Thursday, February 09, 2006

from an email this morning

hi everyone...hope you are all well. below is an email from Benji at Appalachian Voices...
have a great day


Greetings from Appalachian Voices Forest Restoration Program!

We thought you might like to know about a few forest and landowner related events happening around the region. Many thanks to the Southern Forests Network and Watauga County Center of the NC Cooperative Extension Service for compiling most of these events. and

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for your FREE copy of “Managing You Woodlands: A Guide for Southern Appalachian Landowners” 2nd Edition. It will be available in a month or too!

Take care, and enjoy the winter while you can!

Benji Burrell
Appalachian Voices
Forest Restoration Program Coordinator
Americorps Volunteer, Project Conserve
703 W. King St. #105
Boone, NC 28607
1 (877) APP-VOICE

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"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
---Mahatma Gandhi

Simple Gifts: Logging in the Southern Appalachians - A Sierra Club Program
On Saturday, February 4th there will be a program hosted by the Sierra Club at the Massanutten Regional Library in Harrisonburg. It will begin with a showing of "Simple Gifts"; a video about logging in the Southern Appalachians.

The video will be followed by a presentation by Debra Lapidus of the Defenders of Wildlife. Ms. Lapidus will speak about new threats to the Endangered Species Act in Congress.

After the presentations time will be set aside for discussion of other local environmental issues (including I-81), and an exchange of ideas about future programs. All are encouraged to be involved in these discussions.

The program is free and open to the public. The program will begin at 1:00 PM and end not later than 2:30.

Contact Sandi Rose at 540-289-6181, or Bob Egbert at 540-384-7448 or

Ecological Forestry Workshop
February 13-16, a three-day course designed for public and for-profit and non-profit private organizations with an interest in managing southeastern fire maintained pine/grassland woodlands for multiple objectives including timber, wildlife and sustaining or restoring native diversity, hosted by the Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway, contact Kevin McIntyre, (229) 734-4706;,

Agricultural Transitions: Medicinal Herb Production
Feb 14th 6-8pm, NC Cooperative Extension Service Agricultural Conference Center, Boone, NC
, 828-264-3061

The 15th Central Hardwood Conference
February 27-March 1, 2006, Knoxville, TN, abstracts accepted through June 30, 2005,
sponsored by University of Tennessee, Department of Forest, Wildlife, and Fisheries
and the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station,

Workshop on Stormwater Best Management Practices and Low Impact Development
March 2, Broyhill Conference Center, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
As stormwater regulations impact communities in the Mountains and Foothills, new stormwater practices are being required to meet these standards. This workshop will provide an overview of innovative treatment practices including stormwater wetlands, bioretention areas, permeable pavement, water harvesting systems, green roofs, and detection if illicit discharges.

Log-Growing Mushroom Workshop
March 2, 8:30-4:00, Rose Mountain Farm, Lansing, NC Workshop is free and open to anyone interested in growing shitake mushrooms on a commercial scale. If you can, bring three 4-foot long logs of your own for practice inoculation. They should be 4-8" diameter hardwood logs cut from a live tree two weeks or less from the workshop day. For more information including registration, contact Ashe County Cooperative Extension Center, 336-219-2650.

Energy from Wood: Exploring the Issues/Impacts for North Carolina
March 13-14, Raleigh, NC, This conference will Present much of the known information about potential impacts and opportunities on North Carolina’s forests from a wood biomass economy and Offer an opportunity for diverse stakeholders to explore issues surrounding woody biomass, co-sponsored by the Southern Forests Network,

Agricultural Transitions: Agritourism
14th 6-8pm, NC Cooperative Extension Service Agricultural Conference Center, Boone, NC, 828-264-3061

Restorative Forestry Workshop in Ashe Co, NC
The Healing Harvest Forest Foundation (H.H.F.F.) will hold a free public workshop on “Restorative Forestry in the Southern Appalachians” March 18th, 2006. The event will be hosted by Michael and Virginia Tate of Ripshin Farms Near Jefferson, NC.

H.H.F.F. certified Biological Woodsmen and their draft horse teams will be on hand to explain and demonstrate their “worst-first” single tree harvesting techniques. Local land owners, forest workers, students, and families are encouraged to attend and witness real ground-level practitioners in the environmentally sensitive logging movement. There is no attendance fee but donations are encouraged and will go directly towards training more Biological Woodsmen. This program teaches the necessary, theory, skills, and safety measures to those wishing to make a living in the mountain forest while promoting the longevity of the ecosystem.

A special invitation is extended to all teamsters interested in skill sharing. The H.H.F.F.’s crews will be showcasing the rare Suffolk Punch breed and this will be a great opportunity to talk with other horsemen and share your experience. Those wanting to bring their own teams are encouraged to do so and should contact Ian Snider at (828) 262-3000 or no latter than March 1st.

