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NCFA Meetings

NC SFI-SIC Meeting
August 15, 2019 in Raleigh , at the NCFA Office. Meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. For questions or for more information call the NCFA Office at 
(919) 834-3943
.

SLTC Meeting
August 29, 2019 at Howell Woods in Four Oaks. Meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. For questions or to confirm your attendance please call (919) 834-3943 ext. 3 or email: jfaircloth@ncforestry.org.

2019 Annual Meeting 
October 2-4, 2019 in Wilmington, NC at Hotel Ballast, 301 N. Water St. (formerly Hilton Wilmington Riverside) room rate will be $169 per night. To make a reservation call: (910) 763-5900
Reservation Code: FRA
Reservation Cutoff: August 31, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
Make your reservation today! Click here!

For registration forms, exhibitor's packet, sponsorship information, or a full meeting schedule please visit the North Carolina Forestry Association's Annual Meeting Page on our website.


2019 Annual Meeting Sponsors
Assured Partners (formerly Davis-Garvin Insurance Agency)
Canal Wood, LLC
Canfor Southern Pine
Columbia Forest Products
Domtar Paper Co., LLC - Kingsport
Domtar Paper Co., LLC - Marlboro Mill
Domtar Paper Co., LLC - Plymouth
Edwards Wood Products, Inc.
Farm Credit Associations of NC
Forestry Mutual Insurance Co.
H.W. Culp Lumber Co.
Jordan Timberlands, Inc.
McLaurin Company Inc.
Montgomery Community College
New-Indy Containerboard, LLC
Pinnacle Trailer Sales Inc.
Timbco, LLC
Timber Mart - South
Tri-State Land & Timber, LLC
Troy Lumber Co.
Uwharrie Lumber Company
Valwood Corporation
WestRock CP, LLC

2019 Annual Meeting 
Exhibitors
American Forest Management, Inc.
Assured Partners (formerly Davis-Garvin Insurance Agency)
Bodenhamer Farms
Colony Tire
Forestry Mutual Insurance Co.
IFCO Seedlings
Pine Garden Baskets
Pinova Inc.
Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Co. 
Weyerhaeuser Co.

Forestry Day 2020
The NCFA's Forestry Day in the Legislature took place on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh, NC. The day started with a briefing for the membership and then a luncheon was held later that day. Stay tuned for more information about Forestry Day 2020!
Friends of Forestry PAC Committee
Join the PAC!
The Friends of Forestry Political Action Committee is one of the top 25 business FFPAC's in North Carolina. Our success in the General Assembly is directly related to our ability to educate candidates on the importance of forestry to our state's environment and economy and our PAC's ability to support candidates that are friends of forestry and the forest products industry. The committee is seeking new members to participate and engage in PAC decisions. Interested individuals can contact the Friends of Forestry PAC treasurer Amy Juliana at ajuliana@ncforestry.org

The Friends of Forestry Political Action Committee(FFPAC) will hold its Reverse Raffle Event this year on October 2, 2019 during our Annual Meeting in Wilmington, NC. FFPAC members and NCFA Board of Directors will be selling tickets to the event where the last ticket(s) pulled is the winning ticket(s). Tickets will once again be one for $50 or three for $100. Typically, the winning jackpot is $5,000. Once the number of tickets left in the barrel drops to five, there is an option for the individuals to share the winnings. You do not have to be present to enter the raffle. If you would like to learn more about this event, please contact Amy Juliana at ajuliana@ncforestry.org or (800) 231-7723 ext. 2

CURRENT RAFFLE TICKET TOP SELLERS
Bruce Evans- 109
David Hendrix- 16
Parker Lumpkin-15
Lee Lumpkin- 15
Boyd McLaurin-15
Jeff Edwards- 15
Continuing Issues...

Guest Workers

 for a list of Key House Members to Contact

for suggested talking points on this issue. 

Tariffs
for the NAFO letter sent to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

Click Here for the Hardwood Federation comments about the proposed tariffs impact. 

