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2024 Calendar of Past Events

last update: 07/02/2024

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

> January 2024

January 1...Shelby County 5:15 - 8:15 AM.
First Day Hike at Oak Mountain State Park at the North Trailhead for a pre-sunrise hike to King's Chair. Use Front Gate Entrance Only. This is considered an advanced hike for some. Not stroller friendly. Wear good shoes/boots, bring water, bring snacks, and bring a flashlight as it will be dark. The hike will begin at 5:30 so arrive early. For more information call Oak Mountain State Park at (205) 620-2520.

January 1...Baldwin County 9 AM.
First Day Hike at Gulf State Park, 20115 State Park Road, Gulf Shores. Meet at the end of Lake Shelby parking lot. The park naturalist will lead this fun and silly 2.3 mile hike. Hot chocolate available prior to the hike.

January 1...DeKalb/Jackson/Marshall County 9 - 11 AM.
First Day Hike at Buck's Pocket State Park will meet at the Camp Store, 393 County Road 174, Grove Oak. Join park staff for this 2 mile out & back hike. This hike is considered moderate to hard due to elevation change. Weather dependent. Bring water, snacks/lunch, and sturdy walking shoes/boots. Fee: $5; for parking. If weather is questionable call the park office at (256) 622-8400.

January 1...DeKalb County 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
First Day Hike at DeSoto State Park will meet at the Country Store & Information Center, County Road 89, Fort Payne. This 7 mile hike is considered moderate. Weather dependent. Bring water, snacks/lunch, and sturdy walking shoes/boots. If weather is questionable call the park lodge at (256) 845-5380.

January 1...Marshall County 10 AM - 12 Noon.
First Day Hike at Lake Guntersville State Park, 1157 Lodge Drive, Guntersville. Meet in the lodge lobby. This 3 mile hike is considered moderate difficulty so wear good shoes/boots and bring water. For more information call (256) 571-5444.

January 1...Lee County 2 - 3 PM.
First Day Hike at Chewacla State Park. This is a hike to the waterfall. It is for all ages and will include a scavenger hunt. Meet at the nature center located at the second parking loop in the park. Fee: $2-4 depending on age. The fee is for entrance to the park.

January 3...Crestview, Florida 10 AM - 3 PM CT.
Wild Things (Wild Birds, Wild Flowers, & Wild Plants) will meet at Okaloosa County Extension, 3098 Airport Road. The Florida Women Landowners Association (FWLA) is hosting this meeting for women landowners to connect and learn how to manage native fauna and flora. Fee: $20. For more information email the FWLA at fwla.contact@gmail.com.

January 3...Autauga County 12 Noon - 1 PM.
Lunch & Learn: Why Plant Native Species at the Autauga County Extension, 2226 Alabama Highway 14, Autaugaville. Regional Extension Agent Lynn Dickinson will discuss why it's important to plant native species, and how to create a plan that will help you determine what to plant, where to plant it, and a timetable for your goals and objectives. Bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentation. For more information contact Lynn Dickinson at (334) 303-8360 or rhodela@aces.edu.

January 4-5...Online.
Mapping With Drones will be presented via Zoom. The major goal of this workshop is to provide professionals with the knowledge to operate a drone legally, safely, and effectively. The introductory level professional development opportunity can be considered as a drone boot-camp. No prior 'drone' operation or mapping experience is necessary. This workshop prepares individuals to take the FAA’s Part 107 test. Registration closes about 1 month prior to the workshop. Fee: $250. For more information contact Virginia Tech's John McGee at jmcg@vt.edu.

January 6-7...Jefferson County.
Trappers Education Workshop at 2840 Eastern Valley Road (Highway 119), Leeds. The 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. Recommended ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $10. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 340-1183 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

January 9...Fayette/Jefferson/Tuscaloosa Counties.
Special General Election will be held for the vacant Alabama House District 16 seat.

January 9...Madison/Marshall/Blount Counties.
Special Primary Election will be held for the vacant Alabama Senate District 9 seat. The seat became vacant after Clay Scofield (R) resigned. A primary runoff, if needed, will take place on February 6, 2024. The special general election will occur on April 23, 2024.

January 11...Geneva County 6 - 8 PM.
Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) at the Geneva County Chamber of Commerce, 414 E Magnolia Ave, Geneva. DMAP is a comprehensive, no cost program which utilizes site-specific deer harvest data and cooperator education position the landowner/land manager to better manage their lands for a healthy deer herd and wildlife habitat through development of site-specific deer harvest recommendations. For more information call the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division at (334) 242-3465. Register Here

January 12...Calhoun County 9 - 11 AM CT.
Basics for Farm and Forest Recordkeeping at the Oxford Civic Center, Room 101, 401 McCullars Lane, Oxford. Introduction to recordkeeping for farmers and forestland owners. Topics will include enrollment in the Current Use tax program, enrolling with the Farm Services Agency as well as an overview of the programs and services that they offer, and learning about the wide variety of records that you should be maintaining as a forest landowner. For more information contact Amy Gaddy at (256) 689-8041 or amy@mtmenvironmentalllc.com.

January 17...Dallas County 10 AM - 1 PM.
Wild Pig Management at the Southern Sportsman Hunting Lodge, 9022 Highway 80 West, Tyler. Wild pigs can quickly outcompete native wildlife through their high reproductive potential, lack of natural predators, and effective forage capability. If you have wild pigs on your property, attend this event to find out the latest management techniques. For more information contact Lynn Dickinson at (334) 303-8360 or rhodela@aces.edu.

January 18...Elmore County.
Annual Nonpoint Source Conference at the Wetumpka Civic Center in Wetumpka. The conference format consists of presentations on projects, topics, efforts associated with nonpoint source pollution and its impact on water quality. For more information contact Susan Summerlin at (334) 394-4354 or susan.summerlin@adem.alabama.gov. Editor’s Note: Nonpoint Source Water Quality Regulations have a direct affect on the management of, and income from, your land.

January 18...Lauderdale County 6 - 8:30 PM.
Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) at the Lauderdale Extension Office, 802 Veterans Drive, Florence. DMAP is a comprehensive, no cost program which utilizes site-specific deer harvest data and cooperator education position the landowner/land manager to better manage their lands for a healthy deer herd and wildlife habitat through development of site-specific deer harvest recommendations. For more information call the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division at (334) 242-3465. Register Here

January 18...Henry County 6 - 8 PM.
Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center, 167 State Highway 134 E, Headland. DMAP is a comprehensive, no cost program which utilizes site-specific deer harvest data and cooperator education position the landowner/land manager to better manage their lands for a healthy deer herd and wildlife habitat through development of site-specific deer harvest recommendations. For more information call the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division at (334) 242-3465. Register Here

January 19 - February 4…Marshall County.
Eagle Awareness Weekends at Lake Guntersville State Park, 1155 Lodge Drive, Guntersville. This program runs through a select number of weekends in January and February. 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. Day passes are available on a limited basis. For pricing & reservations, call Lake Guntersville State Park at (256) 571-5440.

January 20-21...Escambia County.
Trappers Education Workshop at 1133 Bell Creek Road, Atmore. The 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. Recommended ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $10. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 340-1183 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

January 22-26...Montgomery County 8 AM.
Learn to Burn attendees will experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between January 22-26. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Register early as space is usually limited. For more information contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

January 23...New Albany, Mississippi 6 PM.
Cogongrass at the Union County Extension Office, 112 Fairground Circle. Speaker: Brady Self. To attend, RSVP to (662) 534-1917.

January 24-25...Bushnell, Florida.
Wildlife & Invasive Species Education at Sumter County Extension, 7620 SR 471, Suite 2. Workshop and field tours on a variety of topics. For more information contact the Sumter County Florida Extension at (352) 569-6862.

