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Public tour at Cabwaylingo State Forest Saturday, April 18, 2015

West Virginia Division of Forestry officials will conduct a public tour at 10 a.m. at Cabwaylingo State Forest Saturday, April 18, 2015. This is an informational tour for the public to learn about plans for proposed timber management projects prescribed to encourage forest growth and provide more diverse wildlife habitat. The tour is an opportunity for members of the public to learn about the projects firsthand in order to provide written input if they so desire.

For more information on the public tour, Click Here

Spring forest fire season in effect
through May 31

The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that the state’s spring forest fire season started March 1, 2015, and runs through May 31, 2015. 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.

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.

For Safe Burning Tips Click Here

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


Community Arbor News
Urban Forestry Newsletter

The latest Community Arbor News has articles on the Capitol Tree Inventory, EAB in the Eastern Panhandle, WVSU Becomes a Tree Campus, Winter Tree Care Tips and more! A great read on a cold winter's night.

Click Here to Download the Newsletter

Clements State Tree Nursery
Accepting Orders

We are now taking orders for the spring planting season. Our inventory includes both native trees and others genetically suitable for planting in West Virginia and neighboring states.

Order online 24/7: Seedling Storefront

or Download Seedling Catalog
Download Order Form
and mail to:

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

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.


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

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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