Methy Bromide Fumigating Logs
On November 7th, 2018 the Air Quality Committee directed the Department of Air Quality (DAQ) to proceed to permanent rule-making. NCFA continues to be involved and will provide updates. 

Click here for the presentation. 

Click here for general information. 

Farm Bill
The Farm Bill was passed by Congress on December 12, 2018, and it was signed into law by the President on December 20, 2018.


Member Spotlight
Please share your stories, photos and events. Send information to Justin Faircloth
 

Project Learning Tree
 
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is a program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and is
 tasked to provide quality environmental education programming to K-12 students.  
 
In North Carolina, PLT works through the partnership with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension - Forestry, North Carolina Forestry Association, and the North Carolina Forest Service.  

For more information click here.
  

N.C. Extension Forestry
 
NC State Extension is the largest outreach program at NC State University. Based in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, we reach millions of North Carolina citizens each year through local centers in the state's 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. 

For the NC State Extension Forestry Events Calendar click here.

For the recently updated Working with Wildlife Series click here.

For more information or to visit the NC State Forestry Extension website click here.
  
Job  Opportunities
 
Bullock Brothers Equipment Co. - Equipment Salesman Position



Smith-Rowe, LLC. - Multiple Positions Available  
 
Smith-Rowe, LLC is searching for equipment operators in their Land Clearing Department:  Knuckleboom/Skidder, Fellerbuncher, and Excavator. Smith-Rowe, LLC is also searching for two Chainsaw Operators. For a list of open positions, please visit Smith-Rowe's Career Listings section on their website at www.smithrowe.com or contact Jill Cave at 336-789-8221.

Forest Resources Association (FRA) - South-wide Region Manager

The South-central/Southeastern Region Manager will advance FRA's mission and expand and strengthen relationships with member companies.  The successful candidate will have knowledge of timber harvesting, forest management, and government affairs and be motivated to learn and update knowledge through reading, research and field work.  The role involves strategic written and oral communications, both for and in collaboration with members: providing regulatory updates, technical releases, safety alerts, or other publications that are important to the industry. Responsibilities also include planning, promoting and managing regional meetings, workshops, seminars, and conducting continuing education programs for Region members. For a full job description click here. To apply contact Deborah Hawkinson, FRA President at DHawkinson@forestresources.org 
or at (202) 296-3937.

Statistics and Label Use Coordinator - Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)

The Coordinator for Statistics and Label Use supports the integrity of the SFI program by supporting SFI certified company certification and label use, data collection, analysis, and special projects. This position would support SFI's work to increase global relevancy and responsible forestry by strengthening ties through the supply chain through work with SFI database developers and SFI staff. The position also supports certification standard market acceptance activities concerning SFI and PEFC and promotes the programs in North America and globally.  
This position is temporary (15 months) and will cover a maternity leave scheduled to start mid-September. This position can start immediately to allow for training. SFI is constantly growing and there is potential for continued employment after the maternity leave position. For a full job description or application instructions click here.

To advertise job opportunities in the NCFA's publications or on our website please contact Communications Coordinator Justin Faircloth at (919) 834-3943 Ext. 3 or at  jfaircloth@ncforestry.org.
Additional Resources
 
NCFS - Bottomland Swamps Miniseries 

The North Carolina Forest Service has published online a new mini-series of bottomland swamp forest "Forestry Leaflets" on the Water Quality Publications section of the NCFS website: Click here to access the link. The leaflets are categorized in the following order:
 
BF-1: Understanding North Carolina's Bottomland Swamp Forests.
BF-2: Natural Reforestation in Cypress-Tupelo Swamps.
BF-3: Planting Cypress and Tupelo Seedlings for Reforestation in Deep Swamps.
BF-4: Harvesting Timber Using the Shovel-Mat Logging Method.
BF-5: Understanding Turbidity as it Relates to Logging in Swamps and Bottomland Areas of North Carolina.
 
These leaflets are an outcome of the 2017 Bottomland and Swamp Forest Symposium that was hosted in Wilmington, NC. While there are no plans to host another symposium, these leaflets coupled with the event's presentations online serve as references for those interested in this topic. For more information click here.


New NCFS Water Quality Publications
  
The North Carolina Forest Service has released several new water quality publications for 2019. These publications serve as a valuable conduit of information for individuals working in the forest industry. Please take time to read/review these resources.

1.  2018 Year in Review: success stories and accomplishments of NCFS; outline of Non-point Source and Water Quality Programs. Printed copies are available.

2.   Status Report on the NCFS Bridgemat Program: covers bridgemat basics, NCFS loan delivery service from 2009-2017, follows-up on the previous 2008 report, outreach and education, emergency response applications, a summary of applied research projects that involved bridgemats and more!

3.  BMP Video Series: five short videos that were filmed between 2005 and 2010, previously only available in a hard copy. The videos have been edited and uploaded to YouTube, for viewing without a hard copy. Each video has an accompanying document that outlines important topics covered in the video. 

For more information or for questions contact Dr. A.J. Lang, Watershed and Conservation Staff Forester with the N.C. Forest Service at (919) 857-4857 or aj.lang@ncagr.gov. 

Beaver Management Assistance Program

The Beaver Management Assistance Program (BMAP) was authorized by the N.C. General Assembly in 1992 and is currently administered by USDA-WS Wildlife Services, with oversight from the NCWRC and the BMAP Advisory Board. North Carolina counties can voluntarily participate in the program; currently 44 counties are enrolled. 

For more information on BMAP click here.  

For a guide to obtaining BMAP services click here
August 9, 2019
(l-r) Earl Dail, Chuck Daniels, Andrew Marks, and Don Carter participated in the sporting clays tournament during the 24th Annual Colony Tire Sporting Clays Miracle Shoot on August 2 and 3.
24th Annual Colony Tire Sporting Clays Miracle Shoot Held in Nashville, NC
Participants in the 24th Annual Colony Tire Sporting Clays Miracle Shoot shot over 600 rounds this past weekend, August 2 and 3. The annual event, held at Rose Hill Farm in Nashville, donates all proceeds to the local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. The Colony Tire Sporting Clays Miracle Shoot has continually been one of the most successful fundraising efforts in the eastern North Carolina forestry community. 

Through sponsorship and participant donations, the Colony Tire Sporting Clays Miracle Shoot has donated over $2.3 million in the past 23 years to local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. The North Carolina Forestry Association sponsored the event this year. "The Colony Tire Sporting Clays Miracle Shoot is a one-of-a-kind event," said NCFA member and Event Coordinator Earl Dail. "This has been a very successful program over the years that has been strongly supported by the forest industry in eastern North Carolina. In today's world it's hard to find positive news regarding 'guns' or 'shooting', but the proceeds of this event is going solely to benefit children in need, and that's a positive message in my book."

Several NCFA members attended the event over the weekend to enjoy fun and fellowship while supporting a good cause. "The Colony Tire Sporting Clays Miracle Shoot is something we look forward to every year," said NCFA member Mike Marks of Canal Wood. "It has consistently been an event that the forestry community comes out to support because of the impact that the donations have." In addition to a sporting clays tournament, participants also enjoyed good food, raffle prizes, vendor exhibits, and games. Another NCFA member, Chuck Daniels of Domtar Paper Company commented on the event. "If you want to see the impact that the Colony Tire Sporting Clays Miracle Shoot is having, go visit the James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital at Vidant Medical Center. The children and pre-maturely born infants that benefit from the proceeds of this event are critically ill or injured, and the forestry community coming together to support a cause like that is something to be proud of."

Thank you to all NCFA members who participated and/or supported the 24th Annual Colony Tire Sporting Clays on August 2 and 3!

