2017

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

Invasion Biology: Paths to Conservation & Restoration Success

August 1 & 2

Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA

Join hte Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council for this 2-day conference.  Keynote: Dr. Douglas W. Tallamy, Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware; author of Bringing Nature Home and The Living Landscape (with Rick Darke).

To register: http://www.maipc.org/category/conferences/.

Forest Site Assessment and Planning

August 11-13

UVA Wise Campus, Wise

Cost TBA

This field-based workshop will include assessing site suitability  for forest farming, propagation, and Good Agricultural Practices training.

Visit the Appalchian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition website for more details. 

Mid-Atlantic Urban Wood Forum

August 15-16

$140

Richmond Marriott, Short Pump

The Virginia Department of Forestry in partnership with the Virginia Urban Wood Group, Trees Virginia, and U.S. Forest Service, is proud to sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Urban Wood Forum “ Applied Practices in Utilization”  in Richmond, VA. This two-day event  will feature a host of urban wood experts from across the United States  providing techniques and examples of successful programs and projects from government, associations and entrepreneurs.  The target audience for this forum includes arborists, tree care companies, forestry professionals, service providers, wood crafters, municipality staff, academia and portable sawmill owners.  Registration is now open at the link below.  An agenda is included on this webpage:

http://www.treesvirginia.org/events/paid/74-mauwf

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.

  • Individual No Lodging: $45*
  • Individual Lodging Fri. & Sat: $85**
  • Couple No Lodging: $80*
  • Couple Lodging Fri. & Sat.: $160** 

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.

Agenda coming soon!

Register on-line or by mail.

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

Preparing for Generation NEXT

August 22 & 29

12:30 - 7:30

$70* for up to 2 family members; $35* for each additional family member

Selu Conservancy, Radford

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.

Register on-line or by mail.  Contact Jennifer Gagnon, jgagnon@vt.edu, 540/231-6391, for more information. 

On-line Woodland Options Field Trip

August 26

9:15 - 4:00

Holiday Lake 4-H Center, Appomattox

Free for current On-line Woodland Options students

$10 for all non-students

Agenda

This hands-on field trip will give you experience identifying trees, using equipment to measure  your woods, and compass and pacing skills. In addition, you will see examples of sustainable forest management as practiced on the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest, the largest State Forest in Virginia.  Breakfast, lunch, and on-site transportation are provided. 

On-line Woodland Options students please register by e-mailing Andrew Vinson, josephav@vt.edu.  Non-student please register and pay on-line here.  For more information, contact Andrew Vinson 540/231-6494.

September

Tree Farm Tour & Dinner - you do NOT have to be a Tree Farmer to attend

September 7

4 - 7:00 p.m.

$10* first person; $5* each additional 

MacDannald's Tree Farm, South Boston

Join Tree Farmers and other landowners interested in practicing good forestry on thier lands. Tour an active Tree Farm and learn about the Virginia Tree Farm Foundation.  All woodland owners are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend ro family member.  Dinner will be provided.

Register on-line or by mail.

Contact Jennifer Gagnon for more information, 540-231-6391, jgagnon@vt.edu.

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.

Tree Farm Tour & Dinner - you do NOT have to be a Tree Farmer to attend

September 28

4 - 7:00 p.m.

$10* first person; $5* each additional 

Dripping Springs Tree Farm, Bruington

Join Tree Farmers and other landowners interested in practicing good forestry on thier lands. Tour an active Tree Farm and learn about the Virginia Tree Farm Foundation.  All woodland owners are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend ro family member.  Dinner will be provided.

Register on-line or by mail.

Contact Jennifer Gagnon for more information, 540-231-6391, jgagnon@vt.edu.

October

4th Biennial Shortleaf Pine Conference

October 3-5

Stockton Seaview Hotel, Galloway, NJ

Join foresters, biologists, researchers, industry partners, and landowners for the 4th Biennial Shortleaf Pine Conference. Surrounded by New Jersey’s own Pine Barrens, the conference will feature sessions by 20+ shortleaf experts and an in-person look at forest restoration and land management practices. Shortleaf pine is a diminished species in Virginia, meaning technical and finacial assistance may be available to landowners interested in planting this species.  

A preliminary schedule will be available soon. 

For more information, please visit the Shortleaf Pine Initiative website

Register Online

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Preparing for Generation NEXT

October 17 & 24

12:30 - 7:30

$50* for up to 2 family members; $25* for each additional family member

Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex, Chatham

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 July.  Contact Jennifer Gagnon, jgagnon@vt.edu, 540/231-6391, for more information. 

41st Annual Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour Series

October - dates coming soon!

  • Augusta County
  • Pulaski County
  • City of Suffolk
  • Buckingham County - October 10

Contact Jennifer Gagnon, jgagnon@vt.edu, 540/231-6391 for more information.

Tree Farm Tour & Dinner - you do NOT have to be a Tree Farmer to attend

October 26

3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

$10* first person; $5* each additional 

Blackwell Tree Farm, Goldvein

Join Tree Farmers and other landowners interested in practicing good forestry on thier lands. Tour an active Tree Farm and learn about the Virginia Tree Farm Foundation.  All woodland owners are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend ro family member.  Dinner will be provided.

Register on-line or by mail.

Contact Jennifer Gagnon for more information, 540-231-6391, jgagnon@vt.edu.

November

Preparing for Generation NEXT

November 2 & 9

12:30 - 7:30

$70* for up to 2 family members; $35* for each additional family member

New Kent Forestry Center, Providence Forge

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.

Registration opens in August.   Contact Jennifer Gagnon, jgagnon@vt.edu, 540/231-6391, for more information. 

December

*Meal(s) included; **Meal(s) and lodging included

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