Events

WV Forest Stewardship Program

Walks in the Woods 2010

 

These informal tours will allow participants to learn about forest stewardship by seeing how other landowners have managed their forests. All the events are free and open to anyone who is interested in learning more about forests. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to register for any of the tours, contact Ellen Voss at 304-293-5741 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Additional tours are being planned for this summer and fall, so check the Forest Stewardship Program website.

 

Taylor County Tour: Thursday, July 8 at 6 pm
Forest Stewardship property tour near McGee in Taylor County, WV. Light refreshments served beforehand at 5:45 pm.

Nathan Kincaid was the 2007 Tree Farmer of the Year. He will lead us on a tour of his 436-acre property, where he's had a Forest Stewardship plan since 2002. When he purchased the property, it had been heavily logged and Nathan’s goal was to rehabilitate it. He first removed cull trees and grapevines as well as tree-of-heaven, a highly invasive tree species. He's now working on reforesting his property with oak, walnut, and cherry, using a very efficient tree planting technique that he designed himself. Nathan has also constructed some roads. We'll see many good examples of replanting and forest regeneration.

For more information or to register, contact Ellen Voss at 304-293-5741 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Putnam County Tour: Saturday, July 24 at 10 am

Forest Stewardship property tour near Winfield in Putnam County, WV. A light lunch will be served after the tour.

Gary Young will lead us on a tour of his 900-acre Tree Farm property, where he has completed wildlife food plots, roads, and other improvements. Tree-of-heaven, a highly invasive tree, is growing on part of Gary’s property. We will discuss the problems that tree-of-heaven can cause and see a demonstration of the best methods to remove this destructive species. We’ll also visit Gary’s large trophy room, with specimens from around the world.


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Pendleton County Tour: Saturday, August 21 at 10 am
Forest Stewardship property tour near Franklin in Pendleton County, WV. A light lunch will be served after the tour.

Charles Agle will lead us on a tour of his 355-acre property, which is under a conservation easement and which has a sustainable forest management plan. Charles has planted wildlife food plots with native bluegrass and has done a mast tree release. He has worked to reintroduce American chestnut on his property by planting the blight-resistant variety grown by the state tree nursery. Agroforestry is also one his interests and he is beginning to raise shitake mushrooms. Charles is passionate about finding ways to make forest land profitable while continuing to protect and enhance it.

For more information or to register, contact Ellen Voss at 304-293-5741 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Hardy County Tour: Saturday, September 11 at 10 am
Forest Stewardship property tour near Moorefield in Hardy County, WV. A light lunch will be served after the tour.

Lee (Buck) Barb will lead us on a tour of his maple syrup operation, where he taps 4,000 trees with a vacuum system to maintain consistent sap production. Buck uses the reverse osmosis process instead of boiling the sap down, which reduces his fuel costs by over 70 percent. Buck is very knowledgeable about the history and lore of maple syrup production in this area as well as the newest technologies that can help producers maintain a viable maple syrup operation.

For more information or to register, contact Ellen Voss at 304-293-5741 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Preston County Tour: Saturday, September 18 at 10 am
Forest Stewardship property tour near Bruceton Mills in Preston County, WV. A light lunch will be served after the tour.

Bill Slagle will lead us on a tour of his Walnut Meadows farm near Bruceton Mills where he raises black walnuts, ginseng, shitake mushrooms and other products. Agroforestry practices require intense management and the Slagles say they have made a lot of mistakes along the way, but that is how they've educated themselves.

The Slagles were selected as West Virginia's 1998 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. Some of their numerous Tree Farm activities include selective timber harvests, forest stand improvement thinnings, prunings for veneer sawtimber, access road construction, a ten-acre walnut planting, a two-acre paulownia planting, cultivation of seven acres of ginseng, commercial shitake mushroom production, nature trail construction, and the collection of mosses and greenery for the floral industry.

Bill also has a collection of antique farm machinery and a large and active woodshop. Native brook trout have recently returned to his stream.

For more information or to register, contact Ellen Voss at 304-293-5741 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Marion County Tour: Saturday, October 2 at 10 am
Forest Stewardship property tour near Fairmont in Marion County, WV. A light lunch will be served at 12:30 pm. Afternoon tour at 1:30 pm.

State Landowner Assistance Forester Juergen Wildman will lead workshop participants on tours of his own property and an adjacent property. Juergen has planted many hardwoods and conifers on his land, and will demonstrate planting techniques using two types of tree shelters. He has also experimented with various techniques to eradicate highly invasive plants such as oriental bittersweet and multiflora rose, and will share his trials and tribulations so we can learn from his experiences. Juergen will cover many other topics including his ginseng crops, the correct way to thin red maples, and the effects of heavy deer grazing on forest regeneration.

Jim & Dot Ice's property, which we'll visit in the afternoon, is the oldest Tree Farm property in West Virginia: it was signed up in 1956 and nominated for national Tree Farm of the Year. We'll see an area that has been high-graded in the past and the forest stand that has resulted, which is dominated by beech, maple, gum, and other low-value trees. We'll see examples of what makes a good road system through a forested property, and visit an interesting old family cemetery on the Ice’s property.

For more information or to register, contact Ellen Voss at 304-293-5741 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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