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Pecan Harvesting Richard Bland College began harvesting pecans to sell to a distributor for the first time in Fall 2013. Sale proceeds are used to maintain the groves the oldest and largest in Virginia and to grow RBCs scholarship fund. Timber Harvesting To advance both the Colleges environmental and historic preservation goals Richard Bland College partnered with the Virginia Department of Forestry to harvest 164-acres of mature pine in Fall 2014. The harvesting EntrepreneurialInitiatives Equine Center The Richard Bland College Equine Center is a 75-acre multi-use property designed to provide students with innovative programming options to supplement their educational journey. The Equine Center includes a 20000 square foot stable and indoor arena. Its home to RBCs nationally recognized Equine Therapy Certificate Program teacher recertification courses and Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association EAGALA training. The Center also offers a 3 acre lake and scenic space for myriad recreational activities. Pecan Groves Expanded - 425 new pecan trees were planted in April 2015 to restore the Colleges pecan groves to their original status and create a new pecan tree-lined entranceway along Carson Drive. In accordance with RBC-19 strategic goals the College is expanding resources and programming for students while preserving and restoring College grounds and historical sites. The Richard Bland College Equine Facility is one of the most beautiful settings I have seen. The landscape layout of the barn pastures and the parking area is a perfect setting for training purposes. Most importantly the overall setting makes for a very private feeling that aids as a learning environment. -Mickey DiGiacomo EAGALA Program Directorr We are encouraged that Richard Bland College officials have made the decision to maintain and harvest a valuable agricultural resource. The Virginia Farm Bureau is working with the College to implement Best Agricultural Practices for improving pecan yields and quality. -Tony BanksAssistant Director for Commodity and Marketing at Virginia Farm Bureau was part of the Virginia Forest Stewardship Management Plan and will allow the land to be reforested while improving the health of the forest plant growth and wildlife. Globe Tavern Historic Preservation In efforts to preserve the Globe Tavern site of a Civil War battle on the Col- leges property and use it for educational purposes Richard Bland College is working with historic preservation groups to preserve the site. 7 RBC.EDu