Landowner Incentive Programs
There are a number of state, federal, and non-profit organizations that provide incentives and grants to private landowners to maintain healthy forests. At the state level, there are programs to reduce property taxes on land that is engaged in long-term management. At the federal level, there is funding available to assist landowners in managing invasive plants, create wildlife habitat, and improve roads and water crossings to protect water quality.
These programs are administered by licensed foresters who have specific training and certifications. To participate in many programs, such as Vermont’s and New Hampshire’s Current Use programs, and the American Tree Farm System, landowners are required to maintain an up-to-date management plan that addresses specific topics. Upper Valley Forest Management is licensed in Vermont and New Hampshire to provide these services and assist landowners to take advantage of all of the available resources.