Tax Planning -- The Reforestation Incentive 

 

Soon we will all be filing our 2015 tax returns.  The current income tax law has a special provision for forest landowners.  The law allows landowners to deduct from their income tax return up to $10,000 in reforestation expenditures per tax year, per qualified timber property. 

Igniting the spark: Encouraging kids to spend time in the forest 

“We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children's memories, the adventures we've had together in nature will always exist.”
Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Strengthening Your Relationship…With Your Land 

A fenced area 8 feet wide and 100 feet long may seem like a strange design choice, but it keeps the deer out of the apple orchard—and is just one of the many examples of how Kenna and Walt Levendosky creatively live in harmony with their land.

For many landowners, a relationship with the land is just like any other relationship in life—it requires an investment of time and effort, tends to change over the years, and comes with its own set of unique challenges. And, like any healthy relationship, the energy invested is returned tenfold.

What is certification and what does it mean to me? 

In many of my talks with landowners, the topic of certification comes up. It usually comes up because I bring it up and the landowner responds that they don’t know if they are certified, has never heard of certification or is confused by what being certified actually means to them. 

Stepping away from forestry for a second, think about a symbol we have all seen on products:

Underwriters Laboratory symbol