Sustainability and education are more important than ever, especially when it comes to our natural resources. In response to these demands, Virginia’s Sustainable Harvesting and Resource Professional Logger Program is working to educate loggers and foresters across the state to help them operate in changing markets while implementing sustainable best management practices.
The SHARP Logger Program — working in cooperation with the Virginia Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee — provides loggers and foresters with training in the principles of sustainable forestry, environmental protection, and workplace safety. Since it began in 1996, more than 3,500 loggers, foresters, and others have completed the SHARP Logger Program training provided by Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and others. Continue reading