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.
VFLEP helps individuals and agents manage their properties while preserving natural resources through short courses about sustainable forestry, managing wildlife, selling timber, and more; online learning options; Fall Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours; Beginning Landowner Weekend Retreats; the Woods and Wildlife Conference; and a variety of workshops such as Learn and Burn and Preparing for Generation NEXT.
Brian Bond named associate dean for extension, outreach, and engagement
Brian Bond, professor of sustainable biomaterials and extension specialist, has been named associate dean for extension, outreach, and engagement for the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Bond will work with extension agents and specialists within CNRE and throughout Virginia Cooperative Extension to increase their visibility, collaboration, and representation. Have questions or want to partner with us? Contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-231-8752.
One of our greatest resources is our champion trees
As Virginians, we are proud of our big trees. In 2020, the commonwealth moved into first 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 all across the commonwealth, 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!
Additional resources for outreach and extension
- SHARP Logger Program
- Virginia Big Tree Program
- Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Virginia Cooperative Extension Local Office Directory
- Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program
- Virginia Geospatial Extension Program
- Virginia Master Naturalists
- Virginia Tech Dendrology
- Virginia Tech Shorebird Program
|Name and Email||Title||Title|
|Scott Barrett||Extension Specialist, Forest Operations Coordinator, SHARP Logger Program||540-231-6702|
|Brian Bond||Extension Specialist, Wood Products||540-231-8752|
|Urs Buehlmann||Extension Specialist, Wood Products||540-231-9759|
|Neil Clark||Extension Agent, Natural Resources, Southeast and Tidewater area||757-653-2572|
|Michelle Prysby||Director, Virginia Master Naturalist Program||434-872-4571|
|Adam Downing||Senior Extension Agent, Natural Resources, Northern Piedmont and Northern Valley area||540-948-6881|
|K. Jason Fisher||Senior Extension Agent, Natural Resources, Central and Southside Virginia area||434-476-2147 x3389|
|Jennifer Gagnon||Extension Associate, Forestry; Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program||540-231-6391|
|John McGee||Extension Specialist, Geospatial Technology; Coordinator, Virginia Geospatial Extension Program||540-231-2428|
|John Munsell||Extension Specialist, Forest Management||540-231-1611|
|James Parkhurst||Extension Specialist, Wildlife||540-231-9283|
|Kyle Peer||Extension Associate, Christmas Trees||276-694-4135|
|P. Eric Wiseman||Associate Professor of Urban Forestry||540-231-5148|
|William Worrell||Extension Agent, Natural Resources, Southwest Virginia||276-889-8056|