTY voters will be asked to approve “Home Rule.”

  • MADISON COUNTY voters will decide whether the county commission can impose ordinances regulating excessive noise. We don’t know if the regulations might include discharge of firearms or operation of logging equipment, but local voters may want to check on this before voting yes.

  • CALHOUN COUNTY voters will decide whether police and planning jurisdictions should extend outside of some municipalities into unincorporated areas. Probably not a big deal for most voters, but a plan for your land that prevents timber harvests could be a big negative for you.

November 6...Chipley, Florida 9 - 11 AM CST.
USDA Disaster Assistance and Hurricane Recovery Workshop at First Baptist Church Sanctuary, 1300 South Boulevard. Topics include: Emergency assistance for livestock & crop-related expenses and losses; Financial assistance programs to help with farm and farmland damage; Deadlines for applying for disaster assistance programs; and programs to help with restoration and rehabilitation of farm and ranch land. Contact Shelly Sale at (850) 547-2850x2 or shelly.sale@fl.usda.gov.

November 6...Marianna, Florida 2 - 4 PM CST.
USDA Disaster Assistance and Hurricane Recovery Workshop at Jackson County Agricultural Center Auditorium, 2741 Penn Avenue. Topics include: Emergency assistance for livestock & crop-related expenses and losses; Financial assistance programs to help with farm and farmland damage; Deadlines for applying for disaster assistance programs; and programs to help with restoration and rehabilitation of farm and ranch land. Contact Shelly Sale at (850) 547-2850x2 or shelly.sale@fl.usda.gov.

November 6...Perkinston, Mississippi 6 PM.
Pearl River-Stone County Forestry Association (CFA) Meeting at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College cafeteria. Dutch treat lunch. For more information call Pearl River CFA at (601) 928-5286.

November 6...Cleveland, Mississippi 6 PM.
County Forestry Association (CFA) Meeting at the Bolivar County Extension Office, 406 North Martin Luther King Drive. Topic: Reforestation. Speaker: Paul Jeffreys, Arborgen. For more information call (662) 843-8362.

November 7...Blountstown, Florida 9 - 11 AM CST.
USDA Disaster Assistance and Hurricane Recovery Workshop at Rivertown Community Church Sanctuary, 19359 SR 71 North. Topics include: Emergency assistance for livestock & crop-related expenses and losses; Financial assistance programs to help with farm and farmland damage; Deadlines for applying for disaster assistance programs; and programs to help with restoration and rehabilitation of farm and ranch land. Contact Shelly Sale at (850) 547-2850x2 or shelly.sale@fl.usda.gov.

November 7...Elmore County 12 PM Noon.
PALS (People Against A Littered State) Governor's Awards at Marriott at Capitol Hill, Prattville. Call Alabama PALS at (334) 263-7737. Click here to watch Margaret McElroy, State Adopt-A-Mile Coordinator, speak at the 2015 AFOA Annual Meeting.

November 7...Quincy, Florida 2 - 4 PM CST.
USDA Disaster Assistance and Hurricane Recovery Workshop at FAMU Research and Extension Center, 4259 Bainbridge Highway. Topics include: Emergency assistance for livestock & crop-related expenses and losses; Financial assistance programs to help with farm and farmland damage; Deadlines for applying for disaster assistance programs; and programs to help with restoration and rehabilitation of farm and ranch land. Contact Shelly Sale at (850) 547-2850x2 or shelly.sale@fl.usda.gov.

November 7-9...Brunswick, Georgia.
Bottomland Hardwoods Learning Exchange at the College of Coastal Georgia’s Stembler Theatre, 1 College Drive. No fee, but donations appreciated. Contact Nick Biemiller at (828) 772-7992 or nick@forestguild.org.

November 8...Quincy, Florida 8:30 AM - 2 PM EST.
Fall Tree ID Workshop for Adults at Bear Creek Educational Forest, 8125 Pat Thomas Parkway, Gadsden CR 267. This workshop will appeal to folks at multiple levels of education and experience. Call Tom Gilpin at (850) 681-5892 or tom.gilpin@freshfromflorida.com.

November 8...Covington County 10 AM.
Board Meeting of Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust at the Andalusia City Hall, 505 E 3 Notch Street, Andalusia. This meeting will provide an opportunity for any individual who would like to make comments concerning the program. The public is invited to attend this meeting and is urged to submit comments. For more information call (334) 242-3484. Editor's Note: Should the state provide recreational use public land? Is recreation a necessary service? How much public land is enough?


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

November 8
...Jefferson County 6 - 8 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at The Fish Market Restaurant, 1681 Highway 31, Hoover, AL 35216. Come enjoy dinner and talk about the issues with other forest landowners. Dutch Treat dinner at 6 PM. Limited seating. No walk-ins please. To attend, RSVP AFOA at (205) 624-2225 or rll@afoa.org.

November 8...Covington County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Covington Center Arena, 24000 AL Highway 55, Andalusia. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $40. Youth under 15 free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

November 8...Coffee County 6 - 8 PM.
Get Out of Your Rut: Tips for New and Experienced Hunters at the County Extension Office, 5 County Complex, 1055 East McKinnon Street, New Brockton. This is a four session series starting on September 27. Topic: Pedator and Invasive Species Impacts on Whitetail Deer. Fee: $5/session or $10 for all four sessions. Registration required. Contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

November 14-15...Augusta, Georgia.
Forest Management for Gamebirds at the Savannah River Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road. This course will focus on the relationship between intensive forest management, gamebird habitat requirements, and gamebird ecology. Instructor: Dr. Mark McConnell, UGA. Fee: $295; $50 discount if paid by October 24. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

November 15...Autauga County 7:30 AM - 2 PM.
Fall Landowner Tour at Dr. George Seier - Two Oak Preserve, 1306 County Road 51, Prattville. Topics include: Know your rules in regards to water, Wildlife management program, Trout with my Bass, How to manage for native birds—bird watching, Timber Management, and more. Rain or shine. Fee: $15; BBQ lunch included. For more information call (334) 365-5532x2403.

November 16...Gainesville, Florida 9 AM - 3 PM EST. Rescheduled from October 11.
Forest Plant Identification at Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue. Learn about how some of these plants are used by wildlife and the role they play within the larger plant community. This is a walking event in the woods so wear appropriate clothing. Fee: $10; lunch included. Contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

November 20...Carrollton, Mississippi 6:30 PM. Rescheduled from November 13.
Carroll County Forestry Association will meet at Carrollton Community House, 203 Lexington Street. Contact Tracy Robertson at (662) 237-6926 or t.robertson@msstate.edu.

November 28-30...Milton, Florida.
Florida Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Training at Pensacola State College, Building 4900, 5988 US-90. Fee: $175; lunch provided. Must register by October 29. Contact John Saddler at (850) 681-5928 or john.saddler@freshfromflorida.com. Ask about other session dates and locations.

 

> December 2018

December 1...Jasper, Arkansas 9 AM - 4 PM.
Ozark Chinquapin Foundation Annual Meeting at the Caroll Electric Coop, 511 Court Street. Topics include a history of the trees, their importance to humans and wildlife, and announcements on work being done to restore this species to our forests. Fee: $10; lunch included. For more information email ozarkchinquapininfo@gmail.com.

December 2...Shelby County 2 - 4 PM.
Eagles 101 at Oak Mountain State Park Interpretive Center, 200 Terrace Drive, Pelham. Learn all about eagles with Lake Guntersville State Park’s Park Naturalist, Mike Ezell. Call Oak Mountain State Park at (205) 620-2520.

December 4...Wiggins, Mississippi Noon 12 PM.
Pearl River-Stone County Forestry Association (CFA) Meeting at The Sawmill Restaurant, 2205 US 49, Wiggins. Dutch treat lunch. For more information call Pearl River CFA at (601) 928-5286.

December 4-6...Georgetown, South Carolina.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 at the Hobcaw Barony, 22 Hobcaw Road, Clemson Lab, Building B. Topics include: History of longleaf, Use of fire, Artificial regeneration, Natural regeneration, Stand management, Diseases, Economics, Groundcover, Wildlife Habitat, and more. Fee: $150; includes lunches. Contact Ryan Mitchell at (334) 427-1029 or office@longleafalliance.org.

December 5-6...Athens, Georgia.
Deer Ecology & Management at Flinchum’s Phoenix, Whitehall Forest, 650 Phoenix Drive. This course will benefit those interested in wildlife management on their land, especially deer enthusiasts. Fee: $325; $75 discount if paid by November 14. Lunch provided on day 1. Contact Ingvar Elle at (706) 583-0566 or ielle@warnell.uga.edu.

December 6...Walker County 9 - 10:30 AM.
Forestry Planning Committee Meeting at 1501 North Airport Road, Jasper. Forest landowners are welcome to attend and participate. Contact Andrew Baril at (205) 388-6893 or ajb0012@aces.edu.

December 6...Grenada, Mississippi 6 PM.
Grenada County Forestry Association (CFA) Meeting at the Grenada Lake Conference Center. Topic: Estate Planning. Speaker: David Bean. For more information call (662) 509-0139.

December 7...Covington County 11 AM - 1 PM.
Covington County Forestry Committee Meeting at the Covington County Ag Center, 23952 Alabama Highway 55, Andalusia. For more information contact Charles Simon at (334) 222-1125 or simoncm@auburn.edu.

December 7...Teleconference Noon CST.
First Fridays Forestry Update hosted by the American Forest Foundation is a conference call briefing on Washington, D.C. happenings. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share important policy issues happening in your state. Dial-in number: 1-866-299-7945 and Participant code: 2594#

December 7...Online 12 Noon CT.
Casualty Loss and Income Tax Deductions Related to Timber and Landscape Trees webinar will focus on the new tax law changes that Congress passed in 2017 that affect the casualty loss deductions starting in the 2018 tax year. Presenter: Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist, USDA Forest Service. Call Bill Hubbard at (706) 340-5070.

December 8-9...Mobile County.
Alabama Youth Trappers Education Workshop in Citronelle passes on the historical aspects of trapping, biological information concerning furbearers and furbearer management, and allows students to learn the proper techniques that include the use of trapping as a sound wildlife management tool. Recommended ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. A conservation ID (CID) is required to submit your registration. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 339-5716 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

December 10...Quincy, Florida 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM EST.
Certified Pile Burner Course at the North Florida Research & Education Center, 155 Research Road. This course will show you how to burn piles legally, safely, and efficiently. There will be a test at the end of the session and you must receive a grade of 70% or higher on the exam to pass the course. For more information contact Sabrina Willey at (850) 681-5900 or sabrina.willey@freshfromflorida.com.


End of 2018 Calendar of Past Events