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Virginia Department of Forestry invests in next generation

The Dabney S. Lancaster Community College received a wildland firefighting bulldozer and transportation truck from the Virginia Department of Forestry on Tuesday. The equipment had been retired from firefighting service and will now enhance the school’s forestry training program. 


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Department of Forestry seeks acorns, nuts from Virginia landowners

The Virginia Department of Forestry is seeking 13 species of acorns or nuts that can be planted at its Augusta Forestry Center.


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Forestry Department first responders deploying to Texas

Twenty members of the Virginia Department of Forestry are leaving today to assist with the hurricane recovery efforts in Texas. 


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Virginians can begin ordering tree seedlings Jan. 10

Virginia’s tree seedling store opens Tuesday, January 10th, at 10 a.m. Orders may be placed online at buyvatrees.com.


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Farm Bureau applauds additional funding for forestry department

The Virginia Department of Forestry will receive increased funding for two vital forestry programs that the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation has supported.


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McAuliffe announces funding for reforestation, fire suppression programs

The Virginia Department of Forestry will receive increased funding to support two vital forestry programs – the Reforestation of Timberlands program and the fire suppression program.


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Virginia Department of Forestry hires coordinator for longleaf pine, pine beetle programs

James “Jim” Schroering is the Virginia Department of Forestry’s new Longleaf Pine and Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Coordinator.


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Leadership changes at Virginia Department of Forestry

Three veteran employees of the Virginia Department of Forestry have assumed new leadership roles within the agency.


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Wildland firefighters dispatched to Southwest Virginia

Virginia Department of Forestry wildland firefighters from eastern and central Virginia are being detailed to far Southwest Virginia this week.


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Spring fire season, 4 p.m. burn law to take effect

Virginia’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15, 2016 – the start of spring fire season in the Commonwealth.


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Governor’s budget seeks to fund critical needs at Virginia Department of Forestry

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s budget proposa includes funding to address forest sustainability and critical public safety needs at the Virginia Department of Forestry.


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Veterans can save on tree purchases

To thank them for their service, U.S. military veterans can save 15 percent off their tree seedling orders the week of Nov. 9 – 13, according to officials at the Virginia Department of Forestry.


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Fall wildfire season begins Oct. 15 in Virginia

Daylight is getting shorter; nights are getting cooler. Sure, summer has officially ended, but more importantly, fall wildfire season is here. And officials with the Virginia Department of Forestry want to keep you and your family safe from the ravages of wildfire.


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Virginians can begin ordering tree seedlings on Monday

Virginia’s tree seedling store opens Monday, October 5, at 10 a.m. Orders may be placed online at www.buyvirginiatrees.com or by calling Augusta Forestry Center at 540-363-7000 or Garland Gray Forestry Center at 804-834-2855.


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New funding available for forestry practices on Virginia lands

Well-managed, productive forests offer numerous conservation benefits, but the long growth cycle of trees can present a financial challenge for landowners seeking to retain working forestlands.


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Virginia Department of Forestry names Andy Alvarez to leadership role

The Virginia Department of Forestry has selected Andres (Andy) Alvarez as its Chief of Administration, effective June 10, 2015. Alvarez is the Director of the Division of Consumer Protection at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.


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Wildland Fire Academy to bring 300 firefighters to Longwood University

As the threat of wildland fire continues to grow in Virginia, preparing people to fight these fires is vital to preventing the loss of lives, homes and other property.


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Spring wildfire season ends in Virginia: Outdoor burning before 4 p.m. now allowed

Virginia’s 75-year-old 4 p.m. Burn Law, which is in effect from February 15 through April 30 each year, has ended for this year as spring wildfire season concluded Thursday. Spring is always an active time for wildfires in Virginia as warm, dry air, high winds and dry leaves, grass and tree limbs make conditions ripe for fire each year.


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Wildland firefighters make significant progress on Short Hills Fire

Crews battling the Short Hills Fire in Botetourt County have made significant progress in the suppression effort. Firefighters using hand tools on the steep and rocky terrain have constructed a ¼-mile-long line between the fire and unburned areas on the mountain.


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Virginia wildfire crews battling multiple blazes

The Short Hills Fire in Botetourt County continues to be the most significant and difficult to suppress wildfire currently burning in Virginia.


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Wildfire season in Virginia begins Sunday

The 75-day spring wildfire season in the Commonwealth begins Sunday when the 4 p.m. Burn Law (which allows burning only between 4 p.m. and midnight) goes into effect. Citizens are reminded to be extra careful with any open-air fire from now through April 30.


