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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.

Virginia Forestry Summit: Sustaining our Forests through Local Action

April 20-22

Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel, Virginia Beach

Registration Varies

It’s been said that the heart of forestry begins at the local level.   So it’s only natural to conclude that sustaining our forests begins with local action.  Whether you are a forester, timberland owner, environmentalist, or simply appreciate trees, you can have an impact on the future of Virginia’s forests.  This Summit will explore current issues and risks we face trying to manage our resources, how the timber market shapes our decisions, and ideas for helping you take action in your community.

Deadline for Registration: Registration deadline is MARCH 25, 2016. Cancellation Deadline for Summit Registration is April 1, 2016 (a $20 cancellation fee will be applied).

Contact Virginia Forestry Association 804-278-8733 /for more details or register on-line.

Sources of Funding for Land Management & Land Conservation

April 26

6-8 p.m.

Blue Ridge Cafe, Ruckersville

Free dinner and workshop

There are a wide variety of land management and land conservation programs available to farm and forest landowners in Virginia. It can often be overwhelming trying to learn which programs and funding sources might work best for you and your particular property.

Registration Required: For questions and to register by Friday, April 22nd contact PEC at (434) 977-2033, rlinville@pecva.org or register online at:
http://pecva.org/events/sources-of-funding-for-land-management-land-conservation-greene-2016

Spring Venture Outdoors!

April 29

9 - 4

Halifax County - location TBD

Free - includes lunch

Pre-registration is required (deadline is ten working days prior to event)

If you are a landowner and want to know more about your trees, this may be the program for you.  Learn how to identify common species, improve the health of your woodlands, increase profits from your land, and manage wildlife. 

Please contact Jason Fisher, 434/476-2147 for more information. Use this form for registration.  

On-line Woodland Options for Landowners

May 2 - July 22

$45/family

On-line

Learn the basics of managing your woodlands - all from your home.  

All students will receive 3 books: • Common Forest Trees of Virginia • Forest Sustainability: The History, The Challenge, The Promise • American Forests: A History of Resiliency and Recovery; as well as access to a customized Tree Identification program.

No additional text, materials or costs are required to complete the basic requirements; optional advanced assignments, which you are strongly encouraged to complete, require a dendrology field guide, digital camera, compass with adjustable declination setting, topographic quadrangle map, aerial photograph and soil survey (ordering information for all these supplies will be available in the Announcements section of the course).
 

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 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 2016 field trip will be announced the first week of class.

On-line and mail-in registration are open!

Contact Jennifer Gagnon, 540/231-6391, for more information.

The Growing Interest in Longleaf

May 5

Paul D. Camp Community College, Franklin

8:30  -4:30

$10 for landowners

$35 for professionals seeking CFEs

Join the North Carolina Forest Service, the Virginia Department of Forestry and partners for a day-long workshop featuring all things longleaf pine! Learn about the history of longleaf pine forests in the most northern part of its range, Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina, and its significance in the cultural and natural histories of these two fine states. Learn about the diversity of values longleaf pine management has to offer, from enhanced wildlife habitat and superior wood products to increased access for recreation and reduced wildfire risk. Learn how to identify where restoration of longleaf is most suitable and how to get started. Visit remnant old growth stands as well as recently restored sites to see on the ground efforts being taken to sustain and restore this important forest to its former glory.

Advanced registration is required. Registration includes lunch and educational materials. For more information and to register, visit http://www.ncsu-feop.org/longleaf or call 919-515-9563 (Monday-Friday 8AM to 5PM). Payment may be made by credit card or check. Online registrations begin on March 1, 2016.

The Woods in Your Backyard

May 6

9 - 2

Fauquier County VCE Office, Warrenton

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. 

Women and Land Conference.  Emotions: Hindrance or Help to Conservation

May 6

Eastside Community Center, North Dinwiddie

$5.00*

Have you ever put off a land management decision because you feared doing “the wrong thing”? Do the “Nuts and Bolts” of owning land prevent you from doing what you really want on your land? This workshop will focus on our emotional attachment to the land. We will discuss some strategies for using these emotions to make better management decisions and to overcome any negative emotions that might be holding
you back. We want you to leave this workshop feeling more confident to take on the “day-to-day” land management decisions and ready to implement some conservation practices on your land. Our ultimate goal is to help you and your family implement good conservation practices on your land so that it remains a treasured asset for future generations. 

Pre-registration by April 29th is required.  Contact Heather Dowling for more information.

Spring Venture Outdoors!

May 6

9 - 4

Merritt Hall Building, Lynchburg CVCC Campus, Lynchburg

Free - includes lunch

Pre-registration is required (deadline is ten working days prior to event)

If you are a landowner and want to know more about your trees, this may be the program for you.  Learn how to identify common species, improve the health of your woodlands, increase profits from your land, and manage wildlife. 

Please contact Jason Fisher, 434/476-2147 for more information. Use this form for registration.  

The Woods in Your Backyard

May 13

12-5

Alyson H. Smith AREC, Winchester

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. 

7th Annual Crop Production Services Vegetation Management Workshop

Thursday, May 12th

Swift Creek CCC Dining Hall, Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield

$35*/person

8 - 4:15

Pesticide Recertification Credits will be given in the categories of Registered Technician, Forestry, ROW and Aquatics.  We again will be issuing SHARP logger credits and SAF CFE’s for this workshop.  

As we are working to finalize our agenda, discussion topics will very likely  include:  
Regulatory Updates, Current status of H2B, Invasive Weed Management, Quail Management, Mid rotation treatments and Cost share programs, Wildlife Habitat management thru fire, selective chemistries and ground applications; VDACS and the new Pollinator Protection Management Plan, Managing our neighbors while we manage our forests and Rights of Ways, Waters of the US (WOTUS), Updates by Supplier – Dow, NuFarm, BASF, Bayer, Application Demo, VT Extension Update, Virginia Forestry Association Update, Great Fellowship, and Give-Aways / door prizes. A detailed agenda will be available soon.

Reserve your spot now, as spaces are limited.  

Make checks payable to Crop Production Services and send to: 

CPS
Attn: VMW
1850 Touchstone Rd
South Chesterfield, VA 23834

Please contact Brendan Schnell (804-356-6547), or Charlie Smyth (804-513-7185), or Doug Pond (804-241-8118) for more information.

The Woods in Your Backyard

May 20

9 - 2

Price: $30*/person

Albemarle County Office Building 5th Street, Charlottesville

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. 

Spring Venture Outdoors!

May 21

9 - 4

Brunswick County SVCC, Alberta Campus, Alberta

Free - includes lunch

Pre-registration is required (deadline is ten working days prior to event)

If you are a landowner and want to know more about your trees, this may be the program for you.  Learn how to identify common species, improve the health of your woodlands, increase profits from your land, and manage wildlife. 

Please contact Jason Fisher, 434/476-2147 for more information. Use this form for registration.  

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 Festival

June 11

9 - 7

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.

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.

Southeast Virginia Landowner Weekend Retreat

August 26-28

Airfield Conference Center, Wakefield

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 June

Registration will open in June

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

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.  

40th Anniversary - Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tours

October 2016

Tentative Locations:

  • Prince William County
  • Dinwiddie County
  • Tazewell/Buchanan Counties
  • Middle Peninsula

Stay tuned for details coming this summer!

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


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