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Forestry-related Events

Upcoming events

    • 27 Mar 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Church of God, Mount Carroll

    The NIFA Annual Dinner Meeting will be held at the Church of God in Mt. Carroll.  IDNR Biologist, Doug Dufford, will be the featured speaker covering the topics 

    • large predators in the area
    • an update on Chronic Wasting Disease in deer
    • his experiences of burning in woodlands. 
    You do not have to be a member to attend.  Fee for the dinner and program is 
    • $12 with a reservation or 
    • $15 without a reservation
    • payable at the door.  

    Reservations can be made by phone to Dick Pouzar at 815-777-8157 or by email at or by clicking on the REGISTER button on this page.

    The March 27th dinner will begin at 7 pm followed by the evening's program.

    The Church of God is located at 816 S. Clay Street, Mount Carroll, Illinois.  Clay Street is Route 78 and the Church is just north of Route 52/64 on the east side of Clay.
    • 07 Apr 2018
    • Arnold Farm, 997 N Salem Rd, Elizabeth

    NIFA will tour the Arnold farm to explore the current timber harvest and other previously harvested sites where oak regeneration is occurring.  Time has not yet been set; check back later.

    The Arnold Farm is located 1.7 miles south of Schapville Road. On Schapville Road, Salem Road is 500 feet west of North Scout Camp road, or 7 miles east of Elizabeth Scales Mound Road. 

    • 05 May 2018
    • Ken Beach Property

    NIFA will tour the property of Ken Beach who will discuss the various methods he has used to plant trees.  Time has not yet been set; please check back later and drivng instructions will be posted as well.

    • 14 Jul 2018
    • Kevin Ward Farm

    NIFA will tour the Kevin Ward property featuring a new tree planting of 20,000 trees and specialized equipment for handling trees and invasive shrubs.  Consulting Forester Kevin Oetken will lead the tour.  Times have not been established; please check back later and driving instructions will be posted as well.

    • 29 Jul 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 01 Aug 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Grand River Center, Dubuque, Iowa

    This annual meeting will include a field trips in Iowa and to southwest Wisconsin, indoor presentations, a silent auction, and the annual awards banquet on Tuesday.

Past events

18 Mar 2018 Rockford: Native Oak Woodlands
10 Mar 2018 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference
24 Feb 2018 Whiteside County: Chain Saw Safety Seminar
13 Feb 2018 NIFA Meeting: NRCS Forestry Programs
09 Jan 2018 NIFA Meeting: Wood Carving
18 Nov 2017 Producing Maple Syrup
07 Nov 2017 NIFA Planning Meeting
26 Aug 2017 Tour of Aldo Leopold Foundation
22 Jul 2017 Tour of Aldo Leopold Foundation
03 Jun 2017 Tour of Mulvain Woodworks
13 May 2017 Whiteside County: Tree Plantings
04 Apr 2017 Carroll County: NIFA Annual Dinner
25 Mar 2017 Jo Daviess County: Forest Regeneration Tour (CANCELLED)
17 Feb 2017 Jo Daviess County: Forest Management Planning
14 Feb 2017 NIFA Planning Meeting
24 Jan 2017 NIFA Planning Meeting
05 Dec 2016 NIFA Planning Meeting
07 Nov 2016 NIFA Planning Meeting (Cancelled)
08 Oct 2016 Carroll County: Johnson Creek Hardwoods Tour
27 Sep 2016 Jo Daviess County: Chainsaw Safety Course
15 Jul 2016 Madison, Wisconsin: Forest Products Lab
04 Jun 2016 Jo Daviess County: Forest Management Planning
14 May 2016 Lee County: Tour of Nachusa Grasslands
04 May 2016 Jo Daviess County: Spring into Invasive Plant Species
09 Apr 2016 Jo Daviess County: Emphasis on Wildlife
22 Mar 2016 Carroll County: NIFA Annual Dinner Meeting
12 Mar 2016 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference
09 Feb 2016 Hunting Leases
20 Jan 2016 NIFA Meeting
12 Dec 2015 Jo Daviess County: Prescribed Burn CANCELLED
08 Dec 2015 NIFA Planning Meeting
10 Nov 2015 NIFA Planning Meeting
17 Oct 2015 Carroll County: Autumn Tree Identification
25 Aug 2015 Jo Daviess County: Kick Your Bad (Chainsaw) Habits
08 Aug 2015 Jo Daviess County: Furniture Restoration & Country Store
18 Jul 2015 Jo Daviess County: Log Furniture Company (CANCELLED)
20 Jun 2015 Stephenson County: Sawmill and Firewood
28 May 2015 Champaign County: Illinois Invasive Species Symposium
09 May 2015 Carroll County: Shimer Arboretum Tour
25 Apr 2015 Carroll County: Forest Edge - Consumables,not Invasives
21 Apr 2015 Webinar: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in Horticulture
07 Apr 2015 Webinar: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in Horticulture
24 Mar 2015 Carroll County: Climate is the Forest, Weather is the Tree
14 Mar 2015 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference
26 Feb 2015 McLean County: First Detector Training
19 Feb 2015 Rock Island County: First Detector Training
18 Feb 2015 McDonough County: First Detector Training
12 Feb 2015 Coles County: First Detector Training
11 Feb 2015 Jefferson County: First Detector Training
10 Feb 2015 NIFA Meeting
04 Feb 2015 DeKalb County: First Detector Training
03 Feb 2015 DuPage County: First Detector Training
29 Jan 2015 Madison County: First Detector Training
21 Jan 2015 Jo Daviess County: Controlling Non-Woody Invasives
13 Jan 2015 NIFA Meeting
12 Dec 2014 Webinar: Forest Botanicals For Profit
09 Dec 2014 NIFA Planning Meeting
09 Dec 2014 Webinar: Legacy Planning: Where to Get Help
11 Nov 2014 NIFA Planning Meeting
10 Nov 2014 Webinar: Forest Cultivated Mushrooms
05 Nov 2014 Society of American Foresters Fall Meeting
01 Nov 2014 Putting Small Acres to Work
29 Oct 2014 Controlling Exotic Invasive Species Workshop

For questions, inquiries, or membership applications:

Mail: NIFA, 2303 West Cording Road, Galena, IL  61036


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