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Farm and Forestry Succession Workshop

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8:30 am to 2:00 pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Description:

Join University of Maryland, MDA, Nationwide, and Alliance for the Bay for an intensive one-day workshop focused on assisting you communicate your objectives to your family and plan for a smooth and secure transition of the farm or forestry lands to future generations. To register, contact the Washington County UME office at 301-791-1304.

Location:

Washington County UME Office
7303 Sharpsburg Pike
Boonsboro, VA 21713

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Women Conservation Learning Circles

Dates/Times:

1. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

2. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

3. 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Monday, March 5, 2018

Description:

American Farmland Trust invites you to join us for a Learning Circle comprised of three sessions of engaging discussion and fellowship focused on women landowners and conservation planning on their land.

The Women For The Land Conservation Learning Circle is an American Farmland Trust program designed for women landowners like you, who own and make management decisions on Maryland farm or forest land. During the Learning Circle, women landowners will be guided through conservation agency resources that are available to them as farm or forest landowners.

*Note each session is held at a different location*

Session 1: Conservation Planning, You and Your Farm/Forest

Meet and network with fellow women landowners from your county
Begin a resource inventory for your property
Conservation Resource Planning with agency staff
Lunch provided

Tuesday February 13, 2018
9 am to 3 pm
Western Maryland Research and Education Center
18330 Keedysville Road Keedysville, MD 21756

Session 2: Conservation On Your Farm/Forest, Where Can I Find Help?

Local farm or forest tour (Meet at farm, Washington County location tbd)
Presentations by local county agency staff about their role and the resources they can offer to landowners
Lunch provided

Tuesday February 20, 2018
9 am to 3 pm
Morning Farm Tour in Washington County
Afternoon presentations
Western Maryland Research and Education Center
18330 Keedysville Road Keedysville, MD 21756

Session 3: Future of Your Farm/Forest: Leasing, LLCs and Legacy

Discuss leasing land and developing good landlord tenant relationships
Overview of succession planning, farmland easements, llcs, estate planning
Networking
Lunch Provided

Monday March 5, 2018
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
South Cumberland Library
100 Seymour Street Cumberland, MD 21502

 

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New York Forest Owner Association "Learn More, Earn More" Seminar Series

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1. 10:30 am to 4:00 pm on Thursday, February 22, 2018

2. 9:30 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, February 23, 2018

3. 10:30 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 24, 2018

Description:

Free Programs to help landowners get more benefits from their woodlots will be presented each day during the 2018 Farm Show in Syracuse by the New York Forest Owners Association.

Meet with a forester from the State Department of Environmental Conservation or speak with a Cornell trained volunteer. Visitors are encouraged to bring their questions and pause at the booth area before or after attending a seminar program. The DEC foresters and trained volunteers are there to help with resource materials, displays and expert advice.

Learn More, Earn More seminars are free and open to all. Topics include federal cost sharing for woodlot improvements, working with foresters, improving bird habitat, heating with wood, and forest farming. Programs start on the hour and allow time for questions and discussion.

The booth is on the main corridor of the Arts and Home Center, and the Seminars are held in the Somerset Room just steps away on the lower level of the Center.

These programs are presented by the New York Forest Owners Association in cooperation with the NY Department of Environmental Conservation, Cornell Cooperative Extension, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and with special thanks to each of our expert speakers.

Location:

New York State Fairgrounds
581 State Fair Blvd
Syracuse, NY 13209

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Woods & Wildlife Conference

Date/Time:

8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, February 24, 2018

Description:

The 14th Annual Woods & Wildlife Conference will be held on February 24, 2018 at the Daniel Technology Center, Germanna Community College, Culpeper. Registration opens in December.

Topics to be covered in 2018 include:

Scientific and social challenges of timber harvesting on private lands
Early successional habitat: Why and how?
Invasive species update
Forest pollinators
Case study: The Shenandoah National Park Fire
Selling timber: Panel of practitioners
Snags: Dead trees are good
Introduction to wild edibles
Pine savannahs: Where wildlife and pine production intersect
Habitat triage and congnitive mapping
Frogging by ear
Coyotes in Virginia: Here today and here to stay

Location:

Daniel Technology Center, Germanna Community College
18121 Technology Dr
Culpeper, VA 22701

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Tree Planting Workshop

Date/Time:

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Description:

Open to the general public for anyone interested in supporting our nation’s capital by leading volunteers to successfully plant trees!

