2018

November

Tree Farm Dinner

  • November 8 
  • Kirk Tree Farm, Suffolk
  • $10/person - includes tour & dinner
  • 3:00-6:00
  • Agenda

Join Bruce Kirk (landowner) and Kea Turner (forester) for a tour of this  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.

  • Registration is closed

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

2018 Southwest Virginia Maple Syrup School

  • November 17
  • 9 - 3
  • Adult - $15
  • Child $10

This school will provide information on marketing and production of maple and other tree syrups.  Information will be provided to both aspiring and experienced tree syrup producers.  

Please pre-register on-line or by mail.  

Greener than Grass: A Sustainable Landscaping Series

Landscaping for Wildlife

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 2, we'll discuss landscaping strategically for the food and shelter wild animals need in each season. Also, government agency representatives will provide information about state and federal grants available to landowners establishing wildlife habitat. 

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

December

Waynesboro Tree Workshop: Reveling in the Magnificence of Trees

This program is geared toward those working in municipalities, government agencies and private industry.  

Presenters and topics are:  

A light continental breakfast will be served, as well as lunch.   A block of rooms at the Best Western has been reserved at the special rate of $102.99 (not including taxes) - please click here to reserve your room.  

Register here

This event has been approved for a total of five (5) ISA CEUs and for 2.5 Nutrient Management Program CEUs and 6 CBLP CEUs.  

Winter Tree ID and Potluck

Learn to identify common trees using winter characteristics such as bark, buds, and leaf scars.  Potluck to follow workshop. 

For more information or to register on-line, visit blandy.virginia.edu.

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.

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

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 Private Lands Wildlife Biologist David A. Bryan 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.  

14th Annual Woods & Wildlife Conference

oin 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.  

More details and registration available in December.  

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.  

More details and registration available in December.  

March

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.

Beginning Landowner Retreat

  • March 14-16
  • Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Appomattox
    • Individual, No Lodging - $50
    • Couple, No Lodging - $90
    • Individual, Sat. Lodging - $75
    • Couple, Sat. Lodging - $140
    • Individual, Fri. & Sat. Lodging - $100
    • Couple, Fri. & Sat. Lodging - $190

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

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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

July

August

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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October

November

December