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Pollinator Workshop

Date/Time:

11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday, August 18, 2019

Description:

What are pollinators, and why are they important? What are the primary threats to pollinators, and what can you do in your backyard to help save them? All of these questions and more will be answered at the Sky Meadows Pollinator Workshop. Hear informative presentations on pollinator conservation from knowledgeable Virginia Master Naturalists, including a hike to explore pollinator plots in the park.

Construct a Bee Hotel to display proudly in your yard and receive a tray (4 pack) of native wildflowers to increase pollinator habitat in your backyard or balcony.

 

The registration fee for this event is $80 (includes lunch and parking).

Location:

Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Ln,
Delaplane, VA 20144

Relevant Links:

forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/eventscalendar.html

Agroforestry Farming

Date/Time:

Monday, August 19, 2019Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Description:

Agroforestry? Regenerative Agriculture? Water Quality and other Environmental Services and Markets?

More and more folks are learning about these farming strategies and benefits, but teaching and demonstration farms where you can see them in action are often hard to come by. Virginia Tech’s Catawba Sustainability Center farm is one of those gems and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming is collaborating with Virginia Tech’s Office of Outreach and International Affairs to bring you a Low-Cost opportunity to dive deep into agroforestry, regenerative whole-farm practices, and environmental services markets. Program goals are to help you learn more about these practices in a hands-on setting and strengthen the network of regenerative agroforestry practitioners.

Location:

VT Catawba Sustainability Center
Catawba Creek Rd
Catawba, VA 24070

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Event Information

Invasive Insects

Date/Time:

10:00 am to 11:00 am on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Description:

Learn how to identify invasive insects and how you can stop them from taking over!

Park and meet at the Amphitheater.

Contact Rhiannon Summers at 570-477-7780 or rhsummers@pa.gov for more information.

Location:

Ricketts Glen State Park
695 State Route 487
Benton, PA 17814

Relevant Links:

events.dcnr.pa.gov/event/invasive_insects_437#.XUHLFZNKjUo

Determining Friend or Foe: Common Bio Weeds and What to Do About Them in Bioretention

Date/Time:

9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 24, 2019

Description:

Take a journey from the practical to the inspirational. In this series of three workshops, the Maryland master gardeners and class will evaluate common elements and issues in bio-retention facilities and examine ways to maximize storm-water management performance, aesthetics, and ecology- while minimizing upkeep.

 

The cost for this event is $65.

 

Location:

Montgomery County Extension Office University of Maryland
18410 Muncaster Rd
Derwood, MD 20855

Relevant Links:

extension.umd.edu/events/sat-2019-08-24-0900-determining-friend-or-foe-common-bio-weeds-and-what-do-about-them

SILVAH Training: Allegheny Hardwood

Date/Time:

11:30 am on Monday, August 26, 20195:30 pm on Thursday, August 29, 2019

Description:

SILVAH Training: Allegheny Hardwood is an intensive multi-day workshop designed to give participants comprehensive knowledge about forest ecology and management of Allegheny hardwood and Northern hardwood forests.

 

To Be Covered

Nearly half of the session is conducted in the field where participants have a chance to apply SILVAH techniques, practice regeneration and understory vegetation surveys, and view examples of regeneration and overstory management techniques. Field exercises are done in crews and will be conducted regardless of weather. Participants are expected to bring a hardhat and standard forest inventory equipment.

 

WHO IS THIS FOR?

Those who need comprehensive knowledge about forest ecology and management of Allegheny hardwood and Northern hardwood forests.

 

Registration for this event is 110$ and the deadline to register is August 16, 2019 11:59 p.m.

This event will take place over 4 days:

Mon., Aug. 26, 2019 (11:30 AM - 5:30 PM)

Tue., Aug. 27, 2019 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Wed., Aug. 28, 2019 (8:00 AM - 5:30 PM)

Thu., Aug. 29, 2019 (8:00 AM - 3:00 PM)

Location:

USFS Northern Research Station
335 National Forge Rd.
Irvine, Pennsylvania 16329

Relevant Links:

extension.psu.edu/silvah-training-allegheny-hardwood

Woody Plant Identification: Conifers

Dates/Times:

1. 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, August 26, 2019

2. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 31, 2019

Description:

Conifers provide the structural framework for many gardens, serving a variety of roles as specimens, focal points, screens, hedges, and backdrops. Participants of 'Woody Plant Identification: Conifers' will learn about the distinctive growth habits of conifers and how to use conifers in their landscapes to add bold foliage color contrasts and texture. Registrants will receive a full color manual of the conifers covered during class.

