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  1. March 30, 2017
    Deadline to weigh ginseng roots is March 31

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Forestry is reminding ginseng diggers that the deadline to get...

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  2. March 27, 2017
    Entry deadline extended to April 21 for Arbor Day poster contest

    Open to All W.Va. Fourth- and Fifth-graders CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The deadline to enter the West Virginia Division of...

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  3. September 20, 2016
    Public tour at Cabwaylingo State Forest Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Forestry invites the public to tour two areas at Cabwaylingo State Forest...

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  4. September 30, 2015
    Outdoor burning restrictions effective October 1

         CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Division of Forestry officials remind residents that the state...

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  5. August 31, 2015
    Ginseng Digging Season Starts Sept. 1

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s 2015 ginseng digging season starts Tuesday, Sept. 1 and runs through Monday, Nov. 30....

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  6. June 17, 2015
    Barbara Breshock Named Assistant State Forester - Bob Radspinner Set to Retire Mid-August

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Forester Randy Dye announced longtime Division of Forestry (DOF) employee Barbara Breshock has been...

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  7. June 5, 2015
    Public tour at Kumbrabow State Forest Saturday, June 13, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials will conduct a public tour at 11 a.m. at Kumbrabow State...

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  8. April 21, 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...

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  9. April 21, 2015
    W.Va.’s Tree City USA Communities Hold Arbor Day Celebrations

    Events scheduled throughout April and May CHARLESTON, W.Va. – By the calendar, National Arbor Day is Friday, April 24,...

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  10. April 21, 2015
    Governor Tomblin Proclaims April as Arbor Month in W.Va.

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has designated April as Arbor Month throughout the state of West Virginia. “West ...

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  11. April 2, 2015
    Public tour at Cabwaylingo State Forest Saturday, April 18, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials will conduct a public tour at 10 a.m. at Cabwaylingo State...

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  12. March 13, 2015
    Variety of Oaks Available from West Virginia State Tree Nursery

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Few trees are as versatile and resilient as the mighty oak. Oaks come in a variety of species and sizes...

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  13. March 13, 2015
    Order Seedlings Now for Spring Planting

    West Virginia Department of Commerce nursery sells native and genetically suitable trees CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia...

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  14. February 27, 2015
    Spring forest fire season starts Sunday, March 1, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that the state’s spring forest fire season...

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  15. February 4, 2015
    Governor Tomblin Recognizes Loggers of Excellence

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin recognized West Virginia Loggers of Excellence during Agriculture and Forestry...

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  16. January 12, 2015
    “Trees Are…Beneficial!” Theme of 2015 Poster Contest - All W.Va. fourth- and fifth-graders eligible to compete

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Everyone knows trees are beneficial, and the West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) is giving fourth-...

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  17. October 30, 2014
    Eastern Panhandle Counties Offer Last of Fall Color West Virginia’s fall foliage season coming to an end.

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Foliage in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle counties is past peak but state foresters report it is still...

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  18. October 29, 2014
    Arbor Day Poster Contest Open to All W.Va. Fourth- and Fifth-graders

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials and the Urban and Community Forestry Council encourage...

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  19. October 15, 2014
    Public tour at Kumbrabow State Forest Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials will conduct a public tour at 11 a.m. at Kumbrabow State...

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  20. September 30, 2014
    Fall forest fire season starts Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that the state’s fall forest fire season starts...

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  21. September 19, 2014
    West Virginia Invasive Species Strategic Plan out for public comment

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The draft “West Virginia Invasive...

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  22. September 17, 2014
    WVDNR Law Enforcement officers seize illegally harvested ginseng in southern West Virginia

                BECKLEY, West Virginia – A year-long investigation by Natural...

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  23. September 5, 2014
    W.Va. State Tree Nursery Accepting Orders Sept. 2, 2014

    Department of Commerce facility offers perennial favorites and new species. Customers can order seedlings from Clements...

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  24. September 5, 2014
    Evergreen Trees Are Good for Wildlife

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – When considering which trees to plant in your woodlot or landscape, don’t overlook evergreens. Species like...

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  25. August 12, 2014
    Ginseng Digging Season Starts September 1

    Ginseng plants are ready to harvest when their berries turn red. Plants with at least three prongs are old enough to harvest. ...

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  26. August 11, 2014
    Public tour at Coopers Rock State Forest Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials will conduct a public tour at 11 a.m. at Coopers Rock State...

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  27. August 4, 2014
    Division of Forestry Sends Firefighting Crew to California

    Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce: A wild land firefighting crew left Charleston, W.Va., Monday, Aug. 4,...

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  28. June 4, 2014
    West Virginia University to host Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—West Virginia University will host the eighth annual Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy June 7 through...

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  29. June 2, 2014
    New Designation for Monongahela National Forest Announced - Action aims to combat insects and diseases, decrease wildfire risk

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia State Forester Randy Dye praised a new federal designation for Monongahela National Forest ...

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  30. May 5, 2014
    NRCS announces deadline for the West Virginia Restoration Project

    Collaboration with the Forest Service, local agencies targets strengthening ecosystem improvements MORGANTOWN, W. Va., April 4,...

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  31. April 29, 2014
    Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners from Marshall and Putnam Counties

    Artwork by fourth-grade student Chloe Pomeroy of West Teays Elementary CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of...

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  32. April 23, 2014
    West Virginia Seedlings Available to Ohio Residents - Nursery taking orders through April 30

    WEST COLUMBIA, W.Va. – Ohio landowners in search of bare-root seedlings need only look to their eastern neighbor. West Virginia...

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  33. April 22, 2014
    State Tree Nursery Accepting Orders through April 30, 2014

    WEST COLUMBIA, W.Va. – Spring may have sprung a little late this year, but there is still time to order seedlings from Clements...

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  34. April 10, 2014
    Governor Tomblin Proclaims April Arbor Month

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has designated April as Arbor Month throughout the state of West Virginia. “West...

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  35. April 10, 2014
    Fifteen W.Va. Communities Awarded Tree City USA Status Arbor Day celebrations scheduled

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Officials at the West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) announced that 15 cities and towns have been...

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  36. March 18, 2014
    Public tour at Calvin Price State Forest scheduled for March 29, 2014

       BECKLEY, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials will conduct a public tour of Calvin Price...

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  37. March 7, 2014
    Avoid Tree/Power Line Conflicts - Plant low-growing species from W.Va. State Tree Nursery

    WEST COLUMBIA, W.Va. – Trees and power lines don’t mix. Avoid conflicts by planting the right tree in the right place. Low...

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  38. March 6, 2014
    Whatever the need, Clements State Tree Nursery has the tree

    Black Walnut - Clements State Tree Nursery WEST COLUMBIA, W.Va. – Trees are like people - they all have special talents. Some...

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  39. March 5, 2014
    W.Va. State Tree Nursery Extends Deadline to Order Seedlings - Trees suitable for planting throughout region

    Clements Nursery WEST COLUMBIA, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials are extending the deadline to order tree...

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  40. February 28, 2014
    Spring forest fire season starts Saturday, March 1, 2014

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that the state’s spring forest fire season starts...

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  41. February 10, 2014
    Forestry Day at the Legislature is Tuesday, Feb. 11

    Celebration part of A.B. Brooks Forestry Symposium CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Tuesday, Feb. 11 is Agriculture and Forestry Day at...

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  42. January 30, 2014
    Inwood Area Gets New Fire Forester

    INWOOD, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry (WVDOF) officials recently announced the hiring of a new fire forester for...

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  43. November 22, 2013
    Smoke Hole Emergency Closure to be Lifted - 11/22/2013

    November 22, 2013 For more information please contact the Cheat-Potomac Ranger Station in Petersburg, WV: 304-257-4488...

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  44. November 19, 2013
    Smoke Hole Fire Update - 11/19/2013

    November 19, 2013 For more information call:  304-257-4488 extension 28 US Forest Service Public Information Officer,...

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  45. November 18, 2013
    Smoke Hole Fire Update - 11/18/2013

    November 18, 2013 For more information call:  304-257-4488 extension 28 US Forest Service Public Information Officer,...

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  46. November 15, 2013
    Smoke Hole Fire Update

    November 15, 2013 For more information call:  304-257-4488 extension 28 US Forest Service Public Information Officer,...

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  47. November 14, 2013
    Smoke Hole Fire Update

    November 14, 2013 For more information call:  304-257-4488 extension 28 US Forest Service Public Information Officer,...

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  48. November 13, 2013
    Smoke Hole Fire Fact Sheet

    November 13, 2013 For more information call:  304-257-4488 extension 28 US Forest Service Public Information Officer,...

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  49. November 12, 2013
    Division of Forestry Personnel on Wildfire Suppression Duty Near the Smoke Hole Fire on the Monongahela National Forest

    UPPER TRACT, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) staff have been on duty assisting in wildfire suppression on...

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  50. October 25, 2013
    Draft Forest Resources Management Plan Released For Greenbrier State Forest

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Division of Forestry is pleased to announce that the draft Forest Resources Management Plan...

