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State Map Celebrates Centennial of VA Forestry System

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Virginia Department of Transportation Press Release

RICHMOND – The Commonwealth of Virginia’s new official state transportation map is now available to help travelers planning to hit the open road this summer.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) collaborated with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) and the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) to develop the 2014-2016 map’s theme and content. The new map features the centennial of the state’s forestry system, established for the primary purpose of reforestation and the prevention of forest fires.

The map is available at Virginia’s staffed state welcome centers, by request at its safety rest areas and from the VTCwebsite. The state map and other VDOT maps also can be ordered or printed from VDOT’swebsite.

“The state map helps visitors and Virginians alike find attractions and places of interest easily,” said VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick. “While something you can fold up and keep in your glove box won’t ever be confused with cutting-edge technology, the state map is still incredibly popular. Visit one of our rest areas, take a break and review your route on a map…and please stay off the phone when you’re behind the wheel.”

“The state map is a fantastic resource for the traveling public,” said CEO and President of VTC Rita McClenny. “Visitors can explore all we have to offer, from rugged mountains to beautiful seashores. This year, we are shining a light on Virginia as the oyster capital of the world. Virginia’s delicious oysters are grabbing attention and the commonwealth offers an oyster tourism experience unlike anywhere else. The state map is your guide to plan your best Virginia vacation yet.”

VDOF has evolved over the last century to encompass additional preservation and conservation responsibilities that include Virginia’s state lands and nurseries, waters and landowner incentive programs. “We’re honored to welcome people to Virginia’s State Forests and showcase 100 years of protecting these living resources during our centennial anniversary,” said State Forester of Virginia Bettina Ring.

This year, 2 million maps were printed and are available at Virginia’s state welcome centers and by request at safety rest areas. State maps are also available at VDOT offices across the state.

A map showing the state’s highway system is required by Virginia law. The map has been published since 1922, before some roads were even assigned a number. It wasn’t until 1928 that a more detailed map was produced. The map was extremely popular, and within just a few months the first 50,000 copies were gone. By 1929, the demand jumped to 150,000.

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