Events

This page lists events for the IFA and other forestry organizations in Illinois.  The sponsoring organization(s) are indicated.  It is not always possible to provide complete descriptions for other organizations' events, but we try to at least provide you with a contact for more information.

About Registration 

Even though most of these events are free and open to the public, it will help the organizers to know how many will be attending.  So, please register for these events whenever possible.  This will also help you, because if weather looks threatening, the organizers can easily send you a message about whether the event will be held or delayed or cancelled.  Some partner organizations are handling registration for certain events.  For those, registration is disabled.

If you have an upcoming event that you feel relates to forestry in, or near, Illinois, please send the details including contact information to the administrator

Upcoming events

    • 05/11/2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Utah State University

    Learn at Lunch Webinar: An Approach to Pruning You Won't Forget

    Date: May 11, 2016        

    Time: 12 pm - 1 pm (MT)

    Speaker: 

    Dr. Ed Gilman, Professor, Environmental Horticulture Department, University of Florida

    Summary: 

    Dr. Gilman guarantees that once you begin pruning trees using the strategies learned in this webinar, you will not regress to the old way. He will show you practical strategies to increase long-term tree survival – starting at planting. Afterwards, you will be able to step outside and immediately begin to prune in a more sustainable manner.

    Biography: 

    Dr. Gilman is a professor in the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Ed wrote Illustrated Guide to Pruning which is in its third edition. He received the Authors Citation Award in 1999, the Educators Award in 2003, and the Research Award in 2007 from the International Society of Arboriculture. He has published more than 120 scientific peer reviewed journal articles on roots, planting, and pruning trees in his 35 years in academia and industry.

    Sponsored by: 

    Utah State University Forestry Extension, Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands, TREE Fund

    Send questions to

    Bethany Unger bethanyquinnunger@gmail.com

    Bethany Unger, Utah State University, Forestry Extension Intern


    • 05/19/2016
    • 07/21/2016
    • 3 sessions
    • Macoupin County SWCD Office, 300 Carlinville Plaza, Carlinville, Illinois

    The Macoupin County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices are sponsoring a free, confidential water testing with an Open House on the third Thursday of the month.  The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy is a real strategy that will demand you consider your best management practices and make changes that fit your family farm.  For dates for other counties, contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District or the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices website www.illinoiscbmp.org/Water-Testing/.  The Macoupin Co. contact is Aaron Engstrom 217-854-2628.

    • 05/21/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Dixon Springs Agricultural Center, 354 State Highway 145N, Simpson, Pope County, IL 62985

    This workshop will be taught by Make Hatfield of Flyway Farms and will cover the process of selecting logs, inoculation, and storage.  Participants will get to see firsthand the processes involved in producing log-grown mushrooms.

    Contact:  Dixon Springs Agricultural Center; phone:  618-695-2441.

    • 05/26/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Champaign

    Save the date for this top-notch annual event featuring the latest research and recommendations for addressing non-native invasive pests in Illinois.  More details coming soon.

Past events

05/05/2016 Tree Diversity and Exotic Threats: The 5% Solution
04/30/2016 Illinois Tree Farm Forestry Field Day
03/12/2016 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference
03/03/2016 Forest Management for the Private Woodland Owner
02/24/2016 First Detector Invasive Pest Workshop
02/23/2016 First Detector Invasive Pest Workshop
02/18/2016 First Detector Invasive Pest Workshop
02/17/2016 First Detector Invasive Pest Workshop
02/09/2016 Native Plants and Providing Habitat for Wildlife
02/09/2016 Native Plants and Providing Habitat for Wildlife
02/09/2016 First Detector Invasive Pest Workshop
02/06/2016 Winter Tree Identification
02/06/2016 Backyard Maple Syrup Production Workshop
02/03/2016 First Detector Invasive Pest Workshop
02/02/2016 First Detector Invasive Pest Workshop
01/28/2016 First Detector Invasive Pest Workshop
01/23/2016 Winter Tree Identification
01/22/2016 Timber Tax Filing for the 2015 Tax Year
01/20/2016 Ecology and Identification of Common Northeastern Conifers
01/20/2016 Ecology and Identification of Common Northeastern Conifers
01/12/2016 Invasive Species Management: Picking battles big enough to matter, and small enough to win
12/12/2015 Prescribed Burn Observation - CANCELLED
12/08/2015 Top Issues Faced by Woodland Owners
12/01/2015 The Impact of Wildfire on Woodlands
11/18/2015 The Importance of Forests to Clean Water
11/10/2015 Climate-informed Management of Oak Ecosystems in the Central Hardwoods Region
11/10/2015 Teaching Youth about Forests
11/05/2015 Tree Protection During Construction: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
11/01/2015 Tree ID Hike
10/24/2015 Illinois Walnut Council Field Day
10/22/2015 Marketing Hardwood Veneer Logs and Trees
10/21/2015 Oak Restoration along the Rural-Urban Interface
10/16/2015 Catching Fire: Oak Forest Restoration in Illinois
09/25/2015 "Woods, Wildlife, and Wildflowers" - 10th Annual IFA Meeting and 2015 Tree Farm Field Day
09/18/2015 Woodlot Management Workshop
09/16/2015 Firewood from Private Woodlands
09/12/2015 Illinois Walnut Council Annual Field Day and Meeting
08/25/2015 Kick Your Bad (Chainsaw) Habits
08/20/2015 Monarch Butterfly Recovery Webinar
08/13/2015 The Amazing World of Plants in Illinois!
08/13/2015 Aerial Control of Bush Honeysuckle: Research and Implementation in Missouri and Illinois
07/28/2015 Silviculture for Non-foresters: Managing a Forest for Multiple Objectives (Webinar)
07/19/2015 Oaks, Insects, and Animals
07/18/2015 Plum River Log Furniture Tour
06/20/2015 Sawmill and Firewood Tour
06/06/2015 Acorn Ecology
05/28/2015 2015 Illinois Invasive Species Symposium
05/23/2015 Basic Plant Identification 2-Day Workshop
05/12/2015 Trees in Peril: Update on Invasive Threats
05/09/2015 Shimer Arboretum Tour
04/21/2015 The Good, the Bad, & the Lovely Webinar: Landscape Alternatives and Pollinator Plants
04/17/2015 Southern Illinois Forestry Field Day
04/07/2015 The Good, the Bad, & the Lovely Webinar: Invasive Species of Concern and Control Strategies
03/28/2015 Shupe's Woodworks Open House and Log Sawing Demonstration
03/26/2015 Invasive Species Workshop
02/26/2015 First Detector Invasive Pest Workshop
02/19/2015 First Detector Invasive Pest Workshop
02/18/2015 First Detector Invasive Pest Workshop
02/14/2015 Invasive Plant Species Control Workshops
02/12/2015 First Detector Invasive Pest Workshop
02/11/2015 First Detector Invasive Pest Workshop
02/04/2015 First Detector Invasive Pest Workshop
02/03/2015 First Detector Invasive Pest Workshop
01/29/2015 First Detector Invasive Pest Workshop
12/12/2014 Webinar - Forest Botanicals: Deep and Tangled Roots
12/09/2014 Webinar - Prescribed Burning: Minimizing Damage in Oak Forests
10/18/2014 2013 Outstanding Tree Farmer tour
09/26/2014 Sangamon County: "A Taste of the Forest" - IFA Annual Meeting
09/20/2014 Jo Daviess County: IFA/NIFA Tour of Plantings and Harvest Site
09/20/2014 Knox County: Annual Walnut Council meeting
09/13/2014 Jo Daviess County: (NIFA) Fall Treatment of Woody Invasives
