2019

October

Invasive Species & Herbicide Panel

We all know there are times when manual controls such as pulling, mowing, and hacking are just not enough. When you need to use a herbicide it is important to be safe - both for the person applying the product and to protect our native plants, animals, and of course, our bees!

Our panel of experts is ready to answer your questions on herbicides. We’ll also address issues such as regulation, management techniques, and soil breakdown. If you have Japanese Stiltgrass, Tree of Heaven, or any of the terrible 12 invasive plants, join us and bring your questions. Check out our website for more information on invasive plants.

Panel Members:

  • Charlie Smyth – VM & Aquatics Territory Manager – Nutrien Solutions
    Brian Morse – Co-Founder and Wildlife Biologist, Virginia Forestry and Wildlife Group
    Adam Downing – Extension Agent; Forestry and Natural Resources; Northern District – Virginia Cooperative Extension
    Dean Cumbia – VDOF Forest Management Director

Register

Charlotte County Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour

  • October 17
  • 8 - 5:00
  • Farm Bureau, Charlotte Courthouse
  • $45/person; $80/couple - includes lunch

Meet at 8:00 behind the Charlotte Courthouse Farm Bureau Building.  Tour begins promptly at 8:30.           

From the heart of Virginia’s Southern Piedmont in rural Charlotte County… explore the scenic and productive forests of this historic area. Charlotte County was formed from neighboring Lunenburg County in 1764 and named for Queen Charlotte, wife of George III of England. The village of Charlotte Court House has been listed with the state and National Registers of Historic Places as a Historic Courthouse District for its uniqueness in architecture, not unlike colonial Williamsburg.

Stops 1-2: Ridgeway Farms – Take a peek at a segment of an over 3,000+ acre farm managed for forestry, wildlife and agriculture – once part of the original Bruce Estate. See farming practices of old along with timber management that enhances modern-day quail and other wildlife, including a waterfowl impoundment adjacent to the Roanoke River. Witness a mixture of yellow-poplar and other bottomland hardwood stands that accompany pine management techniques.

Stop 3 (with lunch): Morgan Lumber Company – a family owned 4th Generation Southern Yellow Pine Sawmill – Ken and John Morgan welcome you to a first-class southern pine sawmill. Since the 1940’s the mission of Morgan Lumber is to consistently and efficiently produce for their customers value-added products of superior quality.  A mill overview and tour will be given with state-of-the-art headsets for all participants.

Stop 4: Old Crowe Farm (Jim Moyer) – Private forest landowners need realistic objectives.  We will learn about some of these here at this historic bed and breakfast plantation farm where they have heritage breeds of livestock and organic farm produce. Southside is full of early-age stands of hardwoods but many are unmanaged. How does one best manage a 21-yr old hardwood stand? Have cattle and timberland? See the beginnings of a silvopasture system and learn what it can do for landowners.

Stop 5 (if time allows) – Kunath Farms – Travel forward 10+ years for an advanced silvopasture system.  See what landowners can expect in terms of maximizing pine timber while raising livestock with proven low stress levels from raising them in the shade. 

Return by 5:00 p.m.

  • Registration is closed. 

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

2019 Mapping with Drones

  • October 22-24
  • Richmond
  • $400 - inlcudes lunch all 3 days

Workshop Summary 
Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) are permeating many sectors of industry, and are increasingly being employed as data collection platforms to support of an array of applications.  Applications span disciplines and industries and can include:  planning, natural resource management, marketing, inspection of structures, agricultural production, permitting, and public safety.  Specific sensors can be used to tailor application needs. Flights can be scheduled and conducted under short notice to accommodate weather, and temporal considerations.  sUAS operations support efficient workflows and provide opportunities for ‘data on demand’.

This 3-day workshop will provide participants with the following:

  • An understanding of FAA and sUAS lingo;
  • A comprehensive knowledge of current federal commercial sUAS regulations;
  • In-depth discussions of sUAS platforms (fixed wing and multi-rotor), sensors (including true color, NIR, multispectral, thermal), and associated applications;
  • sUAS project workflows, including;
  • Compliance with FAA regulations and safe practices;
  • An overview of sUAS operation planning software, check sheets, and smartphone apps;
  • Demonstrations of fixed wing and multi-rotor aircraft (contingent on weather and other local conditions / regulations) of both autonomous and manual operations, and;
  • A comprehensive presentation and demonstration of image processing software techniques and options (image mosaics, NDVI, etc.).

Registration

This is an intensive, yet introductory level workshop.  No previous knowledge or experience with drones, sUAS, or GIS is required. Online registration is required and is available here. (major credit cards are accepted). The fee includes instruction, handouts, resources, and lunch (for all 3 days). After registration has been received, you will receive further information about the workshop (exact location, etc.).

