March 20 Workshop:  Creating & Tending Backyard Woods

Turkey are one of many native wild birds that one can learn to attract to the woods with the right mixture of food shelter and water. Photo by Jim Kuykendall

Do you have some woods or a few acres you’d like to be a natural area?

While you may enjoy your woods for the privacy it offers or knowing that it gives a home to some wildlife, it can be much more!  You can influence what happens in your natural area by better understanding what you have, what you want and available tools to help you accomplish your goals.  For example, did you know that by selecting certain trees for firewood, you can improve wildlife habitat, scenic values and regenerate young trees, all at the same time?

A free workshop on March 20, 2018 is being offered to equip owners of 1-10 acres to learn how to manage existing natural areas and or create new natural areas.  The workshop will use the latest edition of the award winning manual, The Woods in Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas Around Your Home.  This full-color 108-page workbook helps woodland owners identify goals for their land, and walks through the steps to success.  Whether you are interested in converting lawn to forest, creating wildlife habitat, or providing a useful outdoor space for your family, this program is for you.

The workshop will be held at the Virginia Tech MARE Center in Middleburg and will include instruction from foresters, biologists and resource specialists as well as a Tree Felling demonstration and portable sawmilling.

Thanks to a grant with the Virginia Department of Forestry, the program is free and lunch is provided.  Attendance is limited and pre-registration is required.  To register, contact the Loudoun County Extension office at 703-777-0373 or online at  A brochure with more information can be downloaded from  This program is sponsored by:  Virginia Cooperative Extension, The Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, the Forests for the Bay Program and the Piedmont Environmental Council.

More information and sign up form here.


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