2021

April

Virginia Academy of Natural Resources

  • July 12-16 - Registration deadline April 30th
  • 9:00 - 12:15
  • Online
  • $25

Thank you for your past support of Camp Woods & Wildlife (aka Forestry Camp)! To ensure the safety of our campers and staff, we’ve made the decision to hold off on an in-person camp until 2022. But we still have a pretty cool experience for high school students who are interested in natural resource career exploration. The Virginia Dept. of Forestry and the Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts are partnering to offer the Virginia Academy of Natural Resources.

This hybrid learning opportunity will take place July 12 – 16, 2021. Activities will include virtual presentations from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM daily, self-guided field explorations in the afternoons, small group work on a project, and a mock Envirothon.

Current 9th-12th graders may apply at https://forms.gle/9mRUtyoaPRvFQY2N9. Students may apply directly and will be asked to list a teacher or other non-related adult as a reference.

The only cost for this week of fun and learning is $25 to cover materials. Once notified of acceptance, students will receive a schedule and materials for completing their daily field studies.

Applications will be accepted through April 30. Questions? Please contact Ellen Powell at ellen.powell@dof.virginia.gov.

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Chainsaw Safety & Maintenance

  • April 16
  • 12:15-12:30 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

Now there are 3 ways to watch!

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension's Jason Fisher to learn how to use your chainsaw safely and effectively.

Contact Jason Fisher, 434-476-2147, jasonf@vt.edu for more information. 

Archived on The Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program's YouTube Channel

Legacy Planning: A Spring Webinar Series for Woodland Owners

  • April 7, 8, 14 & 15
  • 3 - 4:30
  • $25/family

Join the Generation NEXT Team to learn about steps for successful legacy planning.  Topics will include:

  • Overview of Virginia's forest resources
  • Writing long term goals for your land
  • Conservation tools
  • Legal tools
  • Determining your family assets
  • Financial Tools
  • Holding a family meeting
  • Legacy planning stories from woodland owners

Registration fee includes a copy of the new publication: Legacy Planning: A Guide for Virginia Landowners.

  • Register online
  • Register by mail
  • Register for the Spring AND Fall series (September 8,9, 15 & 16) together and SAVE $$$ ($35/family for both)

Contact Karen Snape, ksnape@vt.edu, 540-231-6494 for more information.  

Blue Ridge PRISM Research Updates

  • April 21
  • 1 - 4:00
  • ZOOM
  • Free

Rod Walker, President of Blue Ridge Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM), will provide a 15 minute update on PRISM activities including noxious weed submissions.

Our guest speakers will discuss their research projects:

  • Mapping invasive plants using drones
  • Latest research using biocontrols

Pre-registration is required

Contact Blue Ridge PRISM for more information.

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Snags in Your Woods 

  • April 23
  • 12:15-12:30 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

Now there are 3 ways to watch!

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension's Neil Clark to learn about the value of having dead standing trees (aka, snags) in your woods.

Contact Neil Clark, 757-652-2572, neclark@vt.edu for more information. 

Archived on The Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program's YouTube Channel

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Topographic Features

  • April 30
  • 12:15-12:30 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

Now there are 3 ways to watch!

Go take a hike with Virginia Cooperative Extension's Karen Snape. Karen will discuss the changing topography along her hiking route.

Contact Karen Snape, 540-231-6494, ksnape@vt.edu for more information. 

Archived on The Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program's YouTube Channel

May

Women on the Land - Spring Webinar Series - Forest Ecology & Forest Succession

Women Owning Woodlands is hosting four webinars based on “Women on the Land: A Landowner’s Guide to Stewarding Her Woodlands.” Join them to hear women landowners and forestry professionals from across the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, and Great Lakes regions address topics on forest dynamics and stewardship. Each session is interactive and will offer opportunities to connect with fellow women woodland owners and enthusiasts! This is the first webinar in the series. 

Additional topics in this series: 

  • May 12 - Creating a Plan and Working with a Forester
  • May 19 - Active Stewardship
  • May 26 - The Future of Your Woodland

Register online

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Hardwood Flooring

  • May 7
  • 12:15-12:30 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

Now there are 3 ways to watch!

Bill Worrell takes you on a virtual tour of a manufacturing facility in SW Virginia. See your hardwoods get turned into beautiful hardwood flooring.

Contact Bill Worrell, 276-889-8056, bworrell@vt.edu for more information. 

