Western Virginia landowners can learn more about actively managing their forestlands during the annual Forest Landowners\u2019 Retreat, to be held September 23-25 at the Southwest Virginia 4-H Center in Abingdon.\r\nTopics will include forest stewardship planning, hardwood management, timber sales, wildlife management, forest health and more. A tour of Channels State Forest and nearby properties will showcase management in action.\r\nSponsoring partners for the retreat are Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program. To register online or to download a brochure, visit www.forestupdate.frec.vt.edu. The deadline to register is September 9.\r\n\u201cThis program provides a great introduction to forest management issues, especially for those new to land ownership,\u201d said Ellen Powell of the Virginia Department of Forestry.\r\nJennifer Gagnon of Virginia Tech\u2019s Forest Landowner Education Program said, \u201cWe use a combination of classroom and field sessions, taught by experts, to get participants fully engaged in learning. The weekend retreat format also enables people to share their experiences with other landowners.\u201d\r\nSeveral price options are available for the retreat. Full registration with Friday and Saturday lodging and all meals is $75 per person or $150 per couple. Registration with all meals and Saturday lodging is $60 per person or $120 per couple. For those who live nearby, a commuter option with all meals but no lodging is $35 per person or $70 per couple.\r\nFor more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Persons with disabilities who desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity may also contact Gagnon between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations, no later than September 9. The TDD number is (800) 828-1120.