Landowner Incentive Programs

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Landowner Incentive Programs 2017-04-25T15:45:07+00:00

There are a large number of state and Federal cost-assistance and incentive programs available to eligible landowners in our region. Below you will find a few of the most generally applicable programs to get you started.

Remember that NorthWoods’ Forestry and Conservation Corps staff can assist with much of the planning and implementation work required for these programs – for further information contact or call 802-723-6551 ext 302.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

EQIP is now providing reimbursement to landowners for a variety of woodland management activities including:

  • timber stand improvement (TSI – up to $200/acre toward consulting, labor, or other costs)
  • bridges and culverts
  • improvement of eroding forest access roads
  • Contact: 334.6090 (Newport)/748.3885 (St. Johnsbury) or click here

Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)

WHIP provides reimbursement for wildlife habitat activities including:

  • mast tree release (apple, beech, black cherry, serviceberry, etc)
  • wetland restoration
  • riparian buffer tree planting
  • grassland bird habitat
  • and fish passage improvements

More information on WHIP can be found here

Vermont’s Current Use/Use Value Appraisal Program (UVA)

Best known as Current Use, UVA provides significant tax savings to landowners who meet several application requirements. These include:

  • a 10-year forest management plan and map – completed to specific program standards
  • at least 25 contiguous acres (exclusive of house sites) enrolled
  • and an obligation to maintain the land in forestry or agricultural use

Recent changes to the program now qualify more non-productive land (such as wetlands) for enrollment and allow non-timber management goals for a variety of special or sensitive sites, such as rare natural communities, historic areas, and vernal pools.

For more information click here.

Applications for forested parcels are due each year on September 1st and management plans are due October 1st. Preliminary fieldwork for these plans should begin at least several months before the September 1 deadline.