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Forestry-related Events

Upcoming events

    • 13 Feb 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Stockton Public Library

    A representative of the the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will discuss programs involving forestry and possible funding opportunities.

    • 24 Feb 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Erie, Illinois

    The Whiteside County SWCD Education Foundation is offering a chain saw safety seminar with lunch included, no charge for either, on Saturday, February 24th from 10 am to 2 pm.  


    You must call them at 815-772-2124 to confirm your seat so they have an accurate lunch count.  Also, you must bring eye and ear protection.


    This is a demonstration session without any hands-on.  The instructor is a certified arborist.  There are door prizes (goggles, gloves, chaps, etc.) and a raffle of a chain saw and a pole pruner.


    The location is 7395 Albany Road, Erie, Illinois and you can download the flyer for more information.

    • 10 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Sinsinawa Mound, Wisconsin

    The conference agenda and schedule has not yet been posted.  When it is, you can find it at the Iowa State Forestry Extension website.

    • 27 Mar 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Naaman Diehl Auditorium, Mount Carroll

    The Annual Dinner Meeting agenda has not yet been finalized.  AS we have for several years, this meeting will be held at the Carroll County Farm Bureau's Naaman Diehl Auditorium, 811 South Clay St., Mount Carroll.

    • 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.

Past events

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

Email: info@nifatrees.org

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