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Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field & Virginia Tree Farm Foundation Tour

October 6, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Bland is the only county in the United States that is both entered and exited via two of the longest Interstate tunnels in the country. Travel under the mountains to join us to learn more about active woodland management in Virginia’s 4th least populated county. 

  • Location: Bland County
  • $25/person; $45/couple – includes lunch

Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Bastian BP Station 254 Arrowhead Drive Bastian, VA 24314. Tour begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Stop 1: Demeter Tree Farm The Sargents are sustainably managing over 500 acres for timber, wildlife, and a family legacy. At this half-day stop, we’ll hear about the tools they are using to achieve their ownership goals on their certified Tree Farm.

Lunch catered by Taste of the Mountains

Stop 2:  Bradshaw Firewood Firewood is a high-value product that can be made from low-value trees. Bradshaw Firewood is a family owned business that has been in operation since 1989. They process firewood year around and sell it in small bundles or in bulk. At this stop we’ll learn about their operation.

Stop 3: Harvesting Timber and Managing Wildlife Visit to a mechanized timber harvesting  operation in the Round Mountain area to learn about regeneration harvests. We will see and learn about the forest and wildlife management in this young forest.

Stop 4: Managing for Wildlife – With Fire Find out about the numerous benefits of using prescribed fire in Appalachian forests.

For more information, contact Bill Worrell, bworrell@vt.edu, 276-889-8056. Please register by noon, Friday Septemebr 29th. 


October 6, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Bastian BP Station
254 Arrowhead Dr
Bastian, VA 24314
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