2017

May

On-line Woodland Options for Landowners

May 15 - August 4

On-line

$45/family

Course brochure

Syllabus

This 12 week self-paced course takes you through the basics for woodland managment.         Topics covered Include:

  • Setting management goals and objectives
  • Writing a management plan
  • Using aerial photos, topographic maps & soil surveys
  • Determining boundary lines
  • Forest ecology and management
  • Working with natural resource professionals

Students may participate at eitehr the basic level (which involves readings and quizzes) or at the advanced level which also includes field activities. 

Students completing all the advanced activities will finish the class with a draft forest management plan. Additionally, a group of mentors, consisting of natural resource professionals and experienced landowners, will interact with students weekly via discussion boards.

An optional end-of-semester field trip will allow students to hone their new skills and interact with one another and natural resource professionals. The date and location of the 2017 field trip will be announced the first week of class.

For more information, or if you’ve already taken this class and would like to be a mentor this year, please contact: Andrew Vinson, 540/231-6494, josephav@vt.edu.

Registration is closed.

Weather Variability & Forest Health

May 17

Webinar

1:00 p.m. 

Free

North America has experienced some intense weather events in recent years, with the drought that occurred in fall 2016 in the southeastern U.S as the most recent example.  This drought contributed to forest fires that ravaged forested areas across the region, particularly in the Gatlinburg, TN area.  In 2015, Hurricane Matthew brought flooding to much of the Carolinas, and previous hurricanes have impacted natural areas in the same way.  An ice storm in 2014 caused severe damage to timber in several Georgia counties.  There is no doubt weather plays a major role in forest health and productivity.  This webinar will cover the impacts of weather and climate on forest health and productivity, resistance and susceptibility to pests, and how we can better manage forests to deal with future weather-related issues.

For more information, visit: http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/weather-variability-and-its-impacts-on-forest-health.

Great Appalachian Hikes- Course Orientation and Hiking Preparation

May 18

6 - 9 pm

Dabney S Lancaster Community College, Clifton Forge, room 275

The classroom session covers hiking preparations, gear, etc. Then choose any or all of the 6 hikes offered (these appear in the calendar list below by date) – 3 local and 3 on-the-road. Group transportation will be provided for all destinations. Lodging and meals are not covered by the course fee, however, lodging will be

prearranged by the instructor.

May 18 (Thursday) Course Orientation & Hiking Preparation 6-9pm, Rm. 375. Orientation/Prep

session is required to participate in any hike.

Great Appalachian Hikes

May 21

8 - 5

Rich Hole Wilderness, Alleghany County, VA

$65

Join hiking veteran, Mike Hayslett, for Great Appalachian Hikes… in the Alleghany Highlands region, locally and to travel destinations in the tristate region of southwest Virginia, eastern Tennessee, and western North Carolina. New to the area? Want to get out of town? Experience some of the best hiking trails in the Alleghenies and travel with us to take in some of the most spectacular viewsheds in the southern Appalachians! The required classroom session on May 18 from 6-9 covers hiking preparations, gear, etc. Group transportation will be provided for all destinations. 

To register, please call 540/863-2899.  

Expanding Business Opportunities in Small & Urbanizing Forests

May 24

Camp Kum-Ba-Yah, Lynchburg

$20*

 Who Should Attend:  Arborists, landscape professionals, local wood users, consulting forester, tree care companies and small loggers.

Cooperators:  This workshop is sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, hosted by Trees Virginia,the Virginia Department of Forestry and supported by MAC-ISA.

Register on-line

 

 

Great Appalchian Hikes

May 27-28

7 am Saturday - 9 pm Sunday

Mount Rogers/Grayson Highlands

$195 

Join hiking veteran, Mike Hayslett, for Great Appalachian Hikes… in the Alleghany Highlands region, locally and to travel destinations in the tristate region of southwest Virginia, eastern Tennessee, and western North Carolina. New to the area? Want to get out of town? Experience some of the best hiking trails in the Alleghenies and travel with us to take in some of the most spectacular viewsheds in the southern Appalachians! The required classroom session on May 18 from 6-9 covers hiking preparations, gear, etc. Group transportation will be provided. Lodging and meals are not covered by the course fee, however, lodging will be prearranged by the instructor.

To register, please call 540/863-2899.  

June

Great Appalachian Hikes

June 3-4

7 am Saturday - 9 pm Sunday

Roan Mountain State Park, TN

$195 

Join hiking veteran, Mike Hayslett, for Great Appalachian Hikes… in the Alleghany Highlands region, locally and to travel destinations in the tristate region of southwest Virginia, eastern Tennessee, and western North Carolina. New to the area? Want to get out of town? Experience some of the best hiking trails in the Alleghenies and travel with us to take in some of the most spectacular viewsheds in the southern Appalachians! The required classroom session on May 18 from 6-9 covers hiking preparations, gear, etc. Group transportation will be provided. Lodging and meals are not covered by the course fee, however, lodging will be prearranged by the instructor.

To register, please call 540/863-2899.  

Blue Ridge PRISM Summer Invasive Plant Training

June 7

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce

1 - 4

$20

Please join the Blue Ridge PRISM to learn how to identify and manage invasive species during the summer season! Topics/activities include: Identifying and treating PRISM's "terrible twelve' and other invasives, invasive plant walk, and general landowner consultation. Samples of invasive plants will be on display, feel free to bring securely bagged plants for identification. Landowners will receive resource packets with all 12 of PRISM's invasive plant factsheets.

Event and ticket information can also be found here.

If you have any questions direct them to Rod Walker: rwalker@alum.mit.edu.

 

Great Appalachian Hikes

June 10

8 - 5

Douthat State Park, Bath County, VA

$65

Join hiking veteran, Mike Hayslett, for Great Appalachian Hikes… in the Alleghany Highlands region, locally and to travel destinations in the tristate region of southwest Virginia, eastern Tennessee, and western North Carolina. New to the area? Want to get out of town? Experience some of the best hiking trails in the Alleghenies and travel with us to take in some of the most spectacular viewsheds in the southern Appalachians! The required classroom session on May 18 from 6-9 covers hiking preparations, gear, etc. Group transportation will be provided for all destinations. 

To register, please call 540/863-2899.  

Great Appalachian Hikes

June 11

8 - 5

Casscades Gorge, Hot Springs, VA

$65

Join hiking veteran, Mike Hayslett, for Great Appalachian Hikes… in the Alleghany Highlands region, locally and to travel destinations in the tristate region of southwest Virginia, eastern Tennessee, and western North Carolina. New to the area? Want to get out of town? Experience some of the best hiking trails in the Alleghenies and travel with us to take in some of the most spectacular viewsheds in the southern Appalachians! The required classroom session on May 18 from 6-9 covers hiking preparations, gear, etc. Group transportation will be provided for all destinations. 

To register, please call 540/863-2899.  

Assessing and Promoting Successful Regeneration in Your Woodland - PA Forests Web Seminar:

June 13

12-1:00 p.m. and 7-8:00 p.m.

Free

Lack of adequate tree regeneration is one of the top concerns in many woodlands in Pennsylvania and throughout the Northeast. This difficulty in obtaining successful growth of the next generation of trees is caused by three factors: 1) competition from other plants in the understory, 2) intensive browsing by white-tailed deer, and 3) the overstory canopy casting too much shade for seedlings in the understory. Without active management to promote successful regeneration in privately owned woods, the long-term function of our woods is impacted. This webinar will provide an overview of an assessment process woodland owners can use to evaluate regeneration. In addition to the assessment, webinar participants will learn the silvics, including light requirements and growth rates, of some common trees. Lastly, the webinar will provide an overview of stewardship activities commonly used to promote regeneration. Presented by Leslie Horner, Forest Stewardship Program Associate, Center for Private Forests at Penn State. Continuing education credits applied for.

Presentation URL: https://meeting.psu.edu/PAForestWeb/

Tree Farm Dinner - Brunswick County

June 15

4 - 7:00 p.m.

Chrissy's Tree Farm, Freeman

Free*

Over 10 million acres (63%) of Virginia’s woodlands are owned by folks like you. Virginia woodland owners are committed to improving the health and productivity of their forests. And over 1,200 Virginia woodland owners have taken an extra step to improve their forests by adopting and implementing the American Tree Farm Standards of Sustainability and becoming Tree Farmers.

The Virginia Tree Farm Foundation would like to invite current and potential Tree Farmers to a free pork BBQ dinner and field tour at Chrissy’s Tree Farm.

Participants will tour the Tree Farm and learn about growing longleaf pine and using fire as a management tool. You’ll also learn about the Virginia Tree Farm Foundation - where it has been and where it is going.

Although this event is free, pre-registration is required no later than 10 days in advance. You are encouraged to bring along a family member as well.

Register on-line or by mail.  

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

Great Appalachian Hikes

June 16-18

7 am Saturday - 9 pm Sunday

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, SC

$195 

Join hiking veteran, Mike Hayslett, for Great Appalachian Hikes… in the Alleghany Highlands region, locally and to travel destinations in the tristate region of southwest Virginia, eastern Tennessee, and western North Carolina. New to the area? Want to get out of town? Experience some of the best hiking trails in the Alleghenies and travel with us to take in some of the most spectacular viewsheds in the southern Appalachians! The required classroom session on May 18 from 6-9 covers hiking preparations, gear, etc. Group transportation will be provided. Lodging and meals are not covered by the course fee, however, lodging will be prearranged by the instructor.

To register, please call 540/863-2899.  

Blue Ridge PRISM Summer Invasive Plant Training

June 20

Ivy Creek Natural Area, Charlottesville

1 - 4

$20

Please join the Blue Ridge PRISM to learn how to identify and manage invasive species during the summer season! Topics/activities include: Identifying and treating PRISM's "terrible twelve' and other invasives, invasive plant walk, and general landowner consultation. Samples of invasive plants will be on display, feel free to bring securely bagged plants for identification. Landowners will receive resource packets with all 12 of PRISM's invasive plant factsheets.

Event and ticket information can also be found here.

If you have any questions direct them to Rod Walker: rwalker@alum.mit.edu.

