New Effort to plan future of VT’s Stadium Woods underway

Tonia Moxley, January 30th, 2015


Virginia Tech holds community input meeting for Stadium Woods

Duke Carter, January 22, 2015


 Stadium Woods Stewardship

Robbie Harris, January 21, 2015


Virginia Tech developing stewardship plan for Stadium Woods

Bob Spieldenner, January 21, 2015


Why thou shalt not park under that old white oak tree

Jeff Kirwan, January 25, 2015


Military Bowl winners deserve a parking lot

Rebekah Paulson, January 15, 2015


New development could impact stadium woods in Blacksburg

Orlando Salinas, December 8, 2015


Speaking for the Trees: Old Growth Forests in Virginia

Robbie Harris, March 28, 2014


Old-Growth Forest Lecture

Joan Maloff, March 4, 2014


Stadium Woods preserve defeated

Michael Sluss, January 31, 2014


Virginia Tech’s Stadium Woods not a priority for state lawmakers
Michael Sluss, January 23, 2014


Seiler: The incomparable Stadium Woods

John Seiler, January 12, 2014


Paulson: Old-growth deserves preservation

Rebekah Paulson, January 12, 2014


Letters Pick of the day: Vote to protect the woods

Rosemarie Sawdon, January 7, 2014


Senate bill would block use of Virginia Tech’s Stadium Woods

Tonia Moxley, Roanoke Times, January 3, 2014


Stadium Woods group seeks financial goal to continue work

Tonia Moxley, Roanoke Times, December 21, 2013


Site for new VT indoor practice facility named

Aaron Atkins, Editor, News Messenger, News Journal, September 23, 2013


Keeping Peace in Stadium Woods Editorial 

September 15, 2013


Preserve a living legacy: Carola Haas

September 11, 2013


Delayed compromises hamper practice facility construction 

Alex Koma, Collegiate Times, September 11, 2013


Virginia Tech gets approval for new site for indoor practice facility

Mark Giannotto, Washington Post, September 10, 2013


Virginia Tech Stadium Woods

WSLS10, September 2013


Virginia Tech Stadium Woods

WSLS10, September 2013


Safe For Now

Robbie Harris WVTF, September 6, 2013

Virginia Tech makes changes to parking plan for 2013 football season

Nadine Maeser WDBJ7, June 25, 2013


A closer look at the proposed sites for Virginia Tech’s indoor practice facility

Andy Bitter Roanoke Times, June 5, 2013


Paulson’s environmentalism has deep roots

Pat Brown News Messenger, May 2013


Concert aims to preserve woods

Abbey Williams Collegiate TimesMay 2, 2013


Demolition by Neglect: Stadium Woods, VA Tech’s Old Growth Forest (p. 10)

Rebekah Paulson Old Dominion Sierran, Winter 2013

Virginia Tech’s Stadium Woods must be preserved

Marlene A. Condon Free-Lance Star, September 16, 2012


Stadium Woods prove academics come first

Sharath Rereddy Collegiate Times, September 4, 2012


Stadium Woods remains firmly rooted behind Lane for now

Mallory Noe-Payne Collegiate Times, August 27, 2012


Virginia Tech won’t build football practice facility in Stadium Woods

Ken Heineck WSLS, August 21, 2012


Returning to Stadium Woods

Caity Gonano American Forests, August 17, 2012



Committee: Virginia Tech should not cut down trees for sports complex

Lindy Royce-Bartlett CNN, June 6, 2012


Va. Tech athletic facility site problematic

Michael Geissler Minnesota Daily, June 6, 2012


Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors mulls three new potential construction sites for indoor facility

Norm Wood Daily Press, June 5, 2012


Virginia Tech committee recommends change to Stadium Woods plan

Tim Ciesco WSLS 10, June 4, 2012


Virginia Tech’s planned indoor football facility pits progress vs. preservation

David Teel Daily Press, June 3, 2012


Save Stadium Woods

Belle Rose Coarse Cracked Corn Blog, June 3, 2012


We Talkin’ ‘Bout PRACTICE? Virginia Tech May Cut Woods for Football Facility

Miles Grant The Green Miles Blog, June 3, 2012


Study On “Stadium Woods” Complete

David Tate WSET TV, June 1, 2012


It’s football vs. forest in Va. Tech sports facility controversy

Lindy Royce-Bartlett CNN, May 31, 2012


Virginia Tech’s Stadium Woods Threatened

Jack Murray, Blue Ridge Outdoors, May 7, 2012


Save Stadium Woods: Virginia Tech Group Fights To Stop Destruction Of Centuries-Old Trees

Connor Adams Sheets, International Business Times, May 7, 2012


Stadium Woods supporters present petition to Virginia Tech

Ken Heineck, WSLS 10, May 3, 2012


Students call on ‘Colbert Report’ to help save Stadium Woods

Cody Owens, Collegiate Times, May 2, 2012


Dr. Seuss Speaks about the Stadium Woods Debate

Sam Howard, The Black Sheep, May 1, 2012


Virginia Tech group to name tree after Stephen Colbert

WDBJ7 Web Staff, WDBJ7, May 1, 2012


Stadium Woods to be featured on ‘Colbert Report’

Dean Seal, Collegiate Times, April 30, 2012


Stadium Woods vs. Virginia Tech Football

T Squared’s 4 Square, April 27, 2012

Virginia Tech Stadium Woods group to name tree after Stephen Colbert

TV Staff Reporters, WSLS, April 26, 2012

“A group supporting the saving of an old growth section of forest at Virginia Tech, plans to try to enlist help from a well known late-night comedian.

