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VSU partners with Virginia Tech to form Virginia Cooperative Extension.  Virginia Cooperative Extension puts university knowledge into the hands of people. We are credible experts and educators who provide information, education, and tools you can use every day to improve your life.

Extension Programs include:

For more information about Natural Resource and Forestry Extension Programs near you, contact VSU Faculty or your local Cooperative Extension office

VSU Focal Areas

VSU’s College of Agriculture, Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Virginia Department of Forestry have agreed cooperate, based on each institution’s strengths. VSU has identified the three potential focal areas for its Natural Resource and Forestry program: Small Woodlot ManagementUrban Forest Management and Alternative Forest Production Systems. We also engage youth and adults in environmental education.  Each focal area will consist of three parts: Research, Outreach, and Education.  To provide feedback on these focal areas, please contact VSU Forestry and Natural Resource Faculty.

More Links

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Virginia Department of Forestry

Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program (Virginia Tech/Virginia Cooperative Extension)

Virginia Forestry Association

Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

USDA Forest Service

Did you know?

  • Natural and modified ecosystems contribute numerous environmental services, such as clean water, clean air, and habitat for wildlife.  The value of these services is estimated at over $10 billion annually for Virginia alone.
  • Over past decades some wildlife species have rebounded, while others are on the decline.
  • 62% of Virginia and 33% of the US is forested.   Many cities also have unique urban forests.
  • 80% of Virginia forestland is owned by non-industrial private forest landowners. (Rose 2009)
  • 1/3 of streams in Virginia are impaired. 
  • Virginia’s forest industry generates $17 billion annually, and employs 100,000 people. (Rephann 2013)
  • Natural resource management is a multidisciplinary field, including biological, physical, and social sciences, as well as arts and humanities.  YOU have something to contribute!

Science-based management of natural resources such as woods, water, and wildlife is essential to ensure maximum benefits for society now and in the future?

If you have questions about managing forests for income or other objectives, or about how trees and other forest plants and animals impact you and your community, please feel contact the Extension Specialists below with your questions.  Also, please contact us if you have input or suggestions to help VSU further develop its forestry program.



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