46th Annual Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tours - Louisa County
Friday, October 28, 2022
Online registration link: REGISTER HERE
Historic Louisa County boasts some of the largest intact private forestlands in Virginia. It’s also the site of the 2011 earthquake, felt by more people than any other quake in U.S. history. Join us as we rock and roll through the country-side for a scenic, historic, educational tour that will leave you quaking with opportunity!
Stop 1: Positively Pine
A stop in, and through, approximately 3,000 acres of pine plantations managed for nearby markets and maximized profit. Green Springs Timber LLC is associated with the mill down the road and is surrounded by a sea of pine, much of it on land in conservation easements held by VDOF or VOF. Here we will see pines from zero to 20+ years old and discuss intensive management, wildlife benefits, and the unique soils of the area.
Stop 2: Chips Inc.
This behind-the-scenes tour of a high-tech modern sawmill will highlight where most of the pine sawtimber grown in Louisa county goes to and what it gets turned in to. Southern yellow pine has wood properties valued for many uses. The technology in this mill can even cut straight boards out of curved trees. It’s a “cut-board world” out there… and this company competes with the best.
Stop 3: Green Springs National Landmark District @ Brackett’s Farm – Lunch
This 500-acre property has been a continuously working farm for over 200 years and helped instigate the Historic Green Springs Agricultural District. The farm is a showcase for rotational cattle grazing in harmony with wildlife conservation. Enjoy a catered lunch surrounded by history and stories of current conservation efforts in the midst of Louisa County’s largest AgForestal District of ~8,000 contiguous acres.
Stop 4: Managing Hardwoods stands, taking out the “hard”
This will be a stop in a typical, every-day, nothing special, mixed hardwood forest. EXCEPT, that the landowner is slated to begin managing (vs. mining) this resource. The Hardwood Assessment Tool will be demonstrated and the Hardwood Forest Habitat Initiative project unveiled.
Stop 5: Conservation Beginnings at Myrtle Run
The final stop of the day will bring us “back to the beginning.” Planning for conservation and management involves research, connections, and decision making. Visit with resource professionals and landowners on their “so far” journey related to invasive plant management and conversion of a fescue field to warm season grasses.
$45/person; $80/couple - includes lunch, refreshments, and transportation
63 Wood Terrace
Zion Crossroads, 22942
Zion Crossroad Park & Ride
63 Wood Terrace, Zion Crossroads 22942
Meet at 8:30 AM; Tour begins promptly at 9:00 AM
History & Heritage
Seminar, Workshop, Training