09/12/2014 Effingham County: Illinois Consulting Foresters Meeting
09/09/2014 Webinar: Asian Long-Horned Beetle
08/07/2014 Pope County: Crop Science Field Day and Forestry Field Day
07/16/2014 McLean County: Illinois Renewable Energy Conference
06/28/2014 Macon County: Forestry Workshop
06/21/2014 Cook County: Forest Ecology and Wildlife Workshop
06/21/2014 Green County: Safety in Forestry Demonstration
06/12/2014 Webinar: Fading Forests - Protecting America’s Trees from Non-native Pests and Diseases
06/10/2014 Webinar: More Income from your Property
06/07/2014 Jo Daviess County: Tree Planting Tour
05/29/2014 Sangamon County: Invasive Species Symposium
05/20/2014 Webinar: Pond Management
05/16/2014 Winnebago County: Tour of Torstenson Center
05/15/2014 DuPage County: Invasive Issues in Trees
05/09/2014 Iowa: Advanced Pruning Techniques
05/08/2014 Webinar: Classical Biological Control of Weeds
04/24/2014 Webinar: Pathogen-based Biological Control of Grassy Weeds
04/15/2014 Webinar: The Invasive Callery Pear
04/11/2014 Sangamon County: 2014 Conservation Congress
04/10/2014 Webinar: Biogeography of Plant Invasions
04/08/2014 Webinar: Concepts of Forest Declines and the Search for Resistance to Beech Bark Disease and Butternut Canker
03/27/2014 Webinar: Hybridization in Weedy Species
03/27/2014 Will County: First Detector Workshop
03/25/2014 Carroll County: Trespassing and Timber Theft
03/15/2014 Greene County: Timber Sales Seminar
03/15/2014 Greene County: Tree Felling and Chain Saw Safety Course
03/13/2014 Webinar: Merging Chemical Ecology and Bio-Control
03/12/2014 Cumberland County: Prescribed Burn Workshop
03/12/2014 Macon County: First Detector Workshop
03/11/2014 Webinar: Attracting Wildlife with Weeds
03/08/2014 Greene County: Forestry Field Day
03/08/2014 Sinsinawa, WI: Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference
02/27/2014 Webinar: Evolution of Bio-Control Insects
02/27/2014 Rockford County: First Detector Workshop
02/21/2014 Effingham County: Illinois Consulting Foresters Spring Meeting
02/20/2014 IDNR Webcast: Communications & Customer Service
02/20/2014 Jackson County: First Detector Workshop
02/13/2014 IDNR Webcast: Partnerships to Promote Education & Volunteerism
02/13/2014 Ogle County: Protecting Your Budget & Your Trees
02/12/2014 Illinois Prescribed Fire Council Annual Symposium
02/11/2014 JoDaviess County: Protecting Your Budget & Your Trees
02/07/2014 Effingham County: Chainsaw Safety Training
02/06/2014 IDNR Webcast: Outdoor Recreation
01/30/2014 IDNR Webcast: Land & Water Management
01/30/2014 LaSalle County: Protecting Your Budget & Your Trees
01/28/2014 Whiteside County: Protecting Your Budget & Your Trees
01/23/2014 Webinar: Origin of Invasive Plants
01/23/2014 IDNR Webcast: Habitat Restoration & Protection
01/23/2014 Cook County: Protecting Your Budget & Your Trees
01/16/2014 Madison County: First Detector Workshop
01/14/2014 Jo Daviess County: Biomass Heating Meeting
01/14/2014 Tazewell County: First Detector Workshop
01/13/2014 IDNR Survey: 2014 Conservation Congress
12/14/2013 Macon County: Managing Your Backyard Forest
12/04/2013 Webinar: Controlling Invasive Species through Collaboration and Communication
11/11/2013 Piatt County: IWC Forestry Field Day
11/02/2013 Pope County: Woodland Restoration
10/15/2013 Jo Daviess County: Central States Forest Soils Workshop
10/08/2013 Kentucky: Master Logger Training
10/05/2013 Crawford County: Illinois Tree Farm Annual Meeting
09/30/2013 Jefferson County: Forest Health Workshop
09/27/2013 Henry County: Forest Health Workshop
09/20/2013 LaSalle County: IFA Annual Conference - "Here Comes the Sun"
09/20/2013 McLean County: Forest Health Workshop
09/14/2013 Union County: Invasive Plant and Forest Management Field Day
09/13/2013 Effingham County: Illinois Consulting Foresters Fall Meeting
09/10/2013 Webinar: Woodland Legacy Planning: Carrying Stewardship Forward
09/06/2013 Pike County: Illinois Walnut Council Fall Field Days
09/06/2013 DuPage County: Forest Health Workshop
09/05/2013 Champaign County: Woody Perennial Polyculture Fall Field Day
