Virginia Forestry and Wildlife Group wishes everyone a happy holiday season and hope you are enjoying the milder winter weather this year to get out afield. We are excited for a new year and have lots of great projects lined up fro 2012 already!
If you live in the Keswick area of Albemarle County, be sure to pick up the November and December issues of Keswick Life magazine. VFWG contributed a two part article on bobwhite quail for the magazine. Also, join Brian on January 21st in Front Royal as part of a roundtable discussion on native grassland management. Brian will join a panel of experts to answer questions about native meadows, wildlife management and ecological restoration. Here is a link to the sponsoring organization, VA Working Landscapes: http://vaworkinglandscapes.org/
We have already begun planning for the spring 2012 burn season and hope to get lots of prescribed fire on the ground this year. We will be maintaining native grass/meadow stands as well as upland oak restoration work in the mountains using fire. If you are interested in having us burn for you this year, be sure to contact us soon in case we need to apply for an exemption to the burn ban, which is in effect beginning mid-February and lasting through April. You may contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com
IMPORTANT: The deadline for exemption applications is February 1st, so contact us ASAP for prescribed fire work this spring. The spring time is the BEST time to burn native meadows and for controlling unwanted hardwoods in forested systems.