2019

January

Greener than Grass: A Sustainable Landscaping Series

Edible Landscaping

Learn how to landscape for both beauty and sustainability. This four-part series provides the tools you need to identify landscaping elements with negative ecological impact and replace them with designs to benefit pollinators, wildlife, and you.

In part 3, you'll learn that the carbon footprint of homegrown food is almost zero, and you don't have to sacrifice a beautiful garden to grow your own produce. Some of the most striking plants are edible, and deserve pride of place in your landscape design. Learn how to design to delight both the eye and the palate. 

Register on-line or call (540) 837 1758, x224, M-F 1-5 pm.

Blue Ridge PRISM Quarterly Meeting

An Update on Biological Control for Tree-of-Heaven

Rachel Brooks, PhD Candidate at Virginia Tech, will be giving the latest update on her promising research on using Verticillium wilt as a biological control for tree-of-heaven.

Contact Ashton Stinson, 804-641-1642, ashton@blueridgeprism.org, for more information.  

27th Annual Forest Health Professionals Conference

Conference topics will include: Spotted Lanternfly, Ailanthus Biological Control Update, Genetically Engineered Trees, Fire and long-term Forest Health, Asian Longhorned Beetle, Southern Pine Beetle, Tree Health Diagnosis, Ash Treatment, Feral Pigs, Herbicides, Hemlock Conservation, Pesticide and Legal Updates 

Recertification credtis offered for commercial pesticide applicators; CE credits offered for ISA and SAF members.  

More details and on-line registration.

February

EmpowerU! Advocating Invasive Species Management

Have you been working on invasive species issues but feel compelled to do more? Taking part in the EmpowerU Advocacy Training Program will move your invasive species work to the next level! 

In this 4 week course, woodland and shoreline owners, master volunteers, and natural resources professionals can grow their skills to meaningfully engage decision makers about invasive species. Through a series of self-paced online learning activities and one in-person workshop, participants will: 

  • Gain understanding of the roles and levels of government and who to contact regarding invasive species management 
  • Learn to use skills such as influence, power, persuasion, framing, questioning and listening in interactions with decision makers
  • Know where to find reputable information on the status of invasive species in your area 
  • Create an engagement plan and experience practicing it in a safe, peer-learning environment
  • See yourself as a resource to decision makers on invasive species management
  • View engagement with decision makers as a norm and encourage others to do it
  • Network with other people passionate to make a difference around invasive species  

Contact Michelle Prysby, 434-872-4587, mprysby@vt.edu, for more information.

Register on-line

Register by mail

EmpowerU! Advocating Invasive Species Management

Have you been working on invasive species issues but feel compelled to do more? Taking part in the EmpowerU Advocacy Training Program will move your invasive species work to the next level! 

In this 4 week course, woodland and shoreline owners, master volunteers, and natural resources professionals can grow their skills to meaningfully engage decision makers about invasive species. Through a series of self-paced online learning activities and one in-person workshop, participants will: 

  • Gain understanding of the roles and levels of government and who to contact regarding invasive species management 
  • Learn to use skills such as influence, power, persuasion, framing, questioning and listening in interactions with decision makers
  • Know where to find reputable information on the status of invasive species in your area 
  • Create an engagement plan and experience practicing it in a safe, peer-learning environment
  • See yourself as a resource to decision makers on invasive species management
  • View engagement with decision makers as a norm and encourage others to do it
  • Network with other people passionate to make a difference around invasive species  

Contact Michelle Prysby, 434-872-4587, mprysby@vt.edu, for more information.

Register on-line

Register by mail

Applied Forest Finance

  • February 19
  • 7:45 - 3:30
  • Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, Atlanta, GA
  • $580

Join us for the one-day "Applied Forest Finance" class on February 19th in Atlanta, GA! Learn to understand the identification, valuation, and ranking of timber-dependent and forest-related investments. This class details the step-by-step financial analysis required to answer key investment and forest management questions.

