Return to Skip Menu

Main Content

Events Calendar

A complete listing of upcoming forestry education events in Virginia

Do you have an event you'd like to see in the Events Calendar?  Submit your events here.

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.

Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council 2015 Conference                                                                                                              

Advances in Invasive Plant Science: Applying Research Outcomes to Management and Restoration at the Species, Community, and Landscape Levels

August 4 & 5

Junita College, Ellis Hall Ballroom, Huntingdon, PA

Join researchers and invasive plant managers as they come together to discuss the latest invasive plant research and how it can be used to increase the effectiveness of invasive plant management strategies.

Managing invasive plants in the Mid-Atlantic region can be complicated.  The area encompasses urban lands and wilderness areas, stretches from coastal swamps to high mountain forests, and includes numerous well-established invasive species.

Adding to the complexity are the threats of newly-emerging invasive species, the recent addition of biocontrol vectors, and the role of restoration in recently-managed areas. With all of these factors, a scientific approach to managing invasive plants is critical to success.

Through a number of case studies our invited speakers will present their recent applied research on invasive plants.  Research topics will cover applied management at the species, ecosystem, and landscape levels.  We will cover effective control strategies: biocontrol vectors, pre-emergent herbicides, early detection of new species, and cooperative weed management areas.  Restoration projects in wilderness areas and urban habitats will be discussed along with information on re- vegetation, weed risk assessment, and impacts on pollinators.

We will also have a field session to cover species identification, mapping tools, and chemical techniques.

Time will be available for questions, discussion, and networking with speakers and attendees. We invite you to join us for this 9th Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council Conference. It will be an exciting and informative two-day meeting.

Additional conference details:

http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/ed_conference_ipc.shtml

Registration:

https://online.morrisarboretum.org/pages/continuing-education/conference--2015-invasive-plant-conference

Hardwood Silviculture: Realistic Options in Real World Situations

A Continuing Education Opportunity for Professional Foresters

August 11

9-4

$25, includes lunch

McCormick Farm/Shenandoah Valley AREC, Raphine

Virginia’s hardwood forests resources are diverse in species, history and potential. While more complicated to manage in many ways, we can practically apply basic and new silvicultural concepts to accomplish near-term economic objectives while improving long term forest health and productivity goals. Learn how and earn CE credits by attending this workshop.  

Program Elements:
Forestry in a post high-grading era, the single-entry silviulture concept, Oak Regeneration Challenges, Low-grade thinning case study, Combining Silvicultural tools, 
and 10 years of Crop Tree Release.  Instructors include Jerre Creighton, VDOF and Tom Fox, VT.  

Approved for 5.5 SAF Cat. 1 CFE's.

Professional foresters, contact Adam Downing for more information 540/948-6881. Registration information here.  

Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association Annual Conference

August 12-14

Holiday Inn Tanglewood, Roanoke

$90/member

Agenda

Contact Kyle Peer (276/694-4135) or visit: http://www.virginiachristmastrees.org/2015-vctga-summer/ for more information. 

Register here: http://www.virginiachristmastrees.org/2015-vctga-summer/

Forest Herbicide Workshop

August 25 -26, 2015

This course will teach participants about forest herbicide safety and application, selection of forest herbicide adjuvants, use of herbicides for aquatic vegetation control,  Integration of herbicide use for site preparation, herbaceous weed control and woody release, control of invasive exotic plants in forest stands, new industry products and applications, and calibration techniques for herbicide applications.

Instructors: Dr. David Dickens, Dr. Dave Moorhead and others

Location: Bulloch County Ag Center – Conference Room, 151 Langston Chapel Rd, Statesboro, GA

Registration - Registration is ready at this page.

  • By August 4, 2015................................................$185.00
  • After August 4, 2015.............................................$210.00

Credits

  • Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) Hours - Category 1 (approved)
  • Continuing Logger Education (CLE) Hours - Environment (approved)
  • Pesticide Applicator Certification:  Georgia  5 hours Cat 23 commercial and 1 hour Cat 10 private; (approved)

Utilizing Prescribed Burning on Private Lands for Whitetail Deer Management and Wildlife Habitat

August 28

9 - 4

$25*

Southampton County

A hands-on training workshop for landowners to learn, share, discuss, and interact with prescribed burning.  Registration fee includes lunch, drinks, and snacks.  

