Woodland Tax Assessment Issue
In the fall of 2006, IFA identified escalating woodland taxes as a major issue facing Illinois forest landowners. IFA, along with other partners, worked to influence and pass SB 0017 which was signed into law by the Governor in August 2007. Public Act 095-0633 amends the Property Tax Code and creates the Conservation Stewardship Program. This new program offers property tax relief for forest landowners not already enrolled in the Forestry Development Act program or whose woodlands are not part of a farm. In addition, unimproved acres such as wetlands, prairies and other types of grassland are also included.
IFA is proud to have had a hand in helping prevent potentially negative consequences to the state's forest resources through:
Forest landowners need to take the time to investigate this new program and the potential consequences and benefits from enrolling their lands into this new program. Several sources of information are available on line or by calling the IL Department of Natural Resources (217-785-5506).
- Forest land conversion
- fragmenting woodlands into smaller or disconnected units
- forest land management decisions that would threaten the long term sustainability of our forests