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"Do You Work in the Forest or the Mill?"
May 27, 2021“Do You Work in the Forest or the Mill?”By: Rachel Harris, VDOF Utilization & Marketing Specialist Every so often, loggers emerge from the woods and sawmill operators shake …Viewmarketing-utilization water-qualityharvesting water-quality
(Don't) Pick Your Poison
July 9, 2021(Don’t) Pick Your PoisonBy Ellen Powell, VDOF Conservation Education Coordinator Walking along a forest path this time of year, it’s tempting to reach …Vieweducation public-informationnative-species woodland-plants
A Christmas Present for Stony Creek
January 8, 2021A Christmas Present for Stony CreekThe walking track in Sussex County’s Stony Creek Park is a well-used community resource. Citizens use it for exercise, and …Viewfinancial-assistance urban-community-forestrytree-planting urban-forestry
Woodcock chick
April 26, 2021A Woodcock EncounterBy Scott Bachman, VDOF Senior Area Forester, Blackwater team Now that it’s April I will declare that spring is officially …Vieweducationbirds wildlife
Abigail the Green Ash in Alexandria
July 30, 2020Abigail the Green Ash in AlexandriaOn July 22, VDOF’s urban & community forestry (U&CF) manager Lara Johnson traveled to Alexandria, Virginia to visit a well-known …Viewurban-community-forestryarborists ash heritage partnerships roots urban-forestry
Agricultural-Forestal Districts in Louisa County
March 5, 2020Agricultural-Forestal Districts in Louisa CountyIn Louisa County, Virginia, Agricultural-Forestral Districts (AFD) have recently played a crucial role in discussions about the conservation of working …Viewforestland-conservation
AlterNATIVES
March 20, 2020AlterNATIVESIn Virginia, you know spring is just around the corner when you begin to see blooms on cherry, magnolia, pear, …Viewforest-healthinvasive-species native-species
American Chestnut Harvest at Lesesne State Forest
November 7, 2019American Chestnut Harvest at Lesesne State ForestChestnut trees have all but disappeared from the landscape; the Virginia Department of Forestry recently had a rare opportunity to …Viewstate-forestschestnut research timber-harvesting
An Exciting Mass Timber Project in Charlottesville
March 15, 2021An Exciting Mass Timber Project in CharlottesvilleDuring a sunny March morning, a team from the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) and the Virginia Department of Agricultural Consumer …Viewmarketing-utilizationmass-timber
If a tornado takes out a tree, build a "tree house!"
June 9, 2021An Ode to Dead TreesBy Ellen Powell, VDOF Conservation Education Coordinator Contributors: Lisa Deaton, Kenny Thomas, Chris Thomsen    Recently, I’ve received photos from …Vieweducation forest-managementwhats-in-the-woods-today
Announcing VDOF Employee Photo Contest
June 22, 2021Announcing VDOF Employee Photo ContestPublic Information is having a photo contest to create the 2023 VDOF calendar and the best way to get photos …Viewemployees-onlyphotos
Arbor Day in Pandemic Times
May 4, 2021Arbor Day in Pandemic TimesBy Molly O’Liddy, VDOF Community Forestry Partnership Coordinator Despite these uncertain times, communities across the Commonwealth have continued to celebrate …Vieweducation urban-community-forestryarbor-day tree-planting
Bridges for Water Quality
October 6, 2020Bridges for Water QualityBy Chris Thomsen, VDOF Western Regional Forester Loggers in the Lower Cowpasture River Watershed now have two sets of portable …Viewfinancial-assistance water-qualitygrant-programs logger-resources pre-harvest-planning
Centipede-shaped galleries made by the hickory bark beetle
March 13, 2019Centipede-shaped Galleries, Made by a Beetle!The southern pine beetle typically gets all the attention, but there are other native bark beetles in our forests that …Viewforest-healthinsects
Field Notes: (Hopefully Not) Spotting the Spotted Lanternfly
February 19, 2021Field Notes: (Hopefully Not) Spotting the Spotted Lanternfly  By Katlin Dewitt, Forest Health Specialist The spotted lanternfly is an invasive, sapsucking insect that was first detected in …Viewforest-healthinvasive-species spotted-lanternfly
Field Notes: A Crop of Cones
November 10, 2020Field Notes: A Crop of ConesBy Jim Schroering, VDOF Longleaf Pine Coordinator, and Ellen Powell, VDOF Conservation Education Coordinator Fall is harvest time in Virginia …Viewnurseriesconservation genetics longleaf-pine research species-restoration
Field Notes: A Galling History
December 19, 2017Field Notes: A Galling Historyby Urban Forest Conservationist Jim McGlone While leading a forest hike with a landowner and group of her friends, I was …Viewforest-healthinsects oak
Field Notes: A Proud Forest Legacy
February 27, 2018Field Notes: A Proud Forest Legacyby Area Forester Kyle Dingus In 2014 the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) celebrated its 100th anniversary. At the time, …Viewforest-management forestland-conservationforest-legacy tree-farm
Field Notes: A Rare Tree Adventure
September 10, 2019Field Notes: A Rare Tree AdventureBy Emerald Ash Borer Coordinator Meredith Bean It was August 27, very late in the season to be treating ash …Vieweducation water-qualitybig-tree water-quality
Field Notes: A Sure Sign of Spring!
