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NCFA Meetings

Annual Meeting Planning Committee
May 30, 2019 in Raleigh , at the NCFA Office. Meeting starts at 1:00 pm. For questions or for more information call the NCFA Office at 
(919) 834-3943
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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
Make your reservation today! Click here!

Forestry Day 2019
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
David Hendrix
Boyd McLaurin
John Parson  
W. Andrew Casey
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. DAQ is expected to present their proposal to the Environmental Management Commission in January. 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 more information or to visit the NC State Forestry Extension website click here.
  
Job  Opportunities
 
Resource Managment Service- Forester

Foresters are responsible for coordinating with other region personnel, region manager, and the resource planning and sustainability groups to successfully plan and implement the reforestation, mid-rotation management, harvest planning and supervision, and infrastructure maintenance programs across the region. To read the full job description or to apply click here


Bullock Brothers Equipment Co. - Equipment Salesman Position




N.C. Forest Service - Forest Markets and Utilization Forester

This position develops and delivers a state-wide program in forest products utilization, maintains strong relationships with the state's forest products industry, promotes diverse markets for forest products, and communicates on the extent, economic contributions, utilization and production of forest resources in NC.  Housed at the agency headquarters within the Technical Development Branch of the Forest Management/Development Division of the NC Forest Service, the Staff Forester -Forest Markets and Utilization will collaborate with in-state partners and stakeholders as well as state forestry agency counterparts throughout the southern region.   For more information or to apply click here.


EGGER Group - Assistant Wood Purchasing Manager  
 
 
 
 
 
EGGER Group has started searching for the first (of two) Assistant Wood Purchasing Managers.

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 +44 (772) 506-9341

To read a full job description
click here.


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.


N.C. Forest Service - Urban Forestry Specialist

The North Carolina Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Program is seeking an energetic urban forester for the position of Urban Forestry Specialist. The Program provides technical, financial, and educational guidance and assistance to municipalities and institutions across the State to promote the benefits, conservation and sustainable management of urban forests. Under the direction of the Program Head this position provides guidance, training and outreach to NC Forest Service staff as well as directly to communities to further the Program's goals and objectives. Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, May 6th and closing at 5:00 pm Friday, May 17th. For a complete job description or to apply 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. 
May 17, 2019
Montgomery ProLogger Base Class Participants and Facilitators 2019
Montgomery ProLogger Base Class
The North Carolina Forestry Association in conjunction with Montgomery Community College (MCC) hosted the second ProLogger Base Class of 2019. Representatives from Forestry Mutual Insurance Company (FMIC), the North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP), the North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS), and the North Carolina Department of Occupational Safety and Health (NC OSH) helped facilitate the course. The N.C. Forestry Association would like to thank the following individuals for their time and effort helping to facilitate the Base Class: John Albertson (NCFS), Matt Vincent (NCFS), Richard Chellberg (NCFS), Nancy Blackwood (NCFS), Dr. A.J. Lang (NCFS), Trooper Neil Presler (NCSHP), Eric Smith (NC OSH), Bruce Pearson (NC OSH), Eddie Campbell (FMIC), and Bryan Wagner (FMIC). Thank you to Troy Lumber Co. for providing the lunch and snacks for the class. The NCFA would also like to extend a special thank you to Montgomery Community College for hosting the classroom section of the course, and to McCormick Logging of Mount Gilead for hosting the Base Class field training at their job site. Special thanks to Dr. John Monroe, landowner of the tract, and David Henderson, Forestry Consultant for Dr. Monroe, for hosting the class on his property 

The 2019 ProLogger Base Class was a success training a total of 15 new ProLoggers. Thank you to all of our new ProLoggers for your hard work and effort in completing this Base Class training. The NCFA wishes you the best of luck in your future endeavors! For more information about the ProLogger Program or to register for a 2019 Base Class please contact NCFA Membership Liaison and ProLogger Coordinator Jack Swanner at (828) 421-8444 or at jswanner@ncforestry.org.



 Forestry Mutual's Bryan Wagner and Eddie Campbell discuss the importance of safety on and around the logging job.

Allen Whitesell and Jared Lucas (far left) of Troy Lumber Co talking with the McCormick Logging crew during the field day portion of the course. 

(l-r) Dr. John Monroe landowner of the tract and his forestry consultant, David Henderson.

