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
- 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.
- Trustworthy publications and links for more information on natural resource management topics. Use the box below to search for Forestry Extension publications and newsletter articles.
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.
- May 27 - Forest Pests of Economic Importance
- June 10 - Red Imported Fire Ants
- June 24 - Tree ID Beyond the Basics
- Save the Dates Flier
- September 9 - 10, Providence Forge
Online Woodland Options for Landwoners Hands-on Field Trip
- June 4
- Free for Online Woodland Options Students
- $15/person for all others
- Register online
- June 1
- Registration is closed
- Central Virginia
- August 26 & 27
- South Boston
- November TBA
- Providence Forge
- Sept. 8, 9, 14, & 15
- Registration and agendas available 6 weeks prior to event.
- Save the date flier
Search all Forestry Extension publications and newsletter articles
- Carbon Resources for Private Landowners
- Forest Management and Bats
- Legacy Planning: A Guide for Virginia Landowners *New Fall 2020*
- Spring 2022 Virginia Forest Landowner Update Newsletter
- April 2022 e-newsletter
- Timber Theft in Virginia *New Summer 2020*
- Exotic Invasive Plants *New Spring 2020*
- Welcome to the Woods! A Guide for New Virginia Woodland Owners *Updated Summer 2020*
- Oak Decline in Virginia
- Family Resource Inventory - Set Your Management Goals