March 15, 2018Field Notes: A Sure Sign of Spring!by VDOF Senior Area Forester Scott Bachman It is not quite spring, but the signs of spring are abundant at …Viewnurseries researchgenetics loblolly-pine
Field Notes: A Tale of Cypress Trees and Floods
August 27, 2018Field Notes: A Tale of Cypress Trees and Floodsby Senior Area Forester Scott Bachman Earlier this summer my co-workers and I were finally able to get out and …Viewwater-qualityriparian-forest-buffers water-quality
Field Notes: An Intern's Day at Conway Robinson State Forest
August 15, 2019Field Notes: An Intern’s Day at Conway Robinson State ForestBy Intern Marissa Ardovino As the summer comes to an end, I’ll recall one day I spent in Conway Robinson …Viewstate-forestsintern wildlife
Field Notes: An Oak with Special Roots
October 26, 2020Field Notes: An Oak with Special Roots  by Patti Nylander, Senior Area Forester Every year the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) puts out the call to …Viewnurseriesacorns-nuts oak tree-planting
Field Notes: Atlantic White-cedar Makes a Comeback?
March 18, 2021Field Notes: Atlantic White-cedar Makes a Comeback?By Scott Bachman, VDOF Senior Area Forester, Blackwater Work Area A number of years back, a hurricane made landfall on …Viewforest-management researchpartnerships species-restoration tree-planting wildlife
Field Notes: Be Thankful for the Good Bugs!
November 20, 2018Field Notes: Be Thankful for the Good Bugs!by Forest Health Specialist Katlin Mooneyham Here in the forest health program at VDOF, we spend a lot of time …Viewforest-healthforest-health-impacts insects
Field Notes: Bottomland Forests and Flooding
April 16, 2020Field Notes: Bottomland Forests and FloodingBy Scott Bachman, senior area forester I will confess, when I moved to Isle of Wight County as a much …Viewforest-management water-qualityecosystem-services roots water-quality
Field Notes: Buffer Benefits for River and Trail
April 15, 2021Field Notes: Buffer Benefits for River and TrailBy Deya Ramsden, VDOF Middle James River Forest Watershed Project Coordinator A newly expanded riparian forest buffer in Nelson County …Viewwater-qualitypartnerships riparian-forest-buffers tree-planting
Field Notes: Buy It Where You Burn It!
June 28, 2018Field Notes: Buy It Where You Burn It!by VDOF Forest Health Specialist Katlin Mooneyham Independence Day is just around the corner, and that means travel season is …Viewforest-healthfirewood invasive-species
Field Notes: Castles in the Field
August 13, 2018Field Notes: Castles in the Fieldby Senior Area Forester Scott Bachman In my youth I spent hours playing in the creeks around my home.  I …Vieweducationwildlife
Field Notes: Catawba Hospital Ford Crossing
February 2, 2021Field Notes: Catawba Hospital Ford CrossingBy Chad Austin, Water Quality Engineer, Western Region Members of the western region and water quality team recently installed a …Viewwater-qualitywater-quality
Field Notes: Covey Call in the Big Woods
October 20, 2020Field Notes: Covey Call in the Big WoodsBy Scott Bachman, Senior Area Forester, Blackwater Region In the pre-dawn hours, Venus and Mars were the brightest objects in …Viewstate-forestsconservation partnerships wildlife
Field Notes: Disturbance Ecology in the Swamp
December 22, 2020Field Notes: Disturbance Ecology in the SwampBy Scott Bachman, Senior Area Forester, and Meghan Mulroy-Goldman, Community Forester – Blackwater Work Area Earlier this year, Meghan Mulroy-Goldman …Viewforest-managementecology
Field Notes: EAB-Killed Ash - Use It or Lose It!
March 9, 2021Field Notes: EAB-Killed Ash – Use It or Lose It!By Joe Lehnen, VDOF Forest Utilization & Marketing Specialist, and Katlin DeWitt, VDOF Forest Health Specialist The emerald ash borer (EAB) …Viewforest-health marketing-utilizationash emerald-ash-borer
Field Notes: Everyone's Happy When the Dozer Shows Up
April 11, 2018Field Notes: Everyone’s Happy When the Dozer Shows Upby VDOF Forester Sarah Long On March 2, most of Virginia experienced a prolonged period of high intensity winds at …Viewfire-emergency-responseequipment wildfire-suppression
Field Notes: Fantastic Ferns
May 15, 2020Field Notes: Fantastic FernsBy Ellen Powell, Conservation Educator Woodland walks in May are a study in fresh, vibrant green. Tree canopies have leafed …Vieweducationwoodland-plants
Field Notes: Field Day at Zuni Pine Barrens
March 22, 2018Field Notes: Field Day at Zuni Pine Barrensby VDOF Longleaf Pine/SPB Coordinator Jim Schroering Several VDOF staff participated in a field tour of the Zuni Pine Barrens …Viewforest-managementheritage partnerships pine
Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides).
March 24, 2020Field Notes: Finding Green in the Winter WoodsBy Ellen Powell, Conservation Educator   Central Virginia’s hardwood forests in winter are a study in neutrals; everything is some …Vieweducationwinter woodland-plants
Field Notes: Fire Season is Coming - Be Prepared!
February 11, 2021Field Notes: Fire Season is Coming – Be Prepared!By Heather Tuck, VDOF Eastern Region Fire Specialist Happy February! As we move into this month, my mind, along with …Viewfire-emergency-responsewildfire-prevention wildfire-suppression
Field Notes: Fruits of Fall
October 13, 2020Field Notes: Fruits of FallBy Ellen Powell, VDOF Conservation Education Coordinator With the autumn foliage season getting underway, it’s easy to miss a key …Vieweducation public-informationfall fruit
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April 10, 2018Field Notes: Good Fire or Bad Fire?by VDOF Forester  Manij Upadhyay Wildfire is a serious environmental issue in The United States and may cause significant damage …Viewfire-emergency-response forest-managementprescribed-burning
Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum).
April 7, 2020Field Notes: Good Green, Bad GreenBy Ellen Powell, Conservation Educator The calendar and the plants agree – spring has arrived in central Virginia! Patches of …Vieweducation forest-healthinvasive-species native-species woodland-plants
Field Notes: Goodness Gracious Goats!