McCormick Logging owned by Billy McCormick (third from left) hosted the field day for the ProLogger Base Class at their job site in Carthage, NC.
NCFA Executive Press Release: 
CFE Process Change Update
Dear NCFA Members, 

It has been brought to the attention of the North Carolina Forestry Association staff that some recent events such as Forestry Day in the Legislature and the Mid-Atlantic Biomass Expo have garnered attention in regard to their credible CFE hours.  As questions and concerns continue to arise the association feels that it is better to address these questions and concerns now, rather than continuing to foster confusion and uncertainty. 

The CFE process has effectively changed for the 2019 year, and thereafter. CFE accreditation will now be regulated and verified through the National Society of American Foresters (SAF). Ed Pomeroy is no longer the primary contact for North Carolina, the new contact is Hans Rhor with the North Carolina Forest Service. CFE credits were not marketed at either of the aforementioned events by the NCFA. We apologize for the confusion, but due to the recent changes coupled with past expectations, several members were unable to receive the CFE credits that they anticipated. Dr. John Hatcher, NCFA Executive Vice President, is currently working with SAF National to arrange credits for NCFA events in order to provide our membership with a more comprehensive overview of what NCFA events will be credited and how many CFE's will be offered for specific events. We appreciate your continued support and understanding as we work through this process. 

Sincerely, 

John Hatcher, Ph. D., Executive Vice President 
May 17, 2019
First Quarter of 2019 Saw a Surge in Southern U.S. Timber Prices
Southern timber prices surged during 1Q2019, as all products demonstrated significant increases across the board. Overall, pulpwood products increased at a higher rate than did pine log products, but the general trend of timber prices was on a considerable upward trajectory in the first quarter as prices increased +18.5 percent.

It is worth noting that the higher-than-normal rainfall totals that the South experienced during 2H2018 and 1Q2019 had a significant impact on timber prices, as timberlands were simply inaccessible or unworkable in many areas.

On a Southwide basis, pine pulpwood prices increased 12.8 percent to $11.88/ton during 1Q2019, and two out of three regions saw prices increase for this product. The West-South experienced the largest increase of +45.0 percent to $13.43/ton followed by the Mid-South, which increased +4.11 percent to $8.36/ton. Pine pulpwood prices in the East-South dropped -7.5 percent to $14.27/ton.

Hardwood pulpwood prices Southwide experienced the largest increase of all products, rising +38.3 percent during 1Q to $12.67/ton. The East-South region experienced the largest increase, a whopping +166.8 percent jump to $11.98/ton; the West-South increased +21.2 percent to $13.03/ton; and the Mid-South rose by +13.4 percent to $12.98/ton.

Pine chip-n-saw prices also experienced a significant increase to $20.07/ton on a Southwide basis, a jump of +15.7 percent. The Mid-South experienced the largest increase of +19.3 percent to $19.29/ton. The East-South region rose +8.5 percent to $22.07/ton, and the West-South region inched up +0.1 percent to $14.94/ton.

Pine sawtimber prices increased at a lower rate than did the other products, increasing +7.2 percent to a Southwide average of $28.70/ton. All three regions experienced increases in price. The Mid-South rose +11.1 percent to $28.01/ton, the East-South was up +4.5 percent to $27.81/ton, and prices in the West-South were up +3.9 percent to $30.62/ton.

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in 1Q2019 according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. After revisions for 4Q2018, real GDP increased 2.2 percent. US housing starts fell unexpectedly in March, coming off a poor performance in February when single-family builds dropped to an 18-month low. Despite lower mortgage rates, higher wage growth and other economic indicators holding steady, there hasn't been enough buyer activity to ignite a new wave of housing starts activity in recent months.

Forest2Market believes the sudden upsurge in southern timber prices during 1Q2019 was driven primarily by prolonged and excessively wet weather throughout the region. The huge fluctuation in pulpwood prices (+26 percent), which are generally more sensitive to supply/demand imbalances than are sawtimber prices in the current market, suggests that the increase is reactive and temporary. Forest2Market is looking for prices to correct downward in 2Q2019, especially if housing starts fail to gain any clear momentum through the early part of the summer.

For more information or to read the full article on Forest2Market's website, click here.
U.S. Forest Service Studies the Merit of Fire-Adapted Communities
Fire seasons have lengthened so much that we now use the term "fire year", firefighting costs are breaking new records, and loss of life and property are part of an alarming new pattern. The ability to mitigate these impacts with community collaboration is critically important.

Several groups are taking a hard look at the rising costs of fighting wildfire versus the benefits of mitigation investments before the flames arrive. Studies like the  Tale of Two Fires  and  True Cost of Wildfires illustrate a cost-benefit ratio as high as $5 saved for every $1 spent on fuels treatments.

