Department of Forestry -- Forest Stewardship & Conservation


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Presentation by the Virginia Department of Forestry on Forest Management Plans, stewardship options, land conservation opportunities, and available cost-share programs. Presentation given at the "Sources of Funding for Land Management and Land Conservation" workshop hosted by The Piedmont Environmental Council on April 23, 2014.

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Department of Forestry -- Forest Stewardship & Conservation

  1. 1. Managing Virginia’s Forests Since 1914!
  2. 2. Preparing A Management/Stewardship Plan From the initial contact to the plan in hand - what is the process???
  3. 3. Initial Field Visit - Goals & objectives - History & past management practices - Property boundaries - Unique land features Items of Interest
  4. 4. Initial Field Visit Address Concerns - Non-native invasive species - Pest & disease - Access - Illegal trespass
  5. 5. Initial Field Visit Field Data Collection - Vegetative & tree species inventory - Wildlife habitat assessment - Soil types & conditions
  6. 6. Initial Field Visit General Discussion - Timeline & planning - Limitations & feasibility
  7. 7. Make a Map
  8. 8. Writing the Plan
  9. 9. Additional Soil Research
  10. 10. Wildlife Research
  11. 11. Relevant Topics •Woodland Cattle Grazing •Non-Native Invasive Species •Riparian Buffers
  12. 12. Property Map
  13. 13. Summary of Recommendations Suggested Schedule of Management Recommendations YEAR PARCEL ACTIVITY 2008 - 20018 A, B Monitor forest health (pest & disease) 2008- 2009 A Harvest Virginia Pine 2008 - 2018 A Perform Crop Tree Release 2008 - Stand Lifespan A Practice TSI on mature stand 2008 - 2018 A,B, C Monitor and control invasive species 2008 - 2018 A Develop and improve recreational trail system 2008 - 2009 C Plant wildlife food plots 2018 Have Forest Stewardship Plan Revised This schedule may need to be adjusted depending on financial needs, timber markets, timing of actual harvest, and availability of contractors.
  14. 14. Presentation to Landowner
  15. 15. Forestry Cost Share Options
  16. 16. Reforestation of Timberlands (RT) Effective May 1, 2012, the incentive payments to landowners for approved projects are: •Practice 1: Planting loblolly or Virginia pine - $22 per acre. •Practice 2: Site preparation and planting loblolly or Virginia pine - $60 per acre. Includes herbicide spraying and planting open or abandoned fields. •Practice 3: Planting shortleaf, white, pitch-loblolly, or longleaf pine - $48 per acre. •Practice 4: Site preparation and planting shortleaf, white, pitch-loblolly, or longleaf pine - $85 per acre. •Practice 5: Herbicide site preparation and planting (any species on cutover lands) - $90 per acre. •Practice 6: Aerial Herbicide release application for all pines except white - $20 per acre. •Practice 7: Herbicide release application for white pine - $43 per acre. •Practice Ground release application - $43/acre. •Cost share rates shall not exceed 75% of the total cost of the project. Signup is continuous and starts May 1 for the program year starting July 1. The practices must be maintained for 10 years. This program is funded by the forest industry in Virginia with matching funds from the Virginia General Fund.
  17. 17. Riparian Forest Buffer Tax Credit Program Description and Requirements The 2000 Virginia General Assembly enacted the Riparian Buffer Tax Credit to provide a nonrefundable tax credit to: Individuals, S-Corporations or Partnerships; Estates and Trusts are not eligible for this tax credit, but Family Partnerships and Limited Liability Corporations are eligible. owning land on which timber is harvested, which abuts a waterway, and who forbears timber harvesting on certain portions of the land for 15 consecutive years. The amount of the credit is equal to 25 percent of the value of the timber retained as a buffer up to $17,500. The buffer must be at least 35 feet wide and no more than 300 feet and be intact for 15 years. The applicant must have a Stewardship Plan for the tract to qualify!
  18. 18. Forestry Quail Habitat Recovery Program designed to enhance Bobwhite Quail habitat for private, non-industrial forest landowners within the 15 county area: Bland, Wythe, Greensville, Southampton, Sussex, Halifax, Augusta, Essex, King and Queen, King William, Culpeper, Greene, Madison, Rappahannock, and Orange. • Practice 1: Herbicide Application to Thinned Pine Stands 50% of cost not to exceed $100/acre, pine stands must have been commercially thinned at least once • Practice 2: Commercial Thinning in Small Acreage Stands Pine stands from 5-25 acres, one contiguous pine stand per tract, must be first commercial thinning, $100/acre • Practice 3: Shortleaf Pine Planting 90% of costs not to exceed $200/acre, can include site preparation costs, must eliminate existing ground cover, maximum of 434 trees per acre (10x10ft) • Practice 4: Pre-Commercial Pine Thinning 90% of costs not to exceed $125/acre, thinned to about 10x12 spacing Total payment shall not exceed $10,000 per fiscal year per landowner (tax id entity)
  19. 19. EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Program Federal Program (administered by NRCS) Based on point ranking system Can assist forest landowners with: • Forest Management Plan • Brush Management • Prescribed Burning • Critical Area Planting • Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment • Silvopasture • Fencing • Riparian Forest Buffer Planting •Firebreak Establishment • Access Control (animal exclusion) • Mulching • Forest Site Preparation • Tree/Shrub Establishment • Restoration & Mgmt of Rare and Declining Habitats • Road/Trail/Landing Closure and Treatment • Forest Stand Improvement
  20. 20. Questions??? Erik P. Filep Senior Area Forester Virginia Department of Forestry Greene, Rappahannock, Madison, Orange, Culpeper Counties 308 Thrift Road (Physical) P.O. Box 148 (Mailing) Madison, VA 22727 Office: 540-948-5341 Cell: 434-962-3017 Fax: 540-948-5905 E-mail: Terrance Lasher Virginia Department of Forestry Senior Area Forester, Central Region, Northern Virginia 675 Frost Ave., Warrenton, VA 20186 (540) 347-6305 (0) (540) 270-2396 (c) (540) 347-6359 (f) Email: Web: