2017 Virginia Forestry Summit: What's New Now?

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Detailed Schedule of Events

Tuesday, May 2

2:00pm VFA Board of Directors Meeting

5:00pm ACF Virginia Chapter Meeting

6:00pm - 9:00pm Welcome Reception and Meet & Greet with VFA's Board of Directors at Soaring Ridge Brewery. Join us for a casual, relaxing evening of barbeque, beer, cornhole and conversation as we take over Soaring Ridge, a local brewery just down the street from Hotel Roanoke. Meet at the Summit Registration Desk at 5:45pm for a group walk to Soaring Ridge, located at 523 Shenandoah Ave NW, Roanoke, VA 24016.  See walking directions here.

Wednesday, May 3

7:30am SAF Virginia Division Executive Committee Meeting       

8:30am VFA General Membership Meeting

9:00am - 10:15am General Session Part 1 - What's New with our National Partners? VFA joins with like-minded national organizations to support forestry and forest industry.  Hear how the Wild Times in Washington may impact forest policy from two of these key partners.
SAF CFE Credits: 1.25
Moderator: Paul Russell Howe, Executive Director, Virginia Forestry Association

  • News from the Swamp – The Impact of Political Change on the Forestry Sector. Dave Tenny, President and CEO, National Alliance of Forest Owners
  • Hardwood Federation Legislative Priorities and Action. Dana Lee Cole, Executive Director, Hardwood Federation

10:15am - 10:45am Break with Exhibitors

10:45am - 12:00pm General Session Part 2 - What's New with Virginia Forestry Stakeholders? Someone said all politics are local.  Three Virginia leaders describe the unique challenges and opportunities they face in their respective organizations.
SAF CFE Credits: 1.25
Moderator: Stephanie Grubb, Fiber Supply Forester, International Paper

  • Bridging the Divide. Bettina Ring, State Forester, Virginia Department of Forestry
  • What's New on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests? Job P. Timm, Forest Supervisor, USDA Forest Service George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
  • Keeping Our Root, But Growing More Flowers: Advancing the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech. Paul M. Winistorfer, Dean, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Tech

12:00pm - 1:30pm Virginia Forestry Summit Luncheon Featuring Keynote Address. Dr. Bob Holsworth, Managing Partner, DecideSmart - Back by popular demand!
SAF CFE Credits: 0.5

1:30pm - 3:00pm General Session Part 3 - What's New with Technology?  Is there an easier way to access the forest to do our work?  How can we efficiently use the wood we harvest to make construction materials?  How can we grow better trees while combating diseases and insects?  These latest innovations provide some of the answers.
SAF CFE Credits: 1.5
Moderator: Michael Skinner, Owner/President, Confluence Forestry and Land Management Services, Inc. and Chair, Virginia Division, Appalachian Society of American Foresters

  • Looking Down Is Looking Up: Integrating Drones With Your Geospatial Technology Toolbox. John McGee, Professor, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech
  • Cross Laminated Timber: How We Extend the Construction Opportunities of Forest Products. Daniel Hindman, Associate Professor, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech
  • Gene Editing: Can it be Used for Tree Improvement? Amy Brunner, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation

3:00pm - 3:30pm Break with Exhibitors

3:30pm - 5:00pm General Session Part 4 - What's New with Carbon? Landowners are always looking for ways to earn revenue to help keep their forests as forests.  Carbon markets may provide an opportunity to do just that.
SAF CFE Credits: 1.5
Moderator: Jay Sullivan, Professor and Department Head, Virginia Tech, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

  • How One Timberland Investment Management Organization Thinks About Carbon Market. Kaarsten Turner Dalby, Senior Vice President of Ecological Services, The Forestland Group, LLC
  • Have Carbon Markets Arrived? Dylan H. Jenkins ACF CF, VP Portfolio Development, FiniteCarbon

5:15pm SAF Virginia Division Meeting

6:30pm Forestry Summit Reception

Dinner on your own.

Thursday, May 4

6:00am The John Hosner Fun Run. Meetings are great for learning and networking but they also involve a lot of sitting and inside time.  Come burn off extra energy while getting some vitamin D at our first ever Forestry Summit 5K fun run/walk along the Lick Run Greenway in honor of the 25th anniversary of VT CNRE, the college John Hosner created.

8:00am - 9:15am Concurrent Session 1, Forest Management Track - Looking to the Future. All of us in forestry feel a strong connection to the land.  Forest landowners can learn how to find help in managing their woodlands, and how their legacy can be protected by successfully leaving that land to subsequent generations.
SAF CFE Credits: 1.25
Moderator: Glen Worrell, Manager, F&W Forestry Services, Inc.

  • Virginia Tree Farm Foundation Update. John A Matel, President, Virginia Tree Farm Foundation and Gentleman of Leisure & Conservationist
  • Rural Voices - Landowner Advocacy and Resources. Vicki Leigh, Director ATFS Volunteer Network, American Forest Foundation
  • Your Land, Your Legacy. Paul Catanzaro, Extension Assistant Professor, UMass Amherst

8:00am - 9:15am Concurrent Session 1, Utilization Track - Logging for the Long Run. Forest industry starts with the loggers providing the raw materials.  The first presentation gives us practical tips on getting along with regulators.  The second shows how one family business continues to use innovative techniques to work in the difficult logging conditions of the Alleghany Highlands.
SAF CFE Credits: 1.25
Moderator: Vance Wright, Owner, Wright Forestry LLC, Charles A. Wright Logging Inc.

