2020

July

Meet Your Team - Fighting Non-Native Invasive Plants

  • July 15
  • 1 - 4:00 p.m.
  • ZOOM
  • Free

Who you Gonna Call? There is help at hand in your fight against non-native invasive plants.

You don't need Ghost Busters - the Blue Ridge PRISM is bringing together a group of agencies and organizations that provide services to complement your invasive plant management plans.

Join our free webinar to learn more about the services provided by the following organizations:

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Virginia Department of Forestry
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Piedmont Environmental Council
  • Virginia Native Plant Society
  • Solitude Lake Management
  • Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District

Each organization will give a presentation for 10-15 minutes about the services they offer and will then host a short question and answer session.

This event is also the quarterly meeting for Blue Ridge PRISM and an update on their work that will kick off this workshop. 

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Virginia's Big Tree Program

  • July 17
  • 12 - 12:15 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

VCE's Bill Worrell and Virginia Tech's Eric Wiseman will visit one of Virginia's Big Tree Champions and explain the Big Tree Program and how you can get involved.  Join via Zoom.

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

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Applying Herbicides Using the Cut Stump Method 

  • July 24
  • 12 - 12:15 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

Jennifer Gagnon will demonstrate how to apply herbicides to black walnut in her pollinator garden using the cut stump method.  This method minimizes the amount of chemical used and targets only the unwanted vegetation.  

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

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

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Other Methods of Herbicide Application

  • July 31
  • 12 - 12:15 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

Adam Downing will demonstrate how to apply herbicides safely and legally.  

Contact Adam Downing, adowning@vt.edu, 540-948-6881, for more information.

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

August

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Piedmont Tree ID - The Sequel 

  • August 7
  • 12 - 12:15 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

Bonnie Tillotson, with VCE, will will help you identify common Piedmont trees.  

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

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

Virginia Forestry Summit: Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

Join landowners and natural resource professionals for this annual educational meeting hosted by the Virginia Forestry Association, the Virginia Division of the Society of American Foresters, and the Virginia Chapter of the Association of Consulting Foresters. A final program agenda will be posted in mid-July.  

More information is available on the Summit website.

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: What Killed my Tree?

  • August 14
  • 12 - 12:15 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

Trees are like all living things - they get old and die.  But how do you know if age is what is killing your tree?  Could it be something else that you can fix? Neil Clark will cover some of the common things that kill trees. 

Contact Neil Clark, 757-657-2572, neclark@vt.edu for more information.

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

Timber Cruise Workshop

  • August 14
  • Harrisonburg
  • Postponed

Due to the Forestry Summit being offered virtually, we've decided to postpone this workshop until the Forestry Summit in the spring of 2021.  

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

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: More Nonnative Invasive Plants

  • August 21
  • 12 - 12:15 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

Unfortunately, nonnative invasive plants are all around us.  Join Karen Snape to learn about more of these plants in Virginia. 

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

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

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: American Chestnut

  • August 28
  • 12 - 12:15 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

Bill Worrell will talk about the history of American chestnut.  He will provide an update on the efforts to restore this iconic Appalachian species.   

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

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

September

Virtual Preparing for Generation NEXT 

  • September 16, 17, 23, & 24
  • 3 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • $40/family (includes the brand new Legacy Planning: A Guide for  Virginia Landowners)

This 4-part series will help you plan to pass your property and your legacy on to the next generation while keeping it intact, in forest, and in family.  Hear from experts in estate planning, finance, and family communications.  Ample time for questions and answers will also be provided.  A final agenda will be available in mid-July. 

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

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 fees includes 3 meals on Friday, 2 meals on Saturday, refreshments, field trip transportation, and all materials.

On-site lodging is available and encouraged.   

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

Blue Ridge PRISM Invasive Plant Workshop

  • September 29
  • ZOOM
  • 1 - 4:00 p.m. 
  • $10

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 workshop will enable you to learn how to confidently identify and manage invasive plants.

Topics covered in this session include:

  • Identifying invasive plants
  • Which invasives you can best kill now
  • Which invasives you should treat later
  • Best seasonal 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

For more information, visit www.blueridgeprism.org

Register on-line

October

Blue Ridge PRISM Invasive Plant Workshop

  • October 7
  • ZOOM
  • 1 - 4:00 p.m. 
  • $10

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 workshop will enable you to learn how to confidently identify and manage invasive plants.

Topics covered in this session include:

  • Identifying invasive plants
  • Which invasives you can best kill now
  • Which invasives you should treat later
  • Best seasonal 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

For more information, visit www.blueridgeprism.org

Register on-line

Blue Ridge PRISM Invasive Plant Workshop

  • October 22
  • ZOOM
  • 1 - 4:00 p.m. 
  • $10

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.

This workshop will enable you to learn how to confidently identify and manage invasive plants.

Topics covered in this session include:

  • Identifying invasive plants
  • Which invasives you can best kill now
  • Which invasives you should treat later
  • Best seasonal 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

For more information, visit www.blueridgeprism.org

Register on-line

November

December