RiverPalooza and RioPalooza – Various
Dates: July 10, 2021-September 18, 2021
2.) Virginia Forest Landowner News & Events
++ Online: Woodland Options for Landowners – Beginning: July 12, 2021
++ Fifteen Minutes in the Forest – Fridays, Next: July 16, 2021
++ Field Trips: Woodland Options for Landowners -- July 30, 2021/August 13, 2021
3.) Urban Forest Connections Webinars Series – Monthly: Second Wednesdays
++ Influence of Municipal Pruning Practices on Urban Forest Health and Storm Resilience -- July 14, 2021
4.) Webinar: Stormwater Management Through the Lens of Environmental Justice -- July 14, 2021
5.) Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Conference – July 14, 2021
6.) Farmers: Pick-Your-Own-Consultant Program – Application Deadline: July 18, 2021
7.) Virginia Tech Land Development Design Initiative (LDDI) Summer Meeting – Registration Deadline: July 19, 2021; Event: July 23, 2021
8.) Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Summit (Virtual) – July 20-22, 2021
9.) CRC Roundtable: Changing the Face of Bay Restoration and Science – July 21, 2021
10.) Webinar: Invasive Warm Season Grasses -- July 21, 2021
11.) Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Photo Contest – Submissions Due: July 30, 2021
12.) Input Sought: EPA Proposed Oil and Natural Gas Methane Rule -- Comments Due: July 30, 2021
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1.) RiverPalooza and RioPalooza – Various Dates: July 10, 2021-September 18, 2021 -- Click here for details and registration. Organized by the Potomac Riverkeeper Network.
++ July 10, 2021 – South Branch Trough (Romney, WV)
++ July 16, 2021 – Snorkeling on the Shenandoah (Bentonville, VA)
++ August 28, 2021 – Harpers Ferry Tubing and Overnight Camping (Purcellville, VA)
++ August 29, 2021 – Good-Bye Summer Blowout (Harpers Ferry, WV)
++ September 18, 2021 – RioPalooza! (Fort Valley, VA) (registration opening soon)
2.) Virginia Forest Landowner News & Events -- For a complete calendar and more information, see https://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/eventscalendar.html.
++ Online: Woodland Options for Landowners – Beginning: July 12, 2021 -- This 12-week, on-line, self-paced class will teach the basics of woodland management. Topics include: tree ID, woodland ecology, sustainability, soils, mapping, and silviculture.
++ Fifteen Minutes in the Forest – Facebook or Zoom -- July 16, 2021 (Prevent Harm to Urban Trees); July 23, 2021 (Native Flowering Trees); Watch archived sessions
++ Field Trips: Woodland Options for Landowners -- July 30, 2021 (Claytor Nature Center); August 13, 2021 (Holiday Lake 4 H Educational Center) -- Open to students who participated in the class in 2019, 2020, and Winter 2021. Topics covered will include tree identification, measuring and valuing trees, and a tour of active forest management activities. Participation is limited to 30.
3.) Urban Forest Connections Webinars Series – Monthly: Second Wednesdays -- To learn more and to register, see https://www.fs.fed.us/research/urban-webinars/. Also has achieved webinars. Contact SM.FS...@usda.gov with questions, feedback, requests for special accommodations, or speaker suggestions. Presented by the USDA Forest Service National Urban Forest Technology & Science Delivery Team.
++ Influence of Municipal Pruning Practices on Urban Forest Health and Storm Resilience -- July 14, 2021 (1-2:15 pm).
4.) Webinar: Stormwater Management Through the Lens of Environmental Justice -- July 14, 2021 (2-3pm) – via Zoom -- This free webinar will highlight successes in managing urban stormwater. The webinar will include a panel discussion on ways to address stormwater issues while considering the people most impacted. The format will follow an informal-conversation style with time for Q&A. Learn more about this event on the VWMC’s website. Register here to receive a link to participate.
5.) Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Conference – July 14, 2021 (12pm-5pm) – For policymakers, scientists, and marketplace leaders. Featured speakers include: Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Edward A. Kelly, General President, International Association of Firefighters, and more. For more information and to register, see https://act.ewg.org/vE1pGWAuqUyb7nriBZknHQ2. Offered by the Environmental Working Group.
6.) Farmers: Pick-Your-Own-Consultant Program – Application Deadline: July 18, 2021 – For experienced, intermediate, and new farmers. Work one-on-one with a consultant - accounting, legal, logistics, insurance - to improve your farm operation. Vouchers for $1,000 will be awarded to 30 farmers for consultations between September 1, 2021 and April 1, 2022. Preference will be shown to underserved and socially and economically disadvantaged farmers and to Future Harvest members. For more information and to register, see https://www.futureharvestcasa.org/resources/pick-your-own-consultant-program?mc_cid=81257dc1a4&mc_eid=ccca87679b . Offered through Future Harvest.
7.) Virginia Tech Land Development Design Initiative (LDDI) Summer Meeting – Registration Deadline: July 19, 2021; Event: July 23, 2021 (9am-12:30pm) – Location: 2818 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA (also via Zoom) – Featured Topic: Richmond’s Scott’s Addition Historic District. This event will feature a full panel of guest speakers. To register, see https://tinyurl.com/LDDISUMMER21.
8.) Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Summit (Virtual) -- July 20-22, 2021 – Learn about new state-level policies/initiatives, new federal and regional initiatives, microplastics & microfibers, derelict fishing gear, single-use plastics, and success stories. Learn more and register at www.midatlanticocean.org or https://www.midatlanticocean.org/home/2021-marine-debris-summit/. Hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Work Group, through a NOAA grant from the Virginia Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program.
9.) CRC Roundtable: Changing the Face of Bay Restoration and Science – July 21, 2021 (12-1pm) – Learn about the CRC’s Chesapeake Student Recruitment, Early Advisement, and Mentoring (C-StREAM) program. Explore how a current intern, her mentor, and a program alumnus got into the field. Includes presentations followed by discussions with guests. For more information and to register, see http://chesapeake.org/crc-roundtable/. Hosted by the Chesapeake Research Consortium (CRC).
10.) Webinar: Invasive Warm Season Grasses -- July 21, 2021 (1-4pm) – via Zoom – Free -- Guest speakers will discuss identification and control of invasive warm season grasses such as Johnsongrass, Wavyleaf Grass, Japanese stiltgrass, and more. For more information, see https://blueridgeprism.org/. Offered by Blue Ridge PRISM.
11.) Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Photo Contest – Submissions Due: July 30, 2021 – Theme: Conservation through the local lens -- Submit up to 10 photos. All photographs must be taken within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Awards given to: Overall Winner; People’s Choice; and Young Photographer. To learn more about the contest, visit: https://vaswcd.org/photocontest.
12.) Input Sought: EPA Proposed Oil and Natural Gas Methane Rule -- Comments Due: July 30, 2021 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking the first step to develop a proposed rule to reduce methane and other harmful pollutants from new and existing sources in the oil and natural gas industry. EPA is seeking community and stakeholder input through a public docket for pre-proposal comments, holding training sessions on the rulemaking process and how to participate in it, and convening listening sessions. These actions are a part of the response to a directive in Executive Order 13990, Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis. To learn more, including how to provide comments, visit https://www.epa.gov/controlling-air-pollution-oil-and-natural-gas-industry/providing-information-epa-upcoming-oil-and.
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