September

Preparing for Generation NEXT

Tuesdays, September 13 and 20th

12:30 - 7

Prizer Building, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, South Boston

$50*/per person or couple; $25* each additional family member

The application process is closed

For more information, contact Jason Fisher, 434/476-2147.

Southwest Virginia Landowner Weekend Retreat

Sept. 23-25

Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center, Abingdon

Spend the weekend with fellow forest owners and natural resource professionals. A combination of classroom talks, field tours, and hands-on experiences will teach new landowners about important aspects of forest management.  

Agenda

Registration is closed

Contact Ellen Powell or Jennifer Gagnon 540/231-6391 for more information.  

Woodlot Management

September 27 - November 1

On-line

$250

Course Outline

Week 1: Overview & Tree Identification

Topics covered: Course overview, expectations, why and how to identify trees, best recognizable features of 10 common northeastern trees, and resources on how to learn more trees

Week 2: Forest Ecology

Topics covered: How soils, land history, and other factors influence what types of trees grow in what locations; how to select trees for a point sample

Week 3: Thinning your woodlot

Topics covered: Defining good versus bad trees, how many trees should you have in the woods, estimating the volume and value of a tree, exploitive cutting, different strategies to select trees to retain or cut, chainsaw safety

Week 4: Maple Production & Firewood Harvesting

Topics covered: Different strategies to obtain sap, the basics of how sap is made into syrup, what equipment and resources are necessary for syrup production, assessing a woodland for and firewood production

Week 5: Silvopasture and Mushrooms

Topics covered: Defining what is involved in silvopasture (woodland grazing) and gourmet mushroom production, what types of owners would benefit from these practices, general overview of silvopasture and mushroom production.

Week 6: Ownership Objectives and People Who Can Help

Topics include: Identifying how your woods can help your financial interests, people who can help and what they can do, resources to help you plan for the future

Register on-line at: http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/farm-woodlot-management-bf-150/

Woods in Your Backyard Field Tour

September 24

8-1

Hutchinson Tract, US Fish & Wildlife Rappahannock River Valley Refuge 

Tappahannock

$10 for the tour; an additional $ for a Woods in Your Backyard Manual

The Woods in Your Backyard Field Day will be held Saturday, September 24th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hutchinson Tract in Tappahannock, VA. The field day will include information, discussion, and tours of forest and wildlife habitat improvement projects in fields, woods, and streams. The field day will introduce participants to The Woods in Your Backyard manual and provide information on how they can begin to manage their property to meet their own objectives. This field day will emphasize walking and talking, versus sitting and listening. Be prepared to walk in the woods rain or shine!

Contact Jenny McGarvey, jmcgarvey@allianceforthebay.org, 443/949-0575 for more information or register on-line here. 

Woman and Land Conservation Learning Circles - Farming on the Ground

September 28

4:30 - 7:30

Fauquier Education Farm, Warrenton

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.

October 2016

Managing Forest Health, Wildlife and Productivity

October 4-5, 2016

This course will cover various topics centered around forest health as they relate to productivity, wildlife management, and water quality on a landscape scale.  Course content will include biology and management of major insect, pathogen, and weed pests of forests in the southeastern U.S., and important invasive species detection and management will be covered.  Forest management strategies for enhancing wildlife populations and improving water quality will be discussed, as will fire as a forest management tool, and the use of pesticides in forest systems.  When possible, participants will receive hands-on training and examples of pests and their damage.  

Instructors: Dr. David Coyle, Dr. Elizabeth Benton, Dr. Mark McConnell and others

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

Registration - Registration is ready here

  • Early Registration (by 9/13/2016)....................................$245.00
  • Regular Registration (final reg day is 9/30/2016).......$295.00    

Credits

  • 12.0 Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) Hours – Category 1 (approved)
  • 12.0 Continuing Logger Education (CLE) Hours  – Environmental (approved)

Preparing for Generation NEXT

Tuesdays, October 5 & 12

Orange

$70* per person

$70* (total) for 2 family members = family registration

$35* each for each additional family member 

Program application

Apply on-line

Please apply before September 14 

For more information, contact Adam Downing, 540/948-6881.

40th Anniversary - Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tours

October 2016

All tours $35*/person 

  • Essex County - Oct. 7
  • Lee County - Oct. 11
  • Prince William County - Oct. 14
  • Dinwiddie/Nottoway Counties - Oct. 20

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

Credits

  • 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

$12

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

$12

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

Free

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 

Free

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.

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