Virginia forest landowners looking to gain an understanding of how to keep their woods healthy and productive can do so in the comfort of their own home. Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment are offering an online course to help private landowners become better stewards of their land.

The 12-week “Online Woodland Options for Landowners” course, which runs from March 1 to May 21, teaches basic management principles and techniques for both novice and veteran private forest landowners. Materials provided include reference books and CDs in addition to online reading materials and assignments. Natural resource professionals and experienced landowners will serve as mentors for the students and help with questions via the course Group Discussion Board. Participants may also attend an optional end-of-semester field trip.

The registration fee is $45 per family. Participants must have access to a computer with a Web browser and an e-mail account; access to a printer is strongly recommended.

For additional information, e-mail Jennifer Gagnon or call (540) 231-6391.



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