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February, 2007

Forestry Camp Seeks Students for 61st Annual Program

The longest-running Forestry Camp in the country – Holiday Lake Forestry
  Camp – is seeking youth ages 13 – 16 for its 61st annual week-long
  camp program that will be held June 18 – 23, 2007 at the Holiday Lake
  4-H Center, located within the 20,000-acre Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest

The longest-running Forestry Camp in the country – Holiday Lake Forestry Camp – is seeking youth ages 13 – 16 for its 61st annual week-long camp program that will be held June 18 – 23, 2007 at the Holiday Lake 4-H Center, located within the 20,000-acre Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest.

Teachers, natural resource professionals and others may nominate youth for this outstanding program. Nomination forms are available on the VDOF website (www.dof.virginia.gov/edu/camp.shtml) and will be accepted until April 20, 2007.

Financial sponsorships from forest industries, conservation agencies, associations
  and individuals cover most of the cost of the Camp.

Financial sponsorships from forest industries, conservation agencies, associations and individuals cover most of the cost of the Camp. Each camper selected to attend receives a $200 “scholarship,” which means each camper pays just $60 to participate in the week-long, residential program.

“Forestry Camp is much more than a walk in the woods, said Ellen Powell, conservation education coordinator with the Virginia Department of Forestry. “Campers experience hands-on learning about wildlife habitat, tree identification, timber harvesting, reforestation, environmental protection, and more. They also take part in exciting field trips, exploratory classes, outdoor recreation, and a Lumberjack Field Day.”

Spring Fire Season Begins Feb. 15;
No Burning Before 4 p.m. Until April 30

The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15th – the
  start of spring fire season in Virginia. The law prohibits burning before 4
  p.m. each day until April 30th if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland,
  brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15th – the start of spring fire season in Virginia. The law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day until April 30th if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

“This law is one of the most effective tools we have in the prevention of wildfires,” said John Miller, director of resource protection at the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF). “Each late winter and early spring, downed trees, branches and leaves become ‘forest fuels’ that increase the danger of a forest fire. By adhering to the law and not burning before 4 p.m., people are less likely to start a fire that threatens them, their property and the forests of Virginia.”

In 2006, there were 1,267 wildfires that burned 13,664 acres of forest land in the Commonwealth. These fires caused $8.5 Million in damage to timber and $2.8 Million in damage to 14 homes and 48 other structures.

Of the 1,267 wildfires, 462 were caused by people burning trash or yard debris; 189 were arson; 93 were equipment use; 72 were due to smoking; 67 were started by children; 55 were caused by lightning; 33 were related to the railroads; 13 were campfires, and the rest were classified as miscellaneous causes.

To learn more about how to protect yourself and your property, go to the Agency’s website at www.dof.virginia.gov .

Tree Seedlings Selling Fast;
Order Yours Before They’re Gone

Each year, the Virginia Department of Forestry grows and sells more than 33
  Million tree seedlings.

Each year, the Virginia Department of Forestry grows and sells more than 33 Million tree seedlings. And every year, many of the 45 species sell out before the harvest season ends in April. If you are looking to plant tree seedlings or reforest your land this year, you still have a few weeks remaining to order your seedlings. But don’t wait too much longer as several species, including Allegheny Chinkapin, Hackberry, Yellow Poplar and Redbud, have already sold out.

“This year’s specialty tree – the Jamestown Cherrybark Oak – has been selling well, especially in the eastern and central portions of the Commonwealth,” said John Carroll, deputy state forester. “These two-year old seedlings were grown from acorns hand-collected by VDOF staff from trees on Jamestown Island. The Jamestown Oaks are terrific seedlings. They are 18 – 44 inches high and are a great way to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the founding of the Jamestowne Colony.”

Because most of the seedlings sold are used to reforest land, the minimum order quantity of a particular species is 50 seedlings. But as part of the Jamestown 400th celebration, people can order as few as five Jamestown Oak seedlings.

Whether it’s five Jamestown Oaks or several thousand loblolly pine seedlings, order yours today by visiting the VDOF Web store, calling the Augusta Forestry Center at 540.363.7000, or contacting your local VDOF office.