January 25...Perkinston, Mississippi 6 PM.
Chronic Wasting Disease at The Camellia, 27360 Highway 603. Speaker: Caleb Hinton of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks. Register by January 22. For more information or to RSVP, call (228) 731-8567.

January 25...Talladega County 6 - 8:30 PM.
Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) at the Eastaboga Baptist Church, 107 Church Lane, Eastaboga. DMAP is a comprehensive, no cost program which utilizes site-specific deer harvest data and cooperator education position the landowner/land manager to better manage their lands for a healthy deer herd and wildlife habitat through development of site-specific deer harvest recommendations. For more information call the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division at (334) 242-3465. Register Here

January 25...Autauga County 6 - 8:30 PM.
Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) at the Autauga County Agricultural Center, 2226 AL-14 W, Autaugaville. DMAP is a comprehensive, no cost program which utilizes site-specific deer harvest data and cooperator education position the landowner/land manager to better manage their lands for a healthy deer herd and wildlife habitat through development of site-specific deer harvest recommendations. For more information call the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division at (334) 242-3465. Register Here

January 25..Baldwin County 6 - 8:30 PM.
Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) at the Five Rivers Delta Resources Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort. DMAP is a comprehensive, no cost program which utilizes site-specific deer harvest data and cooperator education position the landowner/land manager to better manage their lands for a healthy deer herd and wildlife habitat through development of site-specific deer harvest recommendations. For more information call the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division at (334) 242-3465. Register Here

  POSTPONED: Rescheduled for April 5...January 26...Madison County, Florida.
Landowner Tour at Terry Putnal's property. See April 5 for full details.

January 27...Marshall County 12 Noon - 4 PM.
Year of Alabama Birding Photography Workshop at Lake Guntersville State Park. Join Beth Cowan Drake from Alabama the Beautiful for a photography workshop designed to teach the field techniques of bird photography. Pre-registration is required by January 25. Fee: $35. For more information contact Indya Guthrie at (256) 571-5445 or indya.guthrie@dcnr.alabama.gov.

January 28-30...Baldwin County.
The State of Alabama's Governance will be held at the Grand Hotel, 1 Grand Boulevard, Point Clear. The seminar focuses on the state of the state and specifically addresses issues of importance to the state that will be topics during the upcoming legislative session. Fee: $350. Contact Tom Saunders at (334) 481-2135 or tsaunders@alaforestry.org.

January 30...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Silvopasture: An Introduction and Overview will be presented via Zoom. Join this webinar to learn more about what silvopasture is, who should do it, and the advantages and disadvantages of the system. In addition, listen to a producer using silvopasture discuss their experiences on the ground. Part 1 of a 6 part series. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

 

> February 2024

February 1...Montgomery County 10 AM.
Board Meeting of Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust at the Alabama Forestry Commission, 513 Madison 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: Here are some questions you may consider asking yourself and others. Should the state provide recreational activity property? Is recreation a necessary state government provided service? Does the state need more public land to compete with recreational opportunities (many of which are already) provided by private forestland owners? Does the acquisition of more public land, that does not pay property taxes, put pressure on private landowners to pay more in property tax?

February 2...Tuscaloosa County 8 AM - 5 PM.
Alabama Critical Minerals Symposium at the Birmingham Room, Bryant Conference Center, University of Alabama, 240 Paul Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa. Topics will include subjects such as critical minerals in coal and coal-related sediments in northern Alabama, graphite and REE-bearing regolith in the Piedmont region, and critical minerals in lignites of the Coastal Plain region; but will also touch on regional, national, and global topics, including recent and planned geophysical surveys of Alabama, challenges to critical minerals production, and critical minerals application to energy transition. Fee: $75; light breakfast and lunch included. For more information contact Dane VanDervoort at (205) 247-3626 or dvandervoort@gsa.alabama.gov Slides from the Critical Minerals Symposium.

February 5-9...Jackson County 9 AM - 4:30 PM.
Learn & Burn: Live Fire Event in Skyline. Dates have changed to February 12-16 due to rain. Details on new date.

February 5-9...Online.
Forest Health Webinar Series will be presented via Zoom Webinar. Course content will center on forest health issues such as insects, pathogens, weeds, and invasive species. Management solutions including prevention, pesticides, biological control, etc. will be discussed. No fee. The course is daily from 12 Noon - 1 PM ET. For more information contact James Johnson at (706) 308-6396 or james.johnson26@uga.edu.

February 6...Tuscaloosa County 10 AM.
State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama Meeting in the Board Room of Walter B. Jones Hall, 420 Hackberry Lane, Tuscaloosa. Learn more about the out of sight, out of mind natural resources of Alabama. This regularly scheduled meeting is open to the public. For more information call (205) 349-2852.

February 6...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Establishing Pine Silvopasture When Starting from Pastures or Plantations will be presented via Zoom. Join this webinar to learn more about approaches for creating a pine silvopasture system. Part 2 of a 6 part series. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

February 6-7...Online 8:30 AM - 3 PM CT.
Texas Timber Tax Virtual Workshop is designed for forest landowners, consulting foresters, accountants, attorneys, and others who work with forest landowners in matters pertaining to timber taxes. February 6 will cover federal taxes only. February 7 will cover a mix. The two-day workshop will provide basic information about timber taxation and the latest changes to tax laws and rules for 2023 tax return preparations. Topics will focus on federal timber income tax issues for private forest owners with a refresher on local timberland property tax incentives. Participants will gain a clear understanding of commonly misunderstood timber tax issues. Fee: $25. For more information contact Melissa at (979) 458-6650 or melissa.yeldell@tfs.tamu.edu.

February 9...Online at 11:15 - 11:30 AM CT.
Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Boundary Lines Part 2 will join Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program's Jason Fisher. Jason will talk more about finding and marking your property boundary lines. This event will be held via Facebook Live and YouTube Premier. For more information contact Jason Fisher at (434) 476-2147 or jasonf@vt.edu View on Youtube.  View on Facebook.   You can watch Boundary Lines Part 1 here.

February 10-11...Jackson County.
Trappers Education Workshop at the Jackson County Wildlife Management Area, 234 County Road 141, Hollywood. The 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. Recommended ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $10. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 340-1183 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 12...Luka, Mississippi 6:30 PM.
Mississippi Forestry Update at the Tishomingo County Fairgrounds. Speaker: James Shannon. For more information or to RSVP, call (662) 423-7016.

February 12-16...Marion County 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
Learn to Burn attendees will experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between February 12-16. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Exact location will be given to registered attendees. Register early as space is usually limited. Lunch provided. For more information contact Kerry Steedley at (334) 350-0485 or kes0150@aces.edu.

February 12-16...Jackson County 9 AM - 4:30 PM.
Learn & Burn: Live Fire Event in Skyline. Attendees will experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between February 12-16. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Exact location will be given to registered attendees. Register early as space is usually limited. Lunch provided. For more information contact Autumn Watrous at (205) 516-1782 or awatrous@alaforestry.org.

February 13...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Establishing Hardwood Silvopasture Systems When Starting from Pastures or Woodlands will be presented via Zoom. Join this webinar to learn how and what to plant to establish a silvopasture system on an existing field or pasture. Part 3 of a 6 part series. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

February 14...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
News Conference for Forest Owners.

This 15 minute telephone/Internet conference will feature state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more.
To listen live call AFOA to register at (205) 624-2225.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your device of choice: February 14, 2024 CI -- Live!  This will be a link once the program is finished and available.
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

 

February 14...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Understanding and Managing Emerging Needle Diseases of Loblolly Pine in the Southeast will be presented via Zoom. Join this webinar to learn more about common loblolly pine needle diseases across the southeastern U.S., signs of disease, and management techniques. Speaker: Dr. Caterina Villari, University of Georgia. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

February 15
...Shelby County 6 - 8 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at The Fish Market Restaurant, 5407 Highway 280, Hoover. No-host dinner at 6 PM. Then listen to a 15 minute program, and talk about the issues with other forest landowners. Limited seating. To attend, RSVP AFOA at (205) 624-2225 or rll@afoa.org.

February 17...DeKalb County 8 AM.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at 1904 Williams Avenue, Fort Payne. No fee. This is a one day class with lunch provided on-site. To register, email Scott Kellenberger at scott.kellenberger@dcnr.alabama.gov. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised Alabama hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. There are some exceptions. There are other courses being taught at various locations and dates as well as online only courses. For additional information contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 17...Fayette County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Trapping Workshop at the Fayette County Extension Office, 650 McConnell Loop, Fayette. In this family-friendly workshop, you will learn the pros and cons of managing predators to increase game populations and also the traps and techniques for animal control in urban areas, uplands, and in water. This workshop will focus on small to medium sized wildlife. Wild hogs will not be the subject of this event. Fee: $5; lunch provided. For more information contact Kerry Steedley at (334) 350-0485 or kes0150@aces.edu.

February 17-18...Baldwin County.
Trappers Education Workshop at the District V Wildlife Office, 30571 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort. The 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. Recommended ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $10. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 340-1183 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 19...Russell County 9 AM - 3 PM.
Wildlife Trapping Essentials Workshop at the Old Seale Courthouse, 5 Jackson Street. This program will cover ins and outs of trapping techniques to remove nuisance wildlife and predators to help you protect and enhance timber and wildlife resources. After the indoor presentations, the program will proceed outdoors for a hands-on training by professionals. Fee: $15; lunch included. For more information contact Jennifer Davidson at (334) 298-6845 or jenniferd@auburn.edu.

February 19-23...Tallapoosa County 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Learn to Burn at Wind Creek State Park. Attendees will experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between February 19-23. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Register early as space is usually limited. Lunch provided. For more information contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

February 20...Online 11 AM - 12 Noon CT.
Why I Chose the Family Business is presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). If your family has a business, you may have considered whether a career there is the right choice for you. Many look back at their decision to join the family business as both immensely rewarding and uniquely challenging. For more information contact Kristi Daeda at (773) 784-5008 or daeda@thefbcg.com.

February 20...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
From Forage to Livestock: Managing Animals in a Silvopasture System will be presented via Zoom. Join this webinar to learn different aspects of managing animals in a silvopasture system from determining which animals, how much land they need, to introducing them to the silvopasture. Part 4 of a 6 part series. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

February 21...Lake City, Florida 10 AM - 3 PM ET.
Feral Hog Workshop at 437 NW Hall of Fame Drive. This workshop provide information about feral hog management from presentations by researchers and land managers, interact with local feral hog contractors/trappers, and network with private landowners. Lunch provided for those who RSVP by February 18. Contact Lanie Carter at (386) 234-1030 or lanie.carter@myfwc.com.

February 21-23...Athens, Georgia.
Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting at The Classic Center, 300 N. Thomas Street. Fee: $575 non-member. For more information contact Susan McMichael at (706) 457-1842 or se.saf.businessmanager@gmail.com.

February 23...Online at 11:15 - 11:30 AM CT.
Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Cooking Wood will join Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program's Neil Clark to learn more about the importance of wood for cooking. This event will be held via Facebook Live and YouTube Premier. For more information contact Neil Clark at (757) 653-2572 or neclark@vt.edu View on Youtube.  View on Facebook.

February 24...Barbour County 8 AM - 5 PM.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at Eufaula Country Outdoors, 227 East Broad Street, Eufaula. No fee. This is a one day class with a one hour lunch break. Bring your lunch. To register, call Blair Sistrunk at (334) 775-3434. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised Alabama hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. There are some exceptions. There are other courses being taught at various locations and dates as well as online only courses. For additional information contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 24...Lee County 9 AM.
Alabama Conservation Advisory Board (CAB) Meeting in room B6 of Dudley Hall and Commons, Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction, 362 Duggar Concourse, Auburn. The stadium parking deck is available for use by attendees at 350 Duncan Drive, Auburn. The decisions of this board impact all hunting activities that take place on your land. The CAB assists in formulating policies for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), examines all rules and regulations, and makes recommendations for their change or amendment. This includes hunting seasons and bag limits. Anyone wishing to speak must register between 8 - 8:30 AM. For more information, call (334) 242-3486.

February 24-25...Pike County.
Trappers Education Workshop at Coastal Plain Land & Timber, 3880 County Road 1165, Troy. The 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. Recommended ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $10. Contact Mike Sievering at (205) 340-1183 or mike.sievering@dcnr.alabama.gov.

February 26 - March 1...Barbour County 8 AM.
Learn to Burn attendees will experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between February 26 - March 1. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Register early as space is usually limited. For more information contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

February 26 - March 1...Cullman County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Learn & Burn: Live Fire Event at a location to be given to registered attendees. Participants will experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between February 26 - March 1. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Register early as space is usually limited. Lunch provided. For more information contact Brad Nail at (334) 481-2154 or bnail@alaforestry.org.

February 27...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Moving Towards a Silvopasture System: Getting Started will be presented via Zoom. Establishing silvopasture systems takes knowledge, hard work, and money, however, there are many resources that can help. Join this webinar to learn about the various programs and organizations available to assist with expertise and funds. Part 5 of a 6 part series. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

February 29...Tuscaloosa County 6 - 8 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Tuscaloosa Area Regional Reception at The Cypress Pavilion, 501 Rice Mine Road. 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.

 

> March 2024

March 2...Pickens County 8 AM - 5 PM.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at the Gordo Police Department Firing Range. No fee. This is a one day class with lunch provided. Enjoy live fire including archery, rifles, and shotguns. To register, call Joseph Richardson at (205) 232-1031. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised Alabama hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. There are some exceptions. There are other courses being taught at various locations and dates as well as online only courses. For additional information contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

March 2...Madison County 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) Annual State Chapter Meeting will take place at the South Huntsville Library, 7901-L Bailey Cove Road SE, Huntsville. For more information email Dave Swinford at dave.swinford@gmail.com.

March 4-8...Blount County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Learn & Burn: Live Fire Event at a location to be given to registered attendees. Participants will experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between March 4-8. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Register early as space is usually limited. Lunch provided. For more information contact Brad Nail at (334) 481-2154 or bnail@alaforestry.org.

March 4 or 5...Cleburne County 8:30 AM - 3 PM.
Landowner Field Day and Live Burn in Heflin. The field day will provide education and awareness of wildlife habitat management techniques, including prescribed fire. This will be a hands-on event, all participants will be on their feet with an opportunity to be directly involved in a burn. Event will take place on 1 of the 2 days. Participants will be given 48 hours notice of the date, pending weather conditions. Lunch will be provided. For more information contact (256) 463-2877 or cleburne@alconservationdistricts.org.

March 5...Statewide.
Primary Election

March 5...Monroe County.
Property Tax Vote - Monroe County voters will decide whether to reinstate up to 10 mills of expiring property taxes. View sample ballot.

March 5...Montgomery County.
Property Tax Vote - Montgomery County voters will decide whether to reinstate a 3.5 mills property tax. View sample ballot.

March 5...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Silvopasture Producers Share Their Stories will be presented via Zoom. Learn from the experiences of various silvopasture producers in this webinar. This panel discussion will be a question-and-answer format, where participants can ask their burning questions. Final segment of this 6 part series. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

March 5...Bentonia, Mississippi 6 PM.
Forest Health in the Fellowship Hall of Melrose Baptist Church, 7634 Highway 433 S. Speaker: Brady Self. For more information or to RSVP, call the Yazoo County Extension at (662) 746-2453.

