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Jennifer Gagnon

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Characteristics of Common Western Virginia Trees Dec 15, 2014 420-351 (ANR-118NP)
Dealing with Timber Theft

Forestland can provide countless hours of recreational benefits as well as an important source of income. Many landowners take careful steps to ensure that their property is managed to maximize the benefits they receive. However, all of this work can be easily eradicated by one of Virginia’s most dreaded forest pests: timber thieves.

Jan 21, 2015 420-136(AREC-107P)
Forest Landowner’s Guide To The Measurement Of Timber And Logs

As a forest landowner interested in selling timber, you are naturally interested in the price you will receive
for your product and how that price is determined. The measurement of standing timber and logs may seem
strange and complicated to you, and it is possible that you may be quoted dramatically different prices based
upon differing estimates of the amount of timber you have and the units of measurement used. Methods of
measuring timber and the units of measurement often differ between buyers, and, as a seller, you should have
an understanding of these methods, the units of measurement, and an idea as to a reasonable price for your

Dec 15, 2014 420-085 (ANR-120P)
Forests of Virginia: Importance, Composition, Ecology, Threats, and Management Mar 4, 2016 465-315 (ANR-163P)
Guide to Threatened and Endangered Species on Private Lands In Virginia Oct 5, 2010 420-039
Invasive Exotic Plant Species Identification and Management Mar 18, 2015 420-320(AREC-106P)
Invasive Exotic Plant Species: Ailanthus (Ailanthus altissima) May 4, 2015 420-322(ANR-122P)
Invasive Exotic Plant Species: Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)

Autumn olive was introduced to the U.S. from Japan and China in 1830. It was originally planted for wildlife habitat, shelterbelts, and mine reclamation, but has escaped cultivation. It is dispersed most frequently by birds and other wildlife, which eat the berries.

Dec 3, 2014 420-321 (ANR-123P)
Invasive Exotic Plant Species: Honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.) Jan 20, 2015 420-323(ANR-124P)
Investing in Sustainable Forestry; A Guide for Virginia’s Forest Landowners May 18, 2011 420-186
Measuring Site Index
Site index (SI) is a measurement commonly used by foresters to describe the productivity of a site. Typically this measurement is used to describe sites growing well-stocked even-aged forests. Site index is the average height of the dominant1 and codominant2 trees on the site, at a given age (base age). Typically, the base age for hardwoods and white pine in Virginia is 50 years, while the base age for loblolly pine is 25 years. For example, a SI of 75, base age 50, means that the average height of the dominant and codominant trees on a site will be 75 feet when they are 50 years old (SI50=75). The higher the SI, the higher the site productivity (trees will grow faster than on a site with a lower SI).
Dec 3, 2014 2812-1028 (ANR-125NP)
Shortleaf Pine: An Option for Virginia Landowners May 1, 2009 420-165
So You Want To Sell Timber Sep 23, 2015 ANR-154P
Sustainable Forestry: A Guide for Virginia Forest Landowners Feb 3, 2016 420-139 (ANR-157P)
The Role of Logging Business Owners in Forest Certification
Many forest products companies and landowners participate in forest certification programs. Forest certification programs set standards for sustainable forest management and verify that they are being met. Certification programs can demonstrate to consumers that certified forest products come from trees that were grown and harvested sustainably. Participants in certification programs commit to meeting sustainable forest management standards and are periodically audited by a third party to verify compliance.
May 22, 2013 ANR-51NP
Timber Selling Tips: Forestry Fact Sheet for Landowners Sep 23, 2015 ANR-155P
To Certify or Not? An Important Question for Virginia’s Family Forest Owners

Family forest owners ask themselves many questions about their properties, such as if and when to cut timber, what types of wildlife to manage for, how to control exotic invasive species, and how to protect water quality. An increasingly common question that forest owners ask is whether they should certify their forests.

This publication can help forest owners determine if certification is an appropriate option. It defines certification, as well as its benefits and costs, and describes three common certification programs in Virginia. It also covers how family forest owners can begin the certification process, lists sources of additional information, and answers frequently asked questions.

Sep 9, 2013 ANR-50P
Trees and Water Jul 30, 2012 ANR-18NP
Welcome to the Woods! A Guide for New Virginia Woodland Owners May 13, 2015 ANR-136P