The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) has more than 100 easements, permanently protecting over 30,000 acres of land in the Commonwealth. This land helps to clean drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people downstream, provides wildlife habit, scenic views, and jobs for thousands of Virginians.
VDOF can provide grant incentives for forestry conservation easements. In addition to the tax benefits of donating a conservation easement, the Forests2Faucets Program can provide as much as $15,000 for easement enhancements within the Rivanna River Watershed.
A landowner can combine these funding sources with the 100% cost-share funding available state-wide for livestock exclusion fencing, water development, and other NRCS programs to improve mixed-use working land.
Eligibility for Forests2Faucets requires a minimum of 50 acres, of which 75% is forestland, and an easement to permanently protect at least 75% of that existing forestland.
For more information please call or email your local forestry office or a VDOF forest conservation specialist.