Illinois Forest Development Act (IFDA) Cost-Share Program

  • Mike Mason, Division Chief
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
  • Division of Forest Resources, One Natural Resource Way
  • Springfield, IL 62702-1271
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Purpose of the Program

This cost-share program awards grants in the form of cost shares to timber growers for the implementation of acceptable forestry management practices.

Who is Eligible

To be eligible, a landowner must have a minimum of ten acres under a management plan. In addition, forest land or reforested land enrolled in the IFDA is guaranteed a one-sixth equalized assessed real estate tax value.

Application Process

No deadlines-administered through district foresters on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Availability of Funds

Approximately $600,000 is available annually for these cost-share grants. No funding was available in FY10, FY 11, FY 12 or FY 13

How Funds are to be used

Approved forestry practices

Types of Assistance

Technical Assistance, cost share for approval practices

Year Program was established