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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 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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Regarding the May 30th Roanoke Times article

To those Friends who saw the article in the Roanoke Times this morning May 30, 2012 let me clarify a few things. First the area of the woods is 11.3 acres not 13.75 as reported in the newspaper. The area in the newspaper comes from the BioHabitats (Environmental Consulting Firm hired by the Athletic Department) […]

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Simple, quick actions you can take to help save Stadium Woods

Dear Friends of Stadium Woods, Our efforts are working! Please take further action to save Stadium Woods! Stadium Woods Urgent Action and Upcoming Events Call the Governor and Secy of Natural Resources ASAP. Call Sen. Mark Warner, Sen. John Edwards, and First Lady Michelle Obama. See details of upcoming events including 5/8 Sharyn McCrumb book […]

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Another Resolution for the Preservation of Stadium Woods

Great news from Virginia Tech forestry professor Dr. John Seiler! On Friday April 27, 2012 the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment Faculty Association passed a resolution for the preservation of Stadium Woods. Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment is the only comprehensive education, research, and outreach program in natural resources […]

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Official Statement From the VT Environmental Coalition

The Virginia Tech Environmental Coalition asked us to help distribute their official statement regarding the preservation of Stadium Woods and the Colbert Report invite. Virginia Tech Administration, Faculty and Staff, As we are all aware, the Stadium Woods issue here at Virginia Tech has become increasingly apparent among students, faculty, staff, and Blacksburg community members. […]

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