The 8th Annual Woods and Wildlife Conference for owners and managers of large and small woodland properties will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19 in Charlottesville. The program, hosted by Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program based in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, is intended as a one-stop shop for those interested in learning about woods, wildlife, and other natural resources. It will provide participants with multiple links to information, new ideas to implement, possible sources of financial assistance, and a better understanding of their natural resources.

This year’s conference focuses on three themes — profitability, conservation, and invasive species. Keynote speakers, including Remarkable Trees of Virginia author Jeff Kirwan, a Virginia Tech dendrochronologist, and the president of the Virginia Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation, will engage participants while a myriad of concurrent sessions will provide practical information on a range of topics.

The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Zehmer Hall on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville. The cost of the conference is $45 per person or $80 per couple, which includes morning and afternoon breaks, lunch, and a conference packet. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 9.

  • Visit the conference website for registration information, a conference brochure, and additional program information. Both online and mail-in registration are available.
  • For more information, e-mail Adam Downing or call (540) 948-6881.

This program is sponsored by U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program, and Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, with support from Bradley Murphy Extension Trust, Glatfelter Pulpwood Company, Mead Westvaco, Piedmont Environmental Council, Virginia Forestry Association, Virginia Tree Farm, and Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment.