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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.

Central Virginia Chestnut Restoration

April 12 Madison 10 - 11 am

April 17 Charlottesville 7 - 8 pm

April 27 Lovingston 2 - 3 pm

Free

Attend one of three information sessions that will cover the how and why of chestnut restoration.  

Contact the American Chestnut Virginia Chapter, 540/364-1922, for more information.  

Flora of Virginia

Thursdays, April 18 & 25

Blandy Experimental Station, Boyce

$30 FOSA members; $35 non-members

Attend lab and field sessions using the Flora of Virginia to learn to recognize plant families and more.  

Contact the State Arboretum of Virginia, 540/837-1758 x 224 for more information.  

Sources of Funding for Land Management and Conservation

April 23, Lord Fairfax Community College, Warrenton or

April 30, Stonefire Kitchen, Barboursville

Warrenton program is free

Barboursville - $10*/family

There are a wide variety land management and land conservation programs available to farmer and forest landowners in Virginia. It can often be overwhelming trying to learn which programs and funding source might work best for you and your particular property. In order to help landowners sort through these programs, a variety of state agencies and private organizations are partnering to offer two free 2-hour presentations in the Virginia Piedmont.

During this 2-hour workshop, attendees will hear from the Soil and Water Conservation District about their 100% cost share program for livestock fencing, the Virginia Department of Forestry on their assistance with Forest Stewardship Plan and sources of conservation funding through the Tomorrow Woods program, and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation will talk about their conservation easement program and a new “Farmer Friendly” conservation easement template that they developed in cooperation with the Farm Bureau and VDACS. In addition, the Piedmont Environmental Council will give a presentation on wildlife habitat programs and the related land management options and sources of funding available to landowners.

For more information on the Warrenton program, contact Maggi MacQuilliam, 434/347-23334 x 24; for more information on the Barboursville program, contact Rex Linville, 540/977-2033.

Spring Landowner Weekend Retreat

Friday evening through lunch on Sunday 

April 25-27

$65**/person; $95**/couple with lodging & meals

$35*/person; $50*/couple commuting (meals only)

Holiday Lake 4-H Center, Appomattox

Spend the weekend with fellow forest owners and natural resource professionals.  A combination of classroom and field classes will teach new landowners about important aspects of forest management.  Hands-on activities will teach tree identification, and usage of forestry equipment. 

Agenda

Registration is closed.  Please join us for our Summer or Fall Retreats (see below).

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

Wild Edible Plants Walk

Saturday, April 26

1 - 3

Boyce

$10

Join PEC for a fascinating foray into wild foods at the Piedmont Memorial Overlook in Fauquier/Clarke counties.  This walk will be led by local naturalist and Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries land manager, Ron Hughes.  

Contact Piedmont Environmental Council, 540/347-2334, for more information.  

Wildlife Don't See Property Lines - Learn About Creating Bird & Other Wildlife Habitat on a Larger Scale

Thursday May 1 7 - 8:30 p.m. & 

Saturday May 3 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Warrenton

Most wildlife need more habitat than one landowner can provide.  Join PEC,  Virginia Working Landscapes, and Sky Meadows State Park for an in-depth look at declining wildlife in the region, their habitat needs, and creating habitat across property lines.  The intended audience is landowners and property managers who want to learn more about habitat restoration (especially neighboring landowners!)
This is a two-part event. The first day will first provide an overview of regional habitats & wildlife species. The second session is a field excursion where you will view great examples of habitat and spring wildlife species. Field Walk not required.

Cost:  $10/person  **Attend with a neighbor & receive a 50% discount
To register, please visit www.pecva.org/events.

Progressive Tree Planting Projects for Farms & Open Lands

Friday, May 9

2-7

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Culpeper District

$10*

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia department of Forestry to explore the many ways tree plantings might help your land management, how to develop a tree planting project, sources of assistance, tree planting tips and the economics of it all.  

Please pre-register by May 5th.  Program flier.  Register on-line.

