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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.

Forest Health Conference

Feb. 2-3

Stonewall Jackson Hotel, Staunton

All day

Full registration: $95*; One day registration: $65*

The Virginia Association of Forest Health Professionals (VAFHP) formed in 1991 at the height of the Virginia gypsy moth outbreak. This reflected the need for information exchange between the state and local coordinators who were administering gypsy moth spray programs. At that time, the group was known at the Association of Virginia Gypsy Moth Managers. In 2007, the name was changed in order to better reflect our broader concerns with many forest health issues affecting Eastern forests.

We meet annually to hear the latest on emerging pests, existing issues and other related forest ecology and forest health topics. This conference offers:

  • Commercial pesticide applicators’ license recertification (multiple states)
  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) CEUs
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF) CFEs

Attendees include local, state and federal officials, independent contractors, consultants, horticulture and forest industry representatives and students. We encourage anyone interested in the ecology of the Mid-Atlantic to participate. VAFHP is committed to developing and providing education and training for natural resource professionals.

2015 tentative agenda

Visit the Virginia Association of Forest Health Professionals website for more information.

Tree Steward Training Programs

Winter-Spring 2015

Various locations across Virginia

$120

Tree Stewards are trained community volunteers committed to promoting healthy urban and rural forests in Virginia.  Tree Stewards provide training classes, educational programs, and projects in their communities intended to increase public awareness of the value of trees while teaching about trees and tree care.  With classroom training and hands-on practice, Tree Stewards are equipped to identify trees, counsel on tree selection, demonstrate proper tree planting and follow-up care, and guide removal of invasive plants that threaten trees.

Visit the Trees Virginia website for locations and details.

Chainsaws & Firewood: A Weekend Warrior Workshop

February 21

10 a.m. -12 p.m.

Free

K&M Saw Shop, Culpeper

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension for this 2 hour program.  Chainsaw safety and saw maintenance will be covered.  There will also be a demonstration on felling trees and cutting firewood.  Please pre-register by February 16th.

Contact Carl Stafford, 540/727-3435 x 351 for more information.  

Protect your Woodland Resources

February- March 2015

6 - 9 p.m.

Several locations across SW VA - TBA

Free

Learn about current threats to the health and security of your woodlands and what you can do to reduce these risks. Topics will include invasive species, diseases, boundary line marking and maintenance, and safe ways to sell your timber. Multiple evening programs will be offered. Details available in January.

Contact Bill Worrell 276/889-8056 for details.

On-line Woodland Options for Landowners

Begins March 2 - runs for 12 weeks

On-line

$45/family

On-line registration is open. Learn the basics of forest management, from setting goals and objectives to developing a management plan in this 12-week class. 2015 Syllabus.

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

Sources of Funding for Land Management and Land Conservation

March 4

6-8:00 p.m.

Rockfish Valley Community Center

Free*

Description:
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 a free 2-hour presentation at the Rockfish Valley Community Center in Afton, Virginia.

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 and NRCS staff will give a presentation on wildlife habitat programs and the related land management options and sources of funding available to landowners.  Dinner is included.

Contact Rex Linville, 434/977-2033, for more information.

11th Annual Woods & Wildlife Conference

Saturday, March 14, 2015

8:30 - 4:30 (check-in opens 7:45)

Daniel Technology Center, Germanna Community College, Culpeper

Map and driving directions

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and partners for this full-day program.  A wide variety of topics, for both owners of small and large woodlands, will be offered. 

Registration is open!  On-line registration or Mail-in.  .  

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

Walk in the Forest

Saturday, March 21, 2015

8:00 - 4:00

New Kent Forestry Center

Free.

Take a walk in the woods with professional foresters at this historically well-attended event.  Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day!

Contact Lisa Deaton 804/966-2201 for more information.  

Prescribed Burning on Private Lands: A Workshop for Virginia Woodland Owners

Wednesday, April 1

Point Yancey Room, Airfield Conference Center, Wakefield

9 - 4

$10*

Whether you are a single tract landowner or manage thousands of acres, prescribed fire training should be part of your land management plan. Burning should be conducted in such a way to ensure that your management objectives will be met, while minimizing the likelihood for escaped fire and smoke liability. This one-day workshop will outline benefits of using fire as a management tool on your property, where to go and who to contact when you need assistance, and how burns are conducted safely and successfully. You will also have the chance to actively participate in a prescribed burn (conditions permitting). 

