Save Arlington National Cemetery's Old-Growth Forest
Comment Deadline: April 12, 2013
Arlington National Cemetery is proposing expansion into 28 acres of old-growth woodland, the only remaining remnant of a 600 acre old-growth forest on the original 1,100 acre plantation established in 1802 by George Washington Parke Custis.
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The Virginia Wilderness Committee, Wild Virginia, and the USDA Forest Service hosted
A Celebration of Wilderness.
6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, at the Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg, VA
7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, at Martin Chapel of Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA.
Read Press Release | View Event Poster
Groups Challenge Timber Sale Near Lake Keokee
Appeal filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of The Clinch Coalition, the Virginia Chapter of the
Sierra Club, Virginia Forest Watch, and Wild South
June 27, 2012: WISE, VA- A proposed timber sale near Lake Keokee in the Jefferson National Forest would cause soil erosion, harm water
quality, and degrade mature forest habitat and the significant scenic and recreation values of the area, conservation groups
said in an appeal filed with the U.S. Forest Service. The proposed Wells Branch timber sale also violates several federal
environmental laws, the appeal claims. The timber sale would involve logging 285 acres of forest and constructing nearly 2.5 miles of new roads. Much of the
logging would take place around the popular Keokee Lake Recreation Area.
View the full Press Release | Read Virginia Star July 4 article
Duke and Oregon State Universities' Research Finds Forests More Valuable for Carbon Storage than as Source of Carbon-Neutral Fuel
The study released May 31, 2012 finds that leaving forests intact so they can continue to store carbon dioxide and keep it from re-entering the atmosphere will do more to curb climate change over the next century than cutting and burning their wood as fuel.
¡°Our results suggest that substituting woody bioenergy for fossil fuels isn¡¯t an effective method for climate change mitigation,¡± said Stephen R. Mitchell, a research scientist at Duke¡¯s Nicholas School of the Environment.
Read the full Press Release from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment
Help Save Virginia Tech's Stadium Woods
Send Comments -
Tell the Virginia Tech administration that you value the trees!
Please send comments to VT Board of Visitors: firstname.lastname@example.org and the building siting committee: email@example.com.
More information including sign the petition, background, contacts
Virginia Mountain Treasures: Virginia Forest Watch is pleased to present Virginia Mountain Treasures, a video slideshow celebrating 130 unique wild areas in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. More Details (including how you can schedule a presentation for your group)
Virginia losing one acre of forest
every 20 minutes - Virginia Dept. of Forestry releases State of the Forest
report: A report released Nov. 9 by the Virginia Department of Forestry
indicates decreasing forests in Virginia.
Read Daily News article
(includes quotes from VAFW's Jason Woodfin and Bud Watson)
Download VDOF 2010 State of the Forest report
May 2010: VAFW RECEIVES DONATION FROM VIRGINIA BEACH 5TH GRADER - Virginia Forest Watch was recently the recipient of a $220 donation from a 5th grader in Virginia Beach, VA.
March 27, 2009: Virginia Ridge and Valley Act Passes Both Houses of Congress - Bill Protecting 53,000 of the Jefferson National Forest goes to President for Signature -
The Virginia Ridge and Valley Act, a wilderness and national scenic area bill that protects 53,000 acres of southwestern Virginia¡¯s most unique wild places, passed the US House of Representatives on Wednesday.
Read VAFW Press Release (includes photos)
Jan. 30, 2009: Gone With The Windmills? - Open letter to President Obama about wind turbines and forests from nature writer and VAFW board member Chris Bolgiano.
Dec. 18, 2008: Wood Turtle Makes Top 10 List
of Species in Need of Protection - New report highlights
nations species in danger of extinction -
Charlottesville, VA The wood turtle is one of the most
in-need species for protection under the Endangered Species Act,
according to a report released today by the Endangered Species
Coalition. The report, Without a Net: Top Ten Wildlife,
Fish and Plants in Need of Endangered Species Act
Protection, demonstrates the critical need to reinvigorate
the process under the Endangered Species Act used to protect our
nations species on the brink of extinction. Read VAFW Press
Dec. 17, 2008: Conservation Groups Call on the Agriculture
Sec. Nominee to Set New Direction for Forest Service; Reverse
Bushs Damaging Legacy in the First 100 Days -
President-elect Obama announced today the nomination of former
Governor of Iowa, Tom Vilsack as the new Secretary of
Agriculture. Nearly 100 conservation organizations representing
over 1.5 million members and citizens from around the country
call on Vilsack to reverse damaging policies promulgated by the
Bush administration and set a new course for the U.S. Forest
VAFW Press Release
Virginia Forest Watch Welcomes Forester To Staff -
We are very pleased to welcome Jason Woodfin to our staff
said VAFW president Jerry Gray of Clintwood, Va.
have worked with many good foresters in both Virginia and
surrounding states over the years we have not been able to actually place a forester on staff until now.
