The Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program (VFLEP), in conjunction with numerous state, federal and private partners, offers a wide variety of science-based educational opportunities for new and experienced forest landowners. VFLEP also offers continuing education opportunities for natural resource and real estate professionals. Click a tab below, or use the navigation at the top of this page, to find out more about VFLEP's offerings.
Explore the learning opportunities VFLEP and its partners offer to find the one that's right for you.
- Woods & Wildlife Conferences
- Preparing for Generation NEXT
- Tree Farm Dinners
- Virginia Forestry Summit
The Events Calendar lists all upcoming landowner programs.
On-line registration is available for many programs.
The Virginia Forest Landowner Update is a quarterly newsletter. Articles cover a wide variety of topics, including cost share programs, wildlife and timber management, exotic invasive species, and management planning. Read the current edition; read archived editions. The Forest Landowner e-Update is a monthly e-newsletter sent out to over 8,000 subscribers. The e-update features upcoming landowner events and new landowner resources.
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Find resources for topics including:
- Threatened and endangered species
- Small woodlots
- Trustworthy publications and links for more information on natural resource management topics.
- VFLEP also maintains a growing list of useful forestry-related Smart Phone Apps
- You can find the state forester who serves your county here.
- You can find a local professional forester here.
To reach landowners early on in their tenure, the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program (VFLEP) developed the Real Forestry for Real Estate program. This program has three components:
Forestry is the third largest industry in Virginia, contributing $21 billion annually to our economy, as well as 107,900 jobs. Over 2/3 of Virginia's woodlands (10.1 million acres) are owned by private individuals and families. What they do (or don't do) on their woodlands can have a significant impact on the overall health and productivity of our forests. The Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program provides these private woodland owners with the information and tools they need to practice sound management on their land.
Listen to Virginia woodland owners share their stories about the impacts of the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program on their land managment practices. View these videos and more on our YouTube Channel.
Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
While we don't enjoy cancelling events, we will be assessing the coronavirus situation on a daily basis. If an event you've registered for is cancelled, you will receive a full refund, and notification via telelphone and e-mail.
Fifteen Minutes in the Forest
- 12-12:15 p.m. on Zoom
- Archived on YouTube
- July 17 - The Big Tree Program
- July 24 - Cut Stump Herbicide Application
- July 31 - Other Methods of Herbicide Application
- Aug. 7 - Piedmont Tree ID - the Sequel
- Aug. 14 - What Killed My Tree?
- Aug. 21 - More Invasive Plants
- Aug. 28 - American Chestnut
- Archived on The Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program's YouTube Channel
Need a Forester? Find your state forester here.
Need help conducting a precribed burn? Find help here.
- Summer 2020 Virginia Forest Landowner Update Newsletter
- July 2020 e-newsletter
- Exotic Invasive Plants *New Spring 2020*
- Oak Decline in Virginia
- Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2019 Tax Year
- The Economic Impact of Virginia's Agriculture and Forest Industries
- Welcome to the Woods! A Guide for New Virginia Woodland Owners
- Family Resource Inventory - Set Your Management Goals