Tomorrow Woods

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) has a unique funding program in southeast Virginia called Tomorrow Woods. The goal of this program is to conserve, establish, and enhance forests, with a focus on productive, private working forests. VDOF’s goal is to work with landowners to protect large blocks of working forests by keeping them intact and unfragmented through the development of an agreement called a conservation easement. Forest conservation easements protect the ability of current and future landowners to manage their forestland for a sustainable flow of natural goods and services in perpetuity.

When donating a conservation easement, landowners are responsible for paying up-front costs including fees for attorneys, appraisal, title search, and title insurance. The Tomorrow Woods program provides funding towards these costs by reimbursing the landowner directly.

The Tomorrow Woods program will operate from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2014 or until funds are expended.

The Tomorrow Woods program funding is available to:

  • Forest landowners in the counties of Dinwiddie, Isle of Wight, Prince George, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, and the City of Suffolk.
  • Non-profit organizations that own land.
  • Exceptions to the program include investment and timber companies.

 Applications for 2010 will be accepted until September 1st and will be ranked based on a first-come first-serve basis and by the conservation values of the property. Applications received after September 1st may not result in an easement being completed in the current year.
 In order for landowners to received Tomorrow Woods land conservation funding, a conservation easement must be recorded.

Minimum Criteria

  • Minimum parcel size: 50 acres with 75 percent forest cover unless the parcel contains more than 100 acres of forest.
  • Forest stewardship management plan
  • Potential conservation easements must conform to the County’s comprehensive plan.


Contact Tomorrow Woods

Contact Tomorrow Woods

Rob Suydam
Virginia Department of Forestry
900 Natural Resources Drive
Charlottesville, Virginia  22903
Phone: 804.291.7623
Fax: 434.296.2369


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Albemarle County, Virginia
  • Amelia County, Virginia
  • Appomattox County, Virginia
  • Brunswick County, Virginia
  • Buckingham County, Virginia
  • Chesterfield County, Virginia
  • Cumberland County, Virginia
  • Dinwiddie County, Virginia
  • Fluvanna County, Virginia
  • Gloucester County, Virginia
  • Goochland County, Virginia
  • Greensville County, Virginia
  • Isle of Wight County, Virginia
  • Louisa County, Virginia
  • Lunenburg County, Virginia
  • Mathews County, Virginia
  • Mecklenburg County, Virginia
  • Middlesex County, Virginia
  • Nottoway County, Virginia
  • Powhatan County, Virginia
  • Prince Edward County, Virginia
  • Prince George County, Virginia
  • Southampton County, Virginia
  • Suffolk City County, Virginia
  • Surry County, Virginia
  • Sussex County, Virginia
  • York County, Virginia