2018

July

Working Woods Walk

Venture into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike with experts in forest conservation. Learn about conservation and cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature.

Register

Preparing for Generation NEXT 2-Day Workshop

  • This program is being rescheduled for November
  • SW Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon
  • $70 first two family members; $35 each additional family member
  • Includes lunch and refreshments both days, breakfast on Friday, all materials, and access to succession planning professionals.

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Department of Forestry for this 2-day workshop.  You will learn what steps are necessary to ensure your treasured woodlands stay INtact, IN family, and IN Forest when they are inherited by the next generation.  Professional advisors and experienced landowners will be available to answer all your questions on this important topic. 

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and you will be notified within a week if your application is accepted.  Multi-generational family participation is strongly encouraged.  

Why is this important?

Draft agendas

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

Preparing for Generation NEXT Mini-Workshop

You value your forest and/or farmland for multiple reasons such as wildlife, privacy, recreation, timber, hunting or the scenic qualities. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? Without breaking it up?      

Learn how to start moving forward with succession planning for your land at this half-day workshop.  

Register on-line

Register by mail

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

Tree Farm Dinner

  • July 24
  • Chrissy's Tree Farm, Freeman, VA
  • $10/person - includes tour & dinner
  • 4:30-7:30
  • Agenda

Join John Matel, Tree Farmer and president of the Virginia Tree Farm Foundation, and fellow woodland owners, for a tour of his Brunswick County Tree Farm.  Learn about managing longleaf pine with fire and converting a mature loblolly pine forest to longleaf pine.  Short presentations on what it means to be a Tree Farmer and how to pass your land and your legacy on to the next generation will follow the tour.  The evening will wrap up with a homemade BBQ dinner.

Register on-line

Register by mail

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

Preparing for Generation NEXT 2-Day Workshop

  • July 27-28
  • Friday 5:30 - 8:30
  • Saturday 8:30 - 3:30
  • Liberty University, Lynchburg
  • $50 first two family members; $25 each additional family member
  • Includes lunch and refreshments both days, breakfast on Friday, all materials, and access to succession planning professionals.

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Department of Forestry for this 2-day workshop.  You will learn what steps are necessary to ensure your treasured woodlands stay INtact, IN family, and IN Forest when they are inherited by the next generation.  Professional advisors and experienced landowners will be available to answer all your questions on this important topic. 

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and you will be notified within a week if your application is accepted.  Multi-generational family participation is strongly encouraged.  

Why is this important?

Draft agenda

Apply on-line

Apply by mail

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

Wavyleaf Volunteer Day

Join Blue Ridge PRISM and Shenandoah National Park as they work to control the current infestation of wavyleaf basketgrass in the Park.  

No previous invasive plant management experience is necessary. All volunteers will be provided with the necessary equipment, and trained on how to use it and how to identify wavyleaf basketgrass.  Treatment will consist of hand-pulling and herbicide application. 

Volunteers should be comfortable working with/or around herbicides and must have the strength/stamina to carry a 22-lb. (half-full) or 34-lb (full) pack for 1/2 to 1 hr per pack over uneven terrain in a forest understory. We'll start at 9:00 am.  You are free to stay as long as you'd like. 

Website

Contact Jim Hurley, jehurley@mindspring.com for additional information.  

August

Preparing for Generation NEXT Mini-Workshop

You value your forest and/or farmland for multiple reasons such as wildlife, privacy, recreation, timber, hunting or the scenic qualities. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? Without breaking it up?      

Learn how to start moving forward with succession planning for your land at this half-day workshop.  

Register on-line

Register by mail

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

Preparing for Generation NEXT Mini-Workshop

 You value your forest and/or farmland for multiple reasons such as wildlife, privacy, recreation, timber, hunting or the scenic qualities. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? Without breaking it up?      

Learn how to start moving forward with succession planning for your land at this half-day workshop.  

 Register on-line

Register by mail

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

Natural History of the Great Smoky Mountains

  • August 4-11
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • $590 for food and lodging + tuition

If you’re interested in the Great Smoky Mountains or the southern Appalachians in general–the water, air, land, people, plants, wildlife, and more–consider this Virginia Tech course.  This is a three-credit course offered by the Virginia Tech Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation.  People who are not degree-seeking Virginia Tech students may still participate in the course as special, non-degree students; an application process to Virginia Tech for that status is required.

