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Title Summary Date ID Author(s)
2012 Annual Report, Agency 229 - Partners for Progress Jan 24, 2013 VCE-16
2013 Annual Report, Agency 229 - Partners for Progress Nov 12, 2014 VCE-196
2014 Annual Report, Agency 229 - Partners for Progress Nov 12, 2014 VCE-444
2015 Annual Report, Agency 229 — Partners for Progress Sep 30, 2015 VCE-583NP
Moving Toward Sustainable Forestry: Strategies for Forest Landowners Dec 15, 2014 420-144 (AREC-108NP)
The Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service December 2015 Housing Commentary: A

In December, the housing data was mixed. Total starts and permits declined on a month-over-month basis. Single-family permits, new and existing sales, housing under construction, completions, and all construction expenditure sectors improved month-over-month. All the aforementioned sectors were positive on a year-over-year basis. From a regional perspective, all data were mixed across all segments. 

Feb 24, 2016 ANR-182NP
The Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service December 2015 Housing Commentary: Part B

If current laws governing federal taxes and spending generally remained in place, by CBO’s projections, real GDP would grow by 2.7 percent this calendar year and by 2.5 percent in 2017, as measured by the change from the fourth quarter of the previous year. From 2018 through 2020, the economy would grow at an average annual rate of 2.0 percent, CBO projects.

Feb 25, 2016 ANR-183NP
The Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service February 2016 Housing Commentary: Section I

In January, the housing data was less than inspiring. Two things: First, it was January's data (historically a slow month) and two, it was one-month’s data. We need 3, 4, or 5-months data to assess the direction of the housing market. In January, total and single-family starts, permits, new house sales, and new single-family construction spending all declined month-over-month.

Apr 29, 2016 ANR-189NP (ANR-196NP)
The Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service February 2016 Housing Commentary: Section II

“Home prices continue to climb at more than twice the rate of inflation. The low inventory of homes for sale -- currently about a five month supply – means that would-be sellers seeking to trade-up are having a hard time finding a new, larger home. The recovery of the sale and construction of new homes has lagged the gains seen in existing home sales.

May 4, 2016 ANR-190NP (ANR-197NP)
The Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service March 2016 Housing Commentary: Section I

In March, seasonally-adjusted housing data was mostly negative, with a few series indicating minimal increases. All data series remain positive year-over-year, particularly single-family starts and completions. Regionally, data were mixed across all sectors and of particular note was the substantial decrease in West’s new single-family house sales. From the beginning of 2010, housing has improved incrementally. However, most sectors of the housing market remain well less than their respective historical averages.

May 17, 2016 ANR-202NP
The Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service March 2016 Housing Commentary: Section II

In March, seasonally-adjusted housing data was mostly negative, with a few series indicating minimal increases. All data series remain positive year-over-year, particularly single-family starts and completions. Regionally, data were mixed across all sectors and of particular note was the substantial decrease in West’s new single-family house sales. From the beginning of 2010, housing has improved incrementally. However, most sectors of the housing market remain well less than their respective historical averages.

May 17, 2016 ANR-203NP
The Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service October 2015 Housing Commentary: Section I

October's housing data was variable and mildly disappointing, with total starts negative on a month-over-month (single-family too) and year-over-year basis. New sales, permits, and single-family and improvement construction spending improved on a monthly basis. The same cannot be written about existing sales and completions, which decreased. On a regional basis, permits, starts, and completions were mixed; with housing under construction being positive. The housing market typically slows this time of year. Hence we should look at all data on a long-term basis and not from a monthly perspective.

Mar 24, 2016 ANR-191NP
Trees for Problem Landscape Sites -- Air Pollution

Conditions in urban environments place trees under numerous stresses including compacted soil, soil moisture extremes, and reduced soil fertility. Polluted air is another stress that contributes to the decline of urban trees. Air pollution may cause short-term (acute) damage, which is immediately visible, and long-term (chronic) damage, which can lead to gradual tree decline. Long-term damage may predispose trees to other disorders, making diagnosis difficult.

Apr 8, 2015 430-022 (HORT-123P)
Trees for Problem Landscape Sites — Screening

Using trees as living screens can easily enhance living and working spaces. Before selecting trees for screening, first determine the screen's purpose, whether functional or environmental. Screening can be used to define an area, modify or hide a view, create privacy, block wind, dust, salt and snow, control noise, filter light, and direct traffic flow.

Apr 9, 2015 430-025 (HORT-117P)
Trees for Problem Landscape Sites — Trees for Hot Sites

Hot landscape sites require special consideration before trees are planted. Trees can survive, and even thrive, in hot sites if the site is prepared correctly, if heat-tolerant species are selected, and if the trees are properly maintained. A variety of different locations and situations qualify as hot landscape sites.

Apr 9, 2015 430-024 (HORT-118P)
Trees for Problem Landscape Sites — Trees for Landscape Containers and Planters

Planting trees in aboveground containers and planters is becoming a common practice on sites that are not suited for inground planting. Containers differ from raised planters in that they are usually smaller in volume and moveable, whereas planters are generally larger, and often built as part of the permanent hardscape (paving, etc.). The greatest challenge in selecting trees for containers and planters is in choosing trees that can survive temperature extremes, and that can establish roots in a limited volume of substrate (potting soil). Consider several factors when selecting containers and trees including environmental influences, container and planter design, substrate type, and tree characteristics.

Apr 9, 2015 430-023 (HORT-119P)
Trees for Problem Landscape Sites — Wet and Dry Sites Apr 8, 2015 430-026 (HORT-114P)
Virginia 4-H School Enrichment: Forestry

Extension agents and volunteers should not hesitate to start a program in forestry because of a perceived lack of knowledge. There are forestry professionals in every county, and most realize that attitudes of youth will profoundly affect the future of forestry. The following six lessons were selected because they represent activities that youth enjoy, and they lead to other 4-H projects and activities. All of them match SOLs for the suggested grades.

May 1, 2009 388-802
Virginia Master Naturalist, American Naturalists Jun 19, 2015 465-312(ANR-20NP)
Virginia Wildlife Project - Wildlife Foods May 1, 2009 390-405
Wood Identification for Species Native to Virginia Sep 24, 2013 ANR-64P