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Governor McAuliffe announces $1.3 million from USDA to Department of Forestry

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that a Virginia Department of Forestry resource conservation project is among 110 high-impact projects nationwide set to receive more than $370 million through the USDA.


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Warner, Kaine applaud $18M in USDA funding for Chesapeake Bay projects

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) applauded U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement that Virginia projects will receive over $18 million for Chesapeake Bay restoration.


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Governor and Mrs. McAuliffe to light Capitol Tree, open mansion to the public

Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy S. McAuliffe will light Virginia’s Capitol Tree on the South Portico of the historic State Capitol in a public ceremony on Friday, December 5.


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New shrub, vine ID book hits the market

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) has published a new identification guide called “Common Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of Virginia.”


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Belfort Furniture donates 35,000 trees to Virginia schools, other organizations

Dulles-based Belfort Furniture has purchased 35,000 tree seedlings that will be donated for planting projects around the Commonwealth of Virginia in spring 2015.


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Tips for finding best places to leaf peep in Virginia

Mid to late October is designated by the Virginia Department of Forestry as the peak viewing time for leaf peepers to get a front row seat to some of the most colorful scenic drives and weekend getaways in Virginia.


Augusta County Fire and Rescue to offer free wildfire workshop for homeowners

Augusta County Fire and Rescue is hosting a workshop to give homeowners that live in wooded areas of the County an opportunity to learn how to protect their homes from wildfires.


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Fall wildfire season begins Oct. 15 in Virginia

Daylight is getting shorter; nights are getting cooler. Sure, summer has officially ended, but more importantly, fall wildfire season is here! And officials with the Virginia Department of Forestry want to keep you and your family safe from the ravages of wildfire.


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Sunday hunting not permitted on State Forests

Officials at the Virginia Department of Forestry remind all hunters that Sunday hunting on State Forests is prohibited.


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Tree seedling sales for the 2014-15 season

Officials with the Virginia Department of Forestry announced that demand for its loblolly pine seedlings is very high this season, and the agency anticipates that some or all families will sell out early.


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Finding the right tree for the right place

Fall is an ideal time to plant new trees. The best way to keep trees healthy is by planting the right trees in the right places where they naturally grow best.


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Buy firewood locally, and know how much you’re buying

With fall’s cooler days approaching, state officials are urging Virginians to buy their firewood from local sources and to make sure they get all the wood they pay for.


Department of Forestry selects new forest conservation specialist

A 14-year-veteran of natural resources conservation projects will continue that work in Virginia.


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Forestry tree nurseries seek public help with acorn, seed collection

Virginians can help preserve tree species by collecting acorns and seeds from 12 species and delivering them to the nearest office of the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF). Acorns and seeds must be received by October 10.


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Emerald Ash Borer found in more Virginia localities

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the detection of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in additional counties in the Commonwealth; the newly infested counties include Alleghany, Bath, Fauquier and Page.


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Defoliation of white oak trees occurring in Northern Virginia counties

Homeowners in six Northern Virginia counties have kept the phone lines buzzing at Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Cooperative Extension offices expressing concern about defoliated white oak trees.


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Forest trek goes high-tech

Visitors to the Conway Robinson State Forest can add a high-tech dimension to their outdoor experience. Informational signs on the forest have been updated to include QR codes.


McAuliffe declares Saturday, August 9th Smokey Bear Day

In honor of 70 years of fire prevention service, Governor Terry McAuliffe officially declared August 9, 2014, Smokey Bear Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Urban Tree Workshop to be held in Waynesboro

The 19th annual Waynesboro Plant Health Care for Urban Trees Workshop will take place September 12th, and registration for the popular workshop is now open.


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Five ways to create bobwhite quail habitat: funding available to forest landowners

Bobwhite quail populations have plummeted in recent years due to loss of appropriate habitat, which includes fallow lands, field and forest edges, and brushy, weedy areas.


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VDOF firefighters combat wildfires in Central Oregon

As wildfire activity increases in the Western United States, firefighters from the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) are assisting with suppression efforts in Oregon.


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Wildfire risk assessment website now available for public use

Officials with the Virginia Department of Forestry have unveiled a new web portal that will help homeowners and communities determine their wildfire risk – and take measures to mitigate potential hazards.


Fire officials urge caution with fireworks, sparklers

While legal fireworks and sparklers are a popular part of July 4th celebrations, in most areas of Virginia they could become a cause of wildfires this year.


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Virginia tree used to uncover largest genetic code sequenced to date

Using a Virginia Department of Forestry tree seedling, a team of scientists from across the nation has decoded the genome of a loblolly pine tree. With 22 Billion base pairs, this is the largest genome ever sequenced (in comparison, the human genome has 3 Billion base pairs).