Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment will hold their third annual Forest Landowner Weekend Retreat Oct. 30-31 at Twin Lakes State Park in Green Bay, Va.

“The retreat provides a great opportunity for people to learn the real value of their woodlands, as well as talk with other landowners and experts in the field,” said Jason Fisher of Virginia Cooperative Extension. “With the Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest as our ‘classroom,’ participants will be fully engaged in this interactive learning experience.”

Under the theme “Managing Value in Your Forest,” topics will include pine and hardwood management techniques, timber appraisals and sales, pond management, invasive species control, estate planning, and more. Features include an electroshocking demonstration to sample fish health in the lake, and special guest Tommy Mills, a driftwood carver also known as the “eagle tree artist.”

Sponsoring partners for the retreat are the Virginia Department of Forestry, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Ballyshannon Fund, a private fund in central Virginia focused on landowner education.

“We developed this program to help private forest landowners meet their personal objectives for their woodland property,” said Dave Snyder, assistant regional forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry. “Whether they are interested in preserving the beauty of their land, harvesting timber, or enhancing wildlife habitat, this retreat has something for every forest landowner.”

The cost of the weekend retreat is $45 per person, which covers all meals, presentations, and materials. Participants should make their own lodging arrangements — cabins and camping are available at the Twin Lakes Park, and several hotels are located in nearby Farmville and Burkeville.

  • Register online at the Virginia Forest Landowner Update website. The deadline to register is Oct. 23.
  • For more information, contact Jason Fisher or call (434) 476-2147.