2022

May

The Woods in Your Backyard - Field Days!

The Woods in Your Backyard Field Day will provide participants with content and real-life examples of ways to improve smaller acreages for a myriad of reasons.  From wildlife habitat to wood production, small acres can provide big benefit. The field-day will be a walk & talk sort of event with experts from Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.  Topics will include, among others, woodland health assessment, identification and management of common invasive plants, wildlife habitat improvement practices, and chosen tree management.  All management strategies will include tools and methods for the do it yourselfer.

Register online

Forisk's Applied Forest Finance Class

  • May 19
  • Online
  • $500 (register by May 5th - price increases to $580 after)

Forisk continues to track, compare and evaluate forest carbon markets as part of our ongoing research, with an emphasis on the economic incentives and cash flow implications that would or could change behavior in the forest industry. At what point would forest carbon values and pricing mechanisms influence timber prices and wood markets? How should or could timberland investors think about and value forest carbon opportunities as presented?

This one-day class details the step-by-step financial analysis required to answer key investment and forest management questions. 

Learn how to identify, value, and rank timber and forestry investments. This course is ideal for forestry consultants and investment analysts, timberland owners and investors, and anyone else who needs to understand the identification, valuation, and ranking of timber-dependent and forest-related investments. 

Register online

Beginning Woodland Owner Retreat

This retreat is designed for woodland owners new to active forest management. Topics covered will include:

  • Setting goals
  • Management Planning
  • Managing for wildlife
  • Conducting a timber sale
  • Sustainable forest management practices (field trip)
  • Growing shiitake mushrooms
  • Tree identification (hands-on)
  • Tree valuation and measurement (hands-on)

Agenda

Registration is closed

Summer Invasive Plant Workshop

  • May 22
  • 12:30 - 3:30
  • Pen Park, Charlottesville
  • $25

This in-person field session will cover the identification of common invasive plants and demonstrate manual and chemical control techniques. Specific topics include herbicide safety, using hand tools and power tools safely, and identification of specific invasive shrubs and vines. Space for this event is limited to 25 attendees.

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Please make note of the following:

  • Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required to participate. No exceptions.
  •  Please bring work gloves, safety glasses, and the following tools (optional): hand pruners, hatchet, loppers
  • This event will be held rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Blue Ridge PRISM reserves the right to cancel the event in the case of severe weather or insufficient ticket sales (refunds will be issued in these instances). If you find that you cannot attend, please be kind enough to let us know at least 48 hours in advance.

Learn more and register online.

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Forest Pests of Economic Importance

Join Jason Fisher for a look at pestiferous things that cause economic damage in our woods. 

Watch archived Fifteen Minutes in the Forest videos on our YouTube channel.

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

June

2022 Virginia Forest Carbon Symposium

  • June 1
  • 8 - 3:00
  • Staunton
  • $30/person - includes lunch

Forest carbon markets are expanding rapidly in the commonwealth. If you are a forester, landowner, county leader, or just interested in this topic, please consider attending the first ever Forest Carbon Symposium hosted by the Virginia Department of Forestry.

In this symposium, you will learn about the importance of forest carbon markets, what this market means to Virginia, and what opportunities are available for our state’s forestry community.

Registration is closed - program is full.

Please e-mail jgagnon@vt.edu if you want to be added to a wait list. 

Contact Sabina Dhungana, sabina.dhungana@dof.virginia.gov, for more information. 

The Woods in Your Backyard - Field Days!

The Woods in Your Backyard Field Day will provide participants with content and real-life examples of ways to improve smaller acreages for a myriad of reasons.  From wildlife habitat to wood production, small acres can provide big benefit. The field-day will be a walk & talk sort of event with experts from Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.  Topics will include, among others, woodland health assessment, identification and management of common invasive plants, wildlife habitat improvement practices, and chosen tree management.  All management strategies will include tools and methods for the do it yourselfer.

Register online

Online Woodland Options for Landwoners Hands-on Field Trip

Join woodland owners and natural resource professionals for a day of interactive learning. Participants will gain hands-on experience with tree identification and forest measurements, and see sustainable woodland management practices on the State Forest.  

You do NOT need to be in the Online Woodland Options class to particiapte. Regustration is open to all who are interested. 

Participation is limited to 30.

If you are a current or past Online Woodland Options for Landowners student, please e-mail jgagnon@vt.edu if you plan to attend. For all others:

Register online

From Flames to Forests: Past, Present, and Future Fires for Sustaining our Forests and Wildlife

There is growing awareness and attention given to wildfires worldwide as we see increasingly devastating fire seasons impacting our forests and communities in frightening ways. A changing climate coupled with a century of fire suppression and an ever-increasing wildland urban interface are resulting in the “perfect storm” for catastrophic fire conditions.

Despite these challenges, fire is still gaining momentum as a management tool, and a solution, in curbing these catastrophic events while simultaneously promoting forest health and wildlife diversity. Join us as we explore the long relationships between fire, forests, and wildlife and how we can usher in a future of more prescribed fire on the land for healthier ecosystems and more resilient communities.

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Red Imported Fire Ants

Join Neil Clark to learn about this nonnative menace from the south. 

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

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Tree ID Beyond the Basics

Karen Snape will delve deeper into the details of how to identify trees. Watch her primer on this topic here

Watch archived Fifteen Minutes in the Forest videos on our YouTube channel.

For more information, contact Karen Snape, 540-231-6494, ksnape@vt.edu. 

July

August

Preparing for Generation NEXT Legacy Planning Workshop

What will become of your land after you are gone? Are your heirs invovled in making these decisions? 

Join forestry, accounting, and legal professionals to learn how to talk to your family about planning for the future of your land. You'll gain skills to help you keep your land intact, in forest, and in the family.

  • Registration opens in June
  • Agenda available in June

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

September

Beginning Woodland Owner Retreat

This retreat is designed for woodland owners new to active forest management. Topics covered will include:

  • Working with a forester
  • Managing for wildlife
  • Conducting a timber sale
  • Sustainable forest management practices (field trip)
  • Tree identification (hands-on)
  • Tree valuation and measurement (hands-on)

 

  • Agenda available in July
  • Registration opens in July

Preparing for Generation NEXT - Legacy Planning Workshop 

Sept. 8, 9, 14, & 15

3-4:30

Virtual 

Join the Generation NEXT Team and experienced conservation, legal, and financial advisors, to learn how to pass your land and your legacy on to the next generation while keeping it intact, in forest, and in family. 

Agenda and registration will be available 6 weeks prior to the event. 

Contact Karen Snape, ksnape@vt.edu for more information. 

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October

Join fellow woodland owners and natural resource professionals for a day in the woods.  These county-based tours showcase sustainable woodland and wildlife managment practices on private, public, and industry owned lands. 

Past tours have visited seedling nurseries, timber harvesting operations, saw mills, and public and private forest lands.

These day-long tours also provide ample time for discussions among participants. 

Regsitration opens in August

November

Planning for Generation NEXT - Legacy Planning Workshop

November TBA

New Kent Forestry Center, Providence Forge

Join the Generation NEXT Team and experienced conservation, legal, and financial advisors, to learn how to pass your land and your legacy on to the next generation while keeping it intact, in forest, and in family. 

Agenda and registration will be available 6 weeks prior to the event. 

Contact Karen Snape, ksnape@vt.edu for more information. 

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December