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Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour & Virginia Tree Farm Foundation Tour

October 11, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Come and learn about different examples of active forest management for both timber production and wildlife abound in these rural counties.

  • Essex and King & Queen Counties
  • $25/person; $45/couple

Meet at 12:30 p.m. at Upper King & Queen Ruritan 186 Walnut Springs  Road St. Stephen’s Church, VA 23148. Tour begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Stop 1: Young Pine and Hardwoods for Wildlife Creating a diversity of wildlife habitat across the landscape is a great way to attract a diversity of wildlife species. Learn about the roles both young pine and hardwood forests provide.

Stop 2: Managing a Pine Savannah Low-density pine forests allow for a diverse understory. And this understory provides benefits to many wildlife species.  At this stop, you’ll see how a savannah is created…and maintained.

Stop 3: The Return of a Virginia Native – Longleaf Pine Longleaf pine was once a major component of southeastern forests. Its valuable wood led to extensive harvesting; its requirement for fire led to its replacement with easier to grow species (like loblolly pine). Learn about the resurgence of this lovely tree how it benefits wildlife.

Stop 4: Dinner and a Wildlife Talk A catered dinner will be served at the Upper King & Queen Ruritan. Wildlife biologist Alison Menefee will discuss management activities that attract wildlife, including bobwhite quail. Additionally, she will share current management guidance for the northern long-eared bat.

For more information, contact Neil Clark, neclark@vt.edu, 757-653-2572. Please register by noon, Wednesday October 4.


October 11, 2023
12:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Upper King & Queen Ruritan
186 Walnut Spring Road
St. Stephen’s Church, VA 23148
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