2019

April

Camp Woods & Wildlife

  • June 17-22
  • Holiday Lake H-H Center, Appomattox
  • Nominations open through April 10

New Name – Same Great Camp!

Camp Woods & Wildlife (formerly known as Holiday Lake Forestry Camp) will be held June 17-22, at Holiday Lake 4-H Center near Appomattox.  Open to boys and girls ages 13-16, this camp provides field-based learning experiences in forestry and wildlife.  Campers explore career paths, make new friends, and learn from natural resource professionals in a beautiful outdoor setting.  Nominations are open through April 24 and may be made by any adult not related to the student. 

For forms and information, visit www.dof.virginia.gov/forestry/camp/. Please contact Ellen Powell (ellen.powell@dof.virginia.gov) if you have any questions. 

Blue Ridge PRISM Forest Health Update

Join the Blue Ridge PRISM for a forest health update from Lori Chamberlin, Forest Health Program Manager with Virginia Department of Forestry. Lori will discuss non-plant threats to Virginia's forests such as Emerald Ash Borer, Spotted Lanternfly, Gypsy Moth, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and more.

Learn more

Webinar: Invasive Bamboo Management in the SE U.S.

Bamboo is a large perennial grass that has been used as an ornamental plant in the United States for many years. Most imported bamboos that are fast growing, highly invasive, and difficult to contain. This is because the root structures of most invasive varieties are made up of large networks of underground rhizomes that must be targeted to kill the plant. This webinar will cover the biology, identification and management of several common invasive bamboo species in the southeastern U.S.

You do not need to pre-register for this webinar. Space is NOT limited. On the day of the webinar, a Join button will be available on this page that will allow you to register for and join the live webinar. Please plan to join the Webinar 15 minutes early so that you can register and take a short survey (if applicable). 

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May

2019 Virginia Forestry Summit - From Seedling to Stump

This program focuses on Virginia's forest markets, economy, policy, and inter-generational growth.  Sessions will be led by subject-matter experts providing information on topics, issues, and ideas affecting the forestry community.  

Woodland Health Workshop: New Concerns, Old Concerns, Dying Oaks, and What We Can Do

Healthy woods provide a myriad of economic and environmental benefits.  Unfortunately, there are lots of things lurking out there that threaten the health of our woods.  This 4-hour workshop will feature emerging threats to look for, updates on existing threats, answers to the question “what’s killing my oaks?”, and advice for identification and control.  

This workshop will be held after the Virginia Forestry Summit.  You do not need to be a Summit participant to attend this workshop. Registration, however, is through the Summit site. 

  • Registration is closed

For more information, please contact Jennfier Gagnon, jgagnon@vt.edu, 540-231-6391.

Shitake Mushroom Growing Demonstration

An open-house style demonstration on growing this non-timber forest product.  

For more information contact Madison VCE at 540-948-6881 or kjenk@vt.edu.

Blue Ridge PRISM Invasive Plant Workshop

Non-native invasive plants are quickly overwhelming many properties by tearing down the forest canopy and overtaking our native plants at the tree, shrub and/or groundcover levels.  Understanding what invasive plants exist on the landscape and what it will take to control them can often feel overwhelming.

Our spring and summer workshops will enable you to learn how to confidently identify and manage invasive plants.

Topics covered in this session include:

  • Identifying invasive plants in spring and summer
  • Which invasives you can best kill now
  • Which invasives you should treat later
  • Best spring-time and summer-time practices for each invasive
  • Using manual & mechanical control methods
  • Methods for controlling invasives with herbicides
  • Choosing the right herbicide and equipment, and using it properly
  • Planning a work schedule with best timings for multiple plants

There will also be an opportunity to identify your plants, so bring samples of your mystery plants and we’ll identify them!

Each session includes classroom and outdoor instruction (weather permitting) and discussion.

Register

For more information, visit PRISM's website.

SW Virginia Beginning Woodland Owners' Retreat

  • May 16-18
  • Matthews State Forest, Galax
  • Individual, No Lodging - $55
  • Individual, Lodging Thurs. & Fri. - $95 
  • Couple, No Lodging - $90                                    
  • Couple, Lodging Thurs. & Fri.  - $170

Developed for landowners new to woodland management, this entry-level program covers the basics of keeping your woods and wildlife healthy and productive, while working towards meeting your ownership goals.  A combination of classroom, field trip, and hands-on activities are used to explore these concepts of sustainability.  A variety of natural resource professionals will be available throughout the program.  

