2018 Annual Meeting - Tupelo
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10/16/2018 to 10/18/2018
When: 10/16/2018
Where: BancorpSouth Arena and Conference Center
375 East Main St
Tupelo, Mississippi  38804
United States
Contact: Casey Anderson

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Please join us for the 2018 MFA Annual Meeting at the BancorpSouth Arena & Conference Center in Tupelo! 

Registration Information
Members are encouraged to take advantage of the early registration discount offered until September 8th. The standard fee will be in effect for registrations received between September 9th and October 2nd.  After October 2nd, registrations must be made on-site at the hotel and a $25 late fee will be assessed. Refunds will only be made if MFA is notified of cancellations by October 2nd.  

You must login to your MFA profile to receive the discounted membership rate. Please contact the MFA office at 601-354-4936 if you do not know your username and password.

Hotel Information

Hilton Garden Inn (adjacent to arena)
363 East Main St.
Rate: $129/night         
Group Code: MS Forestry Association         
Phone Number: 662-718-5500
Room block closes September 17th

Courtyard by Marriott (4 minute drive to arena)
1390 Gloster St.
Rate: $109/night
Group Code: MS Forestry Association
Phone Number: 662-841-9960
Room block closes September 24th


Tuesday, October 16

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.            Mississippi Prescribed Fire Council Biennial Meeting (CFE Cat 1/CLE Cat 1: 4 hours)                                                                     Arena

                                                   9:00               REGISTRATION


                                                 10:00               WELCOME AND COUNCIL UPDATE

                                                                                  Adam Butler, Chair, Mississippi Prescribed Fire Council Steering Committee


                                                 10:15               MISSISSIPPI FORESTRY ASSOCIATION: WELCOME & PERSPECTIVES ON PRESCRIBED FIRE 

                                                                                 Tedrick Ratcliff, Executive Vice President, Mississippi Forestry Association               


                                                 10:30               WHY BURNING MATTERS: TRENDS IN LANDOWNER MOTIVATIONS

                                                 Dr. Daryl Jones, College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University


                                                 11:00               BURNING’S BIG PICTURE: FIRE’S ROLE IN A REGIONAL CONSERVATION INTIATIVE

                                                                          Mike Black, Director, Shortleaf Pine Initiative  


                                                 11:30               LUNCH


                                                 12:45               ATTRACTING WILDLIFE TO SMALL PROPERTIES USING FIRE

                                                 Dr. Marcus Lashley, College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University


                                                   1:15                INFLUENCE OF FIRING TECHNIQUE, SEASONALITY, AND INTENSITY ON BURN OUTCOMES

                                                  Dr. Heather Alexander, College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University


                     1:45                BREAK


                                                   2:00                FROM COST SHARE TO SMOKE IN THE AIR

                                                                  Freddie Davis, Forestry Consultant, River City Land Services




                                                  Stephanie Green, Ecologist, Strawberry Plains Audubon Center


                                                   3:00                LEARN AND BURNS: TEACHING THROUGH PRACTICE

                                                  John Stivers, Forestry Consultant, Board Member, National Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils


                                                   3:30                 SO NOW YOU WANT TO BURN: COST SHARE AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

                                                                                   Speaker TBD


                                                   4:00                 ADJOURN

11:30 a.m.                               Golf and Lunch                                                                                                                                                                                  Big Oaks Golf Club

1 - 4:30 p.m.                           Tree Farm Inspector Training                                                                                              
                                                  (CFE Cat 1/CLE Cat I: 3.5 hours)

1 - 3:30 p.m.                           Coontail Farm Field Tour

3 - 5:30 p.m.                           MFA Annual Meeting Registration                                                                                                                                   Conference Center Lobby

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.                      Welcome Reception                                                                                                                                                                                     Exhibit Hall

7:00 p.m.                                 Mississippi Forestry Foundation Fundraiser Dinner                                                                                          Sweet Gum, Conference Center

Wednesday, October 17

 7 a.m.                                     MSU College of Forest Resources Alumni Breakfast                                                        

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.                     Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors                                                                                                                                                      Exhibit Hall

7:30 a.m.                                Registration and Silent Auction Open                                                                                                                                          Conference Center

9 a.m.                                      General Session                                                                                                                                                                                                          Arena
                                                 (CFE Cat. 1-CF/CLE Cat. I: 3 hours)

                                                 Celebrating 10 Years of the Lacey Act: Protecting the U.S. Forest Industry from Illegal Imports
                                                 Grace Terpstra, Lobbyiest
Terpstra Associates
Washington, D.C.

                                                 William McKinley, Deer Program Coordinator
                                                 Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks
Jackson, MS

                                                 To Be Announced

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.         Spouse/Guests Event                                                                                                                    Sweet Tea and Biscuits/Joyful Creations Market

12 noon                                  County Forestry Assn. Officers/Directors Luncheon                                                                                                               Conference Center                                                   (CFE Cat. 1/CLE Cat. I: 1 hour)
                                                 Mike McCormick, President
Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation

                                                 CFA and Tree Farm Committee Awards            

2 p.m.                                     Tech Session                                                                                                                                                                                                               Arena
                                                (CFE Cat. 1-CF/CLE Cat. I: 1.5 hours)

Apps. Maps and Drones: New Technologies for the Forest Landowner and Forester
                                                Johnny Thompson, Managing Partner
                                                Landmark Spatial Solutions
                                                Starkville, MS 

3:30 p.m.                              Free Time

4:00 p.m.                              Young Members and Emerging Professionals Social                                                                                                                   Conference Center        

6:30 p.m.                              President’s  Reception                                                                                                                                                                                    Exhibit Hall

7 p.m.                                    President’s Banquet, Presiding: Angela Holland, MFA President                                                                                             Conference Center
(CFE Cat II/CLE Cat. I: 1 hour)

                                               Awards Presentations


Thursday, October 18

7 - 9 a.m.                               Exhibits Open                                                                                                                                                                                                  Exhibit Hall

7:30 a.m.                               MFA Board of Directors Meeting                                                                                                                                                                            Arena
                                                (CLE Cat. I: 1 hour)

9 -10:30 a.m.                        MFA Awards Breakfast/Membership Meeting                                                                                                                               Conference Center                                                 (CLE Cat. I: 1.5 hours)

                                               To Be Announced

                                               Awards Presentations