Financial Assistance Programs for Forestland Conservation and Management in Communities

hardwood forestVirginia Department of Forestry (DOF) 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. DOF 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.

Learn more about Forest Sustainability Fund for local government.


A variety of financial assistance programs are available through DOF and partner agencies for forest management activities.

Explore All Financial Assistance Programs


Additional Resources

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Cost-Share/AMP Project Amendment
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Environmental Quality Incentives Cost-Share Program - Project Success Stories
Environmental Quality Incentives Cost-Share Program – Project Success StoriesFT0009

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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Forest Sustainability Fund Awards FY2023
Forest Sustainability Fund Awards FY2023

This document presents the forgone revenue from forest land use reported by applying localities and the Forest Sustainability Fund amounts awarded for fiscal year 2023.

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Forestry Cost-Share or Grant Program Certification of Work Completed
Forestry Cost-Share or Grant Program Certification of Work Completed3.09Viewfinance financial-assistance-water-quality financial-assistance-forest-health financial-assistance financial-assistance-forest-management forest-health forest-management water-qualitycost-share-programs grant-programs lpfct-program lpr-program pct-programform
Hardwood Initiative Cost-Share Program - Cost Assistance for Hardwood Management
Hardwood Initiative Cost-Share Program – Cost Assistance for Hardwood ManagementFT0071

Forestry topic information sheet provides information about Department of Forestry’s Hardwood Initiative Cost-Share Program, who is eligible and what qualifies for cost share.

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Hardwood Initiative Tax Credit Application
Hardwood Initiative Tax Credit Application7.29

Application for to apply for Hardwood Initiative Tax Credit.

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Hardwood Initiative Tax Credit Program - Offering Tax Incentives for Hardwood Management
Hardwood Initiative Tax Credit Program – Offering Tax Incentives for Hardwood ManagementFT0062

Forestry topic information sheet provides information about Department of Forestry’s Hardwood Initiative Tax Credit Program, who is eligible and what qualifies for the tax credit.

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Multiple Landowners Supplement
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National Timber Tax Website
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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Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (Virginia Dept. of Accounts)
Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (Virginia Dept. of Accounts)W-9Viewfinance financial-assistance-forest-health financial-assistance-water-quality financial-assistance-fire-and-emergency-response financial-assistance-forest-management financial-assistance-urban-and-community-forestry fire-and-emergency-response forest-health forest-management urban-and-community-forestry water-qualitycost-share-programs eabt-program firewise-virginia-community-hazard-mitigation-grant-program grant-programs hemlock-woolly-adelgid-treatment-cost-share-program lpfct-program lpr-program pct-program rt-program throwing-shade-va-program va-trees-for-clean-water-program volunteer-fire-assistance-grant-programform
System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide - Contract Signing
System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide – Contract Signing

System Access Portal User Guide for application and administration of forestry grants. This guide assists with contract signing.

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System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide - Requesting a Contract Amendment
System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide – Requesting a Contract Amendment

System Access Portal User Guide for application and administration of forestry grants. This guide assists with requesting a contract amendment.

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Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2021 Tax Year
Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2021 Tax YearFS-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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Contact Us

DOF foresters can assist with your forestland conservation and management efforts, and financial assistance options available. Contact your local DOF forester.

For more information or questions, e-mail us or use our contact form.