Your woods, their workshop

Special to the Rappahannock News
Woodlots, large or small, are a vital resource for all. They provide myriad benefits, such as carbon sequestration, improved air quality, wildlife habitat, biomass opportunities, recreational outlets, and more. Owners of even just a few acres can make a positive difference in their environment through planning and implementing simple management practices.

Making the most of the woods in your backyard is the subject of a two-session workshop led by Adam Downing of the Virginia Cooperative Extension and co-sponsored by the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP) May 12 and 19 at the Rappahannock County Library.

Downing is coauthor of “The Woods in Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas Around Your Home,” and the book will be used in the workshop to equip owners of one to 10 acres to be better stewards of their property.

Lessons learned can be applied to larger properties, as well. The 139-page manual helps users identify goals for their land, and offers guidance to achieve them. Whether you are interested in converting lawn to forest, creating wildlife habitat, or providing a useful outdoor space for your family, this book is for you. (For more about “The Woods in Your Backyard” manual, visit

The workshop has two sessions, a week apart for homework completion, and will be held May 12 and 19 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Library, 4 Library Rd. Charge for the workshop is $20 per person or $25 per couple (includes the book and CD).

Contact Rappahannock County Extension agent Kenner Love at 540-675-3619 or or check out the RLEP website ( for more information.

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