In recent years, several examples of community mitigation efforts have emerged to demonstrate the trade-off values of doing work before the fire, across property boundaries and within communities. One of these examples is the Timber Crater 6 fire  near Crater Lake, Oregon. A series of dry lightning storms passed through the Cascade Mountains in July 2018 and started the fire. The potential destructive path of this fire included over 20,000 acres of the Crater Lake recreation area, and several small, neighboring communities. But existing fuels treatments on federal and private lands helped fire managers prevent large-scale destruction and minimize the threat to the public. In the end, not a single structure was lost, and the fire was contained at 3,126 acres.

The key to community mitigation efforts is more than fuels treatments on federal lands. Collaborating with state cooperators, non-federal partners, and private citizens is where the true success of fire-adapted communities  begins. Many states provide homeowners with matching funds for defensible space projects and other fuel reduction efforts. The Forest Service, National Fire Protection Association , and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety  provide a handy homeowner tip sheet  to prepare residents for the wind-blown embers responsible for destroying most homes regardless of surrounding fuels work.

In response to the 2015 wildfire season, the Forest Service created a Community Mitigation Assessment Team program to work with communities and partners who are motivated to address both the immediate home ignition zone and forested lands in surrounding areas.  CMAT teams help communities build sustainable local capacity for wildfire mitigation during high-risk times before, during or after a wildfire when awareness of the need for risk reduction and the likelihood of action is highest. CMAT works collaboratively with communities to build cross-boundary mitigation partnerships that focus on reducing risk strategically.

Lastly, since wildfire does not recognize property boundaries, the Forest Service has worked to create resilience within communities by providing training, information, and opportunities. Promoting Ecosystem Resilience and Fire Adapted Communities Together, or PERFACT, is addressing the country's wildfire problems head on by supporting the people who are creating change on the ground. This work empowers local people to navigate their own pathway toward a better relationship with fire.

For more information or to read the full article on the U.S. Forest Service's website,  click here
Resilient  Federal Forests Act Re-Introduced in Congress
This week, Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR), the only forester in Congress, reintroduced his Resilient Federal Forests Act. The legislation attempts to expedite needed forest management projects on our nation's federal forest lands primarily through so called "categorical exclusions" from the National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA. Categorical exclusions or CEs essentially allow for limited environmental impact assessments for forest projects that are similar in scope to other projects that have already undergone extensive environmental reviews. Westerman's bill would extend CEs for projects up to 10,000 acres, particularly for those that are intended to reduce wildfire risk. The bill would also allow for voluntary arbitration as an alternative to lawsuits on forest management projects.

The Resilient Federal Forests Act passed the Republican-controlled House last Congress but languished in the Senate. Meaningful federal forest management reform provisions were included in the omnibus appropriations bill that was enacted in early 2018 and a couple more federal forest management provisions were added to the Farm Bill last year. While these new tools are very useful, the provisions in the Westerman bill would position the Forest Service to better deliver on its forest health objectives. Unfortunately, the Resilient Federal Forests Act is unlikely to move in the House this year. Democrat leadership has signaled that they prefer to focus more on the urban-wildland interface and preparedness efforts, rather than forest thinning/management to prevent wildfire.
   
In the Senate, Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) are reportedly working on a bill that would address federal forest management issues and authorize subsidies to promote biomass utilization around federal forests. 

For more information or to read the full article on the Forest Resources Association's 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
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)
ProLogger Module 19 Schedule
May 17,2019- ProLogger Module 19 sponsored by Edwards Wood Products and Louisiana Pacific, to be held at Edwards Wood Products-Liberty Sawmill, 3231 Staley Store Road,  Liberty, NC, 27298. Registration and lunch starts at 12:00 pm. Class is from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. To RSVP for lunch, confirm your attendance, or more information contact Mike Patram at (336) 516-5713 or Jim Pruitt at (910) 783-6277.

May 17,2019-   ProLogger Module 19 sponsored by Evergreen Packaging and Pisgah Hardwoods, to be held at  Maggie Valley Community Center . Class starts at 2:00 pm. A dinner will follow the class, along with drawings for two chainsaws. To confirm your attendance, or more information contact Ron Heatherly at (828) 400-7890, Greg Ward at (828) 226-2602, or Mike Murphy at (828) 506-5314.

May 28, 2019-  ProLogger Module 19  sponsored by Georgia Pacific will be held at GP Dudley, in the Timber Office Conference Room. The class is located at 2457-A Old Mount Olive Hwy in Dudley, NC, 28333. Registration begins at 4:30 pm, class is from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Seating is limited to 22, MUST SIGN IN AND OUT AT SCALE HOUSE! For more information or to RSVP please contact Joe Evans at (919) 738-4515.

June 3, 2019-  ProLogger Module 19  sponsored by Georgia Pacific will be held at GP Dudley, in the Timber Office Conference Room. The class is located at 2457-A Old Mount Olive Hwy in Dudley, NC, 28333. Registration begins at 4:30 pm, class is from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Seating is limited to 22, MUST SIGN IN AND OUT AT SCALE HOUSE! For more information or to RSVP please contact Joe Evans at (919) 738-4515.

June 4, 2019- ProLogger Module 19 sponsored by New-Indy Containerboard, LLC will be held at New-Indy Catawba, LLC in the East Region Procurement Office. Office is located at 209 West Barr Street, Lancaster, SC 29720; the office will only
 accommodate 12-15 people, so please contact Marshall Thompson at (
704) 441-5810 if you plan to attend. Class starts at 9:00 am. 

June 13, 2019- ProLogger Module 19 sponsored by International Paper will be held at James Sprunt Community College in the Boyette Building, Room 113, Highway 11 North, Kenansville, NC. Registration starts at 5:30 pm, c lass is from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. For questions or for more information p lease contact Lacy Allen at (910) 362-3327.

June 27, 2019-  ProLogger Module 19 sponsored by International Paper will be held at Southeastern Community College in Building T, Room 120, Old Highway 74 West, Whiteville, NC. Registration starts at 5:00 pm, c lass is from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. For questions or for more information p lease contact Lacy Allen at (910) 362-3327.
Communications            

The North Carolina Forestry Association has published the 2019-2020 North Carolina General Assembly Directory Poster. Copies have been distributed to legislators and their staff, additional copies will be available at the NCFA office in Raleigh.   

For questions regarding the Legislative Poster or to request additional copies of any NCFA publications, please contact NCFA Communications Coordinator Justin Faircloth at (919)834-3943 Ext. 3 or at jfaircloth@ncforestry.org.
TreeLine Update
On January 29, 2019 it was announced at the NCFA Board of Directors Meeting that the TreeLine monthly newsletter would be converted to a quarterly publication. Please bear with us as the TreeLine transitions into this new format in the coming months. 

For more information or for questions regarding the TreeLine, 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
Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience

Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience
Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience

The Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience is a professional development workshop for North Carolina educators that demonstrates all elements of forestry. Discover the forest in our state, and learn about the wood products industry! Application period is now open! Sp ace is limited and experiences fill up quickly! Apply today!
 
Piedmont: Southern Pines, North Carolina June 17-20, 2019
Coastal Plains: New Bern, North Carolina June 24-27, 2019
Mountains: Asheville, North Carolina July 22-25, 2019

Click here for more information and a link to our online application. 

Please Consider Sponsoring A Teacher:    We greatly appreciate the work our teachers and educators do for the state of North Carolina. If you know a teacher that would benefit from participating in the Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience, please encourage that individual to apply to our program, and consider sponsoring their registration fee. We currently still have space in the Piedmont Experience (June 17-June 20, 2019). Click here   for details on our sponsorship program.
SAVE THE DATE for Forestry and Environmental Camp in Wilmington, NC
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! 
 
November 4-November 8, 2019 at Hugh McRae Park
SIGN UP SHEET COMING SOON!

More Educational Opportunities...


Please visit our website for more information on our initiatives and opportunities! 
Upcoming Events & Workshops
May 19, 2019-  Fire Ecology Program , to be held at Pilot Mountain State Park.  Meet with a park ranger at the TRACK Trail located near the restroom for a short walk through recently burned areas of Pilot Mountain State Park. Come learn why prescribed fires are performed at Pilot Mountain, and see firsthand effects of fire on this mountainous landscape. The program will be from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm.  For questions or for more information about this event visit the N.C. State Parks website;  click here

May 19, 2019- Red-cockaded Woodpecker Program, to be held at Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve.  It's not every day you get to see an endangered species, but that's the goal for this program. Come learn about the unique nature of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, and why it became endangered; and check out their cavity trees near the Visitor Center. If the timing is right, participants might get to see adults flying to their nest tree to feed young! The program starts at 3:00 pm.  For questions or for more information about this event visit the N.C. State Parks website;  click here

