The program assists landowners with the management of forest on properties in Grant, Hardy, Morgan, Hampshire, Mineral, Berkeley, Pendleton, and Jefferson counties.
According to a release from the W.Va. Department of Commerce, applications to enlist in the program will be accepted beginning August 10.
Approved applicants will be provided a forester who will establish a management plan for the landowner.
The landowner will be required a hire a consulting forester approved by the division to submit the application to the local division field office
Once approved, the forester will establish and submit a stewardship plan, after which landowners will be reimbursed for 75 percent of the cost of the plan based on the set price of $600 for the plan and $6.50 per acre.
Further information can be found at wvforestry.com/management-assistance/stewardship-program, by contacting the local county service forester, or by calling the division's Charleston office at 304-558-2788.