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Elevated Fire Risk Today
Elevated Fire Risk Today

The National Weather Service has elevated its forecast from a Wildfire Weather Watch to a Red Flag Warning in many places today. This increase is in reaction to a drop in humidity, warmer temperatures, dry fine fuels, and predicted winds and gusts in front of the approaching cold front. This cold front will bring relief in the form of moisture Friday going into the weekend; however, conditions today will be critical.

03/11/2021Viewfire-and-emergency-responsewildfire-hazard wildfire-prevention wildfire-suppression
VDOF and VCE Make Land Legacy Planning More Accessible
VDOF and VCE Make Land Legacy Planning More Accessible

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) and the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) encourage landowners to make plans for passing on their land to the next generation – right now. The Generation NEXT program is a collaboration between VDOF and VCE that helps Virginia landowners keep forests intact, in forest, and in family. Generation NEXT is hosting two low-cost virtual legacy planning series this year – in April and September – to help landowners take the first steps and clarify some of the misconceptions about the legacy planning process that might prevent people from getting started.

03/18/2021Viewforestland-conservationconservation estate-planning forest-legacy generation-next
Native Ecosystem Restoration Expanded in Southeastern Virginia
Native Ecosystem Restoration Expanded in Southeastern Virginia

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) and the Meadowview Biological Research Station (MBRS) recently acquired land that expands an existing conservation easement on the Joseph Pines Preserve in Sussex County. The 196-acre purchase by MBRS increases the preserve property to nearly 428 acres. The easement, donated to VDOF by MBRS, includes the entire preserve.

02/16/2021Viewforestland-conservationconservation conservation-easements longleaf-pine
Spring Fire Season Begins - 4 PM Law in Effect
Spring Fire Season Begins – 4 PM Law in Effect

In Virginia, spring brings increased wildfire potential and a greater threat for escaped fires. Virginia’s spring wildland fire season and accompanying 4 PM Burning Law officially begin Monday, February 15. The law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day between February 15 and April 30 if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of woodland, brush or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

02/16/2021Viewfire-and-emergency-response4pm-burning-law burning fire-laws law-enforcement wildfire-prevention
Spring Fire Season Begins - 4 PM Law in Effect
Spring Fire Season Begins – 4 PM Law in Effect

In Virginia, spring brings increased wildfire potential and a greater threat for escaped fires. Virginia’s spring wildland fire season and accompanying 4 PM Burning Law officially begin Monday, February 15. The law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day between February 15 and April 30 if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of woodland, brush or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

02/11/2021Viewfire-and-emergency-response4pm-burning-law burning fire-laws law-enforcement wildfire-prevention
Land Secured for Virginia's Newest State Forest
Land Secured for Virginia’s Newest State Forest

The Conservation Fund transfers more than 2,500 acres to the State, ensuring sustainable forest management, protecting wildlife habitat and water quality, and providing recreational access. This property will become the Charlotte State Forest.

12/03/2020Viewforestland-conservation state-forestsconservation water-quality-protection wildlife-habitat
VDOF Seeks Acorns/Nuts from Virginia Landowners
VDOF Seeks Acorns/Nuts from Virginia Landowners

VDOF is again seeking 12 species of acorns and nuts that can be planted at its Augusta Forestry Center to grow into tree seedlings that will become the forests of tomorrow.

09/15/2020Viewnurseriesacorns-nuts fall native-species oak seedlings
Virginia Department of Forestry Deploys Urban Forest Strike Team to Combat Invasive Insect
Virginia Department of Forestry Deploys Urban Forest Strike Team to Combat Invasive Insect

VDOF in partnership with USDA Forest Service, VDACS, VDOF, and USDA-APHIS will deploy Urban Forest Strike Team members for rapid data collection of an invasive pest – spotted lanternfly.

02/05/2020Viewurban-and-community-forestryarborists emergency-response insects spotted-lanternfly tree-of-heaven urban-forestry
Virginia Department of Forestry Offers Cost-Share to Remove Ash Trees from Public Property
Virginia Department of Forestry Offers Cost-Share to Remove Ash Trees from Public Property

In respose to statewide decline of ash trees due to the introduction of the emerald ash borer (EAB), VDOF is offering financial assistance to remove dead or dying ash trees from the public properties.

08/03/2020Viewfinancial-assistance-urban-and-community-forestry urban-and-community-forestryash cost-share-programs emerald-ash-borer insects native-species tree-health
2020 Camp Woods & Wildlife Nominations Open
2020 Camp Woods & Wildlife Nominations Open

VDOF invites teens to learn in the great outdoors this summer! Nominations are now open for 2020 Camp Woods & Wildlife held in June at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center near Appomattox, Virginia.

03/10/2020Vieweducation public-informationcamp
Outdoor Fires Unlawful Before 4 p.m.
Outdoor Fires Unlawful Before 4 p.m.

The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burn Law goes into effect February 15. This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day between February 15 and April 30 if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brush or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

02/10/2020Viewfire-and-emergency-response4pm-burning-law burning fire-laws law-enforcement wildfire-prevention

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