08/20/2013 Sangamon County: Forest Health Workshop
08/14/2013 Webinar: Fall Preparations for Spring Invasives Control Work
08/01/2013 Pope County: Forestry Field Day
07/20/2013 Carroll County: IFA Member Barbecue
07/11/2013 Missouri: Professional Timber Harvester Training
06/25/2013 IFA Webinar: Managing Temporary Woodland Pools for Wildlife
06/22/2013 Jo Daviess County: The Loggers' Perspective
06/13/2013 Champaign County: Horticulture Field Day
06/12/2013 DuPage County: Urban Forestry and Arboriculture Workshop
06/04/2013 Webinar: Archaeology in Your Woods
06/04/2013 IFA Webinar: The Short and Long Term Effects of the 2012 Drought on Forest Pests and Diseases
06/01/2013 Jackson County: Invasive Species & Forest Management Field Day
05/18/2013 Jackson County: Responding to the Unexpected
05/16/2013 Webinar: Special Features of Your Forest
05/14/2013 Webinar: Controlling Invasive Plants
05/11/2013 DuPage County: Illinois Tree Climbing Championships
05/07/2013 IFA Webinar: Spring/Summer Forest Invasives and Their Impacts on Forest Health
04/29/2013 Lee County: Emerald Ash Borer Management
04/27/2013 Macon County: Tree Planting
04/25/2013 Henry County: Emerald Ash Borer Management
04/23/2013 IFA Webinar: Black Walnut Management
04/18/2013 Webinar: Managing the Threat of Thousand Canker Disease on Your Farm
04/15/2013 Knox County: Emerald Ash Borer Management Program
04/13/2013 Jo Daviess County: Tree Planting over the Last 5 Years
04/09/2013 Webinar: Tree Planting Primer
04/09/2013 Webinar: Urban Wood Utilization
04/09/2013 Webinar: Invasive Plants Identification
03/28/2013 Webinar: Thousand Cankers Disease
03/27/2013 Webinar: Developing Adaptive Silviculture Strategies in the Context of Climate Change
03/26/2013 Du Page County: "First Detector" Tree Pest Training Program
03/23/2013 Macoupin County: Indoor Winter Tree ID Workshop
03/21/2013 Champaign County: "First Detector" Tree Pest Training Program
03/19/2013 Carroll County: NIFA Annual Dinner Meeting
03/17/2013 Vermilion County: Maple Syrup Open House
03/15/2013 Williamson County: Illinois Indigenous Plant Symposium
03/14/2013 Madison County: "First Detector" Tree Pest Training Program
03/10/2013 DuPage County: Get Sticky - Maple Syrup Sundays
03/09/2013 Adams County: Pruning Fruit Trees and Brambles
03/09/2013 Sinsinawa, WI: Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference
03/07/2013 Jefferson County: "First Detector" Tree Pest Training Program
03/05/2013 Webinar: Illinois Landowner Liability Issues
02/26/2013 Rock Island County: "First Detector" Tree Pest Training Program
02/21/2013 Will County: Winter Tree ID Workshop
02/19/2013 Webinar: Prescribed Fire Effects on Nonnative Invasive Plants in Ozark Terrestrial Communities
02/19/2013 Webinar: Basic Winter Tree Identification
02/12/2013 Jo Daviess County: NIFA Meeting
02/12/2013 McLean County: Winter Tree ID
02/12/2013 Sangamon County: "First Detector" Tree Pest Training Program
02/12/2013 Jefferson County: Emerald Ash Borer Preparedness Workshop
02/08/2013 Effingham County: Illinois Consulting Foresters Meeting
02/02/2013 Cook County: Wild Things
01/30/2013 Menard County: Land Leases, Laws, and Habitat
01/29/2013 Tree Pruning for Municipal Staff
01/08/2013 Webinar: Non-Timber, Not Non-Profit
12/11/2012 Jo Daviess County: NIFA Planning Meeting
11/17/2012 Cook County: Schaumburg EAB Workshop
11/16/2012 McHenry County: Emerald Ash Borer Workshop
11/10/2012 Coles County: Chainsaw Safety - Level 1
11/08/2012 Webinar: Dealing with Forest Invasives During Fall & Winter
10/28/2012 Jo Daviess County: Chain Saw Safety - Game of Logging, Level 2
10/27/2012 Pope County: Sustainable Living Expo
10/27/2012 Jo Daviess County: Chain Saw Safety - Game of Logging, Level 1
10/20/2012 Jo Daviess County: Regeneration of Harvest Sites
10/20/2012 Jo Daviess County: Fruit Tree Management
10/17/2012 Webinar: Restoration of the American Chestnut
10/12/2012 Macoupin County: Thinning/Pruning Workshop
10/05/2012 Effingham County: IFA Annual Meeting
