Forest landowners will retreat to the woods

Published 4:59 pm Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Central Virginia landowners can learn more about actively managing their forestlands during the eighth annual Forest Landowners’ Retreat, to be held March 17-19 at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center near Appomattox.

“Topics will include forest management planning, timber sales, wildlife management, invasive plant control, basic tree identification and measurement skills and more,” officials said in a press release. “A tour of the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest will showcase pine and hardwood management, wildlife practices and water quality protection.”

Sponsoring partners for the retreat are Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program.

“This program provides an excellent introduction to forest management issues, especially for those new to land ownership,” said Ellen Powell of the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Jennifer Gagnon of Virginia Tech’s Forest Landowner Education Program said, “We use a combination of classroom and field sessions, taught by experts, to get participants fully engaged in learning. The weekend retreat format also enables people to share their experiences with other landowners.”

“The program starts early Saturday morning, so Friday night lodging is available and encouraged. Three registration options are available: with Friday and Saturday night lodging at $90 per person or $170 per couple; with Saturday night-only lodging at $65 per person or $120 per couple, or a commuter option without lodging at $40 per person or $70 per couple. Meals included with all options are Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner and Sunday breakfast and lunch.”

To register online or to download a brochure, visit The deadline to register is March 3. For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or

Those with disabilities who desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity may also contact Gagnon during the hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to discuss accommodations, no later than March 3. The TDD number is (800) 828-1120.