NCFA member Andrew Marks during the sporting clays tournament.
The 24th Annual Colony Tire Sporting Clays Miracle Shoot was held at Rose Hill Farm in Nashville, NC.
Overview of Cross-Laminated Timber Markets in South
The following report is contributed from NC State Extension forestry. 

Perceptions, Awareness, and Participation:  Sawmills and the CLT Market in the South 
By: Charles B. Gale, Richard Vlosky, Mason T. LeBlanc, and Rajan Parajui 

Mass timber has been produced and used in many forms over the past decade. Examples are glulam beams, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), and parallel strand lumber (PSL). More recently, new entrants have been developed and are being adopted in the North American engineered-wood family of products: Cross-laminated timbers (CLTs), nail-laminated timbers (NLTs), dowel-laminated timbers (DLTs), and mass plywood panels (MPPs) have experienced years of product testing and manufacturing learning curves, yet so far have gained limited market space. CLT manufacturing has been an established industry in Europe for decades, but is in its infancy stage in the US and Canada. The potential markets for CLT in the US are enormous, if architects, developers, builders/contractors, and building owners accept the product as a substitute for steel and concrete. 

One of the major potential drivers of CLT growth is recent changes in related building codes. The 2021 International Building Code (IBC) Type IV categories now include new subcategories of mass-timber buildings. According to the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB), taken together, the 14 tall mass-timber code changes create three new types of construction in the US that set fire-safety requirements and allowable heights, areas, and number of stories for mass-timber buildings up to 18 stories tall. Mass timber includes any product currently permitted for use in Type IV construction, including cross-laminated timber, structural composite lumber, glulam timber, and large-section sawn lumber. The three new mass timber building types are:

* Type IV-A: Up to 18 stories tall 
* Type IV-B: Up to 12 stories tall 
* Type IV-C: Up to 9 stories tall

 Although North American CLT production began and has grown significantly in the Pacific Northwest and eastern Canada, the manufacture and use of CLTs made from southern yellow pine (SYP) in the South is in its relative infancy. 

As with any new industry, communication is crucial for efficient interactions between suppliers and manufacturers. In today's world of social media and global inter-connectivity at the tap of a phone screen, there are not many reasons limiting wood-products neighbors in the South from networking and ushering in a new era of building materials. Willingness and cooperation for a change are sometimes inherent; familiarity and understanding can be enhanced; and connections can be quickly established. It is now on the shoulders of the forest-products industry to develop the essential connections to bring about a change and a new market.

For more information or to read the full article from NC State Extension Forestry, click here
Emerald Ash Borer Detected in 11 New Counties Since May
Summer is often full of plans, but no one has been busier this year than the emerald ash borer. Although small, this invasive beetle is killing countless ash trees across the state. Since May, it has been confirmed in 11 additional counties within North Carolina, bringing the statewide total to 48 as of mid-July.
Newly-infested counties include (in order of confirmation): Polk, Rowan, Lenoir, Chatham, Davie, Caldwell, Nash, McDowell, Burke, Watauga and Yadkin.

Unfortunately, emerald ash borer is a death sentence for ash trees unless they are protected with an insecticide. For landscape and ornamental trees, there are many options available to protect or save lightly infested trees, with professionally-applied emamectin benzoate and do-it-yourself applications of imidacloprid being the most popular.

What does an infested tree look like? Overall, they exhibit general decline in tree health. The canopy thins and whole branches die. In addition, there could be sprouts growing from the base of the tree, vertical splits in the bark, or increased woodpecker activity. When any combination of these symptoms is noticed, a closer inspection for direct evidence of the beetle should occur. The most obvious sign of the beetle is the ΒΌ" D-shaped exit holes in the bark, caused when the adult beetle emerges from the tree. Upon removing the bark from the tree, winding, S-shaped larval galleries can be seen.

The N.C Forest Service's emerald ash borer range map  is regularly updated to provide the most up-to-date known whereabouts of this tree killer and help you make the best treatment decision for your ash. If you suspect you have emerald ash borer in an uninfested county, contact your N.C. Forest Service county ranger  or your county extension agent .

