Tax Relief Program for Washington State
Washington State motivates land owners to implement sound forestry practices and forest stewardship through the Designated Forest Land tax relief program. This program ensures that present and future generations can appreciate the advantages of forest land, which provides more than scenic and recreational spaces. For example, healthy and managed forests provide:
- An improved water supply
- Reduction in storm and flood damage, especially from soil erosion
- Habitat for wildlife, including game species
- Employment prospects
- Material for forest products
Landowners may choose to have their land designated as forest land in Washington State, which often results in a lower assessed value and lower taxes. Specific requirements must be met to qualify for the Designated Forest Land program.
At Peninsula Urban Forestry, we listen to landowner goals to shape the required Timber Management Plans and Forest Stewardship Plans into holistic guides to follow to receive the benefits of the Designated Forest Land tax relief. Our plans enable landowners to make informed decisions and maintain a sustainable forest for the present-day and the future.
Peninsula Urban Forestry can assist you by evaluating forest resource conditions, including forest health and invasive species cover, timber species and products, soil identification, riparian and wetland conditions, fish and wildlife habitat, alternative forest products, to name a few.
We write forest management documents for Clallam, Jefferson, Mason, Kitsap, Thurston and Grays Harbor Counties in Washington State. Let us help you better manage your trees and forests! Call us today for an appointment.
Requirements for Designated Forest Land
To request your land be designated as forest land, the following requirements apply:
- The land must be used primarily for growing and harvesting timber. This includes harvesting for firewood and other alternative forest products like berries, mushrooms, and moss.
- The land must consist of a single parcel of 5 or more acres; or multiple, contiguous parcels totaling 5 or more acres. Residential home sites are not included in the 5-acre minimum.
- Designated forest land may include land used for incidental uses that are compatible with growing and harvesting timber, but no more than ten percent of the land may be used for such incidental uses.
- If the land has appurtenances necessary for the production, preparation, or sale of the timber products, that land may also be included.
- You must comply with forest practice laws and regulations.
- Application must be made to your counties assessor.
Other Forestry Services
Peninsula Urban Forestry offers other forestry related services:
- Timber stewardship and management plans
- Forest productivity evaluations
- Forest feasibility studies
- Noxious weed control