09/29/2012 Jo Daviess County: Annual Illinois Tree Farm Meeting
09/19/2012 Sangamon County: Forest Health Workshop
09/14/2012 Effingham County: Illinois Consulting Foresters' Fall Meeting
09/11/2012 Webinar: Woodlot Management Opportunities
09/07/2012 Morgan County: Fall Field Days
09/06/2012 Jackson County: Forest Health Workshop
08/30/2012 DuPage County: Forest Health Workshop
08/14/2012 Jo Daviess County: Fruit Tree Management
07/29/2012 Champaign County: Annual Walnut Council Meeting
07/22/2012 Kentucky: Northern Nut Growers Annual Meeting
05/24/2012 DuPage County: Invasive Species Workshop
05/22/2012 Webinar: Invasive Pests & Diseases in Illinois Woodlands
05/21/2012 Webinar: Invasive Plants in Illinois Woodlands
05/19/2012 Jo Daviess County: Pruning/Thinning Demonstration
05/19/2012 Menard County: Tour of Starhill Aboretum
05/19/2012 McHenry County: Threats to Forest Health Workshop
05/19/2012 Jackson County: Field Day
05/19/2012 Winnebago County: NWTF "Women in the Outdoors" Event and Habitat Field Day
05/15/2012 Jackson County: Threats to Forest Health
05/08/2012 So You Want To Grow Oak on Your Property
04/28/2012 Carroll County: Tour of Mississippi Palisades Sate Park
04/28/2012 Franklin County: Southern Illinois Workshop for Timbered Property Owners.
04/23/2012 National Forest Legacy Program Meeting
04/10/2012 Shelby County: Timber Sale
04/10/2012 Early Successional Wildlife Habitat
03/31/2012 Schuyler County: Chain Saw Safety
03/27/2012 Carroll County: NIFA Annual Dinner Meeting
03/10/2012 Sinsinawa, WI: Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference
02/22/2012 Webinar: Federal Timber Tax Basis
02/18/2012 Jo Daviess County: Knotty Ideas Woodworking
02/17/2012 Marion County - Game of Logging
01/28/2012 Elsberry, MO - Tour of Forrest Keeling Nursery
01/10/2012 Biomass Energy Development Discussion
01/07/2012 Sangamon County: NWTF State Awards Banquet
12/13/2011 Jo Daviess County: NIFA Meeting
12/07/2011 Sample Timber Sale Posting
11/29/2011 Jackson County: Goods from your Woods
11/17/2011 Webinar: Leaving a Legacy for the Next Generation: Tips On Succession Planning
11/15/2011 Webinar: Leaving a Legacy for the Next Generation: Tips On Succession Planning
11/10/2011 Pope County: How To Identify Those Bad Guys On Your Property
11/10/2011 Webinar: Timber Management for Quality White Tail Deer
11/08/2011 Jo Daviess County: NIFA Meeting
10/22/2011 Pope County: Sustainable Living Expo
10/22/2011 Northwest Indiana: Walnut Council Field Day
10/20/2011 Webinar: Providing Quality Habitat for White Tail Deer
10/19/2011 Webinar: Introduction to Silviculture Practices for Private Woodlands
10/08/2011 Stephenson County: Woodland Tour
10/01/2011 Jo Daviess County: A Novice's Guide to Forest Management
10/01/2011 Pike County: Tree Farm Field Day
09/24/2011 Carroll County: Woodland & Wildlife Tour
09/23/2011 Jackson County: IFA Annual Meeting
09/17/2011 Wildlife - Woodland Workshop
09/13/2011 Webinar: Tree Planting
09/10/2011 Stephenson County: Meet your Legislators
09/09/2011 Illinois Walnut Council Annual Meeting
08/20/2011 Jo Daviess County: Professional Restoration
08/17/2011 Webinar: An Explanation of Defects in Hardwood Timber
07/31/2011 Madison, Wisconsin: Walnut Council Annual Meeting
07/23/2011 Shelby County: Forestry Workshop
07/20/2011 Webinar: The Carbon Impact of Forest Products
06/28/2011 Non-timber forest products: Through the lens of a landowner.
06/18/2011 Managing the Understory
06/15/2011 Webinar: Forestry in the 2008 Farm Bill
06/14/2011 Webinar: Backyard Forestry (PennState)
06/10/2011 Cape Girardeau, MO: Missouri Walnut Council Annual Meeting
06/04/2011 Monmouth, IA: Tour of Oetken Farm
05/28/2011 Morgan County: Forestry Field Day
05/21/2011 DuPage County: Managing for the Understory
05/21/2011 Sangamon County: Tree Identification Workshop
05/14/2011 Jo Daviess County: Thinning Demonstration
05/07/2011 Henry County: IWC Shiitake Mushroom Workshop
04/30/2011 Rock Island County: IWC Tree Planting Demo
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