Financial Assistance Programs for Forest Management Activities

Financial AssistanceVirginia 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.


Hardwood Initiative Cost-Share Program

This program provides cost-share funds to landowners who complete eligible hardwood management practices.

Learn more about the Hardwood Initiative Cost-Share Program.


Hardwood Initiative Tax Credit Program

This tax credit matches out-of-pocket cost of eligible hardwood management work up to $1,000.

Learn more about the Hardwood Initiative Tax Credit Program.

 

A variety of financial assistance programs are available through DOF 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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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
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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)
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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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DOF foresters can assist you with your forestland and financial assistance options available, contact your local DOF forester.

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