Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) encourages landowners to consult a forester to discuss goals and objectives for their land. No matter what the landowner’s objectives are, if there are forest management activities needed to meet those objectives, the implementation can be daunting and come with a cost. Part of DOF services is to assist landowners with identifying financial assistance programs that the landowner may be eligible for.
A variety of financial assistance and incentive programs are often available to assist Virginia landowners with the financial costs associated with forest management and conservation efforts. By “sharing the costs”, landowners may be able to undertake projects they could not afford to do on their own.
Reforestation of Timberlands Program
Financial assistance is available for growing pines through the Virginia Reforestation of Timberlands (RT) Program, managed by the Virginia Department of Forestry.
Learn more about the Reforestation of Timberlands Program.
James River Buffer Program
Growing forests for clean water is the goal of the James River Buffer Program. Through the James River Buffer Program, the James River Association and the Virginia Department of Forestry are working working with landowners across the Middle James Watershed on restoring or creating forest buffers to improve the quality of our local waterways.
Learn more about the James River Buffer Program.
A variety of financial assistance programs are available through DOF and partner agencies for forest management activities.
Explore All Financial Assistance Programs
Get help finding the right financial assistance program to meet your needs.
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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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|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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|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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|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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|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 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||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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DOF foresters can assist you with your forestland and financial assistance options available, contact your local DOF forester.
For more information or questions, e-mail us or use our contact form.