2017

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.

Webinar: The Spotted Lanternfly: Its Biology, the Quarantne Order and Management Options. 

Penn State Extension Community Forest Management Monthly Webinar Series

February 21

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Free

On-line

Lycorma delicatula (spotted lanternfly), a new invasive insect which was first found feeding on Ailanthus altissima, (Tree of Heaven) in Berks County PA in 2014. This insect has potential to damage several important commodities including grapes, stone fruit and timber crops. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has enacted a quarantine order to try to reduce the spread of this insect.  This webinar will describe the biology of spotted lanternfly, summarize current management and eradication efforts, and discuss practices required by the quarantine order.

Presented by:

Emelie Swackhamer, Commercial Horticulture Educator, Penn State Extension

Join the webinar 15 minutes prior to start time here: https://meeting.psu.edu/pacommunityforestry  

13th Annual Woods & Wildlife Conference

February 25

8:30 - 4:30

$45*/person

$80*/couple

Daniel Technology Center, Germanna Community College, Culpeper

Detailed agenda

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.

Registration is closed - program is full.  

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

 

March

Canopy Counts: Planning for and Protecting our Urban Forests

March 8

7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

$75 General 

$25 Student

Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke

Growing Healthy Organic Fruit Trees: 10 Secrets to Success

 Susan Poizner, Orchard People

More and more North Americans are planting fruit trees in their gardens, parks or on company land. But often new growers are disappointed. Without proper care, young fruit trees are vulnerable to pest and disease problems and often produce poor quality fruit. What many new growers don’t realize is that in order to thrive, fruit trees need skilled hands-on tree care.

Planning Tools for Managing and Expanding the Urban Forest in Growing Communities

Karen Firehock, Green Infrastructure Center Inc.

Over time, many cities and towns are losing their trees.  This talk will present the challenges and potential solutions for maintaining or expanding urban canopies as towns and cities develop. It will focus on the importance of good data to make the case, as well as regulatory and incentive tools to create a thriving and growing urban forest. 

Using i-Tree Eco and Streets to Prioritize Tree Management

Vincent Verweij, Arlington County

Arlington County Urban Forestry has used the i-Tree suite to prioritize treatment of Ash trees for emerald ash borer (EAB), as well as a larger i-Tree eco inventory to prioritize preservation and planting of the county’s urban forest. This presentation goes into the specific example of the EAB prioritization, and an overview of applications of i-Tree Eco results on a local level.

Guild’-ing the Lily: Improving Pest Management by Understanding Insect Feeding Groups

Dr. Gretchen Pettis, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories

Insects are often grouped together by the manner in which they feed, i.e. chewing, piercing-sucking, boring, etc. These feeding groups, called ‘feeding guilds’, are closely related to how a tree will physiologically respond to insect damage as well as how the insect will respond to specific management tactics. This presentation will introduce the various insect feeding guilds and explore the sophisticated interplay between tree health and arthropod attack strategy.

Concurrent Rotating Sessions: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Introduction to Fruit Tree Care -  Susan Poizner, Orchard People

Many people think growing fruit trees is easy: you plant them, water them, and you will have wonderful harvests. Sadly, that’s not true. In this walking tour you will learn the basics of fruit tree care including basic pruning and thinning the fruit. 

Demonstration of i-Tree -  Vincent Verweij, Arlington County

A short demonstration of some of the features of the i-Tree suite used by Arlington County to prioritize treatment of EAB and preserve and plant the county’s urban forests.

Up Close and Personal – A Diagnostician’s Eye View of Arthropod Pests Groups - 

Dr. Gretchen Pettis, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories

The dissecting microscope is a very handy diagnostic tool. Join Dr. Pettis as she brings the pests we love to hate into larger than life focus in a live microscopic demonstration session. She will show you clues that help solve pest management puzzels but which are typically hidden from the naked eye.

Visit http://www.treesvirginia.org/events for more information.

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 Fees:

  • Individual, No Lodging - $40
  • Couple, No Lodging - $70
  • Individual, Sat. Lodging - $65
  • Couple, Sat. Lodging - $120
  • Individual, Fri. & Sat. Lodging - $90
  • Couple, Fri. & Sat. Lodging - $170

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.

Agenda coming soon.

On-line registration and mail-in registration are now open!

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.

Register by mail or contact Jason Fisher , 434/472-2147, jasonf@vt.edu, for more information.

Community Resources for Woodland Owners – Learn how to Save Money on Taxes, Earn Money from Timber, and Improve the Health of your Woodlands

March 25

Heartwood Gallery, Abingdon

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Free - includes lunch

Agenda coming soon

Learn how your woodlands fit into the local, state, and global economies.  Hear how actively managing your woodlands can save you money - and maybe even earn you money. Natural resource professionals from SW Virginia will share their expertise and resources with you at this event sponsored by the Appalachian Woodlands Alliance. 

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

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

March 29

Webinar

1:00 p.m. 

Free

The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), Adelges tsugae, is one of the most damaging non-native insects in North America, responsible for the death of millions of eastern hemlock trees throughout the eastern part of the continent.  HWA feeding causes slow death of trees, and its characteristic white cottony appearance is easily visible on infected trees.  Death of hemlock trees can change entire ecosystems, with impacts ranging from altered forest composition to increased stream temperatures.  This webinar will cover HWA biology and management options for the southeastern U.S.

For more information, visit: http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/hemlock-woolly-adelgid-biology-ecology-and-management-in-the-southeastern-u.s

Emerald Ash Borer and Other Tree Pests - Woodlot Series

March 30

10 - 3

$10/person; $15*/household

Amherst County, location TBD

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.

Register by mail or 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.

Register by mail or contact Jason Fisher , 434/472-2147, jasonf@vt.edu, for more informaiton

Community Resources for Woodland Owners – Learn how to Save Money on Taxes, Earn Money from Timber, and Improve the Health of your Woodlands

April 8 

Domtar Mill, Kingsport, TN

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Free - includes lunch

Agenda coming soon

Learn how your woodlands fit into the local, state, and global economies.  Hear how actively managing your woodlands can save you money - and maybe even earn you money. Natural resource professionals from SW Virginia will share their expertise and resources with you at this event sponsored by the Appalachian Woodlands Alliance. 

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

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, assistance for farming, and how to plan your legacy.

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

Southern Pine Beetle

April 19

Webinar

1:00 p.m.

Free

The southern pine beetle (SPB), Dendroctonus frontalis, is the most damaging pest of pine forests in the eastern U.S.  This insect normally persists in damaged or stressed trees, but under certain conditions SPB populations can explode, creating an outbreak.  Outbreaks are capable of causing millions of dollars in damages, and can result in the death of thousands of acres of pine trees.  Management - especially thinning and prescribed burning - is the most effective strategy to avoid damage by SPB.  This webinar will cover SPB biology, ecology, and management strategies for southern pine systems.  We will discuss SPB in the northeastern U.S. as well, since SPB populations have recently increased as far north as Massachusetts.

For more infomration, visit: http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/southern-pine-beetle-biology-ecology-and-management.

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/

Weather Variability & Forest Health

May 17

Webinar

1:00 p.m. 

Free

North America has experienced some intense weather events in recent years, with the drought that occurred in fall 2016 in the southeastern U.S as the most recent example.  This drought contributed to forest fires that ravaged forested areas across the region, particularly in the Gatlinburg, TN area.  In 2015, Hurricane Matthew brought flooding to much of the Carolinas, and previous hurricanes have impacted natural areas in the same way.  An ice storm in 2014 caused severe damage to timber in several Georgia counties.  There is no doubt weather plays a major role in forest health and productivity.  This webinar will cover the impacts of weather and climate on forest health and productivity, resistance and susceptibility to pests, and how we can better manage forests to deal with future weather-related issues.

For more information, visit: http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/weather-variability-and-its-impacts-on-forest-health.

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