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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.

Gypsy Moth Training for the Forest Products Industries

Thursday July 24


The Franklin Center, Rocky Mount


If you are affiliated with the forest products industry (including loggers, mills, nurseries, Christmas tree growers, trucking companies and their employees who are logging or growing trees or plants in Virginia and shipping or hauling to North Carolina or states west of Virginia) join VDACS for a 2-hour training on gypsy moth.  Attendees are eligible to receive a USDA Compliance Agreement, SHARP and SAF CE credits.

Please pre-register by July 23.  Contact Jim Zinck 540/483-0179.

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.  

Registration is closed.

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

2014 Master Wildlifer Program: Landscape Considerations

Tuesday evenings, August 5 - 26th

6:30 - 8:00



Master Wildlifer is a course designed for landowners, land managers and wildlife enthusiasts who are interested in integreating wildlife considerations into their current land use and management activities. Course participants will obtain the knowledge and necessary tools to enhance habitat for a variety of species that can be enjoyed by themselves, family, friends and outdoor recreationists. Master Wildlifer incorporates the latest research and management information from the leading experts in the field of wildlife management.

The 2014 program will focus on landscape considerations. Habitat management is a critical component of wildlife management and will be covered in two sessions focusing on native vegetation management and native warm season grasses for wildlife. The other two sessions will discuss issues that may have direct impacts on the wildlife roaming your property. Diseases can be a major influence on wildlife population levels on your property. While there is little a landowner can do to prevent a wildlife disease outbreak, understanding the impacts as it relates to your property and the need to alter management strategies due to a disease outbreak is important. Predation of white-tailed deer by coyotes is believed by many to be a major factor contributing to declines in local deer populations across the eastern United States. The coyote session will discuss history, biology and current research on landscape impacts of control of coyotes.

Please contact Susan Guynn 864/656-0606 for more information or register here.

Wildlife Habitat Management for Small Acreage Landowners

Thursday, August 7

3:30 - dark

Serenity Springs Farm, Millboro


Join Virginia Cooperative Extension and its wildlife partner agencies to learn how to manage for wildlife on your small woodlot.  Dinner is included.  

Please pre-register by August 4th using this brochure.  

Contact VCE-Bath County, 540/839-7261, for more information.  

Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association Annual Meeting

Wednesday August 13 & Thursday August 14

Hampton Inn N/Convention Center, Winchester

Starts at $90

This Conference includes fourteen events including “one on one” consultation opportunities offered by professionals who are experienced and knowledgeable in matters relevant to the Christmas Tree industry. You will find that the topics presented useful to new and experienced growers alike and important to your business. The conference also includes a tree and wreath contest (for VCTGA members) , a live auction, how-to seminars, a flea market, equipment demonstrations , free breakfast (for those individuals staying at the Hampton Inn), lunches, a banquet and an opportunity to confer with various equipment, plant, service, and supply vendors who will be onsite. 

For more information, contact or 540/382-7310.

Fall Landowner Weekend Retreat

Friday evening through lunch on Sunday

September 5-7

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 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-in registration is open.

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

Waynesboro Tree Care Workshop: Trees Don't Grow on Money Either and ArborMaster Tree Training

Friday, September 12

8 - 4

Best Western CC, Waynesboro

Price varies.

On behalf of Trees Virginia,  Waynesboro Parks & Recreation and the VA  Dept of Forestry we are excited to bring you the 19th annual Waynesboro Tree Care Workshop -  Morning presentations will be followed in the afternoon by intriguing demonstrations and lunch in the park.  ISA, ASLA, SAF CEUs will be requested.

For more information, contact Barbara White,

Venture Outdoors Program

Saturday, September 20

9 - 3:30

Free*  Pre-registration is required.  Please register no later than 2 weeks prior to the event.  

Lovingston, Nelson County Extension Office, 8445 Thomas Nelson Highway

Are you a forest landowner wishing to know more about hot topics regarding forested land in only a day? If so, then you need to register today for the Venture Outdoors program.  Each year, Virginia Cooperative Extension offers a number of landowner workshops that have topics of interest based on research and issues impacting our forestland. Partnering with state, federal and private experts, a reliable program is provided to the public. This one-day short course on management options for your timberland will include topics on forest management and timber health.  This class will emphasize hardwood management.

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

Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour

Thursday & Friday, September 29-30

Northern Neck/Chesapeake Bay Experience

Join us for our first-ever surf and turf over-night Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour

Save the date!  Details coming soon!

Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour

Friday, October 10

Halifax County

Save the date!  Details coming soon!

Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour


Carroll-Grayson Counties

Save the date!  Details coming soon!


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

Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association Annual Meeting

SE VA Fall Landowner Weekend Retreat

Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tours

  • September 29-30 Northern Neck/Chesapeake Bay
  • October 10 - Halifax County
  • October TBD - Carroll-Grayson Counties

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

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

Newly revised publication: Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal, and Other Woodland Medicinals now available.

Did You Know?

Virginia State University is developing a program in Forestry and Natural Resources, including research, education, and outreach. Interested? Check out Forestry at VSU.


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