Landowners

Landowners listen eagerly to proven practices on the ground for sustainable management of forest and wildlife resources. The Fall Forestry and Wildlife Bus Tour will be held Friday, Oct. 2 at property of Ward Burton’s Wildlife Foundation — aka “The Cove,” with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and tour beginning promptly at 9 a.m.

In its 44th year, the Fall Forestry and Wildlife Bus Tour has become a fall tradition for many of Virginia’s outdoor enthusiasts and forest landowners, and one of the state’s four tours will be meeting in Halifax County this year.

All the necessary COVID-19 safety measures and protocols will be adhered to in order to make this event safe for everyone.

Attendees will need to provide their own transportation to the tour site and then will board one of two hay wagons for a wagon ride at this tour.

There are three other tours offered statewide with details below.

Landowners and educators seeking to obtain research-based information in natural resources alongside the company of others with similar goals and interests will benefit from this field tour.

Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Tech, along with Virginia Department of Forestry and other partners in the forest industry and natural resources arena, direct this first-class event.

Speakers will be on hand including state and private agencies, private landowners and possibly industry personnel.

This year’s central district event will be held in Halifax County on Friday, Oct. 2 at property of Ward Burton’s Wildlife Foundation – aka “The Cove”, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and tour beginning promptly at 9 a.m.

Mike Roberts, guest and outreach coordinator for the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation, will be making a special presentation following lunch.

Roberts is a naturalist, wildlife photographer, outdoor writer, sportsman, natural resource conservation educator and author of a regular column in Virginia Wildlife Magazine called “A Walk in the Woods.”

Ward Burton created the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation (WBWF) in 1996 in order to give back to natural resources. The WBWF’s mission is conserving and protecting land and wildlife management through stewardship while shaping America’s future.

The foundation has a broad range of programs focused on sustaining the natural environment, as well as community outreach.

Environmental stewardship efforts are based on “cooperative programming,” which enlists multiple partners, including local, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations and the general public.

Utilizing years of experience and knowledge, the WBWF enlightens visitors about plant and animal identification, wildlife conservation and management methods, habitat enhancement, land-use ethics, sustainable forestry practices and acceptable agricultural principals.

Lunch and transportation by wagon is provided for this tour at a cost is $25 per person and $40 per couple. Personal drinks and refreshments are the responsibility of the participant, and masks will be provided.

Registration deadline is 10 days prior to the event. Seats are limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Statewide there are four tours posted at http://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu (Oct. 9, Grayson & Carroll Counties; Oct. 16,Clarke County; and Oct. 23, King William County).

To register online, visit http://tinyurl.com/yafu2mjt.

“Participants will have an enjoyable time with a leisurely touring experience that will combine current forestry and wildlife research, all the while providing resources to help landowners in attaining their own land management objectives,” said Jason Fisher, district extension agent/ANR Forestry and Natural Resources

The tour is expected to end no later than 4 p.m.

Tours take place rain or shine, and barring a change in COVID-19 status, tours will take place. If this program is canceled, a full refund will be made.

Deadline is 10 working days prior to the event.

For more information, contact Fisher at 434/476-2147 x3389 for a hardcopy brochure or jasonf@vt.edu.

Persons with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, contact the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations at least five days prior to the event. The TDD number is (800) 828-1120.