Register on-line

Tree Farm Dinner

  • February 21
  • 3:00
  • Porterfield Forest LLC Tree Farm, St. Stephens Church
  • $10 - includes dinner

The Rappahannock Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, in cooperation with the Virginia Tree Farm Foundation will be hosting a field tour and dinner for current and prospective Tree Farmers in King and Queen County. A field tour (meet at 665 Spring Cottage Road, St. Stephens Church) will be followed by dinner and a presentation at the King and Queen County Branch Library located at 396 Newtown Road, St. Stephens Church, VA at 5:30pm. The field tour and dinner presentation will be led by the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries Quail Restoration Leader Marc Puckett and focus of ways to improve wildlife habitat for game and non-game species on private land. David works in partnership with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and will provide an update on federal and state cost-share programs available to private landowners, including the new Working Lands for Wildlife Program. Individual transportation is required from the field tour to the library. All are welcome attend. If you cannot make the field tour, we would still love to have you join us for dinner.

Please RSVP to Dan Wilson by January 31st, 2019 at dan@trfva.com or 434-531-0456.  

15th Annual Woods & Wildlife Conference

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension and partners for a full day of presentations and workshops geared towards helping both large and small acreage landowners become better stewards.  Topics include:

  • History & Literacy of your Woods– Joe Lehnen, VA Department of Forestry 
  • Tending Hardwood Dominated Forests– Billy Newman, EnviroFor Consulting Forestry 
  • Conserving Soil during a Timber Harvest– Stephen Jasenak, VA Department of Forestry
  • Brook Trout & Stream Habitat– Seth Coffman, Trout Unlimited
  • The Loggerhead Shrike (a.k.a., butcher bird) – Amy Johnson, Ph.D., Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
  • Gardening for Pollinators– Celia Vuocolo, Piedmont Environmental Council
  • Assessing Tree Failure Risk – TBA
  • Oak Identification – Tom Wild, Virginia Master Naturalist, Rivanna Chapter 
  • How to Kill (bad) Trees (& bushes) – Joe Rosetti, Virginia Department of Forestry
  • Tapping Various Trees for Syrup– Matt Cabral, Sugar Bug 
  • Frogging by Ear– Travis Anthony, VA Herpetological Society
  • State of the Herd (Virginia Deer) – Mike Dye, VA Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries 

Program subject to change without notice 

Agenda

Register by mail

Register on-line

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

Woods & Wildlife Conference

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension and partners for a full day of presentations and workshops geared towards helping both large and small acreage landowners become better stewards.  Topics include:

  • Forestry & wildlife working together hand-in-hand. Andy Rosenberger, VA Quail Recovery Initiative
  • Making friends with flames: Does your forest need a fire? Adam Coates, Virginia Tech
  • Non-wood goods from your woods. Bill Worrell, VCE
  • Getting started with game trail cameras. Kevin Light, New River Valley Wildlife
  • Second life for Virginia’s forests: Providing wood products to you and the world. Charlie Becker, VDOF
  • Creating a conserved land legacy that endures transfer to the next generation.  Andrew Fotinos, VDOF
  • Ticks & tick-borne diseases: Everything you need & want to know.  Liz Gleim, Hollins University
  • Open land management for wildlife. Justin Folks, VA Quail Recovery Initiative
  • Timber stand improvement. David Richert, Whole Forest Solutions, Inc.
  • Virginia’s forest health threats: Major insects and diseases to know about. Katlin Mooneyham, VDOF
  • Young forests for wildlife: Management practices for attracting golden-winged warblers and other wildlife. Chris Peters, NRCS
  • Managing conflicts with wildlife. Dan Lovelace, DGIF

Program subject to change without notice 

Agenda

Register by mail

Register on-line

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

Coyotes in Virginia: Here Today and Here to Stay

An overview of the history, biology, and ecology of coyotes in Virginia, including an update on coyote research in western Virginia. Learn more about these adaptable mammals and dispel a few myths. Coyotes are new to Virginia but they are here to stay; suggestions for reducing coyote-human conflicts will be discussed.

