Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) encourages communities and localities to consult a forester to discuss goals and objectives for their community’s land and forest resources. No matter what the objectives are, the implementation can be daunting and come with a cost. VDOF can assist local leaders with identifying financial assistance and incentive programs that may be available to help with the financial costs associated with forest management and conservation efforts.
Forest Sustainability Fund for Local Government
Financial assistance is available for localities to provide use value taxation to assist landowners in keeping their land as forests. The Forest Sustainability Fund for local government can help eligible localities obtain an allocation from the Fund to help offset lower, or forgone tax revenue resulting from use value taxation.
Read more about the Forest Sustainability Fund for local government.
A variety of financial assistance programs are available through VDOF and partner agencies for forest management activities.
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|Environmental Quality Incentives Cost-Share Program – Project Success Stories||FT0009|
Forestry topic information sheet provides “success stories” portraying real-life experiences of Virginia forest landowners who have used Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) cost-share assistance to accomplish sustainable forest management activities. The EQIP program can improve a forest landowner’s “return on investment” by covering a percent of the costs associated with sustainably managing forest stands – planting trees, controlling invasive plant species and improving wildlife habitat. Printed copies available.
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|Forestry Cost-Share or Grant Program Certification of Work Completed||3.09||Form||View||finance financial-assistance-water-quality financial-assistance-forest-health financial-assistance financial-assistance-forest-management forest-health forest-management water-quality||cost-share-programs grant-programs lpfct-program lpr-program pct-program||form|
|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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|James River Buffer Program – Growing Forests for Clean Water|
Information sheet provides an overview of this joint program (James River Association and Virginia Department of Forestry) offering financial assistance for creating forest buffers across the Middle James Watershed.
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|Mountains to Bay Buffer Program – Growing Forests for Clean Water|
Information sheet provides an overview of this joint program (Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Virginia Department of Forestry) offering financial assistance for restoring or creating forest buffers across the Shenandoah Valley.
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|National Timber Tax Website|
The National Timber Tax Website was developed to be used by timberland owners, as well as a reference for accountants, attorneys, consulting foresters and other professionals who work with timberland owners regarding the tax treatment of timber related activities.
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|Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2021 Tax Year||FS-1188|
This USDA Forest Service publication provides tax tips intended to assist forest landowners and their tax advisors in preparing 2021 Federal income tax returns. It can also help plan for future years. This material is for information and educational use only and is not intended as financial, tax, or legal advice. Please consult with your tax advisor concerning your particular tax situation.
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VDOF foresters can assist with your forestland conservation and management efforts, and financial assistance options available. Contact your local VDOF forester.