The Illinois Forestry Development Act (FDA) created the Illinois Forestry Development Council, the Forestry Development Cost Share Program (Cost Share Program), and the Forestry Development Fund (Fund). The Act also amended the Timber Buyers License Act regarding the collection of a 4% harvest fee, and the property tax code to provide for a tax incentive for those landowners with approved forest management plans.
Cost Share Program - The Cost Share Program is administered by the Division of Forest Resources (Division) in the Department of Natural Resources (Department). To be eligible to receive cost share assistance a landowner must own or operate at least 5 acres of land on which timber is produced (6 acres if a house or buildings are on the property), have timber production as the primary goal of their forest land, and have a forest management and/or tree planting plan for the property that has been approved by a District Forester.
The cost share program will reimburse an eligible landowner for a portion of their costs (up to set maximums) for the preparation of forest management and tree planting plans, reforestation, forest improvement practices, fencing to exclude livestock, firebreaks, and other management practices. Contact your District Forester for more information.
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Contact Illinois Forestry Development Act
IL Department of Natural Resources
1 Natural Resources Way
Springfield , Illinois 62702 Phone: