2017

August

Southwest Virginia Beginning Landowners Weekend Retreat

August 18-20

Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Individual No Lodging: $45*
  • Individual Lodging Fri. & Sat: $85**
  • Couple No Lodging: $80*
  • Couple Lodging Fri. & Sat.: $160** 

Southwest Virginia 4 H Educational Center, Abingdon

This weekend retreat program was designed for those new to landownership or new to managing woodlands.  A combination of classroom, field trip, and hands-on activities will introduce participants to the concepts of good woodland management in a relaxed atmosphere.

Agenda

Registration is closed

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

Preparing for Generation NEXT

PROGRAM IS RESCHEDULE TO NOV. 7 & 14 (same location) 

9:00 - 4:30

$70* for up to 2 family members; $35* for each additional family member

Selu Conservancy, Radford

Agenda

Forests and farmland are valued for multiple reasons such as wildlife, privacy, recreation, timber, hunting, or scenic qualities. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? The cost of not planning and future tax burdens may put your land’s ownership in jeopardy. If you don’t plan, the government will plan for you. By researching and planning ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the financial costs and emotional challenges while securing your woodland legacy.

Register on-line or by mail.  Contact Jennifer Gagnon, jgagnon@vt.edu, 540/231-6391, for more information. 

On-line Woodland Options Field Trip

August 26

9:15 - 4:00

Holiday Lake 4-H Center, Appomattox

Free for current On-line Woodland Options students

$10 for all non-students

Agenda

This hands-on field trip will give you experience identifying trees, using equipment to measure  your woods, and compass and pacing skills. In addition, you will see examples of sustainable forest management as practiced on the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest, the largest State Forest in Virginia.  Breakfast, lunch, and on-site transportation are provided. 

Registration is closed

The Woods in Your Backyard - On-line Course

August 30 - December 3

On-line

$85/person

This self-paced, non-credit course from the University of Maryland's Woodland Stewardship extension program, runs 12 weeks from August 30th to December 3rd, 2017. The course will help landowners convert lawn to natural areas and enhance stewardship of existing natural areas. Based on the guide of the same name, the course provides strategies to landowners of small parcels of land (1-10 acres) that improve the stewardship of their property for personal enjoyment and environmental quality. It uses a hands-on learning approach to help participants develop and implement a plan for their property. Activities include how to map habitat areas, understand basic ecological principles about woodland and wildlife, choose and implement a few habitat management projects, and how to set a timetable and record your progress. Online discussion groups will allow participants to interact with others taking the course.  A certificate of completion is awarded when all assignments are completed. 

Learn more information here; register on-line here

September

University of Maryland: The General Forestry Course

September 1 - December 15

On-line

$150

This non-credit course if designed for individuals wishing to increase their understanding of forests and forest management. Specifically, the General Forestry Course targets Maryland forest landowners and other citizens with an interest in the principles and practices of forestry. There are two methods of distance learning available: the web-based or online version, and the original paper version.

Learn more and register on-line here.

Tree Farm Tour & Dinner - you do NOT have to be a Tree Farmer to attend

September 7

4 - 7:00 p.m.

$10* first person; $5* each additional 

MacDannald's Tree Farm, South Boston

Join Tree Farmers and other landowners interested in practicing good forestry on thier lands. Tour an active Tree Farm and learn about the Virginia Tree Farm Foundation.  All woodland owners are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend ro family member.  Dinner will be provided.

Register on-line or by mail.

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

Waynesboro Tree Workshop: Reveling in the Magnificence of Trees

September 15

7:15 - 4:00

General Registration: $85 (before 9/1/17); $100 after

Government/Non-profit Registration: $75 (before 9/1/17); $100 after

Tree Steward/Master Gardner/Student: $55 (beifre 9/1/17); $100 after

Best Western Inn & Conference Center, Waynesboro

On behalf of Waynesboro Parks & Recreation, Trees Virginia, and the Virginia Department of Forestry, we are pleased to present the 22nd annual Waynesboro Tree Workshop: Reveling in the Magnificence of Trees and ArborMaster Training. The workshop is divided into two tracks, ArborMaster and Lecture. The ArborMaster track teaches hands-on techniques and skills vital for tree climbers, groundsmen, and anyone in the production side of tree work. The lecture track is divided into two sessions of indoor lectures and outdoor demonstrations and is geared toward those working in municipalities, government agencies, and private industry. There is something for everyone at this workshop and regardless of track, you will be hearing from arboriculture and urban forestry experts.  

