Join Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension Foresters from across Virginia for a 15 minute video on a timely topic every other Friday at 12:15 on Facebook Live or ZOOM (excluding holiday weekends).  All videos can be viewed on the Virginia Forest Landowner Update YouTube Channel any time (subscribe to be notified when new videos are added). 

This 12-week self-paced on-line course teaches the fundamentals of forest management. 

Topics include:

  • Setting management goals and objectives
  • Forest history
  • Stewardship and sustainability
  • Marking your boundary lines, and locating, reading, and understanding your deed
  • Using maps, photos, Google Earth, and soil surveys
  • Forest ecology and management
  • Sources of assistance and planning options

Upon completion of the program, you can have a draft forest management plan. Natural resource professionals serve as mentors and the class winds up with an optional end-of-the-semester hands-on field trip. 

There are two levels of participation. 

  • Basic level - requires completing reading assignments, quizzes and evaluations (1-2 hours per Module)
  • Advanced level - includes all of the basic level requirements, plus field activities (3 or more hours per Module, depending on the size of your property)

Participants can choose to complete none, some, or all of the advanced level activities.  

All students will receive 5 books:

  • Common Forest Trees of Virginia
  • Common Shrubs and Woody Vines of Virginia
  • American Forests: A History of Resiliency and Recovery
  • Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas
  • Legacy Planning: A Guide for Virginia Landowners

as well as all online course materials, discussions with natural resource professionals, an online Tree ID tutorial, optional videos, and webinars.

Over 1,200 landowners across the US have participated in this class.

This regional 4-part webinar series is offered annually in January-February.  Topics change each year and include a variety of applied subjects for woodland owners. The 2022 topics will focus on timber taxation.

  • January 18 - Overview of timber taxation
  • January 25 - Timber basis
  • February 1 - Dealing with income from timber
  • February 15 - Coping with losses

View the 2021 Series

View the 2020 Series

View the 2019 Series

In this free 45-minute webinar, foresters with Virginia Cooperative Extension cover the basics of timber sales, including:

  • How to Sell Timber
  • Forest Management
  • Avoiding Timber Theft

View the pre-recorded webinar. 

Virginia's SHARP Logger Program has assembled a series of free on-line trainings for continuing education for logging professionals.  However, many of these topics are of interest to private woodland owners, Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, and professional foresters as well.  These on-line training programs are available year-round and free of charge. 

Current topics include:

Are you interested in non-timber forest products and woodland medicinals such as shiitake mushrooms, ginseng, and goldenseal? The Forest Farming Network, a collaboration of forest farmers, University faculty, and agency personnel, has a series of videos on growing and harvesting a wide-variety of these types of products. 

Visit the Forest Farming Network.

Fifteen Minutes in the Forest


  • January 7 - How Trees Prep for Winter
  • January 21 - The Eastern Hellbender

Woodland Stewards 5-part Webinar Series - Timber Taxation

Online Woodland Options for Landowners

  • March 7 - May 27
  • Registration opens in January

There are no face to face classes being offered at this time.