Extension Announces Events for Virginia Forest Landowners

Upcoming Events for Virginia Forest Landowners from Virginia Cooperative Extension:
Rockbridge Forestry & Wildlife Association
6 p.m.
Thursday, June 13
$11*
Speaker: Mr. Bruce Bytnar
Mr. Bytnar retired in January 2008 following working more than 32 years as a National Park Ranger.  He worked as a commissioned law enforcement ranger, naturalist, wildland firefighter, resource manager, search and rescue manager, supervisor, and manager. His last position was as the Ridge District Ranger on the Blue Ridge Parkway. He now works as an environmental educator at Boxerwood Gardens Nature Center.  The program is oriented toward the State of Virginia’s standards of learning. His personal objective is to get students interested in the outdoors and eventually national parks.
He has also just completed writing a book based on his experiences working in national parks. He has also included messages about very real threats to our parks and what citizens can do to assist those stewards who have the responsibility to protect our treasures found in national parks. The book is titled “A Park Ranger’s Life: True Stories from Thirty Two Years Protecting Our National Parks.” It should be available by early November. For more information check his blog at http://www.aparkrangerslife.blogspot.com/.
For more information, call 540/261-3803 or 540/377-9285; Please RSVP by June 6.

Now That I Own Woods, What Do I Do Next?
6:30 – 9:00
Tuesday, July 9 – Vansant/Grundy area
Free
This program will cover topics related to woodland management, such as: management planning, forest management options, wildlife management, and more.  
For more information, please contact Andrew Brownor Bill Worrell 276/889-8056.
Now That I Own Woods, What Do I Do Next?
6:30 – 9
Thursday, July 11, Lebanon
Free
This program will cover topics related to woodland management, such as: management planning, forest management options, wildlife management, and more.  
For more information, please contact Andrew Brown or Bill Worrell 276/889-8056.
Working Woods Walk
2 – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday July 21 – James Madison’s Montpelier
$5 with the purchase of a mansion tour; $10 for the Working Woods Walk alone.
This two-hour hike of the Montpelier Demonstration Forest will help visitors understand society’s dependence on forests now and during the Madison’s time.  And how to care for our forests today.
Contact Adam Downing, 540/948-6881 for more information.

Focusing on Land Transfer to Generation NEXT
12:30 – 7
Tuesdays August 13 & 20 (this is a 2-part program) – Fredericksburg 
$60/person or couple* (we strongly encourage family participation)
Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation?  Join us for a workshop with free legal guidance from professionals in intergenerational land transfer.  
Contact Adam Downing 540/948-6881 for more information, or visit: 
Friday September 6 – Sunday September 8 – Airfield Conference Center, Wakefield
·         Individual, No Lodging – $40*
·         Couple, No Lodging – $80*
·         Individual, Lodging On-site, Dorm Style – $60**
·         Couple, Lodging On-site, Dorm Style – $120**
·         Couple, Lodging On-site, Hotel Style – $160**
New to forest management?  Immerse yourself in a weekend of forestry-related classes, field trips, and hands-on activities.  This program will introduce you to management planning, working with a professional forester, tree identification, using forestry equipment, and much more. Additionally, there is plenty of time to share experiences with fellow forest owners and natural resource professionals.  Register on-line with a credit card here. 
8:30 – 4
Dates to be determined.
Locations will include: Northampton, Culpeper, Patrick and Roanoke Counties.
$45/person*
*Meals included; **Meals and lodging included

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