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Forestry-related Events

Upcoming events

    • 17 Aug 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 606 Main Street, Kirkland, IL

    The Northwest Illinois Forestry Association (NIFA) is sponsoring a tour of the Kirkland Sawmill on Friday, August 17th at 1:00 pm. The Kirkland Sawmill is a family owned and operated small business that was established 35 years ago. The company specializes in kiln dried native hardwood lumber, trailer decking, fencing, kiln dried live edge slabs, construction and pallet grade hardwood lumber, firewood, sawdust and  mulch. They also offer custom sawmilling, planning, and sanding.

    This tour will show a sawmill with its 52 inch blades turning logs into lumber and all of the company’s lumber and related wood products. The tour is free and open to the public.

    Kirkland Sawmill is located on Route 72 at 606 Main Street on the west edge of Kirkland.  Drive east on Route 20 to Route 39 on the south side of Rockford.  Eight miles south on Rte 39, take Route 72 east for 10 miles to Kirkland.


    • 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

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

Email: info@nifatrees.org

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