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Natural Resource Programs

Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program
To help Virginians keep their forests healthy and productive, the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program offers an informative newsletter, short courses, and a wealth of information about forest management.

Virginia SHARP Logger Program
The Virginia SHARP Logger Program offers training to loggers, foresters, and others throughout Virginia. Training courses focus on the principles of sustainable forestry, environmental protection, and workplace safety.

Urban Forestry Gateway
The gateway links professionals and citizens to the research and technology products of Virginia Tech’s urban forestry program.

Forestry Outreach Site (FORSITE)
An excellent educational resource for those studying trees (especially middle school students), FORSITE provides information and interactive exercises about trees and forests.

Virginia Big Tree Program
Since it began in 1970 as a 4-H and FFA project, the big tree program has documented our state’s largest and most impressive trees. An extension of that program has cataloged remarkable trees of Virginia, notable because of their exceptional beauty or cultural or historical significance.

Virginia Master Naturalist Program
This program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

Virginia Geospatial Extension Program
This program serves to directly support the role of Virginia's communities and other stakeholders by engaging professionals and organizations through technical training and assistance, through the development of educational resources, and through the identification and development of geospatial applications.

Virginia LEAF (Link to Education About Forests) Program
Virginia's LEAF program offers both outdoor and online learning opportunities about Virginia's forests. Outdoor LEAF classrooms offer coordinated sites for information sharing, hands-on learning and research, and demonstration of sustainable management practices. The LEAF website includes structured accredited professional education and public courses on trees, forests, and environmental sustainability. 

Center for Human-Wildlife Conflict Resolution
This center is designed to help Virginia residents and municipal leaders identify potential sources of assistance when confronted with problematic wild animal concerns.

Center for Forest Products Business
The CFPB is a cooperative between the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials and its industry partners; the Center seeks to help companies remain competitive through efficient asset management and marketing activities.


  •     Headshot of Robert L. Smith
  • Robert (Bob) L. Smith
  • Associate Dean for Engagement and Head, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials
  • (540) 231-7679
  • rsmith4@vt.edu
  • College of Natural Resources and Environment
    324 Cheatham Hall
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

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