March 6...Autauga County 12 Noon - 1 PM.
Lunch & Learn: Pond Weed Identification and Control at the Autauga County Extension, 2226 Alabama Highway 14, Autaugaville. If you have pond weeds you would like identified, bring a sample. In addition, bring a sample of your pond water for testing. Pack a lunch to enjoy during the presentation. For more information contact Lynn Dickinson at (334) 303-8360 or rhodela@aces.edu.

March 7...Online 1 PM CT.
Reporting Forest Operations to the IRS (Timber tax) will be held via Zoom. The program will be 4.5 hours. 4 hours of CFE available. Presenter: Robert Tufts, PhD (Forestry). For more information contact Robert at (334) 740-4744 or robert@tuftslaw.net.

March 7...Houston County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at The Plant, 308 N. St. Andrews Street, Dothan. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $50 for up to 2 adults. Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

March 7...Waynesboro, Mississippi 6 PM.
Wood Products: Poles & Pilings at the Wayne County Library, 1103 Mississippi Drive A. Speaker: Carpenter Pole & Piling. For more information or to RSVP, call Wayne County Extension at (601) 735-2243.

March 8...Montgomery County 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM.
Forestry & Wildlife Seminar at Alfa Home Office, 2108 E. South Blvd., Montgomery. Topics will cover Forest Products Market Update, Alabama Economic Development Overview, Alabama Forestry Commission Update, Southeastern Logging Trends, Chronic Wasting Disease, Herbicide Overview, Food Plot Management, and more. Lunch provided. Registration required. For more information or to register, call Deborah Long at (334) 613-4216.

March 9...Shelby County 8 AM - 5 PM.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at the State Shooting Range, 19204 Highway 25, Columbiana. No fee. This is a one day class with a one hour lunch break. Enjoy live fire including archery, rifles, and shotguns. To register, call Chas Moore at (205) 339-5716. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised Alabama hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. There are some exceptions. There are other courses being taught at various locations and dates as well as online only courses. For additional information contact Marisa Futral at 1-800-245-2740 or marisa.futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.

March 9 (Was March 5)...Gainesville, Florida 8:30 AM - 12 Noon ET.
North Florida Prescribed Burn Association (NFPBA) General Meeting will he held at the Austin Cary Forest, 10625 NE Waldo Road. Learn more about the North Florida PBA activities and policies at this meeting. For more information email the NFPBA at nfpba2017@gmail.com.

March 11-15...Marion County 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
Learn to Burn attendees will experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between March 11-15. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Register early as space is usually limited. Lunch provided. For more information contact Kerry Steedley at (334) 350-0485 or kes0150@aces.edu.

March 12...Online 5:30 - 6:30 PM CT.
Small Ruminant Webinar Series will be presented via Zoom. The program explores emerging issues in small ruminant production systems (animal health, nutrition, marketing, and food safety). For more information contact Dr. Kimberly Holmes at (334) 844-4000 or ksh0035@aces.edu.

March 12...Macon County 5:30 - 7 PM.
Heirs' Property: Overview & Working with an Attorney at the Macon County Extension Office, 207 North Main Street, Tuskegee. Attend to learn about the ‘what’, ‘who’, and ‘why’ of heirs’ property and how you can take the next steps in finding an attorney to work with. For more information contact Rilea Robinson at (334) 202-5005 or rar0086@auburn.edu.

March 12...Collins, Mississippi 6 PM.
Pine Bark Beetles at the Covington County Extension, 68 Industrial Park Drive. Speaker: Butch Bailey. For more information or to RSVP, call Covington County Extension at (601) 765-8252.

March 12-13...Atlanta, Georgia.
Wood Bioenergy Conference & Expo at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at Centennial Park. This event caters to the wood-to-energy industry, including industrial wood pellets, biomass power, biofuels, in-woods chipping and biomass procurement. Approximately 40 speakers will address new projects, technologies and markets in those industries. Fee: $479. For more information contact Dianne at (334) 834-1170 or dianne@hattonbrown.com.

March 13...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Guide to Herbicide Application Windows During a Southern Pine Rotation to Improve Productivity will be presented via Zoom. Join this webinar to learn how herbicide use in pine stands, including herbicide options for site preparation through midrotation. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

March 14...Monroe County 9 AM.
Pine Decline Workshop at Monroe County Conservation Education Center, 1 Teen Trail, Monroeville. Speakers: Dr. Lori Eckhardt, Auburn University & Phillip Johnson, Forester. CFE points available. Registration required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Margaret Higdon at (251) 578-1520x3 or conecuh@alconservationdistricts.org.

March 14...Online 9 AM - 4 PM CT.
Applied Forest Finance 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: $580; $80 discount if paid by February 29. CE hours available. Contact Pamela Smith at (770) 725-8447 or psmith@forisk.com.

March 14...Senatobia, Mississippi 6 PM.
Hiring a Consulting Forester at the Tate County Extension Office, 205 French's Alley. Speaker: Butch Bailey. For more information or to RSVP, call (662) 562-4274.

March 16...Talladega County 4 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Talladega Superspeedway, 3366 Speedway Boulevard, Talladega. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $40/person; Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

March 18-22...Calhoun County 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
Learn & Burn: Live Fire Event at a location to be given to registered attendees. Participants will experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between March 18-22. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Register early as space is usually limited. Lunch provided. For more information contact Brad Nail at (334) 481-2154 or bnail@alaforestry.org.

March 18-22...Morgan County 9 AM - 4 PM.
Learn & Burn: Live Fire Event at a location to be given to registered attendees. Participants will experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between March 18-22. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Register early as space is usually limited. Lunch provided. For more information contact Autumn Watrous at (334) 481-2138 or awatrous@alaforestry.org.

March 19...Talladega County 5:30 - 7:30 PM.
Introduction to Forestry, Forest Management, and Riparian Buffers at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, 3198 Speedway Blvd., Lincoln. Topics will include Stewardship Management Plans, Forestry Best Management Practices, Urban Forestry, and an overview of NRCS programs. For more information contact Amy Gaddy at (256) 689-8041 or amy@mtmenvironmentalllc.com.

March 21...Online 2 PM CT.
How Government Regulated Away Property Rights will be presented via Zoom. Understanding the past and present threats that governments pose to property rights is essential to protecting them now and in the future. For more information call Pacific Legal Foundation at (561) 691-5000.

March 22-24...Roanoke, Virginia.
Forest Farming Conference: Gather to Grow at the Hotel Roanoke. The conference will feature learning, networking, and strategic planning programs that will shape the future of forest farming of woodland crops such as botanicals, mushrooms, and decorative products in Appalachia and beyond. Fee: $210. For more information email John Munsell at jfmunsel@vt.edu.

March 26...Madison County.
Special General Election will be held for the vacant Alabama House District 10 seat due to the resignation of State Representative David Cole.

March 26...Tuscaloosa County 10 AM.
State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama Meeting in the Board Room of Walter B. Jones Hall, 420 Hackberry Lane, Tuscaloosa. Learn more about the out of sight, out of mind natural resources of Alabama. This regularly scheduled meeting is open to the public. For more information call (205) 349-2852.

March 26...Randolph County 5:30 - 7 PM.
Heirs' Property: Overview & Working with an Attorney at the Randolph County Extension Office, 1 Main Street South, Wedowee. Attend to learn about the ‘what’, ‘who’, and ‘why’ of heirs’ property and how you can take the next steps in finding an attorney to work with. For more information contact Rilea Robinson at (334) 202-5005 or rar0086@auburn.edu.

