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Forestry-related Events

Upcoming events

    • 25 Jul 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • 26 Jul 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Arnold Farm and Breed Farm

    The Northwest Illinois Forestry Association (NIFA) will sponsor two Chain Saw Safety and Woods Worker (SAWW) courses near Elizabeth this month, a Level 1 Session on Wednesday, July 25th, and a Level 2 Session Thursday, July 26th.   The Level 1 Session is to be held at the Tom and Jessica Arnold Farm.  It is open to participants of any level of experience.  The Level 2 Session will be held at the Jim and Monika Breed Farm and is open only to those who have completed  Level 1 any time previously.  Level 2 will feature advanced tree felling techniques and more hands-on time in the timber.  Bothcourses will be led by University of Illinois Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences forestry specialist Jay Hayek.  This training is designed to teach novice and seasoned saw operators safe operation of gas-powered chain saws.  All participants will be instructed in cutting and felling methods using the open-face directional notch and the bore-cutting technique.  The course consists of both inside classroom instruction and outside hands-on training and saw operation.


    Topics to be covered

    • safety and personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • saw operation, starting, safety features, and body mechanics
    • cutter tooth parts, basic saw maintenance, and chain filing
    • saw reactive forces (push, pull, kickback, and attack)
    • the 5-step felling plan
    • the safe cutting of spring poles and limbing and bucking techniques.

    Cost and Registration

    Each one-day course costs $70 for the general public.  NIFA members, their spouses, and children will receive a $10 discount for each course with another $10 discount for each course for anyone registering before 10 pm, Wednesday, July 18th.  Registration may be made by mailing request & payment to Tom Arnold, 997 N. Salem Rd., Elizabeth IL 61028, calling 815-858-2407, or emailing  To ensure everyone receives hands-on, personal instruction, class size is limited to the first 8 applicants, so register early!  Registration will close at 10pm, Saturday, July 21st.

    Day of class sign-in will begin at 8:00 am with the indoor session starting at 8:30.  Course will end at 4:30 pm.  Bring your own lunch, chain saw, leather work boots, and gloves.  If you have them, bring a safety helmet with face shield and hearing protection and chainsaw chaps.  These items are a must-have to participate.  If you do not have them, indicate so with registration, and they will be provided or shared.


    July 25th - Arnold Farm is located at 997 N. Salem Rd., Elizabeth IL.  From Hwy US 20 in Woodbine (half way between Stockton and Elizabeth), take Scout Camp Rd north near the east edge of town.  Go approx. 5 miles and turn left onto Schapville Rd.  In about 100 yards, take the first left onto Salem Rd.  The farm is 2 miles down on the left side.  Buildings are bordered by an evergreen windbreak.


    July 26th - The Breed Farm is located at 3446 W. Long Hollow Rd. Elizabeth IL.  From Elizabeth, head west on Hwy US 20 approx. 7.5 miles to the Galena Territory main entrance. Turn right (north) into the entrance, then an immediate right onto Long Hollow Rd.  Travel approx. 2 miles to the farm lane on the north side (left).  Buildings are not visible from Long Hollow Rd.


    About the instructor

    Jay Hayek has received over 144 hours of advanced professional chainsaw training through the following nationally recognized programs:  Safety and Wood Workers (SAWW) Training, Game of Logging™, and NWCG’s S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws.  Jay is also the lead chainsaw instructor for NRES 285 – Chainsaw Safety & Directional Felling, a 2-hr undergraduate field course offered at the University of Illinois.  Jay received his B.S. in forestry from the University of Illinois and his M.S. in forest resources (silviculture) from the University of Idaho.

    • 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.

    • 08 Sep 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Oakdale Nature Preserve

    On Saturday September 8th, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., a tree identification workshop will be hosted by the Northwest Illinois Forestry Association at the Oakdale Nature Preserve south of Freeport.  Ken Beach, Richard Benning, and Highland Biology Instructor Alan Nowicki  will lead interested participants around the preserve identifying trees as they walk.  

    Oak, hickory, basswood, maple, elm, willow, walnut, and other species will be discussed.  Several species not found in the preserve will be available for identification from branches and leaves brought to the event.  Some invasive species will also be identified for you with discussions of control options.  This will be a fun interactive discussion while a leisurely stroll is taken through parts of the preserve. 

    The Preserve is located just off of Baileyville Road, About 3.0 miles south of Freeport, at the intersection of Cranes Grove Road.  Dress for the weather and remember your insect repellant.  The plan will be to meet near the Mogel Center.  The Northwest Illinois Forestry Association is announcing this event which is open to the public without charge.

Past events

14 Jul 2018 Jo Daviess County: Tree Planting
16 Jun 2018 JoDaviess County: Aerial Spraying of Honeysuckle
05 May 2018 Stephenson County: Tree Planting Methods
07 Apr 2018 Jo Daviess County: timber harvesting and oak regeneration
27 Mar 2018 NIFA Annual Dinner Meeting
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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