A four-part webinar series offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Department of Forestry, and partners from Pennsylvania and Maryland will give green industry professionals the knowledge they need to provide natural area management services.
Six outstanding Virginia livestock industry leaders are being inducted into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame this year. Their portraits will be permanently displayed in the gallery at the Virginia Tech Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena in Blacksburg along with 72 others who have been inducted since 2010.
Dooley, who has served as CEO of the Virginia Tech Foundation since 2012 and has helped the university fulfill its land-grant mission by making a difference in communities for nearly 40 years, has announced he plans to retire in the spring.
Kaufman, a professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, is president of the Faculty Senate. Smith, who has been at Tech since 1988 and is business operations specialist with the Office of Summer and Winter Sessions, is president of the Staff Senate.
The Reynolds family donated the former Rock Spring Plantation in Patrick County to Virginia Tech in 1970. In the years since, it has become a dynamic community hub, a thriving arts and education destination, and a vital forest research center.
Northern Neck Master Gardeners have worked closely with partners at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and county governments to build the Shoreline Evaluation Program, an educational outreach effort that has provided hundreds of property owners with recommendations for improving upland stormwater management, pollutant and sediment runoff, and shoreline erosion.
To support COVID-related research and provide immediate support for Virginia Tech researchers, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation collaborated with Virginia Tech institutes and colleges to establish a COVID-19 Rapid Response Seed Fund. As a result, nine projects were selected for funding.
The agents help managers adopt stream-exclusion practices in addition to cost-share programs administered by local Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the National Resources Conservation Service.