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FY 2015 Annual Report

Want to know more about what we do? This report for Fiscal Year 2015 is an overview of each program's contribution to Keeping West Virginia Green.

DOF's FY 2015 Annual Report

DOF Updates National Priorities Section of Forest Action Plan

The West Virginia Division of Forestry recently updated the National Priorities Section of the Forest Action Plan. Assessments and strategies focused on three national priorities: Conserve and Manage Working Forest Landscapes for Multiple Values and Uses; Protect Forests from Threats; and Enhance Public Benefits from Trees and Forests.

To review the 43-page document, Click here

To review the original plan, Click here


2016 Mountaineer Treeways Application
Application and agreement must be returned by March 25, 2016

The Mountaineer Treeways program provides trees at no cost for various community projects. Trees for this program were sponsored by generous donations from Toyota Motors Manufacturing and will be distributed in early April 2016.

All trees must be planted on public property in West Virginia. Volunteers and paid employees of municipalities and other entities may conduct the planting. Matching funds are not required. However, a status report will be required by August 5, 2016.

Civic organizations, municipalities, businesses and schools are encouraged to participate.

Download Mountaineer Treeways application


Clements State Tree Nursery is taking orders for the 2015-2016 planting season. Customers can choose from 26 different types of seedlings for whatever their needs may be, including reforestation, providing cover and food for wildlife, growing Christmas trees or reclaiming disturbed properties like those previously mined for coal. Among this year’s inventory are perennial favorites American chestnut, redbud, sugar maple and a variety of oaks. Clements Nursery also offers three types of evergreens: white and Scotch pines and Norway spruce.

All trees are bare-root seedlings and are 1, 2 or 3 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. These seedlings include both native trees and others genetically suitable for planting in West Virginia and neighboring states.

Customers can order seedlings for either fall 2015 or spring 2016 planting. Nursery staff begins shipping seedlings for fall planting the week of Thanksgiving. The, online storefront , allows customers to shop 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Printable order form

Order online


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


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.

Download BMP Book

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