Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, in collaboration with Virginia’s natural resource agencies, companies, and associations, will hold their 39th Annual Fall Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours starting Oct. 8.

The tours offer landowners, natural resource professionals, and other interested Virginians the opportunity to spend a day in the field visiting a variety of properties that are actively managed for timber and wildlife. Participants will visit private, industry, and public lands that center on multiple-use management opportunities and practices.

“The field tour series is the longest running program of its kind in Virginia, and perhaps even the country,” observed Jennifer Gagnon, coordinator of the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program.

The tours promote wise resource management on private forestlands and focus on science-based forestry and wildlife management practices, public and private sources of technical and financial management assistance, and networking among landowners and natural resource professionals. The experience provides an ideal setting for landowners to discuss their forest management issues with professionals in an informal setting, as well as to network with their peers.

Tours will be held in the city of Franklin and Southampton County on Oct. 8, Nelson County on Oct. 16, and Smyth and Wythe counties on Oct. 23. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration fee, which covers lunch, refreshments, and transportation, is due one week before the tour date. Registration for the city of Franklin and Southampton County tour is $45 per person. Registration for both the Nelson County and the Smyth and Wythe counties tours is $35 per person or $60 per couple.



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