For more information or to read the full article on the N.C. Forest Service's website click here
1 Month Left to Sell Annual FFPAC Reverse Raffle Tickets!
The Friends of Forestry Political Action Committee(FFPAC) will hold its Reverse Raffle Event this year on October 2, 2019 during our Annual Meeting in Wilmington. FFPAC members and NCFA Board of Directors will be selling tickets to the event where the last ticket(s) pulled is the winning ticket(s). Tickets will once again be one for $50 or three for $100. Typically, the winning jackpot is $5,000. Once the number of tickets left in the barrel drops to five, there is an option for the individuals to share the winnings. You do not have to be present to enter the raffle. 

The raffle and straight donations put the fundraising effort for 2018 just over $32,000!  This was new all-time high for the Friends of Forestry PAC. FFPAC Chair Ashley Faircloth encourages all NCFA members to help the FFPAC in making this year's Reverse Raffle the best we've ever had! If you would like to learn more about this event, please contact FFPAC Treasurer Amy Juliana at ajuliana@ncforestry.org or (800) 231-7723 ext. 2.
All FFPAC Reverse Raffle Tickets must be turned into the the NCFA Office no later than September 2, 2019!

CURRENT RAFFLE TICKET TOP SELLERS
Bruce Evans- 109
David Hendrix- 16
Parker Lumpkin-15
Lee Lumpkin- 15
Boyd McLaurin-15
Jeff Edwards-15

 
2018 FFPAC Champion Jimbo Shaver (right) was the top seller of raffle tickets for the Friends of Forestry's Annual Reverse Raffle, selling 130 tickets. 
Legislative Affairs            
For an overview of the North Carolina Forestry Association's legislative involvement and initiatives contact Executive Vice President Dr. John Hatcher at (919) 834-3943 Ext. 5 or at jhatcher@ncforestry.org.
North Carolina General Assembly Update
The North Carolina General Assembly convened for the long-session starting on January 30th. The legislature's "crossover deadline" was May 8, 2019. This date marked the day that most bills have to be voted out of at least one chamber in order to be considered by the General Assembly this session. Redistricting bills, bills introduced on the report of Appropriations, Finance, or Rules committees, adjournment resolutions and ratification of amendments to the Constitution of the United States are exempt from the crossover deadline. NCFA will continue to monitor the General Assembly as bills continue through the process.

  Click here for the full legislative update.                                                                                                   

We will be continually monitoring the proceedings in the state legislature, and keep our membership updated as relevant issues arise. For more information or for questions about the North Carolina Forestry Association's legislative involvement contact NCFA  Executive Vice President Dr. John Hatcher at (803) 640-9125 or at jhatcher@ncforestry.org
Methyl Bromide Log Fumigation Update
The North Carolina Department of Air Quality opens comment period for the proposed adoption of the control of emissions from log fumigation operations rule and the amendment of the toxic air pollutant guidelines rule.
 
Nearly a year has passed since the Department of Air Quality (DAQ) notified log fumigation operators of its intent to modify their air quality permits. Last fall, the North Carolina Forestry Association (NCFA) and other interested parties successfully argued against the adoption of temporary rules restricting the practice of log fumigation. DAQ then proposed permanent rules on log fumigation and an amendment to the toxic air pollutant guidelines rule. This week, DAQ opened the public comment period and will allow comments until Friday, August 16, 2019 at 9:00 pm for the proposed rules. NCFA opposes the proposed rule and amendment as it puts North Carolina at a competitive disadvantage with neighboring states.
National Issues Update
The Forest Resources Association (FRA) published the following in a recent update on their website regarding key issues affecting the forest industry at the national level:

On July 16, the Department of Labor (DOL) posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to solicit public comment on proposed changes to the H-2A guestworker visa program. In the notice, DOL recognizes that the forestry sector is the second largest user of the H-2B program and likely has not received enough visas to meet the demand for non-immigrant workers because of the cap. As such, included in the 489-page NPRM is a recommendation that would expand access to the uncapped H-2A program by revising the definition of agricultural labor or services to include employers engaged in reforestation activities.
Specifically, the NPRM defines reforestation activities as:

Predominantly manual forestry operations associated with developing, maintaining, or protecting forested areas, including, but not limited to, planting tree seedlings in specified patterns using manual tools; and felling, pruning, pre-commercial thinning, and removing trees and brush from forested areas. Reforestation activities may include some forest fire prevention or suppression duties, such as constructing fire breaks or performing prescribed burning tasks, when such duties are in connection with and incidental to other reforestation activities. Reforestation activities do not include vegetation management activities in and around utility, highway, railroad, or other rights-of-way.

For more information or to read the full article from the Forest Resources Association's website  click here
ProLogger            
For questions regarding the ProLogger program, please contact Jack Swanner at (828)421-8444
ProLogger Base Class Schedule
  McDowell Technical Community College Base Class:  Tuesday September 10 - Wednesday September 11, 2019 
(Marion, NC)

To register for a ProLogger Base Class please print and fill out the registration form and return it to the NCFA office via mail or fax. Thank you!  
Operations            
For questions regarding NCFA operations, please contact Ann Harper at (919)834-3943 Ext. 1
NCFA Annual Meeting
The NCFA's 2019 Annual Meeting, Forestry: From the Roots to the Crown; will be held in Wilmington, NC, October 2-4, 2019. Key topics will include North Carolina forest history, forest markets, future forecast of the industry, current forest industry outlook, SFI sustainability standards, and more. For 2019 the NCFA's Friends of Forestry Political Action Committee or FFPAC will host its annual reverse raffle at Ironclad Brewery on October 2nd. The same evening there will be a reception, dinner, and live music at IronClad Brewery for all attendees, speakers, and exhibitors. Highlights for Thursday October 3rd include: sporting clays, spouse program, golf tournament, silent auction, awards banquet, and comedian Jerry Carroll. Friday will bring the Annual Meeting to a close, and wrap up with a Board of Directors Meeting. For questions or for more information about the 2019 Annual Meeting please contact the NCFA Office at (919) 834-3943.

For registration forms, exhibitor's packet, sponsorship information, or a full meeting schedule please visit the North Carolina Forestry Association's  Annual Meeting Page on our website.

The room rate for Hotel Ballast is $169 per night. Make your room reservations ASAP by calling (910) 763-5900 and using the NCFA's group code: FRA.  
*Reservation cutoff date is August 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm. 

Communications            
For questions regarding the NCFA's Communications or to request additional copies of publications, please contact Communications Coordinator Justin Faircloth at (919)834-3943 Ext. 3 or at jfaircloth@ncforestry.org .
NCFA Media Corner
If you haven't already done so, please take time to follow the North Carolina Forestry Association's social media accounts. Keep track of what the NCFA is doing through live event coverage, weekly updates, and more!

Facebook: @NorthCarolinaForestryAssociation

Twitter: @NCForestryAssoc

Instagram: @northcarolinaforestryassoc

For more information or for questions regarding the NCFA's media and publications, please click here.
Forestry Education  
If you would like education materials and resources, or want to bring a forestry education outreach program to your community; please contact Amy Juliana at ajuliana@ncforestry.org
National Forest Products Week Essay Contest
The North Carolina Forestry Association will host the third annual Forest Products Week Essay Contest this fall for 3rd thru 12th graders. There are more than 5,000 wood and paper products that we use and enjoy every day. Winners and teachers of winners will receive cash prizes! Essays are due October 25, 2019. Please share our contest with the teachers in your community.
 
Thank you to our sponsors:  North Carolina Forest Service and North Carolina SFI Implementation Committee. 
 
Please click here for writing prompts, essay length guidelines, and how to submit essays.


