Virginia Forestry Laws and Regulations

Common to these laws is a commitment to conserving Virginia's forests, consideration of environmental concerns, stewardship of private forest resources, and protection of the rights of private forest landowners.

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Timber Trespass, Timber Theft

State Forest Laws and Regulations

Local Ordinances

Tree Ordinances

Forest Management Laws and Regulations

Timber Harvesting, Water Quality Law

  • Loggers harvest timber, and we inspect their work to ensure that Best Management Practices are followed to preserve water quality. These activities are allowed under Chapter 11, 10.1-1181.7.

Local Zoning Ordinances

Virginia Government

General Assembly

Management and Reform


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