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45th Annual Fall Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours begin Oct. 14

A dense forest grove.
Private individuals own more than 66% of Virginia’s 16 million acres of forestland. The annual Fall Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours are among the many programs offered by the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program.

From: College of Natural Resources and Environment

Combining education, networking, and sightseeing, the Annual Fall Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours have provided the opportunity to learn about sustainable forestry and wildlife management for 45 years. This year’s three tours, which will take place during October, will include COVID-19 mitigation protocols.

Hosted by 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, the tours offer landowners, natural resource professionals, and other interested individuals the opportunity to spend a day in the field learning about a variety of woodland and wildlife management activities.

The tours, which promote wise resource management on private forestlands, 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 four locations:

  • Cumberland County on Oct. 14
  • Sussex County on Oct. 19
  • Botetourt/Rockbridge Counties on Oct. 27

COVID-19 mitigation protocols will be in place, including the following:

  • Registration will be limited to ensure adequate physical distancing.
  • Participants will be responsible for driving themselves on the Botetourt/Rockbridge Counties tour; van transportation will be provided on the other two tours, unless COVID-19 protocols change.
  • Face coverings will be required when physical distancing cannot be maintained (e.g., while riding in vans).
  • Sanitizing materials will be provided.

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration fee of $25 per person or $40 per couple includes lunch. A limited number of scholarships are available for K-12 teachers.

For more information, email Jennifer Gagnon or call 540-315-0615.

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