Volunteers Needed!
Forestry Merit Badge Day with Boy Scouts of America
Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at Bobby Ross, Jr. Memorial Shelter in the Duke Forest
 
The North Carolina Forestry Association is excited to partner with the Boy Scouts of America to host a Forestry Merit Badge Day this fall for the scouts in Durham County. This is a great opportunity to encourage these young people to meet the requirements of the badge, and learn from professionals in a working forest. We are looking to the forestry community to help lead activities. Lunch is provided.

Sign up using our online
SAVE THE DATE: Fall Forestry and Environmental Camps
The North Carolina Forestry Association's Forestry and Environmental Camp is one of our longer running educational programs, and we could not do it without you. Please help us teach our young people about sustainable forestry by volunteering for a camp near you! We are in need of forestry, natural resource professionals, and environmental educators to volunteer to lead our rotational activities and lesson plans to local students. 

Activities are focused on forestry and environmental education; which cover topics on wildlife, dendrology, forest products, soils, compass work, mapping, and tree measurement. The NCFA will provide the lesson plans and materials, we just need you! See below for the dates of the camp and how to register. For additional details, please review the attached Frequently Asked Questions.

Click here for activities overview for middle students.

Tuesday September 24-Friday September 27, 2019; 8:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Lake Norman State Park-
759 State Park Rd, Troutman, NC 28166. The  NCFA is once again returning to Lake Norman State Park to host the 6th grade students of Brawley Middle School and Troutman Middle School.
 
Sign Up using our online system https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4FA9A62AA4FC1-forestry4  

Monday, October 14, 2019 at Kentwood Park in Raleigh, NC. 8:30 am- 1:00 pm
SIGN UP SHEET COMING SOON!

Monday, November 4- Friday, November 8 2019; 8:30 am- 1:30 p.m. Hugh MacRae Park- 
314 Pine Grove Dr, Wilmington, NC 28409. The  NCFA is once again returning to Hugh MacRae Park to host the 6th grade students of Roland Grise Middle School and Murray Middle School.

More Educational Opportunities...


Please visit our website for more information on our initiatives and opportunities! 
Upcoming Events & Workshops
August 17, 2019-   Trees Through the Eyes of an Early American Woodworker Event, to be held at Pilot Mountain State Park. Diverse plant communities have many important roles, including how diversity is used in traditional craft. Join a Park Ranger for a 1-mile hike on the Pilot Creek Trail for a discussion of history, woodworking, and ecology. Meet at the Pilot Creek Access Parking Area. The program is from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For questions or for more information about this event visit the NC State Parks website;  click here .

August 18, 2019- Forest Management Techniques Event , to be held at Pilot Mountain State Park. See how forests are managed in the park, and learn the techniques used to measure the density and board footage of trees. Also learn why certain Forest Management techniques are used. Meet with park staff at the Park Office to join for a hike on the Mountain Trail. The program is from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. For questions or for more information about this event visit the NC State Parks website;  click here .
 
August 22, 2019-  ForestHer Workshop, to be held at NC Cooperative Extension - Lenoir County Center in Kinston, NC.   ForestHer NC is a new initiative created by conservation organizations in North Carolina to provide women who are forest landowners with tools and training to help them manage their lands and become more engaged in forest stewardship.   During the workshops, participants will learn about North Carolina's forest ecosystems; identify the types of forests they own and/or manage; and understand the role their woodland plays in the greater landscape.  The workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and cost $25 per person. Pre-registration is required. For more questions or for more information about this event visit the NC Extension Forestry website; click here

August 24, 2019- Trees and Tees Event , to be held at Mount Jefferson State Natural Area. Learn about and discuss local trees and the pivotal role they play in our ecosystem. Each participant will be given one free tee shirt to decorate. Tee shirts, paints, and other supplies, will be provided. Meet at the picnic area. The program starts at 2:00 p.m. For questions or for more information about this event visit the NC State Parks website;  click here .

