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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.

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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, the VFLEP offers all of the following and more to help 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 Virginia Wood Products Cooperative Extension Program 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 the 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.

With the help of his trusty assistant, Katie Pritchard, John Boyer recorded mini lectures all over the world to broadcast to his World Regions students on campus. Here, they are atop Lion’s Head Mountain overlooking Cape Town, South Africa.

Boyer records mini lecture on Lion's Head Mountain in South Africa.

Put your knowledge to work as a Virginia Master Naturalist

Master Naturalists Adrienne Frank, left, and Gary Driscole kayak to check one of 16 Prothonotary warbler boxes installed by the Historic Rivers Chapter in the Tidewater Region. Photo courtesy of the Historic Rivers Chapter.

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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 that 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 here.

Additional resources for outreach and extension

Name

Title

Email

Phone

Scott Barrett

Extension Associate, Timber Harvesting Coordinator, SHARP Logger Program

sbarrett@vt.edu

540-231-6494

Brian Bond

Extension Specialist, Wood Products

bbond@vt.edu

540-231-8752

Urs Buehlmann

Extension Specialist, Wood Products

buehlmann@vt .edu

540-231-9759

Neil Clark

Extension Agent, Natural Resources, Southeast and Tidewater area

southamptonextension@vt.edu

757-653-2572

Michele Prysby

Director, Virginia Master Naturalist Program

mprysby@vt.edu

434-872-4571

Adam Downing

Senior Extension Agent, Natural Resources, Northern Piedmont and Northern Valley area

adowning@vt.edu

540-948-6881

K. Jason Fisher

Senior Extension Agent, Natural Resources, Central and Southside Virginia area

kefishe2@vt.edu

540-231-6391

Jennifer Gagnon

Extension Associate, Forestry; Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program

jgagnon@vt.edu

540-231-6391

John McGee

Extension Specialist, Geospatial Technology; Coordinator, Virginia Geospatial Extension Program

jmcg@vt.edu

540-231-2428

John Munsell

Extension Specialist, Forest Management

jfmunsel@vt.edu

540-231-1611

James Parkhurst

Extension Specialist, Wildlife

jparkhur@vt.edu

540-231-9283

Kyle Peer

Extension Associate, Christmas Trees

frpeer@vt.edu

276-694-4135

Henry Quesada-Pineda

Extension Specialist, Wood Products

quesada@vt.edu

540-231-0978

Robert Smith

Associate Dean for Engagement

rsmith4@vt.edu

540-231-7679

P. Eric Wiseman

Associate Professor of Urban Forestry

pwiseman@vt.edu

540-231-5148

William Worrell

Extension Agent, Natural Resources, Southwest Virginia

bworrell@vt.edu

276-889-8056