For more information about the course, contact Alan Raflo at (540) 231-5463 or araflo@vt.edu.

For an audio take on biodiversity and how Virginia Tech’s Great Smoky Mountains course focuses on that topic, have a listen to Virginia Water Radio Episode 260 (4-6-15), Biodiversity in Virginia and the Southern Appalachian Mountains (4 min./27 sec.).

SW Virginia Beginning Landowner Weekend Retreat

Do you own woodland?  Are you interested in keeping it healthy and productive, but don't know where to start?  If so, this weekend retreat may be perfect for you!  Over the couse of 1.5 days, you'll receive classroom instruction, see woodland managment practices in person on a field trip to the Channels State Forest, and gain hands-on experience with tree identification and woodland measurements and valuation.  This fun, interactive weekend will give you all the information and resources you need to start managing your woods.

Registration fees include 3 meals on Saturday, 2 meals on Sunday, refreshments, and a wealth of materials and resources.  If you choose to lodge on-site, prices include Friday & Saturday nights.  

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

Preparing for Generation NEXT Mini-Workshop

You value your forest and/or farmland for multiple reasons such as wildlife, privacy, recreation, timber, hunting or the scenic qualities. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? Without breaking it up?      

Learn how to start moving forward with succession planning for your land at this half-day workshop.  

Register on-line

Register by mail

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

Tree Farm Dinner

Join Kyle Peer, Reynold's Homestead Superintendent, and fellow woodland owners, for a tour of this historic Tree Farm.  Learn about managing for wildlife, stream crossings, and on-going Virginia Tech research.  A short presentation on what it means to be a Tree Farmer will follow the tour.  The evening will wrap up with dinner at the Homestead.

Register by mail

Register on-line

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

Tree Farm Dinner

  • August 30
  • Kirk Tree Farm, Suffolk
  • $10/person - includes tour & dinner
  • 4:00-7:00
  • Agenda

Join Bruce Kirk (landowner) and Kea Turner (forester) for a tour of this waterfront property.  Learn about the sustainable managment practices being implemented to promote productivity while protecting water quality.    A short presentation on what it means to be a Tree Farmer will follow the tour.  The evening will wrap up with dinner at Bunny's restaurant.

Register by mail

Register on-line

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

September

Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour

  • September 15-16
  • 10 - 4:00
  • Northern Virginia
  • Free

Visit some of Culpeper County's finest working farms. Enjoy farm animals, fresh produce, blooming flower arrangements, live equestrian events, music and good food! Take advantage of this once a year opportunity to get close to the workings of local agriculture and experience unique access to farms and Ag facilities.

Details

Tree Farm Dinner

  • September 20
  • Middle Mountain Farm, Crozet
  • $10/person - includes tour & dinner
  • 4:00-7:00
  • Agenda

Join Rod Walker, Founder of the Blue Ridge PRISM, on his 1,500 acre Tree Farm on Middle Mountain.  We will learn about current American chestnut research and see a seedling planting.  We will also look at two areas that have been reclaimed from exotic invasive species infestations.  Rod will talk about what it takes to remove exotics from your woods and keep them out.  A short presentation on what it means to be a Tree Farmer will follow the tour.  The evening will wrap up with dinner.  

All participants will meet at the White Hall Community Center at 3:45.  Members of the Virginia Tree Farm Foundation will transport participants to the Farm in vans.  

Register by mail

Register on-line

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

SE Virginia Beginning Landowner Weekend Retreat

  • September 21-23, 2018
  • New Kent Forestry Center, Providence Forge
  • Individual no lodging $55
  • Individual lodging $95
  • Couple no lodging $110
  • Couple lodging $190

Do you own woodland?  Are you interested in keeping it healthy and productive, but don't know where to start?  If so, this weekend retreat may be perfect for you!  Over the couse of 1.5 days, you'll receive classroom instruction, see sustainable managment practices in person on a field trip to a privately owned woodland, and gain hands-on experience with tree identification and woodland measurements and valuation.  This fun, interactive weekend will give you all the information and resources you need to start managing your woods.

Registration fees include 3 meals on Saturday, 2 meals on Sunday, refreshments, and a wealth of materials and resources.  If you choose to lodge on-site, prices include Friday & Saturday nights.  

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

October

Working Woods Walk

Venture into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike with experts in forest conservation. Learn about conservation and cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature.

Register

November

December

*Meal(s) included; **Meal(s) and lodging included