The Virginia Department of Forestry has established the Hardwood Initiative to promote quality management practices.
The Hardwood Initiative Cost-Share Program provides financial reimbursement—up to 75 percent of the total project cost—for hardwood management projects that include eligible best practices. The Hardwood Initiative Tax Credit Program reimburses up to $1,000 of expenditures towards the implementation of best practices incurred within a single year. Some landowners may be eligible to receive both cost-share and tax credit (recommended hardwood management practices can be found on DOF’s website).
To establish objectives and have forestland evaluated, interested landowners should contact DOF or a professional consulting forester for suitable management recommendations. To get started, visit DOF’s “Find a Forester” webpage.
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