May 20, 2019-  Lichen or Not? Event , to be held at Mount Mitchell State Park.  Meet with a ranger to learn to identify Lichens and the important role that Lichen play in an Alpine Forest. Be prepared for a short hike on the Balsam Nature Trail (weather permitting). The event starts at 12:00 pm.  For questions or for more information about this event visit the N.C. State Parks website;  click here

May 26, 2019-  Era of the Turpentine Program , to be held at Hammocks Beach State Park.  Ever wonder why North Carolina is nicknamed the "Tarheel State"?  Come out to the park to hear about the mighty longleaf pine tree - the state tree of North Carolina; including its natural and cultural history. The program will discuss some of the longleaf pine's historical and present day uses in coastal Carolina, including how much of a demand its tacky pine tar was. It's evidence can still be seen today in many of the nearby forests. So many roles for just one tree!  The program is from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  For questions or for more information about this event visit the N.C. State Parks website;  click here

May 30, 2019- Log A Load Golf Tournament will be held at the in Laurinburg, NC.  Log A Load for Kids is a national campaign that raises money for children's hospitals, through the Children's Miracle Network, to help treat ill and injured children. Log A Load for Kids originated in South Carolina in 1988 by a couple of loggers who wanted to demonstrate the logging and forest products community service and commitment to children in need. It has now grown into a national campaign, where funds raised remain with the children's hospital in the area. It is has become the main charity outreach for the Forest Products Industry. P articipation with this program is greatly appreciated. Even if you cannot field a team or are unable to attend; your support as a Sponsor is greatly appreciated and your company logo will be proudly displayed on the signage at the event. All contributions will go far in helping children in need.  All donations are tax deductible. For more information or for questions contact Chris Giannini at (910) 318-0600 or Amber Ridge at (910) 277-1748



June 4, 2019-   Conserving Wildlife Habitat With Active Forest Management, an N.C. Woods for Wildlife Conservation Initiative/N.C. Tree Farm workshop will be held in Carthage, NC. This one-day workshop is for foresters, natural resources professionals, and technical assistance providers who are interested in achieving a balance between meeting wildlife objectives and the economics of forest owners. Registration is now open for this workshop; to register online  click here , for mail-in registration instructions  click here . The deadline for registration is May 27. To learn more  click here , or see the   printable flyer . For questions or for more information please contact Leslie McCormick at (919) 917-8646 or at nctreefarm@gmail.com

June 6, 2019-   Conserving Wildlife Habitat With Active Forest Management , an N.C. Woods for Wildlife Conservation Initiative/N.C. Tree Farm workshop will be held in Whiteville, NC. This one-day workshop is for foresters, natural resources professionals, and technical assistance providers who are interested in achieving a balance between meeting wildlife objectives and the economics of forest owners. Registration is now open for this workshop; to register online 
click here , for mail-in registration instructions  click here . The deadline for registration is May 27. To learn more  click here , or see the    printable flyer . For questions or for more information please contact Leslie McCormick at (919) 917-8646 or at   nctreefarm@gmail.com

June 8, 2019-  National Get Outdoors Day , to be held at Haw River State Park.  Join a ranger to celebrate the 12th Annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) by enjoying healthy, active, outdoor fun. Attendees will hike a section of the Piedmont Loop trail, and check out the action around the park's Robins Nest Lake. The hike is easy to moderate and takes approximately an hour or so to complete. To learn more about this initiative visit: http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org/about/. In case of bad weather, or for more information about this hike or future programs, please contact the park office at 336-342-6163.  The program is from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.  For questions or for more information about this event visit the N.C. State Parks website;  click here

June 12-13, 2019-  The University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources' Continuing Education Program will be sponsoring the course titled "Logging Cost Analysis" on June 12-13, 2019 at the Harbison State Forest Environmental Center, 5600 Broad River Road, Columbia, South Carolina.  The course will be taught by Warnell Assistant Professor Joe Conrad and Associate Professor Chad Bolding of Virginia Tech. For more information or to register for the course click here

July 18-19, 2019-   The Sustainable Forestry & Land Retention Project will be sponsoring the North Carolina and Virginia Forest Landowners Conference at Halifax Community College in Weldon, NC. The conference offers the following for attendees: technical assistance for forest landowners and farmers, strategies for estate planning, forestry and agricultural taxation, and identification of local timber industries. Refreshments and lunch will be provided both days, there is no cost to attend . For more information or to register for the course   click here
Must register by July 12th! 


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