The Environmental Coalition plans to name one of the old oak trees in the Stadium Woods section, after Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, host of the “Colbert Report.” The group plans to ceremonial name the tree “The Quercus Omnipotens Colberticus, The Almighty Colbert Oak.”
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Group rallies to save Stadium Woods at Virginia Tech

Tim Ciesco, WSLS, April 22, 2012

Watch the video, or read the transcript. “When it comes to proud traditions at Virginia Tech, football certainly comes to mind. While they support their Hokies wholeheartedly, one group of students, faculty, and community members say they hope another proud tradition at the school won’t be lost in spite of it.

“’Stadium Woods is just part of the legacy of being a Hokie,’ said Virginia Tech junior Erica Largen.”
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Stadium Woods allows hands-on, free education

Ted Martello, Collegiate Times, April 18, 2012


Volunteers dig in for Earth Week

Mallory Noe-Payne, Collegiate Times, April 16, 2012


The Stadium Woods gives school value

Megan Wilson, VTCC ’07, Collegiate Times, April 12, 2012

“Saying it is difficult to see an alternative to the facilities proposed location is outrageous. … What will this new building provide? A place where only a handful of Virginia Tech’s student athletes can practice for a game. What will this new building destroy? A place where every Tech student can visit, learn and relax. A place where many students will discover their passion and begin delving into their future areas of expertise.”
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Pigskin Versus White Oak

Michelle Werts, American Forests, April 12, 2012

“American football first emerged on the sports scene about 140 years ago, around the same time that Virginia Tech University was being founded in Blacksburg, Virginia. More than 200 years prior to those moments — back in the same century that America’s first permanent English settlement, Jamestown, was being established — some white oak trees took root in Blacksburg. Today, those white oaks, which could live to be 600 years old, are experiencing a mid-life crisis: The Virginia Tech athletic department wants to cut them down to build a new indoor athletics practice facility, primarily for the football team.”
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Virginia Tech, spare those old-growth trees

Herbert Root and Emily Brown (2), Washington Post, April 11, 2012


Shop Talk: Va. Tech Football Practice Facility Threatens Old-Growth Forest

Lawrence Biemiller, The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 9, 2012


Football money vs an ancient forest at Virginia Tech

James Bruggers, Courier-Journal, April 9, 2012

“In Hokie nation, where football is big and getting bigger, Virginia Tech apparently is poised to remove a grove of trees that pre-dates George Washington — and could be around for hundreds of years more.

As many as 60 trees the 11- acre plot are up to about 300 years old, some possibly older.”
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Virginia Tech sports facility plan in Stadium Woods draws opposition

Darryl Fears, Washington Post, April 9, 2012

“On a frosty winter day, forestry Professor John R. Seiler grabbed a tool that looked like a giant corkscrew and twisted it into a huge white oak. He had a feeling that the woods near Virginia Tech’s football stadium were more than just a clutch of trees that burst into the school’s burnt orange and maroon colors in fall.”
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Stadium Woods worth saving

Dr. John Seiler, Collegiate Times, March 19, 2012

“The Stadium Woods at Virginia Tech is in the fight for its life of 300-plus years.

Many people are aware that construction of a new Tech indoor athletic practice facility is planned in the north end of the old-growth white oak woods. Reasonable estimates suggest between three and five acres of the woods (20 to 35 percent of the total) will be directly affected (removed), with another two to three acres subjected to slow decline due to new forest edge effects, root damage and other natural forest adjustments.

No one is opposed to the facility and athletics makes a strong case for its need. However, most are opposed to placing it in rare, 300-year-old Stadium Woods.”
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Stadium Woods worth saving from construction

by Chris Dunn, Collegiate Times, February 29, 2012

“Virginia Tech’s last remaining forest grove is in danger. What threatens the precious forest, which is home to trees that date back to the 18th century, is another sports facility the university wants to build.”
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Stadium Woods: Natural heritage in the heart of Virginia Tech’s campus

by Andreza Silva de Andrade, Virginia Tech News, November 9, 2011

“For well over 200 years, regal oaks have stood on a knoll that now borders Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium. The 57 ancient oaks, each measuring more than 3 feet in diameter, form part of a unique, old growth forest in the heart of campus.”
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Virginia Tech has plans for a new indoor practice facility

Mark Giannotto Washington Post, August 7, 2011

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