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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
Chatham Lumber Co.
Columbia Forest Products
Domtar Paper Co., LLC - Kingsport
Domtar Paper Co., LLC - Marlboro Mill
Domtar Paper Co., LLC - Plymouth
Edwards Wood Products, Inc.
Enviva Biomass
Farm Credit Associations of NC
Forestry Mutual Insurance Co.
Hartley Brothers Sawmill Inc.
H.W. Culp Lumber Co.
Jordan Timberlands, Inc.
J.W. Jones Lumber Co., 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
Outdoor Access, Inc.
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.

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.

EGGER Group - Assistant Wood Purchasing Manager
            
EGGER Group has started searching for the second (of two) Assistant Wood Purchasing Managers for their facility in Lexington, NC.

If you are interested in this opportunity, or if you have questions, please contact hiring manager Tom Coates at Thomas.Coates@egger.com or at (336) 486-0330

To read a full job description
click here.

Southeast Regional Coordinator - Forest Stewards Guild

The successful candidate will have a degree in forestry, ecology, natural resource management, or related field with professional experience. This individual will have excellent communication and written skills, be able to work alone outdoors in remote locations, and desire to support rapidly expanding Guild presence and ecological forestry in the Southeast.

For the full job description 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 23, 2019
Columbia Forest Products hosted their Annual Supplier Appreciation Dinner in Marion Thursday evening.
Columbia Forest Products' Hosts Annual Appreciation Dinner
Columbia Forest Products hosted its Annual Supplier Appreciation Dinner in Marion on Thursday evening. North Carolina Forestry Association (NCFA) Executive Vice President Dr. John Hatcher and Communications Coordinator Justin Faircloth attended the event. 

The annual dinner typically draws a large crowd of forestry professionals in the western portion of the state. "This event is one you don't want to miss," said NCFA Board Member Stacy Bentley of Columbia Forest Products. 

270 Attendees enjoyed a social, live bluegrass music, door prize drawings, vendors/exhibitors, and a fantastic BBQ dinner. Forestry Mutual Insurance Company (FMIC) sponsored a 
Chainsaw Skills Competition during the event, that was open to all loggers and their crews. Competition winners were presented with STIHL chainsaws and awards. "We thank everyone that participated in the chainsaw competition, and the continual commitment to safety and professionalism that North Carolina's ProLoggers demonstrate," stated Greg Helton of FMIC.

"We would like to thank everyone for coming out to our Annual Supplier Appreciation Dinner this evening," said Greg Decker of Columbia Forest Products. "This dinner has been a great place for everyone to catch up with one another over the years. It has allowed Columbia Forest Products to show our appreciation for our suppliers and all that they do."

"The Annual Columbia Forest Products Dinner gives us a great chance to interact with the forestry community in Western North Carolina," said Dr. John Hatcher, NCFA Executive Vice President. 

The NCFA would like to thank Columbia Forest Products for the invitation to attend the Annual Supplier Appreciation Dinner. We look forward to continually working with all our members and partners in the forest industry. 

(l-r) NCFA Past President Greg Decker and Board Member Stacy Bentley of Columbia Forest Products.

Past NCFA President Jim Sitts of Columbia  Forest Products and NCFA Executive Vice President Dr. John Hatcher.

(l-r, in orange) Greg Helton and Bryan Wagner of FMIC judged the Chainsaw Competition.

Dewayne Rowe and RDR Logging took home Columbia Forest Products' Logger of the Year Award.

(l-r) Bryan Wagner, Keith Stockton of Stockton Logging, and Greg Helton; Stockton came in 1st Place at Forestry Mutual's Chainsaw Competition.
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 2019 ANNUAL MEETING WILL
RECIEVE  6 CATEGORY 1 CFE CREDITS

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. 