March 27...Online 2 - 3 PM CT.
Can Government Just Take Your Property will be presented via Zoom. Join the Pacific Legal Foundation and our panel of experts for a discussion on the Takings Clause of the 5th Amendment and the many ways the government tries to get around this constitutional right. For more information call Pacific Legal Foundation at (561) 691-5000.

March 28...Choctaw County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Butler Area Regional Reception - Date changed to April 25.

> April 2024

April 2...Marshall County.
Special Primary Election will be held for the vacant Alabama House of Representatives District 27 seat. The seat became vacant after Wes Kitchens resigned. A primary runoff, if needed, will take place on April 30, 2024. The special general election will occur on July 16, 2024.

April 2...Lowndes County 9 AM - 1 PM.
Wild Pig Workshop at the Southern Sportsman Hunting Lodge, 9022 US Highway 80, Tyler. This workshop will discuss practical and effective feral swine management strategies. Registration required. Lunch provided. For more information contact Lynn Dickinson at (334) 303-8360 or rhodela@aces.edu.

April 2...Valdosta, Georgia 6 - 8 PM ET.
Valdosta Regional Forestry Meeting at the Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Dinner is included. RSVP required. For more information call Georgia Forestry Association at (478) 992-8110.

April 3...Autauga County 12 Noon - 1 PM.
Lunch and Learn: Soil Testing at the Autauga County Extension Office, 2226 Alabama Highway 14 West, Autaugaville. Regional Extension Agent Chip East will be teaching us all about soil testing. He will discuss why you should test your soil before planting, how to gather a sample, and how to read the results. Bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentation. For more information contact Lynn Dickinson at (334) 303-8360 or rhodela@aces.edu.

April 5...Madison County, Florida.
Landowner Tour at Terry Putnal's property. Terry is the Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. Join other landowners and professionals to explore a diversified timber and pine straw operation. Some walking required, so wear appropriate clothing. Space is limited. Fee: $15; lunch included. For more information contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

April 5...Autauga County 10 AM - 1 PM.
Recreational Pond Management at Pratt Park, 460 Doster Road, Prattville. Whether you are experiencing weed issues, not sure if or when you should fertilize, or when to stock fish, this workshop will answer all your questions. We will also tackle wildlife issues such as beaver and otter control. Fee: $5. For more information contact Lynn Dickinson at (334) 303-8360 or rhodela@aces.edu.

April 9...Online 5:30 - 6:30 PM CT.
Small Ruminant Webinar Series will be presented via Zoom. The program explores emerging issues in small ruminant production systems (animal health, nutrition, marketing, and food safety). For more information contact Dr. Kimberly Holmes at (334) 844-4000 or ksh0035@aces.edu.

April 10...Dunnellon, Florida 10 AM ET.
Gopher Tortoise Day at Goethe State Forest Office, 911 SE CR 337. Attend this field day for a peek underground into the Gopher Tortoise’s world. For more information contact Charlie Pedersen at (352) 682-4999 or charles.pedersen@fdacs.gov.

April 10...Online 2 PM CT.
Reclaiming Property Rights will be presented via Zoom. Find out how to challenge unconstitutional violations of property rights and learn about model policies, coalition opportunities, and a framework for assessing and challenging violations of their property rights. For more information call Pacific Legal Foundation at (561) 691-5000.

April 10...Cleburne County 6 PM.
Birds of Prey Workshop at Mountain Center in Heflin. Attend this program, allowing children and adults, to experience and learn about a collection of Alabama’s native species of raptors through a conservation-based presentation. For more information call (256) 463-2620.

April 11...Escambia County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Brewton Area Regional Reception at The Hourglass, 220 St. Joseph Avenue, Brewton. 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 16...Multiple Counties.
Alabama's 2nd Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives, Primary Runoffs - If you can’t vote on April 16 before heading to Eufaula for the 2024 AFOA Annual Meeting, information about absentee ballots is on the Secretary of State’s website. Be sure to vote and attend the AFOA Annual Meeting!

April 16...Blackshear, Georgia 6 - 8 PM ET.
Blackshear Regional Forestry Meeting at the Pierce County Extension Office. Dinner is included. RSVP required. For more information call Georgia Forestry Association at (478) 992-8110.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM & ANNUAL MEETING

April 16-17...Barbour County.
Location: Headquartered at the Lakepoint State Park Lodge & Convention Center, 104 Lakepoint Drive, Eufaula, AL 36027.
Location on Google Maps.

Reserve Your Room:
Call (334) 687-8011. To access AFOA's block of rooms, mention the Alabama Forest Owners' Association - Group Code 6542.   You may also book your Lakepoint State Park Lodge room here: Lodging

If you prefer lodging elsewhere, you may find other hotels in Eufaula by using this link: Eufaula Lodging
AFOA is providing the hotel information for reference only.

Description: The Agenda contains the most up-to-date meeting information for regular attendees. Please remember details will change as the meeting draws closer. Some items may become inaccurate as plans change. If you print the agenda, make sure you come back and print it again closer to the meeting date.

REGISTRATION:

     ONLINE  Attendee Registration has CLOSED.

     MAIL-IN Registration has CLOSED. See the latest AGENDA here.

Online and Advance Registration has closed. If you still wish to attend, PLEASE NOTE, we will be able to accept only a limited number of walk-ins.

 

 

Exhibitors and/or Sponsors

     Registration Form         Registration has closed for Exhibitors, but Sponsors may still sign up.

    
 

April 16-17...Gainesville, Florida.
Spring Symposium at the Stern Learning Center, Austin Cary Forest. The Spring Symposium will explore reforestation and restoration techniques for various land management objectives. From the ground up, the symposium will dig into site preparation, prescribed fire, species and genetics, and bring it all together in case studies featuring new technologies and various land management objectives. Fee: $150; $25 discount for SAF members. For more information contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

April 17...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
An Update on Laurel Wilt in Southern Forests will be presented via Zoom. In this webinar, Dr. Bud Mayfield will give an update on laurel wilts progression across the southeast, its impact, and potential management strategies. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

April 17-18...Albany, Georgia.
Longleaf Academy: Herbicides & Longleaf 201 will include topics such as: rates, timing, active ingredients, application methods, calibration, safety, minimizing damage to longleaf, and more. Fee: $75. To register call Longleaf Alliance at (334) 427-1029.

April 18...Montgomery County 8 AM - 4:30 PM.
Alabama Invasive Plant Council Annual Conference at the AL-DOT Central Office, 1409 Coliseum Boulevard, Montgomery. Fee: $45. CEUs available for additional fee. For more information contact Nancy Loewenstein at (334) 844-1061 or loewenj@auburn.edu.

April 18...Lowndes County 9 AM - 12 Noon.
Community Pro Bono Elder Law Clinics at Whitehall Town Hall, 3315 Hayneville Road, Whitehall. Alabama Healthcare Directive and Financial Powers of Attorney prepared on-site. For senior adults 60 yrs and older. Registration is required. Space is limited. To register, call (334) 548-2315.

April 18...Online 11 AM - 12 Noon CT.
Domestic and Global Hardwood Market Update will be presented via Zoom. This presentation will look at current hardwood market conditions, what led to them, and how they compare to the impacts of the Great Recession over a decade ago. If you need assistance connecting to the webinar email contact@sref.info.

April 18...Elmore County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Alabama Wildlife Federation Headquarters, 3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $50 for up to 2 adults. Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

April 20...Macon County 7:30 AM - 3 PM.
Tuskegee University Annual Goat Day at Henderson Hall and Caprine Research and Education Unit Facilities, Tuskegee University. For more information email Dr. Clarissa Harris at charris@tuskegee.edu.

April 20…Oliver Springs, Tennessee 8 AM.
Healthy Hardwoods Field Day at the University of Tennessee Forest Resources Center, 515 Cassell Road. Register by April 15. Lunch included. For more information contact Dana Howard at (615) 883-3832 or dhoward@tnforestry.com.

April 20...Tuscaloosa County 9 AM - 6 PM.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at the Brookwood Public Service Building, 15689 Highway 216, Brookwood. No fee. This is a one day class with a one hour lunch break. Enjoy live fire including archery, rifles, and shotguns. To register, call Clifford Quinn at (334) 431-0349. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised Alabama hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. There are some exceptions. There are other courses being taught at various locations and dates as well as online only courses.

April 20...Thomasville, Georgia 10 AM - 2:30 PM ET.
Learn to Burn: For Women at the Deerwood Property, 2806 Meridian Road 322, Thomasville. Learn about prescribed fire from all women firefighters, experts, and women landowners. All aspects of prescribed fire will be explained. There will be a live fire demonstration in which you can participate. The date is weather permitting. Registration required. Space limited. Fee: $10; lunch provided. For more information email Dee Allen at fwla.northwest@gmail.com.

April 22-26...Geneva County 8 AM - 4 PM.
Learn to Burn at the Geneva State Forest. Attendees will experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between April 22-26. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Register early as space is usually limited. For more information contact Bence Carter at (334) 389-4055 or jbc0057@aces.edu.

April 23...Choctaw County 6 PM.
Alabama Forestry Association Butler Area Regional Reception at Ezell's Fish Camp, 776 Ezell Road, Lavaca. 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 30...Marshall County.
Special Primary Runoff will be held for the vacant Alabama House of Representatives District 27 seat. The seat became vacant after Wes Kitchens resigned. There is no other opposition candidate, so a special general election is not required.

April 30...Washington County 7 AM - 1 PM.
Bird Friendly Forests Tour will focus on how birds use managed forests and how managed forests provide habitat conditions for birds. Exact location of tour given to registered attendees. Bring good binoculars, water, and snacks. Lunch provided. Space limited. For more information or to register, contact Ashley Smith at (334) 481-2137 or asmith@alaforestry.org.

April 30...Calhoun County 8 - 11:30 AM.
Women in the Woods Birding Event at Camp Lee in Anniston. On this ladies bird hike, attendees will observe a variety of habitats including hardwood forests, pine forests, a recent clearcut, riparian areas, and immature longleaf pines. The hike leader will discuss the species that utilize those habitats. Bring water and binoculars. Wear appropriate footwear for hiking on trails. Lunch provided. For more information contact Amy Gaddy at (256) 689-8041 or amy@mtmenvironmentalllc.com.

April 30...Forsyth, Georgia 10 AM - 4 PM ET.
Georgia Forests & Water Forum will be held at the Georgia Forestry Association Headquarters, 551 North Frontage Road. Fee:$75; lunch provided. For more information email Kathy Hawes at kathy@kathyhawes.com.

 

> May 2024

May 1-2...New York City, New York.
International Forest Investment Conference at The Westin New York at Times Square. This unique conference will be a valuable experience for timberland investors as well as those who are intrigued but need more insight from experts before entering the market. Fee: $1,800. Group discounts available. For more information contact Lisa Kelly, Forest Economic Advisors, at (978) 944-2610 or lkelly@getfea.com.

May 1-3...Tallahassee, Florida.
Longleaf Academy: Fire & Longleaf 301 at Tall Timbers Research Station, 13093 Henry Beadel Drive. The course will include the following topics: fire dependent species, re-introducing fire to long unburned ecosystems, seasonal effects on native groundcover, smoke management standards, strategic burn planning, patch burning, fire surrogate treatments, and more. This course is designed for experienced fire practitioners. Weather permitting, attendees will be able to participate in a prescribed burn. Fee: $75 for landowners. To register, call Karen Brown, Longleaf Alliance, at (334) 427-1029.

May 1-10...Randolph County 8 AM.
Learn and Burn on County Road 33 at GPS Coord.: 33.238271, -85.503036  The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between May 1-10. 4-wheelers, side-by-sides, and pickups welcome. Please bring a folding chair and dress appropriately (long sleeves, hat, and boots; No shorts). Fee: $10; meal included. For more information or to register, contact Dick Conway at (334) 742-3307 or conwayforestry@gmail.com.

May 2...Jackson County, Florida 9 AM - 2 PM CT.
Florida Land Steward of the Year Tour at the property of Ronnie Stephenson. Topics will include wildlife habitat management, controlling invasive species, upland pine management, cultivating wildlife mast trees, and more. For more information contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

May 2...Calhoun County 10 AM.
Board Meeting of Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust at Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville. 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: Here are some questions you may consider asking yourself and others. Should the state provide recreational activity property? Is recreation a necessary state government provided service? Does the state need more public land to compete with recreational opportunities (many of which are already) provided by private forestland owners? Does the acquisition of more public land, that does not pay property taxes, put pressure on private landowners to pay more in property tax?

May 2...Walker County 6 - 8 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 3...Online at 11:15 - 11:30 AM CT.
Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Wild Turkeys in the Timber will join Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program's Jason Fisher. Jason will talk more about managing your woods for turkey habitat. This event will be held via Facebook Live and YouTube Premier. For more information contact Jason Fisher at (434) 476-2147 or jasonf@vt.edu View on Youtube.  View on Facebook.

May 4...Tallapoosa County 5 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Russell Marine Boating & Outdoors, 19 Russell Marine Road, Alexander City. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $50 for up to 2 adults. Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

May 6...Pittsboro, Mississippi 6 PM.
Estate Planning at the Calhoun County Multipurpose Building. Speaker: Dr. Becky Smith. For more information or to RSVP, call the Calhoun County Extension at (662) 412-3177.

May 7...Tuscaloosa County 10 AM.
State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama Meeting in the Board Room of Walter B. Jones Hall, 420 Hackberry Lane, Tuscaloosa. Learn more about the out of sight, out of mind natural resources of Alabama. This regularly scheduled meeting is open to the public. For more information call (205) 349-2852.

May 7...Limestone County 5:30 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at the Canebrake Club, 23015 Founders Circle, Athens. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $40 for up to 2 adults. Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 8...Nationwide 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM (Central Time).
CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
News Conference for Forest Owners.

This 15 minute telephone/Internet conference will feature state & national experts, researchers & authors on breaking issues, current research, can't-miss educational events, books & publications, timber market update and more.
To listen live call AFOA to register at (205) 624-2225.
Listen on the web or download to listen on your device of choice: May 8, 2024 CI -- Live!  This will be a link once the program is finished and available.
Click Here for Index to Past Conferences.

 

May 8...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Prescribed Burn Associations: Increase and Improve Your Acres Burned will be presented via Zoom. Come learn more about how prescribed burn associations may help you. For more information contact Norm Haley at (256) 574-2143 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

May 9...Chilton County 10 AM - 1 PM.
Recreational Fish Pond Management at 1440 County Road 223, Thorsby. Whether you are experiencing weed issues, not sure if or when you should fertilize, or when to stock fish, this workshop will answer all your questions. We will also tackle wildlife issues such as beaver and otter control. Speakers: Dr. Rusty Wright, Auburn University, and Dana Johnson, USDA Wildlife Services. Fee: $10; lunch provided. For more information contact Lynn Dickinson at (334) 303-8360 or rhodela@aces.edu.


AFOA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

May 9
...Jefferson County 6 - 7:50 PM.
Dinner and Discussion
at the Paw Paw Patch, 410 Green Springs Highway, Homewood. No-host dinner at 6 PM. Then listen to a 15 minute program, and talk about the issues with other forest landowners. Limited seating. To attend, RSVP AFOA at (205) 624-2225 or rll@afoa.org.