October 9, 2019Field Notes: Goodness Gracious Goats!by VDOF Forest Health Specialist Katlin Mooneyham Our VDOF Forest Health Program staff are often asked how to control certain …Viewforest-health state-forestsinvasive-species pest-management
Field Notes: Ground Truthing Forest Data
January 22, 2021Field Notes: Ground Truthing Forest DataBy John Pemberton, VDOF FIA Program Manager, and Ryan Hewitt, FIA Specialist When you read facts about Virginia’s forestland, do …Viewresource-informationforest-inventory-analysis
Field Notes: Hitchhiking Seeds
August 31, 2020Field Notes: Hitchhiking SeedsBy Ellen Powell, VDOF Conservation Education Coordinator When you think of summer hitchhikers, you probably think of chiggers and ticks. …Vieweducationwoodland-plants
Field Notes: Hope for Hemlocks?
April 19, 2018Field Notes: Hope for Hemlocks?by VDOF Forest Health Specialist Katlin Mooneyham Since its introduction to the United States in the 1950s, hemlock woolly adelgid …Viewforest-healthhemlock invasive-species
Field Notes: How do Trees Grow in the Nursery?
March 9, 2018Field Notes: How do Trees Grow in the Nursery?by Area Forester Manij Upadhyay I went to Garland Gray Forestry Center, Courtland Virginia to learn about pine seedling production …Viewnurseriespine
Field Notes: How Old is that Tree?
November 2, 2018Field Notes: How Old is that Tree?by NOVA Area Forester Sarah Long The answer may surprise you. There is a common misperception that there is a …Vieweducation
Field Notes: In This Together, Apart
June 12, 2020Field Notes: In This Together, Apartby Sarah Parmelee, Area Forester Despite a spring shrouded in uncertainty, VDOF forester Sarah Parmalee found hope and normalcy in …Viewurban-community-forestrycovid-19 partnerships riparian-forest-buffers tree-planting volunteer
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August 16, 2019Field Notes: It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s A Drone!by VDOF Forest Health Specialist Katlin Mooneyham The Virginia Department of Forestry is taking forest management to new heights! The …Viewfire-emergency-response forest-health water-qualitydrone forest-health-impacts pre-harvest-planning water-quality wildfire-suppression
Field Notes: January's Least Wanted - English Ivy
January 19, 2021Field Notes: January’s Least Wanted – English IvyBy Ellen Powell, VDOF Conservation Education Coordinator A brand new year brings a brand new feature to Field Notes! Each …Viewforest-healthinvasive-species landowner-resources
Field Notes: Longleaf Pine Planting at Big Woods
December 29, 2020Field Notes: Longleaf Pine Planting at Big WoodsBy Jim Schroering, VDOF Longleaf Pine/Southern Pine Beetle Coordinator On a cold but sunny Saturday in December, the Virginia Department …Viewstate-forestslongleaf-pine native-species prescribed-burning reforestation
Field Notes: Looking Down on Tree of Heaven
January 24, 2020Field Notes: Looking Down on Tree of HeavenBy Katlin Mooneyham and Lori Chamberlin The City of Winchester and Frederick County are in the midst of an invasion. …Viewforest-healthforest-health-impacts invasive-species partnerships
Field Notes: Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns
October 2, 2020Field Notes: Mighty Oaks from Little AcornsBy Ellen Powell, VDOF Conservation Education Coordinator There’s an old saying that you plant an oak tree for your grandchildren. …Viewnurseriesacorns-nuts oak
Field Notes: Milkweed Magic
September 18, 2020Field Notes: Milkweed MagicBy Ellen Powell, VDOF Conservation Education Coordinator For a plant with ‘weed’ in its title, milkweed is a pretty awesome …Vieweducationinsects wildflowers wildlife
Field Notes: Name Those Tracks!
February 22, 2018Field Notes: Name Those Tracks!by Forestry Technician Jesse Bander Can you identify these tracks found on a muddy stream bank? If you guessed a raccoon …Vieweducationwildlife
Field Notes: Nepal: A Pioneer Country in Community Forestry Management
September 17, 2018Field Notes: Nepal: A Pioneer Country in Community Forestry Managementby Area Forester Manij Upadhyay About a year ago, I transitioned from working in the Department of Forests in Nepal …Viewurban-community-forestryfirewood international
Field Notes: Out of the Ashes
August 20, 2020Field Notes: Out of the AshesBy Joe Lehnen, Forest Utilization & Marketing Specialist Until about two years ago, the fate of trees removed from the …Viewmarketing-utilization urban-community-forestryurban-wood-utilization
Field Notes: Partnerships at Pleasant Grove
April 19, 2021Field Notes: Partnerships at Pleasant GroveBy Ellen Powell, VDOF Conservation Education Coordinator Pleasant Grove Park in Fluvanna County offers a nature-rich experience for visitors and …Viewfeatured fire-emergency-responseprescribed-burning wildlife
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December 17, 2018Field Notes: Pine Yellowsby Senior Area Forester Joe Rosetti Every year, about 4-8 weeks after the deciduous trees lose their leaves, the pines …Viewforest-healthpine tree-health
Field Notes: Protecting the Northern Source Longleaf
March 11, 2020Field Notes: Protecting the Northern Source LongleafBy Senior Area Forester Scott Bachman The official start of spring may be only weeks away, but forester Scott Bachman …Viewnurseries researchgenetics longleaf-pine native-species
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August 21, 2018Field Notes: Quail on the Comeback?by Forester Travis Tindell All photos courtesy of Dwight Dyle, DGIF Imagine a quiet morning. You stop and listen, the …Vieweducationpartnerships wildlife
Field Notes: Restoration Planting at the Mariners' Museum and Park
April 12, 2021Field Notes: Restoration Planting at the Mariners’ Museum and ParkBy Meghan Mulroy-Goldman, VDOF Community Forester Photography by Amanda Shields, The Mariners’ Museum and Park Right in the heart of …Viewurban-community-forestrypartnerships shortleaf-pine tree-planting
Field Notes: Riparian Buffers and the Sargasso Sea...What's the Connection?
