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Maine Forest Service

Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2021 Tax Year Available

As a private forest landowner, you might start to think about timber taxes only after having a timber sale. However, there

can be tax implications of each timber activity you conduct. Generally, all income received is taxable unless the tax law

excludes, and nothing is deductible unless a provision allows it.  Understanding the forestry specific tax provisions and how the general tax rules apply to your forestry activities can help lower your overall taxes through careful tax planning.

The “tax tips” provided in this publication are intended to assist forest landowners and their tax advisors in preparing their 2021

Federal income tax returns. It can also help plan for future years.  This material is for information and educational use only and is not intended as financial, tax, or legal advice. Please consult with your tax advisor concerning your particular tax situation. The information is current as of December 15, 2021.

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Virtual Landowner 101 Class

Date: January 31, 2022

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

There is so much to learn about the woods in your own backyard. Whether you have a few acres in the suburbs or a few hundred out in the country, it can be rewarding to get out and explore your own land. In this multi-week class, we will meet on Monday nights (6 to 7:30pm) to dig into topics ranging from maple syrup production and wildlife management to climate change and carbon. This program is intended to expand upon the Maine Forest Service publication, "The Woods in Your Backyard."

District foresters Allyssa Gregory and Julie Davenport will be hosting the class, but we will be joined by many professionals from the natural resources community for guest presentations.

Class Begins 1/31

Email Allyssa or Julie to register:



Forestry videos show the steps Involved with timber harvest (Iowa)

AMES — For many Iowans, the next few months will provide an ideal time to consider harvesting standing and storm-damaged timber. Leaves and vegetative growth have mostly died back, and as the ground freezes it will become easier to remove logs without damaging the soil.

But before anything is sold or removed, it’s a good idea to understand each step involved, according to Billy Beck, assistant professor and extension forestry specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach…

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USDA Oxford County Local Working Group Meeting

The Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District (OCSWCD) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) invite the public to attend a meeting of the Oxford County USDA Local Working Group on Wednesday, January 19th, 10:00 am – Noon through the Zoom Video Teleconferencing program.

The Local Working Group will provide recommendations for the 2023 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to their local USDA –NRCS for: local natural resource priorities, and criteria for conservation activities and programs. Topics of discussion in Oxford County will include: Ag Waste, Forestry, Pastureland, Cropland, High Tunnels and Wildlife. Other issues and areas of concern can be discussed as well, and a list will be compiled of priorities recognized by this group. In addition to providing feedback, participants of the group will also have the opportunity to learn about other programs and incentives available to them.

“It is important for us to receive feedback on local priorities regarding natural resource issues in Oxford County. By working together, we can ensure conservation programs are delivered to Oxford County farmers and landowners with local considerations and input”, reports Luis Aponte, your local District Conservationist. 

To request the Zoom link to attend, please email Chantelle Hay, OCSWCD Education and Outreach Coordinator at oxfordcountyswcd@gmail.com.

Please feel free to email or call us at 207-744-3119 if you have any questions. If you require special accommodations to attend this meeting, please contact us by January 14th, 2022.

Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service and USDA are equal opportunity providers and employers. 

FMI: Chantelle Hay, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District

OxfordCountySWCD@gmail.com | 207-744-3111

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: An Overview of Forestry Taxes


Forestry Taxes: Learn, Plan & Save Money Webinar Series,  Seeing the Forest for the Trees: An Overview of Forestry Taxes


Jan 18, 2022, 1:00 P.M. Eastern


Andrew Bosserman, Certified Public Accountant

Dr. Gregory Frey, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service

Dr. Shaun Tanger, Assistant & Extension Specialist, Mississippi State University


This first webinar in a five-part series, sponsored by the Forest Landowner Foundation, will provide insights into the different types of taxes that forest landowners pay, the terminology used, and tips on how to keep a record of your expenses for tax deductions.  Speakers will discuss the ins and outs of classifying your forest land as a business, investment, or personal property including how to qualify for a profit motive classification.