Financial Assistance Programs for Forest Management Activities

Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) 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 VDOF 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.


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.

Read more about the James River Buffer Program.


Mountains to Bay Buffer Program

Growing forests for clean water is the goal of the Mountains to Bay Buffer Program. Through the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Virginia Department of Forestry, the Mountains to Bay Buffer Program works with landowners across the Shenandoah Valley to restore or create forest buffers to improve the quality of our local waterways.

Read more about the Mountains to Bay Buffer Program.


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

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Get help finding the right financial assistance program to meet your needs.

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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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Forestry Cost-Share or Grant Program Certification of Work Completed
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James River Buffer Program - Growing Forests for Clean Water
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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James River Buffer Program Agreement
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Mountains to Bay Buffer Program - Growing Forests for Clean Water
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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Mountains-to-Bay Program Agreement
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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)
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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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VDOF foresters can assist you with your forestland and financial assistance options available. Contact your local VDOF forester.

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