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  51. September 11, 2013
    Public Invited to See New Observation Deck and Picnic Shelter at Kumbrabow State Forest

    PICKENS, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) invites the public to Kumbrabow State Forest on Saturday, Sept. 21...

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  52. September 3, 2013
    State Tree Nursery purchasing seed from public

    WEST COLUMBIA, W.Va. - Clements State Tree Nursery is purchasing seed from the public to grow next year's crop of seedlings....

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  53. September 3, 2013
    State Tree Nursery Taking Orders

    WEST COLUMBIA, W.Va. – Clements State Tree Nursery is now taking orders for the 2013-2014 planting season. This year’s inventory...

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  54. August 12, 2013
    Before You Cut Timber, Please Contact a Professional Forester

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Starting the process of successfully managing your woodlands is as easy as calling a toll-free number or...

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  55. July 11, 2013
    Public tour at Camp Creek State Forest scheduled for July 27, 2013

    BECKLEY, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials will conduct a public tour at Camp Creek State Forest Saturday,...

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  56. May 7, 2013
    Public tour at Cabwaylingo State Forest scheduled for May 18, 2013

    BECKLEY, W.Va. - West Virginia Division of Forestry officials will conduct a public tour at Cabwaylingo State Forest Saturday,...

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  57. May 2, 2013
    WILDFIRE RISK CONTINUES TO GROW IN THE EAST

    PETERSBURG, W.Va. – National trends show that wildfire risk and the size of many wildfires are growing. The West Virginia...

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  58. April 16, 2013
    Governor Proclaims April Arbor Month

    Communities throughout West Virginia hold celebrations CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has designated April as...

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  59. April 3, 2013
    Fire Danger High in Eastern Panhandle

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) in coordination with the National Weather Service has issued a...

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  60. March 19, 2013
    Groups urged to apply for Mountaineer Treeways program

    DOF provides trees for public plantings FARMINGTON, W.Va. – Volunteer organizations and municipalities with plans to plant...

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  61. January 29, 2013
    DOF sponsors Arbor Day Poster Contest for fourth- and fifth-graders

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) is calling on teachers to showcase their students’ talents in...

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  62. January 10, 2013
    Groups urged to apply for Mountaineer Treeways program

    DOF provides trees for public plantings FARMINGTON, W.Va. – Volunteer organizations and municipalities with plans to plant...

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  63. December 20, 2012
    Sycamore seedlings great for spring landscaping projects

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Planning a spring landscaping project is the perfect way to spend a cold winter’s day.  Start your shopping...

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  64. November 28, 2012
    Public tour at Calvin Price State Forest scheduled for Dec. 15

    BECKLEY, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Forestry will conduct a public tour at Calvin Price State Forest Saturday, Dec....

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  65. November 16, 2012
    Tag that perfect Christmas tree

      Tag that perfect Christmas tree     CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Have the satisfaction of knowing your perfect Christmas tree...

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  66. November 16, 2012
    New parking makes hunting access easier at Camp Creek State Forest

    BECKLEY, W.Va. – Newly developed and strategically located parking areas have eliminated the once long and difficult uphill...

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  67. October 31, 2012
    Forestry products artisans encouraged to attend Tamarack small-business summit

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Tamarack Foundation will host a free Small Business Resource Summit from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 5 at the...

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  68. October 15, 2012
    Public tour at Kumbrabow State Forest scheduled for Oct. 27

    BECKLEY, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) will conduct a public tour at Kumbrabow State Forest Saturday,...

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  69. October 2, 2012
    State Forester Randy Dye Elected President of NASF

      CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia State Forester Randy Dye was elected to serve a full term as president of the...

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  70. September 26, 2012
    Fall forest fire season starts Monday, Oct. 1, 2012

      CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that the state’s fall forest fire...

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  71. August 17, 2012
    Ginseng Season Opens Sept. 1

      CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s ginseng digging season starts Sept. 1. Ginseng diggers, often called "sengers," will be...

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  72. August 15, 2012
    State Tree Nursery holding annual seed purchase

    WEST COLUMBIA, W.Va. – Clements State Tree Nursery in West Columbia is purchasing seed from West Virginia and Ohio seed...

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  73. August 8, 2012
    West Virginia Division of Forestry Sends Firefighting Crew to South Dakota

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A 20-person wild land firefighting crew was activated to assist with fire suppression efforts in the Black...

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  74. July 24, 2012
    Princeton Leadership Workshop Targets Wood Products Companies

      CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Wood Education and Resource Center in Princeton, W.Va., will host a leadership workshop on...

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  75. July 6, 2012
    Governor Tomblin Authorizes Burning Ban

      CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin continued travelling throughout the state...

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  76. June 13, 2012
    Living Witnesses to the Civil War

    Big Trees survived conflict and are still standing tall   CHARLESTON, W.Va. – If trees could talk the state’s oldest ones...

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  77. May 31, 2012
    Marketing and business workshops for woodworking companies

      CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two workshops are scheduled for June at the Wood Education and Resource Center in Princeton, W.Va. A...

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  78. May 23, 2012
    Local Tree Farm Named Farm of the Year

    Follow us on Facebook: WV Commerce - Forestry   CROSS LANES, W.Va. – A 308-acre farm on Rich Creek of Elk River in Kanawha...

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  79. May 10, 2012
    Public tour at Coopers Rock State Forest scheduled for May 19

      BECKLEY, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) will conduct a public tour at Coopers Rock State Forest...

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  80. May 4, 2012
    West Virginia DNR and Plum Creek expand state’s first and oldest public-private partnership to improve trout fishing

    LEWISBURG, W. Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) and Plum Creek today announced they are expanding a...

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  81. May 2, 2012
    Big Tree Champion Crowned in West Virginia

    FARMINGTON, W.Va. – American Forests’ newly released National Register of Big Trees named Monongalia County’s Virginia pine the...

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  82. April 11, 2012
    Governor Declares April Arbor Month

    Communities throughout West Virginia hold celebrations CHARLESTON, W.Va. – By official proclamation, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin...

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  83. March 23, 2012
    Forestry honors 5-Year Logger of Excellence in Tucker County

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Tucker County business was among 21 companies recognized recently by the West Virginia Division of...

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  84. March 23, 2012
    Forestry honors 5-Year Loggers of Excellence in Lewis, Upshur and Randolph

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Four businesses in north-central West Virginia were among 21 companies recognized recently by the West...

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  85. March 23, 2012
    Forestry honors 5-Year Loggers of Excellence in Kanawha and Putnam counties

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two Charleston-area businesses were among 21 companies recognized recently by the West Virginia Division of...

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  86. March 23, 2012
    Forestry honors 5-Year Logger of Excellence in Raleigh County

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Raleigh County business was among 21 companies recognized recently by the West Virginia Division of...

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  87. March 23, 2012
    Forestry honors 5-Year Loggers of Excellence in Morgantown

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two Morgantown businesses were among 21 companies recognized recently by the West Virginia Division of...

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  88. March 23, 2012
    Forestry honors 5-Year Loggers of Excellence in Greenbrier County

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Three Greenbrier County businesses were among 21 companies recognized recently by the West Virginia Division...

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  89. March 22, 2012
    Tornado caused extensive timber damage in Lincoln and Wayne counties Division of Forestry helping landowners salvage what they c

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Forestry officials say a tornado that touched down in Wayne and Lincoln counties earlier this month...

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  90. March 21, 2012
    Safe outdoor burning tips

      CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A windy March day is great for flying a kite, but not for burning brush. That’s why state foresters are...

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  91. March 12, 2012
    Eastern redbuds announce spring’s arrival; seedlings available from state tree nursery

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Eastern redbud (Cercis Canadensis) has announced spring in the Mountain State for centuries.  Clusters...

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  92. March 8, 2012
    Evergreen seedlings good for wildlife

      West Columbia, W.Va. – When considering which trees to plant in your woodlot or landscape, don’t overlook evergreens...

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  93. March 7, 2012
    Time to order seedlings for spring planting

      West Columbia, W.Va. – Spring is almost here and now is the perfect time to order tree seedlings for your planting...

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  94. March 2, 2012
    Division of Forestry seeks site for demonstration riparian buffer planting

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Forestry is seeking two private landowners to donate streamside sites to plant...

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  95. February 29, 2012
    Spring forest fire season starts Thursday, March 1

     No outdoor burning until after 5 p.m.   Charleston, W.Va. — West Virginia’s spring forest fire season starts March 1, 2012,...

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  96. February 23, 2012
    Division of Forestry increases service to Kanawha County

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and the West Virginia Division of Forestry have partnered to...

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  97. February 13, 2012
    Forestry Honors Loggers of Excellence

      CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State forestry officials have named 21 companies as West Virginia 5-Year Loggers of Excellence...

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  98. January 13, 2012
    Two Commerce Agencies Relocate Headquarters

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Headquarters for the West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) and the Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and...

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  99. January 9, 2012
    State foresters saw drop in fall forest fires in 2011

      CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Assistant State Forester Walt Jackson said the implementation of new outdoor burning hours coupled with...

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  100. January 9, 2012
    Free trees for public plantings

    Mountaineer Treeways program accepting applications through March 16 FARMINGTON, W.Va. – Volunteer organizations and...

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