For more information, please contact Jennifer Gagnon, jgagnon@vt.edu, 540-231-6391.

10th Annual Vegetation Management Workshop

We are excited to conduct this year’s workshop at the Keystone Truck and Tractor Museum which serves as home to over 300 tractors, trucks, cars and other antique rolling stock vehicles…some of which include logging equipment from Charlotte County’s own, Jones Bros Logging Company & Jones & Sons Lumber.                          

Along with our new sponsors and supporters, we have put together a very strong agenda that will include the following topics:

  • Nursery applications, innovations and tree improvement – IFCO Seedlings
  • The Glyphosate Conversation
  • Coyotes in Virginia – VDGIF
  • Pine Control & pre-commercial chemical thinning
  • Chemistry, trends and industry updates by supplier
  • Regulatory Updates
  • Safety
  • Tour of the museum
  • AND MORE!!!!!!!

For more information or to register,  contact:

Managing Oaks for Northern Bobwhite Quail

The southeastern United States has millions of acres of oak dominated forests that have a closed canopy with limited herbaceous and shrub understory that northern bobwhite require. However, research has demonstrated that with adequate overstory thinning, and the use of frequent prescribed fire, these forests can support populations of Northern Bobwhite Quail, presenting perhaps the best opportunity for large-scale quail restoration in the region. Participants in the webinar will learn about managing oak forests and restoration efforts related to Northern Bobwhite Quail. 

You do not need to pre-register for this webinar. Please plan to join the Webinar no more than 15 minutes early so that you can register and successfully join the presentation interface. Approximately 15 minutes before this webinar's start time, the 'Join' button will be activated on this page. Once the 'Join' button is available, you may click the 'Join' button and begin the registration process.

Space will be limited to 500 participants on a first-come first-serve basis so, please plan to join 15 minutes before the webinar's scheduled start time.

If you have not participated in one of our Zoom hosted webinars before, please read the following instructions to find out how to setup, test and use Zoom on your computer.

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June

Blue Ridge PRISM Invasive Plant Workshop

Non-native invasive plants are quickly overwhelming many properties by tearing down the forest canopy and overtaking our native plants at the tree, shrub and/or groundcover levels.  Understanding what invasive plants exist on the landscape and what it will take to control them can often feel overwhelming.

Our spring and summer workshops will enable you to learn how to confidently identify and manage invasive plants.

Topics covered in this session include:

  • Identifying invasive plants in spring and summer
  • Which invasives you can best kill now
  • Which invasives you should treat later
  • Best spring-time and summer-time practices for each invasive
  • Using manual & mechanical control methods
  • Methods for controlling invasives with herbicides
  • Choosing the right herbicide and equipment, and using it properly
  • Planning a work schedule with best timings for multiple plants

There will also be an opportunity to identify your plants, so bring samples of your mystery plants and we’ll identify them!

Each session includes classroom and outdoor instruction (weather permitting) and discussion.

Register

For more information, visit PRISM's website.

InsideTREES 

  • June 9-13
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
  • Free - includes meals & lodging

The goal of the program is to increase awareness of educational and career opportunities in natural resources and sustainable biomaterials for women and underrepresented students. Therefore, first generation, women, minority, and rural high school students are encouraged to apply. 

Program Content

The three-day camp will incorporate aspects of wood science, forestry, engineering, and design to promote a sustainable future. The activities will be hands-on and participants will be actively learning through group projects, labs, and field trips. The activities will be presented by Sustainable Biomaterials faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. 

Tentative schedule

Contact Audrey Zink-Sharp, 540-231-8820, agzink@vt.edu, for more information.  

Apply (by May 17th)

Blue Ridge PRISM Invasive Plant Workshop

Non-native invasive plants are quickly overwhelming many properties by tearing down the forest canopy and overtaking our native plants at the tree, shrub and/or groundcover levels.  Understanding what invasive plants exist on the landscape and what it will take to control them can often feel overwhelming.

Our spring and summer workshops will enable you to learn how to confidently identify and manage invasive plants.

