Forestry in Montgomery County, Virginia

Blue Ridge Work Area
serving Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Montgomery and Roanoke counties.

Senior Area Forester: Joe Boswell.  Cell: 540.200.9186
Area Forester: Joe Cotner.  Cell: 540.494.9791
Area Forester: Johnny Vest.  Cell: 434.872.1208
Area Forester: Dennis McCarthy. Cell: 540.745.2616
Technician: Dylan White.  Cell: 540.204.6401
Technician: David Tompkins .  Cell: 540.494.9439

Virginia Department of Forestry
210 Riverland Drive | Map and Directions to this office.
P.O. Box 100
Salem, Virginia 24153-0100

PiratebushMontgomery County contains 252,730 acres and lies in the Ridge and Valley province. It was formed from Fincastle County in 1776, and named for a Revolutionary hero, General Richard Montgomery. The region was settled by pioneers from Pennsylvania of German, French, Scotch-Irish and English decent who arrived using the "Wilderness Road" which roughly corresponds to current Rt. 11.

Approximately 60% of the county is forested with about 7% located in the Jefferson National Forest. The soils in the county vary from poor to good in the productivity and ability to grow trees. Precipitation averages about 40 inches.

Several rare and endangered species are present including the tall gay-feather and Addison's leatherflower, both found on the Pedler Hills Glades Natural Area and piratebush which is found on Poor Mountain.

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