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Forest Stewardship Plans and Forestry Cost-Share Programs, by Virginia Department of Forestry

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Virginia's Forest Stewardship Program and available forestry cost-share programs. Forest Management Planning Program for landowners. Presented by Terrance Lasher, Senior Area Forester, Central Region.

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Forest Stewardship Plans and Forestry Cost-Share Programs, by Virginia Department of Forestry

  1. 1. Virginia’s Forest Stewardship Program A Forest Management Planning Program For Landowners
  2. 2. Forest Stewardship Program Created as part of the 1990 Farm Bill USDA Forest Service funded, state administered Voluntary, no obligation Primary emphasis:  Promote good forest management practices  Develop multiple-use management plans for landowners  Help landowners reach their goals through implementing recommended practices
  3. 3. Who May Participate Private Non-Industrial Forest landowners with a minimum 10 acres of forest Desire to manage land based on stewardship principles: Maintain and enhance the value of forests Within context of long-term plan Objectives that are socially, economically and environmentally responsible
  4. 4. Timber Management Wildlife Management Soil & Water Conservation Recreation Aesthetics FOREST STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
  5. 5. Getting A Stewardship Plan Submit a completed application to Department of Forestry Choose a forester to develop the Plan Forester examines the property with the landowner, if possible Forester develops the Plan Other natural resource professional review the Plan, if necessary Final Plan is completed and sent to the landowner
  6. 6. Plan Preparation Costs Department of Forestry Forester: $1.50 per acre for every planned acre Minimum $200 per Plan Approved Consultant or Industry Forester Market rate for plan preparation Negotiation with the landowner
  7. 7. Program Benefits A customized forest management plan  Map, stand characteristics, recommendations, planning timelines Meets the planning requirements for the Tree Farm Program and forest certification Meets the planning requirements for Forest Use- Value taxation Increases the ranking points for inclusion in Federal Cost-Share Assistance Programs
  8. 8. Program Benefits Meets the requirement for applying for Riparian Forest Buffer Tax Credit Meets the requirement for placing land under a conservation easement Helps meet the sustainability requirements necessary for ecosystem services markets Potential to assist landowner in participation in markets for energy/biofuels
  9. 9. Certified Forest Steward Have a Forest Stewardship Plan written for your property. Implement several of the Plan’s multi-resource benefit practices. Contact the Department of Forestry to schedule a Stewardship certification visit. Receive a Stewardship Forest sign to display on the property and a plaque.
  10. 10. The Plan Process Initial Field Visit Office Prep.  Maps  Web searches  Soils information Data Collection Writing Plan Presentation of Plan
  11. 11. Initial Field Visit Goals & objectives History & past management practices Property boundaries Unique land features Items of Interest
  12. 12. Initial Field Visit Address Concerns Non-native invasive species Pest & disease Access Illegal trespass
  13. 13. Follow Up Field Visit Field Data Collection Vegetative & tree species inventory Wildlife habitat assessment Soil types & conditions
  14. 14. Components
  15. 15. Components/Products
  16. 16. Components/Products
  17. 17. Cost Share Programs Reforestation of Timberlands (RT) 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. Ground release application - $43/acre. Cost share rates shall not exceed 75% of the total cost of the project.
  18. 18. Cost Share Programs Riparian Forest Buffer Tax Credit 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! A separate application must be completed for each tract. Application fee of $150 each.
  19. 19. Cost Share Programs 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)
  20. 20. Cost Share Programs 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 & Declining Habitats Road/Trail/Landing Closure & Treatment Forest Stand Improvement EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Program)
  21. 21. A Productive, Healthy Forest Is Worth the Management Effort !
  22. 22. Contact Information Terry Lasher, Senior Area Forester NOVA Team Area, Central Region Terry.lasher@dof.virginia.gov 540-347-6358 www.dof.virginia.gov Team Area Counties – Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper and the City of Alexandria

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