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Enjoy Virginia's Peak Colors with a Fall Foliage Driving Tour
Enjoy Virginia’s Peak Colors with a Fall Foliage Driving Tour

 Want to get out and enjoy Virginia’s fall foliage? To help you get started, the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) collects information on when and where to see the best of autumn’s vibrant colors across the Commonwealth. The agency recommends several driving tours with routes covering parts of northern, western and central Virginia. The fall foliage tours map can be found on VDOF’s website.

10/05/2022Viewpublic-informationfall fall-foliage recreation
$160 Million Available to Help Communities Prepare for Wildfires
$160 Million Available to Help Communities Prepare for Wildfires

 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. 

09/26/2022Viewfinancial-assistance-fire-and-emergency-response fire-and-emergency-responsecommunity-assistance community-wildfire-defense-grant cost-share-programs wildfire-prevention
Acorn Collection Season is Here
Acorn Collection Season is Here

As the temperatures finally start to drop and we begin our transition into fall, foresters and staff at the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) will soon be busy gathering and sorting this year’s acorn crop in preparation for growing the next generation of trees.

09/08/2022Viewnurseriesacorns-nuts
Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Cooperative Extension Host Beginning Woodland Owners Retreat
Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Cooperative Extension Host Beginning Woodland Owners Retreat

Eastern Virginia landowners new to forest land ownership or forest management are invited to the annual Beginning Woodland Owners’ Retreat, which will be held on September 9-10 at the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) New Kent Conference Center near Providence Forge.

08/09/2022Vieweducation forest-management public-informationeducation landowner-assistance landowner-resources
Virginia Department of Forestry Announces $900,000 Available Through the Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program
Virginia Department of Forestry Announces $900,000 Available Through the Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) 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.

08/08/2022Viewfinancial-assistance-urban-and-community-forestry urban-and-community-forestrygrant-programs va-trees-for-clean-water-program
Landowner Legacy Planning Workshop
Landowner Legacy Planning Workshop

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) 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 VDOF and VCE, helps Virginia landowners make plans to keep forests intact, in forest, and in family.

08/01/2022Viewforestland-conservationestate-planning generation-next landowner-assistance
Gloucester County Confirmed as Latest Site of Emerald Ash Borer
Gloucester County Confirmed as Latest Site of Emerald Ash Borer

nr_The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) 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.

07/14/2022Viewforest-healthemerald-ash-borer insects
Virginia's 4 PM Burning Law Starts Tomorrow
Virginia’s 4 PM Burning Law Starts Tomorrow

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) 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.

02/14/2022Viewfire-and-emergency-response4pm-burning-law burning wildfire-prevention
Forest Legacy Expands Virginia Pineland Conservation Around Big Woods State Forest
Forest Legacy Expands Virginia Pineland Conservation Around Big Woods State Forest

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 (VDOF) 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 recovery in Virginia.

01/31/2022Viewforestland-conservation state-forestsbig-woods-sf forest-legacy-program
New Study Shows Threats and Opportunities for Virginia’s Coastal Forests
New Study Shows Threats and Opportunities for Virginia’s Coastal Forests

The Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) and the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) 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 VDOF assisted coastal counties and cities with mapping their coastal forests, modeling benefits and evaluating threats they face along with strategies to mitigate or reverse impacts.

04/21/2022Viewforest-managementcoastal-resiliancy
Ash Treatment Cost-Share Program
Ash Treatment Cost-Share Program

 The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) 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. 

04/12/2022Viewfinancial-assistance-forest-health forest-healthemerald-ash-borer eabt-program
Charlotte State Forest Opens for Recreational Use
Charlotte State Forest Opens for Recreational Use

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) is pleased to announce that the Charlotte State Forest (Charlotte SF), 5,005 acres located in Charlotte County, will open to the public for recreational use beginning April 1, 2022 – just in time for the beautiful spring recreation weather in Virginia.

03/28/2022Viewstate-forestscharlotte-sf state-forest-recreation
Extreme Caution Urged When Burning Debris
Extreme Caution Urged When Burning Debris

 The “burn pile” is a common feature on many Virginia properties. Many people use fire as a means of getting rid of yard debris, especially after storms. However, debris burning without the proper precautions in place can lead to burn piles becoming wildfires. “We understand that burning leaves and sticks is a common way of cleaning up your yard. However, if you decide to burn your yard debris, there are certain precautions that should be taken,” said John Miller of the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF). 

02/07/2022Viewfire-and-emergency-response4pm-burning-law burning storm-recovery wildfire-prevention
Camp Woods & Wildlife Returns
Camp Woods & Wildlife Returns

Applications are open for Camp Woods & Wildlife, formerly known as Holiday Lake Forestry Camp. The 74th annual camp will be held June 20-24 at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center near Appomattox. This action-packed camp is hosted by the Virginia Department of Forestry, with support and cooperation from other conservation agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals.

