Forest covers about half of Fauquier County’s 651 square miles.
State agencies will offer a free woodlands management course this month in Warrenton.
Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Department of Forestry will offer the training on Thursday nights, Feb. 6-27. The four sessions will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the extension office at 24 Pelham St.
Topics will include managing woodlands for the health of the forest, the financial benefit of the landowner and planning for how the land will transfer to future generations. Owners of woodlands large and small can learn how to maximize their property’s potential.
Each class will be taught remotely and live streamed to the extension office. Local foresters and extension agents will lead discussions with the group meeting in Warrenton.
The four sessions:
• Feb. 6 – Woodland management, managing the health of the woodlot and understanding the markets for timber products.
• Feb. 13 – Understanding the finical aspects of woodland management. It will explore the fiscal ramifications for participating in cost-share programs, replanting forest land, thinning and putting off a harvest.
• Feb. 20 – More than timber: income opportunities from non-timber forest products. It will cover other options beyond a timber harvest that can be used to generate income from your forest.
• Feb 27 — Launching your woodland legacy. How to pass the forest on to your heirs intact and as a woodland.