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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 10. Department of Forestry
Chapter 20. Standards for Classification of Real Estate As Devoted to Forest Use under the Virginia Land Use Assessment Law

4VAC10-20-30. Conservation of land resources, management and production, and certification.

A. To qualify for forest use, the owner shall certify that the real estate is being used in a planned program of timber management and soil conservation practices which are intended to:

1. Enhance the growth of commercially desirable species through generally accepted silvicultural practices.

2. Reduce or prevent soil erosion by best management practices such as logging road layout and stabilization, streamside management zones, water diversion practices and other best management practices which prevent soil erosion and improve water quality.

B. Certification of intent by the owner can be shown by:

1. A signed commitment to maintain and protect forestland by documenting land-use objectives to include methods of resource management and soil and water protection; or

2. Submitting a plan prepared by a professional forester.

Statutory Authority

§§ 58.1-3230 and 58.1-3240 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR312-01-02 § 2, eff. January 1, 1989.

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