2017

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

8 - 4:15

$40*

Agenda

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. 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.

Spring Venture Outdoors Series

May 16

9:30 - 3:30

Southern Virginia Community College, Alberta Campus

$20*/person; $30*/couple

Each spring, Virginia Cooperative Extension offers one-day short courses on management options for your timberland. Learn how thinning a stand of timber benefits woodland health, increases profit opportunities, improves wildlife habitat, and increases overall ownership satisfaction.  Lunch is included.

Register on-line or by mail.

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.

Spring Venture Outdoors Series

May 18

9:30 - 3:30

W.E. Skelton 4-H Center, Wirtz

$20*/person; $30*/couple

Each spring, Virginia Cooperative Extension offers one-day short courses on management options for your timberland. Learn how thinning a stand of timber benefits woodland health, increases profit opportunities, improves wildlife habitat, and increases overall ownership satisfaction.  Lunch is included.  

Register on-line or by mail.

Great Appalachian Hikes- Course Orientation and Hiking Preparation

May 18

6 - 9 pm

Dabney S Lancaster Community College, Clifton Forge, room 275

The classroom session covers hiking preparations, gear, etc. Then choose any or all of the 6 hikes offered (these appear in the calendar list below by date) – 3 local and 3 on-the-road. Group transportation will be provided for all destinations. Lodging and meals are not covered by the course fee, however, lodging will be

prearranged by the instructor.

May 18 (Thursday) Course Orientation & Hiking Preparation 6-9pm, Rm. 375. Orientation/Prep

session is required to participate in any hike.

Great Appalachian Hikes

May 21

8 - 5

Rich Hole Wilderness, Alleghany County, VA

$65

Join hiking veteran, Mike Hayslett, for Great Appalachian Hikes… in the Alleghany Highlands region, locally and to travel destinations in the tristate region of southwest Virginia, eastern Tennessee, and western North Carolina. New to the area? Want to get out of town? Experience some of the best hiking trails in the Alleghenies and travel with us to take in some of the most spectacular viewsheds in the southern Appalachians! The required classroom session on May 18 from 6-9 covers hiking preparations, gear, etc. Group transportation will be provided for all destinations. 

To register, please call 540/863-2899.  

Great Appalchian Hikes

May 27-28

7 am Saturday - 9 pm Sunday

Mount Rogers/Grayson Highlands

$195 

Join hiking veteran, Mike Hayslett, for Great Appalachian Hikes… in the Alleghany Highlands region, locally and to travel destinations in the tristate region of southwest Virginia, eastern Tennessee, and western North Carolina. New to the area? Want to get out of town? Experience some of the best hiking trails in the Alleghenies and travel with us to take in some of the most spectacular viewsheds in the southern Appalachians! The required classroom session on May 18 from 6-9 covers hiking preparations, gear, etc. Group transportation will be provided. Lodging and meals are not covered by the course fee, however, lodging will be prearranged by the instructor.

To register, please call 540/863-2899.  

June

Great Appalachian Hikes

June 3-4

7 am Saturday - 9 pm Sunday

Roan Mountain State Park, TN

$195 

Join hiking veteran, Mike Hayslett, for Great Appalachian Hikes… in the Alleghany Highlands region, locally and to travel destinations in the tristate region of southwest Virginia, eastern Tennessee, and western North Carolina. New to the area? Want to get out of town? Experience some of the best hiking trails in the Alleghenies and travel with us to take in some of the most spectacular viewsheds in the southern Appalachians! The required classroom session on May 18 from 6-9 covers hiking preparations, gear, etc. Group transportation will be provided. Lodging and meals are not covered by the course fee, however, lodging will be prearranged by the instructor.

To register, please call 540/863-2899.  

Great Appalachian Hikes

June 10

8 - 5

Douthat State Park, Bath County, VA

$65

Join hiking veteran, Mike Hayslett, for Great Appalachian Hikes… in the Alleghany Highlands region, locally and to travel destinations in the tristate region of southwest Virginia, eastern Tennessee, and western North Carolina. New to the area? Want to get out of town? Experience some of the best hiking trails in the Alleghenies and travel with us to take in some of the most spectacular viewsheds in the southern Appalachians! The required classroom session on May 18 from 6-9 covers hiking preparations, gear, etc. Group transportation will be provided for all destinations. 

To register, please call 540/863-2899.  

Great Appalachian Hikes

June 11

8 - 5

Casscades Gorge, Hot Springs, VA

$65

Join hiking veteran, Mike Hayslett, for Great Appalachian Hikes… in the Alleghany Highlands region, locally and to travel destinations in the tristate region of southwest Virginia, eastern Tennessee, and western North Carolina. New to the area? Want to get out of town? Experience some of the best hiking trails in the Alleghenies and travel with us to take in some of the most spectacular viewsheds in the southern Appalachians! The required classroom session on May 18 from 6-9 covers hiking preparations, gear, etc. Group transportation will be provided for all destinations. 

To register, please call 540/863-2899.  

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/

Great Appalachian Hikes

June 16-18

7 am Saturday - 9 pm Sunday

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, SC

$195 

Join hiking veteran, Mike Hayslett, for Great Appalachian Hikes… in the Alleghany Highlands region, locally and to travel destinations in the tristate region of southwest Virginia, eastern Tennessee, and western North Carolina. New to the area? Want to get out of town? Experience some of the best hiking trails in the Alleghenies and travel with us to take in some of the most spectacular viewsheds in the southern Appalachians! The required classroom session on May 18 from 6-9 covers hiking preparations, gear, etc. Group transportation will be provided. Lodging and meals are not covered by the course fee, however, lodging will be prearranged by the instructor.

To register, please call 540/863-2899.  

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

Outdoor Survival Skills

July 11, 18, 22, 25, & Aug. 1

Safety and enjoyment during extended stays in the wild involve confident command of specialized knowledge, skills, and use of appropriate gear. Ensuring one’s survival and even comfort outdoors is essential for recreational enjoyment and ensuring preparedness for  nexpected emergencies. Increase your knowledge and practice of outdoor living skills and survival techniques for recreational use and disaster preparedness. Topics and exercises will cover shelter, water, fire, orienteering, food, gear, first aid, etc. Instruction provided by naturalist Mike Hayslett and selected guests. Designed so that classes can be done individually or as a package (all 5 sessions or a la carte): 4 classroom sessions and field exercise outings.

Call 540/863-2870 to register. 

Teaching Trees

July 19-20

8:30 - 4:00 both days

Virginia Department of Forestry Headquarters, Charlottesville

$50

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 with hands-on field trips.  Instruction totals 14 hours; see your school administrator for recertification credit.

Contact Ellen Powell, ellen.powell@dof.virginia.gov, 434/977-1375, for more information.

Register on-line.

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.

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