 

Mon., Aug. 26, 2019 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

Sat., Aug. 31, 2019 (10:00 AM - 2:00 PM)

 

Registration for this event is 60$ and the registration deadline is August 20, 2019 11:59 p.m.

Location:

Penn State Extension Allegheny County
1435 Bedford Ave., Suite A
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

Relevant Links:

extension.psu.edu/woody-plant-identification-conifers

Tree Tenders Training

Date/Time:

9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Description:

Tree Tenders® is a training program that empowers concerned participants to make dramatic strides towards restoring and caring for the tree canopy in their communities. Join thousands of other concerned citizens like yourself. Become a Tree Tender and help increase tree canopy cover in your community.

 

The course is designed for lay people and experts alike. Become one of the Tree Tenders restoring and tending your part of the forest. Instruction is provided by DCNR's Bureau of Forestry, in partnership with Penn State Extension, PHS, The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and other local urban forestry experts.

 

Registration for this event is 35$ and the deadline is August 20, 2019 11:59 p.m.

Location:

Benson Memorial Library
213 N Franklin St.
Titusville, Pennsylvania 16354

Relevant Links:

extension.psu.edu/tree-tenders

Spotted Lanternfly Public Meeting

Dates/Times:

1. 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 5, 2019

2. 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 5, 2019

Description:

Lycorma delicatula, commonly known as the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), is a new invasive insect that has spread throughout southeastern Pennsylvania since its discovery in Berks County in 2014. SLF presents a significant threat to Pennsylvania agriculture, including the grape, tree-fruit, hardwood and nursery industries, which collectively are worth nearly $18 billion to the state's economy.

 

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

            How to identify spotted lanternfly

            Impacts to local industry and communities

            Current quarantine area in Pennsylvania

            Actions you can take to help stop the spread

Location:

Lancaster Farm & Home Center
1383 Arcadia Road
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601

Relevant Links:

extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-public-meetings

Invasive Plant ID for Professionals-RSVP Required

Date/Time:

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 5, 2019

Description:

Learn to identify invasive plant species commonly found growing in landscaped and natural areas by examining cut samples from live plants. Following the presentation and plant identification exercise, the Maryland master gardeners and class will apply their new skill set by searching for invasive plants while walking a short distance along a parking lot to view landscaped plants, then along a paved path that meanders through a natural area within King Park to view wild growing plants. Please bring a handheld magnifying lens if you own one, and dress appropriately for the short outdoor walk (long pants to avoid contact with poison ivy, comfortable walking shoes, inclement weather conditions, and biting insects). Identification guides will be supplied for use during the plant identification exercise and the outdoor walk (including Invasive Forest Plants of the Mid-Atlantic, New Invaders of the Northeast and Northcentral United States, Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas (4th Edition), Mistaken Identity? Invasive Plants and their Native Look-Alikes, and Mid-Atlantic Field Guide to Aquatic Invasive Species). Snacks and beverages will also be provided.

 

Suggested Audience:  Professionals within the Landscape Industry (Licensed Tree Experts, landscape maintenance, lawn care, etc.) and Natural Resources Industry (foresters, restoration practitioners, land managers, etc.).

 

Continuing Education Credits: The following trade organizations have pre-approved this workshop to offer continuing education credits:

1. Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional: 3.5 CBLP CEU

2. Maryland Licensed Tree Expert: 4.0 MD LTE CEU

3. Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association, Inc.: 0.5 CPH CEU

 

Location:

Community Resources Building
30 Duke Street
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Relevant Links:

extension.umd.edu/events/thu-2019-09-05-1300-invasive-plant-id-professionals-rsvp-required

Invasive Plant ID for Homeowners

Date/Time:

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 14, 2019

Description:

Learn to identify invasive plant species commonly found growing in landscaped and natural areas by examining cut samples from live plants. Following the presentation and plant identification exercise, the class and master gardeners will apply their new skill set by searching for invasive plants while walking a short distance along a parking lot to view landscaped plants, then along a paved path that meanders through a natural area within King Park to view wild growing plants. Please bring a handheld magnifying lens if you own one, and dress appropriately for the short outdoor walk (long pants to avoid contact with poison ivy, comfortable walking shoes, inclement weather conditions, and biting insects). Identification guides will be supplied for use during the plant identification exercise and the outdoor walk (including Invasive Forest Plants of the Mid-Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic Field Guide to Aquatic Invasive Species, Mistaken Identity? Invasive Plants and their Native Look-Alikes, New Invaders of the Northeast and Northcentral United States, and Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas (4th Edition). Snacks and beverages will also be provided.


