Community Assistance for Forestland Conservation and Management

Forestland provides many benefits to landowners, but also to communities. Landowners directly realize timber, wildlife and recreational values, while the benefits of watershed protection, clean air and scenic beauty are enjoyed by society at large.  The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) supports cities, towns, and communities across the Commonwealth to promote and encourage forestland conservation and sustainable forest management on a community, county and city level. Communities and local governments are faced with decisions that impact the balancing of built and rural environments while improving the quality of life for residents and visitors.

Managing forest resources can sometimes be a complex undertaking. VDOF community assistance programs provide professional forestry assistance to help communities and localities to protect, conserve, and manage forest resources.


A variety of financial assistance programs are available through VDOF and partner agencies.

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Additional Resources

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Community Forest Planning: Storm Mitigation Guide for Virginia Communities Template
Community Forest Planning: Storm Mitigation Guide for Virginia Communities TemplateP00214T

Workbook and the accompanying template are intended as tools for Virginia communities to use in assessing their community forest storm readiness, mitigating tree risk and reducing tree-related storm damage, and developing a community forest storm mitigation plan. Available in Word template form with form fields that can be filled in – unprotect the form to change the template to meet your needs. Printed copies available.

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Community Forest Planning: Storm Mitigation Guide for Virginia Communities Workbook
Community Forest Planning: Storm Mitigation Guide for Virginia Communities WorkbookP00214

Workbook and the accompanying template are intended as tools for Virginia communities to use in assessing their community forest storm readiness, mitigating tree risk and reducing tree-related storm damage, and developing a community forest storm mitigation plan. Printed copies available.

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Forestry Grants System Access Portal User Guide for Forest Sustainability Fund
Forestry Grants System Access Portal User Guide for Forest Sustainability Fund

User guide provides instructions for local governments to access the Forestry Grants System Access Portal to apply for funding from the Forest Sustainability Fund.

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Urban and Community Forestry Programs - Resources for Trees in Our Communities, Cities and Towns
Urban and Community Forestry Programs – Resources for Trees in Our Communities, Cities and TownsFT0052

Forestry topic information sheet discusses the urban and community forestry programs available through the VDOF.

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Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program Application
Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program Application17.02Viewfinancial-assistance-urban-and-community-forestry financial-assistance-water-quality urban-and-community-forestry water-qualityform
Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program Budget Worksheet
Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program Budget Worksheet17.04Viewfinancial-assistance-urban-and-community-forestry financial-assistance-water-quality urban-and-community-forestry water-qualityform

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