Site Policy

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) is committed to protecting the privacy of our customers. The following information explains our current Internet privacy practices, but shall not be construed as a contractual promise. We reserve the right to amend these practices and procedures at any time without prior notice.

Disclaimer of Liability

VDOF provides this website and the information it presents as a public service. VDOF attempts to maintain the highest accuracy of content on its website. However, VDOF makes no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this website and expressly disclaims all liability, whether direct or indirect, for any loss or damage arising out of use, reference to, or reliance on any information presented on the website.

VDOF makes no warranty, representation or undertaking of any kind, whether expressed or implied, with respect to the contents of the website or its links to other websites. The VDOF website contains links to various other public and private websites, whose privacy practices we do not control. If you have questions or concerns about a site we link to, please read the privacy and security information for that site.

Reference in this website to any product, process or service, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement by VDOF.

Privacy Policy

We protect our records in accordance with our obligations as defined by applicable Virginia statutes, including, but not limited to, the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act, the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, and by other applicable U.S. Federal Laws. You may also want to refer to our guidelines concerning the release of VDOF information in general.


When you visit a web site and request information, the site’s server sends the request to you and then breaks the connection. The connection does not resume again until you perform another action. To ensure that we maintain a connection between our server and your computer we use a standard web technology called “cookies.”

A cookie is a very small amount of data that is sent from our server to your computer’s hard drive. In addition, cookies allow us to save the information that you input while progressing through an online transaction. If your browser is not configured to “accept” cookies, you will still be able to access the static information on our web site, but you will not be able to use certain features, such as our online transactions.

Essential Technical Information We Collect

When you access our web site we automatically collect the following essential technical information:

  • the Internet domain and Internet address of the computer you are using to access the web page you are requesting
  • the type and version of browser and operating system installed on your web-enabled device, and
  • the date and time of access.

Though not essential, we also collect the Internet address of the web site from which you linked to our web site.

No other information is collected through our web site unless you deliberately decide to send it to us, for example, by conducting an online transaction or sending us an email. We use all of the above information to track the number of customers who visit our site and identify our most popular pages so that we can continue to improve site content and functionality and diagnose problems with our servers.

Optional Information We Collect

For each online transaction, we ask only for the information we need to process your online transaction. This information is encrypted and no one has access to it.

How the Information Collected is Used

VDOF does not share, sell or trade email addresses, demographic information collected on surveys or any other information about our online customers. If necessary, VDOF may disclose user information if we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against an individual who attempts, even unintentionally, to gain unauthorized access to VDOF information or to disrupt our website.

Restrictions on the disclosure of customer information

We do not sell or rent our subscriber information to any outside company or organization. We do not reveal specific information about subscribers or other data to unaffiliated third parties for their independent use, unless required to do so by the Virginia Freedom of Information Act or other law.

Communicating with Us

While visiting our site, you may want to send VDOF an email or request that we call you. We will request your name, the subject of your question or comment, your email address and/or telephone number. This information is used solely to fulfill your online request. VDOF does not share this customer information with other individuals, organizations or with advertisers.

Links to Other Web Sites

Our web site contains hypertext links to other public and private web sites whose content and privacy practices we do not control. If you have questions or concerns about a site we link to, please read the privacy and security information for that site.

VDOF determines which external web sites we are linked to. Hypertext links to external web sites and pages may be removed or replaced at the sole discretion of VDOF at any time without notice.

Copyright Information

© Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF). All rights reserved.

You may cite or refer to information published on the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) website; but you may not reproduce or distribute such information in whole or in part without prior written permission of VDOF. You may not reproduce or distribute any image from the VDOF website without prior written permission from VDOF. Some images on the website are models used for illustrative purposes.

To request permission, contact the VDOF Public Information Division. In your request, include your name, address and an explanation of what you wish to use, how you wish to use it and how you plan to distribute it.

EEO / AA / ADA Non-Discrimination Statement

The Virginia Department of Forestry programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, veteran status, national origin, disability, or political affiliation. The Virginia Department of Forestry is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.