Topics covered in this session include:

  • Identifying invasive plants in spring and summer
  • Which invasives you can best kill now
  • Which invasives you should treat later
  • Best spring-time and summer-time practices for each invasive
  • Using manual & mechanical control methods
  • Methods for controlling invasives with herbicides
  • Choosing the right herbicide and equipment, and using it properly
  • Planning a work schedule with best timings for multiple plants

There will also be an opportunity to identify your plants, so bring samples of your mystery plants and we’ll identify them!

Each session includes classroom and outdoor instruction (weather permitting) and discussion.

Register

For more information, visit PRISM's website.

Blue Ridge PRISM Invasive Plant Workshop

Non-native invasive plants are quickly overwhelming many properties by tearing down the forest canopy and overtaking our native plants at the tree, shrub and/or groundcover levels.  Understanding what invasive plants exist on the landscape and what it will take to control them can often feel overwhelming.

Our spring and summer workshops will enable you to learn how to confidently identify and manage invasive plants.

Topics covered in this session include:

  • Identifying invasive plants in spring and summer
  • Which invasives you can best kill now
  • Which invasives you should treat later
  • Best spring-time and summer-time practices for each invasive
  • Using manual & mechanical control methods
  • Methods for controlling invasives with herbicides
  • Choosing the right herbicide and equipment, and using it properly
  • Planning a work schedule with best timings for multiple plants

There will also be an opportunity to identify your plants, so bring samples of your mystery plants and we’ll identify them!

Each session includes classroom and outdoor instruction (weather permitting) and discussion.

Register

For more information, visit PRISM's website.

Forest Landowners Association: Family Forest Business Conference

  • June 18-21
  • Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe
  • $650 FLA members; $750 non-members

Where caretakers and stakeholders come out of the woods and office to learn, engage and spark ideas.  

The Family Forest Business Conference is the only conference that brings together family forest landowners, forest businesses, forest consultants, and stakeholders to focus not only on sustaining private forests but sustaining the people who own them.

We understand strong and diversified markets are key to your business and family forest legacy. That’s why conference speakers and sessions focus specifically on the management and profitability of your forest lands while providing an atmosphere for the benefit of the whole family.

An ideal venue to discover a full breadth of every aspect of owning, managing, investing, and passing to the next generation working forests. The conference provides relevant and timely information along with thought provoking sessions that engage forestry stakeholders across the supply chain, as well as NGOs and government land management agencies.

Details

Register on-line

2019 Mapping with Drones

  • June 19-21
  • Blacksburg
  • $400 - inlcudes lunch all 3 days

Workshop Summary
Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) are permeating many sectors of industry, and are increasingly being employed as data collection platforms to support of an array of applications.  Applications span disciplines and industries and can include:  planning, natural resource management, marketing, inspection of structures, agricultural production, permitting, and public safety.  Specific sensors can be used to tailor application needs. Flights can be scheduled and conducted under short notice to accommodate weather, and temporal considerations.  sUAS operations support efficient workflows and provide opportunities for ‘data on demand’.

This 3-day workshop will provide participants with the following:

  • An understanding of FAA and sUAS lingo;
  • A comprehensive knowledge of current federal commercial sUAS regulations;
  • In-depth discussions of sUAS platforms (fixed wing and multi-rotor), sensors (including true color, NIR, multispectral, thermal), and associated applications;
  • sUAS project workflows, including;
  • Compliance with FAA regulations and safe practices;
  • An overview of sUAS operation planning software, check sheets, and smartphone apps;
  • Demonstrations of fixed wing and multi-rotor aircraft (contingent on weather and other local conditions / regulations) of both autonomous and manual operations, and;
  • A comprehensive presentation and demonstration of image processing software techniques and options (image mosaics, NDVI, etc.).

Registration

This is an intensive, yet introductory level workshop.  No previous knowledge or experience with drones, sUAS, or GIS is required. Online registration is required and is available here. (major credit cards are accepted). The fee includes instruction, handouts, resources, and lunch (for all 3 days). After registration has been received, you will receive further information about the workshop (exact location, etc.).

Space is limited. Registration are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Questions associated with the workshop should be directed to John McGee (jmcg@vt.edu) or Daniel Cross (falkus@vt.edu).

This workshop is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Geospatial Extension Program, in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), the Conservation Management Institute (CMI), and GeoTED-UAS.

