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King William County Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour

Sandy Point State Forest
$25/person $40/couple – includes a boxed lunch with beverage
Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Sandy Point State Forest
Sandy Point Road, West Point VA, 23181
Tour beings promptly at 9:00 a.m.
Portable facilities will be available, but we encourage you to take care of rest room matters in West Point to avoid crowding.
We’ll have plenty of physical distancing at the 2,053-acre Sandy Point State Forest. This acreage was acquired in 2002 from The Nature Conservancy, who had previously acquired it from industrial ownership. Among the varied stands, numerous management practices are being used to accomplish an array of objectives.
Stop A: This, That, and the Other. Things that are done to shape the forest into something better involve harvest, crop-tree release, prescribed burning, spraying, and planting. There are dozens of approaches to performing these tasks. Get the lowdown from seasoned practitioners who have seen and done it all.
Stop B: Why Maintain a Bridge when you can Establish a Ford? Fords are not extremely common water crossings in eastern Virginia, however new technologies do make them easier to install and maintain than bridges and culverts. And it you tire of battling beavers, or have experienced some of the coastal plain storm events, you know how vulnerable bridges and culverts are. Fords present a longer-term, lower-maintenance alternative.
Lunch: Down by the River. We picked out a spot long cherished by the locals and previous owners as a beautiful place to enjoy some individually packaged lunches of local fare.
Stop C: All Creatures Great and Small. Everything that we do, or don’t do, has some impact on what critters may occupy an area during different seasons and for different reasons. A wildlife biologist, who has worked on this property for decades through various ownerships, will explain how different stand structures, light regimes, and water availability impact which plants and animals will thrive and how this biodiversity plays into an intricate ecosystem.
Stop D: Why are you Pining Away? Pine is a very significant (though not the majority) cover type in eastern Virginia. Soils and economics are significant drivers. We’ll catch a little glimpse of how this came to be over the years and get an update on where this might be headed in the future. The need for packaging continues to exhibit strong demand, and packaging – believe it or not – grows on trees. Packaging needs pines. A more detailed rundown of everything from improved genetics of growing stock to site preparation and planting densities to factors influencing thinning and mid-rotation management, to when to harvest will be covered.
Return by 4:00 p.m.
For more information contact: Neil Clark
[email protected], 757-653-2572