Archived on The Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program's YouTube Channel

Women on the Land - Spring Webinar Series - Creating a Plan and Working with a Forester

Women Owning Woodlands is hosting four webinars based on “Women on the Land: A Landowner’s Guide to Stewarding Her Woodlands.” Join them to hear women landowners and forestry professionals from across the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, and Great Lakes regions address topics on forest dynamics and stewardship. Each session is interactive and will offer opportunities to connect with fellow women woodland owners and enthusiasts! This is the second webinar in the series. 

Additional topics in this series: 

  • May 19 - Active Stewardship
  • May 26 - The Future of Your Woodland

Register online

12th Annual Nutrien Solutions Virtual Vegetation Management Workshop

Agenda

8:30 – 8:45 Welcoming & Introductions – Nutrien and VA Cooperative Extension

8:45– 9:00 Opening Remarks - Jeff Tarsi, VP Nutrien Ag Solutions, North America

9:00 -9:30 Pesticide Regulatory Update - Anton Goodwyn, VDACS

9:30-10:00 Communicating Vegetation Management Practices to the Public - Jim Bean, BASF

10:00 - 10:15 IFCO Seedling Update – Ben Lancaster & Andrew Stewart

10:15 – 10:25 Break

10:25 – 10:55 15 Year Research Results Site Prep Versus Release & The Hardwood Forest Habitat Initiative - Jerre Creighton, VDOF

10:55 – 11:25 Selective Brush Control Recommendations for ROW & 2021 Site Preparation Prescription Offerings - Brandon Dunlap, Corteva

11:25 – 11:55 Bayer Glyphosate Update - Dorie Berry, Bayer

11:55– 12:25 Eastern Wild Turkey Update - Katie Martin, Biologist, VADWR

12:25 – 12:55 Break for Lunch

12:55 – 1:25 Treating Utility Poles & Structures with Granular Herbicides for Soft Residual Bare Ground Control - Chris Steeley, SSI Maxim

1:25 – 1:55 Understanding How Vegetation Management Practices Impact Rights-of-Way Ecosystems - Dr. Carolyn G. Mahan, Pennsylvania State University

1:55 – 2:25 Nufarm Product Update - Clark Boyd, Nufarm

2:25 – 2:40 Break

2:40 – 3:10 Invasive Insect Update - Eric Day, Virginia Tech

3:10 – 3:40 A Survey of Climate & Weather Trends - Eric Snodgrass, Nutrien Atmospheric Scientist

3:40 – 3:55 ARBORGEN Seedling Update – Geoff Hill

3:55 – 4:20 Afternoon Session Panel Discussion – Q & A

4:20 – 4:45 Closing Remarks, Paperwork & Adjourn - Keven Ireland - VM eastern region manager, Nutrien Solutions & Dan Goerlich ,VCE

*At the conclusion of the program, SAF CFEs, SHARP LOGGER, PESTICIDE RECERTIFICATION and ISA Credits will be offered***

Other neighboring states may be considered for pesticide recertification :

  • MD, NC, WV, PA

*** TO RECIEVE CREDITS YOU MUST ATTEND THE WEBINAR/MEETING IN A WAY YOU ARE ABLE TO SEE THE VISUALS - IF YOU JOIN THE MEETING BY AUDIO ONLY (SUCH AS CALLING IN FROM YOUR MOBILE PHONE) YOU WILL NOT RECIEVE CREDIT ***

Register online

For more information:

  • Adam Downing – 540-422-5292 (adowning@vt.edu)
  • Charlie Smyth - 804-513-7185 (charles.smyth@nutrien.com)
  • Brendan Schnell – 804-356-6547 (brendan.schnell@nutrien.com)
  • Doug Pond – 804-241-8118 (doug.pond@nutrien.com)
  • Jeff Tapley – 804-514-7546 (jeffrey.tapley@nutrien.com)
  • Jason Fisher – 434-222-0889 (jasonf@vt.edu)
  • Neil Clark - 757-556-5648 (neclark@vt.edu)
  • Bill Worrell - (bworrell@vt.edu)

Women on the Land - Spring Webinar Series - Active Stewardship

Women Owning Woodlands is hosting four webinars based on “Women on the Land: A Landowner’s Guide to Stewarding Her Woodlands.” Join them to hear women landowners and forestry professionals from across the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, and Great Lakes regions address topics on forest dynamics and stewardship. Each session is interactive and will offer opportunities to connect with fellow women woodland owners and enthusiasts! This is the third webinar in the series. 