Location:

Casey Trees
3030 12th Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20017

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TreeKeepers Series

Dates/Times:

1. 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2. 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

3. 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, March 17, 2018

Description:

The Baltimore TreeKeepers is a city-wide tree stewardship program open to anyone interested in Baltimore’s trees. TreeKeepers promote healthy trees by educating residents and increasing their role in the care of the City’s trees. Through this training, citizens can become tree advocates and share the responsibility to plant and care for trees in their neighborhood and throughout the City.
TreeKeepers includes several levels and types of classes, ranging from educational presentations to hands-on training that teaches citizens how to care for their trees and environment. Some of the hands-on training allows citizens to perform work on public trees that requires a permit; these classes will have a “test of competency” to certify citizens in best urban tree care practices. Certified tree planters and pruners will be encouraged to assist TreeBaltimore partners at spring and fall tree planting and pruning events. Certification and Classes are free and open to the public! Upon completion, they receive a certification card(s), TreeKeepers t-shirt, sweatshirt, and a hat.

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TreeKeepers 101-Trees & Baltimore Wednesday evening February 28th 6-8:30PM
TreeKeepers 102-The Science of Trees Wednesday evening March 14th 6-8:30PM
TreeKeepers 201-Advanced Tree Planting for Leadership Certification Saturday morning March 17th 9am-12pm

For more information check out our website or contact: ted.martello@baltimorecity.gov 410)396-6109

Location:

Edgewood Lyndhurst Recreation Center
835 Allendale St
Baltimore, MD 21229

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TreeKeepers 101: Trees and Baltimore

TreeKeepers 102: The Science of Trees

TreeKeepers 201: Advanced Tree Planting for Leadership Certification

Making the Most of Your Piece of Nature: A Sustainable Backyard Workshop

Date/Time:

8:00 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, March 3, 2018

Description:

Spend a morning learning how you can care for your "Piece of Nature." With the increased prevalence of development and urban sprawl, learn how you can transform your property into a refuge for native birds, pollinators, and wildlife. Experts will be on hand to inform and answer questions along with an assortment of vendors that can help you to bring your vision to life.

Location:

Butler County Community College- Succop Theater
107 College Dr
Butler, PA 16002

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Stormwater Management and Native Plants

Date/Time:

9:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday, March 3, 2018

Description:

Beginner, intermediate, and advanced gardeners are invite to learn how to spruce up their skills just in time for spring gardening!

Are you looking for ways to protect or improve your watershed? Do you need to manage storm water? Join the Master Gardeners to better understand how to solve these issues. A Master Gardener will also discuss and show some native plants that can be used in a rain garden.

Location:

Dauphin County Agriculture & Nature Resources Center
1451 Peters Mountain Rd
Dauphin, PA 17018

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Identifying Conifers: Tips & Tricks

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10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 3, 2018

Description:

Are you confused by conifers? Using hands-on activities and a walk through the conifer collection, we will help you distinguish among pines, spruces, firs, and other needle-leafed trees. Hand lenses will be available to borrow. Dress for the weather.
 

Location:

Blandy Experimental Farm
400 Blandy Farm Ln
Boyce, VA 22620

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Winter Roots, Edibles and Tonics Foraging

Dates/Times:

1. 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 17, 2018

2. 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 3, 2018

3. 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 17, 2018

4. 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 31, 2018

Description:

Fresh Pine and Spruce Tips, Burdock Roots, Sunchokes, tender late-winter greens and many more flavors will be explored. Which flavors stimulate the liver? Which soothe throats? Which plants have a tradition of healing deep winter infections? Which herbs fall into your group’s herbal action study? We’ll walk, talk, gather and taste.

Location:

Chestnut Farm at Fox Haven
3630 Poffenberger Rd
Jefferson, VA 21755

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Maple Sugaring

Dates/Times:

1. 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 3, 2018

2. 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 25, 2018

Description:

March is Maple Sugaring Season at Parker Dam State Park and you can come learn how real maple syrup is made. Learn the sweet story of maple sugaring - how it was discovered, how it was made years ago, and how you can make it today. Learn to identify maple trees in winter, how to choose the right trees for tapping, where to place the taps, and so on. A few lucky participants will tap a maple tree, gather in the sap, and help out. Best part - there will be free taste samples for all visitors. Discover the tradition. Meet at the Sugar Shack, near Pavilion 7, just past the Cabin Road.Event Description

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Parker Dam State Park
28 Fairview Rd
Penfield, PA 15849

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Mushroom Cultivation Best Practices

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7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Description:

If you've ever been interested in growing your own mushrooms - and who hasn't after coming home with an empty basket after a long day of morel hunting - then this is the meeting for you. Foray Chair Jared Urchek and long time MAW member Danny Barizo are going to give a demonstration on mushroom cultivation best practices.

