Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Floyd County Recreation Park Picnic Shelter
114 Park Drive NE
Floyd, VA 24091
Tour begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.
Join fellow woodland owners and natural resource professionals as we spend the day touring Floyd County, at the top of the magnificent Blue Ridge Plateau. We’ll learn about managing Floyd’s abundant natural resources.
Stop 1: Southwest Virginia is a great place to grow Eastern white pine, and Floyd County has been doing so for a long time. Learn about regenerating this species and available cost share assistance for doing so. We’ll also discuss income opportunities from Eastern white pine, including tipping young trees for the greenery industry, and harvesting mature trees for logs.
Stop 2: Timber harvests of mature Eastern white pine are common in Floyd County. Visit a recently harvested site to learn about harvesting methods and selling your timber. We’ll also discuss how to protect water quality during and after a timber harvest.
Lunch: Locally catered
Stop 3: Populations of certain wildlife species have been declining across their native ranges for years (think bobwhite quail, golden-winged warbler, and woodcock). One reason for the decline is a loss of early successional habitat needed for breeding (shrubby areas found on recently abandoned agricultural fields and sites with recent timber harvests). Hear about Virginia’s efforts to help landowners create early-successional habitat and available cost share programs.
Stop 4: What happens to your timber after it’s harvested from your land? What types of products are made from species such as Eastern white pine and yellow-poplar? Find out on a tour of the Griffith Lumber Company’s sawmill.
Return by 4:30 p.m.