Current news and Events


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CURRENT EVENTS

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Fall forest fire season starts Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that the state’s fall forest fire season starts Oct. 1, 2014, and runs through Dec. 31, 2014. During these three months, 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.

Read more about state fire laws and safe burning tips
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Colorful High Country Hotspots

West Virginia Division of Forestry
releases first fall foliage report

Fall is officially here and so is West Virginia’s fall foliage season. State foresters report leaves are changing quickly in perennial foliage hotspots like Dolly Sods and Canaan Valley.

Click here for full report
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Clements State Tree Nursery
Now Accepting Orders

We are now taking orders for the 2014-2015 planting season. Our inventory includes both native trees and others genetically suitable for planting in West Virginia and neighboring states. Customers can order seedlings for planting in either fall 2014 or spring 2015.

Order online 24/7: Seedling Storefront

or Download Order Form
and mail to:

Clements State Tree Nursery
624 Forestry Drive
West Columbia, WV 25287

Deliveries start the week of Thanksgiving.

All trees are bare-root seedlings and are 1-2 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.

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Ginseng Digging Season Runs Through November 30

West Virginia’s 2014 ginseng digging season started Monday, Sept. 1 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 30. The native herb grows in all of the state’s 55 counties and is ready to harvest when its berries turn red. West Virginia state law requires “sengers,” those who dig the root, to only harvest plants with three or more prongs. The number of prongs indicates the age of the plant. Only plants 5-years old and older can legally be harvested. In addition, sengers are required to replant the berries/seeds from the parent plant in the spot where they harvested it to help continue the species.

The following laws also apply to the harvesting of ginseng:

•No permit is needed to dig wild ginseng, but anyone digging ginseng on someone else’s property must carry written permission from the landowner allowing him or her to harvest ginseng on the property.

•Digging ginseng on public lands, including state forests, wildlife management areas or state parks, is prohibited.

•Diggers have until March 31 of each year to sell to a registered West Virginia ginseng dealer or have roots weight-receipted at one of the Division of Forestry weigh stations.

•Possession of ginseng roots is prohibited from April 1 through Aug. 31 without a weight-receipt from the West Virginia Division of Forestry.

For a list of registered ginseng dealers Click Here
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2015 Arbor Day Poster Contest Announced

Contest open to all West Virginia fourth- and fifth-grade students. Submission deadline is March 2, 2015. This year's theme is Trees are....Beneficial!

For contest information Click Here
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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
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2014 BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR LOGGERS

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
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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 John.L.Anderson@wv.gov
or Rodger Ozburn at 304-825-6983, email M.Rodger.Ozburn@wv.gov


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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.



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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 www.isa-arbor.com



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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
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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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