Suggested Audience: Homeowners, private woodland owners, owners of conservation easements, HOA members responsible for maintaining community grounds, etc.

Location:

Community Resources Building
30 Duke Street
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Relevant Links:

extension.umd.edu/events/sat-2019-09-14-1300-invasive-plant-id-homeowners-rsvp-required

Conservation Easement Breakfast Briefing for Tax, Legal and Real Estate Professionals

Date/Time:

8:30 am to 10:30 am on Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Description:

Over the last few years, Scenic Rivers Land Trust secured $2.3 million in grants for landowners who want to permanently protect their land. Join us for a breakfast buffet and an overview of the legal and tax framework of conservation easements. Learn about significant income, property and estate tax benefits that might be available to your clients. Program highlights include updates to a local grant program that provides a per-acre cash incentive for landowners who protect forests and/or plant trees on qualified land. All professional service providers are welcome, though the content of the presentation is geared toward lawyers, realtors, and tax and financial advisors.

Scenic Rivers is the most active land trust in Anne Arundel County, holding 68 conservation easements that protect well over 3,000 acres.

Speakers Include:

•           Nina Fisher, Scenic Rivers Land Trust, Board President

•           Ben Wechsler, Linowes and Blocher, Partner

•           Kristen Maneval, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Senior Transactions Counsel

•           Dick Davies, CohnReznick, Partner

•           David Ballard, Champion Financial Planning Group, President

•           Sarah Knebel, Scenic Rivers Land Trust, Conservation Director

Location:

Federal House Bar & Grille
22 Market Space
Annapolis, MD 21401

Relevant Links:

www.srlt.org/news/recent-events

SE Virginia Beginning Woodland Owners Retreat

Date/Time:

Thursday, September 19, 2019Saturday, September 21, 2019

Description:

Developed for landowners new to woodland management, this entry-level program covers the basics of keeping your woods and wildlife healthy and productive, while working towards meeting your ownership goals.  A combination of classroom, field trip, and hands-on activities are used to explore these concepts of sustainability.  A variety of natural resource professionals will be available throughout the program. 

 

Registration fees include 3 meals on Friday, 2 meals on Saturday, refreshments, field trip transportation, and all materials.

On-site lodging is available and encouraged.  

 

For more information, please contact Jennifer Gagnon, jgagnon@vt.edu, 540-231-6391.

Location:

New Kent Forestry Center
11301 Pocahontas Trail
Providence Forge, VA 23140

Relevant Links:

forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/eventscalendar.html

Rain Barrel Workshop

Date/Time:

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 19, 2019

Description:

The workshop fee includes a plastic 55-65 gallon drum, all the necessary parts, and assistance to build your rain barrel! All tools are provided. Please bring appropriate transportation to take your barrel home.

 

Registration is 45$ and the deadline is September 17, 2019.

 

Rain Barrel Information:

Each barrel is 35-40 inches tall, and 23-24 inches wide at the widest. They can fit in the backseat of most sedans. Please bring appropriate transportation to take your barrel home.

One rain barrel is included with registration. Participants may have the option to purchase additional rain barrels during the registration process.

Location:

Penn State Extension York County - Annex Building
112 Pleasant Acres Rd.
York, Pennsylvania 17402

Relevant Links:

extension.psu.edu/rain-barrel-workshop

Preparation for Generation Next Mini-Workshop

Date/Time:

9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Friday, September 27, 2019

Description:

$25 for up to 2 family members; $15 each additional family member

Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your woods to the next generation? Join the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program for a half-day workshop to learn how to secure your woodland legacy. Family participation is strongly encouraged. Lunch is included.

