2017

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.

Central Virginia Beginning Landowner Weekend Retreat

March 17-19

Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Appomattox

Agenda

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.

Information for participants

Registration is closed.

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.

Bobwhites on the Brink - Documentary Screening

March 24

7 - 9:00 P.M.

Free*

Shenandoah University, Bluemont

Join the Piedmont Environmental Council for a showing of this national documentary which details the plight of the northern bobwhite quail and the efforts to restore its habitat range wide.  Following the movie, local experts will discuss the state of the bobwhite in Virginia and what can be done to effectively manage the same habitat for pollinators, songbirds, and big game.  

*Event is free, but please pre-register at www.vaworkinglandscapes.org/events.

For more information, call 540/635-0038 or SCBIVWL@si.edu

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

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

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Amherst

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, Southern Piedmont AREC, Blackstone

May 9, Prince Edward County Natural Resource & Agriculture Building, Farmville

June 6, TBA

4:30 - 8:30

$15*

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, visit  www.farmland.org/MidAtlWomen
or contact Kim Woodwell, 540/333-3681, kwoodwell@farmland.org.

Bobwhites on the Brink - Documentary Screening

April 14

7 - 9:00 P.M.

Free*

Piedmont Environmental Council, Warrenton

Join the Piedmont Environmental Council for a showing of this national documentary which details the plight of the northern bobwhite quail and the efforts to restore its habitat range wide.  Following the movie, local experts will discuss the state of the bobwhite in Virginia and what can be done to effectively manage the same habitat for pollinators, songbirds, and big game.  

*Event is free, but please pre-register at www.vaworkinglandscapes.org/events.

For more information, call 540/635-0038 or SCBIVWL@si.edu

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/

CPS 8th Annual Vegetation Management Workshop

May 11

$40*

Children's Home of the Virginia Baptist, South Chesterfield

Recertification  credits will be given in FORESTRY, AQUATICS and ROW.  Other numerous certifications will be made available such as SHARP LOGGER, SAF CFEs and ISA credits.

Applicators, Natural Resource Professionals and Landowners are all encouraged to come!

This event will  include a catered lunch and the cost will be $40.00 per person.

We will again encourage folks to sign up early. Stay tuned for upcoming emails and a full agenda.

Contact Doug Pond for more information or to RSVP -  doug.pond@cpsagu.com, 804/241-8118.

On-line Woodland Options for Landowners

May 15 - August 4

On-line

$45/family

Course brochure

Syllabus

This 12 week self-paced course takes you through the basics for woodland managment.         Topics covered Include:

  • Setting management goals and objectives
  • Writing a management plan
  • Using aerial photos, topographic maps & soil surveys
  • Determining boundary lines
  • Forest ecology and management
  • Working with natural resource professionals

Students may participate at eitehr the basic level (which involves readings and quizzes) or at the advanced level which also includes field activities. 

Students completing all the advanced activities will finish the class with a draft forest management plan. Additionally, a group of mentors, consisting of natural resource professionals and experienced landowners, will interact with students weekly via discussion boards.

An optional end-of-semester field trip will allow students to hone their new skills and interact with one another and natural resource professionals. The date and location of the 2017 field trip will be announced the first week of class.

For more information, or if you’ve already taken this class and would like to be a mentor this year, please contact: Andrew Vinson, 540/231-6494, josephav@vt.edu.

On-line registration is now open.

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.

Preparing for Generation NEXT

August 22 & 29

12:30 - 7:30

Price TBD

Montgomery County, VA

Forests and farmland are valued for multiple reasons such as wildlife, privacy, recreation, timber, hunting, or scenic qualities. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? The cost of not planning and future tax burdens may put your land’s ownership in jeopardy. If you don’t plan, the government will plan for you. By researching and planning ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the financial costs and emotional challenges while securing your woodland legacy.

More details will be available in early summer.  Contact Jennifer Gagnon, jgagnon@vt.edu, 540/231-6391, for more information. 

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