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Feature Forestry in Gloucester County, Virginia – Past, Present and Future By Paul S. Verbyla, ACF G Paul Verbyla loucester County, established in 1651, comprises an area of 257 square miles and is located in eastern Virginia around 30 minutes from Williamsburg and one hour from Richmond or Newport News. There is extensive water frontage on the York River and various Chesapeake Bay tributaries. National retailers include a Wal-Mart SuperCenter, Lowe’s, Home Depot and Sears. Waterfront homes attract purchasers from outside the county, and frequently these homes sell for $500,000 to $1,000,000. Gloucester has a population of approximately 35,000 people. Historians indicate that when the English first came to Virginia in 1607, the nearness of land could be detected by the odor from the countless pines that grew along the coast. A thriving lumber industry developed in the 1800s, and in the early 1900s lumber was hauled by four-mule wagons to the nearest dock and loaded aboard sailboats bound for Norfolk or Baltimore. The forest products industry remains viable in Gloucester County in the face of an increasing suburban population and heavy damage during ice storms and hurricanes. Challenges from weather catastrophes are nothing new. The challenge of dealing with local government restrictions probably will intensify in the future. An October 10, 1966, Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal newspaper article reviewed the status of the forest industry at that time. A severe outbreak of southern pine bark beetle 24 The Consultant

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Consultant - 2006

Executive Director’s Message
President’s Message
America's Forests – Resilient and Productive
Forests of the Pacific Northwest: Sustainable Use and Resiliency
St. Helens Tree Farm 25 Years After Eruption
Forestry in Gloucester County, Virginia – Past, Present and Future
Ecosystem Services: Seller Beware
Maybe Money Does Grow on Trees …
Protecting Productive Private Property
Hug a Forester…And a Tree
A Practical Course in Forest Consulting
Clare Doig, ACF – A Resilient Forester
A Review of ACF Membership Guidelines
Legislative and Policy Activism: Withstanding the Forces of Man

The Consultant - 2006