Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA)

Landowner showing oak regeneration

The Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA) provides annual incentive payments to encourage private landowners to keep their wooded areas undeveloped.

Private landowners can receive a payment for each acre of qualifying forest land they enroll in SFIA. In return, they agree not to develop the land and to follow an active woodland management plan for a minimum period of time of either 8, 20, or 50 year covenants set with the property.

SFIA is now jointly administered by the Department of Revenue and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Forestry. Department of Revenue oversees SFIA applications, payments, penalties, and covenants. The DNR handles woodland management.

Learn about:

Visit the Department of Revenue to start an SFIA application or for information on:

  • Applying for SFIA
  • Payments and penalties
  • Covenants
  • Selling or transferring land in SFIA