Media: News Releases

Applications Now Open: Urban and Community Forestry Grant Assistance Program

September 11, 2023 - The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF), in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS), announces the availability of grant funding for the 2023 installment of the Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) Grant Assistance Program. This program is designed to encourage community projects that promote the protection and enhancement of urban and community forest ecosystems across the Commonwealth. Virginia received a total allocation of $6,600,000, distributed... Read More

Upcoming Workshops Help Virginia Landowners with Legacy Planning

September 8, 2023 - The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) and the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) encourage landowners to make plans – now – for passing on land to the next generation. The Generation NEXT program, a collaboration between DOF and VCE, helps Virginia landowners with legacy planning to keep forests intact, in forest, and in family. 

Virginia Department of Forestry Announces $500,000 Available through Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program

August 18, 2023 - The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) has announced the availability of approximately $500,000 in grant funding through the end of 2023 for 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.

Virginia Department of Forestry Incentivizes Hardwood Management

July 18, 2023 - Hardwood Initiative cost-share and tax credit programs now available. Virginia’s invaluable hardwood forests provide clean air and water, recreation, wildlife habitat, and raw materials used for a wide variety of products. To maximize these benefits and ensure a healthy, sustainable hardwood resource, the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) has established the Hardwood Initiative to promote quality management practices. 

Media Alert: 2023 Interagency Wildland Fire Academy

May 22, 2023 - During this annual academy, wildland firefighters and other emergency responders from many agencies and states learn how to respond to wildfires and other disasters. Students also build their field skills with courses such as bulldozer and chainsaw operation. Friday, May 26, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. RSVP by Tuesday, May 23

Emerald Ash Borer Cost Share Now Available

May 3, 2023 - Applications are now open for the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) Emerald Ash Borer Cost-Share Program, which offers cost reimbursement for treating ash trees to protect from the invasive emerald ash borer. Landowners and organizations (including municipalities, not-for-profits, educational institutions and homeowner associations) can apply until June 16. 

Prevent Spring Wildfires Before They Start

April 5, 2023 -  With spring fully underway, the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) wishes to remind Virginians that the 4 p.m. burning law, which restricts open-air burning of any kind until after 4 p.m., remains in effect through April 30. 

Applications Open for 75th Camp Woods and Wildlife

March 16, 2023 - Applications are now open for the 75th annual Camp Woods and Wildlife to be held June 19-23 at the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center near Appomattox. This activity-packed camp is hosted by the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) with support and cooperation from natural resource agencies, organizations and businesses. 

Statement of Virginia Department of Forestry Tragedy

March 10, 2023 -  At approximately 8:30 p.m. on March 9, a Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) employee was killed while fighting a 15-acre wildfire along Lester’s Fork Road near the Roseann community in Buchanan County.