“Restoring Appalachian Woodlands” Conference Comes to Virginia on May 22, 2009

“Restoring Appalachian Woodlands” Conference Comes to Virginia on May 22, 2009

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The Appalachians of Virginia have seen many changes over the years. The forests in the mountains have been harvested numerous times, to supply wood to fuel the iron ore furnaces of yesteryear, and to provide the wood products that we continue to use today. Unfortunately, many of the harvests carried out on privately held lands in particular are not sustainable. By repeatedly harvesting only the best trees and leaving the worst, the ecological sustainability, wildlife habitat, and wood quality are severely degraded. What’s worse, this practice, which is called high grading, is still very common.

array('c', 'To help land managers and owners deal with this issue, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Department of Forestry will be hosting a workshop on “Restoring Appalachian Woodlands”. Experts from Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Virginia Department of Forestry will discuss high grading, and what landowners and land managers can do to reverse the effects of this improper management.In this unfavorable economic client, you cannot afford to miss this workshop. Woodlands can provide a perpetual return on investment, but high grading can quickly diminish this return. Participants will have the opportunity to see firsthand what is being done at the Shenandoah Valley Agriculture Research and Extension Center (the site of McCormick Farm) in Steeles Tavern, Virginia, to ameliorate the effects of high grading. The workshop will take place on May 22, 2009, and will begin at 9:00 AM at Days Inn, Raphine, and run to 4:00 PM (please arrive at 8:30 AM to register). Contact Matt Yancey at 540/564-3080 or yancey@vt.edu to register; there is a $20 registration fee. The workshop is made possible with support from Virginia Tree Farm Committee and Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s Virginia Implementation Committee. ')

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