Residential Forest Agricultural Tax Plan

  • Client: Private Property, Boulder County, Colorado
  • Date: Sep 2005
  • Info: Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting was contracted by a private landowner to prepare a Forest Stewardship Plan to qualify for Forest Agricultural Classification.

The goals for this Forest Agricultural Plan were developed through conversations with the landowner and a site visit. The goals included wildfire mitigation, improvement in forest health and vigor, habitat preservation, noxious weed control and the production of forest products for the primary purpose of making a monetary profit from the harvest of those products.

These goals could be achieved through the implementation of the following objectives: sanitation thinning to remove diseased and undesirable trees, forest thinning to reduce canopy density and competition between trees and creation of defensible space zones surrounding the residence.

The plan qualifies a landowner for Agricultural tax status if they have more than 40 acres. By generating a forest product, landowners can get funding from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Landowners in Colorado are eligible to sell their timber through the Forest Ag Program, which offers similar tax valuation as that of traditional agricultural lands. Forest landowners voluntarily participate in the Forest Ag Program and must fulfill certain requirements for initial eligibility.