Please contact Aaron Bumgarner at carolinaforestryandwildlife@gmail.com to register.  

Southeast Virginia Landowner Weekend Retreat

August 28-30

Airfield 4-H Educational Center, Wakefield

Individual- No lodging: $45
Individual - Dorm-style lodging Sat.only: $60
Individual - Dorm-style lodging Fri.& Sat.: $80
Couple, No Lodging - $90
Couple - Dorm-style lodging Sat.only: $120
Couple - Dorm-style lodging Fri.& Sat.: $160
Couple- Hotel-style lodging Sat.only: $150
Couple- Hotel-style lodging Fri.& Sat.: $190

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.  

 On-line registration and mail-in registration are now open!

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

Conservation Easements for Forest Landowners and their Advisers - Tifton

September 8-9, 2015

The objective of this course is to provide guidance for attendees in reaching a sustainable agreement for protecting forest land. A framework is offered for analyzing protection goals for reaching a successful agreement in the context of legal constraints and tax .

Instructors: Dr. Harry L. Haney Jr., Katherine Eddins and others

Location: UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, 15 RDC Road, Tifton, GA

Registration - Registration is ready at this page.

  • By August 17, 2015........................................................$245.00
  • After August 17, 2015 and through August 28, 2015.........$295.00

Credits

  • 13.5 Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) hours – Category 1 (approved) Full Attendance is Mandatory to Receive CFEs
  • 13.5 Continuing Logger Education (CLE) hours - Business Management (approved)  Full Attendance is Mandatory to Receive these CLEs
  • 14.0 GA Real Estate Agent/Real Estate Appraiser credits (applied for) cost is additional $50.00
  • 12.5 Continuing Legal Education Credits – GA (to be applied for) cost is additional $65.00.

Quail and Pollinator Habitat Field Day

September 11

8:30 - 3:30

Rappahannock and Madison Counties

Free* Please pre-register!

Biologists from the Virginia Quail Recovery Initiative and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute will lead tours of farms currently under management through the VQRI and being surveyed by Virginia Working Landscapes. Tours will focus on the challenges and successes of creating habitat for quail, and how these actions
benefit native birds, pollinators and other wildlife.

Please contact Charlotte Lorick, 540/635-0038, to register. 

Family Forestland Short-course: Focus on Land Transfer to Generation NEXT

September 14 & 21

Natural Bridge Hotel, Natural Bridge

12:30 - 7:00

$60* Individual or 2 Family Members

$30* for each additional family member

- Are you concerned about passing your family land to your heirs?

- Do you know your options to pass on your family woodlands or farm?

- Interested in saving lots of money?

Then this program is for you. Registration is now open! 

Print and mail in application or apply on-line.

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

Nature Hike - Discover the Foresters Trail

3 - 5:00 p.m.

September 26, October 3, and October 10th

Explore Park, Roanoke 

The Foresters Trail has a story to tell. Take a pleasant walk through the woods and hear that story from a professional forester. Learn to identify trees, recognize soil formation in action, and spy the signs of development and decline in a forest. This great educational opportunity for all ages will introduce you to modern forestry
practices and the balance that foresters strike between providing wood products for society and preserving the unique and highly diverse ecosystem of our forestland. Hosted by the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Society of American Foresters (SAF).

No pre-registration required.

Central Virginia Landowner Weekend Retreat

October 3-4

Bear Creek Lake State Park, Cumberland

$40/person, $80/couple no lodging

$75 /person, $150/couple with Fri. and Sat. night lodging
 

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 and registration available in August.

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

Franklin/Southampton Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour

October 8

Join fellow woodland owners and natural resource professionals for a day learning about active forestry and wildlife management practices, wood product manufacturing, and more in the Franklin area.  

More details coming soon.  Registration will open in August.

Contact Neil Clark (757/653-2572) for details.

   

Real Forestry for Real Estate

October 14

Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors Office, Roanoke

$50/person*

9 - 4:45

Agenda

Virginia has over 15.8 million acres of forestland, most of which will change ownership in the next 5-10 years. Real Forestry for Real Estate is part of a strategy to put sound forest management information into the hands of the new owners. Learn the basics of forestry and leave with tools to help new woodland owners manage their land sustainably.  Approved for 8 VDPOR CE/Appraiser credits.  VDPOR Course #015101.

