VDOF Awarded $1.3 Million to Aid Landowners in Virginia
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) awarded the
Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) $1.3 Million to help landowners
better manage their forestland. VDOF's project, called "Forests --
Fundamental for Conservation in Virginia," was one of 115 projects
funded nationally under the new Regional Conservation Partnership
NRCS State Conservationist for Virginia Jack Bricker made the
announcement at a news conference Jan. 16th on Capitol Square in
State Forester of Virginia Bettina Ring said the grant will help
landowners pay for forest management practices that: prevent runoff from
entering the Chesapeake Bay; restore declining tree species such as
Longleaf pine and Shortleaf pine; reestablish habitat for bobwhite
quail, and mitigate invasive plant and insect species in the forests.
Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore said,
"Forestry is big in Virginia. It's a $17 Billion economic engine
that employs more than 103,000 people. This RCPP grant will
provide much-needed financial assistance to landowners who want to keep
their working forests working."
Holiday Lake Forestry Camp is Accepting Nominations for the 69th Annual Camp
Nominations are now open for the 69th annual Holiday Lake Forestry Camp,
which will be held June 15-20 at the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational
Center. The action-packed camp is hosted by the VDOF with support
and cooperation from other conservation agencies, organizations,
businesses and individuals.
Forestry Camp provides a unique field-based learning experience related
to natural resource career paths. Topics include wildlife habitat,
tree identification, timber harvesting, reforestation, environmental
protection and more. Campers also take part in field trips,
exploratory classes, outdoor recreation and a Lumberjack Field Day.
Teachers, natural resource professionals and others working with youth
may make nominations for this popular camp. Nominees must be
Virginia residents 13-16 years old with good academic standing, have an
interest in natural resources and must not have attended Forestry camp
Financial sponsorship is generously provided by forest industries,
conservation agencies, associations and individuals. As a result,
every camper selected to attend receives a scholarship and pays only $85
to attend the week-long residential camp.
To nominate a camper, visit the VDOF website:
http://dof.virginia.gov/forestry/camp/. Nominations are due by
April 1, 2015. For more information, contact Ellen Powell at
434.220.9083 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tillet Family Records VDOF's First Cumberland Co. Conservation Easement
Jim and Betty Tillet have protected their 287 acres of forestland in
Cumberland County with a conservation easement -- VDOF's first in that
A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a
landowner and a government agency or land trust that permanently limits
development of the land, thereby protecting such conservation values as
forestry, agriculture and wildlife habitat. Easement terms, which are
developed between the landowner and the holder, are perpetual and apply
to all future landowners. No change to the ownership of the
property occurs. Landowners continue to own, use and control their
land, and they can pass it on to heirs or sell it. Easement agreements
do not require landowners to provide public access.
Virginia loses about 16,000 acres of forestland each year, so
conservation easements are important tools in the effort to slow the
loss of forestland. And with two-thirds of forestland in Virginia
owned by individuals and families, keeping working forests working is a
family decision that affects all Virginians.
If you are interested in learning more about conservation easements,
contact Rob Suydam (804.291.7623) or Kim Biasiolli (434.220.9184).
Tree seedlings selling fast; order yours before they’re gone
Each year, the VDOF grows and sells more than 25 million tree seedlings.
And every year, many of the more than 40 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.
Seedlings are available in quantities as low as 10 or 25; these small
quantities can be beneficial to landowners of modest-size forested
tracts. Order yours today by visiting the VDOF Web store, calling the
Augusta Forestry Center at 540.363.7000, or contacting your local VDOF