Outreach & Extension
We believe in the land-grant mission
It’s woven into so much of what we do and leads us down paths that allow us to serve the commonwealth and our local communities. We educate landowners, create online tools for vintners, teach drone technology, and help discover the state’s champion trees.
We believe our public service work exemplifies the Virginia Tech ideal of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) and has the power to transform. Thus, we plan to remain steeped in the land-grant tradition while re-envisioning the role of the land-grant university as we become more global and more impactful than ever before.
Are you a landowner? A real estate professional? We are here to help.
Whether you are just beginning to develop a management plan for your property or have many years of experience, the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program (VFLEP) offers a variety of events and resources to educate and inform.
In cooperation with federal, state, and private organizations, VFLEP helps individuals and agents manage and sell their properties while also preserving our natural resources through short courses about sustainable forestry, managing wildlife, selling timber, and more; fall forestry and wildlife field tours; the Annual Woods and Wildlife Conference; and the Real Forestry for Real Estate program.
The Center for Forest Products Business assists companies and individuals in the commonwealth with issues related to manufacturing efficiency and the sustainable use of products, finance and marketing, Lean manufacturing, and green enterprises. To locate a specialist, see the directory at the bottom of this page.
One of our greatest resources is our champion trees
As Virginians, we are proud of our big trees. In 2018, the commonwealth moved into second place nationally for the greatest number of champion and co-champion trees.
Did you know that you can be a part of the certification process? The Virginia Big Tree Program is coordinated by the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation with the goal of promoting the care and appreciation of all trees. If you are a tree enthusiast, consider getting involved by hunting, measuring, and reporting big trees in your area.
Put your knowledge to work as a Virginia Master Naturalist
If you love the outdoors and are interested in helping communities learn about and manage their natural spaces, consider volunteering as part of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program. Master Naturalists are organized into chapters, and they train and serve with partner groups and institutions. Projects have included creating a wildlife habitat garden, monitoring streams, creating walking trails, and assisting with bird conservation efforts.
Master Naturalists are required to complete a basic training course and take part in volunteer service and continuing education. If you have time and enthusiasm to share, consider getting on board!
Did you know the CNRE faculty, staff, and students take part in a variety of outreach programs to teach kids about conservation and the environment? One of these groups, the Philadelphia Zoo CREW, visits Virginia Tech annually to learn about education opportunities in wildlife research. Check out the Zoo CREW video.
Additional resources for outreach and extension
|Scott Barrett||Extension Specialist, Forest Operations Coordinator, SHARP Logger Programfirstname.lastname@example.org||540-231-6702|
|Brian Bond||Extension Specialist, Wood Productsemail@example.com||540-231-8752|
|Urs Buehlmann||Extension Specialist, Wood Productsfirstname.lastname@example.org||540-231-9759|
|Neil Clark||Extension Agent, Natural Resources, Southeast and Tidewater email@example.com||757-653-2572|
|Michelle Prysby||Director, Virginia Master Naturalist Programfirstname.lastname@example.org||434-872-4571|
|Adam Downing||Senior Extension Agent, Natural Resources, Northern Piedmont and Northern Valley email@example.com||540-948-6881|
|K. Jason Fisher||Senior Extension Agent, Natural Resources, Central and Southside Virginia firstname.lastname@example.org||434-476-2147 X3389|
|Jennifer Gagnon||Extension Associate, Forestry; Virginia Forest Landowner Education Programemail@example.com||540-231-6391|
|John McGee||Extension Specialist, Geospatial Technology; Coordinator, Virginia Geospatial Extension Programfirstname.lastname@example.org||540-231-2428|
|John Munsell||Extension Specialist, Forest Managementemail@example.com||540-231-1611|
|James Parkhurst||Extension Specialist, Wildlifefirstname.lastname@example.org||540-231-9283|
|Kyle Peer||Extension Associate, Christmas Treesemail@example.com||276-694-4135|
|Henry Quesada||Extension Specialist, Wood Productsfirstname.lastname@example.org||540-231-0978|
|Robert Smith||Associate Dean for Engagementemail@example.com||540-231-7679|
|P. Eric Wiseman||Associate Professor of Urban Forestryfirstname.lastname@example.org||540-231-5148|
|William Worrell||Extension Agent, Natural Resources, Southwest Virginiaemail@example.com||276-889-8056|