Register on-line or by mail. Contact Jennifer Gagnon for more information.

 

Nelson County Fall Forestry &Wildlife Field Tour

October 16

Nelson County 

Join fellow woodland owners and natural resource professionals for a day learning about active forestry and wildlife management practices in lovely Nelson County!

More details coming soon.  Registration will open in August.

Contact Jason Fisher (434/476-2147) for details. 

 

Wythe/Smyth County Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour

October TBD

Wythe/Smyth Counties

Join fellow woodland owners and natural resource professionals for a day learning about active forestry and wildlife management practices in lovely SW Virginia!

More details coming soon.  Registration will open in August.

Contact Bill Worrell (276/889-8056) for details. 

 

Forestry for Non-Foresters Parts 1 and 2

October 20-22, 2015

The field of forestry is often described as a mix of science and art. Blending the needs of landowners, industry and society with the characteristics and potential of the land is a complex endeavor. The history of forestry in the Southeastern United States is rich and exciting, and has led to one of the most ecologically diverse and economically important regions in the country. These two courses will provide an introduction to forest management concepts, practices and relevant issues.

Instructors: Dr. Kris Irwin and Dr. Bill Hubbard

Location: Flinchum’s Phoenix, 650 Phoenix Road, Athens, Georgia

Registration - Registration will be ready at this page by July 20.

  • Early Registration (by Sept. 30) for Part 1..................$175.00
  • Early Registration (by Sept. 30) for Part 2..................$295.00
  • Regular Registration (after Sept. 30) for Part 1..............$210.00
  • Regular Registration (after Sept. 30) for Part 2...............$345.00

Credits

  • 7 Continuing Logger Education Hours (CLE) for Part 1 – Environment (to be applied for)
  • 12 Continuing Logger Education Hours (CLE) for Part 2 - Environment (to be applied for)
 

 Issues in Tree and Forest Health Care: Diagnosis and Treatment

October 27-28, 2015

This course will focus on key components of tree and forest health in Southern forested landscapes. In-depth topics will include insect threats, tree diseases, and abiotic stress factors such as soil compaction and drought.

Instructors: Dr. Kim Coder, Dr. Kamal Gandhi and Dr. Jean Williams-Woodward and others

Location: Flinchum’s Phoenix, 650 Phoenix Road, Athens, Georgia

Registration - Registration will be ready at this page by July 27.

  • By October 6, 2015......................................................$245.00
  • After October 6, 2015 and through October 23, 2015....$295.00

Credits

  • 13.0 Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) hours (to be applied for)
  • 13.0  Continuing Logger Education (CLE) hours (to be applied for)
  • 13.5  Board Certified Master Arborists credit hours (to be applied for)
  • 13.5 Certified Arborist credit hours (to be applied for)

Forest Roads in the Piedmont and Coastal Plains

November 10-11, 2015

This course will teach you how to plan, design, locate, construct, stabilize, use, maintain and close forest roads.  Consideration will be given to permanent and temporary roads, skid trails and landings.  The important role played by water quality and Best Management Practices (BMPs) will be explained.

Instructor: Dr. Ben Jackson

Location: Flinchum’s Phoenix, 650 Phoenix Road, Athens, Georgia

Registration - Registration will be ready at this page by August 10.

  • By October 20, 2015......................................................$245.00
  • After October 20, 2015 and through November 9, 2015...$295.00

Credits

  • 12.0 Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) hours – Category 1 (to be applied for)
  • 12.0 Continuing Logger Education (CLE) hours - Environment (to be applied for)

Deer Ecology and Management

December 8-9, 2015

This course will focus on providing an overview of white-tailed deer ecology and provide guidelines toward the application of sound principles for the management of deer on private lands in the Southeast.

Instructors: Dr. Karl Miller and Brian Murphy

Location: Flinchum’s Phoenix, 650 Phoenix Road, Athens, Georgia

Registration - Registration will be ready at this page by September 8.

  • By November 17, 2015........................................................$245.00
  • After November 17, 2015 and through December 4, 2015.....$295.00

Credits

  • 11.0 Category 1 and 1.0 Category 2 Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) hours (to be applied for)
  • 12.0 Continuing Logger Education (CLE) hours  – Environment (to be applied for)
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


Apps & Websites

Publications


Like the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter @VFLEP


VFLEP is a Virginia Cooperative Extension Program.