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"This was an extremely well organized workshop; we were kept busy with meaningful lectures and activities from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 8 - 1:00 on Sunday. The topics were pertinent and the presenters outstanding. We are very glad we attended!" 2011 Retreat Participant.

The Annual Landowner Weekend Retreats:

  • are hosted by the Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • are geared towards landowners who are new to forest management
  • provide information on both hardwood and pine forest management
  • offer chances for interaction with natural resource professionals from various agencies in Virginia, as well as with other landowners
  • provide information on estate planning, management planning and certification
  • provide hands-on experience with tree identification, forestry equipment, and more...

2014 Retreats:

  • April 25-27 at the Holiday Lake 4-H Center, Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest, Appomattox
  • June 28-29 at the Matthews State Forest, Galax
  • September 5-7 at the Airfield Conference Center in Wakefield

Here's what past participants said about the experience:

"I think the program was excellent, and conducted in a professional and relaxed, enjoyable way. It was fun and very informative."
"Excellent program! Thoroughly enjoyed listening to all of the speakers and other participants' comments and questions. We learned a lot this weekend!"
    Reclaimed marsh habitat.

Upcoming Retreats

2014 Retreats

Fall Retreat 


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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VFLEP is a Virginia Cooperative Extension Program.