Additional topics in this series: 

  • May 26 - The Future of Your Woodland

Register online

Forest Farming Field Day 

More details coming soon!

Women on the Land - Spring Webinar Series - The Future of Your Woodland

Women Owning Woodlands is hosting four webinars based on “Women on the Land: A Landowner’s Guide to Stewarding Her Woodlands.” Join them to hear women landowners and forestry professionals from across the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, and Great Lakes regions address topics on forest dynamics and stewardship. Each session is interactive and will offer opportunities to connect with fellow women woodland owners and enthusiasts! This is the 4th webinar in the series. 

Register online

June

July

Online Woodland Options for Landowners

  • July 1 - Sept. 30
  • Online
  • $45/family

This 12-week, on-line, self-paced class will teach you the basics of woodland management. Topics include: tree ID, woodland ecology, sustainability, soils, mapping, and silviculture. Registration includes a hands-on field trip** and 2 books. Participants who complete all 6 modules will also receive a copy of the national award-winning publcation Legacy Planning: A Guide for Virginia Landowners

**Field trip date to be determined pending COVID-19 developments. 

Registration opens in May

Contact Jennifer Gagnon, 540-231-6391, jgagnon@vt.edu for more information. 

Blue Ridge PRISM - Invasive Warm Season Grasses

  • July 21
  • 1-4:00
  • ZOOM
  • Free

Guest speakers will discuss identification and control of invasive warm season grasses such as Johnsongrass, Wavyleaf Grass, Japanese stiltgrass, and more.

More details to come!

Contact Blue Ridge PRISM for more information.

August

Southwest Virgninia Beginning Woodland Owner Retreat 

New woodland owners are invited to join the Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Cooperative Extension to learn about hardwood and pine forest management, legacy planning, and management planning and certification.  You will also get hands-on experience with tree identification, forestry equipment, and timber measurements.  You will have the opportunity to interact with natural resource professionals from various agencies in Virginia, as well as with other landowners.  

  • Registration opens in June.

Contact Jennifer Gagnon, 540-231-6391, jgagnon@vt.edu or Bill Worrell, 276-889-8056, bworrell@vt.edu, for more information.

Southern Ohio Forest Farming Conference

More details coming soon.

September

Legacy Planning: A Fall Webinar Series for Woodland Owners

  • September 8, 9, 15 & 16
  • 3 - 4:30
  • $25/family

Join the Generation NEXT Team to learn about steps for successful legacy planning.  Topics will include:

  • Essential documents
  • Establishing a team of advisors
  • Legal tools
  • Financial tools
  • Conservation tools
  • Involving your family
  • Revising and updating your plan
  • Legacy planning stories from woodland owners

Registration fee includes a copy of the new publication: Legacy Planning: A Guide for Virginia Landowners.

Contact Karen Snape, ksnape@vt.edu, 540-231-6494 for more information.  

Organic Growers School Forest Farming Intensive

  • September 25-26
  • North Carolina

More details coming soon. 

Southeast Virgninia Beginning Woodland Owner Retreat 

New woodland owners are invited to join the Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Cooperative Extension to learn about hardwood and pine forest management, legacy planning, and management planning and certification.  You will also get hands-on experience with tree identification, forestry equipment, and timber measurements.  You will have the opportunity to interact with natural resource professionals from various agencies in Virginia, as well as with other landowners.  

  • Registration opens in July.

Contact Jennifer Gagnon, 540-231-6391, jgagnon@vt.edu or                            Neil Clark, 757-653-2572, neclark@vt.edu, for more information.

October

45th Annual Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tours

  • October dates and locations to be determined

Come help us celebrate our 45th anniversary!  

Details Summer 2021.

Central Virgninia Beginning Woodland Owner Retreat 

  • October 22-23
  • Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Appomattox
  • No Lodging: Individual: $40*, Couple: $70*
  • Lodging: Individual: $90**, Couple: $170**
  • Tentative pending COVID-19 developments

New woodland owners are invited to join the Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Cooperative Extension to learn about hardwood and pine forest management, legacy planning, and management planning and certification.  You will also get hands-on experience with tree identification, forestry equipment, and timber measurements.  You will have the opportunity to interact with natural resource professionals from various agencies in Virginia, as well as with other landowners.  

  • Registration opens in August

Contact Jennifer Gagnon, 540-231-6391, jgagnon@vt.edu or                        Jason Fisher, 434-476-2147, for more information.

November

December