Family Forestland Short-course

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Focusing on Land Transfer to Generation "NEXT"

You value your forest and/or farmland for multiple reasons such as wildlife, privacy, recreation, timber, hunting or the scenic qualities. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? Without breaking it up?

While there is a price to planning an orderly transfer of land to the next generation, there is also a cost of not planning that may put your land's future in jeopardy. If you don't have a plan, your wishes for your land and legacy will be lost. By researching and planning ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the financial costs and emotional challenges while securing your woodland legacy for generations to come.

Land may be your biggest asset. Make sure your actions support the family's values. This award winning and nationally recognized program will get you started on the right path. Please join us for a hands-on workshop with free legal guidance from professionals experienced in intergenerational land transfer and landowner testimonials of estate planning steps and strategies they have used.

Speakers include legal and financial experts experienced in estate planning as well as natural resource professionals who work with landowners to conserve land and plan the future.


July 19 and 20, 2018
Abingdon, VA

July 27 and 28, 2018
Lynchburg, VA

Half-day "Mini-Workshops"

  • July 24, 2018, 1-5 p.m., Brunswick, VA
  • August 2, 2018, 2:30-7 p.m., Halifax, VA
  • August 9, 2018, 1-5 p.m., Farmville, VA
  • August 21, 2018, 1-5 p.m., Surry, VA

Program's General Outline

What Who
Welcome, recap, and homework Department of Forestry / Virginia Cooperative Extension
Ties to the Land: Cautionary Tales Ties video
Professional advisors Landowner
Planning prospects: preparations and probabilities Attorney
Landowner Case Studies
Equity, Burden and Costs/Savings
Attorney and CPA
Landowner panel: “In their own words” Three landowners with various approaches and experiences
Defining your legacy Black Family Land Trust
Dinner (provided)
Advisors forum Attorney, CPA, Conservationist
“Succession happens” - What will happen to your land? Ties video
Evaluation, challenge, and dismissal Department of Forestry / Virginia Cooperative Extension

• Introduction to Legacy Planning
• Tools for Transferring Land
• Tools for Conservation
• Communication & Family Dynamics
• Lessons learned from Landowners
• Assistance programs

With Support From

Piedmont Environmental Council
Virginia Tree Farm
Virginia Forest Landowner Education
Forest Stewardship and Forest Service Logos
Black Family land trust, inc.


Abingdon offering:
Southwest District Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Program
(276) 889-8056

Lynchburg offering:
Central District Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Program
(434) 476-2147

Mini-workshop offerings:
Northern District Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Program
(540) 948-6881

How to Register

  • Online Application
  • For a paper/mail-in application, contact the appropriate office listed above.

Sponsored By

Department of Foresty

Recommended Books

* Hard copies of the indicated resources will be provided to short-course participants, subject to availability.