For more information, contact Bill Worrell, bworrell@vt.edu, 276-889-8056

Location:

Russell County Conference Center
139 Highland Dr
Lebanon, VA 24266

Relevant Links:

forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/eventscalendar.html

Preparation for Generation NEXT 2-Day Workshop

Dates/Times:

1. 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Friday, September 27, 2019

2. 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, September 28, 2019

Description:

$70 for up to 2 family members; $35 each additional person

Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your woods to the next generation? Join us for a two-day workshop to learn how to secure your woodland legacy. Family participation is strongly encouraged. Breakfast and lunch are included on Saturday.

Contact Adam Downing, adowning@vt.edu, 540-948-3881, for more information.

Location:

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative
180 Oakwood Dr
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Relevant Links:

forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/eventscalendar.html

Bioretention - Building a Better Bio: Blending Design & Ecology into Stormwater BMPs

Date/Time:

9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 29, 2019

Description:

Take a journey from the practical to the inspirational. In this series of three workshops, CBLP will evaluate common elements and issues in bioretention facilities and examine ways to maximize stormwater management performance, aesthetics, and ecology- while minimizing upkeep.

 

Choose one workshop or all three. Discounts for certified CBLP professionals and for those who attend all three workshops.

 

Saturday, July 20th

Getting the Plants Right: Selecting Species to Survive and Thrive

Saturday, August 24th

Determining Friend or Foe: Common Bio Weeds and What to Do About Them

Saturday, September 21st

Building a Better Bio: Blending Design & Ecology into Stormwater BMPs

 

Cost: $95

 

Location:

Montgomery County Extension Office University of Maryland
18410 Muncaster Rd
Derwood, MD 20855

Relevant Links:

extension.umd.edu/events/sat-2019-09-21-0900-bioretention-building-better-bio-blending-design-ecology-stormwater-bmps

Sustainable Landscaping Workshop

Date/Time:

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 29, 2019

Description:

Join the Piedmont Environmental Council for their 7th Annual Sustainable Landscaping Workshop in Fauquier County. After presentations from local experts, there will be a tour of PEC's Larson Native Plant Garden, where the Piedmont Environmental council has put into action many of the sustainable practices you'll learn about in this workshop.


Guest speakers will include Tim Ohwiler with Virginia Cooperative Extension, Jim McGlone with Virginia Department of Forestry, and Janet Davis from Hill House Nursery. Learn about sustainable landscaping practices and discover the benefits of changing the way you care for your landscaping — for both your enjoyment and the benefit of the surrounding environment!


This event is free, but registration is required due to limited room capacity.

 

Location:

PEC Headquarters
45 Horner Street
Warrenton, Virginia

Relevant Links:

https://www.pecva.org/events/964-sustainable-landscaping-workshop-7

Silvah Training: Oak

Dates/Times:

1. 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Monday, September 30, 2019

2. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

3. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 2, 2019

4. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 3, 2019

5. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, October 4, 2019

Description:

To Be Covered:

Nearly half of the session is conducted in the field where participants have a chance to apply SILVAH techniques, mark stands for crop tree release and thinning, and view examples of regeneration and over-story management techniques.

What to Bring

•           Field exercises are done in crews and will be conducted regardless of weather, please dress appropriately.

•           Participants are expected to bring a hardhat and standard forest inventory equipment.

•           A laptop, with SILVAH software installed, is helpful, but not required. Current SILVAH software is available on the USDA Forest Service website.

•           Participants are responsible for their own meals during the event. There will be a dinner offered Wednesday evening for those interested in participating.

 

Registration for the event is 110$ and the registration deadline is September 18, 2019.

Location:

Jefferson County Conservation District
1062 Route 28
Brookville, Pennsylvania 15825

Relevant Links:

extension.psu.edu/silvah-training-oak

Preparing for Generation NEXT

Dates/Times:

1. 12:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Thursday, November 9, 2017

2. 12:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 2, 2019

Description:

Forests and farmland are valued for multiple reasons such as wildlife, privacy, recreation, timber, hunting, or scenic qualities. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? The cost of not planning and future tax burdens may put your land’s ownership in jeopardy. If you don’t plan, the government will plan for you. By researching and planning ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the financial costs and emotional challenges while securing your woodland legacy.

Location:

New Kent Forestry Center
11301 Pocahontas Trail
Providence Forge, VA 23140

Relevant Links:

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