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Virginia Tech's forest landowner program offers course in selling rural land


   

Scenic view of a forested valley Much of Virginia's 15.8 million acres of forest land will change ownership in the next decade.


BLACKSBURG, Va., July 25, 2011 – Virginia has over 15.8 million acres of forest land, much of which will change ownership in the next five to 10 years. As part of a strategy to put sound forest management information into the hands of new landowners, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program, based in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, have partnered with local soil and water conservation districts to present Real Forestry for Real Estate, an educational session to aid real estate agents who sell rural land.

Whether a real estate agent is selling 5-acre or 1,000-acre tracts, this course will provide practical information to help increase the appeal of the property to clients. The daylong course, which qualifies for eight continuing education or pre-license education credits, will help agents become more knowledgeable about the land that they sell. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, course materials, and education credits. No prior forestry knowledge is required.

Online registration is available for Real Forestry for Real Estate, which will be held at four locations across the state in August.

For specific course information or registration questions, email Jennifer Gagnon, Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program coordinator, or call 540-231-6391.

Participants will receive New Landowner Packets containing a wealth of information that can be shared with clients interested in purchasing forested lands. All course presentations will be made available online.

Real Forestry for Real Estate is funded by the Virginia Tree Farm Committee and the American Tree Farm System. Project partners include the American Forest Foundation, Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District, Forest Stewardship Program, Northern Neck Soil and Water Conservation District, Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee, Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program, Virginia Forestry Association, Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment, and Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation.

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.