Bowl Winners Deserve a Parking Lot – Take Action

By Rebekah Paulson, ex. director, Friends of Stadium Woods I am a Hokie Football Fan. I enjoy watching the games and cheering for the home team. The last three years I’ve had a chance to meet many of our fine players. They are friendly, humble, gracious and respectful. I spend a great deal of time […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Evaluate parking one more time

by Rosemarie G. Sawdon Letter to the editor, Roanoke Times, published in the NRV Burgs, July 7, 2013 Friends of Stadium Woods has learned that the area surrounding the woods and on one side of the old-growth trees will be used to park football team vehicles before and during games. This issue received much publicity […]

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Stadium Woods Spring

Spring’s arrival reminds me of last May and the burst of life within Stadium Woods. The tropical blue tanagers chirping high up in the oaks, flowering cherry trees and healing mayflower opening up after a cold Blacksburg winter. People joined the blossoming season with more vigor and joy ever seen in the Woods before. We […]

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Position Statement from VT’s Arboretum Committee

2012OctArbCommitteeLetterSherwood

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Stadium Woods is not safe yet

Many of those following the news about the fate of Stadium Woods believe that Virginia Tech has decided against developing the woods. This is partially true; Athletics will not build the proposed indoor football practice facility in Stadium Woods. The woods, however, have not been given any permanent protection (source). Virginia Tech may still build […]

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Press Release: Friends Occupy 400 Year Old Tree Root Zones

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FRIENDS OCCUPY 400 YEAR OLD OAK TREE ROOT ZONES Virginia Tech continues to park football player vehicles on the root zones and under the ancient canopy of 400 year old trees in the old growth campus forest known as Stadium Woods. Despite repeated requests by campus and community constituents, vehicles are parked […]

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Letter to Governor Bob McDonnell

On October 5, 2012 we sent the following letter to the Governor of Virginia in the hopes of permanently preserving Stadium Woods. Download the PDF of the letter. RE: The protection and preservation of the old growth urban forest known as Stadium Woods on the Virginia Tech campus Dear Governor McDonnell: As you know, there […]

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Congratulations to Jeff Kirwan for receiving the VDOF’s Crown Award!

Jeffrey Kirwan of Blacksburg, VA Tech professor emeritus and forestry Extension specialist in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, has been awarded the Virginia Department of Forestry’s highest civilian honor – the Crown Award. read article from VDOF here read article from VT News here

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