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September, 2010

Garrison Reappointed as State Forester

Carl E. Garrison, State Forester of VirginiaGovernor Bob McDonnell has reappointed Carl E. Garrison as State Forester of Virginia. Garrison began his leadership of the 265-employee Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) in 2004.

As state forester, Carl is responsible for protecting citizens and their property from the damages of wildfires as well as ensuring the health and productivity of almost 16 million acres – 62 percent of the state's land mass – of forestland in Virginia.

He also oversees two nurseries that plant, grow and sell more than 25 million tree seedlings annually as well as 21 state forests. During the course of his 30 years as a professional forester, Garrison has worked for VDOF for 23 years and owned and operated Garrison Forestry Services Inc. in Virginia, Georgia and Texas for seven years.  A graduate of Virginia Tech, Garrison is both a Registered Forester and a Certified Forester.  He serves as chairman of the Southern Group of State Foresters, has a leadership role in the National Association of State Foresters, and has been very active within the Society of American Foresters throughout his career.

Garrison and his wife, Sheila, live in Louisa County and have one son who is a senior at Old Dominion University.

Lehnen Recognized for Education Efforts

Joe Lehnen, right, VDOF area forester for Page, Shenandoah and Warren counties, is shown here being honored by the Massanutten FFA Federation for his more than 20 years of work with the FFA in Shenandoah County.Joe Lehnen, VDOF area forester for Page, Shenandoah and Warren counties, has been honored by the Massanutten FFA Federation for his more than 20 years of work with the FFA in Shenandoah County. The Northern Area FFA Forestry Team plaque has been permanently endowed in Joe’s name.

According to the FFA’s Dana Fisher, Joe was recognized for his tremendous level of support to the organization.  “Joe Lehnen has been an outstanding resource to the FFA in the Northern Area for many years. He’s provided many opportunities for our students to learn about forestry that many would never have experienced without him, and he has never been more than a phone call away as an advisor to our teachers.  The Massanutten FFA is pleased to be able to recognize Joe in this way, and for as long as we have a Northern Area FFA Forestry contest in Virginia, the award will continue to bear his name.”

Joe said, “I am both honored and humbled by this endowment. There are many folks out there more deserving of this honor than I am.  The Virginia FFA is a great organization for the young people of the Commonwealth, and I have been infinitely rewarded by my years of working with the various chapters. I look forward to helping the FFA for many years to come as it is a very fulfilling part of my life and career.”

Congratulations, Joe, on this well-deserved recognition!

Forestry, Facebook and YouTube

As you stay “up-to-date” on forestry topics, be sure to take a look at the online resources we use to help you “stay connected.”

We’ve added a VDOF page to Facebook, the popular social networking site. If you, your business or organization is on Facebook, consider “friending” us to stay in touch with VDOF.

YouTube has more than just cute pet videos online. Check out VDOF’s videos on YouTube. We just added “Inoculating Ash Trees against the Emerald Ash Borer.” Tune in to ForestryTV.

We’ve been on since March 2009, and our account has grown to more than 160 followers. Not a follower yet? Join the crowd at

This “Shady Deal” Is A Good Thing

The 15th annual Waynesboro Plant Health Care for Urban Trees workshop will take place Thursday, September 9th, at the Best Western Conference Center and at Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro. The theme of this year’s workshop is, “Trees: The Best Shady Deal Around.”

Registration fees range from $40 per person for students/tree stewards/master gardeners to $75 for municipal governments and non-profit organizations to $95 for the general public. The fee covers all sessions, which run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and a catered lunch.  For those wishing to stay overnight September 8th, a block of rooms has been reserved.  Contact the Best Western Waynesboro Inn & Suites at 540.942.1100 and use the code “Tree Workshop”.

“As has been the tradition at this workshop, there are two tracks from which to choose,” said Paul Revell, urban and community forestry manager for the Virginia Department of Forestry. “One track is for those interested in learning more about caring for urban trees, and the other track is designed for certified arborists and other tree-care industry professionals.”

Registration forms are available at Trees Virginia. Questions may be directed to Dwayne Jones (540.942.6735) or to Becky Woodson (434.220.9024).