For more information or to register.

Southeast Virginia Beginning Landowners Weekend Retreat

September 22-24

Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Individual, No Lodging - $55*
  • Couple, No Lodging - $110*
  • Individual, Fri. & Sat. Lodging - $95*
  • Couple, Fri. & Sat. Lodging - $190*

New Kent Forestry Center, Providence Forge

This weekend retreat program was designed for those new to landownership or new to managing woodlands.  A combination of classroom, field trip, and hands-on activities will introduce participants to the concepts of good woodland management in a relaxed atmosphere.  Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided both days; dinnner is provided Saturday evening.  

Agenda coming soon. On-line and mail-in registrations are open.  

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

Tree Farm Tour & Dinner - you do NOT have to be a Tree Farmer to attend

September 28

4 - 7:00 p.m.

$10* first person; $5* each additional 

Dripping Springs Tree Farm, Bruington

Join Tree Farmers and other landowners interested in practicing good forestry on thier lands. Tour an active Tree Farm and learn about the Virginia Tree Farm Foundation.  All woodland owners are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend ro family member.  Dinner will be provided.

Register on-line or by mail.

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

Using Herbicides Safely and Successfully

September 29

9 - 4

VCE Fauquier/Whitney State Forest

$30 - includes lunch

Topics will include:

  • Plant identification
  • How to choose an herbicide
  • Equipment
  • Reading the label
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Mixing herbicides 

Register on-line or by mail.

October

4th Biennial Shortleaf Pine Conference

October 3-5

Stockton Seaview Hotel, Galloway, NJ

Join foresters, biologists, researchers, industry partners, and landowners for the 4th Biennial Shortleaf Pine Conference. Surrounded by New Jersey’s own Pine Barrens, the conference will feature sessions by 20+ shortleaf experts and an in-person look at forest restoration and land management practices. Shortleaf pine is a diminished species in Virginia, meaning technical and finacial assistance may be available to landowners interested in planting this species.  

A preliminary schedule will be available soon. 

For more information, please visit the Shortleaf Pine Initiative website

Register Online

Register by Check

Preparing for Generation NEXT

October 17 & 24

12:30 - 7:30

$50* for up to 2 family members; $25* for each additional family member

Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex, Chatham

Forests and farmland are valued for multiple reasons such as wildlife, privacy, recreation, timber, hunting, or scenic qualities. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? The cost of not planning and future tax burdens may put your land’s ownership in jeopardy. If you don’t plan, the government will plan for you. By researching and planning ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the financial costs and emotional challenges while securing your woodland legacy.

On-line and mail-in registrations are open.

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

41st Annual Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour Series

October 

  • Buckingham County - October 10
  • Augusta County - October 20
  • Pulaski County - TBA
  • City of Suffolk - TBA

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

Tree Farm Tour & Dinner - you do NOT have to be a Tree Farmer to attend

October 26

3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

$10* first person; $5* each additional 

Blackwell Tree Farm, Goldvein

Join Tree Farmers and other landowners interested in practicing good forestry on thier lands. Tour an active Tree Farm and learn about the Virginia Tree Farm Foundation.  All woodland owners are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend ro family member.  Dinner will be provided.

Register on-line or by mail.

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

November

Preparing for Generation NEXT

November 2 & 9

12:30 - 7:30

$70* for up to 2 family members; $35* for each additional family member

New Kent Forestry Center, Providence Forge

Forests and farmland are valued for multiple reasons such as wildlife, privacy, recreation, timber, hunting, or scenic qualities. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? The cost of not planning and future tax burdens may put your land’s ownership in jeopardy. If you don’t plan, the government will plan for you. By researching and planning ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the financial costs and emotional challenges while securing your woodland legacy.

Register on-line or by mail.   Contact Jennifer Gagnon, jgagnon@vt.edu, 540/231-6391, for more information. 

Preparing for Generation NEXT

Nov. 9 & 16 

9:00 - 4:30

$70* for up to 2 family members; $35* for each additional family member

Selu Conservancy, Radford

Agenda

Forests and farmland are valued for multiple reasons such as wildlife, privacy, recreation, timber, hunting, or scenic qualities. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? The cost of not planning and future tax burdens may put your land’s ownership in jeopardy. If you don’t plan, the government will plan for you. By researching and planning ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the financial costs and emotional challenges while securing your woodland legacy.

Register on-line or by mail.  Contact Jennifer Gagnon, jgagnon@vt.edu, 540/231-6391, for more information. 

December

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

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