July 2, 2018Field Notes: Riparian Buffers and the Sargasso Sea…What’s the Connection?by VDOF Senior Area Forester Scott Bachman An SMZ or streamside management zone, also known as a riparian buffer, is …Viewwater-qualitybest-management-practices chesapeake-bay riparian-forest-buffers wildlife
Field Notes: Scouting for Trees
August 13, 2020Field Notes: Scouting for TreesAn Isle of Wight County Boy Scout recently earned his Eagle rank by designing and installing a tree identification trail …Vieweducationpartnerships
Field Notes: Shedding Light on the Situation
July 20, 2018Field Notes: Shedding Light on the Situationby Area Forester Sarah Long If you were out in the Conway Robinson State Forest around the end of June, …Viewforest-management state-forestshardwood
Field Notes: Signs of Spring
February 28, 2018Field Notes: Signs of Springby Area Forester David H. Terwilliger The red maple (Acer rubrum) is one of the first native trees to burst …Viewforest-management water-qualityhardwood water-quality
Field Notes: Sounds of Spring
April 10, 2020Field Notes: Sounds of Springby Ellen Powell, conservation educator The flush of green suffusing our woodlands isn’t the only signal that spring is here. …Vieweducationspring wildlife
Field Notes: Spring Break for Salamanders
March 26, 2021Field Notes: Spring Break for SalamandersBy Ellen Powell, VDOF Conservation Education Coordinator The woods are alive, with the sound of … frog calls? Yes, it …Vieweducationwildlife
Field Notes: Teamwork on the Fan Mountain Fire
March 13, 2020Field Notes: Teamwork on the Fan Mountain FireOn March 9, a wildfire was reported in southern Albemarle County — VDOF and local partner agency Albemarle Fire Rescue …Viewfire-emergency-response human-resourceswildfire-suppression
Field Notes: The Beauty of March
March 23, 2018Field Notes: The Beauty of Marchby VDOF Area Forester Richard Reuse March and April are the most beautiful months in Virginia. Relative humidity is low, …Vieweducationspring wildflowers woodland-plants
Field Notes: The Early Shrub Gets the Sun
March 31, 2021Field Notes: The Early Shrub Gets the SunBy Ellen Powell, VDOF Conservation Education Coordinator With recent warm weather, Virginia’s woods are greening fast. After a dormant winter, …Vieweducationinvasive-species spring woodland-plants
Field Notes: The Wind in the Willows, Oaks, Pines …
March 8, 2018Field Notes: The Wind in the Willows, Oaks, Pines … VDOF Urban Forest Conservationist Jim McGlone March 2018 came in like a lion, roaring with sustained winds of 25 to …Viewurban-community-forestryarborists oak pine safety
Page Hutchinson at Meriwether Lewis Elementary School
June 24, 2019Field Notes: VDOF Supports Dominion Energy’s Project Plant It!by Sara Hunt, Project Plant It! Page Hutchinson, the VDOF’s forest education specialist, shared her knowledge of trees with students …Vieweducation urban-community-forestrypartnerships project-plant-it
Field Notes: Virginia Wildland Fire Academy 2018
June 13, 2018Field Notes: Virginia Wildland Fire Academy 2018by Fred Turck Prevention – Program Manager- Emergency Response Branch  The Virginia Wildland Fire Academy 2018 is now just a …Viewfire-emergency-responseemergency-response training wildfire-suppression
Field Notes: Wandering the Winter Woods
March 16, 2021Field Notes: Wandering the Winter WoodsBy Ellen Powell, VDOF Conservation Education Coordinator A few weeks ago, on a cold but sunny day, I visited Paul …Viewstate-forestsbirds education spring wildlife
Field Notes: What's in the Woods Today?
October 30, 2017Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today?by Lisa Deaton, VDOF Area Forester It’s Deer Time! Last week I walked around a forested property to prepare a …Viewforest-healthfruit whats-in-the-woods-today wildlife
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April 22, 2019Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? April 22, 2019by Area Forester Lisa Deaton Two Snake Day! Last week the sun was shining, and the fresh spring foliage and …Vieweducationspring whats-in-the-woods-today wildlife
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September 11, 2019Field Notes: What’s In The Woods Today? August 14, 2019By Area Forester Lisa Deaton Dung Beetles A local farmer asked me to examine a 40-year-old stand of loblolly pines …Vieweducationinsects whats-in-the-woods-today
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August 13, 2019Field Notes: What’s In The Woods Today? August 7, 2019By Area Forester Lisa Deaton Spiders August is spider month. If you have ever been the first person in line …Vieweducationwhats-in-the-woods-today wildlife
Field Notes: What's in the Woods Today? Dec. 12, 2017
December 12, 2017Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? Dec. 12, 2017by Area Forester Lisa Deaton Lumpy Trees Sometimes trees respond to injuries or stress (such as a virus, fungus, mold, …Viewforest-health marketing-utilizationwhats-in-the-woods-today
Field Notes: What's in the Woods Today? Dec. 27, 2017
December 27, 2017Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? Dec. 27, 2017by Area Forester Lisa Deaton Creek Treasures An important skill for foresters is hopping across creeks without falling in, especially …Viewwater-qualitychesapeake-bay riparian-forest-buffers water-quality whats-in-the-woods-today
Field Notes: What's in the Woods Today? Dec. 5, 2017
December 5, 2017Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? Dec. 5, 2017by Area Forester Lisa Deaton Baby Longleaf Last week was finally time to plant a longleaf pine project.  The landowner …Viewnurserieslongleaf-pine roots whats-in-the-woods-today
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February 21, 2018Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? Feb. 21, 2018Owls and Berries by Area Forester Lisa Deaton Last week began with finding an owl pellet in my yard.  Lately …Vieweducationfruit loblolly-pine whats-in-the-woods-today wildlife
Field Notes: What's in the Woods Today? Jan. 10, 2018
January 10, 2018Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? Jan. 10, 2018by  Area Forester Lisa Deaton Snack Bars for Birds Winter is a time of year when people start to notice …Vieweducationwhats-in-the-woods-today wildlife yellow-poplar
Field Notes: What's in the Woods Today? Jan. 23, 2018
January 23, 2018Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? Jan. 23, 2018by Area Forester Lisa Deaton English Ivy English Ivy is a non-native species introduced to North America by European settlers.  …Viewforest-healthinvasive-species whats-in-the-woods-today
Field Notes: What's in the Woods Today? Jan. 31, 2018
January 31, 2018Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? Jan. 31, 2018by Area Forester Lisa Deaton Those Hidden Roots Homeowners often contact our local Department of Forestry or Virginia Cooperative Extension …Vieweducationloblolly-pine roots whats-in-the-woods-today
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July 10, 2018Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? July 10, 2018Turtles by Area Forester Lisa Deaton Why do turtles cross the road? The answer turns out to be the same …Vieweducationwhats-in-the-woods-today wildlife
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August 6, 2019Field Notes: What’s In The Woods Today? July 23, 2019By Area Forester Lisa Deaton Country Roads The last few generations of trees have literally grown over top of numerous …Vieweducationwhats-in-the-woods-today
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July 26, 2018Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? July 26, 2018Kids! by Forester Lisa Deaton Many localities and organizations offer great opportunities for kids to enjoy the outdoors at summer …Vieweducationcamp whats-in-the-woods-today
Southern end of Gloucester County looking south towards the York River and Yorktown.
