2017 Annual Meeting
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10/10/2017 to 10/12/2017
When: 10/10/2017
Where: Golden Nugget Biloxi
151 Beach Blvd
Biloxi, Mississippi  39530
United States
Contact: Casey Anderson

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Please join us for the 2017 MFA Annual Meeting at the Golden Nugget in Biloxi! 

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 September 26th.  After September 26th, 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 September 26th.  Click here to view and print the registration form.

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
Overnight rooms are available at the Golden Nugget for $79 per night. To make reservations call 1-800-777-7568 and tell them you are with MS Forestry Association. Reservations should be made by Monday, September 18.


Tuesday, October 10

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

1 - 3:30 p.m.                           Brookewood L.P. Field Tour  
10000 Caesar Necaise Rd., Picayune

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.                                 MFF Dinner at Sal & Mookies (Must purchase tickets to attend)                          


Wednesday, October 11

 7 a.m.                                     MSU College of Forest Resources Alumni Breakfast                                                        Horn Island Ballroom

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

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

9 a.m.                                      General Session                                                                                                                      Grand Ballroom  A, B, C
                                                 (CFE Cat. 1-CF/CLE Cat. I: 3 hours)

                                                 Rita Hitt, Executive Vice President, American Tree Farm System, Woodlands, and Policy
American Forest Foundation
Washington, D.C.

                                                 Pete Stewart, Founder, President & CEO
Charlotte, NC

                                                 To Be Announced

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.         Spouse/Guests Event                                                                                                             Ohr - O’Keefe Museum of Art

11:30 a.m.                              Golf and Lunch                                                                                                                       Shell Landing Golf Club

12 noon                                  County Forestry Assn. Officers/Directors Luncheon                                                        Grand Ballroom  D, E, F, G          
                                                (CFE Cat. 1/CLE Cat. I: 1 hour)
                                                 Speaker To Be Announced

                                                 CFA and Tree Farm Committee Awards            

2 p.m.                                     Tech Session                                                                                                                           Grand Ballroom A, B, C
                                                (CFE Cat. 1-CF/CLE Cat. I: 1.5 hours)

Pines, Drought and Beetles
                                                Dr. Stephen Dicke, Switzer Extension Professor of Forestry
                                                Central MS Research and Extension Center
                                                Raymond, MS

                                               Rising From the Ashes: What Happens After Emerald Ash Borer
John Willis, Assistant Professor
Mississippi State University
                                               Mississippi State, MS


3:30 p.m.                              Free Time

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

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

7 p.m.                                    President’s Banquet, Presiding: Gary Blair, MFA President                                           Grand Ballroom D, E, F, G
(CFE Cat II/CLE Cat. I: 1 hour)

                                               Awards Presentations

Thursday, October 12

7 - 9 a.m.                               Exhibits Open                                                                                                                        Exhibit Hall

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

9 -10:30 a.m.                        MFA Awards Breakfast/Membership Meeting                                                               Grand Ballroom D, E, F, G                   
                                               (CLE Cat. I: 1.5 hours)

                                               Celebrating Mississippi’s Native Flora: The Crosby Arboretum
                                               Patricia R. Drackett, Director
Crosby Arboretum
                                               Picayune , MS

                                               Awards Presentations

11:00 a.m.                            Ethics
                                               Butch Bailey, Extension Associate
Mississippi State University
                                               Purvis, MS
                                               (CFE Cat. 1-CF/CLE Cat 1: 1 hour)