Jason Woodfin will be directing VAFWs Private Forest
Program and promoting sustainable forest management practices on
private lands in Virginia. Read VAFW Press Release
Industrial-scale wind energy facility proposed on high
ridges of the George Washington National Forest: Company begins filing initial turbine applications
Times-Dispatch March 25, 2008 article.
Jan. 30, 2008: Sustaining Virginias Forests
through Forest Certification - Feeling the pressure,
landowners seek new markets. New report identifies benefits,
Release | View
Daily News-Record Sept. 28, 2007 article: Marshall Run area - Plan For Timber Brings Memories Flooding Back. Marshall Run Area¡¯s Residents Concerned. | Steve Krichbaum's Oct. 25, 2007 Letter-to-the-Editor
Kingsport Times/News Sept. 18, 2007 article: Back Valley Timber Sale - Proposed Jefferson National Forest timber sale delayed. Logging operation has been postponed while a district ranger revises an environmental assessment of the project.
Sept. 14, 2007: Forest Service Pulls Timber Sale, Public Calls for Greater Protection of Scott County's Dry Creek Watershed in Next Decision
- District Ranger Ron Bush of the Clinch Ranger District has decided to temporarily withdraw the controversial Back Valley Timber Sale while he revises the environmental assessment to address some discrepancies and other areas of concern.
| Read Press Release and View Photos
Roanoke Times March 7,
2007 Editorial: Under a new rule on the forests
- Roanoke Times Columnist Elizabeth Strother writes about the
George Washington NF Plan Revision and the new rules that will
guide the process.
A call to protect the
forest - an op-ed encouraging public involvement during the
George Washington NF Plan Revision written by VAFW's Sherman
Bamford. It appeared in the February 25, 2007 Roanoke Times.
The Washington Post February 17 2007 article: Habitat loss, cultural shift add up to
fewer Virginia hunters
Feb. 16, 2007: Conservationists call for ecological restoration on the George Washington National Forest - A broad coalition of conservation and forest-protection groups called on the U.S. Forest Service today to focus on protecting clean water, diverse wildlife habitat, old-growth forests and remote, wild areas, as well as prime recreation spots, in updating the long-range management plan for the 1.1 million-acre George Washington National Forest in western Virginia.
| Read Press Release
Field & Stream March 2007 article: Unwild America: If the Roadless Rule Doesn't Stand, We'll Soon be out of Wilderness
Feb. 5, 2007: Bush Administration proposes selling of National Forest lands - For the second year in a row, the Bush
administration has proposed selling off up to 300,000 acres of
national forests and other public land to help pay for rural
schools and roads. This is part of President Bush's FY2008
budget. In Virginia, there is a slight drop from 5,718 acres last year to
5,392 acres this year. Three parcels were dropped this time
around. Those include 205 acres in Giles County, 121 acres in
Roanoke County, and 2 acres in Augusta County.
Please contact your Congressman to oppose this sell off of our
TCC News: Logging Jobs Closed Down!
Members of The Clinch Coalition (TCC) have been inspecting logging jobs on the Clinch Ranger District. As a result of these inspections, it appears that two loggers have pulled off two separate jobs. More information (including photos), (posted online Jan. 30, 2007)
January 11, 2007: Roanoke Times article: Forest officials set sights on ATVs - A dozen people may face 50 federal charges for illegally riding
ATVs on federal land.
August 14, 2006: Richmond Times-Dispatch article Groups Fight Logging - Environmentalists are vowing to continue their fight against logging in the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia despite new U.S. Forest Service rules they say will increase timber cuts.
Various environmental groups had filed appeals two years ago to stop proposed land-management plans for five Southern national forests, including the Jefferson, arguing that the Forest Service ignored conservationists' analysis that the plans would allow logging to destroy wildlife habitat and choke pristine streams.
May 26, 2006: Virginia Forest Watch monitoring of Upper Craig logging in Montgomery County reveals logging under wet and muddy conditions.
