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A complete listing of upcoming forestry education events in Virginia

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

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

Agenda

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.  

Registration is closed.

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

Reveling in the Magnificence of Trees

September 18

8 - 4

$85-

Best Western Inn & Conference Center, Waynesboro

On behalf of Waynesboro Parks & Recreation, Trees Virginia, and The Department of Forestry, we are excited to bring you the 20th annual Waynesboro Tree Care Workshop- Reveling in the Magnificence of Trees and ArborMaster Tree Training. Trees are facing an onslaught of pressures from development to unusual weather patterns. The challenges are abundant for our urban forests. This year's lineup of speakers will arm you with the information and tools- whether you work for government agencies or private industry- to meet these challenges head on. Join us to learn more about how to play a vital role in creating a sustainable, healthy, urban forest. 

For more information, please visit the website.  On-line registration available here.

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

Registration: On-line; mail-in

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

Franklin City/Southampton Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour

October 8

Franklin City /Southampton County

8:30 - 4:30 ( (Meet at registration at 8 a.m.)

$45/person*

Since the late 1880’s much of the growth of Franklin was directly related to forest industry. On this tour, we’ll explore how forestry shaped this city and the role it plays today.  

  • Stop 1: You Bet Your Ash
  • Stop 2: Intensive Pine Management
  • Lunch: Its Pig Country Too, Ya know?
  • Stop 3: Gotta saw it before ya can use it
  • Stop 4: Gotta cut it before ya can saw it

Mail-in registration and detailed tour itinerary; on-line registration.PLEASE REGISTER BY 5:00 p.m. SEPTEMBER 30th.

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, 540-231-6391, for more information.

Nelson County Fall Forestry &Wildlife Field Tour

October 16

Nelson County 

8:30 - 5:00 ( (Meet at registration at 8 a.m.)

$35/person; $60/couple*

Nestled against the Blue Ridge Mountains, Nelson County is home to a variety of farms, vineyards, estates, and the Wintergreen Resort.  But did you know there is also plenty of active forestry there too? Over 2.8 million dollars of timber were harvested in Nelson County in 2012.  

  • Stop 1: Beneficial Pollinators on Private Land
  • Stop 2: Is Silvopasture Right for You?
  • Stop 3: Hardwood Processing Facility Tour
  • Lunch: Catered Southern-style luncheon                                                            
  • Stop 4: Hardwood Management
  • Stop 5: Improving Your Stand of Timber

Mail-in registration and detailed tour itinerary; on-line registration.PLEASE REGISTER BY 5:00 p.m. OCTOBER 8th.  

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

Wythe/Smyth County Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour

October 23

Wythe/Smyth Counties

8:30 - 5:00 (Meet at registration at 8 a.m.)

$35/person; $60/couple*

This tour of beautiful southwest Virginia will highlight the diverse aspects of forestry in Virginia, including woodland management, wildlife, water quality, and product manufacturing.  

  • Stop 1: Repass Family Forest
  • Stop 2: Musser Lumber Company, Inc.
  • Stop 3: Log Grading
  • Lunch: Dutch Pantry
  • Stop 4: Washington/Jefferson National Forest
    Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
  • Stop 5: Buller Fish Hatchery

Mail-in registration and detailed tour itinerary; on-line registration.PLEASE REGISTER BY 5:00 p.m. OCTOBER 16th.  

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)

Natural Hardwood Charcoal Making Demonstration

October 24

8 - Noon

Free

Fall Harvest Festival, Young Farmer's Grounds, Madison

An open-house demonstration occurring at the first-ever Fall Harvest Festival.  Cooking with real charcoal and taste-testing samples with local meat! For related information see: http://www.frec.vt.edu/charcoal/

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

Working Woods Walk

October 25

2 - 4

$10/person

James Madison's Montpelier, Montpelier Station

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.

http://www.montpelier.org/visit

 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)

Forest Botanicals: Working Together to Build a New Supply Chain

November 13

Front Royal

9 - 3

$15*

Forest-based medicinal plant cultivation (i.e., agroforestry), could help forest landowners in the eastern United States generate additional income, improve the health of their woodlot, and contribute to native medicinal plant conservation. It also stands to help the natural products industry address concerns about where their raw plant material comes from and the quality of their products. However, status quo markets favor wild harvesting and make it difficult to profitably farm these plants in the forest. Buyers, manufacturers, and many herbalists have simply not been willing to pay the price required for forest owners to profitably and sustainably raise many slow-growing, habitat-specific medicinal plants in the forest where they often grow best. As a result, plants such as black cohosh, blue cohosh, goldenseal, bloodroot, and American ginseng continue to be wild-harvested or cultivated under artificial shade instead of grown in the forest.


Attendees of these meetings will learn about the complex and little understood forest botanical supply chain and the opportunities and challenges facing forest-based growers (and buyers) of native medicinal plants. Quality-control, profitability, and sustainability will be discussed along with current efforts to address existing market shortcomings by building a new forest botanical supply paradigm based on third-party forest-grown verification. Attendees will learn about how to become involved in building a new ‘forest-grown’ botanical supply chain that features ‘wild-stewarded’ and ‘forest farmed’ products, and discuss with experts and company representatives what is needed to become a supplier in this emerging agroforestry-based industry.

Due to space limitations at each of these locations, we encourage only commercially-oriented forest landowners already involved in medicinal plant production and harvesting forestlands to register to attend one of these meetings. If you are eligible to attend, we ask that you send only two members of your household or operation to the workshop.

Download registration form here.  Contact Tiffany Brown for more information 540/231-0790

Forest Botanicals: Working Together to Build a New Supply Chain

November 14

Abingdon

9-3

15*

Forest-based medicinal plant cultivation (i.e., agroforestry), could help forest landowners in the eastern United States generate additional income, improve the health of their woodlot, and contribute to native medicinal plant conservation. It also stands to help the natural products industry address concerns about where their raw plant material comes from and the quality of their products. However, status quo markets favor wild harvesting and make it difficult to profitably farm these plants in the forest. Buyers, manufacturers, and many herbalists have simply not been willing to pay the price required for forest owners to profitably and sustainably raise many slow-growing, habitat-specific medicinal plants in the forest where they often grow best. As a result, plants such as black cohosh, blue cohosh, goldenseal, bloodroot, and American ginseng continue to be wild-harvested or cultivated under artificial shade instead of grown in the forest.

Attendees of these meetings will learn about the complex and little understood forest botanical supply chain and the opportunities and challenges facing forest-based growers (and buyers) of native medicinal plants. Quality-control, profitability, and sustainability will be discussed along with current efforts to address existing market shortcomings by building a new forest botanical supply paradigm based on third-party forest-grown verification. Attendees will learn about how to become involved in building a new ‘forest-grown’ botanical supply chain that features ‘wild-stewarded’ and ‘forest farmed’ products, and discuss with experts and company representatives what is needed to become a supplier in this emerging agroforestry-based industry.

Due to space limitations at each of these locations, we encourage only commercially-oriented forest landowners already involved in medicinal plant production and harvesting forestlands to register to attend one of these meetings. If you are eligible to attend, we ask that you send only two members of your household or operation to the workshop.

Download registration form here.  Contact Tiffany Brown for more information 540/231-0790

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)

Real Forestry for Real Estate

January 14

New River Valley Association of Realtors Office, Christiansburg

$50/person*

9 - 4:45

Agenda available in November

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.

Registration will open in November.

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


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