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Northern Virginia Landowner Woods & Wildlife Conference

The Woods & Wildlife Conference provides information, tools, and personal contacts to help private woodland owners keep their woods, and the wildlife that live in them, healthy and productive. A variety of topics are offered to appeal to owners of both small & large tracts, and both new & experienced owners.

  • Agenda
  • Program is full
  • Please call 540-231-6391 to be added to a wait list
  • Contact Adam Downing,, 540-948-6881 for details. 

2024 Woodland Stewards Webinar Series Part 5: How Moving Towards a Silvopasture System: Getting Started and Finding Help

  • February 27th
  • 1 - 2:00 PM EST
  • Online
  • Free

Learn about technical and financial assistance for starting a silvopasture system on your land.


Generation NEXT Land Transition Planning

If you have land, you have a legacy worth passing on.

Passing your land and stewardship values from one generation to the next takes information and work. Generation NEXT is an award-winning educational program that will get you started on the right path. All attendees receive a copy of Legacy Planning: A Guide for Virginia Landowners .

Contact Neil Clark, 757-653-2572, for more information.

2024 Woodland Stewards Webinar Series Part 6: Silvopasture Producers Share Their Stories: Panel 

  • March 5th
  • 1 - 2:00 PM EST
  • Online
  • Free

Experienced landowners will share their silvopasture success and failures, provide tips for success, and answer participant questions. 

Virtual Generation NEXT: Conservation Tools

  • March 7
  • 6:30 - 8:30
  • Online
  • $10/family - includes the Legacy Planning Workbook

Join the Generation NEXT Team for a deep dive into the conservation tools available in Virginia to help you keep your land intact, in forest, and in family as your land passes from one generation to the next. Tools covered will include management plans, land use programs, conservation easements, and more. 

Contact Karen Snape 540-231-6494 for more information. 

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: The Hardwood Intiative

Join Virginia Tech's Karen Snape to learn about new management options and funding opportunities to manage Virginia's millions of acres of hardwood forests. 

Simply visit the Facebook or YouTube page at 12:15 on March 8th to watch the video and participate in a live chat. 

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest: Professional Forestry Assistance

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension's Bill Worrell to learn why it's important to have a professional help you implement your forest management activities, and who you can call.

Simply visit the Facebook or YouTube page at 12:15 on March 22nd to watch the video and participate in a live chat. 

Woodland Management: Beyond the Basics Advanced Woodland Owner Retreat 

This Retreat is for woodland owners with experience actively managing their land. Classroom, field trip, and hands-on activities will be used to teach advanced concepts of sustainable woodland management. 

Registration includes breakfast, lunch and dinner on 3/24 and breakfast and lunch on 3/25, as well as snacks and field trip transportation.

Contact Jennifer Gagnon,, 540-231-6391 for details. 

Gather to Grow: A Conference to Honor the Past and Shape the Future of Forest Farming

This multi-day Forest Farming Conference will feature learning, networking, and strategic planning programs that will shape the future of forest farming of woodland crops such as botanicals, mushrooms, and decorative products in Appalachia and beyond.

Keynote speakers, working group meetings and panels, field tours, expo, exhibitors, breakout presentations, flash talks, a youth program, poster presenters, great food, socials, and a classic hotel in Appalachia are included. 


Lumber Drying for Small Operators

In this course you will learn about what you need to consider as a small operator getting into lumber drying. How do I determine the market potential? How long does it take to dry lumber? What should I consider when looking into different kiln types? Should I air-dry first or go straight into the kiln? We’ll cover the lumber drying basics, different types of kilns and their capabilities/limitations, avoiding defects and the basics of controlling the drying process.

This event is being held in conjunction with the Richmond Expo

Virginia Forestry Summit

Join natural resources professionals and landowners for this annual education event. 

  • Registration opens February

For more information visit Virginia Forestry Summit

A Tour of Urban Wood in Hooville

  • April 25
  • 12 - 4:30
  • Boar's Head Resort, Charlottesville
  • $25/person - includes lunch and transportation

Take a walk on the urban side and learn how trees and wood are used in an urban setting. On this tour of Charlottesville, we will eat lunch at, and tour, the tallest mass timber building on the east coast, the Apex Plaza. This is a 187,000 rentable square footage cross-laminated timber mixed-use building above a concrete parking garage at 120 Garrett Street in Charlottesville. The project represents the first large-scale mass timber project in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and one of only a handful in the United States.

Then we’ll take a short drive to the University of Virginia and take a stroll on Grounds to visit some of the most majestic trees in Hooville. The day will end with a visit to UVA Sawmilling started by two School of Architecture alums who have a passion and knack for turning UVA’s fallen giants into long-lasting works of art.

This program begins at the Boar's Head Resort right after the Virginia Forestry Summit ends. You do not need to be a Summit attendee to take this tour. 

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


Southwest Virginia Beginning Woodland Owner Retreat

Developed for those new to actively managing their woods, this Retreat combines classroom, field trip, and hands-on activities to teach concepts of sustainable woodland management.

Registration includes breakfast, lunch and dinner on 5/3 and breakfast and lunch on 5/4, as well as snacks and field trip transportation.

  • Agenda available March
  • Registration open March

Contact Jennifer Gagnon,, 540-231-6391 for details. 

Timber Cruising for Woodland Owners

  • May 10
  • 10:30 - 4:00
  • McCormick Farm, Raphine
  • $45/person includes lunch

Hiring a professional forester is the best way to ensure an accurate accounting of your timber volume and value. And it’s also important for you to understand where those numbers come from. This hands-on class will teach you why and how timber cruises are conducted. 

All participants will take home an angle gauge and a Biltmore stick.

  • Agenda coming soon
  • Registration opens early March
  • Contact Jennifer Gagnon, jgagnon@vt,edu, 540-231-6391 for details. 

Mapping with Drones: Drone Discovery

  • May 20-22
  • Blacksburg
  • $800

If you want to collect data and learn how to make maps with drones, then this 3-day, face-to-face, and hands-on workshop is for you. This introductory workshop provides an overview of the workflows and duties associated with drone operations. Participants will gain experience with flight planning, quadcopter (and fixed-wing) flight operations, supporting software options, data (image) acquisition, image processing, discussions on sensors and drones, and image analysis.

Additional information & workshop registration are available here: 

Please get in touch with John McGee ( or Daniel Cross ( for additional information (email works best!). 

15th Annual Vegetation Management Workshop

  • May 23
  • Keystone Antique Truck and Tractor Museum, Colonial Heights
  • $75 (lunch and refreshments are included)

Topics will include: 

  • Forest Management challenges and perspectives – Weyerhaeuser
  • Site Preparation Burning – Three Rivers Forestry
  • Operational Drone Application Updates – Forestry, ROW & Aquatics
  • Soil Biology Discussions – Nutrien Ag Solutions
  • Chemistry, trends, application techniques, programs and industry updates by supplier – Alligare, BASF, NuFarm, ENVU, Corteva
  • Regulatory Updates - VDACS
  • Virginia Forestry Association Outreach
  • Genetics, tree improvement updates- IFCO
  • Herbaceous Weed Control, Site Prep, Mid Rotation Release, Juvenile Release
  • Forest management testimonials from local land managers
  • Messaging the good news of forestry and forest management in our communities
  • Pine Control Updates
  • Next Gen conversations and transfers of forest ownership – VT Extension
  • Safety Discussions
  • Meet & network with manufacturers, applicators, seedling suppliers and other vendors!

For more info the workshop, contact:



Online Woodland Options for Landowners

  • July 1 - September 9
  • Online
  • $55/family 
  • Syllabus

This 10-week, self-paced, not for credit course is for landowners of any acreage who want to gain an introductory level of understanding of basic woodland management and become better stewards of their land. 

Participants will receive 5 books:

  • Common Forest Trees of Virginia
  • Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of Virginia
  • American Forests: A History of Resilience and Recovery
  • Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas
  • Welcome to the Woods: A Guide for New Virginia Woodland Owners.

Participants who complete all the course materials will also receive a copy of the award-winning book: Legacy Planning: A Guide for Virginia Landowners

An optional end of the semester hands-on field trip is also included with registration.  Date and location TBA. 

Registration opens May 1

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



Southeast Virginia Beginning Woodland Owner Retreat

Contact Jennifer Gagnon,, 540-231-6391 for details. 


Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tours

  • Dates and locations available summer 2024
  • Registration open summer 2024

Contact Jennifer Gagnon,, 540-231-6391 for details.