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A complete listing of upcoming forestry education events in Virginia

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On-line registration is available for many events.

An * after a registration fee means meals are included.  ** after a registration fee means meals and lodging are included.

The Woods in Your Backyard

June 10

12-5

Rockingham County

Price: $30*/person

Small lots, such as the one you may own, are a big deal.  By enhancing wooded areas or creating natural areas on your lot, you can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife, and improved water quality.  Owners of even small acreages can make a positive difference in their environment through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices learned at this workshop.  

For more information, please contact Adam Downing, 540/948-6881; On-line registration open in April. 

Bees, Blooms & Bluegrass

June 11

2:50 - 3:30

Free

The Old Russell Co.Courthouse Grounds, Dickensonville

The mission of the fifth annual Bees, Blooms and Bluegrass Festival is to educate, entertain and engage the community awareness of our heritage and resources. Festival events promote the education of the public using an entertaining festival atmosphere while also promoting tourism, entrepreneurism and sustainable agriculture. Extension educators, community leaders, master gardeners and other volunteers and state employees conduct workshops and lead guided tours of the historical courthouse and grounds. Come out for a full day of entertainment, eating, and shopping with local talent, local foods and local crafts! Educational fun workshops in 2015 included: programs by local gardeners---pollination, mason bees and gardening 101; local and state representatives presented-getting started in bee keeping, processing and selling honey, growing shitake mushrooms, making herbal honey, and a straw bale garden demonstration. Families had hands on involvement in a colonial tea, farm animal petting display, traditional music entertainment and dancing, demonstration on weaving loom, heritage games, storytelling and a civil war encampment.
 

There will be a screening of the Forest History Society’s new documentary: America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck & the Asheville Experiment.

This local, continually developing program is a collaborative effort of the Russell County Extension Office, the Russell County Tourism Committee, and the Historical Society of Russell County.

Contact Bill Worrell, 276/889-8056 for more information.

Rappahannock Event Series: Pollinator Walk

June 23

2 - 4:30

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.

Working Woods Walk

July 17

2 - 4

$10/person or $5/person with purchase of a mansion ticket

James Madison' Montpelier, Montpelier Station

Venture deep into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike guided by experts in forest conservation. Learn about cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature, both in the Madisons' time and today. This guided tour begins at the Visitor Center. Dogs on leashes are permitted.

Logging Cost Analysis

July 19-20

$395*

Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, UGA, Athens

This course will cover both principles and applications of logging cost analysis techniques from the perspective of wood dealers, procurement foresters, and independent logging contractors. Course content will focus on methods for evaluating historic production and cost records within the context of the evolving wood supply chain. Spreadsheet models will be reviewed and provided to participants for hands-on training involving modifications necessary to assess and simulate a range of harvesting systems, techniques, and equipment mix variations. Upon completion of this course, participants should be well-equipped to better evaluate logging costs using a range of techniques.

Who Should Attend?  Foresters, wood buyers, and logging contractors involved in wood procurement, sale layout, and timber harvesting. Forest engineers, forestry equipment representatives, and others who service the timber harvesting industry would benefit from the course content. 

  • 10.0 SAF Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) Hours –Category 1 (approved)
  • 10.0 MTH Continuing Logging Education (CLE) Hours –Business Management (approved)
    Full Attendance is Mandatory to Receive Credit.

Register by mail or on-line.

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

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.

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

Save the date flier

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

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.

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

Registration will open in July

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

Preparing for Generation NEXT

Tuesdays, October 5 & 12 (TENTATIVE)

Orange

More details are coming soon.

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

40th Anniversary - Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tours

October 2016

  • Essex County - Oct. 7
  • Prince William County - Oct. 14
  • Dinwiddie County
  • Lee County

Stay tuned for details coming this summer!

For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon, 540/231-6391.


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