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‘Woods in Your Backyard’ workshop

When considered collectively, many small woodlots of 5 to 10 acres impact the environment and the community. Owners of only a few acres can make a positive difference in their environment through planning and implementing simple management practices, but often it is hard to determine just what the right course of action would be. A workshop for landowners through the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program is designed to help landowners sort through the options available and to gain knowledge about forestry, wildlife habitat and landscaping techniques. 

This workshop will use the newly published manual “The Woods in Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas Around Your Home” to help small woodlot owners identify goals for their land—such as converting lawn to forest, creating wildlife habitat, or providing a useful outdoor space for family use—and offer guidance to achieve them. Instructors include one of the book’s authors, Adam Downing of the Virginia Cooperative Extension; Rich Steensma, of the Virginia Department of Forestry, and Dan Nortman, a horticulture extension agent. 

While the vast majority of forest landowners owns less than 10 acres, large or small woodlots are all vital. Tree-covered ground is the single best land use for providing clean water, as well as and offering many additional benefits, such as carbon sequestration, improved air quality, wildlife habitat, biomass opportunities, recreational outlets and more.

This workshop will be held on Friday, July 31, and Saturday, August 1, at Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock. The class is from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday afternoon and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a short field trip, weather permitting, on Saturday to see some of the concepts covered in the class. 

The $25 registration includes lunch, refreshments and “The Woods in Your Backyard” workbook. For a couple sharing materials, the registration is $35.To register, send a check payable to
Tidewater RC&D Council, 772 Richmond Beach Road, Tappahannock, VA 22560 by July 27. For more information, call 443-1118.

posted 07.20.2009

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