May 9...Brandon, Mississippi 6 PM.
Timber Theft at the Rankin County Extension Office, 601 Marquette Road. Speaker: Leon Wedgeworth. For more information or to RSVP, call the Rankin County Extension at (601) 825-1462.

May 9...Coffeeville, Mississippi 6 PM.
Hiring a Consultant at the Yalobusha County Extension Office, 18025 Highway 7. Speaker: Ryan Hamrick. For more information or to RSVP, call (662) 675-2730.

May 10...Elmore County 9 AM - 1 PM.
Elmore County Landowner Tour at 2780 Alabama River Parkway, Millbrook. Tour topics will include upland bird management, Callery pears and other invasive species, riparian zones, and cost sharing. Fee: $5; lunch included. For more information or to register, call Katrina Mitchell at (334) 567-6301.

May 10-12...Mobile County.
EcoWild Outdoor Expo at the Mobile Convention Center in Mobile. EcoWild is a hunting, fishing, and conservation expo. Fee: $15. For more information email info@ecowildexpo.com.

May 11...Calhoun County 8 - 12 Noon.
Women in Agriculture: "How to" Field Day at Trantham Farms in Alexandria. Ladies can learn how to: drive a tractor, connect a trailer, back a trailer, and more. Space is limited. Lunch provided. For more information contact Amy Gaddy at (256) 689-8041 or amy@mtmenvironmentalllc.com.

May 13...Randolph County 5:30 - 7 PM.
Heirs' Property: Family Trees & Family Conversations at the Randolph Roanoke Career Technology Center, 960 Main Street South, Wedowee. Heirs’ property can be tricky to navigate, but it can be even more so when there are several heirs to the property. Attend this meeting to learn how to map your family tree to ensure you have all available heirs and how to have those tough family conversations surrounding heirs’ property. For more information contact Rilea Robinson at (334) 292-5005 or rar0086@auburn.edu.

May 13-14...Bibb County.
ForestHer Basics at Brierfield Iron Works State Park, 240 Furnace Parkway, Brierfield. This two day workshop for women will teach how to read maps and deeds, identify and measure forest trees, and manage their timber and non-timber forest products. The workshop is hands-on with demonstrations, a field tour, and opportunities to practice new skills. Fee: $50. For more information contact Lynn Dickinson at (334) 303-8360 or rhodela@aces.edu.

May 14...Online 5:30 - 6:30 PM CT.
Small Ruminant Webinar Series will be presented via Zoom. The program explores emerging issues in small ruminant production systems (animal health, nutrition, marketing, and food safety). For more information contact Dr. Kimberly Holmes at (334) 844-4000 or ksh0035@aces.edu.

May 14...Madison County 6 PM.
Wild Game Cook-Off at Butler Green Campus 805, 2620 Clinton Avenue West, Huntsville. Attend the cook-off and enjoy live music, door prizes, youth activities, and sample wild game recipes. Fee: $50. Youth 15 and under free. Call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

May 15-16...Tifton, Georgia.
Longleaf Academy: Longleaf Foundations at the ABAC School of Forestry. This course is designed for those that would like to begin building a solid foundation of longleaf knowledge. Expert instruction through a combination of classroom lectures, exercises, discussions and field tours will jump-start your longleaf education. Fee: $50 for landowners. To register, call Jacob Barrett, Longleaf Alliance, at (334) 427-1029.

May 16...Walker County 6 - 8 PM.
Feral Swine Workshop at the Walker County Extension, 1501 N Airport Road, Jasper. Learn about the impacts and management of feral pigs. Also, see a Pig Brig Trap Demonstration. Meal provided. For more information or to RSVP, call Stacy Williams at (205) 387-1879x3.

May 18...Shelby County 9 AM.
Alabama Conservation Advisory Board (CAB) Meeting at the Pelham Civic Complex, 500 Amphitheater Road, Pelham. The decisions of this board impact all hunting activities that take place on your land. The CAB assists in formulating policies for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), examines all rules and regulations, and makes recommendations for their change or amendment. This includes hunting seasons and bag limits. Anyone wishing to speak must register between 8 - 8:30 AM. For more information, call (334) 242-3486.

May 20-24...Autauga County 8 AM 3:30 PM.
Learn to Burn at a location given to registered attendees. Attendees will experience a day-long “start to finish” learning opportunity. Actively participate with ignition patterns, holding techniques, and mop up. The prescribed burn will be conducted on the first available burn window between May 20-24. Depending on weather conditions, selected participants will be given 2 days advanced notice before the program is held. Register early as space is usually limited. For more information contact Tyler Sibley at (334) 481-2155 or tsibley@alaforestry.org.

May 21...Cullman County 9 AM - 3 PM.
ForestHer: Wildlife Workshop and Field Day at the North Alabama Agriplex, 1714 Tallyho Street SW, Cullman. This workshop will include information pertaining to game species such as deer and turkey, as well as non-game species such as birds, bats, and many others. You will learn from wildlife professionals in Alabama and receive many resources to get you started. Indoor learning will be followed by a field portion to visualize the topics presented. ForestHer programs are offered with women landowners in mind in a relaxed, fun setting. Fee: $25; lunch included. For more information contact Kerry Steedley at (334) 350-0485 or kes0150@aces.edu.

May 22...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Predator Impact will be presented via Zoom. Come learn how predators may have more, or less, impact on your property than you think. For more information contact Norm Haley at (256) 574-2143 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

May 22...Chilton County 6 - 7:30 PM.
Stanton Well Water Quality Workshop at the Stanton Community Center, 2021 County Road 45, Stanton. Learn about well water testing, the basics of well stewardship, and how to interpret water quality test results. A free educational bacteria screening is available to the first 20 registrants who pick up sample bottles. Supplies are limited and only 20 bottles are available. For more information contact Jessica Curl at (334) 844-3809 or jcurl@auburn.edu.

May 29...Madison, Florida 10 AM - 12 Noon ET.
Landowner Cooperative Group Meeting at the Madison County Extension, 184 NW College Loop. Listen to fellow landowner, Larry Perrin, offers learning experiences to youth through the Youth Hunt Program. Also learn about the risk of chronic wasting disease to Florida's deer. For more information or to RSVP, email Megan Ellis at megan.ellis@myfwc.com.

May 31...Online at 11:15 - 11:30 AM CT.
Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Simple Tools to Measure Your Forest will join Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program's Karen Snape. Karen will teach you how to use simple tools to measure the trees in your woods. This event will be held via Facebook Live and YouTube Premier. For more information contact Karen Snape at (540) 231-6494 or ksnape@vt.edu View on Youtube.  View on Facebook.

> June 2024

June 2-7...Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Teachers Conservation Workshop (South) at the Best Western Hotel / Lake Thoreau Environmental Center. This is a hands-on workshop with an emphasis on forests and other natural resources. Participants learn by demonstration and practical exercises how natural resources education can be integrated into the classroom. This is a highly active workshop, and some activities will require participants to be outside in the heat. Come prepared for nature hikes, mill tours, and other outdoor activities. Forest owners and forest products companies are urged to sponsor a teacher. Fee: $75; lunch provided each day. Contact Jonathan Smith at (601) 354-4936 or jsmith@msforestry.net.

June 4...Limestone/Madison County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Recreational Pond Management at James Clemons High School, 11306 County Line Road, Madison. The indoor and outdoor presentations and demonstrations will cover it all: construction, water quality, fish stocking and harvest, weed and wildlife control, and everything in between. Bring a weed and/or water sample with you to be analyzed. Registration required. Fee: $25. For more information contact Norm Haley at (256) 574-2143 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

June 4...Senatobia, Mississippi 6 PM.
Hardwood Regeneration at the Tate County Extension Office, 205 French's Alley. Speaker: Brady Self. For more information, RSVP to (662) 562-4274.