May 5, 2006: National Forest Lands Could Go Up For Sale The Baltimore Sun article includes quotes from an interview with Virginia Forest Watch's Sherman Bamford.
February 18, 2006: Bush Administration proposes selling of National Forest lands | VAFW's Sherman Bamford's Op-Ed Commentary: "National Forest Land Sell-off is a Mistake" (Added March 16, 2006) | View Maps of National Forest
lands up for sale. | Dr. M. Rupert Cutler statement. | Read the Feb. 14, 2006 Roanoke Times Editorial "Give Bush an acre, and he'll take a
December 13, 2005: Runoff causes logging shutdown Lynchburg News & Advance article about Upper Pedlar Timber Sale.
November 16, 2005: Forests: Lumber, Landfill, or Living Legacy? Virginia Forest Watch's Sherman Bamford Op-Ed piece published in the Roanoke Times
Oct. 07, 2005: Forest Service Drops Plan for ATV Trails
- New trail system would have unacceptably harmed water
resources in the Clinch River watershed. | Read VAFW Press Release
Support the Virginia
Ridge & Valley Act of 2005
On September 10, 2005 Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. received the
Sierra Club's William O. Douglas Award on behalf of the
Waterkeeper Alliance. In his speech at the Sierra Club's National
Convention and Expo, Kennedy said, "As the communities that our parents gave us,
we've got to start by protecting our environmental
infrastructure, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the
public lands, the fisheries, the wildlife, the public areas that
connect us to our past, that connect us to our history, that
provide context to our communities that are the source ultimately
of our values and virtues and character as a people."
full transcript of Kennedy's speech
August 24, 2005: Virginia Forest Watch wins appeal on Round Mountain Timber Sale on New River Valley Ranger District.
August 23, 2005: The Clinch Coalition purchases area billboards opposing logging on High Knob in the Clinch Ranger District. (includes photos of billboards) | Kingsport Times-News August 23, 2005 article
July 25, 2005: "And Still
They Fall" - A Report on Old Growth Logging in the
George Washington National Forest released by Virginia Forest
Watch, WildLaw, Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project, Wild
Virginia and the Sierra Club. The report addresses the failure of
the Forest Service to conserve and restore old growth forest
communities in the Southeast, highlighting the Hoover Creek
Timber Sale as a case study.
Toms Knob Area Threatened by Logging; Virginia Forest Watch & Sierra Club File Appeal
June 16, 2005: Sierra Club and Virginia Forest Watch Press Release: NEW REPORT REVEALS THAT OLD GROWTH FORESTS WERE CUT AT HOOVER CREEK - Sierra Club and Virginia Forest Watch to Lead "Tour de Cut" on Saturday June 18
Highlighting Threats to Old Growth & Roadless Areas in Virginia
Clinch Coalition Members Look at Logging Job - Request Meeting with Forest Service Officials (Clinch Coalition Press Release April 14, 2005; includes photos)
April 14, 2005: VAFW Press Release: Bad Logging Practices Continue! ¡°Worst Job Ever¡± Found in Buchanan County (includes photos)
April 6, 2005: Earth Day Concert to Benefit Forest Protection Groups to be held on April 22
May 11, 2005: Heartwood, Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project, National Forest Protection Alliance, Indiana Forest Alliance, Buckeye Forest Council, Kentucky Heartwood,
Wild Virginia, Virginia Forest Watch Press Release: Citizen Groups File Suit To Enforce Endangered Species Act Against Two Federal Agencies | Complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Western Division
The Fauquier Citizen: Forest friendly
Loggers use horses to take worst trees, leave best
"2005: Nature's Crisis" by Dave Foreman
My Mountains, My Hopes
Virginia delegate lauds work of Clinch Coalition
Coalition celebrates seven years
Many Loggers Still Failing to Notify
Landowner Protection Bill Passes
Enviros Decry Voluntary Logging Rules
Forest activists protest Bush policies
May 4, 2004: Logging Quality Worsens
April 28, 2004: Groups file multiple appeals of land-use plans for Southern Appalachian national forests - A coalition of conservation groups today challenged U.S. Forest Service plans to increase roadbuilding and commercial logging at the expense of protecting water quality and wild areas on the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia.
Assault Plan For A Forest
The National Forests Belong to the People
Protest Aimed at Greed
EDITORIAL: Healthy forests
Response to Lynchburg N/A Article
BAD PLANNING FOR FORESTS (2 Letters)
Offering the Nation's Resources
to the Highest Bidder