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Trees-to-Products Summer Teachers' Program

    rushing stream through hardwood forest

The Trees-to-Products teachers’ summer program is designed to provide teachers with factual and credible information about Virginia’s hardwood forests. The program links its concepts to the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) and includes training in Project Learning Tree activities. A variety of hardwood forest management techniques and forest products industries will be examined in detail.      

The goal is to offer teachers an in-the-field tour of sustainable forest management techniques. These management practices not only provide raw materials for processing at local forest products industries but also provide wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and sustain forest health to maintain the viewshed and water quality. The wood products produced are widely used in today’s society. Teachers will see and learn about the sustainable and renewable resource of trees and how trees are converted into a variety of everyday products.


Program activities are in Wise County, and lodging will be provided in the City of Norton and/or the Town of Wise.

Draft Agenda: July 21-24, 2014

Monday, July 21
Noon Registration and Lunch
1:00 Depart for Powell River Project Research & Education Center: Appalachian forests; mining & reforestation; and Project Learning Tree activities
5:00 Dinner and program at Mountain Rose Vineyard on Hardwood Veneer

Tuesday, July 22
7:00 Continental breakfast
8:00 Depart for High Knob area: forest stand & habitat structure in various age classes; prescribed fire application
Noon Lunch: Barkcamp Lake
1:00 Project Learning Tree activities & VA SOLs
3:30 Wetlands Estonoa
6:00 Dinner & SW VA Chapter SAF meeting and speaker

Wednesday, July 23
7:00 Continental breakfast
8:00 Depart for Southern Forest Products log yard & sawmill
9:30 Tour Mullican flooring plant facility
Noon Lunch: Mullican Flooring
1:00 Depart for Virginia Forest Products Sawmill and Unaka Forest Products Chipmill
6:00 Dinner & Speaker: DG&IF, Forests & Deer/Bear/Turkey

Thursday, July 24
7:00 Continental breakfast and check out
8:00 Domtar Paper Co LLC, mill & sheeting facility
Noon Lunch: Domtar
Program evaluation & certificate presentation; Depart for home not later than 2:00

Example of Standards of Learning (SOLs) Covered in the Program

Grade 4
4.5d) habitats and niches
4.5f) influence of human activity on ecosystems
4.8a) watershed and water resources
4.8d) forests, soil, and land

Grade 6
6.9a) management of renewable resources
6.9c) mitigation of land-use and environmental hazards through preventive measures
6.9d) cost/benefit tradeoffs in conservation policies

Life Science
LS.12e) environmental issues

BIO.9c) succession patterns in ecosystems
BIO.9d) effects of natural events and human influences on ecosystems

See a complete list of SOLs covered in the program at:

Additional Program Information

This educational program is field-based, so please be prepared to be outdoors and in the forest.  Some walking will be required, but we will be traveling by van to various tour stops (some indoors and some outdoors).  Bring appropriate shoes and clothing to be in the environment and to tour industrial facilities. 

Those who complete the program earn 30 hours of professional development credit and Project Learning Tree certification.

Registration: deadline is June 30, 2014

Please complete your registration information included in the Trees to Products Program Brochure. Lodging and meals are provided as part of registration. 

NOTE: A $25 non-refundable registration fee must accompany your application.

Make checks payable to: SW Chapter SAF (refundable only if program is full)

Return registration to:

Bill Worrell
VCE – Russell County
P.O. Box 697
Lebanon, VA 24266-0697

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in the activity, please contact the registrar of this program.


Bill Worrell, CF
Extension Agent
Forestry and Natural Resources
VCE SW District
(276) 889-8082

Program Coordinator

Southwest Virginia Chapter of
Society of American Foresters

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Program Supporters

Clinch District – USFS

Big Timber Hardwoods

Domtar Paper Co LLC

Georgia Pacific

Mullican Flooring

Mountain Forests Products

Powell River Project Research & Education Center

The Forestland Group LLC

The Forest Management Co.

Southern Forest Products

Unaka Forest Products Inc.

Virginia Forest Products

Virginia Forestry Association

Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation

Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

Virginia Department of Forestry