What does contiguous parcels or acres mean?
  • Contiguous acres are individual acres that join or touch each other's boundaries and are under the same exact ownership. For instance, 5 one-acre parcels can qualify for timber as long as they are all touching each other, there are no improvements, they are fully stocked and managed for the production of timber as a crop, and the ownership is exactly the same.
  • You can have 100 acres of 1 to 4.99-acre lots within the county, but if they do not touch other parcels of the same ownership none will qualify for the timber classification.
  • Parcels divided by a road, easement, creek or rights-of-way, etc. are still considered contiguous as long as they are adjacent to one another and the ownership is the same.
  • They are not considered contiguous if the only thing connecting them is a public road or easement and they are not adjacent to each other. For instance, you own a 3-acre parcel on Why Not Road and you own another 3-acre parcel a half mile down Why Not Road. Sorry neither will qualify!
  • There are parcels with sufficient total acres that still won't qualify for timber. Say you have a 120- acre parcel where 115 of acres are being farmed for hay and 1 acre is designated for the home site, which leaves 4 acres that are loaded with trees. It doesn't matter that there are 120 contiguous acres total; only 4 have timber so they will not qualify for the classification. This owner could plant another acre or two of the farm ground into trees to meet the 5-acre minimum and qualify by submitting a proper application and management plan.
  • If in doubt whether your ownership is contiguous, contact the Assessor's office and schedule a time to review your ownership to verify what is and isn't contiguous.

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1. How do I qualify lands for the timber program, and when?
2. What does contiguous parcels or acres mean?
3. What is entailed in the application? And how often do we need to apply?
4. What is the difference between the Land Productivity and Bare Land and Yield timber options?
5. What is needed in a Management Plan and who can prepare it?
6. What if I just want to let my land grow "natural"?
7. What if I'm not able to do any work and cannot afford to hire assistance to prepare a management plan?
8. Can I build a house on my timberland without losing the timber classification?
9. If I do not have much knowledge about timber management, how can I learn about it?