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Alternative Forest Enterprises

Location: Flinchum's Phoenix, 650 Phoenix Road, Athens, GA

Date: Aug 20, 2014 08:30 AM to Aug 21, 2014 04:00 PM


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About this Course

The course will cover  hunting & fishing leases; nontimber forest products such as botanicals, florals and culinary, and seeds and conservation germplasm; silvopasture management methods; woodlot management for firewood; liming, fertilization and nutrient management for greater productivity; woody biomass production; bee hives and beekeeping; growing gourmet mushrooms, including log prep; economic evaluation of forest enterprises.


The primary objective of this course is to provide participants with the opportunity to develop basic knowledge and skills about some alternative forest enterprises that produce sustainable, high quality products. At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain activities associated with forest farming and management strategies;
  • Describe the basic tenets of silvopasture, stand renovation, and maintenance;
  • Identify common shade tolerant plants with economic value; and
  • Conduct an economic evaluation of a planned forest enterprise.

Who Should Attend?

Landowners, managers, consultants, or any person desiring to learn more about the management of non-timber products, silvopasture and basic enterprise evaluation should attend this course. This course is designed to be interactive; open discussions and questions are encouraged. The short course will be valuable to forestry professionals, including consultants and forest managers, and forest landowners.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express in Athens, Georgia for the nights of August 19 - 21, 2014.  Please call the hotel directly at 706-546-8122.  Mention the room block code AFE to receive the $72 a night discount price.

Parking and Directions

Parking at Flinchum’s Phoenix at Whitehall Forest is free of charge. 
For directions to Flinchum’s Phoenix see: or type “650 Phoenix Road, Athens, GA” into  the  directions finder.

Special Needs

If you require special services or dietary considerations, contact Ingvar Elle at (706-583-0566, by July 22, 2014.


Sarah Workman is a forest ecologist and agroforester who works in both the Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences with Southern Regional Extension Forestry. For over 20 years she has successfully developed outreach programs in agroforestry and professional training activities with local, national and international partner groups.

Kris M. Irwin is a member of UGA’s Warnell School and specializes in forestry and natural resources outreach education. His work focuses on the design and development of educational materials and products for forest landowners and natural resource managers. In addition, Kris has experience with agroforestry and alternate forest enterprises and will help participants develop a deeper understanding of the content. 

Michael Sampson is the State Forester for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Georgia. Michael provides technical forestry and conservation assistance for NRCS field staff and leads efforts guiding forestry programs across the state with representatives from Federal and State natural resource agencies, agricultural and environmental organizations, and agricultural producers. With experience in silvopasture establishment and his work in conservation and landscape planning processes, he actively engages in training activities for watershed and forest management.

Bill Hubbard has been a faculty member of UGA's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 1993, and serves 13 state universities and the USDA Forest Service as a coordinator of regional programs and projects. Bill has 21 years of experience working with landowners and natural resource professionals on forestry-related educational programs. He also has taught several forest economics and forest management courses at the University of Florida. He served as regional coordinator of the "Master Tree Farmer/Master Wildlifer" satellite short course programs for landowners and professionals.


The last day for early registration is 07/30/2014


Early registration cost..........................................$245.00

After 07/30/2014, Registration

Regular registration cost..............................................$295.00

Continuing Education Credits

  • 12.5 Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) hours - Category 1 (approved)
  • 12.5 Continuing Logger Education (CLE) hours - Environmental (approved)

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For more information and to register, contact:

Ingvar Elle 706.583.0566

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