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.
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.
Forest Ownership and Land Use in Virginia
- Periodic inventories are a primary source of statistics for the forestland in Virginia and you can see the data we have.
About Virginia State Forests
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 State Forests of Virginia are self-supporting and receive no taxpayer funds for operations. Operating funds are generated from the sale of forest products, demonstrating the value of good forestry practices. In addition, up to twenty-five percent (25%) of the revenue received from the sale of forest products is returned to the counties in which a forest is located.
The VDOF continues to acquire forest land, adding small interior holdings or adjoining land to align boundary lines.
Last modified: Thursday, 25-Apr-2013 11:56:14 EDT