2021

July

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Pinesnakes

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

Now there are 3 ways to watch!

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension's Bill Worrell and his guests from Virginia Tech's Department of Wildlife Conservation to learn about their research on the pinesnake. 

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

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

August

Honoring the Tree - Increasing Urban Wood Utilization from Tiny Towns to Mega Municipalities

  • August 3 & 4
  • 9:30 - 1:00
  • Online
  • Free
  • Agenda

Join Trees Virginia virtually to hear how urban wood is being utilized across the South.

Topics include how COVID affected wood waste volumes, success stories of public/private partnerships, urban wood certification and more!

Register online

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Precommercial Thinning

  • August 6
  • 12:15-12:30 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

Now there are 3 ways to watch!

Join Virginia Department of Forestry's Bill Sweeney for a tour of Franklin County Virginia. Bill will discuss the why and how of precommercial thinning in loblolly pine plantations.  Youll also get to see a brush cutting operation in progress.  

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

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

Online Woodland Options for Landowners - In-person Field Trip

  • August 13
  • 9-3
  • Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Appomattox
  • Free for past Online Woodland Options Students

This hands-on field trip is the capstone for the Online Woodland Options for Landowners class. This session is open for all student who participated in the class in 2019, 2020, and Winter 2021.  Topics covered will include tree identification, measuring and valuing trees, and a tour of active forest management activities.  Participation is limited to 30.

Register online

***Once you click submit, you will be taken to a payment page - since there is no charge for this program, simply ignore the payment page and close out your browser.***

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Emerald Ash Borer Treatment

  • August 20
  • 12:15-12:30 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

Now there are 3 ways to watch!

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension's Adam Downing to learn more about what you can do to save your ash trees from the deadly emerald ash borer. 

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

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

Southwest Virginia 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.  

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

All current COVID 19 protocols will be followed. Full refunds will be issued if this event is cancelled. On-site lodging is full. 

Southern Ohio Forest Farming Conference

The Southern Ohio Forest Farming Conference will provide participants with opportunities to learn about multiple forest farming topics and strategies, including wild simulated ginseng, goldenseal, and mushroom cultivation, post-harvest handling considerations for herb producers, as well as herb walks and value-added product demonstrations. The conference has a great line-up of highly experienced teachers that will help participants gain a broad understanding of the many facets and opportunities of forest farming.

For more information please visit: Southern Ohio Forest Farming Conference

September

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Site Preparation for Planting Pine

  • September 3
  • 12:15-12:30 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

Now there are 3 ways to watch!

Jason Fisher, Virgina Cooperative Extension, will talk about how to prepare areas for planting pine seedlings. 

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 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.  

Spotted Lanternfly Training Course for Christmas Tree Growers in Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia

If you are a Christmas tree grower, learn how to protect your valuable crop from the spotted lanternfly. 

Category 90-91 Pesticide Recertification Credits are available for this Course.

Agenda

Contact Kyle Peer for more information and to register; krpeer@vt.edu, 276-694-4135. 

New Christmas Tree Growers Meeting

Kyle Peer, Superintendent - Reynolds Homestead Forest Resources Research Center, and Dave Thomas, owner of Valley Star 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.

For more information, contact Kyle Peer, krpeer@vt.edu, 276-694-4135.

Register by mail

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: TBA

  • September 17
  • 12:15-12:30 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

Now there are 3 ways to watch!

Spend 15 Minutes in the forest with Virginia Cooperative Extension's Neil Clark. 

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

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

Organic Growers School Forest Farming Intensive

  • September 24-26
  • Asheville, NC

For more information, please visit: appalachianforestfarmers.org

Southeast Virginia Beginning Woodland Owner Retreat 

  • September 24-25
  • New Kent Forestry Center, Providence Forge
  • Individual, No Lodging - $55
  • Individual, Lodging Thurs. & Fri. - $95
  • Couple, No Lodging - $90
  • Couple, Lodging Thurs. & Fri. - $170

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.  

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

All current COVID 19 protocols will be followed.  Full refunds will be issued if the program is cancelled.

2021 Virginia Forestry Summit

Join woodland owners and natural resource professionals to learn about timely forestry-related topics and catch up with old friends. 

This meeting is offered by the Virginia Forestry Association, the Virginia Division of the Society of American Foresters, and the Virginia Chapter of the Association of Consulting Foresters

October

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: A Tour of Maple Trees

  • October 1
  • 12:15-12:30 p.m.
  • Zoom
  • Free

Now there are 3 ways to watch!

Virginia Tech's Karen Snape will take you on a tour of Virginia's maple species. 

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

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

45th Annual Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour - Cumberland County

  • October 14
  • $45/person; $90/couple
  • 8 :00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Registration opens in August

Come help us celebrate our 45th anniversary!  

Details and registration coming in August.

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

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: TBA

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

Now there are 3 ways to watch!

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension's Bill Worrell for 15 minutes in the forest. 

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

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

45th Annual Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour: Sussex County 

  • October 19
  • $45/person; $90/couple
  • 8 :00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Registration opens in August

Come help us celebrate our 45th anniversary!  

Details and registration coming in August.

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

45th Annual Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour - Rockbridge & Botetourt Counties

  • October 27
  • $45/person; $90/couple
  • 8 :00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Registration opens in August

Come help us celebrate our 45th anniversary!  

Details and registration coming in August.

For more information, contact Adam Downing, adowning@vt.edu, 540-948-6881 or Bill Worrell, bworrell@vt.edu, 276-889-8056. 

Central Virginia Beginning Woodland Owner Retreat 

  • October 22-23
  • Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Appomattox
  • Individual, No Lodging - $55
  • Individual, Lodging Thurs. & Fri. - $95
  • Couple, No Lodging - $90
  • Couple, Lodging Thurs. & Fri. - $170

New woodland owners are invited to join the Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Cooperative Extension to learn about hardwood and pine forest management, wildlife management, working with a forester, and selling your timber. 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.  

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

All current COVID 19 protocols will be followed.  Full refunds will be issued if this event is cancelled. 

November

December