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Virginia Logging Operation Notification System

Interested in getting FREE
Pre-Harvest Planning Maps?

VDOF has created a service to provide maps to Loggers to assist with pre-harvest planning. See yellow box on this page for more information!

Don't Have a Notification Account ID ?

Effective July 1, 2009, if you are notifying about a logging operation in Virginia, you must have a Logging Operation Notification Account issued from the Virginia Department of Forestry. To create an account, or retrieve your account details, you must call VDOF during regular business hours (M-F 8 am – 4:45 pm). (434) 220 - 9191

To notify by phone: 1-800-939-LOGS (5647)

Note: You will need a Notification Account ID to use this 800-number service.

Information about Failure To Notify

Civil Penalty for Failure to Notify the State Forester of Commercial Timber Harvesting Operation - Effective July 1, 2002

The 2002 session of Virginia's General Assembly made changes to the Silvicultural Water Quality Law, Code of Virginia §10.1-1181.2(H) related to Notification of the Commercial Harvesting of Timber. This change gives the State Forester the authority to issue a Civil Penalty of $250 for the initial violation and up to $1,000 for subsequent violations within a 24-month (2-year) period.

The Notification is required by the Operator (as defined in the law) and the Civil Penalty will be assessed against the Operator for failure to notify.

Notification must be received by the Virginia Department of Forestry within three working days of the start of the logging operation, or before completion if the operation will take less than three days to finish.

Planning your harvest just got easier!

VDOF is committed to helping Loggers prevent Water Quality issues before they happen. That is why Loggers can now use a free and easy Pre-harvest Planning Mapper to produce color maps of any potential harvest site. Maps include:

  • High quality color aerial photographs (taken 2006/2007)
  • Topographic maps
  • Temporary Culvert Sizing Recommendation maps
  • Permanent Culvert Sizing Recommendation maps

How does the Pre-Harvest Planning Mapper work?

Enter your Notification Account ID and password above and click Get Maps Only. Once logged in, you will need to enter the Latitude and Longitude of your harvest site. Once you click Go, you will have maps ready to preview and print (or save to your computer). Plus, you can also adjust the map orientation, degree of zoom, and map position to refine exactly what you want to see! So now you can Know Before You Go!