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Virginia is a diverse state in terms of topography and forests. This diversity includes forests ranging from bottomland hardwoods and cypress in the eastern coastal plain to high elevation spruce and fir forests on the highest mountains in western Virginia. Over 62 percent of the Commonwealth is forested with more than 16 million acres of forestland. Sixty two percent of this forestland is owned by private forest landowners (VDOF 2016). This forestland has been the foundation of a sustainable forest industry since colonial times. Virginia’s long history of forest and agricultural land use has resulted in a mosaic of land use patterns. Many of our current forest stands are growing on former agricultural fields and virtually all of Virginia’s forests have been harvested at some point in the past.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
April 3, 2017