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What's that bug you're seeing?
It's the yellow poplar weevil!

Yellow poplar weevils, a small black beetle native to West Virginia, are munching their way through trees all over the state this spring and summer. You'll notice the leaves of poplar trees turning brown and in some cases significant leaf loss.

Most healthy poplar trees that sustain damage from the yellow poplar weevil will live but they won't look very healthy this summer. They should spring back next year. In some cases, the weevils can seriously damage a tree if it's under other stressors like drought.

"Yellow poplar contributes more total volume to West Virginia's forests than any other species; therefore, there is reason for concern," said State Forester Randy Dye. "The Division of Forestry is working with the Department of Agriculture to closely monitor this situation to help ensure the sustainability of this important forest species."

The good news is the weevils will head into hibernation by mid-July and won't be back out until next spring.


Six-week Course
Beyond the Trees
Being a Successful
Independent Logging Contractor

Running a successful logging business takes more than knowing the difference between an oak and a poplar. Whether you're just getting started or have been around for a while, this six-week course will prepare you for long-term success in the timber industry.

Monday nights, July 6 - August 10, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., $80 per person

Call 304-872-4520 or 304-929-1041 for more info

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Perfect for a summer read, check out the Community Arbor News. Read about Arbor Day in W.Va., the state Envirothon and Arbor Day Poster contest, Project CommuniTree and more!

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Want to know which tree is the right tree to plant in your urban landscape? Check out this new publication, "Trees for Urban Landscapes."

Download Trees for Urban Landscapes

Why Become a Tree City USA?

Healthy urban trees provide full ecosystem services, saving your city money!

For every $1 spent on urban tree care, city residents receive $3-$4 in ecosystem services or direct environmental benefits derived from the existence of urban trees.

To learn more about the benefits of being a Tree City USA, download the

Tree City USA Fact Sheet


2015 Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners from McDowell and Ritchie Counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials announced two winners in the 2015 West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest. McKaylee Lynch, a homeschool student in Harrisville, Ritchie County, took top prize in the fourth-grade category. Jacob Adkins of Bradshaw Elementary in McDowell County won top honors in the fifth-grade category. This year’s contest theme was “Trees Are … Beneficial!”

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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


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.

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