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Forests have huge impact on Virginia agriculture

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Virginia forests provided $21 billion to the state’s economy in 2017. More than 62 percent of the commonwealth qualifies as forestland, according to the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Buy and burn local firewood

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When stocking up on firewood this season, forestry officials have a hot tip. Buy local and burn local when it comes to fueling your campfire, fireplace or wood-burning stove, and you will be doing your part to curb the spread of invasive insects and disease. 

Help Smokey Bear prevent forest and farm fires

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As Smokey Bear has told Americans since 1947, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires.” Turns out, he’s right because fires are often preventable.

McAuliffe announces agriculture’s and forestry’s economic impact has increased by $21 billion

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced July 18 that a new comprehensive study shows Virginia’s agriculture and forestry industries contribute $91 billion annually to the commonwealth’s economy. That represents a 30 percent increase over results of a 2013 study that found a $70 billion annual economic impact.

Farmers, forest landowners can apply for environmental quality incentives

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Virginia farmers and forest landowners can apply for assistance to protect the health and productivity of their land under the federal Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

Budget cuts could have dramatic impact on state’s largest industry

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Conservation, forestry and wildlife control have all taken huge hits in Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s reductions to the state budget.

Cooperative effort drives restoration of longleaf pine in Virginia

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The Virginia Department of Forestry is spearheading an effort to restore what was once the most common tree in the uplands of Southeast Virginia, the longleaf pine.

Virginia recognizes first 23 families in Century Forest program

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The first 23 families whose land qualified for Virginia’s Century Forest designation were honored Nov. 21. The designation recognizes families who have owned working forestlands for more than 100 years.

Virginia launches program to honor longtime family forests

Virginia has launched the nation’s first Century Forest Program designed to honor and recognize families who have owned working forestlands for more than 100 years.

New funding to broaden state’s network for farm and forestry exports

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Aug. 2 that Virginia will invest $850,000 over the biennial budget to expand its international trade initiatives promoting Virginia’s agriculture and forestry products.

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