2017

January

Winter Wildlife Festival

January 20-22

Times vary by activity

Prices vary by activity

Princess Anne Recreation Center, Virginia Beach

This is your chance to witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach; whether it’s following fascinating bird activity, exploring the natural areas of our community or the musings of harbor seals near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Learn what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife in their natural settings.

Visit the Winter Wildlife Festival website for details and registration.

The 71st Holiday Lake Forestry Camp 

Nominations will open in early January.  Details and forms can be found at www.dof.virginia.gov.  Teens will learn skills in forestry and other natural resources.  Forestry Camp is open to Virginia residents aged 13-16 who have not attended before.

For more information contact Ellen Powell, ellen.powell@dof.virginia.gov, 434/977-6555.

February

Women and Land Verona Conservation Learning Circle

3 Thursdays

February 9, March 9, and April 6

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

$15* for all three

Augusta County Farm Bureau Office, Verona

Please join the Women's Committtee of the Augusta County Farm Bureau for this 3 part program for women, by women.  You will learn about conservation planning, assitance for farming, and how to plan your legacy.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kim Woodwell, 540/333-3681, kwoodwell@farmland.org OR register on-line here: www.conta.cc/2hOgd9m.

Managing Single-Aged Forests - PA Forests Web Seminar:

February 14

12-1:00 p.m. and 7-8:00 p.m.

Free

Most forest lands in Pennsylvania contain trees of a single age group.  Learn how to manage these forests through all stages of development, from early and intermediate treatments to improve stand conditions to final harvests to creating new forests through regeneration. Presented by Kimberly Bohn, Forest Resources Educator, Penn State Extension. Approved for 1 credit hour (0.25 years) Pennsylvania SFI® CE. Approved for 1.0 Society of American Foresters CFE credit, Category 1-CF.

Presentation URL: https://meeting.psu.edu/PAForestWeb/

Timber Tax Filing for the 2016 Tax Year

Feburary 17

Webinar

1:00 p.m.

Free

Join this webinar to get the latest tax information, filing season updates, and practical tax tips on: • How to report timber sale • What timber-related expenses and losses can be deducted • Who are responsible for filing 1099 on timber sales • What are the IRS rules on record keeping and substantiating expenses The presenter will answer your specific questions through the online interactive session. 

13th Annual Woods & Wildlife Conference

February 25

8:30 - 4:30

$45*/person

$80*/couple

Daniel Technology Center, Germanna Community College, Culpeper

A variety of break-out sessions are offered to appeal to both new and experienced owners, as well as owners of both small and large woodlots.  In addition, representatives from Virginia's natural resource agencies are available to inform participants of the services available to them.

On-line registration is open; mail-in registration is available.  

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

 

March

Women and Land Harrisonburg Conservation Learning Circle

3 Wednesdays

March 8, April 5, and April 19

4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

$15* for all three

Farm Credit of the Virginias office, Harrisonburg

Please join Farm Credit of the Virginias for this 3 part program for women, by women.  You will learn about conservation planning, assitance for farming, and how to plan your legacy.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kim Woodwell, 540/333-3681, kwoodwell@farmland.org OR visit www.conta.cc/2jjYsjq to register on-line.

Creating Age Diversity in Forests - PA Forests Web Seminar:

March 14

12-1:00 p.m. and 7-8:00 p.m.

Free

Forests with different age classes of trees, called “uneven-aged” forests provide a number of different ecosystem values than single-aged forests.  This webinar will cover the proper techniques for creating and maintaining age diversity as well as covering both the benefits and potential limitations that age diversity provides to forest ecosystems. Presented by Kimberly Bohn, Forest Resources Educator, Penn State Extension. Approved for 1 credit hour (0.25 years) Pennsylvania SFI® CE. Approved for 1.0 Society of American Foresters CFE credit, Category 1-CF.

Presentation URL: https://meeting.psu.edu/PAForestWeb/

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.

Emerald Ash Borer and Other Tree Pests - Woodlot Series

March 23

10 - 3

$10*/person; $15*/household

Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension and Bartlett Tree Experts for an update on the status of emerald ash borer and how to protect your ash trees.

Contact Jason Fisher , 434/472-2147, jasonf@vt.edu, for more information.