June 26, 2018Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? June 25, 2018Bird’s Eye View by Area Forester Lisa Deaton Once a year, area foresters have the opportunity to fly over VDOF …Viewforest-health research state-forestsgenetics partnerships pest-management pine safety whats-in-the-woods-today
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March 23, 2018Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? March 23, 2018by Area Forester Lisa Deaton Wildlife and Clearcuts, Part-One Cutover tracts of timber can look bleak during winter, but this …Vieweducationwhats-in-the-woods-today wildlife
Field Notes: What's in the Woods Today? May 15, 2019
June 5, 2019Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? May 15, 2019Brush Piles and ‘Possums and Other Little Surprises By Area Forester Lisa Deaton As I was walking through a clearcut …Vieweducationwhats-in-the-woods-today wildlife
Field Notes: What's in the Woods Today? Nov. 14, 2017
November 14, 2017Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? Nov. 14, 2017by Area Forester Lisa Deaton Mushrooms! When you work in the woods every day, it can be joyful to see …Vieweducationmushrooms whats-in-the-woods-today
Field Notes: What's in the Woods Today? Nov. 21, 2017
November 21, 2017Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? Nov. 21, 2017by Area Forester Lisa Deaton A Day of Double Takes It is still close enough to Halloween that I thought …Vieweducationwhats-in-the-woods-today
Field Notes: What's in the Woods Today? Nov. 28, 2017
November 28, 2017Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? Nov. 28, 2017by Area Forester Lisa Deaton ‘Tis the Season!   Trees provide us with a colorful show every autumn, and then …Vieweducationwhats-in-the-woods-today
Field Notes: What's in the Woods Today? Nov. 8, 2017
November 8, 2017Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? Nov. 8, 2017Snack Time by VDOF Area Forester Lisa Deaton Last week I was asked to see if a 16-year-old loblolly pine …Viewforest-healthinsects loblolly-pine whats-in-the-woods-today wildlife
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October 12, 2018Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? October 12, 2018by Area Forester Lisa Deaton Wind Damage Last night was not a good night for sleeping in southeastern Virginia.  The …Viewfire-emergency-response forest-healthwhats-in-the-woods-today
Field Notes: What's in the Woods Today? Sept. 5, 2018
September 5, 2018Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? Sept. 5, 2018by Forester Lisa Deaton Fruit Every August, our agency assists the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries with their …Vieweducationacorns-nuts fruit whats-in-the-woods-today
Field Notes: What's In The Woods Today? September 2, 2019
September 13, 2019Field Notes: What’s In The Woods Today? September 2, 2019By Project Learning Tree Coordinator Page Hutchinson Look A Little Closer… Although I work for the Virginia Department of Forestry, …Vieweducationinsects mushrooms whats-in-the-woods-today wildflowers
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January 16, 2020Field Notes: What’s in the Woods? Best of Summer 2019By Area Forester Lisa Deaton A Round-up of Interesting Moments & Encounters in the Woods from Summer 2019 When a …Vieweducationinsects mushrooms wildflowers wildlife
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February 3, 2020Field Notes: What’s in the Woods? Cold Bullfrogs Don’t Jump by Area Forester Lisa Deaton For many of us who work in the natural resources arena, it is a joy …Vieweducationwildlife
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February 14, 2019Field Notes: What’s In The Woods? February 14, 2019Kissing Trees! by Area Forester Lisa Deaton Valentine’s Day seems like an appropriate time to share these images of “kissing” …Vieweducation
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April 5, 2018Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today April 5, 2018by VDOF Area Forester Lisa Deaton Wildlife and Clearcuts Part 2 A beaver hut in the middle of a pond …Viewforest-management marketing-utilizationloblolly-pine timber-harvesting wildlife
Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today ? December 21, 2018
December 21, 2018Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today ? December 21, 2018by Forester Lisa Deaton Surprises We expect to see Christmas trees at Christmas tree farms, but this decorated eastern red …Viewadministration education water-qualitychesapeake-bay christmas-tree wildlife
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May 9, 2018Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? May 9, 2018by Area Forester Lisa Deaton Flowers, Birds and Bugs When the songbirds and wildflowers reappear each spring, it feels a …Vieweducationwildflowers wildlife
Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today?  Feb. 5, 2018
February 12, 2018Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? Feb. 5, 2018Waiting for Spring by Area Forester Lisa Deaton This great blue heron, like many of us, seems to be contemplating …Vieweducationmushrooms wildlife woodland-plants
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March 7, 2018Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? March 6, 2018Big Trees and Little Trees by Area Forester Lisa Deaton   Lately we have been recertifying trees for the Virginia …Viewforest-managementbig-tree loblolly-pine oak shortleaf-pine tree-planting yellow-poplar
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September 20, 2018Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? September 20, 2018by Area Forester Lisa Deaton Boogie Woogie Aphids Near the end of August, beech blight aphids, Grylloprociphilus imbricator, appear on …Viewforest-healthinsects
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April 11, 2019Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? March 18 2019By Area Forester Lisa Deaton Parasitic Plants American or eastern mistletoe, Phoradendrum leucarpum, is a common parasite of oaks and …Viewforest-healthblack-walnut tree-health
Field Notes: What’s in the Woods?  Daffodils!
