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Online course offered for Virginia forest landowners


In a forest setting, John Peterson points to leaves on a bush while students look on. John Peterson, a Virginia Tech forestry specialist, teaches students about leaf arrangement during the 2010 course’s end-of-semester field trip at Montpelier, James Madison’s historic home.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 3, 2011 – Virginia forest landowners looking to gain an understanding of how to keep their woods healthy and productive can do so in the comfort of their own home. Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment are offering an online course to help private landowners become better stewards of their land.

The 12-week “Online Woodland Options for Landowners” course, which runs from March 1 to May 21, teaches basic management principles and techniques for both novice and veteran private forest landowners. Materials provided include reference books and CDs in addition to online reading materials and assignments. Natural resource professionals and experienced landowners will serve as mentors for the students and help with questions via the course Group Discussion Board. Participants may also attend an optional end-of-semester field trip.

The registration fee is $45 per family. Participants must have access to a computer with a Web browser and an e-mail account; access to a printer is strongly recommended.

For additional information, e-mail Jennifer Gagnon or call (540) 231-6391.

The College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech, which consistently ranks among the top three programs of its kind in the nation, advances the science of sustainability. Programs prepare the future generation of leaders to address the complex natural resources issues facing the planet. World-class faculty lead transformational research that complements the student learning experience and impacts citizens and communities across the globe on sustainability issues, especially as they pertain to water, climate, fisheries, wildlife, forestry, sustainable biomaterials, ecosystems, and geography. As a land-grant university, Virginia Tech serves the Commonwealth of Virginia in teaching, research, and Virginia Cooperative Extension.