The Voice for Illinois Forests


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.

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Upcoming events

    • 10/16/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Trail of Tears State Forest (near Jonesboro)

    In keeping with our efforts to observe October as Oak Awareness Month, IFA is working with a host of partners and field experts to offer a one-day workshop and field tour focused on the restoration of oak forest ecosystems.

    We’ll begin with a series of four presentations in the historic White Barn, enjoy a BBQ lunch, and finish with a field tour in the afternoon. Topics will include the role of fire in maintaining oak forests; the relationship between oak ecosystem management and wildlife; and a look at oak restoration through the lens of natural heritage.

    Speakers will include Joe Marschall, Coordinator for the Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium; John Burk, Regional Biologist with the National Wild Turkey Federation, Mark Guetersloh, Natural Heritage Biologist with the IL Department of Natural Resources, and Dr. Charles Ruffner, Forestry Professor at Southern IL University at Carbondale.  IDNR District Foresters Ben Snyder and David Allen, along with NRCS Conservation Forester Ryan Pankau, will also be on hand to participate in the event.

    The topic of invasive weeds will be integrated throughout the program. Kevin Rohling, the new Coordinator for River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area, will offer an informal show and tell about invasive plants during the lunch hour.

    The progressive strategy of "adaptive management," underway at the Trail of Tears State Forest, offers a unique opportunity to view different practices alongside untreated areas, so visitors can see the results first hand. Leading experts and front line managers will be on hand to help interpret the landscape and explain the whys and hows of maintaining and restoring oak dominance in the forest canopy.

    This workshop is free and open to the public, although planned with private landowners in mind. Space is limited to the first 50 people who register online in advance. 

    Contact Stephanie Brown at 618/949-3699 or email with any questions.

    Click here to download event flier.

    Sponsored by the Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Planning coordinated by the Illinois Forestry Association, in cooperation with the IL Department of Natural Resources, Southern Illinois University Forestry, River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

    • 10/21/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn at Tinley Park (Cook County)

    Attending the Illinois Arborist Association Fall Conference?  Join the Illinois Forestry Association for this special session focused on the restoration of oak forests on the urban-rural interface. Participants will hear from two leading experts who have conducted extensive research in forest and avian ecology.  Dr. Dan Dey is the Project Leader for Sustainable Management of Central Hardwood Ecosystems and Landscapes with the Forest Service. He will help explain why oaks are losing their dominance in central hardwood forests and how various management practices can make a difference.  Dr. Jeff Hoover is an Avian Ecologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey. His research has involved the impact of land management activities on bird populations. Learn how our understanding of oak-hickory forests has evolved, and what kind of management techniques can be used to reverse the trends we are seeing in forest composition, while providing optimal habitat for birds and other wildlife species. We’ll cap it off with a short talk about OAKtober – Illinois’ first ever Oak Awareness Month – the inspiration behind this new Illinois Arborist Association (IAA) Fall Conference session. 

    Check back for the link to IAA conference registration.

    1 p.m. Welcome and Overview – Stephanie Brown, Executive Director, Illinois Forestry Association

    1:10     The Decline of Oak Dominance in Illinois Forests: Why it’s happening and what we can do about it – Dr. Dan Dey, Project Leader/Research Forester, Sustainable Management of Central Hardwood Ecosystems and Landscapes, US Forest Service at Columbia, MO.

    2:00     Oak Restoration: Is it for the birds? – Dr. Jeff Hoover, Avian Ecologist, Illinois Natural History Survey

    2:45     Oak Awareness Month in Illinois: A long term vision!

    3 p.m.  Adjourn

    • 10/22/2015
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Southeast Purdue Ag Center - Jennings County, IN

    Purpose:  The highest valued use of our hardwood resource is for fine face veneers, and excellent markets have always existed for "perfect" trees and logs.  However, marketing of "somewhat less than perfect" trees and logs can present a challenge.  The practicing forester may not be exactly sure what a particular veneer buyer can accept, and why log or tree value can vary widely and change weekly.  Furthermore, the markets for the veneer itself change.  To facilitate a better understanding of veneer quality logs and trees, as well as bukcing practices, SEPAC will host professional foresters, consultants and landowners for a one-day program. This is your unique opportunity to listen, observe, and discuss the many aspects of the resource - logs and tree - which sustains this fascinating wood industry.

    Audience:  DNR foresters, consultants, landowners

    Instructors:  Greg Hartog (Danzer Veneer Americas, Edinburgh, IN) will discuss veneer and log quality.

    Registration:  The registration fee is $39, covering the cost of breaks and lunch.  If you pre-register and cannot attend, refunds will be made until October 17th.  Space is limited.

    Lodging:  Comfort Inn, North Vernon, IN (812) 352-9999. Mention Purdue University for the rate of $71.99 plus tax.

    Safety:  Each attendee assumes responsibility for his/her own safety. Please bring a hard hat, earplugs, safety glasses, and steel toed shoes.  This equipment is required.

    8:00am    Meet at SEPAC Center

    8:15am    Examination of Sample Veneers - Greg Hartog - At this time the many factors (growth defects and characteristics, site factors, insect and fungal damage, log length, color, mineral stain, log freshness, etc.) which affect the grade and value of veneer logs will be shown in the processed veneer.

    10:00 am    Cut log review - Greg Hartog - At SEPAC we will examine several tree length stems of white oak, red oak, walnut and possibly other species to determine veneer potential and proper bucking procedures. Logs will be bucked on site.  This is a mature woods growing on a high quality site.

    11:30am    Lunch

    12:30pm    Standing Tree Review - Greg Hartog and Don Carlson, Purdue Forester. We will examine various standing trees on this good timber site and cut questionable trees and determine their potential for veneer logs. Proper bucking will be discussed.

    2:30pm    New Scanning Technology for the Hardwood Industry - Rado Gazo, Purdue University. A review of new scanning technology which allows you to actually see inside of a log will be demonstrated.  We will be able to examine a scanned and processed log.  The technology to grade veneer and lumber is also available.

    3:30    Summary

    Click on the following link for a flier and registration form:

    Sponsored by the Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen's Association, and the Forestry and Natural Resources Department at Purdue University, in cooperation with Indiana DNR Division of Forestry, Indiana SAF, Indiana Association of Consulting Foresters, and the Indiana Forestry and Woodland Owners Association.

    • 11/07/2015
    • Kennekuk County Park (Vermilion County)

    Details coming soon

    Kennekuk County Park

    22296 Henning Road

    Danville, IL  61834

    Ph. 217/442-1691

Past events

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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