Financial Assistance Programs for Protecting Water Quality

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 activities to protect water quality. By “sharing the costs”, landowners may be able to undertake projects they could not afford to do on their own.


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.


Get started by contacting your local forester.

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A variety of financial assistance programs are available through VDOF and partner agencies for forest management activities to help protect water quality.

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Additional Resources

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Cost-Share/AMP Project Amendment
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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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Logger Pine Thinning Cost-Share Program - First Commercial Pine Thinning
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Forestry topic information sheet provides an overview of the Logger Pine Thinning Cost-Share Program offering financial assistance for first commercial pine thinning.

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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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Multiple Landowners Supplement
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Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (Virginia Dept. of Accounts)
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Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program Application
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Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program Budget Worksheet
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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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