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Woods and Wildlife Conference: Bring out the best in your property


Sun shines through grove of trees. A woodlot at Reynolds Homestead Forest Research Center in Critz, Va.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 15, 2013 – Owners of woodlands large and small are invited to learn how to maximize their property’s potential at this year’s Woods and Wildlife Conference to be held Feb. 23. The event, co-sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Department of Forestry, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Daniel Technology Center at Germanna Community College in Culpeper, Va.

“This conference will address the latest issues and trends in forest and wildlife management,” said event founder Adam Downing, Virginia Cooperative Extension forestry and natural resources agent. Participants can tailor their day by attending sessions targeted to their needs, such as large property management, small woodlot projects, and topics of general interest to any landowner.

The conference features expert speakers on diverse topics relating to wildlife habitat improvement, threats to forest land, forest management techniques, and making the most of a landowner’s resources. The cost is $45 per person or $80 per couple, which includes lunch and materials.

"This is the 10th annual Woods and Wildlife Conference,” noted Ellen Powell, education specialist with the Virginia Department of Forestry. “We've had people come all nine years because it's different and valuable every year. The connections that landowners make with other landowners and with natural resource professionals are as valuable as the information provided at the conference. It's a real bargain.”

Register online or download a brochure. The deadline to register is Feb. 13.

For more information, contact Adam Downing at 540-948-6881 (TDD 800-828-1120). Persons with disabilities who desire assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity may contact Downing by Feb. 13 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to discuss accommodations.

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