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ocmulgee chapter

2017 Chapter Officers

Chair: Gordon Grizzle ()
Past Chair: Preston Lancaster ()
Secretary/Treasurer: Sharon Dolliver ()

2013 Chapter Officers

Chair: Ken Eason ()
Chair-elect: Druid Preston
Past Chair: Jason E. Little ()
Secretary/Treasurer: Sharon Dolliver ()

2010 Review

2010 Chapter Officers

Chair: Timothy Lowrimore ()
Chair-elect: vacant
Past Chair: Mike Harrell ()
Secretary/Treasurer: Brian Stone ()

2010 Meetings

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Location: Georgia Forestry Association Headquarters in Forsyth
Social/Supper: 6:00pm
Meeing: 7:00pm
Speaker: Update on Georgia Legislative Issues, Josh Stancil, Director of Government Affairs, Georgia Forestry Association, Is Intensive Forest Management Viable Today?, Dr. David Dickens, University of Georgia

One hour of Continuing Education willl be provided

Sponsors: Doug DeLoach - Kendrick and Associates
Steve McWilliams - Georgia Forestry Association


Tentative 2010 Meeting Schedule
Date Time Location Speaker
June 8, 2010 6:00pm GMC Pavilion, Midgeville TBD
August 31, 2010 6:00pm Healy Point Gun Club, Macon TBD
November 16, 2010 6:00pm Terrell Green's Cabin, Culloden TBD

2009 Review

2009 Chapter Officers

Chair: Mike Harrell ()
Chair-elect: vacant
Past Chair: Chad Hancock ()
Secretary/Treasurer: vacant

2009 News

2009 Meeting Dates

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 6:00pm (social/supper), 7:00pm (presentation)
Location: GFA Headquarters, Forsyth, Georgia
Topic: State Forest Sustainability
Speaker(s): Bob Farris, Director of Georgia Forestry Commission
Other: Sponsored by Joel Vinson and Harold Kendrick

Date: Tuesday, June 9
Location: GMC Pavillion
Topic: Ethics
Speaker(s): Tommy Carrol
Other: Sponsored by Bonner Jones and Gay Wood

Date: Wednesday, September 9
Location: Healy Pointe
Topic: Biomass Possibilities
Speaker(s): Ross Harding
Other: Sponsored by STI

Date: Tuesday, November 10
Location: Terrel Green's
Topic: Herbicides
Speaker(s): BASF and UGA
Other: Sponsored by Keadle

2008 Review

2008 Chapter Officers

Chair: Mike Harrell ()
Chair-elect: vacant
Past Chair: Joel Vinson ()
Secretary: Boak Brantley ()
Treasurer: vacant

2008 Meeting Dates

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 6:00pm (social/supper), 7:00pm (presentation)
Location: GFA Headquarters, Forsyth, Georgia
Topic: GPS and Field Data Collection Technology
Speaker(s): Darian Yawn, Landmark Systems
Other: Sponsored by Landmark Systems. 1 hr CFE credit available.

Date: Tuesday, June 10
Location: Milledgeville-GMC Pavilion
Topic: Georgia Political Issues
Speaker(s): GA Rep. Johnny Grant

Date: Tuesday, September 9
Location: Macon-Healey Point
Topic: DNR Issues
Speaker(s): Mark Whitely, et al.

Date: Tuesday, November 18
Location: Culloden-Terrell Greene's Cabin
Topic: BMP Issues
Speaker(s): Frank Green

2001-2007 Review

Chapter Meeting, April 24

When: Thursday April 24th
Where: Meadows Gun Club
Social/Supper: Pig Pickin' 6:00pm.
Program: 7:00pm. BMP Update (I am applying for 1 CFE hour credit), Frank Green, GFC.

Supper and Beverage are provided by The Price Companies.

Please join other chapter members for fun, fellowship, food, and an informative speaker. Come early and get in a 50 shot round of sporting clays at $15.00 per shooter. Sporting clays start around 4:30pm.

Annual dues ($10.00) for 2003 and are important and necessary for a successful year. Make checks payable to Ocmulgee Chapter-SAF.

Directions to Meadows Gun Club

On Interstate 75 south of Forsyth exit at Exit 181 onto Rumble Road and turn west toward Smarr. Entry to Meadows first road on right.

RSVP Needed of Supper Head-count Estimate

Please email Boak Brantley () or call 478.272.4101 or 334.381.1777 or LINC 1777 by Monday April 21.

Two For The Ages: Ceremony, Plaque Honor
166-year-old Oaks on Vineville

by S. Heather Duncan, Telegraph Staff Writer

April 23, 2002

earth day photoIf the live oak trees on Vineville Avenue could understand the words of praise spoken about them on Earth Day, they probably wouldn't care.

After all, the trees have outlasted thousands of humans. They listened to horses clop by, pulling jolting wagons behind. Today, they are buffeted by the noise of engines and the smell of exhaust fumes as cars rumble past. (Photo: Jim Doescher, left, of the Society of American Foresters congratulates Chuck Place, a retired urban forester for Macon and Bibb County who spearheaded the effort to get the plaque.)

