Board of Forestry

The Board of Forestry shall be composed of 13 members appointed by the Governor for a term of four years. At least two members shall be representatives of the pine pulpwood industry; two members shall be representatives of the pine lumber industry; two members shall be representatives of the hardwood lumber industry; one member shall be a representative of the timber harvesting industry; and two members shall be small forest landowners. In making appointments to the Board, the Governor shall take into account the geographic diversity of board membership as it relates to Virginia's forest resources. The State Forester shall serve as executive officer of the Board. All vacancies in the membership of the Board shall be filled by the Governor for the unexpired term.

The Board meets at least three times a year for the transaction of business. Special meetings may be held at any time upon the call of the executive officer of the Board, or a majority of the members of the Board. See the Code of Virginia § 10.1-1102 Board of Forestry

The Reforestation of Timberlands Board merged with the Board of Forestry in 2012.

Board of Forestry Members

Mission and Purpose

The Board advises the Governor and the Department on the state of the forest resources within the Commonwealth and the management of forest resources. The Board encourages persons, agencies, organizations and industries to implement development programs for forest resource management and counsel them in such development. In addition, the Board recommends plans for improving the state system of forest protection, management and replacement, and shall prepare an annual report on the progress and conditions of state forest work. To learn more, see the Code of Virginia 10.1-1103

Memorandum of Procedures [ PDF format ]


Initiatives of the Board of Forestry

  • A Continuing Study On The Provision Of Incentives To Preserve Private Forest Land In The Commonwealth Of Virginia - SJR 367 [PDF format]
  • Final Report on SJR75 (Preserving Forestland in Virginia). [PDF format]
  • Preserving Forestland with Senate Joint Resolution 75

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