February 25, 2020Field Notes: What’s in the Woods? Daffodils!by Area Forester Lisa Deaton Daffodils, Narcissus spp., are always a welcome sight — they are nature’s colorful announcement that …Vieweducationspring wildflowers
Field Notes: Whats in the Woods Today? November 27, 2018
November 27, 2018Field Notes: Whats in the Woods Today? November 27, 2018It’s Deer Time Again by Area Forester Lisa Deaton It is autumn in Virginia, so white-tailed deer are on the …Vieweducationwildlife
A volunteer yellow-poplar tree!
May 21, 2020Field Notes: When Volunteers Go Badby Sarah Parmelee, Area Forester Last fall, a little seedling popped up in my yard. It was too young to …Viewforest-healthinvasive-species native-species wildflowers
Caliciopsis pinea under magnification on a white pine branch
April 29, 2019Field Notes: White Pine Monitoring in Western VirginiaBy Forest Health Specialist Katlin Mooneyham Eastern white pine is a species commonly found in forests in the western part …Viewforest-healthforest-health-impacts pine
Field Notes: WTREX: Newly Discovered Dinosaur, Latest Workout Craze or Something Better?
May 8, 2019Field Notes: WTREX: Newly Discovered Dinosaur, Latest Workout Craze or Something Better?by Area Forester Sarah Parmelee What is TREX? TREX is a prescribed fire training (TR) exchange (EX) held by the …Viewfire-emergency-responsepartnerships training wildfire-suppression
Field Notes: Yellow-Poplar Weevil Makes Presence Known in Southwest Virginia
July 23, 2019Field Notes: Yellow-Poplar Weevil Makes Presence Known in Southwest Virginiaby VDOF Forest Health Program Manager Lori Chamberlin The yellow-poplar weevil has made its presence known again in southwest Virginia. …Viewforest-healthforest-health-impacts insects yellow-poplar
Fighting the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid on State Forests
April 23, 2021Fighting the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid on State ForestsBy Lori Chamberlin, VDOF Forest Health Manager Hemlock trees have been under attack since the introduction of the hemlock woolly …Viewfeatured forest-health
Fired Up about Camp
February 28, 2020Fired Up about CampDid you know there’s a camp where teens get to fight fire? Not a scary western wildfire, but a well-behaved …Vieweducation public-informationcamp
First Mountain State Forest Dedication
October 16, 2019First Mountain State Forest DedicationOn the afternoon of October 7, a crowd of more than 70 people gathered in Rockingham County for the dedication …Viewstate-forestsforest-legacy governor secretary-of-agriculture-and-forestry state-forester tree-farm
Fiscal-Year-End Deadlines are Fast Approaching
May 27, 2021Fiscal-Year-End Deadlines are Fast ApproachingPlease review and note the fiscal year end deadlines. As we enter one more year end, be reminded of the importance …Viewemployees-only
Flower Power
April 28, 2021Flower PowerBy Ellen Powell, VDOF Conservation Education Coordinator As a botany enthusiast, I spend a lot of spring hikes looking down, …Vieweducationspring wildflowers
Forest Health: A Small But Mighty Pest
February 22, 2019Forest Health: A Small But Mighty PestThe southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis) (SPB) is a small, seemingly innocuous beetle that brings new meaning to the phrase …Viewforest-healthforest-health-impacts insects loblolly-pine native-species pine shortleaf-pine
Forest Health: A Winter Pest Survey
January 24, 2019Forest Health: A Winter Pest SurveyEach month, Field Notes will bring you news from our forest health team. We kick off 2019 with a focus …Viewforest-healthforest-health-impacts hemlock insects
Foresters on Bear Den Duty
February 26, 2020Foresters on Bear Den DutyVDOF foresters are lending a hand to locate foster moms for orphaned bear cubs in Virginia.  VDOF’s sister agency Virginia …Viewforest-managementwildlife
Forestland Transfer Workshops Help Sustain Virginia’s Woodlands
July 14, 2018Forestland Transfer Workshops Help Sustain Virginia’s WoodlandsVirginia’s forestland is a valuable asset to society, providing clean air and water, wildlife habitat, recreation opportunities and renewable wood …Viewforestland-conservationconservation estate-planning generation-next partnerships
Forestry for Water Quality
June 11, 2020Forestry for Water QualityThe results are in, and the 2019 annual Silviculture Best Management Practices (BMP) Implementation Monitoring Report shows that the logging …Viewwater-qualitybest-management-practices chesapeake-bay logger-resources riparian-forest-buffers water-quality
Fourth Edition of the Virginia Tree Steward Manual Now Available
December 8, 2020Fourth Edition of the Virginia Tree Steward Manual Now AvailableThe Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Tech, and Trees Virginia are excited to announce the release of the newest edition …Viewurban-community-forestrypartnerships trees-virginia urban-forestry volunteer
Goshen Wildfire Shines a Spotlight on Cooperation
May 4, 2021Goshen Wildfire Shines a Spotlight on CooperationApril 30 is the last day of Virginia’s spring fire season, and it typically goes out like a lamb. Not …Viewfire-emergency-responsepartnerships wildfire-suppression
Growing a Food Forest
May 18, 2021Growing a Food ForestBy Meghan Mulroy-Goldman, VDOF Community Forester Ever wonder where the fruit in the grocery store comes from? In today’s supermarkets, …Viewurban-community-forestryfruit partnerships tree-planting urban-forestry
Historical Landscape of James Monroe’s Highland
