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Virginia Timber and Forests

A new list from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has identified 87 non-native invasive plant species in Virginia www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/documents/nh-invasive-plant-list-2014.pdf.   These invasive plants affect everyone, from the government, to the farmer, to the homeowner.  The United States has seen a $34 billion yearly economic loss due to these invasive plants.   They have a negative effect on natural areas, parks, forest land, farms, yards, as well as wildlife habitat and our ecosystem.  

According to an article in the Richmond Times Dispatch, the DCR, “… used a risk-assessment protocol to determine an invasiveness rank for each species listed. If they are discovered in Virginia, the goal for these species is eradication to prevent their establishment and spread. People who spot these in Virginia should notify DCR.” 

The plants on this list can be aggressive in your yard or nearby natural areas, and unfortunately, can actually replace plants that are native to Virginia.  These invasive plants tend to grow quickly, copiously produce seed, germinate and colonize, and are difficult and costly to remove and/or control.  Kudzu is an invasive plant that has taken over many natural areas of land in Virginia.

Whether you’re a farmer, landscaper, or homeowner, this list will help you identify the list of non-native invasive plants to keep away from your land.

For more information, please visit:

Virginia Invasive Species Working Group: www.vainvasivespecies.org

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation – Natural Heritage Program: www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/invspinfo.shtml

National Invasive Species Awareness Week:  www.nisaw.org

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Madison County Farmers Market
Madison, VA
8:00AM to 12:00PM

The Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Department of Forestry and Old Rag Mountain Naturalists are sponsoring this Natural Hardwood Charcoal Making Demonstration. The charcoal will be made out of the Tree of Heaven! They will be cooking local meat and taste testing samples. This is a great opportunity to learn how to make charcoal for your personal use or business opportunity. For more information please visit Virginia Tech website.

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Chestnut Pollinating Season Field Trip

by Sue May 27, 2014

June 14, 2014 10AM-12PM Lesesne State Forest Roseland, VA (Nelson County) You can watch volunteers as they conduct controlled pollinations on the large surviving Chestnut trees and get a guided tour of the research that is being conducted at Lesesne State Forest. To find out more about this event and other events offered by the [...]

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On-Line Course: Woodland Options For Landowners

by Sue February 28, 2014

Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program is offering a 12 week course on-line which begins March 4, 2014. Some of the topics covered: Using Maps, Locating and Marking Boundary Lines, Tree Identification, Land Management, soil surveys and more. To register go to Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program website. You do not need to live or own [...]

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Woods and Wildlife Conference

by Sue January 27, 2014

February 15, 2014 8:30AM to 4:30PM Daniel Technology Center Culpeper, VA This is the 11th Annual Woods and Wildlife Conference to assist you in bringing out the best in your property. Whether you own a large piece of land or a small tract this conference has something for you. Some of the topics covered will [...]

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The Geology of Dudley Mountain

by Staff November 7, 2013

I guess you shouldn’t look a gift mountain in the mouth.  Or something like that. So it’s difficult to understand Albemarle County’s initial reluctance to accept a gift donation of 405 acres of geologically significant land, but that’s what they did.  Fortunately the owner persisted and managed to get several members of the county Board of Supervisors [...]

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