2012-09-27 / Top News

Sign up for forestry, wildlife tour by Thursday

MONTEREY — Everyone is invited to visit parts of scenic Highland County rarely seen while learning about how forest and wildlife interact and what people can do to be positive contributors to this region’s ecosystem integrity while maintaining a robust industry with good jobs.

A Fall Foliage Forestry and Wildlife bus tour is slated for Monday, Oct. 8, and will visit various properties throughout Highland County where wildlife and forestry practices are showcased. Experts will share tips on how to improve wildlife habitat, enhance forest productivity, increase productivity and earn income from your land.

Tour stops include visits to private, public and industrial properties. Participants will see firsthand how to attract golden winged warblers, detract deer, improve forest composition, and use timber harvesting to create important habitat.

The tour travels across Highland and includes Hightown, Blue Grass, and McDowell. The final stop is a tour of the recently renovated Coursey Springs Trout Hatchery in Williamsville.

A buffet lunch will be served at the Alleghany Highlands Agricultural Center.

Registration for the event will include lunch, transportation, program materials and scenery and photo opportunities of Highland’s foliage at its peak.

Pre-registration is required and the deadline has been extended to Oct 4 (today). Call the Highland Extension Office at (540) 468-2225 for details. Download a flier, register online at: http://cnre.vt.edu/forestupdate/Pages/field%20tours.html.

Program sponsors include Highland County Extension Service, MeadWestvaco Co., Natural Resources Conservation Service, Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program, Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, and Virginia State University Extension Forestry.

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