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Saturday, July 11, 2020
This Just In! Registration for the first-ever virtual Virginia Forestry Summit is NOW OPEN!

Register today for the virtual Virginia Forestry Summit, taking place August 12 and 13, 2020!  Thanks to the generous support of our Sponsors and Exhibitors, participation in this event will be free for all members of VFA, SAF-Virginia and/or ACF-Virginia. New registration information and an updated event schedule for the virtual Summit will be shared by the end of June.

To view the schedule of events and list of speakers, click here. Bookmark the Summit website for continuing updates at, and don't forget to register!
American Forest Management Acquires South Rivers Forestry Consultants

"American Forest Management purchased the consulting firm after Carolyn Mulligan, Virginia District Manager, was approached by the Crawfords who were looking to retire and sell their business. They wanted a leading company they could entrust to take care of their employees and client base.

”SRF and AFM foresters are well acquainted, having developed long term ‘friendships through forestry’ as a result of working together on countless industry-related projects.  We look forward to a smooth transition for all involved,” said Jess Crawford."

For the full announcement, click here


Landowners Hopeful, But Wary After Cancellation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

"Rhododendron and mountain laurel are growing back on the slope of Piney Mountain as the summer forest covers the litter of logs left by tree-felling for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline across from the entrance to Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County.

Two and a half years after the trees fell, so did plans to build the 605-mile pipeline. Dominion Energy and Duke Energy abandoned the $8 billion project on Sunday after a six-year battle that pitted energy development against environmental protection and property rights in Nelson and other localities in the pipeline’s path."
For the full article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, click here.


$10 Million Grant Awarded for Mid-Atlantic Sustainable Biomass Consortium

"The National Institute for Food and Agriculture recently announced the recipients of $90 million in funding through the agency’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s Sustainable Agriculture Systems program.

The Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) is a main collaborator in a project lead by West Virginia University’s Jingxin Wang. The project, “Mid-Atlantic Sustainable Biomass for Value-added Products Consortium (MASBio)” was awarded $10 million over five years to deliver a sustainable and economically feasible biomass for value-added products system in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States."
For the full press release from the Forest Products Laboratory, click here.


Regulators Approve Dominion's Green Energy Plan

"State regulators on Thursday approved a proposal by Dominion Energy to sell customers exclusively renewable energy, a move that will largely trigger the closure of Virginia’s small renewable electricity market. 

Despite sharp criticism from environmental and renewable energy groups as well as large companies like Walmart, the green tariff proposal, known as Rider TRG, was found by the State Corporation Commission to be “just and reasonable and in the public interest.”
For the full article from the Virginia Mercury, click here.


Virgina Joins Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

"Virginia is now a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which is a market-based collaborative effort among several states to fight climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector while also driving economic growth.

Governor Ralph Northam made the announcement Wednesday, bringing Virginia in with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
For the full article from CBS 19, click here.
PR Web - July 7, 2020

GPB Education and the Georgia Forestry Foundation (GFF) have joined forces to launch MAKE THAT PAPER: CAREERS IN FORESTRY, a scenario-based educational...MORE

Forestry Association Seeks Extra $500 Million for COVID-19 Stimulus Package
Woodworking Network - July 8, 2020

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) is seeking an additional $500 million in federal State and Private Forestry (S&PF) program dollars to support its “COVID...MORE

Listen to Woodlands Around the World With This Forest Soundmap - July 9, 2020

A collaboration between Wild Rumpus and the Timber Festival, the project maps the sounds of woodlands and forests contributed by people from all around the globe...MORE

NC State Spin-Off TreeCo Aims to Revolutionize Forestry
WRAL TechWire - July 9, 2020

A company founded by two NC State researchers is setting out to revolutionize the forestry industry by combining insights from tree genetics with the power of genome...MORE

Outdoor Guide Recommends Forest Bathing for Everyone
DeKalb Champion - July 7, 2020

“Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, is a Japanese form of nature therapy that is designed to connect you with nature,” according to DNC’s news release...MORE
July 17, 24, and 31, 2020 - Fifteen Minutes in the Forest
Spend 15 minutes in the forest with Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension Foresters each Friday at noon to learn about timely forestry topics.
October 2, 2020 - Logging Safety Seminar
Don't miss this great safety training scheduled for October 2, 2020 at the Virginia Antique Truck & Tractor Museum.  Attendance is limited and you must register. Click here for more details.  Eligible for SHARP Logger and SAF continuing education.
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