August 25, 2019-  Basic Orienteering Event  to be held at Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve. Join a ranger to learn the basics of finding your way with a compass. Course will be off-trail. Long pants, closed toe shoes, and insect repellent are recommended. The program starts at 3:00 p.m.  For questions or for more information about this event visit the NC State Parks website;  click here

August 29, 2019-  ForestHer Workshop, to be held at NC Cooperative Extension - Burke County Center in Morganton, NC.   ForestHer NC is a new initiative created by conservation organizations in North Carolina to provide women who are forest landowners with tools and training to help them manage their lands and become more engaged in forest stewardship.   During the workshops, participants will learn about North Carolina's forest ecosystems; identify the types of forests they own and/or manage; and understand the role their woodland plays in the greater landscape.  The workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and cost $25 per person. Pre-registration is required. For more questions or for more information about this event visit the NC Extension Forestry website; click here

September 5, 2019- Open House Event, to be held at Forest Restoration Alliance (FRA) - Mountain Research Station.  The address for the Mountain Research Station is 265 Test Farm Road Waynesville, NC 28786. The open house will highlight hemlock work in North Carolina to combat the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), an invasive pest that is killing hemlocks throughout the eastern range of the tree. Additional s ubjects will include the challenges NC faces with other invasive exotic pests, the hemlock nursery work of the NC Forest Service, the efforts to save surviving hemlocks by the Hemlock Restoration Initiative, research to breed hemlocks resistant to HWA by FRA,  the gene conservation work of Camcore, saving hemlocks in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and hemlock silvicultural research of the US Forest Service. Work on American chestnut restoration by The American Chestnut Foundation will also be displayed.  The open house will run from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. For more questions or for more information about this event   click here

September 10, 2019- Pine Straw  Workshop and Field Tour, to be held at Sandhill REC Lakehouse, located at 900 Clemson Road in Columbia, SC.  The purpose of this workshop is to help resource managers and landowners balance the income from harvesting operations while preserving desired wildlife benefits and stand health. While pine straw is valuable to homeowners as a mulch, pine needles are also valuable to the forest,serving critical ecological functions, including helping to carry prescribed fires as a fine fuel, protecting soil and water resources, and recycling nutrients.   The workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Category 1 CFE's are available for foresters planning to attend. For more questions or for more information about this event visit Clemson University's website; click here

September 28, 2019-  National Public Lands Day/Volunteer Trail Work Day , to be held at Crowder's Mountain State Park. Volunteer at Crowders's Mountain State Park and participate in the largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the nation. Volunteer will meet at the Sparrow Springs Visitor Center at 8:00 a.m. for refreshments, fellowship, and a brief meeting. Following the meeting, the crew leaders will divide the volunteers into crews and work on trail maintenance projects until 11:30 a.m. Water, snacks, work gloves, safety glasses, insect  repellent, and tools will be provided by the park.  Dress appropriately for outdoor work and bring any medications that you may need. For questions or for more information about this event visit the NC State Parks website; click here

October 19, 2019- Gorges' Gorgeous Colors Event, to be held at Gorges State Park. Sponsored by Friends Of Gorges, visit Gorges State Park to enjoy the start of Fall. Viewing of the changing of leaves as they go from green to those brilliant reds, yellows and oranges.The program is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For questions or for more information about this event visit the NC State Parks website;  click here

November 2, 2019- Fire on the Mountain Event , to be held at Hanging Rock State Park.  Learn how fire is used to help forests be healthy, how fire can be used to make the park more safe, and how fire can actually help make habitat better for wildlife. Debunk some common misperceptions about fire! Hanging Rock State Park's partners the North Carolina Forest Service, Danbury Volunteer Fire Department, Wildlife Resources Commission, Stokes County Fire Marshall, and lots of other land managers will be present to share what they do and how they use fire as a tool. Learn about how you can use fire to improve your own property. The program is from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For questions or for more information about this event visit the NC State Parks website;  click here .

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