Program Goals

The Division of Forestry is the state's lead agency for rendering technical forestry assistance to the nearly 260,000 non-industrial private woodland owners. The objectives of the landowner assistance program of the Division of Forestry are:
  1. To assist woodland owners in establishing better forest management practices that increase growth, yields and health while protecting soil, water and aesthetic values.
  2. To assist woodland owners reforest idle or eroded open lands by providing technical assistance on planting or natural regeneration.
  3. Cooperate with other state and federal agencies in promoting and establishing multiple use management practices on privately owned forestland.
  4. Provide wood-producing and wood-using industries with current technologies and useful management information while encouraging all interested parties to utilize sound forest management principles and practices.
Although the primary responsibility for management of woodland fall to the private landowner, the Division of Forestry will work cooperatively with the landowner to carry out the broad objectives of the landowner assistance program. The Division of Forestry Service Forester provides many services to landowners through on-site, personalized visits. To locate your County Service Forester, click on the County Offices link at the top of this page.

Landowners needing assistance should contact their closest regional office.


WV Board of Registration for Foresters

Society of American Foresters

The Association of Consulting Foresters

New Landowner Assistance Policy
Effective December 1, 2017

To download the new West Virginia Division of Forestry Landowner Assistance-Service Policy


WV Woodland Owners' Association

Tax Tips for Forest Landowners

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