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Spring forest fire season in effect

The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that the state’s spring forest fire season is in effect through May 31, 2014. Daytime burning is prohibited from the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outdoor burning is permitted only between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.

For additional fire laws and safe burning tips, click here

Nursery Taking Seedling Orders Through April

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Clements State Tree Nursery has extended the deadline to order seedlings and will accept orders through the month of April. Remaining evergreen inventory includes: Scotch pine, Norway spruce and Douglas fir. Remaining deciduous species include: a variety of oaks, sugar maple, tulip poplar, sycamore, redbud and more.

All trees are bare-root seedlings and are one to two years old. Seedlings are sold in bundles of 25. Prices depend on the number of seedlings ordered, and there is a 30 percent discount offered on orders of 5,000 or more. Seedlings are grown from seed sources within West Virginia and surrounding states, and are suitable for reforestation, coal mine reclamation, wildlife cover and Christmas tree production.

Order online or call 304-675-1820 to request a catalog.


Governor Tomblin Proclaims April Arbor Month

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has designated April as Arbor Month throughout the state of West Virginia.

“West Virginia is the third most forested state in the nation, with 12 million acres of forests. This vast renewable resource is important to our economy—providing thousands of jobs—in addition to providing animal habitats, countless recreation opportunities and contributing to our state’s natural beauty,” Gov. Tomblin said. “Arbor Month is a wonderful opportunity for us to get involved in our communities and plant a tree.”

Click here for more information on Arbor Month

Fifteen W.Va. Communities Awarded Tree City USA Status

Officials at the West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) announced that 15 cities and towns have been awarded Tree City USA status. Those communities are Bath, Bluefield, Elkins, Follansbee, Harpers Ferry, Hinton, Huntington, Lewisburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Ronceverte, Shepherdstown, Summersville, Vienna and Williamstown. Being named a Tree City USA community means that each city or town has committed to maintaining a sustained and active tree care agenda.

Click here for more information on Tree City USA Communities


The WV Division of Forestry is offering for sale marked timber located in Randolph County on 150 acres of Kumbrabow State Forest situated near Huttonsville, WV.

Click here for species, board feet and more information on timber sale

Timber theft is a crime. Don’t be a victim!

Many timber theft cases involve absentee landowners who are vulnerable because they aren’t around to protect their property. In these cases, the thief is often long gone by the time the crime is discovered.

Tips to avoid being a victim of timber theft:

Absentee landowners:

Have someone you know and trust immediately report any cutting or trespassing on your land.

Mark all property lines to assure cutting on adjacent property does not encroach on yours.

All forest landowners:

Have a Bill of Sale before any cutting begins and NEVER sign a contract without checking several references of the buyer.

For the best price, insist on getting bids for your timber. Most importantly, if you do not know the timber business, find someone who does to help you determine volumes, current prices and potential bidders.

Call Before You Cut Web Site
List of Consulting Foresters
Association of Consulting Foresters
DOF Regional Offices

WV Woodland Owners Association Announces
2014 Educational Tours

The WV Woodland Owners Association has scheduled four definite and two pending educational workshops. Whether you want to make your forestland more productive or just like hearing about what woodland owners do to improve their woods, these workshops are for you.

To find a workshop near you, click here


The Logging Sediment Control Act (LSCA), West Virginia Code 19-1B, mandates the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs) to limit and control erosion and soil movement into streams.The silvicultural BMPs recommended in this booklet are the most commonly used. Although situations will arise that require custom or alternative practices to minimize erosion and sedimentation as mandated by the LSCA, West Virginia Code 19-1B-7(g) requires that BMPs be used to control erosion and soil movement into streams. The primary goal of BMPs is to limit erosion and sedimentation by handling water in small amounts.

Download 2014 BMP Book

Are you Firewise, West Virginia?

National trends show that wildfire risk and the size of many wildfires are growing. The West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) continues to educate residents and communities about what they can do to prepare before a wildfire strikes their area. Wildfires DO NOT have to burn everything in their paths.

Some steps that can be taken include:

•Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This prevents embers from igniting your home.

•Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity.

•Remove fuel within 3-5 feet of your home’s foundation and out buildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.

•Remove dead vegetation surrounding your home, within the 30-100 foot area.

•Wildfire can spread to tree tops. If you have large trees on your property, prune so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet high.

•Don’t let debris and lawn cuttings linger. Dispose of these items quickly to reduce fuel for fire.

For more information on how to organize your woodland community, contact the West Virginia Division of Forestry Firewise representatives, John Anderson at 304-538-2397, email
or Rodger Ozburn at 304-825-6983, email


News from the Appalachian Hardwood Center

Check out the inaugural issue of this newsletter that aims to keep you informed of what is going on at the AHC and in W.Va. forestry and forest products.

This issue includes logging starts for Jan. – March 2013, the West Virginia Forest Products Industry Directory, 4th Quarter 2012 W.Va. Timber Market Report and more.


Proper pruning prolongs life of tree
Consult a professional arborist before cutting

Trees should be pruned according to national standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). A certified International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) arborist, who is knowledgeable about ANSI standards, is the ideal person to consult before starting any pruning job or hiring someone to do it for you.

Topping trees involves removing all parts of a tree above a certain height, but is only a temporary and ineffective solution to height reduction. Topping should be avoided if possible.

Trees that are topped have shorter life spans and often become hazards to homeowners and their neighbors. Topping often removes 50-100 percent of the tree’s leafy crown, essentially starving the tree because the leaves are what produce food for the tree. The scars left behind by the removal of large branches can’t heal as readily and leave the tree vulnerable to insect invasion and the spread of decay. New limbs that sprout are usually weaker and not able to withstand high winds and heavy snowfalls. Older trees, including beeches, do not re-sprout easily and can die more quickly than others. Money-wise, topped trees need pruned more often and can reduce property value due to poor aesthetics.

To find a certified arborist near you or to check an arborist’s credentials, visit


Invasive Species
Aliens versus Natives

Download this brochure to find out about 11 of the most invasive non-native plant species threatening West Virginia today. Find out about the usual suspects - kudzu, garlic mustard, Mile-a-Minute - and a few new kids on the block.

Fighting Invasive Species in West Virginia

Information on Tornado-damaged Timber

A tornado that touched down in Wayne and Lincoln counties on March 2, 2012, caused $7.5 million in damage to the state’s timber resources. If you are one of the more than 150 landowners who experienced timber damage in this tornado, the DOF has developed an informational packet for you.

2012 Timber Damage Information for Landowners and Resource Professionals


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