The Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program, an Extension program in Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources, provides Virginia landowners the opportunity to gain an understanding of basic forest management principles and techniques through an online course. Targeted to private landowners, the course will teach them how to become better stewards of their land.

The 12-week “Online Woodland Options for Landowners” course, which runs from June 1 to Aug. 14, teaches basic management skills and techniques for both novice and veteran private forest landowners. Materials provided include three reference books, “A Virtual Tour of the Forest” DVD, and online reading materials and assignments. Professionals and experienced landowners will serve as mentors for the students and help with any questions on the course Group Discussion Board.

Registration is now open online and requires a $25 fee, payable by mail. Participants must have access to a computer with a Web browser and an e-mail account; access to a printer is strongly recommended. Contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 for more information.

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