Workshop and Seminar Summaries

Workshop and Seminar Summaries

VWL hosts expert-led workshops every year and we would like to share what we learn with our community. 

Virginia Working Landscapes hosted the workshop, "The Future of our Forests," at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) on September 29, 2018. This workshop aimed to share the latest local research on forest and watershed health. Dr. Walter Carson of the University of Pittsburgh and Jenny McGarvey of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay presented talks about their work to understand and protect forested ecosystems; afterward, Dr. Bill McShea led a walking tour of SCBI's research forest.

Click here to read a summary of the seminar portion of the workshop and to learn more about the threats facing forests and how to protect forest biodiversity.

The Blue Ridge PRISM, much like VWL, is a collaborative information-sharing network that connects an enthusiastic community of landowners, natural resource professionals, and other conservation-minded individuals. Today, many landowners struggle to mitigate the negative impacts of invasive plants on their property, and so the Blue Ridge PRISM holds meetings and lectures that aim to enable landowners to restore, conserve, and/or preserve Virginia’s natural heritage.

Click here to read a summary of the meeting and to learn more about invasive plants and restoration techniques. Meeting presentations are also downloadable in note form. Click here for Blue Ridge PRISM's presentation and here for Rod Simmon's presentation.


Dr. Travis Belote, a research ecologist for The Wilderness Society presented his talk “Wild, connected, and diverse” at the Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation on Tuesday, February 27. He presented an assessment of U.S. protected areas, which was conducted in order to facilitate the protection of the wildest unprotected lands.

Click here to read a summary of his seminar and to learn more about how we can create a connected network of protected areas that better represent biodiversity.

Travis Belote has served as a research ecologist in the Northern Rockies Office of The Wilderness Society in Bozeman, MT since 2009. His research focuses on understanding ecosystems to inform conservation and adaptive management under increasing pressures of global change (including land use, climate change, and invasive species). He completed an M.S. at the University of Tennessee, Ph.D. at Virginia Tech, and postdoctoral research with the USGS in Flagstaff, AZ.



Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL) hosts workshops to engage the community and promote sustainable land-use practices. The purpose of this workshop was to teach sustainable agricultural methods and soil health principles for small and large-scale operations.

Click here to read this workshop summary and see some photos from the day!

Workshop tour at Waterpenny Farm.


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