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March, 2009

Forestry Camp Seeks Students for 63rd Annual Program

The longest-running Forestry Camp in the country - Holiday Lake Forestry Camp - is seeking youth ages 13 - 16 for its 63rd annual week-long camp program that will be held June 15-20, 2009 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 63rd annual week-long camp program that will be held June 15-20, 2009 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 and will be accepted until April 20, 2009.

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.”

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 Black Cherry, Red Maple, Sycamore, Crab Apple, and Yellow Poplar, have already sold out.

Because most of the seedlings sold are used to reforest land, the minimum order quantity of a particular species is 50 seedlings. Order yours today by visiting theVDOF Web store, calling the Augusta Forestry Center at 540.363.7000, or contacting your local VDOF office.


Carbon trading and ecosystem service markets

Hybrid vehicles are a visible way for citizens to limit their use of fossil fuels and reduce the “carbon footprint” of their lifestyle. This “green” initiative also occurs on a larger scale in governments and countries around the world, where a value is placed on the benefits of the environment. In Charlottesville, a two-day conference will explore the design and implementation of ecosystem service markets and the development of tools to enhance landowner participation in these markets.

The first day of the conference will feature a series of speakers giving a broad, national-level overview of ecosystem service market considerations and initiatives. The second day will feature a series of three panels: Carbon; Water Quality (nutrient trading), and Mitigation Banking. An interactive question and answer session will follow the panel presentations.

“Attending this conference will ensure a better understanding of how ecosystem service markets function and what opportunities exist for landowners,” said Buck Kline, manager of ecosystem services for the VDOF. “Industry, government, non-governmental organizations, academia and Virginia landowners will all benefit from the information presented.”

The conference will be held March 12-13, 2009 at the Omni in Charlottesville. Learn more about the conference and register to attend online at http://www.cpe.vt.edu/esmes/index.html.