Blue Ridge PRISM Summer Invasive Plant Training

June 25

Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton

1 - 4

$20

Please join the Blue Ridge PRISM to learn how to identify and manage invasive species during the summer season! Topics/activities include: Identifying and treating PRISM's "terrible twelve' and other invasives, invasive plant walk, and general landowner consultation. Samples of invasive plants will be on display, feel free to bring securely bagged plants for identification. Landowners will receive resource packets with all 12 of PRISM's invasive plant factsheets.

Event and ticket information can also be found here.

If you have any questions direct them to Rod Walker: rwalker@alum.mit.edu.

The North American Agroforestry Conference: Agroforestry for a Vibrant Future

June 27-29

The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

Learn about the latest advances in agroforestry research, practice, outreach, and policy

• See innovative on-the-ground systems with agroforestry farmers

• Share your agroforestry experience, skills, and knowledge

• Participate in pre-conference training and tours on June 26

Registration opens February 15, 2017

For more information, visit: www.regonline.com/NAAC2017

Blue Ridge PRISM Summer Invasive Plant Training

June 29

JMU's Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, Harrisonburg

1 - 4

$20

Please join the Blue Ridge PRISM to learn how to identify and manage invasive species during the summer season! Topics/activities include: Identifying and treating PRISM's "terrible twelve' and other invasives, invasive plant walk, and general landowner consultation. Samples of invasive plants will be on display, feel free to bring securely bagged plants for identification. Landowners will receive resource packets with all 12 of PRISM's invasive plant factsheets.

Event and ticket information can also be found here.

If you have any questions direct them to Rod Walker: rwalker@alum.mit.edu.

July

Farmer to Farmer Exchange Event: Medicinal Herb Production in the Field & Forest 

July 7

9:30 - 4:30

Cutting Root Farm, Butler, PA

$20 PASA Members; $35 Non-members

oin PASA at Cutting Root Farm to learn about integrating the production and use of medicinal herbs into your operation. This workshop will cover the identification, cultivation, and processing of medicinal herbs in both field and forest settings with herbalist Michelle Soto and researcher/educator Eric Burkhart.

Whether you are looking to add a new crop/product to your offerings or are interested in the healing potential of medicinal herbs for yourself, this workshop offers a great opportunity to learn more!

This event is sponsored in part by funding from the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmers Grant.

For more information or to register, visit: https://www.pasafarming.org/events/pasa-events/pasa-education-event-medicinal-herb-production-in-the-field-forest.

Outdoor Survival Skills

July 11, 18, 22, 25, & Aug. 1

Safety and enjoyment during extended stays in the wild involve confident command of specialized knowledge, skills, and use of appropriate gear. Ensuring one’s survival and even comfort outdoors is essential for recreational enjoyment and ensuring preparedness for  nexpected emergencies. Increase your knowledge and practice of outdoor living skills and survival techniques for recreational use and disaster preparedness. Topics and exercises will cover shelter, water, fire, orienteering, food, gear, first aid, etc. Instruction provided by naturalist Mike Hayslett and selected guests. Designed so that classes can be done individually or as a package (all 5 sessions or a la carte): 4 classroom sessions and field exercise outings.

Call 540/863-2870 to register. 

The Future of Ginseng and Forest Botanicals

July 12-14

Morgantown, WV

Cost varies depending on which sessions you attend.

This 3-day symposium will provide a forum to bring together a diverse array of stakeholders involved in the management and regulation of forest botanicals in Appalachia, including federal and state agencies, tribal representatives, academics, landowners, collectors, and the herbal products industry.

Spearheaded by United Plant Savers and in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), this symposium is a forum for presenting current research and documenting critical new information about the conservation, cultivation, and commerce of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and other Appalachian forest botanicals. The symposium will also include a poster session. Proceedings of the symposium will be published online on the United Plant Savers website.

For more information visit: http://www.unitedplantsavers.org/registration-open-for-the-future-of-ginseng-and-forest-botanicals

To register, visit: https://unitedplantsavers.givezooks.com/events/ginseng-and-forest-botanical-symposium

Teaching Trees

July 19-20

8:30 - 4:00 both days

Virginia Department of Forestry Headquarters, Charlottesville

$50

This 2-day professional development event will introduce middle and high school science teachers to local pine and hardwood forestry, sustainable forest management, and forest products with hands-on field trips.  Instruction totals 14 hours; see your school administrator for recertification credit.

Contact Ellen Powell, ellen.powell@dof.virginia.gov, 434/977-1375, for more information.

Register on-line.

August

Forest Site Assessment, Planning and Propagation

August 11-13

UVA Wise Campus, Wise

Cost TBA

This field-based workshop will include assessing site suitability  for forest farming, propagation, and Good Agricultural Practices training.

Visit the Appalchian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition website for more details. 

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.

Price TBD

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.

More details will be available in late spring 2017.

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

Preparing for Generation NEXT

August 22 & 29

12:30 - 7:30

Price TBD

Montgomery County, VA

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.

More details will be available in early summer.  Contact Jennifer Gagnon, jgagnon@vt.edu, 540/231-6391, for more information. 

September

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.

Price TBD

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.

More details will be available in late spring 2017.

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

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

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