2018

February 

The 72nd Holiday Lake Forestry Camp 

Nominations will open in early January.  Details and forms can be found at www.dof.virginia.gov.  Teens will learn skills in forestry and other natural resources.  Forestry Camp is open to Virginia residents aged 13-16 who have not attended before.

14th Annual Woods & Wildlife Conference

Over 1,300 Virginia woodland owners have attended this annual conference.  A variety of break-out sessions are offered to appeal to both new and experienced owners, as well as owners of both small and large woodlots. Visit the conference webpage to see what topics will be offered in 2018.

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

March

Making Treemendous Community Impacts - 2018 Roanoke Tree Care Workshop

March 7

8 - 3:30

$25 - $75

Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke

Agenda

Topics include: Managing old trees, tree planting, community engagement for preserving trees, and understanding tree root systems.  

Learn more here.

Register on-line here.

Central Virginia Beginning Landowner Weekend Retreat

  • March 16-18
  • Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Appomattox
  • Registration opens in January, 2018
    • 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
  • Register On-line
  • Register by Mail

Is woodland management a new concept for you? If so, come spend the weekend with fellow forest owners and natural resource professionals and learn how to get started. A combination of classroom talks, field tours, and hands-on experiences will provide you with the basics.  Registration fees include all meals on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.  

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

Backyard Woods Workshop

March 20 (Rain date March 26)

9 - 4:00

Free

Includes lunch and a Woods in Your Backyard guide

VT-MARE Center, Middleburg

DESCRIPTION

Small lots are a big deal. The vast majority of landowners in Virginia own less than 10 acres. By enhancing wooded areas or creating natural areas on your lot, you can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife and improved water quality and the air you breathe. Owners of even just a few acres can make a positive difference in their environment through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices learned at this workshop.

This session will include a tree felling & processing demonstration.

Register on-line or by mail

Contact Jim Hilleary, jim.hilleary@vt.edu, 703-777-0373 for more information.  

Woods in Your Backyard Workshop: Hanover County

March 24

8:30 - 4:00

$20 for first person; $10/ each additional person

Includes lunch and a Woods in Your Backyard guide

Virginia Public Safety Training Center Rm 401, Smyth Hall, Hanover 

DESCRIPTION

Small lots are a big deal. The vast majority of landowners in Virginia own less than 10 acres. By enhancing wooded areas or creating natural areas on your lot, you can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife and improved water quality and the air you breathe. Owners of even just a few acres can make a positive difference in their environment through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices learned at this workshop.

TOPICS

  • Forest Ecology
  • Enhancing Wildlife Habitat
  • Tree & Shrub ID
  • Converting Lawn to Natural Areas
  • Invasive Plant Identification and Control
  • Native Plants, Pollinators, and Birds
  • Forest Farming (e.g., Growing Shiitake Mushrooms)

Register on-line.  Contact Jenny McGarvey at 804-977-1657 or jmcgarvey@allianceforthebay.org. for more information.

Taking Woodland Management to New Heights with Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones)

March 30

Amherst

10-2:00

$15

Lunch included

Interested in learning about how drones can help you manage your woodlands?  In this half-day program, we'll explore the application of drones in woodland management, cover the legal aspects of flying, and learn how to analyze and use data collected. We'll have a live drone flying demonstration by a commercial operator.  

On-line and Mail-in registrations are open.

Contact Jennifer Gagnon, 540-231-6391, for more information.

April

Invasive Plant Identification and Treatment Methods

April 10

6:30 - 8:30

$20

Albemarle HIgh School, Charlottesville 

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.  These plants are also overwhelming the ability of many landowners to understand what invasive plants exist on their land and what it will take to control them.  This session will cover:

  • How to identify and treat some of the most common and destructive invasive plants in this area
  • Pros and cons of different methods to remove invasive plants
  • What methods can be used in late fall and over the winter
  • Where to obtain various kinds of assistance
  • Discussion of where to source equipment and herbicides
  • Availability of additional training and information

Register on-line.  Contact Blue Ridge Prism for more information.

May

Virginia Forestry Summit

Backyard Woods Workshop

May 10 & 17

6 - 9:00 pm

Free

Includes refreshments and a Woods in Your Backyard guide

Cascades Library, Potomac Falls

DESCRIPTION

Small lots are a big deal. The vast majority of landowners in Virginia own less than 10 acres. By enhancing wooded areas or creating natural areas on your lot, you can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife and improved water quality and the air you breathe. Owners of even just a few acres can make a positive difference in their environment through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices learned at this workshop.

Register on-line or by mail

Contact Jim Hilleary, jim.hilleary@vt.edu, 703-777-0373 for more information.  

Backyard Woods Workshop

May 12

9 - 2:00

Free

Includes lunch and a Woods in Your Backyard guide

Rust Library, Leesburg

DESCRIPTION

Small lots are a big deal. The vast majority of landowners in Virginia own less than 10 acres. By enhancing wooded areas or creating natural areas on your lot, you can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife and improved water quality and the air you breathe. Owners of even just a few acres can make a positive difference in their environment through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices learned at this workshop.

Register on-line or by mail

Contact Jim Hilleary, jim.hilleary@vt.edu, 703-777-0373 for more information.  

Invasive Plant Identification and Treatment Methods

May 15

6:30 - 8:30

$20

Albemarle HIgh School, Charlottesville 

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.  These plants are also overwhelming the ability of many landowners to understand what invasive plants exist on their land and what it will take to control them.  This session will cover:

  • How to identify and treat some of the most common and destructive invasive plants in this area
  • Pros and cons of different methods to remove invasive plants
  • What methods can be used in late fall and over the winter
  • Where to obtain various kinds of assistance
  • Discussion of where to source equipment and herbicides
  • Availability of additional training and information

Register on-line.  Contact Blue Ridge Prism for more information.

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