July

Teaching Trees Workshop (for high school teachers)

  • July 18-19
  • Charlottesville

Training for teachers in forest ecology, management, and utilization with supporting Project Learning Tree® lessons

Who should attend:

This 2-day professional development event will introduce middle and high school science teachers to local pine and hardwood forestry, sustainable forest management, and forest products with hands-on field trips.  Instruction totals 14 hours; see your school administrator for recertification credit.

What to Expect:

Both days will largely be held in the field unless severe weather prohibits.  We will visit a sawmill, multiple forests and potentially an active logging job.  Instructors will discuss what is happening at each site within the context of sustainability.

Field-trip transportation is provided.

Participants will receive several PLT modules (correlated to Va. SOL) and related teaching supplies.

More information will be available here closer to the date.

August

Preparing for Generation NEXT Workshop

  • August 9-10
  • 1.5 days
  • Longwood University, Farmville
  • $50* for up to 2 family members; $25* each additional family member

Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your woods to the next generation? Join us for a 1.5 day workshop to learn how to secure your woodland legact. Family participation ins trongly encouraged.

For more information, contact Jason Fisher, jasonf@Vt.edu, 434-476-2147.

Save the date flier.

Register by mail

September

SE Virginia Beginning Woodland Owners' Retreat

Developed for landowners new to woodland management, this entry-level program covers the basics of keeping your woods and wildlife healthy and productive, while working towards meeting your ownership goals.  A combination of classroom, field trip, and hands-on activities are used to explore these concepts of sustainability.  A variety of natural resource professionals will be available throughout the program.  

Registration opens in July.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Gagnon, jgagnon@vt.edu, 540-231-6391.

Save the date flier

2019 Mapping with Drones

  • September 10-12
  • Hampton
  • $450 - inlcudes lunch all 3 days

Workshop Summary 
Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) are permeating many sectors of industry, and are increasingly being employed as data collection platforms to support of an array of applications.  Applications span disciplines and industries and can include:  planning, natural resource management, marketing, inspection of structures, agricultural production, permitting, and public safety.  Specific sensors can be used to tailor application needs. Flights can be scheduled and conducted under short notice to accommodate weather, and temporal considerations.  sUAS operations support efficient workflows and provide opportunities for ‘data on demand’.

This 3-day workshop will provide participants with the following:

  • An understanding of FAA and sUAS lingo;
  • A comprehensive knowledge of current federal commercial sUAS regulations;
  • In-depth discussions of sUAS platforms (fixed wing and multi-rotor), sensors (including true color, NIR, multispectral, thermal), and associated applications;
  • sUAS project workflows, including;
  • Compliance with FAA regulations and safe practices;
  • An overview of sUAS operation planning software, check sheets, and smartphone apps;
  • Demonstrations of fixed wing and multi-rotor aircraft (contingent on weather and other local conditions / regulations) of both autonomous and manual operations, and;
  • A comprehensive presentation and demonstration of image processing software techniques and options (image mosaics, NDVI, etc.).

Registration

This is an intensive, yet introductory level workshop.  No previous knowledge or experience with drones, sUAS, or GIS is required. Online registration is required and is available here. (major credit cards are accepted). The fee includes instruction, handouts, resources, and lunch (for all 3 days). After registration has been received, you will receive further information about the workshop (exact location, etc.).

Space is limited. Registration are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Questions associated with the workshop should be directed to John McGee (jmcg@vt.edu) or Daniel Cross (falkus@vt.edu).

This workshop is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Geospatial Extension Program, in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), the Conservation Management Institute (CMI), and GeoTED-UAS.

Preparing for Generation NEXT Workshop

Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your woods to the next generation? Join us for a half-day workshop to learn how to secure your woodland legacy. Family participation is strongly encouraged.

For more information, contact Bill Worrell, bworrell@vt.edu, 276-889-8056

Registration will open in July.

Preparing for Generation NEXT Workshop

  • September 27-28
  • Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, Harrisonburg
  • $70 for up to 2 family members; $35 each additional person 

Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your woods to the next generation? Join us for a two-day workshop to learn how to secure your woodland legacy. Family participation is strongly encouraged.

Registration will open in July. 

Contact Adam Downing, adowning@vt.edu, 540-948-3881, for more information.