Topics Covered Include:
• Virginia Burning Laws
• Virginia Certified Burner Program
• Benefits of Prescribed Burning
• Prescribed Burning Weather
• Ignition Techniques/Types of Prescribed Burns
• Private Landowner Assistance Programs
• Tools for Prescribed Burning
• Hands-on Burning Experience
(Conditions permitting)
 

Who Should Take this Course:
Private landowners who are interested in using prescribed burning to safely and effectively meet their woodland management goals.

On-line and mail-in registration will open February 12.  Register early as participation is limited to 30.

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

Virginia Forestry Summit: Wood Connections & Relationships

April 15-16

Boars Head Inn, Charlottesville

All day

Registration fees vary

Join professional foresters, loggers, wood products manufacturers, and woodland owners at this annual meeting. Educational programs will be available for everyone.SAF CE credits will be available.  

This year’s program will feature a four-part full day General Session on Wednesday:

  • Part I: Focus on Loggers.  Speakers to include Dr. Scott Barrett, Virginia Tech; Dr. Dale Green, University of Georgia; and Don Taylor, Sustainable Resource Systems LLC.
  • Part II: Focus on Virginia Resource Assessment & Landowner Survey.  Speakers to include Dr. Steve Prisley and Will Saulnier, Virginia Tech.
  • Part III: Focus on Future Outlooks and Investments.  Speakers to include Michael Kelly, Forest Investment Associates; Pete Stewart; Forest2Market; Marshall Thomas, F&W Forestry.
  • Part IV: Focus on Industry Perspectives.  Speakers to include John Luke, Jr., MWV; Thomas Mende, Klausner, and others.

Thursday will feature workshops, tours as well as the annual Forestry Summit Reception and Awards Banquet. Friday offerings will include additional training opportunities. SAF CFE credits will be available.
 

Contact Shannon McCabe, 804/278-8733, for more information.

Spring Venture Outdoors

April 24

Alberta

9 - 3:30

Free

Interested in learning about current forestry issues that pertain to the health and management of your land? If so, join Virginia Cooperative Extension and partners for this event.

Contact Jason Fisher 434/476-2147for more information.

Spring Venture Outdoors

May 8

Claytor Nature Center, 1844 Woods Rd., Bedford (this is the correct address - Lynchburg was incorrectly given before)

9 - 3:30

Free

Interested in learning about current forestry issues that pertain to the health and management of your land? If so, join Virginia Cooperative Extension and partners for this event.

Contact Jason Fisher 434/476-2147for more information.

Spring Venture Outdoors

May 15

Halifax

9 - 3:30

Free

Interested in learning about current forestry issues that pertain to the health and management of your land? If so, join Virginia Cooperative Extension and partners for this event.

Contact Jason Fisher 434/476-2147for more information.

2015 Holiday Lake Forestry Camp

June 15-20

Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Appomattox

The camp is open to any Virginia girl or boy aged 13 to 16, who has an interest in natural resources and who has not attended before.  Nominations are accepted through April 1 and can come from any adult not related to the student.  For more information or to download a nomination form, visit dof.virginia.gov/camp/.

Contact Ellen Powell for more information.  

Southeast Virginia Landowner Weekend Retreat

August 28-30

Airfield 4-H Educational Center, Wakefield

Individual, No Lodging - $45
Couple, No Lodging - $85
Individual, Lodging On-site, Dorm Style - $65
Couple, Lodging On-site, Dorm Style - $130
Couple, Lodging On-site, Hotel Style - $170

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 July.

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

Central Virginia Landowner Weekend Retreat

October 3-4

Bear Creek Lake State Park, Cumberland

$75 /person, $150/couple** or
$40/person, $80/couple*

You must register by close of business September 2 to qualify for these rates; rates will increase by $10/per person after September 2.  

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 July.

Contact Ellen Powell or 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.