Our State Forests
- Find a Virginia State Forest near you!
- Hunting and other recreation activities are allowed on some of the forests.
- A State Forest Use Permit may be required for your use of the forest.
- Review the State Forest Regulations to ensure that you comply with the law.
- Review the Americans with Disabilities Act if you require special accommodation.
- Amendment Requirements for Carrying Handguns in State Forests. Read the comments from the public meeting.
- You can support Virginia's State Forests Fund through a contribution!
- Questions? Email us with your questions about our forests.
About the State Forest System
The State Forests of Virginia are self-supporting and receive no taxpayer funds for operation. Operating funds are generated from the sale of forest products. In addition, up to 25 percent of the revenue received from the sale of forest products is returned to the counties in which the forests are located. You can support educational programs on your State Forests by donating a portion of your state tax refund to Virginia’s State Forests Fund.
The formation of the State Forest System created a way for the commonwealth to:
- manage the forest land for a steady supply of timber
- to ensure the operation and maintenance of this natural resource
- to help maintain a stable local economy
- provide recreation opportunities
- maintain aesthetics for Virginians
- maintain wildlife habitats
- create natural reserves
- preserve water quality
The VDOF continues to acquire forest land, adding small interior holdings or adjoining land to align boundary lines.
Forest Management on State Forests
State Forests provide a working demonstration of forests and forest management techniques. The Virginia State Forest System follows these forest management guidelines:
- Contribute to the conservation of biological diversity of the forest and the landscape in which it resides.
- Maintain or improve the productive capacity of the forest.
- Maintain the health and vigor of the forest, its landscape and its watershed.
- Provide resources for cleaner air by absorbing carbon dioxide, known as carbon cycles.
- Provide socioeconomic benefits.
- Protect soil productivity and water quality.
Facts about Forests
- How many acres of forest in Virginia? Who owns forestland? Learn the answers to these questions >>>
National Forests and State Parks
- National Forests in Virginia: George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
- Virginia State Parks website.
Economic Benefits of the Forest Industry in Virginia
From the strong industrial base worth $25.4 billion in annual total economic output to a wide-ranging array of forest related values worth $5.1 billion annually, forests in Virginia are healthy and diverse.
- Timber Production and Supply. See the amount and value of timber harvested across Virginia.
- Bioenergy and Biofuel Resources can be derived from forest products.
- Alternative and Renewable Energy
Environmental Benefits of Forests in Virginia
Forests clean the air we breathe and prevent erosion and runoff from contaminating streams and lakes. Forests provide a full suite of goods and services that are vital to human health and livelihood, natural assets we call ecosystem services.
Last modified: Wednesday, 08-Apr-2015 10:57:44 EDT