100th Anniversary of the Virginia Department of Forestry Tree Nurseries


WHEREAS, in 1914, the Commonwealth of Virginia created the Office of the State Forester under the State Geological Commission; and

WHEREAS, the Office’s original charge was to “…ascertain the best methods of reforesting cut-over and denuded lands, foresting waste land, preventing the destruction of forests by fire, the administering of forests on forestry principles, the instruction and encouragement of private owners in preserving and growing timber for commercial and manufacturing purposes, and the general conservation of forest tracts around the headwaters on the watersheds of all water courses of the state”; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) established its first tree seedling nursery in Charlottesville in December 1916; and

WHEREAS, the employees of the VDOF Nurseries have planted, grown, harvested, and sold two billion tree seedlings since planting its first crop of seed in the spring of 1917; and

WHEREAS, the trees grown at the VDOF Nurseries and planted all across the state have provided the citizens of the Commonwealth with clean air, clean water, recreational opportunities, and a habitat for wildlife and natural beauty; and

WHEREAS, Virginia has more than 16 million acres of forestland; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth’s forest resources generate an economic impact of more than $17 billion each year and employ more than 103,000 people in Virginia;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize the 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY TREE NURSERIES in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.