Media: Publication

Forest Utilization and Marketing Program

May 26, 2022 - Forestry topic information sheet provides information about the mission and services of the VDOF Forest Utilization and Marketing Program and how VDOF works to support and promote Virginia’s forest products industry while maintaining a sustainable forest resource.

Fire Adaptive Landscaping for Native Habitats and Wildlife in the Southern Coastal Plain

April 27, 2022 - Book was prepared by the Georgia Forestry Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Coastal Wildscapes, and Firewise Communities to provide every resident and business owner has the opportunity to enhance wildlife habitat and natural ecological systems by maintaining, or where necessary, restoring connectivity to the surrounding forests and other natural communities through landscaping and gardening activities. They can also address the very important issues of water conservation and loss of... Read More

Crop Tree Release Improves Competitiveness of Northern Red Oak Growing in Association with Black Cherry

April 19, 2022 - In 1993, a crop tree study was established in a pole-sized stand consisting of black cherry (Prunus serotina Ehrh.) and northern red oak (Quercus rubra L.). Ten-year mean height growth of northern red oak exceeded that of released black cherry, but not that of unreleased black cherry crop trees. Crown expansion and diameter at breast height (dbh) growth also increased as a result of crop tree release for both species,... Read More

Effect of Thinning on Height and Diameter Growth of Oak and Yellow-Poplar Saplings

April 19, 2022 - Studying the response to thinning of a 7- to 9-year-old upland hardwood sapling stand, we found that height growth of yellow-poplar and oak trees was markedly reduced by heavy thinning. This suggests that stand density should be carefully controlled to achieve maximum benefit from thinnings in very young stands. By Rufus H. Allen, Jr. and David A. Marquis.

Intensity of Precommercial Crop-Tree Release Increases Diameter and Crown Growth in Upland Hardwoods

April 19, 2022 - In 1988, seven study areas were established in Connecticut to examine the effects of precommercial crop tree release on bole and crown growth. Relative to unreleased trees, 4-yr diameter growth of northern red oak increased by 86%, black/scarlet oak by 65%, red maple by 56%, and black birch by 52%. Release slowed height growth of dominant and codominant oaks for only the first 2 yr. In sapling stands with few... Read More

Impact of Planting Treatments on Eastern White Pine Seedling Survival and Growth at the Matthews State Forest in Grayson County, Virginia

February 10, 2022 - As part of an undergraduate research project, two Virginia Tech students collected data in a white pine seedling survival study to determine which planting treatments had the best survival and growth rates. The test plot was located on the Matthews State Forest in Grayson County, Virginia. This report summarizes the findings of this case study.