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Stadium Woods: dendroecological reconstruction of an old-growth forest on a university campus

Old-growth forest experts including Dr. Neil Pederson, Robert Leverett and Lawrence Tucei have confirmed that Stadium Woods is unique. Core samples have proven that the very old white oaks are 250-350 years of age. Old-growth itself is extremely rare comprising less than half a percent of all remaining eastern forests. Finally dendrochronological scientific analysis** indicates the forest has not had any wide scale large disturbances and is still growing rapidly. Following is a partial Abstract from the recently published article by VA Tech professors on Stadium Woods old growth characteristics.


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Latest Blog Posts

Why VA Tech’s old-growth forest deserves permanent preservation

By Rebekah Paulson, ex. director, Friends of Stadium Woods   The primary mission of Friends of Stadium Woods is to prevent development and seek permanent preservation of the rare old-growth predominantly white oak urban forest on the Virginia Tech campus. Stadium Woods merits celebration and protection as a historical and natural environmental resource. It is […]

Stadium Woods, a treasured jewel, must thrive to survive

By Carola A. Haas Professor, Wildlife Ecology, VA Tech College of Natural Resources and the Environment One hundred years from now the most valuable asset on VA Tech’s campus will be Stadium Woods. As a living old-growth forest, these trees contain a legacy of history and diversity of immense value for teaching, research, and outreach. […]