October 2016

40th Anniversary - Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tours

October 2016

All tours $35*/person 

  • Essex County - Oct. 7 - **FULL**
  • Lee County - Oct. 11**CLOSED**
  • Prince William County - Oct. 14 **FULL**
  • Dinwiddie/Nottoway Counties **FULL**

Join fellow forest landowners and a host of natural resource professionals for a fun and exciting day in the woods learning about forest and wildlife management.  These tours promote wise resource management on private woodlands.  Help us celebrate the 40th anniversary of this program!

Read about the Tours in the Richmond Times-Dispatch

On-line registration is open

Itineraries and mail-in registration

For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon, 540/231-6391.

Forestry for Non-Foresters Part 1 & 2

October 18-20, 2016

These two courses will provide an introduction to forest management concepts, practices and relevant issues. Anyone with an interest in forestry and forest management is invited to participate. 

Instructors: Dr. Kris Irwin and Dr. Bill Hubbard

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

Registration - Registration will be ready here by July 5, 2016. 

  • Early Registration Part 1 (by 9/27/2016)....$175.00
  • Early Registration Part 2 (by 9/27/2016)......$295.00
  • Regular Registration Part 1 (after 9/27/2016).....$210.00
  • Regular Registration Part 2 (after 9/27/2016)....$295.00


  • 7.0 Continuing Forestry Education (CLE) Hours – Category 1 (to be applied for)
  • 12.0 Continuing Logger Education (CLE) Hours  – Environmental (to be applied for)

Woman and Land Conservation Learning Circles - Future of Farming

October 19

4:30 - 7:30

Location TBD - Fauquier County

Free - dinner provided

  • By women for women
  • More discussion, less lecture and acronyms
  • Peer to peer learning
  • Farm tours
  • ID resoruces on and off the farm
  • Challenging issues of money and stewardship

To RSVP & for more information, contact Kim Woodwell, 540/333-3681. Register on-line.

Working Woods Walk

October 23

2 - 4

James Madison's Montpelier, Montpelier Station


Explore beyond the Mansion and the lawn to the woods of Montpelier and consider society’s dependence on this resource then and now.  The walk through President Madison’s beloved woodlands will be led by Virginia Master Naturalists on a state-of-the-art trail showcasing forest & habitat tending methods.

For more information contact Adam Downing at 540/948-6881 or adowning@vt.edu.

Hollows, Peepers & Highlanders

October 27

Shenandoah University, Winchester


Join us for a photographic exploration of the mysteries and histories of Appalachian plants and wildlife as interpreted by an ecologist and evolutionary biologist.

For more information or to register, contact the Blandy Experimental Farm, 540/837-1758 x 224.

Genomics and American Chestnut Restoration: New Tools to Identify and Increase Disease Resistance

October 28

Blacksburg Library Comunity Room, Blacksburg

1 - 3:30


Topics to be covered:

  • Restoration of American chestnut: A marriage of breeding and biotechnology - Jared Westbrook, PhD, Director of Science, The American Chestnut Foundation, Quantitative Geneticist
  • Early screening of chestnut hybrid seedlings for resistance to chestnut blight and Phytophthora root rot - Anna O. Conrad, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Associate, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
  • Genomic selection for disease resistance in American chestnut backcross hybrids - Jason Holliday, PhD, Assistant Professor of Forest Genetics and Biotechnology, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation Department, Virginia Tech
  • Where do we go from here? Potential for collaboration with Virginia Forestry Professionals and TACF Volunteers – Jared Westbrook

For more information contact The American Chestnut Foundation 540/364-1922 vachestnut@verizon.net

Natural Hardwood Charcoal Making Demonstration

October 29

Young Farmer's Grounds, Madison 


An open-house demonstration occurring at the Fall Harvest Festival at the Young Farmer’s Grounds. Cooking with real charcoal and taste-testing samples with local meat!

For more information contact Adam Downing at 540/948-6881 or adowning@vt.edu.


Money Grows on Trees: How to Profit from your Timber and Woods

Thursday, November 3

Floyd Event Center at the Floyd EcoVillage, Floyd

6:30 - 8:30

What do you need to know before for selling your timber? What are some non-timber forestry products you could grow and sell? How could you improve your timber stand? These questions and many more will be answered at the Floyd County Forestry Night. 

Speakers at this year’s event will include Dennis Anderson, Senior Area Forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry, and Dana Beegle, co-owner of Stone Root Farm in Floyd. Dana is also pursuing her master’s degree in agro-forestry at the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources.  Agroforestry is the intentional integration of trees into crop and animal farming systems to create multiple benefits from environmental, economic, and social benefits, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

The evening will also include information on cost-share programs for forestry as well as information on specialty products such as decorative branches, moss, and bark.

If you are interested in attending please email Lydeana Martin at lmartin@floydcova.org or call 745-9300 to register by Thursday, October 27th at Noon.







Central Virginia Beginning Landowner Weekend Retreat

March 17-19

Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Appomattox

Registration Fee TBD

This weekend retreat program was designed for those new to landownership or new to managing woodlands.  A combination of classroom, field trip, and hands-on activities will introduce participants to the concepts of good woodland management in a relaxed atmosphere.

More details will be available in late 2016/early 2017.

For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon, 540/231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.



Virginia Forestry Summit

May 3-5

Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke

Join landowners, natural resource professionals, and loggers for continuing education on a wide variety of forestry related topics.  A special landowner track will be available this year.  And join us on an organized hike to the iconic McAfee's Knob on the Appalachian Trail.

More details coming soon.  

Contact the Virginia Forestry Association, 804/278-8733 for more details. 


The North American Agroforestry Conference: Agroforestry for a Vibrant Future

June 27-29

The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

Learn about the latest advances in agroforestry research, practice, outreach, and policy

• See innovative on-the-ground systems with agroforestry farmers

• Share your agroforestry experience, skills, and knowledge

• Participate in pre-conference training and tours on June 26

Registration opens February 15, 2017

For more informaiton, visit: www.regonline.com/NAAC2017