01/20/2022Vieweducation public-informationcamp education
What to Know Before Burning Storm Debris
What to Know Before Burning Storm Debris

In the wake of recent storms that hit Virginia, officials with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) are encouraging people to practice safe burning if and when they begin burning yard debris and blown down limbs and trees. The VDOF regulates open burning and there are several rules, regulations, and tips that residents need to follow to stay safe, stay legal, and avoid undesirable impacts from smoke. From February 15th through the end of April, it is illegal to burn BEFORE 4 p.m. if you’re within 300 feet of woods or dry grass leading to the woods.

01/12/2022Viewfire-and-emergency-response4pm-burning-law burning storm-recovery wildfire-prevention
Media Alert: Charlotte State Forest Dedication
Media Alert: Charlotte State Forest Dedication

Governor Ralph Northam, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring and State Forester Rob Farrell will dedicate the Commonwealth’s newest state forest, Charlotte State Forest, Thursday, November 4th, in Charlotte County. This dedication of Virginia’s 26th state forest demonstrates a cooperative effort that will benefit Virginia’s environment and communities. 

11/01/2021Viewforestland-conservation state-forestscharlotte-sf
Governor Northam Signs Shared Stewardship Agreement with U.S. Department of Agriculture
Governor Northam Signs Shared Stewardship Agreement with U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Governor and federal officials signed an historic Shared Stewardship agreement between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States Department of Agriculture to coordinate a response to the increasing ecological challenges and natural resource concerns throughout Virginia. The memorandum of understanding establishes a framework for state and federal agencies to improve collaboration as they strive toward their mutual goals of reducing wildfire risk and taking action against threats to forest and ecosystem health.

09/24/2021Viewforest-management state-landsgovernor
VDOF Seeks Acorns/Nuts from Virginia Landowners
VDOF Seeks Acorns/Nuts from Virginia Landowners

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) is again seeking 12 species of acorns and nuts that can be planted at its Augusta Forestry Center [Crimora, Virginia] to grow into tree seedlings that will become the forests of tomorrow.

09/02/2021Viewnurseriesacorns-nuts
VDOF Training Prepares Employees to Respond to Disaster at Home and Beyond
VDOF Training Prepares Employees to Respond to Disaster at Home and Beyond

The Eastern Region of the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) will hold a “tractor-plow” training day for agency staff on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at the New Kent Forestry Center, 11301 Pocahontas Trail, Providence Forge, VA 23140. VDOF tractor-plow units are bulldozers with fire-plows attached to the back that build firelines. This training will focus on basic elements of tractor-plow operations, to include learning to care for transport trucks and tractor-plows, driving the transport, unloading and loading the bulldozer, plowing and blading firelines, driving bulldozers through an obstacle course, and using a winch.

09/23/2021Viewfire-and-emergency-response training human-resourcestraining wildfire-suppression
Governor Northam Dedicates Virginia’s 26th State Forest
Governor Northam Dedicates Virginia’s 26th State Forest

Governor Ralph Northam today announced the dedication of the Charlotte State Forest, opening the first publicly-accessible state land in Charlotte County. The 5,004 acre state forest is Virginia’s 26th state forest in the Commonwealth. The Virginia Department of Forestry will sustainably manage the forest under Sustainable Forestry Initiative and American Tree Farm Standards, conserving key habitat areas and providing new public access to outdoor recreation activities.

11/04/2021Viewforestland-conservation state-forestscharlotte-sf forest-legacy-program governor
The Fall Fire Season is Here
The Fall Fire Season is Here

The 2021 Fire Season is upon us, and the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) is urging Virginians to learn about Wildfire Prevention and to take precautions if they are planning to burn debris this fall. 

10/19/2021Viewfire-and-emergency-responsewildfire-hazard wildfire-prevention
Department of Forestry Sends Help to Battle Western Fires
Department of Forestry Sends Help to Battle Western Fires

As wildfire ravages many areas of the West this summer, Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) personnel from across the Commonwealth have accepted assignments to assist with fire suppression efforts. The Department has deployed thirty-nine people to serve as ground forces on fire line crews or as support staff in fire management roles throughout the west. VDOF personnel are joining other Virginia firefighters from the USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

08/09/2021Viewfire-and-emergency-responseemergency-response wildfire-suppression
Forest Landowners Retreat to the Woods
Forest Landowners Retreat to the Woods

Southwest Virginia landowners can learn more about actively managing their forestland during the Beginning Forest Landowners’ Retreat, planned for August 27-28, 2021 at the Matthews State Forest in Galax.

05/27/2021Vieweducation forest-management public-informationcamp forest-planning landowner-assistance landowner-resources
Plan Before You Cut
Plan Before You Cut

For most people, selling timber is a once in a lifetime opportunity. People may choose to sell their timber for a variety reasons including financial/income, trees in poor health, providing access, among other reasons. For a forester, harvesting timber is only part of the equation. Having a plan for what will happen afterwards is the other, often missing, key component. Timber harvesting practices affect what grows back in the future, so plan your forest’s future before you cut.

05/13/2021Viewforest-managementforest-planning timber-sales
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 and Wildlife Nominations Open
2020 Camp Woods and Wildlife Nominations Open

VDOF invites teens to learn in the great outdoors this summer! Nominations are now open for 2020 Camp Woods and 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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