Space is limited. Registration are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Questions associated with the workshop should be directed to John McGee (jmcg@vt.edu) or Daniel Cross (falkus@vt.edu).

This workshop is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Geospatial Extension Program, in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), the Conservation Management Institute (CMI), and GeoTED-UAS.

Rockbridge Area Forestry & Wildlife Association Dinner & Meeting

Karen Stanley, Rockbridge Area Forester, will speak on her experiences out west in some of our treasured National Parks.  She will also discuss the difference in western ecosystems from those in the East and the scarcity of water due to climate, agriculture, and population.  The climate differences create a much different fire ecology in the West, creating conditions for some of the country’s largest and most destructive wildfires.

Karen has been the Area Forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry since 2001 and is a wildland firefighter and certified arborist.  She graduated from Virginia Tech College of Forestry and Natural Resources in 2000.

For more information or to register call Don 540-290-3803 or Lin 540-290-0082.

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 spring and summer workshops will enable you to learn how to confidently identify and manage invasive plants.

Topics covered in this session include:

  • Identifying invasive plants in spring and summer
  • Which invasives you can best kill now
  • Which invasives you should treat later
  • Best spring-time and summer-time 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 your plants, so bring samples of your mystery plants and we’ll identify them!

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

Register

For more information, visit PRISM's website.

Fredericksburg/Stafford Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour

Meet at 8:30 at Gari Melcher's Historic Belmont, 224 Washington Street, Falmouth, VA 22405.  The tour will begin promptly at 9:00

Ramble with us through the urban forests of greater Fredericksburg as we follow the life cycle of an urban tree from cradle to grave.  The city’s urban forest canopy and zero wood waste goals take work and partnerships both to plant new trees and to use old trees. These bookends function to provide valuable human and wildlife habitat features right where lots of people live, work, and play.

Stop 1:  The Brompton Oak & Living History –  One of Virginia’s most famous trees provided shelter to confederate soldiers and later, to convalescing union fighters. The big white oak has also witnessed the growth of scientific arboriculture and will soon watch the conversion of part of the President of the University of Mary Washington’s yard to native meadow.

Stop 2.  Small spaces & Big Changes – Imagine a pocket park… or a small backyard that is more.  More biomass, habitat, and value.  And at the same time, less… less work and waste. It starts with the simple act of planting a tree.  Observe species & age diversity in this urban forest snap shot and the conversion of a backyard into a zero grass oasis with escalating ecosystem value.

Lunch catered by Allman’s BBQ beside the Rappahannock River at Old Mill Park. Demonstrations: 1) treatment for Emerald Ash Borer and 2) “better” tree planting…

Stop 3.  Urban Lumber? –  Logging and lumber manufacturing from the urban forests is both different and the same as rural forestlands.  Watch the reveal of beauty unique to high-character urban trees and the creation of value-added products from what might have previously been firewood, at best.

Stop 4.  Much ‘ado @ Mulch - Norfleet has been turning tree and wood “waste” into treasure for 50 years.  This behind the scenes mulch making tour will invite you into a process that completes an urban tree’s lifecycle as it is transformed into a product that benefits living trees, creates beauty and enables Fredericksburg to brag about their ZERO wood waste accomplishment!

Return by 4:00 p.m. 

For more information, contact Adam Downing, adowning@vt.edu, 540-948-6881.

November

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 spring and summer workshops will enable you to learn how to confidently identify and manage invasive plants.

Topics covered in this session include:

  • Identifying invasive plants in spring and summer
  • Which invasives you can best kill now
  • Which invasives you should treat later
  • Best spring-time and summer-time 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 your plants, so bring samples of your mystery plants and we’ll identify them!

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

Register

For more information, visit PRISM's website.

Karst Resources of the New River Region of Virginia

November 7

  • 9 - 4 
  • November 8
  • 9 - 4 (optional field trip)
  • NRV Corporate Center, Fairlawn

Please join the Virginia Department of Conservaiton & Recreation, the Cave Conservancy of the Virginias, and the New River Valley Regional Commission for a Karst Workshop!

Planners, resource managers, administrators, elected officials, and citizens are encouraged to attend. 

Come learn about:

  • challenges posed by karst to land development
  • the sensitivity of karst landscapes to pollution
  • extensive cave systems, sinkholes, underground streams, and springs
  • rare, unusual, and risk animals that live in caves and karst

Optional field trip on Friday, November 8th.

Lunch provided courtesy of our sponsors. 

Space is limited, register on-line today!