Emerald Ash Borer and Other Tree Pests - Woodlot Series

March 30

10 - 3

$10/person; $15*/household

Monroe Education Center, Monroe

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension and Bartlett Tree Experts for an update on the status of emerald ash borer and how to protect your ash trees.

Contact Jason Fisher , 434/472-2147, jasonf@vt.edu, for more information

2017 Christmas Tree Primer

March 31

9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Warrenton-Fauquier Visitor Center, Warrenton

$15*

Learn about suitable cultural techniques, such as insect and pest control, from Virginia Tech Specialists.  Hear real world experiences from current Christmas Tree Farmers.

Register by mail.  For more infomration, contact Kyle Peer, krpeer@vt.edu; 276/694-4135.

April

Emerald Ash Borer and Other Tree Pests - Woodlot Series

April 6

10 - 3

$10/person; $15*/household

Claytor Nature Study Center, Bedford

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension and Bartlett Tree Experts for an update on the status of emerald ash borer and how to protect your ash trees.

Contact Jason Fisher , 434/472-2147, jasonf@vt.edu, for more informaiton

Forest Fermentables - PA Forests Web Seminar:

April 11

12-1:00 p.m. and 7-8:00 p.m.

Free

More and more people are starting to experiment with making wine at home. While grapes are the traditional fruit used for making wine, there are many other types of fruits that can be turned into wine. This webinar will discuss some of the many wild fruits that can be found in and along forests that can be turned into wine. A general overview of the wine making process from start to finish will also be presented. Presented by Scott Weikert, Forest Resources Educator, Penn State Extension. Continuing education credits applied for.

Presentation URL: https://meeting.psu.edu/PAForestWeb/

Women and Land Farmville Conservation Learning Circle

3 Tuesdays

April 11, May 9, and June 6

Time TBA

Price TBA

Farmville 

Please join the American Farmland Trust for this 3 part program for women, by women.  You will learn about conservation planning, assitance for farming, and how to plan your legacy.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kim Woodwell, 540/333-3681, kwoodwell@farmland.org.

May

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. 

Raising Wild Kids - PA Forests Web Seminar:

May 9

12-1:00 p.m. and 7-8:00 p.m.

Free

The need to develop youth that understand and care about forests and the natural world has never been greater. In fact, the very future of the natural world rests in our ability to do this, and it can help ensure they pass along a stewardship ethic to their descendants. This webinar will explore the importance of this mission and recommended methods and techniques for raising "wild" kids. Lessons from the field can get you started in a positive direction that fits you and the youth you are working with. The sharing of experience among participants that have done this will also be encouraged during this interactive webinar. Presented by Sanford “Sandy” Smith, Natural Resources and Youth Extension Specialist, Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Continuing education credits applied for.

Presentation URL: https://meeting.psu.edu/PAForestWeb/

June

Assessing and Promoting Successful Regeneration in Your Woodland - PA Forests Web Seminar:

June 13

12-1:00 p.m. and 7-8:00 p.m.

Free

Lack of adequate tree regeneration is one of the top concerns in many woodlands in Pennsylvania and throughout the Northeast. This difficulty in obtaining successful growth of the next generation of trees is caused by three factors: 1) competition from other plants in the understory, 2) intensive browsing by white-tailed deer, and 3) the overstory canopy casting too much shade for seedlings in the understory. Without active management to promote successful regeneration in privately owned woods, the long-term function of our woods is impacted. This webinar will provide an overview of an assessment process woodland owners can use to evaluate regeneration. In addition to the assessment, webinar participants will learn the silvics, including light requirements and growth rates, of some common trees. Lastly, the webinar will provide an overview of stewardship activities commonly used to promote regeneration. Presented by Leslie Horner, Forest Stewardship Program Associate, Center for Private Forests at Penn State. Continuing education credits applied for.

Presentation URL: https://meeting.psu.edu/PAForestWeb/

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

July

August

Southwest Virginia Beginning Landowners Weekend Retreat

August 18-20

Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price TBD

Southwest Virginia 4 H Educational Center, Abingdon

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 spring 2017.

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

September

Southeast Virginia Beginning Landowners Weekend Retreat

September 22-24

Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price TBD

New Kent Forestry Center, Providence Forge

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 spring 2017.

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

October

November

December