November 19, 2019 • 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. • Keene, VA

Are you interested in managing invasive species, restoring hardwood tree buffers, protecting waterways from live-stock, preserving farmland and improving wildlife habitat on your farm?

Join the James River Association, VA Department of Forestry, Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Blue Ridge PRISM Conservation Services Inc., VA Outdoors Foundation, and Agricultural Solutions of Albemarle for a day of on the farm learning and sharing!

Learn more about:

  • Managing invasive species
  • Restoring hardwood tree buffers
  • Protecting waterways from livestock
  • Improving wildlife habitat
  • Preventing erosion and runoff
  • Increasing grazing productivity
  • Preserving agricultural and forested land

Registration is required and lunch is provided. 


8:30 AM: Registration and coffee/muffins
9:00 AM: Welcome and Introductions: Anne Marie Roberts (JRA) and Landowners: Woody Ward and Noelle Ruane
9:30 AM: Before and After View of Riparian Buffer Area Invaded by Invasive Species/ “Forestry Mulcher” Demo – Anne Marie Roberts (James River Association ) and Cameron Thomas (Agricultural Solutions of Albemarle)
10:00 AM: James River Buffer Program and the Importance of Riparian buffers, Restoring Native Hardwoods/Habitat and Applications for tube shelter vs. natural regeneration-Anne Marie Roberts (JRA) and Mike Downey (VA Department of Forestry)
11:00 AM: Tree Planting Crew in Action and tree shelter demo: Daniel Grubb (Conservation Services Inc.)
11:30 AM: Protecting your stream side buffer/hardwood restoration project and Decreasing upland runoff with Rotational Grazing and Warm Season Grasses: Luke Longanecker (Thomas Jefferson SWCD) and Kory Kirkland (Natural Resources Conservation Service)
12:30: Lunch Provided.
1:30-230: Preserving Agricultural and Forestry lands with Conservation Easements: Sherry Buttrick (VA Outdoors Foundation)
2:30-3:30: Invasive Species Management on the farm: Rod & Maggie Walker (Blue Ridge PRISM)
3:30-4:00 pm: (Optional) Invasive Species Identification and Walk: Rod &  Maggie Walker (BR PRISM)