Two Complimentary Efforts Combine
to Form the Most Comprehensive Planning Efforts
Ever Undertaken by the Agency

The West Virginia Division of Forestry (WVDOF) has announced the release of two separate, but complementary, planning documents that will guide the activities of the agency for years to come.


"Call Before You Cut" Program Helps Landowners Develop Plans and Find Expert Help

Managing your woodland can be a daunting task, but help is here for West Virginia landowners. The "Call Before You Cut" program launched Monday, Nov. 23, with a Web site,, that caters to the needs of those seeking professional advice on how to manage their woodlands. A toll-free telephone number, 1-888-4WVCBYC (1-888-498-2292), allows landowners to speak directly with a professional forester and request information that can help them with their long-term management plans.

"The Call Before You Cut program is targeted specifically to landowners who want to do something good for the land and for future generations," said Assistant State Forester Jeremy McGill. "This new resource will give landowners the tools they need to select reputable, licensed loggers, as well as help them make responsible long-term management decisions. Visit the Web site or give us a call so that we can put you in contact with professionals who can help you set goals for your property and help you reach those goals."

The program is sponsored in West Virginia by the Division of Forestry, West Virginia Forestry Association, Association of Consulting Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. Call Before You Cut is a multi-state initiative to help landowners manage their woodlands for multiple uses, including wildlife, recreation, timber and woodland streams.

The Web site features sections on how to get started and who to contact for expert help. Information packets will be available through the Web site and the toll-free telephone number.


Landowners Need Exemptions
to Harvest Timber on Their Properties

Landowners that intend to harvest timber on their own properties must first obtain a Timber Harvesting Exemption from their local Forestry Regional Office.

This exemption requirement is part of the Logging Sediment Control Act of 1992, which states that anyone conducting a logging operation or buying timber or logs for resale is required to be licensed by the Division of Forestry.

The total stumpage value for timber removed by an individual under an exemption may not exceed $15,528 within the calendar year for which the exemption is issued.

If you are planning to harvest timber on your property and want more information about an exemption, please contact your local Division of Forestry Regional Office: Farmington (304) 825-6983; Beckley (304) 256-6775; Milton (304) 743-6186.

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