LOGGING AND TIMBER HARVEST

The Virginia Department of Forestry provides a list of consulting foresters by county.  Check it out here. Find a logger that has been certified through Virginia Tech’s SHARP Logger program which trains loggers in sustainable forestry, harvest planning, and best management practices. Learn more about SHARP loggers and where to find them here.

 

CONSERVATION EASEMENTS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The Land Trust of Virginia works with landowners to protect their natural woodlands and farmlands.  Find several other land trusts operating locally in Virginia through the Land Trust Alliance.  

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation, a leader in Virginia land conservation, provides information on the benefits of land conservation, the tax benefits of easements, and how to get an easement through VDOF.

Find out how to apply to the Land Preservation Tax Creditprovided by the Virginia Department of Taxation. The LPTC is an income tax credit up to 40% of the value of land located in Virginia.

Virginia’s Land Use Tax gives a lower tax rate on forested or agricultural land by allowing assessment of real estate based on the land use value. Also, learn about EQIP in Virginia.

 

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

Learn how to protect, conserve, and enhance wildlife resources and habitat on your land by visiting The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia.

Virginia’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Programoffers financial incentives and cost shares to farmers and landowners who restore wetlands and riparian forest, grass, and shrub buffers with the goal of improving water quality and wildlife habitat.

 

FORESTRY EXTENSION SERVICE

Virginia State University partners with Virginia Tech to form the Virginia Cooperative Extension, based in Petersburg, VA. The VSU College of Agriculture's Forestry and Natural Resource Outreach and Extension can provide you with the information you need to improve, protect, and enjoy your woodlands.

 

OTHER PROGRAMS FOR WOODLAND OWNERS

Are you looking for like-minded individuals to discuss woodland topics, practices, and issues? Visit Virginia’s National Woodland Owners Association.

The American Tree Farm System provides valuable resources on how to be a forest steward.  Visit the Virginia Tree Farm Program to learn more.