February 26, 2021Historical Landscape of James Monroe’s HighlandProperty managers at James Monroe’s Highland recently conducted preservation work on the estate’s tree canopy using cost-share funding from the …Viewfinancial-assistance urban-community-forestryash emerald-ash-borer
Holiday Special Delivery
December 3, 2020Holiday Special DeliveryBy Ellen Powell, VDOF Conservation Education Coordinator Early Tuesday morning, a team of foresters gathered at Claybrooke Farm near Mineral …Viewadministrationchristmas-tree tree-farm
Hunting in State Forests: What you Need to Know Before you Go
September 28, 2017Hunting in State Forests: What you Need to Know Before you GoOctober in Virginia brings cooler weather, eye-popping fall foliage and Pumpkin spice-flavored everything. But October in this state of natural …Viewstate-forests
In Memory of Page Hutchinson
February 4, 2021In Memory of Page HutchinsonThe Virginia Department of Forestry is mourning the loss of Page Hutchinson, Virginia’s Project Learning Tree Coordinator and member of …Vieweducation human-resources public-information
NASF Centennial Challenge
January 3, 2020NASF Centennial ChallengeThe Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) is excited to participate in the Centennial Challenge put forth by the National Association …Viewforest-healthash emerald-ash-borer forest-health-impacts partnerships tree-health urban-forestry
National Invasive Species Awareness Week
February 26, 2019National Invasive Species Awareness WeekNational Invasive Species Awareness Week kicked off this week.  A series of events and webinars offered throughout the week aim …Viewforest-healthfirewood invasive-species
Native Ecosystem Restoration Expanded in Southeastern Virginia
February 16, 2021Native Ecosystem Restoration Expanded in Southeastern VirginiaThe Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) and the Meadowview Biological Research Station (MBRS) recently acquired land that expands an existing …Viewforestland-conservationconservation longleaf-pine partnerships wildlife woodland-plants
New Website Coming Soon
April 7, 2021New Website Coming SoonVirginia Department of Forestry is excited to announce a new website coming soon! The new website has been under development for about …Viewemployees-only
Pointing to emerald ash borer and gallery.
July 24, 2020On the Wings of a Tiny WaspThe fate of Virginia’s stately ash trees might rest on the wings of a tiny wasp. For more than a …Viewforest-healthash emerald-ash-borer invasive-species pest-management
Petersburg Third-Graders Boost Science Skills With Project Plant It!
April 24, 2018Petersburg Third-Graders Boost Science Skills With Project Plant It!by Suyapa Marquez, Senior Community Affairs Representative for Dominion Energy Page Hutchinson, VDOF’s forest education specialist, gave a special forestry …Vieweducation urban-community-forestrypartnerships project-plant-it
Liftoff!
July 16, 2021Prescribed Burning with Dragon Eggs!By Lisa Deaton, VDOF Area Forester; contributor: Rod Newlin, VDOF Water Quality Engineer The Virginia Department of Forestry has many …Vieweducation forest-management public-informationprescribed-burning
Pretty is as Pretty Does: The Tale of an Emerald Insect Eating its Way Across Virginia
September 28, 2017Pretty is as Pretty Does: The Tale of an Emerald Insect Eating its Way Across Virginia“They look so pretty!” That’s what I said the first time I saw an adult emerald ash borer (EAB). But …Viewforest-healtharborists ash emerald-ash-borer insects pest-management
Recognizing Virginia Public Service Professionals, May 3-9, 2020
May 5, 2020Recognizing Virginia Public Service Professionals, May 3-9, 2020from Hector Rivera, VDOF’s Director of Human Resources For many, the beginning of May is a period of both anticipation …Viewhuman-resources
Reforestation of Timberlands Program - 50 Years Strong!
April 20, 2021Reforestation of Timberlands Program – 50 Years Strong!By Todd Groh, VDOF Forest Resource Management Program Manager The Reforestation of Timberlands (RT) Program is turning fifty years old …Viewfeatured forest-managementreforestation
Registration Open for Virginia Certified Prescribed Burn Managers Course
July 6, 2021Registration Open for Virginia Certified Prescribed Burn Managers CoursePrescribed burn professionals are encouraged to complete training and certification to become a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager. The VA Certified …Viewfire-emergency-responseprescribed-burning training
Restoring Canopy at Camp Kum-Ba-Yah
February 15, 2021Restoring Canopy at Camp Kum-Ba-YahThe Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) helped Camp Kum-Ba-Yah give some much-needed care to their campground’s forest. The wooded property …Viewfinancial-assistance urban-community-forestryash emerald-ash-borer urban-forestry
Restoring Urban Canopy at the James W. Garner Building
November 6, 2019Restoring Urban Canopy at the James W. Garner BuildingOn the morning of November 4, a crew of volunteers from Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards (CATS) and a University of …Viewurban-community-forestryurban-forestry volunteer
Saving Pumpkin Ash
June 9, 2020Saving Pumpkin AshIn late May, Lara Johnson and Meghan Mulroy-Goldman (VDOF urban & community forestry team), along with the Virginia Beach Urban …Viewforest-health urban-community-forestryash emerald-ash-borer invasive-species
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May 1, 2021Take Action! May is Wildfire Awareness MonthMay 1, 2021 is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and the entire month of May is considered National Wildfire Awareness Month. …Viewfire-emergency-responsewildfire-prevention
The Early Caterpillar Gets the Leaf!
