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Forestry-related Events

Upcoming events

    • 26 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Church of God, Mount Carroll
    Registration is closed

    The NIFA Annual Dinner Meeting will be held at the Church of God in Mt. Carroll.  The featured speaker, IDNR District Forester Steve Felt, will discuss forest soils and selecting the best tree species for planting based on soil types and site characteristics.  

    Steve holds a degree in forestry with a minor in soil science from the University of Illinois and has served as district forester for 37 years.  Previously, he was the Henry County soil scientist working with SCS to complete the county’s soil survey.  In addition, he has served as president of the International Walnut Council which promotes cultivation of fine hardwoods, as well as founding member and secretary of the Walnut Council’s Illinois chapter.  The Walnut Council has recognized his outstanding efforts to educate woodland owners.  He was also the state coordinator for the American Chestnut Foundation, and was recently elected chairman of the Illinois Tree Farm Committee.  He travels extensively throughout the state and the country on his own time to promote forest management and the successful propagation of fine hardwood timber.  For recreation, he enjoys planting trees like the 38,000 hardwoods he planted on his property along the Green River in Henry County.

    You do not have to be a member to attend.  Fee for the dinner and program is 

    • $12 for members and their guests with a reservation or 
    • $15 for members without a reservation or
    • $15 for non-members with a reservation or
    • $18 for non-members without a reservation 
    • payable at the door.  
    • reservations close on March 18th so that we can provide an accurate count for the caterer.
    Reservations can be made by phone to Ken Beach at 815-232-2032 or by email at or by clicking on the REGISTER button on this page.
    The March 26th 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.
    • 20 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Arnold Farm, Jo Daviess County

    NIFA will visit the Arnold Farm on Saturday, April 20th, to view and discuss the effects and regeneration following previous timber harvests at several sites over the past few years.  Attendees will be able to see renewal of the forest as seedlings and saplings are replacing the removed trees.  Consulting Forester Kevin Oetken, who managed the timber harvests, will be present to comment and answer questions.

    The Arnold Farm is located at 997 N. Salem Road, north of Elizabeth, Illinois.  Attendees should have sturdy footwear and be prepared to walk up and down a few hills.

    This event is open to the public.

    • 13 Jul 2019
    • Philip Brown Farm

    Details on this event will be posted at a later date.

    • 21 Sep 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Johnson Creek Hardwoods

    NIFA will visit the forestry and sawmill/kiln operation of Johnson Creek Hardwoods on Saturday, September 21st, from 1 to 4 pm.    Further details will be posted closer to this date.

    Johnson Creek Hardwoods is located at 6480 Daggert Road, south of Mount Carroll.

    This free event will be open to the public.

    • 23 Sep 2019
    • 26 Sep 2019

    NIFA is sponsoring four chain saw safety sessions.  There will be two one-day beginner classes and two one-day advanced classes.  The instructor will be Jay Hayek, University of Illinois Extension Forester.  Several sites have been identified in Jo Daviess County.  Exact times, required equipment, and fees will be posted in August. 

Past events

09 Mar 2019 Sinsinawa Conference Cancelled
26 Feb 2019 Forestry Consultant Experiences (Re-scheduled)
01 Feb 2019 Dubuque: What Has Wandered Into Your Woods?
18 Jan 2019 Jo Daviess County: Managing Forest Understory and Edges
08 Jan 2019 NIFA: Oak Regeneration
11 Dec 2018 Jo Daviess County: Planning Meeting for 2019
20 Nov 2018 Jo Daviess County: Planning Meeting for 2019
08 Sep 2018 Stephenson County: Tree ID Walk
17 Aug 2018 Dekalb County: Kirkland Sawmill Tour
29 Jul 2018 Walnut Council Annual Meeting
25 Jul 2018 Jo Daviess County: Chain Saw Safety Courses
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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