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 […]
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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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. […]