|For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Cumbia, VDOF, 434.220.9042
Jay Jeffreys, DGIF, 540.248.9360
|Feb. 4, 2013
Forest landowners looking to improve their woodlands by creating good habitat for bobwhite quail, which prefer sunny and open areas, have a new source of funds available to them. Through a partnership between the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), funding is available to forest landowners in 15 Virginia counties to support the implementation of three beneficial forestry practices: commercial thinning in small acreage stands; planting of shortleaf pine, and pre-commercial thinning of pine stands.
This program is designed for private, non-industrial forest landowners in the counties of Bland, Wythe, Greensville, Southampton, Sussex, Culpeper, Greene, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock, Essex, King and Queen, King William, Halifax and Augusta.
Jay Jeffreys, science team leader at VDGIF, said, “Bobwhite quail populations have plummeted in recent years due to loss of appropriate habitat, such as brushy, weedy areas; field and forest edges, and fallow lands. Forestry practices that promote healthy and productive forests can, at the same time, create good habitat for quail.”
Dean Cumbia, VDOF’s director of forest management, said, “Through generous support of VDGIF, forest landowners in the specified counties are now eligible for up to $10,000 in cost-share funding for implementing certain beneficial forestry practices. Thinning of stands gives trees more room to grow and allows more sunlight to reach the ground. The additional sunlight encourages the growth of small plants that serve as food and cover for wildlife. And because of their slow, steady growth rate, shortleaf pine stands retain an open condition longer than other species.”
Program registration is underway now, and qualified practices must be implemented by June 15. To sign up, or to learn more about this program, contact your local VDOF office or visit the Agency’s website at www.dof.virginia.gov.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' mission is:
The Virginia Department of Forestry protects and develops healthy, sustainable forest resources for Virginians. Headquartered in Charlottesville, the Agency has forestry staff members assigned to every county to provide citizen service and public safety protection across the Commonwealth. VDOF is an equal opportunity provider.
With nearly 16 million acres of forestland and more than 144,000 Virginians employed in forestry, forest products and related industries, Virginia forests provide more than $27.5 Billion annually in benefits to the Commonwealth.