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.  

Short Courses

Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tours

Beginning Woodland Owner Retreats

Conferences and Workshops

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 editionsThe 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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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.