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.
- Aug. 9 at the White Stone Event Center in White Stone. Registration is $30; the deadline to register is Aug. 2.
- Aug. 10 at Pepper’s Grill in the Best Western in Culpeper. Registration is $20; the deadline to register is Aug. 3.
- Aug. 11 at the Holiday Inn Monticello in Charlottesville. Registration is $25; the deadline to register is Aug. 4.
- Aug. 25 at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston. Registration is $25; the deadline to register is Aug. 19.
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.