June 5...Online 11 AM - 12 Noon CT.
Productive Money Conversations in Family Enterprise webinar is presented by The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG). Compensation. Inheritance. Equity. Which of these is your family able to discuss openly? Many business-owning families defer these important conversations, fearing misaligned expectations or that their intentions will be misunderstood. But waiting just creates a bigger shadow over these critical topics. For more information contact Kristi Daeda at (773) 784-5008 or daeda@thefbcg.com.

June 5...Autauga County 12 Noon -1 PM.
Attracting Pollinators at the Autauga County Extension Office, 2226 Highway 14 West, Autaugaville. Learn more about the different species of pollinators and how to attract them to your property. Bring your own lunch. For more information contact Lynn Dickinson at (334) 303-8360 or rhodela@aces.edu.

June 5...Online 12 Noon - 1 PM CT.
Oak Decline will be presented via Zoom. Come learn more about the symptoms and management of oak decline. For more information contact Norm Haley at (256) 574-2143 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

June 6-7...Jackson County.
Forestry and Wildlife Standing Committee Summer Workshop at the Jackson County Rescue Squad, 404 Cedar Hill Drive, Scottsboro. Topics will include: hardwood management, pond management, forest management opportunities, shortleaf, quail management, drone services, and bees/pollinators. Fee: $35. For more information contact Stacy Williams at walker@alconservationdistricts.org.

June 8...Live Oak, Florida 9 - 11 AM ET.
Elderberry Field Day at UF/IFAS North Florida Research & Education Center (NFREC) - Suwannee Valley, 8202 County Road 417. The program will include an indoor presentation and a walk through elderberry plots. For more information contact Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375 or cdemers@ufl.edu.

June 10...Randolph County 5:30 - 7 PM.
Heirs' Property: Working with an Attorney at Randolph County Extension Office, 1 Main Street South, Wedowee. Attend to learn about the ‘what’, ‘who’, and ‘why’ of heirs’ property and how you can take the next steps in finding an attorney to work with. For more information contact Rilea Robinson at (334) 202-5005 or rar0086@auburn.edu.

June 11-13...Spencer, Tennessee.
Teacher Conservation Workshop at Fall Creek Falls, 2009 Village Camp Road. The workshop will focus on forest ecology, management and products through guest speakers, field trips and hands-on activities. For more information call the Tennessee Forestry Association at (615) 883-3832.

June 12...Mobile County 9 AM - 2 PM.
Forestry Field Day at Frank Kruse's Property, 10301 Russell Road, Citronelle. Topics will include pond management, pitcher plant bogs, timber management, prescribed burning, and more. Lunch provided. For more information contact Tom Sullivan at (251) 441-6505x3 or tsullivan@quailforever.org.

June 13...Jasper, Georgia.
North Georgia Prescribed Fire Council Meeting at the Chattahoochee Technical College, 100 Campus Drive. Fee: $75; $25 discount if paid by May 26. For more information email Susan French at susan@longleafalliance.org.

June 13...Walker County 10 AM.
Alabama Surface Mining Commission Meeting at the Pinnacle Bank Building, 1811 2nd Avenue, Jasper. This a public forum meeting. For more information contact Kathy Love at (205) 221-4130x235.

June 13...Brandon, Mississippi 6 PM.
Pine Beetle Damage at the Rankin County Extension Office, 601 Marquette Road. For more information or to RSVP call (601) 825-1462.

June 16-21...Booneville, Mississippi.
Teachers Conservation Workshop (North) at Northeast Mississippi Community College, 101 Cunningham Boulevard. This is a hands-on workshop with an emphasis on forests and other natural resources. Participants learn by demonstration and practical exercises how natural resources education can be integrated into the classroom. This is a highly active workshop, and some activities will require participants to be outside in the heat. Come prepared for nature hikes, mill tours, and other outdoor activities. Forest owners and forest products companies are urged to sponsor a teacher. Fee: $150; meals and lodging included. Contact Jonathan Smith at (601) 354-4936 or jsmith@msforestry.net.

June 18...Jefferson County.
Special Primary Election for vacant Alabama House District 52 seat of State Representative John Rogers. A special primary runoff, if needed, will be held July 16, and the special general election will be October 1, 2024.

June 20...Macon County 5:30 - 7 PM.
Heirs' Property: Family Trees & Family Conversations at the Tusk MAC CDC, 608 Dibble Street, Tuskegee. Heirs’ property can be tricky to navigate, but it can be even more so when there are several heirs to the property. Attend this meeting to learn how to map your family tree to ensure you have all available heirs and how to have those tough family conversations surrounding heirs’ property. For more information contact Rilea Robinson at (334) 292-5005 or rar0086@auburn.edu.

June 20...Gulfport, Mississippi 6 PM.
Member Social of the Hancock/Harrison County Forestry & Wildlife Association (CFWA). The social will take place at the Harrison County Extension, 14281 County Farm Road. Meet and share your experiences with other landowners in a food and fellowship setting. Meal provided to members of the Hancock/Harrison CFWA. Registration required by June 17. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Harrison County Extension at (228) 865-4227 or tim.ray@msstate.edu.

June 24-27...Marion County.
Traditional Hunter Education Course at the Marion County Extension Office, 372 7th Avenue Southwest, Hamilton. No fee. This class consists of four days for 3 hours each day. To register, call Rebecca Danely at (205) 546-0215 or Katie Brown at (334) 375-0908. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised Alabama hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. There are some exceptions. There are other courses being taught at various locations and dates as well as online only courses.

June 25-26...Broomfield, Colorado.
Forest Landowners Association (FLA) National Conference will be held at the Omni Interlocken Hotel. Fee: $900 non-FLA members; $50 discount for FLA members. Early registration discount for FLA members. Contact Forest Landowners Association at 1-800-325-2954 or info@forestlandowners.com.

June 25-27...Middleton, Tennessee.
Teacher Conservation Workshop at UT Lone Oaks Farm, 10000 Lake Hardeman Road. The workshop will focus on forest ecology, management and products through guest speakers, field trips and hands-on activities. For more information call the Tennessee Forestry Association at (615) 883-3832.

June 25-27...Jackson, Mississippi.
Teachers Conservation Workshop (Metro) at Mississippi Ag and Forestry Museum, 1150 Lakeland Drive. This is a hands-on workshop with an emphasis on forests and other natural resources. Participants learn by demonstration and practical exercises how natural resources education can be integrated into the classroom. This is a highly active workshop, and some activities will require participants to be outside in the heat. Come prepared for nature hikes, mill tours, and other outdoor activities. Forest owners and forest products companies are urged to sponsor a teacher. Fee: $75; lunch provided each day. Contact Jonathan Smith at (601) 354-4936 or jsmith@msforestry.net.

June 28...Elmore County 10 AM - 12 Noon.
Nature Journaling for Everyone at Village Green Park, 3199 Main Street, Millbrook. Deepen your connection to nature, hone your observation skills, and wake up your curiosity through nature journaling. Fee: $5. For more information contact Lynn Dickinson at (334) 303-8360 or rhodela@aces.edu.

> July 2024

July 1 - September 9...Online.
Online Woodland Options for Landowners is a 10-week self-paced online course that teaches the fundamentals of forest management. Topics include setting management goals, forest history, stewardship, marking boundary lines, using maps, using soil surveys, forest ecology, and more. Upon completion of the class, you can have a draft forest management plan. The class wraps up with an optional end-of-the-semester hands-on field trip in a location and date still to-be-determined. Fee: $55/family. For more information contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.


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