2020

While we don't enjoy cancelling events, we will be assessing the coronavirus situation on a daily basis.  If an event you've registered for is cancelled, you will receive a full refund, and notification via telelphone and e-mail. 

April

Wednesday Virtual Woods Walk - Selling Your Timber

  • April 15
  • 12:00 & 7:00 p.m.
  • On-line (Zoom)
  • Free

In this 45-minute webinar, foresters with Virginia Cooperative Extension will cover the basics of timber sales, including:

  • How to Sell Timber
  • Forest Management
  • Avoiding Timber Theft

No pre-registration is required.  The sessions will be recorded and made available later. 

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

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest - Early Spring Bloomers

  • April 24
  • 12:00 - 12:15
  • Zoom
  • Free

Join VFLEP's Jennnifer Gagnon on an oudoor walk to look at some of the early spring bloomers on her farm in Montgomery County.  Join via Zoom.

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

Longleaf Pine Landowner Field Day

Join forest landowners and natural resource professionals from Virginia and North Carolina to learn about growing longleaf pine on your land.

Topics include:

  • History of longleaf pine in Virginia and North Carolina
  • Longleaf pine and prescribed fire
  • Site, seedlings, and seedling establishment
  • Longleaf pine and fire
  • Managing established longleaf pine
  • Wildlife benefits
  • Technical and financial assistance for landowners

Contact Jennifer Gagnon, jgagnon@vt.edu, for more information.  

May

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Shiitake Growing Demonstration

  • May 1
  • 12 - 12:15 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

Join VCE's Adam Downing and VDOF's Charlie Becker for a virtual demonstration on innoculating logs for shiitake mushroom production.  Join via Zoom

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

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Crop Tree Release

  • May 8
  • 12 - 12:15 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

Join VCE's Jason Fisher on his farm in Halifax County to learn about using crop tree release to improve the health and productivity of your woodlands.  Join via Zoom.

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

Albemarle Open Doors Program: Invasive Plant Identification & Management Workshop

  • May 14
  • 6:30 - 8:30 
  • $20
  • Albemarle High School, Charlotteesville

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.  These plants are also overwhelming the ability of many landowners to understand what invasive plants exist on their land and what it will take to control them.  These two identical sessions will cover:

  • How to identify and treat some of the most common and destructive invasive plants in this area
  • Pros and cons of different methods to remove invasive plants
  • What methods can be used in late fall and over the winter
  • Where to obtain various kinds of assistance
  • Discussion of where to source equipment and herbicides
  • Availability of additional training and information

Register on-line

Contact Blue Ridge PRISM for more details.  

11th Annual Vegetation Management Workshop

Topis will include:

  • Seedling mortality and survival issues, research & overview – North Carolina State University
  • Spray + Burn Site Preparation – Three Rivers Forestry
  • The Glyphosate Conversation (revisited) – Virginia Department of Forestry
  • Black Bear Update and Management Plan– Virginia Department Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Safety Discussion – Dominion Energy
  • Non glyphosate tank mixes for weed control
  • Invasive weeds
  • Chemistry, trends, application techniques, programs and industry updates by supplier – BASF, NuFarm, Bayer, Corteva, SSI Maxim,
  • Regulatory Updates – Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Office of Pesticide Services

AND MORE!!!!!!!

Register on-line or call/e-mail:

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Bottomland Hardwoods

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

Now that everything has leafed out, join VCE's Neil Clark for a primer on identifying common hardwoods in SE Virginia.  Join via Zoom.

Contact Neil Clark, neclark@vt.edu, 757-653-2572, for more information.

West Virginia Forest Farming Expo

ttend workshops on propagating, growing, harvesting, and using plants like ginseng and ramps for food and medicine. Learn how forest farming can conserve and rejuvenate woodlands while generating agricultural income. Apply for mini-grants and technical assistance to get you started or expand a forest farm. All experience levels welcome!

$20 covers the cost of all events, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and lunch on Sunday! (Price increases to $25 after April 1.)

***Scholarships available for students, veterans, and people who need financial assistance to attend this learning weekend.  Please send a scholarship request to info@wvforestfarming.org before registering.***

  • Register on-line
  • Contact Will Lewis for more information yewforestfarming@gmail.com. 

 

New Christmas Tree Growers Meeting

Kyle Peer, Superintendent - Reynolds Homestead Forest Resources Research Center, and Paris Rasnic, owner of Moose Apple Christmas Tree Farm, will discuss getting started with Christmas tree production, including seedling selection, planting techniques, farm layout, and shearing. We will also discuss applying pesticides and herbicides safely. This is a hands-on workshop with indoor and outdoor sessions, wear appropriate footwear and bring work gloves. Lunch will be provided at the end of the meeting.

  • Please pre-register by May 8.
  • Register by mail

For more information, contact Mark Sutphin, mark.sutphin@vt.edu, 540-665-5699.  

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Common Invasive Plants

  • May 22
  • 12 - 12:15 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

VCE's Karen Snape will take you on a tour of common invasive plants in Radford.  Join via Zoom.

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

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Southwest Virginia

  • May 29
  • 12 - 12:15 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

Bill Worrell, with VCE, will take you on a tour of forestry activities happenin in SW Virginia.  Join via Zoom.

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

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 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

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

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

For more information, visit www.blueridgeprism.org

Register on-line

June

Summer 2020 On-line Woodland Options for Landowners

  • June 1 - Aug. 21
  • On-line
  • $45/family

This 12-week, self-paced class leads you through the basics of woodland management.  Optional activities take you out on your property to locate boundary lines, search for clues to the historical use of your land, and identify common trees.  An optional end-of-semester hands-on field trip is included in the registration.  Date and location coming later this year. 

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

July

Trees to Products - Virginia's Hardwood Forests

  • July 13-16
  • Wise
  • $25 - includes lodging and meals

The Trees to Products teachers’ program is designed to provide factual and credible information about Virginia’s hardwood forests. We link these concepts to the Virginia Standards of Learning and provide training in Project Learning Tree activities. A variety of hardwood forest management techniques and forest products industries will be examined in detail. The goal is to offer teachers an in-the-field tour of sustainable forest management techniques. Teachers will see and learn about the sustainable and renewable resource of trees and how trees are converted into a variety of everyday products.

This program offers 30 hours of professional development credit, including Project Learning Tree certification, upon completion.

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

August

Southwest Virginia Beginning Woodland Owners' Retreat

  • August 6-8
  • Mathews 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.  

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.

  • Registration will open in June, 2020

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

More information available on the Summit website.

Timber Cruise Workshop

Learn how volume and value are calculated for stands of timber.  This workshop will provide you with hands-on experience creating and implementing a timber cruise on your property.

Registration opens in June.

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

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 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.

October

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 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

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

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

For more information, visit www.blueridgeprism.org

Register on-line

November

December