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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.

For easy scanning of this list to find events near you, each title begin with the county in which it will happen.


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

If you have any problem with this Event List or any problem registering for an event, please post a comment on our HELP Forum under the "Events Problems" topic.

Upcoming events

    • 09/09/2014
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Internet

    This webinar will help forest landowners and stakeholders become more aware of the threat of Asian Longhorned Beetle and help get more eyes on the forest to watch for its presence.

    Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) has been found in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Ohio. This webinar will help forest landowners and stakeholders become more aware of this threat and help get more eyes on the forest to watch for its presence. The webinar will cover: history/status of ALB, its biology, signs and symptoms in the trees, what Pennsylvania is doing to watch for and respond to the threat, lookalike species, reporting procedures and similar threats. Presented by Sven-Erik Spichiger, Entomology Program Manager, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry.

    Learn more about this program and how to register by CLICKING HERE.

    • 09/13/2014
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Stockton Public Library

    Is Multiflora Rose taking over your woodlands?  Has your Bush Honeysuckle gone from looking ornamental to simply overwhelming?  Are you wondering what, if anything, can be done about these (and other) invasive species that are taking over your property?

    Consider attending an upcoming workshop on identifying and controlling these invasive and  non-native  plants. 

    Hosted by Northwest Illinois Forestry Association (NIFA), U of I Extension, Jo Daviess County Conservation Foundation (JDCF) and the Northwest Illinois Invasive Species Strike Team the Controlling Exotic Invasives Workshop will be held on Saturday, September 13th from 1 – 4pm at the Stockton Township Library.  Woody invasives such as Multiflora Rose, Bush Honeysuckle , Autumn Olive, and Buckthorn will be the focus of this informative workshop.  Representatives from the above organizations will cover the following topics:

    What are the main, non-native, invasive species in NW Illinois

    How to identify these species, both at early and mature stages of growth

    Why and how these plant species are negatively affecting the environment

    Control methods that can be done commercially and by property owners yet this fall

    Demonstrations of control methods by JDCF Strike Team

    What has been done in the area most recently, and the results of these actions

    Resource available to land owners

    Question and Answer session

    To register, please contact the U of I Extension office in Jo Daviess County at 815-858-2273 or go online to:  http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/

    This workshop is free and open to the public, however pre-registration by September 10th is required to insure seating and materials.  The Stockton Public Library is located at 140 West Benton, Stockton.

    • 09/20/2014
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • various Knox county locations

    The annual Walnut Council field day/meeting will be held September 20th, north of Galesburg. 

    • Plans are to meet at the Pilot Truck stop (car side) on I-74 near Woodhull (Exit 32) at 9AM Saturday morning. 

    • From there we will carpool to a large (50+ acres), young walnut plantation just north of Woodlhull.

    • From there we will visit a 15-year old CRP hardwood plantation w/ pine near Swedona.

    • Then, we will have a catered lunch and our business meeting at the covered bridge park at Fyre Lake near Sherrard, IL.  

    • After lunch we will move a few miles north and visit a woodland to observe logging, heavy site preparation, and planting of container grown trees.

    Cost is $15 per person (which includes lunch).  Send check payable to Illinois Walnut Council with your name, address, and phone number to Steve Felt, 522 Roberts Lane, Sherrard, IL  61281 by September 15th.  For more information, contact Steve Felt at (309) 3730-0506 or (email) feltfam3@mchsi.com.


    • 09/20/2014
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Luebke Tree Farm, Stockton

    The IFA and the Northwest Illinois Forestry Association are co-sponsoring a tour of the Lee Luebke Tree Farm.

    The Luebkes have both planted trees and native woodlands that have managed for years.  There is a good trail system for management activities.  And there was a recent walnut tree harvest.

    Their farm is located about 7 miles south of Stockton off Route 78.

    Check back in September to confirm times and directions.

    • 09/26/2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • 09/27/2014
    • 3:00 PM
    • Legacy Pointe Town Center, Springfield
    The Illinois Forestry Association is hosting a two-day conference, “A Taste of the forest”, on September 26-27 at SCHEELS in Springfield.

    The Friday afternoon session will feature presentations by Ivan Dozier, Illinois State Conservationist - Natural Resources Conservation Service, Marc Miller, Director - Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and Gwen Kolb, State Coordinator, Partners for Fish and Wildlife - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The evening dinner is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. followed by the Keynote Speaker, James Veselenak - University of Illinois Springfield, retired, discussing “Fungi in the Forest”. The annual business meeting will follow Dr. Veselenak’s presentation. The traditional silent auction (Don’t forget to bring money or a checkbook) will be split over two separate days with different items available on the two days.

    On Saturday groups will visit the Ralph Winch Sawmill where they will watch the operation of a WoodMizer LT40 Hydraulic portable sawmill and Hynes Farm where they will participate in small breakout woods sessions about Tree ID, Tree planting, chainsaw sharpening and maintenance, shiitake log plugging, and forest wildlife habitat, etc. A lunch will be provided at the farm. 

    SCHEELS is a large sports, sportswear and recreational equipment store located in the Legacy Pointe Town Center at 3801 S. MacArthur Boulevard, one exit west of the junction of Interstates 72 and 55 on the southern edge of Springfield, Illinois. Special attractions at SCHEELS include Wildlife Mountain, Buck Hunt shooting gallery, Archery land, golf simulator & putting green, a Home Decor and Gift Lodge, an on-site cafeteria, a salt water aquarium and a 65-foot ferris wheel.

    The Route 66 Mother Road Festival is held in downtown Springfield the same weekend, so you may want to make your room reservations early. A “courtesy” block of 20 guest rooms has been reserved at Holiday Inn Express, 3050 S. Dirksen Pkwy, for Friday 26 Sep 2014 at a price of $89.00 plus tax per night for 1-2 guests per room. The block will be listed as Illinois Forestry Association, so that when our guests call in (Phone: 217-529-7771 or 800-465-4329), all they need to do is mention IFA. The block will be released on August 26, 2014. There are 18 motels within 15 minutes of Scheels.  There are 6 campgrounds in the area.  A map with their locations can be found on the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau website:  visit-springfieldillinois.com.

    IFA Annual Meeting Registration Fees

    Friday & Saturday:
    • IFA member - $50
    • IFA member & guest - $90
    • non-member - $60
    Friday or Saturday:
    • IFA member - $30
    • IFA member & guest - $55
    • non-member - $35

    Mail a check made out to the “Illinois Forestry Association” to: Carol Bryant, 7841 S. Panther Creek Road, Mount Olive, Illinois 62069 or click on the REGISTER button on the left.  Check must arrive before Friday, September 19, 2014.  Registrations received after September 19th may be charged an additional $5 or $10 at the door.

    Contact persons: 
    For more information about this event, or to indicate special dietary limitations, or to handle registrations of groups larger than two individuals, please contact one of the following:

    Jake Hendee (913-547-2541),
    Jim Hynes (217-502-4528),
    Dan Schmoker (217-416-1587),
    Ed Eppy (309-256-3430) and
    Carol Bryant (618-444-3864).
    • 10/18/2014
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Cochran Tree Farm

    The Illinois Tree Farm Committee is sponsoring a field day in Brown County on October 18th at the Mike & Gail Cochran Tree Farm, 10 miles northwest of Mt. Sterling in Brown county - 0.2 miles south of intersection of CR 225 E and 1540 North; look for Tree Farm signs.

    Cost is $5 in advance (which includes lunch). 

    Contact Greg or Pat Zak by email  at gregzak@gregzak.com or phone 217-698-3507 or 217-483-3507 to register or for more information


Past events

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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