Stop 1: Restoration and Regeneration - Matthews State Forest. Our tour will begin with an update on the status of American chestnut restoration efforts by the Virginia Department of Forestry and the American Chestnut Foundation. The implications of restoring this species on wildlife will be discussed. We’ll also look at using the shelterwood silvicultural system to regenerate white pine.
Lunch: BBQ with all the SW Virginia fixins. Matthews State Forest.
Stop 2: Santa, Where do Christmas Wreaths Come From? On this stop, we’ll witness an active pine tipping operation on privately owned land. Branch tips from young white pines are harvested and used to make holiday decorations. Exact location will be determined on the fly, as the tipping crews are fast and highly mobile. We’ll discuss how to manage white pines for tipping, and what to do with them when they get too large.
Growing Christmas trees seem like a natural topic to cover on this tour as well - so we’ll have an Extension Specialist talk about this alternative opportunity for income.
Stop 3: Bottomley Evergreens. We’ll take a short trip across the border into North Carolina to see how the white pine tips are used to make garlands, wreaths, and centerpieces.
Admission Fee: $30/person; $50/couple includes refreshements, lucnh and transportation
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