 

Preparing for Generation NEXT Mini-Workshop

  • November 9
  • 7:30 - 12:00
  • New Kent Forestry Center, Providence Forge
  • $25* for up to 2 family members; $15* each additional family member

Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your woods to the next generation? Join us for a half-day workshop to learn how to secure your woodland legacy. Family participation is strongly encouraged.

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

Preparing for Generation NEXT 1-Day Workshop

  • November 15
  • 9:00 - 4:00
  • Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative
  • $50 for up to 2 family members; $20 each additional

Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your woods to the next generation? Join us for a one-day workshop to learn how to secure your woodland legacy. Family participation is strongly encouraged.

For more information, contact Adam Downing, 540-948-6881, adowning@vt.edu.

Tree  &  Forest  Health  Care: Hurricane  Michael  &  Storm  Damage – First Year’s “4Rs”  –  Remove, Repair, Restore, Replant, November 19, 2019

  • November 19
  • 8:30 - 4:30
  • Flinchum's Phoenix, Athens, GA
  • $125 (before Oct. 29); $150 after

This biannual course is a one-day, concentrated educational package on Hurricane Michael tree health impacts (one year later), and the hurricanes projected to impact Georgia’s trees and forests in the future. In-depth topics, taught by senior instructors, include a one-year retrospective of Hurricane Michael damage to trees, forests and landscapes, key tree damage lessons learned along the hurricane’s path, final clean-up recognizing damaged and dying trees, pest issues and tree health care treatments, effective replanting, understanding soil remediation, and review of research which futures hurricane intensity and landfalls. CEU, certification, and registration credits will be available.

Who Should Attend?
This course was specifically designed for arborists, foresters, tree health care providers, urban & community foresters, municipal and utility tree specialists, landscape architects, grounds maintenance managers, community planners, and civil defense storm managers. Both new and experienced tree and forest professionals will benefit from attending this one-day course.

For more information or to register, visit: http://conted.warnell.uga.edu/

Extreme Weather & Climate Variability: Tree & Forest Health Interactions in the Southeast

  • November 20
  • 8:30 - 4:30
  • Flinchum's Phoenix, Athens, GA
  • $125 (before Oct. 29); $150 after

This biannual course is a one-day educational package on understanding and projecting extreme weather events, and associated tree and forest health impacts. The course will review research and accepted expectations derived from the Fourth National Climate Assessment (parts 1 & 2). Upcoming weather events and climate variability changes will impact Georgia’s and the Southeast’s trees, forests, and communities over the next 30 years. Educational topics include understandings of past and future weather / climate changes, projected precipitation impacts on trees and landscapes, land use changes driven by climate variability, coastal tree and forest impacts including projected storms, surges, and floods, and tree damage risk assessments. CEU, certification, and registration credits will be available.

Who Will Benefit?
This course was designed to share critical research-based projections and expectations for tree and forest risks targeted at arborists, foresters, tree health care providers, urban & community foresters, municipal and utility tree specialists, landscape architects, grounds maintenance managers, and community planners. Both new and experienced tree and forest professionals will benefit from attending this one-day course.

For more information or to register, visit: http://conted.warnell.uga.edu/

Botany and Bloom Workshop: Summer Blooms

Explore the rich natural diversity of Sky Meadows.  This workshop includes a lecture in the Carriage Barn, followed by a 3-mile field hike for hands-on application. Participants will receive a colored print-out of the lecture. Bring water and lunch to eat along the trail, dress in layers, and wear sturdy shoes.

No pre-registration required.

More information available here

December

Preparing for Generation NEXT 2-Day Workshop

  • December 5-6
  • Thursday: 12:30 - 5:30
  • Friday: 9:00 - 4:00
  • Springhill Suites, Roanoke
  • $70* for up to 2 family members; $35* each additional family member

Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your woods to the next generation? Join us for a half-day workshop to learn how to secure your woodland legacy. Family participation is strongly encouraged.

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

2020

January

Virginia Forest Health Conference

  • January 27-28
  • Glen Allen

More details coming soon.

February

2nd Annual Woods & Wildlife Conference

  • February 22 (tentative)
  • Location TBD

More details coming late 2019.

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

16th Annual Woods & Wildlife Conference 

More details coming late 2019

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

March

Central Virginia Beginning Woodland Owners' Retreat

  • March 19 - 21
  • Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Appomattox

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.

  • Registraton will open January 2020

April

May

June

July

August

September

SE Virginia Beginning Woodland Owners' Retreat

  • September 24-26
  • New Kent Forestry Center, Providence Forge

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.

  • Registraton will open January 2020

October

November

December