Contact Blandy Experimental Farm for more information.  540-834-1758 x 224

 

March

On-line Woodland Options for Landowners

  • March 4 - May 24
  • Field Trip June 8th
  • On-line
  • $45/family
  • Syllabus

This 12-week self-paced on-line course teaches the fundamentals of forest management. 

Topics include:

  • Setting management goals and objectives
  • Forest history
  • Stewardship and sustainability
  • Marking your boundary lines, and locating, reading, and understanding your deed
  • Using maps, photos, Google Earth, and soil surveys
  • Forest ecology and management
  • Sources of assistance and planning options

Upon completion of the program, you can have a draft forest management plan. Natural resource professionals serve as mentors and the class winds up with an optional end-of-the-semester hands-on field trip at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center on June 8th.  Registration fee includes materials, 3 books, and field trip.  

On-line registration opens January 3, 2019. 

Register on-line

Register by mail

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

EmpowerU! Advocating Invasive Species Management

Have you been working on invasive species issues but feel compelled to do more? Taking part in the EmpowerU Advocacy Training Program will move your invasive species work to the next level! 

In this 4 week course, woodland and shoreline owners, master volunteers, and natural resources professionals can grow their skills to meaningfully engage decision makers about invasive species. Through a series of self-paced online learning activities and one in-person workshop, participants will: 

  • Gain understanding of the roles and levels of government and who to contact regarding invasive species management 
  • Learn to use skills such as influence, power, persuasion, framing, questioning and listening in interactions with decision makers
  • Know where to find reputable information on the status of invasive species in your area 
  • Create an engagement plan and experience practicing it in a safe, peer-learning environment
  • See yourself as a resource to decision makers on invasive species management
  • View engagement with decision makers as a norm and encourage others to do it
  • Network with other people passionate to make a difference around invasive species  

Contact Michelle Prysby, 434-872-4587, mprysby@vt.edu, for more information.

Register on-line

Register by mail

EmpowerU! Advocating Invasive Species Management

Have you been working on invasive species issues but feel compelled to do more? Taking part in the EmpowerU Advocacy Training Program will move your invasive species work to the next level! 

In this 4 week course, woodland and shoreline owners, master volunteers, and natural resources professionals can grow their skills to meaningfully engage decision makers about invasive species. Through a series of self-paced online learning activities and one in-person workshop, participants will: 

  • Gain understanding of the roles and levels of government and who to contact regarding invasive species management 
  • Learn to use skills such as influence, power, persuasion, framing, questioning and listening in interactions with decision makers
  • Know where to find reputable information on the status of invasive species in your area 
  • Create an engagement plan and experience practicing it in a safe, peer-learning environment
  • See yourself as a resource to decision makers on invasive species management
  • View engagement with decision makers as a norm and encourage others to do it
  • Network with other people passionate to make a difference around invasive species  

Contact Michelle Prysby, 434-872-4587, mprysby@vt.edu, for more information.

Register on-line

Register by mail

Greener than Grass: A Sustainable Landscaping Series

Alternative Groundcovers

Learn how to landscape for both beauty and sustainability. This four-part series provides the tools you need to identify landscaping elements with negative ecological impact and replace them with designs to benefit pollinators, wildlife, and you.

In part 4, you'll learn that turfgrass, America's biggest crop, has a significantly negative environmental impact. Find out how to replace it with alternative lawns, lower maintenance and friendlier for you and pollinators alike. The workshop includes a panel of homeowners who've experimented with alternative groundcovers and will share their successes and failures. 

Register on-line or call (540) 837 1758, x224, M-F 1-5 pm.

Central Virginia Beginning Forest Landowners' Retreat

  • March 14-16
  • Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Appomattox
    • Individual, No Lodging - $40
    • Couple, No Lodging - $70
    • Individual, Sat. Lodging - $65
    • Couple, Sat. Lodging - $120
    • Individual, Fri. & Sat. Lodging - $90
    • Couple, Fri. & Sat. Lodging - $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.

April

May

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

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June

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September

Beginning Landowner 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.

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