May 12, 2021The Early Caterpillar Gets the Leaf!By Katlin DeWitt, VDOF Forest Health Specialist Spring is a welcome season for many living things, signaling the end of …Vieweducation forest-healthforest-health-impacts insects spring
To Do: Enjoy Virginia's Fall Foliage
September 28, 2017To Do: Enjoy Virginia’s Fall FoliageHave you looked outside lately? The leaves are beginning to change colors and it won’t be long before parts of …Viewfall fall-foliage
VDOF Employee Earns 2018 National Smokey Bear Award
May 23, 2018VDOF Employee Earns 2018 National Smokey Bear AwardThe 2018 National Smokey Bear Awards were recently announced and Fred Turck (wildfire prevention program manager), along with other prevention …Vieweducation fire-emergency-response human-resourcespartnerships smokey-bear wildfire-prevention
VDOF Headquarters Named
May 10, 2018VDOF Headquarters NamedVirginia Department of Forestry Dedicates Building to Former State Forester Jim Garner The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) dedicated and …Viewadministrationforest-legacy
VDOF in the Spotlight at Project Plant It! Event
May 11, 2018VDOF in the Spotlight at Project Plant It! Eventby Suyapa Marquez, Senior Community Affairs Representative for Dominion Energy VDOF representatives visited Oak Grove Elementary  (Richmond Public Schools) on April …Viewurban-community-forestrypartnerships project-plant-it
This photo shows one of our successful grafts that was done in 2019.
April 15, 2020VDOF Pine Projects Continue Despite Unusual CircumstancesIn late March, VDOF personnel completed a longleaf pine grafting project at the New Kent Forestry Center (NKFC). The longleaf …Viewnurseriesgenetics longleaf-pine native-species
VDOF Responds to Hundreds of Wind-Related Fires
March 5, 2018VDOF Responds to Hundreds of Wind-Related FiresSpring wildfire season, which began February 15, is in full swing and the high winds that raged across Virginia since …Viewfire-emergency-responseemergency-response wildfire-prevention wildfire-suppression
VDOF Sends Help to TX and OK
April 18, 2018VDOF Sends Help to TX and OKA very long siege of wildfire activity, which shows no signs of coming to an end, is taking its toll …Viewfire-emergency-responseemergency-response wildfire-suppression
Virginia Department of Forestry Warns of Increased Fire Danger
April 11, 2018Virginia Department of Forestry Warns of Increased Fire DangerIn response to weather forecasts for Thursday, April 12, the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) urges people to help prevent …Viewfire-emergency-responsesafety wildfire-hazard wildfire-prevention wildfire-suppression
Trees and shrubs provide a buffer along the Nottoway River (Photo credit: Robby Batte)
October 25, 2017Virginia Fall Foliage Report: UPDATE (Weekend of Nov. 11)Each week during the fall foliage season VDOF shares information about leaf color around the state. Tree color is influenced …Viewfall fall-foliage
Virginia's Capitol Christmas Tree, 2019
November 27, 2019Virginia’s Capitol Christmas Tree, 2019Each year, a live Virginia-grown tree is selected and harvested by the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) to serve as …Viewadministrationchristmas-tree tree-farm
Virginia's Capitol Tree Lighting, 2019
December 6, 2019Virginia’s Capitol Tree Lighting, 2019On the evening of December 5, State Forester Rob Farrell and Raina DeFonza (public information specialist) attended the Capitol Tree …Viewadministrationchristmas-tree governor secretary-of-agriculture-and-forestry state-forester tree-farm
Virginia’s Forests and Forest Economy Continue to Grow
July 13, 2018Virginia’s Forests and Forest Economy Continue to GrowVirginia set a new record for the volume of timber harvested with slight increases in both hardwood and softwood volume …Viewmarketing-utilizationforest-economics secretary-of-agriculture-and-forestry state-forester
Website Home Page Screenshot
May 24, 2021Website is Live!By Janet Muncy, VDOF Integrated Media Specialist It has been a long time coming… the new website is live! While …Viewemployees-only
What's Happening at Whitney State Forest?: Part One
January 28, 2020What’s Happening at Whitney State Forest?: Part OneEdited from a December 2019 notice from Whitney State Forest. You may have noticed that the trail along the Shortleaf …Viewstate-forestsprescribed-burning shortleaf-pine
The Field the morning before the fire.
February 27, 2020What’s Happening at Whitney State Forest?: Part TwoOn January 22, the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) successfully conducted a burn on the first of two units (“the …Viewstate-forestsprescribed-burning shortleaf-pine
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July 1, 2019Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembranceby VDOF Wildfire Prevention Program Manager Fred Turck June 30 through July 6 provides an opportunity for those who manage …Viewfire-emergency-responsesmokey-bear wildfire-suppression
Witnessing a Miracle
May 24, 2021Witnessing a MiracleBy Sarah Parmelee, VDOF Forestland Conservation Coordinator This spring I didn’t go to many tree plantings, but I was able …Viewfire-emergency-responseemergency-response
Woodland Weirdos
May 7, 2021Woodland WeirdosBy Ellen Powell, VDOF Conservation Education Coordinator There’s a lot going on underfoot in Virginia’s forests, from wild to wonderful …Vieweducationnative-species woodland-plants
You Can Help Ensure Virginia has More Hardwoods!
September 28, 2017You Can Help Ensure Virginia has More Hardwoods!The Virginia Department of Forestry needs your help to continue producing quality seedlings for Virginia landowners. Virginia-grown seed generally produces …Viewnurseriesacorns-nuts black-walnut chestnut hardwood oak