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DOF Establishes 200th Conservation Easement

November 9, 2022 - The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) has announced the creation of its 200th conservation easement in the Commonwealth of Virginia. With the addition of the 1,428-acre property in Wise County known as Pine Mountain, DOF has now protected 91,597 acres of land, 84,112 acres of forest and nearly 460 miles of streams and rivers. 

Don’t Move Firewood, Virginia

October 24, 2022 - As the days turn cooler and shorter, many Virginians are using firewood to keep warm and spend quality time with friends and family. While seemingly harmless, moving firewood can enable the easy movement of destructive forest and agricultural pests. When firewood is moved from one area to another, the invasive emerald ash borer, spongy moth, Asian longhorned beetle, and spotted lanternfly often “hitchhike” to destroy crops, infect more trees and sometimes... Read More

Fall Wildfire Season is Here

October 24, 2022 - Virginia’s fall wildfire season begins Oct. 15. The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) reminds everyone to be extra careful when burning yard debris, or enjoying a campfire or backyard fire pit. 

Online Seedling Store Now Open

October 12, 2022 - Every October the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) offers a wide variety of trees for purchase through its online seedling store. Bred specifically for Virginia’s soils and climate, seedlings are grown and sold directly from the agency’s self-supporting nurseries. 

Intermittent Closings at Whitney State Forest for Logging Operations

October 11, 2022 - Beginning this month, the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) will conduct intermittent closures of the Whitney State Forest in Fauquier County for ongoing logging operations. Timber harvest activities of mature loblolly pine, yellow-poplar and black walnut will be occurring across an 18-acre area of the forest over the next several months.

Enjoy Virginia’s Peak Colors with a Fall Foliage Driving Tour

October 5, 2022 - Want to get out and enjoy Virginia’s fall foliage? To help you get started, the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) collects information on when and where to see the best of autumn’s vibrant colors across the Commonwealth. The agency recommends several driving tours with routes covering parts of northern, western and central Virginia. The fall foliage tours map can be found on DOF’s website.

$160 Million Available to Help Communities Prepare for Wildfires

September 26, 2022 - Applications are now open for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Community Wildfire Defense Grant (CWDG), a federal grant created by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The grant is intended to help at-risk, local communities and tribes prepare and mitigate against the risk created by wildfire. 

Acorn Collection Season is Here

September 8, 2022 - As the temperatures finally start to drop and we begin our transition into fall, foresters and staff at the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) will soon be busy gathering and sorting this year’s acorn crop in preparation for growing the next generation of trees.

Virginia Department of Forestry Announces $900,000 Available Through the Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program

August 10, 2022 - The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) has announced the availability of approximately $900,000 in grant funding through the current cycle of the Virginia Trees for Clean Water (VTCW) Grant Program. Supported by the Virginia Water Quality Improvement Fund, the VTCW Grant Program is designed to improve water quality across Virginia by encouraging tree-planting efforts where they are needed most and raise awareness of their benefits.