Here in Virginia? When the name “Bigfoot” is mentioned, most people immediately think, “only in the pacific northwest”. Well, that could not be further then the truth. Virginia has some the oldest sightings on record, with some pre-1880’s. With many sightings in the 1970’s and again in the 1990’s, Virginia is a hotbed of bigfoot activity and a prime area for research.
Did you know:
- Virginia has 15.8 million acres of forestland.
This is a decline of 180,600 acres since 1992. In 1940, VA’s forest land base was only 14.8 million acres.
- Today Sixty-two percent of Virginia is forested.
In 1940, only 58% of VA was forested.
- Urbanization and development is the single biggest factor in loss of forestland acreage. Since 1992, over 615,000 acres of forested land has been lost to land use changes; 62% of this acreage was cleared for urban development; 37% to agricultural uses; and 1% was converted to water impoundments. Consider the impact on habitat and a large primate’s ability to avoid us.
- Hardwood forests make up 78% of all Virginia timberland; softwood forests make up 22%.
In 1940, 43% of VA forestland was classified as pine type and 57% was in hardwood. At that time, Virginia had 8.1 million acres in hardwood types; currently, VA has 11.8 million acres of hardwood.
In 1940, VA had 6.2 million acres in softwood types; currently, VA has 3.4 million acres in softwood.
- Private individuals own over 66% of Virginia’s timberland.
*information provided by the Dept. of Forestry
|Land Ownership||Timberland Acreage||Change since 1992|
|Private individuals||10.1 million acres or 66%||– 2.4%|
|Corporate (non-forestry)||2.0 million acres or 13%||+26.9%|
|Forest industry||1.0 million acres or 7%||-32.2%|
|Public||2.1 million acres or 14%||+ 9.7%|