The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) works to ensure that forests and the waters that flow from them are protected today and for future generations.

Land Conservation

Conserving forest land is a major concern of Virginia landowners. We offer tools and resources to help landowners achieve this goal.

  • Conservation easements allow you to protect your land from development while reducing the taxes you pay
  • Incentive programs offered by state and federal agencies help offset the costs of implementing a conservation activity
  • NEW! Woodland Owners Legacy Planning: Benefits & Barriers
    The Woodland Owner Legacy Planning Benefits and Barriers analysis has been completed. This report, which focuses on the extent of legacy planning by Southside family woodland owners, is the culmination of a series of focus groups with general forest landowners and underserved demographic groups, as well as a general mail survey.

    The goals of the analysis were threefold: 1) To determine the extent to which Southside family forest landowners are engaged in legacy planning; 2) To determine the barriers to those who are not; and 3) To determine the benefits realized by those who are.
    The insights gained from this analysis provides a framework for the development of replicable outreach methods that specifically address the identified barriers and promote the known benefits. Read the findings here.
  • NEW! Legacy Planning Stories - How Forest Landowners "LIke Me" are Ensuring the Future of their Land
    This report is a collection of stories about fellow landowners like you, the legacies they are creating, and how they are planning for the future of their land. The decisions (or lack of decisions) you make about your land will have financial and personal impacts long beyond your passing. Your landis an important but flexible asset that can be used to meet a variety of personal goals. Legacy planning can be an intimidating and sometimes lengthy process, so don't delay - take a step today and begin your estate planning process. Read these stories from landowners just like you... (PDF)

  • The Virginia Forestry Association's Quarterly Publication, Virginia Forests,┬áis available online. This issue features VDOF's Generation NEXT program for legacy and estate planing (PDF).

  • Century Forest Program allows us to recognize and honor those individuals or families who have made a long-term commitment to enhancing the environment and protecting the quality of life for their fellow Virginians through forestry. Chapter 6 of the 2016 Acts of Assembly established the Century Forest Program. To be eligible for Century Forest recognition, the property must:
    • Have been owned by the same family for at least one hundred (100) consecutive years;
    • Include at least twenty (20) contiguous acres of managed forest;
    • Be lived on or actually managed by a descendant of the original owners, and
    • Have a documented history of timber harvests or forest management activities.

Water Conservation

The VDOF plays an important role in water quality in Virginia. Our activities include:

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