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

Crop Production Services 5th Annual Vegetation Management Workshop

8 - 4:30

Wednesday, May 14

Green Bay, VA

$25*

Learn about herbicide regulation updates, forest management threats, managing vegetation on utility rights of ways, helpful treatments for invasive plants, and farm pond weed management solutions.  The day will conclude with a live equipment demonstration.  See agenda for details.  

CFE and SAF category 1 credits will be offered. Virginia Category 2 (Forestry), 6 (ROW) and 5-A (Aquatics) commercial applicator credits will be offered For more information on this event, please call: Doug Pond (804) 241-8118 Charlie Smyth (804) 513-7185

PRE-REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY. Please register early as space is limited!
Please RSVP by May 9, 2014 to charles.smyth@cpsagu.com or doug.pond@cpsagu.com

American Chestnut: New Challenges and Efforts

Thursday, May 29

1 - 3

Blandy Experimental Station, Boyce

$10* FOSA members/$12* non-members

Matt Brinckman, with the American Chestnut Foundation, will provide updates on efforts to restore the American chestnut, including the ambrosia beetle threat.  The program ends with a walk in Blandy's chestnut orchard.  

Contact the State Arboretum of Virginia, 540/837-1758 x 224 for more information.  

Bees, Blooms and Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, June 14

9 -dark

Lebanon

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

Chestnut Pollinating Season Field Trip

Saturday, June 14

Saturday June 21 - RAIN DATE

10-12

LeSaine State Forest, Roseland

Free

Come see volunteers conducting controlled pollinations on large surviving American and backcross chestnuts.  A guided tour will review over 40 years of chestnut research conducted here.  

Contact the American Chestnut Virginia Chapter, 540/364-1922, for more information.  

Managing Your Land

Monday, June 23

6-8 p.m.

Christiansburg Fire Station, Christiansburg

Free*

Are you interested in being a good steward of your property?  If so, join the Virginia Department of Forestry for a landowner workshop.  Topics will include: gypsy moth and emerald ash borer, open land tree planting, American chestnut, fire mitigation, forest certification, quail management, and wildlife food plots.  Dinner will be provided, but you must reserve a seat at least one week in advance. Program flier

For more information, or to reserve your spot, please contact Dennis Anderson, 540/745-2616.

Summer Landowner Weekend Retreat

Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon

June 28-29

$65**/person; $95**/couple with lodging & meals (Saturday night lodging only)

$35*/person; $50*/couple commuting (meals only)

Matthews State Forest, Galax

Spend the weekend with fellow forest owners and natural resource professionals.  A combination of classroom and field classes will teach new landowners about important aspects of forest management.  Hands-on activities will teach tree identification, and usage of forestry equipment. 

Register on-line or by mail.

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

Focusing on Land Transfer to Generation NEXT

Two Tuesdays, July 29 & Aug.5

12:30 - 7

Moton Museum, Farmville 

$50* for up to 2 members from the same family; $25* for each additional person.

Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation?  Join us for a workshop with free legal guidance from professionals in intergenerational land transfer.  

Brochure.  Contact Adam Downing, 540/948-6881, for more information.  

Fall Landowner Weekend Retreat

Friday evening through lunch on Sunday

September 5-7

Airfield 4-H Educational Center, Wakefield

Prices to be determined*

Spend the weekend with fellow forest owners and natural resource professionals.  A combination of classroom and field classes will teach new landowners about important aspects of forest management.  Hands-on activities will teach tree identification, and usage of forestry equipment. 

On-line and mail registrations will open in July.

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

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in these activities, please contact Jennifer Gagnon at 540/231-6391/TDD* during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.  *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.


Upcoming Programs

Summer Landowner Weekend Retreat

  • June 28-29
  • Matthews State Forest, Galax
  • $65/person; $95/couple (includes Saturday lodging & meals)
  • $35/person; $50/couple (meals only)
  • Register on-line or by mail
  • Agenda coming soon

Focusing on Land Transfer to Generation NEXT

  • July 29 & Aug. 5
  • 12:30 - 7 p.m.
  • Moton Museum, Farmville
  • $50* for up to 2 family members
  • $25* for each additional family member
  • Register by mail or on-line

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