Senate Joint Resolution 75

Senate Joint Resolution 75 (SJR 75) requested the “Virginia Board of Forestry to study the provision of incentives to private landowners to hold and preserve their forestland” and to provide a report to the Governor. Read the full text of the resolution.

In July 2004, eight public meetings were held throughout Virginia. Following a brief presentation, attendees were given a chance to express what factors are most important in their attempt to retain forestland and what incentives they believe would help them achieve their goal. Citizens also provided their comments online through the Virginia Department of Forestry's website.

The Virginia Board of Forestry will submit to the Governor and the General Assembly an executive summary and a report of its findings and recommendations for publication.

The meetings were part of the implementation of SJR 75 passed by the Virginia Senate on February 17, 2004 and approved by the House of Delegates on March 9, 2004. The resolution was introduced by Senator Patricia Ticer of Fairfax.

The following documents of the meetings are available: