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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.

Succession Solutions for Farm Families

Oct. 23

9 - 3

Staunton Holiday Inn, Staunton

$69 for first family member; $41 for each additional family member

A succession plan is far more than a binder full of legal documents and a life insurance policy.It’s founded on common goals and shared dreams. It ensures a smooth transition, the family’s financial security, and a well-prepared next generation.  In this workshop, Kevin Spafford will teach the five keys to planning success:

  1.  Planning Process
  2. Overcome Obstacles
  3. Common Objectives
  4. Good Communication
  5. Commitment

Follow on Facebook for updates:; Please Register by October 2nd.  

To register, please call Jeremy Daubert at theRockingham County Extension Office: (540) 564-3080 Or email:

Rockbridge Area Forestry & Wildlife Association

Oct. 23

6:00 p.m.

South River Fire Department, Fairfield

$11 - dinner included

Sustainable Tree Talk: Jennifer Hughes is the Arborist for the City of Lexington since 2012. She is an ISA Certified Arborist and TRAQ Certified Tree Assessor (Tree Risk). She graduated top of her class from Blue Ridge Community College’s Urban Forestry program in 2004. She has worked for the Frontier Culture Museum, the National Park Service, and Big-O Tree, to name a few. She is a total tree nerd that was raised in Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley CA. She relocated to August Co. as a teenager and has a small farm there presently. Her hobbies include traveling, landscaping, card games, cooking, and yoga among numerous others. Her favorite tree is of course Sequoia sempervirens the Coastal Redwood.

To reserve your spot, please call by October 17 to 540-261-3803 or 540-290-0082

Non-timber Forest Products Fall 2014 Webinar Series: Art from the Forest

October 29

2-3:00 p.m.


Nontimber forest products include plants, lichens and mushrooms used for specialized art and craft practices: basketmaking, fiber dyeing, and more.  Artisans who gather and use these species have specialized knowledge of their micro-habitats and require certain qualities in the material they use.  Allaire Diamond M.S., Conservation Ecologist with the Vermont Land Trust, will discuss a variety of species used by master artisans and the unique opportunities for landowners to foster these species on their land and build relationships with artisan-gatherers.  

Register here

Working Woods Walk 

Oct. 26

2 - 4 p.m.

James Madison's Montpelier, Montpelier Station


Join Virginia Master Naturalists on this Virginia LEAF program.  Explore beyond the Mansion and the lawn to the woods of Montpelier and consider society’s dependence on this resource then and now.  The walk through President Madison’s beloved woodlands will be led by Virginia Master Naturalists through a state-of-the-art trail showcasing various forest & habitat tending methods.


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

Grayson-Carroll Counties Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour

Thursday, Oct. 30

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Start in Galax

$30*/person; $50*/couple

This tour of beautiful southwest Virginia will highlight current forest management research projects on the Matthews State Forest.  But white pine is really the star of this tour as we explore the many management options available for this species.  

Tour brochure and mail-in registration; on-line registration.  

For more information, contact Bill Worrell, 276/889-8056

Fields, pastures, creek sides....and Trees: How could it work for you?

Saturday, November 8         

9:00 - 4:30 

Lord Fairfax Community College, Warrenton

$15* - includes lunch

Come find out in a day-long workshop focused on agroforestry riparian buffer and silvopasture systems. These practices provide a way to bring trees back into our farming to work for us, and the land.

Silvopasture is the intentional management of trees, forage, and livestock that can make for happy healthy herds. Agroforestry riparian buffers are bands of trees planted parallel to creeks.   The buffers provide opportunities to produce market products such as fruits, nuts, florals, and more. Because both practices incorporate more trees in the landscape, they play an important role in improving our soil health and water quality.

We invite highly interested landowners and producers to join us for this day-long workshop where we will provide you with information on how to get started. Experts from both the private and public sector will be on hand to answer questions, and landowners will share their experience with these practices.

For more information contact Paxton Ramsdell at 540-231-0790 or  Register on-line.  Webpage.

Non-timber Forest Products Fall 2014 Webinar Series: Forest Cultivated Mushrooms: A Rotten Business

November 10

2-3:00 p.m.


Ken Mudge, associate professor at Cornell University, will explore the four stages that a prospective mushroom grower must consider for forest cultivation of shiitake mushrooms. Acquisition of substrate logs, inoculation, resting, fruiting and harvesting of mushrooms will be covered in this webinar.

Register here

Non-timber Forest Products Fall 2014 Webinar Series: Forest Botanicals' Deep and Tangled Roots

December 12

2-3:00 p.m.


Eric Burkhart, faculty instructor at Pennsylvania State University, will share insights from his  studies and involvement with native plant species on eastern US forestlands that are wild harvested for the domestic and international plant trade. Quality-control, profitability, and sustainability within this industry will be discussed.

Register here

Certification Considerations for Mid-Atlantic Wood Exports


Renaissance Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA


Add to your knowledge of certification issues relating to forest resources, industrial manufacturing, transportation, logistics and the regulations, policies and audits.  The conference is designed to appeal to anyone with a serious interest in tapping into forest product export markets: private forest industry, foresters and consultants, economic developers and commissioners, NFOs, and logistics professionals involved in wood-based resource supply chains. Continuing education credits are available for engineers and professional foresters.

For more information, visit the conference website.  Register on-line here.

Master Tree Farmer 2015

Tuesday Evenings, January 27 - February 17th, 2015



Join Clemson University and natural resource professionals from throughout the Southeast for this 4-part Master Tree Farmer Program.  Sessions are as follows:

  • Session 1. An examination of two land certification programs: American Tree Farm System and the QDMA Land Certification program.
  • Session 2. Use of prescribed fire in pine management.
  • Session 3. Forest Genetics: Is improved stock worth the investment?
  • Session 4. Forest Pests: Current and Future Threats

Register on-line here.

For more information: or Contact: Susan Guynn at or 864-656-0606.

Walk in the Forest

Saturday, March 21, 2015

New Kent Forestry Center


Take a walk in the woods with professional foresters at this historically well-attended event.  

Contact Lisa Deaton 804/966-2201 x 115 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

Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tours

Registration is now open!

On-line registration

Agroforestry Workshop

  • November 8
  • 9 - 4:30
  • Warrenton
  • $15 - includes lunch

On-line registration

* New iPhone App for foresters - Service Forester's Toolkit

* An urban forestry resource for local officials: Managing Natural Resources.  A Guide for Municipal Commissions.

New publication: Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory

Summer 2014 edition of National Woodland magazine


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