Media: News Releases

$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.

Landowner Legacy Planning Workshop

August 1, 2022 - The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) and the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) encourage landowners to make plans – now – for passing on their land to the next generation. The Generation NEXT program, a collaboration between DOF and VCE, helps Virginia landowners make plans to keep forests intact, in forest, and in family.

Gloucester County Confirmed as Latest Site of Emerald Ash Borer

July 14, 2022 - The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer (also known as EAB), an invasive tree-killing insect, in Gloucester County. Since it was first identified in Virginia in 2008, this destructive forest pest – one of the worst to ever invade the U.S. – has destroyed millions of ash trees. The EAB has now been documented in nearly every county across the Commonwealth.

Virginia’s 4 PM Burning Law Starts Tomorrow

May 4, 2022 - The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) and fire departments throughout Virginia are reminding the public about the 4 p.m. burn ban, which begins Tuesday, February 15. The law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. if the fire is in or within 300 feet of woodlands, brush, or fields with dry grass and other flammable materials.

Forest Legacy Expands Virginia Pineland Conservation Around Big Woods State Forest

May 4, 2022 - Conservation of longleaf pine, endangered woodpeckers, and the Commonwealth’s managed forests recently received a boost from the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program (FLP), with the acquisition of more than 640 acres in Sussex County. Through a partnership between the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) and The Nature Conservancy (a private, non-profit conservation organization), the Nottoway Pinelands FLP project expands land holdings critical to longleaf pine forest and red-cockaded woodpecker... Read More

New Study Shows Threats and Opportunities for Virginia’s Coastal Forests

April 21, 2022 - The Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) and the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) released a joint study of the benefits and threats facing Virginia’s coastal forests, “Resilient Coastal Forests of Virginia, Overcoming Challenges and Implementing Strategies for a Better Future.” Funded by the USDA Forest Service’s Southern Region, the GIC and DOF assisted coastal counties and cities with mapping their coastal forests, modeling benefits and evaluating threats they face along with... Read More

Ash Treatment Cost-Share Program

April 19, 2022 - The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) is offering a cost-share program to support the treatment of ash trees. The emerald ash borer (EAB), one of the most destructive forest pests to ever invade North America, attacks ash trees and has already caused millions of dollars in damages as hundreds of millions of ash trees have perished.