 

October

2019 Mapping with Drones

  • October 8-10
  • Winchester
  • $400 - inlcudes lunch all 3 days

Workshop Summary 
Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) are permeating many sectors of industry, and are increasingly being employed as data collection platforms to support of an array of applications.  Applications span disciplines and industries and can include:  planning, natural resource management, marketing, inspection of structures, agricultural production, permitting, and public safety.  Specific sensors can be used to tailor application needs. Flights can be scheduled and conducted under short notice to accommodate weather, and temporal considerations.  sUAS operations support efficient workflows and provide opportunities for ‘data on demand’.

This 3-day workshop will provide participants with the following:

  • An understanding of FAA and sUAS lingo;
  • A comprehensive knowledge of current federal commercial sUAS regulations;
  • In-depth discussions of sUAS platforms (fixed wing and multi-rotor), sensors (including true color, NIR, multispectral, thermal), and associated applications;
  • sUAS project workflows, including;
  • Compliance with FAA regulations and safe practices;
  • An overview of sUAS operation planning software, check sheets, and smartphone apps;
  • Demonstrations of fixed wing and multi-rotor aircraft (contingent on weather and other local conditions / regulations) of both autonomous and manual operations, and;
  • A comprehensive presentation and demonstration of image processing software techniques and options (image mosaics, NDVI, etc.).

Registration

This is an intensive, yet introductory level workshop.  No previous knowledge or experience with drones, sUAS, or GIS is required. Online registration is required and is available here. (major credit cards are accepted). The fee includes instruction, handouts, resources, and lunch (for all 3 days). After registration has been received, you will receive further information about the workshop (exact location, etc.).

Space is limited. Registration are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Questions associated with the workshop should be directed to John McGee (jmcg@vt.edu) or Daniel Cross (falkus@vt.edu).

This workshop is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Geospatial Extension Program, in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), the Conservation Management Institute (CMI), and GeoTED-UAS.

2019 Mapping with Drones

  • October 22-24
  • Richmond
  • $400 - inlcudes lunch all 3 days

Workshop Summary 
Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) are permeating many sectors of industry, and are increasingly being employed as data collection platforms to support of an array of applications.  Applications span disciplines and industries and can include:  planning, natural resource management, marketing, inspection of structures, agricultural production, permitting, and public safety.  Specific sensors can be used to tailor application needs. Flights can be scheduled and conducted under short notice to accommodate weather, and temporal considerations.  sUAS operations support efficient workflows and provide opportunities for ‘data on demand’.

This 3-day workshop will provide participants with the following:

  • An understanding of FAA and sUAS lingo;
  • A comprehensive knowledge of current federal commercial sUAS regulations;
  • In-depth discussions of sUAS platforms (fixed wing and multi-rotor), sensors (including true color, NIR, multispectral, thermal), and associated applications;
  • sUAS project workflows, including;
  • Compliance with FAA regulations and safe practices;
  • An overview of sUAS operation planning software, check sheets, and smartphone apps;
  • Demonstrations of fixed wing and multi-rotor aircraft (contingent on weather and other local conditions / regulations) of both autonomous and manual operations, and;
  • A comprehensive presentation and demonstration of image processing software techniques and options (image mosaics, NDVI, etc.).

Registration

This is an intensive, yet introductory level workshop.  No previous knowledge or experience with drones, sUAS, or GIS is required. Online registration is required and is available here. (major credit cards are accepted). The fee includes instruction, handouts, resources, and lunch (for all 3 days). After registration has been received, you will receive further information about the workshop (exact location, etc.).

Space is limited. Registration are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Questions associated with the workshop should be directed to John McGee (jmcg@vt.edu) or Daniel Cross (falkus@vt.edu).

This workshop is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Geospatial Extension Program, in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), the Conservation Management Institute (CMI), and GeoTED-UAS.

Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tours

Schedule coming soon!

November

Preparing for Generation NEXT Workshop

  • November 9
  • Times TBA
  • New Kent Forestry Center, Providence Forge
  • $25* for up to 2 family members; $15* each additional family member

Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your woods to the next generation? Join us for a half-day workshop to learn how to secure your woodland legact. Family participation ins trongly encouraged.

For more information, contact Neil Clark, neclark@vt.edu, 757-653-2572

Registration will open in September

December