  • The Benefit of Becoming an OSHA Whisperer: Speaking the Language of Regulators. Courtney M. Malveaux, Principal, Jackson Lewis, P.C.
  • Three Generations of Logging in Appalachian Hardwoods. Steve, David, and Stephen Bennett, Owners, David Bennett Logging LLC. and Bennett Logging & Lumber, Inc. 

9:15am - 9:45am Break with Exhibitors

9:45am - 11:30am Concurrent Session 2, Forest Management Track - The Latest Innovations. Experts share how to manage your forest to earn income, to create desired habitat by mimicking natural conditions, and to control invasive species.
SAF CFE Credits: 1.75
Moderator: Jennifer Gagnon, Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program Coordinator, Extension Project Associate, Virginia Tech

  • Growing Non-timber Crops in Your Woodlands. John Munsell, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech
  • Achieving Restoration Goals in the Appalachian Forest through Active Management. Jean Lorber, Conservation Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
  • New Possibilities for Invasive Plant Control at the Property, Landscape and Regional Scales: The Blue Ridge PRISM, Virginia's First Cooperative Weed Management Area. Jim Hurley, Blue Ridge PRISM, Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management

9:45am - 11:30am Concurrent Session 2, Utilization Track - How Technology is Moving Us Forward. This session focuses on how the newest technology can make us more effective in our work:  cruising timber, improving trucking efficiency by tracking vehicle fleets and turn times, and improving how we dry lumber.
SAF CFE Credits: 1.75
Moderator: Matthew Gillette, Forester, Rock Springs Forestry, Inc.

  • Cruise Data Co-ops - Better Biometrics for Half the Work. Charlie Wade, Forest Technologist, SilviaTerra
  • Changing the Forest Products Industry One Load at a Time.  Dean McCraw, Developer, Phloem
  • Targeted Microwave Solutions: Introduction of Industrial Microwave Technology Breakthroughs, its Benefits and Applications to the Forest Products Industry. David Robinson and Mike Broz, Targeted Microwave Solutions

11:30am Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation Board of Directors Meeting

12:30pm - 5:00pm Forest Management on the Edge of the Blue Ridge Tour. Enjoy lunch at nearby Explore Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway, including a discussion of SAF’s forest education trail.  A short drive up Windy Gap Mountain leads to Montmorenci Tree Farms LP, managed for nearly 50 years by VFA Past President Tom Newbill and his family.  See first hand the great work of the Newbills and discuss how the same techniques might be used on your property. Transportation and lunch will be provided.
SAF CFE Credits: 3.0

12:30pm - 5:00pm Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment Tour. Come be part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the College of Natural Resources and Environment! Relive your college days and visit the top natural resources college in the country on this tour.  We’ll stop by Cheatham Hall to take a quick look at recent improvements, stroll over to Stadium Woods for a discussion with John Seiler on the Save Stadium Woods movement, and then tour the Brooks Forest Products Center. Transportation and lunch will be provided.
SAF CFE Credits: 3.0

6:00pm Evening Reception & Annual Virginia Forestry Summit Awards Banquet

Friday, May 5

8:00am - 4:00pm Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Workshop. PLT’s instructional materials can be used with students in formal school settings and with youth in nonformal settings. Our hands-on activities make teaching and learning fun. They connect children to nature, engage students in learning, improve student achievement, and grow 21st century skills – including the ability to think critically and solve problems. Every participant will receive a copy of PLT’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide.
SAF CFE Credits: 6.0
Page Hutchinson, State Coordinator Project Learning Tree;
Barb Dunbar, PLT Facilitator and 2011 VA Outstanding PLT Educator

8:30am - 12:30pm Formalizing Your Wishes for Your Land Through Conservation-based Estate Planning Workshop. This half-day workshop will feature legal, financial and conservation experts to dynamically introduce tools, ideas and approaches landowners should consider to keep their land Intact, In forest and In the family.  A woodland legacy plan is inclusive of legal tools such as estate planning but also strategies to engage and equip the future owners.  If you love your land, make a plan!
SAF CFE Credits: 3.5
Paul Catanzaro, Extension Assistant Professor, UMass, Amherst
Adam Downing, Senior Extension Agent, ANR Forestry, Virginia Cooperative Extension
Jennifer Gagnon, Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program Coordinator, Virginia Tech
Mike Santucci, Assistant Director for Forestland Conservation, Virginia Department of Forestry
Julie King, Attorney, King Law
Matt Von Schuch, Brown Edwards & Company

9:00am - 2:00pm Forester Guided Hike to McAfee's Knob.  Enjoy a post-Summit hike to the most photographed spot on the Appalachian Trail. Members of the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club will be present to talk about the AT, trail etiquette, and hiking recommendations. The hike is 3.7 miles each way, all uphill going up but all downhill coming back! The trail is strenuous in places, but a parallel fire road provides an easier walking alternative for the first couple of miles. Good off-road walking shoes or boots are a necessity. Allow 4 ½ to 5 hours for the hike, including a nice break at the summit to enjoy the amazing views and photo ops. A shorter version of the hike (won’t include the McAfee Knob overlook) is an option which can be chosen on the day of the hike. Snacks will be provided.

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