But trees are patient.

At age 166, they can afford to be. Although they are believed to be the oldest trees in macon, they're just sprouts as far as the family is concerned. Live oaks, which are not native to Macon, have been known to live more than 600 years.

photoThese five trees were honored Monday with the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate their planting as acorns by Bishop George F. Pierce, the first president of Wesleyan College.

The plaque cost about $1,000 and was paid for mostly by donations from the 72 members of the Southeastern Society of American Foresters Ocmulgee Chapter. Chuck Place, a retired urban forester for Macon and Bibb County, spearheaded the effort. (Photo: People recite the Pledge of Allegiance under the boughs of two 166-year-old live oak trees Monday before the dedication of a plaque to mark the trees' planting.)

"I wanted to make the community aware of these trees. Look at them go by!" he said indignantly, gesturing to cars roaring past. "And they don't know what they're going under!"

These days, people have little call to look up. If they did, they would see branches hovering like splayed hands giving blessing. Curly ferns grown on the tops of the branches, which spread from a trunk that is too fat to hug and touch fingers.

While foresters and political representatives below spoke about valuing trees the live oaks yawned and stretched and cracked their gnarled knuckles in the sunlight, weaving spindly fingers together into a shady canopy. Clisby Magnet School students sang a song and read a poem about trees to the accompaniment of whispering leaves.

but the modern world intervenes. Bass from a stereo thumped over the sound of the voices, visibly shaking the leaves of tiny live oak sprouts that peeped up from among the big tree roots, having narrowly escaped a mower. The trees wind around the corner of Corbin Street, where nine more twist awkwardly over the pavement. Their tops were cut to make way for power lines.

Without good stewardship, even old giants can be toppled.

"This is an example of how on Earth Day, you do things for the future. You don't do things for now," said Bill Craft, who was president of the Ocmulgee chapter of the American Foresters when the plaque effort began last year.

Students who represent that future seemed to be on the right track.

Sixth-grader Natalie Lewis, 12, said she thought Earth Day should be celebrated with a parade. Fellow singers from Clisby chimed in, adding that people should recycle and pick up trash in their community to preserve the environment.

Robert Lewis, the Atlanta owner of two of the live oak trees on Vineville, is doing his part. "I would really fight to keep those trees," he said. He remembers biking beneath their branches a s a boy on his way to the Waldorf Bakery, where he bought gingerbread cookies for a nickel.

"I hope these trees last forever, or at least another couple hundred years," he said. "I ope we can all take care of them and take care of all the other trees in Macon."

To contact S. Heather Duncan (), call 744.4225.

April Chapter Meeting

Date: April 18, 2002
Place: Meadows Gun Club

On Earth Day, April 22, 2002, the Ocmulgee chapter will dedicate a metal plaque for the 5 live oak trees on Vineville Avenue in Macon, Georgia that are about 170 years old which may be the oldest trees in Macon.

November Chapter Meeting

Date: November 29, 2001
Place: Terrell Green's Cabin
Time: Social Hour: 6:00pm, Supper (BBQ) 7:00pm
Social: Courtesy of Keadle Lumber and Rayonier
Meal: Will vary depending on additional Sponsors
Program: Forest Certification: Andy Stone, Stuckey Timberland
RSVP: Bob Farris (), Georgia Forestry Commission, 478.751.3483 or 478.453.0117 by Monday, November 26, 2001

Please join other chapter members for fun, fellowship, food, and an informative speaker.

Annual dues ($10.00) for 2001 will be collected. These dues are important and necessary for a successful year.

Directions to Terrell Green's: The east side of Highway 341 approximately 1/4-mile south of the intersection of Highway 83. Look for the flagging. Please request further directions from Robert Farris if needed.

August Chapter Meeting

Date: August 14, 2001
Place: JONESCO Golf Course
Time: Tee time: 12:30pm, Social Hour: 6:00pm, Supper (BBQ) 7:00pm
Cost: Sponsored by Ed Hutcheson and Georgia Timberlands
Meal: Sponsored by Bonner Jones and J&H Timber
Program: The Honorable Judge Duross Fitzpatrick: Forestry in the Judicial System

This meeting qualifies for 1 CFE contact hours in Category 1.

Minutes for SAF Meeting August 14, 2001

Call to Order

Bill Craft called meeting to order and thanked Georgia Timberlands for sponsoring the social hour, J&H Timber for sponsoring and cooking the meal, and thanked John Fleckenstein of Southern Forest Industries, Kendricks and Associates, Mack Barber, and Billy Lancaster for sponsoring the Jonesco meeting room.

Bob Lazenby and Bonner Jones reviewed the SAF anti-trust policy.


