Current news and Events


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CURRENT EVENTS

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Spring forest fire season
in effect through May 31

The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that restricted burning regulations are effective through May 31. Outdoor burning is prohibited from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outdoor burning is allowed from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. and all fires must be extinguished by 7 a.m.

State law requires a ring or safety strip around outdoor fires to keep the fire from spreading into the woods. This safety strip must be cleared of all burnable material and be at least 10 feet wide completely around the debris pile.

Additional requirements of the state’s fire laws include staying on-site until the fire is completely extinguished, and only burning vegetative materials like leaves, brush and yard clippings.

If you allow a fire you have started to escape and it causes a wildfire or forest fire, you will be subject to fines ranging from $100 to $1,000. An additional civil penalty of $200 also will be assessed against you.

Click here for safe burning tips
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PUBLIC NOTICE

The West Virginia Division of Forestry will be conducting a public tour at Seneca State Forest Saturday, May 14, 2016. This tour will be to inform the public of plans for a proposed timber harvest prescribed to enhance wildlife habitat by creating forest diversity. This same harvest will regenerate quality hardwood species such as red oak.

Click here for more info on Seneca State Forest tour
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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
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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

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TREES FOR URBAN LANDSCAPES

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
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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

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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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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 BMP Book
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