The Virginia Association of Forest Health Professionals

28th Annual Conference


January 27-28, 2020

Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center

Glen Allen, Virginia



Monday, January 27, 2020

8:00-9:00      Registration

9:00-9:15      Welcome and Introductions – VAFHP Committee

9:15-9:45      Aquatic Invasive Management and Update – Kevin Heffernan, Virginia DCR Natural Heritage Program

9:45-10:15    6 Years of Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania - What Have We Learned? – Heather Leach, Penn State Entomology

10:15-10:45  Pesticide Safety is Good – Ed Olsen, Virginia Cooperative Extension


10:45-11:00  Break

11:00-11:30   Pesticide Regulatory Update – Richard Jones, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

11:30-12:00   Spotted Lanternfly in Virginia – David Gianino, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

12:00-12:30   Can Soil Microbes Be Used as a Metric to Assess Urban Soil Health? – Stephanie Yarwood, University of Maryland

12:30-1:30     LUNCH provided by VAFHP


1:30-1:45       Recertification Credit Form Process – Joan Allen, Fairfax County Urban Forest Management

1:45-2:15       Pollinators – James Wilson, Ph.D., Virginia Tech 

2:15-2:45       Establishment & Early Impact of Spathius galinae on EAB in the NE US – Jian Duan, Ph.D., USDA Agricultural Research Service 

2:45-3:15       Oak Decline; A Fight Against the Inevitable – Chelsi Abbott, Davey Institute


3:15-3:30       Break


3:30-4:00      Adaptation Planning and Climate Change – Leslie Brandt and Patricia Leopold, United States Forest Service

4:00-4:30      Prescribed Fire as a Tool for Long Term Forest Health – James Remuzzi, Sustainable Solutions 

4:30-5:00      Click, Post, Like: Using Social Media as a Forest Health Education Tool – David Coyle, Ph.D., Clemson University

5:00-5:15      Announcements and Adjourn

5:30               Networking Social

Tuesday, January 28, 2020


8:00-8:30       Registration


8:30-9:00       Telling the Story of Longleaf Pine Restoration in Virginia – Rebecca Wilson, Virginia DCR Natural Heritage Program

9:00-9:30       Forest Health: It's the Economy Stupid – Jim McGlone, Ph.D., Virginia Department of Forestry

9:30-10:00     Fire Ants, Heating Up Again  – Eric Day, Virginia Cooperative Extension

10:00-10:30   Break


10:30-11:00    Pretty but Smelly, The Curious Case of the Callery Pear– David Coyle, Ph.D., Clemson University

11:00-11:30    Giant Hogweed: Very Threatening but a Small Risk – Jordan Metzgar, Ph.D., Virginia Tech Massey Herbarium

11:30-12:00    Out of the Ashes: Forest Ecosystems in the Aftermath of EAB – Dan Herms, Ph.D., Davey Institute

12:00-12:30    Ticks and Tick-borne Pathogens in Virginia – Alex Cumbie,  Old Dominion University

12:30             Wrap-up and adjourn / Lunch on your own


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Charlottesville, VA 22905

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