Billy Lancaster introduced the evening's guest speaker, The Honorable Judge Duross Fitzpatrick. Judge Fitzpatrick attended the University of Georgia and earned a forestry degree, then worked in the Okefenokee Swamp, as a game warden, then worked in the forestry profession out west prior to returning to law school and eventually being designated as Senior U.S. District Court Judge for the Middle District of Georgia. Judge Fitzpatrick provided an informative and interesting program on our judicial system.

Old Business

Bob Farris provided the treasurer's report; the Chapter account balance is currently $901.11. Members were asked to pay their chapter dues of $10.00 and were asked to provide their email address on a sign-up sheet. Thirty-five members attended the meeting. Future meeting notices will be provided by email as available.

A motion was made and approved to approve the May 17th Ocmulgee Chapter meeting minutes.

New Business

Chairman Bill Craft reminded members that the Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting would be held in Tallahassee, Florida October 14-16. Next year's Annual Meeting is scheduled for November 3-5, 2002 at the Crown Plaza in Macon, Georgia.

Chairman Craft announced that Dave Mitchell and Bob Farris were presented awards for service to the Georgia Division SAF and Chuck Place and John Mixon received awards for service to the Southeastern SAF.

Greg Strenkowski advised members of the upcoming Forestry Field Day at Bartram Forest in Milledgeville on September 29th. The field day has openings for exhibitors and sponsors, if any members are interested please contact Greg. John Moore updated members on activities at Brender Demonstration Forest and advised that he would welcome any chapter volunteers for the many group tours at the forest.

Georgia Division Chair Jill Barbour provided an overview of the Georgia SAF Annual Meeting held at Unicoi State Park July 10-12th. National SAF President John Heissenbuttel attended the meeting. Jill also reported that 65 children attended this year's Georgia SAF Youth Camp. Jill asked for ideas for a donation from Georgia for the National SAF Annual Meeting Silent Auction that will be held in Denver, Colorado September 14-18th. The Georgia Division SAF website is up and running. The next Georgia Division Executive Committee meeting is scheduled during the SESAF meeting in Tallahassee.


Respectfully Submitted by Secretary Bob Farris

Cherry Blossom Festival, March 2001

The following photos are from this year's paper making activity at the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Bob Farris, a forester with the Georgia Forest Commission, assisted Williams After School students in making kraft paper from the Southern pine tree during their visit to the Cherry Blossom Festival. Students pictured are Victoria Williams, Aaron Hicks, Erion Smith, and Latonya Callaway. Photo is from the Macon Telegraph Neighbors, April 27, 2001.

Answers to Most-Asked Questions About Papermaking

What is kraft paper?

Kraft paper is a very strong paper used to make boxes, paper bags and corrugated liners. All require strength.

cherry blossom festival 2001

What is it called "kraft" paper?

"Kraft" is Swedish for strong.

What is wood fiber?

The term generally means the wood cellulose retained in the pulping process. Quality requirements for wood fibers used in kraft paper are different from those for high grade writing paper. Generally, pines have longer fibers than hardwood trees.

How does brown paper become white?

In today's process it is whitened with a bleaching agent.

Why white paper?

Consumers demand white paper because it provides for better printing and color reproductions.

cherry blossom festival 2001

If we recycle paper, can we stop harvesting trees?

NO! Fibers break down in use and in the recycling process. Virgin fibers from harvested trees must be mixed in to ensure the strength of paper.

Can hardwoods be used for making paper?

Yes, hardwoods have been used increasingly in recent years. The fibers are generally shorter and some grades of paper are enhanced by the addition of certain hardwoods.

How large must a tree be to be utilized for paper?

Trees 14- to 17-years-old, 6- to 8-inches in diameter, and about thirty-five feet tall are typical. however, almost any size tree may be used.

cherry blossom festival 2001

How many eight-inch diameter, 40-foot tall pine trees does it take to make a cord of wood?

It takes about 12 trees to make a cord of wood, which is 128 cubic feet (wood, bark and airspace), or a stack of wood four feet by four feet by eight feet.

Generally speaking, a cord of wood will yield these quantities of the following products:

Are we running out of trees?

Not in Georgia. Landowners in this state have consistently planted more trees than any other state, and in 1988 set a world record by planting more trees than any nation in the world.

Earth Day 2001

live oak dedication plaque

Live Oak

Quercus virginiana

These live oak trees have grown from acorns planted by Bishop George F. Pierce, first president of Wesleyan College, in 1836. They are believed to be the oldest trees in Macon.

The trees are north of the native range limited to the Coastal Plain of Georgia. Live oaks are commonly found 60 miles south of Macon.

In 1937, the Georgia Legislature declared live oak as the State Tree (as requested by the Edmund Burke Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution).

Timbers and frames for the USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides", were cut from Georgia live oaks. Built at Edmond Hartt's shipyard in Boston, MA, the USS Constitution was launched October 21, 1797.

Past Chair, Steve Chapman, Receives Plaque

steve chapman and bill craft

The Ocmulgee Chapter presented a plaque to past chairman Steve Chapman. At left is Chairman Bill Craft.