ONE WEEK 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. 
SLTC Meeting Next Week
The North Carolina Forestry Association's Safety, Logging, and Transportation Committee has rescheduled its meeting to August 29, 2019 at Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center in Four Oaks, NC. For more information or for questions please contact the NCFA office at (919) 834-3943 ext.3 or email jfaircloth@ncforestry.org.
NCFA Offers Scholarship Opportunities
The North Carolina Forestry Association's (NCFA)-Forest Education and Conservation Foundation (FECF) is proud to offer a scholarship program to students pursuing a forestry career in the state of North Carolina. The FECF encourages the wise use and management of North Carolina's forests through education outreach to students and teachers, continuing education initiatives with forestry professionals, and promotion campaigns designed to educate the public. The foundation is providing the following scholarships:
  • $2,000 to an individual attending North Carolina State University
  • $1,000 to an individual attending Haywood Community College
  • $1,000 to an individual attending Montgomery Community College
  • $1,000 to an individual attending Wayne Community College
Students wanting to pursue a scholarship must meet the following criteria:
  • Enrolled student at one of the following:
    • North Carolina State University
    • Haywood Community College
    • Montgomery Community College
    • Wayne Community College
  • Second year of a two-year program, or entering third/fourth year (Junior or Senior) of a four-year program this fall.
  • Pursuing a degree in forest management or paper science and engineering in the College of Natural Resources at NCSU, or a forest management technology at the above specified community colleges.
  • 3.0 GPA minimum
  • Resident of North Carolina
Applications are due by 5:00 pm on September 13, 2019. Scholarship recipients will be announced by September 20 and recipients are eligible to attend the North Carolina Forestry Association annual meeting in Wilmington, NC October 2-3, 2019. 
For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. John Hatcher, Executive Vice President at  jhatcher@ncforestry.org or 919-834-3943 ext. 5. Click here for scholarship applications.
Tree-Killing Disease Jumps to Tennessee and Kentucky
The North Carolina Forest Service recently highlighted a new development regarding the infamous laurel wilt disease. This update was shared via the Forestry Files section of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA & CS) website.

An unwelcome sight has plagued our coastal forests for years now. Dead redbay trees line the roadways and mar our coastal forests in southeastern N.C. These trees are dead because of an invader-a non-native fungus carried from tree to tree by the invasive redbay ambrosia beetle. This fungus causes laurel wilt disease and infected redbays die in a matter of weeks.

Until last year, laurel wilt disease was only known to kill redbay trees in N.C. However, in 2018, the disease was confirmed in sassafras in N.C. for the first time, coming after other southern states confirmed the same in years prior. With this news, risk that the disease could go beyond the coastal plains increased. Redbay is a coastal species, but sassafras is found throughout the state.

In July 2019, laurel wilt disease was found in Tennessee and Kentucky, over 200 miles from the nearest confirmed location. "This jump is an eye-opening event," says Kelly Oten, Forest Health Monitoring Coordinator with the N.C. Forest Service. "If laurel wilt could make it that far, it could be anywhere in North Carolina."

After years of seeing laurel wilt kill redbay in our coastal plains, we are bracing ourselves for more widespread mortality in sassafras. Oten says that identifying symptoms of the disease in sassafras may not be as straight-forward as it is in redbay. "In sassafras, leaves will wilt and lose greenness, looking like fall color but during the wrong time of the year." Not only do the dead, wilted leaves not stay attached to the tree as they do in redbay, but the vascular streaking is not as pronounced (seen right). "This might make it more challenging to identify the disease in sassafras."

For more information or to read the full article from the N.C. Forest Service/NCDA & CS' website click here
U.S. Forest Service Extends Public Comment Period
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service is extending the public comment period on proposed changes to modernize how the agency complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The proposed rule would give the Forest Service the tools and flexibility to manage land and tackle critical challenges like wildfire, insects and disease while improving service to the American people. Based on the importance of the proposed rule, the Forest Service is extending the comment period by 14 days to allow more time for public review and comment.

The proposed rule was published June 13, 2019, and the public comment period was originally set to end on August 12, 2019. With the extension, the comment period now ends on August 26, 2019.

Revising the rule will improve forest conditions and make it simpler for people to use and enjoy their national forests and grasslands at lower cost to the taxpayer. The revised rule will also make it easier to maintain the roads, trails, campgrounds and other facilities people need to use and enjoy their public lands.

For more information or to read the full article from Southern Loggin' Times' website click here
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 30, 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.
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
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 online at:
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 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  The NCFA is once again returning to Kentwood Park to host the 5th grade students of A.B. Combs Elementary School.
 
Sign Up using our online system  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4fa9a62aa4fc1-2019

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 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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