July

Wildlife Management

July 26-27, 2016

This course will focus on the principles and applications of wildlife-habitat management techniques for three primary game species in the Southeast: white-tailed deer; wild turkey; and bobwhite quail.

Instructors: Dr. Mike Chamberlain and Dr. Karl Miller

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

Registration - Registration is ready here.

  • Early Registration (by 7/5/2016)....................................$245.00
  • Regular Registration (final day to register is July 22).......$295.00    

Credits

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

August

Teaching Trees: Forestry Tour and Project Learning Tree Workshop

August 2-3

8:30 - 4:00

$40 (includes materials, lunch and field trips both days)

This 2-day professional development event will introduce middle and high school science teachers to local pine and hardwood forestry, sustainable forest management, and forest products.  Participants will receive several Project Learning Tree® (PLT) modules (correlated to Va. SOL) and related teaching supplies.  Instruction totals 14 hours; see your school administrator for recertification credit.

Registration form.

For more information, contact Ellen Powell, 434/220-9083.

Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association Annual Meeting

August 4-6

Stonewall Jackson Hotel, Staunton

This meeting is open to non-members and is great for anyone thinking about growers Christmas tree commercially on their farm. 

More details are coming soon.

For more information contact Kyle Peer, 276-694-4135.

Blue Ridge Woodland Growers Two-Day Medicinal Plant Forest Farming Training

August 5-7

4 p.m. (Friday) - 12:00 p.m. (Sunday)

Floyd Eco Village, Floyd

$40*/person

$20/night/person for on-site lodging

This 2-day training event will provide an overview of forest farming from the forest floor to the shelf. We will cover the basics of growing woodland medicinals, offer an opportunity for advanced forest farmers to discuss their successes and challenges, introduce you to options for third party verification for forest grown products, and discuss the economics of woodland medicinals. Hands on sessions will give participants the opportunity to experience the entire process of forest farming from propagation to sustainable harvest and beyond. Participants will also have a number of opportunities to have questions answered by experienced forest farmers, extension agents, forest farming researchers, and trained botanists. A pre-program daylong woodland medicinal field intensive is offered for those wanting more time to see and learn in the forest ($20 additional fee for this). During this intensive, participants will visit a few sites in Floyd, VA to learn about the ecology, life cycle, and identification of woodland medicinal as well as how to assess population sizes and sustainable harvests.

For more information, visit the Appalachians Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition website.or contact Katie Trozzo 828/553-3008

Increasing Timberland Returns Through Objective Value Added Silvicultural and Management Decisions

August 24-25, 2016

Upon completion of this course, a forest landowner or land manager will be able to make effective silvicultural and economic  decisions for managing loblolly, longleaf, and slash stands.

Instructors: Dr. Barry Shiver

Location: Bulloch County Ag Center – Conference Room, 151 Langston Chapel Rd, Statesboro, GA

Registration - Registration is ready here.

  • Early Registration (by 8/03/2016)....................................$185.00
  • Regular Registration (final reg day is August 22).......$210.00    

Credits

  • Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) hours- Category 1 (to be applied for)
  • Continuing Logger Education hours - Environment (to be applied for)
  • Commercial and 1 private Pesticide Applicator credits for GA (to be applied for)

Appalachian Wood Energy Innovations Conference

August 25-26

Asheville, NC

$250* 

The Appalachian Wood Energy Innovations Conference has been developed to increase awareness and understanding of the economic and ecologic issues and opportunities that exist for wood energy in the Appalachian regions of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia. The conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, NC.

Speakers from industry, federal agencies and universities will cover topics such as woody biomass policies and incentives, research and pilot projects underway, supply chain challenges, environmental impacts and benefits, and market development opportunities for using wood as an energy source or bioproduct in the Appalachian Region. If you are a private energy company, public sector land management agency, forest landowner or manager, and located in the Appalachian region, you will find this to be an interesting opportunity.

Additional topics will include:

  • Overview of the economic and energy landscape and how it has changed in the southern Appalachian region
  • Typical biomass projects and wood energy market opportunities
  • Social perspectives from private forest landowners and rural communities on wood energy
  • Procuring biomass in a challenging landscape from private and federal forestlands
  • Preliminary results from WERC grant, “Appalachian and Foothills Energy Markets”
  • Adding biomass to the portfolio – utility generation management and cost perspective
  • Sustainable biomass markets and environmental benefits

Visit the conference website to learn more and to register.

Southeast Virginia Landowner Weekend Retreat

August 26-28

Airfield Conference Center, Wakefield

Individual, No Lodging - $65*
Couple, No Lodging - $110*
Individual, Lodging On-site - $145*
Couple, Lodging On-site - $250*

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 coming soon.

On-line and mail-in registration are open!

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

Appalachian Sustainable Development Two-Day Medicinal Plant Forest Farming Training

August 26-28

1:00 (Friday) - 10:00 a.m. (Sunday)

Cherokee Cove Campground, Mountain City, TN

$40/person**

Join us for a two-day training session on forest farming medicinal herbs to be held August 26-28, 2016 at Cherokee Cove Campground outside of Mountain City, TN. Academic and industry experts will address the whole range of a woods-grown operation, from propagating and cultivating, to harvesting, processing and marketing native herbs. Participants will gain in-depth knowledge about a variety of plants including ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, and ramps. The event location will allow participants the chance to get out in the woods to learn outside of the classroom. An optional field trip on Sunday will offer attendees a forest-floor view of an active forest farming operation and an inside look at a state of the art herb processing facility. The event is sponsored by Appalachian Sustainable Development and the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmers Coalition. Registration is open to everyone, but will be limited to 50 participants. The content of this event will be most useful to those who are active forest farmers or those who are planning a future operation, rather than those who have a more general interest in medicinal herbs or herbal medicine.

For more information, visit the Appalachians Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition website or contact Emily Lachinet, 276/623-1121.

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

Application form

Apply on-line 

Save the date flier

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

Conservation Easements for Forest Landowners and their Advisers

September 14-15, 2016

The purpose of this course is to provide a working knowledge of conservation easements as a land-use control. It provides guidance on drafting conservation easement agreements to achieve landowner goals for their property. Land Trusts discuss their philosophy of land use protection and what they can offer landowners. This course offers a comprehensive overview of legal, appraisal, base line information, tax incentives, and other inputs needed for a successful conservation easement agreement. 

Instructors: Dr. Harry Haney, Katherine Eddins and others

Location: Grand Rapids Ballroom, Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez, GA

Registration - Registration will be ready here by June 17,2016. 

  • Early Registration (by 8/24/2016)....................................$225.00
  • Regular Registration (final day to register is 9/9/2016).......$295.00    

Credits

  • 13.5 Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) Hours – Category 1 (to be applied for)
  • 13.5 Continuing Logger Education (CLE) Hours  – Environmental (to be applied for)
  • 14.0 GA Real Estate Agent/Real Estate Appraiser credits (to be applied for) cost is additional $50.00

Woman and Land Conservation Learning Circles - Who is Who/Conservation

September 14

4:30 - 7:30

Virginia Tech MARE Center, Middleburg

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.

Rappahannock Event Series: Pollinator Walk

September 15

Bruce Jones Nature Preserve

Free - pre-registration is required

Learn about the types of plants and habitat needed to support pollinators! Participants will also be introduced to Virginia's common and imperilled insect pollinators, their life histories, and current issues in pollinator conservation. This walk is for folks that are taking their first step into the amazing world of pollinators!  This is the second of three walks that will be held during the growing season. The series aims to highlight the importance of providing habitat throughout pollinator species' entire life cycles. The event is free, but registration is required. Registrants should be prepared to walk about a mile across uneven, grassy terrain in hot weather. Directions to the walk's location will be provided upon registration.

Register here.

From Your Backyard to the Blue Ridge 

September 17

9-12 

Somerset

Master Gardeners: $25

Others: $30

Add in lunch for $16.40

"Don’t Clean Up in the Fall, Plant Instead!" Do you have a planting strategy for fall? David M. Roos’ gardening philosophy emphasizes a hands-on approach and common sense practicality. He has a garden design and consulting practice in The Plains, VA, worked in nurseries, wrote a newspaper column and gives garden lectures. Mr. Roos received his design training at the New York Botan-ical Garden’s Landscape design certificate program in New York City.

"Reading the Land: the Importance of Ecosystem", preserving the native plants. Doug Coleman, biologist, naturalist, and Director of The Winter-green Nature Foundation has 40 years of experience in conservation within develop-ment and forest management on Wintergreen’s 11,000 acres. Mr. Coleman founded the 35 year old Spring Wildflower Symposium at Wintergreen and was on the advi-sory committee of The New Flora of Virginia. He was instrumental in the design and creation of a 2.5 mile roadway landscaped with native plants using propagated plant tissue collected from and around Wintergreen.

Registration form

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 coming in July

Mail-in registration or on-line registration.

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

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

Stay tuned for more details coming this summer!

On-line registration is open 

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.

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