Location:

Kensington Park Library
4201 Knowles Ave
Kensington, MD 20895

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The Woods In Your Backyard- Online Course

Date/Time:

Wednesday, March 7, 2018Monday, May 21, 2018

Description:

Registration for the Spring session of "The Woods in Your Backyard" online course will open January 31st. Our self-paced, non-credit course runs 10 weeks from March 7th to May 21st, 2018. The course will help landowners convert lawn to natural areas and enhance stewardship of existing natural areas. Based on the guide of the same name, the course provides strategies to landowners and managers of small parcels of land that improve the stewardship of their property for personal enjoyment and environmental quality. It uses a hands-on learning approach to help participants develop and implement a plan for their property. Activities include how to map habitat areas, understand basic ecological principles about woodland and wildlife, choose and implement a few habitat management projects, and how to set a timetable and record your progress. Online discussion groups will allow participants to interact with others taking the course. A certificate of completion is awarded when all assignments are completed.

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Roanoke Tree Health Care Workshop

Date/Time:

8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Description:

Topics include managing old trees, tree planting, community engagement for preserving trees and understand tree root system.

Location:

Virginia Western Community College
3094 Colonial Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24015

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Weed Warrior Series

Dates/Times:

1. 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, March 7, 2018

2. 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2018

3. 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 24, 2018

Description:

Family friendly, free event. Tap, boil, taste, and learn about the science of trees and which ones can be used to make syrup.

Location:

Carrie Murray Nature Center
1901 Ridgetop Rd
Baltimore, MD 21207

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Weed Warrior 101: Invasive Plants and Urban Ecosytems

Weed Warrior 102: Species Identification and Removal Techniques

Weed Warrior 201: Project Management and Leadership

Last Defense for Local Forests: Edges of Woodlands

Date/Time:

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Description:

A talk by Rod Simmons.
More information will be provided as the event approaches.

Location:

Dolley Madison Library
1244 Oak Ridge Ave
McLean, VA 22101

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Branching Out- Exploring the Trees and Forests of Virginia

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9:15 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2018

Description:

Please join us for a one-day workshop that celebrates the trees and woodlands that are our home.

It seems there have been many new books on trees in the last several years, and so the idea of a workshop focusing on trees and forests naturally followed. It turns out that the subject is vast and choosing what to cover means leaving out many other interesting topics.

We have chosen four rather different ways to present the topic. We will begin with a review of tree biology and ecology and a review of some of the recent research on what trees are doing. In keeping with many recent workshops, we will move on to the topic of interactions with other organisms, specifically birds and insects. Finally we will explore two Virginia forests – the longleaf pine of the coastal areas, and an old age mountain forest.

Location:

University Of Richmond - Jepson Hall
28 Westhampton Rd
Richmond, VA 23173

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Landscape for Life

Date/Time:

10:00 am to 2:30 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2018

Description:

Transform your home, school and public landscapes into healthy refuges that benefit birds, pollinators, wildlife, the community and waterways.

Learn how nature provides “ecosystem services” and how you can foster, rather than impede, nature’s ability to do this by undertaking small changes in your landscaping practices.

Transform your home and public landscapes into healthy refuges that benefit wildlife, pollinators, the community and waterways. This three week course will teach you how to build soil, harvest rainwater, encourage diverse and abundant plantings and plan a garden that supports life.

We’ll dive into the science of soil and discover what makes plants flourish or flop while learning how to make compost and take soil samples. We’ll tour rain-gardens at Fox Haven that employ native, medicinal and edible plant species. We’ll explore sustainable building materials and ponder the path of cradle to cradle designing. And, we’ll even peek into composting toilets and greywater systems that close the loop and protect our rivers while talking about how we can start capturing and holding nutrients in our own gardens.

Nature provides “ecosystem services” and you can foster nature’s ability to do this by undertaking small changes in your landscaping practices – no matter how big or how small you start.

Location:

Chestnut Farm at Fox Haven
3630 Poffenberger Rd
Jefferson, VA 21755

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Talks & Treks: Tree Identification Walk

Date/Time:

2:00 pm on Saturday, March 10, 20184:00 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2018

Description:

Join Ryan Davis, Chesapeake Forests Program Coordinator for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, for a tree identification at the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s new Houghton Land Preserve in Corning. We can’t use leaves to identify trees for nearly half of the year, but winter is a lovely time to be in the woods. Learn how to identify trees in the winter, when there are no leaves and few other clues.  Please come prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather and terrain.

Registration is required and capacity is limited; visit http://www.fllt.org/events/talks-treks-tree-identification-walk-3/ to learn more and register. 

Location:

Houghton Land Preserve
42.12317,-77.06953
10490 Spencer Hill Rd
Corning, NY 14830

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Spring Green! Come Walk with Us!

Date/Time:

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 11, 2018

Description:

Ready to see some green growing plants? Join us for walk to get a first glimpse Skunk Cabbage and other early bloomers. VDGIF employee, Ron Hughes, will lead a walk to the seep beside the Appalachian Trail at the Thompson Wildlife Management Area. The public is welcome on this trip, and there is no charge. To get information on the meeting location and more information, please send an email to piedmontvnps@gmail.com.

Location:

Thompson Wildlife Management Area
Linden, VA

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