Southern Forest Economics Workshop
March 23-24, Knoxville, Tennessee, annual meeting of Southern Forest Economics
Workers, Abstract due date: January 9, contact Dr. Don Hodges,

Agricultural Transitions: Marketing
28th 6-8pm, NC Cooperative Extension Service Agricultural Conference Center, Boone, NC, 828-264-3061

Financial Benefits of Conservation Easements: Conservation Programs and Tax Incentives for NC Landowners

March 28, Oxford, NC, Educate professional advisers (foresters, lawyers, CPAs), landowners, and government agency personnel on the government programs offering cash incentives as well as the federal and state tax benefits associated with conservation easements, Contact Nancy N. Daly,, 919-496-5902,

Ramps & Rainbow Festival
March 2006, Cherokee, North Carolina

Helping the Wood Industry Profit from the Next 10 Years
April 11-12th, Princeton, West Virginia, the workshop, includes an agenda filled with
presentations from leading innovators in the industry who made dramatic changes in
their companies to survive in the face of rapid marketplace changes and global
competition, sponsored by Dovetail Partners and the Wood Education and Resource

International Ramp Cook-Off & Festival
April 2006, Elkins, West Virginia

30th Annual Ramp Festival
April 2006, Graham County, North Carolina

The Helvetia Ramp Dinner
April 2006, Helvetia, West Virginia

Annual Ramp Dinner
April 2006, Chloe, Calhoun County,West Virginia

Polk County Ramp and Tramp Festival
April 2006, Greasy Creek, Tennessee

West Virginia's Largest Annual Ramp Festival
April 2006 69th. Contact: Richwood WV Area Chamber of Commerce, Phone: 304-846-6790

Smallwood Conference 2006
May 16-18, Richmond, VA, The objective of this conference is to provide state-of-the-
art information on small-tree utilization and to foster peer-to-peer learning, Contact
Julie Lang at,

Annual Ramp Supper
May 2006, Cullasaja, Macon County, North Carolina

The Cosby Ramp Festival in Tennessee
First Sat. in May 2006

Waynesville Ramp Festival
May 2006, Waynesville, North Carolina

The Springfield Valley VFD Annual RAMP Dinner
first Sun. May 2006, Romney, West Virginia

Flag Pond Tennessee Ramp Festival
May 2006, Flag Pond, TN.,Community Center

Whitetop Mountain Ramp Festival
May 2006, Whitetop,Virginia

Southern Forestry and Natural Resource Management GIS Conference
June 12-14, Asheville, NC, The SOFORGIS 2006 conference will encompass topics
related to the use of GIS and other geospatial technologies in forestry and natural
resource management. Some of those topics include environmental planning, forest
inventory and management, urban forestry, landscape change, and landscape ecology,

8th Annual Rural Action Landowner Conference - Income Opportunities for farms, forests, and communities
June 2-4, 2006, Hocking Co in Appalachian Ohio
The Conference is an opportunity to learn from other landowners who have tried new things and learned resourceful ways to earn supplemental income, while maintaining their ties to the land. Specialists will also be on hand to teach workshops and work with you to hone in on your ideas for using your land to benefit you and your family. Let an expert help you with a management plan by attending a Forest Management session. Understand the legalities of your land with the Planning Your Future Forest track. Why not attend a Holistic Resource Management session with topics ranging from raising goats to beekeeping. Also check out Sustainable Agriculture or Opportunities on Your Land. Get some pointers by going to an Herbs and Other Income Opportunities or Building Your Assets session. Learn how to cultivate ginseng or to use effective marketing to increase sales.
Scholarships and work trade opportunities available. Contact: Elise at 740-742-4401 or email

Woodland Owner Short Course - Managing Your Land in Western North Carolina (and the Southern Appalachian Region)
June-August 2006, Watauga, Co, NC, Landowners interested in learning more about managing their land in Western North Carolina are invited to participate in a unique educational event scheduled for this summer. A team of specialists from federal and state agencies, universities, and the private sector are coordinating efforts to offer the first Woodland Owner Short Course in the High Country through the Biltmore Forest School. The course is based in Watauga County.

The course will feature experts on land management of private lands. Sessions include both hands-on opportunities in the field and instruction in the classroom. Participants will learn how to set goals and objectives for managing their land. Topics include forest management planning, managing for wildlife and plant communities, woodscaping, wildfire and homes in the forest, recreation, and land stewardship.

48 hours over 6 sessions will be provided, with opportunities to engage with natural resource and land management experts. The "Stewardship of Your Land" session is graduation day for those attending 3 of the first 5 sessions. Graduates will receive a certificate of completion from the Biltmore Forest School. The sessions will be held the first and third Friday of June, July and August.

Session list:
Discover Your Land, June 2nd
Native Landscaping and Homes in the Forest, June 16th
Wildlife and Fire in Your Backyard, July 7th
Woodscaping, July 21st
Playing on Your Land, August 4th
Stewardship of Your Land, August 18th

Space is limited. Please register at least 2 weeks before the workshop you wish to attend. The Stewardship session is limited to those who participate in 3 or more of the first five sessions. Limited seating is available. Please call Cooperative Extension, 828-264-3061, regarding registration and fee.

91st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America
August 6-11, 2006, Memphis, Tennessee, session proposals due September 15, 2005,

Sustainable Forest Management with Fast Growing Plantations
October 10-13, Charleston, South Carolina, The conference will be organized around
the following four topic areas:1. Forest sector analysis / economic drivers and
implications of intensive management 2. Biophysical analysis of intensive management
options 3. Biological and environmental consequences of intensive management 4.
Social issues surrounding the management of plantations,

National Land Conservation Conference & Land Trust Alliance Rally
October 12-15, Nashville, Tennessee, More than 1,700 land trust professionals,
volunteers, board members, public agency staff, attorneys and land conservation
advocates are expected to attend this four-day educational and networking conference,