Ecological Society of America stands behind Stadium Woods

On April 14 the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Ecological Society of America made its support of the preservation of Stadium Woods official with a resolution. The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Ecological Society of America: RESOLUTION SUPPORTING PROTECTION OF STADIUM WOODS 14 April 2012 Regarding the proposal to destroy a portion of Stadium Woods in order […]

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Famous big tree searchers visit Stadium Woods

Big tree searchers Byron Carmean and Gary Williamson visited Stadium Woods April 6 to see the new state champion choke cherry, as well as look for other notable trees in the area. The two naturalists, whose discoveries have resulted in the purchase of no less than three natural areas in Virginia, found the woods to […]

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APFSEC accepting your comments until April 4

Here is how I responded to the two rather narrowly focused questions posed by the Athletic Practice Field Siting Evaluation Committee: 1. Do the woods have special significance for campus or local community life? Yes- as of today, 1,909 Blacksburg residents have signed the on-line petition opposing the siting of the athletic practice facility in […]

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Clues from the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors

Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors meets today. Thanks to publicly available BoV Open Session Materials, we know that the proposed football practice facility slated for construction in Stadium Woods will be discussed at least twice. Here are the mentions in two different PDFs. Capital Outlay Budget, page 8 Auxiliary Enterprises Projects 12. The purpose of […]

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Coopers hawks are back!

Coopers Hawk

Visitors to Stadium Woods will be thrilled to see two large birds of prey building a new nest in the area directly behind the stadium, and making plenty of noise as they do. This is the second year in a row the woods have hosted a pair of these hawks. It is hard to know […]

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A “Done Deal”?

Forestry professor Dr. John Seiler compiled a timeline of the event leading to the reprieve from construction that Stadium Woods currently enjoys. This is adapted from the slides from his Stadium Woods talk given to the NRV Bird Club in early March 2012. January 20, 2011 Virginia Tech Arboretum Committee informed but asked to “keep […]

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Why Preserve the Woods?

Forestry professor Dr. Jeff Kirwan will answer this question when he speaks to Sustainable Blacksburg at their upcoming meeting. Please join us at the Blacksburg Library on March 22nd at 6:30 pm.

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A Seedling

Welcome to the start of the Friends of Stadium Woods website. What and where are the Stadium Woods, and why do they need saving?  Read on: Hidden behind Virginia Tech‘s Lane Stadium is a 15 acre tract of forest known as ‘Stadium Woods’. This woodland is a rare fragment of old growth forest that supports […]

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