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Forestry-related Events

Upcoming events

    • 18 Jan 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Elizabeth Community Center

    The University of Illinois Extension, with support from the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Northwest Illinois Forestry Association, is presenting two half-day sessions addressing how to meet your forestry goals by managing the forest understory and forestry edges.  These sessions will be on Friday, January 18th, 2019, at the Elizabeth Community Center on Hwy 20 in Elizabeth, Illinois.

    The morning session "Understanding the Issues and Setting Goals" from 9 until 11:30 am is geared to those woodland owners looking for a starting place for forest management.  It will cover invasive species of concern for NW Illinois, the importance of forest edge management, and where to find resources to help.

    The afternoon session "Taking Action To Meet Your Goals" from 1:30 until 4 pm will cover how to fight a winning battle against invasive species, the role of prescribed burning, and the next steps.

    Fetaured speakers are Chris Evans, U of I Extension Forestry Specialist, and Ryan Harr, Ioowa DNR Special Projects Biologist.

    REGISTRATION: $10 for an individual session or $15 for both sessions.  Register by calling the U of I Extension Jo Daviess County office at 815-858-2273 or visit

    Lunch is on your own, but light refreshments will be provided.For more information, contact the Extension office at the number above.

    • 01 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Mines of Spain State Park

    A seminar discussing invasive plants in forests will be presented by Trees Forever in cooperation with the Iowa DNR and the USDA Forest Service on February 1 from 9 am until 3 pm at the EB Lyons Mines of Spain State Park, 8981 Bellevue Heights Road, Dubuque, Iowa.

    Registration by January 29th costs $10 to cover the lunch and handouts.  For more information, contact Emily Swihart at or 563-260-1000

    • 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.

    • 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.

Past events

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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