Current news and Events


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CURRENT EVENTS

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GINSENG DIGGING SEASON STARTS SEPT. 1

West Virginia’s 2015 ginseng digging season starts Tuesday, Sept. 1 and runs through Monday, 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 harvest only plants with three or more prongs, indicating the plant is at least 5 years old. The number of prongs indicates the age of the plant. Another way to determine the age of a ginseng plant is to look at the base of the plant stem, where “bud scars” occur. A 5-year-old ginseng root will have at least four scars. The first year does not produce a scar on the root.

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.

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TIMBER FOR SALE

TROUT RUN ROAD UPGRADE PROJECT

KUMBRABOW STATE FOREST

The West Virginia Division of Forestry is offering for sale 569,837 board feet of marked timber on 50 acres of Kumbrabow State Forest, near Huttonsville.

For species, inspection date and bid opening Click here
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COMMUNITY ARBOR NEWS

Perfect for a summer read, check out the Community Arbor News. Read about Arbor Day in W.Va., the state Envirothon and Arbor Day Poster contest, Project CommuniTree and more!

Download Community Arbor News
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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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2015 Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners from McDowell and Ritchie Counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials announced two winners in the 2015 West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest. McKaylee Lynch, a homeschool student in Harrisville, Ritchie County, took top prize in the fourth-grade category. Jacob Adkins of Bradshaw Elementary in McDowell County won top honors in the fifth-grade category. This year’s contest theme was “Trees Are … Beneficial!”

Read more... 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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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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